"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

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mob Rule on College Campuses
by Cinnamon Stillwell
America's college campuses, once thought to be bastions of free speech, have become increasingly intolerant toward the practice. Visiting speakers whose views do not conform to the prevailing left-leaning political mind-set on most campuses are at particular risk of having their free speech rights infringed upon...
Background Files Missing; Immigrants OK'd Anyway
Arizona Daily Star
..."It only takes one missing file of somebody with links to a terrorist organization to become an American citizen," Grassley said in a news release.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Cintas Warned Against Firing Immigrant Force
by Jerry Seper
A Mississippi Democrat in line to become chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee has warned the nation's largest uniform supplier it faces criminal charges if it follows a White House proposal to recheck workers with mismatched Social Security numbers and fire those who cannot resolve the discrepancy in 60 days...
No 'Nativity Story' Ads at Christmas Market in Chicago
by Don Babwin
...Worried that ads for "The Nativity Story" would offend non-Christians shopping at downtown's traditional German Christkindlmarket, the city asked the German American Chamber of Commerce to reconsider New Line Cinema, which made the film, as a sponsor...

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Who Really Cares?
by Thomas Sowell
...A new book, titled "Who Really Cares" by Arthur C. Brooks examines the actual behavior of liberals and conservatives when it comes to donating their own time, money, or blood for the benefit of others. It is remarkable that beliefs on this subject should have become conventional, if not set in concrete, for decades before anyone bothered to check these beliefs against facts. What are those facts?...
How the Imams Terrorized an Airliner
by Audrey Hudson
...Passengers and flight attendants told law-enforcement officials the imams switched from their assigned seats to a pattern associated with the September 11 terrorist attacks and also found in probes of U.S. security since the attacks -- two in the front row first-class, two in the middle of the plane on the exit aisle and two in the rear of the cabin. "That would alarm me," said a federal air marshal who asked to remain anonymous. "They now control all of the entry and exit routes to the plane"...

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Kremlin's Revenge?
by Andrew Alderson, Richard Gray, & Colin Freeman
As a work of fiction it would be unbelievable: a dissident KGB colonel poisoned in a London sushi bar, the finger of suspicion pointed at the Russian President. The Sunday Telegraph investigates the life and horrific murder of Alexander Litvinenko...
Timeline: How the Drama Unfolded
Paradise Lost
by Michael Goodwin
...Terror masterminds are brainwashing a new generation in Muslim countries. Everything from animated cartoons to educational programs to textbooks urge young people to kill and die for Islam. Clerics preach that the fastest way to get to Paradise is Shahada, or to die for Allah. Those who do are called shahids and children as young as 8 are drinking this murderous Kool-Aid...

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Janet Parshall speaks with Department of Defense Under Secretary Bill Carr about Rep. Charlie Rangel’s declaration of a draft; Michael Medved condemns San Francisco's banning of the JROTC; and Bill O'Reilly talks to Dennis Prager about his new book, "Culture Warrior", the O.J. Simpson book and John McCain's run for the presidency. All this and more.
Here Comes the Left
by Bill O'Reilly
...Let's recap: no tolerance for the military, no voting on controversial issues, and let's ease up on those adults sexually brutalizing children. Welcome to the land of the secular-progressive. Have a nice day.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

A Profiling In Courage
Investor's Business Daily
...Imams or not, US Airways did right by its customers. Shahin is calling on Muslims to boycott the airline; that might actually work in its favor. US Airways has been flooded with calls from Americans saying it just became the safest airline.

Friday, November 24, 2006

What Happened After the Feast: The Rest of the Thanksgiving Story
by Chuck Colson
...for the Pilgrims, the hardships went on. The next month, a ship arrived with thirty-five new colonists. But to the Pilgrims’ dismay, they brought no provisions. The entire colony was forced to go on half rations that winter. At one point, with food running out, everyone was forced onto a daily ration of just five kernels of corn...

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"God's Instrument" The Story of Squanto
by Chuck Colson
...Who but God could so miraculously convert a lonely Indian and then use him to save a struggling band of Englishmen? It is reminiscent of the biblical story of Joseph, who was also sold into slavery—and whom God, likewise, used as a special instrument for good...
A Great and Godly Adventure: The Pilgrims and the Myth of the First Thanksgiving'
by George Will
But the Pilgrims who bequeathed to us Thanksgiving were not Puritans, at least as we use that term to denote busybodies bent on extirpating dissipation, meaning fun. Excessive merriment was not a pressing problem for the half of the Mayflower's 102 passengers who survived the first few months in wintry Massachusetts...

