"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Thursday, March 31, 2005

1981 attack on Pope Planned by Soviets
Agence France-Presse
New documents found in the files of the former East German intelligence services confirm the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II was ordered by the Soviet KGB and assigned to Bulgarian agents, an Italian daily said on Wednesday...
American Death Sentence
by Ben Stein
...I wonder if a poll of Aryan Germans would have found a majority who cared enough to pull a lever to save the Jews. I suspect a good majority -- voting in total secrecy, of course -- would have said, "Let them die. They're inferior and not worth providing food for." So now we are at that level...
We Don't Have What It Takes to Secure This Country
by Mark Davis
...The toughest obstacle to immigration reform is the powerful portions of America who benefit from it. We all do in a way. A Texas house would surely cost more if everyone pounding the nails was legal. Many businesses love cheap labor and are thus willing partners in illegal immigration. Until the economic and political realities change, we can talk all day about reforming immigration. But we won't do it.
Related: The ACLU vs. America
Religion on TV News: Secular Orthodoxy Still Reigns
By Tim Graham and Ken Shepherd
...To measure the trends in religion coverage in 2004 and the beginning of 2005, Media Research Center analysts surveyed every religion news story on ABC, CBS, and NBC news programs in the 12 months from March 1, 2003 through February 29, 2004. Major findings...
Kofi's Accountability
Opinion Journal
...What Mr. Volcker's report reveals is an "adverse finding" against the Secretary General: That is, patterns of willful neglect, conflict of interest and incompetence that would have any business CEO out on his ear...
More: Moment of Truth

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Gangs and Minutemen
The Washington Times
The notorious crime syndicate Mara Salvatrucha is threatening Arizona's Project Minuteman and reportedly plans to teach it "a lesson" once the Minutemen begin fanning out along Arizona's border regions this weekend. This probably was not the bedfellow that President Bush, the U.S. Border Patrol and the American Civil Liberties Union were counting on when they began criticizing the civilian border-surveillance group in recent weeks. But the president, law enforcement officers and activist groups have unintentionally ended up on the same side of the issue as a violent criminal gang targeted by coordinated raids just two weeks ago...
How to Mix Religion and Politics
by Edward Feser
...The question is whether religious arguments should have the same standing in public life as secular arguments, and the answer is that there is no good reason they should not...
A Nagging Sense of Injustice
by Michael Gove
Since God has His own plans for a final Day of Judgment, He tends not to be permitted much of a say in those judgments made in the here and now. The claims of religion may still exercise a powerful hold over many minds but in the contemporary West those claims are seldom admitted in court...
The Other Iraq War
by Arnold Beichman
There is another war going on today in Iraq about which little is heard. It is a war against Christianity. Christians in Iraq are a comparatively small, windling minority: fewer than 800,000, merely 3 percent out of a population of 26 million...

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

No, It Wasn't a Cynical Ploy
by Michael Barone
...A society that believes only in skepticism ultimately has no means of self-defense. On the Schiavo issue, most members of Congress, on both sides, were not indifferent but acted on moral convictions in a difficult situation. They were trying to do what they believed was right. They deserve respect, not contempt.
Under Siege
by Leo W. Banks
As illegal immigrants surge across Southern Arizona, life for ranchers living near the border has become a living hell..."We're tired of the apathy of people who live elsewhere. What's happening here is everyone's problem, not just ours. We're tired of people who live in another country thumbing their noses at our laws, our culture and our customs, and threatening what we've spent generations building"...In towns like Sierra Vista, high school kids earn money making fast-food deliveries for coyotes...In Douglas, high schoolers make huge profits driving illegals to Phoenix...
Research & Stats: The Underground Labor Force is Rising to the Surface     In the News: Home Depot’s Benedict Arnold CEO     Take Action: Fax Congress Free     Minuteman Project: Starts this Weekend
Smells Like Beltway
Opinion Journal
...Mr. DeLay, who rode to power in 1994 on a wave of revulsion at the everyday ways of big government, has become the living exemplar of some of its worst habits...Whether Mr. DeLay violated the small print of House Ethics or campaign-finance rules is thus largely beside the point. His real fault lies in betraying the broader set of principles that brought him into office, and which, if he continues as before, sooner or later will sweep him out.

Monday, March 28, 2005

We All Have Moral Bank Accounts
by Dennis Prager
...Without the moral perspective a moral bank account gives us, good people are usually the greatest victims of our loss of moral perspective and bad people are the greatest beneficiaries. We exaggerate the good done by the generally bad, and the bad done by the generally good...
Selective Restraint
by John Fund
Liberals cheered when Janet Reno defied the courts to seize Elian Gonzalez... According to some reports, Gov. Jeb Bush considered seizing Mrs. Schiavo, à la Elian, and taking her to a hospital so she could be fed. But he did not do so. "I've consistently said that I can't go beyond what my powers are, and I'm not going to do it," the governor says. Janet Reno and the Clinton administration showed no such restraint when it came to Elian Gonzalez.
Related: A Mystery Memo, Biased Reporting, and the Usual Suspects

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Whose Life Is Worth Living?   
by Orson Scott Card
...“Why do they even bother being alive?” asked one of them. Almost everyone laughed. They went on and on about the worthlessness of the lives of non-intellectuals. Shopping in malls. Eating at McDonald’s. Driving their gas-guzzling cars. I did ask where they shopped, and which of them had arrived at the party by balloon. I have not been invited to such gatherings since...
His Greatest Performance
by Martin Kettle
In his agony, the Pope invites us to share something truly instructive...He seems to be using his position and fame to make a statement about all lives. He is saying that he is unwilling to be shunted off the stage before he is ready to go. He is saying that his suffering is universal. But he is saying, above all, that all lives are valuable, and that he is entitled to live his life to the very end, however hard it may be...
On Easter Sunday, the World's Most Vulnerable Lives Hang in the Balance
by By Elizabeth Day
The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales today compares abortion in Britain to the eugenic practices of Nazi Germany. Writing in The Telegraph, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, deplores "[the] terrible truth that it is the strong who decide the fate of the weak." He continues: "Human beings therefore become instruments of other human beings. That way lies eugenics, and we know from German history where that leads."We are already on that road: for what else is the termination of six million lives in the womb since the Abortion Act was introduced, and embryo selection on the basis of gender and genes?"...

