"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

Monday, February 28, 2005

Why Terro Schiavo is Pro-Choice
by Kevin McCullough
Terri Schiavo wants to live. Terri's parents want her to live. More than 100,000 signatures have been gathered on a petition from people who want Terri to live. Who doesn't want Terri to live?. The primary person desiring Terri's state-sanctioned execution is her husband - Michael Schiavo. As hard as it may be to grasp, the adulterating wife-killer-to-be just might not have the clearest motives in the matter. And he is hoping that last friday the judges would finally withdraw all the temporary stays and allow his wife to be executed...
More: Disability Advocates Saddened by Terri Schiavo's Scheduled Starvation     Let's Review The Facts About Terri Schiavo, Pro-Life Leader Urges     A comprehensive Timeline and Archive of the Terri Schindler-Schiavo case
Cloning Hides Under Fake Names
by Robert Novak
...The historic decision is not, as cloning proponents claim, whether to spend public funds on research to combat a wide variety of illnesses. The broader decision whether to grant science unlimited power is symbolized by the bill pending in Massachusetts to legalize the creation of human embryos...
Feds Let Migrants Pile Up in Prisons at $28K a Day
by Susan Carroll and Judi Villa
...Arizona Department of Corrections Director Dora Schriro said deporting such criminals should be a "no-brainer" given the money that could be saved and the beds that could be freed in the state's overcrowded prison system. Formal deportation orders for 46 of the 526 eligible inmates have been on file for several months, but state prison officials can't get Immigration and Customs Enforcement to pick them up, Schriro said."I don't know why it's not getting done anymore, but it's not getting done," she said...
Is something like this in our future: More Dutch Plan to Emigrate as Muslim Influx Tips Scales
A Blinkered View from the Baghdad Hilton
by Katie Grant
The thought is heretical, but I’m having it all the same. Iraq, notwithstanding future setbacks that will undoubtedly occasionally spin it off course, is slowly turning into a good-news story...the election has turned out to be, "the start of a new Arab world". He went on: "The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing. The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it." If this is heresy, I’m happy to own it. There may be trouble ahead, but Iraqis are now making sure that Iraq is on its way...

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Why Not Here?
by David Brooks
...the final thing that we've learned from the papers this week is how thoroughly the Bush agenda is dominating the globe. When Bush meets with Putin, democratization is the center of discussion. When politicians gather in Ramallah, democratization is a central theme. When there's an atrocity in Beirut, the possibility of freedom leaps to people's minds. Not all weeks will be as happy as this one. Despite the suicide bombings in Israel and Iraq, the thought contagion is spreading. Why not here?
While We Have Time
Investor's Business Daily
...Is a successful test of our missile defense now so common that the media give it post-lunar-landing treatment? After all, Thursday's knockout was the fifth successful interception in six tries. No, it's simply another example of media bias. ABC and CBS made it a point to report the failure of a Feb. 14 test...
In Hindsight, The War on Terror Began with Salman Rushdie
by Jonathan Rauch
..."it was an act of aggression by the Islamists, an opening salvo in a war to which Osama bin Laden and many others have since acceded." More specifically, it represented the emergence of Islamist totalitarianism -- not a religion but a political movement, demanding absolutist rule under Islamic law -- as a global insurrection using terrorism as its instrument...
The Making of a 9/11 Republican
by Cinnamon Stillwell
...I was raised in liberal Marin County, and my first name (which garners more comments than anything else) is a direct product of the hippie generation. Growing up, I bought into the prevailing liberal wisdom of my surroundings because I didn't know anything else. I wrote off all Republicans as ignorant, intolerant yahoos. It didn't matter that I knew none personally; it was simply de rigueur to look down on such people. The fact that I was being a bigot never occurred to me, because I was certain that I inhabited the moral high ground...

Saturday, February 26, 2005

Taking a Wrecking Ball to Property Rights
by Collin Levey
...The case involves a group of homeowners in New London, Conn., who are suing to prevent the city from condemning their homes in order to give the land to a real-estate developer...New London justifies its action under eminent domain, a constitutional power that allows government to take private property for "public use." Historically, the power was intended to allow government to seize land it needed for things like roads or schools, as long as the owner was compensated. But in recent years, eminent domain has become the worst kind of corporate welfare, practiced at the expense of those who can least afford it...
Slovakia Leader Hits Media on Bush Slant
by Bill Sammon
...Mr. Dzurinda, who grew up under communist oppression in the Soviet bloc, said nations such as his were more supportive of Operation Iraqi Freedom because they remembered communism. Slovakia has sent troops to Afghanistan and Iraq. "I spent many years under tyranny," he said. "So I completely understand what it means to fight for democracy -- don't take this for granted. "Maybe this is why I understand better than Chirac or Schroeder," he added...
Related: Europe Decides that Bush May be Right After All
The War on the War on Poverty
by Myron Magnet
...Taken together, compassionate conservatism's elements added up to a sweeping rejection of liberal orthodoxy about how to help the poor, which a half century's worth of experience had discredited. If you want to help the poor, compassionate conservatives argued, liberate them from dependency through welfare reform; free their communities from criminal anarchy through activist policing; give them the education they need to succeed in a modern economy by holding their schools accountable; and let them enjoy the rewards of work by taxing their modest wages lightly--or not at all...
Merchants of Despair
by Victor Davis Hanson
Much of the recent domestic critique of American efforts in the Middle East has long roots in our own past — and little to do with the historic developments on the ground in Iraq...

