"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

Saturday, July 31, 2004

An Open Letter to Young Voters
by Chris Collins
...It's no secret most of us are skeptical of politicians and their motives. At the very least, we want a commander-in-chief who will offer a positive message — a message that assures teens and 20-somethings that we are an essential part of the country and that our service is vitally needed. But we need more than words, we need guidance...
See Y'All in New York
Senator Zell Miller
Twelve years ago, I delivered one of the keynote addresses on the first night at the Democratic National Convention in New York. It was a stinging rebuke of the administration of George H.W. Bush and a ringing endorsement of Bill Clinton. This summer I'll again be speaking in New York, but it will be to the Republican Convention that renominates George W. Bush. Many have asked how I could have come so far in just over a decade. Frankly, I don't think I've changed much at all. At 72, I don't feel much need to change my opinions. Instead, the reason I didn't attend the Democratic Convention in Boston is that I barely recognize my party anymore...
The Wrong War
by Amir Taheri
...One of the things the Americans need to do in the war against terrorism is to unlearn the lessons of Vietnam. Kerry's speech was dominated by one powerful image: that of himself in "that gunboat in the Mekong delta." But that was the image of 1967. The image of 2004 is that of hijacked jetliners running into the twin towers in New York. U.S. strategy in this war must be built around that image. The choice the United States has is not between war and peace. The enemy it faces does not understand peace. As a statement attributed to Osama bin Laden, and addressed to the Europeans, said recently, there can be no peace with the "infidel"...
The Theresa Problem -- Tardy Hillary -- Ron Junior's Cloning
by Robert Novak
...A footnote: Big money contributors grumbled at what they considered their shabby treatment in Boston at the hands of Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe. One million-dollar donor was outraged that she was given a remote skybox at the FleetCenter with the view obscured by bags of balloons about to be dropped. One big giver designed a gag bumper sticker: "Stop Abuse of Major Contributors"...
All Things to All People
by David Brooks
There were so many military men at the Democratic convention I almost expected John Kerry to mount the stage in full body armor and recite the war speech from "Henry V." As it is, he called for bulking up the military, doubling the size of the Special Forces and crushing the terrorists. He hit Bush from the right, and when he got around to bashing the Saudis, I thought I'd wandered into a big meeting of The Weekly Standard editorial board...

Friday, July 30, 2004

Sudan Rejects Darfur Resolution
BBC News
..."The Security Council have today proved unanimous in their inaction," the representative of one major aid agency working in Darfur, which wanted to remain anonymous, told BBC News Online." The only thing the UN Security Council has delivered is... another 30 days in which civilians will continue to live in fear of being killed or raped. The government of Sudan will be celebrating yet another failure to call them to account." Meanwhile, the World Food Programme has said it will begin a series of airdrops targeting 85,000 people in isolated regions of West Darfur in three days.
Berger Papers Bared Translation Disaster
by Niles Lathem
Urgent complaints that the FBI could not decipher bugged conversations between members of a Brooklyn mosque and Afghan terrorists because it lacked translators were included in the documents former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger removed from the National Archives, The Post has learned...
The Bagel Candidacy
by Dick Morris
I loved Bill Clinton's speech. I was inspired by John Edwards. Bar ack Obama thrilled me. Max Cleland made me grow as a person as I heard him--and then there was John Kerry. All around him was eloquence but, in the center of the bagel, there was a speech that was a letdown. And did he just tell 140,000 men and women fighting in Iraq that they are there because of a mistake?...
Hell Is on the Way
By George Neumayr
The last refuge of the modern liberal is patriotism. John Kerry clothed himself on Thursday night in the American flag that his friends used to boast of burning. He relied on ribbons he once flung at the White House as proof of his fitness to occupy it. And he accused the Republicans of anti-Americanism, a slur liberals once wore as a badge of honor...

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Confusing Professional Politics With 'Service'
by Matt Welch
If you are one of those people who are aglow after two days of Democrat rhetoric -- and I've actually met many humans like that, these past 48 hours -- you probably haven't noticed a subtle theme that crops up again and again, like a nervous and revealing tic. Namely, that being a professional six-figure politician should be confused with noble "service," while throwing them your hard-earned money amounts to a brave and selfless sacrifice...
Dems' New Slogan: No Teacher Left Behind
The traditional greeting at the Democratic National Convention is, "Where do you teach?" On rare occasions, the greeting is modified to, "Where does your husband teach?" or "Where does your gay lover teach?"...Democrats are representative of the nation only if the nation we're talking about is Brazil. For Democrats, there is only the maid and millionaires. There are no Americans in the middle. To the extent Democrats are forced to recognize working-class white men, they call them "fascists"...
Mission Impossible
by David E. Kaplan
The inside story of how a band of reformers tried--and failed--to change America's spy agencies...
Berger’s Secret
by Bob Jones
Turns out the surprise revelations that ex-Kerry foreign-policy adviser Sandy Berger mishandled classified documents should come as no surprise: He’s done it before, according to Congressman Curt Weldon...“The question is, for what reason? We don’t know for sure what documents are missing, and we may never know. But obviously there was something there that bothered him dramatically.”
Truth Is, Patriot Act has Saved Lives
by Paul Rosenzweig
Falsehood, according to Mark Twain's famous dictum, gets halfway around the world before the truth even gets its shoes on. Time and again, outlandish stories seem to grow legs and find wide distribution before the truth can catch up. A good example is the USA Patriot Act. It's so broadly demonized now you'd never know it passed with overwhelming support in the days immediately after Sept. 11, 2001...

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Kerry's War Scenes Reenacted, Swiftee Claims
Drudge Report
"Kerry would revisit ambush locations for reenacting combat scenes where he would portray the hero, catching it all on film. Kerry would take movies of himself walking around in combat gear, sometimes dressed as an infantryman walking resolutely through the terrain. He even filmed mock interviews of himself narrating his exploits"...
Officials: Democrat’s Biggest Money Man Has Mob Connections
ABC News
...He is Stephen Bing, a wealthy film producer who, with little fanfare, has managed to steer a total of more than $16 million of his money to Democratic candidates and the supposedly independent groups that support them. In fact, Democratic Party officials said they knew nothing about the man who law enforcement officials tell ABC News is Bing's friend and business partner — Dominic Montemarano, a New York Mafia figure currently in federal prison on racketeering charges...For the Democrats, some $40 million in corporate money..."This is money to curry favor, to gain influence," said Wertheimer. "The very thing that the Watergate laws were designed to stop."
When Hypocrisy Enters the Danger zone
The Australian
...Indeed, for any country contemplating self-defence against terrorists, the news from UN headquarters is grim. The International Court of Justice, a central part of the UN system, recently opined that legitimate self-defence extends only to the actions of one state against another state. That means self-defence against a non-state, such as al-Qa'ida, is not allowed under Article 51 of the UN charter...
World Dithers Over Massacre in Sudan
...Later this week, pressed by Secretary of State Colin Powell, the United Nations Security Council will vote on a resolution to impose stringent international sanctions on the Arab-dominated government in Khartoum unless it acts to halt the massacres of black Sudanese in Darfur by Arab militias and allows humanitarian aid to flow to the region. But the vote will probably fail...
Five Reasons to Fear the Democratic Party
by Michelle Malkin
The theme of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night is "A Stronger More Secure America," which will be capped off by a rousing speech from a renowned law-and-order Democrat: Al Sharpton. No joke. Here are five other reasons to be afraid, very afraid, of putting a Democratic administration in charge of guarding America's gates...
Transcript: Michael Moore/Bill O'Reilly Showdown at Convention
Fox News
O’Reilly: The issues… alright good, now, one of the issues is you because you’ve been calling Bush a liar on weapons of mass destruction, the senate intelligence committee, Lord Butler’s investigation in Britain, and now the 911 Commission have all come out and said there was no lying on the part of President Bush. Plus, Vladimir Putin has said his intelligence told Bush there were weapons of mass destruction. Wanna apologize to the president now or later?...

