"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

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Why Immigrants Kill
by Sam Francis
Just exactly how many murders will it take to convince the Open Borders lobby, whose leader now seems to be President Bush, that mass Third World immigration is not such a good idea? Up in Wisconsin, a gentleman named Chai Soua Vang, a 36-year-old Hmong immigrant, just blew away six people, apparently because they threw him out of their privately-owned deer stand he had decided to take over for his own use...
The Problem is Putin
by George Will
...In Ukraine's debased election, Russian President Vladimir Putin twice campaigned for the candidate who benefited from fraud, violence and other violations of civilized norms, incidents that seemed to bear Putin's signature...Putin stands athwart [the march of freedom] in Russia, where he has marginalized inconvenient parties, controlled the media and used the criminal justice system to intimidate potential rival sources of power and social authority. Now the Kremlin, which issued instructions to Ukrainian state-controlled media during the presidential campaign, seems determined to export Putinism to contiguous countries...
European Christians Unhappy With Omission in EU Constitution
by Eva Cahen
...The European Parliament's center-right European People's Party (EPP) is spearheading a grassroots movement to petition EU heads of state to adopt wording that acknowledges Europe's Christian heritage when they implement the constitution in their national laws...
New Details Emerge in Matthew Shepard Murder
ABC News
...The story garnered national attention when the attack was characterized as a hate crime. But Shepard's killers, in their first interview since their convictions, tell "20/20's" Elizabeth Vargas that money and drugs motivated their actions that night, not hatred of gays...

Monday, November 29, 2004

Experts Call for New World Body to Fight Global Terrorism
by Julie Stahl
Democratic countries need to band together to form an international league of states dedicated to the worldwide fight against terrorism, given the United Nations' failure to do so, experts in Jerusalem said. Speaking at the second annual Jerusalem Summit - a forum for international conservative thinkers and diplomats - participants said something different needs to be done...
Faculty Clubs and Church Pews
by William J. Stuntz
...Judging by the speeches of liberal Democratic politicians, what poor people need most is free abortions. Anti-poverty programs tend to help middle-class government employees; the poor end up with a few scraps from the table. Teachers' unions have a stranglehold on failed urban school systems, even though fixing those schools would be the best anti-poverty program imaginable. I don't think my liberal Democratic professor friends like this state of affairs. And -- here's a news flash -- neither do most evangelicals, who regard helping the poor as both a passion and a spiritual obligation, not just a political preference...
The Sleeping World Is Awakening to the Dangers of Islam
by Barbara J. Stock
...Here in the United States we have a different set of problems...Radical Islam is rampant in the prisons, converting the worst of the worst so that when they leave prison they are unleashed on society as pre-programmed, radical Islamic killing machines. On the outside they appear as average Americans which allow them to move about the country unencumbered and overlooked. These killing machines wait for their orders to kill and terrorize, cared for and protected by the radical Islamic element within our own borders...
How Kerry Whistleblower Suffered for Truth
by Mary Laney
...All the millions of dollars raised by Gardner and his fellow Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and all the proceeds from John O'Neill's book, Unfit for Command, go to families of veterans, POWs and MIAs. And, even though Gardner is broke and jobless for speaking out, the husband and father of three says he'd do it all over again. He says it wasn't for politics. It was for America.
French Hostility a Chronic Problem
by Robert Novak
...The chronic nature of French hostility toward the United States contradicts claims by Bush's domestic critics that his unilateral policies caused deterioration of Franco-American relations. It is less the United States with a French problem than France burdened with a serious American problem...
Vanity Plate Denied: Too Religious
by Kristin Carlson
...Under the law, DMV can deny personalized plates it they are vulgar or refer to religion, race or drugs. Rutledge says even though SHJ BVM may not be recognizable as religious to some, it still is, and the department is on solid legal ground to deny it...
The Frivolity of Evil  Why?
by Theodore Dalrymple
...A ridiculous pas de deux between doctor and patient ensues: the patient pretends to be ill, and the doctor pretends to cure him. In the process, the patient is willfully blinded to the conduct that inevitably causes his misery in the first place. I have therefore come to see that one of the most important tasks of the doctor today is the disavowal of his own power and responsibility. The patient's notion that he is ill stands in the way of his understanding of the situation, without which moral change cannot take place. The doctor who pretends to treat is an obstacle to this change, blinding rather than enlightening...
Attempt to Stop Mandatory Mental Screening Fails
World Net Daily
An attempt by Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, to add language to the omnibus spending bill in Congress to require parental consent for any mental-health screening done to children with federal money has failed. The language was proposed to blunt the effect of a program proposed by the New Freedom Commission on Mental Health, which President Bush established in 2002. The New Freedom Initiative recommends screening not only for children but eventually for every American...Critics of the mental-health screening plan say it is a thinly veiled attempt by drug companies to provide a wider market for high-priced antidepressants and antipsychotic medication, and puts government in areas of Americans' lives where it does not belong...
Background: No Child Left Unmedicated

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Young America’s Foundation Recommends Top Ten Conservative Colleges
Young America Foundation
...The 2004-2005 "Top Ten Conservative College" list features ten institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication to discovering, maintaining and strengthening the conservative values of their students. The listed colleges offer an alternative to the liberal status quo...

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Fighting the Preachers of Hate
by Dominik Cziesche, Barbara Schmid & Holger Stark
Germany is afraid of a clash of cultures within its own borders. How can it be avoided? A new tough stance against radical Islamists is helping. But how far can a democracy push in its fight against radical beliefs?...
Good News About Poverty
by David Brooks
...What explains all this good news? The short answer is this thing we call globalization. Over the past decades, many nations have undertaken structural reforms to lower trade barriers, shore up property rights and free economic activity. International trade is surging. The poor nations that opened themselves up to trade, investment and those evil multinational corporations saw the sharpest poverty declines. Write this on your forehead: Free trade reduces world suffering...
Struggling to Save Ukrainian Democracy
by Yuliya Tymoshenko
...For we are engaged not in revolution, but in peaceful democratic evolution. Ukrainians have endured the worst that man can do to his fellow man: Stalin's orchestrated famines of the 1930s and the Nazi slaughterhouse of WWII. So do not doubt our ability to endure and stand firm. We shall persist, and our democracy shall prevail. Stand with us.
Ukraine's Destiny is Being Decided on the Streets, in the Courts - and in the Kremlin
by Simon Sebag-Montefiore
...The biggest country in Europe west of Russia will become either a liberal democracy or a Russianised kleptocracy. Even as power seems to be draining away from outgoing President Kuchma and his heir, Victor Yanukovich, Ukraine stands at the crossroads of its very existence. Russia again faces the dilemma of its manifest destiny...
The UN Confronts its Biggest Scandal
by Tony Parkinson
...The regime targeted naked self-interest, and the equation was as crude as this: if you do not want the profits from cut-price oil concessions, or lucrative supply contracts, there will always be others ready to co-operate. In his testimony, Duelfer put it tersely but tidily: "Saddam's regime depended not on bringing out the best in people, rather in promoting the worst. It poisoned everything it touched."

