"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Hey Congress, Who Do You Think You Are?
by Tom Bevan
...The average American can't smack a police officer without getting arrested. He can't smash his car into a stationary barrier at three in the morning, get out stumbling and slurring, and then get a ride home and a pat on the back from the cops. And he certainly can't complain to any real effect about the FBI entering his co-worker's office with a warrant and just cause seeking evidence to support credible allegations of bribery...
"We Are Determined"
Spiegel interview of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
...SPIEGEL: What will happen now in the conflict between the West and Iran?
Ahmadinejad: We understand the Americans' logic. They suffered damage as a result of the victory of the Islamic Revolution. But we're puzzled why some European countries are opposed to us. I sent out a message on the nuclear issue, asking why the Europeans were translating the Americans' words for us. After all, they know that our actions are aimed toward peace. By siding with Iran, the Europeans would serve their own and our interests. But they will suffer only damage if they oppose us. For our people is strong and determined...
'Almost Like an Invasion'
by Daniel Pipes
...As Western birth rates plummet, as communication and transportation networks improve, and as radical Islam increasingly rears its aggressive head, Europeans, Americans, and others worry about their economic standards and the continuity of their cultures. After ignoring this issue for decades, reactions in Europe especially have sharpened of late...
A Build-a-Protest Approach to Immigration
by Carl Hulse
Advocates of tougher border security have sent thousands of bricks to Senate and House offices in recent weeks to make a none-too-subtle point with lawmakers about where many of their constituents come down on emerging immigration bills. Leaders of the campaign, which has delivered an estimated 10,000 bricks since it began in April, said they had hit on the idea as a way to emphasize the benefits of a fence along the border with Mexico...

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Child Abuse - Mullah Style
by Philip Sherwell
A leading Iranian pro-democracy and women's activist, who was jailed on trumped-up charges last year, has revealed how the clerical regime cynically deploys systemic sexual violence against female dissidents in the name of Islam. Roya Tolouee, 40, was beaten up by Iranian intelligence agents and subjected to a horrific sexual assault when she refused to sign forced confessions. It was only when they threatened to burn her two children to death in front of her that she agreed to put her name to the documents...
Minutemen Offer Widespread Blame for Inflow of Illegals
by Sharon Kehnemui Liss
..."I don't trust either major party," said Minuteman Project leader Jim Gilchrist, adding that President Bush has disappointed millions of Americans. "It's so obvious he has no intention to preserve the sovereignty of the U.S. or protect us from criminals"...
More: Amnesty Update: Setting the Numbers Straight
Babies Aborted for Not Being Perfect
Daily Mail
The ethical storm over abortions has been renewed as it emerged that terminations are being carried out for minor, treatable birth defects...
Power Corrupts Both Parties
Toledo Blade
A rare bipartisan unity was achieved in the House of Representatives this week. What was it that brought lawmakers together? A determination to win the war on terror? A plan to secure our borders? A compromise to save Social Security from bankruptcy Nah. Democratic and Republican leaders in the House joined together to protest the search the FBI made last weekend of the offices of Rep. William Jefferson (D., La.), who is under investigation for allegedly accepting a bribe from a Kentucky businessman.

Monday, May 29, 2006

America At War on Memorial Day
by James M. Dubik
...Those who fight are changed forever — as are their families. This Memorial Day, please remember the soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors and their families who have served us in the past as well as those sacrificing on our behalf now. Understand that your support is not just needed, it is essential if we are to succeed.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Go and Find a Soldier's Grave
by Ralph Kinney Bennett
...Remember what duty costs. Then just bow your head and, as Gen. George S. Patton said, do not mourn that such men died, but thank God that such men lived.
Looking Back at Iraq: A War to be Proud Of
by Victor Davis Hanson
There may be a lot to regret about the past policy of the United States in the Middle East, but the removal of Saddam Hussein and the effort to birth democracy in his place is surely not one of them. And we should remember that this Memorial Day...

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Saudis Driving UAE Efforts to Buy U.S. Ports, Military Factories
Insight on the News
...Congressional sources said investigators who have examined the United Arab Emirates purchase of companies that operate U.S. major ports and a key subcontractor to the American military suspect that Saudi investors helped arrange financing for the multi-billion-dollar deals. The sources said Saudi princes have sought to invest in critical infrastructure and defense in the United States...
Justice Dept. Figures on Incarcerated Illegals
NewsMax.com
One of the more popular claims by illegal immigration proponents is that those who enter the U.S. by breaking the law are invariably "hard-working" and "law-abiding" once they get here. That argument, however, has one major flaw. According to Justice Department statistics and the analysis of immigration experts, the "law-abiding" claim often isn't true...

