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

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Fathers, Sons and the Lessons of War
by Frank Schaeffer
I never served in the military. Before my son unexpectedly volunteered for the Marines, I was busy writing my novels and raising my family, and giving little thought to the men and women who guard us. My attitude has changed. I did not choose to change. I was forced to...
It's a Coalition of the Winners
by Bob MacDonald
Don't look now, but one of the great ironies of recent months is the re-election victories of the much-maligned leaders of "the coalition of the willing." You remember them -- U.S President George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Australian Prime Minister John Howard. Not only that, but their chief critics and "leaders of the unwilling" in the war to topple Iraq's genocidal dictator Saddam Hussein are increasingly in political trouble at home...
Employers of Illegal Immigrants Face Little Risk of Penalty
by Anna Gorman
...In Los Angeles, it is easy — and cheap — to get fake documents. Alongside MacArthur Park west of downtown, men stand alone or in pairs, whispering to passersby, "IDs? IDs?" Some keep stashes hidden beneath awnings. Others produce them in photo shops. For about $60, investigators say, an illegal immigrant can buy a fake green card, a Social Security card and an identification card...

Monday, May 30, 2005

Karl's New Manifesto   
by David Brooks
...More than the Roman emperors, more than the industrial robber barons, the malefactors of the educated class seek not only to dominate the working class, but to decimate it. For 30 years they have presided over failing schools without fundamentally transforming them. They have imposed a public morality that affords maximum sexual opportunity for themselves and guarantees maximum domestic chaos for those lower down...
Disparaging The Military
Investor's Business Daily
...No question much of the Vietnam era's radical left migrated to the media...The pettiness astounds. As President Bush told Annapolis grads Friday, over the last four years the American military has liberated some 50 million people. But why write a macro-story when a micro-story will do? If, as the military now fears, there's a looming recruitment problem, the elite media should bear much of the blame.
Related: Death of a Marine
The (Culture) War of the Word
by Dennis Prager
...Jews and Christians who believe in a divinely revealed Bible do not trust the heart as a guide to doing the right thing (indeed, that Bible repeatedly warns us not to). That difference — do I listen to my heart or to what I believe is God's word? — explains most of the differences between right and left. Much more than whether one believes in God.
EU Just Won't Take 'No' for an Answer
by Mark Steyn
...You have the right to vote, but only if you give the answer your rulers want you to give. But don't worry, if you don't, we'll treat you like a particularly backward nursery school and keep asking the question until you get the answer right. Even America's bossiest nanny-state Democrats don't usually express their contempt for the will of the people quite so crudely...

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Illegal Aliens Discovered Working at Hard Target Facilities
by Jim Kouri
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested 60 illegal aliens who performed contract work at 12 critical infrastructure sites, including seven petrochemical refineries, three power plants, a national air cargo facility, and a pipeline facility located in six different states...
Islamic Hall of Shame
by Joel Mowbray
...In the first of its kind for an event organized by a major national Muslim organization, Kamal Nawash and the Free Muslims Coalition (FMC) recently held the Free Muslims March Against Terrorism. Not surprisingly, the leaders of every other major Muslim organization shunned the march and declined to take a public stand against terrorism and extremism. Noticeably missing from the list of over 80 sponsors Nawash rounded up was any of the Muslim groups that claim to be moderates...
MoveOn.org's anti-Catholic Paranoia
by Don Feder
...As part of the campaign to defeat the Republican push to end the judicial filibuster, on May 17, 2005, MoveOn.org, PAC ran an ad appealing to anti-Catholic paranoia. The broadside was an altered photo that showed Pope Benedict XVI standing outside the Supreme Court’s chambers. The pontiff appears to be holding a gavel...

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Why the Bible Belongs in America's Public Schools
by David Gelernter
...Can you understand American culture without knowing the biblical context of "covenant," "promised land," "shining city on a hill"? Further, the Bible and Bible-centered Protestantism are central to U.S. history — to your history if you are American, whether you are Protestant or not. The founders had varied beliefs, writes the philosopher-historian Michael Novak in "On Two Wings," but they found common ground "by appealing to the God of the Hebrews and the religious heritage of the Torah, a 'Biblical metaphysics.'" And the Bible remained central throughout American history. Abraham Lincoln (for example) called Americans the "almost chosen people" — one of the most pregnant phrases in our history. His important speeches are steeped in the Bible...
Legislation Would Prevent 'Global Welfare' Payments
by Ron Strom
...The bill amounts to a pre-emptive strike against any efforts by the Bush administration to allow non-citizens in Mexico who worked for a time in the U.S., most illegally, to collect Social Security. Paul's legislation would prohibit all non-citizens from receiving the benefit regardless of where they live...

