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

Monday, October 31, 2005

Florida Judge Shockingly Halts Security Searches at NFL Games
by Joel Mowbray
...The ACLU’s strongest argument was that the NFL instituted its pat-down policy absent any specific threat. Yet terrorist attacks rarely occur after authorities have learned of a specific threat. The London bombings, notably, came less than a week after British officials had lowered the threat level. 9/11, as everyone now knows, caught intelligence officials flat-footed...
'A Vietnam Moment'
The McCain Amendment would hamstring U.S. interrogators...Bad things happen when a U.S. President has to fight a war while he's down in the polls--just ask the "South" Vietnamese who recall Watergate. And take a look at the current Washington debate over prisoner interrogation, where President Bush has been threatening to veto a spending bill because of a Senate-passed amendment that would hamstring the military and CIA...
Iraqi PM Says War on Terror Must Be Won
by John Moody
..."It’s understandable that the American people want their children back home," the prime minister said. "But I think and I hope that they understand that the presence of American troops on Iraqi soil is not just for the benefit of Iraq (search). What the Americans faced on Sept. 11 in New York and Washington, they are now facing in Iraq. There is only one enemy – terrorism – whether it takes place here or America, or London or anywhere in the world"...
Green Gray Areas
by Michael Crichton
Books that question the conventional wisdom on the environment...
Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Terry Eastland and Gary Bauer weigh in on the withdrawal of Harriet Miers and what the Bush Administration will do next; Janet Parshall and Cliff May speak of the war on terrorism and the importance of the Iraqi referendum; Dennis Prager reflects on the 2000th US casualty in Iraq; Richard Land looks at a UN report implicating Syria in the murder of a Lebanese official; Frank Pastore and Richard Miniter destroy some media myths about the war on terror; Bill Bennett and Steve Moore applaud the appointment of a new Federal Reserve Chairman; Albert Mohler dissects a new threat to service chaplains religious liberty and Mike Gallagher looks back at the life of noted civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Is That All There Is?
by John Podhoretz
...That's all, folks. The grand jury in the most hotly watched Washington political-legal investigation since Whitewater concluded its business yesterday by returning charges against one man and one man alone — who, the grand jury alleges, didn't tell the truth about when and how he discovered a piece of classified information. Scooter Libby was not charged with the misuse of that information, or with the unlawful exposure of an undercover agent, or with involvement in a conspiracy to reveal her identity. He is, it is worth repeating, charged only with lying about his knowledge of it...
Chinese Exporter Linked to Missile Scheme
by Bill Gertz
...The Chinese missile case is the second one in recent years involving covert sales in shoulder-fired missiles. British arms dealer Hemant Lakhani was convicted earlier this year of attempting to sell 50 Russian surface-to-air missiles to an FBI undercover agent. He was sentenced to 47 years in prison.
Under the UN Table
Financial Times
The lengthy inquiry led by Paul Volcker into the United Nations' oil-for-food (OFP) programme for pre-war Iraq has already revealed corruption on the part of some UN and government officials, and gross negligence of this behaviour by very many others. But this week's final report lifts the lid on an astonishing degree of corporate complicity in the Saddam Hussein government's manipulation of the seven-year programme to extract $1.8bn (€1.4bn) in illegal surcharges and kickbacks. The report alleges more than 2,000 foreign companies were involved in illicit payments, though perhaps not knowingly...
Arab World's Silence is Deafening
St. Petersburg Times
Since coming to office in July, Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who campaigned on a platform of addressing the country's intractable corruption and unemployment, has been trying to change the subject. He did so in dramatic fashion at an anti-Zionism conference where Ahmadinejad declared that Israel should be "wiped off the map"... Iran is a now a dangerous nation with a radical leader. Its ambitions to obtain nuclear weapons will have to be addressed by a united world.

