"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

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Change for the Worse
by Charles Hurt
Buried deep inside the massive spending orgy that Democrats jammed through the House this week lie five words that could drastically undo two decades of welfare reforms...Obama is wallpapering his administration with lobbyists, installed a tax cheat to run the Treasury Department and is pushing Congress to pass a massive, wildly unaffordable "stimulus" bill loaded with pork and reckless spending that plunges Americans even deeper into debt...

Friday, January 30, 2009

GOP Congressman Intros 'Rangel Rule,' Eliminating IRS Late Fees
by Mosheh Oinounou
..."Your citizens back home should have the same rights and benefits that come to you as a member of congress. You shouldn't be treated any differently under the law than your citizens back home," Carter said. He added that citizens should receive the "same courtesy" that the IRS is allegedly granting Rangel and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, who also recently acknowledged a failure to pay taxes...
Conflict of Interest: Why CNBC is Promoting Confirmation of a Tax Cheat
by Ciff Kincaid
...General Electric’s media properties, which include CNBC, NBC News and MSNBC, are indirectly benefitting from the Wall Street bailout through a federal loan guarantee of $139 billion extended to GE Capital, the lending arm of GE...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Suddenly Obama has Muslim Roots
by Kelly McParland
During the U.S presidential campaign, Barack Obama’s handlers vigourously pointed out his Christian faith whenever the misconception arose he may be Muslim...Once elected, however, he personally insisted on his middle name being spoken at his swearing-in ceremony. And now – in a gesture to the Muslim world – he has not only granted the first sit-down interview of his presidency to a pan-Arab television network, but uses the occasion to gush about his Muslim ties...
Bailout Bait-and-Switch
by Dan Kennedy
...Now Obama is busy peddling his stimulus package, using exactly the same bait and switch scheme, the same fear and panic tactics to create urgency. Once it is sold, we buyers will discover there’s damned little stimulus in it. It’s not about stimulus at all. It is, in truth, a government expansion package of epic proportions and far-reaching consequences. He is selling one thing with no intent whatsoever of delivering it...
More: Unclogging the Liberal $ Pipeline

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Jailed For An Insult?
by Robert Spencer
...If they succeed in doing this, Europeans and Americans will be rendered mute, and thus defenseless, in the face of the advancing jihad and attempt to impose Sharia on the West -- in fact, one of the key elements of the laws for dhimmis, non-Muslims subjugated under Islamic rule, is that they are never critical of Islam, Muhammad, or the Qur’an. Thus this initiative not only aids the advance of Sharia in the West, but is itself an element of that advance...
Feds Want Your Medical Records
by Bob Unruh
A little-discussed provision in President Obama's economic stimulus plan would demand that every American submit to a government program for electronic medical records without a choice to opt out, and it has privacy advocates more than a little alarmed...
Conflicts of Interest Apparent Theme of New Administration
Key appointees have issues that should raise an eyebrow at least, but few seem to mind:
Attorney General pick wanted to pardon FALN terrorists and jail gun owners
Obama's "Middle East Troubleshooter" paid $8 million for representing Dubai ruler in child-trafficking lawsuit
Will tax-evading Treasury Secretary pay back taxes?
Bill Clinton made millions from foreign sources

