"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

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Opponents of Capital Punishment Have Blood on Their Hands
by Dennis Prager
...Whereas the shedding of innocent blood that proponents of capital punishment are responsible for is thus far, thankfully, only theoretical, the shedding of innocent blood for which opponents of capital punishment are responsible is not theoretical at all. Thanks to their opposition to the death penalty, innocent men and women have been murdered by killers who would otherwise have been put to death...
Our Troops Must Stay
by Joe Lieberman
...None of these remarkable changes would have happened without the coalition forces led by the U.S. And, I am convinced, almost all of the progress in Iraq and throughout the Middle East will be lost if those forces are withdrawn faster than the Iraqi military is capable of securing the country...
Easy To Forget How Close Saddam Came to Having Nukes
by Daniel McKivergan
...For example, Iraq created a network of front companies to import nuclear-related materials “in quantities that were below the size that triggered controls.” Equipment was imported ostensibly for civilian purposes but was diverted to the nuclear program as well...
Bush's Immigration Plan Called 'Massive Amnesty'
by Monisha Bansal
...Guest worker programs "have always failed," according to Keeley, noting that the recent riots in France involve North African emigrants who arrived in France through guest worker programs...
Getting Serious About Corruption
By Jack Kelly
...there is no question that Republicans, who were swept into control of the House of Representatives in 1994 largely because of public outrage over the House banking and House post office scandals, have become what they came to Washington to clean up. Partisans argue the other party is inherently more corrupt. But the problem is bipartisan, and systemic...Systemic problems can be solved only by changing the system. There are three reforms that could break the stranglehold lobbyists have on our politics...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Criticism Hurts Troop Morale
by Chris Cillizza and Peter Slevin
...Seventy percent of people surveyed said that criticism of the war by Democratic senators hurts troop morale -- with 44 percent saying morale is hurt "a lot," according to a poll taken by RT Strategies. Even self-identified Democrats agree: 55 percent believe criticism hurts morale, while 21 percent say it helps morale...
Debunking the Myth of the Underprivileged Soldier
by Tim Kane & James Jay Carafano
...According to a comprehensive study of all enlistees for the years 1998-99 and 2003 that The Heritage Foundation just released, the typical recruit in the all-volunteer force is wealthier, more educated and more rural than the average 18- to 24-year-old citizen is. Indeed, for every two recruits coming from the poorest neighborhoods, there are three recruits coming from the richest neighborhoods...
Sarkozy Counts Cost and Unveils Plans to Stop Unrest
by Peggy Hollinger
...Speaking in Paris to prefects, the government’s representatives in the regions, Mr Sarkozy said more than 200 public buildings had been set alight, 10,000 cars damaged and 4,500 people placed in custody since the riots broke out on October 27. He blamed France’s failure to integrate its immigrant communities for causing the discontent that fuelled the riots, sparked when two teenagers were electrocuted in an electricity sub-station while hiding from police...
LBJ's Attorney General to Defend Saddam
by Tom Carter
.."[Ramsey] Clark has been using and aiding mass murderers and other American enemies for the last 30 years. He should give it a rest," conservative columnist David Horowitz said in 2003 of a Clark trip to Iraq...Two former U.S. government officials this week made some tart comments about Mr. Clark's presence in Baghdad, saying Saddam could control his defense team while alluding to Mr. Clark's history...
Just Try to Sleep Tight. The Bedbugs Are Back.
by Andrew Jacobs
...In the bedbug resurgence, entomologists and exterminators blame increased immigration from the developing world, the advent of cheap international travel and the recent banning of powerful pesticides [such as DDT]...

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Americans May Want to Retreat, But It's Risky
The Dallas Morning News
...It's fair game to question when and how the United States engages the rest of the world and whether it is best to work unilaterally or through global organizations like the U.N. But to retreat from a world stage is to risk the loss of political, economic and military influence around the world and to court the national security problems that come with that pullback...
What Latin America Needs
by Alejandro Chafuen
...The Summit of the Americas was preprogrammed for failure, just as the region's many free market-oriented reforms of the past decades were, despite their soundness. The real problem in Latin America is that, with few exceptions, the rule of law -- particularly on private property rights -- doesn't exist as we know it. Decisionmaking is marred by corruption and cronyism and mired in bureaucracy...
How Did We Forget that Israel's Story is the Story of the West?
by Charles Moore
Sometimes Private Eye runs a spoof "Apology - printed in all newspapers", which says something like: "We used to say that X was a disgusting, brutal pig, unworthy to hold public office. We now recognise that X is a living saint." Such a volte-face has just taken place about Ariel Sharon...
A fiscal Disaster in the Making
by Dimitri Vassilaros
"Only in Washington D.C. can a spending increase be called a spending cut, but that's exactly what happened last week," said Rep. Paul, the Texas Republican who was raised in Pittsburgh's South Hills..."I refused to vote for this thing," Paul said about the fuzzy math calculated to fool those outside the Beltway. That might include Big Government's useful idiots in Big Media who report on the so-called cuts as if they are, well, cuts...
The Modern University Has Become Obsolete
by Froma Harrop
...University presidents, meanwhile, are working on their own pay packages. Several already make more than $1 million, which has become the new goalpost. Most justify their incomes by their ability to raise money for new buildings. Of course, these are the buildings that will soon be relics, according to Peter Drucker. Look at these shining new facilities and think: What fine condos they will someday make.

