"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Wednesday, March 31, 2004

A Stark Choice
by David M. Shribman
Bush and Kerry might share privileged backgrounds, but their world views are diametrically opposed. What's this election about?...
Stark Rove-ing Mad
OpinionJournal
For a moment this Sunday, the yard outside White House senior adviser Karl Rove's home looked like a scene from "On the Waterfront"... in the real-life Beltway version, nine busloads of activists "stormed" (the Washington Post's word) Mr. Rove's yard, blocking the street, surrounding both sides of the house and pounding on the windows at a time when he was inside with his 15-year-old son and his son's friend...
Passing the Buck on Terror
by Amir Taheri
When a bureaucrat wants to bury an issue, he refers it to a "special committee." And when heads of government wish to do the same, they call for a "special summit." This is what the European Union leaders have just done with regard to their role in the global War on Terror...
Sorting Through the Accusations
Stratfor Weekly
The United States is in the process of picking apart the intelligence and political failures that led up to the attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001. This is an unprecedented process. Normally such reviews occur after the war has ended. In this case, the review was made necessary by the president's failure to clean house after Sept. 11. That said, the truth of the matter would appear to be more complex than the simplistic charges being traded. The fact is, in our view, the Bush and Clinton policies were far more similar than they were different...

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Chicago, L.A. Towers Were Next Targets
by Paul Martin
...Those plans were aborted mainly because of the decisive U.S. response to the New York and Washington attacks, which disrupted the terrorist organization's plans so thoroughly that it could not proceed, according to transcripts of his conversations with interrogators...
Terrorists Try to Recruit Child as Suicide Bomber
Associated Press
Palestinian terrorists tried to recruit a 15-year-old as a suicide bomber, at one point locking him in a dark room, but also luring him with clothes, a cell phone and promises of paradise, his family said Tuesday...
Betrayed by Europe: An Expatriate’s Lament
by Nidra Poller
...France is in fact an adversary of the United States—as is its right, after all. But the French honestly believe their country is behaving like a reasonable ally, and there is no way to convince them of the contrary. They are hooked up to an intravenous flow of lies about the United States, fed propaganda disguised as information, molecules of fact dissolved in a carefully regulated solution to keep them on an even keel and save them from having to judge for themselves. No raw data allowed; one mustn’t have people developing a taste for reality...
One Day, Germany Will Have Had Enough
By Mark Steyn
In the old days, the headline "Germans Go On Offensive" would have caused palpitations among Czechs, Poles, Belgians, etc. But, in the case of this weekend's AP headline, Germans going on the offensive refers not to sending German troops to foreign countries, but keeping foreign troops in Germany...
Scientists vs. The Administration
Washington Times
In February, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) released a report accusing the Bush administration of systemically suborning objective science to a political agenda. However, it failed to describe the political biases of those making the charges, which raise serious questions about the credibility of the charges and the organization behind them...
Liberal Talk Radio? No One Will Buy It
by Jay Severin
...this new liberal talk "network" is not a genuine business enterprise but rather a fully subsidized propaganda project, funded entirely by wealthy Democrat activists. Lucky you. Back here on earth, those of us in radio must earn our way in the rough and tumble of -- imagine this -- competition. Just hope your liberal sugar daddies' munificence is boundless, because if they tire of losing money, you will be forced to produce real ratings and profits, too...

Monday, March 29, 2004

Clarke Refused to Testify in 1999, Citing Same Reasons as Condi
NewsMax.com
Former Clinton terrorism czar Richard Clarke refused to testify before the Senate Y2K Committee in 1999, citing the same rule invoked by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice in recent days, with the Bush White House saying the regulation prevents her from testifying publicly before the 9/11 Commission...
The Holocaust Shrug
by David Gelernter
...There were many steps on the way to the Holocaust, and we can speak of a step towards the act of selfless national goodness that might fix the broken moral balance of the cosmos. The Iraq war might be the largest step mankind has ever taken in this direction. It is a small step even so--but cause for rejoicing. Our combat troops did it. It is our privilege and our duty to make the most of it. To belittle it is a sad and sorry disgrace.
Chair-Warmer On The Hot Seat
by Ann Coulter
...The chair-warmer describes Bush as a cowboy and Rumsfeld as his gunslinger -- but the black chick is a dummy. Maybe even as dumb as Clarence Thomas! Perhaps someday liberals could map out the relative intelligence of various black government officials for us. Did Clarke have the vaguest notion of Rice's background and education? Or did he think Dr. Rice was cleaning the Old Executive Office Building at night before the president chose her -- not him -- to be national security adviser?...
Kerry's Other War Record
by John Fund
...The ghost of Vietnam and the culture war it has engendered won't go away. Now the controversy over what Mr. Kerry knew and when did he know it has been spiced up by the whodunit of the third-rate burglary of his FBI files. Sounds like a story to me.
Follow-Up to Kofigate
by William Safire
...At least $5 billion in kickbacks went from corrupt contractors — mainly French and Russian — into the pockets of Saddam and his thugs. Some went to pay off his protectors in foreign governments and media, and we may soon see how much stuck to the fingers of U.N. bureaucrats as well...

