"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

Friday, March 31, 2006

Defeating Jihad  
Interview of Serge Trifkovic, author
...let us look at Muhammad as "he really was in history," relying solely on orthodox Islamic sources, the Kuran and the hadith. Those sources provide an account of uncertain historical accuracy, but that account is regarded as true by all true Muslims...Muhammad used the prospect of booty and ransom to recruit followers. This motive was so important that it merited a whole sura in the Kuran; but one fifth of everything was Muhammad's! Once the loot was divided it was time to relax: "Now enjoy what ye have won as lawful and good." As for the fallen, a tangible, X-rated paradise filled with virgins "untouched by man" and "fresh" pre-pubescent boys awaited the "martyrs" immediately. The simple preacher eventually morphed into a vengeful warlord, who jubilantly exclaimed that the spectacle of severed enemy heads pleased him better than "the choicest camel in Arabia." Killing prisoners was divinely condoned by Allah. (8:68) Fresh revelations described the unbelievers as "the worst animals" (8:55) and "the vilest of creatures" (98:6) undeserving of mercy. The enemies' heads were to be cut off. (47:4) Killing, enslaving and robbing them was divinely sanctioned and mandated...
Whose Backlash?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Americans recoil at the volatile ethnic enclaves in France and the Netherlands--and can understand how such tribalism could quickly escalate to sectarian violence in Iraq, the Balkans, and Rwanda. Unless we curb the present influx, return to the melting pot, and salvage a legal remedy from the present illegal disaster, what we saw this week may only be the beginning of something far more dangerous from both sides of this avoidable crisis.
Related: Mexico's Weapon

Thursday, March 30, 2006

The Striking Idiocy of Youth  
The sight of millions of Frenchmen, predominantly young, demonstrating in deep sympathy and solidarity with themselves, is one that will cause amusement and satisfaction on the English side of the Channel. Everyone enjoys the troubles of his neighbours...Of course, demonstrating in huge numbers is what the French do from time to time. We should never forget that to break a shop window for the good of humanity is one of the greatest pleasures known to Man. Trying to topple governments by shouting insults is also great fun...
Mara Salvatrucha: The New Face of Organized Crime?
by Fred Burton
...The face of organized crime in the United States is indeed changing, but what is occurring now with the Mara Salvatrucha is not a new phenomenon but rather part of an identifiable cycle in the realm of criminal groups. Since the 1800s, the impoverished inner cities of the United States have been fertile breeding grounds for tough, violent criminal gangs. Latin "maras" (the word "mara" is Spanish for "gang") are merely the latest in a long line of immigrant gangs -- including Irish, Chinese, Jewish, Italian and, more recently, Vietnamese and Russian -- to spring up in American slums. It is important to understand that the widely discussed Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) is a product of this American gang culture and not, as it is sometimes portrayed, a Central American export...
Clinton Emerges in Group Bidding for Newspapers
by Josh Gerstein
A private investment group whose board of directors includes President Clinton made a bid yesterday to take over a dozen daily newspapers owned by Knight Ridder, including the Philadelphia Inquirer...The papers on the auction block include both of Philadelphia's leading newspapers, the Inquirer and the Daily News, as well as the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the San Jose Mercury News. Industry analysts have estimated that the dozen newspapers will fetch between $1.4 billion and $2 billion...
Mexican Illegals vs. American Voters
by Tony Blankley
It is lucky America has more than two centuries of mostly calm experience with self-government. We are going to need to fall back on that invaluable patrimony if the immigration debate continues as it has started this season. The Senate is attempting to legislate into the teeth of the will of the American public. The Senate Judiciary Committeemen — and probably a majority of the Senate — are convinced that they know that the American people don't know what is best for them...

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

In France, The Politics of Make-Believe
by Robert Samuelson
To anyone who cares about Europe's future, the French demonstrations and street riots protesting the government's new labor law must be profoundly disturbing. It's the French against France -- a familiar ritual that mirrors Europe's larger predicament. Hardly anyone wants to surrender the benefits and protections of today's generous welfare state, but the fierce attachment to these costly and self-defeating programs prevents Europe from preparing for a future that, though it may be deplored, is inevitable. Actually, it's not the future; it's the present...
More: A Million French Protest Against Youth Job Law
Kadima's Win: Prospects for a Territorial Divorce in Israel
by Peter Zeihan
...Kadima's plan is to impose a settlement that includes withdrawing Israeli forces from most of the West Bank. Hamas' plan is to get the Israelis out of the West Bank. While it is true that the two differ on the endgame -- Kadima sees withdrawal and border imposition as the end of the issue, whereas Hamas sees it as just the beginning -- the process we anticipate over the next four years will have the two actors, for the first time, reading from the same script...

Racism Gets a Whitewash
by Michelle Malkin
...Aztlan is a long-held notion among Mexico's intellectual elite and political class, which asserts that the American southwest rightly belongs to Mexico. Advocates believe the reclamation (or reconquista) of Aztlan will occur through sheer demographic force. If the rallies across the country are any indication, reconquista is already complete...Nor are these sovereignty-obliterating grievances confined to the wacky West Coast. In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, marchers carried signs that read: "If you think I'm 'illegal' because I'm a Mexican[,] learn the true history because I'm in my HOMELAND"...Open-borders sympathizers in the press strained to look the other way. As Slate writer Mickey Kaus, who attended the L.A. demonstration, noted, the Los Angeles Times buried any mention of the presence of Mexican flags in its initial "propagandistic" report—and then eliminated any reference to them at all.
Lots more: Bill O'Reilly's 7-Point Plan      Theodore Roosevelt on Immigration     Caesar Chavez on Illegal Immigration     Spanish Media Organized Nationwide Mass Protests     Guest-Worker Programs Are a Dead End     Guests or Gate Crashers? Part II     When Illegal Is Right, What Is Wrong?