Friday, February 25, 2005

Mob Rule in Academia
by Deb Saunders
...I can't believe I am even writing this column. The furor should have died down weeks ago, but thanks to a fiercely intolerant streak in most Harvard professors (who were emboldened by Summers' propensity to self-immolate), the controversy lives on as a mob of angry academics tries to run Summers out of Cambridge...
Pope John Paul II Takes on Media, Old and New
by Hugh Hewitt
A remarkable letter was issued from Pope John Paul last month. The "Apostolic Letter of the Holy Father John Paul II to Those Responsible for Communications," is titled The Rapid Development. Since my work is communication, I think it was addressed to me, and to every other reporter, editor, blogger, and broadcaster, whether Roman Catholic or not. It is an amazing document, and I can only urge you to read it in its entirety. But here are a few highlights...
More: Full Text of Apostolic Letter
Iraq's New Chief Not an Extremist Threat
by Amir Taheri
...The fact that Jaafari was chosen as a compromise candidate shows that the largely secular leadership of the United Iraqi Alliance did not see him as a threat to the process of democratization. And the fact that Grand Ayatollah Ali-Muhammad Sistani, the primus inter pares of Shiite clerics, has not opposed the nomination is a sure sign that Jaafari has distanced himself from his party's most questionable positions...
More: 'Another Iran'? No.
Immigrant Labor Doubted as Benefit
by Stephen Dinan
...The net effect of immigration to the United States is a drain on U.S. native workers of about $70 billion per year, according to a new study by two Columbia University professors and the Center for Immigration Studies. The study challenges the assumption that immigration is like trade in that it is a net benefit both to the U.S. economy and immigrants' home nations...
Related: Ex-troops aiding drug traffickers     Ballot Initiative Eyed on Colorado Illegals

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Arab Leader Reverses View of Iraq War
World Net Daily
,.."It's strange for me to say it, but this process of change has started because of the American invasion of Iraq," Jumblatt told the Post columnist. "I was cynical about Iraq," Jumblatt said. "But when I saw the Iraqi people voting three weeks ago, 8 million of them, it was the start of a new Arab world." Jumblatt said this spark of democratic revolt is spreading. "The Syrian people, the Egyptian people, all say that something is changing," he said. "The Berlin Wall has fallen. We can see it"...
Republicans, Bloggers and Gays, Oh My!
by Ann Coulter
...The heretofore-unknown Jeff Gannon of the heretofore-unknown "Talon News" service was caught red-handed asking friendly questions at a White House press briefing. Now the media is hot on the trail of a gay escort service that Gannon may have run some years ago. Are we supposed to like gay people now, or hate them? Is there a website where I can go to and find out how the Democrats want me to feel about gay people on a moment-to-moment basis?...
Related: 'Slightly' Liberal PBS Wants $5 Billion in Our Tax Money for Endowment
Israel Troubled by World Council of Churches Divestment Campaign
by Julie Stahl
...The declaration reportedly caught many people off-guard, because it comes at a time when Israeli-Palestinian relations are improving. The Swiss-based World Council of Churches is an umbrella group for the modern ecumenical movement, whose goal is Christian unity. It says it represents more than 340 churches, denominations and church fellowships in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world, including most of the world's Orthodox churches and many Protestant denominations...
Israel Troubled by World Council of Churches Divestment Campaign
by Julie Stahl
...The declaration reportedly caught many people off-guard, because it comes at a time when Israeli-Palestinian relations are improving. The Swiss-based World Council of Churches is an umbrella group for the modern ecumenical movement, whose goal is Christian unity. It says it represents more than 340 churches, denominations and church fellowships in over 100 countries and territories throughout the world, including most of the world's Orthodox churches and many Protestant denominations...

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Freedom? Why Europe's Not Bothered   
by Janet Daley
...Much better to make a mutually profitable trade-off behind the scenes than to expose political decisions to the popular will. What evidence is there that the people actually know what is best for them? Most charitably, the European philosophy of government - shortly to be permanently installed under the EU constitution - is paternalistic. At worst, it is arrogant and authoritarian. But whatever it is, it no longer has a belief in real democracy of the kind that Americans recognise - government of the people, by the people and for the people - at its heart...
'Minutemen' Plan to Patrol Arizona Border
Associated Press
Nearly 500 volunteers have already joined the Minuteman Project, anointing themselves civilian border patrol agents. They plan to patrol a 40-mile stretch of the southeast Arizona border throughout April when the tide of immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border peaks. "I felt the only way to get something done was to do it yourself," said Jim Gilchrist, a retired accountant and decorated Vietnam War veteran who is helping recruit Minutemen across the country...
Related: Despite New Technology, Border Patrol Overwhelmed     Gingrich Urges Action Against Illegals     Mexican School Libraries Stock Songbook Glorifying Drug Traffickers
The Real Refugee Scandal
by Claudia Rosett
...Such would-be refugees have been dying faceless, nameless and scarcely even remarked upon by the world community. But these were human beings. They had faces and names. From what we know of conditions in North Korean detention centers, it's a good bet they were freezing, famished and quite possibly tortured in the hours before they were then murdered in public due to the combined and systematic state policies of China and North Korea. Where is the U.N. in all this? Under the U.N. Refugee Convention--which Beijing has signed and the UNHCR, with its $1.1 billion budget, is supposed to administer--these North Koreans refugees had rights...