Sunday, March 28, 2004

French Lawyer 'To Defend Saddam'
BBC News
A French lawyer who made his reputation defending some of the world's most notorious figures says he will take on Saddam Hussein as his latest client...
Smuggling Humans
Houston Chronicle
Last week Mexican officials arrested more than 40 current and former government employees and policemen involved in smuggling Brazilians, Cubans, Central Americans and Asians across Mexico and into the United States. The news is both encouraging and discouraging...
John Kerry: The Arab Hope?
by Amir Taheri
If elected president, will John Kerry offer the Arabs a better deal? This is the question raised in the Arab media these days...
'Murdering' Troops? What Could Kerry Have Meant?
The Union Leader
Back in 1971, John Kerry said that 200,000 Vietnamese a year were “murdered by the United States of America.” Now he says he didn’t mean “murdered” and wasn’t referring to U.S. soldiers. Well then, what in the world did he mean?...

Saturday, March 27, 2004

Which Anti-Terror Model Do You Like?
by Ariel Cohen
Three anti-terror models emerged over the last week. As world leaders grieve in Madrid over 201 victims of the train bombing, the Pakistanis demonstrate their Keystone Cops qualities, and Israel is taking flak from the Europeans for the targeted killing of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin; you be the judge...
Responses to Terrorism: Targeted Killing is a Necessary Option
by Abraham D. Sofaer
Killing people, even in self-defense, is a complex and difficult problem for societies that value human life. The difficulties policy-makers face in deciding whether to attempt to target an individual is evident from current events. Israel kills Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, an acknowledged murderer of noncombatants, and creates an uproar; simultaneously, an uproar is under way at the Sept. 11 Commission over the failure of U.S. leaders to take similar action against Osama bin Laden...
A President's Job
OpinionJournal
Give President Bush's critics credit for versatility. Having spent months assailing him for doing too much after 9/11--Iraq, the Patriot Act, the "pre-emption" doctrine--they have now turned on a dime to allege that he did too little before it. This contradiction is Mr. Bush's opportunity to rise above the ankle biting and explain to the American public what a President is elected to do...
Was Richard Clarke Telling the Truth in 2002?
Excerpts from Clarke's August 2002 press briefing
- OR -
Is Richard Clarke Telling the Truth in 2004?
Excerpts from Clarke's testimony on Wednesday
Washington Times

Friday, March 26, 2004

Hearings Won't Make Us Safe
by Peggy Noonan
...Why did the government fail to see 9/11 coming? Some individuals did--writers, thinkers, military experts. But those we elected, and those they appointed, by and large did not. Why? This is the great question. The hearings did not answer it...
Attack on Hamas Step Toward Peace
by Austin Bay
...The Arab world is watching, with fascination, Iraq's experiment in democracy. Arab governments know this, and it's why so many of these fossil autocracies hope Iraq fails. An Iraqi democracy completely changes the Middle Eastern calculus. Terrorist cadres will blame Israel for the region's ills, but the elephant in the room — the repression and robbery of Muslim people by corrupt Muslim elites — can no longer be ignored. Hamas faces a cash crunch. Palestinian terrorists no longer have Saddam Hussein as a backer. Tracking Saddam's finances is uncovering other paths of terrorist funding...
Without the Consent of the Governed
by Hugh Hewitt
...If imposition of new norms can be accomplished without even one law anywhere ever having being passed, then it can happen again and again whenever willful minorities can persuade robed elites to act without conscience against the idea that all law proceeds from the people...

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Who's Brainwashed in America?
by Dennis Prager
...Just as many liberals and secularists can only imagine a religious person being brainwashed, not a liberal or a secular one, they likewise can only imagine religious extremism, never secular extremism. One can easily be too religious, but never too secular. Yet, we have far more secular extremism than religious extremism in our society...
If Clarke Wants to Cast Blame, He Should Look in Mirror
by Cal Thomas
...It was he, not the Bush administration, who controlled the power, strategy and direction of U.S. policy toward terrorism for the last decade. That we were hit hard on 9/11 was not the fault of George W. Bush, but of President Clinton and his chief adviser on terrorism, Mr. Clarke.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

One Crucial Issue in Pledge Case: What Does 'Under God' Mean?
by Linda Greenhouse
It has taken 50 years since Congress added "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance for the validity of that cold war amendment to reach the Supreme Court, with arguments scheduled for Wednesday. But before the justices can decide whether those two words render the pledge unconstitutional, they have to answer a factual question that is inextricably entwined with the legal one: what exactly does it mean to pledge allegiance to "one nation under God"?...
We Tried Appeasement Once Before...
By Mark Steyn
A neighbour of mine refuses to let her boy play with "militaristic" toys. So when a friend gave the l'il tyke a plastic sword and shield, mom mulled it over and then took away the former and allowed him to keep the latter. And for a while, on my drive down to town, I'd pass Junior in the yard playing with his shield, mastering the art of cowering more effectively against unseen blows. That's how the "peace" crowd thinks the West should fight terrorism: eschew the sword, but keep the shield if you absolutely have to...
Muslim Clerics Preach 'Wife Beating'
World Net Daily
...The sheikh said the aim of the beating is to cause the woman to feel some emotional pain, without humiliating her or harming her physically. Wife-beating, he said, must be the last resort to which the husband turns in punishing his wife, and is, according to the Quran, chapter 4, verse 34, the husband's third step when the wife is rebellious...
The Full Frontal Assault
Real Clear Politics
I don't recall seeing a more well-orchestrated, well-timed, full frontal assault on a political figure than what we're seeing the Democrats do to President Bush right now. Forget references to Richard Clarke as "a Reagan appointee," that's nothing but window dressing...
Smuggler Convoy Called a First Here
by Gabriela Rico
In an unprecedented move along the U.S.-Mexico border, a convoy of 12 pickup trucks packed with suspected illegal immigrants barreled through the Tohono O'odham Nation and tried to run down approaching Border Patrol agents...
Merchants of Cool
Frontline
...So is there anywhere the commercial machine won't go? Is it leaving any room for kids to create a culture of their own? Do they even have anything that's theirs alone? All eyes are on our kids. They know they're being watched. But what or whom can they look to themselves? And what if they turn and fight? The battle itself is sponsored, packaged and sold right back to them...
Mexico Urges Immigrants to Join Class-action Suit
by Jerry Seper
The Mexican government has encouraged thousands of Mexican nationals, including many illegal aliens, who worked as janitors for California's largest supermarket chains, to join a class-action lawsuit demanding millions of dollars in additional pay...