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Forget Dubai -- Worry About Smartmatic Instead
by Richard Brand
The greater threat to our nation's security comes not from Dubai and its pro-Western government, but from Venezuela, where software engineers with links to the leftist, anti-American regime of Hugo Chavez are programming electronic voting machines that will soon power U.S. elections...
House Bill Would Bar ACLU's Rewards in Religion Lawsuits
by Tom Strode
Indiana’s John Hostettler is trying for the fifth consecutive Congress to prevent the American Civil Liberties Union from receiving government funds when it succeeds at legal challenges to public expressions of religion. This year, the Republican representative has more hope than before thanks to the American Legion.
Take Action: Ask Your Representative to Support H.R. 2679
Whose Country Is This?
by Cal Thomas
Observing the pro-[illegal] immigration demonstrations in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta and elsewhere in recent days, I wondered: whose country is this? Why are many illegal aliens who broke our laws to get here and who continue to break our laws to stay here, demanding that the United States not only allow them to remain, but support them with the taxes of law-abiding citizens? Have we gone mad?...
Consider: Rebuilding the Welfare State (Illegally)     Guests or Gate Crashers?     The Wall Separating Immigration & Religious Politics     Ten Worst Border-Security Congressmen     Top 10 Immigration Hawks in Congress
The Islamic threat Is Greater Than German and Soviet Threats Were
by Dennis Prager
...The existence of an unprecedentedly large number of people wishing to destroy decent civilization as we know it -- and who celebrate their own deaths -- poses a threat the likes of which no civilization in history has had to confront...
Related: Unfathomable Zealotry
We Need Alexander Hamilton
by Ernest C. Hollings
Dubai could have a silver lining. The government didn’t think twice about the security of six major seaports in the United States. It thought that what was good for the transnationals, for globalization, was good for the country. People now realize that corporate America is blind to the nation’s security and its economy...The United States must stop so-called free trade agreements merely to protect offshore production -- and start trading, opening up closed markets, and rebuilding the country.
Rescued Christian Peace Activists Don't Seem All That Christian
by Rabbi Aryeh Spero
...The first principle of religion is to show gratitude to those who have provided a blessing, to those who have helped you. Acknowledging the good done to you by man and God is the cornerstone of moral behavior. A religious person is trained to possess enough honesty to be open to that and those who act mercifully to him. Those blind to grace are one dimensional fanatics loyal to an ideology that is something other than God's law. Religion has in it dozens of maxims and precepts that demand from its adherents the clarity to choose and perceive correctly, even if contrary to a particular passion. Even if that passion is "peace"...
Related: Rescued Peace Activist Welcomed by Saddam as Useful Propaganda Tool

Monday, March 27, 2006

Awaiting a Free Cuban Press From Prison Cells
by Robert J. Caldwell
...A tyrannical, thuggish regime that jails dissidents and journalists retains a food-rationing system begun in 1962, sells cheap labor to foreign corporations and condemns ordinary Cubans to subsist on earnings that average about $20 per month...
A Poverty of the Mind
by Orlando Patterson
Several recent studies have garnered wide attention for reconfirming the tragic disconnection of millions of black youths from the American mainstream. But they also highlighted another crisis: the failure of social scientists to adequately explain the problem, and their inability to come up with any effective strategy to deal with it. The main cause for this shortcoming is a deep-seated dogma that has prevailed in social science and policy circles since the mid-1960's: the rejection of any explanation that invokes a group's cultural attributes — its distinctive attitudes, values and predispositions, and the resulting behavior of its members — and the relentless preference for relying on structural factors like low incomes, joblessness, poor schools and bad housing...
The High Price of Detroit's Welfare Mentality
by Thomas Bray
Detroit, remember, was going to be the "Model City" of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society, the shining example of what the "fairness" of the welfare state can produce. Billions of dollars later, Detroit instead has become the model of everything that can go wrong when you hook people on the idea of something for nothing - a once-middle class city of nearly 2 million that is now a poverty-stricken city of less than 900,000...The GM and Delphi buyouts are themselves examples of welfare state mentality...
How to Erase Earmarks
By Robert Novak
...Bush might well measure the benefits of bold action. If they are required to submit earmarks for floor action by the Senate and House, the lawmakers' ability to overspend would be diminished. From a political standpoint, DeMint is giving the president the opportunity for a dramatic gesture showing that he really cares about spending. By all appearances, Bush won't take it.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal
Salem Radio Network
Bush's defense of his Iraq policy and the negative skew of media coverage, our progress in Iraq in this third anniversary since the invasion and the absurd logic of the "war for oil" accusations, the international face of Islam, sex roles and the feminization of society, the sentencing to death of an Afghani who converted to Christianity, rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, the heretofore unchronicled history of the search for John Wilkes Booth following his assassination of President Lincoln, and more are covered in this week's broadcast.
Gratitude Comes as Afterthought
by Charles Adler
It must be something about the words Christian and pacifist. Both tend to make us think of other words like generous and kind. But what happens when we examine the words of the Christian Peacemaker Teams that spoke to the media this week after three of its members were freed from captivity by British, Canadian and American men with guns?...These Christian peacemakers seem to have trouble apprehending truth or telling it. They aren't making peace. They are simply making noise and putting good people at risk in doing so...
The Gospel and the Immigration Debate
by Rich Lowry
...When it comes to illegal immigration, suddenly liberal Democrats have only one guide to public policy: "What would Jesus do?" The target of their Bible-based ire is a border-enforcement bill that recently passed the House and is allegedly the greatest challenge Christianity has faced since the lions in the Colosseum. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., said "This bill would literally criminalize the good Samaritan and probably even Jesus himself"...Stoking all the Bible-thumping is Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, who alleges that the legislation would outlaw acts of charity for illegal immigrants. In making this charge, Cardinal Mahony apparently has no compunction about deceiving his flock...
And in the Other Corner... Top 10 Immigration Hawks in Congress
History Speaks: Must It Also Be Repeated?
World Magazine
Newly unclassified documents from Saddam's regime reveal orders for chemical attacks against Kurds and Shiites; a taped discussion between Saddam, VP Tariq Aziz, and top military officials about how to hide their nuclear weapons program from UN weapons inspectors; orders from Qusay Hussein to use captured Kuwaitis as human shields for the impending US attack; a dossier of an al-Qaeda cell inside Iraq led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi; a memo on a detachment of 3,000 Fedayeen soldiers "in an unofficial capacity" to Afghanistan to join with the mujahidin, and more. But wait--I thought Saddam had no involvement with terrorists. Hmmm...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Non-Mexican Illegals "Rent a Family' To Avoid Deportation
by Jerry Seper
...The "rent-a-family" scheme...is being used by alien smugglers along the U.S.-Mexico border -- mainly in Texas -- to circumvent a new expedited-removal program for non-Mexican aliens, whose arrest under existing deportation policies had become known as "catch-and-release"..."They are passing themselves off as a family, paying to have children smuggled with them across the border, because the smugglers know we're not going to break up a family for the deportation process"...
And from the "left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing" department: Immigration Officers Barred from Key Data
Pentagon: Russia Gave Saddam War Intel
Associated Press
...The Russian government had sources inside the American military command as the U.S. mounted the invasion of Iraq, and the Russians passed information to Saddam Hussein on troop movements and plans, according to Iraqi documents released as part of a Pentagon report. The Russians relayed information to Saddam during the opening days of the 2003 war, including a crucial moment before the assault on Baghdad, according to the documents in the report Friday...
Related on Saddam's declassified materials: The Saddam Tapes and Media Distortion
U.S. Hires Foreign Firm to Help Detect Nuclear Materials at Bahamas Port
Associated Press
...The administration acknowledges the no-bid contract with Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. represents the first time a foreign company will be involved in running a sophisticated U.S. radiation detector at an overseas port without American customs agents present...[and] illustrates how the administration is relying on foreign companies at overseas ports to safeguard cargo headed to the United States...
Is anyone giving serious consideration to Protecting U.S. Strategic Assets ? It's also interesting to note that American Muslims are Gaining a Foothold in U.S. Politics
Throwing the Jews Under the Bus
by Arnold Kling
...I believe that we will find more allies and obtain higher-quality international support if we stand up for American values than if we apologize for them. I think we need to make clear our strong commitment to preserving our own liberty and our support for anyone who shares such a commitment...
More: Harvard's False Report

