"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, June 30, 2007

Dubya's End
by John Podhoretz
President Bush's disastrous second term has not been without its moments. Unfortunately for him, these moments have come primarily when members of his own party have risen up against him to defy his wishes. That's what happened yesterday. For the second time in four weeks, Republicans in the Senate put a stake through the heart of Bush's beloved but politically catastrophic immigration bill...
Sparks Fly at the Supreme Court
by Mona Charen
...In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that achieving "diversity" is too weak an argument to justify shuffling kids around on the basis of skin color. Though Chief Justice John Roberts' opinion is couched in language of precedent and respect for existing law, this case is a clean win for individualists -- i.e., for those who oppose racial preferences or racial handicaps...
Congress Needs To Answer To The People
by Adam Putnam
According to a new survey, just about anything inspires more confidence in people than the U.S. Congress...It's time for all members of Congress, regardless of their party, to take serious and substantial steps to earn back the trust of the people. Being open about how we spend the people's money is one thing we must all do to bring more credit to this institution.

Friday, June 29, 2007

A Techno-Populist Victory on Immigration
by Rich Lowry
...Now, there is really no such thing as an "inside game" anymore, since bloggers make sure it gets "outside." Both the right and the left will take advantage of this, for good and ill policy ends. But it's clearly an enhancement of democracy. Senators should get used to it, and buy more phone lines.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Attack of the Mutant Rice
by Marc Gunther
America's rice farmers didn't want to grow a genetically engineered crop. Their customers in Europe did not want to buy it. So how did it end up in our food?...
The Impending Food Fight
by Victor Davis Hanson
While we worry about gas prices, the costs of milk, meat and fresh produce silently skyrockets. So like the end of cheap energy, is the era of cheap food also finally over?...If hundreds of planned new ethanol refineries are built, the U.S. could very shortly be producing around 30 billion gallons of corn-based fuel per year, using one of every four acres planted to corn for fuel...
Communist Genocide Studies Needed
by Malcolm A. Kline
..."No other system has caused as much death as communism has," Dr. Kors concludes. "In the case of Nazis, we rightly hunt down 90-year-old men because the bones cry out for justice." "In the case of communism, we follow the advice of our educated class which says, 'No witch hunts.'" He is pessimistic about the prospects of an enlightenment among these elites...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

New Diversity Research Scares its Author  
by John Leo
...Diversity does not produce “bad race relations,” Putnam says. Rather, people in diverse communities tend “to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more, but have less faith that they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television.” Putnam adds a crushing footnote: his findings “may underestimate the real effect of diversity on social withdrawal”...
Big-Government Conservatives
by John Stossel
...freedom and prosperity have nothing to do with bureaucrats managing society through schooling and tax manipulation. Prosperity comes from leaving people free in a legal system that respects their persons and property so they can pursue their dreams while taking responsibility for their actions. Free people find their own tools if the state leaves them alone...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Liberals vs. Free Speech
by Jack Kelly
...Liberal intolerance of other than liberal opinions is behind efforts to reinstate the inaptly named "Fairness doctrine" in radio...Since liberals control most -- and the most important -- media, it is hypocritical of them to wring their hands over conservative domination of talk radio. But many liberals will not be happy until all viewpoints other than their own have been suppressed...
The Rape of a Name Is Also Rape
by Dennis Prager
..."Whoever humiliates his friend in public is considered as if he has shed his blood." That is why some rabbis call undeserved public shaming "emotional murder." That was written nearly 2,000 years ago. The lack of interest by elite America in even identifying, let alone punishing, a woman who "emotionally murdered" three young men proves that those who believe in the inevitability of moral progress frequently delude themselves.
Attention-Getters
by Thomas Sowell
...the problem is not that particular people do particular things to get attention. The problem is that the society at large no longer has standards by which to deny or rebuke attention-seekers who have nothing to contribute to society...

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Next Globalization Backlash
by Sebastian Mallaby
The next globalization battle lurks over the horizon, but you can already guess its contours. It will be shaped by two revolutions in finance and business: the growth of vast government-controlled investment funds abroad and the muddled progress toward shareholder democracy in this country. Taken together, these changes will give foreign governments a say in how corporate America is run...

