"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, February 28, 2007

The Convenient Lie: Geffen Hit a Nerve
by Rich Lowry
...nakedly mischaracterizing Geffen’s role served the purpose of more closely associating Obama with his remarks. It was a convenient lie, and it just might have worked. Much of the punditocracy declared Hillary the winner of the bout over Geffen, since the Wolfson statement baited Obama’s above-the-fray campaign into responding in kind. Thus, the flap itself showed the merit in Geffen’s original criticism of the Clintons: “Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it’s troubling”...
Hollywood's Big Ho-Hum
by Cinnamon Stillwell
Having recently written about the politicization of various awards, I decided to sit in on Sunday night's Academy Awards just to verify that my criticism was justified. All I can say to those who wrote to me vociferously denying the politicization of awards such as the OscarsTM is that one would have to be deaf, dumb and blind not to recoil from the orgy of liberal self-congratulation on display...

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth”
Tennesse Center for Policy Research
Gore’s mansion, located in the posh Belle Meade area of Nashville, consumes more electricity every month than the average American household uses in an entire year, according to the Nashville Electric Service (NES). In his documentary, the former Vice President calls on Americans to conserve energy by reducing electricity consumption at home...
Immigrants Who Wire Money Get Help From the Fed
by Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Even as the federal government is starting to crack down on companies that hire illegal immigrants, it's been helping those same workers send money home, cheap. Dubbed Directo a Mexico, the Federal Reserve-sponsored service allows customers without Social Security numbers to wire money through the Fed system to Mexico's central bank at little cost...
Immigration related: Mexican Wives Want U.S. To Return Husbands

Monday, February 26, 2007

Where's the Beef.com?
by Michael Barone
Presidential candidates have the opportunity to set the national agenda by bringing forward new proposals and innovative policies. Some do this: Bill Clinton in 1992, George W. Bush in 2000. Others don't. Like most or all of the 2008 candidates...
The Choice on Iraq
by Joseph Lieberman
...We are at a critical moment in Iraq--at the beginning of a key battle, in the midst of a war that is irretrievably bound up in an even bigger, global struggle against the totalitarian ideology of radical Islamism. However tired, however frustrated, however angry we may feel, we must remember that our forces in Iraq carry America's cause--the cause of freedom--which we abandon at our peril.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
...Hugh Hewitt has an interesting exchange with presidential runner Rudy Giuliani; Michael Medved reacts to songwriter John Mellencamp's pacifistic statements condemning America's invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11; Dennis Prager is outraged by one of the latest BBC polls that slant the questions in order to get a result highlighting their leftist agenda; and Bill Bennett explains that Britain's decision to begin pulling their troops out of Iraq is not defeat...
Bush Decision To Let Mexican Trucks Far Into U.S. Faces Criticism
...[safetly advocates and members of Congress] said Mexico has substandard trucks and low-paid drivers that will threaten national security, cost thousands of jobs and endanger motorists on the northern side of the Mexican border...

Saturday, February 24, 2007

No Way To End A War
by Charles Krauthammer
...Of course, the Democrats believe that the war cannot be won. But if that's the case, they should order a withdrawal by cutting off the funds. They shouldn't micromanage the war in a way that will make winning impossible. That not only endangers the troops remaining in the field, it makes the Democrats' the-war-is-lost mantra a self-fulfilling prophecy...

Friday, February 23, 2007

Rise of the Anti-Hero
by Cal Thomas
"Anti-hero: A main character in a dramatic or narrative work who is characterized by a lack of traditional heroic qualities, such as idealism or courage." Consider what occupies and diverts our attention from substantive matters: Anna Nicole Smith; Britney Spears; the astronaut gone wild, Lisa Nowak; the sleeping, dating, marital and divorce arrangements of film stars. It is all about the base, the tawdry and the anti-heroic...
Related: When Awards Become Politicized
Profile Of A Terrorist
Investor's Business Daily
A new Gallup poll finds that richer, better-educated Muslims are more likely to be radicalized. This explodes the myth of the poor, dumb terrorist. Since 9/11, the politically correct elite have mau-maued Americans into thinking the terrorists have hijacked a peaceful religion out of ignorance and poverty. Or that they've been brainwashed by Osama bin Laden...
Sheriff: Deputy Prosecuted by Mexico's Demand
by Jerome R. Corsi
Investigators had no plans to bring charges against Texas Sheriff's Deputy Gilmer Hernandez until the Mexican government intervened and demanded it, the officer's supervisor told WND...