Friday, March 24, 2006

Kidnap Insurance Booming in South Texas
by Maxim Kniazkov
...Faced with a wave of crime, major U.S. insurance companies are quietly selling abduction coverage here to address the needs of businessmen on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border...Both AIG and Chubb were reluctant to discuss the service other than to confirm its existence. Mark Schussel, a spokesman for Chubb, added that Mexico is now “an area of concern”...
The Obligation of Unwanted Fatherhood
by Jeff Jacoby
...Does Dubay have a point? Sure. Contemporary American society does send very mixed messages about sex and the sexes. For women, the decision to have sex is the first of a series of choices, including the choice to abort a pregnancy -- or, if she prefers, to give birth and then collect child support from the father. For men, legal choices end with the decision to have sex. If conception takes place, a man can be forced to accept the abortion of a baby he wants -- or to spend at least the next 18 years turning over a chunk of his income to support a child he didn't want...
Issue in brief: Fighting Anti-Male Bias in Family Law 
Down With Stability
by Mark Steyn
...if you object (as John Kerry did) to the $400-600 billion price tag since the war, another three years of "containment" would have cost around $300 billion - and with no end in sight, and the alleged death toll of Iraqi infants no doubt up around six million. It would also have cost more real lives of real Iraqis: Despite the mosque bombings, there's a net gain of more than 100,000 civilians alive today who would have been shoveled into unmarked graves had Ba'athist rule continued. Meanwhile, the dictator would have continued gaming the international system through the Oil-for-Food program, subverting Jordan, and supporting terrorism as far afield as the Philippines...
More: Steyn interviewed on the herd mentality of the media
Related all-star Invasion Anniversary Roundup... Charles Krauthammer: Of Course It's a Civil War     Jonah Goldberg: Right Invasion, Wrong Explanation     Ann Coulter: Questionable Polls   Plus: What the Captured Documents Show and an American Citizen Soldier's perspective: What Casey Sheehan Died For

Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Latest Accessories to Adult Lives in Shades of Sad
by Kathleen Parker
...These are sad stories that reveal symptoms of a diseased culture in which human relationships have no moral content and children are treated as accessories to adult lives. Yet, these trends are portrayed as the latest gosh-gee fashions. A society in which women are alone, men are lonely and children don't have fathers is nothing to celebrate. And a future world filled with fatherless children — bereft of half their identity and robbed of a father's love, discipline and authority — won't likely be a pleasant place to live.
The Doctor Will See You for Exactly Seven Minutes
by Peter Salgo
When politicians speak of America's health care needs, they often miss an important point: the doctor-patient relationship has become frayed. Patients aren't unhappy just because health care costs too much (though they would certainly like it to be more affordable). Rather, people sense a malaise within the system that has eroded the respect they feel patients deserve...
School Voucher Foolishness in Florida
by George Will
What Florida's teachers unions consider a menace, and what Florida's Supreme Court considers an affront to the state's Constitution, weighs 105 pounds, smiles shyly, speaks softly and wants to be a nurse. Octavia Lopez, 17, an 11th-grader at Archbishop Curley-Notre Dame High School...
Workers Riot at Site of Dubai Skyscraper
by Jim Krane
...Labor stoppages in Gulf countries have recently become common, with some two dozen strikes last year in the United Arab Emirates alone. Most have centered on unpaid salaries and triggered a Labor Ministry crackdown on contract-breaching companies...

