"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

Monday, April 30, 2007

Empire of Lies: Twenty-first Century Will Not Belong to China
...China’s success is, at least in part, a mirage. True, 200 million of her subjects, fortunate to be working for an expanding global market, increasingly enjoy a middle-class standard of living. The remaining 1 billion, however, remain among the poorest and most exploited people in the world, lacking even minimal rights and public services...China’s economic “miracle” is rotting from within...
Police Worry About Kansas City 'Catering' to Islamic Rituals
World Net Daily
..."Why are we constructing places of worship for them inside our airports?" said an airport official who requested anonymity. "Why are we catering to their rituals? We don't do it for any other religion"...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

The Big White Lie
by Andrew Klavan
...With its tortuous attempts to rename unpleasant facts out of existence—he’s not crippled, dear, he’s handicapped; it’s not a slum, it’s an inner city; it’s not surrender, it’s redeployment—leftism has outlived its own failure by hiding itself within the most labyrinthine construct of social delicacy since Victoria was queen. This is no small thing. To rewrite the rules of courteous behavior is to wield enormous power...
Environmental Alarmists Have It Backwards
by John Stossel
...We rich Westerners can withstand a lot of policy foolishness. But people in the developing world live on the edge, so anything that retards economic progress -- including measures to arrest global warming -- will bring incredible hardship to the most vulnerable on the planet...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Eight Lessons
by Dennis Prager
...The lessons of this terrible story are obvious, but given the political correctness of our time and the inverted values that prevail among America's elites -- particularly the news media, the universities and the legal profession -- these lessons will rarely be expressed, let alone learned...
In Memoriam: Boris Yeltsin
by David Satter
...The emancipation of Russia and its descent back into authoritarianism are both part of Yeltsin's legacy. Fate put him at the head of a movement that did great good--but he proved incapable of guaranteeing his country a better future. In the end, his life is a sober illustration of the necessity of uprooting the communist inheritance in Russia, and of how deep that legacy runs.
Agents: No Confidence in Border Chief
by Jerry Seper
..."This lack of leadership has caused morale to plummet, which in turn has accelerated the attrition rate among experienced agents," he said. "Unless drastic changes are made soon, the goal of securing our borders will remain as elusive as ever"...

Monday, April 23, 2007

Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates
by Christopher Hitchens
...It seems likely that Jefferson decided from that moment on that he would make war upon the Barbary kingdoms as soon as he commanded American forces. His two least favorite institutions—enthroned monarchy and state-sponsored religion—were embodied in one target, and it may even be that his famous ambivalences about slavery were resolved somewhat when he saw it practiced by the Muslims...

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bill Bennett tries to make sense of the Virginia Tech massacre; Michael Medved ponders the distinctions between good and evil; Mike Gallagher speaks with Virginia delegate Todd Gilbert who authored a bill that would allow students on campus to carry guns; and Dennis Prager examines the logic of those against guns. All this and more.
50% Good News Is the Bad News in Russian Radio
by Andrew E. Kramer
At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.” In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin...
Related: Return of the "Fairness Doctrine"?
Green Myths
by Max Schulz
As we mark the 38th Earth Day tomorrow, it's worth noting that this secular "religion" has led many Americans to fervently believe some things that just aren't true. Environmentalist values plainly deserve a place in making public policy. But we shouldn't be guided by myths that are provably false...