Friday, November 26, 2004

The Home Front Comes to Life
by Daniel Henninger
...The government can organize men and women to fight well, but it appears no longer able to organize the American people to support the fighters. Now we have this largely private support network that is reaching critical mass on the Web--without fanfare, with little official support. Sounds like a coalition of the willing.
CCAGW Slams $388 Billion Omnibus Bill
Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
...While lawmakers and President Bush lauded the omnibus for holding domestic spending, excluding defense and foreign aid, members of Congress showed no restraint in their hunger for pork-barrel projects. The thousands of earmarks lurking in the bill include: $3.5 million for bus acquisition in Atlanta, Ga.; $2 million for kitchen relocation in Fairbanks North Star Borough in Fairbanks, Alaska; $1.5 million for a demonstration project to transport naturally chilled water from Lake Ontario to Lake Onondaga...
WMDs Camouflage Real Reasons Behind Iraq Invasion
by Frank Devine
...the measured actions of the US during the past three years, including its strong military presence in the Middle East, have caused significant moderation of the position on global jihad of Saudi Arabia and other Muslim regimes. The strategy of the jihadists has stalled...
Bashing the Boy Scouts
Opinion Journal
...The question no one seems to be asking is, who's better off as a result of these lawsuits? Surely not the 3.2 million Boy Scouts, whose venerable organization is part of the web of voluntary associations once considered the bedrock of American life. If anything, the purpose of the ACLU attacks is to paint Scouts as religious bigots. Other losers are communities themselves, which are forced to sever ties to an organization that helps to build character in young men...
Crying Wolf Over Defeat of Intel Bill
The Indianapolis Star
...As proven by the rush job three years ago that formed the Department of Homeland Security, a botched reform is no reform at all. While the maze of 15 agencies and numerous committees that comprise the nation's intelligence community definitely needs restructuring, it should be done methodically.

Thursday, November 25, 2004

The Thanksgiving Proclamation
by George Washington
Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor--and whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me "to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness"...
Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day
by Abraham Lincoln
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved...
A Very Christian Holiday
by David Gelernter
The First Thanksgiving is one of those heartwarming stories that every child used to know, and some up-to-date teachers take special delight in suppressing...It is especially sad when children don't learn the history of Thanksgiving, which is that rarest of anomalies--a religious festival celebrated by many faiths. The story of the first Thanksgiving would inspire and soothe this nation if only we would let it...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Declaration of Independence Banned at Calif School
by Dan Whitcomb
...Among the materials she has rejected, according to Williams, are excerpts from the Declaration of Independence, George Washington's journal, John Adams' diary, Samuel Adams' "The Rights of the Colonists" and William Penn's "The Frame of Government of Pennsylvania." "He hands out a lot of material and perhaps 5 to 10 percent refers to God and Christianity because that's what the founders wrote," said Thompson, a lawyer for the Alliance Defense Fund, which advocates for religious freedom...
Europe to the Barricades
by Tony Blankley
...the common people -- the timeless volk -- of Europe are beginning to see their true enemy -- radical Islam. The will to survive and prevail is not yet spent in the hearts of our European cousins. They are late to the battle that is now raging. But they are not too late. The second great anti-fascist Euro-American alliance is now beginning to form on the foundation of our two common democratic peoples. Their spineless governments will follow, and will soon be run by fighting leaders uplifted from the ranks.
Immigrant Population at Record High in 2004
Center for Immigration Studies
...Of the 4.3 million growth, almost half, or 2 million, is estimated to be from illegal immigration...States with the largest increase in their immigrant population were Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Arizona, and Pennsylvania...As a share of the nation’s total population, immigrants now account for nearly 12 percent, the highest percentage in over 80 years...
Reforming the Patriot Act Will Protect Our Civil Liberties
by John E. Sununu
...the provisions of the SAFE Act go a long way toward ensuring that individual civil liberties are protected, that the ability to misuse or abuse the law is minimized, that law enforcement continues to have what it needs to prosecute the War on Terror, and that Congress has to affirm and reauthorize legislation over time.
How to Steal a Country
by Ralph Peters
Ukraine remains an indepen dent state. For now. But last week's shamelessly rigged presidential-election results were engineered by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin's security services...
Iraq's New Court Finds Itself on Trial
by Michael A. Newton
The worst kind of hypocrisy is the sort that pretends to stand on principle. The latest example is the failure of the United Nations, our European allies and nongovernmental groups to support Iraqi efforts to bring Saddam Hussein and his henchmen to justice...
Getting Iraq's Election Right
by Amir Taheri
...Last week in London, President Jacques Chirac admitted that getting rid of Saddam "may well have been good idea" — then added a big "but" about the wisdom of early elections in Iraq. His argument for delay was based on the claim that he wanted "broader participation" in the elections. Russia and a few Arab states also used the phrase as a code word for derailing the democratic process...
Amoral Media, Lowlife Fans, Spoiled Athletes and Beer
by Dennis Prager
...When I was a kid, people got dressed up to go to ballgames, and the worst words fans screamed were "you're a bum" or "kill the ump." But, of course, many people smoked. Today there is no smoking even at outdoor stadiums, but many fans scream obscenities and routinely act like lowlifes. This is because we have substituted preoccupation with smoking for preoccupation with cursing. We have, in short, put concern with health over concern with character...
Injudicious Battles
by John Comyn
...The American people want judges and justices on the bench who will dutifully interpret the law — distinguished legal minds and devoted public servants who will help implement, not make, political decisions, and who know the difference between personal opinion and professional duty. But some special-interest groups do not want that. Having failed to advance their policies democratically at the ballot box in November, these groups now hope to achieve their ends in the courtroom and to impose their views on the country by judicial fiat...

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

School's Band to Tune Out Santa
by Katie Wang
Don't expect the Columbia High School brass ensemble to belt out any jolly renditions of "Joy to World" at its holiday concert this year. Nor will it play any songs about Santa Claus coming to town. But there will be plenty of seasonal tunes, such as "Winter Wonderland" and "Frosty the Snowman" -- songs devoid of any reference to religion, religious symbols or holidays...
Bill Ignores Critical Issues
by James Sensenbrenner
The 9/11 reform bill is currently snagged by the Senate's refusal to address three critical issues: Should states continue to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens? Should we tighten our asylum system that terrorists exploited to such deadly effect? Have we ensured the military chain of command is not broken in our intelligence restructuring?...
Bush the Insurgent
...Contrary to the doubters, the [Washington] establishment does exist and does throw its weight around. It consists of the permanent bureaucracy, much of the vast political community of lobbyists and lawyers and consultants, leftovers from Congress and earlier administrations, trade groups and think tanks, and the media. The establishment can and does shape the zeitgeist in Washington and, importantly, a huge chunk of the Senate is establishment-oriented and dozens of senators themselves members of the establishment...
What's Going on with the Arctic?
by George H. Taylor
...while temperatures appear to have warmed in the last 40 years, a longer viewpoint shows much warmer temperatures in the 1930s and 1940s, apparently even warmer than those today...Current conditions appear to be well within historical variability...
Hillary Eyeing Immigration as Top 2008 Issue
by Carl Limbacher
...Taking a position far to the right of the Bush administration, Sen. Clinton said she would support "at least a visa ID, some kind of an entry and exit ID. And, you know, perhaps, although I'm not a big fan of it, we might have to move towards an ID system even for citizens"...
Saudis, Arabs Funneled Millions to President Clinton's Library
by Josh Gerstein
...Democrats spent much of the presidential campaign this year accusing President Bush of improperly close ties to Saudi Arabia...as a result, the Saudi donations to the Clinton library are raising some eyebrows. Mr. Unger said he suspects that the Saudi support may have something to do with a possible presidential bid by Senator Clinton in 2008. "They want to keep their options open no matter who's in power and whether that's four years from now or whatever," the author said. "Just a few million is nothing to them to keep their options open"...

