"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, January 31, 2007

Untie Military Hands
by James A. Lyons Jr.
...These [Rules of Engagement] might sound fine to academics gathering at some esoteric seminar on how to avoid civilian casualties in a war zone. But they do absolutely nothing to protect our combat troops who have to respond in an instant to a life or death situation...
Western Sycophants And Islamic Oppressors
by Youssef Ibrahim
...The wires were buzzing Thursday with reports of "oohs" and "ahs" from the elitist World Economic Forum gathering in Davos, Switzerland, complete with applause for a Saudi royal princess, Lolwah al-Faisal, after she asserted that her first executive move would be to "let women drive"...

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Multiculturalism 'Drives Young Muslims To Shun British Values'
This is London
Most alarmingly, 13 per cent of young Muslims said they "admired" organisations such as Al Qaeda which are prepared to "fight the West"..."It's difficult for the Government to prescribe a way forward for the Muslim community. I don't think it can do that. "It's up to the mainstream, national Muslim organisations, who frankly have failed"...
Forcing Girls to Cheer for Girls
by Dennis Prager
High school cheerleaders must now cheer for girls' teams as often as for boys' teams thanks to federal education officials' interpretations of Title IX, the civil rights law that mandates equal playing fields for both sexes...overwhelmingly, the further left one goes on the political spectrum, the greater the advocacy of more state control of people's lives...
Paper Chase
by John Fund
Washington scandals are curious things. Sometimes special prosecutors are appointed and the media provide saturation coverage of their doings...Then there are the barely noticed scandals, which prosecutors pursue quietly and professionally...Then there is Sandy Berger, the former Clinton national security adviser who pleaded guilty last year to knowingly taking and destroying classified documents from the National Archives while preparing for his testimony before the 9/11 Commission...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Biofuels Expansion "To Raise Risk of Famine"
by Nigel Hunt
..."Increasingly we are going to see farmers in tropical regions growing fuel crops rather than food for their own people," he said. "Inevitably we are going to see competition between food and fuel."

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt discusses the president's State of the Union address with White House spokesman Tony Snow. Salem's Michael Medved critiques Hillary Clinton's online "chats" reminiscent of FDR's "Fireside Chats"; and Dennis Prager comments on the Congressional Black Caucus' refusal to allow a white congressman into their group regardless of the fact that he was elected into a dominantly black district.
Sooner Rather Than Later: Iranian Shahab-6 ICBM
by Sean Osborne
...If these assessments are accurate, and there is no reason at this point to dismiss them, then the beast sitting on an Iranian launch pad today may very well be proof of the existence of Iran’s Shahab-6 Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile. The Shahab-6 is a weapon system specifically designed and capable of delivering an Iranian nuclear warhead to virtually anywhere on earth...

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Iraq Resolution 'Emboldens' Enemy
...A congressional rebuke of President Bush's troop buildup in Iraq would undercut American commanders in a way that "emboldens the enemy," Defense Secretary Robert Gates says. At his first Pentagon news conference since taking office Dec. 18, Gates was asked whether a congressional resolution criticizing Bush's plan would offer the insurgents new hope...
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The Vaulting Ambition of America's Lady Macbeth
by Gerard Baker
...This little incident, the skilfully choreographed exploitation of a human tragedy, the cynically manipulated deployment of public sympathy in service of a personal political end, offered a timely insight into the character of the politician who this week launched the most anticipated presidential election campaign in modern history...

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Secret Sandy Berger Risked His All For
by Jack Cashill
...A logical deduction from existing evidence is that Clarke put the "planes-as-bombs" talk on hold for the five or six years after the TWA Flight 800 disaster lest such talk evoke unanswered questions about that fateful crash. Berger's task, I surmise, was to make sure all references to Bojinka, planes-as-bombs, and/or TWA Flight 800 were rooted from the Archives, especially any documents with hand-written notes that led back to co-conspirators Berger, Clarke, and Clinton...
Bethlehem Christians Fear Muslim Neighbors
by Khaled Abu Toameh
A number of Christian families have finally decided to break their silence and talk openly about what they describe as Muslim persecution of the Christian minority in this city. The move comes as a result of increased attacks on Christians by Muslims over the past few months...
Censor Removes 'God' From 'The Queen'
by Giovanna Dell'Orto
So much for God and country, at least during some in-flight showings of the Oscar-nominated movie "The Queen." All mentions of God are bleeped out of a version of the film distributed to Delta and some other airlines...

