"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

Saturday, December 31, 2005

Good Morning, 2006
by Ben Stein
...It's almost 2006, a date that seems like something from a science fiction movie in which men are traveling around on teleporters and making weekend trips to Jupiter. Now that I think of it, every moment that's great in my life shares the same foundation: we live large thanks to those who serve in difficult, life-threatening places and ways. So, as the science fiction year of 2006 dawns, my main resolution is to keep in mind the guys in whose shadows we all walk, behind whose shields we all live, the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, and God bless them and their families in 2006 and forever.
Kwanzaa: A Holiday From the FBI
by Ann Coulter
...I believe more African-Americans spent this season reflecting on the birth of Christ than some phony non-Christian holiday invented a few decades ago by an FBI stooge. Kwanzaa is a holiday for white liberals, not blacks...Kwanzaa itself is a lunatic blend of schmaltzy '60s rhetoric, black racism and Marxism. Indeed, the seven "principles" of Kwanzaa praise collectivism in every possible arena of life...
Liberals Shine in Media
by Mike Rosen
It's time for the 18th annual Media Research Center's awards for the most biased, manipulative or downright goofy quotes from liberals in the "mainstream" media. I'm honored to serve, once again, on MRC's distinguished panel of conservatively biased judges. Here are some of the highlights from among the winners and runners-up of Best Notable Quotables of 2005...
2005: A Tipping Point?
by Duncan Currie
In many ways, the year 2005 ends as it began: with millions of Iraqis defying the terrorists to cast ballots; with President Bush hailing the election as a milestone; with nit-pickers fretting about the sulky Sunnis; with the White House coming under fire for its homeland-security efforts; and with Democrats flying their George McGovern-Frank Church freak flag ever more ostentatiously. Who were the Big Winners of 2005? It sounds terribly earnest and formulaic to say "the Iraqi people"--so let's include them among the broader class of "new democrats"...
Better And Better
Investor's Business Daily
The New Year: Despite natural disasters and the casualties of war, Americans say 2005 was better than 2004 — and a huge majority expect things to improve again in 2006. Truth is, things are better the world over. Throughout its history, our country has distinguished itself by a pragmatic optimism. Other countries see global warming and plan for economic contraction; we question the science of those who forecast inevitable doom, while at the same time ponder the benefits of less ice providing a navigable Northwest Passage...

Friday, December 30, 2005

Coming in 2006: Group Marriage TV?
by Brent Bozell
...Reporter Marc Peyser explained: "The Henricksons are devoutly religious and wholesome (they are not Mormons but an unspecified offshoot). Most of the action focuses on how Bill, who owns home-improvement stores in Utah, handles the mundane aspects of his overpopulated life." The vicarious appeal is watching this man trying to juggle his work life with keeping three "very desperate" housewives satisfied...
The Most Important Economic News of the Year
by Arnold Kling
...the economy today is in great shape. The average productivity growth rate in the last five years is the highest over the past half century...What does this outstanding productivity performance say about economic policy under President Bush? Nothing. Let me repeat. Nothing. There is no political point-scoring to be made out of the news on productivity. First of all, it is important to understand that, for the most part, productivity growth is the economy's gift to policymakers, not the other way around...
Leak Double-Standards
by Linda Chavez
Within days of the leak of former CIA agent Valerie Plame's identity, Sen. Chuck Schumer was demanding a full-scale investigation into the incident, and others soon followed suit. So where are Sen. Schumer and his fellow Democrats in demanding a similar investigation and prosecution of a far more egregious leak of classified material involving the National Security Agency?...
How Las Vegas Inevitably Will Become Predominantly Spanish-speaking
by Hal Rothman
...As the influence of this community grows, the lack of attention from the rest of us will create an even larger divide that will someday come back to haunt us. In the recent chaos in France and Australia, we have seen how societies that fail to integrate minority populations pay for that shortcoming...

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Bring Back the Family Dinner
by Froma Harrop
For many families, the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's are about the only time they get together for meals. The rest of the year, eating is largely a matter of self-service. Family members pop things in the microwave or grab food at restaurants. The repasts, such as they are, get consumed in the back of a car or in front of a television set. If we want to know why so many children are obese and others are starving themselves, we should at least consider the collapse of the family dinner hour...
Where The Boys Aren't
by Melana Zyla Vickers
...In the early 1970s, when the college demographics were roughly reversed at 43 percent female and 57 percent male, federal education laws were reformed with the enactment in 1972 of Title IX, a provision that requires numerical parity for women in various areas of federally funded schooling...Today's shortage of men, by contrast, is largely ignored, denied, or covered up...
'05's Big Five
by Peggy Noonan
...Are you a pessimist? Then you're thinking Eccliastes: "Vanity, all is vanity." An optimist? Think Lawrence of Arabia, at least in Robert Bolt's screenplay: "Nothing is written"...
More year in review: War and Disasters Aside, 2005 Brought World Progress     The Year in Asia, 2005

