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Democrats Play Politics With Troops’ Safety

April 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In another case of who-should-be-surprised, the Democrat Party is playing political games with the lives of our troops by tying the military budget to their political goals of forcing the president to agree to a timetable for removing the troops from Iraq.

In recent months a new type of armored vehicle has been introduced to Iraq that has been saving the lives of our troops there.

As the AP reports:Deadlocked Bill May Halt Troop Carriers

The armored carrier has a grim black slash across its side, burn marks on the door and a web of cracks along the window.

Like most of the Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles in Anbar province, this one has been hit as many as three times by enemy fire and bomb blasts. Yet, to date, no American troops have died while riding in one.

Yet the troops might find fewer of these MRAPs delivered to them because the Democrat Party has tied the funds allocated to build them to a bill that Bush will veto because there are withdrawal time tables included.
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Imus and Virginia Tech

April 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

-By Thomas E. Brewton

The inconsistency of atheistic materialism. There’s more there than Marx allowed for.

Our thoroughly secularized society explains events and behavior, human nature itself, as the product of the material conditions of living and earning a living, in accord with the Marxian thesis.

In The German Ideology Marx and his colleague Friederick Engels wrote:

As individuals express their life, so they are. What they are, therefore, coincides with their production, both with what they produce and with how they produce. The nature of individuals thus depends on the material conditions determining their production.

Present-day liberals therefore deny the concept of a higher law, of timeless moral truths emanating from God the Creator of the universe. They fancy themselves capable of restructuring society, and human nature in the process. Hence the endless stream of new Federal welfare-state programs. In the liberal view, economic and social problems can be cured only by bountiful application of the most materialistic of all things: money.
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Texans for Thompson!

April 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Well, Thompson has BIG support in the Texas legislature…

GOP lawmakers favor Fred Thompson for president
Houston Chronicle

AUSTIN — Don’t underestimate the political power of stardom, even in the state Capitol.

Fred Thompson, the actor and former U.S. senator from Tennessee, officially is only mulling a race for the White House, but he already has snagged support from at least 58 Texas Republican lawmakers.

No other presidential hopeful from either party is close.
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MSM Lies about Senator Thompson

April 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

MSM making lies about Senator Thompson already. They must REALLY be afraid of him.

IMAGE DEFLATORS (From the American Spectator)

On Saturday, a “Draft Fred Thompson” rally was held in the small, out of the way town of Cooksville, Tennessee. The media is reporting attendance for the get-together at 300.

But the petition that attendees signed had more than 500 names attached.

The media pulled a similar shrinking job on the meeting that Thompson held on Capitol Hill earlier this month with Republican members of Congress. Then, it reported numbers between 35 to 40, when the number was closer to 60.

If there is one downside to Thompson’s process to entering the presidential race, it is that he has limited opportunity to set the record straight on the inaccuracies being generated by the media and the left, if not other GOP presidential campaigns.

For example, the New Republic recently reported that Thompson was a “phony populist” for driving a red truck around the state during his ’94 Senate campaign. But it failed to report that he took to driving the truck after his own campaign managers had attempted to package him as a straight, conventional GOP candidate.

“The truck wasn’t about changing his image, it was about his getting back to who he really was,” says a source who worked for Thompson back in ’94. “It wasn’t spin, just Fred wanting to be Fred.”

University Memorialized Suicide Bomber

April 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Here is another example of why our Universities are so antithetical to American values that they are dangerous to society…

Apparently, the University of Oklahoma is putting up a memorial to a fool who blew himself up when a homemade bomb he assembled went off while he held it as he attended a football game in the University stadium. Fortunately, he only killed himself and not anyone around him.

To this kid we should be saying good riddance and he should be quickly forgotten. But here is the U of O mourning this idiot’s death as if he were some kind of hero.

In fact, the only good thing he did was kill himself before he planted the bomb closer to other football fans in the stadium in which he died. But, that was a mere accident, NOT a planned, heroic deed.
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Reagan’s Michael Deavers Endorses Thompson

April 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, GOP, Patriotism, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

One of Ronald Reagan’s key advisers, Michael Deavers, has endorsed Senator Thompson. This is a great feather in Thompson’s cap. It is looking more and more like Thompson is a serious candidate.
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By Tim Shipman in Washington, Sunday Telegraph, UK

Ronald Reagan’s closest allies are throwing their weight behind the White House bid by the late president’s fellow actor, Fred Thompson.

The film star and former Republican senator from Tennessee will this week use a speech in the heart of Reagan country, in southern California, to woo party bigwigs in what insiders say is the next step in his coming out as a candidate.