Friday, April 20, 2007

A Supreme Test of Human Sanity
by Kathleen Parker
...Paying attention to the language of abortion -- or anything else for that matter -- is instructive when trying to consider right from wrong. If you have to dress something up to obfuscate the truth of what's in play, you can probably assume it's wrong. When a man murders his wife, we don't say, "Mr. X rendered his wife unalive by efficiently evacuating her cranial cavity with an instrument customarily associated with construction"...
25 Years Murder-Free in 'Gun Town USA'
World Net Daily
As the nation debates whether more guns or fewer can prevent tragedies like the Virginia Tech Massacre, a notable anniversary passed last month in a Georgia town that witnessed a dramatic plunge in crime and violence after mandating residents to own firearms...
Edwards & the Arrogance of the Entitled
by Richard Reeves
The candidate, who has been looking pretty and pretty impressive in defining "Two Americas" -- one for the rich and privileged, a lesser place for everyone else -- came up with a wonderful device to show us all what he meant. His campaign spending reports, required by the Federal Election Commission, revealed that he has been paying $400 for haircuts by a Beverly Hills cutter...$250 shaping at the Designworks Salon in Dubuque, Iowa, and $225 at the Pink Sapphire spa...

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A Welcome Decision
by Edward Whelan
Let's begin with the facts. Partial-birth abortion is a method of late-term abortion in which the abortionist dilates the mother's cervix, extracts the baby's body by the feet until all but the head has emerged, stabs scissors into the head, sucks out the baby's brains, collapses the baby's skull, and delivers the dead baby. This atrocity is inflicted up to 5,000 times a year in this country — generally on healthy babies of healthy mothers...
People Don't Stop Killers. People with Guns Do
by Glenn Reynolds
..."Gun-free zones" are premised on a fantasy: That murderers will follow rules, and that people like my student, or Bradford Wiles, are a greater danger to those around them than crazed killers like Cho Seung-hui. That's an insult. Sometimes, it's a deadly one.
More: 'Gun-Free Zones'
Keeping Their Earmarks
by Robert Novak
...Amid thundering silence from the GOP leadership after Durbin's objection, Coburn declared on the Senate floor: "I would remind my colleagues that we don't have a higher favorable rating than the president at this time -- and the reason we don't is the very reason we just saw -- It's a sad day in the Senate because we're playing games with the American public"...

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Virginia Tech Shootings: A Case for Redundant Communications
by Fred Burton
...The open nature of schools and universities makes preventing attacks on campuses extremely difficult -- though a student body, faculty and staff that know the warning signs can be a vital line of defense. Once an attack begins, proper communications and well-designed contingency plans can minimize the casualty count.
Related: Heroes in Hell's Midst     T.D. Jakes: Time to Learn to Love More Deeply

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

You're Dead, I'm Healing
by Dennis Prager
...why is it always referred to as a "tragedy"? Virginia Tech wasn't hit by a cyclone. That would be a tragedy. This was evil. Call it that. We have embraced emotion-numbing, righteous-rage-denying, morally neutered, therapeutic language. It is as much a part of our national crisis as are the acts of evil we refuse to identify as such.
The Inconvenient Serbs
by Spengler
When the outcome of a tragedy is known in advance, it finds ways of occurring earlier than expected. In this case, the fate of 100,000 Serbian Christians who remain in Kosovo may pre-empt the debate over Europe's eventual absorption into the Muslim world...

Monday, April 16, 2007

Congressional Junkets Picking Up Steam
by Charles Hunt
Congress is keeping Andrews Air Force base plenty busy this year ferrying lawmakers all over the globe at taxpayers’ expense...All told, the military flew at least 13 congressional delegations to various destinations during the Easter recess -- at an estimated rate of $10,000 or more per flying hour...
Related? I.R.S. Audits Middle Class More Often, More Quickly
Cowards Kick Away Another Piece of America's Soul
by Kinky Friedman
...There's no excusing Imus' recent ridiculous remark, but there's something not kosher in America when one guy gets a Grammy and one gets fired for the same line...Political correctness, a term first used by Joseph Stalin, has trivialized, sanitized and homogenized America, transforming us into a nation of chain establishments and chain people...
Angry Truckers to Encircle D.C. with 'Blockade'
by Jerome R. Corsi
..."American truckers are going to have their jobs undercut or vanish into the hands of Mexican truck drivers as this Department of Transportation pilot project gains permanency"..."It is simply outrageous that our government plans to allow Mexican trucks full reign of U.S. highways before all safety, economic and homeland security concerns are completely and appropriately addressed"...

