"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

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Take Taxpayers Off Hook for Rot at Fannie, Freddie
by John McCain
Americans should be outraged at the latest sweetheart deal in Washington. Congress will put U.S. taxpayers on the hook for potentially hundreds of billions of dollars to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It's a tribute to what these two institutions — which most Americans have never heard of — have bought with more than $170-million worth of lobbyists in the past decade...
More: Kudlow: McCain Talks Straight on Fan-Fred Reform
Environmentalists' Hold on Congress
...The thirst to wield massive control over our economy helps explain the near religious belief in manmade global warming and the attacks on scientists and others who offer contradictory evidence.
Related: Photo Tour: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Proposed Drilling Location

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Fannie Mae's Political Immunity
Wall Street Journal
...with Fan and Fred now explicitly guaranteed by taxpayers, letting them ladle cash all over Washington amounts to using government-guaranteed profits to lobby for continued government protection. Congress sets the rules in favor of Fan and Fred, which then repay the Members with cash from their rigged profit stream. This is the government lobbying itself for more government. And, oh, what a stream of political cash it is...
Obama's Naive Berlin Speech
by Dennis Prager
If the 20th century did teach something, it taught that evil must always be fought. The speech reveals a man who has good will and noble desires, but who may be dangerously naive regarding the lessons of history and what to do about evil.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Alternative Energy, Alternative Doomsday
by Phil Harris
...Man is a part of the equation, and due to the laws of nature, the end result will be the same no matter what we do. In terms of alternative energy, just as the grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, once we leap over the fence we may find that it isn't necessarily so.
Making the World Safe for . . . Politicians
by Paul Jacob
...Candidates and groups with money and power seem able to navigate campaign finance laws well enough. Money rents the lawyers and accountants; power buys the special favors. And, with enough money, those big fines don’t seem so big. But not so for the rest of us...

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Messiah Obama can't admit to a mistake -- Dennis Prager explains; Hugh Hewitt gets the latest on the ground in Iraq from Frederick Kagan; Mitt Romney makes sense of the energy crisis on Bill Bennett's Morning in America; America's culture of sex is on the decline according to John Stossel on the Michael Medved Show; Dennis Prager exposes the media's deep love for Obama on his "Magical Mystery Tour" in Europe and the Middle East.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

He Ventured Forth to Bring Light to the World
by Gerard Baker
And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness. The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hollywood's Conservative Underground
by Amy Fagan
...The group, whose members call themselves "Friends of Abe" after Abraham Lincoln, was organized as an underground movement because of fears that prominent industry titans with outspoken liberal views would retaliate, said participants. They often were reluctant to name members of the group in interviews for fear it would hurt their careers...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Fannie Mae Gang
by Paul Gigot
...the abiding lesson here is what happens when you combine private profit with government power. You create political monsters that are protected both by journalists on the left and pseudo-capitalists on Wall Street, by liberal Democrats and country-club Republicans. Even now, after all of their dishonesty and failure, Fannie and Freddie could emerge from this taxpayer rescue more powerful than ever...
Filipino War's Lessons for Iraq
by Michael Medved
A century ago, success seemed unlikely in an unpopular war — that is, until the tide turned. Can the shift in the Philippines show the way forward today?...

Monday, July 21, 2008

McCain's Rejected New York Times Op-ed Piece
by John McCain
...No one favors a permanent U.S. presence, as Senator Obama charges. A partial withdrawal has already occurred with the departure of five "surge" brigades, and more withdrawals can take place as the security situation improves...
Court Tosses FCC 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Fine
by John Loviglio
The three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Federal Communications Commission "acted arbitrarily and capriciously" in issuing the fine for the fleeting image of nudity...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
About the only thing John McCain and Barack Obama have in common is the title “Senator.” Dennis Prager has the details. Barack Obama wrote an op-ed explaining his plans for Iraq. ABC News ran those ideas past military leaders and other personnel. The results: a stunning rebuke of the young senator. Michael Medved weighs in. Last, Paul Edwards, a Detroit talk show host on WLQV, spoke with Mitt Romney; Hugh Hewitt spoke with former Republican National Committee chair Ed Gillespie about the importance of President Bush's lift on the U.S. oil drilling ban; Obama is promising universal healthcare. Dennis Prager looks at the disaster the Illinois Senator is offering us.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Audacity of Vanity
by Charles Krauthammer
...Obama is a three-year senator without a single important legislative achievement to his name, a former Illinois state senator who voted "present" nearly 130 times. As president of the Harvard Law Review, as law professor and as legislator, has he ever produced a single notable piece of scholarship? Written a single memorable article? His most memorable work is a biography of his favorite subject: himself..."Moses made the waters recede, but he had help." Obama apparently works alone...
Related: The Candidate As Cult Leader

Friday, July 18, 2008

Myth of Consensus Explodes: APS Opens Global Warming Debate
by Michael Asher
The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming. The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

San Francisco Court Debates Religions’ Right to Oppose ‘Gay’ Adoption
by Randy Hall
Was a resolution by the city of San Francisco condemning the Catholic Church’s teachings on homosexuality a violation of the U.S. Constitution or an expression of free speech? Oral arguments on this issue will be heard Wednesday by a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals...
America Is Not a Post-Anything
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Americans, in short, should be tired of hearing that we are a post-industrial, postmodern, post-anything society. Instead, we want to be known again as a can-do producer nation that sweats as much as it thinks. And the confident presidential candidate who can best assure us of that will surely win this election.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

How Fannie, Freddie Became Kings Of The Hill
by Peter Overby
...Past executives include Democratic operatives and appointees. Former CEO Jim Johnson made headlines last month after reports that he may have received preferential treatment in real estate deals forced him out as head of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama's vice presidential search team...
So Popular and So Spineless
by Thomas L. Friedman
...So, yes, we’re not so popular in Europe and Asia anymore. I guess they would prefer a world in which America was weaker, where leaders with the values of Vladimir Putin and Thabo Mbeki had a greater say, and where the desperate voices for change in Zimbabwe would, well, just shut up...
Iraq's Yellowcake
New York Sun
...For all the talk about America's failure to discover Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, this is a big deal. We've reported on claims by top Israeli officials speaking on the record that Iraq smuggled its chemical weapons to Syria before America invaded in 2003. The uranium issue is not a trivial one, because Iraq, sitting on vast oil reserves, has no peaceful need for nuclear power...

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Have Your Yellowcake and Eat It Too
by Christopher Merola
...This is vindication for the Bush administration, having been attacked mercilessly by the liberal media and the far-left pundits on the blogosphere. Now that it is proven that President Bush did not lie about Saddam’s nuclear ambitions, one would think the mainstream media would report the story?...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Barack Obama is a flip-flopper and a fascist -- Dennis Prager and Michael Medved explain; Hugh Hewitt talks with an Obama supporter; Dennis Prager has found the perfect architype for the left ... in a singer; Michael Medved critiques Obama's latest comment that more Americans should speak Spanish; Toddlers who don't like foreign food are racist -- Prager breaks it down.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Obama's Iraq Withdrawal Plan May Prove Difficult
by Martha Raddatz
...While Anderson and his troops have a positive attitude, several commanders who looked at the Obama plan told ABC News, on background, that there was "no way" it could work logistically.

Friday, July 11, 2008

"Wall-E" and Adam Smith
by Michael Gerson
...this animated summer movie dares to raise a principle central to our humanity. People -- children and others -- require constant reminding they are more than the sum of their wants. And in this task, a little robot will lead them.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Barack W. Bush?
by Victor Davis Hanson
Almost everyone is talking about Barack Obama's flip-flops, as the Senate's most liberal member steadily moves to the political center and disowns firebrands like Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Father Michael Pfleger. But less noticed is that Obama is not just deflating John McCain's efforts to hold him to his long liberal record, but also embracing much of the present agenda of an unpopular President Bush on a wide variety of fronts...

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Obama Would, In Fact, Govern From the Left
by Dick Morris
...On his signature issue of Iraq, he may find himself with a war already won, a democracy already stable and a problem already solved. Nevertheless, he will be forced to rip the scab from the wound and set it bleeding again by bringing our troops home prematurely. His healthcare proposals will be forced far to the left until they amount to a government takeover of the healthcare system...
Congressional Performance
Rasmussen Reports
The percentage of voters who give Congress good or excellent ratings has fallen to single digits for the first time in Rasmussen Reports tracking history. This month, just 9% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job...
The Right to Self-Defense Affirmed
by John Stossel
...The four dissenting justices fear the Supreme Court's decision will unleash a flood of gun violence. Unlikely. "Criminals do not have a problem getting guns," Palmer reminded me. It's law-abiding people who suffer when guns are banned. The victims of gun crimes are easy to count. What cannot be counted are the lives saved because would-be victims were armed...

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Mexican Cartels and the Fallout From Phoenix
by Fred Burton & Scott Stewart
...The members of the team were wearing the typical gear for members of their profession: black boots, black BDU pants, Kevlar helmets and Phoenix Police Department (PPD) raid shirts pulled over their body armor...These men were not cops serving a legal search or arrest warrant signed by a judge; they were cartel hit men serving a death warrant signed by a Mexican drug lord...
Why a Black Artist Replaced the National Anthem
by Dennis Prager
...What Marie did embodied a plethora of leftist ideals and characteristics: Ethical relativism, multiculturalism, the supremacy of feelings, the belief that artists are above normal ethical standards and group victimization...

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day!
A New Declaration of Independence
by Tom Purcell
In the course of human events it is necessary, now and again, to dissolve our political bands with the ninnies who keep abandoning our founding principles. It used to be self-evident that our government's role was primarily to protect certain unalienable rights, such as life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness...
Thomas Jefferson on Energy
by Jerry Bowyer
Do you ever wonder why America initiated and then dominated the oil exploration and discovery industry. Its because Thomas Jefferson decided that along with the monarchy, the aristocrats and landed titles, the American Revolution would also throw out the (literally) medieval notion that although a man could own his own land, what was under it belonged to the king...
Who's to Blame for $4 Gas? Both Democrats and GOP
by Mort Kondracke
...The history of U.S. energy policy is that Democrats have refused to increase supply and Republicans have refused to curtail demand. They are both to blame for $4 gasoline -- and they'd better get together to keep Americans from paying $200 a barrel to foreign oil producers...

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Why I Support John McCain
by Dennis Prager
...My bottom line is this: The gulf between John McCain and conservatives is miniscule compared to the gulf between John McCain and Barack Obama....However noble their intentions, conservatives who do not vote for John McCain will be morally complicit in what happens to America during an Obama presidency.