Friday, May 27, 2005

On Stem Cell Research, Convenience Trumps Conscience
by Steve Chapman
On Tuesday, President Bush went before cameras holding in his arms a month-old baby named Trey Jones. The picture raised a question that supporters of embryonic stem cell research would rather not answer: Would the world be better off if Trey had been killed as an embryo to advance medical research?...Those who want to remove existing limits say we could get a lot from embryonic stem cell research. What would we lose? Wait a few years, and Trey Jones might be willing to tell you.
'Extraordinary' Rhetoric
by George F. Will
...By giving the filibuster sacramental status, Democrats have become, with the zeal characteristic of recent converts, devout communicants in the church of tradition, willing to die in the last ditch in defense of the Senate as the Framers of the Constitution supposedly wanted it. But of course that Senate was done away with in 1913. The Framers' carefully considered requirement was that each state's senators would be "chosen by the legislature thereof" rather than by direct popular election. Do Democrats, in the purity of their newfound reverence for the Framers, now favor repealing the 17th Amendment?
More: Noonan: Mr. Narcissus Goes to Washington     Gang of 14, Plus 86 Midgets     The Gang of 14's 'Extraordinary' Inconsistency     Repeal the 17th Amendment
It's Their Economies, Stupid
by Anatole Kaletsky
Why are the People of Europe so angry? The standard answer, as the Germans, French and Dutch all turn against their governments, is that the European project has gone too far and that political elites have overreached themselves, losing touch with the ordinary people. Their resentment about the loss of national political control to the unaccountable Eurocrats of Brussels has finally boiled over...

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Other Illegals: Posh Illegal Immigration
by Fay Crevochay
Neither the Border Patrol nor the praised self-styled Minutemen will ever catch these illegal aliens because they fly first class...These immigrants send their children to private schools and use private doctors. They are educated people, they bring in capital and are patrons of the arts. They spend lavishly at restaurants, theaters and the ballet...
Can Europe Do Away with Nationalism?
by Emanuele Ottolenghi
...Unless European elites can confidently say that a new ready-made pan-European identity is in the making--an artificial blend of symbols, narratives, and memories that will somehow appeal to almost 500 million citizens of twenty-five countries--they should be careful about the consequences of abandoning nationalism and ponder instead the need to both strengthen national identities and encourage Muslim immigrants to identify with their newly adopted countries...
A Compromised Party
by Thomas Sowell
The Senate Democrats hung tough and the Republicans wimped out. The Republicans had the votes but they didn't have the guts. That is the bottom line on the compromise agreement that will allow votes to proceed on judicial nominees without a filibuster, except in "extraordinary" cases...
'Educational' Smut for Kids
by Michelle Malkin
Here's a rich irony: I'm writing today about a new children's book, but I can't describe the plot in a family newspaper without warning you first that it is entirely inappropriate for children...

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Secularism and the Meaningless Life
by Dennis Prager
...Whatever the logical inconsistencies or theoretical arguments in either direction, the fact remains that while secular individuals can believe that their own lives have meaning, secularism by definition denies that life has meaning. The consequences have been devastating to mental health and to social order...
The Republican Sellout: Winners and Losers
by Ben Shapiro
...So in this political game of chicken, it is the Democrats who emerge victorious. It is the Republicans who cover themselves in shame. Here are the big winners and losers in this, the most important political battle in recent memory...
Is Your Pension Money Supporting Terrorists?
by Ron Strom
...According to a report by the organization DivestTerror.org, the top 100 pension systems in the U.S. invest between 15 and 23 percent of their portfolio in companies that do business in nations considered to be sponsors of terror. The group hopes to pressure such pension funds to change course, pull their funds from terror states and thereby help dry up the source of funds available to anti-American terrorists...
The Caveat Emperor
by Joan Vennochi
At this point it comes as no surprise. John Kerry is releasing all his military records -- but then again, he isn't. During an interview yesterday with Globe editorial writers and columnists, the former Democratic presidential nominee was asked if had signed Form SF 180, authorizing the Department of Defense to grant access to all his military records. "I have signed it," Kerry said. Then, he added that his staff was "still going through it" and "very, very shortly, you will have a chance to see it"...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Are Illegals Making U.S. a Leper Colony?
World Net Daily
..."Americans should be told that diseases long eradicated in this country – tuberculosis, leprosy, polio, for example – and other extremely contagious diseases have been linked directly to illegals," Rep. J.D. Hayworth, R-Ariz., told the Business Journal of Phoenix. "For example, in 40 years, only 900 persons were afflicted by leprosy in the U.S.; in the past three years, more than 7,000 cases have been presented. This emerging crisis exposes the upside-down thinking of federal immigration policy"...
Senate's Sham Debate
by Robert Novak
...Indeed, the question of who shall sit on the Supreme Court is the reason for this crisis. It is the reason key Senate Democrats held an unprecedented meeting in Minority Leader Tom Daschle's office on Jan. 30, 2003. Thanks to Republican discovery of Democratic e-mails, an unprecedented documentary record reveals a pure political power play...
Saddam's Business Partners
by Stephen F. Hayes
...the details of the Oil-for-Food scandal--who participated, and what they apparently did--are jaw-dropping. Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Alexander Voloshin, appears to have accepted millions of dollars in oil-soaked bribes from Saddam Hussein. The same appears to be true of the former interior minister of France, Charles Pasqua, a close friend of President Jacques Chirac. And the same appears to be true of three high-ranking U.N. executives including Benon Sevan, handpicked by Kofi Annan to administer the Oil-for-Food program. Oil-for-Food money even went to terrorist organizations supported by the Iraqi regime and, according to U.S. investigators, might be funding the insurgency today...

