"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, September 30, 2008

Despicable DC Pols' Most Outrageous Demand Yet
by Charles Hurt
...It's not that taxpayers refuse to dig deeper to avoid an even bigger catastrophe. It's that they're all puking over the notion that it's the same bums in Washington who caused the mess by allowing it to fester who are now demanding their money to fix it. It's like the criminal who breaks into your house, hurts himself, then sues you for damages...
More: Highlights of $700 Billion Financial Markets Bailout Plan     The Financial Crisis: A Timeline     Barack's 'Organizer' Buds Pushed for Bad Mortgages     Rep. Shadegg: Sky Not Falling

Monday, September 29, 2008

Missouri's Obama Truth Squads & Governor's Statement
by Lee Cary
...Gov. Matt Blunt today issued the following statement on news reports that have exposed plans by U.S. Senator Barack Obama to use Missouri law enforcement to threaten and intimidate his critics...“What Senator Obama and his helpers are doing is scandalous beyond words, the party that claims to be the party of Thomas Jefferson is abusing the justice system and offices of public trust to silence political criticism with threats of prosecution and criminal punishment...
WaMu Gives New CEO Mega Payout as Bank Fails
Fox News
...Even though he's only been on the job for less than three weeks, he's bailing out with parachute worth close to $20 million, according to an executive compensation analysis conducted for the New York Times by James F. Reda Associates. That's right, $20 million for 17 days on the job--and his company failed...
2,300 Earmarks Included in Congress' Spending Bill
by Robert Pear
...McCain has denounced earmarks for years, saying they distort and corrupt the legislative process. Obama has obtained earmarks in the past, but in March he endorsed a one-year moratorium so Congress could re-examine the way they are awarded...

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Stephen Moore, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, talked to Michael Medved about the economic downturn. Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol is against the government bailout. He spoke to Bill Bennett; Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin were both invited to attend a rally in New York City to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. When Hillary found out Palin was invited, she bailed. Then Palin’s invitation was rescinded. As Dennis Prager explains, the entire episode revealed a lot about the true priorities of the left. We are remarkably blessed in America--If you are poor, you can get out of poverty with one simple concept: Hard work. For some, it seems that concept is almost meaningless. Michael Medved explains.
Dennis Prager Talks To Joe Lieberman About The Bailout
by Dennis Prager
...The truth is, when McCain came back he did it sincerely. He did something risky because staying on the campaign trail you are not accountable for what happens here. He came back to try to do something right for the country. But, if it doesn’t happen, then he’s accountable for it...
Barack Obama - the Face of Congressional Arrogance
by Phil Harris
...I do not believe that our Congressmen and Senators ought to be trotting around the globe, meeting with foreign leaders as a general rule anyway, but when one of them actually thwarts the Constitutional Powers of the President, for political purposes, I consider that treasonous and treacherous...
Africa: China's New Slave Empire
by Peter Hitchens
...'If [the Chinese] ask you to do something and you don't do it, they think you're not doing it because they aren't white. People put up with the kicks and blows because they need work to survive.' Many in Africa also accuse the Chinese of unconcealed corruption. This is specially obvious in the 'Democratic Republic of the Congo', currently listed as the most corrupt nation on Earth...

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Mac is Back
by Roger Simon
John McCain was very lucky that he decided to show up for the first presidential debate in Oxford, Miss., Friday night. Because he gave one of his strongest debate performances ever. While Barack Obama repeatedly tried to link McCain to the very unpopular George W. Bush, Bush’s name will not be on the ballot in November and McCain’s will. And McCain not only found a central theme but hit on it repeatedly. Obama is inexperienced, naive, and just doesn’t understand things, McCain said.
The FirstPresidential Debate: Transcript    Video     FactCheck.org Analysis

