"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, June 30, 2005

It's All About 9/11
by Andrew C. McCarthy
...If the president is guilty of anything, it's not that he's dwelling on 9/11 enough. It's that the administration has not done a good enough job of probing and underscoring the nexus between the Saddam regime and al Qaeda. It is absolutely appropriate, it is vital, for him to stress that connection. This is still the war on terror, and Iraq, where the terrorists are still arrayed against us, remains a big part of that equation. And not just because every jihadist with an AK-47 and a prayer rug has made his way there since we invaded. No, it's because Saddam made Iraq their cozy place to land long before that. They are fighting effectively there because they've been invited to dig in for years...
Related: Why The Long War Must Be Won
In Search of Pro-Americanism
by Anne Applebaum
There has never been a more popular time to be anti–American. From Beijing to Berlin, from Sydney to São Paulo, America’s detractors have become legion. But not everyone has chosen to get on the anti–American bandwagon. Where—and among whom—is America still admired, and why? Meet the pro–Americans...
Turtle Bay Tea Party
by Claudia Rosett
...The threat of the U.S. withholding cash from the United Nations has sent Kofi Annan into overdrive recently, with the secretary-general putting his name to yet another round of articles proclaiming such stuff as a fresh start and much progress and grand plans for reforming the U.N.--which he is particularly practiced at, having done it twice already, in 1997 and 2002...
Why are Our Politicians So Full of Themselves?
by Peggy Noonan
...How exactly does it work? How does legitimate self-confidence become wildly inflated self-regard? How does self respect become unblinking conceit? How exactly does one's character become destabilized in Washington?...What are they doing? All this hair splitting, this dithering, this cutting and pasting--all this lack of serious and defining principle. All this vanity...
Why The FBI Can't Be Reformed
by William E. Odom
...The problem is systemic. No one can turn a law enforcement agency into an effective intelligence agency. Police work and intelligence work don't mix. The skills and organizational incentives for each are antithetical. One might just as well expect baseball's Washington Nationals to win football's Super Bowl as believe the FBI can become competent at intelligence work...

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

President Addresses Nation, Discusses Iraq, War on Terror
by President George W. Bush
...After September the 11th, 2001, I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult, and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult -- and we are prevailing. Our enemies are brutal, but they are no match for the United States of America, and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military. May God bless you all.
Perspective: Neal Boortz     Advice: Herbert E. Meyer
The Defeatist Caucus
by Brendan Miniter
...This history is worth running through because some of those who led the effort to shut off funds to South Vietnam are in Congress today and are among the critics of the war in Iraq. It's not that Massachusetts's Sens. Ted Kennedy and John Kerry learned nothing from the defeat in Vietnam. It seems that they learned all the wrong lessons and still have no problem with watching the U.S. lose an eminently winnable and moral war. The history of the Vietnam War could repeat itself in Iraq if the Beltway class decides to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory...
More: Negativism at Home Could Produce Defeat Of U.S. Policy in Iraq     Kerry's Bad Advice
The Power of Hatred
by Ralph Kinney Bennett
...All the efforts to comb the Koran and extol the virtues and ideals of "mainstream" Islam will not camouflage nor expiate the murderous hatred of the Islamofanatics at work in Iraq and around the globe....Consider these words, written by one of the apostles of Islamic hatred, the Iranian Ayatollah Muhammad Baqer al-Sadr, back in 1980: "The world as it is today is how others shaped it. We have two choices: either to accept it with submission, which means letting Islam die, or to destroy it, so that we can construct the world as Islam requires"...
When Minimal Scrutiny Means Minimal Liberty
by Ross Kaminsky
...The irony is devastating: the liberals’ favorite judges have just given absolute power over people’s most sacred property to local governments swayed by the machinations of greedy corporate and union interests, while those whom liberals claim to care about most are the least likely to be able to defend themselves. It bears repeating: this is a frightening decision...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Ten Commandments in the Public Square
by Jill S. Farrell
...There are about 4,000 monuments to the Ten Commandments in city and county courthouses across the United States. Look at the Speaker’s dais in the House of Representatives and on the wall of the Supreme Court. To be honest and consistent, we will now have to strip every monument from every public building in America. Then justice will not only be blind, but it will be naked as well...
More: Hairsplitting at the Court     The Supreme Court, God and Us
Without Man, the Environment is Insignificant
by Dennis Prager
..That is the point of the Creation story -- everything was made in order to prepare the way for the creation of man (and woman, for those whose college education leads them to confuse the generic "man" with "male"). God declared each day's creation "good," but declared the sixth day's creation of man as "very good"...
Failing to Teach History is Bad for Democracy
by John Fund
...America is an exceptional country in that we were born out of a shared set of ideas--human liberty and opportunity, accompanied by a common set of values. It is often said that while being a Frenchman or German is bound up in ethnicity and ties to the soil, it is possible to become an American by adopting this nation's creed and beliefs...We are risking something very basic by failing to communicate the basic ideals of America...
Thefts of U.S. Technology Boost China's Weaponry
by Bill Gertz
...The failure to gauge China's development is part of the bias within the U.S. government that calls for playing down the threat from the growing power of China, both militarily and technologically, Mr. Pillsbury stated. "Predictions a decade ago of slow Chinese [science and technology] progress have now proved to be false," the report stated. Unlike the United States, China does not distinguish between civilian and military development. The same factories in China that make refrigerators also are used to make long-range ballistic missiles...

