"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, February 29, 2008

The Coughlin Affair
by Frank J. Gaffney Jr.
Imagine trying to fight a war without a clue as to what motivates your enemy or governs his strategy for your destruction. Actually, you don't have to work too hard to get your head around such an insane idea; it is the current practice of the U.S. government...
Our 50-50 Political World
by Michael Medved
Neither high-octane campaigns nor charisma-laden politicians (see JFK, Reagan and Clinton) have been able to break the deadlock of presidential politics over the past 50 years. So will this November be any different?...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The World in 2009
by Victor Davis Hanson
...When President George Bush leaves office, will America once again be liked by most of the world? Not necessarily, since most current problems are either already getting better or not our fault. When the next president takes office in January 2009, he or she will be confronted by a world that either understandably appreciates America or for self-interested reasons will challenge it...

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Guns Save Lives
by John Stossel
...The National Academy of Sciences reviewed dozens of studies and could not find a single gun regulation that clearly led to reduced violent crime or murder. When Washington, D.C., passed its tough handgun ban years ago, gun violence rose...
Yes, We Can’t
by Fred Siegel
...Obama’s utopian vision of transcending the interests that make up the fabric of our democracy is unlikely to fare any better than the “politics of hope” did in Emerson’s time. The key question at hand is whether Obama’s Edenic bubble bursts before or after the election.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Forget Global Warming: Welcome to the New Ice Age
by Lorne Gunter
...remember the Arctic Sea ice? The ice we were told so hysterically last fall had melted to its "lowest levels on record? Never mind that those records only date back as far as 1972 and that there is anthropological and geological evidence of much greater melts in the past. The ice is back. Gilles Langis, a senior forecaster with the Canadian Ice Service in Ottawa, says the Arctic winter has been so severe the ice has not only recovered, it is actually 10 to 20 cm thicker in many places than at this time last year...
More: Temperature Monitors Report Widescale Global Cooling

Monday, February 25, 2008

Pelosi vs. America
New York Post
...Pelosi's Democrats are less worried about civil liberties than they are about crossing a rich source of their campaign cash - America's odious tort bar. The trial lawyers want to kill a provision in the Senate bill that protects US phone companies that cooperated with the government in post-9/11 surveillance...
Kosovo: Islamism's New Beachhead?
by Julia Gorin
To put this in perspective, with advance apologies to any offended ethnic groups: How would Americans react if Latino gangs started ambushing police and killing government officials in California, and after a few years the U.S. sent in the troops because the gangs were outgunning the police force; following this, the gangsters started claiming atrocities—and so Russia and China bombed California and Washington in response to the “atrocities”...
Putin’s Iron Grip on Russia Suffocates Opponents
by Clifford J. Levy
Shortly before parliamentary elections in December, foremen fanned out across the sprawling GAZ vehicle factory here, pulling aside assembly-line workers and giving them an order: vote for President Vladimir V. Putin’s party or else. They were instructed to phone in after they left their polling places. Names would be tallied, defiance punished. The city’s children, too, were pressed into service...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Barack's wife, Michelle Obama, remarked how she is proud of her country for the first time in her adult life. Also, she said that her husband: can fix our souls; is the only person who can heal this nation; will never let you go back to your lives as usual; can change the world! Salem's Michael Medved, Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt covered her and her husband's demagoguery. Michael Medved discussed the numerous--and suspicious--amount of times people have been fainting at Obama speaking events. Each time Barack stops speaking and addresses the crowd to help the fainter. This phenomenon has been dubbed "Obamagate." Hugh Hewitt highlights former NBA great, Charles Barkley and his comments to Wolf Blitzer that "conservatives are fake Christians."

Saturday, February 23, 2008

What are the Clintons Hiding?
New York Post
...When will Hillary Clinton finally release her tax returns?...the Clintons - despite their long record of dubious fund-raising, not to mention their ties to financial people who've ended up on the wrong side of the law - continue to hide behind a veil of secrecy...
Iraqis Nabbed in Mexico, Headed to U.S. with Fake IDs
World Net Daily
...Mexican officials said the are investigating "a network that could be made up of Mexicans operating in Greece who are selling false Bulgarian passports for $10,000 to European and Middle Eastern citizens"...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Rep. John Murtha: Porker of the Year
Citizens Against Government Waste
Rep. Jack Murtha has long been known inside the Beltway for using threats, power plays, and backroom deals to control spending decisions. There is an area of the House floor known as “Murtha’s Corner,” where the legendary appropriator dispenses earmarks...The congressman inserts pork whenever he can to serve himself and his district. In fiscal year 2008, he brought home 72 pork projects worth $149.2 million...
Your Computer is Not as Secure as You Think
by Kim Zetter
Researchers with Princeton University and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have found a flaw that renders disk encryption systems useless if an intruder has physical access to your computer -- say in the case of a stolen laptop or when a computer is left unattended on a desktop in sleep mode or while displaying a password prompt screen...

