"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, January 29, 2008

A Response to "What You Have To Believe To Be a Republican Today"
by Dennis Prager
For four years, a list of alleged Republican positions -- "What You Have To Believe To Be a Republican Today" -- has been circulating on the Internet and forwarded in countless e-mails. In this presidential election year, it is important to respond to these charges. If people want to vote for a Democratic president, they should not do so based on falsehoods about Republicans...
Bush's End Game
Wall Street Journal
...With his low approval rating and a Democratic Congress, Mr. Bush's final State of the Union last night reflected his limited ability to shape legislation. But even a lame duck President has more power to influence events than anyone else on the planet...
Transcript: President Bush's State of the Union

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt spoke to Rudy Giuliani about the latest polls showing McCain and Romney in a neck-to-neck battle for Florida—with him fading. Hugh Hewitt then put in a call to Salem host Bill Bunkley, of WTBN in Tampa Bay to get an on-the-ground Florida primary assessment. Meanwhile—on the Democratic side, Obama and Hillary are in a heated race. Bill Clinton is trashing Obama, Obama is calling Bill Clinton a liar, Hillary has already used up her crying card. Dennis Prager spoke with pollster Frank Luntz about the Democratic mess. All this and more.
Soros Backs Corporate Democrats
by Cliff Kincaid
...data from the Center for Responsive Politics shows that hedge funds prefer Democrats over Republicans by a margin of 79-21 percent. Democrats have received $4.2 million and Republicans $1.1 million from hedge funds. What the hedge fund operators want from the politicians is what all of us desire-less taxation, regulation and oversight. But they have the money to get their way, even though they can hold the fate of entire nations and their economies in their hands...

Friday, January 25, 2008

Interrogator: Invasion Surprised Saddam
CBS News
..."Saddam] still had the engineers. The folks that he needed to reconstitute his program are still there," says Piro. "He wanted to pursue all of WMD…to reconstitute his entire WMD program." This included chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, Piro says...
Pope Calls on Media to Adopt "Info-Ethics"
..."When communication loses its ethical underpinning and eludes society's control, it ends up no longer taking into account the centrality and inviolable dignity of the human person," he said in the three-page message...

Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Moral Economy
by Victor Davis Hanson
...we must view our present economic challenges in a larger philosophical and ethical framework — and redefine success as being able to pay off what we owe, and spend only what we earn...
The Other Stimulus
Investor's Business Daily
...Our economy, like the rest of the world's, runs on carbon-based energy. Any long-term stimulus must respect that fact. Congress, however, has kept oil supplies tight to wage a phony fight against global warming. This is the height of irresponsibility...

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

A Freer World is a Better World
by John Stossel
...the study also finds a strong correlation between economic freedom and environmental quality. It is beyond dispute. Economic freedom leads to good things, while government coercion leads to poverty and oppression. It's stunning that some people still find the free market controversial.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Mobile Phone Radiation Wrecks Your Sleep
by Geoffrey Lean
...The research, sponsored by the mobile phone companies themselves, shows that using the handsets before bed causes people to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and to spend less time in them, interfering with the body's ability to repair damage suffered during the day...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
After the Michigan primary Dennis Prager got analysis from Weekly Standard editor Fred Barnes. Hugh Hewitt extends the analysis with Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol; Rudy Giuliani is campaigning tirelessly in Florida—the giant basket in which he has put all his eggs. Bill Bennett caught up with Giuliani; Dennis Prager interviews Jonah Goldberg on his latest book “Liberal Fascism.”
Smearing Soldiers
by Ralph Peters
...Had the Times' "journalists" and editors bothered to put those figures in context - which they carefully avoided doing - they would've found that the murder rate that leaves them so aghast means that our vets are five times less likely to commit a murder than their demographic peers...In other words, the Times unwittingly makes the case that military service reduces the likelihood of a young man or woman committing a murder by 80 percent...
Follow up: Veterans: The New 'Lepers'