Saturday, November 26, 2005

America's Unique Devotion to Liberty
by Charles Krauthammer
Other capitals celebrate the gloria and fortuna of victory. No Arch of Triumph here...as you walk the streets of Washington, it is harder to discount America's quiet homage to foreign liberators -- statues built decades apart without self-consciousness and without any larger architectural (let alone political) plan. They have but one thing in common: They share America's devotion to liberty. Liberty not just here but everywhere. Indeed, liberty for its own sake...
Iran's Ticking Time-bomb
by Uri Dromi
...Threats of aggression and mass murder, if not checked in time, can become self-fulfilling prophecies. If you don't believe it, read Kershaw's book on Hitler, especially the second volume: Nemesis.
No Hype Needed: Saddam, al-Qaida Linked
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Americans can blame one another all we want over the cost in lives and treasure in Iraq. But the irony is that not long ago everyone from Bill Clinton to George Bush, senators, CIA directors and federal prosecutors all agreed that Saddam had offered assistance to al-Qaida, the organization that murdered 3,000 Americans. That was one of the many reasons we went into Iraq, why Zarqawi and ex-Baathists side-by-side now attack American soldiers — and why an elected Iraqi government is fighting with us.
Christians Afoot
by William F. Buckley
...I here berate those who fail to heed the atrocities in China and North Korea, by appealing to those who have heeded these barbarisms, drawing attention to the inattention that the Christian world seems to be paying them...How ought western diplomats to have treated Nazi officials in pre-war Germany? There is enduring speculation on that subject, but none, we'd guess, that argues that simply to ignore religious persecution is one acceptable way to confront it.

Friday, November 25, 2005

States' Coffers Swelling Again After Struggles
by John M. Broder
After four years of tight budgets and deepening debt, most states from California to Maine are experiencing a marked turnaround in their fiscal fortunes, with billions of dollars more in tax receipts than had been projected pouring into coffers around the country. The windfall is a result of both a general upturn in the economy and conservative budgeting by state officials in recent years...
Assaults on Border Agents Double in '05
by Mike Madden
...Federal law enforcement officials told Congress last week that drug cartels from Mexico have gotten much more aggressive in smuggling drugs and people across the border, hiring local gangs on both sides of the international line and arming members with assault rifles, grenades and other weapons...
Jordan King Calls for All-Out War on Islamic Militancy
...In a letter to newly appointed Prime Minister Marouf al-Bakhit, Abdullah said the Nov. 9 bombings "increase our determination to stick to our reform and democratization process, which is irreversible"...Abdullah said the strategy should "not only deal with the security dimension, but also the ideological, cultural and political spheres to confront those who choose the path of destruction and sabotage to reach their goals"...
Attacks Threaten Religious Harmony in Southeast Asia
by Jürgen Kremb
Buddhist monks are being murdered, Christian schoolchildren beheaded and dissenters blown up. Southeast Asia's peaceful co-existence among religions is under siege, from Bangkok to Jakarta. Meanwhile, politicians and military leaders are using Islamic fervor to boost their own power...
Brazil's Police 'Execute Thousands'
by Angus Stickler
...The authorities in Rio dismiss these allegations. They say most people killed by the police are criminals, shot in military-style raids. But in the spring of this year events took a sinister turn when, on 31 March, two men entered a bar and started shooting, not once or twice, but again and again. Most of the victims were shot at close range - in the chest and in the head. In all, 29 people were shot dead, apparently not by members of a criminal drug gang - but by off-duty police officers. A former military policeman, Gordinho (not his real name), says executions by police death squads are common...

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The Spirit of Thanksgiving
by Fr. Jim Chern
...As millions gather with their families this Thanksgiving, our prayer at this meal is obviously one of thanking God, but also a prayer of petition that Americans will be able to rediscover their spiritual selves, and draw strength and comfort from their individual spiritual faiths in the same matter that our Founders did, a faith that guided them in creating this great nation, and has sustained American greatness to this very day.
Thankful for What?
by Joseph Farah
...William Bradford, the leader of the Pilgrims, studied the Hebrew scriptures. The Pilgrims took them very seriously. The idea of giving thanks to God with a feast was inspired by that knowledge of the Bible. In a very real way, the Pilgrims saw themselves, too, as chosen people of God being led to a Promised Land...
Pilgrims Beat ‘Communism’ With Free Market
by Mike Franc
...On the brink of extermination, the Colony’s leaders changed course and allotted a parcel of land to each settler, hoping the private ownership of farmland would encourage self-sufficiency and lead to the cultivation of more corn and other foodstuffs. As Adam Smith would have predicted, this new system worked famously. “This had very good success,” Bradford reported, “for it made all hands very industrious”...

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

A Strong Argument for the Death Penalty
by Debra Saunders
Clarence Ray Allen provides the strongest argument I've seen for the death penalty. Allen is slated to be executed on Jan. 17. He ordered the death of several witnesses who had testified against him from prison while he was serving a sentence of life without parole for the murder of another witness. As a result, three innocent people are dead. They've been dead for 25 years...
Iraq's a Lost Cause? Ask the Real Experts
by Max Boot
...Now, it could be that the Iraqi public and the U.S. armed forces are delusional. Maybe things really are on an irreversible downward slope. But before reaching such an apocalyptic conclusion, stop to consider why so many with firsthand experience have more hope than those without any...Summer Soldiers