Friday, October 28, 2005

Syria, Iran and the Power Plays over Iraq
by George Friedman
...Thus, the Iranians are waiting to see two things: Does the United States really have the weight to back the Syrians into a corner? And can Bush survive the greatest crisis of his presidency?
Taxpayer Revolt Starts with State Bill of Rights
by Dick Armey
...Taxpayers are up in arms because politicians are wasting too much of their hard earned money, and they want it to stop. Taxpayers agree with Armey’s Axiom: No one spends someone else’s money as wisely as he spends his own. And they know politicians are one of three groups of people who regularly spend other people’s money—the other two being children and thieves (all three groups need adult supervision). Most politicians only get adult supervision every election cycle. But we know that is not enough...
Fighting Malaria
by Marvin Olasky
...The "Kill Malarial Mosquitoes Now" coalition insists, "We will fight furiously for every human life now hanging in the balance as a function of current, myopic, errant and unconscionable U.S. malaria control policies." The KMMN coalition's story begins with big numbers, a little climatology and a bit of entomology. The numbers: Some 500 million cases of malaria occur worldwide every year, and 1 million people die, nine-tenths of them in Africa. The disease is the leading murderer of Africans under five -- it kills a young child every 30 seconds -- and survivors often suffer brain damage...
Students May Sue to Bar In-state Tuition for Illegal Aliens
...U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson (R-WY), Retired, and U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-21 TX) said in a friend of the court brief filed in the Tenth Circuit that Congress intended to create a private right of action allowing citizens to enforce the federal bar. The legislation was adopted as an amendment to the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996...

Thursday, October 27, 2005

'Scratch-Off' Miers
by Ann Coulter
...For five years, Bush has initiated massive spending programs, obstinately refused to protect the borders and signed restrictions on political speech into law. His veto pen remains unopened and unused in its original shrink-wrapped case. Bush treats conservatives like the Democrats treat the blacks (which is to say, pretty badly). Conservatives were unhappy, but we were confident Bush would never let us down on the two issues that mattered more than anything else: the war on terrorism and the Supreme Court. And now, although Bush has been bold and strong against the terrorists, it is beyond question that he has betrayed conservative hopes for the Supreme Court...
Update: Miers Withdraws--What's next?
A Separate Peace
by Peggy Noonan
...I suspect that history, including great historical novelists of the future, will look back and see that many of our elites simply decided to enjoy their lives while they waited for the next chapter of trouble. And that they consciously, or unconsciously, took grim comfort in this thought: I got mine. Which is what the separate peace comes down to, "I got mine, you get yours"...
GOP Senators Brag about Gorging on Pork, Ignore Conservative Demands to Cut Spending
by Todd Manzi
...Within 24 hours of voting on the TTHUD appropriations bill, Republican Senators rushed to issued press releases proudly taking credit for allocating our money to their earmarked projects. No effort is being made to cut spending in order to finance the federal money needed for hurricanes Katrina and Rita...With Republicans like these, who needs Democrats? These Senators seem to think the main reason Republicans elected them is so they can spend money. They are oblivious to the fact that they have absolutely no Constitutional authority to spend our money this way...
Related: Federal Casino Bail-Out
In Long-gone Past are Hints that the North was Hit by Monster Hurricanes
Spirit Daily
...Studying layers of sand from what he says are long-ago storm surges, Dr. Kam-Biu told Spirit Daily preliminary evidence indicates that massive hurricanes hurled the ocean at Massachusetts...During the Middle Ages, there was a period of global warming almost identical to what the world is currently encountering...

