"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

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Diversity Indoctrination
by Pratik Chougule
...if the best colleges and universities of our nation continue to create a generation of leaders who do not believe in the democratic principles of America, they have failed in their core missions to build a society in which all members can assimilate fairly and equally...
Hamas Landslide Reveals More About Left than About Palestinians
by Dennis Prager
It is a sad day for humanity when a people choose to elect terrorists as their leaders. But for those of us who believe that clarity is the prerequisite to moral progress, the landslide victory of the terrorist organization Hamas in Palestine has a silver lining...
Related: Hamas and Israel – Predictions
The State Of Our Cynicism
by George Will
...in State of the Union addresses, rarely is heard a discouraging word. The Democrats have already been heard from. In their "pre-buttal" to the State of the Union, they promised, among much else, that, according to House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, if they come to power, "every American will have affordable access to broadband within five years." Which tells you something about the state of the union.
Related: President Will Keep Pushing Social Security Reform--But Not Tonight

Monday, January 30, 2006

The Left Now Joins the Right In Attacking Mainstream Media
by John Leo
Liberals wage many battles, but have you heard which one is the major struggle now? Brace yourselves: It's the campaign "against the established media and its bizarre relationship with the right wing and the truth"...
Down on the Border
by Salena Zito
...Texas currently is a gateway for MS-13 into the United States, although their final destination is not always Texas. They are spread throughout the United States. Law enforcement has to deal with them in places like Virginia and our nation's capital. They follow a simple model -- migrate to where you already have a foothold. The OTMs and SIAs are watered-down versions of the MS-13s in terms of known violence. Their mystery is shrouded in their intent...
Our Right to Security
by Debra Burlingame
...The public has listened to years of stinging revelations detailing how the government tied its own hands in stopping the devastating attacks of September 11. It is an irresponsible violation of the public trust for members of Congress to weaken the Patriot Act or jeopardize the NSA terrorist surveillance program because of the same illusory theories that cost us so dearly before, or worse, for rank partisan advantage...
An Act of Hygiene
by Mark Steyn
...in throwing the bums out, Canadian voters declined to subject them to full-scale humiliation. Even with viable alternatives for all tastes--conservative, socialist and Quebec separatist--it seems one can never underestimate the appeal of a party of floundering discredited kleptocrat incompetents led by a vindictive empty suit who fought one of the most inept campaigns in modern political history...
Related, to the South: Trying to Understand Mexican Politics

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
[Bill] Bennett & Dore Gold on the Palestinian election -Hewitt and VP Cheney on the seriousness of the Iranian threat -Mohler and the results of the Canadian election -Thomas and Kate O'Beirne on the failure of feminism -Arizona Senator Jon Kyl about Judge Alito's confirmation -BTN report on the 33rd annual March for Life -Land on the legacy of Roe versus Wade.
Don't Be Google
By Debra Saunders
Google gives life to the Eric Hoffer observation, "People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them." Google painted itself as heroic in refusing to help the U.S. Department of Justice's efforts to reinstate a 1998 federal Child Online Protection Act, then revealed that it was going to help the Chinese government suppress free speech. That sort of goes against the company's informal corporate motto, "Don't be evil"...
An Open Letter to Illegal Immigrants
by Doug Giles
...Our nation’s compassionate openness, plus the corrupt incompetence of the former INS, plus our government’s greed for foreign capital equaled a rolled-out welcome mat for the 9/11 terrorists and other thieves and thugs who looked to use us while they attempted to destroy us. So excuse us, por favor, if we don’t seem too giddy about receiving new guests into our home; we’re still cleaning up after the last ones who tried to destroy the place...
Saints in Armor
by Ben Stein
...With every morning I wake up, every meal I eat, every walk I take in freedom, every night I sleep in peace, I ask God to look after the men and women who guard the ramparts of this blessed island of peace and decency called America. Without them, we would be nothing. Without them, Joel Stein would have his head sawed off. Saints in armor is what I call them and what they are. They are God's gifts to a wayward world.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Abortion Stopps a Bleeding Heart
by Ann Coulter
The Democrats are trying to "reframe" their message to make people think they believe abortion is wrong. I think this is going to be a hard sell if they plan to continue ferociously defending abortion-on-demand right up until the moment the baby's head is through the birth canal...
Mexican Border Incursions Redux: In 1916, Wilson Sent in the Army
by Robert Stacy McCain
...President Woodrow Wilson sent Gen. John "Black Jack" Pershing to lead an expedition into Mexico. A $5,000 bounty was offered for [Pancho] Villa's capture, and Army posters invoked "The Flag, Old Glory" in calling for 25,000 recruits...
Why the Left Can't Sink Alito
by Dick Morris
The reason Democrats and leftists did not get more popular traction in their opposition to the appointment of Judge Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court is that their worldview of what constitutes a good nominee is sharply at variance with that of the American public at large...

