"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

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Study: U.S. Legal System Eats Up $865B
United Press International
...The U.S. legal system imposes a cost of $865 billion a year on the U.S. economy, or $9,800 a family, a San Francisco "free-market" think tank reports. The costs associated with civil lawsuits, and the fear of them, is 27 times more than the federal government spends on homeland security; 30 times what the National Institutes of Health dedicates to biomedical research; and 13 times the amount the U.S. education department spends to educate children, the Pacific Research Institute says...
China Has Gained and Tested Array of Space Weapons
by Bill Gertz
...Their capabilities go "all the way from temporary and reversible effects -- [Global Positioning System] jamming, things like that, [communications] jamming, all the way through direct ascent ASAT," he said, referring to anti-satellite weapons. "Eventually, they'll probably be looking at co-orbital" weapons -- missiles that orbit near a satellite and then explode...
'Socks, Scissors, Paper: The Sandy Berger Caper'
by Edward Barnes
Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., is charging a cover-up by the Justice Department in connection with the 2003 theft and destruction of top secret documents by Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger. Davis also told FOX News that he is not convinced that Berger was not acting under direction from the Clinton Administration...
Passengers Sued Over Imams' Removal
Associated Press
..."When you drive up the road towards the airport, there's a big road sign that says, 'Report suspicious behavior,'" said Gerry Nolting, a Minneapolis lawyer. "There's no disclaimer that adds, 'But beware if you do that, you might get sued'"...

Friday, March 30, 2007

How Britons Were Conned by Iranian Gunboat Trick
by Dominic Kennedy
...The Ministry of Defence released the coordinates of the searched vessel yesterday to prove that the Iranian Revolutionary Guards made an unprovoked and improper attack in Iraqi waters...

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Beyond Iraq
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Depending on how we leave Iraq, this global war against radical Islamic terrorism will either wax or wane. But it will hardly end.
The Boom and Bust Cycle in Counterterrorism Spending
by Fred Burton
...Eventually, the next attack will occur. The government quite simply cannot protect every potential target, no matter how much money is applied to the problem. It can, however, reduce the threat by taking a long-term view and focusing on developing successful programs, rather than basing decisions on the ebb and flow of public perception and popular opinion.
Feinstein Quits Committee Under War-Profiteer Cloud
World Net Daily
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., has abruptly walked away from her responsibilities with the Senate Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee after a report linked her votes to the financial well-being of her husband's companies, which received billions of dollars worth of military construction contracts she approved...

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Mothers Eating Beef Could Threaten Sons' Fertility
by Roger Highfield
..."Theoretically, the foetus and young children are particularly sensitive to exposure to sex steroids. Therefore, the consumption of residues of steroids in meat by pregnant women and young children is of particular concern"...
Banning Legos
by John J. Miller
...“We recognized that children are political beings, actively shaping their social and political understandings of ownership and economic equity,” write Pelo and Pelojoaquin. “We agreed that we want to take part in shaping the children’s understandings from a perspective of social justice. So we decided to take the Legos out of the classroom”...
Senate War Bill Features $20B in Pork
by Charles Hurt
...The Senate bill is $18 billion more than President Bush requested for military operations. The House bill, which passed last week, exceeded the administration’s request by $21 billion and included money for spinach growers, peanut storage and citrus farmers...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

New Form of Evil Is Why America Has Not Won Iraq War
by Dennis Prager
...There are respectable arguments to be made against America's initially going into Iraq. But intellectually honest opponents of the war have to acknowledge that no one could anticipate an "insurgency" that included people leaving children in a car and then blowing them up.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Who Pays America's Tax Burden, and Who Gets the Most Government Spending?
by Andrew Chamberlain, Gerald Prante & Scott A. Hodge
...Overall, we find that America's lowest-earning one-fifth of households received roughly $8.21 in government spending for each dollar of taxes paid in 2004. Households with middle-incomes received $1.30 per tax dollar, and America's highest-earning households received $0.41...
Shariah in Minnesota?
by Katherine Kersten
The land of 10,000 lakes and that welcoming attitude we call "Minnesota Nice"--is becoming a window on America's potential future. Here in Minneapolis, one of the nation's most livable cities, hard-line Muslim activists are injecting an element that is anything but nice...

