"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

Thursday, September 30, 2004

House to Vote Today on Marriage Protection Act
by Susan Jones
...Conservative groups say this will be one of the most important votes lawmakers have ever cast. But opponents of a federal marriage amendment call Thursday's vote an election-year stunt. The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) says it has gathered the signatures of nearly 600,000 Americans on its "petition to preserve marriage"...
CBS Again Under Fire for Questionable Reporting
by Bobby Eberle
The Schlesinger story [on the possibility of reinstituting the military draft] goes on to cite Internet e-mails that have been circulating for the last month or so...on their Urban Legends Reference page, Snopes.com debunks the e-mails by reporting on draft bills introduced to Congress which have since languished in committee. "However, both these bills were introduced not by legislators genuinely seeking to reinstate the draft, but by Democrats seeking to make an anti-war statement," Snopes.com reports...Paul Rodriguez, the managing editor of Insight Magazine, said in an online column, "Frankly, I'm beginning to wonder if CBS News is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee -- or at least a satellite office for John Kerry's campaign committee."
Mainline Churches Selective About Human Rights Abusers
by Keith Peters
...The Institute on Religion and Democracy examined human rights criticisms by four major mainline Protestant denominations from 2000 to 2003. More than 35 percent of the criticism was aimed at Israel, while 32 percent criticized the United States. What was interesting, according to study co-author Erik Nelson, was the list of countries ignored by the mainline groups. "Nations with notorious human rights abuses, such as China, North Korea and Saudi Arabia, Syria and Turkmenistan, received no criticisms whatsoever"...
Remarks on Iraq and the War on Terror
by Tony Blair
...There are two views of what is happening in the world today. One view is that there are isolated individuals, extremists, engaged in essentially isolated acts of terrorism. That what is happening is not qualitatively different from the terrorism we have always lived with. If you believe this, we carry on the same path as before 11 September. We try not to provoke them and hope in time they will wither...
The Head-Choppers Meet the Hand-Choppers
by Michelle Malkin
...To his credit, Texas Democrat Rep. Solomon Ortiz (call him the Dems' Tom Tancredo) has been recently sounding the alarm about the al Qaeda/illegal alien gang connection--as well as our idiotic catch-and-release policies. Too bad more of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle have failed to join him in stopping the revolving door...The outrage is not that the terrorist head-choppers and the illegal alien gang hand-choppers are working together--but that we're doing nothing to stop them.
Transcript: O'Reilly Interview with President Bush, Part 3
In this final installment, Bush discusses his immediate reaction when first learning that America was under attack on 9/11, the role of faith in his personal and public life, and more.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Regulations Law Wouldn’t Apply to NOAA Under Senate Measure
by Jim Snyder
...The provision, slipped in at the last minute to the spending package, would make NOAA the only federal department exempt from the DQA. That law, which Congress passed as part of a larger appropriations measure in 2000, has been embraced by industry groups because it allows stakeholders to challenge the information that agencies use to adopt rules...
Why I Was Evicted From a Miami Hotel
by Dennis Prager
...The Gang of Four -- trial lawyers, handpicked jurors, fortune-seeking litigants and like-minded judges (themselves often former trial lawyers) -- have created an environment of mistrust that blankets our society. Thanks to fear of lawsuits, children are routinely allowed to play in far fewer ways than they were a generation ago. Monkey bars and seesaws are just two examples of park staples that are becoming extinct. Parents are often afraid to allow children who visit their homes to jump on the trampoline, swim in the pool or play with the dog. And many hospitals now forbid videotaping your child's birth, lest something go wrong and you sue them...
Transcript: O'Reilly Interview with President Bush, Part 2
In part two of this three-part interview, Bill O'reilly asks President Bush questions about his National Guard service, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, bias in the media, divisions in the country.
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The CIA's Insurgency
...It's become obvious over the past couple of years that large swaths of the CIA oppose U.S. anti-terror policy, especially toward Iraq. But rather than keep this dispute in-house, the dissenters have taken their objections to the public, albeit usually through calculated and anonymous leaks that are always spun to make the agency look good and the Bush Administration look bad...
The Silence About Immigrants
by Lawrence E. Harrison
...Why doesn't immigration surface as a major campaign issue? Powerful political and ideological forces are in play that suppress debate sustaining the inertia of a dubious policy that has huge long-run implications for the size, composition, cohesiveness, and quality of life in America. Both parties know the demographics of growing Latino numbers and believe they can woo Latino voters by being pro-immigration. However, surveys indicate that recent immigrants are not as enthusiastic about continuing high levels of immigration as the politicians think. After all, the newcomers will be competitors for jobs and benefits...
Oakland Police Halt DUI Checkpoints
by Heather MacDonald
Oakland police officers have stopped setting up roadblocks to check whether drivers are under the influence because of a rash of complaints from the Latino community and City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente. The checkpoints, which allow officers to demand licenses and proof of insurance, are an effective way to get drunken drivers off Oakland's streets, city leaders agree. But the checks also have ensnared dozens of illegal immigrants who are not licensed to drive yet otherwise obey the law. "These checkpoints make people's lives miserable, not make them safer," said Jesus Rodriguez of Oakland Community Organizations, which filed most of the complaints about the checkpoints...

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Bush Enters the No Spin Zone
by Bill O'Reilly
First of all, I really respect the president for doing the interview. He didn't have to. He's ahead in the polls and could have avoided us as many politicians do. But Mr. Bush is confident in his positions and faced the questions head on. As you will see, he rarely dodged anything and was precise in most of his answers. The president did not receive the questions in advance, nor were there any restrictions on what I could ask. Again, that's impressive. Even if you don't support Mr. Bush, you have to admire his willingness to discuss the issues in a venue like this...
Transcript   Video Pt. 1  Video Pt. 2
The 1997 Speech That Damns John Kerry
by Tom Bevan
...So is it plausible for John Kerry to have believed in 1997 that Saddam was a grave threat requiring the use of significant, preemptive, and unilateral military force but to now - more than five years later and in a post-9/11 world - stand before us and argue the opposite? It is not. John Kerry's own words both then and now damn him as a man who changes his beliefs and positions based on political expediency and nothing more.
The Florida Myth
Opinion Journal
...The real spectacle here is that some Democrats are only too willing to exploit the painful history of black voter disenfranchisement for some short-term partisan advantage. And it just might backfire. Democrats played up the Florida fiasco in the 2002 midterm elections, repeatedly telling blacks that their votes hadn't been counted in 2000. Rather than being riled up, many black voters believed what they were told and stayed home.
Jimmy Carter's War on Democracy
New York Post
...Funny, Carter quickly endorsed the results of last month's recall effort against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. Chavez, a pal of dictators from Saddam Hussein to Fidel Castro, officially beat back the recall with nearly 59 percent of the vote. Oddly, that result was completely opposite the findings of an exit poll conducted by a well-regarded polling firm used often by the U.S. Democratic Party, which showed Venezuelan voters booting Chavez by the same 59 percent. Yet Jimmy Carter said that the election was "free and fair." And he presumes to judge American elections?...

Saddam, the Bomb and Me
by Mahdi Obeidi
...The United States invaded Iraq in part to end what it saw as a nuclear danger. It is now vital to reduce the chance of Iraq's dangerous knowledge spilling outside of its borders. The nuclear dangers facing the world are growing, not decreasing. My hope is that the Iraqi example can help people understand how best to deal with this threat.
Audit Finds Large FBI Translation Backlog
by Curt Anderson
...The FBI also is not meeting Mueller's requirement that all al-Qaida communications collected under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act be reviewed within 12 hours of interception. During April 2004, the audit found, 36 percent of such communications were not even received at FBI headquarters within 12 hours...The audit found that the FBI still lacks language personnel necessary to do all the needed translation work, and limitations in its technology, especially computer storage capacity, also cause problems that lead to backlogs.