Monday, June 27, 2005

A Lynching Apology: Shifting the Blame for an Atrocity
The Union Leader
...anti-lynching bills often had majority support in the Senate throughout the 20th century. What stopped them from passing was not the collective action of the entire Senate, but repeated filibusters by a minority of Southern senators. Who were those senators? They were Democrats. While Democrats now say that every member of the Senate has to apologize for the past collective inaction of that body, no one seems to have asked the obvious question: What of the Democratic Party?...
Ethnomathematics
by Diane Ravitch
...It seems terribly old-fashioned to point out that the countries that regularly beat our students in international tests of mathematics do not use the subject to steer students into political action. They teach them instead that mathematics is a universal language that is as relevant and meaningful in Tokyo as it is in Paris, Nairobi and Chicago. The students who learn this universal language well will be the builders and shapers of technology in the 21st century. The students in American classes who fall prey to the political designs of their teachers and professors will not...
Double Trouble Speak
by John Leo
It’s a living language. But sometimes it’s dead on arrival when people toss around euphemisms and gobbledygook. If a hospital charges $58 for a “thermal therapy unit,” what is the patient getting for the money? Answer: an ice pack...The problem for euphemizers is how to get rid of the scary words “clone” and “embryo”...

Sunday, June 26, 2005

By Design or By Chance?
by Denyse O'Leary
...Isn't This Just 'Religion' Versus 'No Religion' All Over Again? No. All parties to the debates have a religious stance of some type. Many atheists who are Darwinists actively promote a "no-God religion," which they think is better suited to the times we live in than traditional religions...In the end, the conflict is between those who think that Darwinism can survive the collapse of modernism—a collapse that has already taken out Marx and Freud—and those who think that, on the contrary, design belongs as much in biology as in cosmology...
Who Owns the Dollar?
by Paul Craig Roberts
...The hardest blow on Americans will fall when China does revalue its currency. When China’s currency ceases to be undervalued, American shoppers in Wal-Mart, where 70 percent of the goods on the shelves are made in China, will think they are in Neiman Marcus. Price increases will cause a dramatic reduction in American real incomes. If this coincides with rising interest rates and a setback in the housing market, American consumers will experience the hardest times since the Great Depression.
Chinese Dragon Awakens
by Bill Gertz
China is building its military forces faster than U.S. intelligence and military analysts expected, prompting fears that Beijing will attack Taiwan in the next two years, according to Pentagon officials. U.S. defense and intelligence officials say all the signs point in one troubling direction: Beijing then will be forced to go to war with the United States, which has vowed to defend Taiwan against a Chinese attack...
Unreal for 30 Days
by Debbie Schlussel
...Last year, I received a request to appear on Mr. Spurlock's new reality show, "30 Days." The episode for which I was being recruited, "Inside an American Muslim Family," airs next Wednesday. It features Mr. Spurlock's childhood friend from West Virginia, David Stacy, spending 30 days "living as a Muslim" in the Detroit area. While Mr. Spurlock is often referred to as a journalist, and touts "30 Days" as a "documentary," the outcome of the show was decided before production began...

Saturday, June 25, 2005

The End of Private Property Rights
by Neal Boortz
...If you own property, and the government wants that property --- you're screwed. You now own your private property only at the pleasure of government; and that means that you own your property, be it your home, your business or a piece of investment real estate only at the pleasure of the local controlling politicians. Let me give you a few real-life examples of just how politicians can now use this Supreme Court decision...
Related: Damaging 'Deference'     I Own It... No You Don't.     Institute for Justice: Meet the people behind the property in the case     Thomas Dissent: Court can't eliminate enumerated liberties     Blogs Abuzz: N.Z. Bear charts the Kelo conversation     Think Tank Reactions: EFF     Cato     ACU     ATR     Bluegrass     CEI     Mackinac     Take Action: Protect your castle by working on local laws
Attacking Our Defenders, Defending Our Attackers  
by Hugh Hewitt
...These completely unfounded and scurrilous attacks must stop. The war on terrorism, with fronts in Afghanistan, Iraq and other places around the globe cannot be won with political opportunists using every bit of airtime they can grab to blast the military and the Bush administration...
Related: Sacrifices in Perspective     The Politics of American Wars    
The Age of the She-Bomber
by Micah Halpern
...Wafa Samir Ibraim Bas had a morning appointment in the Burn Unit of the hospital that had saved her life several months ago. In December of 2004 Bas was badly injured and burned by a gas balloon explosion in her home. Israeli hospitals do not practice a policy of discrimination. All patients are treated alike. Some patients send thank-you notes. This one decided to detonate a bomb...
The EU's Palestine Problem
by Rory Miller
It is difficult to understand the European Union's refusal, over the last five years, to hold the Palestinian leadership accountable for its terrorism and corruption -- and in particular its willingness to embrace the late Yasir Arafat as a great statesman rather than reject him as an arch-terrorist...

