"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

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Obama's Vision Deficit
by Nick Gillespie & Matt Welch
...Far from sketching out a truly forward-looking set of policies for the 21st century, as his supporters had hoped, Obama is instead serving up cryogenically tasteless and headache-inducing morsels from years gone by...
Analysis: Barack Obama - Narcissist or Merely Narcissistic?
Pelosi's Tortured Explanation
by Debra Saunders
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been pushing for a "truth commission" to investigate the CIA's use of "enhanced interrogation" techniques like waterboarding -- until Republicans started shining the spotlight on Pelosi herself. Now she is not so adamant...Pelosi knew that White House lawyers had sanctioned waterboarding in 2002 -- and did not protest...
The Defector
by David Broder
Arlen Specter is now a Democrat after he was a Republican, yet was a Democrat before he was a Republican. Call him a Democrat boomerang.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Obama Gets a 'D' on State Secrets from Democratic Senator
by Teddy Davis
...Obama's record in [invoking state secrets privilege] has drawn fire from civil liberties groups, even though many of them cheered his election in November. The Justice Department has responded to the criticism by saying that Obama is only invoking the state secrets privilege in cases where it is necessary...
Barak's in the Basement
The Washington Times
President Obama's media cheerleaders are hailing how loved he is. But at the 100-day mark of his presidency, Mr. Obama is the second-least-popular president in 40 years. According to Gallup's April survey, Americans have a lower approval of Mr. Obama at this point than all but one president since Gallup began tracking this in 1969...
How Arlen Specter Helped a Murderer Skip Bail
by John J. Miller
...by 1979, the tough-on-crime prosecutor had become a tough-on-prosecutor criminal defender. Perhaps he was just doing his job. It must be remembered, however, that his job, for which he volunteered possibly to curry favor with potential political supporters, involved reducing bail for a murderer who fled from justice.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Nine Questions the Left Needs to Answer About Torture
by Dennis Prager
Any human being with a functioning conscience or a decent heart loathes torture. Its exercise has been a blight on humanity. With this in mind, those who oppose what the Bush administration did to some terror suspects may be justified. But in order to ascertain whether they are, they need to respond to some questions...

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Border for Dummies
National Post
Can someone please tell us how U. S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano got her job? She appears to be about as knowledgeable about border issues as a late-night radio call-in yahoo. In an interview broadcast Monday on the CBC, Ms. Napolitano attempted to justify her call for stricter border security on the premise that "suspected or known terrorists" have entered the U. S. across the Canadian border, including the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

The More Given, the Less Earned
by Dennis Prager
One of the reasons for the ascendance of the English-speaking world has been that the English language is almost alone among major languages in having the word “earn.” Those of us whose native language is English assume that the phrase “to earn a living” is universal. It isn’t...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Report: Democrats Refuse to Allow Skeptic to Testify Alongside Gore At Congressional Hearing
by Marc Morano
...Monckton said he was informed that he would not be allowed to testify alongside Gore when his plane landed from England Thursday afternoon. “The House Democrats don't want Gore humiliated, so they slammed the door of the Capitol in my face,” Monckton told Climate Depot in an exclusive interview. “They are cowards”...
Fidel Castro: Obama 'Misinterpreted' Raul's Words
Associated Press
Fidel Castro said Tuesday that President Barack Obama "misinterpreted" his brother Raul's sentiments toward the United States and bristled at any suggestion Cuba should free political prisoners or reduce official fees on money sent to the island from the U.S...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Presidential Poison
Mark down the date. Tuesday, April 21, 2009, is the moment that any chance of a new era of bipartisan respect in Washington ended. By inviting the prosecution of Bush officials for their antiterror legal advice, President Obama has injected a poison into our politics that he and the country will live to regret...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Obama Muddles Torture Message
by Josh Gerstein & Mike Allen
President Barack Obama’s attempt to project legal and moral clarity on coercive CIA interrogation methods has instead done the opposite — creating confusion and political vulnerability over an issue that has inflamed both the left and right...
No Holds Barred: Why Does Obama Smile at Dictators?
by Shmuley Boteach
...Suppose Obama succeeds in building friendships with Chavez, Castro, Ahmadinejad and the Taliban. What then? Does America still get to feel that it stands for something? Will we still be the beacon of liberty and freedom to the rest of the world, or will we have sold out in the name of political expediency?...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

CIA Confirms: Waterboarding 9/11 Mastermind Led to Info that Aborted 9/11-Style Attack on Los Angeles
by Terence P. Jeffrey
...According to the previously classified May 30, 2005 Justice Department memo that was released by President Barack Obama last week, the thwarted attack -- which KSM called the “Second Wave”-- planned “ ‘to use East Asian operatives to crash a hijacked airliner into’ a building in Los Angeles”...
More: Intel Director: High-value info Obtained