Monday, January 26, 2009

President Obama And The Era Of Elite Governance
by Austin Hill
...here is what appears to be unfolding in the era of President Obama: America is rapidly devolving into a new age of elite governance, where “the rulers” operate on one playing field, and the rest of us - - “the ruled” - - operate on a separate, more lowly, more enslaved playing field...The belief is that, left to our own devices, we will necessarily fail to develop a career and find gainful employment, fail to care for our neighbors, drive the wrong kinds of cars and overheat the planet, and fail to properly educate our offspring...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Biological Colonialism
by Wesley J. Smith
...The most prominent form of this biological colonialism is the growing black market in organs by which the rich cannibalize the desperate poor from countries such as Turkey and India, paying them a few thousand dollars—or less—for a kidney or a slice of liver...
Obama Rescinds Pro-life Funding Policy
by Tom Strode
In the same week of his inauguration as the country's 44th president, Obama ordered the repeal of what has been dubbed the Mexico City Policy. The rule has prohibited international family planning organizations from receiving federal funds unless they agree not to perform or counsel for abortion or lobby in order to liberalize the pro-life policies of foreign governments...
Compare and contrast: National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Emperor Obama has No Clothes; It Will All End in Tears
by Gerald Warner
...It is questionable whether the present political system can survive the coming crisis. Whatever the solution, teenage swooning sentimentality over a celebrity cult has no part in it. The most powerful nation on earth is confronting its worst economic crisis under the leadership of its most extremely liberal politician, who has virtually no experience of federal politics. That is not an opportunity but a catastrophe...
Obama Reverses Abortion Funds Policy
Associated Press
..."President Obama not long ago told the American people that he would support policies to reduce abortions, but today he is effectively guaranteeing more abortions by funding groups that promote abortion as a method of population control," said Douglas Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Judge Obama on Performance Alone
by Juan Williams
...and to allow criticism of Mr. Obama only behind closed doors does no honor to the dreams and prayers of generations past: that race be put aside, and all people be judged honestly, openly, and on the basis of their performance. President Obama deserves no less.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Seven Reasons for Healthy Skepticism
by Jim Vandehei & John F. Harris
The country is clearly in his corner. With the economy gasping, and two wars dragging on sullenly, even many Republicans who ordinarily might enjoy seeing Obama fail now root for him to succeed. The stakes are simply too great. Amid all these high hopes, it may seem needlessly sour to point out why expectations must be kept in check. But it is also realistic...
Dick Morris: Here Comes Socialism
Obama’s Inaugural Address Short on Inspiration
by Dennis Prager
The night Barack Obama won the election, he gave one of the most inspiring victory addresses I ever heard. The day Barack Obama was inaugurated president of the United States, he gave one of the least inspiring inaugural addresses I have ever heard...
Obama Inauguration Got Unprecedented News Coverage
Reuters
...35,000 stories in the world's major newspapers, television and radio broadcasts over the past day -- about 35 times more than the last presidential swearing-in -- a monitoring group said on Wednesday...
But had less TV viewers than Reagan

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I Pledge to Ridicule Celebrities Who Refuse to Recognize We Are At War With People Who Want to Kill Them, Too
by Andrew Breitbart
Many of the celebrities that were central to demonizing and making life impossible for President Bush for eight loathsome years NOW want to help with the heavy lifting of bringing America back together under President Barack Obama...[Their video] is a sickening display that they want fast and easy absolution for having comported themselves like ill-behaved children for eight difficult and war-torn years. Good luck, President Obama. The rest of you can go to hell.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Fifty Heavy Lifters: The Obama Team
Financial Times
Interactive graphic allows you to explore the backgrounds of the fifty top players led by President Obama, including connections on Capitol Hill, Chicago, classmates, Clintonites, and "Genuine Liberals."
Geithner Can’t Explain His Failure to Pay Taxes
by Byron York
...What senators learned at the gathering was not only that [Treasury Secretary designee] Geithner had failed to pay self-employment taxes during his time at the International Monetary Fund. They learned that the IMF had repeatedly informed Geithner, as it had all its employees, of his obligation to pay that tax. They learned that Geithner signed documents saying he would pay the tax...
It's Time to Pray for Global Warming
by John Foren
...At December's U.N. Global Warming conference in Poznan, Poland, 650 of the world's top climatologists stood up and said man-made global warming is a media generated myth without basis. Said climatologist Dr. David Gee, Chairman of the International Geological Congress, "For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming?" I asked myself, why would such obviously smart guy say such a ridiculous thing? But it turns out he's right. The earth's temperature peaked in 1998...