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Top Ten List of Foolish Myths
by John Stossel
Looking back on 2005, I realize that much of what I heard -- and what the media said -- turned out to be myths. Newsweek reported that U.S. interrogators had flushed a Koran down a Guantanamo Bay toilet. After Hurricane Katrina, reporters said that sharks from Lake Pontchartrain were swimming through New Orleans, and roving bands of armed gang members were attacking the helpless. Myth after myth. So to celebrate the new year, I'd like to review my top 10 list of foolish myths (ABC will broadcast a televised version of this column in "20/20"'s timeslot Friday night)...
A Doctor Serving in Iraq Sees Heroes Nearly Every Day
by Capt. James S. Eadie
...I often reflect during the holidays on the classic story of George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. I, too, find myself standing at that metaphoric bridge wondering if I have made a difference here in Iraq. Is the poignant story still valid? The answer for me is a resounding yes...
And You Think America Is Repressive?
by Thomas Bray
...Spying on e-mail and cell phone traffic without a warrant. Searching offices and residences without a court order. Locking citizens away for weeks or months without filing charges. Sound like your worst nightmare about the supposedly lawless Bush administration? Perhaps. But I refer to restrictions on civil liberties that are taking place not in the United States but, in the order in which I cited them, Canada, France and Great Britain...
Orthodoxy of a Liberal Sort
by Paul Campos
A sure sign that a belief system has triumphed over its opponents is that it stops thinking of itself as a belief system at all. Instead it becomes "what every rational person knows to be the case," or "simple common sense," or, more concisely still, "the truth." In other words, the truly orthodox never think of themselves as orthodox. This allows them to crush all dissent to their orthodoxy with a good conscience, since what reasonable objection could there be to sincere attempts to stamp out self-evident falsehoods?...
In French Suburbs, Rage 'Is Only Asleep'
by Katrin Bennhold
...the whiff of gasoline and tear gas has disappeared. But the calm is fragile, impatient and tinged with the cynicism of youths who fear being let down again by a political class that allowed mass unemployment and social exclusion to accumulate over three decades in the poor suburbs ringing France's big cities...

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Church Is Cancelled?  
by Terry Eastland
Evangelical Christians are protesting loudly as stores and schools celebrate the holidays instead of Christmas. But now we hear something far more worrisome. Several large evangelical churches have decided not to hold worship services on the fourth Sunday of this month. That Sunday happens to be Christmas Day, and the excuse given by pastors of these churches is that Christmas Day is a family day...
The Blow-Up
by Claudia Rosett
...the U.N. Secretariat, despite all the recent talk of reform, evidently remains a place of secrecy and privilege, run by high officials who don’t mind talking about their global goals and grand legacies, but find it highly irritating to be held to normal standards of good governance or subjected to anything resembling the workings of a free press. And in this particular case, given the ferocity of Annan’s reaction, one has to wonder if there is even more to it...
Why Not Support Democracy?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...So here we have this most amazing paradox of pushing democracy: a policy that is distrusted by almost every entrenched special interest and at odds with every –ism — and yet one that alone can erode Islamic fascism and make the United States more secure. Odder still, the Democratic party at home is the least enthusiastic about the democratic parties in Iraq.

Friday, December 23, 2005

2005: The Year of the Good Soldier-Samaritan
by Tom Bevan
...Let us be crystal clear: the primary purpose of our Armed Forces is not to run around the world and do good deeds but to kill our enemies and protect and defend the United States of America. Be that as it may, nowhere else can you find a group of individuals doing more good for more people across the globe. Nowhere else can you find a group of professionals more courageous or more committed to the honorable principles to which they’ve pledged their lives. This year, perhaps more than any other, we’ve seen the power of the U.S. Soldier-Samaritan...
Judge Enshrines Darwinism as Unquestionable Theory of Life's Origins
by Bruce Chapman
...When a judge presumes to define what is science and what is not, you can be sure that the chilling consequences will affect not only school districts but also scientists in universities around the country...

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Military Chaplains Told to Shy fom Jesus
by Julia Duin
...Chaplains are scared to death. They must clear their prayers with their commanders, they can mention Jesus' name at chapel services, but not outside that context."
The Wisdom of Arctic Oil - The Luxury of Running Water
by Tara Sweeney
...This shameful, unconscionable treatment of Alaska’s Native People – in the name of protecting lands that are in no danger – must end. We urge all decent Americans to call their senators and congressmen, and tell them to vote for drilling in ANWR. The Natives who actually live there want this. Our nation needs it. It will be good for the environment. And it will provide jobs, revenues and energy for Natives and non-Natives alike.
The Decade's Midpoint
by Pete du Pont
...we are succeeding in improving our lives, expanding our economy, and promoting freedom and democracy around the world. We have done well in 2005 and will do even better in 2006. So have a good holiday--or better still, may I wish you a politically incorrect merry Christmas!
Creating First Synthetic Life Form
by Carolyn Abraham
...Robert Holt, head of sequencing for the Genome Science Centre at the University of British Columbia, is leading efforts at his Vancouver lab to play a key role in the production of the first synthetic life form -- a microbe made from scratch...
Newly released documents: Stalin Sought to Create Ape-man Super Warriors

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Clinton Claimed Authority to Order No-Warrant Searches
by Byron York
In a little-remembered debate from 1994, the Clinton administration argued that the president has "inherent authority" to order physical searches — including break-ins at the homes of U.S. citizens — for foreign intelligence purposes without any warrant or permission from any outside body. Even after the administration ultimately agreed with Congress's decision to place the authority to pre-approve such searches in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, President Clinton still maintained that he had sufficient authority to order such searches on his own...
More: Clinton and Carter issued executive orders allowing no-warrant searches
The Left's Privacy Hypocrites
by Michelle Malkin
...The left believes the government should do whatever it takes to fight terrorists -- but only when the terrorists look like Timothy McVeigh. If you're on the MCI Friends and Family plan of Osama bin Laden and Abu Zubaydah, you're home free.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