Friday, May 26, 2006

A Vote For English
by George F. Will
...Hence, if someone needs a ballot written in a language other than English, that need proves the person obtained citizenship only because the law was not enforced when he or she sought citizenship. So one reason for ending ballots in languages other than English is that continuing them makes a mockery of the rule of law, including even the prospective McCain-Kennedy law that pro-immigration groups favor...
Who Thought Iraq Had WMD? Most Everybody
by Larry Elder
As Memorial Day approaches, 51 percent of Americans, according to a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll, think the commander in chief "deliberately misled" us about Iraq and weapons of mass destruction. "Deliberately misled"? Once again, let's go to the videotape...
Inconvenient Truths for Al Gore
by Samuel Thernstrom
With Al Gore’s new movie opening this week, there are some inconvenient truths its maker should consider: Gore himself has done incalculable harm to the cause of combating global warming. His efforts to call attention to the dangers of climate change may prove prescient but his policy prescriptions have been nothing short of disastrous...
Our Brave New World of Immigration
by Victor Davis Hanson
...neither [liberal nor libertarian] can disguise a cynicism about illegal immigration, one that serves to prop up a venal Mexican government, undercut the wages of our own poor and create a new apartheid of millions of aliens in our shadows...
More: Immigration Bill Is Worse Than You Think     Top 10 Reasons to Oppose Amnesty Bill

Thursday, May 25, 2006

In Need of Moral Clarity
by Mary Katharine Ham
...Taheri-azar and the Duke lacrosse players were all technically innocent until proven guilty. In one case, public officials, the press, and the local community did their best to deny the accused that particular courtesy of American justice. Tellingly, it was not the case of the murderous thug who confessed to attempting to kill his classmates, in a fashion reminiscent of Mohammad Atta, just for being non-Muslims—and then detailed his plans and motivations in letters to a local paper...
Keep 'America' in Michigan Schools
by Michael Warren
...the Michigan Education Assessment Program requires that "America" and "Americans" be expunged from our testing and grade level expectations. Last week, the department ordered that our hard-working teachers not utter the words...The Michigan Department of Education considers the dictate "internationally friendly." Why being friendly to an international audience or perspective is important in teaching and learning American history is incomprehensible...
'Anchors' Away
by Mona Charen
In 1970, of all births in the United States, 6 percent were to illegal aliens. In 2002, that figure was 23 percent. In 1994, 36 percent of the births paid for by Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid, were to illegals. That figure has doubtless increased in the intervening 12 years as the rate of illegal immigration has risen. Any child born in the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen...

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Laws Made Like Sausage Turn Out to be Baloney  
by John O'Sullivan
...Beneath all these legislative deceptions and contortions, the politics of this bill are not hard to read. It is being pushed by an alliance of Big Business (cheap labor), the Democrats (cheap votes), the immigration lawyers (more business), and the White House (economic illiteracy plus moral preening) against the opposition of most Republicans in both House and Senate -- and of most Americans...
Another Fake Soldier Tale Debunked
by Michelle Malkin
Meet "Jessie MacBeth." He's the latest cause celebre of the anti-war Left — a "former Army Ranger and Iraq war veteran" who accuses his fellow troops of committing a litany of atrocities against innocent civilians. Anti-Vietnam War veteran John Kerry and the Winter Soldiers cast a long shadow...There's just one problem: According to Department of the Army spokesman Paul Boyce, there is no record of "Jessie MacBeth," a.k.a. Jesse Adam MacBeth, having served in either the Rangers or the Special Forces — or in any part of the Army at all...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Plan to Replace the Dollar With the 'Amero'
by Jerome R. Corsi
...The North American Union is envisioned to create a super-regional political authority that could override the sovereignty of the United States on immigration policy and trade issues. In his June 2005 testimony to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Robert Pastor, the Director of the Center for North American Studies at American University, stated clearly the view that the North American Union would need a super-regional governance board to make sure the United States does not dominate the proposed North American Union once it is formed...
Harry Reid and the End of Liberal Thought
by Dennis Prager
...Beginning in the 1960s, liberalism, once the home of many deep thinkers, began to substitute feeling for thought and descended into superficiality. One-word put-downs of opponents' ideas and motives were substituted for thoughtful rebuttal. Though liberals regard themselves as intellectual -- their views, after all, are those of nearly all university professors -- liberal thought has almost died. Instead of feeling the need to thoughtfully consider an idea, most liberal minds today work on automatic. One-word reactions to most issues are the liberal norm. This is easy to demonstrate...
Bordering on Fraud
By Thomas Sowell
...Yet another insult to our intelligence is saying that, since we cannot find and deport 12 million people, the only choice left is to find some way to make them legal. There is probably no category of law-breakers -- from counterfeiters to burglars or from jay-walkers to murderers -- who can all be found and arrested. But no one suggests that we must therefore make what they have done legal...
Related: Senate Bill Protects Employers of Illegal Aliens from Penalties