Fred Thompson, Reagan’s men are backing – an actor

A key figure in the Reagan inner circle has now given his seal of approval to Mr Thompson, best known as a star of the television crime drama Law and Order.
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Krugman and Friedman – Part Three

April 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Krugman is tarred with his own brush.

Earlier postings on this topic were Part One and Part Two.

In Paul Krugman’s New York Review of Books article (Who Was Milton Friedman?), he wrote:

But there’s an important difference between the rigor of [Milton Friedman's] work as a professional economist and the looser, sometimes questionable logic of his pronouncements as a public intellectual…. And is must be said that there were some serious questions about his intellectual honesty when he was speaking to the mass public.

That assessment applies with equal, if not greater, force to Mr. Krugman himself.
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Toledo Blade Columnist: ‘Special Squads of Police’ Should Disarm Americans

April 28, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Family, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 9 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Since the VT shootings in Blacksburg, Virginia, we have seen all manner of wild-eyed, anti-gunners come out of the woodwork to cynically use this crime as a chance to beat their gun grabbing drums. But, proposing that we send government Stormtroopers to smash down the doors of every home with a gun in it to confiscate their Constitutionally legal firearms is a step I haven’t seen in a purportedly responsible newspaper. That is, until the Toledo Blade published a proposal for taking away our right to self-protection that included "Special squads of police" with unlimited powers to confiscate all guns. A hit squad that would traipse about the country invading homes at will and accosting peaceful citizens everywhere.

The author of this tyrannical proposal is Dan Simpson, who is described as "a retired Ambassador" and a "member of the editorial boards of The Blade and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. " He is a former US Ambassador to various African states… which can easily be read to mean one who thinks government knows best, darn the citizen’s rights, apparently.
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Hillary, aka Senator Clinton, plays the name game

April 28, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Media Bias, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Michael M. Bates

Kissing up to the Most Reverend Al Sharpton and his associates last week, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton reverted to the singsong Southern drawl she employs before selected audiences:

“When Ah walk into the Oval Office in 2009, Ah’m afraid Ah’m going to lift up the rug and Ah’m going to see so much stuff under there,” declared the demurely coquettish belle of Park Ridge, Illinois. She better hope that the Bushes have thoroughly sanitized the White House since their arrival. Heaven knows what sort of devices the irrepressible Billy Boy may have left behind.

Some people would prefer Mrs. Clinton focus on what really matters. You know, burning issues like what to call her. No, no, I’m not writing here of boorish comments from those few detractors she’s attracted, but rather to how she is referred to in the press.

Is identifying her by only her first name disrespectful? To the politically correct types who anguish over such questions, the answer is apparent.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews addressed a “Hardball” panel in January: “The Democrats go with their heart, they go with either Obama or Hillary. Does everyone accept that?” Time Magazine Mike Allen may have, but he had bigger fish to fry first: “Why do you call her Hillary? She’s Senator Clinton.”

Matthews answered feebly, as befits a former Jimmy Carter staffer, that Mrs. Clinton is the only Hillary in the country.
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Will Conservatives Shun 2008 Elections? Should we Care?

April 27, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Elections, GOP, Patriotism, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Remember that one kid you used to know that always got so mad that he would quit whatever game was being played because no one was doing what he wanted to do? Oh, he was an OK guy, but at least one time in every play session he would skulk off to the corner and pout. His pouting didn’t alter anyone else’s behavior, of course, and it certainly didn’t cause anyone to run after him to cajole him to return, but he went off in a snit just the same. Remember how the response to his pouting was merely a collective shrug of everyone’s shoulders with the game continuing without the pouter in attendance? And remember how he just came back the next day as if nothing happened anyway?

It makes you wonder; what did all the pouting achieve? Nothing changed, so why did he do it? He didn’t get his way, so what was the point? Yet, there is seemingly always one in the bunch who will act this way whether on the playground, in business, or in politics, whether among a bunch of kids or we adults.

In politics today, we see a small core of Conservatives on the right who have become the pouters, the ones threatening to go off in the corner refusing to play with the rest of us.

The question is, why would they do this and if they do, so what?

My question came to mind after I saw a new petition on the Internet pledging that “unless a suitable candidate is selected for the GOP 2008 presidential nomination” the signatories will “stay home or vote third party”. This is no sudden sentiment but representative of the feelings of many Conservatives, one that is gaining adherents of late. At the very least, the din is getting louder.
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What Do They Know and Why Don’t They Know It

April 27, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Frank Salvato, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Patriotism, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

Recent actions and statements by those who exist on the left side of the aisle have served as proof for any reasonable American that congressional Democrats, especially their leadership, are invested in – and in fact insist upon – placing politics before government. Their blatant disregard for the well-being of our nation leads me to ask, how well do the Progressive-Left and the Democrats who appease them understand the duties associated with being an elected member of the United States government?

