"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, June 30, 2006

Give 'Em Shelter: Good News For the Homeless
by William Tucker
...At a remarkably underreported conference in Denver in May, advocates for the homeless met to discuss a pattern of falling homeless populations across the country. In the past six months, New York has announced a reduction of 13 percent, Denver 11 percent, Portland 20 percent, Miami 30 percent, Philadelphia 50 percent..."All this comes from President Bush," says Philip Mangano, who worked with the homeless for 25 years in Boston...
Study: Money Does Not Buy Much Happiness
by Sara Goudarzi
...Measuring the quality of people's daily lives via surveys, the results of a study published in the June 30 issue of journal Science reveals that income plays a rather insignificant role in day-to-day happiness...
Mugabe Says Zimbabwe Needs No Rescue
by Blessing Zulu
...Political analysts said the president’s declaration that Zimbabwe did not need rescuing dashed cold water on speculation as to a United Nations diplomatic initiative...

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The 'Miami Seven': Disrupting the Network
by Fred Burton
...If there are grassroots jihadists who already have reached out to the network, they are probably wondering now if their contact is in fact an FBI informant. And if there are those who have been contemplating attempts to connect with al Qaeda, they must be wondering whether doing so would be worth the risk. Either way, the Seas of David example in the end might force other grassroots cells to become paranoid, insular and, ultimately, less effective.
Scapegoating Guantanamo
by Victor Davis Hanson
...until the Europeans' dream world is shattered, we will hear nonstop screeching about American barbarity. Such outrage says far more about them than us.
12 Down: Top Secret War Plans; 36 Across: Treason
by Ann Coulter
...The greatest threat to the war on terrorism isn't the Islamic insurgency – our military can handle the savages. It's traitorous liberals trying to lose the war at home. And the greatest threat at home isn't traitorous liberals – it's patriotic Americans, also known as "Republicans," tut-tutting the quaint idea that we should take treason seriously.
Bush's Decency Highlights Democrats Incivility
by Seth Swirsky
...The president's demeanor, standing as it does in perfect counterpoint to that of his political adversaries, is one of the reasons Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House, and, I predict, will continue to do so. Americans prefer nice people, because they recognize that a thriving civilization requires civil people...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Lynching the Marines
by Ralph Peters
...The United States is history's most virtuous power. Our soldiers are valorous and decent. Our cause is just. Why don't our leaders have the guts to say that? How can they cower while our troops are crucified? Instead of Joshua's trumpets, we get Peter's fretful denials. At this point, I doubt that any of our accused Marines and soldiers can get a fair trial...
Bush Should Welcome a Fight with the Media
by Jack Kelly
...In picking a fight with journalists over leaks, President Bush would be picking on one of the few groups in America less popular than he is, on the issue where he is on the firmest ground with the public. Media uproar over prosecution of the Times would drown out other issues where the president is on shakier ground. This is a fight to be welcomed, not avoided.
Iraq's Next Issue
by George Friedman
...There could be no meaningful Iraqi government if the Sunni politicians could not or would not shut down the insurgency. But, 40 minutes after al-Zarqawi's death was announced, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also announced the final formation of a Cabinet, with a Sunni defense minister. The political deal was made...The Iranians remain the wild card...

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

They’re Just More Important Than You Are
by Andrew C. McCarthy
...National-security secrets? All fair game. If it’s about how we detain, or infiltrate, or defang the monsters pledged to kill us, the New York Times reserves the right to derail us any time it finds such matters … interesting. But the media’s own sources? That, and that alone, is sacrosanct. Worth protecting above all else. National-security secrets, after all, are merely the public treasure that keeps us alive. Press informants are the private preserve of the media. And they’re just more important than you are.
The Left Hurts the Battle Against Torture, Rape and Other Evils
by Dennis Prager
...For example...It undermined the war against torture to characterize what some Americans did to some Iraqis in the Abu Ghraib prison -- actions that were indeed sick, un-American and shameful to our military -- as "torture." Labeling abuses as "torture" filled me with pity for all the people around the world who had experienced real torture...
Observing Recreation in the Sierra Nevadas: A Summer Reflection on Why America Works
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Even in this age of political acrimony, Americans in their individualism retain their creed of live and let live, and an admirable tolerance for what they don't go in for. For all the recent hype about our supposed age of small-mindedness and the strategies of "personal destruction," politics is not a divide that daily separates us into warring factions--and not so based on skin color, religion, or even income. America is no Bosnia, Rwanda, or Iraq--or even Europe with its rigid class demarcations and doctrinaire ideologies...

