"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, June 30, 2004

Protestors Call Jesse Jackson 'Worst Nightmare' for Black Community
by Marc Morano
..."We want the Democratic Party to know that we will no longer be taken for granted, we will no longer just give our vote to them. We will no longer allow Jesse to pigeonhole the black community into a vote for them," Davis said. Bishop Lance Davis, of the New Zion Christian Fellowship Church in Dalton, Ill., questioned what Jackson and his various organizations do with their money, much of which comes from major U.S. corporations...
One Man, Two Registrations
The Smoking Gun
Michael Moore simultaneously on voter rolls in New York, Michigan..."I am an Independent," the filmmaker told reporters. "I'm not a member of the Democratic party"...New York City Board of Elections records show that Moore, 50, registered to vote in Gotham in 1992, checking off "Democratic" as his party affiliation...Moore is simultaneously registered to vote in Michigan, where registrants aren't even given the option of party affiliation (so he's not an Independent there either)...
All in the Family
by Claudia Rosett
"Let freedom reign," wrote President Bush as Iraq regained sovereignty Monday. "Today, the secretary-general welcomes the state of Iraq back into the family of independent and sovereign nations," said a United Nations statement. In the gap between those two statements, you can see the world of difference that lies between the U.S. and the U.N. in approaching the worst troubles of our time...
9/11 Commission: U.S. Terror War has Stymied al Qaeda
The Sept. 11 Commission has found that the Bush administration's war on terror has severely impaired al Qaida's ability to organize another spectacular attack against the U.S. homeland by capturing or killing the deadly terror group's key leaders, drying up their financial resources and severely limiting their ability to "strategize, plan attacks, and dispatch operatives worldwide"...Here's the part of Staff Statement 15 that the press decided Americans didn't need to hear about..
12-Week-Old 'Walks' in Womb
World Net Daily
New ultrasound technology, producing vivid 3D images, reveals complex behavior in unborn children from an early stage of development...images show at 12 weeks, an unborn child can stretch, kick and leap around the womb long before the mother can feel movement...Other pictures show fetuses apparently yawning and rubbing their eyes...

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Legitimate Dissent or Hurting America?
by Bill O'Reilly
...There's no question the USA has made mistakes in Iraq, but the mistakes are not moral failings. And no sane person can still believe the Bush administration lied when Bill Clinton and Vladimir Putin both say they agree with President Bush: WMD's did exist in Iraq. But these protesters, they don't care about truth; they care about hating America...
A Conversation with Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage
by Hugh Hewitt
A wide-ranging interview about the future of Iraq and hot spots around the world.
Chicago Tribune and WLS-TV Revel in Humiliation
by Dennis Prager
...The news media have awesome power, yet there are virtually no checks on that power...If the public needs to know about the sexual desires (desires, not even practices) of a senatorial candidate, it also needs to know the sexual desires of the men and women who run the Chicago Tribune and WLS-TV. But we know nothing about these people...The news media are now clamoring for Sen. John Kerry's divorce records. The Chicago Tribune, WLS-TV and Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider have brought us to a new low.
Terror and the Court
Opinion Journal
The instant reading of yesterday's Supreme Court rulings on terror suspects is that they were, as the Associated Press asserted, "a setback to the Bush Administration's war against terrorism." After reading the opinions, we'd say it's more accurate to call them a modest but important victory for the Presidency...
Waging War On Wal-Mart
by George F. Will
The use of laws to block Wal-Mart in order to preserve 'community' frequently is, in reality, avarice masquerading as pretty altruism. Some progressives, as liberals now prefer to be known, would rather rid the world of Wal-Mart than of Baathists...

Monday, June 28, 2004

What Alliance?
Opinion Journal
Our friends in NATO are failing the Iraq test...This sorry NATO record should also bring a dose of reality to American politicians who invoke "multilateralism" like a mantra...Earlier this month, the U.S. and Europe commemorated the sacrifices of American soldiers on the Normandy beaches to liberate Europe from the Nazis in 1944. For the next 60 years, American taxpayers footed most of the bill to protect Europe, most recently deploying forces to stop the Balkan wars. Somehow Europeans appear to believe Americans will continue doing this indefinitely, regardless of European behavior and attitudes. They are badly mistaken.
Transcript: Iraqi Swearing-in Remarks
Fox News
The following is a transcript of the remarks delivered at the swearing-in ceremony of the interim Iraqi Government: Al-Yawer, Interim President; Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Interim Vice President; Ayad Allawi, Interim Prime Minister...

Sunday, June 27, 2004

The Fabric of America
by Dennis Prager
...many conservatives who are worried about Mexican immigration lose sight of the forest for the trees...If more and more Americans do not understand the unique American value system that must be transmitted to the next generation, we will not survive as an American civilization, with or without immigrants. What is this unique American value system? Just look at any American coin. America's three primary values are inscribed on it: "In God we trust" (we are a Judeo-Christian country); e pluribus unum ("from many, one" - America is multiethnic, not multicultural); "Liberty" (America is animated by love of liberty, not as the Left here and in Europe are, by love of equality)...
The Grand Bumblers
By T.C. Wretchard
People who really insist on characterizing US strategy and forces in Iraq as bumbling failures should really go back to 1995, in the golden era of Clintonian peace, where despite appearances all was not well...

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Iraq: 'Mission impossible'
by Bill Steigerwald
Yossef Bodansky by himself has as many credentials for knowing what's going on...His latest book, "The Secret History of the Iraq War," documents the active cooperation between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida and argues that the war in Iraq -- which he supported -- was doomed from the start by massive U.S. intelligence failures..."The conflict to come will be a total war for all involved"...
Dithering as Others Die
by Nicholas D. Kristoff
The ongoing genocide in Darfur is finally, fortunately, making us uncomfortable. At this rate, with only 250,000 more deaths it will achieve the gravitas of the Laci Peterson case...The U.N. describes Darfur as the No. 1 humanitarian crisis in the world today. The U.S. Agency for International Development estimates that at best 320,000 more people will still die of hunger and disease this year — or significantly more if we continue to do nothing...
China's Military Threat
The Washington Times
...The balance of power in Eastern Asia is quickly shifting in China's favor, especially in regards to Taiwan. Even if high-tech nations restrict arms trade with China, it is committing more resources toward modernizing its military than any other nation in the region. It is only a matter of time. As such, it is clear that the Bush administration's security strategy of ensuring U.S. military preeminence in the world applies to both fighting terror as well as guaranteeing peace.