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Al Qaeda Threat Demands Border Funding
by Terence P. Jeffrey
House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner told Human Enents it is "incomprehensible" that the Bush Administration is not calling for sufficient resources to secure the border in light of new information that al Qaeda has considered infiltrating the United States through Mexico. Likewise, House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter told Human Events that al Qaeda's interest in penetrating the U.S. from Mexico "demonstrates that national security is unavoidably linked to border security," and that funding border security must be a priority for this Congress...
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A Culture of Deceit
by Ralph Peters
...we need a strong Air Force, but the service is crippling and bankrupting itself. At a time when we need more aircraft, but affordable ones, the Air Force leadership insists on buying useless, gold-plated junk like that F/A-22, a fighter with no one to fight, but a bonanza for the defense industry...
Digging Into the Foundations of the Military-Industrial Complex
Liberal Feeling vs. Judeo-Christian Values: Part VI
by Dennis Prager
With the decline of the authority of Judeo-Christian values in the West, many people stopped looking to external sources of moral standards in order to decide what is right and wrong. Instead of being guided by God, the Bible and religion, great numbers -- in Western Europe, the great majority -- have looked elsewhere for moral and social guidelines. For many millions in the twentieth century, those guidelines were provided by Marxism, Communism, Fascism or Nazism. For many millions today, those guidelines are--feelings...
Why Millions Say, Softly, God Bless America
by Paul Johnson
...The intellectuals wanted the Iraqi elections to be defeated by terror. But now that the elections have actually taken place, they want the new government to fail. They want democracy to fail in Afghanistan as well so that they can smile smugly and say, "We told you so." For if democracy were to triumph everywhere, what role would there be for the intellectual critic? As Shakespeare put it, "Othello's occupation's gone"...
Related: Breakfast in a Blue State     Soldier Stunned by Letter Kids' Rants

Monday, February 21, 2005

Author Michael Crichton Discusses the Politics Behind Climate Science
AEI Newsletter
...Today, according to Crichton, we need to continue gathering information and considering unexpected consequences rather than locking into theories with little or questionable scientific basis. After all, he spoke of science as “a process of discovery that goes on for a very long period of time, over the course of which we should adapt to new information. Ultimately,” he declared, “I would really like to get the political psychodrama out of decision making.”
In This Military Prison, It's Strictly by the Book
by Wayne Woolley
...The military jail is the first stop for hundreds of people detained each month in northern Iraq by American troops and a place where interrogators try to determine who is an insurgent, who is a petty criminal and who is innocent. It is also a place where the U.S. military says it is trying to undo the damage caused by the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal by providing humane treatment for detainees...
What's US Policy on Europe? No Giggling
by Mark Steyn
...the President himself is on his way, staying up all night on Air Force One trying to master the official State Department briefing paper on the European Rapid Reaction Force, the European Constitution, the European negotiations with Iran, etc. ("When these subjects come up, US policy is to nod politely and try not to giggle)...The differences between America and Europe in the 21st century are nothing to do with insensitive swaggering Texas cowboys. Indeed, they're nothing to do with Iraq, Iran, Kyoto, the International Criminal Court, or any other particular issue. They're not tactical differences, they're conceptual...
Q&A: Richard Perle, Former Pentagon official
Global Viewpoint
Perle discusses the impact of the Iraq election in the region and in U.S. relations with Europe, dynamics of the new Iraqi government, Iran's nuclear program, and the future of NATO.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Will Roe v. Wade be Heard?
by Trent Franks
On January 14, 2005, Norma McCorvey, the woman formerly known as Jane Roe, petitioned for a Writ of Certiorari with the Supreme Court of the United States formally asking the Court to reverse or reopen the Roe v. Wade on its merits. It seems odd that this potentially landmark event has taken place virtually unnoticed...
Related: Fetal Pain     Partial Birth Abortion     Media Myths
Unsung Victories
by Victor Davis Hanson
In the war against the Islamic fascists and their supporters there have been a number of unheralded victories that have played some role in changing the landscape of the Middle East and eroding the power of the Islamists...

Saturday, February 19, 2005

UC-Irvine's Anti-Anti-Terror Rally
by Joseph D'Hippolito
...More than 70 years ago, Western civilization did nothing to abort the Nazis' anti-Semitic agenda peacefully when it had the chance. Will the ideological descendants of Neville Chamberlain working in UC-Irvine's Administration Building follow suit?
Tainted Media
by Thomas Sowell
...This is not about the past or ultimately even about Kerry or Bush. It is about the future of this country. A gullible public learning only what is filtered to them by a biased media is not a hopeful sign for the future of a democracy. Some of the public have begun to wake up but more need to do so. Many in the media also need to wake up to what they are doing, or failing to do, when their politics taints their work.
The Asylum on the East River
by Tunku Varadarajan
...Ultimately, the U.S. and the U.N. were irreconcilable. This country's reigning philosophy is that men and societies ought to be (even if inconveniently) moral, and that there are always right answers to problems. The U.N., by contrast, reveres the amoral compromise, in which the consensual answer is always the convenient--and therefore the right--answer. In these unapologetically moral times, this makes for theater that is seldom benign, and almost never exhilarating. Not even in a sari.
When Good News Feels Bad
by Kurt Andersen
...Like “radical chic,” a related New York specialty, “liberal guilt” once meant feeling discomfort over one’s good fortune in an unjust world. As this last U.S. election cycle began, however, a new subspecies of liberal guilt arose—over the pleasure liberals took in bad news from Iraq, which seemed sure to hurt the administration. But with Bush reelected, any shred of tacit moral rationale is gone. In other words, feel the guilt, and let it be a pang that leads to moral clarity...
Related: 12 Steps for Reformed Leftists

Friday, February 18, 2005

Prophet Without Honor in His Own Country
by Jeff Jacoby
...For years Sharansky has been trying to get Israeli policymakers to understand that the road to Israeli-Arab amity must be paved with tolerance and human rights. And for years his pleas have been ignored, as prime ministers of every ideological stripe have instead pursued a strategy of strengthening Palestinian strongmen -- first Yasser Arafat, now Mahmoud Abbas -- and counting on them to crack down on terror...
Related: Terrorism Grip Loosens in Middle East     Rafiq Hariri: A Great Loss
Tram From Vietnam And The Real American Dream
by Bryanna Bevens
..."There are two separate immigration systems, one with almost no entry requirements and immediate rewards for Mexicans and Hispanics, and another one which is much more difficult for almost everyone else in the world..."I came to America to live the American Dream. I know the American Dream. Stealing and cheating is not the American Dream. Stealing and cheating is why I left Vietnam." So Tram is now hot after this illegal business with which he has to compete...
Related: U.S. Aides Cite Worry on Qaeda Infiltration From Mexico     Fax Congress free on immigration/security legislation