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Bigotry and the Murder of Terri Schiavo
by Joe Ford
...The reason for this public support of removal from ordinary sustenance, I believe, is not that most people understand or care about Terri Schiavo. Like many others with disabilities, I believe that the American public, to one degree or another, holds that disabled people are better off dead. To put it in a simpler way, many Americans are bigots. A close examination of the facts of the Schiavo case reveals not a case of difficult decisions but a basic test of this country’s decency...
Related: "Evolving Standards of Decency"     What the Fight's Really About     The Death of Simple Beauty
God Bless Chaplains in Afghanistan, Iraq
by Oliver North
War can bring out the worst in man. The crucible of combat tests one's faith in self, in fellow man--even faith in God. It is particularly so in this War on Terror--where at any moment a brutal, suicidal and fanatical enemy can blow himself to pieces just to kill an American. Yet on Easter Sunday in Iraq and Afghanistan, where our troops brave these dangers daily, tens of thousands of young Americans will attend Resurrection services where they will pray for their enemies...
U.S. Dollars Fuel China Nukes
by John Gizzi
...The U.S. government's Export-Import Bank has given preliminary approval to $5 billion in direct loans or loan guarantees to the China National Nuclear Corp., a Chinese government agency with a history of proliferating nuclear-weapons technology to Iran and Pakistan. In response to follow-up inquiries by HUMAN EVENTS, the White House has been coy about the issue...
No Link Between Global Warming and Air Quality
Pacific Research Institute
A comprehensive new study by top air quality and climate experts discredits recent claims that global warming will lead to more bad air days in California and other states. The analysis shows that the air quality throughout the nation has dramatically improved over the last 30 years despite generally increasing urban temperatures...

Friday, March 25, 2005

Death on a Friday Afternoon
by Chuck Colson
Easter for many of us is a day of family gatherings and a celebration, not only of Christ’s resurrection, but also the coming of spring. In this week before Easter, though, let’s not rush the celebration before coming face-to-face with the paradoxes that are at the heart of the Christian faith...
Can the Democrats Do Religion?
by Rich Lowry
...The theorist of the new Democratic religious offensive is liberal evangelist Jim Wallis, author of the book "God's Politics." Wallis is an over-reacher himself, arguing that biblical verses directly mandate certain public policies. He suggests that a few lines in Isaiah, for instance, mean that we should only cut international trade deals that include the labor and environmental strictures demanded by trade unions. Who knew that four out of five biblical prophets oppose NAFTA?...
'No Substantial Likelihood of Success': The Curse Pronounced by a New God
by Mike Thompson
In rejecting Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schindler's appeal to save their braindamaged daughter, Terri Schiavo, from certain death by court-ordered dehydration and starvation, U.S. District Judge James Whittemore wrapped himself in his black robe and announced imperiously from his court in Tampa, Florida, that he had denied their petition, because it had no "substantial likelihood of success"...Had the godlike federal jurist been around for a few eons, think of all the other mere humans who would have been compelled to accept "The Whittemore Curse" and curb their thirst and hunger for victory and survival. Had these frustrated souls been instructed that their future was so dire, history never would have recorded the following miracles of human triumph:...
Related: Why Terri Must Die     Elites Reveal Similarity to Nazi Germany
Mexico Accused of Abusing its Illegals
by Jerry Seper
The State Department says that the Mexican government, angry that a thousand American volunteers will begin an Arizona border vigil next month, consistently violates the rights of illegal immigrants crossing its southern border into Mexico. Many of the illegals in Mexico, who emigrate from Central and South America, complain of "double dangers" of extortion by Mexican authorities and robbery and killings by organized gangs.
Yet Mexico has no problem sending us an Illegal Immigration Crime Wave

Thursday, March 24, 2005

Starved for Justice
by Ann Coulter
Democrats have called out armed federal agents in order to: 1) prevent black children from attending a public school in Little Rock, Ark. (National Guard), 2) investigate an alleged violation of federal gun laws in Waco, Texas (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), and 3) deport a small boy to Cuba (Immigration and Naturalization Service). So how about a Republican governor sending in the National Guard to stop an innocent American woman from being starved to death in Florida?...
Related: Hypocrisy Without Principles is the Worst Kind of All
...The same liberals who today lament the damage done to "the rule of law" in the Schiavo case have in the past cheered the retrying in federal courts of allegedly racist or homophobic malefactors' civil rights violations....
Florida Neurologist: Terri's No Vegetable     Those in a Rush to Kill Schiavo Ignoring Facts     Slanting the News Against Terri Schiavo     ABC News Channeling Mary Mapes?
Syria’s Secret War
by Walid Phares
Officially, Syria is making plans to pull back its occupying forces from Lebanon. But according to sources inside the “Cedar Revolution,” the grassroots pro-democratic movement that has sprouted in Lebanon in recent weeks, Syria has no intention of relinquishing power over its puppet state...
Bush to Push for More Lenient Immigration Laws
by Ron Hutchenson
..."You've got my pledge - I'll continue working on it," Bush told Fox during a joint news conference here at Baylor University...Bush's guest-worker plan would let several million immigrants who are in the country illegally become legal by getting temporary work visas. The idea has stalled in Congress because of opposition from both parties...