Monday, November 22, 2004

Kofi's Downward Spiral
The Washington Times
...over the weekend, Mr. Annan narrowly managed to escape (at least for now), a no-confidence vote from the U.N. staff union for mishandling a probe of misconduct involving Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services Dileep Nair, who was accused of harassing fellow staffers and practicing favoritism in hiring and promotions. After Mr. Annan's office announced that Mr. Nair would be pardoned, U.N. employees held a closed-door meeting..."Kofi Annan is surrounded by corruption, a gang of criminals responsible for some of the worst things that happened to mankind in the 20th century," an angry veteran U.N. staffer told Agence-France Presse on Friday...
Republicans Block Intelligence Overhaul Bill
CNSNews.com
..."Regrettably, the Senate thus far has been hell-bent on ensuring that illegal aliens can receive drivers' licenses, regardless of the security concerns," Sensenbrenner said. He noted that nineteen of the 9/11 hijackers had 63 valid U.S. drivers licenses between them. Sensenbrenner said there's no point in reforming U.S. intelligence gathering if people can come to this country and get valid drivers' licenses to use for nefarious purposes...
Bells Ring No More at Target
Fox News
...Bennett Weiner of the Wise Giving Alliance has a positive take on corporate bans, which his group has also suffered from. "Even when one retailer drops out, that’s an opportunity for others to step up to the kettle, perhaps, and take up the slack,” he said. The charity is already ringing away without the help of Best Buy and Home Depot, which have similar fund-raising bans. And while Target does donate millions to charity annually, it’s getting more attention for silencing the iconic bells.
Bill Clinton vs. Peter Jennings
by Bill O'Reilly
...Now Bill Clinton prefers to look at his accomplishments and uses those to rationalize the other stuff. That's a human trait—most of us rationalize in that way. So he's never going admit that his lack of personal discipline and his ruthless desire to win brought many of his ethical problems on himself. Mr. Clinton should take comfort in knowing that millions of Americans still think he did a good job despite all the controversy. But the president's ego overrides that solace. He wants us to think he's a victim. Are you buying it?

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Attack On an American City by Terrorists Armed with a Small Nuclear Device is an Even Bet Within a Decade
by Charles Burress
...It's a topic so chilling that few people want to face it, Smith said. "I'm finding what I call the psychology of denial"..."I'm a great believer in having these thinking-the-unthinkable discussions up front," Weber said. "It would be irresponsible not to plan for it."
Europe's Civil War?
by Arnaud de Borchgrave
...Hundreds of thousands of young Muslims in Europe are potential jihadis, according to European intelligence chiefs speaking not for publication. They have been warning their political masters about the tinderboxes that many Muslim communities have become. Jihadi volunteers are known to have left for Iraq from a number of Muslim slums on the outskirts of major European cities...

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Bigotry and its Defenders
The Washington Times
In modern memory, there are few prominent figures in American government who have been relentessly caricatured in a more vulgar way than Condoleezza Rice. Apparently, when it comes to President Bush's national security adviser -- a conservative who would become the first black female secretary of state if confirmed by the Senate -- no racist stereotype is out of bounds...
How to Make Blue Folks See Red: Pick on the Boy Scouts
by James Lileks
Move over, OBL -- our new national threat comes from the BSA. They're a strange, religiously oriented group whose stated purposes ought to make your blood run as cold as chilled mercury. We've had remarkable success in recent years keeping them from undermining American power, thanks to the U.S. military. But now it's official, and what was once a shadowy war is out in the open...
H-hour has Arrived
Caroline B. Glick
The agreement that France, Germany and Britain reached with Iran this week signals that the diplomatic option of dealing with Iran's nuclear weapons program no longer exists. To understand why this is the case, we must look into the agreement and understand what is motivating the various parties to accede to its conditions...

Friday, November 19, 2004

Clean up CIA and State Department
by Cllifford D. May
The professionals at the CIA and the State Department are dedicated, hard-working, committed, patriotic, brave, clean and reverent. Now that I’ve said that plainly, can we talk candidly about all that is glaringly dysfunctional at these agencies?...
Jacques’s Cracks
by Denis Boyles
...That, of course, is exactly what we should by now expect from Chirac — the notion that if it's not a bribe, it's not a deal. It would never occur to Chirac that what Blair got in exchange for liberating Iraq had nothing to do with the U.S. What Blair got was what he thought he'd get — the knowledge that he had done the right thing for his own country and for others...
The Opening of the Clinton Library
by Bill O'Reilly
...far more important is the unresolved problem of the Marc Rich pardon...President Clinton pardoned the biggest tax cheat in the history of the country in return for huge donations for the library. Denise Rich and her friend Beth Desoretz apparently raised close to $2 million for the library. Mrs. Rich actually visited President Clinton 20 times in the White House. But when the House Government Reform Committee, which investigated the Rich pardon, hauled the ladies to testify, they both took the Fifth Amendment, refusing to talk because they might incriminate themselves...Now Attorney General John Ashcroft is supposed to investigate this whole deal. Apparently, that did not happen. We, the people, deserve an explanation, don't we?...
9/11 Commission's Reforms In Danger of Being Gutted by Senate Conferees
Federation for American Immigration Reform
...Among the specific 9/11 Commission recommendations that are in the Senate's crosshairs are expanded detention of illegal aliens attempting to enter the U.S., enhanced interior enforcement of U.S. immigration laws, uniform standards for driver's license issuance and barring acceptance of foreign consular IDs, limits on judicial review of orders of deportation, denial of asylum claims for those suspected of having ties to terrorist organizations...
Illegal Immigration Undermines America’s Future
by Jason Saine
...The real minimum wage in America has been declining for more than a decade. Why? Supply and demand. For years, we have been artificially modifying the supply side by quietly tolerating a massive influx of unskilled workers across our borders. There are now over 10 MILLION illegal aliens in the U.S. Remove them, and opportunities will abound for authentic Americans. We won't need to raise the minimum wage; it will raise itself. We can reverse the trend by simply enforcing our current immigration laws...