One of the last true statesmen to have graced the halls of Congress, Henry Hyde (R-IL), was often heard to say that those elected to office are the stewards to the US Constitution. By this he meant that they were beholden to the principles, ideals, tenets and procedural boundaries held within the document itself. My belief goes a bit further to include the idea that all Americans are vested with this commitment and that in addition to the principles, ideals and tenets of our founding documents each and every one of us is obligated to at least understanding the philosophy that influenced our Founders and Framers to compose such a revolutionary form of self-governance.

That said, and current events taken into consideration, I am led to believe that many in Congress from both sides of the aisle – and perhaps most people elected to office – are sadly devoid of a proper understanding of the Constitution and just exactly what it is they are required to do for their constituencies.

Two instances, appalling in nature to those of us who embrace the idea of good government, took place this week at the hands of Democrat leadership.
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MSM & Dem Prez Candidates Attack Giuliani For Something He Didn’t Say

April 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

To show the feeding frenzy that is the MSM — as well as the constant inaccuracy — reports abounded yesterday with rebukes to Rudy Giuliani from Democratic candidates for the 2008 Presidential elections over something they all merely assumed he said at a campaign appearance.

Every single paper out there quoted the stern rebukes of each of the front running Dem. candidates and nearly every source of MSM news, from TV to the internet, repeated what it was that Rudy “said” to force the rebukes.

Unfortunately for all concerned, it appears that Rudy never said the phrase attributed to him.
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Will Conservatives Shun 2008 Elections? Should we Care?

April 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Elections, GOP, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Remember that one kid you used to know that always got so mad that he would quit whatever game was being played because no one was doing what he wanted to do? Oh, he was an OK guy, but at least one time in every play session he would skulk off to the corner and pout. His pouting didn’t alter anyone else’s behavior, of course, and it certainly didn’t cause anyone to run after him to cajole him to return, but he went off in a snit just the same. Remember how the response to his pouting was merely a collective shrug of everyone’s shoulders with the game continuing without the pouter in attendance? And remember how he just came back the next day as if nothing happened anyway?

It makes you wonder; what did all the pouting achieve? Nothing changed, so why did he do it? He didn’t get his way, so what was the point? Yet, there is seemingly always one in the bunch who will act this way whether on the playground, in business, or in politics, whether among a bunch of kids or we adults.

In politics today, we see a small core of Conservatives on the right who have become the pouters, the ones threatening to go off in the corner refusing to play with the rest of us.

The question is, why would they do this and if they do, so what?
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Success in God’s Eyes

April 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Education, Family, Security/Safety, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Real success is following God’s will, not making lots of money.

Sunday’s sermon at the Long Ridge Congregational Church (non-UCC) in North Stamford, Connecticut, was delivered by Rev. Steve Treash. His message dealt with success in the things that really matter.

While confidence is, by some measures, thought to be the best predictor of academic and business success, it too easily becomes exclusively self-confidence. As with Peter’s wanting to walk across the water to meet Jesus, that sort of confidence falters the moment we take our eyes off Jesus as our savior. We begin to sink and can be saved only by calling for the Lord’s help.

True success in this life is doing God’s will to the best of our abilities.
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Rosie’s Vulgar Act at Awards for Teen Girls– Is She FINALLY off The View?

April 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Family, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Barbara Walters used to have a reputation as a serious journalist. That was before the bull-in-the-china-shop that is Rosie O’Donnell came bellowing into her life. Could Walters finnaly have reached her last straw with O’Donnell, though? If rumors of Rosie leaving the daytime TV talker “The View” after a blue and vulgar performance at an award ceremony for teen girls in New York is any indication, we might soon be seeing the end of the wild-eyed, late morning rants of this uninformed wind-bag, O’Donnell.

The New York Post reported on the 24th that Barbara “lowered her head on the dais and covered her face with her hand” as Rosie spoke. During her now boring schtick, Rosie unleashed the “F” word and a slew of vulgar sexual references as she spoke before the collected elite of the female movers and shakers of the news biz as well as a bevy of teen-aged girls who were on hand to receive awards for their own efforts to enter the field of communications.

Rosie spoke before the annual luncheon of N.Y. Women in Communications. In attendance were such luminaries as “Judith Giuliani, her predecessor Donna Hanover, Judge Judy Sheindlin, Helen Gurley Brown, Sue Simmons, Geri Laybourne of Oxygen Media, Jane Friedman of HarperCollins, and Hearst president Cathie Black.”