Friday, June 24, 2005

The Supreme Court's Reverse Robin Hoods
Opinion Journal
...In his clarifying dissent, Justice Clarence Thomas exposes this logic for the government land grab that it is...And in a separate dissent, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor suggested that the use of this power in a reverse Robin Hood fashion--take from the poor, give to the rich--would become the norm, not the exception: "Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random. The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms"...
More: The Basics on This Property Rights Case     Analysis: The Case against Taking Private Property for Economic Development
The Power of Presidential Solidarity
by Jeff Jacoby
"A reader living in Moscow," writes National Review's Jay Nordlinger, "sent me a photo from a rally in Azerbaijan, which showed a youth holding up a poster of President Bush with the words, 'We Want Freedom.' The reader commented, 'It's good to remember whom people turn to when they're desperate -- and it ain't Kofi Annan'." Indeed. It is fashionable in some circles to invoke the United Nations as the touchstone of moral authority, but realists know better...Every president speaks of freedom and democracy. Bush is the first to make their promotion the cornerstone of his foreign policy. His critics are legion. But from the slave camps of North Korea to that young man in Azerbaijan, so are those fervently hoping he succeeds...

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Tax Cuts, by the Numbers    
by Michael Medved
...Despite reductions in across-the-board tax rates by Bush, the government will collect 15.4 percent more in federal taxes this year than in 2004. In two years since the dramatic Bush tax cuts of 2003, tax receipts have soared a startling 30 percent...
The Myth of Global Warming
by Raymond N. Haynes
The first sin [in the Garden of Eden] was the desire to be like God. The problem with most of the environmentalists is that they suffer from that sin. They think that mankind is God, and can actually affect the rising of the sun, the coming of the rain, and the direction of the wind. The fact is that nature existed before us, and will exist after us, and the balance of nature is not under our control...So — our environmental friends who claim that government regulations can stop global warming are like the witch doctors who say that their incantations can cause it to rain or stop the wind. Their hocus-pocus is meaningless babble, and their actions are literally spitting into the wind. The problem is when they spit into the wind; it comes back and hits us...
More: More About Global Warming Versus The Next Ice Age     Time for Action on Global Warming!
Roots and Nature of Terrorism Against Civilization
by Miklos K. Radvanyi
...In this most important conflict virtually no one really understands the past as it relates to this brand of terrorism, and very few represent the future. In view of the controversy and the protracted character of this political-military conflict, we need to reexamine our understanding of the roots and the true nature of “Islamic terrorism.” Our knowledge of those roots will help us unmask the lies and distortions of Islamic terrorists and secure for future generations an order based on freedom, justice and the dignity of man...
Related: Coulter: Guantanamo Loses 5-Star Rating     'The Nastiest of Prisoners'     Deaf and Dumb Durbin
Change U.S. Law on Anchor Babies
by Al Knight
...In some places in California, births to illegal immigrants make up 70 percent of the total deliveries. Overall statewide, they constitute 25 percent to 33 percent...

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

What's Safe?
by Rich Tucker
...One wonders if Dr. Offit would be willing to take the Gov. Carey [PCB] test. Would he, an adult with a fully developed brain, be willing to inject 50 micrograms of mercury into his body? That’s still less mercury than some children got [from vaccinations] in the late 1990s when they were just a few months old. That’s why the debate over thimerosal is far from settled. What’s certain is that, whatever caused the spike in autism, solving the problem is going to cost more and take longer than we can even imagine.
No Time to Go Wobbly
by Brendan Miniter
The last thing we need in Iraq is a timeline for withdrawal. Victory sets its own schedule, and it's not contingent on the U.S. election calendar. Arbitrarily forcing a timetable on the battlefield will only aid the enemy. Yet a growing number of politicians are now calling for just that--or, at least, a better (read more negative) official accounting of what's happening in Iraq. With polls showing less support for the war and pols parroting that public opinion, we're in danger of losing sight of how to defeat the enemy...
Related: The Media Vs. The Military     Dustbin Durbin
The Risk of a "Risk-Free" Life
by Ed Feulner
..."We also need a far more rational, balanced and intelligent debate as to how 'risk' is debated. Not every 'scandal' requires a regulatory response," [Prime Minister Blair] says, sensibly. Unfortunately, that approach hasn't yet reached across the pond...

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Nature Must Not be Worshipped   
by Dennis Prager
...Nature, after all, is always amoral and usually cruel. Nature has no moral laws, only the amoral law of survival of the fittest. Why would people who value compassion, kindness or justice venerate nature? The notions of justice and caring for the weak are unique to humanity. In the rest of nature, the weak are to be killed. The individual means nothing in nature; the individual is everything to humans...
That Old Black Government Magic
by Bill Murchison
...It all comes down to a basic proposition: Government can't solve basic human problems. We only think it can, having been led to think so by decades of academic and journalistic propaganda. No government can know what's best for nearly 300 million people; only the people themselves have the slightest intuition...
The Democrats Sign Up With the Anti-Semites
by Richard Baehr
...So the Democrats in Congress are now giving voice and credibility to the view that Israel was responsible for the Iraq war. And other Democrats, watching the hearing at the DNC, are hosting anti-Semites who argue that Israel had advance warning of the 9/11 attacks and is therefore responsible for allowing the attacks to occur...
Protesters Heckle Vietnamese Prime Minister
by Jessica Blanchard
..."This is about Vietnam now. It's about people being denied basic human rights," she said. "It's not about what happened 30 years ago... Everywhere Phan Van Khai goes, there will be a protest welcoming him, until he takes care of these human rights issues."