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senate Proposal Could Put Heavy Restrictions on Internet Freedoms
by James Osborne
...Under the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2009, the president would have the authority to shut down Internet traffic to protect national security. The government also would have access to digital data from a vast array of industries including banking, telecommunications and energy...
Counterpoint: Big Bro’s Cybersecurity Act

Monday, April 20, 2009

Obama's Environmental Disaster
by Robert Bryce
...Carbon dioxide is bad. It’s a pollutant. Somewhere, Descartes must be mulling a new declaration for the modern era: I emit carbon dioxide, therefore I am.
Obamatopia
by Victor Davis Hanson
...They will either believe that we are weak, and cannot stand in the way of their illiberal agendas, or believe that Obama is somewhat sympathetic to their anti-capitalist, anti-democratic scenarios, or believe that he is a true multiculturalist who believes in the “Post-American world”.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

When the Mexican Drug Trade Hits the Border
by Fred Burton & Ben West
...The U.S.-Mexican border is a dynamic place, with competition over drug routes and the quest for cash destabilizing northern Mexico and straining local and state law enforcement on the U.S. side. Putting pressure on the people who are active in the border drug trade has so far only inspired others to innovate and adapt to the challenging environment by becoming more innovative and pragmatic...
CNN Versus the Tea Parties
by Mona Charen
When thousands of people in all 50 states assemble to protest government policy, you might suppose that this is news. Not according to the coverage on the front pages of the Washington Post, New York Times, or the Wall Street Journal. The "tea party" rallies went unmentioned. In Washington, D.C., despite temperatures in the 40s and a driving rainstorm, about a thousand demonstrators assembled across from the White House...

Friday, April 17, 2009

The President Ties His Own Hands on Terror
by Michael Hayden & Michael B. Mukasey
...Politicians pressure the intelligence community to push to the legal limit, and then cast accusations when aggressiveness goes out of style, thereby encouraging risk aversion, and then, as occurred in the wake of 9/11, criticizing the intelligence community for feckless timidity. He calls these cycles "a terrible problem for our national security." Indeed they are, and the precipitous release of these OLC opinions simply makes the problem worse.
Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Janet Napolitano Over Homeland Security’s Rightwing Extremism Policy
Thomas More Law Center
...The lawsuit claims that her Department’s “Rightwing Extremism Policy,” as reflected in the recently publicized Intelligence Assessment, “Rightwing Extremism: Current Economic and Political Climate Fueling Resurgence in Radicalization and Recruitment,” violates the civil liberties of combat veterans as well as American citizens by targeting them for disfavored treatment on account of the political beliefs...
Related: Top Dem, Chair of Homeland Security Committee, 'Dumbfounded'

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Homeland Insecurity
by Debra Saunders
...when the Department of Homeland Security releases an assessment that opines that the "historical election of an African American president and prospect of policy changes are providing to be a driving force for right-wing extremist recruitment and radicalization," it makes me worry about the brains in DHS's Office of Intelligence and Analysis.
More: US Govt Faces Veteran Anger at Extremism Report    Napolitano Stands by 'Rightwing Extremism' Report   Savage: Big Sister is Watching You: Part 1   Part 2
Obama's Recipe for Change Not My Cup of Tea
by Ann Coulter
I had no idea how important this week's nationwide anti-tax tea parties were until hearing liberals denounce them with such ferocity. The New York Times' Paul Krugman wrote a column attacking the tea parties, apologizing for making fun of "crazy people." It's OK, Paul, you're allowed to do that for the same reason Jews can make fun of Jews...
More: Thousands of Anti-Tax 'Tea Party' Protesters Turn Out in U.S. Cities

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Confirmed: The Obama DHS Hit Job on Conservatives is Real
by Michelle Malkin
...My b.s. detector went off the chart, and yours will, too, if you read through the entire report — which asserts with no evidence that an unquantified “resurgence in rightwing extremist recruitment and radicalizations activity” is due to home foreclosures, job losses, and…the historical presidential election. In Obama land, there are no coincidences. It is no coincidence that this report echoes Tea Party-bashing left-wing blogs and demonizes the very Americans who will be protesting in the thousands on Wednesday for the nationwide Tax Day Tea Party...
Twitter Can Make You Immoral, Claim Scientists
by Jenny Hope
...A study suggests rapid-fire news updates and instant social interaction are too fast for the 'moral compass' of the brain to process. The danger is that heavy Twitters and Facebook users could become 'indifferent to human suffering' because they never get time to reflect and fully experience emotions about other people's feelings...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Time for Congressional Black Caucus to Disband?
by Dennis Prager
...this trip to a communist dictatorship where they ignored the oppression of black and other Cubans and served as useful fools for a tyranny ought to be the last straw.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Faith and Religion Viewed as Beneficial to Health
by Jaweed Kaleem
...McCullough's research suggests that religious people of all faiths, by sizable margins, do better in school, live longer, have more satisfying marriages and are generally happier than their nonbelieving peers...In the Journal of Drug Issues, he reported that in neighborhoods plagued by alcoholism, church attendance helps more than Alcoholics Anonymous...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Religion of Hatred: Why We Should No Longer Be Cowed by the Chattering Classes Who Sneer at Christianity
by A. N. Wilson
...materialist atheism is not merely an arid creed, but totally irrational. Materialist atheism says we are just a collection of chemicals. It has no answer whatsoever to the question of how we should be capable of love or heroism or poetry if we are simply animated pieces of meat. The Resurrection, which proclaims that matter and spirit are mysteriously conjoined, is the ultimate key to who we are. It confronts us with an extraordinarily haunting story...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Al Jazeera's Presence on PBS Alarms Some
by Eric Shawn
PBS' new program, WorldFocus, airs international reports from Al Jazeera's English channel, leading some lawmakers to declare that PBS, which is partially funded by taxpayer dollars, should not be promoting Al Jazeera...