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

The Bird Flu and You
Strategic Forecasting
Stratfor subscribers have been sending us a steady river of requests for our opinion on the bird flu situation. Although we are not medical experts, among our sources are those who are. And here is what we have been able to conclude based on their input and our broader analysis of the bird flu threat: Calm down. Now let us qualify that...
What Congress Did Is Disgusting
by John Stossel
...You heard what the Senate did to Tom Coburn's attempt to impose some sanity on spending. How do they live with themselves? Years ago, interviewing economist Walter Williams for a show ABC News called "Greed," I was perplexed when Williams said, "a thief is more moral than a congressman; when a thief steals your money, he doesn't demand you thank him." That was silly hyperbole, I thought, but watching Congress spend, I see that I was naive and Williams was right...
Who’s Killing New Orleans?
by Nicole Gelinas
President Bush’s advisers insist that he’s not abandoning conservatism in his commitment to rebuild the Gulf Coast. But a mark of conservative thinking is properly identifying problems before dedicating billions to solving them. The president hasn’t done that in New Orleans. Instead, in his September 15 speech from Jackson Square, Bush vowed to combat “poverty”—a foe that cities and the feds have never conquered in their long war against urban decay...
Calling Galloway's Bluff: The Senate Uncovers a Smoking Gun
by Christopher Hitchens
...what we are looking at is a well-organized Baathist attempt to buy or influence the member states of the U.N. Security Council. One wonders how high this investigation will reach and how much it will eventually explain...

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Difficulty of Intellectually Engaging the Left
by Dennis Prager
...The "anti" arguments are effective. Conservatives have to spend half their time explaining that they are not bad people before they can be heard. But the Left has paid a great price. Because they have come to rely so heavily on one-word dismissals of their opponents, they have few arguments.
Sex and Schoolkids
by Jeff Jacoby
...Last month the National Center for Health Statistics reported that more than half of American teenagers 15 and older engage in oral sex; the story got a ton of coverage, but no one seemed terribly dismayed or surprised by the information. "At 50 percent, we're talking about a major social norm," Claire Brindis, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, told The Washington Post. "It's part of kids' lives"...There is something awfully sad and strange about a culture in which teenage sex is condoned so long as it is "safe," while teenage smoking is denounced as categorically wrong. Sex has become a mere issue of health and the law, while morality is reserved for tobacco.
Raise a Glass to Adult Stem Cells
by Michael Fumento
I have frequently written on the gulf between the promise of embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and the reality of therapy from adult stem cells (ASCs) -- those already in our bodies and umbilical cord blood. ESCs get publicity; ASCs get results. The latest example: ASCs are now rebuilding human livers...

Monday, October 24, 2005

Mr. Smith Has Returned to Washington and His Name is Tom Coburn
by Mark Tapscott
...He stood on the Senate floor Thursday and committed the unpardonable sin of not going along to get along. He offered amendments requiring that previously approved earmarks favored by colleagues be cancelled and the tax dollars instead spent on hurricane recovery. There wasn't much money at stake in the particular projects targeted by Coburn, but it was the principle that mattered. What Coburn got in response was pure bipartisan outrage...
Related: Don't Spend, Amend
Religion and the Public Squared
by Suzanne Fields
...Alexis de Tocqueville saw religion in America as essential to democracy, offering the strength of moral discipline, a restraining influence on unbridled freedom, and a source of vitality for "good citizenship." He could not imagine America without religion. Who among us can?
Meanwhile: How Many ACLU Lawyers Can Dance on the Head of a Pin?
Shelf-Denial at the White House
by Diana West
Big week for Uncle Sam. First, there was the referendum on the new Iraqi constitution, which, by the way, contains all provisions necessary for a Sharia-ruled state. Then, at the president's by-now annual Ramadan dinner, Bush announced, "For the first time in our nation's history, we have added a Koran to the White House Library"...