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Stunned Guns
by Richard Gid Powers
...in the end, the FBI can't be expected to protect a country that doesn't want to be protected. For at least a quarter century, every signal we have sent to the FBI was that we did not want to be protected, and we punished it whenever it tried. We told the FBI what we wanted it to be—an FBI that never violated anybody's civil liberties, even if it was not doing anything else. In the end, we got the FBI that we wanted. Well, the FBI is showing us that it wants to change. But do we?
Homeland Security? Not Yet
by Heather Mac Donald
...The Transportation Security Administration says it intends to test behavioral profiling in two airports. Whether it will have the fortitude to stand up against the inevitable charges of discrimination remains to be seen. For now, officials trying to protect the public risk punishment and opprobrium, while terrorists trying to invade and destroy the country enjoy politically motivated protection. That's a formula for disaster, and it must change.
'Supporting the Troops'?
by Thomas Sowell
...The Times of London refers to a Marine "killing an unarmed man in cold blood." If that was his purpose he could have opened fire when he entered the room, instead of waiting until he saw an Iraqi terrorist faking being dead -- for what purpose the Marine had no way of knowing. We cannot fight wars to please The Times of London or the other nay-sayers and nit-pickers who have been against us from the beginning. There is no point trying to appease people who are not going to be appeased anyway. And to do so at an increased risk to American lives would be criminal.
Semper Fi: The Story of Fallujah Isn't on that NBC Videotape
Opinion Journal
...When not disemboweling Iraqi women, these killers hide in mosques and hospitals, booby-trap dead bodies, and open fire as they pretend to surrender. Their snipers kill U.S. soldiers out of nowhere. According to one account, the Marine in the videotape had seen a member of his unit killed by another insurgent pretending to be dead. Who from the safety of his Manhattan sofa has standing to judge what that Marine did in that mosque?...
NBC Cameraman an Anti-war Activist
World Net Daily
The man who shot footage of the Fallujah killing has a presence on Web...Most of the photos featured on the site engender sympathy toward U.S. enemy fighters and antipathy toward American military personnel...
Arafat's Squalid End
by Christopher Hitchens
...was this not the same man who used the word "martyr" in every other sentence and announced from his besieged compound that it was his highest desire? Willing to die in a pointless scuffle but not willing to risk anything for an agreement? In cold fact, Arafat was protected from "martyrdom" at Israel's hands, as he well knew, by an edict of President Bush to Sharon. The charming conclusion of this drama is now the widely spread rumor that the chairman was martyred after all, having been poisoned by the Jews: a rumor itself perhaps designed to pre-empt any discussion of his AIDS-like symptoms at the end. What a squalid and ignoble terminus, to a life of steadily diminishing returns...
The Making of the Christian-Jihadist Myth
by Kathleen Parker
...The media seem suddenly, if belatedly, obsessed, approaching the evangelical Christian voting block as anthropologist Margaret Mead did the Samoans. Chris Matthews suggested on "Hardball" that reporters should be sent out to cover the red states as one might a foreign country...I've gotten a few calls myself from television and radio producers seeking insight..."Fascinating," I picture them saying as they stroke their chins. "They even go to church on Wednesdays, too? Whatever for?!"...

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Europe Doesn't Believe in Democracy  Why?
by Janet Daley
...We do not have a shared reverence for the robustness of democratic institutions because, in continental Europe, democratic institutions have been anything but robust. That is why the EU is busily moving away from the idea of government being directly and transparently responsive to the popular will...It may sound apocalyptic, but I do believe that the democratic experiment in continental Europe, begun just over 200 years or so ago, is coming to a close...
W, By Ignoring Race, Makes Racial History
by Michael Goodwin
...Limousine-liberal Democrats and their media poodles, many of whom send their children to near-segregated private schools, have basically ignored the racial triumphs Powell and Rice embody...Had a Democratic President made those appointments, the celebratory coverage would invoke Harry Truman's integrating the armed forces or Robert Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson's battle for civil rights. Talk about your double standards...
Pentagon to Warn Bases on Scouts
by Mike Robinson
The Pentagon has agreed to warn military bases worldwide that they should not directly sponsor Boy Scout troops...The settlement, announced yesterday, stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, which said U.S. military units have sponsored hundreds of Boy Scout troops...
Scope of Saddam's Scam Widens
by Judith Miller
A U.S. Senate committee investigating the United Nations oil-for-food program for Iraq estimates that during 13 years of international sanctions, Saddam Hussein's government made at least $21.3 billion illicitly, more than double previous government estimates...
A Terrorist on the Faculty
New York Post
...Susan Rosenberg, the would-be bomber of the Weather Underground who was given a disgraceful gift of clemency by Bill Clinton on his last day in office, freeing her from a 58-year prison term for terrorist activities...Hamilton College, located in upstate Clinton (how appropriate), hired ex-terrorist Rosenberg to teach a course next January in "Resistance Memoirs"...

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Mujahidin Terrorised Fallujah, Residents Say
The Times Online
Mutilated bodies dumped on Fallujah's bombed out streets today painted a harrowing picture of eight months of rebel rule. As US and Iraqi troops mopped up the last vestiges of resistance in the city after a week of bombardment and fighting, residents who stayed on through last week's offensive were emerging and telling harrowing tales of the brutality they endured...
Why Theo Van Gogh Was Murdered
by Theodore Dalrymple
...Religious sanction for the oppression of women (whether theologically justified or not) is hence the main attraction of Islam to young men in an increasingly secular world. This explains why a divide often opens between brothers and sisters in the same European Muslim family; the sisters want liberty, but the brothers enforce the old rules. They have to, or the whole gratifying system breaks down. This, I suspect, is the source of the rage against Theo Van Gogh.
War on Terror Is On Track
by Michael Ledeen
I'm not surprised to see people leaving the CIA. Their work for the past decade and more has been exposed by a long series of congressional committees and presidential commissions as a significant failure. Perhaps the most surprising thing is that it has taken so long...It was widely reported that the CIA had not a single human agent in Iraq as of Sept. 11, 2001. That alone shows the magnitude of the failure of those people now leaking and whining as they finally leave.
A Jew Defends the Cross
by Dennis Prager
...About 2,000 people showed up on a workday morning, many of them non-Christians, including atheists, Buddhists, and a fair number of Jews, including non-Orthodox Jews and Orthodox Jews wearing yarmulkes. It was probably the first time in history that Jews have banded to protect the Christian cross. It is an achievement of which the ACLU should be proud. Its devotion to secularizing what has always been a Judeo-Christian society is helping to unite Judeo and Christian as nothing ever before has...

