"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, February 28, 2006

We Should Fear Holland’s Silence
by Douglas Murray
...As I left the Netherlands I once again felt terrible sorrow for a country that is slowly being lost. A society which should be carefree and inspiring has become dark and worried. The jihad in Europe is winning. And Holland, and our continent, takes one step further into a dark and menacing future...
Related: Prager: Why the Left Doesn't Blame Muslims for Muslim Violence
Iraqi People Continue to Disappoint the Pessimists
by Jack Kelly
..."We have much more evidence of a strong national unity movement in Iraq," said Iraqi Web logger Haider Ajina of the [Golden Mosque] weekend demonstrations. "This attack was supposed to plunge Iraq into sectarian mayhem and senseless massive killing. This did not happen." These peaceful demonstrations for peace drew little attention from a news media that is eager to report on a civil war, even if it isn't happening"...
Something for Nothing?
by Thomas Sowell
...The baby boomers, who are beginning to turn sixty, are unlikely to get back all the money they paid into Social Security, with or without strings. The illusion that Social Security can provide pensions more cheaply than a private annuity or other retirement plan is the grand something-for-nothing political triumph. The baby boomers are going to pay the price big time.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Needing To Wake Up, West Just Closes Its Eyes
by Mark Steyn
...Something very remarkable is happening around the globe and, if you want the short version, a Muslim demonstrator in Toronto the other day put it very well: "We won't stop the protests until the world obeys Islamic law." Stated that baldly it sounds ridiculous. But, simply as a matter of fact, every year more and more of the world lives under Islamic law...Islam claims universal jurisdiction and always has. The only difference is that they're now acting upon it...
Power, Maturity Steer Christian Movement
by Michael Medved
...The muted reaction to the film from religious communities strongly disapproving of its themes gives the lie to the common characterization of cultural conservatives as intolerant, incurably homophobic and implacably determined to impose their values on society. It's actually the film's adoring advocates who push for universal acceptance for their point of view regarding homosexuality, with newspaper ad layouts featuring the tag lines "Love is a Force of Nature" and "One Movie Has Connected with the Heart of America"...
Bush's Grand Strategy
by Michael Barone
Three and a half years ago, in September 2002, the Bush administration issued its National Security Strategy. It was, as Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis has written, "the most fundamental reassessment of American grand strategy in over half a century," since Harry Truman set America on its course in the Cold War...
Politics of Ports
by Robert Novak
...The rest of the world may wonder how a relatively routine commercial transaction turned Republican leaders against their president. Frank McKenna, the Canadian ambassador who is leaving Washington this week, has cracked the code by appreciating the existence of two U.S. governments, one executive and the other legislative. That system requires more presidential finesse than was displayed in handling the Dubai contract.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Port Management by United Arab Emirates' Dubai Ports Word, Google and Yahoo's accomodation of China's violation of human rights, traditional marriage as a point of commonality between African-Americans and social conservatives, the membership free-fall in mainstream Protestant denominations, David Horowitz' 101 worst professors, and partial-birth abortion being taken up by the Supreme Court are discussed.
UAE Terminal Takeover Extends to 21 Ports
by Pamela Hess
..."All a terrorist organization needs to do is find a single weak link within a 'trusted' shipper's complex supply chain, such as a poorly paid truck driver taking a container from a remote factory to a port. They can then gain access to the container in one of the half-dozen ways well known to experienced smugglers," CFR wrote.
Study: Americans Work More, Seem to Accomplish Less
by Ellen Wulfhorst
...Expectations that technology would save time and money largely haven't been borne out in the workplace, said Ronald Downey, professor of psychology who specializes in industrial organization at Kansas State University. "It just increases the expectations that people have for your production," Downey said. Even if productivity increases, it's constantly outpaced by those expectations, said Don Grimme of GHR Training Solutions, a workplace training company based in Coral Springs, Florida. "The irony is the very expectation of getting more done is getting in the way of getting more done," he said. "People are stressed out"...

Saturday, February 25, 2006

The Roots of Democracy
by Carles Boix
Hailed as the key to the solution of poverty, corruption, bad governance and, last but not least, terrorism, spreading democracy around the globe has become the centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11. Unfortunately, however, this enterprise is at risk because most of our policymakers have a poor understanding of the economic and institutional landscape that is most favorable to the extension of political liberties and free elections...
The United States and the 'Problem' of Venezuela
by George Friedman
Venezuela has become an ongoing problem for the Bush administration, but no one seems able to define quite what the issue is. President Hugo Chavez is carrying out the Bolivarian revolution in Venezuela and feuding with the United States. He has close ties with Cuba and has influenced many Latin American countries. The issue that needs to be analyzed, however, is whether any of this matters -- and if it does, why it is significant...
Related: Why The Left Should Cringe at The Mention of Hugo Chavez

