"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

Monday, March 31, 2008

Congress, Watchdog Group Probe Passport Security
by Bill Gertz
...The Times reported yesterday that the GPO chose two European computer chip makers over U.S. manufacturers to make tens of millions of electronic passports. The passports are being assembled in Thailand by one company that was a victim of Chinese economic espionage...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt reveals a little known secret about Barack Obama’s book that his campaign would really like kept quiet; Mike Gallagher looks at the latest: Hillary’s claim that she landed in Bosnia, ducking sniper fire; Dennis Prager discusses the new study showing the Oceans are cooling!
Mobile Phones 'More Dangerous than Smoking'
by Geoffrey Lean
...The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks. It draws on growing evidence – exclusively reported in the IoS in October – that using handsets for 10 years or more can double the risk of brain cancer...

Friday, March 28, 2008

Anti-Koran Film Goes Live on Web
The Hollywood Reporter
...The country's cabinet went into a crisis meeting directly after the "debut" of the controversial film by right wing politician Geert Wilders as police formed a security cordon around the Dutch Parliament building in the Hague. "Fitna" links verses of the Quran to a background of violent images from terrorist attacks...
See it before it gets removed: 'Fitna' the Movie (English version)
Double Feature! Nazi Youth/Islamist Youth Parallels

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Significance of Nit-Picking
by Michael Medved
...For both Obama and Clinton, the current imbroglios amount to more than distractions. The “side issues” now tying up the two campaigns each contradict the chief pitch of the candidates, exposing Hillary as no war-weary veteran of foreign policy decision-making, and Barack as no healing, multi-ethnic figure who’ll bring America out of its race-obsessed past. They’re both much more conventional – and deeply flawed – political figures than they pretend to be.
US: Saddam Paid for Lawmakers' Iraq Trip
by Matt Apuzzo
...three anti-war Democrats made the trip in October 2002...Prosecutors say that trip was arranged by Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a Michigan charity official, who was charged Wednesday with setting up the junket at the behest of Saddam's regime. Iraqi intelligence officials allegedly paid for the trip through an intermediary and rewarded Al-Hanooti with 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil.The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and Mike Thompson of California...

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Bankruptcy of Bear Stearns Would Have Been a Good Lesson
by Jon Danielsson
...Market discipline is based on the principle that market participants have a better understanding of what is happening than the supervisors...The Fed has now signalled an unprecedented willingness to underwrite the obligations of a lightly-regulated institution because it is considered too big to fail...Market discipline is going out of the window...
More: Pushovers at the Fed     Financial Engineers: Demons On Wall Street

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Why Do Palestinians Get Much More Attention than Tibetans?
by Dennis Prager
...Tibet, at least 1,400 years old, is one of the world's oldest nations, has its own language, its own religion and even its own ethnicity. Over 1 million of its people have been killed by the Chinese, its culture has been systematically obliterated, 6,000 of its 6,200 monasteries have been looted and destroyed, and most of its monks have been tortured, murdered or exiled...
Perhaps The Climate Change Models Are Wrong
by Lorne Gunter
...So why are some scientists now beginning to question the buoys' findings? Because in five years, the little blighters have failed to detect any global warming. They are not reinforcing the scientific orthodoxy of the day, namely that man is causing the planet to warm dangerously. They are not proving the predetermined conclusions of their human masters. Therefore they, and not their masters' hypotheses, must be wrong...
Blind Faith
by Christopher Hitchens
...You often hear it said, of some political or other opportunist, that he would sell his own grandmother if it would suit his interests. But you seldom, if ever, see this notorious transaction actually being performed, which is why I am slightly surprised that Obama got away with it so easily...