Monday, June 26, 2006

Khobar Towers: The Clinton Administration Left Many Stones Unturned  
by Louis J. Freeh
...The 19 Americans murdered were members of the 4,404th Wing, who were risking their lives to enforce the no-fly zone over southern Iraq. This was a U.N.-mandated mission after the 1991 Gulf War to stop Saddam Hussein from killing his Shiite people. The Khobar victims, along with the courageous families and friends who mourn them this weekend in Washington, deserve our respect and honor. More importantly, they must be remembered, because American justice has still been denied...
Saddam's WMD: Why Is our Intelligence Community Holding Back?
...If [the President] were to order the declassification of a document pointing to the existence of WMDs in Iraq, he would be instantly accused of "cherry picking" and "politicizing intelligence." He may therefore not be inclined to act. In practice, then, the intelligence community decides what the American public and its elected officials can know and when they will learn it. Sometimes those decisions are made by top officials, while on other occasions they are made by unnamed bureaucrats with friends in the media...
Mexican Government Fuels Illegal Immigration
by Deroy Murdock
...Illegal immigrants legally have starred in mass protests across America. But under the Mexican Constitution's Article 33, "Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country"...While arguments rage over erecting a wall on the border, perhaps Americans can agree on this: Every few miles, Washington should install huge mirrors. They should face south, so Mexican officials can reflect on the root causes of Mexico's misfortune...

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
This week's broadcast explores Senator Dick Durbin's apology for comparing Guantanamo Bay to Nazi death camps, Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot's killing fields; the Democrats' attempt to block John Bolton's nomination; same-sex marriage; child support for children in dissolved same-sex housholds; the Patriot Act; judicial nominees, and more.
Exploiting Fallen Soldiers
by Mark D. Tooley
Of course, this fatuous "Ring in Remembrance" campaign’s purpose is not really to "honor" the American dead. Instead, it seeks to exploit their deaths as a news hook for the campaign’s harsh anti-war rhetoric. Sadly, the [National Council of Churches] likely will ensnare at least a few churches that are not aware of the left-wing cynicism of the NCC and Nader’s group...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

The Media’s War Against the War Continues
by Andrew C. McCarthy
Yet again, the New York Times was presented with a simple choice: help protect American national security or help al Qaeda. Yet again, it sided with al Qaeda. Once again, members of the American intelligence community had a simple choice: remain faithful to their oath — the solemn promise the nation requires before entrusting them with the secrets on which our safety depends — or violate that oath and place themselves and their subjective notions of propriety above the law...
More: The Queen of Saboteurs
Protecting the Property Rights of the American People
Executive Order of President George W. Bush
...to protect the rights of Americans to their private property, including by limiting the taking of private property by the Federal Government to situations in which the taking is for public use, with just compensation, and for the purpose of benefiting the general public and not merely for the purpose of advancing the economic interest of private parties to be given ownership or use of the property taken...
Hospitals: Heal Thyselves
by Cal Thomas
Is there anyone in America who doesn't know that our hospitals are in trouble, along with the rest of the health care system? Three reports released last week by the Institute of Medicine confirm that. As The Washington Post summarized it, "Emergency medical care in the United States is on the verge of collapse." Dangerous overcrowding and an inability to provide necessary expertise to treat patients in a safe, timely and efficient manner are the main reasons...

Friday, June 23, 2006

Iraq, Vietnam, the MSM & Dan Rather
by Jack Kelly
...Shaken by [America's success in the Tet Offensive], he planned to seek terms for a conditional surrender, the North Vietnamese commander, Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, wrote in his memoirs. But our news media's complete misrepresentation of what had actually happened "convinced him America's resolve was weakening and complete victory was within Hanoi's grasp"...
More: Cut and Run or Trim and Trot?     Murtha's Second Act Worries Some Dems
The Worst of Intentions: What Saddam's Iraq was Up To
by Daniel McKivergan
...in October 2003, U.S. inspection chief David Kay told Congress that the Saddam's regime "maintained programs and activities, and they certainly had the intentions at a point to resume their programs. So there was a lot they wanted to hide because it showed what they were doing was illegal." And in September 2004 then-Iraq Survey Group head Charles Duelfer issued a report which cited many violations of the sanctions regime and concluded that "Saddam pursued a strategy to maintain a capability to return to WMD production after sanctions were lifted by preserving assets and expertise...
The Chemical Threat to Subways: Dispelling the Clouds
by Fred Burton
...The account of the plot, as outlined by Suskind, raises several issues. First, is there a credible terrorist threat to passenger rail systems in the United States? Second, is there a viable risk that an attack using a mubtakkar device or hydrogen cyanide gas could be carried out? And third, how might such an attack serve the interests of jihadists?...
Iran Death Judge Lands U.N. Seat On Human Rights
by Eli Lake
...Mr. Mortazavi is accused by the Canadian government of playing a role in the rape and murder of a woman journalist and photographer, is credited with closing more than 100 newspapers, and was responsible not only for jailing the students who led the July 9, 1999, pro-democracy demonstrations in Tehran but of clearing the security officials accused of torturing them...

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Real Jack Murtha
Washington Times
..."If there is a potential pattern where Congressman Murtha has helped other Democrats secure appropriations that also benefited relatives of those members, I believe this would be something that merits further review by the ethics committee." It's odd that the media, which has been fairly unbiased in going after corrupt politicians recently, has gone silent on Mr. Murtha's questionable actions...
Endgame Conservatives
by Jed Babbin
...[President Bush's] original formulation -- that nations are either with us or against us -- has been whittled away to a confrontation-cum-engagement strategy that enables Iran to offer cooperation in Iraq while buying time to build nuclear weapons...Let's press on with this war through the endgame and defeat the enemy decisively on both the military and ideological fronts. When that happens there will be time to encourage the rise of democracy in the Middle East, and many more of its peoples willing to undertake it.
Related: 500 Chemical Weaponse Found in Iraq ... Intelligence Committee Summary
Meanwhile, in Eurabia: 'The Protocols of the Elders of Brussels'
Corruption is the Reason Mexicans Keep Coming to America
by James Thayer
...The only Canadians waiting in line to get into the United States are seniors on crutches coming here for new hips. Canada "abounds in oil, natural gas, gold, silver, beaches, seafood, water, historic treasures, museums, industrial centers, and wonderful people." Wait. That's College of William & Mary Professor George Grayson's description of Mexico, not Canada. Mexico has the same advantages Canada has. Why, then, does Canada work, while Mexico is so broken that its citizens flee en masse?...