Monday, November 15, 2004

The Senate vs. the U.N.
by Robert Novak
...Coleman said this week's hearings will show that "the scope of the ripoff" at the U.N. is substantially more than the widely reported $10 billion to $11 billion in graft. But more than money is involved. These hearings also should expose the arrogance of the secretary-general and his bureaucracy. At the same time that he has refused to honor the Senate committee's request for documents, Annan has inveighed against the Fallujah offensive sanctioned by the new Iraqi government while ignoring the terrorism of insurgents. This is an unprecedented showdown between a branch of the U.S. government and the U.N....
Are Liberals More Generous than Conservatives?  Why?
by Charles W. Dunn
...Not according to the 2004 "Generosity Index" published by the Catalogue for Philanthropy...The most generous people live in Red (Bush) States, and the least generous in Blue (Kerry) States...How could this be? Certainly, in theory, Liberals are more generous than Conservatives. After all, did not Liberals create the New Deal, Fair Deal, New Frontier, and Great Society -- America's best-known public policies to help the less fortunate?...
The Myth of the Working Poor  Why?
by Steven Malanga
...it typically is personal failure and social dysfunction that create poverty. To stay out of poverty in America, it's necessary to do three simple things, social scientists have found: finish high school, don't have kids until you marry, and wait until you are at least 20 to marry. Do those three things, and the odds against your becoming impoverished are less than one in ten. Nearly 80 percent of everyone who fails to do those three things winds up poor. That's a crucial truth that left-wing social thinkers have tried to deny from the earliest days of the welfare-rights movement. And as these books show, even after the conclusive failure of the War on Poverty and the resounding success of welfare reform, they are still at it...
Validation By Defeat
by George F. Will
...This preening faction reasons as follows: the re-election of George W. Bush proves that 51 percent of the electorate are homophobic, gun-obsessed, economically suicidal, antiscience, theocratic dunces. Therefore to be rejected by them is to have one's intellectual and moral superiority affirmed. This insult directed at the electorate must appall most Democrats, who would prefer to be validated by victories. But disdain for the judgment of average Americans now colors various aspects of American life...
The American Pie and How It Was Sliced
by Ron Grossman
...There is no great secret about appealing to the heartland. Candidates and political parties have to show they respect the way of life of those who don't live in the great metropolises--their fellow countrymen, as it were. That's a full-time job. It's not enough to pause on the campaign trail to don a camouflage jacket for a day of photo-op hunting...

Sunday, November 14, 2004

The Sins of Arafat: A Legacy of Death and Despair
The Union Leader
...No world leader of our time has been showered with more accolades while earning more opprobrium. None has been so widely hailed as a peacemaker and statesman while doing less for peace and less for his state. None has been so enthusiastically embraced by decent people while presiding over the systematic murder of so many innocents — including scores of children deliberately targeted...
Why We Need a Marriage Amendment
by Robert P. George & David L. Tubbs
...State voters could and would prevent the imposition of same-sex marriage, these critics argued. There was no need to nationalize the issue. Despite its widespread appeal, the states' rights solution won't work. Without a federal marriage amendment, we're going to wind up with same-sex marriage in all 50 states. And here's why...
Change Course: It's the First Rule of the Re-elected
by Edward Luttwak
When American presidents are re-elected they are finally free to pursue their dreams. Supporters urge them to be ever bolder, opponents gloomily predict the catastrophes that must inevitably follow, while visiting prime ministers keep their fingers crossed that their advice will at last be taken seriously...While such considerations may have an influence on the margins, the essential mechanism is simply that of entropy - the powerful tendency of any dynamic system to revert to equilibrium after being unbalanced...
Keith Olbermann's Dan Rather Moment
by Bill Steigerwald
...Olbermann pointed to a "small but blood-curdling group of reports of voting irregularities and possible fraud" from across the country, topped it with some vague partisan innuendo from Democrat Congressman John Conyers, and acted like he deserved a Peabody Award for Civic Journalism...Why had no major print or electronic outlet pursued this shameful story?...I don't know, boys. Maybe it's because before they start making wild charges of "vote fraud," real journalists pick up a telephone...
Scoundrel Chronicles: Media Bias 2004
by Laer Pearce
The author catalogs a growing list of media distortion instances, currently at 129 examples.
Circulation Scandals Rock MSM Newspapers
by Laer Pearce
...practices include “delivering” bundles of papers to dumpsters and to the homes of dead people – ominously akin to some Democratic election tactics.Inflating circulation is, of course, illegal. It’s done for the simple reason that it boosts advertising revenue, which is what keeps newspapers alive...

Saturday, November 13, 2004

The C.I.A. Versus Bush
by David Brooks
...Is the president going to be able to rely on the institutions of government to execute his policies, or, by his laxity, will he permit the bureaucracy to ignore, evade and subvert the decisions made at the top? If the C.I.A. pays no price for its behavior, no one will pay a price for anything, and everything is permitted. That, Mr. President, is a slam-dunk.
Kofi's Stonewall
New York Post
...Saddam Hussein not only skimmed off a fortune from the program, upwards of $10 billion, he also threw around bribes and lucrative oil contracts designed to "persuade" nations like France and Russia to undermine economic sanctions. Once that happened — and sanctions were "in a shambles" on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom — Saddam planned to resume his moribund weapons of mass destruction programs. It's not clear what the Senate can do to compel Annan's cooperation — diplomatic immunity and all that, you know. But the code of silence that Kofi Annan has imposed on the United Nations to protect its reputation must be shattered.
Tumor Growing in Democratic Party
by Francis X. Maier
...The 2004 election wasn't about "personality." It was about character - the Bob Casey, moral values kind. Democrats used to be able to tell the difference. That they no longer can is why my Democratic wife, and millions of people just like her, had no trouble at all pulling the lever for Republicans on Nov. 2.
Obama Fever
by Michelle Malkin
Here are a few mainstream media rules of thumb: Minority Democrats in public office are inspirational role models. Minority Republicans in public office are embarrassing sellouts. Minority Democrat politicians are principled. Minority Republican politicians are misguided. Minority Democrat politicians represent the hopes and dreams of all Americans. Minority Republican politicians are traitors to their "communities." These rules are unwritten, of course, but the minority politician double standard is glaringly obvious in the national media...
The Father of Modern Terrorism
by Andrew C. McCarthy
For the last week of his life, the scuttlebutt about the Palestinian movement's centrifugal force concerned whether his impending demise was driven by AIDS, likely contracted, according to leaked foreign-intelligence reports, by his omnivorous, orgiastic sexual appetite. This as if, after three quarters of a century's worth of megalo-sadism, additional indicia of Yasser Arafat's throbbing depravity were somehow necessary. And so, evidently, they were. Thus is reflection on his life, a signal emblem of the late 20th century's triumph of terror and fraud over security and reason, as instructive about our times as it is about him...
The Moral of the Story
by David Limbaugh
...We're supposed to ignore that liberals routinely take target practice on Christians, mocking them at will, painting them as intolerant bigots and, well, simpletons. Why shouldn't liberals be able to deride Christians and, at the same time, decry the injustice of not winning their votes?...
Democrats, Like Dodos, Will Soon Be Extinct
by Brian G. Fortin
...The party of the big tent, once seen as the party of middle America and not of the elite, is now a circus tent for socialists, America-haters, multiculturalists, and left-wing conspiracy kooks. They actually seemed surprised they lost an election that was staked on America failing in Iraq. Who the heck wants to vote for us to lose?...