Naturally, Rosie didn’t care much about propriety and used the occasion to wallow in her normal low-brow behavior.
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Judgment, Tolerance, and Virginia Tech

April 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Lee Culpepper, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized | Comments Off

Lee Culpepper

Monday I watched in disgust the wickedness that throttled the Virginia Tech campus that I once roamed. I was carefree and brash in those days, but since then I have developed a humble appreciation for the education Tech provided me. My heart mourns for Hokies everywhere, but more so for the students and faculty gunned down by evil. I cannot imagine the grief those thirty-two devastated families are feeling. I also mourn for the family of the murderer; they are most likely victims, as well. On the other hand, I recognize that my sympathy for his parents could change as facts are revealed. Regardless, Virginia Tech, like the University of Texas and Columbine High School, will ultimately endure the evil that surfaced, but those thirty-two Hokies’ lives were stolen forever.

I wondered immediately how much the “don’t-judge-me, you-don’t-know-me climate” factors into Tech’s horror. What’s the point in having a brain when America’s “climate of tolerance” pressures us not to use it? Our ability to reason is a responsibility, not a luxury, but the don’t-judge-me establishment shackles common sense and maims critical thinking. The mindless chant of tolerance promotes an idea that feelings are equal to rational thought. Furthermore, to disapprove of someone else’s queer behaviors – which today are passing deceptively as “misunderstood cultures” – reflects negatively on us if we show the courage to express our honest thinking. Consequently, we “feel” we better stay quiet, particularly if judging harshly any culture except traditional American culture. Nevertheless, we make ourselves vulnerable to danger and evil when we suppress reason because we feel obligated to tolerate inappropriate behavior – which again is often just cleverly excused as one’s culture or unique eccentricity.

Having taught analytical writing, I used the “don’t-judge-me issue” to strike a nerve with my students. The drumbeat of tolerance that resonates in public schools has conditioned many young minds not to think and certainly not to judge. However, my point during these discussions focused on the need to use facts to formulate meaningful arguments and logical judgments. I tried to emphasize how simply feeling a certain way exposes us to danger, whether that danger is common ignorance or physical harm. Many students don’t appreciate the difference between reasoned arguments and flaky opinions. I asserted that we have to analyze available facts and to act on them, not to trust or to act on impulsive emotions or mushy feelings. We have to differentiate between our brains and our hearts when we are thinking.
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Thompson Out Polls All Others At Penn. Leadership Conference

April 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Elections, GOP, President, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

Senator Thompson is really picking up steam in Pennsylvania…

John Fund On PA Leadership Conference Straw Poll Winner Fred Thompson: Pennsylvania Boy
(from Grassrootspa.com)

The writer behind the blog “PA for Hizzoner, Rudy Giuliani” put the best possible spin on the results of this weekend’s presidential straw poll at the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference, a key barometer of GOP activist sentiment in the state. The headline was “Rudy Leads All Presidential Candidates,” but the blogger had to confess the headline “may be a little deceptive,” since the former mayor actually got 16% and tied for second with Newt Gingrich, who spoke at the conference. The winner was non-declared candidate Fred Thompson, who “slaughtered the field” with 35% of the total vote.

Mr. Thompson was a non-candidate on a roll this weekend. He also came out on top in a straw poll on the other side of the country conducted at the California Republican Assembly, the state’s oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization. He won 25% of delegate votes, topping local favorite Rep. Duncan Hunter of San Diego. For his part, Mr. Giuliani won 7% of the vote, although admittedly he was not expected to do well among the very conservative CRA membership.
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Democrats Skipping Military Briefings — Where’s the Media Outrage?

April 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

A few sources, not the least of which is Michael Barone, are reporting that the Democrats are ignoring important Iraq briefings conducted by General David Petraeus in an apparent effort to stymie efforts in Iraq. It is well known that they are not supportive of the troops in Iraq and the president’s “surge” plan they are currently conducting, but whether they like the plan or not, to skip these briefings is an act of blatant negligence that borders on the criminal. So where is the MSM’s outrage? Why are we not being told of this Democrat negligence?

Barone, one of the best political pundits out there today, closed his recent Real Clear Politics Report with the following:

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.

It has also been reported that one recent meeting with Gen. Petraeus on the Hill only saw one Democrat in attendance, that being Senator Carl Levin of Michigan.

It might be too early to say directly that it is some concerted effort or plan of the Democrat leadership to steer clear of Iraq briefings, but at the very least it certainly reveals their collective feeling that the war is already lost and that it’s time to move on past it all.