Thursday, February 17, 2005

A Marine Accused
The Washington Times
Marine Corps 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano could face the death penalty if convicted of charges made against him last week. The charges? Premeditated murder. The facts? He shot two suspected terrorists during a mission in Iraq. The case is frought with second-guessing, and could be a disaster for future combat operations if the charges aren't dropped...
More: Marine's Lawyer: Corps Changed Story on Charges
America Against the World?
by Nick Schulz
...The critics of the U.S. position claim that, by not participating [in the Kyoto Protocol], America is putting a thumb in the eye of the rest of the planet. As Laurie David of the Detroit Project, a pro-Kyoto group, wrote in the Los Angeles Times last week, "It's hard to overstate just how out of step the United States is with the rest of the world." But the truth is a little more complicated. At the most recent meeting of the participants to the Kyoto treaty in Argentina, it became increasingly clear that much of the rest of the world has begun to come around to the U.S. point of view...
More: Kyoto a Pointless Exercise
Clear Skies, No Lies
by Gregg Easterbrook
...Though you'd never know it from the press coverage, the administration's idea has respectable support - from the National Research Council, which is a wing of the National Academy of Sciences, and from the former Environmental Protection Agency administrator Christie Whitman, who since leaving the administration has become a leading critic of the Republican right...
China Consumes Most, Report Says
BBC
China has overtaken the United States in the consumption of basic agricultural and industrial goods, a new survey says. It is now the world's biggest consumer of grain, meat, coal and steel. Only in oil does the US consume more...
Yes, but: Chinese Demand Set to Push Opec to Limit

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

UN Forces – Just a Bunch of Thugs?
by Mark Steyn
...If you don't want to bulk up your pension by skimming the Oil-for-Food programme, don't worry, whatever your bag, the UN can find somewhere that suits - in West Africa, it's Sex-for-Food, with aid workers demanding sexual services from locals as young as four; in Cambodia, it's drug dealing; in Kenya, it's the refugee extortion racket; in the Balkans, sex slaves. But you get the general picture: on a UN peace mission, everyone gets his piece...
More: The U.N.'s Rape of the Innocents
The Problem of Chickendoves
by Douglas Kern
...The problem is stateside armchair philosophers who oppose military action and military policy, even though they never served in the military. The problem is anti-war punditry from intellectuals who think that an IED is a contraceptive and couldn't tell the difference between bounding overwatch and watching Baywatch. The problem is intellectuals who think their education and politically-correct ideology lets them know what the military needs -- better than the military knows it. The problem is chickendoves...
Now Iraq Has Tasted Democracy, the Arab Tyrants are Shaking in Their Shoes
by Amir Taheri
...It is time to see what is happening in Iraq on its own merits, not in the context of an irrational hatred of the United States and George W. Bush. Like it or not, President Bush has got one thing right: give any nation a chance to choose democracy and it will.
Related: Now, the Horse Trading
Freedom Unused is Abused
by Paul Campos
...Churchill thus represents the reductio ad absurdum of the contemporary university's willingness to subordinate all other values to affirmative action. When such a grotesque fraud - a white man pretending to be an Indian, an intellectual charlatan spewing polemical garbage festooned with phony footnotes, a shameless demagogue fabricating imaginary historical incidents to justify his pathological hatreds, an apparent plagiarist who steals and distorts the work of real scholars - manages to scam his way into a full professorship at what is still a serious research university, we know the practice of affirmative action has hit rock bottom...
More: 'Academic Freedom'?
Freedom Unused is Abused
by Paul Campos
...Churchill thus represents the reductio ad absurdum of the contemporary university's willingness to subordinate all other values to affirmative action. When such a grotesque fraud - a white man pretending to be an Indian, an intellectual charlatan spewing polemical garbage festooned with phony footnotes, a shameless demagogue fabricating imaginary historical incidents to justify his pathological hatreds, an apparent plagiarist who steals and distorts the work of real scholars - manages to scam his way into a full professorship at what is still a serious research university, we know the practice of affirmative action has hit rock bottom...

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

"Rapture" Rapture
by John Hinderaker
...The left's most recent salvo against the religious right was launched by an obscure online environmentalist journal called Grist. In October of last year, Grist published an article titled "The Godly Must Be Crazy," the thesis of which was that conservative Christians are deliberately bent on despoiling the environment...
We Need Amendment Protecting Marriage
by Raymond J. Keating
Words have meanings. Laws and constitutions have specific purposes. Representative government warrants respect. We learn these truths early - in elementary school or even before. But some people find all of this rather inconvenient. Some of these frustrated folks become lawyers and even judges. From the bench, they overturn the will of the people as communicated through their elected representatives and make judicial decisions not according to constitutions or laws, but based on their own preferences and ideologies...
Clergy Who Deny Doctrine May Face Trial for Heresy
by Jonathan Petre
...Quoting from a survey carried out in 2002 of what the Church of England believed in, he said just 76 per cent of clergy believed Jesus Christ died to take away the sins of the world, 68 per cent believed Jesus rose physically from the dead and 53 per cent believed faith in Jesus was the only way they could be saved..."These figures are nothing less than astonishing and underlie the need for this measure," said Mr LeRoy...
Marine's Charges Set 'Terrible Precedent'
by Art Moore
Noting similarities to the case of an Army officer he defended more than one year ago, a U.S. military lawyer says Marine commanders should have the courage to dismiss charges against a lieutenant who could face the death penalty for killing two insurgent terrorists in Iraq...Noting that the combat incident was investigated at the time, clearing anyone of wrongdoing, Puckett said it "defies logic" that the case should be re-opened the following year with criminal charges. Puckett said Marines now apparently must fear prosecutors as well as terrorists...

