"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

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Publishing will be sporadic at best for the next two weeks. In the meantime, check out the updated Links.
Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
by Bill Bennett
Bill Bennett and White House Counsel Claude Allen discuss post-Katrina rebuilding efforts; North Korea's latest diplomatic activities are scrutinized by Hugh Hewitt and Frank Gaffney; this week's BTN special report says marriage may be stronger than we think in the US; Frank Pastore and David Barton look at Michael Newdow's latest pledge of allegiance antics; Janet Parshall and Ken Timmerman talk of evidence of WMD in Iraq; Albert Mohler reacts to disturbing new teen trends; Scott Thomas and Tony Blankley look at the Islamic threat throughout the world and Dennis Prager remembers Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal.
Bad Company
Investor's Business Daily
The media have pushed the idea that the demonstration this weekend at the White House was an "anti-war" gathering. What they didn't say was who was behind it...the lead organizer is ANSWER, which the media routinely refer to as an "antiwar group." It is nothing of the sort. In fact, ANSWER is a front group for the Stalinist Workers World Party. And any group that qualifies for that epithet in front of its name deserves special scrutiny, since Josef Stalin was responsible for the murder of as many as 25 million human beings. Well, you might ask, does it really matter? It sure does...
What Happens if We Pull Out of Iraq? Think Beirut--to the Power of 10
by Niall Ferguson
...(Having spent last week in Cambodia, I have just been forcefully reminded of the horrors that befell Indo-China after the Americans abandoned South Vietnam). The kind of violence that we could see in Iraq if we quit now, leaving full-scale civil war to rage, would dwarf all that has happened since 2003...
The Matter with Kansas Can Be Understood at Woolworth's
by Lee Harris
...Perhaps one day the critics of Middle America will begin to recognize the humanity they share with people they so quickly label as culturally backwards. Perhaps one day they might even begin to listen to them, and to learn from them, the way I did so many years ago, while eavesdropping on the waitresses at Woolworth's.
'Able Danger' Will Get Second Hearing
Fox News
The Defense Department on Friday reversed its earlier decision to bar key witnesses from testifying about just how much information the U.S. government had on the Sept. 11 hijackers before they led the attacks that killed 3,000 people. The Senate Judiciary Committee has therefore scheduled a second hearing for next week on the formerly secret Pentagon intelligence unit called "Able Danger." Former members of Able Danger say the group identified Sept. 11 hijackers, including Mohamed Atta, more than a year before the attacks. Although those Able Danger analysts say they told the Sept. 11 commission about their findings, former members of the panel have so far dismissed the claim. The Senate Judiciary Committee said in a statement Friday that the Pentagon now will allow five witnesses to testify...
Politicians not Giving us Much of a Choice
by Mark Steyn
American politics seems to have dwindled down to a choice between a big government party and a big permanently-out-of-government party...These days one party raises a ton of money from George Soros and the other raises a ton of money from you...Instead of changing the nature of the federal government, the Republican majority in Washington seems to be changing the nature of the Republican Party. The Democrats' approach to government has been Sorosized, the GOP's has been supersized. Some choice.
Related: Fair Trade--Pork for Katrina Reconstruction
A Case Study in Border Control
by Jon Kyl
There are many who argue that America's borders are simply too vast to comprehensively protect against illegal immigration, and that efforts to do so are a waste of resources better spent on "pragmatic" and "realistic" approaches to accommodating illegal aliens already here. I've always thought this view is not just wrong, but dangerously so - defeatism actually encourages more people to risk their lives crossing parched desert in order to jump ahead of those waiting to enter the United States legally (or do something worse, in the case of a terrorist)...What we can do in one sector, surely we can do on the rest of the border. And surely we must.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Qaeda Data Haunts Able Danger Guy
by Niles Lathem
...In dramatic testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former Maj. Erik Kleinsmith said he was ordered by Army lawyers to destroy data collected by the secret Pentagon data-mining project known as Able Danger that reportedly included the name and picture of 9/11 ringleader Mohammad Atta and at least three other hijackers. "I do go to bed every night, and other members of our team do as well, [thinking] if we had not been shut down, we would have been able to prevent something or assist the United States in some way. Could we have prevented 9/11? I can never speculate to that extent," he testified. Kleinsmith recalls being jokingly told by a military lawyer "remember [to] delete this data or you guys will go to jail"...
The Value of a Nuclear Program
By George Friedman
...The confluence of these events causes us to raise a fundamental question rarely addressed: Why would small nations want to spend their national treasure on developing a handful of nuclear weapons that would be difficult to deliver to a target and that could be destroyed by another country -- like the United States -- almost at will, if the United States chose to use their own enormously more plentiful weapons? The answer is not as obvious as it might seem...
Withdraw Myers
National Review
...Her nomination highlights the administration’s desire to keep immigration enforcement on a short leash, lest some rogue official embarrass the White House by actually enforcing the immigration law. It exposes the administration to yet another Michael Brown fiasco if, as is eventually likely, a terrorist eludes the demoralized immigration agents at ICE on his way to killing Americans.
More: Not Another Homeland Security Hack
Illegal Alien Related: Texas Lawmakers Ask Bush to Declare Border Emergency
More Bloodshed Coming, Israeli Official Says
by Julie Stahl
"Instead of disarming under Abu Mazen [Abbas], the [militant groups] are doing the opposite," said Steinitz. The militant groups are gathering weapons, drafting fighters, training them and "preparing for another round of bloodshed. Sooner or later we will have to fight [them] again."
Meanwhhile, in the Philippines: Abu Sayyaf now Recruiting Christians for Future Attacks