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Talking Ourselves Into Defeat
by Daniel Henninger
...As a political strategy, unremitting opposition has worked. Approval for the president and the war is low. The GOP lost sight of its ideological lodestars and so control of Congress. But the U.S. still occupies a unique position of power in the world, and we are putting that status at risk by playing politics without a net...
How Will Illegal Immigration End?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...we need honesty about the problem. Mexico masquerades as a revolutionary socialist state, replete with flashy radical slogans that date back to the old days of Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa. In truth, Mexico City's creed is elitism and a fossilized cronyism. Its privileged few have hurt millions of their hardworking citizens who deserve far more humane treatment -- and sometimes find it only here in America...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Knee-Jerk Opposition
by Ruth Marcus
If George W. Bush proposes something, it must be bad. Such is the knee-jerk state of partisan suspiciousness that when the president actually endorses a tax increase -- a tax increase that would primarily hit the well-off, no less -- Democrats still howl...
State of the Union: Policy Initiatives, Point by Point
Lawmakers Want Polygraph of Berger Over Stolen 9/11 Documents
Fox News
...Davis, ranking Republican on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is leading a group of 18 lawmakers who say the Justice Department has been "remarkably incurious" about Berger's decision to remove documents relating to the Sept. 11 commission's inquiry into his role in helping prevent terror attacks during the Clinton administration...

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Can We Judge Religions?
by Dennis Prager
...those who offer reasoned moral critiques of Islam are not necessarily "Islamophobic," any more than all moral critics of Christianity or Judaism are necessarily "Christianophobic" (why is there no such word, incidentally?) or anti-Semitic. The word is used to intimidate the most necessary endeavor of our time -- non-hostile, non-prejudiced, respectful, open discussion of Islam. And no one needs it more than good Muslims.
Pelosi's Crew and Osama bin Laden Share Common Goal
by Dinesh D'Souza
...Bush faces two kinds of enemies: the radical Muslims abroad and the Pelosi left at home. The two groups, whose values are sharply opposed and who never speak a word to each other, are nevertheless working in a kind of scissors motion, each prong operating separately, but toward the same end. Bush may discover that his enemy at home is no less dangerous than the enemy abroad. The war on terror might be lost not on the streets of Baghdad but in the corridors of Congress.

Monday, January 22, 2007

To Stop Gangs, Call the Scouts
by Heather MacDonald
...A brigade of Boy Scout troops throughout Boyle Heights and Watts would do more to teach boys the importance of persistence, hard work and respect for authority than 1,000 social service and gang-intervention workers ever could. By giving youth a positive moral code, the Scouts and similar civic groups can reclaim lives and replace gang culture with true achievement.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved tries to squeeze some substance out of the video announcement by Barack Obama after he filed papers this week to form a presidential exploratory committee; Hugh Hewitt interviews the always interesting Congressman Dennis Kucinich on the Middle East; and because so much is said and little known about the Crusades, Dennis Prager interviews Professor Thomas Madden, author of the book "A Concise History of the Crusades."
If We Fail…Been There, Done That
by Victor Davis Hanson
...for all their hatred of George Bush and the partisan points to be gained by coddling up to the libertarian and paleo-conservative Right, George Bush’s embrace of freedom was far closer to their own past rhetoric than almost any Republican administration in history. And such an effort to foster democracy was in the long run smart as well, since ultimately a free Iraq would be the worst nightmare of the Islamic jihadists — as we read repeatedly in the rantings of Dr. Zawahiri...

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Populists Equalize Poverty
by Mike Rosen
With the Democrats back in power in Congress and with the 2008 election campaign already upon us, you'll be hearing much more about "income inequality"...Excessive concentration of income and wealth can destroy a society politically. We're nowhere near that point. Excessive redistribution of income and wealth - without regard for talent and productivity - can destroy a society economically. That's the more tangible danger.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Journalistic Malpractice in "Marriage is Dead" Report
...These statistics may seem confusing (because of the deliberate attempts to obscure and spin the truth by anti-marriage fanatics) but they are incontrovertible and hugely important for the ongoing debate about the future of the family.The endlessly repeated lies – that married people are now a minority, that most women don’t have husbands, that half of all first marriages end in divorce – exert a real world influence...
Prison 'Rewards' Border Agents
by Jerry Seper
..."Our border agents risk their lives daily to uphold our immigration laws and defend our borders," he said. "If the conviction of Ramos and Compean is an indication of how our government will repay them, we can be certain good men and women will soon flee the ranks of Border Patrol service"...

