"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, July 31, 2011

Under Cover of Debt Crisis, Senate Looks To Extend Telco Spying Immunity
by Stemphen C. Webster
...While the Obama administration has urged the FAA's renewal, at least two Senators are calling for greater caution in the process. Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) asked the director of national intelligence to explain how the Obama administration had applied the 2008 act, and to provide an estimate of how many Americans' communications were spied upon. The administration refused to provide an estimate, according to The Associated Press...

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Plea for Economic Sanity
by Jabby Lowe
...First, we must stop arguing over which administration has caused our predicament. This is not an issue of President Bush’s tax cuts, wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, or stimulus spending. All of those are but symptoms of the greater problem; a failure of both the executive and legislative branches to collectively understand and accept the limits of our federal structure and then prioritize what should be addressed...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Guns from Botched U.S. Sting Found at Mexican Crime Scenes
by Jeremy Pelofsky
...The sting has become an embarrassment for the Obama administration and its Justice Department, rather than a victory in stemming the illegal flow of weapons to Mexico. It has also hurt ties with Mexico, which has been battling the cartels in a war in which tens of thousands have died...
Related: Obama Administration Intimidating Witnesses in Gun Sting Probe

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Leadership Default
Wall Street Journal
...[Obama's speech] was more like a DNC fund-raiser than an Oval Office address. Though President Obama referred to the need to compromise, his idea of compromise was to call on the public to overwhelm Republicans with demands to raise taxes...
Related: Is Obama a Pathological Liar?

Friday, July 22, 2011

What the Norway Attack Could Mean for Europe
Stratfor
...The significance of the events in Norway for the rest of Europe will depend largely on who is responsible, and the identity of the culprits is still unclear. However, STRATFOR can extrapolate the possible consequences of the attacks based on several scenarios...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

'Fast & Furious' Gets Hotter for Holder
by Michael A. Walsh
...The ATF's acting director, Kenneth Melson, has been singing like a canary to congressional investigators as he pushes back against administration pressure for him to resign and take the fall for something that, at the very least, had to include the US Attorney's Office, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and possibly the Homeland Security Department...

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Ninety Percent of Obama Travel at Least Partly Politics
by Keith Koffler
...Since returning from vacation in Hawaii Jan. 4, Obama has embarked on 25 domestic trips involving use of Air Force One. Of the total, 22 have involved either a fundraiser, travel to a presidential battleground state, or both.Only three times has the president traveled for purely non-political purposes: a trip to visit flooding victims in Tennessee; a visit to New York City to meet with 9/11 families and lay a wreath; and a trip to Albany, New York to speak about the economy...

Monday, July 04, 2011

Do This for 10 Minutes on the Fourth of July
by Dennis Prager
Four years ago, I wrote a column titled "America Needs a July Fourth Seder." In it, I explained that "national memory dies without national ritual. And without a national memory, a nation dies." Many readers and listeners to my radio show responded by creating their own rituals to make the day far more meaningful than watching fireworks and eating hot dogs...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Failure of Al Gore: Part One
by Walter Russell Mead
...I am not one of those who thinks him a hypocrite; I think rather that he shares an illusion common amongst the narcissistic glitterati of our time: that politically fashionable virtue cancels private vice...If Al Gore really wants to understand why the global green movement has tanked, he should start by taking a long hard look in the mirror. Gaia, too, can be betrayed by a kiss...
More Gore: Part Deux     Part Three