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

IRS Plans to Allow Preparers to Sell Data
by Jeff Gelles
The IRS is quietly moving to loosen the once-inviolable privacy of federal income-tax returns. If it succeeds, accountants and other tax-return preparers will be able to sell information from individual returns - or even entire returns - to marketers and data brokers. The change is raising alarm among consumer and privacy-rights advocates...
We Don't Need 'Guest Workers'
by Robert J. Samuelson
...It's a myth that the U.S. economy "needs" more poor immigrants...Business organizations understandably support guest worker programs. They like cheap labor and ignore the social consequences. What's more perplexing is why liberals, staunch opponents of poverty and inequality, support a program that worsens poverty and inequality. Poor immigrant workers hurt the wages of unskilled Americans. The only question is how much...
Putting Cards on the Table in Iraq
by George Friedman
...All wars end in negotiations. Clearly, the United States and Iran have been talking quietly for a long time. They now have decided it is time to make their talks public. That decision by itself indicates how seriously they both take these conversations now.
Related: Transcript: Presidential Press Conference and White House Nonchalance while Ignorance is as Pervasive as ever in Reporting From Iraq

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Saddam's Al-Qaeda Connectionby Stephen F. Hayes
Hussain's regime provided financial support to Abu Sayyaf, the al Qaeda-linked jihadist group founded by Osama bin Laden's brother-in-law in the Philippines in the late 1990s, according to documents captured in postwar Iraq...
So now we should be able to see the obvious: Iraq Is No Distraction from Al-Qaeda
Socialism Makes People Worse
by Dennis Prager
...As much as America has been adversely affected by socialist thought, it is still inconceivable that in America hundreds of thousands of students would shut down their schools in order to gain the right not to be fired by the first company that hires them. But every time America's socialists, the Democrats, prevail in an election, we move in that direction. No matter how pure their motives, the Left makes America and its citizens less noble people, just like the spoiled French students.
Background: Student Riots Shake France to the Core. Meanwhile, in the USA, a new report says, Job Market for Grads is Best in 5 Years

Monday, March 20, 2006

Political Offensive Targets Bush
by Rowan Scarborough
Senate Democrats have mapped a political battle plan for the March congressional recess that calls on lawmakers to stage press events with active duty military personnel, veterans and emergency responders to bash President Bush on virtually every one of his national security policies. The game plan, devised by the office of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, is contained in a six-page memo distributed to Democratic senators on Thursday at a closed-door meeting at the Capitol and provided to The Washington Times by a congressional staffer...
The Tragedy of the Iraq Invasion Is That There Won't Be Another
by Tim Hames
...the entire episode started in March 2003 was condemned as an “occupation” that has “brought nothing to the Iraqi people except ever increasing death and destruction”. I suppose it depends on how you define “nothing”. If two elections, one constitutional referendum, a free press, an independent judiciary, greater religious liberty, the lifting of economic sanctions, reintegration into the region and the wider international community count for “nothing”, then nothing is a reasonable assessment...
More: From Iraq's Front Line, It Looks Like the Media Has Lost the Plot
Quite a Stretch
by Jack Kelly
...The truth is that most politicians and journalists have been stretching the truth to distinguish between Muslim extremists and the religion of Islam itself...The ludicrous lengths to which many in the Establishment go to avoid drawing any connection between Islamic terror and Islam itself is causing a backlash among Americans, one which is causing otherwise sensible people to overlook critically important distinctions...

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Saddam's Delusions: The View from the Inside
by Kevin Woods, James Lacey, & Williamson Murray
...Drawing on interviews with dozens of captured senior Iraqi military and political leaders and hundreds of thousands of official Iraqi documents (hundreds of them fully translated), this two-year project [of the U.S. Joint Forces Command] has changed our understanding of the war from the ground up. The study was partially declassified in late February; its key findings are presented here...
Do We Really Want To See Felons Voting From Prison?
by Gregory Kane
...Three years ago, they persuaded like-minded state legislators to pass a bill that would restore voting rights to felons three years after leaving prison. But that wasn't good enough. So they're back again this year, proposing another bill that would restore voting rights to felons as soon as they leave prison. Why don't these folks - members and nonmembers of the legislature - just cut to the chase? Propose a bill now that seeks what they really want: for felons to be allowed to vote while they're still in prison...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

Inaction Failed  
by Clifford D. May
...It's easy to say that if we had left Saddam alone, nothing bad would have happened. But how is that different from what was said for years about Osama bin Laden? We knew his intentions. We didn't take pre-emptive action. Don't you wish we had? If Americans have learned anything, it should be this: When people say they intend to kill you, take them seriously.
Teflon Europe: They’re just as bad as we are, only worse
by Victor Davis Hanson
...for all the fury about its existence, not a single detainee has died there in over four years of operation. In contrast, the European Milosevic just dropped dead while under custody of the U.N. at the postmodern tribunal at The Hague. This follows the recent suicide of Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic, likewise an inmate in a European detention center. Few in Europe said much about the deaths of such high-profile prisoners, whose barbarity differed from that of many of the killers in Guantanamo mostly in order of magnitude. If American Rambos can keep alive Muslim jihadists, with their radically different customs, religion, languages, and diets, why cannot the more sensitive Europeans ensure that fellow Europeans don't drop dead in their jails?...

