"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

Friday, December 31, 2004

2004: Highlights and Lowlifes
by Ann Coulter
A brief, delightfully inflammatory review as only Ann Coulter can do.
Prospectively related: 2008: The Year in Review
Homeland Insecurity: 2004 in Review  Why?
by Michelle Malkin
2004 was a good year for terrorists, violent gang members, law-breakers and fraud artists seeking safe haven in America. Let's reminisce...
Related: Get Serious About Immigration Enforcement   GOP, You Are Warned   The Price of Illegal Immigration   Bush Plan Would 'Destroy the Middle Class'   Take action: fax Congress free
Disturbances in the Earth
by Peggy Noonan
...Of all the things I've heard said of the great horror, nothing seemed to me to sum it up as well as a woman chatting with a man as he cut her hair in New York. The TV was on CNN. They stopped and watched the latest video of surging waves crashing through a hotel. The man sighed and shook his head. "Life is terrible," he said. The woman said, "Oh it's beautiful, beautiful, but full of pain"...
The Giving Debate
by Collin Levey
...[What America's critics miss is money] — some roughly $18 billion a year from the United States — that goes directly to households that need it, from somebody who directly understands their needs. It doesn't flow through government hands, subject to rake-offs and politically inspired diversions to worthless projects. Privately, too, Americans gave $241 billion to charity, with roughly a 10th of it going overseas...Europeans can't match this — not least because their sclerotic economies don't produce wealth in the first place...
Interesting fact: The Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance, part of the U.S. Agency for International Development, responded to 61 declared international disasters in fiscal year 2003 (Oct. 1, 2002-Sept. 30, 2003) and obligated $290,267,133 for that assistance.
Related: It's About the Tragedy--Not More Bush-bashing
A Diversity and Math Quiz
by Craig J. Cantoni
...As Kumon Math and Asians show, the government may be pursuing the wrong fix [on No Child Left Behind], because it has misdiagnosed the root problem. The root problem is a culture and a government that absolves parents of their responsibility to be responsible parents.
A Race Well Run: Reggie White’s Remarkable Life
by Andrew Peyton Thomas
...it was that Reggie’s dreams and willpower proved powerful enough to propel him from poverty to a Super Bowl championship, and to help him nudge his nation toward cultural renewal...

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Osama's Nightmare
by Ralph Peters
...Islamic terrorists distrust the common people. They dread the strength of those who might think for themselves. Convinced that men and women must be governed fiercely from above, the terrorists are the gory religious incarnation of thousands of years of tyranny...
Non-belief Rots Our National Heart
by Janet Daley
...The whole point of the human condition is to choose to do what is right rather than what is wrong. But an earthquake has no motive and no free will. It just is what it is. A tsunami does what it does. It sweeps away the blameless and the helpless without reason. So where is the divine purpose in that? In fact, there is no logic in the sceptic's argument - or, at least, not the logic that he assumes. If terrible events are to constitute evidence that God does not exist, then every wonderful event - every cured cancer patient, every child rescued from a fire - has to be evidence that He does. The unbeliever would, by his own reasoning, have to accept that all the fortunate things that have ever happened were proofs of God. Not that the rising number of unbelievers is linked to rationalism...
The 'Stingy' Slur
New York Post
...In short, America’s initial response to this human tragedy is nothing for which this country need apologize — or have to answer for to small-minded, and bigmouthed, United Nations diplomats.
Related: Kofi's Stingy Uncle   Forget Reform: The U.N. Needs Regime Change
A Unified Theory of the Old Media Collapse
by Hugh Hewitt
...The blogosphere is intensely partisan--just as old media has been. But, unlike the old media, there is truth in advertising on the Internet. This is a significant advantage going forward in the competition for credibility and trust. If old media does not develop tolerance for the majoritarian points of view in the United States, it will continue to decline in reach and authority.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

America, the Great Santa
by Ben Johnson
...Sunday’s devastating tsunami has given the United States another opportunity to showcase its immense compassion and limitless humanitarian instincts. And, as with every such act of national charity, our altruistic efforts have been rewarded with a fit of ingratitude from the Hate America Left...Times like this show the world America’s true moral fiber. Helping the less fortunate is reward enough for us. However, such events should also provide a healthy guidepost to measure how delusional the leftists’ view of their own country has become.
Jihad in California
by Steven Emerson
...it is deeply troubling to find that the leader of the Democratic Party in California, Art Torres, has chosen to engage in the most vicious form of demagoguery in his recent appearance before the annual convention of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)...That Mr. Torres chose to legitimize a group that supports Islamic terrorism and that he himself parroted the same incendiary rhetoric issued by MPAC and other extremist organizations shows that the murderous deceit that led to 9/11 is still alive and well, at least in California.
A New Divide
by John Podhoretz
It will surely be difficult for many people of good will to reconcile the awfulness of the daily news coming out of Iraq — deaths of and injuries to American soldiers and committed Iraqis who want nothing more than to bring freedom and democracy to a forlorn and battered country — with the astonishing new poll released by the Military Times yesterday...
A Contrast Worth Recognizing
by Tom Bevan
...On one hand you see an army of compassion; governments and citizens banding together to help one another in the aftermath of a devastating tragedy. On the other hand you see an army of tyranny and death; a group of thugs and murderers who spend every waking moment trying to prevent people from living in freedom...
The Second Term Curse
by Brendan Miniter
George Bush beat John Kerry. Now he must beat Richard Nixon...It's no wonder we're now seeing a string of close elections. The nation is now in the midst of setting a new course in history. Whether President Bush is successful in helping chart that new course depends on whether he can now excise Nixon's ghost from the White House and from the newsrooms around the country.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

My Wish List for the New Year
by Dennis Prager
The New Year is not only a time for making resolutions; it is also a time for hoping for a better year. So here is one man's wish list...
The Real News Out of Iraq
by Joe Scarborough
Did you know...You don't know any of these facts if you get your information from the mainstream press. For whatever reason, these powerful media outlets spend a disproportionate amount of time reporting on the treachery of terrorists instead of the work of those building the first democratic Arab state in Middle East history...
Congress Mulls Oversight Role for DHS
Fox News
...Right now, almost everyone in Congress has some influence on homeland security budgets and policies. That's nearly 435 lawmakers on 78 committees and subcommittees supervising some part of the homeland security budget or its policies. As a result, almost no one is accountable. Some lawmakers are lobbying for a simpler, more streamlined approach to congressional control...
Related: Reports: Congress' Oversight of DHS 'Dysfunctional'