Monday, May 23, 2005

Leaving the Left    
by Keith Thompson
...I have come to believe, and gladly join with others who have discovered for themselves, that the single most important thing a genuinely liberal person can do now is walk away from the house the left has built. The renewal of any tradition that deserves the name "progressive" becomes more likely with each step in a better direction.
Report Urges Troops Sent to Border
by Jerry Seper
The deployment of 36,000 National Guard troops or state militia on the U.S.-Mexico border would stop the illegal flow of foreigners into America, says a congressional report that credits the Minuteman Project with proving that additional manpower could "dramatically reduce if not virtually eliminate" illegal immigration...
The White House Press Corps' Selective Outrage
by Michael Reagan
...This mindset is playing out today among the members of the mainstream media, just as it played out during the Vietnam War. America is always seen as the offender, and the enemy as a victim of alleged U.S. aggression. Saddam Hussein is not the enemy – George Bush is their sworn foe...When it comes to the liberal media pinning the blame on someone for some atrocity, it depends entirely on whose ox is being gored.
Europe Closing Shop?
Investor's Business Daily
...The events to which we refer have garnered little notice. Yet each, in its own way, is equally telling about the radical changes in store for Europe — and America as well...the U.S. faces a delicate task: how to keep an old but estranged friend from committing suicide.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

The Religious Left's Lies
by James Watt
...Political opportunists in [the religious left's] ranks sought a wedge issue to weaken the GOP's coalition of Jews, Catholics and evangelicals and shatter its electoral majority. They passed over obvious headliners and landed on a curious but cunning choice: the environment. Those leading the charge are effective advocates: LBJ alumnus Bill Moyers of PBS fame, members of the National Council of Churches USA and liberal theologians who claim a moral superiority to other people of faith...
Tancredo Asks for Border Official's Head
World Net Daily
...A dozen Border Patrol agents told the Washington Times they had been instructed to "stand down" from arresting illegal aliens near where Minutemen protestors had patrolled in April. The agents understood that an increase in arrests would prove the effectiveness of extra manpower on the border and would credit the Minutemen's approach. Several sources, including the president of the National Border Patrol Council, have confirmed the newspaper report.
Related: Homeland Security Bill Lets Illegals Go Free
Revealed: Health Fears over Secret Study into GM Food
by Geoffrey Lean
Rats fed on a diet rich in genetically modified corn developed abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood, raising fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food. The Independent on Sunday can today reveal details of secret research carried out by Monsanto, the GM food giant, which shows that rats fed the modified corn had smaller kidneys and variations in the composition of their blood...

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Star Wars Saga Reflects Political Ideals
by Thomas A. Firey
...By and large, the rebellion's supporters were ordinary people who wanted self-determination, republican government, and free enterprise in place of the Galactic Empire's oppression, economic controls, and high taxes. They called it the Dark Side for a reason.
Dolly Creator and South Korean Scientist Partner to Engage in Human Cloning
by Steven Ertelt
...Dolly was finally created after 300 failed attempts, resulting in miscarriages and malformed offspring. Ultimately, the "successful" result, Dolly, aged too rapidly and had to be euthanized. Wilmut plans to use the same technique, cell nuclear replacement, that he used to create Dolly and says his team will not engage in reproductive human cloning. Pro-life advocates worry that the same phenomenon will happen when Wilmut and the Hwang's teams clone human embryos for their stem cells...
Castro's Secret Police Crack Down on Democracy Campaign
by Francis Harris
...Cuba's dissident community, which has been subjected to 46 years of harassment since the communist takeover, is far more sympathetic to the United States than to Europe, where they believe that there is a lingering romantic attachment to President Castro.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Busting the Moral Equivalence Racket
by Keith Thompson
...The radically relativist postmodern left typically responds that there’s no valid basis for making universally based value judgments about right and wrong, good and evil. But the deconstructionist credo that universal value judgments lack validity is itself a universal value judgment, one that smacks itself upside the head and cancels its own claim...
Why Islam is Disrespected
by Jeff Jacoby
...the real desecration of Islam is not what some interrogator in Guantanamo might have done to the Koran. It is what totalitarian Muslim zealots have been doing to innocent human beings in the name of Islam. It is 9/11 and Beslan and Bali and Daniel Pearl and the USS Cole. It is trains in Madrid and schoolbuses in Israel and an "insurgency" in Iraq that slaughters Muslims as they pray and vote and line up for work. It is Hamas and Al Qaeda and sermons filled with infidel-hatred and exhortations to "martyrdom"...
Related: Why Does the New York Times Insist on Calling Jihadists "Insurgents"?     Coulter: Newsweek Dissembled, Muslims Dismembered!     Newsweek Debacle Signals Time to Change the Standards
Congress Packs Highway Bill With Pork
by John Berthoud
Members of Congress seeking to blame President Bush’s tax cuts for blossoming deficits need to remember that the real culprit is spending excess...When hundreds of billions of dollars are sent to Washington to be reallocated based somewhat on need and somewhat on politics, the entire process guarantees very inefficient allocation of resources...If dollars were kept in state and local hands, they could be better directed to building roads according to need...