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Radio host Bill Bennett and former Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew McCarthy discuss how the Democrats have been hounding President Bush over the firing of 8 U.S. attorneys; Dr. Albert Mohler clarifies his position on the "gay gene" which caused a firestorm last week; Radio host Kevin McCullough speaks with Congressman Tom DeLay about his personal conversion to Christ; and Dennis Prager expresses his disgust over a Little League baseball game that was infiltrated by leftist political correctness. All this and more.
The Politics of Anger
by George Will
...Once upon a time, Americans admired models of self-control, people such as George Washington and Jackie Robinson, who mastered their anger rather than relishing being mastered by it...Today, however, proclaimed anger -- the more vituperative the better -- is regarded as a sign of good character and emotional vitality...
Hill Bill Protects Flying Public
by Audrey Hudson
House Republicans are pushing legislation to protect airline passengers from lawsuits for reporting suspicious behavior that might be linked to a terrorist attack...

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Usual Critics Quiet About Proposed Dubai Purchase of US Aerospace Companies
by Youssef Ibrahim
...Neither Senator Schumer, the man who will run toward any microphone, nor Senator Clinton, aka "I have something to say about everything," has had much to say about a new foray into America by the fearsome Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, the Middle East shark who is coming in for a second bite after his successful Dubai Ports World attack of last year...
Tainted Chinese Wheat Behind US Pet Poisonings: Report
AFP
..."A source close to the investigation tells ABC News that the rodenticide, which the source says is illegal to use in the United States, was on wheat that was imported from China and used by Menu Foods in nearly 100 brands of dog and cat food," the US network said in its website...
Illegal Border Crossers Rarely Prosecuted
Guidelines issued by U.S. attorneys in Texas showed that most illegal immigrants crossing into the state had to be arrested at least six times before federal authorities would prosecute them, according to an internal Justice Department memo...

Friday, March 23, 2007

No More Mr. Nice Prez
New York Post
President Bush tried to meet Congress halfway on that trumped-up federal prosecutor nonsense - and got his hand slapped away. No surprise...Bush needn't play along - not for a minute. And he shouldn't. He's been offering olive branches left and right, and failing to defend what he believes is right...
Holiday in Iraq
by Christopher Hitchens
Over Christmas break, the author took his son to northern Iraq, which the U.S. had made a no-fly zone in 1991, ending Saddam's chemical genocide. Now reborn, Iraqi Kurdistan is a heartrending glimpse of what might have been [elswhere in Iraq].
Al's Warming Lies
by Ian Murray
...Meanwhile, 2 billion people around the world go without electricity. About 3 million die each year because of fumes given off by primitive stoves. The U.S. economy sneezes when gasoline hits $3 a gallon. If we have a moral duty, it's to keep energy affordable here and to expand access to it overseas. That's the real moral truth, however inconvenient for Al Gore.
More: Al-Mighty Preacher Running Out of Power

Thursday, March 22, 2007

An American Beslan?
Investor's Business Daily
As Democrats hold more silly hearings to embarrass Republicans, the FBI is warning local police to be alert for Muslim extremists hijacking school buses. Reality check, please...
Sun Can Cause Global Warming
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
...The authors suggest that variations in the sun's ultraviolet energy cause adjustments in a climate pattern called the Northern Annular Mode, which affects climate in the atmosphere of the Northern Hemisphere during the winter...

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

The Essence of Liberalism: Embracing Life's Losers
by Michael Medved
...While the right wants to reward beneficial choices and discourage destructive directions, the left seeks to eliminate or reduce the impact of the disadvantages that result from bad decisions. In place of the conservative emphasis on accountability, the left proffers a gospel of indiscriminate compassion. This leads directly, and inevitably, to the liberal passion to sanctify victimhood...
Leftist related: Pictures From an "Anti-war" Rally
The Media Likes Scaring Us, and We Like It
by John Stossel
I'm embarrassed by my profession. We consumer reporters should warn you about life's important risks, but instead, we mislead you about dubious risks. I first started thinking about this when interviewing Ralph Nader years ago, before he stopped speaking to me. Nader worried about almost everything: Food? "It can spoil in your own refrigerator," Chicken? "[It's] contaminated...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Compassion and the Decline of America
by Dennis Prager
...In order to ensure that the boys losing by a lopsided score would not feel too bad, the score was changed...Compassion as the primary determinant of behavior is effective in personal life. In making public policy, it is a morally and socially destructive guideline. In fact, it is so bad that thinking people must conclude that its primary purpose is to enable policy makers who are guided by compassion to feel good about themselves.
How the Left Intimidates the Media
by Cliff Kincaid
...They want to bring back the fairness doctrine not to ensure true fairness and balance in journalism but to intimidate and censor those expressing a view contrary to their own...
No Return for Sudan's Forgotten Slaves
by Joseph Winter
...Some 8,000 people are believed to be living in slavery in Sudan, 200 years after Britain banned the Atlantic slave trade and 153 years after it also tried to abolish slavery in Sudan...Most were forcibly converted to Islam, given Muslim names and told not to speak their mother tongue...