What Happens Over There Affects Our Lives Right Here
by Lee Hamilton
...There really is no way to separate domestic and foreign affairs -- in politics or in daily life. Try to go 24 hours without being affected in some way by something that takes place beyond our borders. My guess is you'd have to stay in bed, provided your sheets are 100 percent American-made. Indeed, much more so than when I joined the Congress in 1965, foreign policy is a domestic issue, not some remote matter to be handled by a cadre of elites in Washington. So the next time you hear a politician say we should focus on domestic issues, ask them how they plan on getting anything done.
Hitting the Wall
by Brendan Miniter
...For the next few years, perhaps even a couple of decades, the U.S. has an opportunity to ensure that terrorists will remain on the fringe of society. That opportunity will be lost, however, if the Muslim world is left to languish under the thumb of dictators who, in part, are kept in power with Western money. If millions of Muslims are locked out of the modern world, it is only a matter of time before there is a popular revolt against modernity. Osama bin Laden is the tip of that spear, and he once hoped to lead that revolt across international borders...
Vital Presidential Power
by William Kristol and Gary Schmitt
...This is not an argument for an unfettered executive prerogative. Under our system of separated powers, Congress has the right and the ability to judge whether President Bush has in fact used his executive discretion soundly, and to hold him responsible if he hasn't. But to engage in demagogic rhetoric about "imperial" presidents and "monarchic" pretensions, with no evidence that the president has abused his discretion, is foolish and irresponsible.
Related: Why Bush Approved the Wiretaps     Civil Liberties or National Insecurity?     Don't Let Congress Trump National Security

Monday, December 19, 2005

Lessons of 25 Years
by Michael Barone
...These lessons have been widely learned and widely applied, by George W. Bush but also to a large extent by Bill Clinton. But not, curiously enough, by those who see themselves as the best and the brightest, our university and media elites. They would still like to see America's power reined in, as it was in the 1970s...
President's Address to the Nation
by President George W. Bush
...It is also important for every American to understand the consequences of pulling out of Iraq before our work is done. We would abandon our Iraqi friends and signal to the world that America cannot be trusted to keep its word. We would undermine the morale of our troops by betraying the cause for which they have sacrificed. We would cause the tyrants in the Middle East to laugh at our failed resolve, and tighten their repressive grip. We would hand Iraq over to enemies who have pledged to attack us and the global terrorist movement would be emboldened and more dangerous than ever before. To retreat before victory would be an act of recklessness and dishonor, and I will not allow it...
Related: Today's Press Conference     Legal Analysis: The NSA and Domestic Spying
U.S. Military Tells Iraquis the Truth; Some Call it a "Scandal"
by John R. Guardiano
...In light of this reality, the U.S. military has a choice: It can accept this deleterious state of affairs, play by Marquess of Queensberry rules, and wait decades for the emergence of "Western journalism." The result would be a heady propaganda win for the terrorist/insurgents, a prolonged conflict, and more unnecessary violence and death. Or the U.S. military can work within Iraq's present-day constraints to try to ensure that Iraqis hear the truth about what is happening in their country...
Iraqi Terrorists Launch Attacks with Google?

World Net Daily
It's been six months since Google launched Google Earth – an Internet service providing satellite images of virtually the entire planet to anyone. Now defense experts – and some U.S. servicemen in Iraq – believe terrorists are using the technology to coordinate attacks on coalition military bases. Google Earth not only allows users to zoom in on almost any location in the world to give users a bird's-eye view, it even provides latitude and longitude coordinates for buildings...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt, Jed Babbin, Michael Medved and Dan Senor discuss the progress being made in Iraq despite terrorist attacks there; Bill Bennett and Michael Flaherty are pleased with the success of Narnia both on the screen and at the box office; Janet Parshall and Todd Nettleton publicize the persecution Christians are enduring in Indonesia; Weekend Journal's Keith Peters looks at the concept of a la carte cable choice; Albert Mohler asks if there is an agenda behind the movie Brokeback Mountain; Thor Tolo gets Wells Fargo Bank's reaction to Focus on the Family pulling their business from them and Richard Land says the President's poll numbers are heading back up.
Lancing the Boil
by Victor Davis Hanson
For some time, a large number of Americans have lived in an alternate universe where everything is supposedly going to hell...But in the real adult world, the economy is red-hot, not mired in joblessness or relegating millions to poverty. Unemployment is low, so are interest rates. Growth is high, as is consumer spending and confidence...
Related: The Media’s Top 10 Economic Myths of 2005