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bill Bennett and Fouad Ajami look at the momentous Iraqi referendum of this past week; Jerry Bowyer discusses the Harriet Miers nomination with a retired Texas judge; Dennis Prager and Dick Morris sum up Hillary Clinton's higher office aspirations for 2008; Janet Parshall and Andrew McCarthy look at the opening of the Saddam Hussein trial; Weekend Journal's Keith Peters examines efforts by Christian conservatives to make sure Christmas is not forbidden in the public schools; Michael Medved reviews the Millions More March and Richard Land sees merit in former FBI director Louis Freeh's new book, My FBI.
Saddam Disposal
by David Warren
...It is a miracle that Iraq is in a position to conduct this trial, along conventional criminal-court lines. To appreciate this miracle, it is worth recalling the speed with which a democratic constitutional order has been created. For Iraq has, with the success of Saturday’s ballot, just set the record for fastest democratic constitution after a U.S./allied invasion...
A History of Violence
by Bret Stephens
...One can well understand why Arafat, a man of terrible vices but impressive vanities, spurned the offer of [Gaza]--and why his people cheered wildly when he did. Their dignity has always rested upon their violence, their struggle, their "prisoners of freedom."
Public Sector Unions Still Living in a Dream World
by Thomas Bray
Detroit’s auto companies, chastened by the bankruptcy of Delphi Corp., have finally begun to chip away at the industrial welfare state. But our welfare cities, if not the broader welfare state itself, remain stubbornly resistant to change. Case in point: Detroit, which the Census Bureau this year called America’s most impoverished major city...

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Rep. Curt Weldon: DIA Lies, Destroys Reputations
by J. Grant Swank, Jr.
If what U.S. Congressman Curt Weldon (R-PA) says is true about the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), America has been wearing a blindfold so as not to see the truth about 9 / 11 prevention..."Let the Able Danger story finally come out to the American people. Let them understand what really happened. Let Scott Philpott talk. Let Tony Shaffer talk. Let the others who have been silenced have a chance to tell their story to Congress and openly to the American people.
Confessions of Former Leftists: Leaving the Political Faith
by Jamie Glazov
Tammy Bruce, Phyllis Chesler, Dr. Paul Kamolnick, John R. Bradley, Keith Thompson, and Michael Lopez-Calderon share their beginnings, disillusionment, and personal reflections.

Friday, October 21, 2005

Liberal Elites Ruined Britain as a Hyperpower. Could America Meet the Same Fate?
by Jonathan V. Last
What does modern history have to teach us about the age of American empire? The final chapters of the British Empire offer lessons and parallels aplenty. Empires don't last forever, and the combination of martial victory, popular ennui, and liberal anti-patriotism is a dangerous mix for a superpower...
Human Rights, Revisited
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa
The recent Ibero American summit in Spain (a gathering of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking leaders) has been dominated by discussions about Cuba and, more widely, by the issue of human rights. An official statement was put out condemning the U.S. “blockade” of Cuba. Cuban critics have reacted furiously, denouncing Castro’s human rights violations and the summit’s failure to address this question...
Battles Change, Wars Don't
by Victor Davis Hanson
...War is like water — its fundamental character remains unchanging precisely because the nature of the humans who fight it is constant over the centuries. True, the pump — the delivery system of flint, arrows, firearms, nuclear bombs, guided missiles and satellite weapons — radically changes the face of battle with each generation. But the essence of war nevertheless stays the same, as we are reminded when we study the distant past...
Related: Give Credit Where it's Due — Our Military     Timetable for Victory?     Exploiting the Dead