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

The Left Hates Inequality, Not Evil
by Dennis Prager
...everyone hates someone, and that includes people on the Left. The problem is that because they don't hate evil, they hate those who oppose evil. That is how liberals went from anti-communist to anti-anti-communist. To paraphrase one of the greatest moral insights of the Talmud, those who show mercy to the cruel will be cruel to the merciful. So, George W. Bush, not the Islamic terror world, is the Left's villain; life-embracing Israel is the Left's villain, not their death-loving enemies; and religious Christians who note moral weaknesses within the Islamic world are the real danger, not the moral weaknesses within the Islamic world...
The Hottest Front in the Iraq War is Now in Washington
by Fred Barnes
...Mel Laird, it turns out, isn't the only person who's been thinking about the parallel between Iraq and Vietnam. So has Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's deputy. In his intercepted email to al Qaeda's man in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, he said, "Things may develop faster than we imagine." He wrote that "the aftermath of the collapse of American power in Vietnam--and how they ran and left their agents--is noteworthy." Indeed, and it is relevant.
Remarks on Iraq and the War on Terrorism  
by Vice President Dick Cheney
...Two months later, in October of '98 -- again, without a single dissenting vote in the United States Senate -- the Congress passed the Iraq Liberation Act. It explicitly adopted as American policy supporting efforts to remove Saddam Hussein's regime from power and promoting an Iraqi democracy in its place. And just two months after signing the Iraq Liberation law, President Clinton ordered that Iraq be bombed in an effort to destroy facilities that he believed were connected to Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs...
No Work and No Play
by James Surowiecki
...There are many explanations for the estimated forty-per-cent unemployment rate in the banlieues that have been the site of recent riots, but part of the problem is that voluntary leisure for some Europeans has helped lead to involuntary leisure for others. The less work that gets done, the less work there is to do. Helping some people get off the labor treadmill can keep many people from ever getting on the treadmill at all.

Monday, November 21, 2005

U.N.'s War on Internet Freedom Isn't Over
by Pete du Pont
...Because of the Internet, governments, economies, institutions and individuals can and do prosper. But the availability of such information threatens a great many despotic nations which do not believe individuals should have access to information that may be damaging to their governmental societies. The regimes in China, Cuba, Iran, Syria and Tunisia, for example, believe Internet content must be controlled so that individuals do not have access to any information that has not been approved by their governments. In China the word "democracy" is not allowed on the Internet; it is just too dangerous to the communist government. And so such nations want international controls on Internet usages and content...
Senate Adopts 'Exit strategy' from Reality
by Mark Steyn
A busy time in the U.S. Senate, the "world's greatest deliberative body." Judging from the 2006 conference report, the Senate subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education -- Chairman Arlen Specter (R), ranking member Tom Harkin (D) -- has been deliberating especially hard [naming buildings for themselves]...Good to see that even in the viciously partisan atmosphere of today's politics, Republicans and Democrats can still work together to carry out the people's business...
Coping With Problem Parents
...In cities around the country, coffeehouses are putting parents on notice that they and their children aren't welcome unless the kids behave themselves, refrain from rowdy behavior and use their "indoor voices"...Going on the defensive, the parents say they resent the insinuation that they're not controlling their children. Some insist that kids will be kids, no matter what the parent does, and others see no reason that they should be deprived of the simple pleasure of lounging around in a cafe just because they have children...
Related? Why Professor Johnny Can’t Spell     Civility and Civilization

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt and Bill Sammon discuss release of Samuel Alito's written views of abortion; Janet Parshal and Bush Administration official J.D. Crouch defend pre-Iraq war intelligence; Bill Bennett and National Review's Jay Nordlinger look at the President's trip to China; Albert Mohler profiles the schism prospects at the Episcopal Church USA; Jerry Bowyer speaks with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Dennis Prager mourns Europe's decline.
For Bush’s Critics, Even Hindsight is Cloudy
by Victor Davis Hanson
...that is what our soldiers died for: a world in which Middle East dictators no longer murder their own, ruin their won societies, and then cynically use terrorism to whip up the Arab street and deflect their own self-induced miseries onto the United States. This is the calculus that led to 9/11, and the reason why Saddam gave sanctuary to 1980s terrorists, the killer Yasin who failed in his first attempt to take down the twin towers, and the likes of Zarqawi...
Related: The Not-So-Simple Truth about Statesmanship     Are You Sure You Want to Keep Saying We Were Fooled?
The Freedom to Hate Wal-Mart
by Paul Jacob
...Wal-Mart has found enormous success in the marketplace only because many people have voluntarily chosen to shop and work there...It may be that much of the hatred of Wal-Mart is a byproduct of a fear and hatred for the poor. Lots of folks don't want to shop around poor people. And poor people do shop at Wal-Mart...

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The Killer That Matters Most
by Roy Spencer
...Governmental representatives...that make a career out of finding new ways in which to restrict the freedom of people around the world to serve one another as they wish through market economies can not be allowed to succeed in implementing ill-conceived solutions to environmental problems. Or, as one man from South Africa put it, Africans should not be forced to suffer simply so rich tourists can drive by in their air-conditioned Land Rovers and take pictures of their quaint way of life.
Call them what they are -- TRAITORS
by Mark M. Alexander
...In other words, Democrat Party leaders are using the gravely serious matter of the Iraq War for trivial political fodder -- and their politicization of our mission there has put our Armed Forces in the region in greater peril...
Facts of War
Mark R. Levin
What is this baloney that there were no connections between Iraq and Osama bin Laden? Even the 9/11 Commission Report, which I believe is lacking in many respects, includes some useful findings all but ignored today by the media and war critics. Consider the following...Did Iraq pose a serious threat to our national security? Yes. Did Congress believe Iraq posed a serious threat? Yes. Did Iraq have or seek to obtain weapons of mass destruction? Yes. Those are the facts.
Lawmakers Join Weldon in Calling for Testimony on Able Danger
by Roxana Tiron
...Weldon said he believes that the [Defense Intelligence Agency] stifled crucial information about Mohammed Atta, who became the lead Sept. 11 terrorist, and then destroyed related documents. He also said that the Sept. 11 commission, which was appointed to investigate the attacks and the intelligence failure involved in them, disregarded information it received from Able Danger members...
Don't Serve / Don't Tell
by Kate Thornton Buzicky
...Here [at Harvard], the emphasis is on the individual--the "me", the "I," and the "mine." It is difficult to explain a group obligation to people who idolize the first person singular. But the most difficult part of the [military] recruiting period has been learning the limits of liberal tolerance. It has been uncomfortable to see that the lessons I learned from the traditional liberal platform appear not to apply to me...

