"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, April 29, 2008

Codependent Addicts: States and Casinos
by Froma Harrop
...when states ban smoking in all entertainment venues but the casino, they end up securing an especially dependable revenue stream. As public policy goes, this means of taxation is highly unattractive. After all, they are funneling their smoker population into another highly taxed and unhealthy activity...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Dennis Prager and Michael Medved on their shows look deeper into Barack Obama’s comment that: cling “to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations”; Hugh Hewitt tracks with Oprah’s strange spiritualism; There are enormous differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party today. While the rhetoric sometimes makes it tough to see through the smoke, Dennis Prager clears up one big difference.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Faith, Democrats, and Double Standards
by Michael Medved
...When it comes to the secular establishment that dominates most American Institutions, however, they’d prefer the sort of faith that makes fewer demands and draws fewer converts, and look more kindly on a religion that’s dwindling than a church that’s clearly on the march. It’s also easy to understand why those who warn against imminent “theocracy” feel far more comfortable with a politician whose well-advertised interaction with the Holy Spirit no one in the country seems to take too seriously.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Time Magazine Fights Carbon Emissions; Military Fights Evil
by Dennis Prager
...Years from now, Time's cover will be regarded as another silly media-induced fear. But, as with Time's 1974 article warning its readers about "another ice age" and its many articles on the threat of heterosexual AIDS in America, Time will just let public amnesia deal with credibility problems. Until then, however, one fact remains: Today, conservatives fight evil and liberals fight carbon emissions. That's what this week's cover of Time is about.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Dennis Prager and Michael Medved on their shows look deeper into Barack Obama’s comment that: cling “to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations”; Hugh Hewitt tracks with Oprah’s strange spiritualism; There are enormous differences between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party today. While the rhetoric sometimes makes it tough to see through the smoke, Dennis Prager clears up one big difference.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Candidate Superior Jumps the Gun
by Mark Hemingway
If Obama’s remark about voters’ clinging to God and guns because they’re bitter isn’t a disaster for his campaign, Obama and his fellow travelers seem to be spinning overtime to make sure it’s as damaging as possible. Asked about the comment at Wednesday’s debate, Obama still couldn’t address the controversy head on...
Related: Stuttering Democrats   Hillary and Obama in Small Town

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Welcome to 'Lawfare' - A New Type of Jihad
by Brooke Goldstein
...The Islamist Lawfare challenge presents a direct and real threat to our constitutional rights and national security. Left unabated, this phenomenon has the potential to seriously hinder public debate on the threat of radical Islam. The United States was founded on the premise of freedom of worship, but also on the principle that one should have the freedom to criticize religion...
The Company He Keeps
by Andrew C. McCarthy
...Judging from the company he chooses to keep, Obama’s change would radically alter this country. He eschews detail because most Americans don’t believe we’re a racist, heartless, imperialist cesspool of exploitation. The details would be disqualifying. So, instead, we get glimpses...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fuel Choices, Food Crises and Finger-Pointing
by Andrew Martin
...a reaction is building against policies in the United States and Europe to promote ethanol and similar fuels, with political leaders from poor countries contending that these fuels are driving up food prices and starving poor people. Biofuels are fast becoming a new flash point in global diplomacy...
Chinese Geopolitics and the Significance of Tibet
by George Friedman
...The Chinese have a fundamental national interest in retaining Tibet, because Tibet is the Chinese anchor in the Himalayas. If that were open, or if Xinjiang became independent, the vast buffers between China and the rest of Eurasia would break down. The Chinese can’t predict the evolution of Indian, Islamic or Russian power in such a circumstance, and they certainly don’t intend to find out...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How Liberals Lost a Liberal
by Dennis Prager
...The emotional and psychological hold that the Democratic Party and the word "liberal" have on those who consider themselves liberal is stronger than the ability of most of these individuals to acknowledge just how far from liberal values contemporary liberalism and the Democratic Party have strayed...