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

The Boston Democrats
by James Piereson
...If history is any guide, the Democratic ticket, led by a Boston liberal, will have great difficulty crafting a majority coalition out of the remaining sections of the country. Still, stranger things have happened--as witness the metamorphosis of Boston from its roots as a Republican stronghold to its current role as eager host to a Democratic convention.
There's Not a Segregationist Behind Every Policy Dispute
by Kevin Ferris
On racial issues, it seems that the Kerry-Edwards antidote to 'Two Americas' is 'One America - for Democrats'...I'm all for regular discussions about race. The more we learn about how and why we disagree, the less likely Americans are to fall for fearmongering politicians. But, in general, we don't dialogue. We monologue past each other, touching on pet issues, assuming the worst, afraid to listen. So it's relatively easy for a politician to stoke division...A real call for "One America" wouldn't start with innuendo and name-calling...
Kerry Can't Shoot Deer or Stop Terror
by Mark Steyn
...[Kerry] was in Wisconsin the other day, pretending to be a regular guy, and was asked what kind of hunting he preferred. "I'd have to say deer," said the senator. "I go out with my trusty 12-gauge double-barrel, crawl around on my stomach...That's hunting." This caused huge hilarity among my New Hampshire neighbours. None of us has ever heard of anybody deer hunting by crawling around on his stomach, even in Massachusetts. The trick is to blend in with the woods and, given that John Kerry already looks like a forlorn tree in late fall, it's hard to see why he'd give up his natural advantage in order to hunt horizontally...
One Step in the Right Direction
by Ken Blackwell
As the same-sex marriage saga continues to unfold, one significant yet little-recognized step to protect marriage as we have long known it has passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Called the Marriage Protection Act, Congress is using its constitutional authority to deny federal courts jurisdiction to rule in cases that would overturn state laws designed to protect traditional marriage...

Monday, July 26, 2004

9/11 Commission Drops Bombshell Report, Congress Go on Vacation
by Joe Scarborough
...In the words of Yogi Berra, it‘s just like deja vu all over again. In August 2001, Congress went on an extended vacation, and on their first day back, over a month later, America was under attack from al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. And its most important institutions, they were in flames. Sadly, Congress may be doing less harm out of town right now, because after I first got elected to Congress, I soon learned that nothing good got done in months leading up to a presidential election...
Far-left Liars Endanger Us All
by Bill O'Reilly
At this point we have four independent sources that say there was no lying by President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The 9/11 commission, the Senate Intelligence Committee, Lord Butler's British investigation and Vladimir Putin have all stated that the WMD intelligence was faulty but the politicians did nothing untoward. So what should be done with the people who accused Bush and Blair of intentionally lying to bring war to the world? Have you heard any of them apologize for their slander? I haven't...
The ABB Democrats
Opinion Journal
...Perhaps the voters will find this reason enough to return Democrats to power. But we wonder. Successful challengers to incumbent Presidents are usually associated with some cause larger than themselves. Bill Clinton ran on the economy and health care in 1992, while Reaganism was the confluence of a generation of conservative ideas on economics, foreign policy and the culture. Is there a single idea, even one, that any voter could yet associate with a Kerry Presidency? This would be the week to let the country in on one.
The Glue of In-ism
by William Safire
...With dissent suppressed, we can expect a well-behaved convention. With "values" rhetorically devalued, no speech will be permitted without the words "strong" and "respect." You can tune in with your children; there will be no breast-baring or breast-beating or frenzied Bush-bashing. Why? Because the angry Outs have been seized by In-ism.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Freedom vs. Dependency
by Myron Magnet
The Civil Rights Act was a triumph. The War on Poverty was a quagmire...When the results of such policies became unmistakably clear--the underclass, a crime wave, decaying cities--Americans, ever pragmatic and capable of learning from experience, did a U-turn, passing welfare reform and adopting tough-minded Giuliani-style policing in cities across the land. The result: a halving of the welfare rolls and the violent crime rate, and the lowest child-poverty rate ever. The lesson after 40 years couldn't be clearer. Freedom works; dependency doesn't.
Scouting Jetliners for New Attacks
by Audrey Hudson
Flight crews and air marshals say Middle Eastern men are staking out airports, probing security measures and conducting test runs aboard airplanes for a terrorist attack..."It's a probe. They are probing us," said a second air marshal, who confirmed that Middle Eastern men try to flush out marshals by rushing the cockpit and stopping suddenly.
Palestinians 'Made Millions' Selling Cheap Cement for Barrier They Bitterly Oppose
by Inigo Gilmore
...The report reveals that the cement originally came from Egyptian companies which supplied it at a huge discount of $22 (£12.50) a ton to help rebuild dilapidated Palestinian houses or buildings bulldozed by the Israelis...The Legislative Council launched an investigation after Egyptian journalists stumbled upon business links between a German Jewish businessman and the Palestinian companies...
Poles Say 'Fahrenheit 9/11' Is Propaganda
Associated Press
by Vanessa Gera
...Czech President Vaclav Klaus spoke out against Moore's work, saying he is troubled by any film that urges viewers to totally adore or condemn a leader. "Those of us who have lived through the film propaganda of the Communist era are a bit overly sensitive to the tricks of the director," Klaus told the Lidove Noviny daily last week.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

For the Life of Me...What About Life?
by Neil Cavuto
Did you ever read or catch something in the news that was so stupid, so asinine that right then and there you threw up your hands or just screamed, or just threw up your hands AND screamed? It happened to me last week, while reading a column in The New York Times Magazine. It was about this woman, Amy Richards (as told to Amy Barrett), who was pregnant with triplets. You'd think that was wonderful news. But not to Amy. She wanted to know if there was a way she could have just one of the babies. As she relates her conversation with her doctor: "Is it possible to get rid of one of them? Or two of them?"...
The Fight Over the Roadless Rule
by Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren
...The original mission of the National Forests is no longer operative and the original justification for the National Forest Service is no longer defensible. Maintaining such huge volumes of federal land in such political enclaves guarantees that forests will be managed by political rather than economic or ecological criteria. Caring about the health of our nations forests -- both as an ecological preserve and as an economically valuable resource -- demand reconsideration of public ownership.
The Fire this Time: An Open Letter to the Democratic Party
by William J. Bennett
...Restore the proper and respectful role of your partisan duties with legitimate differences of opinion that do not give doubts as to your principles. In the end, let 'er rip, but do not — for the sake of your party, for the sake of your country — abuse your partisan role to further divide our nation, or our reputation abroad. Up until now, your demagoguery has put a primacy on the fanning of flames rather than the light a responsible use of heat should shed...Now is the time for your new revolution; do not — in your heated passion — squander this moment.
The Boldness of the President
The New York Sun
...In other words, according to the commission report, Mr. Berger was presented with plans to take action against the threat of Al Qaeda four separate times — Spring 1998, June 1999, December 1999, and August 2000. Each time, Mr. Berger was an obstacle to action. Had he been a little less reluctant to act, a little more open to taking pre-emptive action, maybe the 2,973 killed in the September 11, 2001, attacks would be alive today...