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

North American Union Would Trump U.S. Supreme Court
by Jerome R. Corsi
The Bush Administration is pushing to create a North American Union out of the work on-going in the Department of Commerce under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America in the NAFTA office headed by Geri Word. A key part of the plan is to expand the NAFTA tribunals into a North American Union court system that would have supremacy over all U.S. law, even over the U.S. Supreme Court, in any matter related to the trilateral political and economic integration of the United States, Canada and Mexico...
Civil Liberties for Terrorists But Not for American Troops
by Jacob Laksin
In recent years the ranks of alleged victims championed by civil libertarians on the political Left have swollen to include everyone from the terrorist detainees at Guantanamo Bay, to anti-American radicals, to environmentalist ultras and illegal immigrants. But there’s at least one group ineligible for victim status under the legal Left’s guidelines: American troops...
Related: Silence on Brutal Murder of American Soldiers
The Suicide Bomb Morality
by Robert Tracinski
...The distinctive model for American culture is not the suicide bomber but the "self-made man": the entrepreneur who achieves prosperity by hard work and ingenuity. Implicitly, we recognize that the proper business of life is not sacrifice but achievement. This is the actual code by which most Americans live. The tragedy is that we don't recognize it...
Social Conservatives Were Right, Again
by Dennis Byrne
...No more shying away. No more excuses about how "I'm a fiscal conservative, but a social moderate." No more fear of being identified with the "Christian right" or others who hold the same views for religious or moral reasons. All those reasons are good, but scientific, secular reasons for holding these same views are fact-based and sound. Social conservatives have every reason to be proud of what they have accomplished and confident of what they still will achieve.
Eco Radicals Want Better Living Through Mass Death
by Deroy Murdock
Most ecologists want to make life easy for butterflies and waterfalls. Who can argue with that? Some environmental extremists, however, think what Earth really needs is fewer people. In some cases, billions fewer...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Charitable Giving in U.S. Nears New High
by Vinnee Tong
...The report released Monday by the Giving USA foundation estimates that in 2005 Americans gave $260.28 billion, a rise of 6.1 percent...In the 41 years that Giving USA has tracked philanthropy, giving has increased with the wealth of the nation. Since 1965, total contributions have been between 1.7 percent and 2.3 percent of gross domestic product...
Freedom of Speech and Thought R.I.P.
The Examiner
...So we have a fundamental issue: freedom of speech for Jim, but not for Bob. Thus the state of health of the First Amendment: You can say anything you want so long as it is politically correct...
Why Liberals Fear Global Warming Far More than Conservatives Do
by Dennis Prager
...One day, our grandchildren may ask us what we did when Islamic fascism threatened the free world. Some of us will say we were preoccupied with fighting that threat wherever possible; others will be able to say they fought carbon dioxide emissions. One of us will look bad.
55 Guardsmen Decrease Mexican Border Infiltration 21% in 10 Days
by Mac Johnson
The government and the media can bury it, or ignore it, or distort it, but the incredible change on the border this month demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that the illegal alien invasion has been an invited one, caused by government sending all the wrong signals about America’s commitment to border enforcement.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Ayatollah's Grandson Calls for US Overthrow of Iran
by Philip Sherwell
..."My grandfather's revolution has devoured its children and has strayed from its course," he told Al-Arabiya, an Arabic-language television station. "I lived through the revolution and it called for freedom and democracy - but it has persecuted its leaders." He also made clear his opposition to Teheran's alleged development of a secret nuclear weapons programme. "Iran will gain real power if freedom and democracy develop there," he said. "Strength will not be obtained through weapons and the bomb"...
Should This Marine Have Apologized? No
by Karen Zautyk
...[The controversial song] is funny precisely because it describes something a Marine would never do. But, on a serious note, this happens to be something that our enemy in Iraq does every day - namely, wantonly slaughter the innocent. And use children as human shields or worse, human bombs. Our troops over there have to deal with that horror. If a little levity helps them deal, what's the problem?...
It's a Battle Over Bibles Behind Bars
by Russ Pulliam
...if the court rules in favor of the position of Americans United, plenty of other nonprofit groups will be in big trouble. Any nonprofit group with any hint of religious faith could find itself under threat of losing federal aid. The ruling would rip apart the juvenile justice system, which depends heavily on faith-based groups to help offenders...