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

The MSM's Life and Death Distortions
by Michelle Malkin
However you feel about the Terri Schiavo case, one fact is indisputable: The mainstream media coverage of the matter has been abysmal. On a fundamental matter of life and death, the MSM heavyweights have proven themselves utterly incapable of reporting fairly. Take a widely publicized ABC News poll released on Monday that supposedly showed strong public opposition to any Washington intervention in Terri's case. Here is how the spinmasters framed the main poll question...
Related: Nurse: Michael Tried to Kill Terri     Vatican Speaks Out     Historical: Killing the Handicapped in Nazi Germany
The Strange Death of the Liberal West
by Mark Steyn
...The 19th-century Shaker communities were forbidden from breeding and could increase their number only by conversion. The Euro-Canadian-Democratic Party welfare secularists seem to have chosen the same predicament voluntarily, and are likely to meet the same fate. The martyrdom culture of radical Islam is a literal dead end. But so is the slyer death culture of post-Christian radical narcissism. This is the political issue that will determine all the others: it's the demography, stupid.
Mexican State Issues 'How To' on Border Jumping
Fox News
The state of Yucatan has issued a new 87-page handbook that tells people how to get across the U.S. border illegally. The guide, which has an accompanying DVD, contains a section on how to apply for a lawful visa but the remaining 50-plus pages are filled with instructions about how to safely sneak into the United States, then blend in...The newest guide also tells immigrants where to find health care, how to get their kids into U.S. schools and how to send money home — the reason some say Mexico is encouraging people to come to the United Sates illegally...
Related: 166 Total Sex Crime Felons Seized Along Border     6 Million Illegals from Mexico Live in U.S.
Weapons of Mass Disinformation
by Richard W. Rahn
If someone advocates an ideology that has contempt for the individual and has caused untold economic misery and the deaths of hundreds of millions at the hands of their governments, what would you think of that person?...

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Congo's Desperate 'One-Dollar U.N. Girls'
by Emily Wax
Shunned teens, many raped by militiamen, sell sex to peacekeepers...Yvette's story is not uncommon. The United Nations is investigating 150 instances in which 50 peacekeeping troops or civilians in the Congo mission are suspected of having sexually abused or exploited women and girls, some as young as 12...
Americans Recover Arafat’s Plundered Hoard
Debka Net Weekly
A part of Yasser Arafat’s secret hoard - $4 bn - has been documented and accounted for in a painstaking project undertaken by Nigel Roberts, the World Bank’s country director for the West Bank, and Palestinian finance minister Salam Fayyad. They have obtained partial information about another $1-2bn and found a further three to four billion invested on Arafat’s behalf by two individuals, his chief financial adviser Mohammed Rashid, and Palestinian-born international tycoon Samer Khoury...
“Always to Care, Never to Kill” Q&A with Ethicist Robert P. George   
National Review Online
...What we must avoid, always and everywhere, is yielding to the temptation to regard some human lives, or the lives of human beings in certain conditions, as lebensunwerten Lebens, lives unworthy of life. Since the life of every human being has inherent worth and dignity, there is no valid category of lebensunwerten Lebens. Any society that supposes that there is such a category has deeply morally compromised itself...

Monday, March 21, 2005

People Are Starting to Realise We Can’t Go On as We Are
by Rowan Williams
...Whether it is a matter of evidence about foetal sensitivity to outside stimuli (including pain), the nature of foetal consciousness, or the expanding possibilities of saving early foetal life outside the womb, the trend is inexorably towards a sharper recognition of the foetus as a natural candidate for “rights” of some kind. In light of this, it is a lot harder to reduce the issue to an individual’s right to choose...
Related: Murder, Even 'in Good Faith', Is Still Murder
How to Teach Ethics to CEOs
by Daniel Terris
US corporations are spending millions of dollars a year on ethics and business conduct programs, so why are they losing so many CEOs to scandal?...With all these programs in place, why have things gone wrong? The answer, in short, is that corporate ethics programs, extensive though they are, are not nearly as tough as the executives they are designed to restrain...
Kudos to Bolton For Telling It Like It Is
by Mark Steyn
Even if Paul Wolfowitz and John Bolton weren't two of the more far-sighted thinkers in the Bush administration, appointing them respectively to the World Bank and the U.N. would be worth it just for the pleasure of watching the Europeans, the Democrats and the media go bananas over it...
He's Flawed, But He's Right
by E.R. Shipp
..."It's not about white people any more," he says of the major challenges facing blacks. Cosby says: "Get up, move. We've got to do something. Call me any kind of name you want to, but this must stop, and the best way to stop it is with our own resources"...
Securing Our Borders
9/11 Families for a Secure America
...In February, Tom Ridge, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security left office. On his way out the door, he made a statement to the effect that it was useless to try to control the border as it was not possible to do it. Surely it was not a coincidence that within a few days of leaving public “service” Ridge joined the Board of Directors of Home Depot, one of the nation’s worst supporters of open borders...

Sunday, March 20, 2005

Sex and Violence--Not all Bad   
by Daniel Lapin
...Americans sit in darkened rooms, enthralled by the gasps and groans, cries and screams and by the accompanying images on the screen. Our free market system is designed to efficiently provide that which people desire and for which they are willing to pay a price. Instead of condemning the supply perhaps we should examine why people demand this commodity...
Fear Not
by Charles W. Colson
...In nearly 30 years of prison ministry, I've met many people like Ashley Smith. What they have in common is a belief that faith is stronger than fear -- something I learned myself when I was in prison in 1974. I was told another inmate planned to attack me. I had two choices: Ask to be put into "segregation" or trust God. I chose the latter. I was later confronted by my intended assailant; we became, if not friends, two inmates who ended up trusting each other...
The Marriage Newspeak
by Jeff Jacoby
..."Sooner than you think, it will become improper to speak of unique sex roles in family life," I wrote. "The meanings and status associated with words like 'husband' and 'wife' will be erased from the law; most likely, the words themselves will be replaced in statutes with the unisex 'spouse,' just as 'father' and 'mother' will give way to 'parent'"...Be forewarned: This is just the start. The assault is not going to let up until the heteronormative deviants among us have all been silenced. You think the marriage radicals have gone too far? You ain't seen nothin' yet.
The Do-Nothing Conspiracy
by David Brooks
...Over the next several years, the parties will differ violently over what to do about the entitlement problem while doing very little to actually address it. This past Thursday the Senate even rejected a proposal that would have made a sliver of a trim in the growth of Medicaid. But over time, the entitlements crisis will begin to transform politics...