Friday, January 18, 2008

Report: Unfavorable Drug Studies Don't Get Into Print
by Gene Emery
..."Not only were positive results more likely to be published, but studies that were not positive, in our opinion, were often published in a way that conveyed a positive outcome," said the authors...
Soros Bets on U.S. Economic Collapse
by Cliff Kindaid
...With millions of people either losing their homes or a substantial part of their value, the media should not be content with a no-comment from these crafty behind-the-scenes money men.
Voter-Fraud Rethink
by John Fund
...some Democrats ignore that it was only last week they argued before the Supreme Court that an Indiana law requiring voters show ID at the polls would reduce voter turnout and disenfranchise minorities. Nevada allies of Hillary Clinton have just sued to shut down several caucus sites inside casinos along the Las Vegas Strip, potentially disenfranchising thousands of Hispanic or black shift workers..

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Papal Inquisition
Wall Street Journal
American universities aren't the only places where politically incorrect speakers are silenced nowadays. This week in Rome, of all places, Pope Benedict XVI found himself censored by scholars...This pope's specific sin was a speech he gave nearly 20 years ago in which, they claimed, he indicated support for the 17th-century heresy trial against Galileo. The censoring scholars apparently failed to appreciate the irony that, in preventing the pope from speaking, they were doing to him what the Church once did to Galileo, stifling free speech and intellectual inquiry...

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hillary's MLK Comments Show Brain-Dead "Governmentism"
by Michael Medved
Hillary Clinton’s controversial comments about Martin Luther King exposed one of the worst aspects of contemporary liberalism: its preference for governmental remedies for every imaginable human problem, and taxpayer support for every worthwhile national endeavor...
Microsoft Seeks Patent for Office 'Spy' Software
by Alexi Mostrous and David Brown
...Wireless sensors could read “heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement facial movements, facial expressions and blood pressure”...Physical changes to an employee would be matched to an individual psychological profile based on a worker’s weight, age and health...

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Gov. Corzine and I May Have Different Hearts
by Dennis Prager
New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, in explaining his state's abolition of the death penalty, announced that he knew "from my heart and from my soul" that no murderer should be put to death. As it happens, I know from my heart and from my soul that not putting any murderer to death is a cosmic injustice; it cheapens the worth of human life and greatly diminishes the revulsion society feels toward murder...

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved studied Hillary's abandonment of the tough-guy persona prior to the New Hampshire primary; Hugh Hewitt, a supporter of Mitt Romney intensely debated with Michael Medved-—a John McCain supporter--about the candidates' presidental credentials; Dennis Prager spoke with America's finest political analyst Michael Barone about the Hillary upset over Obama at the New Hampshire Democrat primary; the day after Hillary surprised pollsters and overtook Obama in New Hampshire, Karl Rove joined Bill Bennett.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Who Hates America?
by Gary Bauer
...while it is true that in some parts of the world the U.S. and the Bush administration are unpopular, by one standard, at least, the U.S. is doing as well as it ever has. The governments of the world are shifting decidedly in our direction...Britain...France...Germany...Poland, Romania, Hungary and the Czech Republic...Albania...Georgia...Australia, Canada and Japan...Brazil, Chile, Peru, Uruguay and Mexico...
Foul Play
by Diana West
..."Islamofascism" and other euphemisms —are words that draw a PC curtain over mainstream Islam. They effectively shield the religion and its tenets from the scrutiny necessary to assess the ideology driving our jihadist enemies. Of course, lifting that PC curtain on Islam and its jihadist tenets is precisely the effect of [soon to be terminated] Stephen Coughlin's Pentagon brief. It goes against what political correctness tells us; it also goes against what Islamic advocacy groups tell us...
A Solution to Man-Made Global Warming
by Pat Sajak
...So, those who believe disaster is around the corner face a dilemma: while they’re educating their fellow citizens and demanding governments regulate believers and non-believers alike, the problem continues, and the date of the world’s doom draws ever closer. But there is a solution. It’s relatively simple, can begin immediately, and will change the dynamics of global warming overnight...

