"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

Sunday, May 31, 2009

American Capitalism Gone with a Whimper  
Pravda
...These past two weeks have been the most breath taking of all. First came the announcement of a planned redesign of the American Byzantine tax system, by the very thieves who used it to bankroll their thefts, loses and swindles of hundreds of billions of dollars. These make our Russian oligarchs look little more then ordinary street thugs, in comparison. Yes, the Americans have beat our own thieves in the shear volumes. Should we congratulate them?

Saturday, May 30, 2009

The Incredible Shrinking Clintons
by Dick Morris
...Once Obama’s equal — and before that his superior — [Hillary] now looks tiny compared to the president. She doesn’t look like a president in waiting; she’s more like a senior staff member hoping to rise in the bureaucracy. No longer at the head of a movement or the symbol of rising women all over the world, she has faded into the State Department woodwork...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Mandatory Census Survey Asks Detailed Personal Questions
by Chelsea Schilling
..."The questions are both ludicrous and insulting," [Ron Paul] wrote. "The survey asks, for instance, how many bathrooms you have in your house, how many miles you drive to work, how many days you were sick last year, and whether you have trouble getting up stairs. It goes on and on, mixing inane questions with highly detailed inquiries about your financial affairs. One can only imagine the countless malevolent ways our federal bureaucrats could use this information...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The 'Empathy' Nominee
Wall Street Journal
...Judge Sotomayor's belief is that a "Latina woman" is by definition a superior judge to a "white male" because she has had more "richness" in her struggle. The danger inherent in this judicial view is that the law isn't what the Constitution says but whatever the judge in the "richness" of her experience comes to believe it should be...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Home: No Place for a Bible Study
by Drew Zahn
...she was then told, however, that she must stop holding "religious assemblies" until she and her husband obtain a Major Use Permit from the county, a permit that often involves traffic and environmental studies, compliance with parking and sidewalk regulations and costs that top tens of thousands of dollars...
President Has “More Effective” Method to Get Intel from Terrorists – What Is It?
by Dennis Prager
...But if in fact, these methods exist, they have never been revealed. President Obama needs to share this discovery with the American people, or, if they must be state secrets, with a select few individuals from Congress and the intelligence community...

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Malaria, Politics and DDT
Wall Street Journal
In 2006, after 25 years and 50 million preventable deaths, the World Health Organization reversed course and endorsed widespread use of the insecticide DDT to combat malaria. So much for that. Earlier this month, the U.N. agency quietly reverted to promoting less effective methods for attacking the disease. The result is a victory for politics over public health, and millions of the world's poor will suffer as a result...
Cheney Bests Obama in Speech Duel -- By Sticking to the Facts
by Michael Goodwin
It was a tale of two speeches. One was clear, direct and powerful. Barack Obama gave the other speech. It would have been heresy to write those words any other time, so commanding has President Obama been with the spoken word. But the real Mission Impossible was to imagine that wheezy old Dick Cheney would be the speaker to best Obama...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Those Who Make Us Say 'Oh!'
by Peggy Noonan
...It's good to remember war is hell. But when we removed the warrior, we removed something intensely human, something ancestral and stirring, something celebrated naturally throughout the long history of man. Also it was ungrateful: They put themselves in harm's way for us. For Memorial Day, then, three warriors, two previously celebrated but not so known now by the young...
What America Means to Me
by Bruce Bialosky
The special nature of this country was brought to mind during a recent journey to retrieve my son after his first year of college at the University of Kansas. I was to fly to Kansas City and drive back to Los Angeles, but an unexpected diversion in that plan reminded me of our country’s greatness...
Make It Memorial Day Every Day
by Terry Paulson
...as we gather today to remember, may we cherish the immortal words of Abraham Lincoln in his Gettysburg address: "We can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow, this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Barack Obama is Giving Iran the Time it Needs to Build a Nuclear Bomb
By Con Coughlin
Has President Obama inadvertently given Iran the green light to develop an atom bomb? I only ask because it appears to be the logical conclusion to be drawn from his announcement this week that he is giving Iran until the end of the year to decide whether or not to co-operate...
President Above-It-All
by Rich Lowry
...Excoriating Bush is good politics for Obama, which is what makes his repeated exhortations to look ahead so disingenuous. In his speech, he rued that "we have a return of the politicization of these issues." In other words: Dick Cheney, please shut up. But when did the politicization of these issues end? Has the Left ever stopped...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Crown of Thorns for Miss California?
by Michael Kinsley
...Yes, yes, the Bill of Rights protects individuals against oppression by the government, not by other private individuals or organizations. But the values and logic behind our constitutional rights don't disappear when the oppressor is in the private sector. They may not have the force of law in that situation, but they ought to have the force of understanding and of habit...
Do You Want Your OTV?
by Jack Tapper
...It's perfectly fine, of course, for the White House to put out its own version of events -- but is it right to do so by preventing actual reporters from covering something? (Even something like a pickup basketball game). Do Obama White House officials think their media coverage isn't flattering enough?...
Are Men the Second Sex Now?
by Christina Hoff Sommers
...Why are there no conferences, petitions, workshops, congressional hearings, or presidential councils to help men close the education gap, the health care gap, the insurance gap, the job-loss gap, and the death gap? Because, unlike women, men do not have hundreds of men's studies departments, research institutes, policy centers, and lobby groups working tirelessly to promote their challenges as political causes...