Monday, February 14, 2005

The Scandal That Is the United Nations
by David Frum
...As a result, the office of the U.N. secretary-general acts like the management of an old-fashioned corporation before the advent of shareholder activism. It uses other people's money for purposes of its own. Senior managers engage in profitable side ventures that top management may or may not know about. Questions are dismissed as irrelevant and impertinent...The problem is not merely that the individuals in charge of the corporation are bad or dishonest, although of course many of them are. The problem is that they are presented with perverse incentives — with few or no controls on misconduct.
The Medically Bankrupt? They Are All Around Us
by Elizabeth Warren
...As part of a study at Harvard University, our researchers interviewed 1,771 Americans in bankruptcy courts nationwide. To our surprise, half said that illness or medical bills drove them to bankruptcy. So each year, 2 million Americans — those who file and their dependents — face the double disaster of illness and bankruptcy. But the bigger surprise was that three-quarters of the medically bankrupt had health insurance. How did illness bankrupt middle-class Americans with health insurance? High co-payments, deductibles, exclusions from coverage and other loopholes left some holding the bag for thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs. But medical problems often bankrupted even families with Cadillac coverage...
An Eighth of Every Paycheck
by Jeff Jacoby
...One tiny notch at a time, payroll taxes have been ratcheted up to a level that would have been unthinkable in Franklin Delano Roosevelt's day. No wonder Social Security is so unpopular among the young. It provides no security for their retirement, while impoverishing them in the present. In exchange for an eighth of their earnings today, it guarantees nothing but higher taxes tomorrow. That there are politicians who defend this arrangement wouldn't have surprised FDR. But how shocked he would be that they call themselves Democrats.
On Culture Front, We're Losing War
by Mark Steyn
...It's an open question whether the West will survive this twilight struggle: Europe almost certainly won't, America might; on the other hand, the psychosis to which much of the culture is in thrall may eventually reach a tipping point into mass civilizational suicide...

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Brain-Damaged Woman Talks After 20 Years
by Roxana Hegeman
...For years, she could only blink her eyes - one blink for "no," two blinks for "yes" - to respond to questions that no one knew for sure she understood...Sarah Scantlin was an 18-year-old college freshman on Sept. 22, 1984, when she was hit by a drunk driver...The driver who struck Scantlin served six months in jail for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident...After two decades of silence, she began talking last month...
Why Democracy?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...For decades we have promoted Cold War realpolitik and supported thugs whose merit was simply that they were not as bad as a murderous Saddam or Assad (true enough), while the Arab world has gone from kings and dictators to Soviet puppets, Pan-Arabists, Islamists, and theocrats. Democracy in some sense is the last chance. It alone offers constitutional guarantees of free speech, minority rights, and an independent judiciary...
We Now Know: The Myth of McCarthyism and Arthur Miller
by Roger Kimball
...with the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the subsequent opening of many Soviet archives, there is indisputable evidence—a mountain of it—for what had long been alleged by cold warriors...[The American Communist Party] had from the beginning been a tool of Moscow; moreover, many of the radical “martyrs” of the period were hard-core Stalinists and KGB operatives. This is not speculation: it is hard and fast historical fact...But what is evidence in the face of self-righteous political animus?...
American Cities of Aspiration
by Joel Kotkin
...Cities of aspiration like Reno accommodate job growth and attract young families who hope that tomorrow will be better than yesterday. They offer an environment that most of our forebears--wherever they might be from--would recognize as distinctly American. In the places people are leaving, what might be called Euro-America, the focus is on preserving older urban forms, cultivating refinement, and following continental norms in attitude, politics, and lifestyle...
The Age of the Résumé Gods
by David Brooks
There comes a time in any man's life when he realizes that he is an insignificant speck of dust careering aimlessly through the cosmic woof of time. For me that moment came when the Washington Nationals baseball team assigned seating locations for its season ticket holders. The seats my buddies and I were assigned are somewhere south of Montreal but nowhere near home plate...as the team president, Tony Tavares, told The Washington Post in a statement that pretty well sums up American civilization in our era, "This is Washington, D.C., and I had to take care of certain people. Of course, V.I.P.'s were taken care of, as they are in any other circumstance"...

Saturday, February 12, 2005

What's Good for the Goose...
by Neil Cavuto
The next time you hear a congressman or senator bashing Social Security reform, ask them this question: If the system's so great, why aren't you in it? They have choices in their retirement plan. They can pick from a variety of options: stocks, bonds, indexes. You name it, they have it. We don't. Is that right? Is that fair? Then ask them this: If you like the Social Security system the rest of us mere mortals have, why don't you junk the system that you have...
Saddam Used Oil-for-Food Money to Develop Aerosol Chemical Weapons
Fox News
...Dr. Spertzel: "Some of the photographs that were obtained from this same laboratory had multiple different shapes of glass spray bottles, perfume spray bottles, presumably to mimic different brand names. Can you imagine somebody going into a department store and spraying a little bit of a perfume to see whether they like the scent, only instead of perfume they're getting a face full of sarin? That would kill within, within a few minutes"...
Related: Oil-for-Food a Failure From the Start?
Lies, Damned Lies and Network 'News'
by Oliver North
...[Eason Jordan's] slander [at the World Economic Forum] went unreported -- and apparently unchallenged -- by other potentates of the press who heard him accuse America's military of deliberately targeting and killing journalists in Iraq. Worse still, other "leaders" in the Fourth Estate are now rushing to Jordan's defense...
Update: CNN's Chief News Exec Resigns Amid Furor     EasonGate: A Retrospective
Related: United Nations Move Over--Here Comes the World Economic Forum