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Palestinians Used Bible as Toilet Paper
World Net Daily
...Catholic priests in the church marking the spot where Jesus was believed to have been born said that during the five-week siege, Palestinians tore up some Bibles for toilet paper and removed many valuable sacramental objects, according to a May 15, 2002, report by the Washington Times...
Mexico President Doesn't Belong in Debate
...the Mexican president can't seem to stop meddling – in word or deed – in what is essentially a domestic issue, namely how the United States handles the problem of illegal immigration. Think about that for a second. How dare the Mexican president – or any Mexican official – get on a soapbox to lecture Americans about illegal immigration, when it is Mexico's absolute failure to provide sufficient economic opportunities for its own people that helps drive the phenomenon in the first place. Now, that's offensive.
The Royal Treatment
by Hugh Hewitt
...Media arrogance now demands media immunity from presidential reproach. For a while now, media lawyers have been arguing for special status in courts. Soon--very soon, I suspect--they will view all third party criticism as illegitimate, an extension of the blogger rabble's invective. Old media is acting a lot like old royalty.
PBS: TV's Amtrak
Investor's Business Daily
...While this attempt to make PBS fair and balanced is laudable, it raises the question of whether taxpayer funding is still needed. When PBS was created in 1967, three major networks controlled what we saw and heard on TV. But in today's 500-channel environment, public television is an anachronism. Perhaps it's time to just cut the cord and let PBS compete in the marketplace of ideas on its own dime.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

'Hundreds Shouted at Me, Roll Over and Die'
by Robin McKie
...'I wanted people to see how a person can benefit from animal experiments,' said the Oxford surgeon Tipu Aziz who operated on Robins and spoke at the debate. 'That is why I asked Mike to appear at the debate. I am now very sorry I put him through that horrible ordeal. To these people, Mike's existence is a refutation of their core beliefs. They say animal experiments do no good. Then Mike stands up, switches his tremors on and off, and their arguments are blown away. That's why they shouted him down'...
No Policy Is Not Good Policy
by Fareed Zakaria
...China is wrong to support a truly ugly dictatorship, and President Bush is absolutely correct when he speaks of the immorality of the Pyongyang regime. But he should have faith in that judgment. North Korea's regime is destined to fall. An American diplomat talking to Pyongyang about eliminating nuclear weapons won't change that. But meanwhile, constructive diplomacy might save the rest of the world some hair-raising years of danger.
Bush Has Plan to Act on the Status of Kosovo
by Glenn Kessler
...The plan, which Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns will announce in congressional testimony tomorrow and a speech Thursday, has been carefully worked out in intensive discussions with U.N. and European officials. The United Nations will shortly appoint Kai Eide, the Norwegian ambassador to NATO, to assess whether Kosovo is ready for final-status talks. Once that certification is made, probably by mid-autumn, then the United Nations will sponsor international negotiations on whether Kosovo should remain part of Serbia, become independent or achieve a hybrid status...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Beyond the Headlines
by Neil Cavuto
Ever since he was a young man, he and his wife have taken in foster kids. Not just little kids — older kids — sometimes what others call "dangerous kids." He gives them a good home and good opportunities and, for many, they go on to form a good life...He did the same for harassed Jewish families during the height of the Soviet Union...He gives a lot to charity, but tells those charities not to say a word about who's the one giving....You might know him. His name is Tom DeLay.
Newsweek and the Rioters
by Dennis Prager
...Behavior that would be held in contempt if engaged in by Christians or Jews is not only not condemned, it is frequently "understood" when done by Muslims. That, not phony reports about an American desecrating Koranic pages, should really upset Muslims. It won't. Just as the CBS and Newsweek debacles won't upset the American news media. The lowest of the Muslim world and the elite of the Western world: Anti-Americanism makes strange bedfellows.
Class Warfare Is Back
by Bruce Bartlett
I don't believe in coincidences in politics. When I see the Wall Street Journal and New York Times both running big front-page stories within two days of each other on a subject that isn't remotely time sensitive, I know that something is going on. More than likely, it signals the beginning of an organized campaign by the liberal media to gin up an issue for the Democrats...
Related: The Senate's Dirty Harry
A Better Way to Fight Terrorism
by James Jay Carafano
...Defeating terrorism would be a perfect mission for the regional interagency task forces. After all, no part of the government has all the tools or all the information it needs to get the terrorists before they get us. The Key West approach offers a model of how to get more out of the sum of the parts.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Newsweek Retracts Koran-Desecration Story
by Jane Roh
"Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay," editor Mark Whitaker said in statement released Monday evening...Protesters took to the streets in several Afghan cities last week after Newsweek published its report. American flags were burned, relief organizations were attacked and at least 16 people were killed and scores injured in clashes with police..."You can't go back and undo or retract the damage that has been caused not only to this nation, but to those who have been attacked, injured or killed as a result of these false allegations," [Pentagon spokesman Whitman] said...
More: UPDATED: The Press’ Abu Ghraib
The Hidden Gulag
by Young Howard
Grandsons are condemned to life-long terms as slave laborers alongside their grandfathers, both equally helpless in the brutal surroundings. Prisoners are arbitrarily murdered by security guards. Women suffer from forced abortions at the hands of unlicensed doctors. Newborn babies are beaten to death. And sons and daughters are publicly executed in front of their mothers. This is not the story of an age of slavery from centuries past or of a survivor of Nazi Germany's Holocaust. It is what is happening at this moment inside the gulags of North Korea...
Europe's '70s Show
by Biran M. Carney
Is the European "social model" doomed? It's a question that comes up with increasing frequency as unemployment across Western Europe has climbed into the double digits and economic growth has ground to a virtual halt across much of the Continent...
Mexico's Fox Defends Comments About Blacks
by Traci Carl
President Vicente Fox refused to apologize Monday for saying Mexicans in the United States do the work that blacks won't, a comment widely viewed as acceptable in a country where blackface comedy is still considered funny and nicknames often reflect skin color...Even Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, the archbishop of Mexico City, criticized the U.S. [immigration] policy as ridiculous and defended Fox's comments, saying: "The declaration had nothing to do with racism. It is a reality in the United States that anyone can prove"...

