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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Wal-Mart Fires Back at Hillary

"Wal-Mart's chief executive is shooting back at Senator Hillary Clinton's comments that the retailer has been a -- quote -- 'mixed blessing' for America.

Wal-Mart C-E-O Lee Scott was in Dallas yesterday to...."

Hillary: U.S. Ready for 'Multilingual President'

"Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she sees her sometimes Southern accent as a virtue.

'I think America is ready for a multilingual president,' Clinton said during a campaign stop at a charter school in Greenville, S.C.

The New York senator - who said she's been thinking about critics who've suggested that she tried to put on a fake Southern accent in Selma, Ala. - noted that she's split her life between Arkansas, Illinois and the East Coast.

Clinton added ...."

Imus Producer: Sharpton 'Terrorized' Executives

"Don Imus' former producer said Thursday that the radio exchange that got them both fired was wrong, but that it would be horrible if people could no longer poke fun at each other.

Bernard McGuirk, a 20-year producer and on-air jester for the 'Imus in the Morning' program, was fired a week after his boss for the banter in which members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team were called 'nappy-headed hos.'

McGuirk, in an interview on Fox News Channel's 'Hannity & Colmes,' said he 'didn't get the memo' that the phrase 'hos' had reached the level of the n-word in offensiveness. But apologies to the Rutgers team were appropriate, he said.

But McGuirk said......"

Friday, April 27, 2007

Food for thought: How success can bring ruin

What Next? (How Success Can Bring Ruin)

Those who count in ”Euromerica” reassure us that the (Iraq) “war is lost.” Whether this is true unless Washington acts on the basis of the allegation, is a good question. Just think of what “they” said when the military campaign against Hussein begun. It was to be an endless conflict. The wager on defeat will pay dividends only if US politics let it happen. Currently the trounce has many willing mothers, such as the folks who welcome any reverse of advanced societies. While failure is welcome news, it is not the official enemy who deserves the credit for prevailing. Like good cakes, the rout is home made. The country that invented instant food (add water) and instant gratification fails when it stumbles into its own trap. Whatever takes more than five minutes before the pay-out is a failure as “it does not work”. And that assessment suffices to bring about another defeat abroad.

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(Bold emphasis mine - HH)

Son of Russia's deputy PM faces deportation
The son of Russia's deputy prime minister is facing jail and deportation after a fight at a party in east London left a City banker needing 25 stitches to his face.
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Man returns from the dead
A man, who was pronounced dead in hospital, was later found to be very much alive when mortuary staff came to collect him from what they thought was his deathbed.
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Russia suspends arms treaty over US missile dispute
Russia withdrew from Europe’s main arms control treaty today in a furious retaliation against American plans to deploy a missile defence system in two former Warsaw Pact countries.
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This is kind of funny, but yet......

A little troubling as well. India has come a long way. However, this does demonstrate that they have a ways to go yet. Get over it. It was a kiss.

Court orders Gere's arrest over 'obscene' kiss
An Indian court issued an arrest warrant for Richard Gere today, accusing the Hollywood actor of kissing Shilpa Shetty, the Bollywood actress, in a manner that "transgressed all limits of vulgarity".
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Iraq criticises US pull-out vote
Iraq's government says the US Senate's approval of a bill requiring troop withdrawals sends "negative" signals.
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Somalis move bodies after clashes
Residents of the Somali capital start to clear away the bodies of those killed in nine days of fierce battles.
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I didn't know being defensive could be so ... well ... offensive

Putin steps up missiles warning
Russian President Vladimir Putin says US missile defence plans raise the risk of "mutual destruction".
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Saudis 'hold 170 terror suspects'
More than 170 terror suspects are arrested in Saudi Arabia, some of them reportedly training as pilots, officials say.
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Thursday, April 26, 2007

More Intolerance From The ROP

Muslim aide to warn PM

A security adviser to Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont yesterday expressed fear that enshrining Buddhism as the national religion would allow militants in the deep South to stir up violent opposition to it among local Muslims.......