Friday, January 27, 2006

Saddam's Smoking Gun
by Ira Stoll
...The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed...Mr. Sada acknowledged that the disclosures about transfers of weapons of mass destruction are "a very delicate issue." He said he was afraid for his family. "I am sure the terrorists will not like it. The Saddamists will not like it," he said. He [also] thanked the American troops...
Hamas Without Veils
by Emanuele Ottolenghi
...They will have to show their true face now: No more masks, no more veils, no more double-speak. If the cooptation theory — favored by the International Crisis Group and by the former British MI-6 turned talking head, Alistair Crooke — were true, this is the time for Hamas to show what hides behind its veil...
Related: Symposium: Purifying Allah's Soil--What's Behind the Desire to Eradicate Jews
The Great Firewall of China Will Fall
by Mark Leonard
Google, the popular search engine that floated on the stock market last year, has not abandoned its corporate motto: "Don't be evil". But the global media have delighted in exposing the ethical contortions it has faced in setting up its new Chinese website. This company - founded by anarchists who believe that "information just wants to be free" - has done a deal with the world's biggest censor, and agreed to censor itself...

Thursday, January 26, 2006

The Bin Laden Tape and the Strike in Damadola
by Fred Burton
...Public attention has focused, with good reason, on bin Laden's statements and whether they signal a pending attack in the United States...Historically, al Qaeda always has attempted -- with some notable successes, such as the East Africa embassy bombings and other strikes -- to follow up on its threats...
Losing Objectivity  
by Hugh Hewitt
In a startling example of how unreliable and ideologically-driven mainstream media has become, The New York Times recently ran with a photo of what it said were the remains of a “missile” in the Pakistan village where American intelligence had hoped to find the criminal Zawahiri. But the photo turned out to be a crude fraud: It was really just an old artillery shell, instantly recognized as such by even amateurs...
Mexican Drug Run Thwarted at Border
by Jerry Seper
U.S. law-enforcement authorities confronted several men in Mexican military uniforms and a camouflaged Humvee with .50-caliber machine guns who had crossed into Texas with suspected drug smugglers 50 miles southeast of El Paso, forcing an armed standoff along the Rio Grande...
More: Tancredo: Deploy Troops to Stop Mexican Incursions
Interview of LA Times' Joel Stein on His Article Against Support for the Troops  
Radioblogger
Here's the audio and transcript of Hugh's interview with Joel Stein. It's another glaring example of why the Times is the worst newspaper in America...
Shut Up, They Explained
by Brian C. Anderson
...Lovers of liberty should expose calls to restore the Fairness Doctrine for the fraudulent power-grab that they plainly are. And the right, in particular, needs to understand how much it has benefited from a deregulated media universe. It should be confident that it has the right ideas, and that when it gets the chance to present them directly to the American people--as the new media have allowed it to do--it will win the debate.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Osama's Vietnam Syndrome
by George Friedman
...Even the Europeans, who have never seen an offer of negotiation they didn't like, took a pass when it came to bin Laden. Nevertheless, as a glimpse into bin Laden's strategic thinking, the view is fascinating. Above all, there is this parallel: The most creative diplomacy of the North Vietnamese followed their defeat in the Tet Offensive. The moment that bin Laden's strategic position in Iraq (but not Afghanistan) is at its weakest -- following the Dec. 15 elections -- is the moment he offers a truce.
Related: Bin Laden Threat Might Include Advanced Russian Missiles     Why a Bit of Fear Is In Order
Trapped in the Wrong Government School
by John Stossel
...In public education, our land of the free is now a bunch of local fiefs, where petty-bureaucrats-turned-lords-of-the-manor decide whether you can get a decent education, and parents must go to them, begging for their children's future. Meanwhile, in Belgium and much of the rest of the world, students and their parents have the freedom to choose their schools -- and the opportunity that comes with that freedom...
The Antique Media
by Thomas Lifson
...The once dominant broadcast network news divisions are no longer mainstream, they are antique. Their assumptions and instincts are based on technologies and resulting market structures that no longer define the state of the art...The antique media are run by bureaucracies. Their hierarchies check (edit) and make decisions based on a daily work cycle. After a certain number of hours, they go home, and re-start the cycle the following day...

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Giving Enforcement a Chance
by Mark Krikorian
Here's a new definition of chutzpah: obstructing immigration enforcement -- and then claiming that the huge illegal population is proof the law can't be enforced.
Related: Stats: Mexican Soldiers Defy Border, White House Silent
Fidel's Folly Falters
by Dimitri Vassilaros
Has anyone noticed that the Cuban government is on the verge of collapse? Fidel Castro's reign could expire before he does. Mr. Castro recently went public about Cuban corruption so massive that it could destroy his so-called revolution. And going to the extremes that he did to save his 47-year-old stranglehold, his dictatorship looks like it's ready for the hospice, morphine drip, crematorium and dustbin of history...
Why the West Will Attack Iran
by Spengler
...The same Europeans who excoriated the United States for invading Iraq with insufficient proof of the presence of weapons of mass destruction already have signed on to a military campaign against Iran, in advance of Iran's gaining WMD. There are a number of reasons for this sudden lack of squeamishness, and all of them lead back to oil...
Iraq War Not Breaking the Bank
by Jerry Bowyer
...Robert Whaples, professor of economics at Wake Forest University, has measured the cost of each major American war up through the first Gulf War. We took these costs and compared them to the cost of the Iraq war and found that the Iraq experience has consumed a smaller percentage of GDP (just 2 percent of one year’s wealth creation) than every other American war except the first Gulf War (which measured just 1 percent of GDP)...