Monday, May 22, 2006

Double Standards Toward Islam & Christianity
by Peter Brown
...Simply put, religious faith plays a much, much more visceral role in Muslim culture than in Western nations, which leads to more emotional and sometimes violent reactions. We should have known that already, but if there was any doubt, this comparison should drive that point home. The issue is not why this difference exists, since that really doesn't matter. It would be both presumptuous and counterproductive to suggest that there is something that Western nations can do to make "them" more like us...
And by the way: This is a Saudi Textbook (After the intolerance was removed)
A Bill Hard to Love
by Robert Novak
...The bill extends the Davis-Bacon Act's requirement for the payment of "prevailing wage" levels to all temporary guest workers. That puts them ahead of American workers, who have this protection only on federal job sites. Foreign guest farm workers, admitted under the bill, cannot be "terminated from employment by any employer . . . except for just cause." In contrast, American ag workers can be fired for any reason...
Related: English is Spoken Here--Divisive?     Mexico Bars Immigrants from Thousands of Jobs

Sunday, May 21, 2006

North American Union to Replace USA?  
by Jerome R. Corsi
...The North American Union plan, which Vincente Fox has every reason to presume President Bush is still following, calls for the only border to be around the North American Union -- not between any of these countries. Or, as the CFR report stated: The three governments should commit themselves to the long-term goal of dramatically diminishing the need for the current intensity of the governments’ physical control of cross-border traffic, travel, and trade within North America. A long-term goal for a North American border action plan should be joint screening of travelers from third countries at their first point of entry into North America and the elimination of most controls over the temporary movement of these travelers within North America...
Related: How to Deport 10 Million Illegal Aliens     Tell Waffling Republicans: No Amnesty!
'Jews Must Wear Yellow'
New York Post
It is a frightening scene that hearkens back to a monstrous crime: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who openly denies that the Holocaust ever happened, now seeks to recreate the catastrophe's earliest moments...All non-Muslims, including Christians, Hindus, Bahai and Buddhists, must wear clothes that conform to a specific color scheme for their respective faiths - badges that warn Muslims against having physical contact with "unclean" people...
Rescued – The Pakistan Children Seized by Islamist Slave Traders
by Marive Colvin
...The children, all Christians, had fallen into the hands of Gul Khan, a wealthy Islamic militant and leading member of Jamaat-ud Daawa (JUD), a group linked to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network...This is the story of the misery that Akash and his friends, aged six to 12, endured in captivity; of their rescue by Christian missionaries who bought their freedom and tried to expose the kidnappers; and of the children’s moving reunions with their loved ones who had believed they were dead...

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Anti-Anti-Americanism  
by Victor Davis Hanson
How does the United States deal with a corrupt world in which we are blamed even for the good we do, while others are praised when they do wrong or remain indifferent to suffering?...while we cannot stop anti-Americanism, here (a consequence, in part, of a deep-seeded, irrational sense of inferiority) and abroad, we can adopt a wiser stance that puts the onus of responsibility more on our critics...
Kofi Annan's Confession
by Nat Hentoff
..."This is the built-in delay in the way we operate," said Annan. "And this is why when member states deem that it is extremely urgent to move quickly, they've tended to put together a coalition of the willing, a multinational force, outside the U.N. so that they can move quickly"..."When the U.N. is too slow, go past us"...
Getting Serious About Border Security  
by Hugh Hewitt
...Now the difficult work of compromise begins in the House-Senate conference committee, but there is reason for hope that further immigration reform can be built on a foundation of credible border security—a credibility that begins with a vast expansion of border fencing.
Oh, and by the way: Illegals Granted Social Security

Friday, May 19, 2006

Doublethinking Defense
by Klaus Rohrich
...Another reason why opponents of a North American BMD Shield might favor a European version of the shield is that the idea did not originate in the U.S. That’s what George Orwell dubbed "doublethink" in his dystopian novel 1984. Doublethink is one of those intellectual calisthenics the left loves to practice, allowing them the luxury of neatly fitting opposing ideas into the same paradigm...
Good Intentions Not Enough To Secure Border
by Charles Krauthammer
...[ending the shadow life of illegals] while fraudulently promising to close the border is a simple capitulation -- and an invitation to the next president to declare the next amnesty for the next torrent of illegals who will have understood from the Bush program that crossing the border at night and finding a place to hide is the surest road to the American dream.
More: Out of Touch: What the president's immigration speech and "The DaVinci Code" have in common
Related: Lack of Prosecutions Demoralizing Border Patrol