Monday, December 27, 2004

The Pit Bull and Poodle Test
by Doug Giles
With the new year upon us like Kofi on a big wad of Iraqi oil-for-food cash, a lot of folks use the end of one year and the beginning of a new year to assess their character, their accomplishments and their calling to whatever they are pursuing and to evaluate how they stack up to what they want to be and do...So, to assist my readers in assessing what condition their condition is in, I have prepared The Pit Bull and Poodle Test to help us judge and adjust our attitudes. So if last year sucked because we were acting like poodles, this next year won’t because we will have taken on a Pit Bull Attitude. Are you ready for this?...
Goofing Off? GPS Knows Where
by Chris Seper
...Global positioning systems don't just tell you where you're going anymore. Businesses are starting to use information compiled by the technology to boost efficiency. GPS can warn businesses when employees are speeding, time how long vehicles sit at one location and tell whether it's time to change the oil...
SEIU's Hostile Leftist Takeover
by William R. Hawkins
...By substituting leftist ideology for work floor pragmatism, Stern and his allies are not just radicalizing the Democratic Party in the name of "the working man." They are attempting to build their political base on an alien "alienated proletariat," instead of aiding the blue-collar middle class, who above all else wish to own homes and company stock -- and who often dream of going into business themselves. Such a change will not help them achieve their dreams; it will hinder that. But it could pose a danger to the nation's core values, institutions and even our very security.
Happy Giving Tree Festival to All, and To All a Good Night!
by Ann Coulter
...As president, Clinton sold burial plots in Arlington Cemetery and liberals shrugged it off. What really gets their goat is [Rumsfeld's] autopen. Evidently, the important thing was that every one of those pardons Clinton sold for cash on his last day in office was signed by Bill Clinton personally...

Sunday, December 26, 2004

Christmas Radio Address
by George W. Bush
...Christmastime reminds each of us that we have a duty to our fellow citizens, that we are called to love our neighbor just as we would like to be loved ourselves. By volunteering our time and talents where they are needed most, we help heal the sick, comfort those who suffer, and bring hope to those who despair, one heart and one soul at a time...
Do You Believe In Miracles?
by Michael H. Brown
Broadcaster Recounts An Amazing Christmas Wonder...It turned out to be about the best and most meaningful Christmas the Marions had ever had. Meanwhile, how the gifts returned remains a Christmas mystery.
Abortion Advocates Blast Pro-Life Democrat Considering Party Chairmanship
by Steven Ertelt
...As a member of Congress for several terms, [Tim] Roemer compiled a strong pro-life voting record according to the National Right to Life Committee. Several other people are considering or pursuing the DNC chairmanship, including former Vermont governor Howard Dean, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, and former Clinton aide Harold Ickes. All of the other potential chairmen support abortion.

Saturday, December 25, 2004

Why A Jew Supports Christian America
By Don Feder
...My support for Christian America is in part based on gratitude...I believe America’s survival rests with Christians. This nation was founded on biblical morality and grew to greatness with that code. Without it, America cannot long endure...
Christmas and Christianity: Why Religion Remains a Mainstay of American Culture
by James Q. Wilson
...Let me suggest that there is a link between religious freedom and the size and vigor of most American churches. We are more religious than any European state precisely because in this country there has never been a national church against which to rebel...
Washington Irving's English Christmas
by James Munson
An American essayist penned one of the best descriptions of the 19th-century British Christmas traditions, and in so doing helped restore many of these then-dying customs on both sides of the Atlantic...

Friday, December 24, 2004

Sex Scandal in Congo Threatens to Engulf UN's Peacekeepers
by Jonathan Clayton & James Bone
...The case has highlighted the apparently rampant sexual exploitation of Congolese girls and women by the UN’s 11,000 peacekeepers and 1,000 civilians at a time when the UN is facing many problems, including the Iraqi “oil-for-food” scandal and accusations of sexual harassment by senior UN staff in Geneva and New York...
Did Boy Jesus Look Like This?
World Net Daily
...While no one knows for certain, forensic experts are now using computer images from the Shroud of Turin along with historical data and other ancient images to make an educated guess. In a documentary called "Jesus' Childhood" airing Sunday night on the Italian TV station Retequattro of the Mediaset Group, police artists use the same "aging" technology employed when searching for missing persons...
Christmas and the Laughing God
by Uwe Siemon-Netto
It is not customary to welcome Christmas by citing the Second Psalm. But the state of the Church calls for it. If one looks at the success rate of those trying to squash Christianity by terror, torture, court rulings and municipal edicts, one verse from Scripture comes to mind: "He who sits in the Heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision" (Psalm 2:4). Somehow Christianity's foes simply do not seem to get the message...
Related: Suing for Jesus: Christians Fight Back to Defend Christmas
          Orthodox Jews Join Christian Carolers to Protest Religious Music Ban

Thursday, December 23, 2004

Breeding Terror
by Alberto Abadie
Since 9/11, much of the political and media debate on terrorism- prevention policies has focused on the notion that poverty creates terrorism. But now, new research has challenged that view...The lesson here is that the path to democracy is a difficult one, and some of the rewards may not be tangible until the process is completed...
A Turning Point in Islamic and World History
by Stephen Schwartz
If one were to rely on the mainstream Western media, one would assume that the situation in Iraq represents nothing more than a disaster and a horrible error by the United States. This media spin, which is more pronounced and strident than any in recent memory, is based on two critical flaws in the way Western media work...
Where's the Outrage?
by Mark A. Adomanis
...What is clearly the single biggest case of humanitarian fraud in history, and what might be the largest financial fraud of any kind in modern times, has gone rather unnoted in the American media...The reason is that the United Nations, especially among media types, still conjures up vague connotations of unselfishness, unity and peace-seeking; people find it hard to believe that the one significant institution of world wide governance is just as corrupt and dysfunctional as any third world autocracy...