Friday, July 23, 2004

Sandy Berger's Classified Wardrobe
by James Lileks
Sandy Berger, Clinton-era national security adviser and "informal" adviser on the same to Sen. John Kerry, is under investigation for cramming his khakis with classified memos and taking them out of the National Archives. Hey, it's happened to us all. You have an orange for lunch, your hands get sticky. Things happen, and besides, none of the memos could possibly have cast the Clinton team in a bad light, of course...
The Pre-emption Commission
Opinion Journal
So the doctrine of pre-emption has its uses, after all. In a world of conflicting intelligence, uncertain consequences and potential foreign opposition, it is still sometimes necessary for America to attack an adversary before it attacks us. That, reduced to its essence, is the main conclusion of yesterday's 567-page report from the 9/11 Commission. The September 11 attacks may have been a shock, it says, but they never should have come as a surprise. Our government--and the entire political class--knew enough to act against al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, but it did not because of "failures of imagination, policy, capability, and management"...
Envy Management
by Patrick Chisholm
The top 1 percent. Tax cuts for the rich. Wealth and privilege. Those are powerful phrases. Powerful because they appeal to one of the most prevalent and universal of all human emotions: envy. The politics of class warfare will always be with us because envy will always be with us. Though no one ever admits it, this emotion is undoubtedly a factor behind some people's support for higher taxes on the rich. Taken to extremes, it in large part gave rise to degenerative ideologies such as communism and even anti-Semitism. It is also the basis of many wrongs, small and large, that people commit in their everyday lives...

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Theft of Top Secret Documents No Laughing Matter
by Joe Scarborough
... Congress learned that Mr. Clinton tried to get an international fugitive cleared to attend a White House fund-raiser. After being warned of the security dangers by the CIA and the NSA, Bill Clinton then got the international fugitive inside the White House gates anyway. The fugitive then called the White House a subway stop. He said, all you really needed were enough tokens to buy your way in. Mr. Clinton also fought to get approved the sale of advanced missile technology to communist China. Clinton asked the Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA, and Congress for the OK.  All agencies told the president no. They considered the technology transfer to be a big threat to U.S. national security. But the missile-maker was one of Bill Clinton's biggest campaign contributors, so he got approval instead for the late Ron Brown's commerce department...So why do I bring this up to you tonight? Because the Sandy Berger scandal is reminding all of us who were in Congress once again about the worst part of the Clinton years, the administration's seemingly disregard for national security...
The Gap
by Hugh Hewitt
...Berger's sticky fingers have left a gap in the record of the Clinton administration's response to the growing threat posed by al Qaeda. Unless other files exist with all the same drafts and handwritten notes that Berger destroyed, we will never be able to conclude whether Berger's actions were simply another display of fecklessness and recklessness on an issue of national security, or an attempt to bleach the record of Clinton-era malpractice on matters of terror...Finally, the Kerry campaign quickly assured everyone that it knew nothing. It is interesting that Nixon tried to persuade the public of the very same point. You don't believe Nixon, do you?...
CBS Shows More Concern for Timing Than Substance of Berger News
Media Resource Center
...When [Dan Rather] arrived at Berger he tried to discredit the story by insisting “this was triggered by a carefully orchestrated leak about Berger, and the timing of it appears to be no coincidence”...Dan Rather reserves his “carefully orchestrated leak” formulation, to discredit revelations, to those stories harmful to Democrats. A review of the MRC archive and a cross-check with Nexis located four instances in the past six years or so in which Rather has applied the formulation and in every instance the disclosure was about a Democrat...
Hollywood Career's Floundering? Bash Bush
by Neil Cavuto
...You belt out something other than a song, don't be surprised if your fans belt out something other than applause. Celebrities are free, of course, to rant all they want, because they say they care. Just as their fans are free to say, shut the hell up, because we don't.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

A 3rd Intifada
by Amir Taheri
...Maybe it's time for Sharon to lift the restrictions on Arafat and let the Palestinian people drive him out of power. There will be no peace in Palestine until there is democracy. And there will be no democracy as long as Arafat's despotic regime, financed by the European Union and backed by the "international community," excludes the Palestinians from the process of decision-making.
Berger on the 'Wall'
Opinion Journal
We'll grant that visions of a former National Security Adviser stuffing classified documents down his trousers or socks makes for good copy. But count us more interested in learning what's in the documents themselves than in where on his person Sandy Berger may have put them when he was sneaking them out of the National Archives...Given Mr. Berger's role (until he resigned yesterday) as a Kerry adviser, surely this is something worth debating. And if the missing memos say what Mr. Ashcroft has hinted they do, we can well understand why Mr. Berger would want to keep them in his trousers during a crucial election year.
Part II: Terror in the Skies, Again?
by Annie Jacobsen
...This brings us to the heart of the matter -- political correctness. Political correctness has become a major road block for airline safety. From what I've now learned from the many emails and phone calls that I have had with airline industry personnel, it is political correctness that will eventually cause us to stand there wondering, "How did we let 9/11 happen again?"...
Iraqi Prelate Tells of the Good Going On
Zenit News Agency
Iraq can now lay the foundations for the country's reconstruction, says Chaldean Bishop Rabban Al-Qas of Amadiyah..."I believe that what the Americans did was truly a liberation, the liberation of Iraq. And on this basis the new Iraq shall emerge," the bishop continued. "The Western press has been unjust toward Iraq. It has focused only on the dark side, on terrorism, killings, car bombs, the cruel images of decapitation," he explained..."Western Europe and pacifists have been blinded to what is going on in our country," the prelate said...