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Culture of Arrogance Hampers CIA
by Victor Davis Hanson
...The United States, thanks in large part to a clueless CIA, has been unable to anticipate everything from the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the fall of the Shah in Iran in 1979 to, more recently, Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Then, of course, there was the failure in advance of September 11. In the last few years, the U.S. got wrong Saddam's weapons of mass destruction capability, while underestimating the extent of the WMD arsenal in Moammar Gadhafi's Libya. So Gen. Hayden will have his hands full justifying an intelligence agency that is ever more political and ever less competent...
The Base vs. Bush
by Jed Babbin
...These are only some of the questions conservatives ask, and to which the president poses no answers. The answers define the gap between the conservative base and the president. The love may have gone out of the marriage between conservatives and Mr. Bush. But both sides need to work hard to patch things up. If we don't, the divorce court may award Nancy Pelosi one House, and Hillary may be able to grab the other.
Minutemen Dismiss Bush's Border Plan
Associated Press
..."From everything we can tell, they're going to be unarmed," she said. "Who will guard the National Guard? If it's the Border Patrol, doesn't that defeat the idea of sending troops to the border in the first place?"
Related: Coulter--Read My Lips: No New Amnesty     Mexico Voters Fear Nation on Edge of Chaos

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Civil Liberties and National Security  
by George Friedman
...This is a case in which the outcome of the debate will determine the course of the war. Leaks of information about secret projects to a newspaper is a symptom of the disease: a complete collapse of any consensus as to what this war is, what it means, what it risks, what it will cost and what price Americans are not willing to pay for it. A covert war cannot be won without disciplined covert operations. That is no longer possible in this environment. A serious consensus on the rules is now a national security requirement.
Related: Connecting the Dots: NSA Needs Phone Records
Mexico's Shame
by George W. Grayson
...Self-serving policies permit Mexico's nomenklatura to live like princes, paying, at best, a widow's mite in taxes. They turn a blind eye to improved education and health care – the primary factors for social development and economic mobility – while protecting the immensely wealthy and powerful moguls who fatten their bank accounts thanks to the economic bottlenecks they have crafted, often with government collusion. Mexico's elite finds it much less expensive and more convenient to thrust onto U.S. taxpayers responsibility for its malfeasance by using its northern border as an “escape valve” for its nation's “have-nots”...
Clintonian at the Border: President Bush's Final, Desperate Descent
by Rich Lowry
...He wants to distract enough of his supporters with the razzle-dazzle of "National Guard to the Border!" headlines that they won't notice he is pushing through Congress a proposal that essentially legalizes all the population influx from Latin America that has occurred in the past 10 years and any that might occur in the future...
More: Bush's Border Shift Needs Policing

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

A Very Good Start--Finally
by Hugh Hewitt
President Bush did exactly what he had to do tonight: Hit the middle, agreeing to the fence, to a large increase in Border Patrol personnel and funding, tamper-proof identification, National Guard back-up of ICE for at least a year, the end of catch-and-release, blunt talk on the impossibility of mass deportation, an insistence on English, and a commitment to a guest worker program that will take pressure off enforcement by funneling large numbers of immigrant workers into the legal line...
But then he interviewed Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Julie Myers where we heard How to undo the impact of a Presidential address in one easy lesson [LO-FI<>HI-FI]. Michelle Malkin predicted what the President would say, based on previous speeches, and presented stats to offer a reality check in her morning Video blog entry, No Bull. After Bush's address, she dukes it out with Bill O'Reilly, who saw no real problems with the speech. Here's what the President had to say.
Illegration (my new word) related: Non-Mexicans Too Numerous For Border Net     Blacks See Threat From Mexican Illegals
Releasing Inmates Early Has a Costly Human Toll
by Jack Leonard, Megan Garvey, & Doug Smith
A shortage of jail beds puts career criminals back on the streets, where they often commit new offenses...

Monday, May 15, 2006

Corporate Pork-Busting
by Robert Novak
...Half a billion dollars is chump change at the Pentagon. But it is a symbol that the intensifying battle against individual lawmakers' earmarks in spending bills is turning to corporate welfare. That category of pork until now has been inviolate, protected by a bipartisan conspiracy of silence. The Northrop Grumman earmark was inserted by the Senate Appropriations Committee chairman himself...
To Connect the Dots, You Have To See the Dots
by Mark Steyn
...So there are now two basic templates in terrorism media coverage:
Template A (note to editors: to be used after every terrorist atrocity): "Angry family members, experts and opposition politicians demand to know why complacent government didn't connect the dots."
Template B (note to editors: to be used in the run-up to the next terrorist atrocity): "Shocking new report leaked to New York Times for Pulitzer Prize Leak Of The Year Award nomination reveals that paranoid government officials are trying to connect the dots! See pages 3,4,6,7,8, 13-37"...
Reform Bill To Double Immigration
by Charles Hurt
...The percentage of work visas that would go to the highly educated or highly skilled would be cut in half to about 30 percent. The percentage of work visas that go to unskilled laborers would more than triple. In hard numbers for those categories, the highest skilled workers would be granted 135,000 visas annually, while the unskilled would be granted 150,000 annually. What's more, the Hagel-Martinez bill would make it considerably easier for unskilled workers to remain here permanently while keeping hurdles in place for skilled workers...
And why would our elected representatives do that? Reread this: Boortz: Thinking About the Mexican Invasion a Bit More
Unhappy Campers
by Jack Kelly
...The president is attempting to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions through U.N. Security Council action. So Ms. Albright called for unilateral negotiations with Iran. To Democrats, no policy is more important than opposition to what President Bush is for, even if it's what Democrats said they were for yesterday...
Related: Living in the World of Thatcher & Reagan