Monday, June 20, 2005

Authenticity of Downing Street Memos in Question
Captain's Quarters
The media and the Leftists have had a field day with the Downing Street memos that they claim imply that the Bush administration lied about the intelligence on WMD in order to justify the attack on Iraq. Despite the fact that none of the memos actually say that, none of them quote any officials or any documents, and that the text of the memos show that the British government worried about the deployment of WMD by Saddam against Coalition troops, Kuwait and/or Israel, the meme continues to survive. Until tonight, however, no one questioned the authenticity of the documents provided by the Times of London...
Brothers In Arms
by Julian E. Barnes
...The concept is that having marines constantly work with Iraqis will build up strong Iraqi forces faster than can be done through the conventional combination of classroom training, exercises, and occasional joint patrols. And since the Bush administration links U.S. military withdrawal to the readiness of Iraqi defense forces, U.S. soldiers and marines see success in this style of training as America's best hope for a ticket out of Iraq...
Related: Whether This War Was Worth It
After the Fall
The Economist
...We have been warning for some time that the price of housing was rising at an alarming rate all around the globe, including in America. Now that others have noticed as well, the day of reckoning is closer at hand. It is not going to be pretty. How the current housing boom ends could decide the course of the entire world economy over the next few years...
Durbin Slanders His Own Country
by Mark Steyn
...One measure of a civilized society is that words mean something: "Soviet" and "Nazi" and "Pol Pot" cannot equate to Guantanamo unless you've become utterly unmoored from reality. Spot the odd one out: 1) mass starvation; 2) gas chambers; 3) mountains of skulls; 4) lousy infidel pop music turned up to full volume. One of these is not the same as the others, and Durbin doesn't have the excuse that he's some airhead celeb or an Ivy League professor. He's the second-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Don't they have an insanity clause?...

Sunday, June 19, 2005

In Pursuit of Princes
by Charmaine Yoest
I wonder how long it will be before Father’s Day is relegated to the remainder bin of history. Ironically, when the end of fatherhood is written, the title will be: "In Pursuit of Pleasure." Gay and defiant, confident in its indictment of the patriarchy, the culture dances unheedingly away with the playboy replacement. The arbiters of cool nod approvingly; the guardians of the gifted grant their blessing...
More: Dad, We Need You     A Father's Day Wish for All Americans
Canada's Medical Gulag
by Paul Jacob
...Canada is the only industrialized country that actually prohibits citizens from privately contracting for medical care. In other words, no matter how much money Canadians can afford to pay, they're stuck in the public's health care system waiting and waiting and waiting for care. Or, when they can afford it, giving up on waiting and traveling to the U.S. to get it. How long are the waits? In a case brought by Jacques Chaoulli, a Montreal family doctor, and George Zeliotis, a patient forced to wait a year to have his hip replaced...
What Did They Expect? Or the Dangers of Being a Moral Don Quixote
The New Criterion Weblog
...it’s not too hard to imagine how the EU commissars will get their constitution. Perhaps they will alter the requirement that all 25 countries ratify it. Or maybe they will alter what ratification means, opting not for public referenda but a decision from some sort of committee or praesidium (or soviet?). The possibilities are endless.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Fatherless in America...
by Mark Alexander
Here is the truth -- and it is a hard truth for men who have abandoned their families, but a harder truth for their children: Most social problems -- crime, drug abuse, unwed pregnancy and abortion, youth suicide, school dropouts and the like -- are the direct consequence of fatherless households...
Dick Durbin's Torturous Analogy
by Tom Bevan
...instead of giving the enemy a propaganda coup by comparing American treatment of prisoners with some of the most murderous regimes in history, Durbin's partisanship would have him striking a much more patriotic tune, as he did in 1998 when defending the Clinton administration's decision to bomb Iraq...What a shame that to Dick Durbin the idea of presenting a united front to our enemies abroad only applies when a Democrat is in the Oval Office...
More: ADL to Durbin: Apologize     Durbin Slams His Own Country     Overview: Guantanamo Bay and the War on Terror

Friday, June 17, 2005

Mo' Better Kool-Aid
by Scott Johnson
...Today Senator Durbin is probably al-Qaeda's most popular senator, although he must have some serious competition in that department. Here is one metaphor by which I am willing to stand. Senators Leahy and Durbin are more fit to reconstitute the Democratic Party as a branch of the Peoples Temple than to hold high office. They are more fit to lead a doomsday cult devoted to drinking poison Kool-Aid than they are to serve as United States Senators...
More: The Treacherous Dick Durbin     Senator Durbin's Trifecta
Bush's Shame: State Department Gets President to Abandon Democracy Pledge for Vietnam
by Jeffrey T. Kuhner
...Next week, President Bush will be meeting Vietnam's Communist Prime Minister Phan Van Khai for talks at the White House. The event is being hailed by Hanoi as another crucial step in the normalization of relations between the two countries. However, the meeting represents a betrayal by President Bush not only of his foreign policy aims, but of American veterans who fought and died in Vietnam...
When Is an Election Not an Election?
by Michael Ledeen
...Any normal person familiar with the Islamic republic knows that these are not elections at all, and for extras have nothing to do with the future of the Iranian nation. They are a mise en scene, an entertainment, a comic opera staged for our benefit. The purpose of the charade, pure and simple, is to deter us from supporting the forces of democratic revolution in Iran...Ask yourself two simple questions. Does the president of Iran hold any real power? Has any "candidate" (of which there are eight) been chosen by anyone other than the supreme leader and his cronies?...
A New Threat to Intellectual Property
by James P. Pinkerton
Most Americans have probably never heard of the World Intellectual Property Organization, headquartered here in Switzerland. But they should know now about WIPO. Otherwise, they will learn about it the hard way...