Monday, March 24, 2008

Running on Empty
by Debra Saunders
...Savvy Democrats have found a way to capitalize on market fears. Just as they frequently attribute every hot day to global warming -- not weather -- now they lay every economic problem at Iraq's door. If the economy is not strong, they blame what Obama calls the "Bush/McCain war"...
It's Still a Question of Wright and Wrong
by Jeff Jacoby
...The problem for Obama, who campaigns on a message of racial reconciliation, is that the "mentor" whose church he joined and has generously supported is a disciple not of King but of James Cone, founder of a "black liberation" theology that teaches its adherents to "accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy"...
Kristol: We Don't Need a New Conversation on Race
UK: 12 Ministers Set to Resign over Embryo Bill
by James Chapman
...So far, Labour has refused to follow Parliamentary tradition on issues of conscience and allow [Members of Pariament] to vote as they wish on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, though it has in the past given free votes on issues such as hunting, reform of the House of Lords and fluoride in drinking water...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Michael Medved reacts to Barack Obama's speech on race; Dennis Prager gets the thoughts of Senator Rick Santorum on Obama; Mike Gallagher speaks with a member of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church; Bill Bennett speaks with recent presidential candidate Mitt Romney about the economy; Hugh Hewitt talks to Senator John McCain about Iraq. All this and more.
Easter Changes Everything
by Frederica Mathewes-Green
It doesn't get the buzz that Christmas does or thrill kids as much. Yet Easter offers the one thing all grown-ups need...
Climate Facts to Warm to
by Christopher Pearson
...Duffy asked Marohasy: "Is the Earth still warming?" She replied: "No, actually, there has been cooling, if you take 1998 as your point of reference. If you take 2002 as your point of reference, then temperatures have plateaued. This is certainly not what you'd expect if carbon dioxide is driving temperature because carbon dioxide levels have been increasing but temperatures have actually been coming down over the last 10 years"...

Friday, March 21, 2008

Broken Homes Creating 'Toxic Circle' for Children
by Graeme Paton
The demise of the traditional family is creating a "toxic circle" of school failure, poverty and crime, teachers said yesterday...Pupils are to be given lessons in happiness...As part of the plans, nursery children will also be given coaching to help them prepare for primary school.
Or perhaps this is a better way: Go to Church and Pray if You Want to be Happy, Say Scientists
Free Press Stifled at United Nations, Reporters Say
by Fred Lucas
...Edwards noted that the U.N., World Bank and other international bodies have diplomatic immunity and are not subject to freedom of information laws. "If they are able to shut down free press or free speech inside, to the extent that they often try to, then we are really talking about very powerful, very wealthy, lawless organizations," she said.
Mexican Official Says NAFTA Includes Superhighways
by Jerome R. Corsi
While President Bush and other U.S. officials have derided fears of a NAFTA superhighway as merely conspiracy theory, a Mexican transportation expert contends the trade agreement includes plans for a network of international ship, rail and truck connections to deliver consumer goods from China and the Far East to Mexico, the U.S. and Canada...
Throw Grandma Under the Bus
by Ann Coulter
Obama gave a nice speech, except for everything he said about race. He apparently believes we're not talking enough about race. This is like hearing Britney Spears say we're not talking enough about pop-tarts with substance-abuse problems...

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Can’t Grasp Credit Crisis? Join the Club
by David Leonhardt
...Bubbles lead to busts. Busts lead to panics. And panics can lead to long, deep economic downturns, which is why the Fed has been taking unprecedented actions to restore confidence. “You say, my goodness, how could subprime mortgage loans take out the whole global financial system?” Mr. Zandi said. “That’s how”...
Uncharted territory: The Fed on a Limb     Times of London: Learn from the U.S.     Conspiracy theory: $200 Billion Bail-out for Predator Banks and Spitzer Charges Intimately Linked
Scientists Close to Identifying Blood Thinner Contaminant
by Jake Hooker and Walt Bogdanich
Scientists investigating a mystery contaminant in the blood thinner heparin are closing in on what they believe is a counterfeit substance, most likely made in China from animal cartilage, that was chemically altered to act like the real drug...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stratfor's War: Five Years Later
by George Friedman
...the Bush administration would go to war in Iraq not because it saw it as a great idea, but because its options were to go on the defensive against al Qaeda and wait for the next attack or take the best of a bad lot of offensive actions...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

End of Wall Street As We Know It
by Shawn Tully
...Wall Street's addiction to leverage is cutting the wrong way. The Bear Stearns meltdown is a primer in the Wall Street curse: When portfolios are built on a mountain of debt, a firm's entire equity base can vanish overnight...
More: Foreign Investors Veto Fed Rescue
Wrong on Wright: Which Obama is Lying?
by Michael Medved
...The idea that he didn’t realize until a few days ago that mainstream America would view Wright’s remarks (which even Barack himself now describes as “appalling”) as explosive and unacceptable is a troubling indication of Obama’s enclosure in a politically correct bubble, and his profound estrangement from the faith and patriotism commitments of ordinary Americans...
The New Dhimmi Times
by Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Totalitarians have an uncanny appreciation for the subversive effect of foreign propagandists. The Nazis had Lord Haw-Haw, Imperial Japan its Tokyo Rose, the Soviets the World Council of Churches (among many others) and the North Vietnamese Jane Fonda. Now, our time’s totalitarian ideologues – the Islamofascists – have the New York Times...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Why Americans Love the Irish
by Michael Medved
...With mass immigration once again a contentious issue in our politics and culture, the St. Patrick's Day formula — combining Irish pride with unabashed, flag-waving Americanism — offers hope that current controversies might someday achieve similarly satisfactory resolution...