Monday, March 22, 2004

Sins of Commission: Behind the effort to blame Bush for September 11
OpinionJournal
It was always a terrible idea for the September 11 commission to drop its report in the middle of a Presidential election campaign, and we are now seeing why. That body is turning into a fiasco of partisanship and political score-settling...
The Price of Freedom in Iraq
By Donald H. Rumsfeld
...In Seoul, I was interviewed by a Korean journalist who was almost certainly too young to have firsthand recollection of the Korean War. She asked me, "Why should Koreans send their young people halfway around the globe to be killed or wounded in Iraq?"...I said to the reporter: "It's a fair question. And it would have been fair for an American to ask, 50 years ago, 'Why should young Americans go halfway around the world to be killed or wounded in Korea?'"...
Holy War in Europe
by Reuel Marc Gerecht
...For the future of al Qaeda--if al Qaeda is to have a future where killing Americans en masse remains its transcendent raison d'ĂȘtre--is in Western Europe. September 11 could not have happened without a European base of operations...
Does Terrorism Work?
by Brian Michael Jenkins
...The American system is built on the belief, after all, that governments are best changed with ballots, not bombs. But the terrorists who carried out the attack in Madrid seem to have succeeded in using violence as an instrument of public policy, altering history by installing a party in power that might not otherwise have been elected. Although a majority of the Spanish people had opposed the Iraq war, polls just days before the election indicated that Spaniards were still ready to re-elect the government party by a comfortable margin. That changed with the terrorist attack...
Smoot Operators
by Pete du Pont
The cruelest economic tragedy of modern times was the Great Depression, a disaster deepened and accelerated by the Smoot-Hawley Tariffs of 1930. They raised import duties to the highest level in American history, igniting a global trade war. In three years U.S. exports to Europe declined to $784 million from $2.3 billion, and U.S. imports from Europe declined to $390 million from $1.3 billion. Global international trade fell by 66%. Three-quarters of a century later the liberals' campaign drumbeat is to return to the wrongheaded policies of yesteryear that destroyed jobs and devastated the economy...
Pressure Points Show No Child Left Behind Act is Working
by Jan Jarboe Russell
The way Sandy Kress sees it, the No Child Left Behind Act is a painful but necessary pair of braces on the crooked teeth of America's education system. "We expected pushback, of course," said Kress, the Texas Democrat who served as President Bush's chief education lobbyist in 1999 and is the author of the 1,200-page, 2-year-old act that is the subject of much weeping and wailing across the land...

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Suing for the Right to Live
by Wesley J. Smith
Two cases of European doctors refusing to treat their patients are cause for concern: Futile Care Theory may be coming to America...
Secular Absolutism
OpinionJournal
...What's going on here is an effort by liberal activists and their judiciary enablers to turn one set of personal mores into a public orthodoxy from which there can be no dissent, even if that means trampling the First Amendment. Any voluntary association that doesn't comply--the same little platoons once considered the bedrock of American freedom--will be driven from the public square. Meet the new face of intolerance.

Saturday, March 20, 2004

An Eye-opener from Blix
The Washington Times
Hans Blix has pounded the final nail in the coffin of left-wing bilge that has despicably charged President Bush and his administration with lying about intelligence on WMD in Iraq. In fact, in his new book, "Disarming Iraq," Mr. Blix acknowledges that he also believed that Iraq had failed for years to comply with its post-Gulf War (1991) obligation to destroy its WMD...
Reporter Following Trail of Corruption in EU Arrested
...Hans-Martin Tillack, the Brussels correspondent for Germany's Stern magazine, said he was held for 10 hours without access to a lawyer by the Belgian police after his office and home were raided by six officers..."The police said I was lucky I wasn't in Burma or central Africa, where journalists get the real treatment," he added...