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Airport Security's Grand Illusion
by Anne Applebaum
...Almost none of the agony you are experiencing [waiting in a security line] is making you safer, at least not to any statistically significant or economically rational degree. Certainly any logical analysis of the money that has been spent on the airport security system since Sept. 11, 2001, and the security that the system has created, must lead to that conclusion...
Aid from Bush and Blair May Help Africa Fail Again
by Roger Bate and Richard Tren
...The Blair-Bush announcement of $674 million in aid for Eritrea and Ethiopia is worrying. While we [accept] that food aid is warranted, the leaders of these two countries are among the worst in Africa, and we are rewarding them for bankrupting their agricultural economies through corruption, mismanagement, and communist collectivization...
Related: Silent Diplomacy Can't Stop Mugabe's Mission to Destroy Homes and Lives
A Depraved Society We Can’t Ignore
by Norbert Vollertsen
...[In dramatic contrast to the world of Communist Party members and senior military officers], the world for ordinary people in North Korea is completely different. In their world, one can see young children, undersized, undernourished, mute, with sunken eyes and skin stretched tight across their faces, wearing uniform blue-and-white-striped pajamas. Anyone who’s seen pictures of Dachau or Auschwitz would find the scene distressingly familiar...
Liberals Don't Know what to Do with Nondeferential Minorities
Opinion Journal
...In the minds of many liberal Democrats, Hispanics and African Americans must seem to come in only two varieties: deferential or defective...By the way, here's something I've noticed: When conservatives criticize a person of color, they often insult you. But liberals usually are condescending. They don't say they're upset as much as "disappointed" in you...
Related: The Doughnut Democrats
Missing: Males on College Campuses
by Wendy McElroy
...The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) tracks the enrollment in all degree-granting institutions by sex. From 1992 to 2000, the ratio of enrolled males to females fell from 82 to 78 boys for every 100 girls. The NCES projects that in 2007 the ratio will be 75 males for every 100 females; in 2012, 74 per 100. In short, your son is statistically more likely than your daughter to work a blue collar job...

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
by Christopher Hitchens
...How many of those who express concern about Guantanamo have also been denouncing the administration for being too lenient about ignoring warnings and missing opportunities for a pre-atrocity roundup? I merely ask...
The Left's War for International Affection
by David Limbaugh
...There is no small amount of irony in the fact that the people who are doing their level best to make sure the news is dominated by stories portraying America as imperialistic and inhumane are the same ones warning that we dare not permit our image to deteriorate...
In Congo, 1,000 Die Per Day: Why Isn't it a Media Story?
by Andrew Stroehlein
...News editors have long assumed "no one is interested in Africa," supposing their audience sees only hopeless African problems eternally defying solution and thus not worth attention...
'Fetus Eater' Loses Medical License
by Jill Stanek
It is so hard to find a good abortionist these days. Most seem to meet with one of three professional demises: imprisonment for sexual assault; medical license revocation for malpractice; or death, alone in their beds, while watching porn flicks after overdosing on heroin...As for Kansan legislators, they failed to override pro-abort Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of the clinic regulations bill. I'm so glad we're past the back-alley abortion days.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