Saturday, March 19, 2005

A Right to Kill?   
by John Nixon
...The removal of a feeding tube from Terri Schiavo represents not a right to die issue, but a right to kill issue. An examination of the events leading to her current condition clearly show refused treatments and other neglect by her husband. As the feeding tube was removed yesterday, Terri will die slowly by starvation and dehydration within a month. She is not in a coma; she does not need life support; she simply cannot feed herself...
What Happened to "We the People"?
by Alex Runner
Earlier this year, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer faced off for a friendly debate at American University's Washington College of Law. Both justices evinced a warm admiration for each other as individuals, but there was no question about their strong disagreement over the topic at hand: the Constitutional relevance of foreign court decisions...
Related: Judicial Activism’s Perfect Storm
Reckless Spending Drives Congress's Fiscal Ratings Down
National Taxpayers Union
...In 2004, the average pro-taxpayer score in the House of Representatives fell to 39 percent -- a sharp six- point drop from 2003's level. Averages took a shorter dive in the Senate, to 45 percent in 2004 from 47 percent the year before. The worst averages for the 25-year-plus history of the comprehensive NTU scorecard were posted in 1988, when they plummeted to 27 percent and 28 percent, respectively, for the House and Senate...

Friday, March 18, 2005

Buying 'Reform'
by Ryan Sager
Campaign finance reform has been an immense scam perpetrated on the American people by a cadre of left-wing foundations and disguised as a "mass movement." But don't take my word for it. One of the chief scammers, Sean Treglia, a former program officer of the Pew Charitable Trusts, confesses it all in an astonishing videotape I obtained earlier this week...
Why Democrats Oppose Bush
by N. Gregory Mankiw
Harvard University is, by some measures, one of the most left-wing institutions on the face of the earth. So you may be surprised to hear that it has endorsed George W. Bush's proposal for Social Security reform. Literally, of course, that is not true. But the retirement plan Harvard has set up for faculty members like me bears a striking resemblance to what the Social Security system would become under the president's proposed changes...
Freeze! I Just Had My Nails Done!
by Ann Coulter
How many people have to die before the country stops humoring feminists? Last week, a defendant in a rape case, Brian Nichols, wrested a gun from a female deputy in an Atlanta courthouse and went on a murderous rampage. Liberals have proffered every possible explanation for this breakdown in security except the giant elephant in the room...
Power and Morals
by Owen Harries
[British] realists argue that foreign policy is necessarily amoral. Liberals contend that there is no distinction between the moral standards that apply in domestic policy and those in international politics. Both views are flawed. Morality does count in foreign policy, but it is usually the morality of the lesser evil...

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Starving for a Fair Diagnosis
By Robert Johansen
...Many people believe that Terri Schiavo has had “the best of care,” and that everything has been tried by way of rehabilitation. This belief is false. In fact, Terri has had no attempts at therapy or rehabilitation since 1992, and very little had been done up to that point. Terri has not even had the physical therapy most doctors would regard as normative for someone in her condition. The result is that Terri suffers from severe muscle contractures, which have caused her body to become contorted. Physical therapy could remedy this, but husband Michael has refused to provide it...
All That Work for Nothing?
by Brendan Miniter
The other day the Social Security Administration sent me a letter that upon close inspection turned out to be the most compelling case for reform I've ever seen. The letter, which I get each year, details how much I've paid into the system and what I can expect from the government when I retire. Like many Americans, I typically give the letter a cursory read and promptly file it in the trash. But not this year. With the debate raging over creating private Social Security accounts, I decided to give it a careful look...
Mass Transit Hysteria
by P.J. O'Rourke
...There are just two problems with mass transit. Nobody uses it, and it costs like hell. Only 4% of Americans take public transportation to work. Even in cities they don't do it. Less than 25% of commuters in the New York metropolitan area use public transportation. Elsewhere it's far less--9.5% in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, 1.8% in Dallas-Fort Worth. As for total travel in urban parts of America--all the comings and goings for work, school, shopping, etc.--1.7 % of those trips are made on mass transit. Then there is the cost, which is--obviously--$52 billion. Less obviously, there's all the money spent locally keeping local mass transit systems operating...
Holding the Line at the Border
by Ruben Navarrette Jr.
...Sorry, Mr. President. I don't buy it. You don't protect the border by inviting people to trample it, let alone by giving amnesty to those who already have trampled it. And you don't protect the border by telling Border Patrol agents to ignore one kind of trespasser and focus on another. It's obvious that President Bush is serious about reforming the immigration system. But he needs to get serious about holding the line at the border.
Related: No Drop in Illegal Immigration or Deaths     Take Action

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

This Was Not Looting
by Christopher Hitchens
...Thus, if the story is factually correct—which we have no reason at all to doubt—then Saddam's Iraq was a fairly highly-evolved WMD state, with a contingency plan for further concealment and distribution of the weaponry in case of attack or discovery...
The Unfixable UN
by Jed Babbin
...There is no way to fix the UN, because to do so would require that the votes of the despots and dictators be taken away and the democracies who are routinely outvoted and shouted down be the only voting members. There's only one solution to the problems of the UN: America must leave and form a new organization of democracies to try to deal with the problems we face together.
Are You a Man or a Mouse?
by Jeremy Rifkin
...Fusing a human and chimpanzee embryo - which researchers say is feasible - could produce a creature so human that questions regarding its moral and legal status would throw 4,000 years of ethics into chaos. Would such a creature enjoy human rights? Would it have to pass some kind of "humanness" test to win its freedom? Would it be forced into doing menial labour or be used to perform dangerous activities?...