The Carbon Offset Scam

From Opinion Journal:

The Carbon Indulgence Scam (Financial Times)
"It's looking more and more like Enron. "Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on 'carbon credit' projects that yield few if any environmental benefits," the Financial Times reports:

The growing political salience of environmental politics has sparked a "green gold rush," which has seen a dramatic expansion in the number of businesses offering both companies and individuals the chance to go "carbon neutral," offsetting their own energy use by buying carbon credits that cancel out their contribution to global warming.

The burgeoning regulated market for carbon credits is expected to more than double in size to about $68.2bn by 2010, with the unregulated voluntary sector rising to $4bn in the same period.

The FT investigation found:

• Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

• Industrial companies profiting from doing very little--or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

• Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

• A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

• Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.

'Hate Crimes' Bill Moving to Full House

"The House Judiciary Committee passed a 'hate crimes' bill Wednesday night, all 23 Democrats in favor, all 17 Republicans opposed. Every Republican attempt to amend the bill was defeated. Critics call it a 'thought crimes' bill.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (H.R. 1592) would expand the federal definition of hate crimes to include violence against a person because of his or her 'actual or perceived' sexual orientation or 'gender identity.'

Under the bill, people who attack others out of ....."

A Madrasa Grows In Brooklyn
By Daniel Pipes
Come September, an Arabic-language public secondary school is slated to open its doors in Brooklyn. The New York City Department of Education says the Khalil Gibran International Academy, serving grades six through 12, will boast a "multicultural curriculum and intensive Arabic language instruction." This appears to be a marvelous idea, for New York and the country need native-born Arabic speakers. However, I strongly oppose the school and predict that its establishment will generate serious problems. I say this because Arabic-language instruction is inevitably laden with pan-Arabist and Islamist baggage...

EEOC: An Out-of-Control Taxpayer-Financed Agency
By Paul M. Weyrich
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which might easily be called the Department of Political Correctness, has decided to take on the Salvation Army -- that phenomenally successful assistance organization, which began in Great Britain over one 140 years ago. The EEOC is suing the Salvation Army, which has helped thousands of people in countries all over the world. The EEOC is suing the Salvation Army over its English-only policy for employees. I am not a lawyer. However, I know that government should not be telling religious groups whom they can and cannot hire or fire…

Hamas Parliament Speaker Calls on Allah to Kill Jews and Americans

Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) - The acting speaker of the Palestinian Legislative Council, Sheikh Ahmad Bahr of the Hamas faction, called on Allah to kill the Jews and Americans "down to the very last one" during a sermon broadcast two weeks ago on Sudan television. "America and Israel will be annihilated, Allah willing. I guarantee you that the power of belief and faith is greater than the power of America and Israel," Bahr said, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute. "They are cowards, who are eager for life, while we are eager for death for the sake of Allah," Bahr continued. "That is why America's nose was rubbed in the mud in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Somalia, and everywhere." Bahr exalted the virtues of the Palestinian woman who sends her son off to die as a "martyr." "Oh Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, vanquish the Americans and their supporters. Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one...defeat the Jews and the Americans, and bring us victory over them," Bahr said.

McCain-Feingold in the Spotlight in Supreme Court

"The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case that could decide the limits on the freedom of political speech and the future of campaign finance laws..........."


The assault, by the left, on our heritage continues. July 4th - a national holiday - the day we celebrate our independence - is being diluted (or a least an attempt to do so) by the left. Is it good to minimize it's importance by trying to incorporate some other political agenda? I think not

Is it good to strive for energy importance? You bet your sweet a@# it is. But this only detracts from a very important celebratory day. And, this idea put forth by Pelosi is shameless, and her intent is clear - and stinks to high heaven. Oops.... is it still okay to say that word ... heaven?

Democrats Declare July 4 'Energy Independence Day'
'Global warming is 'one of humanity's greatest challenges,' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared on Wednesday. She said House Democrats are 'working diligently' on legislation to address global warming challenges, and they expect to unveil their proposals by July 4, which she called 'Energy Independence Day.'

Speaking at a League of Conservation Voters' dinner in Washington......