Thursday, January 18, 2007

What We Know About Embryonic Stem Cells
by Maureen L. Condic
...For the past five years, researchers have had completely unrestricted funding to conduct research on animal embryonic stem cells, and yet the serious scientific problems remain. They have had every conceivable tool of modern molecular research available to them for use in animal models, and yet the serious scientific problems remain. Millions of dollars have been consumed, and hundreds of scientific papers published, and yet the problems still remain. The promised miraculous cures have not materialized even for mice, much less for men...
Insurgencies Rarely Win – And Iraq Won’t Be Any Different (Maybe)
by Donald Stoker
Vietnam taught many Americans the wrong lesson: that determined guerrilla fighters are invincible. But history shows that insurgents rarely win, and Iraq should be no different. Now that it finally has a winning strategy, the Bush administration is in a race against time to beat the insurgency before the public’s patience finally wears out...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Seven Tough Choices We Will Not Make
by Robert Samuelson
...Both parties have marketed government as a source of aid and comfort. Benefits are to be pursued, burdens shifted and choices avoided. Problems are to be blamed on scapegoats ("the liberals,'' "the rich''). There is little sense of common interests and shared obligations. Politicians resort to symbolic acts that seem more meaningful than they actually are...
A Crowded Womb
by Natasha Pearlman
A twin leans over and kisses the cheek of her sister in a heart-warming picture that would not be out of place in any family home. Yet these siblings are a not even born and the astonishing images have been captured on a new 'four-dimensional' ultrasound scan of the womb...

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Why Martin Luther King Was Republican
by Frances Rice
It should come as no surprise that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Republican. In that era, almost all black Americans were Republicans. Why? From its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party until today, the Republican Party has championed freedom and civil rights for blacks...
A Rush to Condemn in the Duke & Plame Cases
by Jack Kelly
...Those who wonder why Mr. Nifong went forward with the Duke prosecution after receiving the DNA results should wonder also why Mr. Fitzgerald has persisted despite learning that no crime was committed when Ms. Plame's name was leaked, and that Mr. Armitage (who has not been indicted) was the leaker. Is to "fitzgerald" a synonym for to "nifong?"
Lady Justice Weeps While Illegal Aliens Laugh
by Douglas J. Hagmann
...At a time in this nation's history when border security is one of the most important factors in our fight for survival in the war against terrorists, we are sending two border patrol agents to prison [essentially for doing their job]...

Monday, January 15, 2007

Muslim Mums Told to Speak English at Home
by Julie Henry
Muslim mothers who do not speak English at home are stunting their children's literacy levels, one of the [UK] Government's most influential education advisers said last night...
Pelosi Snared in Wage-Hike Tuna Net
..."I am shocked,” declared Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who pointed out that Pelosi campaigned on promises of honest government. "We find out that she is exempting hometown companies from minimum wage...
Economists Upgrade US Outlook After Surprisingly Strong Data
Economists are hastily upgrading their forecasts for the US economy after a series of surprisingly strong reports suggesting the so-called "soft landing" may be over and growth is accelerating. Over the past week, surprises have come in stronger-than-expected reports on US job creation, the trade balance and retail sales -- all key contributors to economic activity...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
The day after President Bush's speech to the nation, Morning in America's Bill Bennett spoke with General Jack Keane, former U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff and a principal architect of the new plan in Iraq; before Pres. Bush gave his speech, columnist Victor Davis Hanson, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, spoke to Hugh Hewitt about the long-term military success against the evil we face; Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was on "The Michael Medved Show" this week and answered some tough questions starting with President Bush's increase of troops in Iraq; Morning in America's Bill Bennett talked to another presidential hopeful in 2008, Arizona Senator John McCain about Iraq.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Why Does Trousergate Go Ignored?
Investor's Business Daily
Scandal: A House Oversight Committee report details the real and potential damage to national security of Sandy Berger's theft and destruction of classified documents. And we may never know what was in them...No one in the mainstream media seems to care.
Terrorists 'Use Google Maps To Hit UK Troops'
by Thomas Harding
...The satellite photographs show in detail the buildings inside the bases and vulnerable areas such as tented accommodation, lavatory blocks and where lightly armoured Land Rovers are parked...A Google spokesman said the information could be used for "good and bad" and was available to the public in many forms...
14 Carter Center Advisers Resign Over Former President Jimmy Carter's Book
by Melissa Drosjack
...The members say the book "portrays the conflict between Israel and her neighbors as a purely one-sided affair with Israel holding all the responsibility for resolving the conflict"...

Friday, January 12, 2007

The Anti-Profiling Agenda
by Robert Spencer
...The anti-profiling initiative that is sure to begin soon will necessarily be predicated on the proposition that there is no more reason to be concerned about devout Muslims than about devout Presbyterians or devout Amish. Unfortunately, the evidence leads in exactly the opposite direction.
It's a Plan
by Frank J Gaffney Jr.
...the president addressed a reality his many critics generally ignore: Iraq is but one front in a global war against a totalitarian ideology, Islamofacism, that is determined to destroy us. He emphasized the risks for the outcome of that wider war were we now, in the face of such violence, to abandon the people we helped liberate...

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Global Schizophrenia
by Victor Davis Hanson
...It may be hard for the world's new impatient generation to accept the truth: There are no simple black-and-white solutions at little cost in today's technologically connected but politically fragmented world. Restless Americans and a demanding global public are going to have to accept that in Afghanistan, Darfur, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Somalia and the West Bank, the United States itself - not just the bogeyman George Bush - has only bad and far worse choices...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bush Wimps Out as Gangs Cross Our Border
by James P. Pinkerton
...a small team of National Guard troops "abandoned their post near the border southwest of Tucson as four gunmen approached from Mexico." American authorities assured the newspaper that this was all fine, all part of the plan. It seems that the National Guard, which President George W. Bush sent to the border with great fanfare last year, is on guard only to perform administrative and logistical functions - it's not supposed to do any actual border enforcement.
In Mexico, where gangs rule: "Here We Are Prisoners'
Sticking It To Low-Skilled Workers
by John Stossel
...Let's face it. The higher minimum wage is a feel-good law. A slight increase will pass because politicians and poverty activists will be able to say they have "done something" for the poor, while the victims of the policy go unnoticed. Those who can't find jobs because they produce too little are not likely to blame the law or the politicians who tried to "help" them. Then the resulting unemployment will justify expansion of the welfare state...

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Shape of Things to Come
by Bill Steigerwald
Major Garrett has been covering Congress for cable news outfits, newspapers and news magazines since 1990, when he was a reporter for The Washington Times. Now Fox News Channel’s congressional correspondent, Garrett spent Thursday on Capitol Hill, where the first Democrat-controlled House of Representatives in 12 years was sworn in. I called him to get his take on what changes and surprises we're likely to see this year in Speaker Nancy Pelosi's House...
A War of Endurance
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Imagine this war as a sort of grotesque race. The jihadists and sectarians win if they can kill enough Americans to demoralize us enough that we flee before Iraqis and Afghans stabilize their newfound freedom. They lose if they can't. Prosperity, security and liberty are the death knell to radical Islam. It's that elemental.
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Illegal Immigrants' Rearrest Rate High
by Lara Jakes Jordan
Illegal immigrants who were caught but released in the United States may have been rearrested as many as six times, Justice Department data released Monday indicate...

Monday, January 08, 2007

The Nature of Our Enemy
by Peter Wehner
The enemy we face is not Islam per se; rather, we face a global network of extremists who are driven by a twisted vision of Islam. These jihadists are certainly a minority within Islam -- but they exist, they are dangerous and resolute, in some places they are ascendant, and they need to be confronted and defeated. It's worth looking at Islam more broadly...
Hanging Hysteria
by Kirsten Powers
I didn't support the Iraq war and I oppose the death penalty - but the nonstop outrage and criticism of the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein is puzzling. Somehow, most of our nation's newspapers and magazines overlooked the core of this story: An evil dictator was brought to justice - the people he tortured, murdered and oppressed turned around and put him on trial, then carried out the sentence. How often does this happen in our world? Pretty much never...
Diversity's More Than Skin-Deep
by Jay Bergman
...the fetishization of diversity based on skin color and ethnicity has had the effect of blinding us to the more profound and powerful forms of diversity - those based on what people think as opposed to how they look - that determine so much of what happens in the world...
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Sunday, January 07, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt speaks with columnist Michael Barone on the day of Ford's death about the 38th President of the United States and the difficult times that the Ford presidency inherited; Michael Medved points out that there are some similarities between former President Ford and current President Bush; Dennis Prager shows why Saddam’s hanging was a great opportunity to evaluate the flaw in those opposed to the death penalty; and Nancy Pelosi was quick to claim her Speaker of the House position as a victory for women. Shortly after her acceptance speech, Michael Medved questioned whether it was really a victory for women.
A Surge in Troops Will Fail Miserably Unless We Correct Past Laxity
by Victor Davis Hanson
There are troop surges, and then there are troop surges, in military history. Some radically alter the calculus of the battlefield. Others simply add to the stasis and sense of quagmire, ending up as nothing more than preludes to defeat...
Secular Fundamentalists are the New Totalitarians
by Tobias Jones
...would-be dictators - and there are many of them - all pretend to be more tolerant than thou. They hide alongside the anti-racists, the anti-homophobes and anti-sexists. But what they are really against is something very different. They - call them secular fundamentalists - are anti-God, and what they really want is the eradication of religion, and all believers, from the face of the earth...