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

From Fetus to Baby
by Rich Lowry
...During the coverage of the crime, the status of the Bobbie Jo Stinnett's unborn girl steadily changed. All at once on AOL News during the weekend, there were headlines tracking events in the case: "Woman Slain, Fetus Stolen"; "Woman Arrested, Baby Returned in Bizarre Murder"; "Infant in Good Health." Note how a "fetus" -- something for which American law and culture has very little respect -- was somehow instantly transformed into a "baby" and "infant" -- for which we have the highest respect. By what strange alchemy does that happen?...
Death Knell of the West
by Robert Spencer
...Such laws actually make Muslims a protected class, beyond criticism, precisely at the moment when the Western republics need to examine the implications of having admitted into their countries people with greater allegiance to Islamic law than to the pluralist societies in which they’ve settled...
Related: CAIR's Dreams of American Sharia
National Sales Tax
by Walter E. Williams
...Congress will never enact a sales tax or a flat tax. Why? The two most powerful congressional committees are the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Both dispense tax favors to different Americans that come at the expense of other Americans. With a sales or flat tax, their Santa Claus roles, not to mention campaign contributions, would be diminished...
Say 'Merry Christmas' While You Still Can
by Mark Steyn
...The seasonally litigious rest their fanatical devotion to the deChristification of Christmas on the separation of church and state. America's founders were opposed to the "establishment" of religion, whose meaning is clear enough to any Englishman: the new republic did not want President Washington serving simultaneously as Supreme Governor of the Church of America, or the Bishop of Virginia sitting in the US Senate. Two centuries on, these possibilities are so remote that the "separation" of church and state has dwindled down to threats of legal action over red-and-green party napkins...
Related:M**** C********, If You Know What I Mean    Lighten Up, It's Christmas

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A Journey Into the Soul of Iraq
by Steven Vincent
A five-part series of excerpts from his new book, In the Red Zone
The Power of Shame: Why so many Americans don't get the Sunni opposition...
America the Omnipotent: Many Iraqis overestimated U.S. capabilities...
The Oppressive Occupier? This wasn’t how the liberation was supposed to go...
Rage Against the Foreigner: Dishonor propelled the Sunni insurgency...
The Wrong Words: Moral and linguistic clarity are crucial in this conflict...
Transcript: President Bush Press Conference
by George W. Bush (with reporters)
...We have a vital interest in the success of a free Iraq. You see, free societies do not export terror. Free governments respect the aspirations of their citizens and serve their hopes for a better life. Free nations are peaceful nations. And free nations in the heart of the Middle East will show what is possible to others who want to live in a free society...

Monday, December 20, 2004

Viva La Lebanese Hatred!
by Steven Stalinsky
...Of late, news has been trickling out of France which suggests that President Chirac has taken his opposition to the U.S. to a new level. One example includes allowing the pro-Ba’th pro-Saddam group “La Resistance” to operate out of Paris. The group’s main goal is to support killing U.S. troops in Iraq...
Driver's License Rules in Intel Law Spark Outrage
by Jeff Johnson
...critics of the bill -- liberal, conservative and libertarian -- questioned one provision they said could greatly expand the government's ability to monitor and limit the freedoms of law-abiding citizens. At issue is Section 1027 of Subtitle B of the National Intelligence Reform Act of 2004, entitled "Drivers Licenses and Personal Identification Cards"...
In Search of Christmas
by John Leo
This column' s far-flung staff has just visited two of the big anti-Christmas or post-Christmas stores here in New York. First stop was Macy's, where the formerly famous feast day has pretty much been obliterated. Nothing on the main floor...The purge of Christmas is also in full bloom over at Bloomingdale's, which, like Macy's, is owned by Federated Department Stores...

Sunday, December 19, 2004

The Open Secret — Who Runs the Show?
by Paul Jacob
...The legislative staffs at the federal level as well as in the states have far more power than it is polite to talk about. Usually, politicians fear bringing the subject up. They don't want us to realize how much they rely upon their professional staffs to keep cranking out their never-ending batches of half-baked legislation...When congressmen confront term limits, their knee-jerk reaction has often been to protest that the staff will run the place. But the open secret shows how hollow a threat that is: with career politicians, the staff is already running the show.
Confirmation Déjà Vu?
Center for Individual Freedom
...Yes, it’s a different face this time, up for a different government position. But the story is exactly the same: Liberals are attacking the American dream for an Hispanic attorney who did nothing but pull himself up to graduate from Harvard Law School and serve the public in the best way he knew how. This is not confirmation déjà vu; it’s an American nightmare all over again...

Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Sound of Stealing
by Richard Baehr
...When your candidate...appears to be coming up short, the Party works to find some “missing” votes. When they are still short at the end of the count, they have a recount, and find some more that need to be counted. When that still fails to put their candidate over the top, they demand and pay for a statewide hand recount, and “find” some more. The process...is to keep counting and finding votes until your candidate eventually takes the lead. Then you stop counting...
Penetrating Social Security
by William F. Buckley Jr.
...The objective of Mr. Bush is admirable. The complaints of the liberals are real. We are dealing with a structure composed of lights and shadows, but a structure which, within the next 38 years, has to come to terms with real people, real money, resourceful politicians.
Will You Accept a National ID Card?
By Devvy Kidd
...One of the highest priorities in instilling the communist moral principles into a population is the joining of all human beings into a single collective (we) where the individual no longer thinks independently. The Soviets believe that the "new communist man" will become one with the state by persuading him or her to relinquish their individuality, their identity, their own self and merge into the collective (community). This is a crucial factor in subduing a mass of people: condition them like cattle with the state as the prod...
A Budget Agenda for the 109th Congress
by Brian M. Riedl
...Economic growth rates, incomes, jobs, and low taxes are all jeopardized by runaway federal spend­ing. Lawmakers must set priorities and begin mak­ing trade-offs in order to bring spending under control. Fixing the budget process, reforming Social Security, holding the line on spending, and reducing government waste should be high priori­ties for any lawmaker who wants to protect the family budget from the federal budget.
Related: GOP Corruption & Dem Impotence   Washington's “Revolving Door” Spinning Out of Control