Friday, February 11, 2005

Vicente Fox, Labor Pimp
by Mac Johnson
...The stream of economic refugees that has flowed northward from Mexico for sixty years was once a source of embarrassment for the ruling elite of Mexico --obvious evidence that Mexico was so poorly-governed and corrupt that its people's best hope for a better life lay in escape to America. But the attitude of Mexico's rulers to this chronic exodus now appears to have changed to something more like "Good riddance". Apparently, they believe every Mexican that leaves Mexico is a Mexican they don't have to solve any problems for. Mexico's president, Vicente Fox, has made increasing the flow of his people out of Mexico and into America his highest priority in his relationship with the US...
Europeans Unhappy With Socialized Medicine Turn to Private Sector
by Rebecca Goldsmith
...In response, some European governments are doing the unthinkable: handing parts of their public health-care systems to the private sector. The experiments promise to release patients from a government monopoly and improve care through competition. The outcome could make or break national budgets -- and ultimately determine whether socialized medicine survives...
Omnibus Bills Present Lawmakers With an All-or-Nothing Choice
by Jeffrey Kosseff
...This time-honored -- and increasingly used -- device means that members of Congress often don't have a chance to vote on individual policies that could affect their constituents. Instead, lawmakers are forced to cast an all-or-nothing vote -- often without reading the text -- on many proposals at once...

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Old World Charmed
The Arizona Republic
For those who never expected to see "foreign-policy success" and "Bush administration" in the same sentence, we now have the tour de force of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice through the Middle East and Europe. The European media are falling all over themselves...
Tony Blair Goes to the Right of Bush, Restricts Immigration to Great Britain
by Mike Thompson
...Blair is cranking up for a tough reelection fight in Parliament, with his left-wing Labour Party members in reluctant tow because of the PM's embrace of Bush's policy to wage war on terrorism in the Mideast. Never one, however, to miss a chance to alter the public's surly mood, tightrope-artist Tony has just decreed to the crowd inside Britain's perennial three-ring political circus tent that any foreigner from now on who wishes to live on the United Kingdom's royal soil must a) speak the Queen's English, and b) have job skills needed by Britain...
Related: White Flight from London
'Easongate'
by Bret Stephens
What did CNN's chief really say at Davos? I was there...Whether with malice aforethought or not, Mr. Jordan made a defamatory innuendo. Defamatory innuendo--rather than outright allegation--is the vehicle of mainstream media bias...
'Straw Men' Delay Debate
by Timothy J. Penny
...Opponents of Social Security reform are using this tactic in an attempt to convince Americans that Social Security is in perfect shape just as it is. Or, at the very least, they are trying to persuade Americans that whatever ails Social Security can be fixed with just a few painless tweaks...It is time to earnestly begin the debate about strengthening Social Security for the future. Setting up "straw men" simply delays an honest debate -- and moves us closer to a real crisis.
Related: Democrat Leadership Threatening 'Retribution' for Dems Who Cooperate with White House
Subacademic Discourse
by Carol Platt Liebau
...If anyone doubted that moral relativism, ethical blindness, and intellectual laziness dominates America's major universities, the furor surrounding the Ward Churchill affair should eliminate any uncertainty.
More: American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council Repudiates Churchill
Related: Free Speech Under Fire

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

The Cows Come Home
by Brendan Miniter
If George W. Bush is a cowboy, then one of his most trusted hands just brought in a stray. Thanks to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's recent trip to Europe, Germany is now promising to rejoin the herd migrating toward Iraqi democracy...Ms. Rice won applause in every European country she visited...The "international community" is now behind the policy of building a stable and peaceful democracy in Iraq...
Bush's Debacle--Not
by John Podhoretz
Gleeful Democrats and liberals think they've found their way back: All they have to do is kill President Bush's Social Security reform proposal the way Republicans and conservatives killed the Clinton health-care plan 11 years ago, and they will be returned to power and glory...But there's something a little delusional about the notion that winning a victory for the status quo would be a triumph for progressive political ideas. Liberals and leftists have backed themselves into a corner by insisting that there be no change made to policies that were put into place before most of them were born. Defending the structure of a 70-year-old program is not a step forward. It's not even a step sideways.
Ending Red-State Welfare as We Know It
by Rich Lowry
...The Bush administration is set to take on one of the great scandals of American governance: a system of farm subsidies so perverse that it should get whatever the equivalent of an NC-17 rating is for a federal program. Decent people everywhere should want to avert their eyes. In seeking to cut and reform the subsidies, President Bush will provoke a fight every bit as fierce, in its own way, as that over Social Security, prompting opposition from the forces of greed and political cowardice...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The Case for Judeo-Christian Values: Part IV
by Dennis Prager
Would you first save the dog you love or a stranger if both were drowning? The answer depends on your value system. One of the most obvious and significant differences between secular and Judeo-Christian values concerns human worth. One of the great ironies of secular humanism is that it devalues the worth of human beings. As ironic as it may sound, the God-based Judeo-Christian value system renders man infinitely more valuable and significant than any humanistic value system...
Previously in this series: Part I     Part II     Part III
Confirmation Politics Demeans Senate
...When I first covered the Senate 45 years ago, confirmation battles were rare. It was considered a stain on the Senate in 1959 when President Dwight Eisenhower's nominee for secretary of commerce was rejected because of one powerful Democratic senator's personal animus. Today, nothing is personal. Bush's 2001 nominees were attacked because of their opinions and his 2005 nominees because of administration policies. The decline of the Senate continues.
Zell Miller had it right: Repeal the 17th Amendment
Opportunity Knocking: Defeat Law of the Sea Treaty
by Phyllis Schlafly
...The acronym for the Law of the Sea Treaty - LOST - is apt...The real purpose of LOST is to force the United States to use our wealth and technology to mine the riches of the sea and turn them over to a gang of Third World dictators who are consumed with envy of America. Opportunity is knocking for a Republican senator or governor who will lead the charge against LOST.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Religious Hatred, Saudi-Style
by Jeff Jacoby
...It is up to Washington to put an end to the pretense of US-Saudi harmony. In his State of the Union address last week, President Bush referred to Saudi Arabia as one of "our friends" in the Middle East. But friends don't flood friends' houses of worship with hateful religious propaganda. We are in a war against radical Islamist terrorism, and Saudi Arabia supplies the ideology on which the terrorists feed. Until that incitement is stifled, the Saudis are no friends of ours.
More: Saudi Government Foments Religious Hatred in U.S.
Iraqis Cite Shift in Attitudes Since Vote
by Doug Struck
With a hero who gave his life for the elections, a revived national anthem blaring from car stereos and a greater willingness to help police, the public mood appears to be moving more clearly against the insurgency in Iraq, political and security officials said. In the week since national elections, police officers and Iraqi National Guardsmen said they have received more tips from the public, resulting in more arrests and greater effectiveness in their efforts to weaken the violent insurgency rocking the country.
Related: Successful Election: Who Knew?     Iraqi Troops Invaluable in Protecting Voters
U.N. Follies
by Clifford D. May
Is the United Nations attempting self-parody? How else to explain the announcement that a panel has been elected to decide which complaints will be heard by the U.N. Human Rights Commission at its annual meeting in Geneva this spring -- and that three of the five members are Cuba, Zimbabwe and Saudi Arabia?...
Investing in the Stock Market: Good Enough For Public Employee and Union Pension Funds
by Scott A. Hodge and Curtis S. Dubay
The debate over allowing younger workers to invest a portion of their Social Security payroll taxes in personal retirement accounts has become increasingly politicized, with some groups charging that the plan will amount to “gambling” in the stock market and giving billions in Social Security dollars to Wall Street pension fund managers...
Nuclear Power Can Lift Cloud Over U.S. Energy
by Barry Ganapol
...What we need is a national commitment for an energy strategy aimed at developing a diversified mix of clean energy sources. Undoubtedly, natural gas will continue to be an important part of the fuel mix, but we must be very careful not to get too addicted to it. And we should consider our best alternative: nuclear power.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