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
This weekend's broadcast features an interview with Donald Rumsfeld on developments in Iraq; other discussions explore the genocide in Sudan, the new couples' phenomenon of "living apart together," Iran's history with U.S. relations, unintended effects of the self-esteem movement, and a breast cancer scare in Britain as cover for a broadening eugenics research, and more.
Definition of the Embryo: Time to Be Clear, Very Clear
by Jaydee Hanson
...The right-to-life community, along with some liberal/progressive groups, has long championed the opposition to both human cloning and human genetic engineering that makes an object of a human person. It would be ironic if their support for ANT-OAR ended up with a redefining of the human embryo and a redesigning of the human species. Such is the danger. Festine lente.
Imagine If We’d Reported on WWII the Way We Do Now
by Victor Davis Hanson
I think Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Henry Stimson, and George Marshall conducted the Second World War brilliantly, despite “thousands of mistakes.” But I can also envision how our present intelligentsia and punditocracy would have sized up their sometimes less than perfect efforts or applied their own reporting to the struggle against Japan and Germany. So imagine something like the following op-ed appearing, say, around May 1, 1945...

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Londonistan  
Interview of Melanie Phillips, author
...One of the consequences of this was moral inversion, which holds that since minorities are weak they must always be victims of the majority because it is strong. So even when minorities behave badly, it’s always the majority’s fault. Translate that onto the world stage, and you arrive at the view that even when third world people commit terrorist outrages against the west it must be the west which is to blame...
Phony Phone Flap
by Michelle Malkin
...Note, please: "This program does NOT involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations." They're looking at massive amounts of numbers and phone-call patterns, not eavesdropping on teenage lovers' quarrels or your neighbor's pizza order or Susan Sarandon's heart-to-hearts with Cindy Sheehan. And: "The spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity." Translation: The counterterror experts at the NSA are - gasp - doing their job. And - to their credit - some American companies are stepping up to the plate to help them...
Related: Poll: Most Americans Support NSA's Efforts
The New Underground Railroad
by Melanie Kirkpatrick
...At the North Korean border town, the women were invited to dinner at the home of the middleman who was selling them the fabric. Halfway through the meal, Hannah fell asleep--there was a narcotic in the food--and she woke up later in a dark basement. "I was tied up," she says, "but I could hear my friend say, 'Teacher, I think we've been sold.'" They were no longer in North Korea, but in China...

Friday, May 12, 2006

Connecting-the-Dots, Data Mining and the Loss of Real Civil Liberties
by John McIntyre
...Many of the people decrying these violations of civil liberties are the same ones who ripped the government for its inability to "connect-the-dots" prior to 9/11. But the paranoia on the left, and in particular, the hatred for the Bush administration has become so intense there is an automatic assumption that the NSA has to be engaging in nefarious activity, spying on you and your neighbor. The idea that the agency is thinking creatively and proactively about how they can legally monitor the bad guys instead of just going about business as usual is, apparently, out of the question for some...
More: NSA Accused of Protecting U.S. From Terrorists
CIA's Leakers Lack Cold Warriors' Sense of Purpose
by Daniel Henninger
...If confirmed, Gen. Michael Hayden's biggest problem at the CIA will be that some of his employees are the products of a culture that no longer understands or respects the sense of purpose, discipline and honor of the best Cold Warriors, who understood that the government is an elected hierarchy of constitutional responsibility and not a faculty senate free to undermine mere presidents...
Conservatives Need 12-Step Program to Manhood
by Ann Coulter
...Democrats have declared war against Republicans, and Republicans are wandering around like a bunch of ninny Neville Chamberlains, congratulating themselves on their excellent behavior. They'll have some terrific stories about their Gandhi-like passivity to share while sitting in cells at Guantanamo after Hillary is elected...
Thinking About the Mexican Invasion a Bit More
by Neal Boortz
...accepting the premise that politicians actually benefit from an ignorant and ill-informed body politic, why would they not seek ways to further dilute the level of knowledge and awareness in the voters? And what better way than to enable a flood of millions upon millions of "immigrants" who know little about our form of government and show little inclination to learn?...