Monday, April 14, 2008

'Now We Have the Technology That Can Make a Cloned Child'
by Steve Connor
..."At this point there are no laws or regulations for this kind of thing and the bizarre thing is that the Catholic Church and other traditional stem-cell opponents think this technology is great when in reality it could in the end become one of their biggest nightmares," he said. "It is quite possible that the real legacy of this whole new programming technology is that it will be introducing the era of designer babies...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Shelby Steele, author of A Bound Man: Why We Are Excited About Obama and Why He Can't Win, sat down with Dennis Prager; Rudy Giuliani makes the case for John McCain for President on The Michael Medved Show; Hillary Clinton caught in another lie? Mike Gallagher explains; Harry Reid says that paying taxes is voluntary. Dennis Prager breaks down the lunacy.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Money And School Performance: Lessons from the Kansas City Desegregation Experiment
by Paul Ciotti
...All the money spent in Kansas City brought about neither integration nor higher levels of achievement. The lessons of the Kansas City experiment should stand as a warning to those who would use massive funding and gold-plated buildings to encourage integration and improve education...
Oil for War
by Michael Savage
...Iraq's sustainable oil production capacity is almost 3 million barrels per day. The earth beneath Iraqi sands holds more than 112 billion barrels of oil – the world's second largest proven reserves – and unexplored regions could yield an additional 100 billion barrels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Iraq also contains 110 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. And yet this war has nearly bankrupted our treasury...
Taxpayers Fund Bill Clinton Spending
by Kenneth P. Vogel
...Since 2001, Clinton has received more of almost every benefit available to former presidents — from his pension to his staff’s salaries and benefits to supplies. His $420,000 phone bill and $3.2 million office rent tab both nearly surpassed the totals rung up for those purposes by Bush, Carter and the late former presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan combined...
Children Told they are Dogs during Mosque Visit
NIS News Bulletin
...With a view to developing understanding and respect for other cultures among children, primary school De Horizon regularly organises outings to various religious organisations. The chairman of the El Mouchidine mosque told the children from group 7 (aged 10) and their chaperones however that non-Muslims are dogs...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Heathrow Plot Trial: Retrospection and Implications
by Fred Burton and Scott Stewart
...The trial is expected to last several months, but several interesting facts already have emerged regarding the plot and the people accused of participating in it...al Qaeda remains fixated on aircraft as targets and, in spite of changes in security procedures since 9/11, aircraft remain vulnerable to attack.
A Mystery in the Middle East
by George Friedman
...All together, these events are fairly extraordinary...it would seem that each side, but particularly the Americans and Israelis, have gone out of their way to signal that they are expecting conflict. The Syrians have also signaled that they expect conflict, and Hezbollah always claims there is about to be conflict...
Wall of Silence Broken at State's Muslim Public School
by Katherine Kersten
...TIZA is now being held up as a national model for a new kind of charter school. If it passes legal muster, Minnesota taxpayers may soon find themselves footing the bill for a separate system of education for Muslims.
GAO Questions Millions Charged to U.S. Government
by Hope Yen
..."When money that was intended to pay for critical infrastructure, education and homeland security is instead being spent on iPods, lingerie and socializing, we must immediately remedy the problem"...

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Petition Blasts Islamic Themes at Flight 93 Site
World Net Daily
...a member of Congress has demanded the National Park Service make changes in its plans. But there's been no substantive response, and now the activists say it's time for the American people to let officials know whether they want to pay for a memorial with a crescent that points to Mecca. The opponents say the configuration comprises a "mihrab," the foundational point for every Islamic mosque. It also includes a tower designed like an Islamic sundial and 44 memorial glass blocks, one each for the passengers, crew and terrorists aboard Flight 93...
Christian Group Sues Google After Search Engine Refuses to Take Its Abortion Adverts
by Simon Caldwell
...Its Dublin-based advertising team replied: "At this time, Google policy does not permit the advertisement of websites that contain 'abortion and religion-related content'." Google does, however, accept adverts for abortion clinics, secular pro-abortion sites and secularist sites which attack religion...
Clintons Cash In on Dubai
World Net Daily
The tax returns released by Bill and Hillary Clinton late Friday reveal $15 million earned in a partnership with billionaire "supermarket czar" investor Ron Burkle and the sheik of Dubai, whose Arab state sparked controversy with a purchase giving it control of 22 American ports...

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

It's a Bad World
by Dennis Prager
...I am convinced that human evil is so great that most people choose either to ignore it or to focus their concerns elsewhere -- like those who believe that human-created carbon dioxide emission, not human evil, poses the greatest threat to mankind. No one will ever get killed for fighting global warming. Fighting evil, on the other hand, is quite dangerous.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Peter Wehner is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C. He joined Morning in America’s Bill Bennett to discuss the trouble Pastor Jeremiah Wright is giving Barack Obama. Meanwhile, more trouble for Obama: One of his church bulletins included an article from a wanted terrorist—a member of Hamas. Salem host Michael Medved explains; Dennis Prager discusses Larry Elder's book titled Stupid Black Men; Mike Gallagher confronts John McCain on a few issues of concern within conservative circles; Prager discusses the 60 Minutes piece on Al Gore.