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Best, Brightest Pushed into Private Schools
by Peter A. Brown
...If the public-school exodus of top young minds continues, it will undermine future support for public education among those better able to pay the necessary taxes. And, if in an effort to make sure no child is left behind, public schools find themselves making their curriculum for high achievers less challenging, that will likely create an ever-widening learning gap that will only increase class differences. Although we necessarily worry about those at the bottom of the educational ladder, we ignore the needs of those at the top at our society's peril...
Why Does Capitalism Get Such A Bum Rap?
by Clive Crook
...Capitalism has delivered hitherto-unimaginable advances in living standards across the developed world. And this is not just measured in dollars and cents. Broader social progress has been made too, again at historically unprecedented rates. Life expectancy, infant mortality, access to health care and education -- regardless of which of these measures you take, capitalism has achieved stunning results...
Remembering World War II: Revisionists Get it Wrong
by Victor Davis Hanson
...the beneficiaries of those who sacrificed now ankle-bite their dead betters. Even more strangely, they have somehow convinced us that in their politically-correct hindsight, they could have done much better in World War II. Yet from every indication of their own behavior over the last 30 years, we suspect that the generation who came of age in the 1960s would have not just have done far worse but failed entirely.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Drop Murder Charges, Pantano Prober Urges
by Rowan Scarborough
...The case has drawn national attention because the Marines charged Lt. Pantano, 33, with offenses that could bring the death penalty. Critics said the Corps was, in effect, second-guessing the officer at a time of heightened violence in the "Triangle of Death" south of Baghdad, where Iraqi insurgents were killing Marines with some regularity...
Pentagon Plans to Close 33 Major Bases
by Liz Sidoti
...Lawmakers say it is unwise to close bases while U.S. troops are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the Pentagon argues that the timing is perfect to enlist cost-cutting measures given pressures from the ballooning federal deficit and to reshuffle the stateside network of bases while it reshapes the entire military...
Base Closure List
Dispelling the Myths of Yalta
by John Radzilowski
...This was the attitude that prevailed at Yalta. Bewitched by the prospect of stability, American leaders in fact sowed the seeds of the Cold War. President Bush does not intend to repeat their mistake. He clearly rejects the notion that big countries have some right to dominate smaller neighbors. Which is why Bush was correct to reject the “realism” inherent in Yalta and support the freedom of small countries like Latvia and Georgia. This week, Bush showed that American leaders can both break with the Yalta mindset and craft a foreign policy that is not only good for the U.S., but one that also lives up to our noblest ideals.
Ever Have One of Those Millennia?
by Ann Coulter
...Well, the Iraq National Assembly completed filling out the cabinet this week, and it can now be said that this was liberals' laughably wrong prediction No. 9,856. (Or No. 9,857 if you count their predictions of ruinous global cooling back in the 1970s, which I don't because that could still happen.) Iraq's first democratically elected government in half a century has a Shia prime minister and a Kurdish president and several Sunni cabinet ministers. In fact, toss in a couple of dowdy lesbians from the Green Party and it would look a lot like Vermont's state house.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Will the Saudis Blow Up Their Own Oil Infrastructure?
by Daniel Pipes
...Nor is that all; the Saudis also sabotaged their pipelines, pumping stations, generators, refineries, storage containers, and export facilities, including the ports and off-shore oil-loading facilities...Western intelligence services need urgently to do more than listen in on Saudi conversations; they need to find the truth out about those explosives. Should they exist, Western governments need profoundly to reassess their relationships with the kingdom.
Democratic Suicide
by Victor Davis Hanson
...When we see Democrats speaking and living like normal folks — expressing worry that the United States must return to basic education and values to ensure its shaky preeminence in a cutthroat world, talking of one multiracial society united by a rare exceptional culture of the West rather than a salad bowl of competing races and tribes, and apprising the world that we are principled abroad in our support of democratic nations and quite dangerous when attacked — they will be competitive again...
Editorial: PC Police Going Too Far
The Daily Californian
In a typically PC Berkeley move, Jefferson Elementary may be reborn as Sequoia Elementary because certain faculty members feel “uncomfortable” with the fact that Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. But instead of trying to ignore a significant national figure and his contributions to the United States, the school should focus on using Jefferson’s great achievements—and his darker side—as a tool to spark dialogue on slavery and culture at that time...

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

No Human Monkeys -- For Now
by Terence Jeffrey
...If parenthood generally, and motherhood especially, are schoolrooms of human charity where people learn to put someone else's interests above one's own, mass-marketed medical treatments based on creating and killing motherless [cloned] human embryos will be a schoolroom for just the opposite. It will teach us to treat each other worse then we treat animals -- unless, of course, we make ourselves into animals first.
How Racial P.C. Corrupted the LAPD
by Jan Golab
...The LAPD was once known as "the world's greatest police department," due largely to its stringent character screening. Back in the era of Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD candidates were checked out as thoroughly as homicide suspects...All that is now history. In a bid to appease racial activists and meet federal decrees, strict screening and testing measures were dismantled. New black and Hispanic officer candidates were hustled into the ranks at any cost...
Public Aid, Public Harm
by Doug Bandow
...the last half-century wealthy nations have poured hundreds of billions of dollars into the developing world with minimal results. Much of the money has been stolen. Even more has been squandered. Little has been used to promote long-term economic growth. Local politicians established money-losing prestige projects and used state companies to win popular favor...
The Scary Business of Russia
by Vladimir Kvint
...Imagine a U.S. customs officer privatizing 2 feet of the U.S. border and forcing people to pay him tolls. The equivalent of that is standard practice in Russia...they must spend a fifth of their net income on bribes. Skimming that from the economy sends an estimated annual $30 billion into the pockets of Russia's officials. As a result, the corruption budget of Russia is bigger than revenues from the income tax...
The California Border Police
by Ray Haynes
...It is a simple idea, and those are usually the ideas that work the best in government. Can government mess it up? Yes, but it is so simple that it will be real hard for politicians to mess it up. It is an idea, however, whose time has come. We can no longer afford to do nothing. We can no longer afford to complain about the federal government failing to act. We can take the steps necessary to solve our own problems, and create a California Border Police. It is just too simple to not do it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