Monday, January 23, 2006

Messy But Not Broken
by Michael Barone
...A city on a hill is, after all, a city -- and cities are messy places. As are suburbs and farmlands. Americans are busy striving and risking their lives and making the world better, as they have for 60-plus years. There have been few if any pretty seasons in our politics over those years: Go back, and try to find them. Yet the result, pace Posner, is better than what Rome achieved. We'll get through this season, too.
How to Cure Pork
by John Fund
...Ultimately, the answer to the Jack Abramoff scandals is to combine immediate reforms with the realization that unless the size of government is reduced, even conservatives inevitably get caught up in the care and feeding of the state. Industries that want favors or protection from government will hire the powerful to manipulate the levers of power. Local governments will be similarly motivated to look for free federal money. Abuse and corruption will inevitably follow...
Related: Triumph of the Redistributionist Left

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
The Supreme Court decides two important cases on life issues-Albert Mohler comments; Dennis Prager takes a look at Iran; Bill Bennett and John McWhorter examine the state of Black America; Michael Medved and White House aide Steve Schmidt view events from an Oval Office perspective; Frank Pastore and Rodney Stark give a ringing defense of Christianity's part in civilization; Jerry Bowyer and Paul Bremer discuss Iraq; Mike Gallagher finds hypocrisy in Senator Ted Kennedy and Richard Land looks at Pat Robertson's apology to Ariel Sharon's family.
Lying Isn't So Bad If It Makes You Feel Good
by John Leo
...The willingness to accept "emotional truth," even when packaged in lies, is hardly new. What's new is that those who insist on factual truth are now on the defensive, pictured as fuddy-duddies who don't understand that the self recognizes the highest truth in feelings...
Cold War History Holds Lessons for Today
by Rich Lowry
...It is true that history often stands in place, but sometimes it gallops. This is why it is foolish to make sweeping statements about which countries are inherently suited for a given political system. Was Afghanistan fated to live under a monarchy as it did in the 1950s? Or under a Soviet puppet regime as it did in the 1980s? Or a fanatic theocracy as in the 1990s? Or an American-influenced democratizing government as it does now? Fate has little or nothing to do with it. As Gaddis reminds us, even Karl Marx acknowledged, ''Men make their own history.'' They did during the Cold War. They do now.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Al Qaeda's Olive Branch
by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
...The bottom line is that bin Laden has selected a rhetorical strategy that he believes to be most advantageous to al Qaeda: one that attempts to turn public opinion against the war on terror. Americans can appreciate the skill of his rhetoric, even while understanding that to take it seriously would spell disaster.
We Can't Fight Terrorism Without Energy Security
by Frank Gaffney Jr.
...The time has come to make far more widely available supplies of alternative fuels (ethanol, methanol and electricity); to ensure that every car sold in America is flexible-fuel compatible and that as many as possible are plug-in hybrids; and to ensure that the necessary, relatively modest adjustments are made to our transportation infrastructure. This agenda should be a top priority in President Bush’s upcoming State of the Union address and at the top of the legislative program for the new session of Congress...
Could Same-Sex Marriage Lead to Legalized Polygamy?
by Debra Saunders
When social conservatives argue that legalizing same-sex marriage could lead to legalized polygamy, same-sex marriage advocates either laugh or sneer. It's a scare tactic, they say. It'll never happen. Last year, however...

Friday, January 20, 2006

The Barrett Report
by Robert Novak
...Nobody is interested in further prosecution of Henry Cisneros, an exceptional public figure who might well have become the first Hispanic-American governor of Texas and perhaps even president of the United States. Rather, an unredacted Barrett report is an opportunity to observe how the Internal Revenue Service decides when to prosecute, a place where Congress until now has feared to venture.
Study: Most College Students Lack Skills
by Ben Feller
Nearing a diploma, most college students cannot handle many complex but common tasks, from understanding credit card offers to comparing the cost per ounce of food. Those are the sobering findings of a study of literacy on college campuses, the first to target the skills of students as they approach the start of their careers. More than 50 percent of students at four-year schools and more than 75 percent at two-year colleges lacked the skills to perform complex literacy tasks...
'Chocolate City' Sprinkled With Nuts
by Ann Coulter
...Madam Hillary also said the Bush administration "will go down in history as one of the worst that has ever governed our country." While Hillary is certainly qualified to comment on what the all-time worst presidential administrations were, having had firsthand experience in one of them, I think she might want to avoid the phrase "go down in history"...