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The Return of Authoritarian Great Powers
by Azar Gat
...the West's old Cold War rivals China and Russia, now operating under authoritarian capitalist, rather than communist, regimes. Authoritarian capitalist great powers played a leading role in the international system up until 1945. They have been absent since then. But today, they seem poised for a comeback...

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
The tables are turned as Hugh Hewitt is interviewed by Washington Post reporter Jonathan Weisman about the intersection of talk radio and immigration. Bill Bennett speaks with Senior Editor at Human Events about employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants; Michael Medved talks with one of the leading advocates of intelligent design, Professor Michael Behe whose new book tests the limits of what evolution can—and cannot—do; More liberal lunacy: A woman exercises her “right” to go topless in New York. Dennis Prager weighs in.
CDC's Outlandish Spending Habits
by Jonathan Falwell
...For an indication of what the investigative team found, you need look no further than the report subtitle: "A review of how an agency tasked with fighting and preventing disease has spent hundreds of millions of tax dollars for failed prevention efforts, international junkets and lavish facilities, but cannot demonstrate it is controlling disease"...
The 'Do-Nothing Congress' - Big Salary, Little Work, Free Trips
by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
...A close look at the schedule of the House is shocking. Congress will be out of Washington for more than 16 weeks. And when they are technically in session, they don't do much. Take the month of February, for example: the House was only in session for nine days — and on three of those days, the sessions lasted less than 20 minutes, while a fourth lasted for 39 minutes...
Talk Shows' Influence on Immigration Greater than Ever
Associated Press
...Michael Harrison, editor of the talk show industry magazine Talkers, said...I think talk radio should be credited with possibly saving the American people from George Bush's immigration bill," Harrison said, adding that he and his magazine are nonpartisan...

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Voters Showing Buyer's Remorse
Investor's Business Daily
Like the victim of a slick used car salesman tricked into buying a lemon, Americans wish they could return the Democratic Congress their votes bought: Confidence in Congress has hit an all-time low of 14%...
And yet: The Center Has Drifted to the Left
Michael Moore's Shticko
by Michael C. Moynihan
...As with much of his previous work, Moore's latest film is, by turns, touching, na├»ve and maddeningly mendacious, a clumsy piece of agitprop that will likely have little lasting effect on the health care debate. Moore is right that the American system is sick—-on this, there is bipartisan and public consensus. The United States has the highest per capita health care spending in the world, with comparatively disappointing results...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Eight Reasons Why GOP Senators Should Vote Against The Amnesty Bill
by John Hawkins
1) This bill is incredibly unpopular with the general public...2) This bill is even more unpopular with conservatives than with the general public...3) Despite what some people are saying, this bill probably isn't going to permanently alter the GOP's standing with Hispanics one way or the other...6) The probationary Z visa program is an unworkable nightmare...7) The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this bill will only reduce the number of illegals entering the United States by 25% a year...8) The "clay pigeon" strategy being employed on this issue is precedent setting, and may be used against conservative Republicans for years to come.
Related: The Senate's Second Secret Immigration Bill

Thursday, June 21, 2007

American Pop Culture: Degeneracy On Parade
...I'm perfectly content to live and let live, but must all of us be expected to share in and even applaud degeneracy? To witness what passes for popular culture today, one would think so...

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Bill Gates Needs an Econ Course
by John Stossel
...The problem is not that the market doesn't make it profitable to save lives -- it most certainly does. The problem is that Third World countries have overbearing, corrupt governments that are obstacles to private property and freedom. That's why the children's parents have no voice or power...
For Unions, Coercion Over Persuasion
by George Will
Democracy is rule by persuasion, but the unpersuasive often try to coerce the unpersuaded. Recent days have provided two illustrations of this tendency, both of them pertaining to labor unions, whose decades of declining membership testify to their waning power to persuade workers that unions add more value to workers' lives than they subtract...