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Why His Haters Can’t Do Without George W. Bush  
by Keith Thompson
...by serving as the family’s “symptom bearer,” the [identified patient] permitted the other members of the family to continue their own dysfunctional behaviors. Such a deal: one person gets to be “it,” the others get to be righteous. Sound anything like family gatherings you’ve attended?...With the fervor of castle-storming villagers and witch burners of ages past, today’s impeachment-now zealots have transformed the president into their very own “identified patient”...
U.S. 'Rewarded' Alien For His Testimony
by Jerry Seper
An illegal alien got a "get out of jail free card" plus U.S. legal documents and monetary compensation from federal prosecutors in exchange for his testimony against a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of using excessive force during an arrest...

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Happiness Is a Moral Obligation
by Dennis Prager
...The pursuit of happiness is not the pursuit of pleasure. The pursuit of pleasure is hedonism, and hedonists are not happy because the intensity and amount of pleasure must constantly be increased in order for hedonism to work. Pleasure for the hedonist is a drug...

Monday, February 19, 2007

Murtha in Command
by Robert Novak
After 16 undistinguished terms in Congress, Rep. John P. Murtha at long last felt his moment had arrived. He could not keep quiet the secret Democratic strategy that he had forged for the promised "second step" against President Bush's Iraq policy...His message: I am running this show...
Some Mull Idea of Senator Bill Clinton
by Bill Sammon
...“Nothing will solve the Bill problem entirely,” Sabato said. “He will be restless and underfoot for Hillary, in part because he is the more talented pol”...

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved discusses Iran's deadly role in Iraq; Hugh Hewitt speaks with NY Times Pulitzer winner John Burns about Iraq; Dennis Prager criticizes Senator Barack Obama for saying that 3,000 American lives have been "wasted" in the war; Dr. Albert Mohler talks with Prof. Robert George about moral relativism in America's universities.
Cowards Give Up on GIs & Give In to Evil
by Ralph Peters
...signaling our enemies that Congress wants them to win isn't "supporting our troops." The "nonbinding resolution" telling the world that we intend to surrender to terrorism and abandon Iraq may be the most disgraceful congressional action since the Democratic Party united to defend slavery...

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Victory Caucus
by Hugh Hewitt
MoveOn.org grew out of the impeachment crisis, as lefty Democrats grew disgusted with Republicans and with what they considered to be round-heeled Democrats. Today The Victory Caucus is seeing tremendous traffic for a site that is five days old, and an impressive commitment of resources from virtual volunteers around the country...Leadership isn't going to come from the Hill which didn't even whip today's vote. And time-serving backbenchers like Lawnboy Ric Keller aren't going to get a pass...
Representative Jefferson Gets Seat on Homeland Security
by Paul Kane
Rep. William Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who's facing an ongoing federal corruption probe, is being granted a spot on the Homeland Security Committee, according to Democratic aides...

Friday, February 16, 2007

War — What It Is Good For
by Jonathan Turley
...To teach that all war is immoral is to deny the absolute values that frame a truly moral life. Arguably, the view of all war as immoral is itself amoral. Whether it is World War II or the first Gulf War, there are wars worth fighting and causes worth dying — and yes, killing — for. The failure of the world to fight in Rwanda and Darfur are, in my view, amoral acts of omission...
Related: So, Did America Overreact to 9/11?
Curse of the Christian-Bashers
by Mary Eberstadt
...Sophisticates and secularists have always titillated themselves by despising the Bible Belt. But professional Christian-bashers have never been as "embedded" in the liberal mainstream as they are today. And therein lies a problem for Democrats...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The Contra-Iraq Resolutions: Running out the Clock on the War
by Amanda B. Carpenter
After Senate Republicans were accused by the media of "stalling" and "blocking" non-binding resolutions against the President's troop surge the chore was passed off to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Now, Ms. Pelosi is happily spinning her wheels on the measure to gain distance for Democrats between the beginning of the surge and the planned failure they are engineering for its end...

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

A Letter from Mosul
by Cal Thomas
..."The American military has shown a stone-cold professional veneer throughout the seething debate raging over Iraq. Beneath that veneer, however, is a fuming, visceral hatred. We feel as though we have been betrayed by Congress." Sgt. Dobson believes the military is being hamstrung against an enemy with no reservations or restrictions...
Tough Questions We Were Right to Ask
by Douglas J. Feith
...Cheered on by the chairmen of the Senate intelligence and armed services committees, [Inspector General Thomas Gimble] is giving bad advice based on incomplete fact-finding and poor logic. He is discouraging tough questioning of intelligence. Our government needs more such questioning, not less.
Transcript: Hugh Hewitt's Interview of Douglas Feith
Mexico Demanded U.S. Prosecute Sheriff, Agents
by Jerome R. Corsi
..."Mexico wants to intimidate our law enforcement into leaving our border unprotected, and we now have confirmation of it in writing," Culberson said...
Putin's Pique: Why the Bear's Back
by Peter Brookes
...what probably really torques Tsar Vlad off about the United States and the West supposedly forcing their will around the world is that it prevents the Soviet Union, er, Russia, from forcing its will on the world...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Pope: No Human Law Can 'Overturn That of Creator'
AFP
...Natural law has "concrete applications" such as protecting human life from conception to its natural end, and the institution of marriage between a man and a woman, Benedict said. "Awareness of natural law is inscribed in our very being," he said. "The law inscribed in our nature is the true guarantee offered to everyone to be able to live freely and in dignity"...
On Comparing Global Warming Denial to Holocaust Denial
by Dennis Prager
...It may be inconceivable to Al Gore, Ellen Goodman and their many millions of supporters that a person can disagree with them on global warming and not have evil motives: Such an individual must be paid by oil companies to lie, or lie -- as do Holocaust deniers -- for some other vile reason...
Related: The Real Agenda: Capitulation to Leftist Causes
Too Late to Halt Iran’s Nuclear Bomb, EU is Told
by Daniel Dombey and Fidelius Schmid
...In an admission of the international community’s failure to hold back Iran’s nuclear ambitions, the document – compiled by the staff of Javier Solana, EU foreign policy chief – says the atomic programme has been delayed only by technical limitations rather than diplomatic pressure...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Privacy or Protection?
by John Yoo
Civil libertarians would have us believe that the war on terrorism has introduced a vast new national security state that is sweeping suspects off the street without charge, listening in on every phone call and throwing citizens before military courts. The only problem is that the targets of their criticism lived in the last centuries...
An Experiment that Hints We Are Wrong on Climate Change
The Sunday Times
When politicians and journalists declare that the science of global warming is settled, they show a regrettable ignorance about how science works...a 10% uncertainty in any theory is a wide open breach for any latterday Galileo or Einstein to storm through with a better idea. That is how science really works...
Related: Skeptics 'Treated Like a Pariah'

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Medved discusses global warming with environmental expert Dennis Avery, author of the book "Unstoppable Global Warming: Every 1500 Years"; Prager invites epidemiologist and toxicologist Gio Batta Gori on his show to dispute the well funded television campaigns that have driven home the point: If you smoke, you're killing everyone around you; & Gallagher debates and strongly disapproves of William Arkin's anti-troop article in the Washington Post in which he calls the U.S. troops "mercenaries."
Is the Middle Class Losing "Its Place At the Table"?
by Nick Gillespie
...the middle class' place at the table is pretty secure--maybe not the best seat in the house, but arguably better than ever. A historically high 70 percent of Americans own their homes. And two-thirds of high school graduates go on to college (up from half in 1970). That wouldn't be happening if the U.S. was fast turning into the Brazil of the North...

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Parasitic Infection Plagues Border States
by Joyce Howard Price
..."So if you have people cooking for you or handling your food who are tapeworm carriers and don't have good personal hygiene, you will be exposed to the eggs of the tapeworm" and become infected by swallowing food they touch, Mr. Tsang explained...
Gen. Tom McInerney: Haditha Defendants' Rights Violated
by Phil Brennan
..."Now every time they fire a weapon they have to fill out paper work," he said. "When guys are being fired upon in combat the oversight is unbelievable. We cannot fight a war like that. We just cannot have such perfect, strict peacetime thinking in wartime rules of engagement. We're not taking care of our people." This, he said "is one of the reasons why we have not had more decisive results [on the ground in Iraq].
Border-agent Investigator Had Tie to Smuggler
by Jerome R. Corsi
..."There was no reason to have redacted Christopher Sanchez's name from the report," Ramirez told WND. "Sanchez was a DHS special agent. But everywhere you look, Sanchez shows up playing a role shepherding the drug dealer around and framing the evidence that ended up being used by Johnny Sutton to put Ramos and Compean in prison for 11 and 12 years respectively."

Friday, February 09, 2007

The Secret New Way of Earmarks
by Kimberley A. Strassel
...Welcome to Congress's new and dirtier earmark game, in which the big spenders are setting all the rules. In front of the cameras, both parties claim to have found earmark religion, and are talking up a bill that would reform the way Congress asks for billions in goodies for lawmakers' home districts. Behind the scenes, they're working feverishly to keep the earmarks rolling, this time using a technique outside of the legislative process and hidden from public view...

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Who Owns the Southwest?
by Allan Wall
...Maybe we should have thought twice about importing millions of people from the only country on earth with an irredentist claim against us—and then encouraging them not to assimilate!...
Who's to Blame for The Killing
by Charles Krauthammer
...when Arabs kill Arabs and Shiites kill Shiites and Sunnis kill all in a spasm of violence that is blind and furious and has roots in hatreds born long before America was even a republic, to place the blame on the one player, the one country, the one military that has done more than any other to try to separate the combatants and bring conciliation is simply perverse. It infantilizes Arabs. It demonizes Americans. It willfully overlooks the plainest of facts: Iraq is their country. We midwifed their freedom. They chose civil war.
More: Hitchens: Islamists' "Divide and Rule" Tactic

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Liberals Don't Ask "What Happens Next?"
by Dennis Prager
Asking ["What happens next?"] means that social policy is made by noble and compassionate minds, not hearts alone. In the rest of life, thinking through the consequences of actions is called "responsible" and "mature." Those remain worthy goals in public life as well.
An Ugly Invocation
by Debbie Schlussel
Democratic National Committee made a strange choice to deliver the invocation last Friday at its winter meeting: Husham al-Husainy - an extremist who has a long record of support for prominent Islamists at war with America and Israel...Once, being a fan of America's enemies would disqualify someone from a prominent role at Democratic Party events. But the Dems' opposition to President Bush seems to have changed that. Apparently, they want America to lose at all cost.
Neofascism Intent on Destroying Democracy
by Carlos Alberto Montaner
...the 30 poorest and most unhappy nations are satrapies governed by enlightened caudillos full of good intentions, willing to impose prosperity and justice at the point of a sword. Lamentably, the neofascists are oblivious of the catastrophes that their destructive predecessors provoked. They will repeat history.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Mexifornia, Five Years Later
by Victor Davis Hanson
...The growing national discomfort over illegal immigration more than four years after “Mexifornia” first appeared in City Journal is not only apparent in the rightward shift of the debate but also in the absence of any new arguments for open borders—while the old arguments, Americans are finally concluding, really do erode the law, reward the cynical here and abroad, and needlessly divide Americans along class, political, and ethnic lines.
Appeasement Takes Hold Again in Europe
by Paul Sheehan
...Faced with the rising tide of bomb attacks, plots, threats, demands and belligerent victimology from a violent, ignorant and sexually repressive subculture, the centre of European civilisation appears to be doing exactly what it did the last time blackshirts were on the march in Europe - appeasing, denying and capitulating.
Global Warming: The Cold, Hard Facts?
by Timothy Ball
...Believe it or not, Global Warming is not due to human contribution of Carbon Dioxide (CO2). This in fact is the greatest deception in the history of science. We are wasting time, energy and trillions of dollars while creating unnecessary fear and consternation over an issue with no scientific justification...