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Climate-Industrial Complex
by Bjorn Lomborg
...Some business leaders are cozying up with politicians and scientists to demand swift, drastic action on global warming. This is a new twist on a very old practice: companies using public policy to line their own pockets. The tight relationship between the groups echoes the relationship among weapons makers, researchers and the U.S. military during the Cold War...
Oh, and by the way -- Greenhouse gases drop, lowest in 19 years

Thursday, May 21, 2009

How To Curtail the Federal Beast
by Andrew Napolitano
...When the government behaves with no self-recognized limitations, when its only restraint is whatever it can get away with, when it actively attacks rather than forcefully protects our natural rights, then, as Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, and as federal law still states, “it is the duty of the people to alter or abolish it.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Chicago Straight
by David Bernstein
The arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich in December cast a shadowy light on the relationships among four leading players in the Illinois Democratic Party—Blagojevich, Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, and David Axelrod. The new president and his two aides would like to minimize their dealings with the disgraced ex-governor. But the record tells a more complex story...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Obama and the ‘Real’ Catholics
by George Weigel
...What was surprising, and ought to be disturbing to anyone who cares about religious freedom in these United States, was the president’s decision to insert himself into the ongoing Catholic debate over the boundaries of Catholic identity and the applicability of settled Catholic conviction in the public square. Obama did this by suggesting, not altogether subtly, who the real Catholics in America are...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Sacrifice Gap
by Mike Murphy
...The Obama Administration's strategy has been no more than an effective execution of politics as usual, wrapped in more, not less, of the intellectually dishonest language that he so effectively campaigned against...
Related: Obama Pretends to be Frugal as We Sink Deeper in Debt

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Tincture of Lawlessness
by George F. Will
The Obama administration's agenda of maximizing dependency involves political favoritism cloaked in the raiment of "economic planning" and "social justice" that somehow produce results superior to what markets produce when freedom allows merit to manifest itself, and incompetence to fail. The administration's central activity -- the political allocation of wealth and opportunity -- is not merely susceptible to corruption, it is corruption.
Thought Police Muscle Up in Britain
by Hal G. P. Colebatch
Britain appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely...

Friday, May 15, 2009

What Republicans Need is a Mutiny
by Richard A. Viguerie
...To learn where to position themselves, some big-government GOP loyalists are going on so-called listening tours. The trouble is, skulking around the country on pandering tours isn't leadership. Politicians, lobbyists and campaign consultants who caused the problem cannot fix it. You can also rebrand damaged goods all you want, but they're still damaged goods, which is why GOP establishment leaders are incapable of understanding the problem -- it's them...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Report: One-Fourth of Overseas Votes Go Uncounted
by Jim Abrams
...there is a chronic problem of military voters being sent a ballot without sufficient time to complete it and send it back. He cited estimates that a ballot can take up to 13 days to reach an overseas voter...
Hillary Had Lots of Love for Confessed Swindler
by Jonathon Dienst & Tamer El-Ghobashy
During her historic run for the presidency in 2008, former New York Senator and current Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton gushed over admitted swindler Norman Hsu's support of her presidential campaign and predicted she would win the race because he would "single-handedly...make that happen," according to an audio tape played in court Tuesday...