Friday, September 26, 2008

Energy Must Be the Topic We Address Tonight
by T. Boone Pickens
As we approach the first Presidential debate, it has become clear that there are three major issues in this campaign: the economy, national security and, of course, energy. Of those three, only energy reaches across the other two. It is the single most important foreign policy question we face.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dr. Frankenstein's Wall Street
By Victor Davis Hanson
...In a larger sense, this zeal for quick profits and easy money reflected an oblivious too-good-to-be-true culture in which we drove larger cars but demanded more oil drilling from everyone except ourselves. We expected both expanded government entitlements and lower taxes. Our government borrowed ever more money from foreign creditors, because it was a collective reflection of our own profligate financial habits. Of course, we should reform Wall Street and Washington -- and punish severely the crooks in both places. But Americans should remember that Frankenstein was not the name of the monster but of its creator.
The Man Who Never Was   
by Tony Blankley
...The public will be voting based on the idealized image of the man who never was. If he wins, however, we will be governed by the sunken, cynical man Obama really is. One can only hope that the senior journalists will be judged as harshly for their professional misconduct as Wall Street's leaders currently are for their failings.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

George Obama, Start Packing
by Dinesh D'Souza
..."When Obama said that not taking care of the least of our brothers is our greatest moral failure, who knew that he was talking literally about the least of his brothers?"...
E Pluribus Hokum or When the Gamblers Bail Out the Casino
by Spengler
...Why should American households that earn $50,000 a year subsidize Goldman Sachs partners who earn $5 million a year?...Paulson's dreadful scheme will become law, because Americans love their bankers...
More: Republican Anger at 'Financial Socialism'     Experts Offer Alternatives to Bailout Approach
Doctors Told to Curb Use of Ritalin in Hyperactive Children
by Mark Henderson
...Ritalin and Concerta can have side-effects that include nervousness, insomnia, appetite loss and weight loss. Strattera can cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue and mood swings. There has also been little research into the implications of taking them as long-term treatments...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools
by Stanley Kurtz
...The Obama campaign has cried foul when Bill Ayers comes up, claiming "guilt by association." Yet the issue here isn't guilt by association; it's guilt by participation. As CAC chairman, Mr. Obama was lending moral and financial support to Mr. Ayers and his radical circle. That is a story even if Mr. Ayers had never planted a single bomb 40 years ago.
Palin and Obama--What Really is Wisdom?
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Palin in empirical fashion bucked the Republican establishment and the old-boy network when she thought it was unreasonable; Obama never figured out or at least never questioned Tony Rezko or the Chicago machine, Trinity Church or the Pelosi-Kennedy liberal mantra--unless it proved advantageous. Palin draws on everything from position papers on ANWR to how to keep four screaming kids fed and bathed; Obama on Harvard Law Review and dispensing more public money to more Chicago interest groups. That's a simplification, but also an answer to the old Euripidean question "What is wisdom?"
Biden Gave Average of $369 to Charity a Year
by Matt Kelley
...Compared with the two presidential candidates, Biden's income is much more modest. His earnings in the past decade ranged from a high of more than $320,000 in 2005 to a low of $210,797 in 1999...

Monday, September 22, 2008

Execs Crash & Earn
by Cynthia R. Fagen & Mark DeCambre
Top executives at Lehman Brothers' New York office, who were at the helm during history's largest corporate bankruptcy, have been guaranteed the lion's share of a $2.5 billion bonus pot...In bankruptcy court, British-based Barclays said it will use the cash to retain Lehman's most valued employees - particularly eight key directors. Those "elite eight" also have been guaranteed $10 million to $25 million salaries for two years...
More: Market was 500 Trades Away from Armageddon     Europeans on Left and Right Ridicule U.S. Money Meltdown     Foreign Banks May Get Bailout     Greenspan's Sins Return to Haunt Us