Friday, November 12, 2004

Pro-lifers Not Thrilled With Gonzales Choice
World Net Daily
Pro-life activists are criticizing President Bush's choice of Alberto Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft as attorney general, worrying the White House counsel will not aggressively uphold the administration's anti-abortion stance. Gonzales is a former member of the Texas Supreme Court, where he voted to allow a teenager to get an abortion without notifying her parents, circumventing the notification law in that state. At the time he criticized the position taken by his colleague on the court, Priscilla Owen, who voted against allowing the abortion. Gonzales said dissenting from his majority opinion "would be an unconscionable act of judicial activism"...
Arafat the Monster
by Jeff Jacoby
...Perhaps his signal contribution to the practice of political terror was the introduction of warfare against children. On one black date in May 1974, three PLO terrorists slipped from Lebanon into the northern Israeli town of Ma'alot. They... seized a local school, taking more than 100 boys and girls hostage and threatening to kill them unless a number of imprisoned terrorists were released. When Israeli troops attempted a rescue, the terrorists exploded hand grenades and opened fire on the students. By the time the horror ended, 25 people were dead; 21 of them were children...
Two Sides to Global Warming
by Ronald Bailey
During more than 15 years of reporting on climate change science and policy, I have watched climatology become increasingly politicized...reports are confirming what the majority of climate scientists have been saying—that man-made global warming is occurring at a rapid rate. Well, maybe. Once a particular notion becomes conventional wisdom, evidence and stories confirming that conventional wisdom are easily accepted and published—and reported in the media. Those that contradict the prevailing views have a much harder time getting a hearing...
Misunderestimated ... Again
by Larry Elder
"I can't believe I'm losing to this idiot," said presidential candidate John Kerry when he learned he was losing in the polls. This statement shows why Kerry got wiped out during the latest election. Most Americans do not find the president stupid...Americans support strong national defense, lower taxes, less government, believe in faith and family as traditionally defined, and support restrictions on abortion. They just don't get it. Still.

Thursday, November 11, 2004

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
— Elmer Davis (radio broadcaster, 1890-1958)

Take Time To Thank Those Who Defended This Nation
by Terry Thomas
...Today, many will be thinking of times, places, sacrifices and comrades long gone. To know that their fellow countrymen are reflecting upon those same sacrifices, too, touches their hearts and reassures them that heavy personal prices, paid along the way, were well purchased for an appreciative and caring public.
Jesus Was a Commie…
by J. B. Williams
...Atheists and Agnostics from those blue dots sprinkled in a few corners of the country are scrambling to advance their theory that “morals” and “religion” have no connection. Christians who claim Jesus was a Commie are scrambling to advance their argument that the conservative Right is cherry-picking their morals, attacking Abortion and Homosexuality in a bigoted fashion, while selfishly over-looking the poor and the disenfranchised...
Mandate? No. Consequential? No Doubt About It.
by John McIntyre
...it was one of the most consequential elections in this nation's history, the ramifications of which will be felt for decades. And behind all the vitriol, blather and post-election spin; that sick feeling among Democrats is because they know this to be true...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

The Van Gogh Murder
The Wall Street Journal
...Europe needs to stop rationalizing the irrational hatred that possesses Islamic terrorists. Islamic terror is not the result of some "failed integration policy" or of some real or imagined Muslim grievance supposedly caused by U.S. Middle East policy. It is fueled by a totalitarian ideology that seeks world domination and the subjugation of infidels and the West. The sooner Europe comes to terms with this truth the sooner it will begin to combat the fanaticism that claimed the life of Mr. van Gogh.
Of God and Men
by Rocco Buttiglione
...One of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, was convinced that politics needed values it could not produce itself and had to rely on other agencies (mainly the churches) to nurture the virtues civil life needs. The state could therefore not privilege any church in particular but had to maintain a positive attitude to religion in general...This is difficult to accept in Europe because our intellectuals were always convinced that modernity brings with itself the extinction of religious faith. Now America, the most advanced country in the world, shows us that religion may be and indeed is a fundamental element of a free society and of a modern economy.
Bad News for Democrats: Hollywood Activists Vow To Keep It Up
by Michael Medved
...If Democrats intend to compete for support in "fly-over country," generating fresh appeal to hardworking, religiously committed red-state voters who shop at Wal-Mart without guilt, they must escape their identification as the party of Beverly Hills dilettantes and self-righteous celebrities...
We Weren't Dumb Enough To Vote Kerry
By Mark Steyn
...The American people don't want to be condescended to by ketchup heiresses, billionaire currency speculators, $20-million-a-picture Hollywood pretty boys, and multi-millionaire documentary-makers posing as bluecollar lardbutts. The Democrats keep talking to people as if they're like John Edwards's 40-year mill-workers, but that's not what work is any more, and a 23-year-old hairdresser can know enough about starting and running a business to be unimpressed at a few footling tax credits dangled in front of her by a 60-year-old lifelong "public servant" lucky enough to be living a grand old life thanks to his billionaire wife's first husband.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Sore-Loser Party
by Jonah Goldberg
..."The election results reflect the decision of the right wing to cultivate and exploit ignorance in the citizenry," writes Jane Smiley, a woman who couldn't catch a clue if you used one as a pestle and her brain pan as the mortar. Smiley's now-famous hissyfit places a great deal of emphasis on the fact that the Republican base is "ignorant" while the Democratic one is enlightened...
Freedom Squelches Terrorist Violence  Why?
by Alvin Powell
A John F. Kennedy School of Government researcher has cast doubt on the widely held belief that terrorism stems from poverty, finding instead that terrorist violence is related to a nation's level of political freedom. Associate Professor of Public Policy Alberto Abadie examined data on terrorism and variables such as wealth, political freedom, geography, and ethnic fractionalization for nations that have been targets of terrorist attacks...
"One Man's Terrorist Is Another Man's Freedom Fighter"
by David Horowitz
...There are two-hundred-and-fifty “Peace Studies” programs in America like the one at Ball State. They teach students to identify with America’s terrorist enemies and to identify America as a “Great Satan” oppressing the world’s poor and causing them to go hungry. There are equally many Provost Pittses, defending the fraudulent academic credentials of the political activists who conduct these indoctrinations and who are academically illiterate in the subject matter itself. The question is: how long can a nation at war with ruthless enemies like bin Laden and Zarqawi survive if its educational institutions continue to be suborned in this way?
Why Democrats Are Tagged As the Party Without Values
by Dennis Prager
...The Democratic Party is no more representative of the average Democrat's values than the National Council of Churches is of the average Protestant's values. Both are far to the left of their membership. Here is the Democratic Party as most Americans, including this John F. Kennedy liberal -- a New York City born and raised, Jewish, Ivy League-educated intellectual who lives in Los Angeles -- see it...
Religion Bating
by Joe Scarborough
...So according to the Times Op Ed page, if you believe in the Bible's account of Jesus' birth, you are on par with those terrorists who killed 3,000 Americans on September 11th...Isn't it interesting that when pluralism and diversity of thought become politically inconvenient, it is the cultural and media elites who become the most close minded and bigoted...
Four Examples of Health Insurance 'Crisis'
by Craig J. Cantoni
...The nation's biggest problem isn't the 40 million Americans without medical insurance. The biggest problem is the much larger number of Americans without scruples and self-control.