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Being Thankful
by Rich Lowry
It hasn’t been a banner year. The United States is bogged down in a dispiriting war in Iraq, and North Korea and Iran continue to flout Washington’s warnings and “red lines” with seeming impunity. But here are some things to be grateful for even in the Thanksgiving season of our discontent...
Muslim Imams: The New Rosa Parks?
by Robert Spencer
...In a sane world, officials would tell the imams that if they’re upset about being taken off the plane, they should redouble their anti-terror efforts in the Muslim community in the U.S.—which are sorely deficient. They would ascribe their inconveniencing to the sacrifices that are incumbent upon all of us during wartime. But instead, they are compared to Rosa Parks. Bin Laden, who predicted after 9/11 that many more planes would be falling from the skies, is no doubt enjoying the spectacle.
Related: Gallup Study: What Makes a Muslim Radical?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Decline and Fall: How Not to Act Like a Great Power
by Irwin M. Stelzer
America is finished as a great power. Not because it no longer possesses the resources, but because it has lost the will...No great power permits its citizens to be discriminated against...No great power would allow itself to be held hostage to desert kingdoms run by medieval theocracies...No great power loses control of its borders...No great nation allows itself to become dependent on the goodwill of hostile nations in order to carry out its foreign policy...No great nation allows itself to get into hock to a potential enemy...

Monday, November 20, 2006

Will the West Stumble?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In the end, the Islamicists' best way to blow up the world's Starbucks or to turn off freewheeling American television is ultimately with a whimper, not a bang. They need not plant a hundred thousand bombs across the Westernized globe, but simply to cauterize its very spinal cord in the United States--the willingness of the American public, as in the past, to confront only the latest challenge to their freedom and all the ripples from it.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt talks to Congressman David Dreier of California who has encouraging words for the future of the Republican Party after the 2006 elections; Senior fellow for National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations Max Boot appears with Dennis Prager to discuss the War on Terror; and Michael Medved describes how the minimum wage increase makes a small segment of society happy for a short while. All this and more on this week's Journal.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Philanthropy Expert: Conservatives Are More Generous
by Frank Brieaddy
...conservatives who practice religion, live in traditional nuclear families and reject the notion that the government should engage in income redistribution are the most generous Americans, by any measure...liberals give less than conservatives in every way imaginable, including volunteer hours and donated blood...
Bribery and the New House Intelligence Committee
by Byron York
...House Democrats will have to take a close look at the evidence in the Hastings case and decide whether a man judged unfit for the federal bench is qualified to hold one of the most sensitive positions in the U.S. government. This is what they’ll find...

Friday, November 17, 2006

Respectable Baby Killing
by Wesley J. Smith
...Infanticide, alas, has become a respectable notion, at least among some elite opinion makers. History shows that this is how baby killing begins — by convincing ourselves that there is such a thing as a human life not worth living, and hence, not worth protecting. By calling for a serious debate about infanticide, the RCOG has badly subverted the foundational moral principle that each and every human being has equal moral value simply and merely because he or she is human.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Desperate Congresswomen of Hysteria Lane
by Ann Coulter
In the past week, there are 476 documents on Nexis heralding the magnificent achievement of Nancy Pelosi becoming the FIRST WOMAN speaker of the House. I thought we had moved beyond such multicultural milestones. The media yawned when Condoleezza Rice became the first black female secretary of state...
Related: How Democrats "Clean House"     Nancy Pelosi: One of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Most Useful Idiots
Racism By Any Other Name
by Jonah Goldberg
...there is a quota — though none dare call it that — keeping Asians out of elite schools in numbers disproportionate to their merit. This is the same sort of quota once used to keep Jews out of the Ivy League — not because of their lack of qualifications, but because having too many Jews would change the “feel” of, say, Harvard or Yale. Today, it’s the same thing, only we’ve given that feeling a name: diversity...

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Bitter Harvest Of Weakness
Invesor's Business Daily
...Weakness is a provocation, an invitation to our foes to confront us. How quickly we are relearning that old lesson in the wake of last week's election. It sure didn't take long. In recent weeks, as it became clear Democrats were on their way to controlling Congress for the first time since 1994, potential foes began testing us. Apparently, they've begun to question our resolve...
Related: Strategy 101 for American Defense Planners
Nancy Pelosi's Sour Grapes
Investor's Business Daily
...Is her opposition to enhanced border security due to the fact that the House Democratic leader personally profits from a steady supply of cheap foreign labor?...
Meet the New Boss
by John Fund
...Mr. Murtha, a pork-barreling opponent of most House ethics reforms, could become the second most visible symbol of the new Democratic rule. "We are supposed to change business as usual, not put the fox in charge of the henhouse," one Democratic member told me. "It's not just the Abscam scandal of the 1980s that he barely dodged, he's a disaster waiting to happen because of his current behavior," another told me...
Related: A Question of Ethics
White Guilt Doesn't Help Blacks
by John Stossel
...Steele says that when blacks make racism their central focus, they mire themselves in destructive victimization -- and sabotage their own chances for advancement. "White privilege is a disingenuous idea," he says. In fact, now there is "minority privilege"...