Friday, March 19, 2004

Churches Burn as NATO Boosts Kosovo Peace Force
Reuters
Ancient churches and monasteries have been reduced to ashes, hospitals are overflowing with dead or injured and, in some villages, Serbs have been given 10 minutes to leave their homes or be killed. The inter-ethnic violence that flared this week in Kosovo, the majority Albanian province in southwest Serbia, has left behind a landscape of death and destruction. [Summary from news24.com]
Brief history of the Balkans from 1900 to 2003
Destruction of Cultural and Historic Sites in Yugoslavia
Perspective on the NATO bombings of 1999
Who was oppressing whom in Kosovo?
The Kosovo war WAS for oil
One Year of Freedom in Iraq Should Not Be Lightly Dismissed
By William Farish
...The cut and thrust of the current debates about WMD and the difficulties encountered over the past year will continue; however, in the heat of those debates, the accomplishments made over the past year should not be dismissed. The 25 million people of Iraq face a brighter future now that Saddam Hussein is no longer in power - one they will make their own, with the support of their friends and partners in Britain, the United States and around the world.
National Unity Dies
by Daniel Henninger
Remember the remarkable coming together Americans experienced after the terrorists' mass murders of September 11? It's dead. It sank beneath the ever-churning waves of America's presidential politics. Global terror may be a big problem, but not bigger than winning the presidency...
This Has Gone Beyond Appeasement
By Charles Krauthammer
When confronting an existential enemy -- an enemy that wants to terminate your very existence -- there are only two choices: appeasement or war. In the 1930s, Europe chose appeasement. Today Spain has done so again. Europe may follow...
Al-Qaida Barks, The Spanish Fly
by Ann Coulter
...Before he was put into office because he supported policies favored by al-Qaida terrorists, appeasement candidate Zapatero said: "I want Kerry to win." Kerry is also supported by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, who broadcasts Kerry speeches over Radio Pyongyang with favorable commentary...So now Kerry really does have two foreign leaders on record supporting him: a Socialist terrorist-appeaser and a Marxist mass murderer who dresses like Bea Arthur...
Odd Couples Pair to Wage Terrorism
by Austin Bay
"It's a sewer," the British officer told me. "They connect in a sewer." He meant the intricate international underworld of arms smuggling, drug trafficking, money laundering and covert financial trades where terrorists, extremist political factions, organized criminal gangs, rogue states and corrupt companies encounter one another...
Poll: 'Passion' may be Reducing Anti-Semitism
Associated Press
A new poll suggests fears that "The Passion of the Christ" would trigger anti-Semitism were unwarranted...
Parents of North Carolina Girl Angered by Children's Book About Gay Princes
Associated Press
The parents of a first-grader are fuming over the book their daughter brought home from the school library: a children's story about a prince whose true love turns out to be another prince. Michael Hartsell said he and his wife, Tonya, couldn't believe it when Prince Bertie, the leading character in "King & King," waves off a bevy of eligible princes before falling for Prince Lee...

Thursday, March 18, 2004

Windbag Meets Windmills
by Terence Jeffrey
...With Cape Wind, the Kennedys and Kerrys could light up their lives with clean renewable wind-power instead of dirty fossil-fuel power...And just as [Kerry] might have been for some war to oust Saddam, but not the one America fought, so he is for a New England wind farm, but not necessarily the one they would build in his backyard.

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

St. Patrick: Voice of Justice and Mercy
by T. M. Moore
I sometimes wonder what the patron saint whom we remember each March 17 would think about the activities by means of which people commemorate his name. What would he make of the revelries, green beer, parades, sales, and the ubiquitous images of shamrocks and leprechauns?...His sixty-year ministry laid the foundations for one of the greatest periods of revival and reformation in the history of Christianity, the Irish Revival of the fifth through the eighth centuries. He is a saint worth remembering, indeed. Yet if we must commemorate Patrick, surely something other than mindless frivolity and self-indulgence would be more appropriate.
Scandal at the U.N.
by William Safire
The cover-up in the office of the U.N. secretary general of a multibillion-dollar financial fraud known as the Iraqi oil-for-food program is beginning to come apart...Will the Security Council appoint an independent counsel to clean house in an inept or corrupt Secretariat? No, because France and Russia had their hands in the kickback till...
A Very Good Year in Iraq
Investor's Business Daily
As the anniversary of the beginning of the war nears, it is timely to point out that the Iraqis overwhelmingly believe that life is better now than it was before the coalition toppled Saddam Hussein...There remains much to do in the war on terror. Last week's carnage in Spain is a painful reminder. But it's hard to deny that the war is moving ahead. Iraq one year later confirms that it is.
'Why Do They Hate Us?'
by Thomas Sowell
...Nowhere have whole peoples seen their situation reversed more visibly or more painfully than the peoples of the Islamic world. In medieval times, Europe lagged far behind the Islamic world in science, mathematics, scholarship, and military power...Today that is all reversed...
The Feds Finally Crack Down on the Border... Well, Sort Of Crackdown
by Bill O'Reilly
...the federal government announced it will add 260 border patrol agents and four helicopters to bolster the disastrous Arizona border situation. But before we all get giddy, consider this. Four helicopters cover traffic in Phoenix. We're not talking a huge commitment here, Since President Bush announced his quasi amnesty for illegals last fall, more than 200,000 aliens have been apprehended in Arizona alone, a 34 percent jump from the year before... If a terrorist attack happens in the USA and is traced back to the southern border, it's all over for Mr. Bush. He will lose the election...
Osama bin Laden: Missed Opportunities
by Lisa Myers
...NBC News has obtained, exclusively, extraordinary secret video, shot by the U.S. government. It illustrates an enormous opportunity the Clinton administration had to kill or capture bin Laden. Critics call it a missed opportunity...One Clinton Cabinet official said, looking back, the military should have been more involved, “We did a lot, but we did not see the gathering storm that was out there”...