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Prayers for Terri
by David Limbaugh
Absent a further court order, Terri Schiavo's feeding tube will be removed on Friday, and she will starve -- painfully, many say -- to death. Doesn't it strike you as eerie that the court relied on the testimony of an "estranged" husband in making its decision?...
More: Legislation to Require Due Process
Hundreds of Thousands Jam Beirut in Rally Against Syria
by Neil MacFarquhar
...The presence of such a huge number of Lebanese put added pressure on the government of Syria to announce a serious timetable for the withdrawal of both its 14,000 troops and its estimated 5,000 secret police officers in the country. Although President Bashar al-Assad of Syria has promised a withdrawal into the Bekaa Valley by the end of March and a further discussion with a joint Lebanese-Syrian commission in early April, there is still no indication of a timetable of a complete withdrawal...
Hotel Darfur: Now Showing at the U.N.
by Paul Greenberg
...Does Kofi Annan now dare even use the word Genocide for what is happening in Darfur — lest he offend the cutthroat regimes he's been so careful to appease? Soon enough Kofi Annan will be uttering the same empty pieties about atrocities in the Congo, for the U.N. is doing little enough or nothing to stop the slaughter there, too...

Monday, March 14, 2005

Illegal Aliens and American Medicine
by Madeleine Pelner Cosman
The influx of illegal aliens has serious hidden medical consequences.We judge reality primarily by what we see...What is unseen is their free medical care that has degraded and closed some of America's finest emergency medical facilities, and caused hospital bankruptcies: 84 California hospitals are closing their doors...By default, we grant health passes to illegal aliens. Yet many illegal aliens harbor fatal diseases that American medicine fought and vanquished long ago, such as drug-resistant tuberculosis, malaria, leprosy, plague, polio, dengue, and Chagas disease...
And regarding national security: Illegals at Power Plant Prompt Call for Legislation
The Washington Post Traitors
by Joseph Farah
...Just what were Bennett and his paper hoping to achieve by sucking up to the brutes in Beijing, who, even as this interview was being published, were laying the "legal" foundation for a future invasion of Taiwan?...Not since Walter Duranty of the New York Times covered up the crimes against humanity of Josef Stalin in his Pulitzer Prize-winning reports from the old Soviet Union has as American journalist betrayed the aspirations of freedom-loving people on such a massive scale...
French Perfidy Must be Challenged
Taipei Times
...In Taiwan we know about French arms sales -- principally how they are manipulated so that everyone in on the deal can pocket huge wads of cash at the taxpayers' expense...Taiwan should let it be known that should the [arms sale to China] ban be lifted it will immediately act against French interests in Taiwan and will subsequently do the same thing with any other EU country that sell weapons to China...

Sunday, March 13, 2005

God Belongs in Temples of Government
by Lawrence Kudlow
...The Ten Commandments are literally chiseled into the American way of life. But there is a campaign going on that would rid this country of any and all religious references. This is part of the ongoing culture war that would stop religious expression in politics and the public square, even though we remain the most religious of all the major industrial countries...
“New SAT” Blurs Aptitude
by Trevor Bothwell
...Ironically enough, those most harmed by these continual manipulations of the SAT which muddle indicators of aptitude are minority students. These kids, often stuck in deplorable inner-city high schools that rarely command the attention of good colleges, are being increasingly deprived of the one measure of their competence that puts them on an even keel with their peers across the country, allowing them to command the attention of colleges all on their own -- an SAT that measures student aptitude...
Pork Alert: Transportation Bill
Citizens Against Government Waste
...“The transportation bill is a perfect illustration of why the government continues to accrue record deficits despite higher tax receipts and a growing economy,” CAGW President Tom Schatz said. “Members of Congress see every bill as an opportunity to stovepipe funding for pet projects to their home districts and states.” The transportation bill contains more than 4,000 earmarks worth approximately $12 billion, including...
Dan Rather's Shoddy Legacy
by Brent Bozell
...Rather has been brought so low that his retirement from the anchor chair is accompanied by a new book from the gossip editor of the National Enquirear called "Rather Dumb" that purports to instruct him in "How To Do News." In The New Yorker magazine, Ken Auletta quotes his longtime CBS colleagues Walter Cronkite and Mike Wallace as saying they don't watch Rather's newscast, and they find ABC or NBC easier to tolerate...

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Saturday Night Lite
by David Brooks
...Sometime over the past generation we became less likely to object to something because it is immoral and more likely to object to something because it is unhealthy or unsafe. So smoking is now a worse evil than six of the Ten Commandments, and the word "sinful" is most commonly associated with chocolate...Now we lead lives in which everything is a pallid parody of itself: fat-free yogurt, salt-free pretzels, milk-free milk. Gone, at least among the responsible professional class, is the exuberance of the feast. Gone is the grand and pointless gesture...
A Look Back: Turning Point Since September 11
by Victor Davis Hanson
...America's daring, not its support for the familiar — but ultimately unstable and corrupt — status quo, explains why less than three years after September 11, the Middle East is a world away from where it was on the first day of the war. And that is a very good thing indeed.
Related: A Democratic Kick at the Evil Twins     The Exception Proves the Rule
Come Back Liberals!
by Ann Coulter
...I hate to sound selfish at such a great moment for the country, but this is nothing short of calamitous for completely innocent right-wing polemicists. Liberals are too pathetic to write about. I have nothing to do; my life is over. Where have all the flowers gone?...