Friday, June 25, 2004

Clinton First Linked al Qaeda to Saddam
by Rowan Scarborough
The Clinton administration talked about firm evidence linking Saddam Hussein's regime to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network years before President Bush made the same statements. The issue arose again this month after the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States reported there was no "collaborative relationship" between the old Iraqi regime and bin Laden...
Saudi Government-controlled Television Incites Jihad, Violence Against U.S.
Center for Security Policy
...Rather than use their exposure to teach moderation and tolerance, however, these Saudis propagate ideas with consistent themes: "calls for the annihilation of Christians and Jews, rampant anti-Americanism and antisemitism, support for Jihad, incitement against U.S. troops in Iraq, and the coming Islamic conquest of the U.S"...
Muslim Children Play at Beheading
Northeast Intelligence Network
A video located today on Sheik Abu Hamza's website, www.shareeah.org, features four children, doing what as children the world over do: pretending. But what is completely unnerving about this video is what they are pretending. One young boy kneels in front of three other children, in the same manner of the condemned man; Three other children stand behind him in the same way that the terrorists stood over the men prior to their beheading. The three standing children are armed with pretend weapons. One of the three children is a girl. The tallest of the three standing children pretends he is Zarqawi, and reads a list of demands. The film clip ends with the pretend beheading of the kneeling child. Chilling.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Tancredo Blasts Mexican President For Making Campaign Promises To Illegals in the United States
by Congressman Tom Tancredo
..."One can only imagine the reaction of the Mexican Government if President Bush were to travel to Mexico City and encourage Americans living there to violate Mexican law." said Tancredo, chairman of the Immigration Reform Caucus. "I find it extremely disturbing that President Fox is touring areas with high illegal immigration populations and promising them more rights! If Fox wants to help, and spread the word of hope to Mexican nationals, he should do it in the streets of Mexico, not in the heart of Chicago"...
Fetal Pain and Our Disconnect
by Steve Chapman
One of the most dramatic medical advances of recent years has been the use of surgery to correct birth defects--before birth...When they operate, it may surprise you to learn, they provide anesthesia not only to the mother but also to the fetus...But some people wish you wouldn't think about that fact...Why is it controversial to suggest that a woman may benefit from having sound information about her fetus? No one objects to laws against cruelty to animals. There, we figure, the least we can do is minimize the pain inflicted on a helpless creature. Even if a fetus has no rights of its own, what's the harm in confronting its capacity to suffer?...
Sarasota Principal Defends Bush From "Fahrenheit 9/11" Portrayal
Associated Press
Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9/11" criticizes President Bush for listening to Sarasota second-graders read a story for nearly seven minutes after learning the nation was under attack on Sept. 11, 2001. But Gwendolyn Tose'-Rigell, the principal at Emma E. Booker Elementary School, says Bush handled himself properly...the video doesn't convey all that was going on in the classroom, but Bush's presence had a calming effect and "helped us get through a very difficult day"...The principal said she didn't vote for Bush. "But that day I would have voted for him."
The War Dividend
by Hugh Hewitt
...Regimes--even unstable, evil regimes--watch events and calculate on the basis of patterns and results. Only John Kerry, Michael Moore, and the rest of the political left seem willfully blind to the benefits of the liberation of Iraq.
Saddam's Censored Sadism
by Deborah Orin
...By contrast [Sen. Rick Santorum] points to "front-page, eye-catching, big headlines that say, 'America bad, America fails.' What is the overall message that's getting out? It's not what's mentioned in paragraph 13 — 'Oh, by the way, Saddam was bad, too.'"...Most of the press still isn't ready to face up to how to report the real horrors of what terrorists do. It would be a good start if newspapers like the Times would admit there's a problem when they downplay those horrors.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Culture of Hate
by Amir Taheri
...The tragedy that struck Johnson is the product of a culture of hatred, arrogance and cruelty built over decades by the Saudi society...Until recently, Saudi textbooks taught schoolchildren to regard non-Muslims as sub-humans who did not deserve the same respect due to "true believers," that is to say the followers of the officially approved Hanbali brand of Islam...To say that killing Johnson was wrong would mean accepting that he, though not a Muslim, was a full human being with an equal right to live. And that is the huge historic, indeed doctrinal, leap that Islam must take before it can contain and defeat the terrorists who are trying to change it beyond recognition...
A Global Power Shift in the Making
by James F. Hoge, Jr.
Global power shifts happen rarely and are even less often peaceful. Washington must take heed: Asia is rising fast, with its growing economic power translating into political and military strength. The West must adapt -- or be left behind...
Iranian Gambit
by Ralph Peters
The seizure of eight British servicemen by Iran's Revolutionary Guards isn't about a border violation. It's meant to test the Coalition in Iraq, punish Britain for criticizing Tehran's nuclear quest — and recharge domestic support for Iran's hardliners. Those eight hostages are pawns in a great strategic game for stakes far beyond the minor scale of the incident itself. Iran's hardliners are gambling. If the West — with London in the lead this time — fails to call their bluff, our weakness will virtually guarantee future conflict in the Persian Gulf...
The Great Cash Cow
by William Safire
This was the biggest cash cow in the history of the world," says one of the insiders familiar with the $10 billion U.N. oil-for-food scandal. "Everybody — traders, contractors, banks, inspectors — was milking it. It was supposed to buy food with the money from oil that the U.N. allowed Saddam to sell, but less than half went for that. Perfume, limos, a shipment of 1,500 Ping-Pong tables, for God's sake." Another whistle-blower, often on the "graveyard shift" of round-the-clock operations at the U.N.'s New York Office of the Iraq Program, explains the workings of the historic rip-off...