Friday, December 17, 2004

Iraq Through Iraqis' Eyes
by Jeff Jacoby
...What do they make of their country today? Last spring, three enterprising Americans -- filmmakers Eric Manes and Martin Kunert, both former producers for MTV, and Gulf War veteran Archie Drury, a former Marine -- decided to find out. They distributed 150 digital video recorders to ordinary Iraqis and asked them to film anyone or anything they thought worthwhile -- and then pass the camera on to someone else...
Illegalize Illegals: Time For Showdown in Open Frontier
by William F.Buckley Jr.
...But the movements of such folk [as the 9/11 terrorists] are not of primary concern to the U.S. government, to judge from the record. O'Sullivan reports that the Transportation Department has launched several lawsuits against airlines because pilots had banned passengers they thought were security risks. Asa Hutchinson, an official in the Department of Homeland Security, recently cut down a Border Patrol initiative to catch illegal aliens. The reason? It was catching too many illegal aliens...
Related: News   Fax Congress Free
The Seventeenth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting
Media Research Center
...To determine this year’s winners, a panel of 43 radio talk show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, editorial writers and media observers each selected their choices for the first, second and third best quote from a slate of six to nine quotes in each category...
Selling a Dangerous Lie
by Rebecca Hagelin
What is it about sex education that causes some otherwise rational adults to behave irrationally? When it comes to other topics -- smoking, drinking, drug abuse -- we don’t hesitate to give our children the benefit of an unambiguous “no.” We tell them flat out that they shouldn’t do it. If anyone said, “But kids are going to drink any way, so let’s show them how they can minimize the effects of a hangover,” most parents would suggest that that person have his head examined...
The Antiwar Right's Bent View of the World
by Lawrence Auster
...So, just as former patriots on the right have become anti-Americans, and just as former Cold Warriors on the right have become apologists for Communism, a former leading constitutionalist on the right has become an enemy of the Constitution—indeed, of the very existence of government...their ideas about politics are not the product of rational thought and a concern for the common good. Their ideas are, very simply, the product of burning anger, a sense of perpetual hurt and victimhood. And that is why they have become so much like the left.

Thursday, December 16, 2004

The Air Marshals' Mess
by Michelle Malkin
...the federal government has not made air travel any safer, and is instead endangering the people who are supposed to be protecting us. The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, which represents over 22,000 federal agents including air marshals, notes that civilian passengers have publicly outed marshals on countless flights since the Sept. 11 attacks...If President Bush wants to rescue airline safety from the abysmal national joke that it has become, the first thing he should do is fire Thomas Quinn before the end of the year...
All Intifada, All the Time
by Ariel Cohen
...Little response has come to date from Washington to this 24/7 global brainwashing. Today, al Jazeera is launching its English language global satellite channel. Al Manar is broadcasting unabated, and its popularity is growing. Al Qaeda is recruiting hundreds, if not thousands, through chat rooms around the world. Jihadi websites are proliferating like poisonous mushrooms, in Arabic, English, French, Farsi, Urdu, Uzbek, and in the languages of the Indian subcontinent and East Asia...
Media’s Bad Intelligence on the Intel Bill
by Joel Mowbray
...While true that Chairman Sensenbrenner lost his bid to close security loopholes that could be exploited—particularly drivers licenses for illegal aliens that could be used to board flights—he was perhaps the biggest winner in terms of ensuring the inclusion of controversial clauses in the bipartisan bill...
Most Underreported/Buried Stories of 2004
Accuracy in Media
...19. How the International Association of Firefighters endorsed John Kerry for president without a vote of its members. 20. Anti-Serb and anti-Christian violence in U.N.-controlled Kosovo.
Coming Geopolitical Quakes
by Arnaud de Borchgrave
The world can now count on one geopolitical earthquake every 10 years...Movers and shakers as well as long-range thinkers and planners meet in a wide variety of intelligence and think-tank huddles. These over-the-horizon, out-of-the-box appraisals range from good news scenarios (the minority) to the kind of global unraveling funk whose only antidote would be a desert island...
Related: 2005 Predictions

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

The Power of Journalistic Choice
by John Nixon
In the December 13 edition of Newsweek, managing editor Jon Meacham addresses "The Birth of Jesus" in a predictable essay of spin that...is nothing more than another installation in the mainstream media's (MSM) attempt to challenge all things traditional, and bears typical marks of the MSM's intellectual dishonesty, most notably, being an opinion piece masquerading as news...
Another Setback for Parental Authority
by Bill O'Reilly
If you suspect your child is dealing with a criminal, a dope dealer, a mugger, a molester, you can't eavesdrop on that child's conversations. That's now the law in Washington state, which has become a model for progressive activism...If you study all (the) state dominated societies from the Soviet Union, to Nazi Germany, to Red China to Cuba, you will see those governments try to diminish parental power because it's easier to mold young minds when state-sanctioned values don't compete with traditional parenting...
The Left and the Islamists
by Joshua Kurlantzick
...As Islamists become more visible participants in the politics of the Western democracies, and as their new friends on the hard Left strive to obliterate or gloss over their record of mendacity and violence, the rest of us cannot afford to turn a blind eye to who they are and what they stand for.
Eminem Is Right
by Mary Eberstadt
What is it about today’s music, violent and disgusting though it may be, that resonates with so many American kids?...If yesterday’s rock was the music of abandon, today’s is that of abandonment. The odd truth about contemporary teenage music — the characteristic that most separates it from what has gone before — is its compulsive insistence on the damage wrought by broken homes, family dysfunction, checked-out parents, and (especially) absent fathers...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