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

It's the Heart Versus the Bible
by Dennis Prager
I recently interviewed a 26-year-old Swedish student about her views on life. I asked her if she believed in God or in any religion. "No, that's silly," she replied. "Then how do you know what is right and wrong?" I asked. "My heart tells me," she responded. In a nutshell, that's the major reason for the great divide within America and between America and much of Europe. The majority of people use their heart -- stirred by their eyes -- to determine what is right and wrong. A minority uses their mind and/or the Bible to make that determination...
Spanish Voters Elect Violence
by Debra J. Saunders
...When Spaniards thought ETA set the bombs, they were mad at ETA. When they thought Muslim extremists set the bombs, they blamed Aznar and President Bush -- not the terrorists... Basque separatist leaders now must be looking at how al Qaeda achieved victory through violence and be wondering if they should be more ruthless, too.
Rotten Europe
by David Warren
...There is no ambiguity in what has happened in Spain. The rotten heart of Europe has been exposed. The best comparison one can make is to Europe in 1940, when the entire continent had capitulated to Nazism and fascism, leaving Britain alone to fight. It thus came to be known as "Churchill's war", rather than "Hitler's war", only to revert when the Allies had won it, and a generation of Europeans, who had not lifted a finger, decided retrospectively that they had been in the Resistance...
Let Us Pray by All Means, and Then Pass the Ammunition
By Barbara Amiel
...By their own mad statements, the Islamists will not be content until all the lands they believe belong to the Muslim world are free of the infidel and the "humiliation of 80 years ago" is reversed, meaning the reversal of the end of the Ottoman Empire. Given their rather bloody interpretation of the command of the Koran to spread the word to all infidels, unless we pull ourselves together we shall find ourselves spread all over streets and railway lines. In the fight against Satan, it is traditional to have a deity onside. Let's pray by all means - and then pass the ammunition.
Saddam's Useful Idiots
by Robert L. Pollock
Did any Iraqi money filter back to American war critics?...If there's no fire with all this smoke, as everyone involved maintains, then surely they will welcome the scrutiny it deserves. The U.S. Treasury says it is aware of the Iraqi Oil Ministry documents, and is looking into the matter.

Monday, March 15, 2004

Iraqi Spy Case Shows Media at it Again
by Mark Steyn
Anyone who wants to understand why the media are held in such low regard by the public -- in polls of the most respected professions we usually come somewhere between Nigerian e-mail scammers and serial pedophiles -- should consider the following headline from an Associated Press story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer last week: ''Accused Spy Is Cousin Of Bush Staffer''...
Pure Evil
The Scotsman
WHEN the news came that the 199th victim of the Madrid bombs was a girl of six and a half months, the following thought suggested itself. At the heart of every terrorist movement worth being called so, is a purity of purpose. It is the kind of purity of purpose described, in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, by the character of Colonel Kurtz - played by Marlon Brando...
Seeking a Common Morality
by Carl Raschke
...The cultural fault line is taking on San Andreas proportions. As Michael Barone observed in his essay "The 49 Percent Nation" published in the National Journal in June 2001, not long after the divisive 2000 presidential election: "The two Americas ... are two nations of different faiths. One is observant, tradition-minded, moralistic. The other is unobservant, liberation-minded, relativistic"...
In Science's Name, Lucrative Trade in Body Parts
by John Broder
...Nor do many people suspect that corpses are precious raw material in a little-known profit-making industry, and that they are worth far more cut up than whole...A scandal at the cadaver laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles, has thrown back a heavy curtain that has kept this business largely hidden from public view...

Saturday, March 13, 2004

Americans in Gun Sites of Mexican Army
by Jon Dougherty
..."Details are basically the same; shots fired, assailants get away, drugs seized...The [Mexican] soldiers we captured on tape have been seen laying down suppression fire during the drug dealers' dash back across the border – this is not hyperbole – our guys are being fired upon from the other side of the border and they will not return fire."...few in the national media want to discuss it. Even fewer politicians do. And almost no one in Washington wants to admit the fact that our already porous borders are spiraling further out of control – perhaps irretrievably so. Hispanic voters and cheaper labor is more important than the lives of American citizens and law-enforcement personnel...

Friday, March 12, 2004

Fear and Loathing
by John J. Miller
...Apparently the term liberal arts is just another way of saying conservatives need not apply. At Duke University -- where Democratic deans and humanities professors outnumber Republican ones by a factor of 18 -- the chairman of the philosophy department recently offered his unvarnished views on the subject. "We try to hire the best, smartest people available," said Robert Brandon. "If, as John Stuart Mill said, stupid people are generally conservative, then there are lots of conservatives we will never hire"...
NBC Doesn't Like Its New Poll
Real Clear Politics
Have you ever read an article by a news organization more dismissive of its own polling results than this one?...
American Jihad Continues
by Robert Spencer
Although most media attention has been focused on Martha Stewart, gay marriage, and the national waistline, the jihad continues in America...With the biases of the major media abundantly established, it will be interesting to see how much attention such stories receive as the election season kicks into high gear.
The Oil-for-Food Scandal
by Therese Raphael
The program was corrupt. The U.N. owes the Iraqis--and Congress--an explanation. "If there is evidence, we would investigate it very seriously," Kofi Annan insisted last month when presented with allegations that U.N. officials knew about and may have benefited from Saddam Hussein's corruption of the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food Program. Fortunately, Saddam appears to have been a stickler for record-keeping...
Leaving Kids Behind
by George F. Will
...The No Child Left Behind Act was passed overwhelmingly by the House (381-41) and Senate (87-10), but now liberals see that NCLB expresses essentials of Bush's conservatism. Democratic presidential candidates have denounced it as a "federal intrusion" in state and local affairs - everyone knows how much liberals dislike such intrusions...