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
This week's broadcast features President Bush's surprise visit to Iraq and an update on Ireq's developments; the Pennsylvania Senate race between Rick Santorum and Bob Casey, Jr.; Ann Coulter on her new book and a controversial comment about four 9/11 widows; a new court decision that may shut down a faith-based prison initiative, despite its success; Michael Berg, father of slain Nick Berg, and more.
Exposing the Myth of Third World Aid
The Sydney Morning Herald
...the $2.3 trillion [in Thrd World aid] hasn't achieved what it should have. This is because much of it has been given as part of a never-ending series of internationally planned and co-ordinated "big plans". He believes the alternative would be to encourage more market-oriented activities among the poor themselves...
America's Other Addiction
Chicago Tribune
...It is a good idea to encourage ethanol use, because it's a renewable resource that burns cleanly without the greenhouse gas problems of fossil fuel. Its expanded use could make us less dependent on oil from the ever-roiling Middle East. But if ethanol is going to be a significant, long-term fuel for this country, it's going to have to find its own place in the market. That won't come through a rigged system of subsidies and tariffs that protects domestic corn and sugar producers at the expense of American consumers.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Shackles Removed From Confined Marines, Sailor
by Gidget Fuentes
...attorney representing the sailor, a 20-year-old third-class hospital corpsman, has likened the conditions to worst than what convicted felons at the federal “Supermax” prison must endure...“Saddam [Hussein] has a better circumstance than these guys”...
More: Lawyers: Threats Used Against Marines
Winning Is Not an Option
by Jonah Goldberg
...Chasing the infidel American crusaders out of Iraq is the jackpot. And that is precisely what the Democrats are for. This sanctimony is so dishonest it stews the bowels...The Democrats say we can’t win. They also say we can’t find a political solution. In other words, it seems their message to American troops is “surrender or fight to the death.” Winning is not an option.
Leveling the Playing Field
OpinionJournal
...A university is forced to treat white professors equally...The lawsuit and its outcome are yet another striking illustration of the perils of affirmative action, with its often contorted logic of redress and blame and its tendency to commit exactly the sort of discrimination that it was designed to prevent...
A Shift Among the Evangelicals
by E.J.Dionne
...Religious movements stay vibrant thanks to the complicated interaction of fidelity, reflection and reform. The evangelical world is going through a quiet evolution as believers reflect on the perils of partisanship and ideology and their reasons for being Christian. This will probably affect the nation's political life, but it will certainly affect the country's spiritual direction...

Friday, June 16, 2006

Bubba Dubya? A curiously Clintonian Turn in U.S. Foreign Policy
by Michael Rubin
...the president seems to have reversed course. He still speaks about democracy and the war against terror, but increasingly his administration charts the path of least resistance and paper compromise so dominant during the Clinton years. This may please diplomats, but it does not ensure national security. It's déjà vu all over again in the White House...
Who Lost Kosovo?
by Cliff Kincaid
...Our media are ready and eager to pounce on Bush whenever he is perceived to have made a misstatement, but a retired General and former Democratic presidential candidate [Wesley Clark] tells blatant lies about Kosovo and gets away with it...Rich and his colleagues will try to make you ignore the fact that while Bush has had a policy of fighting terrorists in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, Clinton, Clark & Company had a policy of helping them gain political power through false charges of genocide [in Kosovo].

Thursday, June 15, 2006

No Alternative to Gitmo
by Jed Babbin
...these men were dedicated terrorists. They weren't a bunch of Saudi cab drivers picked up at random and imprisoned for our perverse amusement. Dying in a way that hurts the enemy -- us -- is one of their definitions of success. The three suicides were coordinated: same time, same method, and same kind of concealment. These were political acts calculated to create precisely the kind of political pressure to close Gitmo now coming from terrorist apologists here, in the UN and in Europe...
Socrates on Illegal Immigration
by Victor Davis Hanson
...once we as a nation choose to ignore our keystone laws of sovereignty and citizenship, the entire edifice of a once unimpeachable legal system will collapse. Ironically, we would then become no different from those nations whose citizens are now fleeing to our own shores to escape the wages of lawlessness. That worry is why Socrates, 2,400 years ago, taught us that the deliberate violation of the rule of law would have been worse for ancient Athens even than losing its greatest philosopher.
Scientists Respond to Gore's Warnings of Climate Catastrophe
by Tom Harris
..."Gore's circumstantial arguments are so weak that they are pathetic. It is simply incredible that they, and his film, are commanding public attention"...Carter is one of hundreds of highly qualified non-governmental, non-industry, non-lobby group climate experts who contest the hypothesis that human emissions of carbon dioxide are causing significant global climate change. "Climate experts" is the operative term here. Why? Because what Gore's "majority of scientists" think is immaterial when only a very small fraction of them actually work in the climate field...
Religious Fanatics Terrorize American Farmers
by John Stossel
...How would environmental fanatics capture a government agency? Well, who is more likely to volunteer to take a job in a bureaucracy that has little to recommend it except that it gives you the power to use government force to control the lives of others? A dispassionate scientist or a zealot? In government, the zealots eventually take over.
Wealthy Foreign Couples Coming to U.S. So They Can Select Baby's Sex
by Carla K. Johnson
...Foes call it "consumer eugenics" and say it opens the door to a future where parents will choose their babies' hair color, eye color and potential to grow tall enough to play basketball. U.S. doctors are catering to the same gender bias that has led to female infanticide in China and India, opponents said...