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Coronation of King Obama
by Katty Kay
...So this is why you booted us out a couple of centuries ago. You simply replaced the pomp and ceremony of hereditary monarchy and with the pomp and ceremony of elected monarchy...January 20 is indeed a day for celebration, as the world watches the peaceful transfer of power in Washington. I simply wish we could tone down the royal trappings just a smidge. Who really needs another coffee mug anyway?

Sunday, January 18, 2009

What Went Right for Bush
by Greg Sheridan
The final word on George W. Bush's foreign policy belongs, perhaps, to his successor, Barack Obama, who will be inaugurated as president of the US next week...from the moment that Obama's hawkish, almost neo-conservative foreign policy essay appeared in the US journal Foreign Affairs in July 2007, it has been clear that the continuity in US foreign policy from Bush under Obama would vastly outweigh the change...
Obama Hosting Pricey Party in a Dicey Economy
by Matt Apuzzo
...The price tag for President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration gala is expected to break records, with some estimates reaching as high as $150 million. Despite the bleak economy, however, Democrats who called on President George W. Bush to be frugal four years ago are issuing no such demands now that an inaugural weekend of rock concerts and star-studded parties has begun...
Zimbabwe Is Dying
by Bob Herbert
...Life expectancy in Zimbabwe is now the lowest in the world: 37 years for men and 34 for women. A cholera epidemic is raging. People have become ill with anthrax after eating the decaying flesh of animals that had died from the disease. Power was lost to the morgue in the capital city of Harare, leaving the corpses to rot...

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Exit Bush, Shoes Flying  
by Charles Krauthammer
...advice paraphrased by Obama as "we shouldn't be making judgments on the basis of incomplete information or campaign rhetoric" -- is a startlingly early sign of a newly respectful consideration of the Bush-Cheney legacy...The very continuation by Democrats of Bush's policies will be grudging, if silent, acknowledgement of how much he got right.
Beware of the Big-Government Tipping Point
by Peter Wehner & Paul Ryan
...while Americans have embraced elements of the New Deal, the Great Society and progressive taxation, we have traditionally viewed welfare as a way to help those in dire need, not as a way of life for the middle class. We have grasped, perhaps more than any other nation, that there is a long-run cost to dependency on the state...
Related: Ron Paul: Stimulating Our Way to Rock Bottom     Do We Really Want Another New Deal?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Transcript: Farewell Address to the Nation   
President George W. Bush
...It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatness of our country, and uplifted by the goodness of our people. I have been blessed to represent this nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other – citizen of the United States of America...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Eugenic Euphemisms
by William Saletan
...This is the next step in our gradual devaluation of embryos. First, we said IVF embryos weren't pregnancies. That's technically correct: Pregnancy begins when the embryo implants in the womb. Then we called early embryos "pre-embryos" so we could dismantle them to get stem cells. That was technically incorrect, but we did it because it made us feel better. Now we're adjusting the word conception...
U.S. Military Warns 'Sudden Collapse' of Mexico Possible
by Diana Washington Valdez
..."In terms of worse-case scenarios for the Joint Force and indeed the world, two large and important states bear consideration for a rapid and sudden collapse: Pakistan and Mexico. "The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and press by criminal gangs and drug cartels...
United Nations Tries to Outlaw Criticism of Islam
by Floyd Abrams
...the 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference calling upon all UN nations to adopt legislation banning the "defamation" of religion. Spurred by the Danish cartoons of 2005, some of which portrayed the Prophet Muhammed in a manner deemed offensive by the OIC, the resolution was opposed by the United States, most European nations, Japan, India and a number of other nations. Nonetheless, it has now been adopted...
Interesting video: Hamas Indoctrination of Kids--Bombs More Precious than Children