Friday, November 18, 2005

I report, you decide... Chemtrails Are Over Las Vegas
by Marcus K. Dalton
...Thousands of eye-witnesses - including police officers, pilots, military and public health personnel - have provided detailed accounts of aerial spraying in characteristic "X"s and east-to-west grid patterns, followed by occluded skies - and acute auto-immune reactions and respiratory infections throughout affected regions...
Korean Reds Targeting Christians
by Meghan Clyne
A woman in her 20s executed by a firing squad after being caught with a Bible. Five Christian church leaders punished by being run over by a steamroller before a crowd of spectators who "cried, screamed out, or fainted when the skulls made a popping sound as they were crushed." These and other "horrifying" violations of human rights and religious freedom in North Korea are reported in a new study by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom...
Withdrawal Mania
by David Limbaugh
...To prematurely establish an arbitrary timetable for our troop withdrawal would jeopardize the stability of the newly constituted Iraqi government, for which, in part, more than 2,000 of our soldiers have died. It would give the terrorists a victory they could never attain on the battlefield. It would reinvigorate their cause by confirming their suspicion that the American infidels lack the resolve to persevere...
More: What if People Start Believing that "Bush Lied"?
Iran in Turmoil as President's Purge Deepens
by Simon Tisdall and Ewen MacAskill
...Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's clearout of his opponents began last month but is more sweeping than previously understood and has reached almost every branch of government, the Guardian has learned...An informed Iranian source with first-hand knowledge of all the main political and clerical figures in the country said: "Ahmadinejad is defying everybody. He does whatever he wants and considers it to be right. This is not how things are done in Iran"...

Thursday, November 17, 2005

An Incomplete Investigation
by Louis Freeh
It was interesting to hear from the 9/11 Commission again on Tuesday. This self-perpetuating and privately funded group of lobbyists and lawyers has recently opined on hurricanes, nuclear weapons, the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel and even the New York subway system. Now it offers yet another "report card" on the progress of the FBI and CIA in the war against terrorism, along with its "back-seat" take and some further unsolicited narrative about how things ought to be on the "front lines."
Yet this is also a good time for the country to make some assessments of the 9/11 Commission itself. Recent revelations from the military intelligence operation code-named "Able Danger" have cast light on a missed opportunity that could have potentially prevented 9/11...
Thomas: Bush, Rove Offensive the Right Step to Win Political War
by Cal Thomas
...It's time to play hardball with the left and this would be a good first pitch. Offense wins football games and wars. It also shapes public opinion. Stack this political offense with more of the type of rhetoric used last week by President Bush and Karl Rove.
Where was the anti-war crowd in 1998? President Clinton's Preemptive Strike Order
"Eurabia" Defined
by Andrew G. Bostom
The flames consuming thousands of automobiles, and the occasional bus, nursery, warehouse, and school across France are the result of tragic - in the original sense of the word - set of decisions made by the leaders of Europe, motivated by greed, jealousy, and hubris. The dream of a Europe restored to preeminence, isolating and vanquishing the upstart Americans, via a rock-solid alliance with the Arab world, has become a nightmare. The French cannot acknowledge their problem precisely because they cannot admit the folly of the policies pursued for the last three decades as the bedrock of their highest diplomatic, political, and economic ambitions...
News articles: Muslims Burn France