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Dennis Prager and Michael Medved describe the rise and fall of Client #9—New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Bill Bennett speaks with John McCain about the economy and the Iraq War; Dennis Prager explains how Harvard has enabled political correctness to achieve a new height of narcissism; Dennis Prager looks at a shocking article about how the world would handle a Barack Obama presidency.
Let the Pork Continue
by John Campbell
Last night, Senator DeMint introduced an amendment for an earmark moratorium that would have put a hold on earmarks for FY 2009. Not surprisingly, the amendment failed by a vote of 29-71. The Senators voting “Yes” can be found below...
Three Options in Dealing with Terror
by Michael Medved
Islamo-Nazis have continued their world-wide attacks in the midst of U.S. elections, forcing Americans to choose one of three approaches toward our deadly enemies: negotiation, isolation, or confrontation...

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Mexican Truck Drivers Take English Exam in Spanish
by Jerome R. Corsi
..."We've established that there are no equivalencies between Mexican trucks and U.S. trucks. There are no equivalent safety standards. Mexico has no reliable database for vehicle inspections, accident reports or driver's records. "Now you tell us Mexican drivers can pass their English proficiency tests in Spanish"...
Obama and the Minister
by Ronald Kessler
...The media have largely ignored Mr. Obama's close association with Mr. Wright. This raises legitimate questions about Mr. Obama's fundamental beliefs about his country. Those questions deserve a clearer answer than Mr. Obama has provided so far.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Coolest Winter Since 2001 for U.S., Globe
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The average temperature across both the contiguous U.S. and the globe during climatological winter (December 2007-February 2008) was the coolest since 2001, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. In terms of winter precipitation, Pacific storms, bringing heavy precipitation to large parts of the West, produced high snowpack that will provide welcome runoff this spring...

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Obama's Self-Portrait
by Mona Charen
...he is attracted by the harshly ideological Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose church he joins. Wright peddles racial grievance religion...Obama says he doesn't agree with Wright about everything. Fine. And maybe he doesn't agree with his wife when she (twice) said that she'd never been proud of her country until its people began to support her husband...One suspects that beneath the soothing talk, there is bitterness in the man that we'd best learn more about before voting.
Related: The Obama-Clinton-McCain Paradoxes

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Beware Candidates' Promises
by John Stossel
...if you are a member of the "wrong" ethnic group, or a cop doesn't like you, or the father of the girl doesn't like you (more on that next week), your life can be ruined. Laws always have unintended consequences. Beware candidates who promise to cure society's ills.
Stand By Your Womanizer
by Janet M. LaRue
...Maybe fallen politicians would cease exploiting family members at these mea culpa press conferences if some reporter stood up and asked, “I’d like to know how you’re going to regain your wife’s trust when you’ve subjected her to public humiliation by bringing her here today.”

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Why Are So Many Women Depressed? Part I
by Dennis Prager
...I wish all Americans could hear the women who call my radio show who tell of how they were raised to believe this feminist promise, and therefore pursued often successful careers while delaying marriage. And now at 35, 40, 45 years of age, they wonder why that career is so unfulfilling and now yearn for a man and family they put off having...

Monday, March 10, 2008

The Clintons, a Horror Film that Never Ends
by Andrew Sullivan
...Last week, in response to the Obama camp’s request that they release their tax returns, Clinton’s spokesman called Obama a new Ken Starr. For the Clintons, all Democrats who oppose them are--Republicans. And all Republicans are evil. And evil means that anything the Clintons do in self-defence is excusable – even playing the race card, and the Muslim card, and the gender card, and every sleazy gambit that the politics of fear can come up with...