Friday, March 11, 2005

The Global Intifada
by Phyllis Chesler
...master propagandists have hijacked both the world media and the western academy. The reality is that as soon as we speak truth to one lie, a thousand more spring up in its place...Indeed, the "good" people, those who really want human suffering and injustice to end, have made an alliance with fascists and terrorists to bring down western civilization--and why? Because it is not perfect, because it has not yet redeemed the entire world...
Elsewhere in Academe: College Expels Student Who Advocated Corporal Punishment
Inside Report: Social Security Crossroads
by Robert Novak
...The GOP faces this choice: pass a bill that is a pallid version of the original proposal, or concede defeat and fight out the battle in the 2006 campaign...
Defense Begins at Home
by Peggy Noonan
...To this day I don't think there is a politician in America willing to sound the gong consistently on civil defense, because to build up support for toughening our civil defense you have to tell people the facts, again and again. Politicians don't want to sound like fear mongers. They don't want to look eccentric or obsessed. And they don't want to be tuned out. I think the general feeling among political leaders on civil defense is they're afraid America will look at them and say, "You are ruining my high. You are so bringing me down." No one wants to hear again and again that you're a target. But we are a target...
China to Have 800 Missiles Aimed at Taiwan in 2006
Space Daily
...The People's Liberation Army currently has 700 ballistic missiles deployed opposite Taiwan...Since pro-independence president Chen Shui-bian was re-elected in March, Beijing has stressed its long-standing vow to take Taiwan by force should it declare formal independence...

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Hispanics: Faith Trumps Ethnicity
by David Hill
Newly released poll results on the impact of religion on the 2004 presidential election make two things clear. First, religion can trump ethnicity as a causal factor in voting. Second, Democrats are in more trouble with Catholics than most pundits suspect...
'Say No to Terrorism' is the New Mantra in Saudi Arabia
by Amir Taheri
...It is the new billboards, placed every four to five kilometres on both sides of the road that have injected the difference into the scenery. For the past 30 years there had always been billboards on this road. But those were no bigger than a page from a broadsheet. The calligraphic message they conveyed was always the same: Remember God. The new billboards are several times larger, with images and texts, designed to offer a worldly message: beware of terrorism!...

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Enron Lives
by Clark S. Judge
Talk about shooting the messenger: Critics are slamming President Bush's drive to reform Social Security for its supposedly astronomical transition costs. But those costs don't arise from Bush's solution. They show up on the books simply because Bush wants to undo the Enron-style techniques that the government has used on Social Security. That honest accounting is the first step in ensuring that Social Security doesn't wind up like Enron...
High Noon For Judges - Part I
by Thomas Sowell
It is painfully ironic that we should be promoting the spread of democracy abroad when democracy is shrinking at home. Over the years, the outcomes of our elections have meant less and less, as judges have taken more and more decisions out of the hands of elected officials...
More: Part II     Related: Time For War
Set America Free
by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
...[Rising oil prices should be a] final wake-up call, one that establishes unmistakably it is neither in the United States' strategic, national security nor economic interests for this country and other industrialized nations to continue relying on imported oil from those who wish to do us harm. ...Like Nixon going to China, a president from Texas oil country is just the man to launch the Manhattan Project that Sets America Free...
'Kifaya' is the Bud of a New Movement on Arab Streets
by Youssef M. Ibrahim
The recent protests in Cairo and Beirut have been organised with the chant of a new Arab movement kifaya, Arabic for "enough." The word, says the Egyptian democracy advocate and sociologist Dr Saad Al Din Ebrahim, is fast becoming a mantra for millions of Arabs wanting to seize their own destiny. Certainly the slogan has surfaced in banners carried into those street demonstrations, but more important it has now found its way on television shows, read in opinion columns by Arab pundits and certainly advocated by millions of Arabs in the privacy of their homes from Casablanca to Riyadh...
A New 'White Arabism' Would Help Generate Liberal Societies
by Chibli Mallat
...Black Arabism, in this perception, is characteristically fascist, and is epitomized by the former Baath system in Iraq and the present one in Syria. Against it we propose "White Arabism"...At the core of the message is the need for democratic, non-violent change at the top in the Middle East, with Arabism read as a liberal call that unifies people irrespective of their religion or sect: in Egypt Copts and Muslims; in Lebanon the various communities that form the country; in Iraq Shiites, Sunnis and non-Muslim sects.

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Arms Sales Begin at Home
by Thomas L. Friedman
...If Europe wants to go pacifist, that's fine. But there is nothing worse than a pacifist that sells arms - especially in a way that increases the burden on its U.S. ally and protector.
What Became of the CIA
by Gabriel Schoenfeld
...Just as there is no single cause of the CIA’s manifold shortcomings, however, so there is no single solution that can put things right...In this war, intelligence is the most important front—which means that fixing the CIA or, if it cannot be fixed, replacing it with something different and better, remains the government’s most pressing task. Unfortunately, grafting a new layer of bureaucracy on top of what exists, as Congress has just done, does not even begin to grapple with the real weaknesses of the present system.
N. Korea World's 'Worst Persecutor'
...The group's World Watch List places Saudi Arabia in the second spot, followed in order by Vietnam, Laos, Iran, Maldives, Somalia, Bhutan, China and Afghanistan.Open Doors said Somalia moved up four places to seventh in the rankings, primarily because "Christian converts from Islam are paying a high price for their new faith, especially in rural parts of this most lawless country in the world"...
The VAT
by Bruce Bartlett
...The VAT may or may not be a good idea for the United States. But it should not be casually dismissed as a money machine without serious analysis of the trade-offs. It may turn out to be the least bad way of financing needed tax reforms and the massive growth of federal health care spending that neither the White House nor Congress shows any interest in restraining.
How to Prop Up a Senile Senator, by Chris Matthews
Radio Blogger
While clearing off Tivo this morning, I ran across last Friday's edition of Hardball on MSNBC. Since we do movies on the show with Emmett of the Unblinking Eye right around the same time, it's rare that I get to see if Chris did something stupid until after the weekend is over. This is one of those occurrances. Here's the transcript between Chris, Republican strategist Charlie Black, and Democratic strategist Steve McMahon--with my two cents thrown in along the way...