Monday, September 27, 2004

The Sad Truth Is That All Terrorists Are Muslim
by Abd al-Rahman al-Rashid
...It is incumbent on us [Muslims] that we realize that we will not be able to reform the condition of our youth who commit these abominable crimes until we rectify the mentality of our sheiks who transform [themselves] into revolutionaries in their pulpits, sending other people’s children to wars while they send their children to European and American schools.
The Nature of Terror
by Paul Greenberg
Those two French journalists are still missing in Iraq, where they're being held by still another band of terrorists. Following Spain's lead after Madrid's rail system was bombed and scores of innocents killed, the French will now doubtless seek to appease the kidnappers by announcing that French troops will be withdrawn from Iraq at once. Oops. Unlike the Spanish, the French never sent any troops to Iraq in the first place. There are none there to withdraw. Indeed, the French have done their best to undermine coalition efforts in Iraq. So why would these terrorists do anything to embarrass France? Even to ask such a question is to misunderstand the nature of terrorism. It is to assume that terrorists need a reason to terrorize...
Why Immigrants In Los Angeles (and their U.S.-born children) Can’t Read
by Edwin S. Rubenstein
A new study by the United Way of Los Angeles finds that 53 percent of the city’s adult population—3.8 million people—are functionally illiterate. The percentage soars to 84 percent in heavily Hispanic south L.A., dropping to 44 percent in the greater San Fernando Valley...the ultimate cause of LA illiteracy is mass immigration. Directly, it constantly resupplies the illiterate pool. Indirectly, it overwhelms the assimilative mechanism. The quality of English instruction for native non-Hispanic Angelenos must also suffer when resources are diverted to classes full of immigrants (Not that anyone seems to care).
Teens Who Make Virginity Pledges Have Substantially Improved Life Outcomes
by Robert Rector, Kirk A. Johnson, and Jennifer A. Marshall
...Overall, making a virginity pledge is strongly associated with a wide array of positive behaviors and outcomes while having no negative effects. The findings presented in this study strongly sug­gest that virginity pledge and similar abstinence education programs have the potential to substan­tially reduce teen sexual activity, teen pregnancy, and out-of-wedlock childbearing.

Sunday, September 26, 2004

How to Pick a War President
by Fareed Zakaria
Time to debate: This is the first foreign-policy election in a quarter century. Voters are scared; they want to know who will be the best commander in chief. Here's what to look for...
Kerry Hands Bush the Big-Buzz Issues
by Zev Chafets
John Kerry is running the dumbest presidential campaign in modern history. Don't misunderstand. Dumb is not the same as wrong. Kerry may be right on some of the issues. But that's not the point. Elections are about votes, and Kerry's campaign seems calculated to actually repel them. Have a look...
Signs of Diversity in Hollywood
by Michael Medved
...Two conservative film festivals—the American Film Renaissance in Dallas and the upcoming Liberty Film Festival in LA—feature dozens of provocative releases...And now a documentary from an Emmy award-winning producer heads into to theatres, called “Celsius 41.11—The Temperature at Which the Brain Begins to Die,” taking direct aim at Michael Moore—and John Kerry...Hollywood conservatives can’t yet compete with leftists in commercial clout or flamboyant extremism, but we’re beginning to show that creativity isn’t a liberal monopoly.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Disgraceful
by William Kristol
...There is some chance, after all, that John Kerry will be president in four months. If so, what kind of situation will he have created for himself? France will smile on him, but provide no troops. Those allies that have provided troops, from Britain and Poland and Australia and Japan and elsewhere, will likely recall how Kerry sneered at them, calling them "the coerced and the bribed." The leader of the government in Iraq, upon whom the success of John Kerry's Iraq policy will depend, will have been weakened before his enemies and ours--and will also remember the insult. Is this really how Kerry wants to go down in history: Willing to say anything to try to get elected, no matter what the damage to the people of Iraq, to American interests, and even to himself?
The Fall: A Bankrupt Generation is Fading Away
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Hypocrisy and aristocratic smugness are drawing the ancient regime to its death. Rather's now-ossified generation came of age in the heady Vietnam era, on the apparent premise that Main Street, USA, and the Kiwanis had given us Vietnam, Watergate, racism, and the other isms and phobias — and that only hip, swashbuckling 60s-types could tell the American people the "truth" about what the "establishment" was up to...
Dan Rather's Day of Reckoning
by John Podhoretz
...Dan Rather's eternal return ends here with the collapse of his reputation and the collapse of the 20th-century American news industry in which he was one of the last grand potentates. And it is a bleak end, unless he can console himself with the thought that he didn't fail to live up to the standards of his predecessors. He followed perfectly in their footsteps.

Friday, September 24, 2004

If It's Close, They Can Cheat
The fraud is underway...Lake County Prosecutor Charles Coulson, also involved in the probe, said the problems are more significant than originally thought. "We've seen voter fraud before, but never on this level," Coulson said Thursday. "I grew up in Chicago and this looks like the politics of Mayor Daley in the '50s and '60s"...
Report: 10,000 people in U.S. Work in Forced Labor
The Sacramento Bee
At any given time, some 10,000 people in the United States are forced to work against their will under threat of violence, a new report found...victims of forced labor come from at least 38 countries, but most are from China, Mexico and Vietnam. Some are born in the United States. The report urged increased public awareness about human trafficking, increasing monitoring of workers in sectors where forced labor is prevalent, and ensuring that victims have adequate social services when they escape.

The Candidates’ Tax Plans: Comparing the Economic and Fiscal Effects of the Bush and Kerry Tax Proposals
Center for Data Analysis Report #04-09
...Both candidates have proposed additional changes in current tax law that reflect their views of how the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts affected the economy and federal finances. This report joins the debate over current economic policy by estimating how each candidate’s tax proposal would affect the economy and the government’s finances...
What's 'Illegal'? Kofi Annan Helped Saddam Hussein Steal Food From Babies
Opinion Journal
When U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan opined last week to the BBC that the U.S.-led overthrow of Saddam Hussein had been "illegal," two words came instantly to my mind: baby food...In late 2002, while Mr. Annan was lobbying against U.S.-led removal of Saddam, he was running a U.N. program in which money meant for baby formula, among other goods, was very likely flowing into the pockets of Saddam and his sons and cronies...
Unraveling the U.N. Oil-for-Food Scandal
Watching the U.N. Oil-for-Food Watchdog
National Geographic Melting Down?
By Patrick J. Michaels
...Different scientific communities compete with each other for a finite (but large) amount of our tax dollars, and no one ever won out by saying his or her issue was not the world's most important problem. That makes great copy for Washington's other lobbies, like the National Geographic Society, now crusading against obesity and global warming.
Heinz Estate Attorney Argues Records Should Remain Closed
by Dan Nephin
...After the heir to the Heinz fortune died, Heinz Kerry took control of the family fortune, which some valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, but the Times estimated at $1 billion...
A Divided Union
The Economist
...This survey will conclude that the EU may indeed split. But a split need not be a disaster. It could lead to a multi-layered EU in which different countries adopt different levels of political integration and experiment with different economic models. If the EU were preserved as an over-arching framework, it could actually benefit from such diversity. But there is also a darker, if less likely possibility. A split in the EU could cause Europe once again to divide into rival power blocks. That could threaten what most agree is the Union's central achievement: peace in Europe.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Transcript: Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Allawi Thanks America
by Ayad Allawi
...There are no words that can express the debt of gratitude that future generations of Iraqis will owe to Americans. It would have been easy to have turned your back on our plight, but this is not the tradition of this great country, nor for the first time in history you stood up with your allies for freedom and democracy....And let me tell you that as we meet our greatest challenge by building a democratic future, we the people of the new Iraq will remember those who have stood by us. As generous as you have been, we will stand with you, too. As stalwart as you have been, we will stand with you, too. Neither tyranny nor terrorism has a place in our region or our world. And that is why we Iraqis will stand by you, America, in a war larger than either of our nations, the global battle to live in freedom...
The U.N.? Who Cares?
by Victor David Hanson
...So Americans' once gushy support for the U.N. during its adolescence is gone. By the 1970s we accepted at best that it had devolved into a neutral organization in its approach to the West, and by the 1980s sighed that it was now unabashedly hostile to freedom. But in our odyssey from encouragement, to skepticism, and then to hostility, we have now reached the final stage--of indifference. Americans do not get riled easily, so the U.N. will go out with a whimper rather than a bang. Indeed, millions have already shrugged, tuned out, and turned the channel on it.
Runaway Courts
by Newt Gingrich
...The time to reassert the right of the American people to instruct the court through the Legislative and Executive branches has come. America is a free nation and it is the duty of those who would represent the American people to find mechanisms for our generation which block activist judges from stripping us of the freedoms and values we believe in...