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Exclusive: Suicide Bomb Teams Sent to U.S., Europe
ABC News
...Teams assigned to carry out attacks in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany were introduced at an al Qaeda/Taliban training camp graduation ceremony held June 9. A Pakistani journalist was invited to attend and take pictures as some 300 recruits, including boys as young as 12, were supposedly sent off on their suicide missions...
Bunkers in Vogue as Cold War Fears Rise
by Bojan Pancevski
It may sound a lot of money for an unsightly steel cube, but Germans are queuing up to pay £60,000 for the latest addition to the garden: a prefabricated nuclear bunker. With fears of terrorism, natural disasters and a cold war revival on the rise, a German company has tapped into the climate of insecurity and produced the continent's first ready-made fallout shelter...

Monday, June 18, 2007

Now What About Those Duke Professors
by Dinesh D'Souza
...Nifong seems to be suffering from Recovering Southerner Syndrome. This is the ailment...in which Southerners feel so guilty about slavery and segregation that they perform undignified backward somersaults to prove that they are "not really Southern." When they encounter something Southern--like white Southern frat boys at a party--their mind immediately conjures up images of segregated water fountains and they draw their swords and go into Crusader Against Racism mode. Viewed in this way, Nifong saw himself as a kind of white knight slaying the dragons of Southern bigotry. Nifong was not alone in this: dozens of Duke professors reacted to the incident in exactly the same way...

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt and Michael Medved debate the immigration bill on The Hugh Hewitt Show; on that same theme Michael Medved talks with Governor Rudy Giuliani who says that he can end illegal immigration; Albert Mohler explains why Democrats are opposed to President Bush’s nomination of the highly qualified James Holsinger to be the next U.S. surgeon general; Dennis Prager answers why the media keep returning to the fringe group CAIR (The Council on American Islamic Relations).
Senate Leaders Agree to Revive Immigration Bill
by Robert Pear & Jeff Zeleny
...Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem”...
Secret New Plan for EU Superstate
by Geoff Marsh
The Prime Minister has welcomed controversial plans to bring back the troubled EU constitution by the back door - totally bypassing the need for public referendums on sweeping new powers for Brussels...

Saturday, June 16, 2007

On Forgetting the Obvious
by Robert D. Kaplan
...It is obvious that a military can only fight well on behalf of a society in which it believes, and that a society which believes little is worth fighting for cannot, in the end, field an effective military. Obvious as this is, we seem to have forgotten it...
Rival Gangs Destroy Palestine
by David Frum
...Looking at the wreckage in the Palestinian territories, it's impossible to sustain any further hope that any responsible state can ever arise there...
China Arming Terrorists
by Bill Gertz
New intelligence reveals China is covertly supplying large quantities of small arms and weapons to insurgents in Iraq and the Taliban militia in Afghanistan, through Iran...
Elsewhere in China: 1000 Slave Kids Imprisoned in Labor Camps

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Who is Illiberal on Immigration?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In the frontline American Southwest, entire apartheid communities and enclaves within cities have sprung up whose distinct language, culture and routines are beginning to resemble more the tense divides in the Balkans or Middle East than the traditional melting pot of multiracial America...
Related: Memo to Meese: Work Verification is the Real Fence
Property Owners Win One
by John Stossel
...The use of eminent domain for private profit is the tip of the iceberg of an unappreciated threat to individual freedom. States and municipalities routinely engage in economic planning that would make the old Soviet Union blush. State and local planning boards manipulate the tax laws and hand out cash subsidies to favored retailers...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Private Undercover Team Exposes Nationwide Network of Radical, Anti-U.S. Islamic Centers
Insight Magazine
...Most of the literature they gave me was from Saudi Arabia,” he said. “Their literature preaches that America and the West are decadent and evil, and that Muslims have a moral duty to engage in violence against the infidels”...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

From JFK to 9/11: Why People Believe in Conspiracies
by Dennis Prager
...the bottom line about those who believe in hidden conspiracies is this: They choose to believe in them. Their psyche, their emotions, and/or their political agenda bring them to their belief in a hidden conspiracy. Never the facts.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

The Lessons from D-Day
by Victor Davis Hanson
...The American lesson of D-Day and its aftermath was how to overcome occasional abject stupidity while never giving up in the face of an utterly savage enemy. We need to remember that now more than ever.
Carbon Trade Scheme 'Is Failing'
by Julian O' Halloran
The EU's carbon trading scheme has increased electricity bills, given a windfall to power companies and failed to cut greenhouse gases, it is claimed...
Taxpayer-Funded Muslim Footbaths
by Karen Bouffard
The University of Michigan-Dearborn plans to spend $25,000 for foot-washing stations, making it easier for Muslim students to practice their religion but sparking questions about the separation of church and state...