U.S. Troops Must Not Be at the Mercy of an 'International Criminal Court'
by John Kyl
...Every day our troops and personnel work around the globe to wage the war on terror and to secure freedom for not only our citizens, but countless others. Just as it is our duty to provide them with the tools they need, it is our solemn responsibility to protect them from being used as political pawns by despots and dictators.
Intel Money Pit
by Ralph Peters
Having worked in in telligence for more than two decades, I was fascinated by all the lying as Congress wrestled with intelligence reform. So much of the intel world is hidden from the taxpayer's view that unscrupulous politicians, cynical bureaucrats and defense contractors can make any wild claims they wish with little fear of exposure...
Global Warming Extremists on the Run
By James K. Glassman
...Anyone with even minimal knowledge of energy and the science of global warming knows Kyoto is a sham. Europe isn't meeting its targets, and, anyway, the rise in CO2 emissions is steepest, not in the U.S. and Germany, but in China and India, with booming coal-based economies. And China and India, like more than 100 other developing nations, are exempt from Kyoto's strictures...Still, expect the U.S., as usual, to be painted the villain...
Related: Species Come and Go – and So Do We
Those Who Put Up Decorations Make Society Better
by Dennis Prager
...We have lost an appreciation for the monumental significance of public ritual in maintaining our national identity and values. We have also greatly overstated the ability of feelings to be maintained without public expression of those feelings...
Is Libya Contagious?
by Stephen Schwartz
Encouraged by American leadership and elections in Iraq and the Palestinian Authority, the Middle East may be changing...notwithstanding the contempt for the idea of encouraging the spread of democracy expressed by the chattering classes in the West.
Related: They Chose Freedom
Beyond the Rim
by Mark Helprin
We ignore China's growing military and economic power at our peril....This century will be not just the century of terrorism: terrorism will fade. It will be a naval century, with the Pacific its center, and challenges in the remotest places of the world offered not by dervishes and crazy-men but by a great power that is at last and at least America's equal. Unfortunately, it is in our nature neither to foresee nor prepare for what lies beyond the rim.
The Cultural Ignorance of the Left
by Alan Aker
...One reason is that, despite the homage the urban liberals pay to the idea of diversity, you have to live in rural, red state America to experience intellectual diversity...These city folk are victims of a new cultural hegemony in America. Whenever we turn on the TV or watch a movie, we learn all about life in their little corners of the world. They seldom get a glimpse at us...
Related: A Town that Just Doesn't Get It

Monday, December 13, 2004

City, Fed Probes Eye Pardongate Billionaire as a 'Major Player' in Saddam's Scam
by Niles Lathem
[Marc] Rich, the fugitive Swiss-based commodities trader who received a controversial pardon from President Bill Clinton in January 2001, is a primary target of criminal probes under..."We think he was a major player in this — a central figure," a senior law-enforcement official told The Post...
Related: A Devil's Brew at the U.N.
Iraq, Ballots and Pistachios
by Thomas L. Friedman
There are a lot of Iraqis who would really like the chance to vote on their future, just once, and there is a virulent minority that is butchering people there just so they can never have that chance...is it such a hard call for Arabs and Europeans to figure out on whose side they should be? Do these people really feel good about not lifting a finger?
Bush's Closed Door
by Robert Novak
...It is hard to tell whether anti-Americanism or anti-Catholicism runs deeper in Europe's corridors of power. In The Weekly Standard, Christopher Caldwell wrote that what was done to Buttiglione looked "like a bunch of progressives gathering round the dead horse that is European Christianity and giving it a few joyous kicks." At the Vatican, Cardinal Renato Martino called the EU parliament's interrogation of Buttiglione a "secular inquisition." The White House last week gave its tacit approval.
Hillary Goes Conservative on Immigration
by Charles Hurt
...Unlike many pro-business Republicans, Mrs. Clinton also has castigated Americans for hiring illegal aliens...With the vast majority of Americans in polls viewing illegal immigration as a serious problem, Mrs. Clinton also could make deep inroads in the conservative red states, especially those in the South that the Democrats have largely written off in recent presidential campaigns...
The Stories Liberals Tell
by Colin McNickle
There are two sides to every story. Unfortunately, the stories liberals usually tell are fairy tales masquerading as history or the cleverest fear-mongering and double-talk designed to preserve, protect and defend collectivism. To wit...
Related: All the News That Fits Their Spin
Defending the Campus Thought Police
by Don Feder
...Two new studies point to campuses as oases of blue. The first, a survey of 1,000 academics, shows that there are seven Democrats for every Republican in the humanities and social scientists… The second study of voter registration records shows that Democrats outnumber Republicans 9 to 1 on the faculties of Berkeley and Stanford...
Christmas Censors
by John Leo
A fairly new tactic in the Christmas wars can be called the sensitive person’s veto...The sensitivity argument—that any reference to Christmas at all might make someone feel bad—is responsible for the spread of the anti-Christmas campaign from religious symbols to the purely secular and harmless trappings of the season, including red poinsettias, red-and-green cookies, holiday lights, and Rudolph the reindeer. Santa Claus, originally based on a Christian saint but no more religious than Kermit the Frog, is considered much too divisive and hurtful to non-Christian students in many schools...

Sunday, December 12, 2004

The Islamic Tolerance Myth  Why?
by Robert Spencer
...In other words, you must say that Islam is peaceful and tolerant, or we will kill you. The almost universal prevalence of the myth of Islamic tolerance today has led to a strange phenomenon: non-Muslims hastening to assure the public that the Islam of the terrorists is not the “true Islam,” which is, they maintain, a benign and tolerant thing...Yet no amount of evidence seems to shake the power of the myth of Islamic tolerance in Western public discourse.
Related: Getting Serious About Syria    Iran & Syria Fan the Flames in Iraq
What It Will Take to Terror-Proof Border
by Kris Axtman and Peter Grier
...Ray Borane is the longtime mayor of Douglas, a rambling border town in Arizona where Border Patrol agents are a common sight and illegal-immigration trafficking a major problem. "As long as I've been involved in terrorist and illegal immigration issues here, the border-patrol strategy has never really changed," he says. "It's basically the same old, worn-out enforcement attitude, sometimes with a few new bells and whistles like [surveillance] drones. But nothing is going to change here until [federal officials] revamp the whole immigration policy."
Related: U.S.-Mexico Merger Accelerates    Team America
Getting Out...
by Cal Thomas
...The United Nations does not serve the interests of the United States or the objectives of democracies. The oil-for-food scandal, in which billions of dollars were misappropriated in Iraq, exposed a corrupt bureaucracy, rotting from the head. In the United Nations, the United States is opposed by dictatorial regimes that are treated as our equals...
Save the World, Ignore Global Warming
by Bjorn Lomborg
...Global warming is real and caused by CO2. The trouble is that the climate models show we can do very little about the warming. Even if everyone (including the United States) did Kyoto and stuck to it throughout the century, the change would be almost immeasurable, postponing warming by just six years in 2100...