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

John Kerry Does It Again
by Cal Thomas
...Returning prisoners of war said their North Vietnamese captors played excerpts from Kerry's congressional testimony in an attempt to break their morale and convince the POWs their country had abandoned them. Sound bites from Kerry's NYU speech could be played in certain mosques to persuade the insurgents and other Muslim extremists that all they have to do is step up the killing between now and the U.S. election and victory for them is assured. They have seen America cut and run before. Kerry's address may again provide aid and comfort to America's latest enemy...
The Terrorism to Come
by Walter Laqueur
...Freud was partly correct: War (at least between great powers) has become far less likely for rational reasons. But his argument does not apply to terrorism motivated mainly not by political or economic interests, based not just on aggression but also on fanaticism with an admixture of madness...
Nader Blames Kerry for Ballot Access Fight
by Sue Pleming
...Seen by many Democrats as the "spoiler" in the 2000 election that elected Republican George W. Bush as president, Nader's campaign said it was fighting 21 legal cases in 17 states in a bid to get the consumer advocate on the ballot...
Iraqi People Suffered Under Oil-for-Food Scam
By Greg Palkot
..."Saddam got to pick his own business partners. He could decide who he sold oil to, who he bought relief goods from, he drew up the shopping list for the people of Iraq," Rosett said. "This was a program so perverse that if they had set out to create a crooked scheme, I can't think how they could have done it better," she said. Because the United Nations kept them secret, investigators are just learning about some of Saddam's new trading partners. Many were based in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Bahamas – countries known for being secret financial havens...
President's Address to the United Nations General Assembly
by George W. Bush
...Because I believe the advance of liberty is the path to both a safer and better world, today I propose establishing a Democracy Fund within the United Nations. This is a great calling for this great organization. The fund would help countries lay the foundations of democracy by instituting the rule of law and independent courts, a free press, political parties and trade unions. Money from the fund would also help set up voter precincts and polling places, and support the work of election monitors. To show our commitment to the new Democracy Fund, the United States will make an initial contribution. I urge other nations to contribute, as well...

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Eugene "Jack" Armstrong Beheaded in Iraq
Fox News
...Al-Zarqawi's group, Tawhid and Jihad, kidnapped two Americans — Jack Hensley and Eugene Armstrong — and Briton Kenneth Bigley on Thursday from a home that the three civil engineers shared in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood. Al-Zarqawi beheaded Armstrong, and the terrorists on Monday posted a gruesome video of the 52-year-old man's death...
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The Left Thinks Legally, the Right Thinks Morally  Why?
by Dennis Prager
To understand the worldwide ideological battle -- especially the one between America and Western Europe and within America itself -- one must understand the vast differences between leftist and rightist worldviews and between secular and religious (specifically Judeo-Christian) values...And that's one reason the Left hates the America represented by George W. Bush. This country under this president says morality is higher than man-made law. To the Left, that, not Saddam Hussein's torture and rape rooms, must be fought.
He Nails Bush on Mishandling the War, But Where’s His Alternative Strategy?
Newsday
...Kerry's four-part plan of action for Bush is based on an unwarranted presumption that Bush, having failed utterly to get international cooperation in the past, could now persuade reluctant allies to contribute troops and treasure to help stabilize Iraq. That won't work for Bush and probably wouldn't work for Kerry either, if he were elected president...
Kerry Allies Tied to Forged Document Scandal
by Jeff Gannon
Evidence continues to emerge that shows members of Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaign had knowledge of the forged documents that CBS obtained from an embittered Texas Democrat...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Muslims Rule Major Swedish City
Dhimmi Watch
...I’ve seen the future of Eurabia, and it’s called 'Sweden.' Malmø is Sweden’s third largest city, after Stockholm and Gothenburg. Once-peaceful Sweden, home of ABBA, IKEA and the Nobel Prize, is increasingly looking like the Middle East on a bad day...Stories like this are in Swedish newspapers every week. Swedish media usually take great care not to mention the ethnic background of the perpetrators, but you can usually read it between the lines...
A Governor and a Shooting in Fort Worth
by Paul Kengor
This week marks the fifth anniversary of one of the worst weeks in the history of Fort Worth, Texas. What happened that week was a demonstration of evil and good, of a mad killer at work and a kind community in mourning. The week also revealed something about the man who now sits in the White House...George W. Bush then exited as he came: low-key, with no cameras. He had said nothing profound or poetic. One can understand why his appearance went unreported. His response was memorable only for its lack of showiness. In both visits after the shooting, Bush avoided the press, told no one he was coming, stayed, prayed, paid his respects, talked briefly to the families, and then silently drove away...
Kofi's Law: Why the U.N. Has No Moral Standing
Opinion Journal
...The Secretary-General's latest posturing is far from harmless. The U.N. has been given the lead role in organizing the elections in Iraq scheduled for January. But Mr. Annan's "illegal" comments, which have been replayed across the Arab world, have given an added feeling of legitimacy to every jihadist hoping to disrupt the vote. His comments also suggest that Mr. Annan belongs in the same category as France and Russia in never intending the "serious consequences" threatened by Resolution 1441. We wonder: Could the corrupt Oil for Food program and all the revenues it generated for the U.N. have anything to do with it?
Failing Themselves
by Ralph Peters
Democracy is the most humane, inspiring and productive form of government in history. The problem is that many people don't want it...Russians are determined to be Russians. We will be allies in the War on Terror — but must be wary of the Kremlin's brutal excesses. Beyond that, we cannot force democracy on the Russian people if they are not willing to fight for it themselves.