Friday, March 17, 2006

Once Same-sex Marriage is OK, Polygamy's Next
by Katherine Kersten
...professors at elite law schools such as Yale and Columbia are laying the groundwork for legal recognition of committed relationships of three or more. Drawing on concepts borrowed from civil rights law, they say they aim to protect "sexual minorities" from discrimination. Redefining marriage to include people of the same sex will open a Pandora's box...
New Orleans Now Admits It Seized Firearms From Citizens
by Susan Jones
..."We're almost in disbelief," said Second Amendment Foundation Founder Alan Gottlieb on Wednesday. "For months, the city has maintained it did not have any guns in its possession that had been taken from people following the hurricane. Now our attorneys have seen the proof that New Orleans was less than honest with the court"...
Hey, Big Spender
by Peggy Noonan
...I believe it is fair to say most Republicans did not think George W. Bush was motivated to run for the presidency for the primary reason of cutting or controlling spending. But it is also fair to say that they did not think he was Lyndon B. Johnson. And that's what he's turned into...
Related: GOP Irritation At Bush Was Long Brewing. And to fund this growth, Senate Votes to Raise Debt Limit
A Terrorist By Any Other Name
by Eric Pfeiffer
...When Orange County District Court Judge Patricia Devine asked him if he had any questions, he replied, "I actually don't have any questions. I am thankful you are going to hear this trial to learn more about the will of Allah, the creator." In addition, Taheri-azar said he intended to defend himself. Photographs showed him smiling as he left the courtroom as he described his attack as "the will of Allah, the creator"...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

What Can We Do About Ohio's Judge Connor?  
by Bill O'Reilly
[Judge John Connor] sentenced a child rapist to probation. No prison time at all. The rapist, Andrew Selva, admitted to abusing two boys in the worst possible way ages five and 12 repeatedly over three years, and Connor lets him walk...The two boys who were raped were poor. They are the immigrant children. Their parents are from Sri Lanka. If these boys had been rich, Connor never would have dared to give the child rapist probation. Connor could have given the predator 10 years, which is still not nearly enough for destroying two kids. But again, Judge Connor does not believe in punishing adults who rape children...
Update: Ohio Governor Seeks Judge's Ouster
Chinese Death Camp Selling Prisoners' Organs, Says Report
by Brian Marple & Cindy Chan
...[At the concentration camp,] organs are harvested while the victims are still alive, and then sent to the hospitals for use, the report says...Over 2,800 [Falun Gong] practitioners have been verified as tortured to death, the Falun Dafa Association says, with expert sources as early as 2003 putting the death toll in the range of 10,000...
Just what is Falun Gong and what makes it such a threat? Here's the Wikipedia article
Ruling on Mexican Trucks Will Bring the State a Load of Smog
by Michael Gardner
California air-quality regulators say trucks from south of the border tend to pollute more. The border will open to them soon under NAFTA guidelines...As a result, state and Los Angeles officials say they may have to impose more stringent local standards to offset the added pollution from Mexican trucks...

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

For the Left, It's Only Democracy When They Win
by Ben Shapiro
...The people are no longer integral to the process; politics is a heads-I-win-tails-I-sue scenario. When respect for the American people means so little that republicanism itself becomes secondary to certain political end-goals, our system of government is in serious trouble...
The Presidency: Deepening Questions
by George Friedman
...Wilson collapsed over the League of Nations, Truman over Korea. Johnson collapsed over Vietnam, and Nixon had Watergate with a touch of Vietnam. Carter was done in by the Iranian hostage situation. But there is one difference between these and the current president: Bush is only one year into his second term. He has just reached a critical low in approval ratings and Republicans have begun distancing themselves. If he doesn't recover, it will be one of the longest failed presidencies in history. There would be three years in which foreign powers would operate with diminished concern for U.S. wishes and responses. Three years is a very long time...
Google Can't Have It Both Ways
by Linda Chavez
...If the company had been honest in fighting the Justice Department subpoena, it would have admitted that it doesn't want to turn over data because it has no interest in keeping kids away from hard-core sites. Google will happily provide porn to American kids and deny civil liberties to Chinese adults, all in the name of profit.
The Quiet-Spoken Muslims Who Turn to Terror
by Daniel Pipes
...In brief, Mr. Taheriazar represents the ultimate Islamist nightmare: a seemingly well-adjusted Muslim whose religion inspires him, out of the blue, to murder non-Muslims...Were Mr. Taheriazar unique in his surreptitious adoption of radical Islam, one could ignore his case, but he fits into a widespread pattern of Muslims who lead quiet lives before turning to terrorism...

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

America Is Rife With Morally Dubious Awards
by John Leo
...I have been planning for some time to write about America's peculiar awards, prizes and memorials, and the flourishing of Rachel Corrie awards is a good excuse to list some of them...
Failing Women of the Third World
by Suzanne Fields
...The plight of Islamic women abused in the name of Allah in the Middle East and in Europe requires aggressive rebuke from women in the free world, but feminists in the West, and particularly in the United States, are struck dumb in an academic ghetto, stuck with a parochial approach to women's studies and obsessed with their personal "body rights" and their sexuality...It's ironic that the American feminists who bash President Bush for liberating Afghanistan and Iraq, and who jeered and waved banners outside the White House on International Women's Day, can't see how women in Afghanistan and Iraq are being liberated from the patriarchal structures feminists say they despise...
Classroom Brainwashing
by Thomas Sowell
...All across the country, from the elementary schools to the universities, students report being propagandized. That the propaganda is almost invariably from the political left is secondary. The fact that it is political propaganda instead of the subject matter of the class is what is crucial...So long as voters, taxpayers, university trustees, and parents tolerate all this, so long it will continue.
Holland Launches the Immigrant Quiz
by Nicola Smith
...The new test — the first of its kind in the world — marks another step in the transformation of Holland from one of Europe’s most liberal countries to the one cracking down hardest on immigration. Rita Verdonk, the immigration minister known as Iron Rita, has introduced compulsory integration classes, higher age limits for marriage to people from abroad and the removal of residency permits if immigrants commit petty crimes. She has also talked of banning the burqa. The measures were prompted in part by outrage over the 2004 murder of Theo Van Gogh, who had made a film about the oppression of women in Muslim communities...
Tapes Reveal WMD Plans by Saddam
by Rowan Scarborough
..."The tapes show that Saddam rebuilt his program and successfully prevented the U.N. from finding out about it," [Bill Tierney, translator] said...Of the tapes released so far, [House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Peter Hoekstra] said, "Everything (Saddam) is doing is saying, 'Let's take it and hide it' with a clear intent. 'As soon as this is over, we're going to be back after this'"...