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Tinseltown’s Ideological Embrace  
by Michael Medved
...The movie establishment honors precisely those releases that fail to connect with a mainstream audience: edgy message movies from a liberal perspective. So it’s high time to drop the stupid myth that says “Hollywood cares only about the financial bottom line.” Ideology is important in Tinseltown—and invariably that means leftist ideology.
Inquiry on Clinton Official Ends With Accusations of Cover-Up
by David Johnston & Neil A. Lewis
After the longest independent counsel investigation in history, the prosecutor in the case of former Housing Secretary Henry G. Cisneros is finally closing his operation with a scathing report accusing Clinton administration officials of thwarting an inquiry into whether Mr. Cisneros evaded paying income taxes. The legal inquiry by the prosecutor, David M. Barrett, lasted more than a decade, consumed some $21 million and came to be a symbol of the flawed effort to prosecute high-level corruption through the use of independent prosecutors...
"Jesse Jackson's Worst Nightmare"
by Steven Malanga
...Blackwell is betting that many black Americans may be ready for a candidate, like him, who doesn’t preach victimology and doesn’t see the world almost entirely in racial terms. Blackwell is a post-racial, post-civil rights campaigner; race rarely enters into his speeches and is barely a part of his political platform...So far, this approach has resonated with black voters, attracting 40 to 50 percent of them in his statewide elections, even though he runs on the GOP line...
Beware of 'Kramer': Tradecraft and the New Jihadists
by Fred Burton
...Let's put this another way: Would you prefer to put your life in the hands of a brain surgeon who learned everything he knows about his craft from visiting Web sites, or one who graduated from a prestigious medical school, served internships under the guidance of established surgeons and had successfully completed similar operations before he took his scalpel to your head?...

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

The Left Hates Inequality, Not Injustice
by Dennis Prager
...That is why Judge Alito is so frightening to the Left. He truly believes that the purpose of a judge and of the Supreme Court is to apply the law in as agenda-free a manner as humanly possible. He knows that the role of the Supreme Court is not to promote socioeconomic equality but to preserve the rule of law.
Mexican Military Incursions Reported
by Jerry Seper
...A total of 216 incursions by suspected Mexican military units have been documented since 1996 -- 75 in California, 63 in Arizona and 78 in Texas, according to a Department of Homeland Security report. Attacks on Border Patrol agents in the past few years have been attributed to current or former Mexican military personnel. U.S. law-enforcement officials have long thought that current and former Mexican soldiers are being paid to protect drug shipments bound for the United States...
All Dressed Up With No Way to Fight
by Andrew Exum
...Thankfully, many military leaders at both the tactical and strategic levels recognize they must strike a balance between protecting soldiers and preserving their mobility and fighting abilities. At some point, the public's desire to wrap our troops in a protective blanket of armor just gets ridiculous...
Iran's Redefined Strategy
by George Friedman
...In short, the diplomacy that Iran practiced from the beginning of the Iraq-Iran war until after the U.S. invasion of Iraq appears to be ended. Iran is making a play for ownership of revolutionary Islamism on behalf of itself and the Shia. Thus, Tehran will continue to make provocative moves, while hoping to avoid counterstrikes. On the other hand, if there are counterstrikes, the Iranians will probably be able to live with that as well.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Web Sites Selling Your Cell Phone Records
by Ted Phillips
...Indeed, the Web site Americablog revealed last week that it successfully obtained the records of Gen. Wesley Clark, the former presidential candidate. "All we needed was General Clark's cell phone number and our credit card, and 24 hours later we had one hundred calls the general made on his cell phone in November," according to a posting on the site, which said it contacted Clark about its efforts to expose the dangers of the practice, which is in a legal gray area...
States Take On Border Issues
by Nicholas Riccardi
For years, states deferred to the federal government on immigration matters, but as illegal immigrants have spread throughout the country and Congress has been unable to pass an immigration reform bill, that has changed...
House Majority Leader Candidate John Shaddegg Answers Hard Questions
Interview by Hugh Hewitt
Shaddegg answers questions on Abramoff, proposals on congressional pork earmarks, posting of proposed legislation on the Internet for the public to see, oil drilling in ANWAR, a border fence, repeal of McCain-Feingold, and Iraq.
Chinese Violently Quell New Protest
by Howard W. French
...Demonstrating residents of Panlong village said their anger had been sparked by a government land acquisition program they had been led to believe in 2003 was part of a construction project to build a superhighway to connect the nearby city of Zhuhai with Beijing. Later, the villagers learned the land was in fact being resold to developers to set up special chemical and garment-making industrial zones in the area...
Let's Give Iran Some of Its Own Medicine
by Mark Steyn
...all [young Iranians have] ever known is their ramshackle Islamic republic where the unemployment rate is currently 25 per cent. If war breaks out, those surplus young men will be in uniform and defending their homeland. Why not tap into their excess energy right now? As the foreign terrorists have demonstrated in Iraq, you don't need a lot of local support to give the impression (at least to Tariq Ali and John Pilger) of a popular insurgency. Would it not be feasible to turn the tables and upgrade Iran's somewhat lethargic dissidents into something a little livelier? A Teheran preoccupied by internal suppression will find it harder to pull off its pretensions to regional superpower status...