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Calling It What It Is
by Colin McNickle
...In 1922's "Socialism," one of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises' seminal works, he offered that it is the "intellectual leaders of the peoples" who "have produced and propagated the fallacies" of socialism "which are on the point of destroying liberty and Western civilization." It is "reason and ideas" -- not mythical and magical forces -- that determine the course of human affairs, Professor von Mises reminded. "What is needed to stop the trend toward socialism and despotism is common sense and moral courage." Then, as now.
How Europe Became a 90-Pound Weakling
by Thomas Bray
...A broader European coalition to help out in Iraq? Don’t count on it. There isn’t much that France and Germany could contribute, beyond some marginal peacekeeping forces, even if they wanted to. And they are likely to remain unwilling to do so even if John Kerry is elected.
Nader's Complaint
Opinion Journal
Are Democrats misusing their official powers to keep him off the ballot? We don't agree with Ralph Nader on much, and in July we defended the Democrats' barring him from their Boston convention. But now some elected Democrats seem to be taking it too far by abusing their offices in order to keep Mr. Nader off the November ballot...We don't buy Mr. Nader's argument that a two-party system is by nature corrupt. But these Democratic tactics are only bolstering Mr. Nader's complaint--not to mention giving him more incentive to campaign not just against the incumbent Mr. Bush, but also against Mr. Kerry.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

See Ya, Iraq?
by Victor Davis Hanson
Leaving now would be a disaster...Amid the daily car bombings in Iraq, murder in Russia, and slaughter in the Middle East, we cannot see much hope — but it is there, and we are winning on a variety of fronts as the world continues to shrink for the Islamic fascist and those who would abet him...
Why Americans Hate Foreign Policy
by P J O'Rourke
Frankly, nothing concerning foreign policy ever occurred to me until the middle of the last decade. I'd been writing about foreign countries and foreign affairs and foreigners for years. But you can own dogs all your life and not have "dog policy". You have rules, yes - Get off the couch! - and training, sure. We want the dumb creatures to be well behaved and friendly. So we feed foreigners, take care of them, give them treats, and, when absolutely necessary, whack them with a rolled-up newspaper. That was as far as my foreign policy thinking went until the middle 1990s, when I realised America's foreign policy thinking hadn't gone that far...
Kofi's Contempt
by Amir Taheri
Annan knows damn well that the toppling of Saddam was perfectly legal. The action taken by the United States and its allies was backed by no fewer than 12 mandatory Security Council resolutions. In any case, Saddam's Iraq had been at war against the U.N., the only state ever to be in that position, since 1990. Yesterday, Annan's aides were trying to pretend that he had not quite meant what he had told the BBC, and thus there was no need for him to take action against the alleged "law-breaking" nations. The truth is that the U.N. is in the biggest mess it has ever been in since its inception over half a century ago. Annan's latest maneuver cannot but make the mess even bigger than it is.

Friday, September 17, 2004

How to Oppose Liberal Intolerance  Why?
by Lawrence Auster
...the real debate that we conservatives must seek to join with our "liberal" adversaries is not between their alleged support for equality and tolerance and our alleged bigotry and hatred. The real debate is between their desire to dismantle our traditional morality, institutions, and culture, and our desire to preserve our traditional morality, institutions, and culture—indeed our very freedom and existence as a people. Modern liberalism is a leftist and nihilistic rebellion against the inherently unequal nature of the human condition. If we conservatives named this ideology for what it is, we would have a fair chance to defeat it or at least stem its advance...

To Survive, Israel Will Have To Strike Nuclear Iran
by Michael Costello
...If Israel does undertake military action to protect itself, action that will be far more difficult, extensive and dangerous than that which it took against Iraq, the world will throw up its hands in horror. Instead the world should hang its head in shame for its failure to insist that Iran meet the commitments it has made. Whether it is Iraq, or Iran, or North Korea, or Rwanda, or Darfur, or any of the other many and manifest blights on human decency, the international community continues to fail the great promise of those who founded the UN with such high hope: hope that it would bring to the world peace at last. Not peace at any price - but peace with justice and right.
The Muddle in Iraq
by Ralph Peters
Fighting terror is like fighting a fire. It's easiest in the early stages, before the flames spread. But if you sit idly by, hoping that the fire will burn itself out, you're likely to find yourself up against an inferno. Confronted by global terror, the Clinton administration hoped the problem would go away by magic. Faced with incipient terror in Iraq last year, the Bush administration insisted that the magic of freedom would make it disappear. But policies that rely on magic of any kind beg for disaster...
The Myth of the Stolen Election - Part I
By John Fund
...Why do liberals persist in propagating the Myth of the Stolen Election? Many of them sincerely believe in it, all this evidence notwithstanding. Others see it as a rallying cry that can bring out the Democratic Party's core voters this fall in righteous anger. The Florida controversy also offers a pretext for some to talk about other changes they want to make in election laws...
Navy Contradicts Kerry on Release of Military Records
by Marc Morano
The U.S. Navy released documents Wednesday contradicting claims by Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry that all of his available military records have been released...Navy Personnel Command FOIA Officer Dave German wrote in an e-mail to Judicial Watch that the Navy "withheld thirty-one pages of documents from the responsive military personnel service records as we were not provided a release authorization"...A "release authorization" would have to come from Kerry filling out and signing a Standard Form 180, something he has yet to do...Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the Navy's correspondence confirms that Kerry has not been forthright in releasing his military files...

Thursday, September 16, 2004

A Media Watershed
Opinion Journal
However the flap over CBS and those National Guard "memos" turns out, the past few weeks mark a milestone in U.S. media and politics. Along with the Swift Boat Veterans' ads, the widespread challenge to Dan Rather's reporting--to his credibility--means that the liberal media establishment has ceased to set the U.S. political agenda...
Sometimes a Little Hardship Just What Your Child Needs
by Ruben Navarrette Jr.
...Surprise: The problem is less with the kids than with the folks raising them. Parents want so badly to be their kids' best friends that they never get around to being parents. And part of being a parent is setting limits to consumption and teaching children the value of a dollar. The mistake that so many parents make today is not that they're too strict, but rather too lenient. It's not that they demand too much from their kids but that they expect too little...
Iraq Not Descending into Civil War
Belmont Club
The number, nature and geographical distribution of US combat deaths in Iraq provide a statistical indicator of its character. It provides a clue into the nature of the fighting and helps us answer the questions that are being raised in the press...clearly the overwhelming percentage of men perished fighting in the same places, namely the Sunni triangle, notably near Fallujah and in certain neighborhoods of Baghdad...American casualties have occurred in a limited number of places...
Vietnam Vet: I Lied About Atrocities
Fox News
...Steven Pitkin, an Army combat veteran, told FOX News that Kerry coached him and others to say they had witnessed war crimes, even after Pitkin told Kerry that he had not..."Before they started the camera, they told me, 'We need you to speak about the atrocities that happened over there.' The whole company line that I initially came out and said, I was coached to say that over and over again," Pitkin said...Kerry collected the testimony ahead of his appearance during a 1971 hearing in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on widespread atrocities against Vietnamese civilians. He has said the graphic testimony he gave was merely a repetition of testimony combat veterans told him.
Former State Dept. Official Charged With Illegal Travel to Taiwan
by Matthew Barakat
...Donald W. Keyser, a 30-year veteran at the State Department, was charged Wednesday with deliberately concealing from his superiors that he took a four-day trip to Taiwan last September. Federal law requires an individual with Keyser's security clearances to report all foreign travel...In 2000, Keyser was disciplined and reassigned by then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as part of an investigation into a missing laptop computer that contained classified information.
Darfur Genocide Shows U.N. Isn't Reliable in Crisis
by Mort Kondracke
Democrat John Kerry is far ahead of President Bush on the urgent issue of genocide in the Sudan. But the world's failure to stop the slaughter also illustrates the fundamental weakness in Kerry's whole approach to foreign policy...The larger lesson of Darfur is that the United Nations and France can't be relied upon to do the right thing in this world. Bush understands that. Kerry doesn't.
Bush-Hating Goes Haywire
by Richard Cohen
...The demonization of Bush is going to cost John Kerry plenty, if it has not done so already. It so overstates the case against Bush that a levelheaded listener would be excused for thinking that there isn't one in the first place. It squeezes the middle, virtually forcing moderates to pick which bunch of nuts they're going to join...