Thursday, September 22, 2005

What's the Pentagon Covering Up?
by John Nixon
Yesterday in a radio interview, Rep. Kurt Weldon (R-Pa.) stated that over two terabytes (the equivalent of one fourth of the Library of Congress' holdings) of information had been destroyed--information that was obtained by open-source intelligence gathered by the military operation code-named Able Danger. Open-source intelligence is not classified information--it's information that can be acquired by anyone via the Internet and other public sources. Why, then, did that data need to be destroyed? Why, then, has the Pentagon put a gag order on those who were to testify in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing?...
Collapse of Family Remains the Key to Persistent Poverty
by Thomas Bray
...Among the pictures from New Orleans were lots of heart-rending shots of displaced mothers and children, but few of fathers and husbands. Liberal critics say Hurricane Katrina ripped aside the veil on America's extreme poverty. What it really ripped aside was the veil over the collapse of family, particularly among inner-city blacks, that lies at the heart of poverty...
Related: New Orleans Disaster Highlights the Failure of the Welfare State
How John Roberts Drove the Senate Democrats Nuts
by Edward Morrissey
...He refused to say how he would rule when presented with specific cases and hypotheticals based on issues that will probably come before the Court--but each time he explained in detail why he could not answer, and then instead talked about the process he would use to approach cases such as those outlined by the senators. He didn't sound unresponsive; rather, Roberts came across like a law professor giving a lecture in Jurisprudence 101 to a group of inattentive freshmen. In return, the Democrats acted like--inattentive freshmen...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

First Fight Yourself, then Society  
by Dennis Prager
...in general, the way to a better society is through the laborious and completely non-glamorous project of making each person more honest, more courageous, more decent, more likely to commit to another person in marriage, more likely to devote more time to raising children, and so on. That is why all those peace studies institutes and courses are morally meaningless. Only by people learning to fight their yetzer hara will peace reign on earth.
Dammable Pork
by John Stossel
...Former Louisiana senator John Breaux also told me the state never got what it asked for. "I'm part of the effort to try and get more money, and many times we were not successful," he complained. But, surprise! It turns out Louisiana got lots of money for Corps of Engineers projects -- hundreds of millions of dollars more than any other state. Congress just spent it on pork projects instead of on the levees. I confronted Breaux about his own state's pork, such as subsidies for ship builders and the sugar industry. "I object to you using words like squander and pork," he said. "What is pork in one part of the country is an essential project in another part"...
Related: Deficit Spending for Katrina
Velvet Revolutions and the Logic of Terrorism
by Frederick Turner
...Even in Israel, where it was the citizens of an already-established democratic state that were being attacked, the true target, as we are now coming to understand after the death of Arafat, was the nascent democracy of Palestine. By killing Jews, Arafat could continue to oppress and defraud Palestinians. Global terrorism is not a revolution, but an attempt to suppress a revolution...