Monday, January 16, 2006

The Origins of the Great War of 2007 - And How It Could Have Been Prevented
by Niall Ferguson
Are we living through the origins of the next world war? Certainly, it is easy to imagine how a future historian might deal with the next phase of events in the Middle East...
The Tehran-Caracas Axis
by Mary Anastasia O'Grady
...what is clear is that the importation of state agents from Hugo-friendly dictatorships hasn't been a positive experience for Venezuelans. Imported Cubans are now applying their "skills" in intelligence and state security networks to the detriment of Venezuelan liberty. It is doubtful that the growing presence of Iranians in "factories" across Venezuela is about boosting plastic widget output. The U.S. intelligence agencies would do well to make a greater effort to find out exactly what projects the Chávez-Ahmadinejad duo really have in mind. Almost certainly, they are up to no good.
Ultimate Justice Delayed
by Debra Saunders
Before you ask, I'll answer your questions: Why not sentence convicted murderers to life without parole, so that they'll be locked up where they can't hurt anyone else?...
The Beautiful People vs. The Dutiful People
by Michael Barone
...I think we're better off seeking guidance from the first 100 names in the Hamilton Township phone book than from a random sample of the Princeton faculty. It's comforting that Judge Alito evidently thinks so, too.
Related: Liberals from Another Planet

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Senator Tom Coburn and Bill Bennett discuss the Alito hearings; Hugh Hewitt and John Podhoretz look at the burgeoning Jack Abramoff scandal; Dennis Prager and Stephen Hayes find proof of Saddam Hussein's cooperation with Islamic terrorists; Janet Parshall and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez tout the nation's economic health; Scott Thomas previews a new movie based on a true story of missionaries in Ecuador; Mike Gallagher looks at the pro-family efforts of Doctor James Dobson; Albert Mohler picks apart NBC's Book of Daniel and Richard Land doesn't find much good in a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling on vouchers.
There's Method in the Mahdi Madness of Iran's President
by Charles Moore
...In 1979, Khomeini said that his revolution was the first step "in correcting the past of Muslim history". He meant radicalising Shiism to take over the Muslim world...That's what Ahmadinejad means, too....The Bomb, blessed by God, will make Iran proud. It will force the West to let Iran dictate terms in the region, give Mr Ahmadinejad the prestige to crush dissent in his own country and help him grab world Muslim leadership, taking over Iraq. Mad, perhaps, terrifying, certainly, but perfectly sane as a way of staying on top...
Related: Monsters of the Left: The Mujahedin al-Khalq     Next Steps on Iran     Our Bad and Worse Choices
Bishops Against Iraqi Freedom
by Mark Tooley
...Most Christian leaders look to St. Augustine for theological guidance on war. But the United Methodist bishops, at least when they speak corporately, seem to look no further than the 1960’s, to which the Religious Left ascribes a mystical reverence...

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Greenhouse Plants? Vegetation May Produce Methane
by Sid Perkins
...many plants produce volatile hydrocarbons that contribute to haze and smog...The new findings will probably spur researchers to revise their models of where and how methane is generated as well as their interpretations of the gas' concentrations measured in ancient ice cores. "This is a big deal if it's real," says Stanley C. Tyler, an atmospheric chemist at the University of California, Irvine.
Stem Cell Experts Seek Rabbit-Human Embryo
by Ian Sample
...If the researchers are granted consent, they will not be the first to fuse human cells with rabbit eggs. In 2003, Huizhen Sheng at Shanghai Second Medical University published work in which she claimed to have extracted stem cells from hybrid embryos made from rabbit eggs...

Friday, January 13, 2006

A New Nuclear Era Is at Hand
by Richard Halloran
...other nations will likely be spurred by North Korea and Iran to go nuclear themselves. Said a retired U.S. military officer with experience in nuclear weapons: "We need to start thinking about how we will live in a world where non-proliferation has failed." That will require a new doctrine to deter nuclear hostilities so awful that, as former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown once wrote, "The living would envy the dead." The doctrine of mutual assured destruction, or MAD, that kept the United States and the Soviet Union from waging nuclear war will no longer do...
The Plot to Shush Rush and O’Reilly
by Brian C. Anderson
The rise of alternative media—political talk radio in the eighties, cable news in the nineties, and the blogosphere in the new millennium—has broken the liberal monopoly over news and opinion outlets...Instead of fighting back with ideas, however, today’s liberals quietly, relentlessly, and illiberally are working to smother this flourishing universe of political discourse...Their campaign represents the most sustained attack on free political speech in the United States since the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts...
Surge in Sale of Disposable Cell Phones May Have Terror Link
by Brian Ross & Richard Esposito
...The phones -- which do not require purchasers to sign a contract or have a credit card -- have many legitimate uses, and are popular with people who have bad credit or for use as emergency phones tucked away in glove compartments or tackle boxes. But since they can be difficult or impossible to track, law enforcement officials say the phones are widely used by criminal gangs and terrorists...

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Kennedy and Robertson: Burned by Hot Buttons
by Austin Bay
...hot rhetoric untethered by fact or untempered by reflection undermines debate. Fortunately, these hot words often burn the unfettered and ill-tempered tongue that utters them. Take the Rev. Pat Robertson as a recent example of "failure to reflect"...Idiocy isn't illegal, nor is lying -- at least, not if one lies in U.S. Senate hearings. Ted Kennedy provides the recent example of hot, emotion-stoking rhetoric untethered by truth...
Ahmadinejad's Mission and Mysticism
by Daniel Pipes
...The most dangerous leaders in modern history are those (like Hitler) equipped with a totalitarian ideology and a mystical belief in their own mission. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fulfills both these criteria, as revealed by his UN comments. That combined with his expected nuclear arsenal make him an adversary who must be stopped, and urgently.
The Threat to India's High-Tech Sector
by Fred Burton
A recent attack at a scientists' convention in Bangalore underscored the risks to core segments of the global economy in a place that is not widely recognized as a terrorist target: India. The threat does not come from al Qaeda necessarily, but there are at least two groups in the region who are ideologically motivated to strike at economic targets -- and there is evidence that both recently have turned their gaze toward India's high-tech sector...
Dissecting the Chinese Miracle
by Peter Zeihan
Everywhere, one can find news articles about China, rising like a phoenix from the economic debris of its Maoist system to change and challenge the world in every way imaginable. But just like the phoenix, the idea of an inevitable Chinese juggernaut is a myth...In time, China is likely to find itself undone not only by its failures, but also by its successes....

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Public Schools Are Cheating the Children
by John Stossel
...Accountability is why universities and private schools perform better. Every day they are held accountable by parents and students, and if they fail the kids, school administrators lose their jobs. Public school officials almost never lose jobs. Government schools are accountable only to their fellow politicians, and that kind of accountability is virtually no accountability.
Hillary Wraps Herself in Armor
by Michelle Malkin
...Last week, a group called Soldiers for the Truth leaked results of an unpublished Pentagon study that reportedly found that as many as 80 percent of a random sample of Marines killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. On Friday, the New York Times seized on the study. Faster than you can say "quagmire," Hillary landed on ABC's "Good Morning America" to lambaste the Bush administration as "incompetent" and its failure to provide more armor "unforgivable"...
The Two Seasons of American Politics
by Thomas Lifson
Contemporary American politics has two seasons, not four. Life is very different for politicians, the public and the media in the two respective seasons, and the ebb and flow of power operate in very distinct modalities in them. Unless we are clear about the season in which we operate, it is very easy to draw mistaken conclusions about where American politics are taking us...
Changing the Culture of Congress
by Bruce Bartlett
One of the unstated causes of the unfolding lobbying scandal swirling around Jack Abramoff is the extensive changes to the nature of both the membership and staffing of Congress over the last 30 years and a breakdown of longstanding legislative procedures...
Good Riddance to Traditional Pensions
by James K. Glassman
...IBM's decision offers a good model for reforming Social Security. Let new workers waive Social Security taxes and benefits and choose a 401(k); let current workers freeze their benefits and pay lower payroll taxes while boosting their 401(k) as a substitute. The U.S. government will have a sounder fiscal future when, like IBM, it stops treating adult American workers like children.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Criminal Aliens
by Don Feder
...There is a logical nexus between illegal immigration and crime. If individuals break the law to enter the United States, is it so surprising that many take an equally cavalier attitude toward the rest of the criminal code? The casualties of illegal immigration are by no means confined to the victims of street crime...
Bedford Falls or Pottersville?
by Paul Mirengoff
...Many modern liberals seem unable to say what kind of country they live in. Most of the time, they speak as if they inhabit Frank Capra's Bedford Falls--a dull, nosy, and somewhat puritanical, but basically decent place where George Bailey and the forces of good fight to a stalemate with Mr. Potter and the forces of evil. Deep down, though, they fear they live in Pottersville, minus the fun. The defense of Bedford Falls, for all of its flaws, would be a top priority; the primacy of defending Pottersville is less apparent.
A Winning Plan is Left Behind
by Stanley Crouch
...In order to more greatly reduce the soft bigotry of low expectations, we need to know which schools are consistently getting the best academic performances from those students whom our society assumed were innate failures. There is always a method to success, and we should know what it is in the world of education.