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Officials Disclaim Bulletin 'Tipping' Report
by Sara A. Carter
How predictable. But this is revealing: ...Scott James, a former Tucson agent, resigned after eight years of service in February, citing a lack of support for agents by the Department of Homeland Security. He said that U.S. Border Patrol officials provided office space inside their headquarters to Mexican consulate officials, allowed the consulate to dictate the agents' activities, and gave the consulate information on ongoing investigations. Such courtesies were not extended to consulate offices of other countries, James said.
Are Remittances As Bad As Oil?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Mexico suffers a double whammy by also receiving between $10 billion and $15 billion annually in remittances from its expatriate population in the United States. Exporting its own poor turns out to be about the cash equivalent each day of selling on the open market about half a million barrels of $70 a barrel oil. The muscles of Mexico's former residents can prove just as deleterious as oil derricks to the long-term health of the country's economy...
House Panel Supports Bilingual Voting
by Frederic J. Frommer
...Conservative House members tried Wednesday to end a requirement in the 1965 law that bilingual ballots and interpreters be provided in states and counties where large numbers of citizens speak limited English. The House Judiciary Committee rejected the effort. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said voting in English should pose no problem for any U.S. citizen. "If you are born in America, you should know English," he said. "If you are a naturalized citizen, you should have passed an English proficiency test"...
The 'Day Without Immigrants' Backfires
by Cinnamon Stillwell
...With all the bad public relations associated with the May 1 boycott, one has to wonder what motivated its seemingly politically tone-deaf organizers. They may have simply taken a gamble that a show of toughness would intimidate the country into surrender. But the American people don't respond well to blackmail, and polls continue to show a majority in favor of border enforcement, including building a barrier...

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Color-Coded Cronyism at DHS
by Michelle Malkin
...Border Patrol agents are now ratting out Minutemen, immigration enforcement volunteers who have broken no laws, to Mexico. Yes, we are paying our federal immigration officers to gather intelligence on our own citizens — and then turn it over to a foreign government intent on sabotaging our sovereignty...
The article that broke the story: U.S. Tipping Mexico to Minuteman Patrols
Response: Tancredo Rips Government’s Spying of Minutemen
'United 93' Teaches Moral Lessons
by John O'Sullivan
...[and ultimate moral is]: American decency will win through even against the odds.
Post Reporter Dana Priest's Troubling Connections
by Jennifer Verner
...The history of journalism is filled with Pulitzer Prize winners who have betrayed the public trust in favor of their own twisted agendas. Soviet apologist Walter Duranty of the New York Times, who covered up Stalin's crimes, is one example. The Post's Janet Cooke, who wrote a phony story about a child heroin addict, was another. Priest's Pulitzer Prize-winning story not only lacks evidence, it looks like a carefully designed and planted effort to sabotage the war on terror, a move that has put Americans at increased risk of terrorist attack. The Post has a lot to answer for at its annual meeting on May 11.
No Wonder Voters Doubtful About Dems
Democrats hope that George Bush's miserable poll numbers will help them reclaim control of Congress this fall. But polls also show that the Democratic Party's overall approval ratings are almost as deep in the tank as the Republican rating. Voters may be expressing dismay at the alternatives. That would be understandable...
The Intelligence Problem
by George Friedman
...the failure over Iraq is not the exception, it is the rule. The CIA tends to get the big things wrong, while nailing the lesser things time and again. This is a persistent and not easily broken pattern, for which there are some fundamental causes...

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The War We Are Fighting Needs a More Accurate Name
by Dennis Prager
To understand what Americans are fighting, it is necessary to first understand that we are not fighting a "War on Terror"...We are fighting Islamic fascism and imperialism (though surely not all Muslims)...We pray that there arises a strong Muslim group that is guided by the Quranic verse, "There shall be no coercion in matters of faith." But until such time, we had better understand that we are not merely fighting a war on terror, but a war against an ideology that wishes us to convert, be subject to Islamic law, or die.
New Coalition of Willing Needed in Darfur
by Mark Steyn
...Well, Washington learned its lesson [with Iraq]. Faced with another thug regime that's no threat to anyone apart from selected ethnocultural groups within its borders which it kills in large numbers (African Muslims and southern Christians), the unilateralist cowboy decided to go by the book. No unlawful actions here. Instead, meetings at the UN...Several hundred thousand corpses later [George] Clooney is now demanding a "stronger multinational force to protect the civilians of Darfur"...
Immigrants and Wages
by Alan Tonelson
...the most important statistics available show conclusively that, far from easing shortages, illegal immigrants are adding to labor gluts in America. Specifically, wages in sectors highly dependent on illegals, when adjusted for inflation, are either stagnant or have actually fallen...
Related: Europe: Talented Workers Welcomed, Low-Skill Laborers Shunned
U.N. Peacekeepers Trading Food for Sex
Associated Press
...The accused included peacekeeping troops, aid workers and other powerful men in the community. The report did not give the nationality of the aid workers or peacekeepers involved. About 17,000 U.N. peacekeepers are based in Liberia. Despite some initiatives to reduce sexual exploitation and abuse, the report said there had been "little change" in the lives of vulnerable children since 2002...
Caution: Left Turn Ahead
by Niall Ferguson
...the swing to the left is not a purely Latin American story. The left won last month's Italian elections. The French government recently caved in to street protests by trade unions and leftist students. And in the United States, the Democrats are poised to make gains in the November midterm elections...
More: How '06 Will Affect the '08 Electoral Map

