"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

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Why "Islamophobia" Is a Brilliant Term
by Dennis Prager
...the term "Islamophobia" has one purpose -- to suppress any criticism, legitimate or not, of Islam. And given the cowardice of the Western media, and the collusion of the left in banning any such criticism (while piling it on Christianity and Christians), it is working...
'Cool' Icon Che Guevara Was a Murderous Thug, Author Says
by Michael Chapman
...All you have to do is take Che Guevara's writing and put it alongside that of [Seung-hui] Cho, the Virginia Tech killer, and you can't tell the difference...Che has a famous quote, where he wrote, a revolutionary has to become "a cold killing machine." The thing was, Che Guevara was anything but cold. He was a warm killing machine. He relished the slaughter...

Monday, July 30, 2007

Our National Funk
by Michael Barone
...We've been instructed by many sages that the rest of the world hates us and does not want to follow our example. The Pew Global numbers tell us something different...

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
The Democrats are calling for the United States military to run from our enemies in Iraq. Hugh Hewitt speaks with Hoover Institution Fellow Victor Davis Hanson about that issue. Dennis Prager watched the Democrat YouTube debate with amusement and amazement. He shares his thoughts on the spectacle; John Edwards, sinking in the polls, is clinging to irony. The rich trial lawyer is talking about the needs of the poor. And, as Michael Medved explains, he’s not very convincing; In a week where we saw a judge release a child rapist because English isn’t his first language, we see two boys arrested for slapping girls on the rear. As Dennis Prager explains, the story only gets worse.
Border Agent Says China Ordered His Prosecution
by Jerome R. Corsi
..."I was involved in a political prosecution that our government began at the demand of the government of communist China," Rhodes told WND. "The prosecution was promised to China by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell and then-Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge"...But it's not the only time there have been indications that U.S. prosecutors have agreed to file a case against a border agent at the direction of a foreign government...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Al Qaeda and the Strategic Threat to the U.S. Homeland
by Fred Burton and Scott Stewart
...If the United States and its allies were to cease pressuring the organization, and the jihadist movement as a whole, it could in time regenerate the capability [to carry out a strategic attack]...
Congress to Protect Citizens Who Report 'Flying Imams'-Type Suspicions
by Major Garrett
"In a post-9/11 reality, vigilance is essential to security. Despite the Democratic opposition to this important homeland security measure, I’m thrilled to announce that common sense has prevailed and heroic Americans who report suspicious activity will be protected from frivolous lawsuits."
Rethinking the Summer of Love
by Cinnamon Stillwell
...Among '60s disciples, it's an article of faith that everything that came out of that summer was a boon to American society. This has certainly been the impression conveyed through popular culture. Rarely are the more pernicious offshoots of the social and political experiment known as the Summer of Love referenced in the glowing and groovy portrayals seen on PBS and the History Channel...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Good News: The World Gets Better
by John Stossel
In political life today, you are considered compassionate if you demand that government impose your preferences on others. But what's compassionate about that? Compassionate is "live and let live"...Relative freedom and the astounding prosperity it yielded have created one of the most humane societies in history -- the opposite of what the opponents of economic freedom predicted...

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

The YouTube Debate: The Wrapup, Winners and Losers
by Jim Geraghty
Believe it or not, it was a night of some surprises. Some of the questions were pretty darn good. But two hours of this was just friggin’ exhausting, not just to cover but just to watch...

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
General David Petraeus gives Hugh Hewitt an inside look on what is happening on the ground in Iraq in terms of the progress of the surge; Senator Joe Lieberman describes the dangers of a pre-mature drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq with Bill Bennett. Michael Medved spills the beans on dishonest arguments being made by politicians on both side of the aisle; Michael Medved exposes the absurdity of Congressman’s Keith Ellison’s comments comparing Bush and Cheney to Hitler.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Tipster Shields Lifted by Democrats
by Audrey Hudson
..."Democrats are trying to find any technical excuse to keep immunity out of the language of the bill to protect citizens, who in good faith, report suspicious activity to police or law enforcement," Mr. King said. "I don't see how you can have a homeland security bill without protecting people who come forward to report suspicious activity"...
Edwards Got Rich Hurting the Poor
by Charles Hurt
...Virginia's medical-liability insurance rates - driven largely by the very types of lawsuits that made Edwards a multimillionaire many times over - have more than doubled in three years, according to the nonpartisan Medical Liability Monitor...

Thursday, July 19, 2007

State Sponsors of Jihadism: Learning the Hard Way
by Kamran Bokhari
...In essence, the jihadists have come back to bite the hand that fed them. An examination of the development of these relationships reveals a similar path. The security and intelligence apparatuses in each of these countries played the lead role in supporting these militant Islamist entities -- in some cases even helping to create them...
FBI: Iraqis Being Smuggled Across the Rio Grande
Pentagon Balked at Pleas from Officers in Field for Safer Vehicles
by Peter Eisler, Blake Morrison, & Tom Vanden Brook
...Why the issue never received more of a hearing from top officials early in the war remains a mystery, given the chorus of concern. One Pentagon analyst complained in an April 29, 2004, e-mail to colleagues, for instance, that it was "frustrating to see the pictures of burning Humvees while knowing that there are other vehicles out there that would provide more protection"...
Feinstein to Bush: Free Ramos, Compean
by Art Moore
...[Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif.] would prefer a pardon, but said he is pleased Feinstein is taking action and finds it ironic a "liberal Democrat" would do more than some "squishy Republican senators"...

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved and columnists Mark Steyn & Bill Kristol break down the U.K. terror attempt; Mike Gallagher talks with Indiana Colts coach Mike Dungee about the Super Bowl and Jesus; Dennis Prager explains why "Muslim" is a dirty word in the U.K.; Michael Medved rips the pathetic "Live Earth" concert; and Dennis Prager exposes Michael Moore for the demagogue he is.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Immigration, Security, and Prosperity
by James R. Edwards Jr.
...many view the overarching, ultimate goal of [the Security and Prosperity Partnership] to be near-complete economic integration, similar to the European Common Market, the European Community, or the European Union models. Concerns have been raised about SPP’s implications for continued U.S. sovereignty over such critical policy areas as immigration and homeland security...

Friday, July 13, 2007

The New York Times Surrenders
by Victor Davis Hanson
On July 8, the New York Times ran an historic editorial entitled “The Road Home,” demanding an immediate American withdrawal from Iraq. It is rare that an editorial gets almost everything wrong, but “The Road Home” pulls it off. Consider, point by point, its confused—and immoral—defeatism...

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Many Faces of Al Qaeda
by Peter Zeihan
With all the talk about al Qaeda "leaders," al Qaeda "factions" and militants with "links" to al Qaeda, it is useful to take a step back and clarify precisely what al Qaeda actually is. Al Qaeda is a small core group of people who share strategic and operational characteristics that set them apart from all other militants -- Islamist or otherwise -- the world over...
Related: Britain's War Against . . . Well, You Know
Carter's Role in Zimbabwe
by James Kirchick
President Carter's most recent moralizing on American foreign policy in the Middle East is exasperating particularly in light of President Mugabe's misrule of Zimbabwe, where Mr. Carter's role in bringing the dictator to power has been mostly forgotten. Mr. Mugabe is one of the nastiest dictators in Africa — he has inflicted a "silent genocide" by starving his own people...

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Freedom and Benevolence Go Together  
by John Stossel
...I'm not a theologian, but I do know that when people are ordered by the government to be charitable, it's not virtuous; it's compelled. Why would anyone get into heaven because he pays taxes under threat of imprisonment? Moral action is freely chosen action...
When Peaceniks Attack, Journalists Snooze
by Michelle Malkin
...Now, imagine the scenario flipped: What if a soldier had attempted to murder a peace activist over the holidays in order to "make a statement"? The Times would be holding front-page vigil, and Katie Couric's brow would be furrowed for a week...

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Why Are Atheist Books Best Sellers?
by Dennis Prager
...The secular indoctrination of a generation that has grown into adulthood is bearing fruit. Unless one receives a strong religious grounding in a religious school and/or religious home, the average young person in the Western world is immersed in a secular cocoon. From elementary school through graduate school, only one way of looking at the world -- the secular -- is presented. The typical individual in the Western world receives as secular an indoctrination as the typical European received a religious one in the middle ages...
It's Only Fair To Commute Libby
by Ed Koch
...Why is there such an enormous furor, particularly in Democratic political circles, demanding that Libby go to prison? I believe it is the kind of mob rage that has regrettably dominated American politics...If they could in their lust for blood and vengeance, they would perform an auto de fe and burn Libby at the stake...
Retrospective: Pardons Granted by President Clinton

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved sees that the Democrats are actually serious about the Fairness Doctrine! Morning in America’s Bill Bennett discusses the F.D. with Michael Harrison, publisher of Talker Magazine; Salem host Mike Gallagher reviewed the recently failed Islamic attempt to bomb innocent civilians in Britain with Richard Miniter. Dennis Prager explains how the inability to label the Islamic terrorists such is not just occurring in Britain--our national and local media are doing the same; Dr. Albert Mohler, looking at a recent Associate Press story, proposed that video gaming may soon find space in medical books near alcoholism.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

America Can't Afford To Lose Its Common Language
by Peggy Noonan
...In the future, with the terrible problems we face, we are going to need to understand each other more and more, better and better. We're going to need to know how to say, "This way" and "Let me help" and "stop" and "here." We're going to have to negotiate our way through a lot of challenges, some dramatic, some immediate, and it will make it all the harder, all the more impossible-seeming, if we can't even take each other's meaning, and be understood...
Live Aid is Promoting Green To Save the Planet - What Planet Are They On?
The Daily Mail
...they are flying an extraordinary 222,623.63 miles between them to get to the various concerts - nearly nine times the circumference of the world. The true environmental cost, as they transport their technicians, dancers and support staff, is likely to be far higher. The total carbon footprint of the event, taking into account the artists' and spectators' travel to the concert, and the energy consumption on the day, is likely to be at least 31,500 tonnes of carbon emissions...

Friday, July 06, 2007

Claim: 45 Muslim Doctors Planned US Terror Raids
by John Steele
...The three men outwardly appeared to be leading normal lives, studying and living with their parents. Tsouli had come to the UK with his family from Morocco in 2001. Mughal had a degree in biochemistry from Leicester University and was studying for his master's. Daour, who was granted British citizenship in May 2005, had applied to start a law degree.
Oldest DNA Ever Recovered Shows Warmer Planet
AFP
Scientists who probed 1.2 miles through a Greenland glacier to recover the oldest plant DNA on record said Thursday the planet was far warmer hundreds of thousands of years ago than is generally believed...The samples suggest the temperature probably reached 50 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer and 1 F in the winter...

Thursday, July 05, 2007

'Wonderfully Spared: Founders Were Talented--and Lucky'  
by Joyce Lee Malcolm
...Who else in 1776 declared, let alone thought it a self-evident truth, that all men were created equal, entitled to inalienable rights, or to any rights at all? How few declare these views today or, glibly declaring them, really intend to treat their countrymen or others as equal...Certainly not America's 20th century enemies, the Nazis and communists; certainly not today's Islamic radicals...
The Revolt on Illegal Immigration
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In short, a savvy public is neither racist nor hysterical in wanting the border closed now. It's the only comprehensive solution to the present mess of illegal immigration.
Rock Group Arctic Monkeys Shiver at Live Earth 'Hypocrisy'
AFP
..."It's a bit patronising for us 21 year olds to try to start to change the world," said Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders, explaining why the group is not on the bill at any of Al Gore's charity concerts. "Especially when we're using enough power for 10 houses just for (stage) lighting. It'd be a bit hypocritical," he told AFP in an interview before a concert in Paris...

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Independence Day Messages From John Adams
by Michael Medved
On July 2, 1776, after long and wrenching debate, the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from the Mother Country and the next night John Adams went back to his rooming house in sweltering, sticky Philadelphia to write, by candlelight, two of the most famous letters in American history. Addressing his beloved wife Abigail in far-away Boston, he exulted in the birth of a new nation...

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

America Needs a July Fourth Seder  
by Dennis Prager
...A generation of Americans with little American identity -- emanating from little American memory -- has already grown into adulthood. The nation whose founders regarded itself as the Second Israel must now learn how to survive from the First.
Muzzle Mania
by Kirsten Powers
...Apparently, democracy is a drag - but it's nothing a little authoritarian censorship can't fix. Enter the Fairness Doctrine, which has captured the fancy of top Democrats - including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who announced that she is "looking into" reviving it to target talk radio...If liberals want to provide balance in talk radio, they need to stop maligning it - and figure out how to compete on it.
I Was a Fanatic...I Know Their Thinking
by Hassan Butt
...the foundation of extremist reasoning rests upon a model of the world in which you are either a believer or an infidel. Formal Islamic theology, unlike Christian theology, does not allow for the separation of state and religion: they are considered to be one and the same...
Related: Hitchens: Don't Mince Words on the London Plot

Monday, July 02, 2007

The Real Threat to Civil Liberties
by Victor Davis Hanson
...If we are to lose our civil liberties, it won't be all of sudden due to Patriot-Act zealots in sunglasses and flattops, but rather insidiously and incrementally by egalitarian professors, moral crusaders, muckraking journalists, and government utopians all unhappy that constitutional justice is too little and too late for their ever impatient desire to ensure heaven on earth.
Bless the Beasts and Children
by Michael Yon
...The houses all were empty. We passed by two donkeys each shot in the neck. Al Qaeda had killed their livestock. Al Qaeda often plants bombs inside the dead bodies of the animals and people they’ve killed. They have rigged children’s bodies with explosives...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt and Laura Ingraham discuss how the immigration bill has fractured the GOP. Bill Bennett speaks with Michael Ledeen, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, about Iran; Dennis Prager opines on what he sees as Hillary Clinton’s frightening views on embryonic stem cells; Michael Medved looks at the American work ethic and American happiness and draws a startling inference.
Why We Went to War in Iraq
by David Horowitz
...In short, to every act of war against the United States during the 1990s, the Clinton-Gore response was limp-wristed and supine. And worse. By refusing to concede a lost presidential election, thereby breaking a hundred-year tradition, Gore delayed the transition to the new administration that would have to deal with the terrorist threat. As a result of the two-month delay, the comprehensive anti-terror plan that Bush ordered on taking office (the Clinton-Gore team had none) did not arrive on his desk until the day before the 9/11 attack...
Alarmist Global Warming Claims Melt Under Scientific Scrutiny
by James M. Taylor
...Many of the assertions Gore makes in his movie, "An Inconvenient Truth," have been refuted by science, both before and after he made them. Gore can show sincerity in his plea for scientific honesty by publicly acknowledging where science has rebutted his claims...