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Airline Security: How Safe are We?
Scarborough Country Transcript
...So how would you feel if this happened on your flight, fourteen Middle Eastern men using one-way tickets to get on a plane from Detroit to Los Angeles. And they behaved suspiciously...And, as the flight prepares to land, several of them rise from their seats in unison. The FBI says everything worked as it should. The plane landed safely. It was met at the gate by authorities. The men were interviewed by the FBI, cleared, and let go. So what exactly happened on that flight? Tonight, we are going to be bringing you the chilling firsthand account from two passengers aboard that plane. We are also going to hear what the FBI says, and we will look at the state of airline security with our aviation experts next on this SCARBOROUGH COUNTRY special report...
A Society With No Standards
by Star Parker
Currently sitting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 list is a rap rendition called "Confessions, Part II" by rap star Usher. Mixed into the recording are lyrics by another rapper, Joe Budden, in which he talks about his frustration with a woman's refusal to abort his baby. Here are his words of wisdom: "Pray that she abort that, If she's talkin' 'bout keeping it/ One hit to the stomach, She's leakin' it." If she won't listen to reason and abort, punch her in the stomach...There was a time when our sense of the sacred defined the framework through which we related to life and death. Now that the sacred has been banished from our public life, we leave these matters to the whim of any child from any broken home.
The Troops Respond
by Robert Alt
...I wish that Mr. Rooney’s patronizing column was an isolated occurrence, but his style of talking down to the troops as simpletons who don’t know what they are doing or imputing negative morale is reflective of the current mode of journalism. Because quasi-journalists like Mr. Rooney do not agree with the war and believe that it was not justified to their standards, they extrapolate that the men must not have a sense of purpose. But as the soldiers’ responses to his poorly formulated questions ably demonstrate—he and his colleagues are sorely mistaken.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Clinton Adviser Probed in Terror Memos
by John Solomon
President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger, is the focus of a criminal investigation after admitting he removed highly classified terrorism documents from a secure reading room during preparations for the Sept. 11 commission hearings, The Associated Press has learned...
The Immigrant Gang Plague
by Heather MacDonald
...Hispanic school dropout rates and teen birthrates are now the highest in the nation. Gang crime is exploding nationally—rising 50 percent from 1999 to 2002—driven by the march of Hispanic immigration east and north across the country. Most worrisome, underclass indicators like crime and single parenthood do not improve over successive generations of Hispanics—they worsen...
Where are Democrats and the Media — Now That Bush May Have Been Right?
by Richard Benedetto
...now that the Wilson case has been debunked, it is interesting to note that the news media, so eager to build him up, and tear Bush down, now seem reluctant to tell the rest of the story, or at least the next chapter. Wilson, who had been a fixture on television, now seems to have disappeared. Democrats are silent. Why were the media so willing to believe Wilson when he was an obvious Democratic partisan? He not only worked for the National Security Council in the Clinton White House, he also is a foreign policy adviser to the Democratic presidential campaign of John Kerry. Why, indeed?
Eh, tu, Canada?
by Bill O'Reilly
A recent poll says 40% of Canadian teens believe the United States is "evil." Among French-Canadian teens, it's 64%. This, of course, must be laid on the doorstep of the often viciously anti-American Canadian press, as well as irresponsible Canadian teachers...So for the benefit of Canadian kids and, indeed, all children, I am going to set the record straight. Let's start with an undeniable fact: The United States has set more people free than any country in history. We know about World War II, but here's what's happened recently...
Fox and Gophers
Wall street Journal
When it comes to Canadian identity, Fox News Channel is apparently a threat. Al-Jazeera, on the other hand, is just another point of view enriching Canadian culture. That's the message sent last week when the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) granted the Qatar- based, anti-American al-Jazeera a Canadian license. Fox has wanted into Canada since 1999 but has so far been shut out -- except in Ottawa, at the Canadian Parliament, which requested and got a Fox feed last August...

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Kerry's Separation of Belief and Public Policy
by Russ Pulliam
Though it was overshadowed by his selection of his running mate, John Kerry sounded like a real pro-lifer recently...Yet then he went on to sever his faith from his responsibilities as a public servant, declaring that opposition to abortion would be an unconstitutional imposition...An Indiana Democrat, former House Speaker John Gregg, suggests that Kerry's views on this issue are symptomatic of a greater challenge for his party. "I could not check my faith, my Christian beliefs, at the door when I walked into the Statehouse," Gregg said. "I cannot be one person privately and a different person publicly"...
How a Serial Liar Suckered Dems and the Media
by Mark Steyn
Well, the week went pretty much as I predicted seven days ago: Bush Lied!! Not. Blair Lied!!! Not. But it turns out Joe Wilson Lied!...He served his purpose -- he damaged Bush, he tainted the liberation of Iraq...But before he gets lowered in his yellowcake overcoat into the Niger River, let's pause to consider: What do Joe Wilson's lies mean? And what does it say about the Democrats and the media that so many high-ranking figures took him at his word?...
Iraq in Flux: Encouraging Signs Offset Bad News
by Jack Kelly
...foreign jihadis who have come to Iraq in response to al-Qaida's call are giving up and going home. "Iraqis have become increasingly hostile to al-Qaida's suicide bombing campaign," StrategyPage said. "Religious leaders, which al-Qaida expects to get support from, have been openly denouncing these bombings. Iraqis, aware that they are more likely than American soldiers to be victims of these attacks, are providing more information on where the al-Qaida members are hiding out. Most of the al-Qaida in Iraq are foreigners, and easy for Iraqis to detect...

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Institutionalizing Our Demise: America vs. Multiculturalism
by Roger Kimball
...The “sensitivity” of the multiculturalist is an index not of moral refinement but of moral vacuousness. As the French essayist Pascal Bruckner observed, “An overblown conscience is an empty conscience”...Multiculturalism is a moral intoxicant; its thrill centers around the emotion of superior virtue; its hangover subsists on a diet of nescience and blighted “good intentions”...
Abuse of Power
by Mindy Belz
Like Hydra awakened from its swampy lair, Iraq's much-lampooned Oil for Food program has emerged a monster with nine heads. That is, nine investigations, by current count, will lumber forward this summer into a UN program known more popularly postwar as Oil for Palaces, Oil for Influence, or, experts now fear, Oil for Terror...
History’s Verdict: The Summers of 1944 and 2004
by Victor Davis Hanson
...It becomes clear that our lapses [in Iraq] could have been much greater if one studies the blunders of Eisenhower, Bradley, and Montgomery in 1944, not to mention the hare-brained ideas of great men like Churchill and Roosevelt — from being surprised at Pearl Harbor, Singapore, and the Philippines, to losing 50,000 casualties at Okinawa 90 days before the Japanese surrender, to allowing all of Eastern Europe to fall to the Communists. Yalta's terrible miscalculations make the present administration's foreign-policy slips seem minor in comparison...
Al-Qaeda Wins One in the War on Terror
Boston Herald
They won. The privacy extremists, weak-kneed airline executives and queasy members of Congress forced the Homeland Security Department to drop a plan to electronically profile all air travelers. And make no mistake about it, this is a huge victory for terrorists, too...The American Civil Liberties Union and aviation industry leaders - whose fear of lawsuits trumps even their fear of terrorism - should keep this in mind: No one has to worry about whether a passenger's privacy has been invaded, or the survival of that industry, if another plane is flown into a building.
Recycled Lies
by Michael Medved
The Democrats continue to recycle tired old lies about George Bush having "stolen" the election in Florida...In all, five states ended up with a margin between the candidates of less than one-half of one percent, but all of the other tie-vote states -Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon and New Mexico-were awarded to Gore...The difference was that Republicans never went to court to challenge Gore's dubious margins in those states where the voters gave the candidates nearly identical totals.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Terror in the Skies, Again?
By Annie Jacobsen
Note from the E-ditors: You are about to read an account of what happened during a domestic flight that one of our writers, Annie Jacobsen, took from Detroit to Los Angeles. The WWS Editorial Team debated long and hard about how to handle this information and ultimately we decided it was something that should be shared...
Air Passenger Data Collection Plan Dropped
The government is dropping a plan to collect personal data on airline passengers to assess security risks because of privacy concerns, Homeland Security officials told NBC News on Thursday...
Gay Marriage vs. American Marriage
by Kay S. Hymowitz
...Alongside the familiar anthropological truth that marriage comes in many forms is another truth you don't hear about so much: different kinds of marriage—not to mention non-marriage—mold different kinds of individuals. The Founders envisioned a very specific sort of institution, one that would nourish a republic of equal, self-governing citizens. The evolution of marriage over the past 40 years has undermined that vision. Gay marriage threatens to sabotage it even further.