Monday, November 08, 2004

How Michael Moore Got Bush Elected
by Jay Ambrose
...It is that literally millions of the hard-working, responsible, decent citizens of this nation just may have had it up to their eyebrows with those Hollywood types and others who disdain their intelligence, mock their religion, dismiss their values, deprecate their lifestyles and disparage their social contributions...When you listen to someone like the TV comedian Bill Maher ridicule Christianity, for instance, you wonder whether he has any notion at all of tenets residing at the heart of the faith: that we can experience forgiveness if we ourselves first forgive, that we can find redemption even when our lives are in tatters, that nothing less is demanded of us in our dealings with others than sacrificial love. This is the stuff of satire?...
Election Fallout: Faith in Democracy, Not Government
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Thus, concern for two Americas is not discernable in John Edwards' multimillion-dollar legal fees, the Kerry jet, or Soros Inc.'s global financial speculation. It is easy for a Noam Chomsky or Michael Moore to trash Halliburton, but Red America wonders about the source of university contracts that subsidize privileged professors' sermons or why corporate recording, cinema and advertising conglomerates that enrich celebrities are exempt from Hollywood's Pavlovian censure of big business. That the man who nearly destroyed the small depositors of Great Britain also fueled MoveOn.org seemed to say it all...
Boy, Do They Hate Bush Here
by Richard Z. Chesnoff
It's a good thing Europeans don't vote in American elections. If they did, chances are President Bush would have been trounced...The President has already declared his willingness to stretch out his hand to reinvigorate traditional alliances. I applaud that. We cannot simply dismiss the French nor ignore the concerns of people and governments around the world. We must hear what they think and better explain ourselves. But that doesn't mean kowtowing to phony international self-righteousness. Not by any means.

Sunday, November 07, 2004

A Catastrophic Night For the Democrats
by Mark Steyn
In the last few days, John Kerry wore himself hoarse shouting that America was crying out for ‘change’. But Bush is the candidate of change, and Kerry was the one running as the status quo candidate — work through the UN, the IAEA, the EU. Bush is promoting radical change in foreign policy, change in domestic policy, but both consistent with ‘red state’ values, expanding liberty abroad and promoting opportunity at home.
Documents: U.S. Had Plan to Nuke N. Korea
The Washington Times
Newly declassified documents revealed the United States planned as recently as 1998 to drop nuclear bombs on North Korea if the country attacked South Korea...The revelation followed claims by a South Korean lawmaker that the U.S. drew up plans to launch preemptive strikes on key targets in North Korea in 1994...
Bush Hatred Flops Big
by Mark Steyn
...As long as Democrats prefer phantom enemies to real ones, they will be increasingly irrelevant. If I were a Dem, I'd support any candidate who pledged to de-celebrify the party and disown the paranoid Left. That's the big lesson of this election: on Tuesday, the bottom dropped out of Moore's underpants.
Believe It or Not, It Wasn't Just Rednecks Who Voted for Bush
by Mark Steyn
...What was revealing about this election campaign was how little the condescending Europeans understand even about the side in American politics they purport to agree with - witness The Guardian's disastrous intervention in Clark County. Simon Schama last week week defined the Bush/Kerry divide as "Godly America" and "Worldly America", hailing the latter as "pragmatic, practical, rational and sceptical". That's exactly the wrong way round: it's Godly America that is rational and sceptical - especially of Euro-delusions. Uncowed by Islamists, undeferential to government, unshrivelled in its birthrates, Bush's redneck America is a more reliable long-term bet. Europe's media would do their readers a service if they stopped condescending to it.
Netherlands Braces For 'Jihad'
By Anthony Deutsch
...Among measures under consideration is an emergency law to enable authorities to revoke the Dutch nationality of dual citizens suspected of terrorist activity so that they can be deported...The suspected killer in the van Gogh case, a 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan national, was arraigned on six terrorism-related charges. Mr. van Gogh, a descendant of 19th-century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, was fatally shot and stabbed Tuesday while cycling down an Amsterdam street...
Intifada Against College Republicans
by Lee Kaplan
A mob of Arab students at San Francisco State University attacked a group of College Republicans on the San Francisco State University campus at noon [November 1] during a "Turnout the Vote" event in front of the campus student union building...One woman said she'd blow up the College Republicans on campus," Wray continued. "They began throwing food at us and even tried to tip over our table." The campus police did nothing. Instead of separating them from our table, they kept pulling me aside and asking if we were willing to leave"...

Saturday, November 06, 2004

American Exceptionalism: The Message of Tuesday's Verdict
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Despite losing the majority of state legislatures and governorships, the U.S. Congress, the presidency, and soon the Supreme Court, our anointed elite still doesn't quite get it. Middle America can be amused by, but still despise, Michael Moore. It can be uneasy with the pessimistic reporting from Iraq, but still be very much willing to finish the war and win at all costs. It may enjoy a trip to Europe, but does not wish to emulate the French, Germans, or Greeks...The Internet, right-wing radio, and cable news do not so much move Middle America as reflect its preexisting deep skepticism of our aristocracy and its engineered morality imposed from on high...
Restart the Reagan Revolution
by Michael Reagan
...George Bush has won the election--for the next four years he doesn't have to worry about being re-elected. It's now time to start limiting government. It's time to get back to fiscal responsibility and to do all the things Republicans are supposed to do: work for less government, fewer taxes, and implementing the ownership society. [The] President has four years to streamline this country and make it run like a smooth engine...
Revolt of the Jacksonians
by James Pinkerton
In the 1828 presidential election, Andrew Jackson led a new coalition of Southerners and Westerners to victory. Old Hickory's populist movement was called the "revolt of the rustics." In 2004, George W. Bush led his own coalition of Southerners and Westerners to victory. Someday, it will be called the "revolt of the Jacksonians"...amidst their post-election euphoria, Republicans have cause for concern as they look ahead. On the other hand, the Democrats, as they look around today, have cause for immediate panic.
Note to Europe: Bush's Win Was No Fluke
by James K. Glassman
The best advice I can give Europeans is: Live with it! President Bush is no fluke, and there's no wishing him away. The good news is that Mr. Bush isn't devious or unpredictable. He's entirely open and obvious. A major theme of his campaign was that he does what he says...My own guess is that, over the next few years, the complacent EU nations (such as Germany and France) will be pushed hard by the aspiring EU nations (such as Ireland and Poland) to build a Europe that looks more like George Bush's America. And it won't be a fluke.

Friday, November 05, 2004

Iranians Massively Welcome Bush's Re-election
Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran
Millions of Iranians expressed their satisfaction on the outcome of the US Presidential elections and George W. Bush's victory by calling and congratulating each other. Many were seen walking in the streets and shaking each others' hands or showing a discret V sign...
Arafat's Trail Of Blood
Paul Revere Society
The world media portrays Yasser Arafat as a kindly George Washington of the Palestinian people. The real Arafat is a blood-thirsty Ghoul. He pioneered airline highjackings, and he was the godfather of terror. Whole villages of Christians were massacred under his command in Lebanon...
One Last Flip-Flop
by Ann Coulter
I guess John Kerry went into the primary without a plan to win the election...Of course, we could have done it a lot earlier on election night but for "Boy Genius" Karl Rove...As we now know, the most important issue to voters was not terrorism, but moral values. Marriage amendments won by lopsided majorities in all 11 states where they were on the ballot...
The Blue Cocoon
by James Taranto
...Bush voters tend to see big-city liberals as arrogant elitists, and the above quotes make clear that they are substantially correct. If those liberals were as sophisticated and open-minded as they fancy themselves to be, they would make an effort to understand why most Americans disagree with them rather than simply dismissing them as idiots...