Monday, March 07, 2005

Libertarianism is the Marxism of the Right
by Robert Locke
...If Marxism is the delusion that one can run society purely on altruism and collectivism, then libertarianism is the mirror-image delusion that one can run it purely on selfishness and individualism...libertarianism is philosophically incapable of evolving a theory of how to use freedom well because of its root dogma that all free choices are equal, which it cannot abandon except at the cost of admitting that there are other goods than freedom. Conservatives should know better.
A Government of Men
by John Hinderaker
...In reality, of course, the "international opinion" standard is appealing to some justices precisely because it gives them unfettered discretion to pick and choose the "opinions" that should influence American law. At the end of the day, the opinions the justices are really deferring to are their own. The new standard of "international opinion" is just one more vehicle that allows Supreme Court justices to make up the law as they go along...
They Shalt Not
by Terry Eastland
The Supreme Court ought to uphold the several displays of the Ten Commandments on government property whose constitutionality it considered last week...The question for the Court is whether the First Amendment really does prevent public displays that indicate what our institutions presuppose. One is hard pressed to discern in the original meaning of the religion clause a rule that says, "Thou shalt not." Which is why these displays of the Ten Commandments deserve to survive the Court's review.
Time for a Dose of Dr. No
by John Leo
Dr. No, you have achieved superstar status in a very competitive field--negativity and pessimism. How have you achieved that, Doctor? "The way I see it, every silver lining contains a new cloud. You just have to look for it. Maybe you noticed that right after the Iraqi elections, when most people were euphoric, half the reporters in New York and Washington started waving around a 1967 news clipping, headlined "U.S. Encouraged by Vietnam Vote, Officials Cite 83 pct. Turnout Despite Vietcong Terror." It was all over the Internet, too. That was me....

Sunday, March 06, 2005

What I Heard On My Latest Trip To The Border
by Jon Kyl
...Illegal immigration is bad enough, but it would be a tragedy if it took a terrorist attack to finally convince Washington to do what's necessary to bring the border under control.
Related: Stop the Mexico Raid on Our Social Security!
Who Should Apologize to Whom?
by Amir Taheri
Where is the country that Bill Clinton, a former president of the United States, feels ideologically most at home? Before you answer, here is the condition that such a country must fulfill: It must hold several consecutive elections that produce 70 percent majorities for “liberals and progressives.” Well, if you thought of one of the Scandinavian countries or, perhaps, New Zealand or Canada, you are wrong. Believe it or not, the country Bill Clinton so admires is the Islamic Republic of Iran...
Eurospeak: Sorting Out the Teenage Sass
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Our cousins abroad cannot figure out why a crass nation of former European rejects, led by a cowboy from Texas, is wealthier, stronger, and more willing to sacrifice for principle than a more venerated, cultured, and aristocratic civilization. Europe, it turns out, worships class and privilege in the flesh while it damns them in the abstract — even as the uncouth popular culture of America that has corrupted the planet is most welcome and at home in, of all places, Europe...
What, Me Worry?
by Paul Jacob
The latest Social Security debate is over whether the problem with the system amounts to a crisis or is "just a problem." It sure seemed like a crisis the way former President Bill Clinton and others have talked about fixing it — though, amongst politicians anyway, the desire to fix Social Security has long echoed St. Augustine's prayer for chastity, a virtue best practiced in the future. Lord, help us fix Social Security. But not yet...
Rebels with a Cause
by Doug Giles
...When culture begins to spawn mindless conformity and cattle-like compliance to authority structures . . . when, via the media, we are sold thoughts we do not wish to buy, and when students are force fed agendas and propaganda in the classroom, then revolt becomes most necessary...

Saturday, March 05, 2005

When Soft Campaign Cash Meets Hazy Memories
by Collin Levey
...So you see what's going on. Groups like EMILY's List and other Democratic organizations have got the system where they want it. Big businesses don't want to be associated with controversial groups, so their executives donate money directly to politicians — and their donations are limited by law. Not so the Democratic Party's richest constituents, who can give unlimited money to groups that are relatively uninhibited in their willingness to offend, and polarize large parts of the electorate...
Byrd Droppings
by Hugh Hewitt
When Democratic Senator Robert Byrd rose on the floor Tuesday to compare the tactics of his Republican colleagues in the battles over judicial nominees to those employed by Hitler in building the Reich, you knew two things. First, that the Democrats would never abandon their extra-Constitutional position that nominees to the federal courts could be required to receive 60 as opposed to 51 votes for confirmation. Second, that the Democrats had already lost the battle.
Or have they? Dick Morris believes Bush has made spent fuel of Frist's 'nuclear option'
What Have the Americans Ever Done for Us? Liberated 50 Million People...
by Gerard Baker
One of my favourite cinematic moments is the scene in Monty Python’s Life of Brian when Reg, aka John Cleese, the leader of the People’s Front of Judea, is trying to whip up anti-Roman sentiment among his team of slightly hesitant commandos...I can’t help but think of that scene as I watch the contortions of the anti-American hordes in Britain, Europe and even in the US itself in response to the remarkable events that are unfolding in the real Middle East today...
But: Don't Get Cocky