Thursday, July 15, 2004

The Yellowcake Con
Opinion Journal
So now the British government has published its own inquiry into the intelligence behind the invasion of Iraq, with equally devastating implications for the credibility of the Bush-Blair "lied" crowd...The political goal was to portray the President as a "liar," regardless of the facts. Now that we know those facts, Americans can decide who the real liars are.
The Same U.N.
Investor's Business Daily
...Sorry, but the U.N.'s hypocrisy on AIDS is galling, especially given its supposedly humanitarian mission. It's become clear it's really interested in money and control — not saving lives. How else can you explain its opposition to changing people's behavior — the one thing that would halt the spread of AIDS in its tracks —rather than treating people after they've gotten sick? After all, you don't get AIDS from toilet seats or sneezing; you get it from specific behaviors. Stop them, and you stop AIDS. That's why the U.S. wants to use Uganda's successful ABC plan — standing for Abstinence, Being faithful and Condoms — as the model for AIDS treatment. It actually works...
Europe Reluctantly Eyes a Longer Work Week
by David R. Francis
...In Lyon, France, this week, Bosch, the German tool- and car-parts maker, is demanding that its workers accept a longer 36-hour week and other concessions, or face seeing its jobs go to the Czech Republic. This type of demand, now more common, startles Europe, which is used to seeing hours decline, not increase. Europe also has a relatively high jobless rate. Using a standardized unemployment rate calculated by the OECD, Germany has a 9.8 percent jobless rate and France 9.4 percent. That compares with 5.6 percent in the US...

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Senators Invite Unelected Judges to Usher in Same-Sex 'Marriage'
Family Research Council
The Senate's vote today has left the future of marriage in the hands of unelected judges, at least for the time being. This was just round one in the debate over marriage and now that it is over, we begin training for round two. Pro-family forces have benefited from the debate over the past few days in two ways: One, every time this issue is forced into the public square, the opposition to same-sex 'marriage' among the American public grows. Second, we now know which Senators are for traditional marriage and which ones are not, and by November, so will voters in every state...
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The ACLU vs. Religious Liberty
by Richard Mullenax
The ACLU protects the freedom of gay marriage, pedophilia, and abortion, but when it comes to religious freedom, some religious people might find themselves discriminated against.The U.S. Equal Employment Commission reported that religious discrimination has gone up an overwhelming 82% over the past eleven years...
Marriage: One Man, One Woman
by Bob Knight and Peter Sprigg
...Human experience and a vast body of social science research show that married men and women, and children who live with their married mother and father, are happier, healthier, and more prosperous than people in other types of households. It is wrong to create fatherless or motherless families by design...
No One Asked Us
by Major Stan Coerr, USMCR
...The analogy is simple. For years, you have watched the same large, violent man come home every night, and you have listened to his yelling and the crying and the screams of children and the noise of breaking glass, and you have always known that he was beating his wife and his children. Everyone on the block has known it. You ask, cajole, threaten and beg him to stop, on behalf of the rest of the neighborhood. Nothing works. After listening to it for 13 years, you finally gather up the biggest, meanest guys you can find, you go over to his house, and you kick the door down. You punch him in the face and drag him away. The house is a mess, the family poor and abused...but now there is hope. You did the right thing...
Drip, Drip, Drip
by Claudia Rosett
More Oil for Food details leak out. When will the U.N. come clean?...Interesting how Mr. Annan bowed to the Security Council when it was the ordinary people of Iraq being robbed, but now that his own office is under fire, he feels free to let his subordinates run around blaming the Security Council. Wasn't anyone at the U.N. paid to think?

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Dissent or Dishonor?
by Bill O'Reilly
...America was founded on dissent, that is loyal opposition to government policies. And that's a good thing. But now some Americans are confusing true dissent with dishonesty and dishonor...Just because you don't like a politician doesn't give you the right to lie about them. Dishonor is defined as treating someone in a degrading manner, trying to injure them personally. There's no place for that in America...
Edwards, Kerry Smile While Moore and Gore Stoke 'Bush Hatred'
by Mort Kondracke
..."In 1992," he said, "Bill Clinton gained a lot by denouncing Sister Souljah," the African-American rapper who suggested that blacks kill whites. "He separated himself from the extremists in his party." This year, he said, "you have [DNC Chairman] Terry McAuliffe pictured at the opening of 'Fahrenheit' cheering on Michael Moore. You've got Al Gore comparing Bush to the Brownshirts. You've got MoveOn.org calling Bush a liar. These people are effectively surrogates for John Kerry and he's not treating them like Clinton did Sister Souljah"...
What It All Boils Down To
by Tom Bevan
You don’t often find an entire election summarized in one or two sentences, and you’re even less likely to find it on a Sunday morning political talk show. But here it is, from Meet the Press...
The Truth About Canada's Ailing Health-Care System
by Robert J. Cihak
...more Canadians are awakening — not from a dream, but from a nightmare. The results are coming in. After years of government control, the medical system is badly injured and bleeding citizens' hard-earned tax dollars...A study recently released by the Fraser Institute in Vancouver, B.C., compared industrialized countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that strive to provide universal health-care access. Among those countries, Canada spends most on its system while ranking among the lowest in such indicators as access to physicians, quality of medical equipment and key health outcomes...
[It's interesting to note that in 1992 there were more MRI machines in Tennessee than in all of Canada]
A European Golden-Boy?
by Irwin M. Stelzer
Europeans want John Kerry to be president. But would he be good for their economies?...Edwards was the leading proponent of protectionism during his losing campaign for the presidential nomination. He lost, but Kerry won in part because he out Edwards-ed the young senator from North Carolina by accusing businessmen who outsourced jobs of betraying America...
[Ironically, aside from his protectionist rhetoric, Edwards is heavily invested in multinational companies that outsource American jobs]

Monday, July 12, 2004

Statement by Five Dutch Social Science Professors on the Deterioration of Marriage in the Netherlands
The Heritage Foundation
At a time when parliaments around the world are debating the issue of same-sex marriage, as Dutch scholars we would like to draw attention to the state of marriage in the Netherlands. The undersigned represent various academic disciplines in which marriage is an object of study...there are good reasons to believe that the decline in Dutch marriage may be connected to the successful public campaign for the opening of marriage to same-sex couples in the Netherlands. After all, supporters of same-sex marriage argued forcefully in favor of the (legal and social) separation of marriage from parenting...we wish to note that enough evidence of marital decline already exists to raise serious concerns about the wisdom of the efforts to deconstruct marriage in its traditional form...
Defining Marriage Down
by Senator Sam Brownback
...If the experience of the last 40 years tells us anything, it is that the consequences of weakening the institution of marriage are tragic for society at large. The movement away from traditional moral conventions left us with soaring divorce and out-of-wedlock birthrates, family breakdown on an unprecedented scale, and devastating consequences for children. Social science tells us that child poverty, child abuse, and child developmental problems increase with the decline of marriage...
Fifty-nine Deceits in Fahrenheit 9/11
by Dave Kopel
...Quite obviously, there are many patriotic Americans who oppose George Bush and who think the Iraq War was a mistake. But Moore's deceitful movie offers nothing constructive to help people form their opinions. To use lies and frauds to manipulate people is contrary to the very essence of democracy, which requires people to make rational decisions based on truthful information. It's wrong when a President lies. It's wrong when a talk radio host lies. And it's wrong when a film-maker lies...