Friday, February 24, 2006

The New, Crunchy Conservatism  
by Rod Dreher
...Economist E.F. Schumacher wrote that "the essence of civilization is not in a multiplication of wants but in the purification of human character." That's a conservative truth that we on the right have forgotten. There is an emerging conservative sensibility that crosses party lines, rendering standard political labels and facile media classifications stale and outdated. I call it "crunchy conservatism," a contemporary revival of the traditionalism that, along with libertarianism, is one of the two great streams of the conservative intellectual tradition in America...
This idea seems timely, especially when...
Neocon Architect Says: 'Pull It Down'
by Alex Massie
...Although Mr Fukuyama still supports the idea of democratic reform - complete with establishing the institutions of liberal modernity - in the Middle East, he warns that this process alone will not immediately reduce the threats and dangers the US faces. "Radical Islamism is a by-product of modernisation itself, arising from the loss of identity that accompanies the transition to a modern, pluralist society. More democracy will mean more alienation, radicalisation and - yes, unfortunately - terrorism," he says...
Not so fast, Mr. Architect, you've been watching too much TV news. You haven't seen The Other Iraq
Kosovo Bishop Warns Not to Hand Jihadists a Victory
by Sherrie Gossett
..."Detaching Kosovo from democratic Serbia would mean a virtual sentence of extinction for my people in the province -- the larger part of my diocese -- who continue to face unremitting violence from jihad terrorist and criminal elements that dominate the Albanian Muslim leadership," Dr. Artemije said...
Related: Vatican to Muslims - Practise What You Preach
A Dubai Finesse
by Charles Krauthammer
...If only Churchill were alive today, none of this would be happening. The proud imperialist would have taken care that the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Co., chartered in 1840 by [Queen] Victoria, would still be serving afternoon tea and crumpets on some immaculate Jewel-in-the-Crown cricket pitch in Ceylon...
More: If Bush Has an Argument, Let's Hear It. And his argument would be, It's Good for U.S. Business

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Trojan Ports?
by John Nixon
...Given that the President announced at the start of the Iraq war that member states of the Coalition of the Willing would be rewarded for their solidarity and support, and given that we find it at least disquieting that placing commercial port operational control in the hands of a company whose owning State is at best supportive of United States and terrorism, why not give allies in the Coalition of the Willing, who have companies that can do the work, the opportunity to bid?...
Forced Abortion on Poor Ethnic Women Proposed in Holland
by John-Henry Westen
...announcement of her plan came during a workshop on child abuse where she pressed her case for forced abortion saying, "What do you think of a 24-year old Antillean mother who visits the doctor, is 19 weeks pregnant, has three existing children , then abuses one of her children in the hospital, before announcing to the doctor that she wishes to proceed with her pregnancy , even though she doesn't know who the father is, has no idea how she's going to raise another child, take care, feed and dress the child, and on top of that is HIV positive?"...
Another Academic Casualty
by Thomas Sowell
...Even if every conclusion with which students are indoctrinated were true, unless those students develop their own ability to weigh opposing arguments, these conclusions will become obsolete as new issues arise in the years ahead. These "educated" people will have developed no ability to analyze opposing sides of issues. Students are getting half an education at inflated prices and learning only how to label, dismiss and demonize ideas that differ from what they have been led to believe. Their "educated" ignorance is a danger to the future of this country.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Stand up for Denmark! Why Are We Not Defending Our Ally?
by Christopher Hitchens
...Instead, all compassion and concern is apparently to be expended upon those who lit the powder trail, and who yell and scream for joy as the embassies of democracies are put to the torch in the capital cities of miserable, fly-blown dictatorships. Let's be sure we haven't hurt the vandals' feelings...
Related: Fatwas and Rewards: An Inflection Point in the Cartoon Controversy
3 Million Go Hungry but Mugabe Wants Them to Pay for His Birthday Party
by Jane Fields
...Officials from his ruling ZANU-PF party have been ordered to collect £50,000 from Zimbabwe's ten provinces: a tall order in a country where many can barely afford one meal a day. Inflation is running at 613 per cent, the highest rate in the world, and state radio warned yesterday of looming bread shortages...
Indians Hunted Carelessly, Study Says
by Guy Gugliotta
..."The general public probably buys into the 'Pocahontas version' that Native Americans were inherently different and more in tune with nature," said University of Utah archaeologist Jack Broughton. "The evidence says otherwise." After studying thousands of animal bones found in a garbage heap on the shores of San Francisco Bay, Broughton concluded that Native Americans living in an area where the city of Emeryville is now located hunted several species to local extinction from 600 B.C. to A.D. 1300...
RFID: Children of the Machine
by George Monbiot
...There will be no dramatic developments. We will not step out of our homes one morning to discover that the state, or our boss, or our insurance company, knows everything about us. But, if the muted response to the ID card is anything to go by, we will gradually submit, in the name of our own protection, to the demands of the machine. And it will not then require a tyrannical new government to deprive us of our freedom. Step by voluntary step, we will have given it up already.
They Are All Profilers Now
by Michelle Malkin
...For the past several years, I've been condemned as an "extremist" for advocating nationality profiling -- unapologetically applying stricter scrutiny to terror-sponsoring and terror-sympathizing countries in our entrance, immigration and security policies. Now, mirabile dictu, some of the same Democrats who have routinely lambasted such profiling are rushing to the floors of Congress and in front of TV cameras espousing these very same policies. The impetus: the White House's boneheaded insistence on ramming through a $7 billion deal giving United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World control over significant operations at six major American ports in New York, New Jersey, New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia and Miami...
Related: Bush Aides' Business Ties to Arab Firm     A White House Seriously Off Its Game