The Jews Have a Mission: Judeo-Christian Values: Part XII
by Dennis Prager
...Were Jews true to their mission, they would stand alongside Christians who work to bring the Torah's values to the world. Jews should therefore be in the forefront of those spreading Judeo-Christian values. Some are, but most, religious and secular, are not...Most Jews are still running away from their divine mission and causing storms in many places as a result...
No New Refineries in 29 Years? There Might Well Be a Reason
by Jad Mouawad
...Long considered the ugly duckling of the oil industry, the refining business is now in the spotlight as Americans complain about sticker shock at the gasoline pumps and higher energy prices over all. President Bush has taken notice. Last month, Crown Prince Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, visiting the president at his Texas ranch on April 25, chided him with the message that his country could send more oil, but the United States would not have the ability to refine it. Soon afterward, Mr. Bush offered to provide closed military bases for new refineries...
Influx of Terrorists
by Stewart Bell
A number of "jihadist returnees" have arrived back in Canada from other countries and some may intend to commit acts of terrorism, according to a declassified intelligence report...
Feds Pay $5.8 Billion to Jail Criminal Aliens
...The report by the General Accounting Office – the investigative arm of Congress – shows the number of criminal aliens in federal prisons increased from about 42,000 at the end of 2001 to about 49,000 at the end of last year. The majority of criminal aliens were identified as citizens of Mexico...In addition, state prisons in fiscal 2003 housed about 74,000 criminal aliens. About 80 percent were in just five states -- Arizona, California, Florida, New York and Texas...Also, about 147,000 criminal aliens were jailed in 698 local jurisdictions that received SCAAP reimbursement in 2003...

Monday, May 09, 2005

Dying in Darfur
Financial Times
The failure of the international community to halt the ethnic cleansing, mass rape and killings in Darfur in western Sudan is a disgrace to our time. For two years the world stood by while Darfur burned. In place of action there was a grotesque debate over whether we should call it genocide...
Murder Suspect – an Illegal with Driver's License
World Net Daily
...Juan Carlos Solis is awaiting trial on 41 counts of aggravated murder, attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder, assault in the first degree, robbery in the first degree, robbery in the second degree and burglary in the first degree, along with at least three other suspects in the July 2004 home-invasion robbery of 12 farm workers...
Homeland Security Bars Journalist and Minutemen Organized from Press Conference
by Jerry Seper
...[Border Patrol] Chief Nicely has said the Minutemen's efforts against illegal immigration were "negligible" and they should leave border enforcement "to the professionals." Border Patrol spokesman Jose Garza in Tucson confirmed that Mr. Simcox was excluded from the press conference on the orders of Chief Nicely, but said it was "because of security reasons"...
First Voice Books Interviews Michael Savage
with Donna Barkes
Savage comments on partitioning Iraq, the USS Cole attack, Timothy McVeigh compared with Islamic Terrorists in the press, and judicial activism.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

The Spiritual Malaise That Haunts Europe
by George Weigel
...Europe, and especially Western Europe, is suffering from a crisis of civilizational morale. The most dramatic manifestations are not Europe's fondness for governmental bureaucracy or its devotion to fiscally shaky healthcare schemes and pension plans, its lagging productivity or the appeasement mentality that some leaders display toward Islamist terrorism. No, the most dramatic manifestation is the brute fact that Europe is depopulating itself...
Worse Than 1984
by Christopher Hitchens
...In North Korea, every person is property and is owned by a small and mad family with hereditary power. Every minute of every day, as far as regimentation can assure the fact, is spent in absolute subjection and serfdom. The private life has been entirely abolished...Kim Jong-il and his fellow slave masters are trying to dictate the pace of events by setting a timetable of nuclearization, based on a crash program wrung from their human property...
What Happened to History?
by Victor Davis Hanson
Our society suffers from the tyranny of the present. Presentism is the strange affliction of assuming we ourselves created all our good things -- as if those without our technology who came before us lacked our superior knowledge and morality...there is a radically new idea that most past occurrences are of equal interest -- far different from the Greeks' notion that history meant inquiry about "important" events that cost or saved thousands of lives, or provided ideas and lessons that transcended space and time...
Fear is a Wonderful Thing
by Dimitri Vassilaros
When the "Nagasaki Hiroshima A-Bomb Exhibition: 60 Years Later" opens at the Peace Museum in Chicago this afternoon, visitors probably won't learn that twice as many people were hacked to death by machetes or beaten to death with nail-studded clubs in the 1994 Rwanda civil war than had died in the two nuclear attacks...Maybe America should apologize for ending the war so quickly. Or something...
Nuclear Nonsense
Opinion Journal
...The [Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty] conference is taking place at the United Nations. So instead of a meeting devoted to curbing the atomic ambitions of terrorism-sponsoring regimes, what we have instead is another bout of issue-avoidance and moral posturing, most of it at America's expense...