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

President Bush Visits Troops in Iraq
Address by President George W. Bush
...I told you earlier we were laying the foundation of peace for generations to come, and we are, because we go with confidence knowing that liberty is the desire of every soul. When Iraq succeeds, reformers and people who desire to live in a free society will see such a hopeful example, and they'll begin to demand the same rights and the same conditions and the same hopeful society. And that's why I tell you what you're doing is historic in nature. People will look back at this period and wonder whether or not America was true to its beginnings; whether we strongly believed in the universality of freedom and whether we were willing to act on it. Certainly we acted in our own self-interest right after September the 11th; and now we act not only in our own self-interests, but in the interests of men, women and children in the broader Middle East...
Michael Berg and the Twisted Values of The Greens and Pacifism
by Dennis Prager
...Among its many moral and intellectual weaknesses, pacifism ensures that cruelty will prevail on earth. When asked by talk show host Michael Medved if he, Berg, would have killed Zarqawi as the terrorist was about to cut his son's throat, Berg said he would instead throw his body in front of the knife -- thereby ensuring, as Medved noted, that two innocent people would be murdered. That is the consequence of pacifism -- far more cruelty and death. But the spread of evil apparently means little to pacifists. There must be some joy in feeling oneself so morally superior to those who believe that killing is sometimes morally necessary that even the ritual murder of one's son does not shake the pacifist's fanaticism...
Related: Ed Koch--Foolish Western Self-Flagellation
Darkness Beyond Cancun's Beaches
by Chris Hawley
...Prostitution, child pornography and even pedophilia parties are another ugly byproduct of Cancun's success..."Cancun has become a center of pederasty, and why? Because of the weakness of the state and the authorities, and because of corruption," said Torres Maldonado, the professor...Sociologists and urban planners are watching Cancun closely because the Mexican island and its "tourist bubble" have become a popular pattern for resorts in developing countries around the world...profits mainly end up in the ultrarich suburbs of Mexico City, not in the pockets of local Maya...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Bush Administration Quietly Plans NAFTA Super Highway  
by Jerome R. Corsi
Quietly but systematically, the Bush Administration is advancing the plan to build a huge NAFTA Super Highway, four football-fields-wide, through the heart of the U.S. along Interstate 35, from the Mexican border at Laredo, Tex., to the Canadian border north of Duluth, Minn...A good reason Bush does not want to secure the border with Mexico may be that the administration is trying to create express lanes for Mexican trucks to bring containers with cheap Far East goods into the heart of the U.S., all without the involvement of any U.S. union workers on the docks or in the trucks.
Chinese Arms Sustaining Global Wars, Amnesty Claims
by Sam Knight
...Describing China as "one of the world’s biggest, most secretive and irresponsible arms exporters", Amnesty International accused the Chinese Government of turning a blind eye to the export of weapons, from armoured personnel carriers to revolvers, to countries such as Sudan, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Liberia. The report also claimed that European companies, including the British-Italian firm, AgustaWestland, were exploiting the vague terms of Western arms embargoes against China to take part in the development of new weapons, including a state-of-the-art Chinese attack helicopter...
Zarqawi's Death Goes Beyond Spinning
by David Warren
...So much of the credit for his murderous successes, and those of other terrorists like him, must be given to the mainstream media -- both East and West. Journalists assiduously advance the terrorist cause, by reporting almost exclusively on allied setbacks and mistakes, and by their ceaseless improvisation of destructive criticism against "Bush" and other Western leaders and allies. Heroic, and largely successful reconstruction efforts in Iraq have been ignored; instead we have an endless spool of meticulously-reported terror hits. The Western media attention to, and celebration of, such unstable characters as Cindy Sheehan and Michael Berg, make their alliances obvious...
Why Jordan helped Track Down Zarqawi
by Christopher Hitchens
...Only Saddam's Iraq—-which did not reply to the Jordanian messages [warning of Zarqawi's presence]-—was tolerating and encouraging the presence of men who were on the run from Afghanistan...

Monday, June 12, 2006

'Warmongers' Have a Point: It's a War
by Mark Steyn
...It's reverse globalization: The pathologies of the remotest backwaters now have franchise outlets in every Western city. You don't have to be a loser Ontario welfare recipient like Steven Chand, the 25-year-old Muslim convert named in the thwarted prime ministerial beheading. Omar Sheikh, the man behind the beheading of the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl, was an English "public" (i.e., private) schoolboy and graduate of the London School of Economics...We need to throttle the ideology and roll up the networks...
Setting the Record Straight on Haditha
by Mary Katharine Ham
...The mainstream media spent a couple of weeks throwing around the "cold blood" and "maybe murder" stories. Now that they're backtracking, it's our job to make sure new corrections and less damning facts don't get lost in the corner of page two.
Democrats Are Winning... Except at the Polls
by Michael Barone
...It comes down to this: A substantial part of the Democratic Party, some of its politicians and many of its loudest supporters do not want America to succeed in Iraq....Successes are discounted, setbacks are trumpeted, the level of American casualties is treated as if it were comparable to those in Vietnam or World War II. Allegations of American misdeeds are repeated over and over; the work of reconstruction and aid of American military personnel and civilians is ignored. In all this they have been aided and abetted by large elements of the press...
Al Gore's Convenient Fiction
by Debra J. Saunders
...Here's another propaganda element [in the film]. Average automobile fuel-efficiency hit a 19-year low under Clinton/Gore -- it was worse than under Ronald Reagan. President Bush has raised fuel standards more than Clinton/Gore. But Gore wants to lampoon the man who defeated him in 2000. So he shows his audience one of his trademark charts, this one comparing U.S. automobile fuel efficiency with other countries. The chart begins in the year 2002 -- it has to, because Bush performed better than Clinton/Gore...