Monday, May 08, 2006

The Coming Conflict Between Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Liberty
by Maggie Gallagher
..."Future conflict with the law in regard to licensing is certain with regard to psychological clinics, social workers, marital counselors, and the like," Stern wrote last December--well before the Boston Catholic Charities story broke. Think about that for a moment. Of all the experts gathered to forecast the impact of gay marriage on religious organizations, no one, not even Stern, brought up adoption licenses. "Government is so pervasive, it's hard to know where the next battle will be," he tells me. "I thought I had a comprehensive catalog, but the adoption license issue didn't occur to me"...
Moussaoui Gets Life, the Terrorists Win
by Mark Steyn
"America, you lose," said Zacarias Moussaoui as he was led away from the court last week. Hard to disagree. Not just because he'll be living a long life at taxpayers' expense...America "lost" for a more basic reason: turning a war into a court case and upgrading the enemy to a defendant ensures you pretty much lose however it turns out...
More: Why Moussaoui Escaped Death
Interview with President Bush
Kudlow & Company
Larry Kudlow and President Bush discuss the jobs report, the economics of lowering taxes, the current strength of the economy, congressional pork spending, an increase in social safety net spending not seen since the days of LBJ, the new head of the Federal Reserve Board, gasoline prices, drilling in ANWR, complementary and alternative energy policy, corporate executive pay, and more.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
This week's broadcast covers Immigration, global overcrowding--or not, the shrinking Christian population in the Holy Land, purposefully childless marriages, and more.
Chinese, Saudi and French Money to Fund Clinton Campaign?
by Amanda B. Carpenter
...Former President Ronald Reagan was fiercely criticized in October 1989 when Japanese business giant Fujisankei Communications Group reportedly paid him $2 million for a nine-day visit during which Reagan gave two speeches. Former President Clinton was paid nearly $22 million from 2001 to 2004 for 151 appearances...
Oil and Immigrants
by Bill O'Reilly
Those of us old enough to remember lining up for gasoline during the Carter administration understand that, for three decades, the federal government has known America is vulnerable to oil profiteers. Yet no serious attempt was made to develop alternative fuels like Brazil has done. Likewise on immigration. The feds knew that by granting citizenship amnesty to almost three million foreign nationals living here illegally in 1986, others would surely try to get to the USA any way they could...

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Terror-Free Oil
by Joe Kaufman
...Nearly five years after the tragedy of September 11th, little has changed. The companies that were importing Middle Eastern oil still are, and the companies that weren’t still are not. This is according to the latest information available from the EIA. And it should be noted that, of the companies that are, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Marathon and Shell get crude straight from Saudi Arabia – the same Saudi Arabia that produced 15 of the 19 hijackers – the same Saudi Arabia which gives millions to Hamas – the same Saudi Arabia that actively spreads its radical jihadist/Wahhabist ideology throughout the world, including the United States...
Where to buy terror-free gas
'United 93' and the 20th Hijacker
by Daniel Henninger
...To dedicate the act of murdering a stewardess, pilot or passenger to Allah in the course of committing such an act, as United 93's hijackers did, is to engage in behavior that is quite wide of the daily life of America and many other nations. Whether the Khobar Tower bombing, the USS Cole, the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the bombings in Madrid and London, Bali, Jerusalem, the murder of Theo van Gogh, a great many people are being murdered in the service of Allah...

Friday, May 05, 2006

No Leadership + No Urgency = No Solution To Energy Problem
by Tom Bevan
...The latest price crunch has highlighted the pathetic lack of leadership in Congress, with both parties scurrying about pointing fingers, calling for investigations and proposing policies that offer zero long term solutions and will actually make things worse in the short run by encouraging consumption. According to the White House, we've spent $10 billion over the last five years "developing cleaner, cheaper, and more reliable alternative energy sources." That's not a tremendous amount of money for something so important...
Analysis: Gasoline: The Dilemma of Political Action
San Diego Has 90 Days to Remove Mt. Soledad Cross
by Onell R. Soto
...or be fined $5,000 a day...In addition to its own legal costs, the city has been ordered to pay McElroy's legal bills, which a judge in a related Superior Court case recently estimated were $280,000, on top of the $233,000 the city was forced to pay McElroy and the American Civil Liberties Union several years ago in a related lawsuit...
Never Again?
by Charles Krauthammer
...[Hitler] demonstrated that modern anti-Semitism married to modern technology -- railroads, disciplined bureaucracies, gas chambers that kill with industrial efficiency -- could take a scattered people and "concentrate" them for complete annihilation...When Iran's mullahs acquire their coveted nukes in the next few years, the number of Jews in Israel will just be reaching 6 million. Never again?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

