"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, December 31, 2008

2008 - The Year in Quotes
by Bill Steigerwald
The crash of the economy and the rise of Barack Obama were the big stories of the last year, and both were hot topics in interviews with pundits, authors, think tank experts and newsmakers. Here are some of the interesting, smart or worrisome quotes from 2008...

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008 Mugshots of the Year
The Smoking Gun
The Telegraph editors select their favorites from The Smoking Gun's "Best Booking Photos."

Monday, December 29, 2008

Top 10 Media Blunders of 2008
by Michael Calderone
The media took its share of lumps this year, with persistent claims of bias and complaints about often wrong-headed speculation from a seemingly endless parade of talking heads...there were plenty of missteps on the way, and Politico compiled a list of 2008’s greatest blunders (along with a look at how the media responded to each)...

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Top 10 People We'll Miss in 2009
by Alexander Burns
...We'll miss their unpredictability, their tell-it-like-it-is TV appearances, or their predilection for conflict and controversy. A few of them are political throwbacks, the likes of which may never be seen again in Washington. Some of these figures may be back at some point: In politics, goodbye doesn't always mean goodbye...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Death of Deep Throat and the Crisis of Journalism
by George Friedman
...Protecting Deep Throat’s identity kept us from understanding the full dynamic of Watergate. We did not know that Deep Throat was running the FBI, we did not know the FBI was conducting surveillance on the White House, and we did not know that the Watergate scandal emerged not by dint of enterprising journalism, but because Felt had selected Woodward and Bernstein as his vehicle to bring Nixon down. And we did not know that the editor of The Washington Post allowed this to happen. We had a profoundly defective picture of the situation, as defective as the idea that Bob Woodward looks like Robert Redford.

Friday, December 26, 2008

What Is Peace?
by Austin Bay
As we approach the New Year, hope for Peace on Earth, and wish one another cheer and goodwill, it is fair to damn our terrible condition. Conflict is endemic to our species. The poet Petrarch wrote: "Five great enemies to peace inhabit within us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace"...

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Pope Calls for "Ecology of Man"
Zenit
While protecting nature is an essential mission of the Church, it's no more important than protecting the nature of the person, says Benedict XVI. The Pope spoke today of what he termed an "ecology of man" during his traditional exchange of Christmas greetings with prelates and members of the Roman Curia...while the Church needs to "defend the earth, water, air, as gifts of the creation that belongs to all of us...it must also protect the human being from his own destruction"...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Ultimate Issues Hour: Is There a Santa Claus?  
The Dennis Prager Show
Dennis defends the idea of letting kids believe in Santa Claus as way of protecting their innocence.
Bush, Cheney, Personally Wrote to Families of Every Fallen Troop
...the size and scope of Mr. Bush's and Mr. Cheney's private endeavors to meet with wounded soliders and families of the fallen far exceed anything that has been witnessed publicly, according to interviews with more than a dozen officials familiar with the effort. "People say, 'Why would you do that?'" the president said in an Oval Office interview with The Washington Times on Friday. "And the answer is: This is my duty. The president is commander in chief, but the president is often comforter in chief, as well. It is my duty to be - to try to comfort as best as I humanly can a loved one who is in anguish"...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Where'd the Bailout Money Go?
by Matt Apuzzo
...The Associated Press contacted 21 banks that received at least $1 billion in government money and asked four questions: How much has been spent? What was it spent on? How much is being held in savings, and what's the plan for the rest? None of the banks provided specific answers...

Monday, December 22, 2008

Paulson Discussed Worst-Case Scenario at Bailout Meeting – Declare Martial Law
by Chelsea Schilling
...Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, Barack Obama's pick for secretary of Homeland Security, would not provide comment to the Business Journal on the possibility of civil unrest during economic crisis. But state and local police indicated that they have trained for such an event...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt spoke to Jim Geraghty, columnist for the National Review, about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevichs’ arrest for, among other things, literally trying to sell Obama’s Senate Seat to the highest bidder. Salem host Michael Medved explained the Republican congressional victory in Lousiana; Theologian Dr. Albert Mohler discussed the latest Newsweek cover story that tries to make a Biblical case for homosexual marriage; Two individuals who have taken on the rise of atheists are Salem host Dennis Prager and Dinesh D'Souza, author of “What's So Great About Christianity.” They share their knowledge and wisdom with us in this segment.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

America's Last Wake-Up Call   
by Arnaud de Borchgrave
...As long as hedge funds and derivatives are protected against transparency, greed in the 21st century will continue to stampede democratic capitalism. This could be America's last wake-up call before a repeat of the Great Depression.