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

An Incontinent Congress
by Tony Blankley
...Monday, for the first time, the foul odor of the Vietnam War denouement wafted through the Senate Chamber during the debate on Iraq. The Democrats called for "estimated dates for the phased redeployment of United States Armed Forces from Iraq … " Phased redeployment was the maneuver the French executed in June 1940, in the days preceding the German occupation of Paris. Phased redeployment is what the Vietnamese boat people did as they swam for their lives away from their homeland...
More: Lieberman: Terrorist can't win in Iraq, but they can in America by breaking our resolve
Background: Senate Urges Bush to Outline Iraq Plan
Related: Homeland Security: Red Alert
Europe – Thy Name is Cowardice
by Matthias Döpfner
...Appeasement crippled Europe when genocide ran rampant in Kosovo and we Europeans debated and debated until the Americans came in and did our work for us. Rather than protecting democracy in the Middle East, European appeasement, camouflaged behind the fuzzy word "equidistance," now countenances suicide bombings in Israel by fundamentalist Palestinians. Appeasement generates a mentality that allows Europe to ignore 300,000 victims of Saddam’s torture and murder machinery and, motivated by the self-righteousness of the peace-movement, to issue bad grades to George Bush...
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Kashmir Quake Orphans ‘Adopted’ for Jihad
The Times
...The militants were among the first to arrive with aid at some of the worst affected villages. Their organisation and ability to commandeer lifting equipment and tents have generated significant new support. But according to human rights campaigners they are using their new popularity to smuggle weapons and recruit the young and vulnerable...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Study: The Larger a Government, the Lower the Life Satisfaction
Christian Bjornskov, Axel Dreher, & Justina A.V. Fischer
...paper empirically analyzes the question whether government involvement in the economy is conducive or detrimental to life satisfaction in a cross-section of 74 countries. This provides a test of a longstanding dispute between standard neoclassical economic theory, which predicts that government plays an unambiguously positive role for individuals' quality of life, and public choice theory, that was developed to understand why governments often choose excessive involvement and regulation, thereby harming voters' quality of life...
Beware the Wrath of the Investor Class
by Lawrence Kudlow
...Polls like this, and perhaps the Democratic gains in the election earlier this month, are bad straws in the wind for the Bush vision of ownership, individual choice, and growth economics. Investors are risk takers and they know how to trade. If they see a stock in decline they will sell it. And they just may short the GOP unless they see a major turnaround in that company's management and performance.
Jordanians Are Shocked -- Shocked! -- That a Wedding Would be Blown Up
by Dennis Prager
...Now there is widespread condemnation of Zarqawi's terror in Jordan. There is even a fear that the name of Islam will suffer. Unfortunately, however, it is only because Zarqawi was foolish enough to massacre Jordanian civilians, and not confine his massacres to Iraqis and non-Arabs. What has aroused Arab voices against Zarqawi has nothing to do with the immorality of blowing up people celebrating at a wedding -- it has to do with the immorality of blowing up Muslims celebrating at a wedding...
Abstinence Educators Call for GAO Investigation of Government Spending on Comprehensive Sex Education
U.S. Newswire
...SIECUS and the CDC have a record of recommending curricula with extremely graphic content such as the use of grocery items like grape jelly being used as lubricants, condom relay races, condom practice and fantasizing during classroom time, a homework assignment to go shopping for condoms, and how-to instructions for oral sex. Focus on Kids, a curriculum for 9-15-year-olds, assigns teens to create a list of ways to be close to a person without having intercourse, including, "body massage, bathing together, masturbation, sensuous feeding, fantasizing, watching erotic movies, reading erotic books and magazines"...

Monday, November 14, 2005

The Politics of Fear and Loathing
by Kathleen Kelley Reardon
...It's shameful when young men and women put their lives at stake for this country while a [political] spitting contest of emotional prevarication occurs back home over nearly every critical topic. I know all too well the kind of angst these anti-bombastic rhetoric thoughts generate from the extremists on both political sides who take delight in loathing...
Five Questions Non-Muslims Would Like Answered
by Dennis Prager
...Hundreds of millions of non-Muslims want honest answers to these questions, even if the only answer you offer is, "Yes, we have real problems in Islam." Such an acknowledgment is infinitely better — for you and for the world — than dismissing us as anti-Muslim. We await your response.
Causes of French Riots Lurk in United States
by Thomas Bray
...Stubbornly high taxes and job-killing regulations -- including prevailing and "living" wage schemes aimed at preventing willing workers from undercutting union wage levels -- make it difficult to sustain the economic growth that mutes social tensions...

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved and Robert Spencer explore the Muslim violence in France; the Washington Times Donald Lambro reviews the 2005 off-year elections; Bill Bennett and Victoria Toensing ask about a possible double standard at the CIA; Albert Mohler sounds off on an outrageous 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in California; Thor Tolo and George Will discuss the large amount of Down's Syndrome babies aborted; Keith Peters reviews new Barna survey on so-called Christian revolutionaries; Frank Pastore and Anne Rice go into her recent conversion; Janet Parshall and Peter Schweitzer look at liberal hypocrisy plus Dennis Prager comments on the anarchy in France.
Rhetoric at War with Reality
by Victor Davis Hanson
...for right now, the United States might benefit by not welcoming any additional free and unfair trade with South America, or spending billions on European defense, or taking on any more burdens in the Middle East. In contrast, an India, Japan, and Australia are proud and confident nations. They don't indict our citizens and often appreciate an American global role, whether outsourcing jobs or patrolling regional waters. Unlike the U.N., the EU, and South America, they spare us the sanctimonious lectures and look forward rather than nurse wounds of the past...
A Question of Integration
by George Friedman
...For more than a week, France has been torn by riots that have been, for the most part, concentrated in the poorer suburbs of Paris. The rioters essentially have been immigrants -- or the children or grandchildren of immigrants -- most of whom had come to France from its former colonies. They are, in many cases, French citizens by right of empire. But what is not clear is whether they ever became, in the fullest sense of the word, French. And in that question rests an issue that could define European -- and world -- history in the 21st century...
Thugs on Parade
by Matt Rosenberg
Why do white liberals accept the “gangsta” persona as a perfectly legitimate expression of black culture?...
Related: Say No to Hip-hop's Excesses

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Bush Fires Back Against Iraq War Critics
by Liza Porteus
...He added: "No act of ours invited the rage of killers and no concession, bribe or appeasement will change or limit their plans for murder," referring to terror networks like the Al Qaeda group led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Usama bin Laden. "They target nations whose behavior they believe they can change through violence ... there is only one effective response: We will never back down, we will never give in, we will accept nothing less than complete victory"...
More: Text of President's Speech     Setting the Record Straight: Sen. Kennedy On Iraq     Instapundit: Reactions
Complexity Kills
by Hugh Hewitt
...Europe faces an undeniable demographic earthquake. America faces an undeniable oil crisis. These are not "complex" fact patterns, but simple realities. The politicians who refuse to address them shouldn't be in office. We don't have that luxury.
Isn't It Time the Republicans Did Something for Their Voters?
by Ross Douthat & Reihan Salam
...Above all, it should be in favor of limited government, and in favor of using government's considerable power to shore up the institution that makes a limited government possible--the beleaguered but resilient American family. Critics will carp that such a party would be trying to be too many things to too many people. But there's a term for a party that attempts this feat and succeeds: a majority party.