Monday, January 09, 2006

HIV Bombers
by Rupert Hamer
Al-Qaeda is recruiting suicide bombers who are infected with the AIDS virus, according to documents revealed to the Sunday Mirror. Terror chiefs are also targeting fanatics who suffer other lethal blood diseases such as hepatitis and dengue fever in order to increase their "kill rate" from an explosion. The chilling new threat is revealed in papers distributed to British military camps in Iraq and across Europe...
U.S. Shouldn't Have to do Tap Dance Over Bugging
by Mark Steyn
...So that's where we stand four years after Sept. 11. The arthritic $44 billion intelligence bureaucracy is insisting it still needs another five to 10 years to have a clandestine service capable of infiltrating al Qaida operations in the field, but, while we're waiting, don't think of using that $44 billion to keep tabs on their phone calls, because the Dems will impeach you...
Marks for Sharks
by John Fund
...The federal government is now 250 times as big in real terms as it was a century ago. If Republicans don't use Mr. DeLay's departure to restore their limited-government credentials, they will see their own voters rebel.

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt and John Podhoretz weigh the impact of Ariel Sharon's stroke on Israel; Bill Bennett and Andrew McCarthy assess President Bush's surveillance powers; Frank Pastore and ethicist Wesley Smith examine the South Korean cloning scandal; Weekend Journal's Keith Peters investigates the fallout from the Dover Pennsylvania intelligent design court case; Michael Medved finds a moral equivalency tone to Steven Spielberg's Munich; Scott Thomas and Pastor Rick Warren explore the Global AIDS epidemic and Richard Land skewers Germany for their release of a known terrorist.
Saddam's Terror Training Camps
by Stephen F. Hayes
The former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein trained thousands of radical Islamic terrorists from the region at camps in Iraq over the four years immediately preceding the U.S. invasion, according to documents and photographs recovered by the U.S. military in postwar Iraq. The existence and character of these documents has been confirmed to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by eleven U.S. government officials...
Anti-Religious Entertainment Agenda for 2006?  
by Michael Medved
“The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Passion of the Christ” achieved overwhelming box office success by appealing to religious moviegoers, but in high profile projects in 2006 Hollywood risks offending, rather than engaging, people of faith...

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Murtha Fears a Withdrawal that “Makes It Look Like There’s a Victory”
by Byron York
...Appearing at a town meeting in Arlington, Virginia, with fellow Democratic Rep. James Moran, Murtha said, "A year ago, I said we can't win this militarily, and I got all kinds of criticism." Now, Murtha told the strongly antiwar audience, "I worry about a slow withdrawal which makes it look like there's a victory when I think it should be a redeployment as quickly as possible and let the Iraqis handle the whole thing"...
Your Phone Records are for Sale
by Frank Malin
...In some cases, telephone company insiders secretly sell customers' phone-call lists to online brokers, despite strict telephone company rules against such deals, according to Schumer. And some online brokers have used deception to get the lists from the phone companies, he said. "Though this problem is all too common, federal law is too narrow to include this type of crime," Schumer said last year in a prepared statement...
Microsoft Shuts Down Chinese Blog
by Joe McDonald
...The action came amid criticism by free-speech activists of foreign technology companies that help the communist government enforce censorship or silence dissent in order to be allowed into China's market...

Friday, January 06, 2006

Iran Leader's Messianic Endtimes Mission
by Joseph Farah
Iranian President Mahmoud's Ahmadinejad's mystical pre-occupation with the coming of a Shiite Islamic messiah figure – the Mahdi – is raising concerns that a nuclear-armed Islamic Republic could trigger the kind of global conflagration he envisions will set the stage for the end of the world...
Shots Fired at Border Patrol
World Net Daily
...U.S. officials believe drug and people smugglers are responsible for the increased acts of violence, perhaps in retaliation for increased border security that has led to more arrests...

Thursday, January 05, 2006

It's the Demography, Stupid  
by Mark Steyn
...while Islamism is the enemy, it's not what this thing's about. Radical Islam is an opportunistic infection, like AIDS: It's not the HIV that kills you, it's the pneumonia you get when your body's too weak to fight it off. When the jihadists engage with the U.S. military, they lose--as they did in Afghanistan and Iraq. If this were like World War I with those fellows in one trench and us in ours facing them over some boggy piece of terrain, it would be over very quickly. Which the smarter Islamists have figured out. They know they can never win on the battlefield, but they figure there's an excellent chance they can drag things out until Western civilization collapses in on itself and Islam inherits by default...
Secret Services Say Iran is Trying to Assemble a Nuclear Missile
Ian Cobain & Ian Traynor
...Iranian scientists are said to be building wind tunnels to assist in missile design, developing navigation technology, and acquiring metering and calibration technology, motion simulators and x-ray machines designed to examine rocket parts. The next generation of the Shahab ("shooting star" in Persian) should be capable of reaching Austria and Italy.
This Is Why We Don't Trust Democrats With National Security
by Ann Coulter
...The Democratic Party has decided to express indignation at the idea that an American citizen who happens to be a member of al Qaeda is not allowed to have a private conversation with Osama bin Laden. If they run on that in 2008, it could be the first time in history a Republican president takes even the District of Columbia. On this one, I'm pretty sure Americans are going with the president...