Dems: Giuliani 'Failed to Prepare NYC' for Second Trade Center Attack

"With the presidential campaign starting earlier than ever, so are the cross-party attacks on candidates.

The Democratic National Committee on Wednesday took aim at former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, calling him 'arrogant' and attacking what some consider to be his strongest political asset -- his national security credentials.

How dare Giuliani suggest that Democrats are weak on national security, the....."

Israel Weighing Response to Gaza Rocket Fire, Hamas Declarations

"Jerusalem - Israel on Wednesday was considering its response to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, a reported attempt to abduct more Israeli soldiers, and Hamas' declaration that a five-month old period of calm was over.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was holding security consultations on Wednesday to discuss Israel's....."


PBS Accused of Same Tactics Radical Muslims Use Against Moderates
Public Broadcasting Service officials who have refused to air a documentary on moderate Muslims are using the same tools of suppression and censorship Islamists employ to stymie debate, a documentary-maker charged Tuesday...

Moderate Muslims Speak Out, But Not on PBS
Islamists are working to build “parallel societies” with the aim of imposing strict Islamic law in parts of the West, according to a documentary the Public Broadcasting System has chosen not to air. “Islam vs. Islamists: Voices from the Muslim Center” highlights the work of moderate Muslims who oppose the Islamist agenda and are willing to speak out...

Investing in Failure

By By Rich Galen: "Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV) has declared 'this war is lost' and has made a great deal of pretending to have decided when and under what circumstances US troops will effect their retreat from Iraq.

Forget, for the moment, the effect on the young men and women who are actually fighting this war that statement must have on their morale. Consider - as Democrats must surely be doing...."

Government regulation syndrome

By Cal Thomas: "Liberals want to resurrect the Federal Communications Commission's Fairness Doctrine, a tenet created to ensure fair and balanced coverage of controversial issues, so that they can regulate talk radio and...."

American resilience fuels global prosperity::By Donald Lambro

By Donald Lambro: "The world is in the midst of an economic boom that is raising living standards, creating jobs and improving the quality of life for billions of people.

That's not the story or picture we see on the nightly news shows, where the world is torn by civil war, terrorism, death, destruction and unending poverty. There is certainly much of that, but there is another compelling story that needs telling, too, because it has a lot to do with our economy and future well-being.

The past week's wealth-creating....."

Lieberman’s Choice

By Hugh Hewitt: "The escalating defeatist rhetoric flowing out from Congressional Democrats illuminates a crucial fact: The momentum has shifted in Iraq, and the Petraeus offensive is increasingly recognized as at least potentially successful in producing an Iraq that is stable politically and competent to suppress both al Qaeda and sectarian ethnic cleansing. The change in the wind petrifies Democrats who bet their political futures on the inevitability of defeat of our mission and violent chaos in the wake of our departure. To have played this contemptible game would be risky enough even if defeat followed, but to have done so when the tide had turned could and should expose the party as the collection of feckless and partisan hacks it has become.

Harry Reid knows this, and has thus..."

Jefferson Versus the Muslim Pirates

By Christopher Hitchens: "When I first began to plan my short biography of Thomas Jefferson, I found it difficult to research the chapter concerning the so-called Barbary Wars: an event or series of events that had seemingly receded over the lost horizon of American history. Henry Adams, in his discussion of our third president, had some boyhood reminiscences of the widespread hero-worship of naval officer Stephen Decatur, and other fragments and shards showed up in other quarries, but a sound general history of the subject was hard to come by. When I asked a professional military historian—a man with direct access to Defense Department archives—if there was any book that he could recommend, he came back with a slight shrug.

But now the curious reader may choose from..."

The Fundamental Flaws in the McCain-Feingold Law

By Mitt Romney: "As I have traveled the country in connection with my campaign for President, I have been inspired by the commitment of countless Americans to shaping the future of America's political system. Their commitment takes many different forms, from distributing literature, to attending a campaign rally, to contributing money to an individual candidate. I applaud this involvement, even if it is not supportive of my candidacy. An informed and active citizenry is vital to the long-term health of our political system.