Thursday, October 20, 2005

"Able Danger" & 9/11 Foreknowledge  
The ongoing coverup concerning the secret Able Danger operation provides further evidence that the "war on terror" is a farce...The continuity of coverup and conspiracy from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration to suppress Able Danger follows a disturbing pattern that is demonstrated in these cases directly related to 9/11...Many additional examples could be cited to amplify this pattern. It is a pattern that reflects not incompetence or "lack of coordination" but something much worse. It is a pattern of conscious, purposeful action aimed at thwarting those who are tasked with defending America in the "war on terror." It is a pattern that is being carried out by policymakers at the highest levels of our government, and it is time to ask why.
Related: Terrorists in Mid-America     Related?: Abolishing the USA
Take Action: Tell Congress you want the truth about Able Danger
War--What is it Good For?
by William Shawcross
...The sacrifice of U.S. soldiers, of their coalition allies and of Iraqis is horrifically painful. But if we can stay long enough to enable the Iraqis to lay the firm foundation of civil society, their deaths will not be in vain. We should leave when the elected Iraqi government asks us to do so. It is the promise of freedom that the fascists who murdered the Iraqi teachers last month want to destroy. It is astonishing and discouraging that those who think they were taking the high ground in marching though Washington do not understand this.
The Blossoming Iranian-Venezuelan "Brotherhood"
by Thomas Joscelyn
...In consolidating his hold on Venezuela and exporting his Bolivarian revolution throughout the region, Hugo Chávez has sought and received assistance from the world's great terror states. Iran, in turn, now has a powerful ally in the western hemisphere that is willing to facilitate the expansion of its Islamist revolution.
Securing the Porkland
by Veronique de Rugy
...Homeland security should be about protecting Americans against terrorism. The mission of the Department of Homeland Security must be first and foremost to prevent another deadly attack on the United States. Any dollar misspent or wasted is a dollar that is not spent to protect our nation. This homeland security appropriation bill is sadly a sign that Congress is not trying its best to protect our nation especially if it means giving up on pork and wasteful spending.
Related: Cato Study: Bush is Highest Spending President
Oil for Food-like Corruption in the Congo Republic
by Claudia Rosett
...The problem with presenting the eradication of poverty as an end in itself is that this implies the solution is to pour more money into the aid pipelines. Unfortunately, official aid too often tends to have the perverse effect of lining the pockets of the same unlovely regimes that engender poverty in the first place. Rich donors feel virtuous, dictators feel more secure, and legions of aid bureaucrats travel the world in a whirl of per diems and poverty-eradication conferences. Meanwhile, behind the fancy talk and big donations are often realities that on the ground look very different...

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Struggle for Competing Values in New Orleans
by Ruben Navarrette Jr.
...The Rev. Jesse Jackson and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin are up in arms because what has historically been a mostly black city may be on its way to becoming a largely brown city. Latino immigrants are coming to New Orleans from as far away as California to repair homes, clear debris, rebuild roads and do other jobs. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, they're making about $15 per hour, and they've been so warmly received by contractors that many of them say they plan to stay, save money, buy homes, and put down roots in the Big Easy...
Contrast: Evacuees binge on Cape Cod: Spend federal cash on booze, strippers
The Whole Arab World Needs to Watch This Trial
by Amir Taheri
...Saddam is enjoying what he denied his victims: a public trial with defence lawyers of his choice and the rule of evidence taking into account the principle of reasonable doubt. Here a new Iraq, based on the rule of law, will be trying the old Iraq of cruelty and corruption. The Arabs will watch and decide which they would rather live under. The rest of the world should also watch to decide which side to support in the struggle for Iraq’s future.
Vetting the News Through a Glass Half-empty
by Kathleen Parker
...Given the geopolitical importance of Iraq's becoming a fully functioning democratic country -- and America's wish to extricate herself as soon as possible -- no story trumps the Oct. 15 constitutional referendum. Unspoken, of course, is the near-pathological fear among many journalists that shining a positive light on Iraq might inadvertently refract toward President George W. Bush. Only the Washington Examiner let Bush get near an upbeat headline, with: "President hails Iraq on charter"...
Myths About Gun Control
by John Stossel
...Centers for Disease Control did an extensive review of various types of gun control: waiting periods, registration and licensing, and bans on certain firearms. It found that the idea that gun control laws have reduced violent crime is simply a myth...

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Conservative Revolt Long in the Making
by Bruce Bartlett
...The truth that is now dawning on many movement conservatives is that George W. Bush is not one of them and never has been. They were allies for a long time, to be sure, and conservatives used Bush just as he used them. But it now appears that they are headed for divorce. And as with all divorces, the ultimate cause was not the final incident, but the buildup of grievances over a long period that one day could no longer be overlooked, contained or smoothed over. From the conservative point of view, the list of grievances is a long one, dating back to the first days of the Bush administration...
With Freedom Comes Politics
by Michael Rubin
...Beheadings and blood sell copy, but do not accurately reflect Iraq. Political milestones give a glimpse of the often-unreported determination that Iraqis and longtime visitors see daily. Bombings and body bags are tragic. But they do not reflect failure. Rather, they represent the sacrifice that both Iraqis and Americans have made for security and democracy. The referendum, refugee return, real estate and investment show much more accurately--and objectively--Iraq's slow but steady progress.
Holland Fears Killings Over Ban on Burqa
by Matthew Campbell
...For a country that has legalised gay marriage, prostitution, euthanasia and cannabis, Holland seems in no mood for compromise when it comes to applying tough laws on immigration...A crackdown followed the murder last year of Theo van Gogh, the film-maker shot in Amsterdam in protest against a film he had made about the oppression of women in Muslim communities...