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Media-Ready Crib Sheet: Twenty questions for John Kerry
by Peter Kirsanow
Senator Kerry has been pretty successfully avoiding the media, but sometime between now and November 2 he'll have to sit down for a far-ranging interview on a program other than The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Thus far, most Kerry interviews have been less-than-penetrating...
Where No Reporter Has Gone Before: Twenty more questions for any Kerry interviewer
The same premises apply as in the first set: only policy-related questions; nothing to do with the Swifties (who've since posed their own set of questions); no "gotcha" questions; several softballs; and, all posed in a respectful manner...
Ayatollahs for Kerry?
by Michael Freund
The excitement is palpable. You can almost feel it in the air. The dictators of the Arab world just can’t wait for George W. Bush to lose the US presidential election in November. Gripped with fear as they watch Bush’s democratic experiment in Iraq take shape, the tyrants and despots of the Middle East are pinning their hopes on Democratic challenger John Kerry to prevail. After all, the last thing they want to see is a second-term Bush determined to reform the region, a development that would threaten their grip on power and stymie their efforts to obtain more lethal types of weaponry. And so, the rhetoric in the Arab world is heating up, pointing to a real desire to see the US president go down in defeat...
Russia's Terror Problem, and the World's
by Armstrong Williams
The Chechen separatist movement has been hijacked by Islamic extremists. (If you have chaos long enough, the international terrorists will come, and replicate.) No longer are the Chechens fighting for independence. They are fighting for the destruction of Russia. This makes the Chechen movement far more dangerous than a rebellion. It makes it the front line of the war on terror. The recent massacre of hundreds of school children at Beslan by Chechen terrorists was a grim reminder of that fact...
D Is for Descendancy
by Brendan Miniter
The Democrats are no longer the majority party. Is this the year they'll finally admit it?...After the election Democrats may blame Mr. Kerry for running an inept campaign, as they did Michael Dukakis and Al Gore. But to do so would be to fail to grasp why for the duration of the campaign the party was counting on the economy to stumble, the war to go badly or for a terrorists attack to turn public opinion against the president. Or why with less than two months from Election Day, the party's only remaining hope for victory was for Mr. Bush to stumble.
What’s Love Got to Do with It?: George W. Bush and the Religious Left
by Joseph M. Knippenberg
...[People on the religious Left] are so utterly convinced to the rightness and righteousness of their cause that they cannot imagine how their criticisms of President Bush’s alleged religious abuses could ever apply to them. Bush alone uses religion to divide. Bush alone impugns the faith of his opponents. Bush alone is self-righteous and Manichean. But I wonder. Perhaps it’s time to look in the mirror...
CBS Trapped in a Box Canyon
by Hugh Hewitt
...Disgust is a powerful thing, and CBS has disgusted the center. It is important that this network be humbled so that no network in the future is tempted to pull a similar stunt. So bring on the [Congressional] hearings. Next week if possible...
Six Flags Great Adventure's Muslims-Only Day
by Aaron Klein
...The Muslim Youth Division of the Islamic Circle of North America [ICNA] and the Muslim American Society, two of the largest Muslim organizations in America, have arranged exclusive use of Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., for the entire day Friday...In his book, "American Jihad," Emerson writes: "The ICNA openly supports militant Islamic fundamentalist organizations, praises terror attacks, issues incendiary attacks on Western values and policies, and supports the imposition of Sharia (Islamic code of law)."

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Back to Arms Control
Opinion Journal
...Under the arms control agreement negotiated by the Clinton Administration--the so-called Agreed Framework of 1994--the U.S. attempted to buy off Pyongyang with fuel oil and two light water reactors in exchange for North Korea giving up its nuclear program. But as soon as the North deemed it convenient, it repudiated that pact, booted U.N. inspectors out of the country, and turned off the TV cameras monitoring its nuclear facilities at Yongbyon. It then began demanding even a larger payoff in return for giving up the nuclear program it had earlier vowed it didn't have...
Belgium Takes Step Towards Euthanasia For Children
Reuters
...Senators Jeannine Leduc and Paul Wille said in the bill that terminally ill children and teenagers had as much right to choose when they wanted to die as anyone else...
Pointing Out the Different Planks in Party Platforms
by Phyllis Schlafly
...It was an extraordinary feat of political management to prevent political activists in both parties from airing deeply held differences on political, social, economic and foreign policy issues. Party managers allowed strong positions on only two issues essential to their own constituencies, while most of the verbiage in both platforms was written to appeal to the so-called middle...
Stop the Stonewall, Dan
New York Post
...Suspicions of a hoax were first raised by denizens of the Internet. These were followed up with corroborating evidence from serious national news groups: the Associated Press, The Washington Post, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, The Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek. These groups may be partisan — but hardly in support of George Bush. And yet all of them have disclosed important details that undercut the credibility of CBS' would-be smoking gun...

Monday, September 13, 2004

Telling It Like It Is
by Zell Miller
...So, they can call me names and ridicule my angry demeanor all day long. But facts are facts. And the fact is, John Kerry has a long record of proposals to weaken our national security in a time of war. And I would never put my family's safety in those hands.
Bush's Preemption Policy Risky But Necessary
by Leo Morris
...The only way to fight this new enemy is to hunt it down wherever it is and stop it before it can kill us. That is preemption -- President Bush's risky but necessary new foreign policy. From the beginning, Bush told us how long this would take, how dangerous and uncertain it would be. At first, united in a patriotic fervor born of fear and pride, we believed him. But now we are weary and want to return to our holiday from history. Who will lead us against the ruthless killers coming to town? Will we choose the man who tries to stop them before they get to the neighborhood? Or will we trust the war dilettante turned blowhard, who will dither until they come up on the front porch, then run out the back with a paper cut?
We Are a Target Regardless
by Mark Steyn
..."Bushworld" is real to this extent: If Bush goes, the international resolve to win the war against binworld [bin Laden and Islamic Terrorism] goes with it. John Kerry, the quintessential quiet-lifer, has said he wants to fight it through "law enforcement" and multilateral institutions. The Anglosphere will be friends with Jacques Chirac again and, as in Sudan, the Security Council will agree on a very strong expression of deep regret after everyone's dead. But binworld will advance, mile by mile, month by month, through bombings, propaganda, appeasement...Living with terrorism means a slow remorseless surrender to it...
Black Leaders With No Regard For the Facts Vilify GOP
by Alphonso Jackson
...For the past four decades, the Democratic Party has tried to convince us that being black and of modest means is a dead-end road. In that vein, America's "black political leaders" have built their careers on an ideology of black victimization. They tout the belief that if blacks want to succeed in this country, there is only one path: reliance on the government. They're wrong. America is a place where you can be born into a low-income household but still lift yourself up, and it doesn't matter what color you are. I'm living proof. The so-called black leaders of this nation have convinced a large portion of the black community that blacks aren't capable of self-advancement...
Those Discredited Memos
by William Safire
...It may be that CBS is the victim of a whopping journalistic hoax, besmearing a president to bring him down. What should a responsible news organization do? To shut up sources and impugn the motives of serious critics - from opinionated bloggers to straight journalists - demeans the Murrow tradition. Nor is any angry demand that others prove them wrong acceptable, especially when no original documents are available to prove anything...