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bill Bennett gains analysis with Byron York, White House correspondent for National Review magazine, the day after Hillary’s critical victories in Texas and Ohio. Michael Medved looks at how Senator John McCain and the other candidates handled the big Tuesday results; Dennis Prager joins “The Hugh Hewitt Show” to share his thoughts on a recent terrorist attack at a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem that has claimed eight lives; Michael Medved explains why Barack Obama must deal with a personal and pressing Muslim issue.
Prime Minister Dissolves Serbia’s Government
Associated Press
Serbia's government collapsed Saturday over an impasse between the nationalist prime minister and the pro-Western president on how Kosovo's independence affects the Balkan country's pursuit of EU membership. "The government, which does not have united policies, cannot function," Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica said as he announced the fall of his Cabinet. "That's the end of the government"...
Torn Between 2 White Liberal Guilts
by Mark Steyn
...The Democratic primary season seems to have dwindled down into a psycho remake of "Driving Miss Daisy." The fading matriarch Mizz Hill'ry (Jessica Tandy) doesn't want to give up the keys to the Democratic Party vehicle but the dignified black chauffeur Hokey (Morgan Freeman) insists it'll be a much smoother ride with him in the driver's seat. Yet, just as he thinks the old biddy's resigned to a nomination as Best Supporting Actress, the backseat driver plunges her hat pin into his spine, wrests the wheel away and lurches across the median....
California Bill on Home Schooling Rights Urged
by Seema Mehta
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called Friday for the reversal of a recent appellate court decision banning parents from educating their children at home if they lack a teaching credential. If the state Supreme Court fails to act, the governor vowed to push through legislation guaranteeing families' right to home school...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

On Those Oil Profits
by Robert Murphy
...If politicians are concerned about gas prices, they shouldn’t erect extra hurdles for those companies in the business of finding new supplies of oil. If the government really wants to do something, it can roll back restrictions on offshore and Alaskan drilling...
Anti-war Judge Rejects Foster Teen's Bid to Join Military
by Dana Bartholomew
..."Here is one impressive young man who somehow made it through the challenge of the foster system, had a clear sense of a career path and was denied that opportunity by a judge basically because of her personal bias," said Smyth, R-Santa Clarita, who will honor Sage today at a Royal High assembly..."I find that to be a horrific abuse of her power"...
Clinton-Papers Release Blocked
by Peter Eisler
...the pardon records blocked by the library also included all Justice Department reports that were sent to Clinton with recommendations on which clemency requests he should deny. He said it was "ridiculous" to withhold clemency petitions over privacy concerns. "These are people who were convicted in a court, and those cases are a matter of public record."
Also: Bill Clinton Profits from Company Tied to Felon, China

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Let Obama Be Obama
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Who knows? Maybe today's indebted Americans really do want to move leftward toward a centralized European model. But the voters should at least be given the chance to understand fully in 2008 what they may well get in 2009 and beyond.
A Tale of Two Archbishops
by Daniel Mandel
...the prevalent reaction, as the events of recent years show, has been to opt for the [current Archbishop of Canterbury] Williams model of modifying democracy, rather than the [former Archbishop of Canterbury] Carey model of consolidating democracy, to flee the Islamist challenge rather than confront it.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Land Deal Puts Pressure on Obama
The Australian
A British-Iraqi billionaire lent millions of dollars to Barack Obama's fundraiser just weeks before an imprudent land deal that has returned to haunt the presidential contender, an investigation by The Times discloses...
Q&A: Barack Obama and Tony Rezko
Weather Channel Founder Blasts Network
by Jeff Poor
The Weather Channel has lost its way, according to John Coleman, who founded the channel in 1982...He [also] advocated suing those who sell carbon credits, which would force global warming alarmists to give a more honest account of the policies they propose...

Monday, March 03, 2008

Dissecting the 60 Minutes Scandal
by John Hinderaker
...What is surprising is not that Jill Simpson exists, but that CBS chose to put her forward on 60 Minutes as a credible witness, without disclosing the many facts that would have enabled the network's viewers to draw their own conclusions about Simpson's story. It seems fair to wonder whether, at some level, the people who run CBS and 60 Minutes are as deranged as Jill Simpson when it comes to Karl Rove and the Republican Party...
Top Shrink Concludes Liberals Clinically Nuts
World Net Daily
...Dr. Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization; satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation; augmenting primitive feelings of envy rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government...

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Bill Bennett spoke with Newt Gingrich about the two Democratic candidates; Michael Medved discussed the New York Times' attempt to broadside Senator McCain; Dennis Prager spoke with Texas Governor Rick Perry about his new book out titled "On My Honor: Why The American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For." All this and more.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Guess What Police are Finally Admitting About Guns?
by Bob Unruh
When sexual assaults started rising in Orlando, Fla., in 1986, police officers noticed women were arming themselves, so they launched a firearms safety course for them. Over the next 12 months, sexual assaults plummeted by 88 percent, burglaries fell by 25 percent and not one of the 2,500 women who took the course fired a gun in a confrontation. And that, says a new brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court by police officers and prosecutors in a controversial gun-ban dispute, is why gun ownership is important and should be available to individuals in the United States...