Thursday, March 11, 2004

The Road to Hell Is Paved with Acts of Terror
by Deroy Murdock
...the fact remains that the Iraqi dictator provided shelter, funding, training and even diplomatic support for bloodthirsty terrorist murderers. As I documented in the current issue of American Outlook, Saddam Hussein's philanthropy of terror, as exemplified by his generosity toward the late Abu Abbas, offered sufficient justification for Operation Iraqi Freedom and current American and Coalition efforts to stabilize and enrich that country.
The Bias Towards Brutality and Totalitarianism
by Carroll Andrew Morse
...If the international community refuses to apply the same due diligence to monitoring the abuse of human rights and democratic freedoms that is applied to monitoring the continuity of leadership, the international community can never be a force for democracy. If realistic judgments can be made with regard to minimum acceptable standards of civil order, why cannot realistic judgments be made about situations that demand action to remedy attacks on human rights and democratic freedoms -- even when that means challenging an established government?...
Letters From a Former Green Beret
Two open letters from Don Bendell have been circulated widely on the Internet. You can read the original letters on his web site, as well as his answers to critics.
The Politics of 9/11
OpinionJournal
Has anyone else out there begun to wonder just who these 9/11 "families" are that have been interviewed without end the past week about their "outrage" over President Bush's TV ads with a quick clip of September 11? Are they all neutral innocents, as depicted, or are they part of an organized anti-Bush opposition?...
Death of Marriage in Scandinavia
by Stanley Kurtz
...The core issue before the constitutional convention is the fate of the institution of marriage. Few of us want to return to the 1950s in the matter of homosexuality. Yet many of us also worry about the effects on the institution of marriage of so profound a change. The Scandinavian example shows that there are valid -- and secular -- reasons to believe that same-sex marriage will undercut marriage itself. As the minority warned, the Supreme Judicial Court has acted without considering the evidence. Yet it is not too late for the people to rectify the court's mistake.
America, Land of the Ashcroft-haters
by Michelle Malkin
...John Ashcroft has nobly taken on the grueling job of protecting a nation of ingrates who take joy in his illness while terrorists continue to plot to kill us all. God bless you, Attorney General, and get well soon. America, land of the free and home of the thankless, needs you back.

Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Pulling Out the Rug
The Daily Reconing
It is the great circle of life, dear reader. People start off with nothing; they work hard, save their money, and gradually - if they are in the right time and the right place - they get rich. Then, they get older. As they acquire a taste for silks and SUVs, their attention shifts from making money to spending it. Their economy changes with them...switching from steel mills and the smell of diesel fuel to shopping malls that sell Diesel jeans. Then come the lies and illusions...
Mystery of the Missing Jobs
by David Ignatius
...It may seem unfair for job creation to be held hostage to the confidence level of corporate executives, but that's part of life in a capitalist economy. President Bush may try to cajole investors with tax breaks, John Kerry may propose new carrots and sticks to make them invest in job-creating ventures, and Alan Greenspan may continue to offer them virtually interest-free loans. The 2004 campaign should debate which mix of policies will be fairest and most effective. But the reality is that until the post-2000 shocks wear off and real confidence returns, none of these prods are likely to solve the problem of jobless growth.
Hispanic Nation
by Brian Grow, et al.
Hispanics are an immigrant group like no other. Their huge numbers are challenging old assumptions about assimilation. Is America ready?...

Monday, March 08, 2004

Defining the Elite Media
by Bill O'Reilly
...The [New York] Times sets the agenda, the rest of the elite media is comprised of a large number of urban newspapers, National Public Radio and PBS. Many think the TV network news operations and Hollywood executives are part of that club, but there is a subtle difference: Entertainment and TV news operations need you, the folks, to survive. Thus, while they are mostly sympathetic to the elites and generally follow their lead, they have to be careful. Believe me, CBS executives are none too pleased about the recent anti-Christian comments made by Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite...

Kerry's Dirty Diplomacy
by George Neumayr
To most sentient observers, Aristide is an obvious Marxist crook and thug. To John Kerry, he is "Father Aristide." That's what Kerry quaintly called the brutal strongman in a 1994 New York Times op-ed, even though Aristide had been sacked from the Salesian order several years earlier after the Vatican grew weary of his preaching in favor of Marxist violence...With typical gall, Kerry now blames a crisis he helped create with his pro-Aristide advocacy on Bush. Did Bush call for the restoration of a known inciter of necklacing to power in Haiti? No, Kerry did.
The Radicals Are Desperate
by Fareed Zakaria
If you're wondering how Al Qaeda and its type of militant Islamic groups are doing these days, there was interesting news last week. The tragic bombings of Shiites during their Ashura commemoration, apparently planned by one such group, exposed the weakness of the radicals. That Islamic extremist groups are now targeting Shiites is surely a sign of desperation. Unable to launch major terrorist attacks in the West, unable to attract political support in the Middle East, militant Islam is searching for enemies and causes...
Official 'Kerry for President' Website Riddled with Obscenities
Drudge Report
...The Democrat nominee-in-waiting recently said radio stations are within their right to pull Howard Stern off the air if they object to the shock jock's racy show. But an investigation reveals Kerry's own website is filled expletives, setting the standard for a new wave of 21st Century campaigning! A sampling of web pages featured on Kerry's official site reveal...
Border State Candidates Support Immigration Enforcement
by Matt Hayes
This election year, the president will campaign on a promise to amnesty millions of illegal aliens and institute a guest worker program, while leading Democrats insist that our country should simply grant citizenship to every illegal alien here. Voters who seek stronger enforcement of our immigration laws (some 85 percent of Americans, according to a recent poll) have nowhere to go. Almost. On the state level, there are individuals running for Congress who understand what voters want and have made better enforcement of our immigration laws the centerpiece of their campaigns...
'Passion' Problems, Fruitcake Watch, Art Attack
by Scott Norvell
Political correctness news briefs