Saturday, May 07, 2005

Why Communism Loves Children   
by David Yeagley
...Because of prescribed permissiveness in American public schools: only the police exercise physical authority in schools: teachers have abdicated discipline...Through this new Communism, the child is in this sense “equal” to the adult, and thus controls the day. The child answers only to the police...Control doesn’t come from the adults in schools, or the adults at home, but rather from the police, or Big Brother...
Related (yes, they are): Government Consumes 50% of GDP     Veggie Porn in School?
Why was Sergeant Still in the Army?
by Rochelle Riley
...Somebody wasn't paying attention. Now two soldiers are dead; one is on death row. And 14 bear scars. Hasan Akbar's hatred may have been borne of racism or frustration or lunacy. But whatever its origin, he should not have been allowed to carry that hatred into battle. When he joined the Army in 1998 to pay off college loans, someone should have kept up with where his mind went. Soldiers still fighting in Iraq need to know that their comrades have their backs, and not get fatally shot in the back...
Hitler's Drugged Soldiers
by Andreas Ulrich
The Nazis preached abstinence in the name of promoting national health. But when it came to fighting their Blitzkrieg, they had no qualms about pumping their soldiers full of drugs and alcohol. Speed was the drug of choice, but many others became addicted to morphine and alcohol...
Love Is Blind, Deaf, and Dumb
by Jackie Mason & Raoul Felder
...We convinced ourselves that the word "liberal" and "Jew" is a package made in heaven, ordained by God like a marriage, consecrated till death do us part. Love may be blind, but does it also have to be deaf and dumb -- which it must be for Jews who can't recognize the contempt many liberals have for them...

Friday, May 06, 2005

VE-Day - In The Present Tense
by Austin Bay
For the crowd in Piccadilly Circus, the first V-E Day -- Victory Europe, May 8, 1945 -- was a manic moment of relief and release. With the Nazis defeated, "the lights came on again in England" and Piccadilly erupted with a spontaneous street party...
Why I'm Rooting for the Religious Right
by James Taranto
I am not a Christian, or even a religious believer, and my opinions on social issues are decidedly middle-of-the-road. So why do I find myself rooting for the "religious right"? I suppose it is because I am put off by self-righteousness, closed-mindedness, and contempt for democracy and pluralism--all of which characterize the opposition to the religious right...And the religious right includes not only Christians of various stripes but also Orthodox Jews and even conservative Muslims. Far from the sectarian movement its foes portray, it is in truth a manifestation of the religious pluralism that makes America great. Therein lies its strength.
Anti anti-Americanism
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Americans are finally beginning to wonder whether all these ungrateful folks are worth the toil and treasure. In response, critics abroad are beginning to sense that their cheap rhetoric may have real consequences, that maybe the U.S. was a good deal for the world, after all. George W. Bush did not cause this new round of anti-Americanism. But he may well have done more than anyone to end it.
Google Refuses Conservative Ad, Similar to Liberal Ad
by Jeff Johnson
The world's best known Internet search engine, Google.com, stands accused of liberal political bias after allegedly refusing a conservative group's ad, which had text nearly identical to an advertisement the company previously accepted from a liberal group. Google denied the charge Tuesday and said it treats all of its users and customers fairly...

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Moral Absolutes: Judeo-Christian Values
by Dennis Prager
Nothing more separates Judeo-Christian values from secular values than the question of whether morality -- what is good or evil -- is absolute or relative. In other words, is there an objective right or wrong, or is right or wrong a matter of personal opinion?...
War Films, Hollywood and Popular Culture
by Michael Medved
...Do you remember 'Sum of All Fears', a film based on a Tom Clancy novel? In the novel, there are Islamic terrorists and it’s largely realistic. In the movie version, the Islamic terrorists have been transformed into German neo-Nazis and it’s completely unrealistic. What is going on here? Wouldn’t you think, given the universal American concern about the monstrous and evil people who attacked this country on September 11, that this is an issue with which Hollywood would grapple? During WWII, there were tons of movies dealing with that war—-and no, the German Nazis were not portrayed as Uruguayans or Fiji Islanders. The truth of the matter is that war movies have changed in a fundamental way, and, I would submit to you, a dangerous way for the health of our culture and for the strength of our republic...
The Devil is Out of Details
by Ann Coulter
...We keep hearing Tom DeLay's name uttered in angry, accusatory tones, but I still don't know what law he's supposed to have broken. As far as I can tell, DeLay didn't even cheat at golf during that trip to Scotland. But you know what liberals always say: "Where there's nothing, there's fire." Close your eyes and even now you can hear Aaron Brown saying: "Embattled Rep. Tom DeLay came under fire again today when it was disclosed that his Permanent Record showed he refused to take a nap once while in kindergarten. We turn now live to Wolf Blitzer with former kindergarten teacher Louise Millicuddy in Livingston, Texas. Wolf, could this bombshell spell the end for the combative Tom DeLay?"...