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Looking Evil Right in the Eye
by Mortimer B. Zuckerman
...This is not simply a war against America. These killings are not about the Abu Ghraib prison scandal or American actions in Iraq and Afghanistan--they're not even about Israel. They are a tactic in a war to claim the world for a perverted version of Islam. It is not what we do but who we are--and we are in the way as these misguided men seek to restore a new unified Muslim umma (community), ruled by a new caliphate, governed by Islamic law, and organized to wage jihad against the rest of the world...
'Group Think' Led to Iraq WMD Assessment
by Liza Porteus
...The group concluded that the intelligence community suffered from "collective group think" which led to the presumption that Iraq had an active and growing weapons of mass destruction program. "This group think caused the community to interpret ambiguous evidence such as the procurement of dual use technology" to mean Iraq had an active weapons program, Roberts said. "It is clear that this group think also extended to our allies" and other nations, "all of whom did believe that Saddam Hussein did have active WMD program"...
The Sorry State of the CIA and Why It's Unlikely to Improve
by Reuel Marc Gerecht
...[The CIA's] muscle-bound bureaucratization, combined with the failure of the press to accurately represent to the public and to the rest of the government the Agency's actual problems, not to mention the tenor of the current recriminations, holds out little hope that we will see the innovation needed to combat bin Ladenism on the ground: the deployment of a new cadre of operatives working inside organizations like al Qaeda. Despite Tenet's constant discussion of rebuilding the clandestine service, we are still largely stuck in the past...
Union of "Man, Woman"
by Senator Wayne Allard
...The question of democratic process is very important in this debate. While recent court decisions handed down by activist judges may not respect the traditional definition of marriage, these decisions also reveal a lack of respect for the democratic process. No state legislature has passed legislation to redefine the institution of marriage. Not one. The redefinition of marriage we are witnessing is being driven by the element of government in America that remains unelected: the courts...

Saturday, July 10, 2004

Robert Reich: God Worse Than Terrorism
World Net Daily
Robert Reich, the former U.S. labor secretary under President Bill Clinton, believes people who follow God pose a more significant threat to the modern world than terrorists do...Reich concludes..."The great conflict of the 21st century will not be between the West and terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic, not a belief. The true battle will be between modern civilization and anti-modernists; between those who believe in the primacy of the individual and those who believe that human beings owe their allegiance and identity to a higher authority; between those who give priority to life in this world and those who believe that human life is mere preparation for an existence beyond life; between those who believe in science, reason, and logic and those who believe that truth is revealed through Scripture and religious dogma."...
Bush’s "Perfidy"
by James Lileks
...Believing in Bush’s perfidy gives some people the same comfort and emotional nourishment others get from believing in Jesus. It validates them, cements their view of the world – venal, conspiratorial, run by capering chimps who are somehow ten times less intelligent than Usenet posters but somehow able to yank strings on a global scale...
CIA Suffered From Political Correctness, Not Political Pressure
Human Events
...The full report, which is 527 pages long, was not released until Friday afternoon. It includes many details about various intelligence controversies--including whether Iraq was seeking uranium in Niger--that will bear careful study and analysis in the days ahead, and will likely spark much debate. But the most politically significant finding is on page 2 of the report's "Conclusions" sections. "The Committee found no evidence that the IC's mischaracterization or exaggeration of the intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities was the result of political pressure."
California GOP: Democrats Shunned War Hero
World Net Daily
The California State Assembly's Democratic leadership refused to allow a Vietnam war hero and former U.S. senator to join in a 4th-of-July ceremony, citing "separation of church and state" concerns and his political views, according to Assemblyman John Campbell. After hearing about the rejection, Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger offered his meeting room Monday for a ceremony with retired Adm. Jeremiah Denton, which was packed to overflowing...Denton said he fears partisan attacks on the U.S. mission and troops in Iraq and Afghanistan sound too familiar to what he experienced in Vietnam.

Friday, July 09, 2004

Hating America
by Bill O'Reilly
...The USA takes a relentless pounding from many Canadian news organizations and from the liberal government. So, what can we expect from the kids? They're not getting a full picture. And neither is most of the world. For the benefit of the Canadian kids, let's take a look at the record...It is insulting and dishonest for Americans and Canadians and Europeans to condemn this country because they don't like certain policies. Dissent is good. Slander is unacceptable. The truth is that the USA has freed more human beings in 230 years than the rest of the world combined. France has freed almost no one. Ditto Canada...
Poll: Over 40% of Canadian Teens Think America is "Evil"
by Arthur Weinreb
...The poll results reflect that anti-Americanism will be solidly entrenched in future generations of Canadians. As well as listening to the propaganda espoused by their political leaders and the media, these kids have no experience with what constitutes real evil. They live in a country that much like pre-9/11 America, thinks that terrorist attacks are something that happens in other countries. And as the World War II veterans slowly die off, they have no conviction of the evil that the allies risked their lives to defeat. With anti-Americanism playing such a prominent role in this past election campaign, it is no wonder that the United States was viewed in such a negative light.
France Opposes UN Sudan Sanctions
BBC News
The UN Security Council is debating a US draft resolution imposing sanctions on militias accused of "ethnic cleansing" against non-Arabs. ...France led opposition to US moves at the UN over Iraq. As was the case in Iraq, France also has significant oil interests in Sudan.
Jerky Jokester Whoopi in Dirty Diss at Dubya
by Deborah Orin
...Waving a bottle of wine, [Whoopi Goldberg] fired off a stream of vulgar sexual wordplays on Bush's name in a riff about female genitalia...Kerry could be seen laughing uproariously during part of Goldberg's tirade - and neither he nor Edwards voiced a single objection to its tone when they spoke to the crowd. They hailed the fund-raiser as a great event. Edwards said it was "a great honor" to be there and insisted, "This campaign will be a celebration of real American values"...