Saturday, December 11, 2004

B.C. League Bans Boys' Team for Big Wins
by Ian Austin
..."I'll be one happy camper if this is settled," [Seafair Minor Hockey Association president] Mr. Cuthbert said. "They don't want one team to be strong, and one team to be weak. The spirit of the rule is so every team in every organization wins and loses about the same number of games."
Bending Democracy Until It Breaks
by Tom Bevan
...This is partisan political theatre of the worst sort designed to undermine the integrity of the [election] process. This is a group of Democrats, in the wake of losing another bitter election, taking the myriad of imperfections inherent in our process and blowing them up, stringing them together and assigning heinous motives of conspiracy and racial oppression...
Don't Feed the Dragon of Arms Trade
by Charles Tannock
...Just as US presidents looked foolish when they bent their foreign policy to the dictates of American wheat farmers in the 1970s and 1980s, European governments that are prepared to mortgage Asian security to a restless China also command no respect. The lesson is clear: security interests must come before business interests...
Miracle in Afghanistan — Sun has Risen in the West
by Charles Krauthammer
...As Iraq becomes the cockpit for the regional rivalries, internal divisions are greatly exacerbated. This does not mean we cannot succeed. It does mean that Iraq will be very difficult. It also means that against all expectations, Afghanistan is the first graduate of the Bush Doctrine of spreading democracy in rather hostile places. We should take a moment to celebrate a remarkable success that had long seemed so improbable.

Friday, December 10, 2004

Immigration Priorities
The Washington Times
The ability of a terrorist like Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, to move freely in the country should have signaled that something was terribly wrong with our immigration system. It didn't, and eight years later 19 terrorists exploited the same disintegrating system, finishing Yousef's previous work. It is now three years and three months since September 11, and still our immigration-control system is in tatters...Now that this Congress believes it has dealt with the failure of the intelligence community to stop the September 11 terrorists (and we reserve judgment on that matter), the next Congress must actually solve the problem of how they got here in the first place.
A Secretary for Farmland Security
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In a time of global environmental interdependence and anxiety over security, we should insist on far more careful screening of imported food from all government agencies, and demand that our most productive farmland not be lost to suburbanization. Agricultural autonomy is not reductionist protectionism, but a way to avoid the type of petroleum dependence that has left us vulnerable to blackmail by illegitimate and dangerous regimes abroad...
Federalists and Gay Marriage
by David Frum
...From an American point of view, however, what may be most remarkable about the Canadian debate has been its disingenuousness. I’ve been participating in this argument since the late 1980s. At every step along the way, it was obvious what the next step was – and what the ultimate destination would be. At every step along the way, proponents of same-sex marriage passionately denied that the next step was coming – or was even contemplated. That same spirit of disingenuousness has now crossed the border...
Medical Marijuana: The Real Stakes
by Jeff Jacoby
Ashcroft v. Raich, the Supreme Court's medical marijuana case, isn't really about medical marijuana. It's about power -- the power of Congress to exert control, and the power of the Constitution to rein Congress in...Americans often forget that the federal government was never intended to have limitless authority. Unlike the states, which have a broad "police power" to regulate public health, safety, and welfare, the national government has only the powers granted to it by the Constitution...

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Homeless Iraq Vets Showing Up at Shelters
by Mark Benjamin
...Arellano said he felt pushed out of the military too quickly after getting back from Iraq without medical attention he needed for his hand -- and as he would later learn, his mind. "It was more of a rush. They put us in a warehouse for a while. They treated us like cattle," Arellano said about how the military treated him on his return to the United States. "It is all about numbers. Instead of getting quality care, they were trying to get everybody demobilized during a certain time frame. If you had a problem, they said, 'Let the (Department of Veterans Affairs) take care of it'"...
National Sacrifice Requires More Than Symbolic Ribbons
Across the United States, drivers are attaching yellow or red, white and blue "Remember The Troops" magnetic ribbons to the backs of their vehicles. Though a nice sentiment, it is, unfortunately, the only thing that most Americans are doing to contribute to the war effort. That needs to change...
The Secular Inquisition  Why?
by Samuel Gregg
...Anyone who desires genuine, open conversation in the public square should be on notice that secularist fundamentalism is rapidly infecting public life and that we sacrifice committed and worthy public servants if we allow witch hunts and Borking in the confirmation process.
National Sales Tax Promoted as Fairer System
by Peter Brownfeld
The IRS and all payroll taxes should be scrapped and replaced with a national sales tax that would require the poor to pay nothing, some tax reform advocates are proposing as an ideal plan to rejigger the U.S. tax code. The proposal has been gathering strength among leading lawmakers, and the issue has made its way into the presidential campaign and at least one key Senate race...
Details:
Americans for Fair Taxation
Yanking Schools Back from OZ
by Jay P. Greene & Marcus A. Winters
New York's schools used to emulate the Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz." They kept kids moving along the yellow brick road, advancing them from grade to grade as they got older, regardless of whether they learned along the way. At the end of their journey the schools handed students a diploma and hoped that, as with the Scarecrow, simply receiving this piece of paper would suddenly make them smart and capable...
Referenced study: An Evaluation of Florida’s Program to End Social Promotion