Monday, February 05, 2007

Joe Kennedy Pimps for Hugo Chavez
by Don Feder
...Here’s the scam: Kennedy gets heating oil from Citgo, wholly owned by Venezuela, which is wholly owned by Chavez. Little Joe (who loves playing Lord Bountiful to the needy, in preparation for his next bid for public office) offers the product to low-income families, while boosting “our friends in Venezuela” in TV spots...
Against the Grain: Some Scientists Deny Global Warming Exists
by Lawrence Solomon
...He has recanted: "Like many others, I was personally sure that CO2 is the bad culprit in the story of global warming. But after carefully digging into the evidence, I realized that things are far more complicated than the story sold to us by many climate scientists or the stories regurgitated by the media. "In fact, there is much more than meets the eye"...

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Medved, Prager, Parshall and guest columnist Mark Steyn comment on the multitude of "deep thoughts" by Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Jesse Jackson and others spoken at the anti-Iraq War protest; Hewitt grills former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe on the compatibility of his Catholic faith and his politics; and Al Mohler comments on moral dilemmas presented by modern science.
The West is in a Trance
by Barry Casselman
...This self-delusion is the most dangerous response possible to the intense and rapid change all over the planet. This self-denial takes many forms, including obsessions with abstract issues of little real consequence, e.g., animal rights, capital punishment, celebrity gossip, political correctness, etc. It is accompanied by the rise of secular mandates and the suppression of spiritual values. It exhibits excesses of greed that threaten both capitalism and representative government...
Related: Tribalism & Us
Chairman Mo Never Left the UN
by Judi McLeod
Missing from the global radar screen but critiquing the U.S. from the comfort of Beijing ever since his links to the UN oil-for-food scandal became public knowledge, Maurice Strong will resurface Feb. 20 in Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco...And for hardworking US investigators who tried to curb corruption at the world's largest bureaucracy, a course on anger management might be in order...

Saturday, February 03, 2007

"Terrorism Deniers": Like Holocaust Deniers, Only, Like, Way Cooler
by Jeff Emanuel
...when the real enemy is the President, and the real goal is promoting dissent at all costs, without regard for the lives that stand to be lost, in part, due to their cavalier public attitudes toward genuine threats, the template matters more than anything – including, and especially, reality.
Speaker Pursues Military Flights
by Rowan Scarborough
...[Pelosi] is seeking regular military flights not only for herself and her staff, but also for relatives and for other members of the California delegation. A knowledgeable source called the request "carte blanche for an aircraft any time"...

Friday, February 02, 2007

'Hanoi Jane' Becomes 'Jihad Jane'
by Chuck Grist
...As a veteran of Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom, I am waiting for the "celebrities" like Jane Fonda to make their trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for photo opportunities with the insurgent leaders. I can already picture Fonda holding an AK47 and wearing a suicide vest as she becomes cozy with the terrorists. After "Jihad Jane" and her Hollywood pals sit on Haifa Street sipping tea with the insurgents, I hope they are permitted to leave with their heads.
Chinese Army 'Harvesting Body Parts'
News.com.au
China's military is harvesting organs from unwilling live prison inmates, mostly Falungong practitioners, for transplants on a large scale - including to foreign recipients- according to a study...
China's Space-Weapon Test Could Endanger Astronauts and Satellites
by Ned Potter
When the Chinese government destroyed one of its weather satellites in a military test last month, it sent a chill through the U.S. military. And engineers say it had a serious side effect -- it increased the amount of orbiting space junk by about 10 percent. That could mean danger -- to other satellites, and even, possibly, to astronauts on the International Space Station and future space shuttle flights...

Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Ugly American
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In truth, the United States has never been richer or more generous. Its military is preeminent, protects vulnerable allies and fights extremism worldwide. Immigrants risk their lives to reach our shores. But we are in a deep spiritual crisis when a recent candidate for our presidency either cannot, or will not, patiently explain that to the world...
Free Inquiry? Not on Campus
by John Leo
...The censors have only grown in power, elevating antidiscrimination rules above “absolutist” free-speech principles, silencing dissent with antiharassment policies, and looking away when students bar or disrupt conservative speakers or steal conservative newspapers...