Monday, March 13, 2006

Media Shockingly Ignorant of Muslims Among Us
by Mark Steyn
...If Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar is not a free-lance terrorist, then what is he?...So what does he do to avenge Islam? He goes to the rental agency, takes out the biggest car on the lot, drives it to UNC and rams it into the men and women he's spent the last few years studying with and socializing with -- the one group of infidels he knows really well...
Revisitation
by David Warren
...we are dealing with what amounts to a planetary civil war, between those who accept the state-system descended from the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), and an emergent Islamist ideology that certainly does not...
The Roberts Effect
by Terry Eastland
John Roberts has sat in the center seat of the Supreme Court a mere five months. Conventional wisdom holds that it takes four or five years for a new justice to hit his stride. Even so, Roberts's work stands out in a Washington whose daily manufacture, it seems, is another fight between an irresponsible Congress and a president with cratering job-approval numbers. If you want to see excellence in government, consider the brief tenure of our new chief justice...
Divide Is Too Deep for Immigration Reform
by David R. Francis
...The Republican Party is divided on how to deal with the issue, making a resolution even less likely. Democrats are also divided, but they can just sit back and watch the fuss...In rich nations, no program of guest or temporary workers has ever led to such workers going home after their time was up. To think they will is "just silly"...With the rise of multiculturalism, the consensus summarized by the motto of the US seal, "E pluribus, Unum" (Out of many, one), "no longer exists."

Sunday, March 12, 2006

International Taxes?
by Ron Paul
...Throughout the year you paid federal taxes through withholding, including Social Security payroll taxes. You also paid state income taxes, unless you’re fortunate enough to live in Texas or another state without an income tax. You paid local property taxes. You paid local sales taxes and numerous miscellaneous taxes on your vehicles and gasoline and so many other things. Like most people, you probably feel taxed to death by all these layers of taxes. Well, hold on to your wallets, because the United Nations once again has launched a plan to impose a whole new level of global taxes on us...
Anti-Humanitarian Aid
by Jens F. Laurson and George A. Pieler
Aid to Africa remains a favorite cause for politicians and entertainers. From Geldoff to Bono to Blair, everyone wants credit for attacking poverty. Africa's dire need is undisputed, but good intentions aside, could it be that aid actually harms Africans—and that less help would do more good? Western wealth is supposed to speed African development and fight grinding poverty, but the result doesn't match the intent. In Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has single-handedly destroyed the economy with western aid flowing...
Russia's Shadow Empire
by Ana Palacio and Daniel Twining
...Russia holds the key to any resolution of the frozen conflicts, and the Western democracies are surely not powerless to foster a change of Russian behavior in Europe's back yard. President Vladimir Putin must understand that his country cannot enjoy partnership with the West -- including membership in the G-8 club of Western democracies and the chance to host their summits -- as long as his policies in the European neighborhood, and at home, look less like those of a modern European statesman than of a czar.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

A Dark Cloud Over Disclosure
by Jim Jeffords & Julie Fox Gorte
...the Environmental Protection Agency is now proposing three detrimental changes that could go into effect within the next year. The first would relax the current annual reporting requirement and let companies make reports every other year instead; the second would allow polluters to release 10 times more toxic chemicals — up to 5,000 pounds annually — without disclosing the volume released or where the pollutants went; and the third would permit companies to conceal releases of up to 500 pounds annually of particularly dangerous toxic materials, like PCBs, lead and mercury, which can accumulate in people's bodies. All three changes effectively increase the amount of pollution that companies can emit without telling anyone...
The Assault on American Youth
by Oliver North
The last Global Geographic Literacy Survey...found, for example, that only 17 percent of young Americans could locate Afghanistan on a map; 29 percent could not correctly identify the Pacific Ocean; and 11 percent were unable to find the continental United States. If high-school geography classrooms around the United States are anything like that run by "teacher" Jay Bennish, at Overland High School in Aurora, Colorado, the results are understandable...
The Bad Eagle
by Jamie Glazov
...Liberals scooped up the Indian image early on, beginning in the '60's really. No one had more right to protest the existence of America than Indians, so the liberals taught. And it is the wrong message...I don't believe we can survive in a state of alienation. I think we should contribute our influence to helping preserve America, this great nation that grew up on our land...Indians must develop our role as the keeper of the American identity. The encounter of America with the Indians is what shaped and defined America, at the core, from the start. Indians should assume the responsibility of reminding America of what the nation is. This is patriotism, in my view...
The Dubai Ports World Post-Mortem
by Tom Bevan
So the deal is dead. I think the emotion behind the issue was understandable, though misplaced. Turning away Dubai may or may not have long term economic and foreign policy ramifications, but anyone who thinks that we've somehow made our ports safer by telling DPW to shove off is kidding themselves...
And wouldn't you know it: Another Dubai Firm is Already Operating US Ports

Friday, March 10, 2006

The Right to Abandon Your Child  
by Mona Charen
This is one of those moments when you want to grab liberals by the lapels and demand, "Well, what did you expect?" A group called the National Center for Men has filed a lawsuit they are calling "Roe v. Wade for Men." Here are the facts: A 25-year-old computer programmer named Matt Dubay of Saginaw, Mich., was ordered by a judge to pay $500 per month in child support for a daughter he fathered with his ex-girlfriend. His contention -- and that of the National Center for Men -- is that this requirement is unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause...The feminists may well be stumped by this argument...
Unholy Alliance
by Thomas Joscelyn
Iran secretly agreed to assist the Taliban in its war against U.S. forces in October 2001, according to the transcript of a high-level Taliban official's tribunal session at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. The seven-page transcript, as well as thousands of pages of similar documents, was released by the Pentagon on March 3 in response to litigation brought by the Associated Press...
Oscar's Thumbs Up for Pimps
by Brent Bozell
...Milloy didn't mince words: "Through internationally marketed music videos, especially, African Americans have emerged as the only people on Earth who immortalize their mothers and sisters in the worst derogatory ways"...