Thursday, July 08, 2004

Abortion Double Standards
Wall Street Journal
...Mr. Kerry seems to be trying to re-assure voters that his personal religious beliefs on abortion will not influence his policy-making (an assertion borne out by his 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America). And that's fair enough. We only wish that he and many of his fellow Senate Democrats would give the same benefit of the doubt to President Bush's judicial nominees who are privately opposed to abortion but say they will uphold Roe v. Wade as the law of the land...The message here seems to be: Liberals will keep their private views private, but conservatives cannot be trusted to do so. If Mr. Kerry's Catholic beliefs don't disqualify him from becoming President, and they shouldn't, then the same religious beliefs of conservative judicial nominees shouldn't disqualify them from serving as federal judges.
Irresponsible Politics
by Thomas Sowell
This may go down in history as the year when an attempt to win an election, at all costs, led to longer run disasters that make any election pale into insignificance. The biggest and loudest political rhetoric of this year is that President Bush "lied" about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. What are the known facts about Saddam Hussein's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons?...An election-year frenzy has let the longer run fate of this country fade away into the background.
Paint It Black
Investor's Business Daily
Media Bias...It isn't just a Web page here and there. It's the nightly news, the weekly newsmagazines, the national newspapers, the global wire services. Even book publishers and film makers are going all-out to make him look as bad as they can. Then there's the foreign press. It could be our imagination. But to get a better feel, we reviewed the front page of one national newspaper — the Los Angeles Times — over the last month. Below are headlines that appeared over stories related to Iraq...
See Where Edwards Puts His Millions
by James P. Pinkerton
...a look elsewhere in the newspapers shows a different Edwards. It reveals where Edwards puts his money, as opposed to his mouth. It shows an Edwards connecting with big multinational companies to create jobs offshore. It shows an Edwards who divides himself between his political ambitions here at home and his financial ambitions overseas. It shows that his tongue isn't so much golden as it is forked. In 2003, as he sought the presidency, Edwards pledged to take the fight to "big corporations, pharmaceutical companies, big insurance companies, big HMOs." But what he didn't tell his audiences is that at the same time he was investing his own money in big corporations - big foreign corporations...

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Cardinal Ratzinger Orders Communion Ban
by Phil Brennan
In a private memorandum, top Vatican prelate Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told American bishops that Communion must be denied to Catholic politicians who support legal abortion... "Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia ... There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia," Ratzinger wrote.
A Tale of Two Johns
by Tom Bevan
The more I think about John Kerry's choice of John Edwards yesterday, the more I wonder if the Dems aren't in a bit of trouble...Maybe this will end up being a smart political decision on Kerry's part. People do want to like their president. I happen to think it's a mistake, not only because it's a longshot to think John Edwards is going to have enough charisma for the both of them, but because after 9/11 people want a leader whose top priority is protecting the country.
Look For the Dirty Laundry in Edwards’s Closet
by Dick Morris
...Edwards has a real vulnerability in the way he raised campaign money during his abortive presidential bid...The North Carolina senator and former trial lawyer leaned heavily on his former peers for campaign funding...Trial lawyers are no less popular than the oil-company types who fund so much of the Bush campaign. But there is a strong indication that many of these funds may have been contributed illegally...

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

On John Kerry Picking John Edwards
by Hugh Hewitt
...What did Kerry say of Edwards [while campaigning for the Democratic primaries]: "When I came back from Vietnam...I don't know if John Edwards was out of diapers then." "I think the American people want an experienced hand at the helm of state." "This is not the time for on-the-job training in the White House on national secuirty issues"...So Kerry botches his first big decision by putting the major need --competence if disaster strikes-- in a lower priority than political needs...
No Sense Negotiating with Trrorists
by William B. Helmrich
...Kindness and cruelty. Love for one's own children and unspeakable hatred toward the children of others. These clashing traits coexist perfectly within the religious terrorist. In his own community, he is compassionate and understanding. Outside that community, he justifies cold-blooded murder because he is now in a world populated by infidels, traitors and other enemies who must be eradicated. The main agenda is to set up a theocratic state where all who disagree are eliminated. As the recent spate of beheadings emphatically demonstrates, to the enemy we are not human...In such a situation negotiation is useless, for there is nothing to negotiate about...
Ever Wonder Why? Part III
by Thomas Sowell
Ever wonder why people who hate America live in America?... Many of those in the media, and among the intelligentsia in general, see themselves as citizens of the world, and they see the United States as just the country that happens to be lucky enough to be graced by their presence... The difference [in immigration] today is that organized activists and a multicultural ideology that has become dogma among educators and the media combine to keep foreigners foreign in language, culture and allegiance. What happened at the Los Angeles soccer match is just one of many indications of how well they have succeeded...
Michael Moore and the Problem of American (and Jewish) Self-hatred
by Dennis Prager
Did you ever notice that there are no Germans going around the world saying, or making movies about, how awful Germany is or has been? Given that Germany unleashed two world wars and invented industrialized genocide, why has there been no German Michael Moore?...The answer, of course, is no. In fact, among all the world's peoples, only two produce large numbers of individuals who have greater sympathy for those who hate their country or national/ethnic group than for those who love it -- Americans and Jews...
No Easy In-and-Out for U.S. in Sudan
James P. Pinkerton
...Perhaps we must help in Sudan. But if so, let's consider that a state that's perpetually wracked by civil war might be in need of partition, not peacekeeping. There was no historic Sudan; its borders were the counterintuitive creation of long-ago British colonialists. But today, if Arabs and Africans can't get along in the same country, perhaps they shouldn't be in the same country. But rather than a review of geopolitical first principles, all that's heard in Washington today is, "Do something!" And that's never the beginning of a promising policy, even if just about everyone is on board.

Monday, July 05, 2004

I Love My Party But Hate What It Has Become
by Senator Zell Miller
I have been a proud member of the Democratic Party from the time I first breathed the Georgia mountain air. But lately I can barely recognize my once-great party...I still love the Democratic Party — the party of Roosevelt and Truman and Kennedy. But the more screaming and ranting I hear, the more I wonder whether those Democratic heroes of old would find much to be proud of today.
Lost GOP Souls
Opinion Journal
...Republicans should understand that, principle aside, sooner or later they are setting themselves up for a political fall. If Republicans won't campaign against spending to reduce the federal deficit, they will soon find themselves on the defensive on taxes. And if they ever vote for a tax increase, they can soon expect to find themselves back in the minority.
Sudan's Dismal Disappearing Act
New York Daily News
Like everything having to do with Sudan and its atrocities, what happened was an outrage. This one, though, played out on the world stage. Some reports say 1,000 people disappeared overnight. Others put the number closer to 4,000. The suffering individuals had been crammed into a particularly revolting refugee camp in the Darfur region. At least, they were there last Wednesday. On Thursday, when UN Secretary General Kofi Annan visited, they were - poof! - gone. So were the miserable hovels that had served as their homes...
Cosby Won't Let Up, and Neither Should We
by Laura Washington
...We have shed tears too many times, at too many watershed moments before. While the hopes they inspired have fallen by the wayside...Not this time. Cosby's plea to parents: "Before you get to the point where you say 'I can't do nothing with them' -- do something with them"...

Sunday, July 04, 2004

"Republicans believe every day is 4th of July, but Democrats believe every day is April 15."
--Ronald Reagan
The Declaration of Independence
Continental Congress, 1776
...We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed...