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Smugness of the War's Opponents
by Dennis Prager
...With the election of a Democratic Congress and the reversion to the visionless "realists" of George W. Bush's father's administration, the critics are more certain than ever of their moral rectitude. But unless they disagree with Professor Ferguson's assertion that a pre-emptive war in 1938 would have been the most moral thing the Western democracies could have done, they ought to show a little humility...
Related: Tragedy of Errors
Election Day v. Veterans Day: A Tale of Two Oaths
by Mark M. Alexander
...Veterans support and defend our Constitution with their lives, while most elected officials debase it with all manner of extra-constitutional empowerment of the central government, and forced income redistribution to benefit the constituency groups which re-elect them. That is to say, while veterans have nobly honored their oath, most elected officials have disgracefully violated the same...

Monday, November 13, 2006

Post-Thumpin' Politics
by Michael Barone
...For a dozen years, our politics has been bitterly polarized, dominated by two baby boomer presidents who happen to have personal characteristics that people on the other side of the cultural divide absolutely loathe. Clinton in 1992 and Bush in 2000 both made genuine efforts to run as unifiers, but once in office proved to be dividers...
Related: Proverbs 16:33

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt explains how the GOP lost control of the House and the Senate; Michael Medved speaks with political guru Dick Morris about election polls--the focus: Hispanics; and Dennis Prager talks to New Republic editor-at-large Peter Beinart about what the election means for conservative and liberal ideologies. All this and more on this week's Journal.
John Conyers And The Muslim Caucus
Investor's Business Daily
The likely new chairman of the House Judiciary Committee...who runs an Arabic version of his official Web site, does the bidding of these new constituents and the militant Islamist activists who feed off them. They want to kill the Patriot Act and prevent the FBI from profiling Muslim suspects in terror investigations. They also want to end the use of undisclosed evidence against suspected Arab terrorists in deportation proceedings. And the 77-year-old Conyers has vowed to deliver those changes for them...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

A Pittance of Time Music VideoRemembering Our Veterans
On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store's PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us...
MI5 Boss: 200 Terror Cells in UK
by David Wooding
...Dame Eliza said: “The threat is serious, growing and will, I believe, be with us for a generation. “Today we see the use of home-made improvised explosive devices. Tomorrow’s threat may — and I suggest WILL — include the use of chemicals, bacteriological agents, radioactive materials and even nuclear technology”...
Six Reasons Why Tuesday Wasn't That Bad
by Noemie Emery
...Sometimes, good outcomes can be too rich for one's health. In 1992 and 2004, two bright politicians named Bill Clinton and George W. Bush won big elections, carried both houses of Congress, and were hailed far and wide as political geniuses who had cemented the gains of their parties for the next generation. Both proceeded at once to take leave of their senses, and had their rears kicked hard two years later. As it turns out, people work well on a short leash under pressure...

Friday, November 10, 2006

Pelosi Aims to Block Democratic Hawks from Key Posts
Insight
..."Nancy Pelosi wants total party discipline," a source in the Democratic Party leadership said. "If you played ball with the Republicans during this session, then you're not going to be given an important chair in the next session"...
Where Is the West?
by Thomas Sowell
European nations protesting Saddam Hussein's death sentence, as they protested against forcing secrets out of captured terrorists, should tell us all we need to know about the internal degeneration of western society, where so many confuse squeamishness with morality...

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Road Not Taken: Forfeiting a Majority
by Hugh Hewitt
The post-mortems are accumulating, but I think the obvious has to be stated: John McCain and his colleagues in the Gang of 14 cost the GOP its Senate majority while the conduct of a handful of corrupt House members gave that body's leadership the Democrats...Step by step over the past two years the GOP painted themselves into a corner from which there was no escape. Congressional leadership time and time again took the easy way out and declared truces with Democrats over issues, which ought not to have been compromised. The easy way led to Tuesday's result...
More: Safire: After the Thumpin'     Boortz: A Well-Earned Kick in the Gut
Back to Iraq
by George Friedman
...Moving a man like Gates into the Secretary of Defense position indicates that Bush is shifting away from his administration's original team and back toward an older cadre that was not always held in high esteem by this White House. The appointment of Gates is of particular significance because he was a member of the Iraq Study Group...