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Commentary  
Salem Radio Network
This week's broadcast explores the significance of the death of terror leader Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, the rejection of the Marriage Protection Amendment, the events in Haditha and how media are spinning the image, the experiences of a woman who presented herself as a man for a time, and more.
Drive to Give 'Human' Rights to Apes Leaves Spanish Divided
by David Rennie
...Spain could soon become the first country in the world to give chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and other great apes some of the fundamental rights granted to human beings under a law being proposed by members of the ruling Socialist coalition...Great apes held in Spanish zoos would be moved to state-built sanctuaries, unless there was a risk that moving them would harm their emotional welfare...
Secret Report Brands Muslim Police Corrupt
by Sandra Laville & Hugh Muir
...The main conclusions of the study, commissioned by the Directorate of Professional Standards and written by an Asian detective chief inspector, stated: "Asian officers and in particular Pakistani Muslim officers are under greater pressure from the family, the extended family ... and their community against that of their white colleagues to engage in activity that might lead to misconduct or criminality"...

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Senate Halts Effort to Dismantle U.S.
by Lamar Alexander
There once was a popular newspaper feature called “Ripley’s Believe it or Not.” It highlighted incongruous and astounding things, then showed they were true. In that vein the Senate was discussing a bill that would have carved out of the United States a new sovereign nation based solely on race. It’s true. The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act would have created a separate, independent, race-based government for Native Hawaiians...
CSR for Thee, But Not for Me?
by Paul Driessen
...Doe Run’s $140 million investment (through 2005) epitomizes “corporate social responsibility” and created a new sense of pride and hope for the region’s 50,000 people. At a union-organized event people told me their lives had improved more in the past seven years than in the previous 75. But when the company sought a four-year extension on the deadline for completing a facility that will scrub SO2 and convert it into products that can be sold overseas, anti-mining activists hyperventilated. Led by Oxfam, EarthJustice, the local archbishop, a Presbyterian missionary and various news media they acted as if Doe Run had caused the children’s high blood-lead levels...

Friday, June 09, 2006

A Good Day's Work: Why Zarqawi's Death Matters
by Christopher Hitchens
...If we had withdrawn from Iraq already, as the "peace" movement has been demanding, then one of the most revolting criminals of all time would have been able to claim that he forced us to do it. That would have catapulted Iraq into Stone Age collapse and instated a psychopathic killer as the greatest Muslim soldier since Saladin. As it is, the man is ignominiously dead and his dirty connections a lot closer to being fully exposed. This seems like a good day's work to me.
More: A Moral Victory: The meaning of Zarqawi's death     Zarqawi's Final Atrocities     Zarqawi's Network Is Left in Shambles
East Timor Commanding World's Attention
by Christopher Torchia
...East Timor's slide back into turmoil is raising questions about whether the U.N. is too hasty to retreat from hotspots...East Timor's ability to grab global attention despite its small size reflects international guilt over the suffering it endured during Indonesia's 24-year occupation, analysts say. By some estimates, 200,000 East Timorese - one-third of the territory's population in 1975 - were killed by the Indonesian military or died of starvation and disease linked to the conflict...
Gore's 'Truth' is More Like Science Fiction
By Mark Davis
...The warming that fuels Mr. Gore's ardor today comes after decades of improved American environmental behavior. If there was a time when man's fumes belched into the air in shocking leaps, it would be from the 1940s through the early 1970s, as our industrial economy and our driving habits ballooned. What did the Earth do under that assault? It cooled, so much so that some scientists feared a global temperature drop that would endanger the world food supply...

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Opposition to Gay Marriage Is Not Discrimination
by Rabbi Aryeh Spero
...The problem bedeviling society over the last 40 years is more than having been asked to tolerate and accept modes of conduct heretofore outside the respectable pale. It is that those engaged in those activities demand that society redefine its institutions and overturn cherished and wise traditions in order not only to accommodate but also affirm as equally legitimate and desirable such activities...
More: There's Nothing Hateful About Protecting Marriage     Senate Roll Call Votes
Al Qaeda: The Next Phase of Evolution?
by Fred Burton
...the most intriguing aspect of the Canada case is that it seems to encapsulate a trend that has been slowly evolving for some time. If the allegations in the Canada 17 case are at least mostly true, it might represent the emergence of a new operational model for jihadists -- an "al Qaeda 4.0," if you will. In other words, the world might be witnessing the emergence of a grassroots jihadist network that both exists in and has the ability to strike in multiple countries -- without support or oversight from the central al Qaeda leadership...
Narrow Focus Draws 'PG' Rating for Baptist-backed Film
by Terry Mattingly
...[The MPAA] "decided that the movie was heavily laden with messages from one religion and that this might offend people from other religions. It's important that they used the word 'proselytizing' when they talked about giving this movie a PG..."It is kind of interesting that faith has joined that list of deadly sins that the MPAA board wants to warn parents to worry about"...