Remembering Ronald Reagan
"The task that has fallen to us as Americans is to move the conscience of the world, to keep alive the hope and dream of freedom. For if we fail or falter, there'll be no place for the world's oppressed to flee to. This is not a role we sought. We preach no manifest destiny. But like the Americans who brought a new nation into the world 200 years ago, history has asked much of us in our time. Much we've already given; much more we must be prepared to give."
Media Clips: Running for Governor of California (audio 787k)   "For Many years I was a Democrat" (video 3.0m)   On Roe v. Wade (audio stream)   Address at the Berlin Wall (audio stream)   "Tear down this wall!" (audio 243k)   Farewell Address (audio stream)
Violence Against Women and the Super Bowl: The Myth
Family Violence Prevention Fund
...Although there are claims linking sports broadcasts to increased violence and abuse, no rigorous national studies have confirmed a link. A limited study conducted by the Southern California Injury Prevention Research Center at UCLA's School of Public Health found that football Sundays in general are not significantly associated with increased domestic violence dispatch calls...
More: Super Bull Sunday
Liberal Extortion Tactics and Misrepresentations
by Nathan Tabor
Despite all their idealistic rhetoric about “tolerance,” liberals are among the most intolerant individuals...Now like Fascists those on the Left want to suppress every utterance contrary to their own politically correct ideology. Isn’t that strange?
Related: Al Franken's Anger     Michael Moore Unravels Before the Oscars

Saturday, February 05, 2005

The Global Throng    
by Victor Davis Hanson
...What explains this automatic censure of the United States, Israel, and to a lesser extent the Anglo-democracies of the United Kingdom and Australia? Westernization, coupled with globalization, has created an affluent and leisured elite that now gravitates to universities, the media, bureaucracies, and world organizations, all places where wealth is not created, but analyzed, critiqued, and lavishly spent...
Little Churchills
by Malcolm A. Kline
Americans were understandably upset to learn that University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill compared the victims who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center to “Little Eichmans,” likening them to the infamous Nazi war criminal. These same Americans should know that there are a platoon of “Little Churchills” in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Here are just a few whose activities Accuracy in Academia’s Campus Report has covered...
Related: Schools Fighting Rights
The Psychology of Raising Taxes
by Ronald Trowbridge
It is a fascinating study to watch the psychological ploys that political leaders use to get more of our money. Their method is based on the classical utilitarian principle of reducing pain or, more exactly, our consciousness of pain. The following approaches show this clever, disingenuous use of psychology...
FBI Examines Pastor's Sermons On Culture
BP News
..."As a pastor I believe that as Christians we are called to speak the truth no matter what," Steele said. "And we have to continue to speak that truth in love to all people and to share the message of Christ because it's the only message that's going to change the lives of people"...

Friday, February 04, 2005

Snipers Target Border Agents
by Jerry Seper
...Since Oct. 1, agents assigned to the Tucson sector, which includes the border stations at Douglas, Naco and Nogales in the highest alien- and drug-trafficking corridor in the country, have been assaulted 80 times, nine involving shootings. Responsible for a 260-mile section of the Arizona-Mexico border, the Tucson agents are being assaulted at a rate of two every three days in that period, more than doubling last year's total...
Related: Bush Offers No Relief in State of the Union
EPA Makes Public Pay for More Smog
by Steven Milloy
After more than four years of stalling tactics by the Environmental Protection Agency, a federal appellate court just might finally consider the matter of whether the agency used junk science to force both gas prices and smog levels higher...
Probe: Oil-for-Food Chief Made Illicit Oil Deals
CNN
The man in charge of the-oil-for food program for the United Nations made illicit oil deals with Iraq and "violated standards of integrity," according to an initial investigative report released Thursday. According to investigating commission chairman Paul Volcker, the probe showed that between 1998 and 2001, Benon Sevan "repeatedly solicited," on behalf of a company called African Middle East Petroleum, several million barrels of oil worth about $1 million...
Beginning of the End of Drug Re-Importation
by By Nina Owcharenko and Andrew Grossman
...Instead of banking on re-importation, which would produce only short-lived gains and offer a backhanded endorsement of price controls to boot, the U.S. should work to encourage a more competitive international market, where countries pay their fair share and relieve U.S. consumers of the heavy load of paying for the whole world’s drug development needs. Countries such as France, Germany, and Switzerland -- all of which currently regulate pharmaceutical prices -- certainly can afford to start paying some of those research costs...