Friday, January 11, 2008

$oros' Iraq Death Study was a Sham
by Todd Venezia
...The study, which The Lancet, a British medical journal, published three weeks before the midterm elections, made major headlines around the world with claims that some 650,000 Iraqis died in the war...Yesterday, the Iraqi government and the World Health Organization released a new study which used similar methodology to the Johns Hopkins researchers, but concluded 151,000 Iraqis died of violence in the three years after the U.S.-led invasion.
Will the Democrats Find an Adult of Their Own?
by Ross Mackenzie
OK. So where do things stand in the aftermath of the New Hampshire primary? On the Republican side...On the Democratic side...

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fascism's Legacy: Liberalism
by Daniel Pipes
Liberal fascism sounds like an oxymoron – or a term for conservatives to insult liberals. Actually, it was coined by a socialist writer, none other than the respected and influential left-winger H.G. Wells, who in 1931 called on fellow progressives to become "liberal fascists" and "enlightened Nazis." Really...
The Messy Politics of Illegal Immigration
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Mexico cares mostly about sending north those it won't or can't feed and house -- so it can skim off from them billions in remittances once they arrive in the United States. Mexico City, of course, could reform the country's laws and economy whenever it wants. But it changes only enough to draw in tourists or Americans looking to buy vacation homes, not to better the lives of millions of its mestizo poor in the heartland...

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

by Ralph Peters
On Sunday, the Iranians tested us. We failed. They'll probe us again. And every time we fail to react decisively, we raise the number of future US casualties. Remember the USS Cole? You bet the Iranians do. They plan to better that attack by an order of magnitude. For almost 70 years, we've deployed the finest navy in the history of the world. But it looks increasingly as if we've gone from "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!" to "Will this interfere with my next promotion?"
Beheading in the Name of Islam Online
by Joe Kaufman
...This month, Islam Online (IOL), a website that has mass popularity throughout the Muslim world, published a gruesome poem detailing how to behead a human being. By doing this, the site has not only shined a light on its true nature, but it has, as well, called into question the motives of all groups that link to it and portray Islam Online as anything but what it truly is: a source of violent hatred...
Michigan Sees Fewer Gun Deaths -- With More Permits
by Dawson Bell
Six years after new rules made it much easier to get a license to carry concealed weapons, the number of Michiganders legally packing heat has increased more than six-fold...The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went into effect has been, on average, below the rate of the previous six years...

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Multiculturalism is Breeding Intolerance
by Philip Johnston
It has taken a long time to happen, but at last an authoritative and senior establishment figure has pointed to the elephant in the room...few politicians have been willing to do what Michael Nazir-Ali has done, which is to question the impact of a growing Muslim population upon the very fabric of the nation...
Nazir-Ali's article: Extremism Flourished as UK Lost Christianity
Sen. Obama's Calls for Unity Are Not What They Seem
by Dennis Prager
...If those who call for unity told the whole truth, this is what they would say: "I want everyone to unite -- behind my values. I want everyone who disagrees with me to change the way they think so that we can all be united. I myself have no plans to change my positions on any important issues in order to achieve this unity...
Big Pharma Spends More On Advertising Than Research And Development
Science Daily
...the U.S. pharmaceutical industry spent 24.4% of the sales dollar on promotion, versus 13.4% for research and development, as a percentage of US domestic sales of US$235.4 billion...