Friday, December 19, 2008

CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory 'Arrogant'
by Jeff Poor
...“If we go back really, in recorded human history, in the 13th Century, we were probably 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than we are now and it was a very prosperous time for mankind,” Lehr said. “If go back to the Revolutionary War 300 years ago, it was very, very cold. We’ve been warming out of that cold spell from the Revolutionary War period and now we’re back into a cooling cycle”...
Saudis, Indians Among Clinton Foundation Donors
by Beth Fouhy & Sharon Theimer
The world opened its wallet for Bill Clinton...President-elect Barack Obama made Hillary Clinton's nomination as secretary of state contingent on her husband revealing the foundation's contributors, to address questions about potential conflicts of interest...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Campaign Rhetoric and Presidential Reality -- A Brief History
by Victor Davis Hanson
...President Obama doesn't want a terrorist attack after seven years of quiet -- certainly not of the sort that occurred in Mumbai last month. He may tinker with, but not end, Homeland Security measures. He may better articulate the complexities of a tribal Middle East, but he won't stop American efforts to foster democracy there...

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Minorities Should Express Shame, Not Only Pride
by Dennis Prager
...Are the only evildoers in America white male heterosexual Christians? Is there something inherently wrong about members of minorities expressing anything but group pride? Are there no minority sins worthy of shame? The latter is in fact the argument advanced by many intellectuals concerning black racism, for example...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Lawsuit Filed Against Treasury Dept: Stop AIG Bailout Financing Terrorism
Thomas More Law Center
...The basis of the lawsuit is that AIG intentionally promotes Shariah-compliant businesses and insurance products, which by necessity must comply with the 1200 year old body of Islamic canon law based on the Quran, which demands the conversion, subjugation, or destruction of the infidel West, including the United States...
Cuba's Revolution at 50: Gains Fade, Despair Endures
by Frances Robles
...Fidel Castro forever changed the landscape of both Cuba and Miami. He jailed or executed his enemies, seized private property, divided families, and drove nearly two million Cubans into exile. His nation became a Cold War pawn...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Netork
Hugh Hewitt spoke to Jim Geraghty, columnist for the National Review, about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevichs’ arrest for, among other things, literally trying to sell Obama’s Senate Seat to the highest bidder. Salem host Michael Medved explained the Republican congressional victory in Lousiana; Theologian Dr. Albert Mohler discussed the latest Newsweek cover story that tries to make a Biblical case for homosexual marriage; Two individuals who have taken on the rise of atheists are Salem host Dennis Prager and Dinesh D'Souza, author of “What's So Great About Christianity.” They share their knowledge and wisdom with us in this segment.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

A Scandal Straight From a Sopranos Script
by Gerard Baker
...Mr Obama would like to keep the focus in the next few weeks on his new Cabinet, his immediate legislative goals, his plans to pull America out of its current mess. Instead he will be spending time issuing denials, treading carefully through a legal minefield of prior statements, past associations, reported meetings and private conversations...

Friday, December 12, 2008

Blame Bush, Obama -- Or Us?   
by Victor Davis Hanson
...Many of our unpopular policies concerning terrorism, energy and finance are of long duration. They resulted from collective decisions by Congress, past administrations -- and us, the people, in our daily lives. They were no more the fault of George Bush than they can be easily be solved by Barack Obama.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

More Than 650 Scientists Dissent On Global Warming Claims
by Marc Morano
...The U.S. Senate report is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition rising to challenge the UN and Gore. Scientific meetings are now being dominated by a growing number of skeptical scientists...
Whitewashing Fannie Mae
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Waxman calls it a "myth" that Fannie and Freddie were the originators of the crisis. That's a red herring. Mr. Waxman's documents prove beyond doubt that Fan and Fred turbocharged the housing mania with a taxpayer-backed, Congressionally protected business model that has cost America dearly.
Speaking of whitewashing... WSJ Video: Disclosure of Clinton Donors now that Hillary is Tapped for State
Obama Was Mute on Illinois Corruption
by John Fund
...What remains to be seen is whether this episode will put an end to what Chicago Tribune political columnist John Kass calls the national media's "almost willful" fantasy that Mr. Obama and Chicago's political culture have little to do with each other. Mr. Kass notes that the media devoted a lot more time and energy to investigating the inner workings of Sarah Palin's Wasilla, Alaska, than it has looking at Mr. Obama's Chicago connections...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Why We Call Them Human Rights
by Wesley J. Smith
...The central importance of human life is the fundamental insight undergirding Western civilization. This tenet is now under energetic, and increasingly successful, attack. If such antihumanism prevails, we won't have to worry about nature having rights, but about human beings losing them.
Related: What Future for the Cause of Life?
Men Under Threat From 'Gender Bending' Chemicals
by Urmee Khan
Scientists are warning that manmade pollutants which have escaped into the environment mimic the female sex hormone oestrogen...The authors claim that the chemicals found in food packaging, cleaning products, plastics, sewage and paint cause genital deformities, reduce sperm count and "feminise" males...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