Sunday, September 12, 2004

3 Million Illegal Aliens To Flood the U.S. This Year
Drudge Report
The U.S.’s borders, rather than become more secure since 9/11, have grown even more porous and the trend has accelerated in the past year. Based on a TIME investigation, it’s fair to estimate that the number of illegal aliens flooding into the U.S. this year will total 3 million, enough to fill 22,000 Boeing 737-700 airliners, or 60 flights every day. It will be the largest wave since 2001 and roughly triple the number of immigrants who will come to America by legal means...Both political parties and their candidates pay lip service to controlling the borders. But neither President Bush nor Senator Kerry supports a system that would end the incentive for border crossers by cracking down on the employers of illegals, TIME reports.
Like Old Times
by Zev Chafets
Three years after 9/11, the grand, anti-fascist coalition of World War II is now falling into place. First, it was America alone. Then Great Britain threw in. Now, here comes Russia. It has taken three years because Moscow's impulse is always to cooperate with fascism. Stalin made this mistake in 1939 by signing a nonaggression pact with Hitler and woke up two years later with the German Army marching through Russia...
A Not-So-Phony Coalition
by Gerard Baker
...In addition to Italy, Britain still has 8,000 troops in Iraq, Poland has 2,400, Ukraine 1,500, the Netherlands 1,400, Romania 700, and South Korea 600. It is true that these are small numbers compared with the vast U.S. force. But most of these nations are already supporting U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan and, given in many cases their exiguous defense budgets, their contributions are not insignificant to the countries themselves...
CBS Falls For Kerry Campaign's Fake Memo
by Mark Steyn
...The media and the Democrats sustain each other's make-believe land. Dan Rather tells his staff, "Kerry's told me there's nothing to this Swiftvet thing." Kerry tells his, "Rather's assured me this Swiftvet story's going nowhere." George W. Bush ought to wake up every morning and thank the Lord the media aren't on his side...

Saturday, September 11, 2004

The Blood of Heroes
(Anonymous)
...I made ‘Blood of Heroes’ to remind people that everything we enjoy in America today is the result of someone’s sacrifice, that it is constantly threatened – and that it is still worth fighting for...
Remember 9/11: Stop Sanitizing the Killers
by Michelle Malkin
The third anniversary of Sept. 11 is upon us. We remain at war -- and the media remain in denial...How many times have you picked up a newspaper and read about terrorist attacks perpetrated not by Muslim terrorists, but by generic "militants" or "guerrillas" or "rebels" or, as Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes noted the Pakistan Times called them, "activists"?...They tell us to "never forget." First, let's stop misremembering.
The Truth About Our Soldiers
by James Schlesinger
...Our panel's report recorded both errors of commission and of omission, but we found no indication of a policy encouraging abuse. The abuses that did occur, and the failed oversight that allowed them, are an embarrassment. They do not reflect the standards that America sets for itself. We must take the steps necessary to see that those standards are upheld in the future. These actions, by historical standards quite limited in number, are not representative of the overall behavior of our forces, which has been generally admirable.
Small Churches Banned
Alliance Defense Fund
...The zoning for the property allows churches but requires them to own at least five acres of land and provide landscaped “buffer zones” along the property lines. The zoning also requires churches to own an additional three acres if they have a school or cemetery on the lot. Clubs, lodges, assembly halls, conference centers, galleries, museums, theaters, and libraries, for example, are all exempt from the zoning restrictions...

Friday, September 10, 2004

Saddam Agents on Syria Border Helped Move Banned Materials
by Rowan Scarborough
Saddam Hussein periodically removed guards on the Syrian border and replaced them with his own intelligence agents who supervised the movement of banned materials between the two countries, U.S. investigators have discovered...
The Whole World Is Watching
by Victor Davis Hanson
Three years of terrorism since September 11...Ask yourself: What do a Russian ten-year-old, a poor black farmer in Darfur, an elderly pensioner in Israel, a stockbroker in New York, and a U.N. aid worker in Afghanistan have in common? In the last three years, they have all died in similar ways: Unarmed and civilian, they were murdered by a common cowardly method fueled by a fascist ideology...
Jihad in Chaos
by Mansoor Ijaz
On this third anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, we have much more to be thankful for than some of our political leaders would have us believe. Islamist terrorism's global scourge has been unable to launch anything more than verbal tirades at America. And while the jihadists have won successes in lesser form — the train bombings in Spain that unseated a government, hostage-taking dramas in Iraq that forced minor players from the global antiterror team, and Iran's successful effort to sow divisiveness in the West about its nuclear ambitions while harboring much of al Qaeda's senior leadership — the fact remains that they have not been able to execute a spectacular strike in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks...
More Problems Surface With '60 Minutes' Documents
by Robert B. Bluey
...Doubts about the authenticity of the documents first reported by CNSNews.com on Thursday spread across the Internet and cable news shows Thursday when several forensic document experts, typographers and retired military officers offered their analysis. Friday's newspapers also carried stories questioning the documents' authenticity...Even the widow and son of the alleged author of the memos, the late Lt. Col. Jerry B. Killian, questioned whether the documents were real...

Thursday, September 09, 2004

'60 Minutes' Documents on Bush Might Be Fake
by Robert B. Bluey
...Three independent typography experts told CNSNews.com they were suspicious of the documents from 1972 and 1973 because they were typed using a proportional font, not common at that time, and they used a superscript font feature found in today's Microsoft Word program...
Kerry's Iranian Connection Fights Democracy
by Robert Spencer
Frivolous lawsuits have long been used as weapons of the powerful against the weak; a particularly egregious example is now playing out in Texas, courtesy of one of John Kerry’s most controversial supporters: the Iranian Hassan Nemazee. Nemazee is pursuing a ten-million-dollar damage claim against the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran (SMCCDI) and its coordinator, Aryo B. Pirouznia. A Nemazee victory in this suit would almost certainly muzzle or destroy altogether the SMCCDI, one of the most energetic and courageous opponents of Iran’s entrenched but uneasy mullahocracy. But now that Nemazee’s lawsuit has been filed, it has become increasingly clear that it could embarrass the entire Democratic Party — and severely damage the already flagging candidacy of John Kerry...
One Weekend in April, A Long Time Ago
by Hugh Hewitt
...Kerry was wholly wrong about Nicaragua, about the limits of American power, about the applicability of the Vietnam experience outside of Vietnam, indeed even about the lessons of the Vietnam War. Kerry's instinct in 1985 was appeasement of Ortega, and there is no reason to believe that his fundamental views, quite visibly revealed in his mission to Managua, have in any way evolved to a more mature understanding of the nature of America's enemies or the use of American power...
Where Is the Muslim Outrage?
by Jeff Jacoby
...There have been no public demonstrations by Muslims anxious to make it clear how outraged they are that anyone could commit such unspeakable deeds for their version of Islam. There has been no anguished outcry by Islam's leading imams and sheiks. Prominent Muslim organizations in the West have not called press conferences to express their disgust. Once again the world has witnessed a savage episode of Islamist terror, and once again it strains to hear a convincing rejection of the terrorists from those who should care most about Islam's reputation...