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Banning Tiny Tim? Humbug!
by Danny Westneat
...Students were to see a staging of Dickens' story on Dec. 17, but the principal has canceled it, in part because it raised the issue of religion in the public schools. Ah, it's that special time of year, when the spirit of the season is more about offending no one than celebrating anything. Schools and libraries ban Christmas trees. Holiday concerts replace Handel's "Messiah" with bland numbers such as "Frosty the Snowman"...
Meanwhile, in Florida...
Licensed to Kill
by Terence Jeffrey
...19 Al Qaeda hijackers, with 63 U.S. driver's licenses among them, boarded four commercial jets, turned them into missiles and murdered 3,000 people....the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks [recommended in its report] "The federal government should set standards for the issuance of birth certificates and sources of identification, such as driver's licenses." Led by Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner, the House did set federal standards for driver's licenses in its bill responding to the report. The Senate did not. The House would have made it impossible for states to issue licenses to illegal aliens. "(T)he Senate," said Sensenbrenner in a statement, "was hell-bent on ensuring that illegal aliens can receive driver's licenses, regardless of the security concerns." President Bush pushed the House to accept the Senate's position...
Higher Education in Decline
by Walter E. Williams
...A Zogby survey was commissioned by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) to compare the general cultural knowledge of today's college seniors to that of yesteryear's high school graduates. The questions for the survey were drawn from those asked by the Gallup organization in 1955 covering literature, music, science, geography and history....It concludes that "Contemporary college seniors scored on average little or no higher than the high-school graduates of a half-century ago on a battery of 15 questions assessing general cultural knowledge"...
The Longest Winter
by Victorino Matus
It all has a familiar ring to it. The enemy believes that it takes only a taste of real war, followed by a few casualties, to send Americans running home with their tails between their legs. The American president, weighed down by public opinion, will then be forced to make concessions and abandon the field. Sixty years ago, Adolf Hitler had exactly such thoughts...

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Oil - From Blessing to Curse
by Rachel Neuwirth
...With all of this worrisome information, containing degrees of uncertainty, what reasonable conclusion can be drawn? Uncertainty can go both ways. Some people will translate uncertainty into an argument which insists ‘not to worry or even act until we are certain’. A more pro-active policy would be to urgently strive for a back-up plan. That plan would include ceasing all harassment of energy inventors and actively encouraging a global race to achieve and deploy the most advanced energy technologies and to pray that we have not passed the point of no return along the way.
Background and research: Life After the Oil Crash
Blue America: The Land of the Easily Offended
by Dennis Prager
...liberal positions are far more emotion-based than reason-based. To cite but one of many examples, take the widely held liberal slogan "War is not the answer." It is pure irrationality. War has ended more evil than anything the left has ever thought of. In the last 60 years alone, it ended Nazism and the Holocaust; it saved half of Korea from genocide; it kept Israel from national extinction and a second Holocaust; it saved Finland from becoming a Stalinist totalitarian state...The relevant point here is that people who take positions based on feelings will of necessity take disagreement more personally and feel offended more often than others...
Kofi's Son Got Hush Money
by Niles Lathem
A Swiss company that won a lucrative U.N. oil-for-food contract agreed to continue paying U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's son for four years after he resigned because he possessed "sensitive information," about its operations, The Post has learned...

Monday, December 06, 2004

Stoned to Death... Why Europe is Starting to Lose Its Faith in Islam
by Charles Bremner
...From Norway to Sicily, governments, politicians and the media are laying aside their doctrines of diversity and insisting that “Islamism”, as the French call the fundamentalist form that pervades the housing estates, is incompatible with Europe’s liberal values...
New Factors Driving the Debate
by Tom Tancredo
...Despite President Bush's obsession with pandering to Mexico and Mexico's need to export its poverty to the United States, in Congress there is now a broad consensus that border security issues must be addressed first. We cannot think seriously about legalizing millions of new "temporary workers" until we are able to control our borders. These issues are now on the front burner, and that is long overdue. Mexico has many problems, and we have an interest in helping Mexico, but exporting those problems to the United States is not an answer.
More info: Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus   Research   Take Action
Wrong Road for Civil Rights Groups
by Joseph Perkins
...Indeed, two-thirds of blacks favor school vouchers, according to a Newsweek poll. Nearly two-thirds oppose same-sex marriage, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. And more than half support Social Security personal accounts, according to Zogby poll. Of course, to be black and Republican is to be a traitor to the race, the way the SCLC and the NAACP see it. To espouse non-liberal, non-Democrat views on issues is to be in league with the devil, according to the two civil rights organizations...
Thank Goodness for Trade Deficits
by John Tamny
...In short, the U.S. trade deficit is self-correcting in that a reduction of foreign investment will necessarily lead to a reduction of U.S. consumption around the world. The problem is not with trade deficits, but with the negative connotation of the term itself. Arthur Laffer calls trade deficits "capital surpluses" for a reason, in that they're certain evidence that world investors see the United States in an attractive light. We can rid ourselves of trade "deficits," but in doing so we'll also be ridding ourselves of jobs and the investment that creates them.

Sunday, December 05, 2004

Americans' Role Eyed in U.N. Oil Scandal
by Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz
Former American fugitive Marc Rich was a middleman for several of Iraq's suspect oil deals in February 2001, just one month after his pardon from President Clinton, according to oil industry shipping records obtained by ABC News. And a U.S. criminal investigation is looking into whether Rich, as well as several other prominent oil traders, made illegal payments to Iraq in order to obtain the lucrative oil contracts...
Why Intelligence Bill is Failing in Congress
World Net Daily
Republican opposition wants states to stop providing illegal aliens with driver's licenses...They point out that the Sept. 11 hijackers had acquired a total of 63 driver's licenses, at least some of which were used to support their efforts to kill nearly 3,000 Americans. While the issue of illegal driver's licenses hasn't received as much attention in the media as a reason for amending or defeating the bill, congressional sources tell WND that a bill without provisions for denying them will only provide the illusion of national security...
Multimedia: "The Terrorist Next Door" and more