Friday, November 11, 2005

Pump Seriousness Into Energy Policy
by Charles Krauthammer
...It's Economics 101: increasing demand and precariously tight supply. Yet for three decades we have done criminally little about it. Conservatives argued for more production, liberals argued for more conservation, and each side blocked the other's remedies -- when even a child can see that we need both...
Jordanians Protest Against Al Qaeda
Fox News
...The main demonstration in Amman lasted for more than an hour. But honking vehicles, decorated with Jordanian flags and posters of King Abdullah II, cruised Amman's streets until late in the night, as passengers chanted "Death to al-Zarqawi, the villain and the traitor!" and anti-terrorism slogans...
French Lessons: How to Create a Muslim Underclass
Opinion Journal
...The larger problem for the prime minister is that France's underclass is a consequence of the structure of the French economy, in which the state accounts for nearly half of gross domestic product and roughly a quarter of employment. French workers, both in the public and private sectors, enjoy GM-like benefits in pensions, early retirement, working hours and vacations, sick- and maternity leave, and job security--all of which is militantly enforced by strike-happy labor unions. The predictable result is that there is little job turnover and little net new job creation...

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Who Is Lying About Iraq?  
by Norman Podhoretz
...All this should surely suffice to prove far beyond any even unreasonable doubt that Bush was telling what he believed to be the truth about Saddam’s stockpile of WMD. It also disposes of the fallback charge that Bush lied by exaggerating or hyping the intelligence presented to him...
Media Ignore One Key Fact About Paris Rioters: They’re Mostly Muslims
by Joel Mowbray
...By all accounts, the primary contingent of rioters is Muslim. There have been some copycats, and there are anecdotal reports of native Frenchmen participating in the organized chaos. But there is no denying that most of the rioters are Muslim. Unless, of course, you’re in the mainstream media...
Related: Baghdad on the Seine     The New Old Europe
Get Serious About Immigration Reform
by Dick Morris
...Immigration is keeping America young and vital. If not for the annual flow of 3 million people — about half legal and half illegal — we would be much like the nations of Europe, losing population and watching their populations age. But we cannot afford the current chaotic flow of immigrants over a theoretical border. We need to enforce the law and make it fair.

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Bush's "Disaster"
by John McIntyre
The MSM is trying to spin yesterday's election as a disaster for President Bush. But a simple exercise of just checking the election results from four years ago shows this to be partisan spin...
More: Election 2005 Post Mortem     Selected Results     Review & Analysis
Ten Documents the Bush Administration Should Insist the Intelligence Community Declassify
by Stephen F. Hayes
...It took the DIA just eight days to declassify excerpts of the document Carl Levin released last week. Levin, remember, claims that there was no relationship whatsoever between Iraq and al Qaeda. Imagine how different the debate on the relationship between Iraq and al Qaeda might be if the Bush administration were to have all of these documents declassified in, say, two weeks...
How Can Liberals Be Racist? Ask Michael Steele
by Ruben Navarrette Jr.
...Party trumps race -- not to mention, common sense. Some African-American leaders complain that black people aren't getting anywhere politically. They're right. That's because they've perfected the recipe for how to become politically irrelevant -- allow yourself to be taken for granted by one party and written off by another...Steele is a threat to the social order of things because he challenges all that. Because he stands with the GOP, he gives black Americans something that Democrats don't want them to have: options...
Middle Class Filling Up Military, Study Says
by Rowan Scarborough
..."We found that recruits tend to come from middle-class areas, with disproportionately fewer from low-income areas," said the report, prepared by Tim Kane, an Air Force Academy graduate and economics scholar. "Overall, the income distribution of military enlistees is more similar to than different from the income distribution of the general population"...
The Media and the Unhinged Marine
by Michelle Malkin
...Jimmy Massey was Michael Moore, Cindy Sheehan and John Kerry all wrapped up into one tidy, soundbite-friendly package -- a poster boy for peace topped off by a military uniform and tattoos to boot. But like a lot of the agitators who pose as well-meaning, good-faith peace activists, Jimmy Massey was something else: A complete fraud...

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Why Immigrants Don't Riot Here
by Joel Kotkin
...What has been largely ignored has been the role of France's economic system in contributing to the current crisis. State-directed capitalism may seem ideal for American admirers such as Jeremy Rifkin, author of "The European Dream," and others on the left. Yet it is precisely this highly structured and increasingly infracted economic system that has so limited opportunities for immigrants and their children. In a country where short workweeks and early retirement are sacred, there is little emphasis on creating new jobs and even less on grass-roots entrepreneurial activity...
Related: Early Skirmish in the Eurabian Civil War     A War of Values, Not Religion
Retrospective: The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris (2002)
Realism in Darfur: Consider the Horrors of Peace
by Christopher Hitchens
It looks as if the realists have won the day in the matter of Darfur. Or, to phrase it in another way, it looks as if the ethnic cleansers of that province have made good use of the "negotiation" and "mediation" period to complete their self-appointed task...
Men are Too Rough to Train With, U.K. Army Tells Women
by Andrew Wilks
..."Female recruits are three-to-four times more likely than males to be medically discharged with a training injury, a figure which may be as high as nine times in some training units." The changes will end a decade of mixed platoons and are a rebuff to modernisers who insisted women soldiers should be treated equally...