Friday, April 10, 2009

Expulsion Threatened over Prayer for Sick Teacher
World Net Daily
..."To this day, the College of Alameda has never provided a real explanation for its threats to expel these students," said Steven N.H. Wood of the Walnut Creek firm of Bergquist, Wood and Anderson, which is working with Pacific Justice on the case. "But it has disciplined them for non-disruptive, private prayer between consenting adults...
Let's All Surrender Our Weapons--You First!
by Ann Coulter
...If the SAT test were used to determine how stupid a liberal is, one question would be: "The best defense against lawless rogues who possess _______ is for law-abiding individuals to surrender their own _______________"...

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Liberal Talk Show Host Receives Startup Money from Senate Democrats
by P.J. Gladnick
...And who made this assertion? Some conservative antagonistic to self-professed liberal Schultz Nope. This claim was made by leftwing former radio host Randi Rhodes. In 2005 Randi, during a C-SPAN interview with Brian Lamb, claimed that she was present when the money was offered. Here is an excerpt of that transcript from the Radio Equalizer...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Ignore our Christian Values and the Nation Will Drift Apart   
by Michael Nazir-Ali
...The Church [of England] is seen as simply the religious aspect of society, there to endorse any change or chance which politicians deem fit to impose on an unsuspecting nation, rather than being the guardian of the Christian tradition which has provided for nearly everything valuable in this country...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

America Has a Naive President
by Dennis Prager
“The basic bargain is sound: countries with nuclear weapons will move toward disarmament, countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them”...President Obama [also] said “I am not na├»ve” in his talk. That, unfortunately, is as accurate as his statement before the joint session of Congress that “I do not believe in bigger government.”

Monday, April 06, 2009

Obama Wants to Control the Banks
by Stuart Varney
...After 35 years in America, I never thought I would see this. I still can't quite believe we will sit by as this crisis is used to hand control of our economy over to government. But here we are, on the brink. Clearly, I have been naive.
Partisan Gap in Obama Job Approval Widest in Modern Era
Pew Research Center
For all of his hopes about bipartisanship, Barack Obama has the most polarized early job approval ratings of any president in the past four decades. The 61-point partisan gap in opinions about Obama's job performance is the result of a combination of high Democratic ratings for the president -- 88% job approval among Democrats -- and relatively low approval ratings among Republicans (27%)...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

What the Airport Detention of CFL's Steve Bierfeldt Tells Us
by Anthony Gregory
...In a free America, carrying literature of any type or cash of any amount would be just another peaceful activity fully tolerated by law. This kind of screening in our airports goes beyond demanding, "Your Papers, Please." Steve already showed his papers when he went through security.
The United States, Germany and Beyond
by George Friedman
...Europe and Obama loved each other, but for very different reasons. The Europeans thought that the United States under Obama would ask less, while Obama thought the Europeans would give more. Begin with the G-20 summit of 20 of the world’s largest economies, which, along with the Americans and Europeans, include the Russians, Chinese and Japanese. The issue is, of course, the handling of the international financial crisis...

Saturday, April 04, 2009

The Question that Flummoxed the Great Orator
by John Crace
Barack Obama, the World's Greatest Orator (™all news organisations), didn't exactly cover himself in glory when the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson asked him a question about who was to blame for the financial crisis. Normally word perfect, Obama ummed, ahed and waffled for the best part of two and a half minutes. Here, John Crace decodes what he was really thinking...

Friday, April 03, 2009

As Crisis Loomed, Geithner Pressed But Fell Short
by Robert O'Harrow Jr. & Jeff Gerth
Before Timothy Geithner became Treasury chief, he regulated major U.S. banks. Now he says: "We're having a major financial crisis in part because of failures of supervision." In September 2005, Timothy Geithner made one of his most visible moves as a supervisor of the U.S. banking system. He summoned the nation's top financial firms and their regulators to streamline an antiquated system that threatened Wall Street's boom...