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Mission (Partly) Accomplished
Opinion Journal
...Let's also hope this election mutes the Howard Deans, Jack Murthas and others who say the war is "unwinnable." The scope of yesterday's vote shows again that the insurgency lacks any broad base of support inside Iraq. If a new government is skillful in accommodating Sunni demands for representation and for sharing oil revenues, the terrorist room to operate will further shrink. There's a reason Abu Musab al-Zarqawi worried in a letter last year that "Democracy is coming, and there will be no excuse (for violence) thereafter."
Weldon to Get His Chance to Prove 9/11 Accusations
by William Bender
Many of the questions surrounding the Able Danger intelligence program -- and the 9/11 Commission’s decision not to include the program’s purported findings in its final report -- could be answered during congressional hearings as early as next month, according to U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon. The Pentagon had previously blocked open hearings on the grounds that the program was classified...
Illegals Bill Drops Felony Provision
by Stephen Dinan
...Initially the bill made felons out of the estimated 11 million illegal aliens, thus making them ineligible for legalization. But yesterday the bill's chief sponsor, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican and Judiciary Committee chairman, said he will amend the bill today to make it a misdemeanor...
Study: 11M U.S. Adults Can't Read English
by Ben Feller
...Perhaps most sobering was that adult literacy dropped or was flat across every level of education, from people with graduate degrees to those who dropped out of high school.So even as more people get a formal education, the literacy rate is not rising. Federal officials say this trend is puzzling and worthy of research...
Statistics Suggest Race Not a Factor in Katrina Deaths
by Nathan Burchfiel
...whites in New Orleans died at a higher rate than minorities. According to the 2000 census, whites make up 28 percent of the city's population, but the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals indicates that whites constitute 36.6 percent of the storm's fatalities in the city...

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Election coverage from IraqIraqi Elections, Victory in the War on Terror
by President George W. Bush
...When we made the decision to go into Iraq, many intelligence agencies around the world judged that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. This judgment was shared by the intelligence agencies of governments who did not support my decision to remove Saddam. And it is true that much of the intelligence turned out to be wrong. As President, I'm responsible for the decision to go into Iraq -- and I'm also responsible for fixing what went wrong by reforming our intelligence capabilities. And we're doing just that. At the same time, we must remember that an investigation after the war by chief weapons inspector Charles Duelfer found that Saddam was using the U.N. oil-for-food program to influence countries and companies in an effort to undermine sanctions, with the intent of restarting his weapons programs once the sanctions collapsed and the world looked the other way...
Related: King: "Bush is a Revolutionary"
Why I left The Wall Street Journal to Join the Marines
by Matt Pottinger
...When you live abroad long enough, you come to understand that governments that behave [brutally] are not the exception, but the rule. They feel alien to us, but from the viewpoint of the world's population, we are the aliens, not them. That makes you think about protecting your country no matter who you are or what you're doing. What impresses you most, when you don't have them day to day, are the institutions that distinguish the U.S.: the separation of powers, a free press, the right to vote, and a culture that values civic duty and service, to name but a few...
Related: Hate Torture? Consider Boot Camp
Environmentalism as a Cover for Collectivism
by George Will
...The primary goal of collectivism -- of socialism in Europe and contemporary liberalism in America -- is to enlarge governmental supervision of individuals' lives. This is done in the name of equality. People are to be conscripted into one large cohort, everyone equal (although not equal in status or power to the governing class) in their status as wards of a self-aggrandizing government. Government says the constant enlargement of its supervising power is necessary for the equitable or efficient allocation of scarce resources. Therefore, one of the collectivists' tactics is to produce scarcities...
Protecting the IRS
by Robert Novak
The last remaining U.S. independent counsel, David Barrett, after spending $21 million over 10 years, on Jan. 12 finally will close down his investigation of former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros' lying to FBI investigators about hush money paid to an ex-mistress. The political significance is that the Barrett report's shocking allegations of high-level corruption in the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department are likely to be concealed from the public and from Congress...
Denying the Holocaust for Political Advantage?
by Michael Scott Moore
Should Israel move to Alaska? Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad once again called for Israel to be moved on Wednesday. And this time, he went ahead and denied the Holocaust as well. But why? SPIEGEL ONLINE went to Iran expert Ali Ansari for answers...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Great Revolt Continues
by Austin Bay
With Iraq's latest trip to the polls, the great revolt continues. It's not a revolt led by generals with tanks or by millenarian terrorists, but a democratic revolution led by Iraqi men and women braving terrorist threats and bombs to vote...
Must see: Early voter doesn't mince words     Related: The Truth On the Ground     Bad Faith Calls For Withdrawal
Castro, the Mafia, the Polls
by Carlos Alberto Montaner
...It's a technique that the Mafia uses to gain control and that sometimes works. Several European embassies in Cuba have begged their foreign ministries to go along uncomplainingly with Havana's whims, just so the diplomats accredited to the island can live in peace. It's a variation of the Stockholm Syndrome...
Leave the Nukes, Take Out the Mullahs
by Herbert E. Meyer
...right now several countries whose governments aren’t always friendly to the US – China, Russia, France – each have enough nuclear warheads, and the means to deliver them, to obliterate our country. But we don’t lose one minute’s sleep over this prospect because, although the leaders of these countries are surly, petulant, sometimes vicious and often anti-American – they are also sane. There isn’t the slightest chance that any of these leaders actually will press the nuclear button and launch Armageddon. The president of Iran, on the other hand, is nuts...
Keeping Our Cool
by Edwin J. Feulner
...But no matter what, the worrywarts have the future covered. Steven Guilbeault of Greenpeace explained, "Global warming can mean colder, it can mean drier, it can mean wetter, that's what we're dealing with." No wonder humanity is having trouble addressing the problems -- we can't even decide what the problems are...
Related: Stossel: Pursuing a Greener Planet at the Expense of Human Life
The Strange Tales of Paul Mirecki
by Michelle Malkin
...The truth is there are too many cases of hate crime hoaxers on campuses — a phenomenon most left-leaning journalists are loathe to cover — to dismiss the possibility in this case...