White Guilt and the Western Past  
by Shelby Steele
...White guilt makes our Third World enemies into colored victims, people whose problems--even the tyrannies they live under--were created by the historical disruptions and injustices of the white West. We must "understand" and pity our enemy even as we fight him. And, though Islamic extremism is one of the most pernicious forms of evil opportunism that has ever existed, we have felt compelled to fight it with an almost managerial minimalism that shows us to be beyond the passions of war--and thus well dissociated from the avariciousness of the white supremacist past. Anti-Americanism, whether in Europe or on the American left, works by the mechanism of white guilt...
U.S. Border Security: Looking North
by Fred Burton
...the security risks to the United States arising from Canada are not so much products of fundamental, structural issues as they are the outgrowth of political attitudes and preferences. As a result, these security concerns tend to command less emotion and attention -- but they are, for all of that, no less real.
Give Iran Enough Rope
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In the brief present window between Iran's enrichment and its final step to weapons-grade production, we must keep calm and give Ahmadinejad even more rope to hang himself. As his present hysteria grows, exasperated Europeans or jittery neighbors in the region may even prod the U.S. to take action - indeed, to be a little more unilateral and preemptive in letting the Iranians know that their acquisition of a nuclear weapon will never happen...
Immigration Checkmate
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In a country that is increasingly multiethnic and multiracial, it no longer makes sense to rely on bilingual government documents and services for a particular ethnic group. Such duplication is expensive and hampers English immersion. It's also the road to tribalism, whose bitter fruits we know well from the Balkans to Rwanda...Something is terribly wrong when thousands of skilled engineers and doctors from Canada, India and Mexico cannot easily obtain legal citizenship, while those who cut ahead by the millions and cross the border illegally almost find it de facto...
Related: Poll: Americans Prefer House Approach on Immigration

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Accommodating the Victim Mentality
by John Stossel
...I always thought victimhood was something to avoid. It meant that something bad was happening to you, something you didn't want. But since today's laws give victims special power and attention, some people seem to aspire to the title of "victim"...
Communist Reincarnation in Latin America
by Larry Kudlow
...leftist governments are rearing their ugly heads in Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, and perhaps Mexico and Peru. U.S. oil companies are being nationalized. China is aligning itself with Cuba and Venezuela to explore and drill offshore oil just forty-five miles off the Florida Keys...
More: Three Amigos: Evo, Hugo and Fidel
Bush Turned Down Chances to Kill Zarqawi: Ex-CIA Spy
ABC (Australian) News
..."The reasons the intelligence service got for not shooting Zarqawi was simply that the President and the National Security Council decided it was more important not to give the Europeans the impression we were gunslingers," he said...
Seems there's a presidential pattern here: Clinton Passed Opportunities at bin Laden

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Why War Comes When No One Wants It
by Spengler
...Neither Washington nor Tehran wants military confrontation. Nevertheless it will come, just as many great wars came despite the desire of the belligerents to avoid them. Washington knows that an attack on Iran's nuclear installations would crush its plans for regional stability. It still hopes for a deal behind the back of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, or destabilization of the theocratic regime. Iran hopes to bluff its way into an empire stretching from the southern shore of the Caspian Sea in the north to the oil-rich Shi'ite provinces of Saudi Arabia in the south, and to a Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon in the west...
How to Identify America's Totalitarians
by Dennis Prager
...The totalitarian temptation is not confined to Nazis and communists; it can rear its head in any society and gradually destroy it. And as the Soviet dissident joke notes, one quick way to identify totalitarian threats to liberty is to identify those who falsify the historical record on behalf of their cause...
Media Ignores the Nation's Heroes
by Jack Kelly
...Soldiers who misbehave make the front page. Soldiers who perform nobly do not. When SFC Smith was awarded the Medal of Honor, the New York Times put the story on page A-13..."A nation that ignores, or, worse, attacks its heroes erodes and disparages its own ethos," warn Mr. Weinberger and Mr. Hall...

Monday, May 01, 2006

The Muslim World's New Martyrs
by Richard Z. Chesnoff
...The story is similar wherever Sharia - orthodox Islamic law - reigns supreme. From Pakistan to Darfur, Christians have become regular targets for Islamic gangs who shoot at worshipers, then torch their houses of worship...
Bolivia Military Told to Occupy Gas Fields
by Alvarado Zuazo
...Multinational companies that produced 100 million cubic feet of natural gas daily last year in Bolivia will be able to retain only 18 percent of their production, with the rest being given to YPFB, he said. Morales did not name the companies...