"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

Friday, November 30, 2007

Fraud, Intimidation and Bribery as Putin Prepares for Victory
by Luke Harding and Tom Parfitt
..."We are seeing a new phenomenon where voters are forced to get absentee ballots under threat of being sacked or being denied bonuses," she said. "People are then instructed to vote at their workplace where everything is tightly controlled." The spokesman said the pressure applied to private businesses as well as state-run enterprises...
Venezuelans Protest Chavez's Referendum
by Fabiola Sanchez
Tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of the capital Thursday to oppose a referendum that would eliminate term limits for President Hugo Chavez and help him establish a socialist state in Venezuela...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Dissecting the 'Party of God'
by Fred Burton and Reva Bhalla
...With Hezbollah preparations in full steam and Lebanon teetering on the brink of civil war, this theater is just waiting to explode. The controller of the time bomb, however, likely is sitting in Tehran.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

The Free Market Does It Better
by John Stossel
...People in the developing world desperately need prosperity. Blocking their development on the flimsy promise of climate "fixes" will only make hard lives harder. Their primitive environments are killing them.
The World Doesn't Hate America, the Left Does
by Dennis Prager
....because the left dominates the world's news media and because most people, understandably, believe what the news media report, many people, including Americans, believe that the world hates America....

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal: Special Edition  
Salem Radio Network
The rise of Clarence Thomas from the poverty of Pinpoint, Georgia to the revered chambers of the Supreme Court is a classic American tale. Hugh Hewitt talks to Clarence Thomas about his humble beginnings and current career status.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Study: Democrats the Party of the Rich
by Donald Lambro
..."If you take the wealthiest one-third of the 435 congressional districts, we found that the Democrats represent about 58 percent of those jurisdictions," Mr. Franc said. A key measure of each district's wealth was the number of single-filer taxpayers earning more than $100,000 a year and married couples filing jointly who earn more than $200,000 annually, he said...

Friday, November 23, 2007

Abortion Politics 2008
by Hadley Arkes
...there is in his campaign a sobering truth that cannot be evaded: The nomination and election of Rudy Giuliani would mark the end of the Republican party as the pro-life party in our politics. And that would be the case regardless of whether pro-lifers respond to his nomination by refusing to vote for Giuliani, forming a third party, or folding themselves into a coalition that succeeds in electing Giuliani...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Bounty and Goodness of Our God
by Chuck Colson
It has become the worst drought in the history of the Southeast. The ground is parched; crops are dying. And last week, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue decided to do something about it. He urged Georgians to pray for desperately needed rain...the day after Governor Perdue prayed on the Capitol steps, rains swept the state—nearly an inch in places...
Lessons in Holiday Dining With Liberals
by Larry Elder
...My friends' son, now in college, asked me a health care question as I munched on a delicious dish of short ribs. "If you're against government health care insurance, what should poor people do? What, just screw 'em?"...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

America, Here Are Your Democratic Presidential Candidates
by Dennis Prager
If you want to know what the Democratic presidential candidates and the Democratic Party believe, the debates, often derided as intellectually inconsequential, reveal a great deal. The problem is that news media almost never report the most important statements the candidates make. Here then are some of those statements from the most recent debate, followed by a comment on their significance...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Israel, the Hope of the Muslim World
by Spengler
...Received wisdom in the foreign ministries of the West holds that relations with Muslims would be ever so much easier without the annoying presence of the Jewish state, which humiliates the Muslim world. Just the opposite is true. The Israeli presence in the territory of the ancient Jewish commonwealth, on land that once belonged to the Dar al’Islam, offers the single, slender hope for the future of the Muslim world, precisely because it constitutes a humiliation...
Mi Casa, Sue Casa
by John Fund
It's been less than a week since New York's Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Eliot Spitzer had to climb down from their support of driver's licenses for illegal aliens. Now House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has moved to kill an amendment that would protect employers from federal lawsuits for requiring their workers to speak English. Among the employers targeted by such lawsuits: the Salvation Army...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Balance of Power Returning to United States
by Charles Krauthammer
... What's changed in the last year? Bush's dress and diction remain the same. But he did change generals -- and counterinsurgency strategy -- in Iraq. As a result, Iraq has gone from an apparently lost cause to a winnable one...
Related: French President Sarkozy's Address to Congress