Monday, November 07, 2005

About That Iraq 'Deception'
by Jack Kelly
...Thanks to really lousy reporting, most Americans are unaware of how much evidence there is of Saddam's WMD programs and his ties to international terror groups. This is a debate Republicans should welcome.
The Fire in France
by David Warren
...As well as we can now reconstruct, it began in Clichy-sous-Bois, a suburban, North African ghetto, which has been a police no-go area for several years (like many other Muslim ghettoes in Europe), and where young, declaredly Islamist, thugs rule the streets by day and night. (Their war cry, while hurling missiles and setting fires, is "Allahou Akbar!" -- "God is great!" There is no possible doubt about their orientation)...
More: You Shouldn't Have to Burn Cars to Get a Better Life     Wake Up, Europe, You've a War on Your Hands
Related: The Suicide Bombers Among Us
Parents Take Another Hit in the Culture Wars
by Kathleen Parker
...In a recent ruling, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (that be the Left Coast) determined that parents do not have a fundamental right to control when, where and how their children are taught about sex. Rather the state -- in its far greater wisdom about what's right and wrong -- has ultimate power over your kids...
Related: A Time for Anger: Porn, Pedophiles and your Kids

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
This week hear Hugh Hewitt and former Sen. Dan Coats explore judicial background of Bush High Court nominee, Judge Samuel Alito; Dennis Prager and Ted Franks revisit Alito's run-in with Planned Parenthood; Bill Bennett debriefs Andrew McCarthy on CIA leak investigation; Mike Gallagher goes inside anti-Alito, Dem strategy with Bob Beckel; Frank Pastore translates Iran's anti-Israel bluster with Ken Timmerman; Janet Parshall weighs vast scope of UN Oil for Food scandal with Dr. Nile Gardener, and Don Kroah and Frank Gaffney unveil global concern over Saudi Arabia.
Democrats Push Big Lie About War
by Allan H. Ryskind
...Those who say Bush “lied us into war” based on “manufactured” intelligence are either ignorant or malicious. Either way, they are dangerously undermining whatever chance we still have of rescuing Iraq from chaos and catastrophe.
K-12 Brainwashing
by Ari Kaufman
...Looking back on it now, I see that I was a poor fit for the public schools. While I love teaching, it has become clear to me that educational progress must take a back seat to the “progressive” political agendas of the teachers. I guess I had my priorities backwards.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Intifada in France
by New York Sun
If President Chirac thought he was going to gain peace with the Muslim community in France by taking an appeasement line in the Iraq war, it certainly looks like he miscalculated. Today the streets of the French capital are looking more like Ramallah and less like the advanced, sophisticated, gay Paree image Monsieur Chirac likes to portray to the world, and the story, which is just starting to grip the world's attention, is full of ironies...
More: Unrest in Paris Suburbs Enters Second Week     Riots Show That Europe Can Learn From America
The Bush Presidency: Can It Survive?
by By George Friedman
...Presidents have power to the extent that they are perceived to have power. At this moment, Bush's status is uncertain. He has certainly not yet lost his presidency, but he has not restored his standing in the polls. It is interesting, therefore, that the status of U.S. foreign policy rests at this moment on the outcome of a decidedly internal matter: the battle for the Supreme Court. The fates of other nations -- and the United States can be decisive in determining their fate -- rest on the idiosyncrasies of American domestic politics.
Democrats—Not for Free Speech Anymore!
by Matt Welch
...Assuming the venality of your political opponents is like a great mirror-removal machine —no sense checking your own blemishes when there's a wolf outside the door! And old myths die hard, self-mythology hardest of all...
Court Redefines Parenthood
by Lornet Turnbull
The Washington Supreme Court established what amounts to a new category of parents — one that's the legal equivalent of moms and dads — when it ruled Thursday that a lesbian who was neither the biological nor adoptive parent of a girl she helped raise has co-parenting rights to the child...

Friday, November 04, 2005

Playing the Race Card Doesn’t Do Justice to a Pioneer’s Legacy
by Deroy Murdock
...By refusing to yield her seat to a white man in the front of a segregated Montgomery, Alabama bus on December 1, 1955, Parks (who died October 24 at age 92) both launched and epitomized a dignified, determined fight against hardened bigotry...Rather than appeal for unity and calm to overcome bigotry, today’s racial arsonists spray lighter fluid on the nation’s still-cooling embers of ethnic animus...
Democrats Stick Fork in Own Heads
by Ann Coulter
...There is no question about Alito's qualifications. Democrats can only oppose him for his record, which will alarm a narrow segment of lunatics commonly known as "the Democratic Party base"...
Lyndon Johnson and the Cult of Sentimentality
by James Piereson
...It is perhaps too easy to draw the lesson from this that sentimentalists are destined to be ruled by Machiavellians who know how to exploit their attachment to sentiment and emotional expressions like "We must love one another, or we must die." Yet, just as Johnson sought to exploit the emerging culture of sentimentality, he was also brought down by it because he was so obviously ill-suited to the role of pied-piper to the young and sensitive...
Border Bait and Switch
by W. James Antle III
...The idea is to marginalize conservatives who favor reduced immigration by triangulating the issue. The group also seeks to recreate the left-right coalition that torpedoed serious immigration reforms at least nominally supported by the Clinton White House back in 1996...
Related: U.S. Missle Base Invaded by Illegal Immigrants?

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Commentary: China Signals War
by Michael Scroccaro
...anybody can find out what is happening inside of communist China with a handful of keystrokes on a home computer, and every journalist and network news agency has instant access to world events within seconds...So, why is the West ignoring the signs and lessons of history yet again? Could it be that the news out of China is not clear or compelling enough to grasp our attention?...
Iran Removes 40 Ambassadors, Diplomats
by Ali Akbar Dareini
...Iran is sending conflicting signals to an international community concerned about its nuclear agenda, granting U.N. inspectors access to a secret military site but also saying it would process a new batch of uranium that could be used to make atomic weapons, diplomats in Vienna, Austria, said Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media...
Bush's Tax Non-Reform
by Robert Novak
...When Republicans in 1994 assumed control of Congress, the party's leaders assured me that tax reform would be high on their agenda. In 11 years, however, Republicans have not begun to resolve conflict between a flat tax and a sales tax. Bush as president ignored the issue until this year and then named a commission instead of drafting a proposal. What emerged this week suggests that the president and the Republicans have squandered a precious opportunity.
Communist Group Helps Organize Protests
by Joe Garofoli
...Calling itself The World Can't Wait, the group was initiated in part by supporters of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and it has a simple goal: removing Bush from office by impeachment or resignation -- even if, according to the organization's Web site, they're not quite sure what should follow...
Parents Should Be Notified
by Debra Saunders
The logic doesn't work. By definition, minors who get pregnant are less mature than those who do not -- in general, they belong to the subset of teens who have sex but don't use birth control at all or correctly, as opposed to teens who either use birth control consistently or abstain from having sex. So it doesn't make sense to have laws, like those in California, that give the least responsible teens more rights than are accorded a responsible teen who wants a tattoo...

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The Good News from Iraq is Not Fit to Print
by Jeff Jacoby
...the nation's leading news outlets harp on the negative and pessimistic, consistently underplaying all that is going right in Iraq. Their fixation on the number of troops who have died outweighs their interest in the cause for which those fallen heroes fought -- a cause that advanced with the ratification of the new constitution. Poll after poll confirms the public's low level of confidence in mainstream media news. Gallup recently measured that confidence at 28 percent, an all-time low. Why such mistrust? The media's slanted coverage of Iraq provides a pretty good clue.
Plamegate's Real Liar
by Max Boot
...So much for the lies that led to war. What we're left with is the lies that led to the antiwar movement. Good thing for Wilson and his pals that deceiving the press and the public isn't a crime.
Oil for Fraud
Washington Post
...the United Nations should not, in the future, be allowed to run anything involving large financial transactions without better checks to prevent corruption; the oil-for-food program was badly designed from the start, with unclear lines of responsibility between the United States and other members of the Security Council on the one hand and U.N. officials on the other. The United Nations' recent management of its $1 billion tsunami relief appeal, with the help of the auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers, shows that the organization is capable of doing better...
A Year of Living Dangerously
by Francis Fukuyama
One year ago today, the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh had his throat ritually slit by Mohamed Bouyeri, a Muslim born in Holland who spoke fluent Dutch. This event has totally transformed Dutch politics, leading to stepped-up police controls that have now virtually shut off new immigration there. Together with the July 7 bombings in London (also perpetrated by second generation Muslims who were British citizens), this event should also change dramatically our view of the nature of the threat from radical Islamism...
Related: Terrorists are not POWs
"I Got Elected. You May Not Criticize Me."
by John Stossel
...What's spent on campaigns now is less than is spent advertising potato chips. Let the outsiders speak. The politicians should not tell the people to shut up...
Feminism's Devolution from Hoaxers to Whores
by Kathleen Parker
...The eradication of men and fathers from children's lives has been feminism's most despicable accomplishment. Half of all children will sleep tonight in a home where their father does not live...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Who Believes in American Exceptionalism? Judeo-Christian Values Part XXIV  
by Dennis Prager
...For the secular world, law has to be the highest definition of the good. Because it does not believe in a universal and objective morality as the Judeo-Christian world does, it has no choice but to put all its moral eggs in the legal basket. For the Judeo-Christian world, law is very, very important. But God-based morality is even more important. Of course, such a belief has dangers. But the greater danger is thinking that law embodies morality. Rosa Parks just died. She is venerated precisely because she knew a morality higher than law...
A History Lesson from Rosa Parks
by Suzanne Fields
...The black shame of inferiority, the result of oppression, not genetics, writes Shelby Steele, "cannot be overcome with anything less than a heroic assumption of responsibility on the part of black Americans." Rosa Parks lives.
Related: Understanding Condi
Misoverestimated -- Just Too Clever
by Mac Johnson
"Stupidity by Excess Cleverness Syndrome”...has been clouding men’s minds for eons. This debilitating disorder is especially prevalent in engineers, scientists, writers, and others who make a living with their thoughts -- and therefore can’t wait to show just how clever they can be. It also afflicts those in politics, and it grows worse with increased time in power. SECS is manifested as inexplicable acts of over-thinking and over-engineering relatively simple problems...
In Rust We Trust: Men and Boys and the Wealth of their Toys
by Jennifer Roback Morse
...The American way is about small business and individual initiative. Our country’s system of private property and personal innovation harnesses the unique gifts of men and places those gifts at the service of the common good. We are a rich country because we turn little boys who love tractors into grown-up men who make things work better.