Monday, March 19, 2007

Victor Victorians: A Lesson in Real Morality
by Mark Steyn
...A "social conscience" obliges the individual to act. Today we call for action all the time, but mostly from government, which is another way of excusing us and allowing us to get on with the distractions of the day. Our schoolhouses revile the Victorian do-gooders as condescending racists and oppressors -- though the single greatest force for ending slavery around the world was the Royal Navy...
Cannabis: An Apology
by Jonathan Owen
In 1997, this newspaper launched a campaign to decriminalise the drug. If only we had known then what we can reveal today...
Earmark Subterfuge
by Robert Novak
As part of "Sunshine Week" to promote transparent government, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) last Monday was supposed to release a comprehensive database revealing the number and cost of earmarks since 2005. It did not. The word on Capitol Hill was that the OMB was muzzled...
Islamosocialism
by Bret Stephens
"It is a profound truth," declared the British Socialist Party in a 1911 manifesto, "that Socialism is the natural enemy of religion." Not the least of the oddities in the subsequent history of progressive politics is that today it has become the principal vehicle in the West for Islamist goals and policies...

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt discusses his just-released book: "A Mormon in the White House?: 10 Things Every American Should Know about Mitt Romney"; Dennis Prager discusses why Democrats won't appear on a Fox News debate; and Dr. Albert Mohler spoke with Mark Halpern about his new book titled "Fame Junkies" which deals with the millions of kids who are now seeking fame as an end in itself. All this and more.
Global Warming: Moving Towards Metrosexuals
by Daniel Clark
The latest point of emphasis in the global warming movement is that cattle farming endangers the planet by producing too much methane. So now, steaks and hamburgers are classified as instruments of destruction, along with large vehicles, lawn mowers, and charcoal grills. It can't be much longer before cowboy movies, cigars and hockey are held to be enemies of the earth as well. This has got to be the most blatant assault on guyhood since ABC moved Coach to the same night as Roseanne...
Iraqis: Life Is Getting Better
by Marie Colvin
...The survey of more than 5,000 Iraqis found the majority optimistic despite their suffering in sectarian violence since the American-led invasion four years ago this week...

Saturday, March 17, 2007

The Non-Scandalous Scandal
by Mike Gallagher
...Everything about this fabricated controversy stinks. And the worst part of it is this: if and when Gonzales – or Karl Rove – should happen to resign in order to get the world off President Bush’s back, the bullies of the media and the Democratic Party will wallow in victory and be more monstrous than ever.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Can't Say 'Christian' at U.S. Birthplace
by Bob Unruh
Tour guides at the American birthplace of Jamestown, Va., are being prevented from explaining Christian history and are under orders to refer to items such as the Ten Commandments and Lord's Prayer only as "religious" in nature...

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hillary Clinton Knows All About Sacking U.S. Attorneys
...As everyone once knew but has tried to forget, Mr. Hubbell was a former partner of Mrs. Clinton at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock who later went to jail for mail fraud and tax evasion. He was also Bill and Hillary Clinton's choice as Associate Attorney General in the Justice Department when Janet Reno, his nominal superior, simultaneously fired all 93 U.S. Attorneys in March 1993. Ms. Reno--or Mr. Hubbell--gave them 10 days to move out of their offices...
Congress Loads Up $20 Billion in Pork
by Charles Hurt
...Money for peanut storage in Georgia, spinach growers in California, menhaden in the Atlantic Ocean and even more office space for the lawmakers themselves is included in what has ballooned into a $124 billion war bill. "This emergency supplemental bill has more ornaments hanging over our many branches of government than the White House Christmas tree," Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., said...
Foreign Influence in Border Agents' Trial To Be Probed
by Jerry Seper
...The request for the hearing came from Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, California Republican, who has questioned whether the Mexican government tried to influence U.S. officials to prosecute Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean and Edwards County, Texas, Deputy Sheriff Guillermo Hernandez...