We are Not Just Animals: Judeo-Christian Values Part XV
by Dennis Prager
...Here is the best way I know of to explain holiness in Judeo-Christian religions: There is a continuum from the profane to the holy that coincides with the dual bases of human creation -- the animal and the divine...And that is what the Judeo-Christian value system ultimately yearns for -- the elevation of human conduct to the God-like, rather than allowing us to behave like fellow animals.
The High Cost of Nuances
by Thomas Sowell
...the real significance of this [Supreme Court] decision has little to do with marijuana and everything to do with the kind of government that we, our children, and our children's children are going to live under...In short, the kinds of limitations on the power of the national government created by the Constitution are being nuanced out of existence by the courts...
Mexico's Blind Eye to al-Qaida Activity
World Net Daily
...Islam is on the move in Mexico and throughout Latin America, making dramatic gains in converting the native population, increasing immigration, establishing businesses and charities and attracting attention from U.S. government officials who have asked their neighbors to the south to keep an eye on foreign Muslim groups. While Mexico has pledged to monitor these activities on behalf of the U.S., those familiar with the recruitment practices and the Mexican government's oversight say the U.S. has reasons for concern...
NOPD Links To Nation Of Islam Are Disturbing
by Jeff Crouere
The security chief for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has been hired to provide sensitivity training for the [New Orleans Police Department]...Unfortunately, the list of racist and inflammatory statements from Nation of Islam leaders is too comprehensive to completely catalog...Farrakhan’s views have even been condemned by African American leaders...Obviously, Chief Compass needs sensitivity training to realize the implications of his decision.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Osama's Road to Riches and Terror
by Georg Mascolo and Erich Follath
The Bin Laden family disowned black sheep Osama in 1994. But have they really broken with the mega-terrorist? Recently revealed classified documents seem to suggest otherwise. Osama's violent career has been made possible in part by the generosity of his family -- and by his contacts with the Saudi royals...
More: Tracking Osama's Kin Around the World
What Africa Owes to Itself
...Debt relief alone will not go to the heart of the problem. It will encourage corrupt governments to go on as before and discourage public and private investors. While the new round of relief will be tied to economic and political reform, with respect, we have heard all of that before and it has done nothing yet to stem the tide of what can only be called government by kleptocracy...
United We Fall
by Tom Bevan
...Perhaps the only good that can come from the United debacle is that new laws will be put in place to prevent companies with defined benefit plans from using loopholes to under fund them. That would certainly benefit future retirees, but it's a very small consolation to my father and many more of the 50,000 lifelong United employees who are watching their retirement dreams go up in smoke.
Unsocialized Medicine
Opinion Journal
Let's hope Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy were sitting down when they heard the news of the latest bombshell Supreme Court ruling. From the Supreme Court of Canada, that is. That high court issued an opinion last Thursday saying, in effect, that Canada's vaunted public health-care system produces intolerable inequality...

Sunday, June 12, 2005

What's Bad for G.M. Is . . .
by Gregg Easterbrook
...Intense competition within the auto industry has resulted in steady improvements in the workmanship, performance, safety and design of cars, while holding down prices. That's the ideal outcome for consumers but not for General Motors, which, as the largest automaker, had the most to lose. Pop-culture economics assumes that competition crushes the little guy, but in practice it's often the big enchilada that gets eaten...
Myth and Reality in the EU
by Bret Stephens
...the deeper reason behind the "no" votes, I suspect, is that Europe's imagined past no longer provides relevant answers for its depressing present. This has happened elsewhere in the world: in the old communist countries, for instance, and in the Arab world today. Now it is the Europeans who have awakened to the fact that the great myths that have sustained their joint enterprise this far will sustain it no further...
Whooping Cough Outbreak Linked to Illegals
World Net Daily
..."Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back, and other diseases that we've never seen or rarely seen in America, because they've always been the diseases of poverty and the third world, are coming in now," she said. As WorldNetDaily reported last month, even leprosy is suddenly on the radar of health officials...
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Mein Kampf Bestseller in Turkey
World Net Daily
..."A lot of people in the West don't realize this has always been a popular book among radical Muslims," says Steve Hagerman, founder of Turkish World Outreach. "They think it's a tragedy Hitler didn't win the war. This is symptomatic of growing anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism in the country"...

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Poll: Iranians Want Regime Change
World Net Daily
...A scientific public opinion survey of Iranians shows most want regime change in their country and 74 percent believe the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq increases the chances they will be able to overthrow their Shiite theocracy. The survey, which was the first of its kind, found two-thirds of Iranians believe that regime change in Iraq has been a positive for both neighboring countries: with 66 percent believing that it served Iran's national interests, while 65 percent believed the Iraqi people will, in the long-run, be better off...
When Bilingual Means Doublespeak
by Debra Saunders
...Imagine, then, how bilingual zealots would be especially threatened by a Latino who, from personal experience, knows in his heart that English fluency is attainable and essential for immigrant children to succeed in America. His crime is that he makes it more difficult for the bilingual lobby to dismiss English immersion supporters as racists.
Related: Educating the University

Friday, June 10, 2005

Analysts Missed Chinese Buildup
by Bill Gertz
...The report was created by several current and former intelligence officials and concludes that U.S. agencies missed more than a dozen Chinese military developments, according to officials familiar with the report...
Who's Really Abusing the Koran?
by Max Boot
...On at least six occasions, Korans were ripped up...Why aren't millions of Muslims rioting in response to these defilements? Because the perpetrators were prisoners, not guards. As John Hinderaker notes on weeklystandard.com, the most serious desecrations of the Koran at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility were committed by the Muslim inmates themselves...
How the Left Hijacked the September 11th Memorial
by Jacob Laksin
...The final design of the center’s memorial will not be finalized until the end of 2005, but unless an aroused American public speaks up, all signs suggest that the finished product will be little more than a propaganda vehicle for the blame America left. Discussing the still-developing plans, Tom Bernstein recently told the New York Times, “We're not trying to be comprehensive.” To judge by the ideological groupthink obtaining among the center’s advisors, this is a resounding understatement of what amounts to a monumental betrayal of those who died in the 9/11 attack.
Illiberal Aspects of Illegal Immigration Rarely Voiced
by Victor Davis Hanson
...For too long the debate over illegal immigration has been demagogued on hot-button issues of economics, ethnicity and relations with Mexico. The subtext always has been that those who support open borders are somehow more caring or ethical than their purportedly insensitive opponents who wish a return to measured and legal immigration. In fact, the opposite is true...
Related: Most Illegal Aliens Freed on Bail, Own Recognizance