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Big Media Counterattacks
by John McIntyre
Old Media and the Left, enraged by President Bush's surge in the polls and what they view as an illegitimate examination of Kerry's record, has decided that today is the day they will counterattack hard in an attempt to reopen the Bush National Guard story as an issue in the campaign...The hypocrisy here is so stunning and the gall of baby boomer, anti-war lefties getting all self-righteous about "evading service" is a joke. The fact the Left has decided to go back to the trough on this issue just shows how few attractive avenues of attack they have left against the President. This is a sign of weakness, not strength...
They're Terrorists - Not Activists
by Daniel Pipes
...Politically-correct news organizations undermine their credibility with such subterfuges. How can one trust what one reads, hears, or sees when the self-evident fact of terrorism is being semi-denied? Worse, the multiple euphemisms for terrorist obstruct a clear understanding of the violent threats confronting the civilized world. It is bad enough that only one of five articles discussing the Beslan atrocity mentions its Islamist origins; worse is the miasma of words that insulates the public from the evil of terrorism.
Deeper Threat Is Being Missed Amid Iraq Debate
by Gerald F. Seib
...The far bigger question is whether the U.S. is engaged in a historic clash of civilizations with the Islamic world. It is fair to say that while the U.S. has some strategies for pacifying and exiting from Iraq, and some plans for thwarting terrorist attacks, it has reached no consensus on a strategy for dealing with a clash of civilizations...
That European Sense of Supremacy
by Michael Medved
...The Times says many Americans view Europe as “the kinder gentler continent, where the death penalty has been abolished and arrogant unilateralism, assembly line hamburgers, Bible thumping and crass patriotism are repudiated.” This assumption of European superiority doesn’t stem from conditions in the Old World—with its skyrocketing crime, diminishing populations and stalled economies; it comes rather from contempt for America—and particularly for the “crass patriotism” and “Bible thumping” that most of us still view as virtues...
When State Rules, Church Dwindles
by Yigal Schleifer
..It's not only the situation at Aya Triada, but citywide and in predominantly Muslim Turkey as a whole. Despite a 1,500-year history in Istanbul - and presiding over some 250 million believers worldwide, stretching from Russia and Romania to Greece and the United States - the Orthodox patriarchate tends a rapidly dwindling flock at home...

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

They Shoot Children, Don't They?
by Dennis Prager
...With the psychopathic cruelty at a Russian elementary school, have we reached the point where people of goodwill can ask serious questions about Muslims and Islam? Or are any challenging questions still to be dismissed as "Muslim bashing" or, even more absurdly, "racist," as if religion were a race? The truth is that everyone with a conscience has questions about Muslims and Islam. But the most powerful religion in America, the religion of tolerance, has rendered it almost impossible to ask any such questions. Most people are so afraid of being branded intolerant that the most natural and goodhearted questions are only posed by the handful who have the courage to do so (usually conservative Christians)...
Innocent Religion Is Now a Message of Hate
by Abdel Rahman al-Rashed
al-Rashed is general manager of Al-Arabiya news channel. This article first appeared in the London-based pan-Arabic newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat.
It is a certain fact that not all Muslims are terrorists, but it is equally certain, and exceptionally painful, that almost all terrorists are Muslims. The hostage-takers of children in Beslan, North Ossetia, were Muslims. The other hostage-takers and subsequent murderers of the Nepalese chefs and workers in Iraq were also Muslims. Those involved in rape and murder in Darfur, Sudan, are Muslims, with other Muslims chosen to be their victims...
On Terror and Hypocrisy
by Yoel Marcus
September is steadily gaining a name for itself as the most damned month of the year. World War II broke out in September. In "Black September," King Hussein confronted Arafat and his cronies, and exiled them to Lebanon. The Al-Aqsa intifada, in which 4,000 Israelis and Palestinians lost their lives, began in September. The assault on the Twin Towers, which exposed America's vulnerability to foreign aggression for the first time since Pearl Harbor, took place in September. This September will be remembered for the terror attack in North Ossetia - one of the cruelest, bloodiest rampages the human eye has ever seen on live TV...

Monday, September 06, 2004

God's Hand on America
by Michael Medved
Michael Medved recounts events that serve as evidence of a higher power in world and American history. In the first hour he describes the strange events of the 50th anniversary of the Fourth of July and the numerous miraculous events in the life of George Washington. The second hour documents divine intervention and mysterious events in the War Between the States. The third hour deals with events in the 20th Century, including the life of Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan and John Paul II.
The link initiates an audio stream of today's show available until noon PDT tomorrow, at which time tomorrow's show becomes available.
Workers of the World, Relax
by Alain de Botton
...All societies throughout history have had work right at their center; but ours - particularly America's - is the first to suggest that it could be something other than a punishment or penance. Ours is the first to imply that a sane human being would want to work even if he wasn't under financial pressure to do so. We are unique, too, in allowing our choice of work to define who we are, so that the central question we ask of new acquaintances is not where they come from or who their parents are but, rather, what it is they do - as though only this could effectively reveal what gives a human life its distinctive timbre...
Dem de la Crème
by Karl Zinsmeister
...So we're in an interesting new era. The right has become a thinking party, with rich intellectual resources, that is simultaneously dead set against political elitism and cultural snobbery. Conservatism has laid claim to America's quiet but multitudinous middle class. And during the same period, the left has come to dominate among the overclass and underclass that bracket the conservative middle. As a result, the old way of thinking about U.S. politics--little-guy Democrats vs. wealthy Republicans--is about as accurate and relevant today as a 1930 weather forecast. New fronts have moved in. Expect some major squalls ahead.
No Other Word For It But Slaughter
by Mark Steyn
...The good news is that the carnage in Beslan was so shocking it prompted a brief appearance by that rare bird, the moderate Muslim. Abdulrahman al-Rashed, the general manager of al-Arabiya Television, wrote a column in Asharq al-Awsat headlined, "The Painful Truth: All The World's Terrorists Are Muslims!" "Our terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture," he wrote. This is true. But...the question remains: So what? What are you going to do about it? If you want your religion to be more than a diseased death cult, you're going to have to take a stand...

Sunday, September 05, 2004

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is No Strategy For Homeland Security
by Tim Pawlenty
...The heart, soul and hope of America is reflected in the immigrants who come here to find a new life and new opportunity. Protecting our homeland does not oppress immigrants. It protects them — and the freedom and opportunity for which they came. Our local law enforcement is the first line of defense in America's homeland security. Prohibiting them from using a critical public safety tool simply defies common sense.
The Jihadists' Dream Is a Return To Empire
by Zev Chavets
...When President Bush admitted to Matt Lauer last week that the war on terror may not be winnable, it was this kind of random murder he had in mind. Bush was being realistic. You can protect iconic landmarks and signature events, kill Al Qaeda leaders, depose dictators, garrison troops in the Middle East, trade condolences and intelligence with your counterparts in Russia (or France, two of whose reporters were kidnapped in Iraq last week by armed Muslims demanding that Paris alter its school dress code). But no matter what precautions you take, you can never stop every fanatic...
Kerry's Fall From Grace
by Jack Kelly
...The advice Kerry's senior aides gave him was that he should leave response to the Swifties to surrogates, because Kerry's friends in the major media would do their best to bury the story. This didn't work, because the story the Swifties wanted to tell got out anyway, through talk radio and dozens of Web logs. But it was good advice. The Swifties didn't really take off in terms of public consciousness until after Kerry went postal on them...