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Media's War
by Thomas Sowell
...Even after Nazi Germany surrendered at the end of World War II, die-hard Nazi guerrilla units terrorized and assassinated both German officials and German civilians who cooperated with Allied occupation authorities. But nobody suggested that we abandon the country. Nobody was foolish enough to think that you could say in advance when you would pull out or that you should encourage your enemies by announcing a timetable. There has never been the slightest doubt that we would begin pulling troops out of Iraq when it was feasible. Only time and circumstances can tell when that will be. And only irresponsible politicians and the media think otherwise.
Related: President's Speech on the War and Upcoming Iraqi Elections     Survey Finds Optimism in New Iraq
Muslim Groups Rally Behind Undisputed Cheerleader of Islamic Terrorism
by Joel Mowbray
...important is the long-term reaction of the politically active Muslim community and leaders of the prominent organizations. The obvious response would be to shun al-Arian, but the early reaction to the verdicts is not encouraging. Almost none of the leaders of Muslim organizations stated the self-evident truth that no matter what the jury found, al-Arian represents the very vitriol and thirst for violence that must be condemned...
Documents Reveal Worries of Blanco's Staff
by Lara Jakes Jordan
...Trying to avoid a public relations disaster, aides to Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco fretted over her not appearing in charge after Hurricane Katrina hit, even worrying about her clothing, documents released Monday show. Thirteen pages of e-mails sent in the immediate days after the Aug. 29 storm also reflect the Blanco administration's concerns over race relations--specifically, the number of black victims leaving Louisiana to find shelter...
Welcome to the Culture of Rudeness
by Suzanne Fields
..."Just as the loss of punctuation signaled the vast and under-acknowledged problem of illiteracy, so the collapse of manners stands for a vast and under-acknowledged problem of social immorality. Manners are based on an ideal of empathy, of imagining the impact of one's own actions on others"...

Monday, December 12, 2005

Religious Zealots, Arranged Right to Left
by Dennis Prager
As far as the news media are concerned, there is no religious left, only the religious right and "mainstream" denominations — and, of course, the religious right is regularly described as bigoted, narrow-minded and intolerant, not to mention a threat to the separation of church and state...What we have here is left-wing projection: It is the left that believes that if you do not adhere to its values and politics, you cannot be a moral person...
Related: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ... Something Else
Conservative Movement at a Dead End?
by Michael Barone
...American society, which seemed headed toward collectivism a half-century ago, now seems headed back toward the democratic individualism Alexis de Tocqueville identified in the 1830s. In such a society, conservatives need not look solely to the federal government to accomplish their political ends. The great conservative policy successes of the 1990s -- the reduction by more than half of crime and welfare dependency -- were the product of state and local politicians, inspired by conservative thinkers, far more than they were of any federal law...
We'd Rather Keep the Lights on Than Be Green
by Irwin Stelzer
The 189 nations and 8,000 delegates gathered last week in Montreal at the Climate Change Conference faced an ugly reality: most of the countries that promised to cut their greenhouse gas emissions to meet their Kyoto treaty obligations have failed to do so. It seems that job-creating economic growth trumps environmental concerns, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the presence and causes of global warming. Besides, developing countries such as India, China, South Africa and Brazil have shown no inclination to join...
Free the SFPD 20
by Debra Saunders
...Newsom embodies the reason network TV anchors roll their eyes when they talk about S.F. politics -- free speech only applies to lefties. When it comes to letting minors view pornography at the library, the city is adamantly free speech. But if cops want to let off a little steam, the progressives pull out their muzzles -- which makes San Francisco the most humorless city in America, run by the most humorless mayor.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bill Bennett and Major Garrett of Fox News parse the war over public opinion in Iraq; Hugh Hewitt and Interior Secretary Gale Norton discuss the controversy over drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve; Jerry Bowyer and Douglas Gresham, stepson of CS Lewis discuss the man and his work; Keith Peters profiles Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation; Janet Parshall and Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff on the new Bush Administration illegal immigrant strategy; Thor Tolo interviews fired CBS producer Mary Mapes about the Bush National Guard story; Dennis Prager and George Weigel on the new Vatican guidelines for priests and Albert Mohler says it isn't about your inclinations--it's whether you act on them.
'All Men Are by Nature Equally Free ... '
by Thomas Mitchell
...Sadly, most of [the Bill of Rights] have been gradually eroded over the years by well-meaning elected officials, bureaucrats and even by the voters themselves....today our [public] "servants" frequently decide to squander public land and taxes on their friends and public employee unions, then quietly retire on handsome pensions at a youthful age when caught with their hands in the cookie jar...
Ciao, CIA
by Jack Kelly
...But if the CIA hasn't been very good at ferreting out the secrets of our enemies, or keeping our own, it has shown a talent for playing politics"...So the CIA established policies that it knew would be controversial and would damage American interests if revealed, and then leaked the existence of those policies to The Washington Post for the purpose of damaging the Bush administration," Mr. Hinderaker wrote...
None Dare Call It Conspiracy
by Morton Keller
Variations of "Bush lied" have been part of the political scene ever since America plunged into its permanent overseas embroilment in the Second World War. Reviewing that record won't settle the current dispute over how and why we got into Iraq. But it should remind us that George W. Bush's accusers are hardly walking in fresh snow...History's lesson is this: in modern America, the path to war is beset with actions that rest on uncertain or arguable justification. The political/ideological fringes will craft theories of conspiracy with scant regard for fact or probability. And the opposition will make what it can of this material, within the limits of political prudence.
Related: Genghis John Rides Again     Hoisting a White Flag: Dean, Pelosi Signal Surrender
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hypocrisy
by George Will
The entitlement mentality produces petulant insistence on an ever-higher ratio of rights to responsibilities. Unsurprisingly, this mentality flourishes on campuses, where tenured faculty and privileged students live entitled lives supported by the taxes and generosity of others. The mentality was on vivid display in the Supreme Court last Tuesday when an association of 36 law schools and faculties asserted an audacious entitlement...
But Seriously Folks, This Clown is Dangerous
by Mark Steyn
...There has always been a slightly post-modern quality to sovereignty in the transnational age: We pretend the Syrian foreign minister is no different from the New Zealand foreign minister, and in so doing we vastly inflate the status of the former at the expense of the latter. But with Ahmadinejad we're going way beyond that. If a genocidal fantasist is acceptable in polite society, we'll soon find ourselves dealing with a genocidal realist.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Before 9/11, Warnings on bin Laden
by Scott Shane
More than three years before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, American diplomats warned Saudi officials that Osama bin Laden might target civilian aircraft, according to a newly declassified State Department cable...On Dec. 4, 1998, [then CIA Director George Tenet sent a memo] to top C.I.A. officials and other intelligence agencies, stating: "We are at war. I want no resources or people spared in this effort." But the national 9/11 commission concluded last year that the 1998 memo had "little overall effect" on mobilizing the agencies to fight terrorism...
The ACLU Endangers You and Your Family
by Bill O'Reilly
...The ACLU has filed suits against the Boy Scouts, a variety of Christmas displays, and attempts to stop children from accessing porn at libraries. The ACLU is defending the North American Man Boy Love Association free in a Massachusetts lawsuit, and has supported the legalization of live sex acts in Oregon. The ACLU opposes parental notification in abortion cases involving their underage daughters, opposes restrictions on late term abortions, opposes doctors informing police about possible statutory rape in abortion cases. The ACLU opposes the Minutemen on the border, exposition of the Ten Commandments in the courtroom, and is against no-fly lists to discourage terrorists from boarding airlines. Is that enough? I got more...
Iran's Space Launch Program May Put US at Nuclear Risk
by Julie Stahl
..."[Iran is] developing an ambitious satellite launching program, based on the use of multi-stage, solid propellant launchers, with intercontinental ballistic missile properties...If Iran had the technology to launch a satellite it would be able to project its power, not only throughout the Middle East and Europe but also the entire world, said Rubin. (The stated goal of the radical Islamic regime in Iran is to spread the Islamic revolution throughout the world.)...

Friday, December 09, 2005

It’s Time To Investigate Able Danger and the 9/11 Commission
by Andrew C. McCarthy
...The entire American intelligence community has been restructured in accordance with the 9/11 Commission's conclusion that, as previously configured, it was incapable of ferreting out a suicide-hijacking plot two years in the making. It now appears that the community may have been quite capable of sniffing out the plot (or, at the very least, identifying the plotters) but was unable to get the information into the right hands because of a government ethos predominant throughout the 1990s — an ethos that elevated the supposed civil rights of aliens, even alien terrorists, over the national-security needs of the American people...
Fighting to Lose?
by Bill O'Reilly
...Essentially the far left wants every captured terrorist to have the same rights all Americans have, even if these people are captured killing people in foreign countries. No country can win a war like that. Thus Al Qaeda will likely get another chance to slaughter thousands of Americans. And when that happens, you'll see a horrific backlash against the far left and their enablers in the mainstream media, but not until then.
Saddam Belongs in a Glass Booth
by Charles Krauthammer
...As long as he is alive and well-dressed, every Iraqi will have to wonder what will happen to him and his family if Saddam returns. Only Saddam's death will assure them that he will not return. Which is why the lateness of this trial is such a tragedy. And why its bungling is such a danger. Our only hope, as always with Saddam, is that he destroys himself with his arrogance and stupidity. He has stupidly walked out of his own trial. This is our opportunity. He should not be allowed back, certainly not without a glass booth. Only Saddam can save us from our own incompetence. We should let him.
Purple Fingers of Freedom
by Clifford D. May
...Whether you were for the U.S.-led intervention in Iraq or against it, whether you think American troops should leave immediately or stay till the last al-Qaeda dog dies – none of that should matter when it comes to Iraqis who want to build democratic institutions and guarantee human rights – and not be suicide-bombed for their efforts...

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Military Lessons Learned in Iraq and Strategic Implications
by George Friedman
...In Iraq, the question is whether, given the combatants, the complete defeat of either side appears likely. Even if the United States withdraws, a civil war could continue. Therefore, the issue is whether the conflict has matured sufficiently to permit a political resolution that is acceptable to both sides. As each learns the capabilities of the other and assimilates their own lessons of the war, we suspect that a political settlement will be the most likely outcome.
Nuke Over U.S. Could Unleash Electromagnetic Tsunami
Frank J. Gaffney et al.
...But even though all the tools needed for this nightmare scenario could be in the hands of terrorists already, and even though a high altitude EMP attack could be considered the ultimate "weapon of mass destruction," little has changed in our level of preparedness or even our policy debates. EMP is still rarely mentioned in discussions of the WMDs we need to worry about...
The American Way
by Peggy Noonan
...The problem with our elites as they make our immigration policy is not that they have compassion and open-mindedness. It is that they are unknowing and empty-headed. They don't know, most of them, what others had to earn, and how much they, and their descendents, prize it and want to protect it.
Related: Bush Plan: Social Security for 'Legalized' Illegal Aliens

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Natural Rights: Darwin vs. God
by Carlos Alberto Montaner
...Of course, nobody -- much less this agnostic -- can state with total [empirical] certainty that God exists. Nobody can assert the opposite, either. What's indisputable is that if liberty and tolerance exist in the West, it's because we have built dams -- call them natural rights -- capable of holding back barbarism. To blow them up is to leap into the abyss.
Unacceptable Lack of Urgency
by John Avlon
...because the prospect of another terrorist attack is a matter of not "if" but "when" and "what magnitude," there will be blood on the hands of the administrators and legislators who have failed to follow through on behalf of the American people. There is no excuse for having no sense of urgency. We should not need another wakeup call...
Expert: Saudis Have Radicalized 80% of US Mosques
by Haviv Rettig
..."These [immigrants] were not interested in this [Wahhabi] ideology, and suddenly they have a Saudi imam coming in and telling them they're not praying properly and not practicing Shari'a [Islamic law] properly." This Saudi strategy was being carried out "all over the world, from America to Bangladesh," with the Saudis investing $70-80 billion in the endeavor over three decades...
Saddam Says He Won't Attend 'Unjust Court'
by Hamza Hendawi
...after hours of testimony from the woman and another two witnesses, he exploded with anger. Saddam, dressed in a dark suit and white shirt and clutching a Quran, complained that he and the seven other defendants were tired and had been deprived of opportunities to shower, have a change of clothes, exercise or go for a smoke. "This is terrorism," he declared...
Pick Up the Pace!
by John Stossel
...Why couldn't the judge say, "Shut up. This is a waste of time and money. We're just going to play the tape." "Because most judges are afraid to offend," Joe Jamail, a Texas lawyer who's made millions, told me. So these lawyers are just self-indulgent? "No," said Jamail. "They were being paid."

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The Big Black Book of Horrors
by Rebecca Weisser
...The writers - Arabs, Americans, Germans, French and Iranian - have produced the most comprehensive work to date on the former Iraqi president's war crimes, assembling a mass of evidence that makes the anti-intervention arguments redundant...
Give the United Nations a Little Competition
by Ruth Wedgwood
...The idea of competitive multilateralism avoids the stark choice of going alone or going to the United Nations. America must still support the purposes of the United Nations; it is a historic alliance, a product of World War II, and remains the only all-inclusive political organization around. America enjoys prerogatives as a permanent Security Council member that would be hard to gain again. But we do have some flexibility in how we choose to approach international cooperation...
Conservative Poland Roils European Union
by Graham Bowley
..."We want to see Europe based on a Christian ethic," said Maciej Giertych, one of 10 European Parliament members from the League of Polish Families Party. "We accept the teachings of the Catholic Church on all moral issues. If you want to know our opinions, read the opinions of the Catholic Church"...
Towers Fell, Mob Schemes Began
New York Daily News Investigative Team
A four-month Daily News investigation into the $21.4 billion in federal disaster recovery aid has uncovered widespread waste, greed, lax rules and incompetence...Today, The News reports on how organized crime moved in on the Ground Zero debris cleanup...
Series: 9/11 Money Trough
Tax Cuts for the Wealthy: Appearances v. Reality
by Bruce Bartlett
A few weeks ago, the Internal Revenue Service released data on tax year 2003. They show that the top 1 percent of taxpayers, ranked by adjusted gross income, paid 34.3 percent of all federal income taxes that year. The top 5 percent paid 54.4 percent, the top 10 percent paid 65.8 percent, and the top quarter of taxpayers paid 83.9 percent...

Monday, December 05, 2005

Illegal Alien Invasion Deadlier Than Iraq
by Mac Johnson
When your first acts in America are to illegally sneak in, lie about your status, obtain fraudulent identification, deceive public services and solicit an itinerant job in the underground economy, people have a right to ask what sort of neighbor you might become...Thousands may be dying—but at least our lawns look nice.
It's Strong, and Getting Stronger
San Diego Union-Tribune
...Here's what those new numbers show. Economic growth in the third quarter of this year was even stronger than estimated in October – 4.3 percent instead of the 3.8 percent previously forecast. The new numbers confirm 10 straight quarters of economic expansion, at close to an average annual growth rate of 4 percent. Which means the American economy has been growing at near record recovery rates since early 2003...
A Moral War
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Another successful election, polls showing Iraqis overwhelmingly wishing us to stay on, visits by elected Iraqi officials asking continued help, and a decreasing American footprint will gradually erode the appeal of the antiwar protests — especially as triangulating public intellectuals and pundits begin to quiet down, fathoming that the United States may win after all...