Thursday, February 03, 2005

The UN Has Become Irrelevant
by Linda Chavez
...For all but 10 years since Sudan gained independence from Great Britain in 1956, it has been involved in bloody civil wars that have killed over 2 million people and displaced 4 million. Radical Islamists, mostly drawn from the country's minority Arab population, have killed or driven out black animists and Christians in a series of genocidal campaigns. Yet, the U.N.--as it has in virtually every genocidal bloodbath that has occurred anywhere in the world since its founding in 1946--remains stymied from intervening in any meaningful way...
Iraq the Vote
by Ann Coulter
In one of the grandest events in the history of the world, millions of Iraqis risked death on Sunday to vote in a free, democratic election...Democrats haven't been this depressed since we captured Saddam Hussein...Kerry warned Americans not to "overhype this election" — and if there's one guy who's good at calming down excited voters, it's John Kerry. Apparently, word didn't get out to the Iraqis, who were dancing and singing in the streets. (Isn't it great to see Muslims celebrating something other than the slaughter of Americans?)...
Related: Was the Iraq Election like Vietnam 1967? Or America 1864?
Transcript: State of the Union Address
President George W. Bush
...As Franklin Roosevelt once reminded Americans, "Each age is a dream that is dying, or one that is coming to birth." And we live in the country where the biggest dreams are born. The abolition of slavery was only a dream -- until it was fulfilled. The liberation of Europe from fascism was only a dream -- until it was achieved. The fall of imperial communism was only a dream -- until, one day, it was accomplished. Our generation has dreams of its own, and we also go forward with confidence. The road of Providence is uneven and unpredictable -- yet we know where it leads: It leads to freedom.
Commentary: John Podhoretz: Don't Doubt Dubya     Dick Morris: Finessing Social Security
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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Is Health Tourism the Future?
by Randeep Ramesh
Three months ago George Marshall fretted about the choice offered by his doctor in Britain. Diagnosed with coronary heart disease, the violin repairer from Bradford was told he could either wait up to six months for a heart bypass operation on the National Health Service or pay £19,000 to go under the scalpel immediately. In the end, Mr Marshall chose to outsource his operation to India. Last month he flew 5,000 miles to the southern Indian city of Bangalore where surgeons at the Wockhardt hospital and heart institute took a piece of vein from his arm to repair the thinning arteries of his heart. The cost was £4,800, including the flight...
Democracy Is Bad News For Terrorists
by Janet Daley
An understandably bitter little missive was posted on the headhackers' website on Monday. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi wanted the world to know that the elections in Iraq were not going to slow him down. The cause of terrorism was not daunted. In bloodcurdling terms, he swore vengeance on those who had had the temerity to ask the Iraqi people how they would like to be governed: "Let Bush and Blair know that we are the enemies of democracy"...
Slothnor Needs Liberals
by Jonah Goldberg
The year is 2456. The human colonies on Mars have been invaded by giant, laser-visioned tree sloths bent on crushing humanity and forcing the survivors to work as slaves in the massive dung mines of the planet Slothnor. In a last ditch effort to save our species from extinction, the brave humans launch a counterattack on the Sloths' home world. Le New York Times (headquartered in Paris since 2018) blares in a bold holo-headline "Disturbing Echoes of Vietnam Conjured by Earth Aggression"...Who knows? All I can say for certain is that I am no longer capable of being shocked by the left's and the mainstream media's capacity to shove pegs of any shape into the round hole of Vietnam...
Related: A Letter to Massachusetts Liberals     What If Bush Has Been Right About Iraq All Along?
Visile Hands
The Economist
Three of the most important prices in the world economy are set by means other than markets. At the weekend, OPEC declared itself happy with the price of oil. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve will probably raise American interest rates. And on Friday, the G7 will declare itself unhappy with the price of the dollar...
Related: The Axis of Oil

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

It Is Harder To Preserve Than To Obtain Liberty
by Rudy Takala
...Now that Republicans are in power, some conservatives seem to believe a world government wouldn’t be so bad if they were to run it. As Paul Craig Roberts, a former US Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy during 1981-82, recently wrote, “The conservative movement that I grew up in did not share the liberals' abiding faith in government. ‘Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ Today… Conservatives have been won around to the old liberal view that as long as government power is in their hands, there is no reason to fear it or to limit it”...
The Left Is Worth Nothing
by Dennis Prager
"Someone who does not know the difference between good and evil is worth nothing." -- Miecyslaw Kasprzyk, Polish rescuer of Jews during the Holocaust...Since the 1960s, with few exceptions, on the greatest questions of good and evil, the Left has either been neutral toward or actively supported evil...About 60 percent of the Iraqi people went to vote despite the fact that every Iraqi voter risked his or her life and the lives of their children, whose throats the Islamic fascists threatened to slit. Yet, the Left continues to label the war for Iraqi democracy "immoral" while praising the tyrant of Cuba...
Related: Goodbye Reality!     'Exit' to Where?     The Stuff Nations Are Built On     We Won!
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