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Socialism and Secularism Suck Vitality Out of Society
by Dennis Prager
...America has been the center of energy and creativity in almost every area of life because it has remained far more religious than any other industrialized Western democracy and because it has rejected the welfare state social model...
'Thought Crimes' Bill Advances
by Nat Hentoff
..."hate crime" law - like the newly expanded House of Representatives federal bill - "does not apply equally" (as the 14th Amendment requires), essentially instead "criminalizing only politically incorrect thoughts directed against politically incorrect victim categories"...
Big Labor's Investment in Obama Pays Off
by Michelle Malkin
"We spent a fortune to elect Barack Obama -- $60.7 million to be exact -- and we're proud of it," boasted Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union...Whether rank-and-file workers and ordinary taxpayers are profiting from this ultimate campaign pay-for-play scheme is another matter entirely...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Stimulus Watch: Early Road Aid Leaves Out Neediest
by Matt Apuzzo & Brett J. Blackledge
...The very promise that Obama made, to spend money quickly and create jobs, is locking out many struggling communities needing those jobs. The money goes to projects ready to start. But many struggling communities don't have projects waiting on a shelf. They couldn't afford the millions of dollars for preparation and plans that often is required...
Not Funny: Barack Obama Laughs at Wanda Sykes "Joke" about Wanting Rush Limbaugh Dead
by Toby Harnden
...There's not much room for differing interpretations of what Sykes said. She called Limbaugh a terrorist and a traitor, suggested that he be tortured and wished him dead...Obama laughing when someone wishes Limbaugh dead? Hard to take from the man who promised a new era of civility and elevated debate in Washington...
Related: Obama Zinger at Journalists' Dinner: "Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me. Apologies to the Fox table."

Sunday, May 10, 2009

No Triangulation Now
by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
Despite Gen. Colin Powell's advice that the Republican Party must move to the center, now is not the time for triangulation by the GOP. It is, rather, the time for the Party to stand firm and fast upon its principles and let this nation come around to its way of thinking, driven by horror at the consequences of Obama's program...

Friday, May 08, 2009

The Obama Lexicon
by David Harsanyi
...This week, we learned a bit more about what the terms "sacrifice" (do what we want, you filthy, unpatriotic swine), "era of responsibility" (double the "sacrifice," half the prosperity) and "investments" (we squander money so you don't have to) really mean...

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Who's Hunting Michael Savage?
by Joseph Farah
...I believe with near 100 percent certainty, though I admit I can't prove it, that the initiative for this symbolic effort to ban Michael Savage from a country he had no intention of visiting came not from London, but from Washington. Savage commands the third-largest audience of all talk shows in the country. He is also the most critical of Obama and the Democrat-dominated Congress. He is the edgiest. He pushes the envelope. He has been falsely accused of being a "hater" and engaging in "hate speech" plenty of times. That's why he was the perfect target for a pre-emptive and insidious attack on his character. Here's the way I imagine it going down...

Monday, May 04, 2009

The Same Old Equality of Result
by Victor Davis Hanson
Rather than nitpick about Obama's envisioned brave new world, I think it wiser to see it in the larger context of age-old divides over the nature of Western democratic and liberal society. Nothing that we have seen proposed since January 20 is novel; everything is merely the promise of the past outfitted with a new snazzier veneer of hope and change...

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The Real Danger of Global Warming
by Vaclav Klaus
I am surprised at how so many people nowadays in Europe, the United States and elsewhere have come to support policies underpinned by hysteria over global warming, particularly cap-and-trade legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and subsidies for "green" energy sources. I am convinced that this is a misguided strategy -- not only because of the uncertainty about the dangers that global warming might pose, but also because of the certainty of the damage that these proposed policies aimed at mitigation will impose...
Related: Radio Interview of Lord Christopher Monckton, science adviser to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Banana Republic Capitalism
by John Hinderaker
...Political influence, rather than the law, dictates the rights of the parties. When some of the secured creditors refused to be intimidated, Obama libeled them in the press, saying, outrageously, "I don't stand with those who held out when everyone else is making sacrifices." Actually, under Obama's plan the politically favored parties, principally the UAW, will benefit--will steal money, to put it crudely--from the parties who held out...

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Panic Time for Pelosi
by Jed Babbin
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has had a bad week. Caught between her own involvement in the CIA interrogations now condemned as torture and her party’s inquisitions, Pelosi floundered. Her fear and frustration have apparently given way to panic after word reached her of the CIA’s reaction to the damage she, President Obama and other Democrats have done to the spy agency in the last three months...
Obama Revelling in Power Unseen in Decades
by Steve Holland
...Barely 100 days in office, the U.S. president and his Democratic Party have firm control over the White House and Congress and the ability to push through ambitious plans. Now, with the coming retirement of a Supreme Court justice clearing the way for him to appoint a successor, Obama already is assured a legacy at the top of all three branches of government -- executive, legislative and judicial...
Out of Touch? Michelle Sports $540 Sneakers at Food Bank Appearance

Friday, May 01, 2009

Obama Youth Brigade: Church Attendance Forbidden
by Jonas Clark
...The Bill would forbid any student in the brigade to participate in “engaging in religious instruction, conducting worship services, providing instruction as part of a program that includes mandatory religious instruction or worship, constructing or operating facilities devoted to religious instruction or worship, maintaining facilities primarily or inherently devoted to religious instruction or worship, or engaging in any form of religious proselytization”...