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Ivy League Populism  
by Victor Davis Hanson
...As Sens. Obama and Clinton try to outdo each other in blaming government for our lack of individual responsibility and promising solutions by raising taxes to give us more government, they offer little change and less hope.
America's Most Sinful Cities
Forbes.com Staff
We have unveiled the American city that has fallen the farthest from grace in each of the seven deadly sins (lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy and pride). For each sin we stretched our imagination to find a workable proxy--murder rates for wrath, per capita billionaires for avarice--then culled the available data sources to rank the cities. Some of the results were surprising...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

'John Doe' Telecoms
by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
...Speaker Pelosi has evidently learned nothing in the intervening months about either the national security implications or the politics of obstructionism in the service of trial lawyers and at the expense of the common defense...
Does Balkanization Beckon Anew?
by Pat Buchanan
We've established a dangerous precedent by aiding secession of Kosovo...The U.S. war on Serbia was unconstitutional, unjust and unwise. Congress never authorized it. Serbia, an ally in two world wars, had never attacked us. We made an enemy of the Serbs, and alienated Russia, to create a second Muslim state in the Balkans...
History lesson: Clinton's Kosovo War was about Oil

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Schools Cut Secret Deals with Abusive Teachers
by Amy Hsuan, Melissa Navas, and Bill Graves
They call it "passing the trash," and it's a common practice that lets child abusers resign and move to another district...
Tornadoes Not a Sign of Global Warming
by Tim Ball
In his book "State of Fear," Michael Crichton wrote about exploitation of fear by environmental extremists. He should write another book about exploitation of lack of knowledge...
We Need to Reclaim Our Heritage
by Walton H. Walker II
Two score and 10 years ago, I began as a young boy to learn about two of the greatest men in all history, American Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I learned and memorized the dates of their birth — Feb. 22 and Feb. 12...

Monday, February 18, 2008

Happy Presidents' Day
The Deeper Roots Of Economic Anxiety
by Richard Karlgaard
The U.S. economy is in better shape than the pundits, polls and press say it is. I don’t believe America is in a recession now. I don’t think one is coming. After eight months of anxiety and stock market turbulence, if the bad event hasn’t happened by now, I doubt it will happen at all...
On the Trail of a War Hero
by Greg Sheridan
John McCain is the most interesting person to run for the US presidency in the past 100 years, at least sinceTheodore Roosevelt. I discovered this during the first part of the presidential primaries, which I observed from the Melbourne suburbs...

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bill Bennett discussed the political landscape with Democratic strategist and Obama supporter Dan Gerstein; former presidential candidate Gary Bauer has thrown his support to John McCain and spoke to Michael Medved about it; Dennis Prager discussed the City of Berkeley’s decision to pass a measure encouraging protesters to gather outside the Marine Recruiting Center; and Hugh Hewitt spoke to Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, the authors of “Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets...And How We Could Have Stopped Him.”

Friday, February 15, 2008

Seeking Superdelegates
by Lindsay Renick Mayer
...while it would be unseemly for the candidates to hand out thousands of dollars to primary voters, or to the delegates pledged to represent the will of those voters, elected officials who are superdelegates have received at least $890,000 from Obama and Clinton in the form of campaign contributions over the last three years, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Hillary -- The Movie
by Aryeh Spero
...Out of the blue, President Clinton pardoned the guilty terrorists...it appears, so Hillary could [then] count on receiving the vote of the Puerto Rican community so pivotal in her upcoming run for the Senate in New York. The movie shows that individual people and citizens mean nothing to the Clintons. “People”, for them, is a political phrase encompassing the masses willing to trade liberty for the short term benefits of government take-over of their lives...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Stimulating Nonsense
by John Stossel
...Any government program that wins the support of the political class and media commentators makes me suspicious...to give everyone a tax rebate, the government will have to borrow more money. But that only moves the cash from one part of the economy to another. As Roberts says, "It's like taking a bucket of water from the deep end of a pool and dumping it into the shallow end"...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Go with the Tough Guy
by Max Boot
...Ironically, John McCain's bellicose aura could allow us to achieve more of our objectives peacefully because other countries would be more afraid to mess with him than with most other potential occupants of the Oval Office -- or the current one.
Putin's Torture Colonies
by Bret Stephens
...while [the revived institution of torture colonies] cannot be compared to the Soviet Gulag in terms of scope or the percentage of prisoners who are innocent of any real crime, they are fast approaching it in terms of sheer cruelty...