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Why Is Profit a Dirty Word?
by John Stossel
...There's no dirtier word in English than "gouging." But we've had enough unpleasant experience with price controls to know that all they do is create shortages. Who, but the politician, benefits from that?
Iraq Will Become Hillary’s War
by Dick Morris
...The Democratic left does not realize that simply pulling out is not a viable political or military option and that no president, of either party, is going to pursue it. And particularly not a woman with hawkish inclinations during her first year on the job.
An Epidemic of Meddling
by Jacob Sullum
...“Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign,” Mill insisted. The mandate “Health for All” replaces that principle with a legally enforceable duty to be well, a demand by the collective to keep one’s body and mind in optimal condition. A government empowered to maximize health is a not a government under which anyone who values liberty would want to live.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

"Buck Fush" and the Left
by Dennis Prager
...They tend to dismiss such notions [of decency] as bourgeois anachronisms; they place great value on individuals expressing themselves; and they view self-censorship as a form of fascism. This latter reason is important: The '60s redefined narcissism as idealism. The individual's feelings became sacrosanct...
Related: Appeals Court Throws Out FCC Indecency Ruling
Sandy Berger and the Clinton Cover-Up -- Why It Matters
by Ronald A. Cass
...The most likely explanation is that the material Berger destroyed points to a terrible mistake by Berger himself, by President Clinton, or by both. In dealing with al-Qaeda, did they overlook a critical piece of information or miss a chance to stop 9/11? Did the Administration's failure to take a more aggressive posture encourage al-Qaeda's later attacks?...
Seafood Imports from China Raised in Untreated Sewage
by Joseph Farah
...China has consistently topped the list of countries whose products were refused by the FDA – and that list includes many countries, including Mexico and Canada, who export far more food products to the U.S. than China...
Illegal Immigrants Burying Border in Garbage
Associated Press
...Cleanup crews from various agencies, volunteer groups and the Tohono O'odham Nation hauled about 250,000 pounds of trash from thousands of acres of federal, state and private land across southern Arizona from 2002 to 2005, says the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. But that's only a fraction of the nearly 25 million pounds of trash thought to be out there...

Monday, June 04, 2007

Who Stole Our Culture?
by Williams S. Lind
...They said that Western culture and the Christian religion had so blinded the working class to its true, Marxist class interests, that a Communist revolution was impossible in the West, until both could be destroyed. That objective, established as cultural Marxism's goal right at the beginning, has never changed...
House Democrats Sidestep Own Rules to Shield Lawmakers' Pork Barrel Projects
Associated Press
After promising unprecedented openness regarding Congress' pork barrel practices, House Democrats are moving in the opposite direction as they draw up spending bills for the upcoming budget year...

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Dennis Prager responds to a radical economic policy proposed by Senator Hillary Clinton. Michael Medved shares why he is bothered by a USA Today article that lists “25 Lives of Indelible Impact;” Dennis Prager argues God's existence with Vanity Fair columnist Christopher Hitchens, author of “God Is Not Great;” Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) tries to justify the Orwellian-named Fairness Doctrine to Mike Gallagher.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Too Bad
by Peggy Noonan
...What conservatives and Republicans must recognize is that the White House has broken with them. What President Bush is doing, and has been doing for some time, is sundering a great political coalition. This is sad, and it holds implications not only for one political party but for the American future...
Related: Carter and Bush: Not So Different After All
Torture, Al-Qaeda Style
The Smoking Gun
In a recent raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, U.S. military officials recovered an assortment of crude drawings depicting torture methods like "blowtorch to the skin" and "eye removal"...
Related: Networks Silent Over Al-Qaeda Torture House