Sunday, December 04, 2005

China to 'Tidy Up' Trade in Executed Prisoners' Organs
by Jane Macartney
CHINA broke its silence yesterday to admit for the first time that the organs of executed prisoners were sold to foreigners for transplant...Executions in China have long been carried out with a single bullet to the head or the heart. That practice changed in the late 1990s when the use of lethal injection was introduced to make the organs usable...
The Indecency Argument is Over
by Brent Bozell
...It is here that the news outside the packed hearing room was volcanic. The FCC is set to release a report showing cable rates will actually decrease, not increase as the cable industry has been insisting, if basic expanded cable goes "a la carte" (aka "cable choice"), meaning that the consumer is allowed to choose what networks he wishes to subscribe to on cable...
The Iraq Story You Haven’t Heard
by Steve Muscatello
The fallout from Congressman John Murtha’s call for immediate withdrawal from Iraq continued this week with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday endorsing Murtha’s plan, saying it had “changed the debate” about the war. But another Democrat also “changed the debate” on the war this week. And while Senator Joe Lieberman’s (D-CT) statements have been grossly—and deliberately—underreported, they are vital for the future of Iraq...

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Incident at Los Angeles International Airport
Northeast Intelligence Network
In the early hours on Monday, November 28, 2005, ABC Radio News (syndicated) ran a broadcast about the pilot of a passenger airplane departing LAX en route to Chicago reporting that a missile had been fired at the aircraft (but missed). The pilot reported that he saw a smoke trail pass by the cockpit. Just as suddenly as the story was broadcast, it seemed to have disappeared from the media. The following is an outline of the incident...
A Judicial Assault on Parenthood  
by Michael Medved
...This decision not only trashes the rights of biological parents, but also slights the significance of legal adoption. It grants special status to a homosexual relationship—even when discarded—while clearly ignoring the best interests of a child. How would a ten year old benefit from a court-created third parent to whom she bears no biological or adoptive relationship?
The Northern “Paradise”  
by Michael Medved
...Prime Minister Paul Martin, whose government recently collapsed, says he deserves re-election because the unemployment rate is the lowest in 30 years—6.6 percent—or a full 33 percent higher than in the U.S.! In our country, 6.6 percent unemployment would bring howls of protest, but in the highly-taxed, hyper-regulated “paradise” to our north, it looks good...

Friday, December 02, 2005

The Al-Qaida Guide to Kidnapping
by Yassin Musharbash
...Since its publication, the under-reported document has been mirrored on countless Web sites used by Islamic extremists. SPIEGEL Online has translated excerpts that provide a glimpse of the internal workings of al-Qaida's kidnapping operations -- a potentially lucrative business that helps keep the terror coffers full...
Pouting Pundits of Pessimism
by Brian S. Wesbury
During a quarter century of analyzing and forecasting the economy, I have never seen anything like this. No matter what happens, no matter what data are released, no matter which way markets move, a pall of pessimism hangs over the economy. It is amazing. Everything is negative. When bond yields rise, it is considered bad for the housing market and the consumer. But if bond yields fall and the yield curve narrows toward inversion, that is bad too, because an inverted yield curve could signal a recession...
Savings. What Savings?
by Veronique de Rugy
...After too many years in power, Republicans have forgotten the principles and values they should be standing for and have joined hands with the Democrats in the big spending orgy. The drama surrounding a phony savings package presented as a spending cut is the latest example of that behavior...

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Alexander Hamilton Dubya
by Mackubin Thomas Owens
...One of the most important functions of the president in our form of republican government, writes Hamilton, is to shape public opinion, not put his finger in the air to determine what direction the wind is blowing. I don’t know if President Bush has ever read The Federalist Papers, but the steps he is to taking to explain the policy and strategy of the United States in Iraq means that he has at long last recognized Hamilton’s principle. His speech today at the Naval Academy is as fine an example of republican rhetoric as I have heard since the presidency of Ronald Reagan...
Text of Pres. Bush's Speech
Hong Kong to Use "People Power" Against Beijing
AFP
..."Hong Kong in the eyes of Britain, which is a signatory to the Sino-British Declaration, is nothing more than trade (which) is so important they would not sacrifice the opportunity to get more business from China than take a principled stand," he said. "I am happy to say the US government is different."
Record Year for Hurricanes Part of a Natural Cycle
by Tom Vanden Brook
...That combination of factors has occurred periodically through history, Bell said. Meteorologists refer to such an active hurricane cycle as the "multi-decadal signal." It can last for 30 years. The current period began in 1995. A record 26 tropical storms formed this season, which began June 1 and ends today. "It's not related" to global warming, Bell said. The same conditions occurred in the 1950s and 1960s, the last period of above-normal hurricane activity. Many records set in 2005, including most hurricanes in a season — 13 — surpassed marks set then. The opposite conditions occurred between 1970 and 1994 and coincided with below-average hurricane seasons. "The climate patterns that we're seeing now didn't exist in the 1970s, '80s and most of the 1990s," Bell said...
We Like You! We Really, Really Like You!
by Ann Coulter
...If Republicans were one-tenth as rough with the congressman who wants to withdraw troops in the middle of a war as they are on a congresswoman who calls it cowardly to withdraw troops in the middle of a war, we might have a functioning Republican Party.