"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, December 29, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved tells the history of Christmas—from the Christ child to St. Nick. Dennis Prager, though a Jew, shares why Christmas is important to him.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Gallup: Questions and Answers About Americans’ Religion
by Frank Newport
...To summarize, more than 8 in 10 Americans identify with a religion and 8 out of 10 say that religion is at least fairly important in their daily lives; more than 8 out of 10 say they attend church at least "seldom"; and again more than 8 out of 10 identify with a Christian religion...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Make Space for God, Pope Says in Christmas Sermon
by Philip Pullella
...He said the fact that Jesus was born in a manger because there was no room for Mary and Joseph at the inn in Bethlehem had modern parallels. "In some way, mankind is awaiting God, waiting for him to draw near. But when the moment comes, there is no room for him," he said. "Man is so preoccupied with himself, he has such urgent need of all the space and all the time for his own things, that nothing remains for others -- for his neighbor, for the poor, for God...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas Clashes 2007
by Kristen Fyfe
...Here is a roundup of some of the more interesting people, institutions and media stories in this season’s Christmas culture clash, with their Grinch-o-Meter ratings...
Bush’s Very Good Year
by Lawrence Kudlow
Against all odds, and despite the usual drumbeat of criticism, President George W. Bush has had a very good year. The troop surge in Iraq is succeeding. America remains safe from terrorist attacks. And the Goldilocks economy is outperforming all expectations...

Saturday, December 22, 2007

2007 A Bad Year for God Squadders
by Gerard Baker
Nothing better measures the retreat of religion in our postmodern society than the diminished intensity of the war over Christmas...Now it just amounts to a few feeble skirmishes, a couple of barmy Christians railing outside the shopping malls, while everybody else gets on with their daily worship at the shrines of the modern trinity: shopping, eating and drinking...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Al Qaeda in 2008: The Struggle for Relevance
by Fred Burton and Scott Stewart
...The signs as of late indicate that the ideological war is not going so well for the jihadists, but they also point to potential hazards around the bend in places such as Pakistan and Lebanon.
Stupid Intelligence on Iran
by James Schlesinger
...The NIE's about-face on Iran's nuclear weapons program represents a reversion to an earlier style of intelligence analysis--featuring a renewed determination not to get beyond the "hard evidence." But as we shall see, this has led to a decision not to consider several crucial elements that lay behind the presumed 2003 decision in Tehran...
Border Patrol Agents Face Massive Increase in Assaults
Associated Press
...Officials say the rising violence indicates smugglers are frustrated and more desperate as it has become more difficult to cross the border illegally. Agents have been attacked with rocks, vehicles and Molotov cocktails...
2,600 Pages of Clinton Records Withheld
by Josh Gerstein
...despite a public assurance by one of his top aides last month that Mr. Clinton "has not blocked the release of a single document"...Asked by National Journal whether Mr. Clinton had "total control" over the closure of records under the confidential-advice provisions of the law, Ms. Fawcett said he did...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Secular Europe or Religious America?
by Dennis Prager
...I am convinced that the human being is programmed to believe in the non-rational. The healthy religious confine their irrationality to their theologies and are quite rational on social issues. On the other hand, vast numbers of secular people in the West have done the very opposite -- rejected irrational religiosity and affirmed irrational social beliefs.
Russia: Kosovo and the Asymmetry of Perceptions
by George Friedman
We expect the West to postpone independence again, and to keep postponing it. But the Albanians might force the issue by declaring unilateral independence. The Russians would actually be delighted to see this. But here is the basic fact: For the United States and its allies, Kosovo is a side issue of no great importance. For the Russians, it is both a hot-button issue and a strategic opportunity. The Russians won't roll over this time. And the asymmetry of perceptions is what crises are made of.
Alternate historical perspective: The Oily Tracks Running Through Kosovo

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Dennis Prager, James Dobson, and Laura Ingraham discuss Mitt Romney’s “JFK Speech” with Salem’s Hugh Hewitt; Salem’s Dennis Prager uses a television interview between an reporter and a close friend of the Omaha murderer of 8 to show how morally impotent our society had become; Bill Bennett interviewed President Bush’s former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Bennett opens by asking Rumsfeld if he regrets not sending in more troops.
My Interview with Ron Paul
by John Stossel
Over the last few months, I've received hundreds of e-mails from people asking me to interview Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, so I did. It's refreshing to interview a politician who doesn't mince words. It's even more refreshing to interview one who understands the benefits of limited government...