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Christmastime Event Is No-Christian Zone
by Joe Kovacs
In the latest skirmish over Christmas in America, a Christian group is not allowed to participate in Denver's annual Parade of Lights, because church members sought to sing yuletide hymns and proclaim a "Merry Christmas" message on their float...Among those allowed to participate is the Two Spirit Society of Denver, a support group for American Indians who are homosexual, bisexual, or transgendered, honoring them as "holy people." Also included are performers of the Lion Dance, a Chinese New Year tradition "meant to chase away evil spirits and welcome good luck and good fortune for the year"...
Related: Christmas is the New "C-word"
When War Must Be the Answer  Why?
By James V. Schall
...Peace is not a goal, but a consequence of doing what is right and preventing what is wrong and, yes, knowing the difference between the two. Justice and force require one another in the actual world. Too often they are placed in opposition in a way that renders both unbalanced and ineffective. It is not a virtue to praise justice as if it need not be actually enforced or defended...
How Far We've Come: Let's Not Forget  Why?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...there will come a time, when all those who slandered the efforts — the Germans, the French, the American radical Left, the vicious Michael "Minutemen" Moore, the pampered and coddled Hollywood elite, the Arab League, and the U.N. will assume that Iraq is a "good thing" like Afghanistan, and that democracy there really was preferable — after they had so bravely weighed in with their requisite "ifs" and "buts" — to the mass murders of Saddam Hussein...
Let My People Go
by Nicholas D. Christof
...Most Ukrainians love the U.S., and to be an American here - any American - is to be a rock star. Protesters overhear me speaking English and line up to ask me to autograph their orange ribbons with a big "U.S.A." Yet for all the giddiness among the protesters here...this is as much about Russia as it is about Ukraine. And the first thing to say is that Vladimir Putin has behaved utterly disgracefully...
Christian Doctor Warns Against Radical Human Hybrid Research
by Jenni Parker and Mary Rettig
The head of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations says crossing humans with animals is a path science should not travel. However, a number of these human-animal hybrids, known as chimeras, have already been created...Scientists have developed pigs with human blood in their veins and mice with human brain cells; and some, he warns, are seeking to change the nature of animals outright and see how human-like they can be made...
Bell Curve
by John Dawson
Donations are becoming harder to get and kettle-keepers harder to find for the venerable Salvation Army...

Friday, December 03, 2004

Border Security Can't Be Ignored
by Bobby Eberle
...Following the debate in the U.S. House on the Intelligence Reform bill, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) said, "The American people want security, and they know it can never be achieved until we can secure our borders. Rushing through a 9/11 bill that doesn't address border security would have been a disservice to the families of 9/11 victims and to the American people." Tancredo is right. Border security is not a taboo issue. It is a matter of American security, and it must be addressed before another 9/11 becomes part of our history.
Egypt Supports Killing American GIs
by Steven Stalinsky
...The Egyptian government has done almost nothing to stop incitement for attacks against U.S. troops. Despite being America’s main Arab ally and the recipient of nearly $2 billion annually in U.S. foreign aid, Egypt is acting more like an opponent than a friend of the U.S.
The Pretense of U.N. Reform
by Amir Taheri
A panel appointed to study reform of the United Nations has just issued its report, suggesting 101 changes to give the moribund organization a new lease of life. Missing from the recommendations, however, is perhaps the only one that could give reform a real push: the need for a new leadership to preside over a serious program for change. The omission is not surprising...
Ozone Layer Destruction Overstated
The Greening Earth Society
We continue our series of analyses of the recently released Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA). This time our subject is the effect of greenhouse gases on the ozone layer... There are at least four independent research efforts that fail to find alarming Arctic ozone loss as a result of increased atmospheric CO2...

Thursday, December 02, 2004

How Liberal Christianity Promotes Open Borders and One-Worldism  Why?
by Lawrence Auster
...Thus the denial of higher truth makes all things seem equal, which in turn requires an explanation for why things are not actually equal, which in turn leads to a belief in some all-pervading oppression to account for the actually existing inequalities—an oppression that is always blamed on the West, or America, or Christianity, or capitalism, or the white race, or white men, or the patriarchal family, or George Bush, or what have you...
Ukraine and the Russian Wish to Return to Super-Power Status
by Austin Bay
A Russian bid to return to super-power status is the truly big story behind Ukraine’s rigged election. At the moment Russia is a European also-ran, a one-time giant with deteriorating clout. However, Russia, plus Ukraine, plus Belarus, plus Khazakstan is a geo-strategic formula for a global power re-born...
Exiles Returning Home in Droves Ahead of Vote
by Beth Potter
Up to 1,000 Iraqi expatriates, many of them expelled from their country by Saddam Hussein, are returning to their homeland each day as January elections approach. The Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration puts the total number of people who have returned at 116,000...
The Revenge of the Homosexual Lobby
by Bill O'Reilly
...This entire controversy is based on the belief that gays have the right to publicly define their sexuality anytime anyplace. That, of course, is wrong. It is simply inappropriate to inject your private life in many situations. A military structure and a scouting experience are just two of them. This anti-military ruling is simply revenge, and activist judges are the hitmen. Keeping sex out of the barracks and out of scouting is simply logical. But, for fanatics, logic doesn't matter, and that's what we're dealing with here, fanatics.
It's Dr. Rice, Not Dr. Dre
by Ann Coulter
In light of their reaction to the nomination of Condoleezza Rice as secretary of state, I gather liberals have gotten over their enthusiasm for multiculturalist milestones...When Madeline Albright was appointed the first woman secretary of state, the media was euphoric...But Bush nominates a brilliant geopolitical thinker who happens to be black and female and all of a sudden she's Butterfly McQueen, who don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no Middle Eastern democracies...

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Myth of Counting Casualties
by Donald Sensing
Brian Gifford writes in the Washington Post that the "historically light" casualties of American forces in Iraq are deceptive in their import and that they bode much worse than things might seem...Gifford's mathematical house of cards falls from two fundamental causes: his math is wrong and his conclusions can't be supported by math to begin with. It all just proves that figures lie and, well, you know the rest.
Behind AIDS Crisis Lurks a Scandal
by James P. Pinkerton
...Once upon a time, the U.S. government routinely quarantined people with infectious diseases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still operates eight quarantine stations. If you plan on bringing in a horse, for example, plan on leaving it quarantined for 60 days, because authorities fear letting in the screwworm. But if you yourself have an infectious disease? Well, that's an issue to be taken up by lawyers and human rights activists...
Netherlands Hospital Euthanizes Babies
by Toby Sterling
A hospital in the Netherlands - the first nation to permit euthanasia - recently proposed guidelines for mercy killings of terminally ill newborns, and then made a startling revelation: It has already begun carrying out such procedures, which include administering a lethal dose of sedatives...