Monday, September 19, 2005

Just the Same--It's all Bush's Fault
by Neal Boortz
At the very time Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans, there were several top-level officials in the very department of Louisiana government that prepares for emergencies such as Katrina sitting around and waiting for their trial. Trial, you say? Trial for what? Let's try corruption and throw in a bit of fraud...Perhaps if these Louisiana officials ever actually go to trial now they will be able to use the "Blame Bush" defense. And that's not all...
Interviewing the Enemy
by Tom Bevan
It's not quite sleeping with them, but a bit unseemly nonetheless. In what I'm sure many on the left will hail as a sterling piece of "objective journalism," Ellen Knickmeyer of the Washington Post turns to an expert to debunk claims by the U.S. military that they're making progress against the insurgency in Iraq...There's nothing quite like getting your enemy's propoganda served up unfiltered in a major American daily newspaper...
Uncharted Territory, Once Again
by John Hinderaker
...The Democrats appear bent on destroying every element of the fabric that has united us as Americans. Clinton's vicious attack [on President Bush] is even worse in the context of his wife's Presidential bid: it is fair to assume that he was motivated not only by partisanship, but by his own desire to re-occupy the White House, and, most likely, wield once more the levers of power...
Fast-Food Company to Drop Logo After Muslims Gripe
by Patrick Goodenough
In the latest example of Western business interests giving in to pressure by offended Muslims, Burger King reportedly has withdrawn an ice cream product after complaints that a label design looks like the Arabic script for "Allah"...The product label bears a pattern representing a stylized swirl of soft serve ice cream. But some customer looked at it sideways and thought they could see something else...
More PC madness: UK Muslim Committee Objects to Holocaust Memorial

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Law experts Theodore Olson, Erwin Chemerinsky and John Eastman join Bill Bennett and Hugh Hewitt looking at the Roberts confirmation hearings; Mike Gallagher opines on the Supreme Court nominee; Janet Parshall and Navy Secretary Gordon England speak about a special 9/11 memorial; BTN's Keith Peters looks at the faith community's efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina while Frank Pastore and Ann Scofield ask for help in locating missing children; Michael Medved and director Scott Derrickson explore having faith in Hollywood while Albert Mohler asks how much government should we have in a crisis.
Biodiesel: Fuel For Thought
by Frances Cerra Whittelsey
Every few weeks, Etta Kantor goes to a Chinese restaurant and fills a couple of five-gallon pails with used cooking oil. Back in her garage, the 59-year-old philanthropist and grandmother strains it through a cloth filter and then pours it into a custom-made second fuel tank in her 2003 Volkswagen Jetta diesel station wagon. Once the car is warmed up, she flips a fuel toggle on the dashboard to switch to the vegetable oil. Wherever she drives, she’s trailed by the appetizing odor of egg rolls...
Military May Play Bigger Relief Role
by Robert Burns
...Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, said, "I believe the time has come that we reflect on the Posse Comitatus Act." He advocated giving the president and the secretary of defense "correct standby authorities" to manage disasters. Presidents have long been reluctant to deploy U.S. troops domestically, leery of the image of federal troops patrolling in their own country or of embarrassing state and local officials...
Louisiana Officials Indicted Before Katrina Hit
by Ken Silverstein and Josh Meyer
Senior officials in Louisiana's emergency planning agency already were awaiting trial over allegations stemming from a federal investigation into waste, mismanagement and missing funds when Hurricane Katrina struck. And federal auditors are still trying to track as much as $60 million in unaccounted for funds that were funneled to the state from the Federal Emergency Management Agency dating back to 1998...
Related: Money Earmarked for Evacuation Redirected

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Space, Food, Medicine, Protection: It's Better Here in Barbara's Hall of Plenty
by Gerard Baker
...Something bad happens: it’s government’s fault for not preventing it. It’s government’s responsibility for cleaning up the mess. And if the mess gets bigger, that’s government’s fault too. The irony is that New Orleans is one of those cities where government-dependency had reached such levels that a kind of economic and social anomie had set in. For many of its victims the escape depicted by Barbara Bush is just what they needed.
Trouble in compassion paradise: Relief organizers like rival gangs     And by the way, Congress should make some sacrifices, too
Our Rock of Sisyphus
by Victor Davis Hanson
Where does the United States stand in its so-called global war against terror, four years after the September 11 attack? The news is both encouraging and depressing all at once...

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Iron Law of Oligarchy, Revisited
by Lee Harris
...There is no quick fix to the human condition. The panacea of universal democratic reform cannot change the nature of things any more than the dream of a socialist utopia. If we are to change reality for the better, we must first be prepared to see it at its worst. And here, oddly enough, is where politics inevitably becomes delusional, and only religion manages to get it right. Politics selects a certain group and explains why they should rule over others; religion looks at us all and says that none of us can be trusted with power. The doctrine of original sin is the best prophylactic against the pretensions of any ruling class, and it is precisely those groups that have stressed this doctrine the most that have freed themselves from the tyranny of their betters.
Related: Those Big Spending Republicans
The Storm Before the Balm
by Peggy Noonan
Katrina didn't change everything, but it changed a lot...George W. Bush still enjoys a bright spot in terms of his foes. Liberal politicians continue to respond to the calamity with delighted anguish. Their critiques are attacks and their attacks are opportunistic. Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy and Nancy Pelosi have come across as pols coolly using the suffering of others to club the opposition...What's true in terms of the criticism?...
More: Who's to Blame?     FEMA Versus Wal-Mart     Faith Does Breed Charity     The Racism Charges Won’t Wash     The Veneer of Civilization Utterly Removed

Thursday, September 15, 2005

The Feminization of Society: Judeo-Christian Values Part XXII
by Dennis Prager
...In the micro realm, the feminine virtues are invaluable -- for example, women hear infants' cries far more readily than men do. But as a basis for governance of society, the feminization of public policy is suicidal. That is one reason our schools are in trouble. They are increasingly run by women -- women with female thinking moreover. Such thinking leads to papers no longer being graded with a red pencil lest students' feelings be hurt; to self-esteem supplanting self-discipline as a value; to banning games such as dodge ball in which participants' feelings may get hurt; to discouraging male competition; to banning peanut butter because two out of a thousand students are highly allergic to peanuts...
Waste of Time?
by Neil Cavuto
Why do we have hearings — especially when it doesn't appear anyone is hearing at all? The questions are far longer than answers and the answers far vaguer than valuable. I mean, is it me, or have you found these confirmation hearings for John Roberts to be a total waste of time? I know they're supposed to be a big deal. My network's on it, after all. So I tiptoe carefully here. But I'm sorry, I have never seen such stupid, blatant political posturing and pointless, meaningless rambling since... well, since the last high court hearings...
America and the Poor
by Bill O'Reilly
The aftermath of Katrina has produced a debate over poor Americans. There are about 37 million people living below the poverty line right now. The issue was described this way by Newsweek reporter Evan Thomas, a liberal guy but not alone, who writes, "Liberals will say [the authorities] were indifferent to the plight of poor African-Americans. It is true that Katrina laid bare society's massive neglect of its least fortunate." Massive neglect? Let's take a look at that bit of overstatement...
Monumental Surrender
by Michelle Malkin
...Let's set aside the utter boneheaded-ness of using a symbol that, inadvertently or not, commemorates the killers' faith instead of the victims' revolt. The soft-and-fuzzy memorial design of "Crescent of Embrace" still does injustice to the steely courage of the Flight 93's passengers and crew. It evokes the defeatism embodied by those behind a similar move to turn the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in New York City into a pacifist guilt complex...
More: Flight 93 Memorial: Fighting Back
Judge: School Pledge Is Unconstitutional
by David Kravets
A federal judge declared the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance in public schools unconstitutional Wednesday in a case brought by the same atheist whose previous battle against the words "under God" was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court on procedural grounds...
Related: Our Creator in the Capital: A Walking Tour of God in Washington, D.C.
After Years of Paying Out, the Party is Over
by Francis Harris
For decades America has treated the United Nations like a difficult adolescent. The UN filled its debating chambers with anti-American rhetoric and fired off a stream of angry resolutions supporting gun-toting liberation movements...Not any more. The arrival of John Bolton, the hard-nosed new American ambassador to the United Nations, has brought the party to a halt...
Chinese Manufacturers Exporting Beauty Products Made from Aborted Babies and Skin from Executed Convicts
...An agent from the company told a Guardian reporter posing as a prospective client that use of skin from these sources is not unusual in China. “In China it is considered very normal and I was very shocked that western countries can make such a big fuss about this,” he said. The company exports their cosmetics to the US, the UK and other European countries...

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Schwarzenegger Urged to Sign, Veto Same-Sex Marriage Bill
CNS News
The California Legislature on Tuesday became the first in the nation to pass a bill allowing same-sex, civil marriages. The legislation, AB 849, deletes "a man and a woman" from California marriage law, replacing that phrase with "two persons"...Even if Schwarzenegger signs the bill, CCF said there's a good chance that it will be struck down, since it overturns a voter-approved law. In March 2000, 61 percent of California voters passed Proposition 22, which reads, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California"...
What Really Happened in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina?
by Bill O'Reilly
...Instead, Governor Kathleen Blanco and Mayor Ray Nagin decided to allow New Orleans residents to stay if they wanted, even though a mandatory evacuation order had been issued by the mayor about 14 hours before the storm hit. Nagin did authorize transportation to get folks to the Superdome, which was designated a refuge of last resort. However, most city buses stood idle and on low ground and were quickly flooded by Katrina. Even though the mayor opened the Superdome to thousands, there was not nearly enough security inside, nor enough food and water. Mayor Nagin still has not explained why a mandatory evacuation is not mandatory. What say you, Mayor Nagin? Now Governor Blanco also made major mistakes. After asking and getting the federal government to declare the hurricane zone a disaster area two days before the storm hit, the governor failed to send any National Guard (search) troops in to secure New Orleans and the surrounding parishes before the storm. Why? She also failed to ask for more troops from the feds, knowing she only had about 6,000 to control the city of 1.3 million. Why not ask for more?...
Related: Big Easy Rocked, But Didn't Roll     Parallels Between New Orleans and Johnstown Flood

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Undoing of America
By Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
The U.S. Senate is scheduled tomorrow to decide whether to clear the way for the most odious, anti-American piece of legislation in memory: S. 147, the "Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act." Incredibly, as of now, more than 61 senators are expected to vote to begin a process that would ineluctably unravel the United States as a nation...
John Roberts, Minimalist
by Cass Sunstein
Some conservative judges are minimalists, others fundamentalists, and there is a huge difference between the types. Unless we appreciate that difference, we will never be able to understand the debate over the nomination of Judge John Roberts to the Supreme Court...
What Kind of New Orleans Will Be Rebuilt?
by Michael Barone
...New Orleans' heritages of upper-class complaisance and political corruption -- the result of the city's French tradition -- work against a more broadly based commercial and economic revival. Without changes in these attitudes, historic New Orleans may revive, but the city will become little more than a theme park, like Venice, and not the great commercial beehive it once was.
More: New Orleans: A Geopolitical Prize

Monday, September 05, 2005

“With His Boots On”
by Wendy Long
...how wonderful it was that the justices could engage in sharp constitutional debates while still maintaining civility and real friendship, largely because the chief's example reminded them that they were part of an institution of American government much greater than themselves...Chief Justice Rehnquist led the Court back toward a proper respect for the role of the states in our federal system, in the Court's decisions on the 11th Amendment, the Commerce Clause, and habeas corpus. He also helped steer the Court toward a more proper understanding of the Establishment Clause, which was included in the Constitution to protect religion from congressional action — not to remove religion from the public square...
Family Court Ruling Wounds National Guardsman in the Heart
by Phyllis Schlafly
...Since McNeilly's case was reported in the press, Erb's lawyer and the court's representative are trying to claim that depriving him of his father's rights wasn't because he was serving in Iraq, but because of his poor parenting skills. The proof? McNeilly sent a couple of postcards to his son that showed soldiers training with a gun. Horrors! How un-politically correct to tell a son that soldiers in Iraq carry guns...
French Quarter Holdouts Create 'Tribes'
by Allen G. Breed
In the absence of information and outside assistance, groups of rich and poor banded together in the French Quarter, forming "tribes" and dividing up the labor. As some went down to the river to do the wash, others remained behind to protect property. In a bar, a bartender put near-perfect stitches into the torn ear of a robbery victim. While mold and contagion grew in the muck that engulfed most of the city, something else sprouted in this most decadent of American neighborhoods - humanity. "Some people became animals," Vasilioas Tryphonas said Sunday morning as he sipped a hot beer in Johnny White's Sports Bar on Bourbon Street. "We became more civilized."
Katrina-related: British Tourists Ordeal in Superdome   Blair Apologizes     Katrina Rains Down Calamity--We Look for a Scapegoat     Trust in Government at Bursting Point     Mississippians' Suffering Overshadowed     Sen. Frist Becomes Medical Volunteer     New Low for MSM?

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Dennis Prager and Dr. Irwin Redlener deal with a disaster's impact and preparing for the unexpected; Bill Bennett and Walid Phares explore human nature in both New Orleans and Iraq; Frank Pastore examines the marketing of evil with David Kupelian; BTN's Keith Peters looks at a growing gap between Evangelicals on global warming; Michael Medved finds out how couples live apart together; Hugh Hewitt, Colonel Austin Bay and Albert Mohler tackle the Iraqi Constitution and Richard Land and David Limbaugh weigh in on Christian persecution.
The Challenge of Post-Katrina
Rocky Mountain News
...It's not as if Bush was insensible to the crisis as it unfolded. It is largely forgotten now, but the president declared an emergency for four Gulf Coast states on Sunday before the storm hit - an extraordinary action...But he was slow getting back to Washington after the event...If anything, the performance of some state and local officials - conspicuously Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco and a nearly hysterical New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin - was worse...as some of his own police were reportedly turning in their badges during the city's greatest hours of need. Talk about a leadership deficit...
Related: Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of the Welfare State     Just a year ago, Hurricane Ivan caused disaster plan review     Katrina: The Political Hurricane     Lord Jim in New Orleans: Local Government?     Could the Tragedy Have Been Averted?     “No Pork” Challenge to Congress on Hurricane Relief

Saturday, September 03, 2005

New Orleans, the Tragedy
by Thomas Lifson
...When I pressed my oilman informant for the reason Houston prevailed, he gave me a look of pity for my naiveté, and said, “Corruption.” Anyone making a fortune in New Orleans based on access to any kind of public resources would find himself coping with all sorts of hands extended for palm-greasing. Permits, taxes, fees, and outright bribes would be a never-ending nightmare. Houston, in contrast, was interested in growth, jobs, prosperity, and extending a welcoming hand to newcomers. New Orleans might be a great place to spend a pleasant weekend, but Houston is the place to build a business...
Bureaucratic Failure
by Daniel Henninger
...So if we're so smart, why are Louisiana and Mississippi sinking beneath water and red tape?...We fail to use well what we know because we rely too much on large public bureaucracies. This was the primary lesson of the 9/11 Commission Report. Large public bureaucracies, whether the FBI and the CIA or FEMA and the Corps of Engineers, don't talk to each other much. They are poorly incentivized, if at all. Budgets, the oxygen of the acronymic planets, make bureaucracy's managers first responders to constant political whim...
Related: They Saw It Coming     Time to Crack Heads
A Descent Into Indecency
by Tunku Varadarajan
...There has been a descent so clear into indecency that one must address it as pressingly as the breakdown of the city's levees. It is as if the moral and civic "levees," too, were overwhelmed by the torrent. Once the waters have receded, New Orleans will face a task that will test our national mettle. A part of that task will be to ask why so many stooped so low as the waters rose so high.
Ralated: Where are the Guardsmen?
Ben Franklin Had the Right Idea for New Orleans
by John Tierney
Why is New Orleans in so much worse shape today than New York City was after the attacks on Sept. 11? The short answer is that New York was attacked by fire, not water. But then why are urbanites so much better prepared to cope with fire than with flooding? Mostly because they learned to fight fire without any help from the Army Corps of Engineers or the Federal Emergency Management Agency...
Gas Price Surge No Conspiracy
The Arizona Republic
It is one thing to witness the destruction of a major portion of U.S. fuel-production infrastructure by Hurricane Katrina and conclude, logically, that the storm's effects are going to hit consumers at the gas pump sooner or later. It is another matter entirely to see gas-pump prices leap 30 to 50 cents per gallon overnight, almost before the remnants of Katrina had blown out over the East Coast...

Friday, September 02, 2005

Politicians Failed Storm Victims
by Ron Fournier
...There's plenty of blame to go around - the White House, Congress, federal agencies, local governments, police and even residents of the Gulf Coast who refused orders to evacuate. But all the finger-pointing misses the point: Politicians and the people they lead too often ignore danger signs until a crisis hits. It wasn't a secret that levees built to keep New Orleans from flooding could not withstand a major hurricane, but government leaders never found the money to fully shore up the network of earthen, steel and concrete barriers. Both the Bush and Clinton administrations proposed budgets that low-balled the needs...
Related: Hurricaine Exploitation: The Quotes     Energy Intelligence: Oil Shortage     Voodoo Meteorology
Most Scientific Papers are Probably Wrong
by Kurt Kleiner
...John Ioannidis, an epidemiologist at the University of Ioannina School of Medicine in Greece, says that small sample sizes, poor study design, researcher bias, and selective reporting and other problems combine to make most research findings false. But even large, well-designed studies are not always right, meaning that scientists and the public have to be wary of reported findings...

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Strategic Reserves -- No Strategy
by Alan Reynolds
...Since November 2001, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has been increased by 108 million barrels and is now up to 700 million barrels. Those extra 108 million barrels were imported, or had to be replaced with imports, making the SPR a price-support program for oil producers...New reports quote interested parties who offer the following laundry list of reasons why the SPR should be tapped as little as possible, if at all...
Hurricane Katrina: A Republican Conspiracy?
by Michael Reagan
By now you’ve probably heard about the lunatic comments of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the Cindy Sheehan of the environmental movement, who blamed Hurricane Katrina on President Bush and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour for not buying into the global warming hype, and not signing up for the thoroughly discredited Kyoto Treaty...In a 2001 paper in Science, by Stanley Goldenberg of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), it was explained that the Atlantic goes through decades-long stretches where it creates extra hurricanes while there are equally long lulls where the number of hurricanes is low...And George Bush has nothing to do with that. It’s all Mother Nature’s fault.
The Elite Doesn't Understand the South
by Matt Towery
We are the growth of America and its future. But it took days for the nation as a whole to even tip its hat to a natural disaster that has the potential to drag America into a full-blown recession. I'm American before all else. I'm proud of every part and each person in the United States. Like Frank Sinatra, I love New York. I travel to Los Angeles at the first chance. But this week, I speak the words no one else wants to say: The South has been hit with the equivalent of a nuclear bomb. And too much of America didn't want to notice until it had to...
After the Storm
by Peggy Noonan
Katrina is a huge and historic story. The human cost, the financial cost, the rendering uninhabitable of a great and fabled American city--all of it amazing. A quick look at the good, the bad, and the let's-shoot-them-now...