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

US Ports in a Storm
by Michael McAuliff
The Bush administration gave control of six crucial ports to a 9/11-linked Arab nation after a flimsy investigation and with weak guarantees the company in charge can stop Osama Bin Laden from infiltrating, the House homeland security chairman said. "There are conditions, which shows they had concerns, but it's all procedural and relies entirely on good faith," Rep. Peter King (R-L.I.) told the Daily News. "There's nothing those conditions ... nothing that assures us they're not hiring someone with Bin Laden"...
More: Michael Savage and Charles Schumer become political bedfellows over this (yes, you read that right) ; Let's just call the whole ports deal a 'Harriet Meyers Moment' and forget the whole thing rather than take Any Port in the Terrorist Storm
States Curbing Right to Seize Private Homes
by John M. Broder
...The measures are in direct response to the United States Supreme Court's 5-to-4 decision last June in a landmark property rights case from Connecticut, upholding the authority of the City of New London to condemn homes in an aging neighborhood to make way for a private development of offices, condominiums and a hotel. It was a decision that one justice, who had written for the majority, later all but apologized for...
Death Sentence for a Whistleblower?
by Joel Mowbray
By the end of the month, Bureau of Prisons employee Joe Mansour faces what could well be a death sentence. His crime? After being ignored by BOP higher-ups, he warned Congress and the public about the spread of radical Islam in the federal prisons—and his employers’ inability to cope with the growing crisis...Before it refuses yet another transfer request from Mansour, the BOP must ask itself a simple question: how much is its pride really worth?
Explaining Jews, Part III: A Very Insecure People
by Dennis Prager
...If you want to understand how Jews think and behave, you must first understand how large antisemitism and the Holocaust loom in the psyche, emotions and minds of the vast majority of Jews. It could not be otherwise. While ethnic, racial, religious and national hatreds are as old as mankind, none has been as universal and as deep as hatred of Jews...
Part II: Why are most Jews secular?     Part I: What is a Jew?
Extra-Special Education at Public Expense
by Nanette Asimov
...parents of special education students seek extra-special education at public expense: private day schools, boarding schools, summer camps, aqua therapy, horseback therapy, travel costs, personal aides and more. Dissatisfied with -- or unwilling to consider -- classes and therapies offered by public schools, growing numbers of parents have learned that demanding more can yield striking benefits, especially when they threaten to sue. And an expensive legal battle is the last thing district administrators want. So they often give in...

Monday, February 20, 2006

Unable to See Danger
by Jack Kelly
'We were sitting on the north coast watching the fighters come in, and we couldn't do anything about it," Eric Kleinsmith told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday. The allusion Mr. Kleinsmith made was to the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, but he was speaking of the more devastating surprise attack which took place on Sept. 11, 2001...
It's Time to Evict the U.N.
by Burt Prelutsky
...After all, for the past 58 years, the gang of scofflaws have taken advantage of their diplomatic immunity to be the worst kind of guests. Double-parking is the least of it. Probably the only people who would miss these expense account spongers are the waiters and maitre ‘d’s at the more expensive Manhattan eateries. My own reason for wanting the U.N. padlocked is because I object to corruption and hypocrisy being passed off as high mindedness...
You'd think they would've learned by now: Cash-for-Kofi: U.N. secretary-general wins a half-million dollar prize in Dubai

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
This week's broadcaset features the media frenzy over V.P. Cheney's hunting accident, the struggle for democracy in Palestine, American media's cowardice and hypocricy over controversial Danish cartoons, the power of angry political rhetoric, the nuclear threat of Iran, "Evolution Sunday," the political genius of Abraham Lincoln, and more.
Eminent Domain Arm-twists
by Jacob Sullum
..."Cities use eminent domain most often as a negotiating tool with property owners," explained Mr. Peterson, speaking for the National League of Cities. "Just having the tool available makes it possible to negotiate with landowners." Sure it does -- in the same way having a gun available makes it possible for a bank robber to negotiate with a bank teller...
What Today's Leaders Can Learn from Andrew Jackson
by Dean Barnett
...While honoring Indian fighting may seem offensive to some modern-day political sensibilities, there is no denying Jackson's accomplishments. He is the Godfather of our democracy as surely as Washington is the father of our country. Jackson's life is perhaps best summed up by a famous George Orwell quote that modern day Marines cherish: "People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."

Friday, February 17, 2006

NBC Chooses to Keep the Faith Out of Olympics — for Now
...over five days of [of Olympic coverage in Torino] so far, NBC (with the exception of Today) has yet to mention the Shroud of Turin. Whether you venerate the Shroud as the actual burial cloth of a crucified Jesus of Nazareth or dismiss it as a clever medieval forgery, it's odd NBC has ignored one of world's most mysterious, and controversial, religious artifacts...
Related: The Real History of the Olympics: And why they should come to an end
Al Gore's Embittered Remarks
by Jack Kelly
Former Vice President Al Gore is bitterly disappointed he was not elected president. Periodically, he expresses his disappointment in ways that gives us reason to be thankful he wasn't. The most recent was last weekend, when he traveled to Saudi Arabia to make a speech denouncing the United States...Most Americans remember that 15 of the 19 hijackers on 9/11 were Saudis, but Mr. Gore seems to have forgotten. He deplored the cancellation of "Visa Express," the expedited program without background checks through which several of the hijackers entered the United States...
9/11 Probe Yields Rare Clash on Intelligence
by James Rosen
...In a rare public display of bitter disputes within the close-knit military intelligence community, three members of a computer data-mining initiative code-named Able Danger told Congress that the 9/11 attacks might have been prevented if law enforcement agencies had acted on the information about al-Qaida that they had unearthed...
Related: Tip of the Iceberg: A declassified al Qaeda document hints at a great deal more to come
Appeasement 101
by Victor Davis Hanson
It is easy to damn the 1930s appeasers of Hitler — such as Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain in England and Edouard Daladier in France — given what the Nazis ultimately did when unleashed. But history demands not merely recognizing the truth post facto, but also trying to reconstruct the rationale of something that now in hindsight seems inexplicable...Like the appeasement of the 1930s, opting for the easier choice will only guarantee a more costly one later on.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