Washington's back-scratching political class apparently sees it differently. A few years ago, they locked arms around a measure sponsored by Senators John McCain, a Republican, and Russ Feingold, a Democrat, imposing unprecedented restrictions on the political activities of everyday Americans. Initiatives that had been...."

Rewriting History a Classroom at a Time

By Fred Thompson: "By now, we're used to people like Iranian President Ahmadinejad denying that the holocaust ever happened, even while he and his regime promise not only the destruction of Israel but the elimination of Jews internationally.

It's bad enough hearing from...."

Run Fred, run.

Another Cross Awaiting Court Decision
In a case similar to one decided less than two months ago, Christian lawyers and activists are awaiting a court decision to determine the fate of a war memorial that features a cross. The land under the cross was originally owned by the government, and the structure is recognized by the federal government as a war memorial...

Wednesday, April 25, 2007


"I find it interesting that the left is so concerned about carbon footprints. What about humanitarian footprints? What sort of tree do you plant as penance for turning your back on 24 million people?"

-- Don Surber

Excellent question, Don. Excellent. (Hat tip to James Taranto.)

The weeping willow might be appropriate.

”Can you conceivably wrap your arms around the perverted concept that a woman can’t be a real woman unless she has the complete autonomy to direct a doctor to partially deliver her baby for the purpose of killing it? My purpose isn’t to offend here, but, truly, I just don’t get it.“
—David Limbaugh

“We can’t play nice with [the Left]. They go for the throat, and they don’t let go. Unless we fight back, we will not only lose elections, we will lose this country in the process.” —Bobby Eberle

“Peace cannot be achieved through pretending that war does not exist.”
—Steven Plaut

“When a new source of taxation is found it never means, in practice, that an old source is abandoned. It merely means that the politicians have two ways of milking the taxpayer where they had only one before.” —H. L. Mencken

“I know no class of my fellowmen, however just, enlightened, and humane, which can be wisely and safely trusted absolutely with the liberties of any other class.” —Frederick Douglass

“There ain’t no ticks like poly-ticks. Bloodsuckers all.” —Davy Crockett

Tuning Out Free Speech

Mandating broadcast balance makes a casualty of the First Amendment.

By Jesse Walker

Media to U.S.: Lose the Guns, Get Sophisticated

Journalists bemoan American 'gun culture,' ignoring facts and common sense in their dramatic attempts at persuasion.
By Amy Menefee
Business & Media Institute

"I’m a rare combination: a trained journalist who grew up understanding the value of guns.

My dad taught me how to shoot and made sure I understood safety, my rights and my responsibility – namely, that the government wouldn’t be around if I suddenly needed protection.

I’ve been rather queasy reading and hearing journalists’ take on the Virginia Tech shooting." Read more.

Media Blame Businesses in the Wake of Tech Tragedy

Gun makers and sellers vilified for gunman's rampage.
By Julia A. Seymour
Business & Media Institute

"Last week after tragedy struck Virginia Tech and a gunman took 32 innocent lives, the media portrayed legal businesses as complicit in the murders.

The media coverage quickly turned into a raging debate about gun control, with reporters on the three major networks blaming a number of businesses that committed no crime. ABC’s Brian Ross was the worst offender, painting Roanoke Firearms as the villain on several different ABC programs." Read on.


Giuliani: 'Remain on Offense' Against Terrorism

Obama: My Muslim Ties Are a Strength

Obama Donor Behind Problem Buildings

On your way out, don't let the door hit you on the ... Oh how could it miss?

Rosie O'Donnell Leaving 'The View'

"Rosie O'Donnell's stormy tenure on 'The View' will be a short one. ABC said Wednesday it was unable to agree on a contract with the opinionated host, and she'll leave the show in June.

O'Donnell said in a statement that 'my needs for the future just didn't dovetail with what ABC was able to offer me.'

'This has been an amazing experience,' she said, 'and one I wouldn't have traded for the world.' " More details.

Tom DeLay: Reid, Pelosi 'Close to Treason'

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi 'are getting very, very close to treason” with their opposition to the Iraq war, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay charged.

In a meeting..."