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt invited Dennis Prager and Michael Medved on his program to discuss the repercussions Don Imus is facing after his remark about the Rutgers University girls basketball players; Michael Medved spoke with former public school teacher Ricardo Cort├ęs about his new pro-marijuana "children's book"; and Dr. Albert Mohler explains how science is on the side of the pro-life movement. All this and more.
Are Mobile Phones Wiping Out Our Bees?
by Geoffrey Lean & Harriet Shawcross
...Most of the world's crops depend on pollination by bees. Albert Einstein once said that if the bees disappeared, "man would have only four years of life left". No one knows why it is happening. Theories involving mites, pesticides, global warming and GM crops have been proposed, but all have drawbacks. German research has long shown that bees' behaviour changes near power lines...
A Cut Above the Competition
by Ralph Peters
...No U.S. industry has been as devastated by cut-rate competition from the developing world as textile and garment manufacturing. Yet a small firm back in Schuylkill Country, Pa., exploded the lie that Americans just can't be competitive...

Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Post-West: A Cicvilization that has Become Just a Dream
by Victor Davis Hanson
...the new religion of the post-Westerner is neither the Enlightenment nor Christianity, but the gospel of the Path of Least Resistance — one that must lead inevitably to gratification rather than sacrifice.Once one understands this new creed, then all the surreal present at last makes sense: life in the contemporary West is so good, so free, so undemanding, that we will pay, say, and suffer almost anything to enjoy its uninterrupted continuance — and accordingly avoid almost any principled act that might endanger it.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Imus Isn’t the Real Bad Guy
by Jason Whitlock
...We all know where the real battleground is. We know that the gangsta rappers and their followers in the athletic world have far bigger platforms to negatively define us than some old white man with a bad radio show. There’s no money and lots of danger in that battle, so Jesse and Al are going to sit it out.
Related: Putting Racial Politics Ahead of Kids
It's the Oil, Stupid
by Victor Davis Hanson
...If the United States could curb its voracious purchases of foreign oil by using conservation, additional petroleum production, nuclear power, alternate fuels, coal gasification and new technologies, the world price might return to below $40 a barrel. That decline would dry up the oil profits of those in the Middle East who now so desperately use them to ensure that their own problems must also be the world's.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The Edifice Complex
by John Stossel
Why do we let politicians name buildings after each other? I understand building monuments to honor leaders like Washington and Jefferson. But monuments to current members of Congress? Haven't we lowered the bar too far? Today all a congressman has to do to get his name slapped on a building is bring home enough pork...
Producer: PBS Dropped 'Islam vs. Islamists' on Political Grounds
by Dennis Wagner
...Burke wrote that his documentary depicts the plight of moderate Muslims who are silenced by Islamic extremists, adding, "Now it appears to be PBS and CPB who are silencing them"...
Hospital 'Banned' Hot Cross Buns To Avoid Offending Non-Christians
by James Mills
..."The manager of the catering department said he was worried about the ethnic minorities that work here"...Hot cross buns have been eaten on Good Friday for centuries [in England]...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Britain Was Once Great Britain
by Dennis Prager
...a word of caution: If Great Britain can cease to be great in so short a time span, any country can. All you need is an elite that no longer believes in their country, that manipulates history texts to make students feel good about themselves, that prefers multiculturalism to its own culture, and that has abandoned its religious underpinnings. Sound familiar, America?
Illegal Detained in Death of 'Christmas Story' Director
World Net Daily
...According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Velazquez-Nava was tested and had a 0.24 percent blood-alcohol level about the time of the accident, which would be three times what the state law considers enough to be presumed to be driving drunk...WND has reported on the growing list of illegal immigrants who have not only ignored U.S. immigration laws, but state laws against drinking and driving as well, killing innocents on the highways in the process...