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Core Of Conservatism: Distinctions And Consequences
by Michael Medved
...Above all, conservatives feel impelled to make clear distinctions between right and wrong. We reject all notions of moral relativism. Though we’re obviously imperfect, and (like all human beings) often fail to do the right thing, we try to draw lines between the beneficial and the dysfunctional, between productive and destructive...
More Medved: Scene 1: Discredit Religion; Scene 2: See Scene 1

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Jesus Was No Leftist
by Dennis Prager
...He was, among other things, a religious Jew who knew and believed his Hebrew Bible, which contains verses such as this one from Psalms: "Those of you who love God must hate evil." That, not offering another city for terrorists to bomb, is likely what Jesus believed.
'Supporting the Troops'
by Thomas Sowell
...They are not interested in heroes. They are interested in depicting victims -- in the military as in civilian society. The Newsweek hypocrisy is not unique. It has been the rule, not the exception, as much of the mainstream media has devoted itself to filtering and spinning the news out of Iraq...
Related: Iraq's Accomplishments in Perspective
The Great ADHD Myth
by Jenny Hope
The psychiatrist who identified attention deficit disorder...said that up to 30 per cent of youngsters classified as suffering from disruptive and hyperactive conditions could have been misdiagnosed...Many of these conditions might be normal reactions which are not really disorders,' he continued...

Monday, March 12, 2007

Berger & Libby: A Tale of Two Crimes
by Michael Barone
...Churchill is not the only politician who has wanted to write the history of his times; most politicians and political operatives want at least to shape the way history views their actions. Some are better at this than others. In the previous century, Democrats did much better at this than Republicans...

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt speaks with former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum about John McCain and his comment: "The only one I wouldn't support is John McCain"; Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz believes China's military is growing more powerful and dangerous each day; and Dennis Prager talks to Alison Armstrong, co-founder of Celebrating Men, Satisfying Women seminars, and author of "Keys to the Kingdom." All this and more.
Fix Bad Government with More Government?
by Dennis Byrne
The partisans who are scoring political points by gnashing their teeth over the outpatient failures at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are missing the point: The government did it. It is especially aggravating because many of these same partisans want to turn the nation's health care system over to...the government...
Ruling Says 'Family Values' is Hate Speech
World Net Daily
A ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has concluded that municipal employers have the right to censor the words "natural family," "marriage" and "family values" because that is hate speech and could scare workers...

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Officers Outgunned on U.S. Border
by Jerry Seper
Violence along the U.S.-Mexico border is undergoing what U.S. law-enforcement authorities call "an unprecedented surge," some of it fueled by weapons and ammunition purchased or stolen in the United States...assaults against Border Patrol agents have more than doubled over the past two years, mainly by drug cartels "far more inclined to utilize violence as a means of achieving their goal of successfully smuggling contraband and people."
Immigration related: Illegals Taking More and More Jobs
Don’t Pig Out
by Stephen Spruiell
Pork-barrel spending has been cut in half after skyrocketing for seven straight years, according to the latest CAGW (Citizens Against Government Waste) Congressional Pig Book. Here’s how it happened, and why budget hawks shouldn’t be ordering champagne for the victory party just yet...

Friday, March 09, 2007

Shattering 3 Myths About Liberals
by John Hawkins
Conservatives are more racist than liberals...Liberals are more compassionate than conservatives...Liberalism is the ideology of science...

Thursday, March 08, 2007

Shooting Elephants in a Barrel
by Ann Coulter
Lewis Libby has now been found guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice for lies that had absolutely no legal consequence...This makes it official: It's illegal to be Republican. Since Teddy Kennedy walked away from a dead girl with only a wrist slap (which was knocked down to a mild talking-to, plus time served: zero), Democrats have apparently become a protected class in America, immune from criminal prosecution no matter what they do...

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Why a South Carolina Teen Has To Work His Way Through High School
by Brendan Miniter
...Capers is one of a handful of "independent schools" that serve the state's rural poor...The school places a heavy emphasis on reading, writing and math. As a result the school's average SAT score, 1150, is 164 points above the state average, and this year the school expects every one of its graduates to go on to college. St. Johns High School, the public school these students would be attending if not for Capers, has an average SAT score of 788...

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Could 650,000 Iraqis Really Have Died Because of the Invasion?
by Anjana Ahuja
The statistics made headlines all over the world when they were published in The Lancet in October last year...“The authors ignore contrary evidence, cherry-pick and manipulate supporting evidence and evade inconvenient questions,” contends Professor Spagat, who believes the paper was poorly reviewed. “They published a sampling methodology that can overestimate deaths by a wide margin but respond to criticism by claiming that they did not actually follow the procedures that they stated.” The paper had “no scientific standing”...
One of First Scientists Warning of Global Warming Danger Now Skeptical
by Lawrence Solomon
...Dr. Allegre has the highest environmental credentials. The author of early environmental books, he fought successful battles to protect the ozone layer from CFCs and public health from lead pollution. His break with scientific dogma over global warming came at a personal cost: Colleagues in both the governmental and environmental spheres were aghast that he could publicly question the science behind climate change...
More: Greenhouse Effect Is a Myth, Say Scientists
Human Genes In Your Food?
by Sean Poulter
...The rice is a major step in so-called Frankenstein Foods, the first mingling of human-origin genes and those from plants. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has already signalled it plans to allow commercial cultivation...