Friday, December 14, 2007

Lack of Pardon for Agents Ripped
by Jerry Seper
Several members of Congress derided President Bush yesterday for not including former U.S. Border Patrol agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean among the 29 pardons that he issued this week...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Pope Condemns Climate Change Prophets of Doom
by Simon Caldwell
...The leader of more than a billion Roman Catholics suggested that fears over man-made emissions melting the ice caps and causing a wave of unprecedented disasters were nothing more than scare-mongering. The German-born Pontiff said that while some concerns may be valid it was vital that the international community based its policies on science rather than the dogma of the environmentalist movement...

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Exposing the "Flying Imams"
by M. Zuhdi Jasser
On November 20, 2006, airline officials in Minneapolis removed six imams from U.S. Airways flight 300 to Phoenix after their behavior raised the suspicion of fellow travelers. The imams decried the incident as racist and evidence of discrimination. On March 12, 2007, they filed suit against the airline, airport, and fellow passengers. Some of the imams' claims are exaggerated; many are false. In reality, the incident was a tactical move to support the imams' claim to leadership over the American Muslim community...
Sun, Not Man, Main Cause of Climate Change, New Study Says
by Monisha Bansal
According to a new study on global warming, climate scientists at the University of Rochester, the University of Alabama, and the University of Virginia found that the climate change models based on human influence do not match observed warming...
Related: Skeptical Scientists Urge World To ‘Have the Courage to Do Nothing’ at UN Conference     Is Soros Using Environmental Scare Tactics To Gain Control of Gold Mine?

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

In Politics Values Matter, Not Theology
by Dennis Prager
...It is very important to know the theological beliefs of one's clergyman or the head of one's seminary, but as far as the head of one's country is concerned, only his moral and social values matter. I would much sooner vote for an agnostic whose values I shared than for a believing Christian or Jew whose values I did not share...

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Barone spoke with Hugh Hewitt about the Huckabee surge and Romney contention; Morning in America’s Bill Bennett covered the culture war with FOX News host Bill O’Reilly; Democrats in California and, more recently, in Massachusetts have been pushing for a law to punish parents who spank. As Salem host Dennis Prager explains, a bill like this will do much more harm than good; Beginning this weekend, The Golden Compass, a $150-million-dollar fantasy movie staring Nicole Kidman is opening. But this is no Chronicles of Narnia. Quite the opposite. The movie is based upon a book series that teaches kids that the church is a primary source of evil and spins a tale about the supposed killing of God. Our resident theologian, Dr. Albert Mohler saw the movie and studied up on the author.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Let's Have a Free Market for Housing and Religion
by Mark Steyn
...One shouldn't overstate the administration's actions: in Zimbabwe, the government seizes your property; in the United States, the government seizes your property contract and then hands it back to you all fluffy and painless. But still it's a very curious move. Yet out on the campaign trail no candidate initially seemed very bothered by it...

Friday, December 07, 2007

Remembering Pearl Harbor Day
Faith In America
by Mitt Romney
...while differences in theology exist between the churches in America, we share a common creed of moral convictions. And where the affairs of our nation are concerned, it's usually a sound rule to focus on the latter - on the great moral principles that urge us all on a common course. Whether it was the cause of abolition, or civil rights, or the right to life itself, no movement of conscience can succeed in America that cannot speak to the convictions of religious people...
Intellectual Property Rights Stripped to Stop Global Warming?
By Noel Sheppard
...Not only are international hands being extended to collect funds from countries like the United States in order to help poorer nations deal with a problem that might actually be disappearing since global temperatures peaked in 1998, but climate change is also being used as a means of stripping intellectual property rights from companies that have created new more eco-friendly energy technologies...
Boston Firefighter Stabbed
by Laura J. Sweet
...jumped in East Boston while off duty by a group of Hispanic males who told him they "don't want any gringo here." Though police are not classifying the incident as racially fueled, the Boston Police Department's Community Disorders Unit is investigating...
In another non-racially-fuelled incident: Woman Beaten on Bus By Middle-Schoolers