The Flames of Hate in Alabama
by Jeff Jacoby
...real progress will come only when we abandon the whole misguided notion of ''hate crimes," which deems certain crimes more deserving of outrage and punishment not because of what the criminal did, but because of the group to which the victim belonged. The burning of a church is a hateful act regardless of the congregants' skin color. That some people bend over backward not to say so is a disgrace.
The Lessons of the Library Tower Plot
by Fred Burton
...News of the plot referred to by the president was not entirely new; the general concept of the plan became known to investigators in the process of analyzing the 9/11 attacks. However, if the intelligence behind the revelation is accurate, the recent discussion highlights several significant points about al Qaeda's planning process, its resilience and its tenaciousness in the face of adversity...
But will we learn? Turns out that 'Able Danger' Identified 9/11 Hijacker 13 times
Port of Entry
by Frank Gaffney
...Whatever the explanation, the Nation can simply no longer afford to have the disposition of strategic assets — including those that have a military or homeland security dimension — determined by a Treasury-dominated panel whose deliberations and decisions are made in secret without congressional oversight. Congress should see to it that the United Arab Emirates is not entrusted with the operation of any American ports, and that the Treasury Department is stripped of the lead role in evaluating such dubious foreign investments in the United States.
Is A War Going On In Texas?
by Phyllis Schlafly
If you don't have access to Texas newspapers or the internet, you may not have heard the sensational news about the enormous cache of weapons just seized in Laredo, Texas. U.S. authorities grabbed two completed Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), materials for making 33 more, military-style grenades, 26 grenade triggers, large quantities of AK-47 and AR-15 assault rifles, 1,280 rounds of ammunition, silencers, machine gun assembly kits, 300 primers, bullet-proof vests, police scanners, sniper scopes, narcotics, and cash...
And while we do nothing but take pictures of incursions and other threats, El Al Airlines installs anti-missile systems on passenger aircraft
Released: Saddam's Secret Tapes  
by Brian Ross & Rhonda Schwartz
...Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, says the tapes are authentic and show that "Saddam had a fixation on weapons of mass destruction and he had a fixation on hiding what he was doing from the U.N. inspectors." Hoeckstra says there are more than 35,000 boxes of such tapes and documents that the U.S. government has not analyzed nor made public that should also be translated and studied on an urgent basis...
More: Saddam's Son-in-Law Admitted WMD Deception     Saddam Transcript -- 'Terrorism Is Coming'

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Two Crises: One Phony, One Real  
by Thomas Sowell
...Hundreds of raw FBI files on Republicans were sent to the Clinton White House, in violation of laws and for no higher purpose than having enough dirt on enough people to intimidate political opponents. But domestic spying against Republicans did not shock nearly as many people as intercepting phone calls from terrorists. The current hue and cry that is being whipped up into a media crisis is part of a whole pattern of short-sighted political obstruction and a futile venting of spleen...
The Middle East and Russia's New Game
by George Friedman
...[Putin's] invitation has little to do with Hamas and less to do with Israel. On the whole, anything that strengthens the radical Islamist movement -- which would certainly include Hamas -- ought to be anathema to Moscow, given the trouble that the Russians are having in Chechnya. But Russia has bigger problems: namely, its own role in the world, and the United States. The invitation is not about Israelis and Palestinians. It is entirely about U.S.-Russian relations -- and as such, it represents a significant moment...
"Moslem States Represent a Potential Threat to World Peace"
by Daniel Pipes
...This [declassified 60 year-old] voice from the past prompts three observations. First, its blunt expression is remote from today's carefully worded government analyses (even classified ones) intended to offend no one. Second, the perception that the Muslim world (then making up one-seventh of the world's population, now about one-sixth) could impede world stability is deep and remarkable. Third, many of the themes wracking today's world could be discerned two generations ago – the frustration of Muslims, the sense of longing for an earlier era, the political volatility, the susceptibility to extremist ideologies, and the threat to world peace. This confirms, again, that 9/11 and attendant aggressions should not have been the shock they were.
Related: Pentagon's Vision for the "Long War"     Haiti: Clinton's Photo-Op War a Lesson for the War on Terror
Meanwhile, as Cartoon Jihad rages on, What Will Europe Really Do? Will the voices of reason save us, or rather are we under a Curse of the Moderates? But, there is good news in the short war. Here's a Letter of Thanks from an Iraqi Mayor and word of Civilian 'Troops' Who Are Unknown Heroes
Stuck With Bad Teachers
by John Stossel
Bosses, have I got an idea for you: Don't pay your best employees more, don't ease out your least productive workers, and for crying out loud, never fire anyone, not even for the most blatant misconduct on the job. It works for the public schools, doesn't it? Actually, it doesn't, but since they're government monopolies, they don't care...