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Dennis Prager spoke with Adam Lerrick, Professor of Finance at Carnegie-Mellon and fellow of the American Enterprise Institute. Morning in America’s Bill Bennett spoke with Bloomberg columnist Amity Shlaes about the state of American finance. Hugh Hewitt spoke to Carly Fiorina, once listed as the most powerful woman in business. She’s now an adviser to John McCain. Mitt Romney, once the governor of Massachusetts, spoke with Salem host Michael Medved.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Public Losses for Private Gain
by Nouriel Roubini
With the nationalisation of Fannie and Freddie, comrades Bush, Paulson and Bernanke started transforming the US into the USSRA (United Socialist State Republic of America). This transformation of the US into a country where there is socialism for the rich, the well-connected and Wall Street (ie, where profits are privatised and losses are socialised) continues...
More: U.S. Bends the Rules of Free Markets (for Themselves)     We are Ruled by Naked Emperors     Paulson Plan Could Cost $1 Trillion     NYC Mayor: Beware 'Next Wave' of Financial Woes
In U.K., Land of Socialized Medicine: Dementia Sufferers May Have a 'Duty to Die'
by Martin Beckford
Elderly people suffering from dementia should consider ending their lives because they are a burden on the NHS and their families, according to the influential medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock...

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Rest of the Meltdown Story
by Neal Boortz
...Political correctness won the day. Washington made it clear to banks and other lending institutions that if they did not do something .. and fast .. to bring more minorities and low-income Americans into the world of home ownership there would be a heavy price to pay. Congress set up processes (Research the Community Redevelopment Act) whereby community activist groups and organizers could effectively stop a bank’s efforts to grow if that bank didn’t make loans to unqualified borrowers...
Lehman and the End of the Era of Leverage
by Spengler
...Where the underlying profitability of the American economy was poor [in the past 10 years], financial engineering managed to transform thin profits into apparently fat ones through the magic of leverage...In effect, Americans borrowed a trillion dollars a year against the expectation that the 10% annual rate of increase in home prices would continue, producing a bubble that now has collapsed...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Constitution Day!
Clinton Pal Goes for McCain
by Susan Davis
John McCain’s campaign said the addition of Sarah Palin to the Republican ticket had the potential to appeal to disaffected Hillary Clinton voters–and today they snagged one. “I really believe they are the people that will bring the bold, bipartisan, centrist change we need in Washington,” said Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a former Clinton fund-raiser and member of the Democratic National Committee’s platform committee...
The Ideological Obama
by Michael Medved
The carefully-crafted media image of Senator Obama as a reformer is a great lie. There is, in fact, nothing in his career to point to him as someone who bridges partisan divides for the sack of positive change. This is quite clear from his record in how he’s dealt with the machine politics of Chicago, how he’s essentially served as an enabler of some extremely corrupt politicians...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Obama Tried to Stall GIs' Iraq Withdrawal
by Amir Taheri
While campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence...
The Gibson Doctrine
by Dennis Prager
...I want to assume that people of good will on both sides can still be honest about what transpires politically. And in this instance what transpired was that Gibson intended to humiliate Palin. We might call it the media's Gibson Doctrine: Confront Republicans, act obsequiously toward tyrants...

Monday, September 15, 2008

The Scandal of the McCain Campaign
by Rich Lowry
...The enduring scandal of the McCain campaign is that it wants to win. The press had hoped for a harmless, nostalgic loser like Bob Dole in 1996...Whatever affection they still have for McCain is now expressed in self-interested yearning: Where is the McCain of old, the one who could be reliably counted on to lose?
Too Few Regulations? No, Just Ineffective Ones
by Tyler Cowen
...if you hear a call for more regulation, without a clear explanation of why regulation failed in the past, beware. The odds are that we’ll get additional regulation but with even less accountability and even less focus on solving our very real economic problems.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem radio Network
Hugh Hewitt invited John McCain campaign manager Rick Davis on his program to discuss Obama’s gaffes along with other pressing campaign issues; As the media and DNC volunteers compete with polar bears digging through Palin’s garbage, many on the left have already decided upon an angle: She actually believes the Bible! Michael Medved looks at the issue; MTV is not known for class. A great understatement. But their decision to hire controversial so-called comedian Russell Brand to host their awards show borders on lunacy. Dennis Prager explains.
November Lineup: Obama vs. Obama
by Dick Morris
...Now that McCain has definitively, and I suspect irreversibly, separated himself from George Bush, he has become an acceptable alternative to Obama for voters seeking change. The question now is whether Obama's extra quotient of change -- or the different direction that change will take -- is worth the risk of electing him...
Related: Krauthammer: Obama's Altitude Sickness