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Political Peak Oil
by Ronald Bailey
...If an “oil crisis” fails to materialize, it will be because nimble private oil companies will have succeeded in boosting production capacity in enough places around the world that temporarily losing one or two major producers to incompetence or malice won’t matter much. But the sad fact is that the world’s energy security would be a lot greater if more of the world’s oil and gas resources were in the hands of private companies.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Democrats Want to "Reduce Inequality"
by Neal Boortz
...Observe the first 100 days. So much of what the Democrats will do will be designed to increase the dependency of one class of Americans or another on the government. Legislation not designed to increase dependency will be designed to empower groups friendly to Democrat politicians...
We Can't Afford to Be Sentimental
by David Warren
...Saddam ran Iraq the way Stalin ran Russia -- more murderously, in proportion, but less efficiently. Had he been no more efficient, but had a better grasp of the world political order, he'd still be in power today -- and the problems for the West would be that much greater...
Iran's Secret Plan For Mayhem
by Eli Lake
...The news that American forces had captured Iranians in Iraq was widely reported last month, but less well known is that the Iranians were carrying documents that offered Americans insight into Iranian activities in Iraq. An American intelligence official said the new material, which has been authenticated within the intelligence community, confirms "that Iran is working closely with both the Shiite militias and Sunni Jihadist groups"...

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Social Security Agreement With Mexico Released After 3 1/2 Year Freedom of Information Act Battle
TREA Senior Citizens League
...The Totalization Agreement could allow millions of illegal Mexican workers to draw billions of dollars from the U.S. Social Security Trust Fund..."The Social Security Administration itself warns that Social Security is within decades of bankruptcy -- yet, they seem to have no problem making agreements that hasten its demise," said Ralph McCutchen, Chairman of the TREA Senior Citizens League...
Jimmy Carter's Li'l Ol' Stink Tank
Investor's Business Daily
...All of these contributors have virulently anti-Israel elements, and most have medieval records of opposing and obstructing democracy in their own countries. Maybe someday, in one of those softball interviews he gives, Carter will be asked to reconcile what he supposedly stands for with those from whom he gets his money.
What Did Berger Destroy?
by William Rusher
...Berger was concealing, and is still concealing, evidence of grave derelictions by Clinton or his aides in connection with terrorist activities in the United States prior to 9/11.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Look On My Works, Ye Might, and Despair
by Austin Bay
...Western peaceniks and other tyrant-enablers will call Saddam's execution the "further humiliation of Arabs" or "injustice and revenge." As usual, they are wrong. It's a political signal that it is possible to escape the dismal oppression of autocratic killers. Let the tyrants look upon Saddam at the end of the rope -- and despair.
America Founded to be Free, Not Secular
by Dennis Prager
Contrary to what you learned at college, America from its inception has been a religious country, and was designed to be one. As the greatest foreign observer of America, the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, noted in his "Democracy in America," "Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power"...

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Warnings About Christians are What is Intolerant
by Elizabeth Kantor
...Christianity played a crucial role in the establishment of the civil liberties we enjoy. And Christians are on the front lines defending those liberties today. These are important facts to remember, when evaluating warnings about “Christianists” and “theocracy.”
Ring Out the Old Bromides
by Debra J. Saunders
There are certain arguments that partisans repeat as if they are holy and certain -- until the arguments are no longer convenient. Here are some bromides and political arguments that were broadly used in the last few years, but now have outlived their usefulness, so you probably won't hear them much in 2007...

Monday, January 01, 2007

That Blasted Year
by Dave Barry
...despite the well-founded fear of terrorism, the seemingly unbreakable and escalating cycle of violence in the Middle East, the uncertain world economic future, the menace of global warming, the near-certainty that rogue states run by lunatics will soon have nuclear weapons, and the fact that America is confronting these dangers with a federal government sharply divided into two hostile parties unable to agree on anything except that the other side is scum, Americans face the new year with a remarkable lack of worry, and for a very good reason: They are busy drinking beer and watching football. So, Happy New Year.