Monday, February 11, 2008

Britain Kow Tows to China as Athletes are Forced to Sign No Criticism Contracts
by Rob Draper & Daniel King
...The move – which raises the spectre of the order given to the England football team to give a Nazi salute in Berlin in 1938 – immediately provoked a storm of protest...
Minister Warns of ‘Inbred’ Muslims
by Dipesh Gadher, Christopher Morgan, & Jonathan Oliver
...Phil Woolas, an environment minister, said the culture of arranged marriages between first cousins was the “elephant in the room”. Woolas, a former race relations minister, said: “If you have a child with your cousin the likelihood is there’ll be a genetic problem”...

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Thursday morning after the GOP inaugurated a front runner on Super Tuesday: Senator John McCain, Bill Bennett discussed the outcome with Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol. Dennis Prager quizzed Michael Barone, senior writer for U.S.News & World Report; Dennis Prager spoke with Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson about his negative views on McCain. On the other side, Bill Bennett spoke with solidly conservative Senator Tom Coburn who supports John McCain; Michael Medved makes the case for McCain’s conservative credentials.
Studies Conclude that Biofuels Are Not So Green
by Elisabeth Rosenthal
Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the pollution caused by producing these "green" fuels is taken into account, two studies published Thursday have concluded...
Hillary Still in Bed with '96 Scandal
by Jerry Seper
Nearly one in five "HillRaisers," the elite big-money fundraisers for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign, have ties to the 1990s fundraising scandal that tarnished her husband's presidency by offering Democratic donors sleepovers in the Lincoln Bedroom and other perks inside the White House...

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Sun Also Sets
Investor's Business Daily
Not every scientist is part of Al Gore's mythical "consensus." Scientists worried about a new ice age seek funding to better observe something bigger than your SUV — the sun...

Friday, February 08, 2008

Child-Man in the Promised Land
by Kay S. Hymowitz
...Not so long ago, the average mid-twentysomething had achieved most of adulthood’s milestones—high school degree, financial independence, marriage, and children. These days, he lingers—happily—in a new hybrid state of semi-hormonal adolescence and responsible self-reliance. Decades in unfolding, this limbo may not seem like news to many, but in fact it is to the early twenty-first century what adolescence was to the early twentieth...
And in the UK: Where Have All the Men Gone?

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Weird Times, Weirder Election
by Victor Davis Hanson
...In this crazy year, the election may finally come down to how many Democrats - scared that they don't know enough about Obama, or know too much about the Clintons - will vote for a veteran pro like McCain. Or, on the flip side, how many "true" conservatives will stay home in November to ensure a liberal wins the White House just to prove their purity.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

UK: Now They Want to Ban Mums and Dads
by Richard Littlejohn
...We send our children to school to learn to read and write, not to listen to some self-pitying drama teacher droning on about his sex life. Is it any wonder parents are deserting state schools in droves, mortgaging their futures to keep their children out of the clutches of Labour's social engineers?...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Memo to Both Parties: Vote for Who's Best, not for Who's "Electable"
by Dennis Prager
...Many Americans have become so politically savvy that they are in danger of outsmarting themselves. Republicans and Democrats who vote on the basis of who will win rather than who they think would make the better president may well be making a big error. Between now and November is far too long a period of time to make any predictions...

Monday, February 04, 2008

Will Media Expose Global Warming Con Job?
by Jerry Carlson
...Using [the new data], hundreds of highly qualified climatologists and other scientists outside the fraternal network of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have challenged climate prediction models and other assumptions of the IPCC's reports. While there's consensus that climates change over time, climatologists are sharply divided over the interactions of the many potential causes. As research emerges, CO2 as a primary warming force becomes harder to defend with hard data...

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
The morning after his big victory in Florida, John McCain joined host Bill Bennett; Dennis Prager got analysis and a look ahead from New York Post columnist Ryan Sager; Huckabee shared his views on faith and politics; Senator Joe Lieberman, an Independent who caucuses with the Democrats, spoke with Michael Medved about why he is backing John McCain for president.
The State of Human Life
by Ken Connor
...Americans must rediscover the importance of human life before that life is completely trampled through [scientists'] own selfish hunger for cures at any cost...

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Top Officials Fear Administration Reached Secret Deal with Iran
Insight Report
...Under the offer, Iran would restrain its Shiite militias [in Iraq] while the U.S. military focuses on Sunni insurgents. The message stressed that the United States must abandon efforts to halt Iran's nuclear program and growing influence in the Gulf. "The deal was you get to declare victory and go home and we take over the Gulf," said a former senior official...
Related: In War Against Islamism, We Must Listen to the Words of Our Enemies

Friday, February 01, 2008

Pope Says Some Science Shatters Human Dignity
by Philip Pullella
..."When human beings in the weakest and most defenseless state of their existence are selected, abandoned, killed or used as pure 'biological material,' how can one deny that they are being treated not as 'someone' but as 'something,'" he said...
Who's Afraid of Prosperity?
by John Stossel
Should we worry that the people of China, India and other undeveloped countries are getting richer? Apparently so, according to the newspapers and the "experts" they quote...