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

More Than a Good Feeling
by Christopher Hitchens
...we are getting a notoriously ambitious woman who made a fool of herself over Bosnia, at the time and during the recent campaign, and who otherwise has no command of foreign affairs except what she's picked up second-hand from an impeached ex-president, a disbarred lawyer, and a renter of the Lincoln Bedroom. If the Senate waves this through, it will have reinforced its recent image as the rubber-stamp chamber of a bankrupt banana republic. Not an especially good start to the brave new era.
Journalists Being Shut Out by Obama
by Warner Todd Huston
According to Sun-Times columnist and long-time Chicago journalist, Carol Marin, journalists at Barack Obama news conferences have come to realize that Obama has pre-picked those journalists whom he will allow to ask him questions at the conference and many of them now "don't even bother raising" their hands to be called upon...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bush's Achievements: Ten Things the President Got Right
by Fred Barnes
...His presidency was far more successful than not. And there's an aspect of his decision-making that merits special recognition: his courage. Time and time again, Bush did what other presidents, even Ronald Reagan, would not have done and for which he was vilified and abused. That--defiantly doing the right thing--is what distinguished his presidency...
Guess Who Cares about Dead Palestinians? Jews!
by Dennis Prager
For those individuals -- such as nearly all members of the world news media -- who, in light of Israels invasion of Gaza -- see moral equivalence between Israel and the Palestinians, here are some clarifying thoughts...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Pelosi Turns Back the Clock on House Reform
by John Fund
..."All those nice pro-life, gun-owning young Democrats recruited to run by Rahm Emanuel will never have any real influence now," says Grover Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform. "They were useful in getting Democrats a majority but now they'll be in the back of the bus"...
Powerful Solar Storm Could Shut Down U.S. for Months
by Robert Roy Britt
...Damage to power grids and other communications systems could be catastrophic, the scientists conclude, with effects leading to a potential loss of governmental control of the situation...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Earth on the Brink of an Ice Age
Pravda
...Ice cores, ocean sediment cores, the geologic record, and studies of ancient plant and animal populations all demonstrate a regular cyclic pattern of Ice Age glacial maximums which each last about 100,000 years, separated by intervening warm interglacials, each lasting about 12,000 years...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Obama's Big Gamble
by Bill O'Reilly
...If terrorists again attacked the United States, Obama's soft intelligence-gathering approach would also come under attack. Simply put: A successful terror mission could bring President Obama down...

Friday, January 09, 2009

Video Exclusive: A Revealing Morning With Sarah Palin
by John Ziegler
...I am virtually unknown nationally and there was absolutely no reason for anything to be done differently as “show” for us. We saw the genuine Sarah Palin and it is patently obvious this is the only one who exists. She is the real deal...
Hamas and the Arab States
by Kamran Bokhari and Reva Bhalla
...With somewhat limited options to contain Iranian expansion in the region, the Arab states ironically are looking to Israel to ensure that Hamas remains boxed in...

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Could Have Seen This War Coming
by Richard Cohen
...The implied message from demonstrators and some opinion columnists is that this is the price Israel is supposed to pay for being, I suppose, Israel. I am informed by a Palestinian journalist in a Washington Post op-ed article that Israel is trying to stop "amateur rockets from nagging the residents of some of its southern cities." In Sderot, I saw homes nagged to smithereens...

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Funny Business in Minnesota
Wall Street Journal
...we can't recall a similar recount involving optical scanning machines that has changed so many votes, and in which nearly every crucial decision worked to the advantage of the same candidate. The Coleman campaign clearly misjudged the politics here, and the apparent willingness of a partisan like Mr. Ritchie to help his preferred candidate, Mr. Franken...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Things I Learned in 2008
by Bill O'Reilly
...Big Brother is not watching out for us. Orwell had it wrong. We are pretty much on our own as the federal government simply cannot or will not protect the folks from danger. Never again will I assume the feds are looking out for me...

Friday, January 02, 2009

Irish Environment Minister: Man-made Climate Change a Con
Belfast Telegraph
Spending billions on trying to reduce carbon emissions is one giant con that is depriving third world countries of vital funds to tackle famine, HIV and other diseases, Sammy Wilson said...

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year
Nine Possibilities Heading Into 2009
Investor's Business Daily
Time again to make a few guesses — 9 for '09 this time — on what the New Year may bring...