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Abortion's Dead Poets Society
by Kathleen Parker
...If we don't want to grant life to those afflicted with small deformities, where do we set the bar for "good enough"? More important, perhaps, what is the cost to our humanity - not to mention the poet's soul - when the imperfect have no place among the living?
Are You Able To Obey This Law?
by John Stossel
...Politicians bragged that the ADA "fixed the discrimination problem." But what really happened is that lawyers got richer, and the disabled got fewer opportunities.
Islamists Know Where We Live
by Klaus Rohrich
...Multiculturalism is the philosphy of losers and here’s why: If our culture is morally equivalent to all other cultures, then we really do not have the "moral" authority to condemn acts that our culture finds reprehensible. If our culture is so decadent that we do not find it worth defending, then we can’t go around arresting those accused of attempting to destroy it. Pure and simple...
And from across the Pond: Come to Londonistan, our refuge for poor misunderstood Islamist victims
Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill Bloats Welfare
by Robert Rector
...Immigration to the U.S. is a privilege, not a right. Immigrants should be net contributors to the government and society, not a fiscal burden. To reduce the looming Social Security deficit and to strengthen the nation, the U.S. should encourage immigration of high-skill workers who will be fiscal contributors, not low-skill workers who will be fiscal takers. In this respect, the Senate immigration bill is on the wrong course: It will make the finance books of government worse, not better.
More: Birthright Sale

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Canada: Take a Good Look at What's Going On
by Rosie Dimanno
...For everyone who thought Canada could cower in a corner of the planet, unnoticed and unthreatened by evil men — even when the most menacing of a very bad lot has twice referenced this country as a target for attack — take a good, hard look at what's been presented and what's being alleged...
More: Growing Islamist Terror Threat in Canada     The "Canada 17": More Connections
On the Seventh Day, God Rested and Liberals Schemed
by Ann Coulter
...This is a country in which taxpayers are forced to subsidize “artistic” exhibits of aborted fetuses, crucifixes in urine, and gay pornography. Meanwhile, it’s unconstitutional to display a Nativity scene at Christmas or the Ten Commandments on government property...
Related: Liberal Reactions to the Marriage Amendment are Not Deep     The Slippery Slope of Same-Sex Marriage
Throw the U.N. on the Ash Heap of History
by Alan Caruba
...Not only has the United Nations proved itself to be incapable of mediating the avoidance of armed conflicts throughout the world, it has also distinguished itself by becoming the most corrupt and criminal organization on the face of the Earth...
Chill Out Over Global Warming
by David Harsanyi
...The only inconvenient truth about global warming, contends Colorado State University's Bill Gray, is that a genuine debate has never actually taken place. Hundreds of scientists, many of them prominent in the field, agree. Gray is perhaps the world's foremost hurricane expert. His Tropical Storm Forecast sets the standard. Yet, his criticism of the global warming "hoax" makes him an outcast...

Monday, June 05, 2006

Protecting Marriage: The Battle Dawns
by Kevin McCullough
...changes our society will face if the path of least resistance is chosen by we who make up an overwhelming majority of this nation. "It will not produce a tremendous number of gay unions in this nation, in fact the overall effect will likely be quite low according to the numbers. But what we have learned in the ten years we have observed this effect in other nations is that it will de-emphasize the need for marriage all together, and that will leave children vulnerable...
Take Action: Email your senators
Events at Haditha Don't Change Need for Victory
by Mark Steyn
..."I don't even listen to the news"...there is more pain and more truth about America in those seven words of Martin Terrazas. A superpower that wallows in paranoia and glorifies self-loathing cannot endure and doesn't deserve to.
Londonistan
by Melanie Phillips
...Both Britain and the United States are turning a blind eye to the fact that the source of Islamic terror is radical Islam. Students training to be imams at a college with strong Iranian links are being taught to despise non-Muslims as "filth." Meanwhile, radical Muslim chaplains promote an extremist agenda in U.S. prisons. Britain is the mother-ship for American values and the brand leader of English-speaking culture. The Londonistan mindset is being replicated in America: on campus, in the media and in official circles...
Related: England Afraid to Fly Its Own Flag, Following Threats by Extremist Islamic Group

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Beyond the News: Weekend Journal   
Salem Radio Network
This week's broadcast includes an update on the President's committment to Iraq; Bill Bennett on American history, Jimi Hendrix as a pro-Democracy Vietnam hawk; John Stossel on junk science, plastic surgery for teens, and more.
Autism and Pollution: The Vital Link
by Juliet Rix
The number of children with autism has risen dramatically in recent years. In a new book, Richard Lathe argues that pollution and environmental causes may be to blame...
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow...
by Joseph D'Aleo
Much attention has been paid to the disappearance of ice and snow in the Polar Regions and mid-latitudes in the Northern hemisphere in recent years attributed to global greenhouse gas warming...Regardless of the changes in the summer season, the snow and ice have come roaring back each year in the early fall, and winter levels of ice and snow across many parts of the hemisphere are higher than they have been in many years and in some places in over a century...