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Divided We Fall
by Debra Burlingame
The 9/11 Commission becomes another Beltway soap opera...While I am skeptical of the commission's stated determination to keep politics out of its final report, I have no doubt whatsoever that with the presidential election just months away, those editors and producers who package the news will find it impossible not to do what they've done since Watergate changed the face of journalism: find a smoking gun, present it to the American people, and congratulate the effort as "what distinguishes us from our enemies." Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden and his murdering tribe will sit back with satisfaction as they watch the infidels tear themselves apart...
Unfairenheit 9/11: The Lies of Michael Moore
by Christopher Hitchens
...To describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability...To describe it as an exercise in facile crowd-pleasing would be too obvious. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of "dissenting" bravery...
Enemies Together
by Robert Pollock
Clinton was right: Saddam and al Qaeda had numerous connections...Damningly, Mr. Hayes reminds us [in his book, The Connection] that Saddam's connections to terrorism and al Qaeda were taken as a given before the 2000 election by both the establishment media and former officials--such as Richard Clarke and Al Gore--who are now at pains to deny them. The connection was even cited in the Clinton administration's 1998 indictment of bin Laden. Surely the former president will want to remind Americans of this fact as he embarks on his book tour.
The End of Power
by Niall Ferguson
...each of the obvious 21st-century hegemons--the U.S., Europe, China--seems to contain within it the seeds of decline; while Islam remains a diffuse force in world politics, lacking the resources of a superpower...If the U.S. is to retreat from the role of global hegemon--its fragile self-belief dented by minor reversals--its critics must not pretend that they are ushering in a new era of multipolar harmony. The alternative to unpolarity may not be multipolarity at all. It may be a global vacuum of power. Be careful what you wish for.

Monday, June 21, 2004

The Torturers of Saddam's Abu Ghraib and Their Place in the New Iraq
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
...Video of Iraqi torture victims ...Much of the recent controversy surrounding Abu Ghraib has made only vague reference to the prison's nightmarish past. Under Saddam Hussein, some thirty thousand people were executed there, and countless more were tortured and mutilated, returning to Iraqi society as visible evidence of the brutality of Baathist rule instead of being lost to the anonymity of mass graves...
The Pastiche of a Presidency, Imitating a Life, in 957 Pages
by Michiko Kakutani
...The book, which weighs in at more than 950 pages, is sloppy, self-indulgent and often eye-crossingly dull — the sound of one man prattling away, not for the reader, but for himself and some distant recording angel of history...
There was a Link Between Saddam and al-Qa'eda
by Melanie Phillips
...Of course, one should be wary of intelligence. But the volume and specificity of these claims surely mean they should be addressed. Yet journalists for whom such nuggets would normally trigger a feeding frenzy astonishingly fail to report them and mislead the public instead. That is because the only story in town is that George W Bush and Tony Blair lied - a blinding certainty that cannot be disturbed by anything so inconvenient as the facts.

Sunday, June 20, 2004

Russians Gave US Secret File on Iraqis
by Julius Strauss
..."After September 11, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services, the intelligence service, received information that officials from Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist attacks in the United States and outside against American military and other interests," said Mr Putin...
Teaching Sensitivity Can be a Disgraceful Exercise
by Linda Seebach
..."Teaching children about abuse should never include abusing them," the mother wrote. "Committing a hate crime should not be the way we teach our youngsters about hate crimes"...It's bad enough to do this to adults in mandatory corporate diversity training, who at least know it is an exercise and are partly prepared for it. Forcing it on children, with no warning that it is an exercise, is unconscionable...
Embryonic Stem Cell Research is Wrong
by Joseph Perkins
...there are no such problems with use of adult stem cells, a noncontroversial alternative to embryonic stem cell research that requires no destruction of human embryos, which has yielded far more encouraging results than medical experiments using embryonic stem cells.
Kerry's Cruel Realism
by David Brooks
...Imagine if you are a Cuban political prisoner rotting in a jail, and you learn that the leader of the oldest democratic party in the world thinks you're being counterproductive. Kerry's comment is a harpoon directed at the morale of Cuba's dissidents. Imagine sitting in Castro's secret police headquarters and reading that statement. The lesson you draw is that crackdowns work. Throw some dissidents in jail, and the man who might be president of the United States will blame the democrats for being provocative...
The Playground
by William F. Buckley, Jr.
A conversation about "Under God"...

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Yearning for a Return to Disastrous Pre-9/11 Foreign Policy
by Clifford L. May
The terrorist attacks of 9/11 — self-evidently — signaled the worst intelligence failure in American history. Less well understood: They also signaled the worst policy failure...How disloyal, it must seem to them, to abandon long-held policies simply because those policies have failed...
Analysts Defend NORAD’s 9/11 Role
By Pam Zubeck
The international command that monitors incoming airstrikes shouldn’t be blamed for being unprepared for the Sept. 11 attacks because no one could have foreseen the strikes, defense policy analysts said...the inability of the Air Force to launch fighter jets in time to shoot down the hijacked planes was more a result of the Cold War’s end than neglect...
CIA's McLaughlin Reported Al-Qaeda/Saddam Link Two Years Ago
Senate Congressional Record (10/9/02)
...We have credible reporting that al-Qa’ida leaders sought contacts in Iraq who could help them acquire WMD capabilities. The reporting also stated that Iraq has provided training to al-Qa’ida members in the areas of poisons and gases and making conventional bombs. Iraq’s increasing support to extremist Palestinians, coupled with growing indications of a relationship with al-Qa’ida, suggest that Baghdad’s links to terrorists will increase, even absent US military action...
Saudi Arabia: Al Qaeda's Strategic Goals
by James Eldridge
...Stratfor accurately predicted in October 2002 that a war in Saudi Arabia would erupt between al Qaeda and the ruling House of Saud. That war is under way. Al Qaeda's tactics have become all too clear, with killings and kidnappings of Westerners having become a common event. Al Qaeda's strategic goals are, however, more obscure. Saudi Arabia is the golden egg. Economically, politically, religiously and socially, it is a perfect fit for al Qaeda's orientation and ambitions. The kingdom is rich beyond belief -- capable of influencing global oil supplies and, by extension, global politics; it is religiously and socially Wahhabi, fiercely and independently tribal. It is the spiritual heartland of al Qaeda itself...

Friday, June 18, 2004

The Sacred Muslim Practice of Beheading
by Andrew G. Bostom
...Recent jihad-inspired decapitations of infidels by Muslims have occurred across the globe -- Christians in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Nigeria; Hindu priests and "unveiled" Hindu women in Kashmir; Wall Street Journal reporter, and Jew, Daniel Pearl [and Nick Berg, and now, Paul Johnson]. We should not be surprised that these contemporary paroxysms of jihad violence are accompanied by ritualized beheadings. Such gruesome acts are in fact sanctioned by core Islamic sacred texts, and classical Muslim jurisprudence. Empty claims that jihad decapitations are somehow "alien to true Islam," however well-intentioned, undermine serious efforts to reform and desacralize Islamic doctrine. This process will only begin with frank discussion, both between non-Muslims and Muslims, and within the Muslim community.
The Beheading of Paul Johnson
Northeast Intelligence Network
The message that accompanied the photos of slain hostage Paul Johnson today included this chilling: "As for the Americans and their supporters, blasphemers and criminals who ganged up in their coalition for a war on Islam, this action is an example and a lesson for them to be sure that those of them who came to our country will receive the same fate and God is our guide to the path of righteousness"...
Saddam and al Qaeda
by James Joyner
...we know that Saddam funded Islamist terrorists. We know that his government had significant and repeated contact with al Qaeda...Obviously, Saddam was no Islamist. Saddam supported these groups, not because he believed in their cause -- indeed, they would likely have turned on him at some point -- but because doing so bolstered his standing in the Arab world and harmed his enemies, especially the Americans. In war, the enemy of my enemy is often my friend.
Misleading Reporting
by Bill O'Reilly
...The 9/11 Commission has come to some conclusions and Thursday newspapers across the country blared headlines...But if you read below the headlines you see the Commission said something a bit different: That there was no a collaborative relationship between Saddam and Al Qaeda regarding Sept. 11. That's true, but there were certainly links and ties between Saddam and Al Qaeda and that's provable. The smoking gun is Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, an Al Qaeda leader who found his way to Baghdad after being severely wounded fighting against American forces in Afghanistan...
Coconuts in Wyoming?
by Steven Milloy
It's almost summer in the northern hemisphere, and that can only mean one thing — it's time for global-warming activists to sound the alarm...Factoring in the other greenhouse gases, the total human contribution to the greenhouse effect is about 0.3 percent. In other words, about 99.7 percent of the greenhouse effect is due entirely to nature. When you consider that the greenhouse effect contributes about 60 degrees Fahrenheit to the Earth's average temperature (which would be about zero degrees Fahrenheit without the greenhouse effect), it doesn't really seem like atmospheric carbon dioxide levels — even if they triple or quadruple because of human activities — are all that important to global climate...
Big Butts, Small Brains
by Craig J. Cantoni
...A case in point was the lead story on big butts, er, obesity, in the June 7 issue of Time Magazine. The story included the results of an opinion survey on obesity...This illogical small-brained thinking can be summarized with the following syllogism: Individuals are responsible for being obese. Individuals can reduce obesity by eating less and exercising more. Therefore, the federal government should do something, including taxing people who are not obese and giving their money to those who are...

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Return of the Wrong Robots
by Suzanne Fields
...The career women have declared war on stay-at-home mommies with the vengeance that the Stepford husbands applied to stereotyping their wives a quarter of a century ago. It's not clear whether the career women are driven by defensiveness or a fear that they're missing one of life's great experiences -- raising their children...
Wrong Again
by Richard Miniter
...The 9/11 panel seems recklessly naive when it takes the word of the intelligence community as gospel. A wise commissioner would remember that everyone has an institutional interest, a bias. (E.g., for many in the intelligence community, conceding that Iraq could have been one of bin Laden's backers would be admitting that they were wrong for the past decade and wrong to oppose the Iraq war.) And a neutral commissioner would conclude that the jury is still out on Iraq-al Qaeda, not stamp it "case closed"...A wealth of evidence on the public record — from government reports and congressional testimony to news accounts from major newspapers — attests to longstanding ties between bin Laden and Saddam...
Saudi Arabia: Al Qaeda's Many Layers
Stratfor Intelligence Brief
Al Qaeda ratcheted up the war in Saudi Arabia this week and is focusing on terrorizing Western expatriate workers connected to the defense and energy industries. The rising tension has focused attention on al Qaeda's public face inside the kingdom: Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin. He is only one piece of a much larger, multilayered structure involving thousands of al Qaeda members deployed throughout the oil-rich kingdom...

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Reporting for the Enemy
by Deborah Orin
The video only lasts four minutes or so — gruesome scenes of torture from the days when Saddam Hussein's thugs ruled Abu Ghraib prison. I couldn't bear to watch, so I walked out until it was over. Some who stayed wished they hadn't. They told of savage scenes of decapitation, fingers chopped off one by one, tongues hacked out with a razor blade — all while victims shriek in pain and the thugs chant Saddam's praises...
News report showing limited excerpts of the Saddam Hussain torture videos
Turtle Bay's Latest Coverup
by Claudia Rosett
...What's missing at the U.N. is not another survey by another consulting firm, or another 90-page report, or another investigation which serves chiefly to pre-empt criticism while fixing not much. The basic flaws are simple: Anytime you create a large institution, accord it great privileges of secrecy, give it a big budget, and have it run by someone immune from any sane standard of accountability, you are likely to get a corrupt organization. And unless the ground rules change, Mr. Annan's tactic of exhorting senior staff to be more accountable has about as much chance of success as Mikhail Gorbachev's efforts in the 1980s to fix the U.S.S.R. by telling Soviet citizens to stop drinking...
More Evidence Communists Honoring Kerry
World Net Daily
..."The critical issue is that the Vietnamese communists have chosen to honor Senator Kerry in their War Crimes Museum for his assistance in helping them achieve victory over the United States," the group says. Vets for the Truth points out the sign at the entrance to the display room reads: "The World Supports Vietnam in its Resistance." Also exhibited inside the room are protest banners and emblems from various nations and photographs of international leaders who supported North Vietnam's cause...
Kerry's Choice for Religious Outreach Director 'Confounding,' Group Says
by Melanie Hunter
...Mara Vanderslice, who formerly worked as religion outreach director for Democrat Howard Dean, was raised without any faith and didn't become an evangelical Christian until she attended Earlham College...Upon college graduation, Donohue said, Vanderslice spoke at rallies organized by ACT-UP, an anti-Catholic group that disrupted Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in 1989 and spit the Eucharist on the floor...

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

Feeding the Minotaur
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Nearly three years after 9/11 we are in the strangest of all paradoxes: a war against fascists that we can easily win but are clearly not ready to fully wage. We have the best 500,000 soldiers in the history of civilization, a resolute president, and an informed citizenry that has already received a terrible preemptive blow that killed thousands. Yet what a human comedy it has now all become...
We Are Not Making Happy Americans
by Dennis Prager
...Like religious identity, national identity is either ignored or viewed with contempt. As a result, many have no greater sense of purpose than getting good grades, getting into a good college, becoming famous and being successful. And thanks to the secular immersion they undergo, they do not believe there is any transcendent meaning to life. That is one reason so many young people are jaded...This nation was deeply influenced by Ronald Reagan's ideas. We need to be as influenced by his happiness.
Unhappy Voters Send a Message
The Economist
In the European Parliament’s elections, turnout was low, governing parties generally suffered and a clutch of anti-EU parties did notably well. This may make it harder to reach agreement on the proposed EU constitution...The parliament has steadily gained power over the course of the EU’s history but, sadly, its image has only suffered over time. It is perceived as being distant from voters, despite being the only EU institution with a direct democratic connection to them. Recent media exposés mean that the parliament is probably now best known for its members’ abuse of their perks...
Lieutenant Governor: No-Show Kerry Should Quit Senate
by Carl Limbacher
...According to the Associated Press, Kerry has bothered to vote only 14 times out of the Senate's 112 votes this year. "It's not fair, it's not right, and the public is not being well served," observed [Lt. Gov.] Healey, who said she was speaking on behalf of Gov. Mitt Romney...
A National Park Ranger's Finest Hour
by Frosty Wooldridge
...Welcome to Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Southwestern Arizona on the border of Mexico—the most dangerous national park (monument) in the United States. If you visit, you could be killed at a campsite or on a hike if you happen to cross paths with 21st century desperadoes. This national treasure lays on the boundary with Mexico where assassins, drug smugglers and human traffickers ply their trade 24/7...
U.S. Subsidizes Russia’s Weapons of Mass Destruction
The New American
...Russia agreed, under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to destroy its declared stockpile of more than 40,000 metric tons of chemical weapons. However, pleading poverty, Russia prevailed upon the West to help construct facilities to destroy the weapons. The "international community" (meaning principally the U.S.) responded, providing over a billion and a half dollars in aid. But, according to a recent news release from Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Russia has destroyed only slightly more than one percent of its stockpile and "has no credible plan for destroying the remainder of its nerve gas stockpile"...

Monday, June 14, 2004

Are Euro Airlines Inviting Next 9-11?
by Joseph Farah
...The analysis is based in part on the fact passengers of diverse ethnicities and religions use cross-Atlantic flights from such countries as the UK and Germany. Air-travel security officers are of the opinion such a hijacking attack can be planned to occur at the end of a long flight when passengers and cabin crew are less alert...
Muslim Ongoing Conflicts in the World
Conflicts in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt, Indonesia, India/Pakistan, Iraq, Israel, Iran, Kosovo, Nigeria, Sudan, and the Philippines are summarized.
The Chinese Age?
New York Post
A storm is brewing across the Pacific and almost no one seems to be paying at tention — except the Pentagon. With all eyes pealed on Iraq and terrorism, only a precious few outside of dedicated China hands have noticed the swelling military might of the People's Republic of China...
Tear Down This U.N. Stonewall
by William Safire
...Though the U.N. purchases were supposedly to supply desperate Iraqis with food or medicine, most of this evidence deals with items like construction equipment from Russia, hundreds of Mercedes-Benz limousines from Germany and thousands of bottles of perfume from France...
Los Angeles Name Too Godly for U.S.?
World Net Daily
...Jay Sekulow of the Virginia-based American Center for Law and Justice told the paper last week's fight over the county seal is merely part of a growing trend. "[The goal is to] purge all religious observances and references from American public life. Will [opponents] try to get the name of Los Angeles changed? Sure. Why not, if they can get the cross removed from the seal?"
Happy Flag Day
...Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
The Mansions of the Lord
The moving hymn and orchestral score at the end of Ronald Reagan's funeral is actually not a hymn, but was written for the movie We Were Soldiers. The link above is to a memorial tribute site for veterans and streams the hymn as originally performed for the movie.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

The Torture Canard
Opinion Journal
...U.S. soldiers are better protected by preserving the distinction between legal and illegal combatants. This is the reason President Bush decided not to give POW status to captured Taliban and al Qaeda fighters. Far from sanctioning torture, Mr. Bush also ordered that they receive the same humane treatment required under the Conventions...
Mullahs with Nukes
by Bennett Ramberg
It's been nearly two years since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) initiated efforts to determine Iran's nuclear weapons status. Iranian dissidents prompted the investigation when they revealed the revolutionary regime's secret nuclear enrichment program. The disclosure set off alarms in Washington and other capitals...the Iranian atomic weapons die is cast. Therefore, it's not too early to ponder strategies to prevent the nuclear Middle East from exploding.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

The Politics of Partisan Neutrality
by Louis Bolce and Gerald De Maio
Americans who want to understand conflicts between Democrats and Republicans during the election season have received precious little help from the media. While reporters usually recognize that there is some sort of problem about “values” and about “faith-based” principles, and that the Democrats and Republicans are often on opposite sides, writers and editors tend to publish news and analysis as if the situation were as follows: The Christian right, having infiltrated the Republican Party, is importing its divisive religious ideas into our public life, whereas the Democratic Party is the neutral camp of tolerant and pluralistic Americans...
Hitting a Nerve: News, Religion, Class
by Terry Mattingly
When it comes to media-bias surveys, God is almost as big a story these days as the president of the United States...Once again, the Pew survey has raised a divisive question about media bias: Is the wide gap between journalists and their readers on social issues the result of (a) politics, (b) social class, (c) religious practice or (d) all of the above?...

Friday, June 11, 2004

Remembering President Reagan
Funeral Program
Complete List of Music Performed at the Funeral
Text of President George W. Bush's Tribute
Text of Former President George H. W. Bush's Tribute
Text of Baroness Margaret Thatcher's Tribute
Text of Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's Tribute
List of Dignitaries Attending the Funeral
Pope Pays Tribute to Reagan
"I Knew Him as Dad:" Final Farewells
Fox News Photo Essay of the National Funeral
Fox News Photo Essay of Reagan's Adult Life
New York Times Photo Essay
Time Photo Essay
Reagan in His Own Words
What They Said: Critics in Reagan's Day
In Solidarity
by Lech Walesa
When talking about Ronald Reagan, I have to be personal. We in Poland took him so personally. Why? Because we owe him our liberty. This can't be said often enough by people who lived under oppression for half a century, until communism fell in 1989...I distinguish between two kinds of politicians. There are those who view politics as a tactical game, a game in which they do not reveal any individuality, in which they lose their own face. There are, however, leaders for whom politics is a means of defending and furthering values. For them, it is a moral pursuit. They do so because the values they cherish are endangered. They're convinced that there are values worth living for, and even values worth dying for. Otherwise they would consider their life and work pointless. Only such politicians are great politicians and Ronald Reagan was one of them...
Reagan was More than Just an Optimist
by Charles Krauthammer
...the liberal establishment that alternately ridiculed and demonized Ronald Reagan throughout his presidency is in a quandary. How to remember a man they anathematized for eight years, but who enjoys both the overwhelming affection of the American people and decisive vindication by history? They found their way to do it. They dwell endlessly on the man's smile, his sunny personality, his good manners. Above all, his optimism...
For Reagan, All Life Was Sacred
by William P. Clark
Ronald Reagan had not passed from this life for 48 hours before proponents of human embryonic stem-cell research began to suggest that such ethically questionable scientific work should be promoted under his name. But this cannot honestly be done without ignoring President Reagan's own words and actions. Ronald Reagan's record reveals that no issue was of greater importance to him than the dignity and sanctity of all human life.
Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation
by President Ronald Reagan (1983)
...Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Ron and Bill
by Dick Morris
...Clinton was Reagan's ratifier. Taking office a decade after the Reagan Revolution, the Democratic president left the budget reductions largely in place, accepting the philosophical mandates of limiting government, balancing the budget and curbing welfare and embracing them as his own. Welfare reform, the very embodiment of the Reagan agenda, stands out as the Clinton administration's signal achievement. Its requirement of work as a precondition for receiving benefits and time limits that preclude a lifetime on the dole are right out of the Reagan platform...
The Modest Giant
by Jeff Jacoby
...All week long, the accolades have emphasized the character and values that made him the man he was -- his optimism, his patriotism, his self-deprecating humor, his moral clarity, his rocklike belief that freedom is the birthright of every human being, his willingness to call evil by its name, his faith in God, his sheer guts. But one trait has gone largely unmentioned: His remarkable humility...
Ronald Reagan's Faith
The Washington Times
Ronald Reagan spoke eloquently in many ways. But the Great Communicator may be best remembered for his words of faith and the cultural changes that followed them. Faith was the wellspring of his optimism; it was the guiding star of his presidency. Mr. Reagan's faith was the foundation of all he did, and it remains the cornerstone of his legacy...

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

The World Warms to a New Iraq
Chicago Tribune
...The 15-0 vote is a welcome endorsement by the members of the Security Council of the process for transferring sovereignty to the new Iraqi government. But if the members are truly committed to a new, free Iraq, they have to contribute more than warm words...countries now on the sidelines must consider the potential consequences of their inaction. There is a limited window of time--about six months--before elections are scheduled to take place. It is imperative for the legitimacy of those elections that Iraq's bloody insurgency be quelled. If those nations seek, as they say they do, to empower a duly elected Iraqi leadership, then now is the time to help make that happen...
Growing Up With Ronald Reagan
by Frederick Turner
...This is the pathology of our "baby boomers" -- or that part of them who yearn for and can never grow out of the Summer of Love, the happy time when the parents were indulgent enough to give them everything they wanted, but fuddy-duddy enough to be dismissed as competitors. Those who never grow up in our society always blame our own responsible officials when something goes wrong...
Reagan Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate
President Ronald Reagan (1987)
...There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace , if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!...
Taliban Come to Los Angeles
by Dennis Prager
...Given the relationship between changing the past and totalitarianism, there is reason to be amply frightened by the current decision of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to change the seal of Los Angeles County. Solely because of a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union threatening a lawsuit against Los Angeles County, the Board voted three to two to remove a tiny cross from the seal...

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Saudi Oil Crown Slipping Away?
The Stratfor Weekly
Attacks against expatriates working in the Saudi Arabian oil patch have accelerated in tempo and intensity during the past several months. If this trend is not reversed -- which is not likely -- Riyadh will slowly fall from its current position as the kingpin of global energy markets. Oil prices will be both higher and more volatile, Saudi social stability far less guaranteed and OPEC less a force to be reckoned with...
Iraqi Gratitude
Opinion Journal
A myth has developed that Iraqis aren't grateful for their liberation from Saddam. So it's worth noting that the leaders of Iraq's new interim government have been explicit and gracious in their thanks, not that you've heard this from the U.S. media...
Reagan Knew Why the EU Won't Work
by Mark Steyn
'We are a nation that has a government - not the other way around." Of all the marvellous Ronald Reagan lines retailed over the weekend, that's my favourite. He said it in his inaugural address in 1981, and it encapsulates his legacy at home and abroad...

Monday, June 07, 2004

A President Who Listened
by former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev
...The personal rapport that emerged between us over the years helped me to appreciate Ronald Reagan's human qualities. A true leader, a man of his word and an optimist, he traveled the journey of his life with dignity and faced courageously the cruel disease that darkened his final years. He has earned a place in history and in people's hearts.
The True Spirit of Independence
by Stephen Robinson
...Reagan's radical idea was to convince Americans that the US federal government was as unlikely to make them rich and happy as the Soviet Union's elite was to bring freedom to its subject peoples. That this argument seems commonplace today is Ronald Reagan's achievement...
Thanks From a Grateful Country
by Peggy Noonan
...His story was classically, movingly rags-to-riches; he was a nobody who became a somebody in the American way, utterly on his own and with the help of millions...
Remarks at an Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast
by President Ronald Reagan (1984)
...These past few weeks it seems that we've all been hearing a lot of talk about religion and its role in politics, religion and its place in the political life of the Nation....Without God, there is no virtue, because there's no prompting of the conscience. Without God, we're mired in the material, that flat world that tells us only what the senses perceive. Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under...

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Speech Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of D-Day
by President Ronald Reagan
...It was the deep knowledge -- and pray God we have not lost it -- that there is a profound moral difference between the use of force for liberation and the use of force for conquest. You were here to liberate, not to conquer, and so you and those others did not doubt your cause. And you were right not to doubt...
Other Reagan speeches are available on the page's right sidebar
The New Defeatism
by Victor Davis Hanson
...We do have a grave problem in this country, but it is not the plan for Iraq, the neoconservatives, or targeting Saddam. Face it: This present generation of leaders at home would never have made it to Normandy Beach. They would instead have called off the advance to hold hearings on Pearl Harbor, cast around blame for the Japanese internment, sued over the light armor and guns of Sherman tanks, apologized for bombing German civilians, and recalled General Eisenhower to Washington to explain the rough treatment of Axis prisoners...
If D-Day Had Been Reported On Today
by William A. Mayer
Tragic French Offensive Stalled on Beaches (Normandy, France - June 6, 1944) - Pandemonium, shock and sheer terror predominate today's events in Europe. In an as yet unfolding apparent fiasco, Supreme Allied Commander, Gen. Dwight David Eisenhower's troops got a rude awakening this morning at Omaha Beach here in Normandy...

Saturday, June 05, 2004

Dreams and Prophetic 'Prompts' Played into the Presidency of Ronald Reagan
Spirit Daily
...Reagan considered Pope John Paul II to be one of the greatest moral leaders and the Pope -- who, like Reagan, believed he had been saved from an assassin by a miracle -- thought of the president as an "instrument of God." There was also Mother Teresa of Calcutta -- who told Reagan, in words that reduced Reagan to silence (and Nancy to tears), that the assassination attempt and his survival occurred because through the pain and suffering, he would now understand the suffering of the world -- and because "at this time your country and the world need you"...
Mourning in America: Ronald Reagan Dies at 93
Fox News
...Reagan brought a grandfatherly warmth to Republican issues and values that attracted supporters across a broad political spectrum. He successfully implemented most of his campaign promises: reducing government bureaucracy and regulation, cutting taxes in favor of "trickle-down, or supply-side economics — which became known as Reaganomics (search) — and building a strong defense while fighting the spread of communism. These moves won him wide appeal and an even wider margin of victory in 1984, when he won the electoral votes of 49 states...
Photo essays and related articles appear on the page.
'Partial Truth' Abortion
by Thomas Sowell
...[Partial birth abortion's] purpose is not medical but legal: to keep the doctor and the mother from being indicted for killing a newborn baby. Whether you are for or against this, you ought to know what it is. But there are newspapers, TV programs and whole networks you could watch for years without ever finding out. They have decided what you can be allowed to know. That is the real problem of media bias...
Depressed and Dosed in the Absence of Time
by Kathleen Parker
...The problem of course is that Me-ness is the natural and age-appropriate view of children, not parents. In both the Prozac and restaurant-nanny stories, the common thread is adult convenience at children's expense. We embrace and celebrate the pill fix because it suits us, not because it's really good news for kids who are depressed because no one has time for them...

Friday, June 04, 2004

What is a Moderate Republican?
by Craig J. Cantoni
...Can someone please tell me what a "moderate Republican" is? I think it is someone who goes along with Democrats regarding increased taxes and spending on education and other social programs, but I'm not sure. If that is the right definition, then I have a follow-up question: Why is that considered moderation? To me, the term smacks of some kind of Orwellian doublespeak or Politburo propaganda, especially considering the statistics on the growth of government...which I'll summarize below...
From Rome to Baghdad
by Philip R. O'Connor
Sixty years ago today Americans awoke to the news that Rome had been liberated from the fascists. The Allied Italian Campaign was, as Iraq is now, a separately managed conflict in a global war. In 1944, the enemy was a coalition seeking to impose frightful and dehumanizing regimes -- paradise for them and hell on earth for everyone else. Those looking for an apt analogy for the Iraq War can look to Italy 1943-45...
Tenet's Resignation
by John McIntyre
...while there is no question we need to learn from past mistakes, the White House and Congress need to focus on what to do - going forward - to fix and improve our nation's intelligence capabilities instead of fighting over who is to blame for its past failures.
Iraq, Iran, and Saudia Arabia: U.S. Strategy
by George Friedman
The United States has clearly entered a new phase of the Iraq campaign in which its relationship with the Iraqi Shia has been de-emphasized while relationships with Sunnis have been elevated. This has an international effect as well. It obviously affects Iranian ambitions. It also helps strengthen the weakening hand of the Saudi government by reducing the threat of a Shiite rising in strategic parts of the kingdom that could threaten the flow of oil. The United States is creating a much more dynamic and fluid situation, but it is also enormously more complicated and difficult to manage...

Thursday, June 03, 2004

Another Victory for the ACLU in Its War on Christianity
by Bill O'Reilly
...Hamilton and the ACLU are part of the anti-Christian cabal in America that sees the Christian majority as oppressors. These people know they can never impose their secular agenda on this country while Judeo-Christian philosophy dominates the philosophical arena. That's because Judeo-Christian philosophy requires judgments about right and wrong in personal behavior. The secularists deplore that. They want an open society where anything goes, including legalized drugs, any kind of abortion, euthanasia, gay marriage and explicit images and speech on the public airwaves...The harsh truth is that many American Christians don't really care about what's happening...we are rapidly losing freedom in America. Judges are overruling the will of the people, and fascist organizations like the ACLU are imposing their secular will. And when was the last time you heard your priest, minister or rabbi talk about this? For me, the answer is simple. Never.
D-Day: The Liberation of Europe Has Lessons for Today's War Leaders
by Paul Johnson
...These reflections of D-Day and its aftermath remind us that military decisions can never be entirely separated from their political consequences. Geopolitics is like a game of chess: You have to think a dozen moves ahead. This is as true today as in 1944-45. When President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair decided to destroy Saddam Hussein's military power, they took a risk that was abundantly justified both geopolitically and morally. But they paid insufficient attention to the possible political consequences...
Impeach Judge Hamilton
The Washington Times
...On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton of California declared unconstitutional the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act passed overwhelmingly by Congress and signed scant months ago by the president, while being supported by 75 percent of the public...Such perversion is a practiced pattern for Judge Hamilton. In December, she declared as constitutional the role-playing of Islam forced on a class of seventh-graders at a California middle school...The only lawful remedy for such black-robed radicals -- who have manifestly hijacked the law and the lives of the most innocent members of society for their own ideological purposes -- is impeachment by the House and removal by the Senate...
There's Danger Ahead for You and Your Family
by Bill O'Reilly
...Here's who's letting us down. Congress and President Bush should have declared war on terrorism a long time ago, thereby setting the rules of engagement against Al Qaeda. In a declared war, military courts would be hearing the cases of suspected terrorists who are captured and new rules of interrogation could be defined. Remember, the Geneva Convention does not apply to terrorists who target civilians. The ACLU's vision of providing every captured terrorist with a civilian lawyer and the right to remain silent is quite simply dangerous and irresponsible. You don't handle a Jose Padilla the way you handle Martha Stewart...

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Federal Judge Says Women's Right to Abortion Trumps Unborns' Pain
by Jody Brown and Chad Groening
...Federal Judge Phyllis Hamilton ruled on Tuesday that a woman's right to have an abortion is paramount, and that it's "irrelevant" whether the unborn child suffers pain in the process...
Liberal Arguments: Still a Quagmire
by Ann Coulter
...Admittedly, Republicans were not mourning the deaths of Odai and Qusai the way Democrats were, but only a moron would think that killing these two monsters would mark the end of the war on terrorism. Normandy didn't end World War II. That didn't make it a failure. MacArthur was still in Tokyo straightening out Japan in 1950--five years after V-J Day. Not only was Japan an advanced and ethnically unified country, but U.S. forces also made things easier for MacArthur by killing several million of the most militant anti-American Japanese during World War II. Paul Bremer doesn't have this advantage in Iraq. In fact, he has the reverse situation: Saddam killed the most pro-American Iraqis before the war...

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Still Standing
By Marvin Olasky
In a White House interview, President Bush discusses his faith, his role in the battle against homosexual marriage, and his determination to fight terrorists "who conveniently use religion to kill"...
Friends, Friends With Benefits and the Benefits of the Local Mall
by Benoit Denizet-Lewis
...It's not that teenagers have given up on love altogether. Most of the high-school students I spent time with said they expected to meet the right person, fall in love and marry -- eventually. It's just that high school, many insist, isn't the place to worry about that. High school is about keeping your options open. Relationships are about closing them. As these teenagers see it, marriage and monogamy will seamlessly replace their youthful hookup careers sometime in their mid- to late 20's -- or, as one high-school boy from Rhode Island told me online, when "we turn 30 and no one hot wants us anymore"...
The Connection
by Stephen F. Hayes
Not so long ago, the ties between Iraq and al Qaeda were conventional wisdom. The conventional wisdom was right...
Gunmen Hunted 'Infidel' Westerners
BBC News
Survivors from the day-long hostage siege in the Saudi Arabian city of Khobar have been describing how the gunmen went from house to house searching for foreigners...
Liberal media? I'm shocked!
by John Leo
A new survey by the Pew Research Center says journalists have political and ideological leanings more liberal than those of the general public. Or, as a sensible headline might have put it: "Researchers ferret out the obvious yet again." One amused blogger wrote: "In other news, a second Pew study shows that the Earth is round and that the government's habit of taxing its citizens is likely to continue"...