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Former CIA Officer: Dubai Ports Not So Secure
by Jeff Johnson
..."When you look at three of the top world ports for smuggling, counterfeit and contraband activity, those are, by my count, Hong Kong, Dubai and Panama. Dubai Ports World controls two of the three" Johnson said, referring to Dubai and Hong Kong...
And this is pretty unbelievable: Foreign ownership of U.S. terminals remains unknown
Two Sides of the Same Coin
by James R. Edwards, Jr.
Are massive legal immigration and massive illegal immigration related? If so, how? Many in policy circles hold a view of "Legal immigration, good; illegal immigration, bad." The logical extensions of such a simplistic perspective are to assume that the overall level of legal immigration does not matter and to underestimate any correlation to illegal immigration. But the facts show a distinct connection exists...
Intelligence Wars
by Fred Burton
There has been a clear uptick in tensions between the United States and Iran recently. The most obvious aspect of this -- but the least interesting, in our view -- has been the escalation of rhetoric concerning Iran's nuclear program. Much more intriguing, from an intelligence perspective, is a series of lower-level events...
Related: Putin's War With Radical Islamists
The Wild Web of China: Sex and Drugs, Not Reform
by David Barboza
By some estimates, there are more than 30,000 people patrolling the Web in China, helping to form one of the world's far-reaching Internet filtering systems. But while China's huge Internet police force is busy deleting annoying phrases like "free speech" and "human rights" from online bulletin boards, specialists say that Wild West capitalism has moved from the real economy in China to the virtual one.
Stratfor's China analysis: China: Riding the Rural Tiger

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Clinton Cover-ups
by Mark Goodman
...So: We have here twin cautionary tales of fraud, corruption, obstruction and cover-up converging on -- surprise! -- Bill Clinton. It's the Barrett Report, of course, which begs the most disturbing question: What evil lurks in those 120 pages that made the Democratic congressmen press so hard for redaction?...
Hamas Launches Web Site Encouraging Kids to Become 'Martyrs'
by Ezra HaLevi
...The page is egalitarian in its encouragement of martyrdom, with a prominently featured drawing of a religiously garbed girl participating in violent attacks on both the homepage and on a second page with a poem glorifying Jihad, Islamic conquest, and Shahada...
US Illegal Migrants Up Almost 500,000 a Year
by Edward Alden
...The study, by the Pew Hispanic Center, said that the population of unauthorised migrants reached between 11.5m and 12m last year, accounting for nearly a third of the foreign-born population in the US. That number is up from roughly 8.4m in 2000...
Privacy Fear as Google Plans 'Super Database'
by John Innes
...In the presentation notes, the chief executive, Eric Schmidt, made a cryptic comment that one goal of Google was to "store 100 per cent" of consumer information." A Google spokeswoman declined to comment on any specific service, but confirmed that the presentation containing the notes had been mistakenly released on the internet...
Anthony Hopkins Hits Out at Hollywood
This is London
..."It's condescending. Audiences aren't so mindless as movie-makers think"...The Silence of the Lambs star added that he would not put up with "tyrannical" directors any longer, adding..."I can't get caught up in the self-importance. People bow to your every wish and you forget where you come from and what you're doing," he told the magazine...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Academy Award Speech We Should Have Heard
by Dennis Prager
...My fellow actors, we walk around feeling that we are very important. But we do so only because we confuse fame with significance. We do have more fame than any other human beings in history. Far more people have heard of any actor here tonight than of any of the discoverers of any medication saving billions of lives, of any teacher of the disabled, of any nurse tending the aged, of almost any national leader...
Cathedrals and Faith
by Thomas Sowell
...David Riesman said that we are living in the cathedrals of learning, without the faith that built those cathedrals. We are also living in a free society without the faith that built that society -- and without the conviction and dedication needed to sustain it...We have now been through at least two generations of constant denigration of American society, two generations in which cheap glory could be gained by flouting rules and mocking values. Is it surprising that we seem to have dwindling numbers of people willing to take responsibility and make sacrifices to preserve the social framework that makes our survival and advancement possible? Harvard is just one small example...
Related: Taliban Man at Yale
When Illegal Means Illegal
by Dennis Byrne
As the Senate is entering the great debate over illegal immigration, it's imperative to examine the frequent claim of "immigrants' rights"...we can solve this problem, humanely and effectively. Strengthen our border. Enforce the laws on the books. Restore respect for the rule of law. Agree that the fight isn't over immigration, but illegal immigration. And, most important, agree that Americans have a right to define and defend what it means to be an American.
China's Big Arms Budget
by Martin Walker
The strategic significance for Asia of the nuclear cooperation deal signed with India last week in New Delhi by U.S. President George W. Bush was underlined Saturday by the announcement that China's military budget for the coming year will rise by almost 15 percent. This is the 18th consecutive year of double-digit growth in China's defense budget...

Monday, March 06, 2006

The Coming Abortion Battles
by Peter Brown
...even if the court were to reverse Roe, that would not make abortion illegal nationally. It would just leave it up the states to decide how to handle the issue within their borders. Given public opinion, that probably means that in some states abortion would become illegal, but in most it would be available under varying restrictions. If nothing else, Americans would then begin paying a lot more attention to their state legislators...
Free Speech on the Run in the West
by John Leo
...We are very lucky to have the First Amendment. Without it, our chattering classes would be falling all over themselves to ban speech that offends sensitive groups, just like many Eurochatterers are doing now...
Dude, Where's My Civil War?
I'm trying. I've been trying all week. The other day, I drove another 30 miles or so on the streets and alleys of Baghdad. I'm looking for the civil war that The New York Times declared. And I just can't find it...Oh, and I'll remember those "radical Shias" cheering our patrol as we passed by.
Al-Qaida and the Saddam Regime
by Michael Barone
The issue is historical now, but still worth exploring. Why, for two distinct groups of Americans, has it become a matter of conviction held with religious intensity that there cannot have been any relationship between al-Qaida and Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq?...