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Firefighter Emerges From a Lost Decade
by Carolyn Thompson
Nearly 9 1/2 years after a firefighter was left brain-damaged and mostly mute during a 1995 roof collapse, he did something that shocked his family and doctors: He asked for his wife...Herbert, who will turn 44 Saturday, was fighting a house fire Dec. 29, 1995, when the roof collapsed, burying him under debris. After going without air for several minutes, Herbert was comatose for 2 1/2 months and has undergone therapy ever since...News accounts in the days and years after his injury describe Herbert as blind and with little, if any, memory. Video shows him receiving physical therapy but apparently unable to communicate and with little awareness of his surroundings...There have been a few other widely publicized examples of brain-damage patients showing sudden improvement after a number of years...
Minority Rule?
by Steven G. Calabresi
...Why are Senate Democrats so afraid of conservative judicial nominees who are African Americans, Hispanics, Catholics, and women? Because these Clarence Thomas nominees threaten to split the Democratic base by aligning conservative Republicans with conservative voices in the minority community and appealing to suburban women. The Democrats need Bush to nominate conservatives to the Supreme Court whom they can caricature and vilify, and it is much harder for them to do that if Bush nominates the judicial equivalent of a Condi Rice rather than a John Ashcroft...
Report: Affirmative Action Does More Harm Than Good
by Jim Meyers
...Political scientist Jay Green found that only 20 percent of African-American students and 16 percent of Hispanics leave high school with the minimum credentials. "Minority underrepresentation in college is caused by public schools' failure to prepare minority students," writes Gryphon. "It is a failure that affirmative action does not remedy." Preferences also do not increase the earning power of students who attend more selective schools as a result of affirmative action...
Reaping What It Sowed
by Thomas L. Friedman
In the last few weeks not only has Iraq been destabilized by days with multiple suicide bombers, but Egypt and Saudi Arabia have also witnessed similar attacks by jihadist fanatics. How do you get so many people to commit suicide on demand, day after day? What's going on?...
Is U.S. Media a 'Partner' with Al-Jazeera?
by James P. Pinkerton
...Al-Jazeera, the Arab news network, is doing two bad things. First, it's providing propaganda points to the insurgents by publicizing their attacks in the Muslim world...Second, Al-Jazeera provides Nielsen points to American broadcasters by supplying them with dramatic footage, to which they are "addicted"...

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Broken Treaty
by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
...America is a legal nuclear power under the Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Review Conference needs to be told we intend to do what we must to remain one, including develop and test the sorts of nuclear weapons needed to deter nations who have exploited a broken treaty to threaten us.
Full Disclosure
by John Leo
...Obvious point: When judging the credibility of controversial people in the news, readers and viewers deserve a fair account of their background and affiliations. If the issue is politics, we certainly need to know their political leanings. In the Townsel case, that didn't happen...
Related: PBS Fights Effort to Ensure Objectivity     The Revolt Against Liberal Media Bias

Monday, May 02, 2005

You Won't Read it in the Papers
by Mona Charen
The results of the program have been dramatic...How do they do it? Founder Elayne Bennett's genius is to disguise wholesomeness, maturity and wisdom as cool. The younger girls get T-shirts, dance classes, camaraderie and Best Friends paraphernalia, in addition to the necessary study guides and films and stories.
Related: Girls Who Get Abortions Need Parents — Period     A Culture Awash in Porn
The War We Could Have Won
by Stephen J. Morris
...In 1974-75, the United States snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Hundreds of thousands of our Vietnamese allies were incarcerated, and more than a million driven into exile. The awesome image of the United States was diminished, and its enemies were thereby emboldened, drawing the United States into new conflicts by proxy in Afghanistan, Africa and Latin America. And the bitterness of so many American war veterans, who saw their sacrifices so casually demeaned and unnecessarily squandered, haunts American society and political life to this day.
What Took so Long
by Amir Taheri
...After Jan. 30, it became clear that the insurgency and its terrorist allies have no chance of winning power in a new Iraq where power emanates from the will of the people. The delay in putting the new transitional state structures together should be regarded as a positive sign that the new Iraqi leadership is learning the art of power sharing.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

'Nam: What We Won
by Tomas H. Lipscomb
...America may have lost a tactical intervention in Vietnam, but the strategic consequences of that intervention were part of one of the most masterful exercises in foreign policy in modern history. The Middle East and the United States should be so lucky as to have Iraq turn out to be "another Vietnam."
Related: 'We Never Said Thanks'
On Being Disliked
by victor Davis Hanson
...In short, who exactly does not like the United States and why? First, almost all the 20 or so illiberal Arab governments that used to count on American realpolitik's giving them a pass on accounting for their crimes. They fear not the realist Europeans, nor the resource-mad Chinese, nor the old brutal Russians, but the Americans, who alone are prodding them to open their economies and democratize their corrupt political cultures. We must learn to expect, not lament, their hostility, and begin to worry that things would be indeed wrong if such unelected dictators praised the United States...
AFP Names Sen. John F. Kerry "Investor of the Week"
Americans for Prosperity
..."Senator Kerry and his wife, Teresa, are to be congratulated on the fine job they've done investing their personal assets in very effective, diversified and profitable ways," said Americans for Prosperity spokesman Ed Frank "Their retirement years promise to be very secure, thanks in large part to the power of long-term free-market investments. Of course, not all workers are as fortunate as Senator and Mrs. Heinz-Kerry, which is why it's so important to allow all Americans to invest a portion of their Social Security taxes in personal accounts"...