Mexico Reconquers California? Absolut Drinks to That!
La Plaza Blog, Los Angeles Times
...“If you drink Absolut vodka, you can voice your approval or disapproval of this advertising campaign with your purchases. I know I will be switching to Grey Goose or Stoli and will never have another bottle of Absolut in my house...

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Clintons Earned $109 Million in 8 Years
by Matthew Mosk, James V. Grimaldi, & Joe Stephens
...The considerable crossover between the couple's decades of political fundraising and their personal profit also extended at times to the former president's charity work and his presidential library, though many records related to those remain secret. What is clear is that numerous financial patrons -- individuals as well as large corporations -- repeatedly emerge in the Clintons' circle...
More: All charitable contributions went to their own foundation

Friday, April 04, 2008

'Pig Book' Tallies $17.2 Billion in Pork
by S.A. Miller
A government-watchdog group says the Democrat-led Congress last year broke a promise to slash pork spending and doled out $17.2 billion for pet projects, including $296 million in earmarks by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton...[$97 million for Barack Obama]...Sen. John McCain of Arizona, as usual secured no pork projects...
British Muslims 'Planned to Kill Thousands by Bombing Seven Transatlantic Airliners In One Go
by Charlotte Gill & Sam Greenhill
...The jets they targeted would all have been bound from Heathrow to cities in the U.S. and Canada, it was claimed...Once the first had exploded the authorities would have had to watch, powerless, as the six others were downed.Plastic soft-drink bottles were to be the murder weapon - filled with explosive and connected to a detonator...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Report: Non-Muslims Deserve to Be Punished
Fox News
A report posted on Islam Watch, a site run by Muslims who oppose intolerant teachings and hatred for unbelievers, exposes a prominent Islamic cleric and lawyer who support extreme punishment for non-Muslims — including killing and rape..."As a Muslim, I must support my Muslim brothers and sisters," Choudary said. "I must have hatred to everything that is not Muslim."
Clinton Testimony on FBI Files Blocked
by Matt Apuzzo
...Judicial Watch has been seeking Clinton's deposition since 1996. The lawsuit is over the Clinton White House's acquisition of hundreds of FBI files on Republican appointees in the White House during previous administrations...
Democrats Have Kept Racism Alive
by Nina May
There was a big problem with Barack’s mea culpa speech in Philadelphia, defending his racist pastor, Jeremiah White. He failed to mention that over 300,000 white Americans gave their lives to end slavery. He didn’t mention that in 1854, abolitionists left the Democratic Party and founded the Republican Party specifically for the purpose of ending slavery...
Related: Obama's Church Founded on Radical Creed

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

We Have Created Human-Animal Embryos Already, Say British Team
by Mark Henderson
...A team at Newcastle University announced yesterday that it had successfully generated “admixed embryos” by adding human DNA to empty cow eggs in the first experiment of its kind in Britain...Their creation, however, has been opposed by some religious groups, particularly the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the head of the Catholic Church in Scotland, described the work last month as “experiments of Frankenstein proportion”...
Obama and the 'L' Word
by Peter Wehner
...Obama has criticized the Supreme Court's decision to uphold a partial birth abortion ban, and he wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. He voted against John Roberts and Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court. In Illinois, Mr. Obama supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns. And he supports granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants. On national security matters, Mr. Obama voted to deny legal immunity to telecom companies that have cooperated with the government in warrantless wiretapping of suspected terrorists...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Will Marine Show Trials End?
by Nathaniel R. Helms
...Loyalty up and down the ranks, the bedrock on which the 232-year old fighting force was built, is under attack. “First the Corps takes their innocence and then the enemy tries to take their life, and then when they finally come home the government tries to take their freedom,” said James Culp, a military defense lawyer in Austin, Texas, who worked on the Haditha case for more than a year. “When does it ever end?”...
Fed Eyes Nordic-Style Nationalisation of US Banks
by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
The US Federal Reserve is examining the Nordic bank nationalisations of the 1990s as a possible interim solution to the US financial crisis. The Fed has been criticised for its rescue of Bear Stearns, which critics say has degenerated into a taxpayer gift to rich bankers...
Counterpoint: Irony in Wall Street