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

The Good News And The Bad
by Hugh Hewitt
...it is a wonderful day for new media, especially talk radio. For two years we have had to defend the Congressional gang that couldn't shoot straight. Now we get to play offense. I am concerned for the country that the Democrats have won, but the Republicans are indeed going to find this sojourn in the minority a potentially very good thing...
What Can Happen if the Democrats Get Their Way
by Raymond S. Kraft
...The failure of many Americans, including many of the leading Democrats in Congress, and some Republicans, to fully appreciate the persistent, long-term threat posed to America's liberties and survival, and to the future of Liberal Democracies everywhere, by an Islamic Resistance Movement that envisions a world dominated and defined by an Islamic Caliphate of religious totalitarianism, and which will fight any war, make any sacrifice, suffer any hardship, and pay any price to achieve it, may prove to be the kind of blunder upon which the fate of America turns, and falls.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Troops Speak Out Against Withdrawal
Captain's Quarters Blog
...If the US turns its back on the Iraqis now, Somalia will pale into insignificance in comparison to the disaster, both militarily and strategically, we will have brought upon ourselves. Native populations will never -- never -- trust us to stand by and protect them after risking everything to assist us. Tyrants and terrorists will laugh at our threats, knowing they can outlast us, especially if they can create enough propaganda to distract American voters...
Election Season is Bad Time for Slip of the Quip
by Mark Steyn
...The left still doesn't understand that it's the soldier who guarantees every other profession -- the defeatist New York Times journalist, the anti-American college professor, the insurgent-video-of-the-day host at CNN, the hollow preening blowhard senator. Kerry's gaffe isn't about one maladroit Marie Antoinette of the Senate but a glimpse into the mind-set of too many Americans.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Hot for Martyrdom  
by Michael Coren
...He's exasperated now, visibly angry at what he sees as a willful Western foolishness. "Stop asking what you have done wrong. Stop it! They're slaughtering you like sheep and you still look within. You criticize your history, your institutions, your churches. Why can't you realize that it has nothing to do with what you have done but with what they want"...
Related: U.K. Bishop Attacks Muslim Victim Mentality
Kennedy Offered to Help Soviets Thwart U.S. Policies, KGB Papers Show
by Kevin Mooney
...Kennedy fixed the blame for heightened international tensions on the Carter White House, not on the Kremlin...[Kennedy believed] "it was his duty to take action himself, which could force the Carter administration to act to de-escalate the crisis"...The secret overtures to the KGB during the Reagan years were particularly insidious, Dunn said, because Tunney and Kennedy were working to undermine what ultimately proved to be a very successful policy that brought an end to the Cold War...
Climate Chaos? Don't Believe It
by Christopher Monckton
...The Antarctic, which holds 90 per cent of the world's ice and nearly all its 160,000 glaciers, has cooled and gained ice-mass in the past 30 years, reversing a 6,000-year melting trend. Data from 6,000 boreholes worldwide show global temperatures were higher in the Middle Ages than now. And the snows of Kilimanjaro are vanishing not because summit temperature is rising (it isn't) but because post-colonial deforestation has dried the air. Al Gore please note...

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Newt Gingrich is on Bill Bennett's "Morning in America" and responds to John Kerry's comment on the military after he hears it for the first time; Michael Medved expands on Kerry's statement by highlighting his ignorance; Hugh Hewitt quizzes intellectually honest political reporter Mark Halperin on his own political slant; and Bill Bennett discusses Iraq with Condoleezza Rice. All this and more on this week's Journal.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

The Two Americas
by Burt Prelutsky
Some cynics insist that there are no longer standards in our society. I disagree. We have plenty of standards, but they’re double standards. For instance, there’s one for blacks and one for whites, one for Christians and another for Muslims and atheists, one for conservatives and one for liberals...

Friday, November 03, 2006

NAFTA Super Highway Faces Scrutiny
by Rep. Ron Paul
...The real issue is national sovereignty. Once again, decisions that affect millions of Americans are not being made by those Americans themselves, or even by their elected representatives in Congress. Instead, a handful of elites use their government connections to bypass national legislatures and ignore our Constitution—which expressly grants Congress the sole authority to regulate international trade...
Related: NAFTA Super Highway Debate Inflames Texas Governor's Race

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Arabs and Iranians Root For the Democrats Again
by Steven Stalinsky
...One must ask why so many press outlets and Arab and Iranian leaders that are known to be vehemently anti-American are openly supporting one political party over the other.
Related: 13 Reasons to Vote Republican on November 7
Who Are the Recruits? The Demographic Characteristics of U.S. Military Enlistment, 2003–2005
by Tim Kane
...U.S. mil­itary enlistees are better educated, wealthier, and more rural on aver­age than their civilian peers. Recruits have a higher percent­age of high school graduates and representation from Southern and rural areas. No evidence indicates exploitation of racial minorities (either by race or by race-weighted ZIP code areas). Finally, the distri­bution of household income of recruits is noticeably higher than that of the entire youth population...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Dems' Military Disdain
by Michelle Malkin
The Democrats' failed 2004 presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry, may have just sabotaged his party's highest hopes for the 2006 midterm elections. Karl Rove himself couldn't have engineered a better campaign reminder of the Democrats' utter lack of credibility when it comes to supporting, respecting and leading America's military...
More: Why Kerry's Crack Matters