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
President Bush's State of the Union, an interview with a former terrorist, and more are discussed.
America Needs a Better Policy on Immigration
by Edwin J. Feulner
Latin will never be a truly dead language -- at least not as long as "E pluribus unum" appears on our money. That's our national motto: "Out of many, one." We've always been willing to open our arms to immigrants and help them become Americans. But the unity we once valued is unraveling...
Passage to Freedom
Opinion Journal
Critics of the Bush Administration often lament that its policies have alienated America's traditional allies and embittered just about everyone else. Everyone except, apparently, a billion or so Indians...

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Poisoning Children, Too?
by Brent Bozell
The Parents Television Council has released the results of a new study that examined what Hollywood is producing for children ages 5-10, before and after school and on Saturday mornings, on eight different networks. The numbers should be enough to trigger a double-take for any parent...
Related: Politics, the Public Schools and Your Kids
Hillary Clinton 'Unaware' of Bill's Dubai Ties
by Stephanie Kirchgaessner
...But former President Bill Clinton's ties to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates should not have come as a surprise to his New York senator wife.Mrs Clinton's own senatorial financial disclosure forms reveal that her husband earned $450,000 giving speeches in Dubai in 2002. Officials from the UAE also donated between $500,000 and $1m to fund Mr Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas...
Born Again?
by Lynn Vincent
Looking to regain its base, the Democratic Party is restating its liberal program in religion-friendly terms...The Democrats' best hope may be the GOP: As Mr. Bobb noted, "Republicans are squandering their capital with evangelicals" over ethics debacles and apparent greed.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Our Two-Faced ‘Friends’ in the Middle East  
by Victor Davis Hanson
...One answer to these paradoxes is that though scorn of the United States may be a public sport, most abroad privately value American financial support — thus acknowledging the often positive global role the United States plays. The honor-bound Middle East's leadership is obsessed with the West in general, and the United States in particular. It desperately seeks our undivided attention, and yet resents deeply that this very desire reflects either dependence or hidden admiration...
Soviet Union Ordered Pope John Paul II's Shooting
Associated Press
...The [Italian Parliamentary] commission held that the pope was a danger to the Soviet bloc because of his support for the Solidarity labor movement in his native Poland. Solidarity was the first free trade union in communist eastern Europe. "This commission believes, beyond any reasonable doubt, that the leaders of the Soviet Union took the initiative to eliminate the pope Karol Wojtyla," said a draft of the commission's report obtained by The Associated Press. Wojtyla was John Paul's Polish name...
Wal-Mart's Shelf-Correcting System Is Model for Government
by Edwin J. Feulner
..."The minute Wal-Mart's meteorologists tell headquarters a hurricane is bearing down on Florida, its supply chain automatically adjusts to a hurricane mix in the Florida stores." That means plenty of non-perishable food and critical items such as generators appear in stores even before disaster strikes. Wal-Mart has plenty to teach the government...
When Federalism and Deregulation Collide
by Bart Mongoven
...The bipartisan support for the act suggests the quest for power, rather than politics or regulatory policy, is propelling this bill. The hidden strength of the activist groups' state strategy is Congress' jealous protection of its powers. Congress does not want its role to be usurped by the states. (The administration generally seems more ambivalent, but the president certainly will sign the National Food Uniformity Act if it passes)...

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Of Mosques, Oil Fields and Ports
by George Friedman
Last week was dominated by three apparently discrete events. The al-Askariyah mosque -- a significant Shiite shrine in As Samarra, Iraq -- was bombed, triggering intensifying violence between Shiite and Sunni groups. A group linked to al Qaeda claimed responsibility for attacking a major oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. And a furor broke out in the United States over the proposed purchase, by a government-owned United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm, of a British company that operates a number of important American ports. Apart from the fact that all of these incidents involve Muslims, the stories don't appear to be linked. They are...
And wouldn't you know it:Bill Clinton Helped Dubai on Ports Deal
Something for Nothing: Part II
by Thomas Sowell
Government is not the only institution that promises something for nothing. The decline of General Motors is just one consequence of the idea that labor unions can get their members something for nothing...Workers themselves increasingly recognize the reality that there is no free lunch through unionization and are increasingly voting to be non-union. But the word has yet to reach many among the intelligentsia, who still think of labor unions as institutions that benefit the working class...
More: Something for Nothing: Part III
Speaking Truth to Dead Horses: My Oscar Predictions
by Ann Coulter
This is my first annual Oscar predictions column, for which I am uniquely qualified by not having seen a single one of the movies nominated in any category...I shall grant my awards based on the same criteria Hollywood studio executives now use to green-light movies: political correctness. Also, judging by most of the nominees this year, the awards committee prefers movies that are wildly unpopular with audiences...

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Taliban's Former Spokesman Now a Yale Student
by John Fund
..."I'm the luckiest person in the world. I could have ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Instead I ended up at Yale." One of the courses he has taken is called Terrorism-Past, Present and Future...President Bush, who already has a well-known disdain for Yale elitism from his student days there, may also have some questions. In the wake of his being blindsided by his own administration over the Dubai port deal, he should be interested in finding out exactly who at the State Department approved Mr. Rahmatullah's application for a student visa...
Sorting Out the Ports Deal
by Tod Lindberg
...Maybe this deal is not that objectionable. But neither is the UAE admirable, nor the model of corporate governance of DP World salutary. The international politics smacks of support for the shah of Iran as a pillar of modernization, and since it's speculation season, I'd say the domestic politics of getting this deal done reeks of K Street.
Related: Are these guys in the UAE Our Kind of Emirs? And, under the radar so far, are Sandy Berger & Son of China President Linked to Port Security International
Four Myths About Living Together Without Marriage
by Janice Shaw Crouse
...Some see substituting living together for marriage as an insignificant shift in family “structure.” Those who are better informed realize that the shift has disastrous ramifications for the individuals involved, as well as for society and public policy. The faulty reasoning leading young adults to make such a poor choice must be exposed. Here are four myths surrounding the shift...