Monday, January 07, 2008

For Sale: West’s Deadly Nuclear Secrets
The Times
...Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in sensitive military and nuclear institutions...Her story shows just how much the West was infiltrated by foreign states seeking nuclear secrets. It illustrates how western government officials turned a blind eye to, or were even helping, countries such as Pakistan acquire bomb technology...
More: Edmonds Sort-of Names Names
Br-r-r! Where Did Global Warming Go?
by Jeff Jacoby
...Given the number of worldwide cold events, it is no surprise that 2007 didn't turn out to be the warmest ever. In fact, 2007's global temperature was essentially the same as that in 2006 - and 2005, and 2004, and every year back to 2001. The record set in 1998 has not been surpassed...

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved spoke with Mayor Rudy Giuliani shortly after the assassination of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Hugh Hewitt gets columnist Mark Steyn’s reaction and Bill Bennett spoke with Senator John McCain about the Bhutto murder; Dennis Prager spoke with Mark Bowden, author of “Black Hawk Down.” Bowden recently wrote an article titled “Torture Isn’t Always Wrong”; George Weigel has written a brilliant new book, “Faith, Reason and the War Against Jihadism.” The book argues that the western media refuse to take theology seriously and thus consistently fail to understand the jihadists who are acting on theological grounds. He recently joined Hugh Hewitt to talk about it.
Don't Ban 'Hormone-Free' Milk Label
The Philadelphia Inquirer
...Pennsylvania would be the first state in the nation to deny consumers information about how their milk is produced. Wolff argues that some "hormone-free" labels are inaccurate. If so, correct the labeling procedures. But don't use that as an excuse to keep consumers in the dark about how their food is produced...
YouTube Video: Fox News Exec Kills Investigative Report, Firing Reporters

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Trying Times For The Spread Of Democracy
by Charles Krauthammer
...while spreading democracy may be necessary (for our security), can it, in fact, be done? We know that it can, of course, as demonstrated by our success in turning Germany, Japan and South Korea into important democratic allies. But there we had the rare advantage of the near total control that came with uncontested postwar occupation. What is required in conditions of far less control? A healthy respect for the enduring power of local political primitivism and a willingness to adapt to it...

Friday, January 04, 2008

A Cold Spell Soon to Replace Global Warming
by Oleg Sorokhtin
...The latest data, obtained by Habibullah Abdusamatov, head of the Pulkovo Observatory space research laboratory, say that Earth has passed the peak of its warmer period, and a fairly cold spell will set in quite soon, by 2012. Real cold will come when solar activity reaches its minimum, by 2041, and will last for 50-60 years or even longer...
U.S. Senate Turns Back On Border Fence
by Joe Murray
..."If Congress is to reverse its border stance after just one year, what message does that send to illegal immigrants and drug smugglers who are watching to see how serious we are about protecting America's borders?" Mr. Hunter asked.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Most Americans “Very Satisfied” With Their Personal Lives
by Joseph Carroll
...These results have been fairly stable since Gallup first started tracking Americans' personal life satisfaction in 1979. The percentage of Americans who say they are satisfied with their personal life has averaged 82% over this period, with a low of 73% in July 1979 and a high of 88% in December 2004...
A New DNA Test Can ID a Suspect's Race, But Police Won't Touch It
by Melba Newsome
..."This is analyzing data derived from a crime scene," Frudakis counters. "It's just a way for police to narrow down their suspect lists." But his position, rational as it may be, is no match for the emotions that surface with any pairing of race and crime...

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

In 2008, a 100 Percent Chance of Alarm
by John Tierney
...Today’s interpreters of the weather are what social scientists call availability entrepreneurs: the activists, journalists and publicity-savvy scientists who selectively monitor the globe looking for newsworthy evidence of a new form of sinfulness, burning fossil fuels...
2007 Was Hardly an Annus Horribilus for Americans
by Irwin M. Stelzer
...Surprise: the American economy added over one million new jobs in the year that is now coming to a close. It grew at an annual rate of between 3 percent and 4 percent. Share prices rose by over 5 percent, with tech shares up by double digits, these gains being recorded in weeks in which the financial markets are said to be in turmoil. Exports soared, bringing down the long-standing trade deficit...

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!