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Tough Cell
by Ed Feulner
...Everyone wants to cure diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and diabetes. But if embryonic stem cells seemed the singular remedy, the private research industry, including pharmaceutical companies, would pour money into the research. A $1 billion investment could pay 10 times as much to any company that developed a cure. That embryonic stem cell research is being left to the federal government speaks volumes.
Protecting Troops at Home
USA Today
Shortly after Marine reservist Steve Duarte returned from his second tour of combat duty in Iraq, he was fired from his human resources job at a Colorado high-tech plant where he had worked for 19 years...Defense officials and volunteer watchdogs who jump in when they learn of possible violations say most cases get resolved once those involved are made aware of their legal obligations. Even so, employers, lenders and others who engage in such disreputable practices do more than break the law. They disgrace themselves and their nation.
Clinton and Dean Rage Against Republicans--Not a Winning Approach
by Peggy Noonan
...in some key ways in Washington, the most politically engaged individuals in both parties do not understand each other...Knowing that, let's do a thought experiment. Close your eyes and imagine this...

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Great Ground Zero Heist
by Debra Burlingame
...I would wager that, if given a choice, they would rather walk through that dusty hanger at JFK Airport where 1,000 World Trade Center artifacts are stored than be herded through the International Freedom Center's multi-million dollar insult. Ground Zero has been stolen, right from under our noses. How do we get it back?
The Cost of the War on Terrorism
by Ben Stein
...How can we thank these families? How can we possibly praise enough the sacrifice they and their husbands have made? How can it ever be enough? Yet, they have something the rest of us rarely have: meaning. They know why God put them on earth, why they live and suffer. They never doubt their worth...
Terminal Futility
by Christopher Hitchens
...What we are looking at, then, is a hugely costly and oppressive system that is designed to maintain the illusion of [airline] safety and the delusion that the state is protecting its citizens. The main beneficiaries seem to be the pilferers employed by this vast bureaucracy—we have had several recent reports about the steep increase in items stolen from luggage...
Amnesty International and Moral Idiocy
by Dennis Prager
...Calling Guantanamo "Gulag" smears America and trivializes the suffering and deaths of millions upon millions of innocent people. But this does not matter to leftist organizations and their defenders in the mainstream media...
Liberals and Class
by Thomas Sowell
...These chaotic and violence-prone communities in Britain do not have the excuse of racism or a legacy of slavery. What they do have in common with similar communities in the United States is a similar reliance on the welfare state and a similar set of intellectuals making excuses for their behavior and denouncing anyone who wants them to change their ways...

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Mexico a Hard Sell on Extraditing Murder Suspects
by Valerie Richardson
...We've met people who have been trying for 20 years to extradite the killers of their sons or daughters and gotten nowhere," said Mr. March. "There's been no response from anyone -- not federal authorities, not state authorities -- except their local D.A."...
Good news from Afghanistan
by Arthur Chrenkoff
...Sadly, in the rush of commentary about Afghanistan's slide into anarchy and America's deteriorating position in Kabul, most of the international media again missed or downplayed many other stories, some of them arguably far more consequential than an anti-government rampage whipped up by opponents of President Karzai...
Future Shock
by Michael Barone
...More important, what if the [social security] bedrock turns out to be quicksand? The experts, as Justice Harlan noted nearly a half century ago, don't always get it right...
Europe's Iran Illusions
by Amir Taheri
...If Iran has decided to get the bomb, it is not going to stop because Straw talks to a junior mullah. Nor would the promise of investment and trade persuade them to change course. As for the threat of "referring" them to the United Nations, Asefi described it as "laughable". The European initiative is not only useless but could also be dangerous...

Monday, June 06, 2005

Planned Parenthood Protecting Adult Abusers of Young Girls
by Rich Lowry
...This fight is so important because our culture relentlessly sexualizes children. The message, for instance, of Britney Spears' act before she came of age was "teen girls are hot." Pop culture won't change, but the law can at least try to send an opposite signal...
Leszek Kolakowski & The Anatomy of Totalitarianism
by Roger Kimball
...Marxism performs the function of a religion, and its efficacy is of a religious character. But it is a caricature and a bogus form of religion, since it presents its temporal eschatology as a scientific system, which religious mythologies do not purport to be...
No Child Left Behind is Starting to Work
by Stanley Crouch
...the only way that ingrained social programs can be effectively handled is by city, state and federal government committing to measurable change. Beyond racism and class contempt, there is the ongoing problem of laziness, the presence of layabouts disguised as teachers who disgrace the profession and bring a bad name to those many serious educators whom they hide behind...

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Court OKs Forced Feeding
World Net Daily
...While reports mount of elderly and disabled Americans being starved and dehydrated to death by denial of a feeding tube – sometimes by court order – a state court has approved the force-feeding of a convicted arsonist who was trying to starve himself to death...The case is an ironic contrast to the increasing number of cases where courts order the removal of feeding tubes from patients fighting for life...
The Truth About Guantanamo Bay
by Michelle Malkin
...The mainstream media and international human rights organizations have relentlessly portrayed the Guantanamo Bay detention facility as a depraved torture chamber operated by sadistic American military officials defiling Islam at every turn...Have there been abuses? Yes. But here is the rest of the story -- the story that the Islamists and their sympathizers don't want you to hear...
Diversity Quotas are Destroying Effective Policing
...In the wake of L.A.'s Rampart Division scandal, where 30 officers were suspended or fired, former LAPD deputy chief Steve Downing said, "Rampart wasn't about cops who became gangsters. It was about gangsters who became cops." Downing adds that elected officials refuse to acknowledge the obvious: Institutionalized racial preferences "allowed persons of poor character to be hired"...

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Our Strange War
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Our dilemma is that we have not sought to defeat and humiliate the enemy as much as wean a people from the thrall of Islamic autocracy. That is our challenge, and explains our exasperating strategy of half-measures and apologies — and the inability to articulate exactly whom we are fighting and why...
Judicial Appointments & 'Extraordinary Circumstances'
by John Kyl
...As a result, President Bush had fewer circuit court nominees confirmed in his first term than any president in modern times. The effect was not only to deny these nominees a confirmation vote, but also to prevent the Senate from exercising its constitutional obligation to vote.
Harvard’s Diversity Grovel
by Heather MacDonald
Harvard University has just pledged $50 million for faculty “diversity” efforts, penance for President Lawrence Summers’s public mention of sex differences in cognition. The university would have been better off hiring a top-notch conjuror, since only magic could produce a trove of previously undiscovered female and minority academic stars suitable for tenuring...

Friday, June 03, 2005

The Truth of Tiananmen
by Todd Crowell
...It may be true that the demonstrators sixteen years ago did not debate the finer points of Westminster-style parliamentary democracy for China. Yet, the Tiananmen was fundamentally and profoundly democratic. Yes, they may have been angry about their leaders’ growing corruption. But the people who say the revolt was against corruption are only half right. The underlying message was this: Our leaders are corrupt and we can’t do anything to get rid of them. And that is the truth of Tiananmen.
The Legend of Deep Throat
by Peggy Noonan
...What Mr. Felt helped produce was a weakened president who was a serious president at a serious time. Nixon's ruin led to a cascade of catastrophic events--the crude and humiliating abandonment of Vietnam and the Vietnamese, the rise of a monster named Pol Pot, and millions--millions--killed in his genocide. America lost confidence; the Soviet Union gained brazenness. What a terrible time. Is it terrible when an American president lies and surrounds himself by dirty tricksters? Yes, it is. How about the butchering of children in the South China Sea. Is that worse? Yes. Infinitely, unforgettably and forever...
Fear and Rejection
by David Brooks
Forgive me for making a blunt and obvious point, but events in Western Europe are slowly discrediting large swaths of American liberalism. Most of the policy ideas advocated by American liberals have already been enacted in Europe...And yet far from thriving, continental Europe has endured a lost decade of relative decline...
More: Why Europeans Are as Mad as Hell at the New Europe
Annihilating Terry Schiavo
by Paul McHugh
...Contemporary bioethics has become a natural ally of the culture of death...The more this culture continues to influence our thinking, the deeper are likely to become the divisions within our society and within our families, the more hardened our hatreds, and the more manifold our fears. More of us will die prematurely; some of us will even be persuaded that we want to.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

UN Told it Ignored Years of Abuse by Peacekeepers
by Evelyn Leopold
The U.N. Security Council on Tuesday condemned for the first time sexual abuse among peacekeepers after being told U.N. members ignored such exploitation for decades, fearing exposure of their own soldiers' wrongdoing...
Why We Need a Flat Tax
by Steve Forbes
...A flat tax would eliminate the possibility of clever minds setting up complicated tax-avoidance schemes. The code would be too transparent, too simple to hide tax liabilities. A flat tax is the only way to end the clutter, confusion and distortions of the current system. Clamoring for smarter tax software, better-trained IRS staff and targeted tax cuts won't solve our tax problems...
How About the North Atlantic Free Trade Association?
by Austin Bay
...So, let's offer NAFTA membership to Holland, Ireland and the United Kingdom. If you're Dutch, Irish or British, why be stuck in the crisis-ridden fraud of a Franco-centric now Franco-fractured Greater Europe? We'll call it the North Atlantic Free Trade Association. Heck, we don't even have to change the acronym.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Globalization Game
by Clyde Prestowitz
...Thus, globalization has evolved into a kind of pyramid scheme. To maintain global growth, the United States must consume and borrow ever more while foreign banks buy ever more US Treasuries so their producers can export ever more...
The Arrogance of Values
by Dennis Prager
...Judeo-Christian values -- as developed and expressed specifically, though not only, in America -- constitute the finest value system in the world. If you care about goodness, justice and compassion prevailing in an often evil, unjust and cruel world, you should hope that Judeo-Christian values predominate on earth. Is such an attitude, that there is a best value system, arrogant -- or even chauvinistic or racist?...
More: Krauthammer: In Defense of Certainty
A Toast To The French
by William Murchison
...The Constitution of Europe, ratified or left to dry in the sun, is more a symbol than a civilizational question. But that which it symbolizes -- the quest for life without God -- contradicts everything our civilization has taught about means and ends and justice and freedom...
More: Steyn: Europe is an Indulgence We Can't Afford     The No Vote was a Shout of Defiance     Turkey, Other EU Rejects have Palatable Plan B