Democrats are taking ownership of a defeat in Iraq.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Iran arrests ‘insufficiently veiled’ women


"Ahmadinejad cracks down after dress code was loosened over the years"

Low-key office launches high-profile inquiry - Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

"WASHINGTON — Most of the time, an obscure federal investigative unit known as the Office of Special Counsel confines itself to monitoring the activities of relatively low-level government employees, stepping in with reprimands and other routine administrative actions for such offenses as discriminating against military personnel or engaging in prohibited political activities.

But the Office of Special Counsel is preparing to jump into one of the most sensitive and potentially explosive issues in Washington, launching a broad investigation into key elements of the White House political operations that for more than six years have been headed by chief strategist Karl Rove."

Border agent charged with murder

"PHOENIX - A U.S. Border Patrol agent was charged Monday with first-degree murder for shooting an illegal immigrant during a confrontation on the Arizona side of the border in January."


Bob Schieffer backstabbing Katie Couric?

Enemies of CBS Evening News anchor said to be network insiders. (Fox News)

Potentially Habitable Planet Found

"WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time astronomers have discovered a planet outside our solar system that is potentially habitable, with Earth-like temperatures, a find researchers described Tuesday as a big step in the search for 'life in the universe.'"

Feds eye control of vitamins, supplements – even water!

FDA looks to regulate natural substances as drugs, with prescriptions from doctors
By Bob Unruh

"The Food and Drug Administration says vitamins, supplements, herbs and other natural substances, including water when it is used to 'treat' dehydration, should be classified as drugs, and opponents have only until April 30 to express their concern about the proposals under Docket No. 2006D-0480." More....

Funding the Troops

By Michael Barone

"End the war. Fund the troops. You can sum up the argument between George W. Bush and the Democratic majorities in Congress in just six words. Both the House and the Senate have now passed supplemental appropriations that in different ways call for a beginning of an end to our military involvement in Iraq......................

...................What's curious is that congressional Democrats don't seem much interested in what's actually happening in Iraq. The commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus, returns to Washington this week, but last week Pelosi's office said "scheduling conflicts" prevented him from briefing House members. Two days later, the members-only meeting was scheduled, but the episode brings to mind the fact that Pelosi and other top House Democrats skipped a Pentagon videoconference with Petraeus on March 8." Read more..

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Eight Lessons

By Dennis Prager
America's news media, an amoral university, an opportunistic district attorney, and a police department that seems to have collaborated in framing innocent students all combined to nearly destroy the lives of three innocent young men -- members of the Duke University lacrosse team.
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Al Gore Secretly Assembling Campaign Team

Presidential material? Ugh. I think not.


"I had always hoped that the younger generation receiving their early impressions after the flame of liberty had been kindled in every breast...would have sympathized with oppression wherever found, and proved their love of liberty beyond their own share of it."

-- Thomas Jefferson

Congress Urged to Act Quickly on Social Security, Medicare
Don’t worry, baby-boomers. Many of you will be dead by the time Social Security starts to run out of money. It’s the later generations who need to worry, according to the annual trustees’ report released on Monday...

Cuba sentences dissident to jail after secret trial

Chlorine bombs pose new terror risk

Attacks in Iraq and U.S. thefts prompt warning
USA Today

Anger at Iran dress restrictions

BBC NEWS -- Middle East

"Two thousand young men in Iran have protested against new clothing curbs, reports say, amid growing discontent about a crackdown on un-Islamic dress." More...


Study: Religion Is Good for Kids

Cheney Rips Reid for 'Blind Opposition' on Iraq

Lieberman: Patience Thin With Iran

Newt Gingrich Hires Pollster, Fundraiser

"In a further sign that Newt Gingrich could be gearing up for a presidential campaign, the former House Speaker has added a pollster and a fundraiser to his staff." Read on.

Allegations of NCIS Misconduct in Haditha Case: Investigation Demanded

ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center today announced that it will request the Secretary of Navy to investigate allegations of improper and unconstitutional interrogation methods employed by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents against Marine witnesses. Law Center attorneys obtained the information during interviews of several key Haditha witnesses.