Monday, March 05, 2007

The New Global Sex Trade
by Chuck Norris
..."The FBI estimates that well over 100,000 children and young women are trafficked in America today. They range in age from 9 to 19, with the average age being 11"...In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in Great Britain, I'm encouraging citizens everywhere in March to cry out from the shores of complacency regarding the 27 million slaves alive today on the planet. We must fight for those who cannot, and that includes those in sexual servitude...
'It Is Just Not Walter Reed'
by Anne Hull & Dana Priest
...The mold, mice and rot of Walter Reed's Building 18 compose a familiar scenario for many soldiers back from Iraq or Afghanistan who were shipped to their home posts for treatment. Nearly 4,000 outpatients are currently in the military's Medical Holding or Medical Holdover companies, which oversee the wounded. Soldiers and veterans report bureaucratic disarray similar to Walter Reed's: indifferent, untrained staff; lost paperwork; medical appointments that drop from the computers; and long waits for consultations...
Related: Army Cheating Disabled Troops To Hold Down Costs
A Call For Separation of School and State
by Jeff Jacoby
...Get government out of the business of running schools, and a range of alternatives will emerge. Freedom, innovation, and competition will do for education what they do for so much else in American life: increase choices, lower costs, improve performance -- and eliminate conflict...
How Gore's Massive Energy Consumption Saves the World
by Mark Steyn
...All you have do is own a gazillion stocks in Big Oil, start an eco-stockbroking firm to make eco-friendly investments, use a small portion of your oil company's profits to buy some tax-deductible carbon offsets from your own investment firm, and you too can save the planet while making money and leaving a carbon footprint roughly the size of Godzilla's...
Related: 'Global Warming Is Lies' Claims Documentary

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved comments on Al Gore's appearance at the Academy Awards; Dennis Prager remarks on Leftist's fears of global warming; Bill Bennett talks education with columnist Mark Steyn; theologian Albert Mohler takes on atheist Susan Jacoby. All this and more.
FDA Rules Override Warnings About Drug
by Rick Weiss
...The American Medical Association and about a dozen other health groups warned the Food and Drug Administration that giving cefquinome to animals would probably speed the emergence of microbes resistant to that important class of antibiotics, as has happened with other drugs. Those super-microbes could then spread to people...

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says
..."Man-made greenhouse warming has made a small contribution to the warming seen on Earth in recent years, but it cannot compete with the increase in solar irradiance," Abdussamatov said...
Profitable environmentalism: Gore's 'Carbon Offsets' Paid To Firm He Owns
Cooking The Books In Beijing
Investor's Business Daily
China's stock dive, triggered by news that communist leaders plan to recalibrate output, should serve as a reminder to U.S. investors that China still runs a command-and-control economy...

Friday, March 02, 2007

Let Them Eat Tofu!
by Ann Coulter
...They think they can live in a world of only Malibu and East Hampton — with no Trentons or Detroits. It does not occur to them that someone has to manufacture the tiles and steel and glass and solar panels that go into those "eco-friendly" mansions, and someone has to truck it all to their beachfront properties, and someone else has to transport all the workers there to build it. (And then someone has to drive the fleets of trucks delivering the pachysandra and bottled water every day)...

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Psychosomatic Responses: Fear as a Terrorist's Force Multiplier
by Fred Burton
...if a chemical or biological attack were to take place in a large U.S. city -- a scenario government security agencies have discussed publicly on many occasions -- the number of people who would become "psychological victims" of the attack could be quite large, and could perhaps dwarf the number of "actual" victims. As police and other emergency responders have found, however, the most effective antidote to the fear and psychosomatic reactions in such situations is situational awareness and education...
Pardons Reemerge as Issue in Clinton Run
by Michael Kranish
...President Clinton's pardons have been a political issue for Hillary Clinton because of her ties to a number of the cases. In addition to the people who paid her brothers, those receiving pardons included commodities trader Marc Rich, a fugitive who was prosecuted for tax evasion by then-US Attorney Rudolph Giuliani and fled to Switzerland. Rich was pardoned after his former wife, Denise Rich, contributed heavily to Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign...