"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

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Move and Countermove: Ahmadinejad and Bush Duel
by George Friedman
...Ahmadinejad has made his rhetorical move. Bush has responded. Now the regional diplomacy intensifies as the report from the top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, is prepared for presentation to Congress on Sept. 15.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Libel Tourism: Where Terrorism and Censorship Meet
by Cinnamon Stillwell
...At question is the publication of books and other writings that seek to shed light on the financing of Islamic terrorism. Increasingly, American authors who dare enter this territory are finding themselves at risk of being sued for libel in the much more plaintiff-friendly British court system in what amounts to an attempt to censor their work on an international level...

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Endgame: American Options in Iraq
by George S. Friedman
...In general, three options are available. The first is to maintain the current strategy. This is the administration's point of view. The second is to start a phased withdrawal, beginning sometime in the next few months and concluding when circumstances allow. This is the consensus among most centrist Democrats and a growing number of Republicans. The third is a rapid withdrawal of forces, a position held by a fairly small group mostly but not exclusively on the left. All three conventional options, however, suffer from fatal defects...
Liberals' Desire To Be Loved Is Their Achilles' Heel
by Dennis Prager
...The aim of the United States of America should not be to be loved. As nice as that would be, the one superpower on earth is never going to be loved...
Vanishing England
by Cal Thomas
...The difference between many of the current immigrants and those of the past is that the previous ones wanted to become fully American or fully British. The current ones, in too many cases, would destroy what makes our countries unique. And the “leaders” of Britain and America refuse to stop it...

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved discusses Michelle Obama's remarkably tacky and bitter jab at Hillary Clinton; Bill Bennett responds to Hillary's attack on conservatives; Hugh Hewitt discusses Rove's leave and the Iraq "surge" with White House Press Sec. Tony Snow; Science journalist Michael Fumento consulted with Dennis Prager regarding NASA's newly released statistics that are not well received by Al Gore and his global warming disciples; and Michael Medved talks to GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. All this and more.
The 2007 Club for Growth RePORK Card
Club for Growth
Even though the Democratic majority vowed to return Congress to a path of fiscal responsibility, the 2008 appropriations bills were stuffed with wasteful pork projects...most congressmen care more about lining their buddies' pockets than they care about protecting American taxpayers. Some interesting numbers to consider...

Friday, August 24, 2007

Failure at the CIA
by Rich Lowry
The new report from the CIA's inspector general about the spy agency's pre-9/11 failings could be titled, "What We Did During Our Holiday From History." The stretch between the end of the Cold War and the Sept. 11 attacks was supposed to be a shiny new era of globalized peace and prosperity, to which an intelligence service was considered quaintly irrelevant. The CIA conformed to the zeitgeist by remaining quaintly irrelevant...

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Back to School Blues
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Liberal education of the type my farming grandfather got was the reason why the United States grew wealthy, free and stable. But without it, the nation of his great-grandchildren will become poor, docile and insecure.
Why I Fought for Two Boys I Never Met
by Dennis Prager
...Two seventh-graders were read their Miranda rights for butt-swatting? And hauled off to jail for butt-swatting? And kept in jail for five days for butt-swatting?...

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Dead Men Farming
by John Stossel
By now you've probably heard that a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report states: From 1999 through 2005, the USDA "paid $1.1 billion in farm payments in the names of 172,801 deceased individuals...and they say you can't take it with you...

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

If It's Bad for America, It's Good for Democrats
by Dennis Prager
One of the two major political parties of the United States has linked all its electoral hopes on domestic pathologies, economic downturns and foreign failure. It is actually difficult to name any positive development for America that would benefit the Democratic Party's chances in a national election...

Monday, August 13, 2007

The Coming Urban Terror
by John Robb
...Our choice is simple: we can rely exclusively on our current security systems to stop the threats—-and suffer the consequences when they don’t—-or we can take measures to mitigate the impact of these threats by exerting local control over essential services.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved discusses his meeting with President Bush at the White House. Bill Bennett speaks with Steve Forbes, once a presidential candidate, is now National Co-Chair and Senior Policy Advisor to the Giuliani campaign; Salem’s Dennis Prager speaks to Robert Spencer, the director of Jihad Watch about the threat of litigation from CAIR; Hugh Hewitt invided the Weekly Standard’s writer Stephen Hayes to discuss his new book titled Cheney: The Untold Story of America's Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President.
Iowa's Stake in Ethanol Distorts Our Politics
by Rich Lowry
...So, with its ethanol mandate, Congress has effectively passed an indirect tax on food. The big winners are agricultural firms that have locked up lots of land, since the price of cropland has gone up 14 percent in the past year. (If your local real estate is slumping, it's only because you can't plant corn on it.)...

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Blogger Finds Y2K Bug in NASA Climate Data
by Michael Asher
...NASA has now silently released corrected figures, and the changes are truly astounding. The warmest year on record is now 1934. 1998 (long trumpeted by the media as record-breaking) moves to second place. 1921 takes third. In fact, 5 of the 10 warmest years on record now all occur before World War II...

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Propaganda Redux  
by Ion Mihai Pacepa
...The final goal of our anti-American offensive was to discourage the U.S. from protecting the world against communist terrorism and expansion. Sadly, we succeeded...Unfortunately, partisans today have taken a page from the old Soviet playbook...

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Excitement Deprives Children of Happiness
by Dennis Prager
...Today's young people have the ability to experience excitement more than any generation in history...But all this excitement is actually inhibiting our children's ability to enjoy life and therefore be happy. All this excitement renders young people jaded, not happy...

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt talks to Tony Snow about the current situation in Iraq; Bill Bennett does the same with John McCain; Michael Medved reviews the American Indian myths debunked with Thomas Woods; Frank Pastore interviews fringe animal rights advocate Jerry Vlasak; and Dennis Prager examines whether it is a "hate crime" to put a Quran in a toilet.
The Violent Hypocrisy of Some Peace & Justice Christians
Touchstone Magazine
...We’re not pro-abortion, they assure us. It’s just that we believe that life doesn’t begin at conception and end at birth. We believe, they say, that global warming and quality daycare and an increased minimum wage are pro-life issues too...look at the kind of political activists who are drawn to the big tent of the “peace and justice” movement...
China Tells Living Buddhas to Obtain Permission Before They Reincarnate
by Jane Macartney
...The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the 72-year-old monk without approval from Beijing. It is the latest in a series of measures by the Communist authorities to tighten their grip over Tibet...

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Illegal Aliens Declare War on the United States
by Douglas MacKinnon
...the message from these illegal aliens and their supporters could not be more clear. “If you dare try to uphold the laws of your nation, state, county, or town, we will sue you, bankrupt your legal business, go on strike against you, and broaden our borders deeper into your nation. And we will do all of this with the assistance of your federal politicians, your mainstream media, and your lawyers. We will wait you out and we will win”...

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

The Martyrs No One Cares About
by Michelle Malkin
The blood of innocent Christian missionaries spills on Afghan sands. The world watches and yawns. The United Nations offers nothing more than a formal expression of "concern." Where is the global uproar over the human rights abuses unfolding before our eyes?...
Sex for the Motherland: Russian Youths Encouraged to Procreate at Camp
by Edward Lucas
Remember the mammoths, say the clean-cut organisers at the youth camp's mass wedding. "They became extinct because they did not have enough sex. That must not happen to Russia"...With its relentlessly upbeat tone, bizarre ideas and tight control, it sounds like a weird indoctrination session for a phoney religious cult. But this organisation - known as "Nashi", meaning "Ours" - is youth movement run by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin that has become a central part of Russian political life...