Saturday, March 06, 2004

Aristide Wasn't Forced Out
by Eric Steinkopff
If Jim Refinger knows one thing it's this: Ousted Haitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide is safe. There was no kidnapping, as some sources reported. There was no injury. And for Refinger there was no mystery. Refinger was there. The former Jacksonville police sniper and retired Marine was part of a private security team hired to protect Aristide's inner circle...
Revealed: How 'War Hero' Kerry Tried to Put Off Vietnam Military Duty
by Charles Laurence
Senator John Kerry, the presumed Democratic presidential candidate who is trading on his Vietnam war record to campaign against President George W Bush, tried to defer his military service for a year, according to a newly rediscovered article in a Harvard University newspaper...
The Threat of Global Terrorism: Why Sept. 11 made Iraq's liberation necessary
by Tony Blair
...Containment will not work in the face of the global threat that confronts us. The terrorists have no intention of being contained. The states that proliferate or acquire WMD illegally are doing so precisely to avoid containment. Emphatically I am not saying that every situation leads to military action. But we surely have a duty and a right to prevent the threat materializing; and we surely have a responsibility to act when a nation's people are subjected to a regime such as Saddam's. Otherwise, we are powerless to fight the aggression and injustice which over time puts at risk our security and way of life...
The Nordic Track
by Gene Edward Veith
State approval of homosexual marriage in Scandinavia contributed to the virtual disappearance of real marriage...Today's gay activists in Scandinavia, having gotten everything they wanted, now admit that their case for homosexual marriage-particularly that allowing gays to marry will encourage a monogamous lifestyle-was only a tactical argument. The goal, says Mr. Kurtz, citing two prominent gay thinkers, "was not marriage but social approval for homosexuality." They achieved that goal, but now there is little social approval for marriage.
Hands Off! That Fact Is Mine
by Kim Zetter
...Under the terms of the broadly written bill, a public-health website could be deemed in violation of the law for gathering a list of the latest health headlines and providing links to them on its home page. Google would be in violation for trolling media databases and providing stories on its news page. An encyclopedia site not only could own the historical facts contained in its online entries, but could do so long after the copyright on authorship of the written entries had expired. Unlike copyright, which expires 70 years after the death of a work's author, the Misappropriation Act doesn't designate an expiration date. "The law of unintended consequences in this case has the potential to be huge"...
Nothing More than a Show Trial
by Joe Scarborough
...Love her or hate her, just know that Martha Stewart‘s case was nothing more than a show trial. It targeted a celebrity and it involved chump change. Meanwhile, the real corporate thieves who screwed middle-class Americans out of billions of dollars are roaming free, knowing they will never spend a second in jail for their billion-dollar schemes...
San Francisco and Islamists: Fighting the Same Enemy
by Dennis Prager
America is engaged in two wars for the survival of its civilization. The war over same-sex marriage and the war against Islamic totalitarianism are actually two fronts in the same war -- a war for the preservation of the unique American creation known as Judeo-Christian civilization. One enemy is religious extremism. The other is secular extremism...There have been many Christian countries, and they are no longer. They have been replaced by secular countries, and they are weakening. Only American civilization remains strong, and it does so because of its unique amalgam of values rooted in Judeo-Christian morality. This civilization is now fighting for its life -- as much here as abroad. Join the fight, or it will be gone as fast as you can say "Democrat."
One Reporter's Opinion: Our Big Fat Illegal Alien Sanctuary
by George Putnam
It is this reporter's opinion that whether you are a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Independent - whatever - all parties, all candidates appear to be running from the key issue in the coming presidential campaign. As we watch the debates among candidates, we must admit that when the words "illegal alien" or just plain "immigration" are mentioned, they all run with their tails between their legs.
Slavery Lives in Florida
NewsMax.com Wires
...In south Florida, federal prosecutions have indicated hundreds of farmworkers were victims of human trafficking, and a forced prostitution ring identified as many as 40 young women and girls brought from Mexico. The center also cited a case of "domestic servitude" in southwest Florida. But the problem is not limited to those areas or those industries, according to Robin Thompson, director of the research project. "All you have to do is look where cheap labor is required and where there is a potential for labor exploitation, which pretty much can put you anywhere in our state," Thompson said.

Friday, March 05, 2004

Report From Occupied Indiana: Mexican Consul Bullies American Patriots
by Dave Gorak
Who can forget the arrogance of former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge ?the whole enchilada? Castaneda when he said, "We are already giving instructions to our [U.S.] consulates that they begin propagating militant activities"... Castaneda meant that in addition to their normal duties, Mexican officials had the green light to stick their noses into local politics (a violation of Article 55 of the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations) and to work with grassroots ?immigrant rights? groups to promote amnesty...
The Real Issue With "Gay Marriage"
by Thomas Sowell
...Even those who incessantly repeat the mantra of "diversity" do not follow up the logical implications of that diversity. A diverse society can degenerate into a fragmented society and an internally warring society unless the various groups and interests agree to respect some overarching principles and authority...The time is long overdue to start impeaching judges who think their job is to veto laws they don't like or condone lawlessness that they agree with. The time is also long overdue to re-examine lifetime appointments of judges, which allows them to act like little tin gods, at the expense of our freedom and the country's elected government...

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Senator Kerry, Release The Files!
The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty
...Therefore, in the current atmosphere of “full disclosure”, Gary Aldrich and The Patrick Henry Center urge Senator John F. Kerry to immediately request, then release his military and other records, including FBI files in his name, which presumably contain important clarifications...
Dear Mr. Kerry
by Jay Bryant
... You have, I believe, been a steadfast, staunch and vocal advocate for normalizing relations with Viet Nam. Could it be that your beloved first cousin, Mr. Forbes, CEO of Colliers International, recently signed a contract with Hanoi worth billions of dollars?...
The U.N. Oil-for-Food Scam: Time for Hearings
by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., and James Phillips
...The Iraqi Governing Council has begun to release critical information detailing how, in the words of The New York Times, “Saddam Hussein’s government systematically extracted billions of dollars in kickbacks from companies doing business with Iraq, funneling most of the illicit funds through a network of foreign bank accounts in violation of United Nations sanctions.” In effect the program was little more than “an open bazaar of payoffs, favoritism and kickbacks.” The seriousness of these charges warrants investigation by the U.S. Congress and an independent, Security Council-appointed commission...
Modern Caligula
by Michael P. Tremoglie
...The liberal intelligentsia are doing more to bowdlerize Christianity than anything that was ever done by Caligula. They are just more refined about it. They consider Christianity every bit as much a threat to American society as Caligula did to ancient Roman society. What’s more frightening is that the Christophobic modern-day Caligulas of the American academy will be probably be more effective than Caligula ever was.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Group Think
by John Podhoretz
WARNING: Most of the analysis and reporting you are now reading, watching and hearing about the presidential race is wrong - and it will continue to be wrong. On the three major issues of year - the War on Terror, the economy and now gay marriage - the political press in the United States is opposed to President Bush's stances and opinions. Not just opposed, but passionately opposed in almost every particular and with lock-step unanimity. That opposition is leaching into the coverage of the race and making it almost impossible for readers and viewers to draw an accurate picture of the current state of political play...
God's Second Act
By Brendan Miniter
Judging by the applause that erupted in the Brooklyn theater where I saw the film with a mixed crowd of Saturday night moviegoers, it's getting a good reception from a much wider audience than anyone predicted. Which of course is exactly the outcome the cultural elite feared--a low-budget, subtitled movie based on the Gospels becoming a blockbuster. It broke all the rules--no one utters a word in English, it's deeply religious and is not geared for the lucrative late-teen-to-early-20s age group--and still it became a hit. When such a film reaps $76 million at the box office on its opening weekend, it is reflective of a larger cultural phenomenon. Movies don't have to be dumbed down to be successful, because the public is hungry for serious, moral films. And since nothing moves Hollywood like money, Mr. Gibson's gamble may now pay off for the rest of us. This will likely have a greater impact on movie content in coming years than any government regulation ever could...
The Real Peace Brokers
by Zoe Romanowsky
The Christian community in the Holy Land is disappearing, and with it maybe the last best hope for peace in the Middle East...Now, the Christian remnant in the Holy Land has been brought to a new state of discouragement with Israel's security wall. If completed as planned by the end of 2004, the more than 400 mile wall will isolate and encage all Palestinians—and some Jews as well. Though Israel claims the wall is a protective measure for self-defense, it's being built not on Israel's borders (known as the Green line), but through neighborhoods and private properties—separating farmers from their olive groves, children from their schools, workers from their jobs, and even nuns from their convents and the people they serve...

Monday, March 01, 2004

In the steps of JQA and FDR
by Michael Barone
George W. Bush has made as bold a transformation in American foreign policy as John Quincy Adams and Franklin D. Roosevelt did in their times. That is the thesis of Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis's just-published Surprise, Security, and the American Experience. Each leader responded to an attack on American soil with an utterly changed foreign policy, which in the first two cases remained operative for decades...
A Shameful Past
By Laura Bartholomew Armstrong
I'm the daughter of Lt. Col. Roger J. "Black Bart" Bartholomew, a First Air Cavalry rocket artillery helicopter pilot who was killed in Vietnam on Thanksgiving Day 1968, when I was eight years old. I'm a former journalist with a military newspaper, a U.S. Marine widow, and I am appalled at Mr. Kerry's latest assertions that our president "has reopened the wounds of Vietnam." For months, I've heard President Bush talking about the present, while Mr. Kerry and the media want to focus on the past. I think we need to see the whole picture...