Monday, October 17, 2005

The West's Last Chance: Part I
by Tom Bevan
Blankley argues that we must view terrorism and its practitioners like Osama bin Laden in the broader context of a cultural upheaval taking place across the Muslim world. One fifth of mankind, Blankley says, is "in turmoil, and insurgent as it has not been in the last five hundred years, if not fifteen hundred years"...
Spurning America
by Michael Barone
...Most Americans sense they need such ties to the past, to judge from the millions buying books about Washington, Adams, Hamilton, Jeffersonand other Founding Fathers. We Americans are lucky to live in a country with a history full of noble ideas, great leaders and awe-inspiring accomplishments. Sadly, many of our elites want no part of it.
The Price of Low Expectations
by William Raspberry
In one recent year, just under half of all young black men in the District of Columbia were in prison, on parole or probation, awaiting trial or sentencing, or being sought on a warrant. In Baltimore, one in five black men aged 20 to 30 was in custody. Numbers like these no longer surprise...
We Are Ill-prepared for a Flu Pandemic
by Henry I. Miller
...Grant-giving agencies should fund "proof of concept" research on cultured cells to supplant eggs for growing virus; and also on flu subunit vaccines, especially those that are effective against many strains. Regulators should waive registration fees on flu-related products, and should pursue agreements on "reciprocity" of approvals so that vaccines and antiviral drugs licensed in certain foreign countries can be marketed in the U.S. The government should indemnify vaccine- and drug-producers against liability claims and guarantee purchases of approved products...
Biggest Wi-Fi Cloud Is in Rural Oregon
by Rukmini Callimachi
...Similar wireless projects have been stymied in major metropolitan areas by telephone and cable TV companies, which have poured money into legislative bills aimed at discouraging such competition...But here among the thistle, large providers such as local phone company Qwest Communications International Inc. see little profit potential. So wireless entrepreneur Fred Ziari drew no resistance for his proposed wireless network, enabling him to quickly build the $5 million cloud at his own expense...

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt discusses the Harriet Miers nomination with law professor Lino Graglia and National Review's David Frum while Dennis Prager says Miers is no David Souter; Frank Pastore and Arizona Congressman J.D. Hayworth tackle the problem of illegal immigration; Bill Bennett and Johnny Hunter discuss the large numbers of abortions affecting the African-American community; Weekend Journal looks at efforts to suppress abstinence only curricula; Janet Parshall with Jim Towey on faith-based organizations' huge outreach to Hurricane Katrina victims and Albert Mohler interviews Dartmouth student Noah Riner on the reaction to his public proclamation of faith at a student gathering.
Parents Shouldn't Outsource Jobs to Government
by Ruben Navarette Jr.
Years ago, NBA superstar Charles Barkley put America's parents on notice. "I'm not a role model," Barkley famously declared in a television commercial. "Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids." You tell ‘em, Sir Charles. It's too bad the institution of government never learned that lesson. It is always concocting innovative and intrusive ways to try to raise people's kids...
Bush's Disaster Socialism
by Shikha Dalmia
...Unable to control their own spending, Republicans are also sending a message of personal irresponsibility to all Americans, who now have less reason to plan for future disasters themselves. Though Bush may be going to great lengths to ensure that Katrina aid does not become a permanent part of the entitlement state, the sheer magnitude of the handout can't help but raise expectations of extravagant aid after future natural disasters...
Um, yes, well, but: Bush's Ancestors
Russians Help Iran with Missile Threat to Europe
by Con Coughlin
Former members of the Russian military have been secretly helping Iran to acquire technology needed to produce missiles capable of striking European capitals. The Russians are acting as go-betweens with North Korea as part of a multi-million pound deal they negotiated between Teheran and Pyongyang in 2003. It has enabled Teheran to receive regular clandestine shipments of top secret missile technology, believed to be channelled through Russia...