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Administration OK With UAE Running Six Major U.S. Ports
Associated Press
A company in the United Arab Emirates is poised to take over significant operations at six American ports as part of a corporate sale, leaving a country with ties to the Sept. 11 hijackers with influence over a maritime industry considered vulnerable to terrorism...
American News Media: Little Courage and Little Honesty
by Dennis Prager
...Everyone and his mother knows why the networks and the print journals haven't shown the cartoons -- they fear Muslims blowing up their buildings and stabbing their editors to death. The only people who deny this are the news media...When it comes to taking on conservatives, Catholics, Evangelicals and the like, liberal news media are Supermen. When it comes to confronting real evil, however, the news media are Mickey Mouse.
War with Iran on the Worst Terms
by Spengler
...There are no good outcomes, only less terrible ones. The West will attack Iran, but only when such an attack will do the least good and the most harm.
UNESCO Rewards Aspiring Tyrant
by Stephen Johnson
...The Martí prize is intended to recognize those who have contributed to the “struggle for liberty” in Latin America. [Hugo] Chávez is clearly not among this group, and the award is a major embarrassment to the United Nations, illustrating a longstanding lack of moral clarity within the world body on issues of individual freedom and liberty...
Survey: Gaza Disengagement was 'Useless'
The Jerusalem Post
...Most of those who participated in the survey held that the evacuation of settlements in Gush Katif was damaging, or at the very least, was ineffective in the fight against Palestinian terror. Some 70% of those surveyed replied that the implementation of the disengagement plan did not contribute anything towards peace, while only 20% thought the plan was a stimulus for improved relations with the Arab world...

Monday, February 13, 2006

Unreported History in Baghdad
by John M. Kanaley
The silence was deafening and the seats were empty. The western press was nowhere to be found. The location was Baghdad and the event was a February 10th, 2006 press conference announcing the final verification of December's election results. Although the final allocation of parliamentary seats did not change from last month's tentative reports, the conference was nonetheless significant for American and Iraqi history. What was equally significant was the absence of members of the western press...
Hijacking Islam
by Amir Taheri
...In many Muslim countries, neo-Islam has been exposed as a political movement and can no longer deceive the masses. In the West, however, it is has managed to dupe parts of the media, government and academia into treating it not as the political movement it is, but as the expression of Islam as a religion. It is time to end that deception and recognize neo-Islam in its many manifestations as a political phenomenon. Neo-Islam has as much right to operate in the political field as any other party in a democracy. But it does not have the right to pretend to be a religion — it is not.
Au contraire, Amir: Hijacking Rational Discussion
Why I Still Support This President
by Ruben Navarrette Jr.
No sooner had I written recently that I was frustrated with President Bush's hardheadedness, muddled messages, and refusal to learn from mistakes than I got a letter from a reader who asked whether -- with the benefit of hindsight -- I would change my support for Bush. No, absolutely not. Not until Democrats stop sending forth as their presidential nominees mediocre professional politicians who are so craven for power and so unencumbered by core beliefs that they'll say and do anything to win. And not as long as Bush keeps saying the right things on many of the issues...

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Evangelical Outpost blogger Joe Carter together discuss the the Muslim riots around the world and their implications; a former general under Saddam Hussain breaks his silence and discusses his life under Saddam and the transporting WMDs to Syria prior to the coalition attack; the burning of 9 churches in Alabama is explored, including the Southern Poverty Law Center's perspective that the acts were not a hate crime [really?!]; the politicization of Coretta Scott King's funeral, and attacks on the "Religious Right" are also discussed.
Cartoon Jihad
by Olivier Guitta
...The usual suspects--the regimes in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran--have profited from the spread of the disorders, and even the likes of tiny Kuwait has reportedly offered funds to spur demonstrations throughout France. More important, however, and perhaps less widely understood, the cartoon jihad is tailor-made to advance the Muslim Brotherhood's long-term worldwide strategy for establishing Islamic supremacy in the West...
Related: Middle Eastern Islam, Darwin and Terrorism
U.S. Cites Rise in Violence Along Border With Mexico
by Rachel L. Swarns
...Last week, immigration officials announced that they had seized a cache of weapons, including materials for 33 explosive devices, assault weapons and machine gun assembly kits, in Laredo. Officials believe the weapons were intended for criminals in Mexico. "These are very sophisticated, hardened criminals who will use violence to protect their criminal businesses," Mr. Chertoff said. "We've got to be prepared to deal very decisively with any violence directed at our Border Patrol agents."

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Loose Lips Sink Spies
by Porter Goss
...Our enemies cannot match the creativity, expertise, technical genius and tradecraft that the C.I.A. brings to bear in this war. Criminal disclosures of national security information, however, can erase much of that advantage. The terrorists gain an edge when they keep their secrets and we don't keep ours.
Privacy Fears Hit Google Search
BBC News
...It's shocking that Google expects its users to now trust it with the contents of their personal computers," said EFF staff attorney Kevin Bankston. "Unless you configure Google Desktop very carefully, and few people will, Google will have copies of your tax returns, love letters, business records, financial and medical files, and whatever other text-based documents the desktop software can index...
China: Technology Rules and Corporate Codes of Conduct
by Bart Mongoven
...The debate over Internet service in China, therefore, allows for a much more dispassionate examination of the questions, which means this controversy should be good for everyone who seeks answers on how to handle corporate relations in environments where local and national governments pose obstacles to ethical business practices...