The Doctor Will See All of You Now
by Phyllis Schlafly
...If Kennedy succeeds in his goal of using the Massachusetts plan as a model for national health care, average Americans will no longer get immediate access to medical care. They will have the long waits and massive new taxpayer costs that the Massachusetts plan has produced...
Is this our future? UK Faces Doctor Shortage
A Response to Marc Shaiman’s Musical Against Prop 8
by Dennis Prager
...This short musical, viewed more than 2 million times on the Internet, features major Hollywood talents playing (through song) two groups on a beach -- gay men and women in beach clothes and a stuffy formally dressed church group composed of whites and blacks...

Monday, December 08, 2008

From the New York Landmarks Plot to the Mumbai Attack
by Fred Burton and Ben West
...Ultimately, the biggest difference between the Landmarks plot and the Mumbai attack is that the Mumbai attack succeeded. The failure of the Landmarks plot probably provided key lessons to the planners of the Mumbai attack, who were able to carry out the stages of the attack without detection and with the full element of surprise. Gauging by the success of the Mumbai incident, we can expect similar strategies and tactics in future attacks.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Townhall.com Weekend Journal  
Salem Radio Network
Hugh Hewitt spoke with Robert Kaplan—National Correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly—about the Mumbai Islamic-terrorist attack. Mr. Kaplan just returned from India. Discussing the same event, Hugh also spoke with Douglas Frantz, former managing editor of the Los Angeles Times and a two- time Pulitzer Prize finalist; Michael Medved discusses how patriotism can not easily be ripped from the hearts of Americans; There have been a lot of studies lately about cheating in school. It seams to be on the increase. But this study comes with a twist. Salem host Michael Medved explains.

Friday, December 05, 2008

The Ethics of American Youth - 2008 Summary
Josephson Institute
Josephson Institute's 2008 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth is based on a survey of nearly 30,000 students in high schools across the U.S. The results paint a troubling picture of our future politicians and parents, cops and corporate executives, and journalists and generals...

Thursday, December 04, 2008

The Cleanest State Meets the Pushiest Person
by Ann Coulter
Until now, Minnesota was always famous for its clean elections. Indeed, Democratic consultant Bob Beckel recently attested to the honesty of Minnesota's elections, joking: "Believe me. I've tried. I've tried every way around the system out there, and it doesn't work." But that was before Minnesota encountered the pushiest, most aggressive, most unscrupulous person who has ever sought public office, Al Franken...
Capitol Visitor Center Fails to Honor Faith
The Hill
...DeMint issued a statement Tuesday criticizing the new facility for "omitting the history of faith." DeMint noted that the new tourist spot ignored his request to include the phrase "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance...

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Government Sets Us Up for the Next Bust
by John Stossel
..If an athlete injures himself and suffers great pain, we'd recognize the shortsightedness of giving him painkillers to keep him going. The pain might be masked, but at the risk of greater injury later. That's a good analogy for the inflationary policies now pursued by Washington...
Retrospective: Ancient Rome Had Its Own Morgage Bailout

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Strategic Motivations for the Mumbai Attack
by George Friedman
...By staging an attack the Indian government can’t ignore, the Mumbai attackers have set in motion an existential crisis for Pakistan. The reality of Pakistan cannot be transformed, trapped as the country is between the United States and India. Almost every evolution from this point forward benefits Islamists. Strategically, the attack on Mumbai was a precise blow struck to achieve uncertain but favorable political outcomes for the Islamists...

Monday, December 01, 2008

Mumbai Photographer: Armed Police Would Not Fire Back
by Jerome Taylor
...There were were armed policemen hiding all around the station but none of them did anything," he said. "At one point, I ran up to them and told them to use their weapons. I said, 'Shoot them, they're sitting ducks!' but they just didn't shoot back"...
More: Terrorists Funded Through UK Mosques
Very Low Opinion of Too-High Self-Esteem
by Keith Ablow
...Some shrug off poor academic performance or conflict with peers or trouble with parents. They say none of that matters because they're "OK with themselves." Some slip free of their real circumstances by comparing themselves to characters on TV dramas or reality shows. "I'm kinda like that guy working in the restaurant on that show," one young man told me. "He's cool with himself, even though no one else is"...