Thursday, December 06, 2007

'High Confidence' Games
Opinion Journal
...Over the course of a decade, our intelligence services badly underestimated Saddam's nuclear ambitions, then overestimated them. Now they have done a 180-degree turn on Iran, and in such a way that will contribute to a complacency that will make it easier for Iran to build a weapon. Our intelligence services are supposed to inform the policies of elected officials, but increasingly their judgments seem to be setting policy. This is dangerous...
The Science of Gore's Nobel
by Holman W. Jenkins Jr.
What if everyone believes in global warmism only because everyone believes in global warmism?...It may seem strange that scientists would participate in such a phenomenon. It shouldn't. Scientists are human; they do not wait for proof; many devote their professional lives to seeking evidence for hypotheses (especially well-funded hypotheses) they've chosen to believe...
Related Video: The Great Global Warming Swindle     Global Warming Doomsday Called Off

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tragedy of the Commons II
by John Stossel
...Property rights associate effort with benefits. Where benefits are unrelated to effort, people do the least amount necessary to get by while taking the most they can get. Economists have a pithy way of summing up this truth: No one washes a rental car...
Related: Who Gives and Who Doesn't: Putting the Stereotypes to the Test
U.S. Intel Possibly Duped by Iran
by Kenneth R. Timmerman
...Newsmax sources in Tehran believe that Washington has fallen for “a deliberate disinformation campaign” cooked up by the Revolutionary Guards, who laundered fake information and fed it to the United States through Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers posing as senior diplomats in Europe...

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Baby Boomers Owe America's Young People an Apology
by Dennis Prager
We live in the age of group apologies. I would like to add one. The baby boomer generation needs to apologize to America, especially its young generation, for many sins. Here is a partial list: First and perhaps foremost, we apologize for robbing many of you of a childhood...
The NIE Report: Solving a Geopolitical Problem with Iran
by George Friedman
..."Our assessment that Iran halted the program in 2003 primarily in response to international pressure indicates Tehran's decisions are guided by a cost-benefit approach rather than a rush to a weapon irrespective of the political, economic and military costs." With this announcement, the dynamics of the Middle Eastern region, Iraq and U.S.-Iranian relations shift dramatically. For one thing, the probability of a unilateral strike against Iranian nuclear targets is gone...

Monday, December 03, 2007

Atheists Behind the Greatest Cruelty, Says Pope
by Jonathan Petre
...Benedict XVI said that many people rejected religious faith because they no longer found the prospect of an eternal after-life attractive. Instead, they had put their faith in human reason and freedom in the hope that the "kingdom of man" would emerge. In a scholarly analysis, he said that these ideas had originated during two periods of political upheaval, the French and Communist revolutions...
More: Pope's Encyclical: Full Text

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt interviews Mayor Rudy Giuliani; Michael Medved talks with Governor Mitt Romney; Dennis Prager explains the problem of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton; Bill Bennett and William Kristol discuss the planted question at the GOP Debate by a former general who is also co-chairman of Hillary Rodham Clinton's National Military Veterans group. All this and more.
Endorsement: John McCain is the Man to Lead America
New Hampshire Union Leader
...For now, we leave you with this to ponder: When McCain was shot down and taken prisoner by the North Vietnamese, he was repeatedly beaten. When his captors discovered that his father was a top U.S. admiral, they ordered him released for propaganda purposes. But McCain refused, insisting that longer-held prisoners be released before him. So they beat him some more. He never gave in then, and he won't give in to our enemies now.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Stem Cell Vindication  
By Charles Krauthammer
A decade ago, Thomson was the first to isolate human embryonic stem cells. Last week, he (and Japan's Shinya Yamanaka) announced one of the great scientific breakthroughs since the discovery of DNA: an embryo-free way to produce genetically matched stem cells. Even a scientist who cares not a whit about the morality of embryo destruction will adopt this technique because it is so simple and powerful. The embryonic stem cell debate is over...
Gallup: Republicans Report Much Better Mental Health Than Others
by Frank Newport
...income, education, gender, church attendance, and being a Republican are significantly related to self-reported mental health -- each such relationship occurring even when the impact of the other variables is taken into account...