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Turns out, married men don't vote for Hillary. Dennis Prager comments; WLQV host Paul Edwards recently spoke with Nicholas Wapshott about his new book titled "Ronald Reagan and Margarett Thatcher"; Chuck Colson went from Nixon lawyer to prisoner to a running a terrific prison ministry. He recently sat down with Salem host Bill Bennett to discuss the Employment Non-Discrimination Act; Pacifists want us to believe American was designed to be a very mild country. But is that really our founding fathers' intent? Scholar, thinker, writer Robert Kagan says no. And he took the time to write a book on this point titled "Dangerous Nation." Kagan spoke with Michael Medved.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Politics of Ethanol Outshine its Costs
by Mark Clayton
...Ethanol's popularity comes despite charges from environmentalists, livestock farmers, and opponents of subsidies that the move won't meet energy goals and may damage the environment as food prices soar. Energy-security experts say the measure also falls short on a key goal: weaning America off foreign oil...
Pardon Me?
by Jack Tapper
Three recipients of controversial 11th-hour pardons issued by former President Bill Clinton in January 2001 have donated thousands of dollars to the presidential campaign of his wife, Democratic front-runner Sen. Hillary Clinton...
Driver's Licenses for Migrants? Not in Mexico
by Chris Hawley
...All of Mexico's 31 states, along with Mexico City, require foreigners to present a valid visa if they want a driver's license, according to a survey of states by The Arizona Republic. "When it comes to foreigners, we're a little more strict here," said Alejandro Ruíz, director of education at the Mexican Automobile Association...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Propaganda, and Perspective, on "American Empire"
by Michael Medved
...Imagine that the United States had never become a world power, or never existed at all. Would the ideals of democracy and free markets wield the same power in the world? Would murderous dictatorships have claimed more victims – or fewer? Would the community of nations strain under the lash of Nazism, or Communism, or some vicious combination of both?...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

From the Bible to "Intimacy Kits" -- Goodbye to the Gideons?
by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
...This development is another reminder that we are living in a time of tremendous cultural and moral change. The absence of Gideons Bibles from an increasing number of hotel rooms tells us something about the secularization, sexualization, and extreme sensitivities of our age...

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

To Understand the Left, Read this Issue of Rolling Stone
by Dennis Prager
...It brings me no pleasure to say that, with few exceptions, the interviews reveal a superficiality and contempt for cultural norms (as evidenced by the ubiquity of curse words) that should scare anyone who believes that these people have influence on American life...
The Character Factor
by David Brooks
...Everyone will make their own political choices, and you might plausibly argue that the qualities John McCain possesses are not the ones the country now requires. But character is destiny, and you will never persuade me that he is not among the finest of men...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Happy Veteran's Day!

Townhall.com Weekend Journal
Salem Radio Network
Hillary Clinton, media darling and feminist hero, collapsed in a heap at a recent debate. Dennis Prager and Michael Medved describe the meltdown; Albert Mohler interviews Dinesh D'Souza, author of “What’s So Great about Christianity”; The Financial Times of Britain revealed a dirty little secret of the Democratic Party in America -- They represent the rich far more so than the Republicans. Dennis Prager reports.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Things Are Tough All Over, but Mrs. Clinton is No Iron Lady
by Peggy Noonan
...the [Margaret] Thatchers and Indira Gandhis and Golda Meirs and Angela Merkels, never play the boo-hoo game. They are what they are, but they don't use what they are. They don't hold up their sex as a feint: Why, he's not criticizing me, he's criticizing all women! Let us rise and fight the sexist cur...

Friday, November 09, 2007

Throw the Law of the Sea Overboard
by Lance Thompson
...The Law of the Sea Treaty is a device to hand over American sovereignty to an authority answerable to no one, and to consign international commerce to the unregulated whim of foreign bureaucrats. That’s the sort of fate our navy is supposed to defend us from.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Faking the News in a 'Good' Cause
by Michelle Malkin
...The Rathergate debacle at CBS News - in which faked National Guard memos were used to smear President Bush - was an extreme example. But if you look closely, you'll find everyday examples of Serious Journalists manufacturing the news and concocting social crises. Amazingly, they always manage to make conservatives look racist, intolerant and evil. Funny how that works...
Thousands of Palestinians Apply for Israeli Citizenship
by Ronny Shaked
..."They've weighed the pros and cons of life under the Palestinian Authority and those under Israel and they've chosen," said residents in East Jerusalem of their naturalization-seeking neighbors...
Renowned Environmentalist Calls Biofuels ‘Crime Against Humanity’
by Noel Sheppard
...If the governments promoting biofuels do not reverse their policies, the humanitarian impact will be greater than that of the Iraq war. Millions will be displaced, hundreds of millions more could go hungry. This crime against humanity is a complex one, but that neither lessens nor excuses it...