Friday, February 10, 2006

Rent-a Riot ABCs
by Amir Taheri
'A blessing from God': So have Iran's leaders, starting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, described the controversy over the Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed. A closer look at the row, however, shows that the whole rigmarole was launched by Sunni-Salafi groups in Europe and Asia, with Ahmadinejad and his Syrian vassal, President Bashar al-Assad, belatedly playing catch-up. God had nothing to do with it. To see how the whole thing was manufactured to serve precise political ends, consider the chronology of events...
Hamas Moves Into South America
by Gordon Cucullu
...Guess where? Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, and Brazil. Expect Cuba, Mexico, and Chile to be next on the list. It doesn’t stretch the imagination to figure why: Hamas is seeking to establish its legitimacy...The very idea of legitimizing it is a gross prostitution of the democratic process. It is exactly the same use of democracy to overthrow democracy that took place in 1930s Germany and italic, and more recently in Venezuela and Bolivia. When dictators fear the ballot box, they crack heads and jail opposition leaders...
NBC News Accused of Treason
by Cliff Kincaid
...So NBC News obtained an interview with a terrorist killer of American military personnel. That's just great, isn't it? What a scoop! What's next? Exclusive footage of American troops being massacred while NBC News and Commander Ismail look on and film it for the evening news?
Did Anyone Actually Read Bush's Budget?
by John Merline
...Apparently not. Because a casual look through the document finds that few of the [negative] claims holds water. As it turns out: The Defense budget is going down, not up...Ditto Homeland Security...Education spending is through the roof...Medicare "cuts" aren't cuts at all...
The QDR and the Intelligence Puzzle
by Fred Burton
...From a military perspective, the goals outlined in the QDR are difficult, if not impossible, to quibble with, but on the intelligence side, they raise more questions than answers at this point. Institutionalized incompatibilities with various intelligence and law enforcement agencies would leave the DoD with little choice but to change the existing culture of the military or develop its own intelligence establishment top-to-bottom, perhaps relying on cooperation and liaison with friendly foreign militaries.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

America Needs an Oil Change
by David Frum
...Aside from third-place Norway, the world's leading oil exporters constitute like a roll call of the aggressive, the authoritarian, the unstable, the corrupt, and the extremist. The oil slump of the 1990s removed wealth from their mischievous hands. The oil boom has restored it...If we are concerned that oil comes from the wrong places, we should be developing policies that bring new oil to market from the right places. One way to achieve that would be for the oil-consuming democracies to form a cartel of their own...
John Bolton Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
by Susan Jones
...Bolton and Kenneth R. Timmerman were formally nominated by Sweden's former deputy prime minister Per Ahlmark, for playing a major role in exposing Iran's secret plans to develop nuclear weapons. They documented Iran's secret nuclear buildup and revealed Iran's "repeated lying" and false reports to the International Atomic Energy Agency, a press release said...
Yahoo Accused in Jailing of 2nd China Internet User
Reuters
Yahoo Inc. provided evidence to Chinese authorities that led to the imprisonment of an Internet writer, lawyers and activists said on Thursday, the second such case involving the U.S. Internet giant...
Calvin and Hobbes--and Muhammed
by Ann Coulter
...The belief that Islam forbids portrayals of Muhammad is recently acquired. Back when Muslims created things, rather than blowing them up, they made paintings, frescoes, miniatures and prints of Muhammad. But apparently the Quran is like the Constitution: It's a "living document," capable of sprouting all-new provisions at will...Largely unnoticed in this spectacle is the blinding fact that one nation is missing from the long list of Muslim countries...experiencing bipolar rage over some cartoons: Iraq...
Related: We're at War--But Only One Side Seems to Get That     Still Waiting For Moderate Muslims....

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Congress's Secret Saddam Tapes
by Eli Lake
...The chairman of the House intelligence panel said he is frustrated with the American intelligence community's lack of curiosity on following up these leads, particularly the story from Mr. Sada. "I talked to one person relatively high up in DNI, and I asked him about this and asked are they going to follow up, and he looked at me and said, 'No we don't think so.' At this point, I guess you guys don't get it. "I am trying to find out if our postwar intelligence was as bad as our pre-war intelligence," Mr. Hoekstra said.
Myths of Rich and Poor
by Thomas Sowell
There is a fundamental difference between seeking the truth and scoring points. In politics, the truth is strictly optional and that also seems to be true in parts of the media...
Time for Choice and Competition
by John Stossel
...Competition is, in general, better than monopoly -- and in this case, the monopoly was already failing. Even if you're not a big fan of the free market, why would you want to preserve a monopoly that's obviously doing a bad job? How could allowing choice possibly have been worse than keeping students trapped in failing public schools? The governor announced his plan last year. Thousands of parents cheered the idea. But most public educators and politicians didn't...
Let's be Honest: Multiculturalism Can Kill a Nation
by James P. Pinkerton
...Either a country is united in its common culture or it becomes disunited in its multiculturalism. For proof, we need only look to Europe, where millions of Muslims have been allowed to immigrate without much thought given to their political and cultural integration into their host societies. In London, Muslims responding to the Danish cartoons chanted pro-jihad slogans and carried signs reading "7/7 is on its way" - a reference to the terror bombings last July 7 that killed 52 innocent Britons. That's not free speech; that's incitement to violence. A nation allowing such hostile populations to flourish in its midst is not defending liberty. It is enabling its own national suicide...
Related: First They Came for Israel, Then They Came for America...     Cartoon Furor Is About Us, Not Them
Situation Analysis: The Cartoon Backlash: Redefining Alignments