The Thomas More Law Center, a Christian legal advocacy group based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is representing Marine Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Chessani, who is charged with failing to investigate and report 15 Iraqi civilian deaths in connection with a Marine response to a terrorist ambush that occurred in Haditha, Iraq on November 19, 2005.

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Law Center, commented, “There are disturbing reports that American servicemen were treated like POWs by their own government. In fact, more concern has been shown toward the treatment of Iraqi prisoners than towards our Marines. An investigation of these allegations is in order. ”

According to Marine witnesses, in some cases interrogations lasted up to 18 hours. During prolonged questioning sessions, Marines were not allowed to eat, drink, or use the bathroom. In some cases, Marines were kept in segregated rooms of an old Iraqi dam that were damp, dark, and “dungeon like.” These interrogation sessions occurred while the Marines were still involved in combat operations in Haditha, a hostile insurgent city. Read on.

Ethiopian tanks pound Mogadishu
Ethiopian tanks step up their offensive in the Somali capital, despite a UN plea for clashes to end.
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SHHHHH.... Don't let this dirty little secret out.

China gas emissions 'may pass US'
China could overtake the US this year as the largest greenhouse gas emitter, energy agency officials say.
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Hamas fighters end Israel truce
The armed wing of the Palestinian Hamas movement says its five-month truce with Israel is over.
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Call for Nigeria street protests

Nigerians must resist the "wholescale fraud" of Saturday's presidential elections, the opposition says.

Turkey 'must have secular leader'

Monday, April 23, 2007

The answer is not gun control

“In its proper constitutional sense, the term [militia] means all the able-bodied people who can be trained and disciplined to act in the community’s defense when it’s attacked. Since it encompasses every able-bodied person, it does not refer to those—such as the police, the military, or even the National Guard—who formally compose the official defense forces of the nation. Every citizen able and willing to act in an emergency becomes a potential defender against attacks aimed at the general population. Unfortunately, because of the anti-gun folly of the leftist media and politicians, we have lost sight of this vital element of our defense... The anti-gun crowd seeks to establish a modern version of [the medieval era], a kind of bureaucratic feudalism, in place of the republican self-government established by our Constitution... The answer is not gun control, but self-government, self-defense, and self-control. We must act to live as free people, else like sheep for the slaughter, we will die, and freedom with us.” —Alan Keyes

Why gun ownership?

“Clearly, there remains to this day a horrible, condescending attitude toward armed American citizens. Haven’t the British yet gotten over the fact that a ragtag, often disorganized force of American colonials, wielding their own arms, was able to defeat what at the time was the most powerful armed force in the world? Our forefathers, armed with their own flintlock rifles and pistols, and an assortment of muskets—the ‘assault weapons’ of their era—threw off the yoke of oppression under which they were forced to live. When British broadcasters today demand to know just what it is about gun ownership that Americans defend so vigorously, the answer is too simple for them to comprehend.

Simply put, we defend this individual civil right because without our own guns two centuries ago, we would still... likely be British subjects...”
—Alan Gottlieb

“There are those in America today who have come to depend absolutely on government for their security. And when government fails they seek to rectify that failure in the form of granting government more power. So, as government has failed to control crime and violence with the means given it by the Constitution, they seek to give it more power at the expense of the Constitution. But in doing so, in their willingness to give up their arms in the name of safety, they are really giving up their protection from what has always been the chief source of despotism—government. Lord Acton said power corrupts. Surely then, if this is true, the more power we give the government the more corrupt it will become. And if we give it the power to confiscate our arms we also give up the ultimate means to combat that corrupt power. In doing so we can only assure that we will eventually be totally subject to it.” —Ronald Reagan


BBC NEWS: Crow calls for limit on loo paper

"Singer Sheryl Crow has said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment.

Crow has suggested using 'only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required'.

The 45-year-old, who made the comments on her website, has just toured the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change." Read on...