Friday, September 12, 2008

Terror Attacks Were an Act of War, Not Simply a Tragedy to be Mourned
...Perhaps it is human instinct to turn away from suffering that goes on too long. We should celebrate life rather than wallow in grief. But we should vigilantly guard against self-delusion and denial as a means of coping with the terrible reality that we all lived through six years ago. There was a reason that we felt unified then...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Lessons of 9/11
by Amir Taheri
...For Obama, the problem is one of effective law enforcement. His model is the way Clinton handled the first attack on World Trade Center in 1993. Obama says: "We are able to arrest those responsible, put them on trial." This means the United States reacting after being attacked. McCain, however, doesn't fear the politically incorrect term "pre-emption" - hitting the enemy before he hits you...
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Invest in Democrats
by Lindsay Renick Mayer
...Both companies have poured money into lobbying and campaign contributions to federal candidates, parties and committees as a general tactic, but they've also directed those contributions strategically...
Revolution You Can Believe In
by Melanie Phillips
...The seditious role of the community organiser was developed by an extreme left intellectual called Saul Alinsky. He was a radical Chicago activist who, by the time he died in 1972, had had a profound influence on the highest levels of the Democratic party...
Struggling School-Age Boys
by Peg Tyre
...the parents of nearly one of every five boys in the United States were concerned enough about what they saw as their sons' emotional or behavioral problems that they consulted a doctor or a health-care professional. By comparison, about one out of 10 parents of girls reported these kinds of problems...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Freddie, Fannie Scam Hidden in Broad Daylight:
by Jonathan Weil
...The reality is that investors should withhold their faith in the government officials who regulate our financial markets. That's not cynicism. In the parlance of securities law, it's a risk-factor disclosure. The moral of this story: You're on your own, folks, and there's more where this came from.
More: People's Bank of China is Bailout's Real Winner     Few will Gain; Many will Lose

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

CEO: Fannie/Freddie Bailout Makes America 'More Communist than China'
by Jeff Poor
...this is welfare for the rich. This is socialism for the rich. It’s bailing out the financiers, the banks, the Wall Streeters"... “Bank stocks around the world are going through the roof, that’s because they’ve all been bailed out. You don’t see the homeowners in Kansas going through the roof because they’re not being bailed out”...
What I Saw at the Two Conventions
by Dennis Prager
I broadcasted my radio show from both the Democratic and Republican Conventions. Here are some observations...

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt moderates how Sarah Palin entertained the audience with humor, took on the petty complaints coming from the Obama camp, and blasted Obama for his hypocrisy; Michael Medved talks to Mike Huckabee about the sexism of the media directed at Palin; and Frank Pastore talks to a nurse who describes how Barack Obama voted for infanticide. All this and more.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Best Man Turned Out to be a Woman
by Ann Coulter
...They claimed Palin was chosen only because she's a woman. In fact, Palin was chosen because she's pro-life, pro-gun, pro-drilling and pro-tax cuts. She's fought both Republicans and Democrats on public corruption and does not have hair plugs like some other vice presidential candidate I could mention. In other words, she's a "Republican"...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sun Makes History: First Spotless Month in a Century
by Michael Asher
...In the past 1000 years, three previous such events -- the Dalton, Maunder, and Spörer Minimums, have all led to rapid cooling. One was large enough to be called a "mini ice age". For a society dependent on agriculture, cold is more damaging than heat. The growing season shortens, yields drop, and the occurrence of crop-destroying frosts increases...