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Point of No Return
by Thomas Sowell
...Terrorists and terrorist governments are giving us almost daily evidence of their fanatical hatred and violent sadism, as the clock ticks away toward their gaining possession of nuclear weapons...Moreover, there is a large and gleeful audience in the Arab world for these gross brutalities, just as there was glee and cheering among the Palestinians when the televised destruction of the World Trade center was broadcast in the Middle East...Yet what are we preoccupied with or outraged about? Whether the American government should intercept the phone calls of these cutthroats to people in the United States...
Why Can't Muslims Take a Joke?
by Spengler
...Christianity and Judaism have adapted to doubt, the bacillus of modern thought, by inviting doubt to serve [in dialogue] as the handmaiden of faith. No better formulation of this can be found than in Benedict XVI's classic Introduction to Christianity...Muslim belief is not dialogue, but submission. It is as defenseless before the bacillus of skepticism...That is why Muslims cannot respond to Western jibes at the person of their Prophet except as they did to the Jyllens-Posten cartoons. I do not sympathize with scoffers but, like Benedict, I see doubt as an adversary to be won over, rather than as an enemy to be extirpated...
The War Behind the Cartoon War
by Jack Kelly
...Most of Europe's political leaders would like to respond with more appeasement. But ordinary Europeans wonder why they must accommodate the demands of bullying immigrants who have swollen their crime rates and welfare rolls..."If (the protestors) want a Muslim country, then perhaps they should go and live in one," Mr. Parsons said...
Related: 'Everyone Is Afraid to Criticize Islam'

Monday, February 06, 2006

Intelligence Intransigence
by Bill Gertz
...One year after Congress authorized the creation of a czar to oversee and reform intelligence agencies, the CIA, the FBI and other services remain largely the same, bound by ingrained bureaucratic process and culture, intelligence officials say. Interviews with numerous senior U.S. intelligence and security officials show a system that still lacks qualified personnel and resists new operating methods necessary to confront domestic and foreign security threats...
More Signs Point to Saddam's WMDs in Syria
by Jack Kelly
...You haven't heard much about these reports, because they contradict the meme that Saddam either had no WMD, or destroyed it well before the Iraq war began. The captured files of the Iraqi intelligence service, still mostly untranslated, could shed light on what did happen to Saddam's WMD...
We Are All Danes Now
by Jeff Jacoby
...Make no mistake: This story is not going away, and neither is the Islamofascist threat. The freedom of speech we take for granted is under attack, and it will vanish if it is not bravely defended. Today the censors may be coming for some unfunny Mohammed cartoons, but tomorrow it is your words and ideas they will silence. Like it or not, we are all Danes now.
More: Steyn: 'Sensitivity' Can Have Brutal Consequences     VDH: Europe Awakes?

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Google Sells Its Soul, and Ours  
The Sydney Morning Herald
...Google saves every search, every email, every fingerprint we leave on the web when we move through its search engine, its Gmail service or its internet offerings. Google knows more about us than the FBI or the CIA or any spy agency of any government. And nobody regulates it. When a company that holds digital dossiers on millions of people decides profits are more important than principles, we are all at risk...
Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bennett and Governor Mitt Romney review President Bush's State of the Union Address; Hewitt and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales pore over domestic surveillance questions; Prager and Walid Shoebat look at Mideast peace hopes; Mohler and Nicholas Kristof expose genocide in Darfur; Thomas and Ken Timmerman discuss the worsening situation in Iran; Pastore and James Dobson draw attention to the worsening crisis surrounding boys; Parshall and Alma Golden promote abstinence programs and Michael Medved praises Samuel Alito's confirmation.
Democracy in a Cartoon
by Ibn Warraq
...freedom of expression is our western heritage and we must defend it against attacks from totalitarian societies. If the west does not stand in solidarity with the Danish, he argues, then the Islamization of Europe will have begun in earnest...
Developments: That the cartoons intended to offend is a lie     Syrian Cynicism in The Cartoon War     Embassies torched as cartoon furor grows
Meanwhile, in Iran: Germany's Merkel likens Iran threat to Nazi era Iran launched 'secret' rocket test
Hobbling Our Intelligence  
by Hugh Hewitt
...Apparently, the left believes that conversations or e-mails from terrorists like Zawahiri, Zarqawi or even Osama bin Laden with their agents in the United States require a warrant. That is constitutional nonsense, and of a high order. The courts have never held that such surveillance requires a warrant. In fact, the courts have carefully articulated that the president’s Article 2 power in this area is broad...
More: Requiring Warrants for Computerized Surveillance is Absurd and Dangerous
The Silence of the Good News
by Lawrence Kudlow
The supply-side economic growth plan is working. But the governing GOP coalition must close the circle on budget restraint. Economic growth and Republican political longevity depend on it. The president must do his part by turning up the volume on the good-news economic data.
Related: Budget Morality And Deficit Politics

Saturday, February 04, 2006

In their own words...Protests Over Islam Cartoons Escalate Worldwide  
by Ewen MacAskill, Sandra Laville, & Luke Harding
Governments across Europe, the Middle East and Asia were reluctantly sucked into the Danish cartoon row yesterday as hundreds of thousands of Muslims took to the streets to protest...Passersby stopped police officers to ask why the marchers were being allowed to carry banners threatening further suicide attacks in the city. One police officer replied: "Don't worry. We are photographing them."
Flurry of diplomatic statements and communications
Learn More: TheReligionofPeace.com
Heroes of Mexico: Coming Soon to a Park Near You
by Lynn Woolley
...Dallas is home to a burgeoning Hispanic population and a school district in which two of every three students are Spanish-speaking or not fluent in English. And with the lack of any requirement to assimilate, it’s no wonder that many Mexican immigrants are more interested in paying homage to President Benito Juarez than to George Washington. A statue of President Juarez already stands in Winnetka Park and it might soon be joined by at least seven other statues of Mexican historical figures...
Super Bowl Madness
by Debbie Schlussel
...In this Super Bowl, a new class of "minorities" has emerged--Arab Muslims and Chaldeans. If you fit into this category, you qualify for all the NFL minority contracting advantages. And the organizations doing the certifying are not without controversy...
More Madness--Detroit Showdown over Eminent Domain   