Wolfowitz & The World Bank
By Rich Galen
Paul Wolfowitz, the president of the World Bank,is in considerable hot water over the fact that he has a Significant Other who worked for the World Bank before he got there but then got a hefty salary increase, a promotion, and a move over to the State Department -- seconded from the World Bank. There have been howls of outrage that Wolfowitz gave his honey a huge salary bump and a cushy job while people in Africa are starving. Oops. It seems that Dr. Wolfowitz actually played by the rules -- even calling the potential conflict of interest to the attention of the bank's ethics committee...

Maintaining Our Military Might
By Ed Feulner
On Feb. 27, Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell warned the Senate that China is building its military “to reach some state of parity with the United States” and “would become an increasing threat over time.” That threat could develop quickly. Money is like yeast, and the Chinese are pouring unprecedented amounts into their military. It’s been a while since we faced a rising threat like the one China poses today. It’s a serious military threat that demands serious military spending…


"Mr. Clean", a/k/a "Dingy Harry" was up in arms over the recent 5:4 ruling on partial birth abortion, saying how he wishes for the days of Justice O'Connor and laments Alito's appointment to the Supreme Court.

Yet, in 2003, "Mr. Clean" voted for the law banning the procedure, which passed and Bush signed into law.

Interesting? No?

Robert Novak asked him about this and "Dingy" said no, that, "he was talking about other decisions by Alito".

What a bunch of bull excrement. Do you think we are morons? You are the moron, sir. You think you can vote one way .... say something to the complete opposite ... and we won't catch it?

And when we do, you come up with some response this lame ... and we are going to buy it?

Fat chance "Dingy!" Read Novak here:

Partial Pro-Life Democrats
By Robert D. Novak

Consumers Suffering From 'Green Guilt,' Survey Finds


Hamas Urges More Terror, Abductions of Israeli Soldiers
Hamas officials are calling for the abduction of more Israeli soldiers to be used as bargaining chips for the release of thousands of Palestinian prisoners. Hamas made the call before a number of Israeli-Palestinian clashes over the weekend that left up to nine Palestinians dead in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Hamas, in turn, issued public calls for more terrorism...


American School in Gaza Attacked
The American International School in the Gaza Strip was bombed over the weekend because the perpetrators didn’t like the American values of freedom and civil liberties and the way of thinking that the school represents, the school’s principle said on Monday...

What Did Sen. Clinton Know About Campaign Violation?
A Hollywood mogul and former associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton says he has obtained a "smoking gun tape" that proves that the New York senator and leading Democratic presidential candidate violated campaign finance laws. Peter Paul plans to use the video both as evidence in a lawsuit against the former first couple and in a forthcoming documentary about his dealings with the Clintons during the former first lady's first Senate campaign in 2000...

Activists Rally Against Illegal Immigration
Several hundred protesters gathered outside the White House on Sunday to complain about President Bush’s handling of the immigration issue, including his push for “comprehensive” reform. Sunday’s demonstration kicked off four days of action against illegal immigration...

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place, oblige it to control itself."

-- James Madison

Picking a fight with pacifism

By Burt Prelutsky

"The main problem with pacifism is that it doesn’t work in all situations. The main problem with pacifists is that they’re convinced it does.

Gandhi persevered for years and ultimately gained independence for India, but that was because, for all its faults, England was basically a civilized, Christian nation. It was possible to arouse the sympathy and good will of the British people. Had he tried it with Nazi Germany, he would have died in an oven.

There’s no getting around the fact that being a pacifist has a nicer ring to it than being, say, a warmonger. But when I hear people such as Alan Colmes say......."

Dinesh D'Souza: Speaking as a Former Fetus...
Speaking as a former fetus, I welcome the Supreme Court's decision permitting regulation of partial birth abortion. Now there's lots of talk about a wider pro-life strategy to build on this victory. Such a strategy must be one of persuasion as much as legislation. I am not an expert on the abortion issue, but I have learned a great deal about it, strangely enough, by studying the Lincoln-Douglas debates. These debates were about slavery. But look at how closely the arguments parallel the abortion debate.

Doolittle, too late: How a Reaganite idealist lost his way.

By John Fund

Why the Virginia Tech shooter was not committed.