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

World War IV As Fourth-Generation Warfare
by Tony Corn
Four years after the September 11 events, while many of the initial assumptions of the global war on terrorism (GWOT) have undergone an agonizing reappraisal, a new Washington consensus about the nature of the challenge facing the West and the moderate Muslim world has yet to emerge. Can the notoriously dysfunctional interagency process ever be fixed by organizational tinkering alone, without the elaboration of a common conceptual ground? However lively it may be at times, the Beltway’s ongoing “Operation Infinite Conversation” is no substitute for strategizing...
Related: Living, and Dying, with Suicide Bombers
How the Dems Saved Bush
by Dick Morris
...By figuring that all antiwar sentiment is liberal, Democrats misread the public — about the isolationists, whom the Democrats will keep in their corner when the argument is 4,000 miles away but will lose when it is right at home.
Related: Can Democrats Not See the Cliff Over Which They Are Plunging?     Murtha's Tiny Minority
What the World Won in '05
by Amir Taheri
Tired of reading bad news for a whole year? Well, here is some relief: 2005, designated by doomsayers as annus horriblis, drew to a close as one of the best years of the new century so far...
Government: The Real Thug in New York
by John Stossel
...People think that mass transit must be a government function: Who would build the subways? But did you know that private companies built many of New York's subways and ran them until government forcibly took them over? The private sector would do it better...

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Black Republicans Should be Able to Live Without Fear
by Ted Hayes
...It is time for American blacks to have a conversation about the phenomenon of Democrats persecuting black Republicans. Why is this happening? What is it that the Democrats don't want black folks to understand about Republicans? What is it that the Democrats don't want black folks to know about Democrats? And how is it that we have come to this point--after having endured so much--where we have ourselves curtailed the freedom of political expression through the threat of retaliatory consequences?
Unleashing the CIA: Bush Has Done the Right Thing
New Hampshire Union Leader
...Pardon us if we don't become outraged that the President of the United States transformed a weak CIA into an impressively effective tool for finding and defeating America's enemies...
Cuba Provides Front Door Entry into U.S. for Communist China
by Judi McLeod & Brian McAdam
...With American companies like Microsoft and General Motors investing in China, American support for Cuba comes from even more bizarre quarters. It was Teresa Heinz, the wife of Senator John Kerry, who hooked Castro’s Cuba up to the Internet by underwater cable...
2,990 Attacks During 2005 'Truce'
by Margot Dudkevitch
...As Islamic Jihad, the Popular Resistance Committees and Fatah's Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades announced an end to their self-declared truce of January 2005, under which they pledged to refrain from attacking Israeli targets, an annual summary of terror activities for 2005 released by the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) on Sunday revealed that a total of 2,990 attacks were launched against Israeli targets. The attacks occurred after the truce was announced the report stated...

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Schools That Graduate Thieves
by Dennis Prager
...People increasingly assume that stealing isn't that big a deal, or they deny they engage in theft when in fact they do...In the past, many young people stole — cash from a parent's wallet, candy from a store, etc. But they knew they were stealing, and they would not have proudly announced their thievery in public. They recognized that they had — permit me to use the word — sinned...Not today...Here's why...
Psychiatry's Sick Compulsion: Turning Weaknesses Into Diseases
by Irwin Savodnik
...Unlike the rest of medicine, psychiatry diagnoses behavior that society doesn't like. Yesterday it was homosexuality. Tomorrow it will be homophobia. Someone who declares himself the messiah, who insists that fluorescent lights talk to him or declares that she's the Virgin Mary, is an example of such behavior. Such people are deemed — labeled, really — sick by psychiatrists, and often they are taken off to hospitals against their will. The "diagnosis" of such "pathological behavior" is based on social, political or aesthetic values...
Mi Casa Es Su Casa
by Victor Davis Hanson
...The allusions to the Berlin Wall made by aggrieved Mexican politicians miss the irony: The communists tried to keep their own people in, not illegal aliens out. More embarrassing still, the comparison boomerangs on Mexico, since it, and not the U.S., more resembles East Germany in alienating its own citizens to the point that they flee at any cost. If anything might be termed stupid, underhanded or xenophobic in the illegal immigration debacle, it is the conduct of the Mexican government...
The States' Tobacco Addiction
by George Will
...The states' ability to continue treating the tobacco industry as a "budgetary Alaska" -- the last frontier for exploitation -- depends on brisk sales of cigarettes far into the future. So all 50 states, which in 2004 reaped $12.3 billion in cigarette taxes, have an incentive to carefully calibrate these taxes so as to maximize revenues. They want high taxes, but not high enough to cause large numbers of smokers to quit the habit that is so lucrative to states...
Saving Baby Noor: A Tale of Gallantry from Iraq
New Hampshire Union Leader
...In case anyone has forgotten who are the bad guys and who are the good guys in this war, this story should help sort out the confusion.