Friday, February 03, 2006

Betraying Our Troops
by Ralph Peters
If you found your hilltop house on fire, would you (A) put out the flames, or (B) buy flood insurance? If your answer is "B," you're suited for a job in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). At a time when our Army and Marines bear by far the heaviest load of our nation's security burdens, OSD proposes reducing the number of soldiers to free up funds for wasteful Cold-War-era weapons systems...
Sick of Sausage: Today's Voters Crave Ideology
by Daniel Henninger
...What preoccupies the Beltway's conventional wisdom today and what interests voters could not be more different. What matters most to the Beltway is who gets caught by the Abramoff scandals, the legal dicta of al Qaeda surveillance, and who takes the fall for Hurricane Katrina. These things can be fun but alone they reduce politics to an Xbox game. What interests the most motivated Democratic voters now is "progressive justice," "our values," "our rights," "public needs," Roe v. Wade. What interests their GOP opponents is "big government," "spending," patriotism, the "ethics" of cloning, "activist" judges, Roe v. Wade...
The Price Palestinians Must Pay
by Charles Krauthammer
...The essential first lesson of any newborn democracy is that national choices have national consequences. A Hamas-led Palestine, cut off entirely, will be forced to entertain second thoughts.
Related: Why Hamas's Electoral Victory Leaves Me Neutral

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Waging Lawfare
Center for Security Policy
...U.S. policy-makers alarmed by the phenomenon can reject treaties that would constrain the flexibility necessary to meet current and future challenges; discontinue conceding the legal-norms debate to self-professed authorities hostile to U.S. interests; and block the appointment of jurists and hiring of bureaucrats who would make legal determinations based on anything other than U.S. law and precedent...
Selective Outrage on Free Speech
by Debra Saunders
I feel sorry for Cindy Sheehan. She lost her beloved son, Casey, in the Iraq war, and for that she has my sympathy. But losing your son in a war doesn't give you license to violate House decorum, as she did by wearing a t-shirt (reading: "2,245 Dead. How many more?") before President Bush's State of the Union speech Tuesday night. It also doesn't grant you special wisdom on foreign relations in South America. If it did, Sheehan would not have let herself be embraced by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez...
More: The Peace Movement is an Infantile Movement
Fight the Bullies of Islam
by Michelle Malkin
Something very important is happening in Denmark -- a showdown over freedom, tolerance, and their wolfish menaces in religious clothing. So, please, turn off "American Idol," put down the Game Boy for a moment, and pay attention. This does affect you...
More: Muhammad Cartoon Row Intensifies
Russia: Implications of the 'Spy Rock' Scandal
by Fred Burton
...During the past year -- and with marked emphasis since the beginning of this year -- there have been signs that Russia is rethinking its calculus and, as in the days before Yuri Andropov, now will be placing its geopolitical positioning and strategy ahead of economics or business relations. This is a deep and significant shift that will be felt, perhaps in some very unexpected ways, in a number of arenas...

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

State of the Union Address  
by President George W. Bush
...Our coalition has learned from experience in Iraq. We have adjusted our military tactics and changed our approach to reconstruction. Along the way, we have benefited from responsible criticism and counsel offered by Members of Congress of both parties. In the coming year, I will continue to reach out and seek your good advice. Yet there is a difference between responsible criticism that aims for success, and defeatism that refuses to acknowledge anything but failure. Hindsight alone is not wisdom. And second-guessing is not a strategy...
Reaction: Hugh Hewitt     John Hinderaker     Townhall.com editors
Is Our Children Learning?
by John Stossel
With public schools spending more than $100,000 per student on K-12 education, you'd think they could teach students how to read and write. South Carolina is one of many states to have trouble with this. It spends $9,000 per student per year, and its state school superintendent told me South Carolina has been "ranked as having some of the highest standards of learning in the entire country." So let's ask the infamous question, "Is our children learning?" Dorian Cain told me he wants to learn to read. He's 18 years old and in 12th grade, but when I asked him to read from a first-grade level book, he struggled with it...
Global Warming Science, or Policy?
by Roy Spencer
...If you are concerned about the Administration possibly muting some of its employees' influence in this area (remember, NASA is part of the executive branch), don't despair. Our government heavily funds a marching army of climate scientists -- government, university, and private -- whose funding depends upon manmade global warming remaining a threat. The government agencies, like NASA, that the money flows through also depend upon these issues remaining alive for continued funding...
When Sexual "Harassment" Is a Joke
by Debra Saunders
By the year 2020, every American will be a victim. Give it another 15 years, and there will be a study that puts every man, woman and child into one aggrieved group or another...
The New Power in the Palestinian National Authority
by George Friedman
...it was not simply internal Palestinian politics that drove the Hamas victory. A wave of Islamist politics is sweeping the Muslim and Arab worlds, and the Palestinians are far from immune. The Islamist movement is doing far more than simply challenging the West: It is challenging the secular Arabists who were the heirs of the Nasserite tradition...Therefore, challenging and defeating Fatah represents a critical moment in the history of the Arab and Muslim world. It represents a new high-water mark for Islamists...
Related: Palestinians Have Taken Off Masks, Israelis Can Take Off Gloves