Friday, March 04, 2005

CIA's Palestinian Project Questioned
by Matthew Kalman
...As the U.S. renews its training sessions for Palestinian security forces, a group photo from seven years ago holds a stark warning for the Bush administration about the fate of past CIA trainees...There have been warnings for years of the dangers of the CIA training program. "The CIA and British efforts to train Palestinians during the Oslo process helped strengthen terrorist capabilities"...
Pryor Impressions
by Quin Hillyer
...His career--as public intellectual, successful prosecutor, cultural-bridge-builder and man of conscience even at his own political peril--represents many of the traits the national media has always said Alabama lacks. Until he came along, our most famous exemplar of such character was the fictional Atticus Finch. Now that we can offer a real-life Atticus, we're more than a little angry that the Washington elites want to reject him.
So Now Democrats Care About Security at the White House
by Byron York
...In the Gannon affair, Democratic lawmakers are displaying a more aggressive spirit than 12 years ago, when they were in the majority on Capitol Hill and a new Democratic administration was taking office...As it turned out, several [Clinton] White House staffers had records of what investigators referred to as “recent or extensive” drug use...
PBS No Longer Relevant
by George F. Will
...Public television was a dubious idea even when concocted as a filigree on the Great Society. Why should government subsidize the production and distribution of entertainment and, even worse, journalism?...Public television's survival, with no remaining rationale, should fill students of government with awe, wonderment and melancholy. Would it vanish without the 15 percent of its revenues it gets from government? Let's find out.
And That's the Way It Was
by Peggy Noonan
...Beef up the correspondent staff, hire the best, spend bucks on bureaus, be more independent and creative in your coverage, settle back and let America discover your show...And do this to better serve the American public, which owns the airwaves that provide the platform for your product. Give them a better product. As a public service.
And That's the Way It Was
by Peggy Noonan
...Beef up the correspondent staff, hire the best, spend bucks on bureaus, be more independent and creative in your coverage, settle back and let America discover your show...And do this to better serve the American public, which owns the airwaves that provide the platform for your product. Give them a better product. As a public service.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Black Robes and Betrayal
by Tony Blankley
...After Justice Kennedy used five pages of his logically incoherent majority opinion to cite a hodge podge of foreign laws, he limply and defensively concluded his opinion: "It does not lessen our fidelity to the Constitution or our pride in its origins to acknowledge that the express affirmation of certain fundamental rights by other nations and people simply underscores the centrality of those same rights within our own heritage of freedom." When a Supreme Court justice feels it necessary to write as the closing words of his opinion that he still holds fidelity to the Constitution, it is more than reasonable to assume he knows he has just betrayed that sacred document...
More: Full Text of Ruling     Justice Scalia's Dissent
Calling the Kettle Gay
by Ann Coulter
...So now liberals are lashing out at the gays. Two weeks ago, the New York Times turned over half of its op-ed page to outing gays with some connection to Republicans. There is no principled or intellectual basis for these outings. Conservatives don't want gays to die; we just don't want to transform the Pentagon into the Office of Gay Studies...
Terrorist vs. Terrorist
by Ralph Peters
...Osama wants Abu Musab al-Zarqawi to shift his sights from Iraq's population, to help carry the struggle back to American soil...Osama is a strategist...he thinks in global terms, in time-frames that look decades into the future and centuries into the past. He's a big-picture guy...Zarqawi is a hit man. He thinks tactically. Faced with the humiliation of 8 million Iraqis defying his threats and lining up to vote, his instinctive response is to lash out, to punish, to kill without stopping...
Related: About that Quagmire

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Arabs' Berlin Wall has Crumbled
by Mark Steyn
...Consider just the past couple of days' news: not the ever more desperate depravity of the floundering "insurgency", but the real popular Arab resistance the car-bombers and the head-hackers are flailing against: the Saudi foreign minister, who by remarkable coincidence goes by the name of Prince Saud, told Newsweek that women would be voting in the next Saudi election. "That is going to be good for the election," he said, "because I think women are more sensible voters than men"...
The tide continues to turn: Tel Aviv Bomber's Family Shunned; while in our own backyard: Imprisoned Terrorists Still Advocating Tterror
A New Breed of Tax Tyrant
by Nicole Gelinas
...If a majority of the court buys Horton's logic, the Supremes will create a beast of municipal taxation that could swallow whole neighborhoods across the nation. The case, Kelo vs. City of New London, turns on New London's effort to condemn a neighborhood of well-kept middle-class homes. It wants to hand that land over to developers — to build luxury waterfront condominiums, an upscale hotel and some office space...
Europe's Economy in the Eye of a Storm
by Desmond Lachman
One has to pity the European economy. Not only is it riddled with well-known structural rigidities that depress Europe's long-run economic growth potential. It is also saddled with a macro-economic policy straightjacket that makes it difficult to use policy to cushion the economy from demand and supply shocks. In normal times, this lack of policy flexibility would not be of much moment. However, in today's world of unprecedented global payment imbalances and highly unstable oil prices, it has to be a matter for serious concern...

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Hate Evil: Case for Judeo-Christian Values, Part VII   
by Dennis Prager
...Western Europeans and their American counterparts loathe the language of good and evil and correctly attribute it to religious -- i.e., Judeo-Christian -- values. Among those values is fighting evil and "burning evil out from your midst." And to do that, you have to first hate it. Because if you don't hate evil, you won't fight it, and good will lose.
American Liberals Have Lost Touch With Reality
by Steve Darnell
...even with their lack of experience in real warfare, liberals seem to think they have all the answers about how the military should treat captured terrorists and how best to fight the war on terrorism. Some liberals even claim that the US Constitution protects terrorists. I think they have a lot to learn...
Fixing Homeland Security
by Seth M.M. Stodder
...DHS has failed to provide the strong leadership and policy innovation needed to bring real security. Indeed, it is telling that a large number of our most important "homeland security" efforts -- such as the revamp of aviation security and the Container Security Initiative -- were launched before the department was created...
Should the UN Be Lord of the Oceans?
by Patrick Buchanan
...What would LOST do? A new transnational tribunal, the International Seabed Authority, would take jurisdiction over 70 percent of the planet -- all of the oceans' resources, living and non-living -- as "the common heritage of all mankind.F...or 60 years, power in our own country has been leeched away from elected legislators by bureaucrats and judges of the managerial state. So, too, in the world, power is being leeched away from nations by international civil servants working with NGOs, "non-governmental organizations," that represent special interests...