Saturday, June 03, 2006

The American Way of War and the Constraints on American Power
by Victor Davis Hanson
...America knows a ground war in the Middle East is not our theater of choice in the postmodern age — and yet necessary to undermine both Middle East autocracy and fundamentalism that hand-in-glove lead to the conditions that caused September 11. If we succeed, the Middle East stabilizes and enters modernity, leaving its pariahs on the margins. If we fail, we resort back to punitive bombing as a method of deterring enemies and will reenter the pre-9/11 paradigm of states sending out terrorists and either hoping we won’t hold them accountable or send in only a few cruise missiles. The outcome of the insurgents’ war will hinge on whether we assess our own strengths and weaknesses in this sort of fighting far better than does our canny enemy...
What's Lost in the Hue and Cry Over Haditha
by Frank Schaeffer
...A personal connection to our wars might discourage the sort of glib hubris that leads the media to trumpet events such as the Haditha killings without putting them in the context of the everyday heroism that is the norm, or in the context of history. And a personal connection to our military by our political leaders would give them a stake in our troops' welfare and what we are asking them to do. It's time for the critics of our military to also earn a little moral authority by volunteering themselves or encouraging their children to do so. Anything less is nothing more than arm's-length moralizing...
Illegals Love Mexico and Che Guevara
by Humberto Fontova
...First off, Che didn't think much of Mexicans. Perhaps our senators should stifle all the pious gurgling about "hard-working migrants seeking to better their lives" blah, blah and simply quote Che himself while referring to the nationality mostly waving those Che placards and banners as: "a band of illiterate Indians." In 1956 while residing in Mexico and training with the Castro brothers for their "invasion" of Cuba, Che Guevara sneered at his hosts in those exact words...Che also delighted in belittling blacks...

Friday, June 02, 2006

The My Lai Lie
by Michael Reagan
...Without any real knowledge of the Nov. 19 deaths of 24 civilians and the role if any played in the killings by United States Marines, the despicable Democrat Rep. John Murtha is charging that members of the Marine Corps killed those civilians in cold blood...This is all a matter of déjà vu to those of us who remember what happened in Vietnam, and how the same media now ranting and raving about Haditha helped drive us from Vietnam – where we were winning – an outcome that cost the lives of over a million Vietnamese and Cambodians...
Se Puede: Get Two Years Tax-Free!
by Ann Coulter
...Even if one accepts Bush's theory that we need more immigrants to do the jobs that lazy, shiftless Americans won't do, isn't it possible that Korean immigrants, Italian immigrants or Indian immigrants would work hard too? But they can't run across the border to America, so they're out of luck. (Unless you are spokesmen for the Taliban, in which case there's a seat waiting for you at Yale.)...
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The Film the World Never Viewed: Fahrenheit Jimmy Carter
by Judi McLeod
Ex-U.S. President Jimmy Carter is in league with Osama bin Laden. A paper trail shows that more than $1 million has been funneled from Bakr M. Bin Laden on behalf of the Saudi Bin Laden Group to The Carter Center...
America May Be Ready For a New Political Party
by Peggy Noonan
...I don't see any potential party, or potential candidate, on the scene right now who can harness the disaffection of growing portions of the electorate. But a new group or entity that could define the problem correctly--that sees the big divide not as something between the parties but between America's ruling elite and its people--would be making long strides in putting third party ideas in play in America again.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Terror's New Homeland  
by Ralph Peters
...There's a vital lesson here: In the War on Terror, you've got to finish what you start. America quitting Somalia after suffering less than two dozen dead in the course of a battle won was the biggest single boost the terrorists ever received. The Clinton surrender in Mogadishu pointed al Qaeda straight toward 9/11...
Listening to Legal Immigrants
by Cinnamon Stillwell
...All too often the voices that get lost in the cacophony are those of legal immigrants and their descendants. Whether Hispanic, Asian, Caribbean, European, Middle Eastern or African, they make up the "nation of immigrants" often referred to by open borders proponents. Except that these immigrants valued U.S. citizenship enough to pursue it lawfully...America is indeed a nation of immigrants. So perhaps we should start listening to what they have to say.
Europe's Good Intentions Have Gone Sour
by Victor Davis Hanson
...So in response to the errors of the past, Europeans systematically expanded the welfare state. They welcomed in immigrants. Politicians slashed defense spending, lowered the retirement age and cut the workweek. Voters demanded trade barriers to protect the public from the ravages of globalization. Either to enjoy the good life or to save the planet, couples forswore children. But instead of utopia, unintended consequences ensued. Unemployment soared. Dismal economic growth, shrinking populations and a scarier world outside their borders followed...
Satellite Images Show Zimbabwe Demolitions
by Riaan Wolmarans
..."These satellite images are irrefutable evidence -- if further evidence is even needed -- that the Zimbabwean government has obliterated entire communities -- completely erased them from the map, as if they never existed," said Kolawole Olaniyan, director of AI's Africa programme...