Thursday, November 04, 2004

The End of the Sixties  Why?
by Hugh Hewitt
...When the first JFK won, it set in motion events that would pummel America and its politics right through this just-completed campaign. The triumph of Jack Kennedy elevated style, new money, and a new elitism into the mainstream. It launched a war that would divide the country as none before--excepting the Civil War--had. It led to the credentialing of a media elite just now beginning a long overdue mass retirement. And it set in motion a swirl of cultural change that would culminate in the bipolarization of the political world into red and blue...
The Bush Mandate
Opinion Journal
...We won't know for years whether this really was "the most important election in our lifetime," as John Kerry so often said. We do already know, however, that Mr. Bush has been given the kind of mandate that few politicians are ever fortunate enough to receive. The voters expect him to use it.
So Much to Savor
by Peggy Noonan
...the biggest loser was the mainstream media, the famous MSM, the initials that became popular in this election cycle. Every time the big networks and big broadsheet national newspapers tried to pull off a bit of pro-liberal mischief--CBS and the fabricated Bush National Guard documents, the New York Times and bombgate, CBS's "60 Minutes" attempting to coordinate the breaking of bombgate on the Sunday before the election--the yeomen of the blogosphere and AM radio and the Internet took them down...
How W Won
by John Podhoretz
...George W. Bush won the election triumphantly because he made new voters. And John Kerry and the Democrats lost the election ignominiously in part because of the self-destructive hate and venom they spat at the president, which caused Democratic voters to flee in droves.
Putin Says Bush Win Means U.S. Not Scared of Terror
by Andrew Hurst and Paolo Biondi
..."Our relations in the last four years have undergone a big change, for the good of our peoples, of our countries, and for the good of our security," said Putin, adding that he found Bush "a reliable and predictable partner...Bush has proved to be a firm man, with a strong character, and a coherent policy." Italy's Berlusconi predicted that U.S. foreign policy would continue unchanged. "The continuation on Bush's part of American policy represents an advantage for us"...
Specter warns Bush on High Court Nominations
by Lara Jakes Jordan
The Republican expected to chair the Senate Judiciary Committee next year bluntly warned newly re-elected President Bush today against putting forth Supreme Court nominees who would seek to overturn abortion rights or are otherwise too conservative to win confirmation...
Transcript of President Bush's Speech
The New York Times
...So today I want to speak to every person who voted for my opponent. To make this nation stronger and better, I will need your support, and I will work to earn it. I will do all I can do to deserve your trust...

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

The Sound of Inevitability
by Jonathan V. Last
The election is over and we know who won. But the political landscape is still full of uncertainties. What happens next?...
'Things You Have to Believe to Vote Republican': A Response
by Dennis Prager
One of the more popular anti-Republican documents making the rounds on the Internet is titled "Things You Have to Believe to Vote Republican Today." Its popularity is exceeded only by its shallowness, which renders the document much more reflective of the liberals who admire it than of the Republicans it attacks. But given its popularity, I offer brief responses to its claims...
Isaiah and the Welfare State
by Gerald Zandstra
...Call to Renewal’s Isaiah Platform is only one example of compassionate people using a kind of soft socialism combined with moral language and biblical quotations to become promoters of a heavy agenda of government solutions, the same solutions that have failed the poor the world over. Unfortunately, in the end, Call to Renewal’s platform looks less like something Isaiah might endorse and more like partisan politics.
The Media's Elastic Economy
by Brent Bozell
...Last Friday morning, the Commerce Department reported a rate of 3.7 percent economic growth for the third quarter of 2004, the best pre-election growth rate in at least the last quarter century. Yup, that's an economic performance stronger than what we saw in 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000. Obviously, if we can pin blame or praise on one man for the economy -- which is intellectually questionable but politically irresistible -- the sun seemed to be shining on President Bush, right?...
Study Finds Press Pro-Kerry
by Jennifer Harper
Sen. John Kerry has gotten the white-glove treatment from the press, garnering more praise from journalists than any other presidential candidate in the last quarter-century, according to a new analysis of almost 500 news stories released today by the Center for Media and Public Affairs...

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Following the Election Returns
by John Fund
An hour-by-hour guide to tonight's results--plus my predictions.
It's Not Just the Economy, Stupid
by Mark Steyn
...It was, with hindsight, foolish to think that the differences between America and most of the rest of "the West" would somehow not also be manifest within America itself. For all those who complain with feigned ennui about the choice of candidates – the lesser of two evils, the evil of two lessers, yawn – the political system has contrived to throw up two men who are almost perfect embodiments of the choice facing the country...
Is God For Kerry?
by Paul Kengor
...The religious right is viewed as judgmental, eager to declare who is and is not a Christian. I can attest to emails from conservative Christians who instructed me that Bill Clinton was not a Christian. However, the religious left—John F. Kerry included—is equally guilty of divining to itself the ability to know the heart and soul of a sitting president, and the certainty that God would never vote for Bush. Ironically, the one Christian who refuses to say such things about political opponents is George W. Bush.
The 'GOP Won't Let Blacks Vote' Myth
by Adam Sparks
...Maybe they know something we don't. How can Democrats be unhappy with the results even before the first vote is counted? Go figure. If the courts decide the election this time, it won't be because the Republicans "stole" the election. The Demos are already asking for the courts to decide. But Republicans won't need a court to tell them who won.
Missing Bin Laden
by Dick Morris
Kerry's attack [on Bush] misses the fundamental point: If Osama bin Laden, who once sent hijacked airplanes into buildings, has been reduced to mailing tapes to TV stations instead, it means that his capacity for terrorism is being effectively neutralized as he hops from cave to cave in Pakistan...

Monday, November 01, 2004

A Final Look Back at the Horse Race
by Michael Barone
As the campaign races to the end, with George W. Bush holding a slight lead over John Kerry in most polls, it is interesting to go back and see how much of the political conventional wisdom (you read some of it in this space) has proved to be wrong...
Letter to USA
by David Warren
...In a word: Mr. Bush is "steadfast", Mr. Kerry is "flexible". These can both be virtues, depending upon the circumstances at hand. But in the circumstances of today -- the world crisis in which United States alone has the power to champion the interests and heritage of freedom and the West -- steadfastness is all. To replace Mr. Bush with Mr. Kerry in the present circumstances, would be like replacing Mr. Churchill with Mr. Chamberlain while Britain was at war...
How The High Court And The Media Aggravate Polarization
by Stuart Taylor Jr.
...So conservatives and liberals increasingly live in separate worlds. In one, the Bush invasion has made Iraq into a vast pool of blood and arena of torture, a lost cause. In the other, American liberators are fighting terrorists, opening schools, and nurturing nascent democracy...Only the shrinking minority of people who have the time and interest to consult multiple news sources and challenge their own assumptions have a common frame of reference...