Saturday, October 15, 2005

So That's the Reason
by Theodore Dalrymple
A scientist blames America's problems on religion: The Victorian militant atheist Charles Bradlaugh, who went on tub-thumping speaking tours, used to stride onto the stage, take out his pocket watch and challenge God to strike him dead in 60 seconds. His survival at the end of the minute was, for him, proof positive that God did not exist...
Nothing to See, Move On
by Michelle Malkin
...Press accounts have downplayed terrorist cells disrupted on American soil: The Lackawanna Six were nice Muslim boys led astray. The Virginia Jihad Network was just a group of weekend paintball enthusiasts. Indicted imams in Lodi, Calif., are misunderstood "moderates"...Islam is a peaceful religion. Stop asking so many damned questions. Such is the attitude of the national media, which seems to believe 'tis better to live in ignorance and indulge in hindsight later than to offend the gods of political correctness...
How Long Could Your State Run on ANWR Oil?
Center for Individual Freedom
...According to mean estimates from the U.S. Geological Survey, ANWR would produce 10.4 billion barrels of new domestic oil. Just how much is 10.4 billion barrels? It’s enough to replace more than 30 years worth of oil imported from Saudi Arabia or over 58 years of oil imported from Iraq...
Media Lied, People Died
by Michael Fumento
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina two sports were all the rage in New Orleans. One was the blame game, attributing all local and state incompetence to the feds. The other was inventing and spreading stories of murder and mayhem -- killings, rapes, firing at rescuers, bodies stacked like cordwood...Among the horrors that never happened...

Friday, October 14, 2005

The Swingin' Pedulum of Feminism
by Suzanne Fields
...A decade or two ago, it was the professional woman who enjoyed status at high-school class reunions. Now it's often the full-time mothers who dominate the alumni websites with news and photographs of their babies. Professional achievements are often the footnotes...
Iraq, the Constitution and the Fate of a President
by George Friedman
...It would seem, then, that Bush has two problems. The first is whether he can stabilize and increase his power in the United States. The second is whether he can extract a clear strategy from the complexity of Iraq. The answer to the second question rests in the answer to the first. At the moment, the Iraqi constitutional talks seem to be saying, "Bush is not broken, but we aren't committing to anything until we see the polls in December."
Related: A Day with the Commandos in Tallafar
Denying Human Dignity  
by Albert Mohler
A British newspaper now reports that a Chinese cosmetic company is preparing a line of beauty products for sale in Europe that uses skin harvested from the corpses of executed prisoners...This represents a grotesque denial of human dignity and the treatment of human beings as factories for the manufacture of marketable goods. That is surely something to “make a big fuss about.”
What is China Up to in the Western Hemisphere?
by Alvaro Vargas Llosa
...In the last five years, overall trade between China and Latin America has increased 900 percent. In 2004, nearly half of China’s direct investment overseas, almost $20 billion, went to Latin America. Guided tours in places like Machu Picchu are now also offered in Chinese. Former U.S. ambassador in Bolivia Manuel Rocha recently remarked, “Your children may have to start learning Mandarin … if you wish to see them involved in business in the Americas”...