Monday, April 09, 2007

Revolution, Flashmobs, and Brain Chips. A Grim Vision of the Future
by Richard Norton-Taylor
...This is the world in 30 years' time envisaged by a Ministry of Defence team responsible for painting a picture of the "future strategic context" likely to face Britain's armed forces. It includes an "analysis of the key risks and shocks". Rear Admiral Chris Parry, head of the MoD's Development, Concepts & Doctrine Centre which drew up the report, describes the assessments as "probability-based, rather than predictive"...
Why So Gloomy?
by Richard S. Lindzen
...The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman's forecast for next week...

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Pratfall in Damascus
Washington Post
...We have found much to criticize in Mr. Bush's military strategy and regional diplomacy. But Ms. Pelosi's attempt to establish a shadow presidency is not only counterproductive, it is foolish.
More: Pelosi's Rocky Road To the Middle East
Low-Skilled Aliens Exact a Burden
by S.A. Miller
Immigration reforms that increase the number of low-skilled workers entering the United States threaten to impose a high cost on taxpayers, says a study being released today. The Heritage Foundation report calculates that for every $1 unskilled workers pay in taxes they receive about $3 in government benefits, including Medicaid, food stamps, public housing and other welfare programs...
Whitewashing Jihad in the Schools
by Michelle Malkin
...Flabbergasting, but true. In the wake of 9/11 and the jihadists' carnage against schoolchildren in Beslan, Russia, the [Michigan] school chose to prepare their students for an attack by Christian homeschooling "wackos," not Muslim suicide bombers...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Terrorists – Coming to a School Near You
World Net Daily
...some school district security officials he works with have expressed concerns about some of the Muslim employees schools are hiring. "But no one dares profile them," he told WND....Floor plans for schools in Virginia, Texas and New Jersey have been recovered from terrorist hands in Iraq, he notes. Videotapes confiscated in Afghanistan show al-Qaida terrorists practicing the takeover of a school...
Related: Western Political Correctness Undermines Islam's Reformers     Terror Group's Threat Raises Dalai Lama Alert
English Test Required for Permanent Residency
by Lucie Godeau
Britain is seeking to promote a more cohesive nation by requiring people wanting to live permanently in the country to pass a test in English proficiency as well as politics, history and culture...

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Dems' Next Debacle
by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
...The game will unfold predictably. The House and the Senate will compromise on the differences in their legislation funding the Iraq War; the end product, carrying poison-pill language that sets a deadline for troop withdrawal, will go to the White House to face an inevitable presidential veto. The Democrats' override attempt will fail - and a deadlock will ensue...
On "Outing" Gay Conservatives
by Dennis Prager
...Why do so many on the left believe it is OK to damage the lives of gay conservatives? Because they are certain that conservatives in general are bad people, not merely wrong on the issues. And because they particularly wish to punish any gay or black person who dissents from the liberal positions on gay and race issues...

Monday, April 02, 2007

Rise In Radical Islam Last Straw for Lebanon's Christians
by Michael Hirst
..."If we love our children we have to tell them to get out," said Maria, a Christian mother of one from the northern city of Tripoli, who refused to give her surname for fear of reprisal. "When my daughter finished her high school I sent her to Europe, and I will follow her if I can"...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved and Sen. John McCain discuss the congressional Democrat' pork-laced bill to withdraw troops from Iraq; White House Secretary Tony Snow and Rep. Roy Blunt weigh in on the Iraq pullout bill with Hugh Hewitt; and Dennis Prager speaks with Michael Ledeen, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, about Iran's capture of 15 Royal Navy sailors and marines in the Shatt al-Arab waterway, which separates Iran and Iraq. All this and more.
'Nazi' Pope Helped Jews Flee Holocaust
by Malcolm Moore
Pius XII, the wartime pontiff often condemned as "Hitler's Pope", was actually considered an enemy by the Third Reich, according to newly discovered documents. Several letters and memos unearthed at a depot used by the Stasi, the East-German secret police, show that Nazi spies within the Vatican were concerned at Pius's efforts to help displaced Poles and Jews...