The Declaration of Independence was approved this day, July 4, 1776. John Hancock, the first to sign, said: "the price on my head has just doubled." Benjamin Franklin signed saying "We must hang together or most assuredly we shall hang separately." Of the fifty-six signers: 17 lost their fortunes, 12 had their homes destroyed, 9 fought and died, 5 were arrested as traitors, and 2 lost sons in the War. As Samuel Adams signed, he said: "We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and from the rising to the setting of the sun, let His kingdom come."
A Republic, If We Can Revive It
by Paul Jacob
...So what do we have? Not a democracy, for the betrayal of campaign promises goes on year after year and district after district without much comment. And not quite a republic, either. The old idea of checks on government growth, and balances of power, have fallen by the wayside...Call it a republic, call it a democracy. What we want is freedom and responsibility. In other words, the Republic is ours, if we can revive it.
Where Are the Heroes?
by Rich Lowry
...In a brilliant piece in the United States Naval Institute's journal Proceedings, Roger Lee Crossland identifies Vietnam as marking the break with traditional notions of battlefield heroism. Besides the prisoners of war, there were no heroes from that war. Today our culture tends to look for "heroes" who can be portrayed, not as warriors, but as ordinary people who overcame a struggle, just like the daytime TV guest who managed to beat anorexia as a teenager. Around July 4, we cherish our freedom and remember those extraordinary people who risk so much to defend it. Men like Brian Chontosh -- if we only knew his name.
Imprecatory Prayer: The Intercessor’s Elephant Gun
by Doug Giles
...Given the soft-focused, effeminate condition of evangelicalism, I’ll bet the great majority of Christians have never even heard of an imprecatory prayer, much less prayed one. More than likely, the above God-inspired texts aren’t on their refrigerator scripture magnets either. I’ll go a step further and venture to guess that the majority of evangelical and Catholic clergy don’t even know what an imprecatory prayer is and have probably never taught on them or prayed them from the pulpit...start tossing imprecatory prayers heavenward and watch what God does to militant implacable Islam...
by Victor Davis Hanson
We live in an upside-down civilization of hit Michael Moore conspiracy films, of novels about how to kill a sitting President of the United States, of elite American newsmen ridiculing brave Iraq democrats, and of allied peoples abroad who tell pollsters that they prefer beheaders and fascists to win in Iraq. Perhaps we should take a hard look at this current mythic world...

Saturday, July 03, 2004

A Very Civil Act
...Today, the American people believe almost unanimously that racial discrimination is wrong. But government, university and corporate elites endorse and practice racial discrimination because it makes them feel benevolent--even though quotas and preferences place on the intended beneficiaries the same stigma of inferiority as the segregation condemned for that reason by the Supreme Court in Brown. On this issue, it is the people who stand for the spirit of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the elites who stand against...
China Extends Text Message Surveillance
by Elaine Kurtenbach
...Beijing already screens e-mail, censors online chatrooms and blocks access to foreign Web sites considered subversive. But SMS is a newer technology and the government has struggled to develop ways to control it...During last year's outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, the government arrested some people accused of causing panic by spreading what it said were "rumors" about the disease via SMS at a time when the authorities were still denying its existence.
2 lazy 2 teach
by Michelle Malkin
Have you checked your child's summer reading list? Beware: Some lame-brained school officials have decided to ditch the sonnets of Shakespeare for the tripe of Tupac. That's slain gangsta rapper Tupac Shakur -- the drug-dealing, baseball bat-wielding, cop-hating, Black Panthers-worshiping, convicted sexual abuser who made a fortune extolling the "thug life" before he was gunned down in Las Vegas eight years ago...The Western literary canon has been flushed down the cultural toilet in favor of shallow ramblings by celebrity thugs whose thoughts are best left on bathroom walls.
Army Refuses Memorial Medals Due to Religious Reference
...Since 1996, [Bob] Parker has sent special medallions to the survivors of soldiers and police officers killed in the line of duty. On one side of the medallions is a picture of the Liberty Bell; on the other is a reference to a Bible verse...Although Parker has been working with all the branches of the U.S. military to send the medals to surviving family members, he recently received a letter from the Army informing him that because the medals contain a religious reference, the Army can no longer facilitate their distribution...

Friday, July 02, 2004

A Sad State of Affairs: Ruling Fails to Protect the Innocent
by William Devlin
Those of us who love children and desire to see them protected from predators are still reeling from the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning the Child Online Protection Act (COPA)....Car seats and safety helmets are appropriately regulated to ensure the physical safety of our children; yet the federal courts now shy away from protecting children from perhaps a pervasive evil all-too-easily accessible to children: hard-core pornography, material that, by any standard, including that of the courts in the last 20 years, is obscene...
Ever Wonder Why?: Part II
by Thomas Sowell
Ever wonder why some people hate America so? This is not a new phenomenon nor one confined to foreigners...Countries that impose a collectivist vision from the top down will be forgiven many atrocities, while a country like the United States that lets individuals go their own way will not even be forgiven its successes, much less its shortcomings. As we celebrate both our country's independence and our individual independence on the Fourth of July, we should never forget that this independence is galling to those who want us to be dependent on them.
More Distortions From Michael Moore
by Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball
...In light of the extraordinary box office success of “Fahrenheit 9/11,” and its potential political impact, a rigorous analysis of the film’s assertions seems more than warranted...
Black Children Denied IQ Tests in California
Fox News
...Pamela Lewis wanted to have her 6-year-old son Nicholas take a standardized IQ test to determine if he qualifies for special education speech therapy. Officials at his school routinely provide the test to kids but as Lewis soon found out, not to children who are black, due to a statewide policy that goes back to 1979...The state is looking into Lewis' appeal but she said as a final insult a district official suggested if she changed her son's paperwork to re-classify him as white, as she is, he'd be able to take the test...
Cosby's Harsh Words
Associated Press
...Cosby made headlines in May when he upbraided some poor blacks for their grammar and accused them of squandering opportunities the civil rights movement gave them. He shot back Thursday, saying his detractors were trying in vain to hide the black community's "dirty laundry"...in a talk interrupted several times by applause. He castigated some blacks, saying that they cannot simply blame whites for problems such as teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates. "For me there is a time ... when we have to turn the mirror around," he said. "Because for me it is almost analgesic to talk about what the white man is doing against us. And it keeps a person frozen in their seat, it keeps you frozen in your hole you're sitting in"...

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Ever Wonder Why?
by Thomas Sowell
...Those who are constantly looking for the "root causes" of poverty, of crime, and of other national and international problems act as if prosperity and law-abiding behavior were so natural that it is their absence that has to be explained. But a casual glance around the world today, or back through history, would dispel any notion that good things just happen naturally, much less inevitably...
Interception of E-Mail Raises Questions
by Mark Jewell
In an online eavesdropping case with potentially profound implications, a federal appeals court ruled it was acceptable for a company that offered e-mail service to surreptitiously track its subscribers' messages..."It puts all of our electronic communications in jeopardy - voice mail, e-mail, you name it," said Jerry Berman, president of the Center for Democracy and Technology. "I think it violates the letter and spirit of the statute." Another group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said in a statement that the court "dealt a grave blow to the privacy of Internet communications"...