Saturday, September 04, 2004

When the Killers Come For the Kids
by Ralph Peters
...The attack in Beslan wasn't about Russia's brutal incompetence in Chechnya — as counter-productive as Moscow's grim heavy-handedness may have been. It was about religious bigotry so profound that the believer can hold a gun to a child's head, pull the trigger and term the act "divine justice"...
The Moment of Truth for Putin's Presidency
by Georgy Bovt
...We [Russians] need to face facts: We're not conducting an anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya. We're at war with terror and terrorists. And special forces units don't win wars, the people do. But before the people can rise to this occasion, they must be involved in forming the plan of attack...
Eyes Wide Shut on Sudan
The Washington Times
As the humanitarian crisis continues, the government of Sudan appears to have managed to avoid sanctions from the U.N. Security Council. Khartoum has done just enough to head off broad support for U.N. sanctions. All the same, the United Nations can swiftly help millions of suffering Sudanese by endorsing the role of the African Union in restoring stability in the western Darfur region and allocating U.N. funds to pay for the mission. The mission now in Sudan is too limited to substantively help mitigate the crisis...

Friday, September 03, 2004

High Death Toll in Russia Siege
...Reports said three guerrillas were arrested alive. Twenty others died in exchanges of fire with troops, at least nine of them Arabs, officials said...The attackers - both men and women, some wearing bomb belts - struck on Wednesday, the start of the new school year in Russia when families traditionally stay with the pupils for a festive day...
Good News for the Globe
by David Wessel and Marcus Walker
Economics, the so-called dismal science, is showing a sunnier aspect these days. This generalization, as well as some surprising observations, is based on a survey of a dozen economists who have been awarded the Nobel Prize and on subsquent interviews with several others at a lakeside-gathering of the laureates in Lindau, Germany...
Bush's Bid for History
by Dick Morris
...I voted for Gore in 2000, as a true child of the Clinton era. But I decided to vote for Bush on Sept. 12, 2001 when I saw how he handled the threat we face. I used to back Bush because he offered safety; now I support him because he summons us all to an ideal. Before he spoke, supporting Bush was a duty one owed to the fallen. Now, it is an honor.
Democrats for Bush
by Thomas Sowell
..Never a shrinking violet, Ed Koch says that he disagrees with President Bush on virtually all domestic issues, but that the over-riding issue of our time is the war on terrorism -- and that his own Democratic Party doesn't have the "stomach" (Koch's word) for the fight. Mayor Koch understands that if we don't win the war on terrorism, nothing else is going to matter...
Dems: Kerry's Senate Record Off-Limits, Too
by David Limbaugh
Democrats are afraid the people are going to find out about John Kerry's Senate record. That's the only way you can explain their incessant accusations that Republicans are being mean and angry when they merely discuss his record...

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Transcript: George W. Bush
Fox News
...To everything we know there is a season — a time for sadness, a time for struggle, a time for rebuilding. And now we have reached a time for hope. This young century will be liberty's century. By promoting liberty abroad, we will build a safer world. By encouraging liberty at home, we will build a more hopeful America. Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom. This is the everlasting dream of America — and tonight, in this place, that dream is renewed. Now we go forward — grateful for our freedom, faithful to our cause, and confident in the future of the greatest nation on earth. God bless you, and may God continue to bless America.
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Best of the Web Today
by James Taranto
With abundant links the author summarizes, in a somewhat amusing way, speeches and commentaries of Wednesday's convention speakers.
Navy Challenging Kerry's Medals
NewsMax.com
...A Navy spokesman is calling Kerry's Silver Star citation with Combat V "incorrect" as it appears on his campaign Web site, explaining in an interview with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Thomas Lipscomb that the Navy has never issued a Combat V at any time for the Silver Star...Noting that Kerry has refused to authorize the release of his full military records, the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch called on Kerry this week to remove any questionable citations from his Web site pending a formal investigation by the Navy. "It is to your best interest to have your record in good order," Gen. Thomas Wilkerson, the president of the U.S. Naval Institute, told Lipscomb. "If it is wrong, you are accountable. And if you use it to advance your career, it is even more important.”
Enter the Bush Doctrine
by Norman Podhoretz
The four pillars of the president's strategy for winning World War IV...With the inconsistency thus removed and the resultant shakiness repaired by the addition of this fourth pillar to undergird it, the Bush Doctrine was now firm, coherent and complete.
The Unsubstantiated Heroism of Hanoi John
by Ann Coulter
The New York Times has a new typewriter key for the Swift Boat Veterans story that reads: "the unsubstantiated charges of the Swift Boat Veterans." Unsubstantiated? It was Kerry – not the Swift Boat Veterans – who told The Washington Post: "I wish they had a delete button on LexisNexis." The Swift Boat Veterans haven't been forced to retract any of their story. Meanwhile, John Kerry has been issuing about a retraction a day since the Swift Boat Veterans started talking...
How to Halt Nuclear Terrorists
Chicago Tribune
...there are certain steps that nations can take in concert to prevent rogue states and terrorists from possessing the knowledge and material to wield nuclear weapons. The confounding thing is that the UN and IAEA know what is needed and have been unwilling or unable to do it. Iran and North Korea have been able to develop weapons programs under the gaze of the IAEA, in part because of a loophole in the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. They can summarily toss out international inspectors, as North Korea did, and exit the treaty in favor of building nukes without much fear of consequence. That game won't be stopped by diplomats wagging their fingers over broken pledges. It will be stopped by putting a chokehold on those nations' nuclear ambitions.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Transcript: Zell Miller
Fox News
...Where is the bi-partisanship in this country when we need it most? Now, while young Americans are dying in the sands of Iraq and the mountains of Afghanistan, our nation is being torn apart and made weaker because of the Democrat's manic obsession to bring down our Commander-in-Chief. What has happened to the party I've spent my life working in? I can remember when Democrats believed that it was the duty of America to fight for freedom over tyranny...No one should dare to even think about being the Commander in Chief of this country if he doesn't believe with all his heart that our soldiers are liberators abroad and defenders of freedom at home. But don't waste your breath telling that to the leaders of my party today. In their warped way of thinking America is the problem, not the solution...Right now the world just cannot afford an indecisive America. Fainthearted, self-indulgence will put at risk all we care about in this world. In this hour of danger our President has had the courage to stand up. And this Democrat is proud to stand up with him...
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20 Questions for John Kerry
by Peter Kirsanow
...Here are only a few of the questions Kerry hasn't adequately addressed.
They don't even have anything to do with swift boats. There are no "gotcha"
questions. They're posed in a respectful manner. In fact, many are
softballs. After all, few interviewers would wish to alienate Kerry and
foreclose the possibility of follow-up interviews. With that in mind, here
goes...
America's Red Army
by Jennifer Verner
...As radicals from across the country descend upon New York City this week in their malicious attempt to violently disrupt the Republican National Convention, it appears the perfect time to dissect the affiliations and leadership of one of the most influential anti-Bush “peace” groups to emerge since 9/11: Win Without War...Win Without War is about raw power, soft money and selling a false, radical Left bill of goods in order to defeat the Bush administration in November. The sooner the American people find out the truth, the better.
Amnesty Betrayals Past And Present-—A Handy Reference Guide
by Juan Mann
...As the Republican National Convention gets underway in New York City, the quest by Congressman Tom Tancredo to "stop amnesty" in the GOP and "raise hell" if thwarted bears watching...
A True War Hero Speaks on Kerry
by Col. George "Bud" Day
...I draw a direct comparison of General Benedict Arnold of the Revolutionary War, to Lieutenant John Kerry. Both went off to war, fought, and then turned against their country. General Arnold crossed over to the British for money and position. John Kerry crossed over to the Vietnamese with his assistance to the anti-war movement, and his direct liaison with the Vietnamese diplomats in Paris. His reward- Political gain. Senator…United States. His record as a Senator for twenty years has been pitiful. Conjure up, if you will, one major bill that he has sponsored...