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Pakistan and its Army
by George Friedman
...Whether Musharraf himself survives is not a historically significant issue. What is significant is whether Pakistan will fall into internal chaos or civil war, or fragment into smaller states. We must consider what that would mean, but first we must examine Pakistan's underlying dilemma -- a set of contradictions rooted in Pakistani history...
No Fairness Doctrine for PBS
Media Research Center
...Democratic congressional leaders now in the majority have been entertaining the idea of reviving a federal "Fairness Doctrine" which would require private broadcasters to comply with notions of balancing out each station's daily schedule of news, talk, and public-affairs programming. These same Democrats have been highly offended at the idea that anyone outside or inside taxpayer-funded broadcasting would monitor PBS content for fairness or balance...
Proliferation of Climate Scepticism in Europe
by Hans H.J. Labohm
Climate scepticism has now gained a firm foothold in various European countries...Denmark... Germany... Sweden... Italy... The Netherlands... Britain... Russia...
Video Documentaries: The Great Global Warming Swindle     Global Warming Doomsday Called Off

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Dear Senator Dodd: Education Is Not the Answer to Every Problem
by Dennis Prager
...There is, of course, a form of education that can indeed solve most of society's problems: moral education. That would consist of teaching young people what is good and what is bad, how to develop personal integrity and providing them with the life stories of the best individuals in history. But little or none of that is now done in schools...

Monday, November 05, 2007

A Gift to Terrorists
by Joseph Klein
...whatever marginal benefits there may be to joining the UN Law of the Sea Convention, such as its guidelines on the management of fisheries and freedom of navigation, our adversaries will use the Convention’s rules and procedures to cover their acquisition and transport of nuclear and other catastrophic weapons materials while binding us up in the double-talk of international legalisms...
More: Sinister Secrets of the U.N. Sea Treaty

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bill Bennett spoke with Bill Kristol about the Democrat-controlled Congress and their failed promises; Michael Medved also evaluated the mess that is the current Congress; a U.C. Santa Barbara college newspaper columnist was invited on the Dennis Prager Show to defend his statements against Dennis; Bill Bennett talked with Rudy Giuliani about his views on education. All this and more.
The Petraeus Curve
The Times
In Iraq, it seems good news is deemed no news. There has been striking success in the past few months in the attempt to improve security, defeat al-Qaeda sympathisers and create the political conditions in which a settlement between the Shia and the Sunni communities can be reached. This has not been an accident but the consequence of a strategy overseen by General David Petraeus in the past several months...

Friday, November 02, 2007

War Plans: United States and Iran
by George Friedman
...The United States could have defeated North Vietnam with a greater mobilization of forces. However, Washington determined that the defeat of North Vietnam and the defense of Indochina were not worth the level of effort required...The danger of war is that politicians and generals, desiring a particular end, fantasize that they can achieve that end with insufficient resources. This lesson is applicable to Iran.
U.N. Scientist Rejects Nobel Prize Share, Denounces Climate Alarmism
by Matthew Sheffield
...Christy tells the world that not only does he believe it's unproven that humans cause global warming, he's refusing his "share" of the Nobel Peace Prize that he was awarded because it was based on a misunderstanding of science...
Video Documentaries: The Great Global Warming Swindle     Global Warming Doomsday Called Off

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Loathing Nancy
Investor's Business Daily
...Democrats can't depend on Pelosi to deliver, Republicans can't depend on her to run the House fairly and the American people can't depend on her to bring integrity to Capitol Hill. Is there any reason for her politics-driven speakership to continue?
University of Delaware Requires Students to Undergo Ideological Reeducation
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
...The Orwellian program requires the approximately 7,000 students in Delaware’s residence halls to adopt highly specific university-approved views on issues ranging from politics to race, sexuality, sociology, moral philosophy, and environmentalism...