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Remember the Cole
by Michelle Malkin
Today is the fifth anniversary of the U.S.S. Cole bombing...Stars and Stripes pays tribute to the 17 sailors killed in the terrorist attack, the dozens wounded, the survivors, and the families affected. Command Master Chief James Parlier will never forget the decision he was forced to make in leaving a mortally wounded sailor to die...
Media Might Be Missing a Story and Ignoring a Terrorist
by Mark Davis
...On Oct. 1, as the Oklahoma Sooners hosted Kansas State in front of 84,000 fans, University of Oklahoma student Joel Hinrichs III blew himself up outside the stadium...There have been some dutiful print and broadcast accounts of this event, all leaning heavily on the favored establishment take – that this was a troubled young man who sought only to kill himself, simply doing so in an offbeat way. Oh, really?...
Bush to Poor: Drop Dead?
by Larry Elder
...Bottom line, under President Bush, the nation has seen the largest overall increase in inflation-adjusted spending since President Lyndon B. Johnson. Indeed, much to the chagrin of fiscal conservatives, President Bush's budgets -- even excluding defense and homeland security spending -- make him the biggest spending president in 30 years...
How She Slipped Through
by John Fund
Harriet Miers's nomination resulted from a failed vetting process...Not only did the vetting fail to anticipate skepticism about her lack of experience in constitutional law or the firestorm of criticism from conservatives, but it left the White House scrambling to provide reporters with even the most basic information about the closed-mouthed nominee. Almost every news story seemed to catch the White House off guard and unprepared...
More: Noonan--Fasten Your Beltway     Coulter--Does this Law Degree Make My Resume Look Fat?
Spoiled Brat Politics
by Thomas Sowell
...The essence of bigotry is denying others the same rights you claim for yourself. Green bigots are a classic example. The idea that government is supposed to make your desires override the desires of other citizens has spread from the green bigots to other groups who claim privileges in the name of rights...
More: Spoiled Brat Politics: Part II

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Straight Talk on the Enemy
Rocky Mountain News
...In his recent speech, the president didn't entirely drop the euphemism of "terrorists" to identify those in the enemy camp, but for the most part he adopted more accurate terms. Whatever the reason for the newfound semantic honesty, it is both welcome and long overdue.
More: Bush Declares War on Radical Islam     Text of President's Speech
CWC Fog at Foggy Bottom
by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
...The question is: How many GIs or Iraqi citizens must die unnecessarily because the riot control agents that might have saved their lives couldn't be used thanks to some out-of-control State Department lawyers?
Realities of the Tax Burden
by Bruce Bartlett
...The reality is that the wealthy pay almost all of the federal income tax, and there is clear and compelling evidence that our tax system -- especially its misguided redistributive elements -- imposes a heavy cost in terms of growth that is ultimately paid by the non-wealthy in the form of lower productivity and, hence, lower wages and incomes...
Henry Kissinger on Europe's Falling Out with Washington
Der Spiegel
...Europe is allowing the classic nation state to be sacrificed without having a community logistically and emotionally organized enough, such as a United States of Europe, to take its place. America on the other hand is still a traditional nation state...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

How the Left Harmed America This Week
by Dennis Prager
...From the pointless judicial weakening of American security, to the fight to force airlines to allow passengers to display obscenities, to the ongoing libel of Bill Bennett -- a libel as far from truth as is the infamous "blood libel" that claims that Jews slaughter Gentile children to use their blood for baking matzo -- this was just another week of harm to a great civilization by barbarians inside the gates.
AZ Border Agents in Armored Cars
News Limited
...The US Border Patrol and the sheriff's department in Yuma county, on the border with Mexico in western Arizona, bought two second-hand armoured personnel carriers in recent weeks following a record 167 assaults by Mexican drug and human traffickers in the first seven months of the year...
Explosive Found in LA
by Richard Clough
A calm and quiet Westwood was briefly disrupted Friday afternoon when the Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad inspected and detonated an explosive device found within the Midvale Plaza apartment complex on the 500 block of Midvale Avenue...
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Heart of Darkness
by Fouad Ajami
From Zarqawi to the man on the street, Sunni Arabs fear Shiite emancipation...It has not been easy, this expedition to Iraq, and for America in Iraq there has been heartbreak aplenty. But we ought to remember the furies that took us there, and we ought to be consoled by the thought that the fight for Iraq is a fight to ward off Arab dangers and troubles that came our way on a clear September morning, four years ago.
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