But here is the thing; they simply cannot claim to “support the troops” if they won’t even attend briefings held by the General in command of those troops. If the Democrats don’t attend these briefings they simply cannot claim to have the knowledge they need to make decisions necessary for policy direction. Unless, that is, they have fully decided, regardless of what is actually going on on the ground where our troops are facing the enemy, that all is lost.
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Suicide Bombers and Abortion

April 24, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Islam, Islamofascism, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, The Law, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Training Islamic children to become suicide bombers has much in common with abortion.

For an excellent analysis of the Supreme Court’s recent Carhart decision on partial-birth abortion, see The Supreme Court and Reasonable Hope by Richard John Neuhaus on the First Things website.

Reactions to Carhart raise the question whether our hedonistic, pro-choice liberals have any better claim to rectitude than Islamic jihadists.

Even liberals who blame the United States for Islamic aggression profess distress at the horrific phenomenon of Islamic families proudly urging their children to blow themselves up in order to kill infidels.

Those same liberals strenuously uphold the “right” of any woman, without the slightest recourse to due process of law, to murder her unborn infant. No tears are shed for the innocent life butchered in the abortion process.
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Robber Killed By Victim, Reported as ‘Tragic’, Robber a ‘Good Person’

April 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

One would think the writers of The Onion satirical newspaper snuck into the offices of The San Francisco Chronicle after reading a report about a Pizza shop owner who saved the lives of his family by killing a gun wielding robber that was attempting to rob his store, a store with the owner’s whole family inside. The Chronicle calls the meeting of the thief and would be killer and the innocent Pizza shop owner “tragic” and the report is filed as if the whole story was all just some unfortunate accident instead of a crime stopped cold.

The lives of the two men intersected tragically at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday when Hicks, armed with a pistol and joined by two other men, tried to rob Piedra inside the popular pizzeria at 89th Avenue and International Boulevard. Fearful that the assailants might hurt him, his wife and three children — all of whom were inside the restaurant — Piedra pulled out his 9mm semiautomatic pistol and opened fire, killing Hicks, police said.

The Chronicle made the story as an excuse at a morality play revealing how friends are remembering the robber as one who “…always had a smile on his face”, that the shop owner “took no satisfaction in taking Hicks’ life”, and the police “…by no stretch of the imagination” were they “agreeing with or justifying what the owner did.” We are even treated to a telling of our “tragic” robber’s happy little “rap artist” name; “Boonie”.

Obviously the San Francisco Chronicle has decided that this story is going to be their platform to show how guns “traumatize” everyone when the real focus of the story should be on how a shop owner protected himself and his family inside the shop from an armed criminal.

This is no “tragic” incident, but a crime stopped by a man protecting his family!
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Virginia School Alma Mater Of Multiple Mass Murderers

April 23, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Frederick Meekins, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frederick Meekins

Westfield High School in Chantilly, VA is developing an infamous reputation.

Not only is it the alma mater of Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui but also of Michael Kennedy, who shot up a Fairfax Virginia police station in May 2006 where he murdered two officers in a shooting rampage.

Before dismissing these incidents as disturbing coincidences, we owe it to both the families who lost loved ones in these massacres as well as the broader frightened public to look into what role this institution might have had in shaping the warped worldviews of these deranged gunmen.

Such a line of investigation might prove more than grasping at straws if it comes to be learned that Westfield High had a death education curriculum.
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The Uncivil Left, Why are they so Socially Ignorant?

April 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Political policy is important and the debate over the direction the country should be going in is a serious debate that should be had. But, if we break down even social gatherings into mere screaming matches, we lose a large aspect of man, his social interactions destroyed.

Civility and common courtesy is, of course, an important aspect of a civil society. But civility is not something that the dictatorial left understands. To them their opinions are so important that everyone should bow to them in supplication. And they see no instance when they should not be rudely bellowing their opinions, forcing everyone to their will. There is never a time just to smile and be nice to those around them. Their hatred of free will and the needs and opinion of others is so complete that they cannot even attend a party without using that occasion as a chance to belittle people and go on the attack.
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Virginia Tech Slaughter Raises Many Questions

April 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Family, Frank Salvato, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

-By Frank Salvato

I like to think of myself as someone who gathers all of the facts, along with some educated opinions, before I formulate my stance on things. It is for that reason that I read publications from both sides of the aisle on a daily basis when it comes to politics and from publications around the world when examining world events. The barbaric slaughter at Virginia Tech did not – and does not – escape this approach. In the end, the examination of the facts surrounding the senseless deaths of 32 and the suicide of the shooter have left me with more questions than answers and dredged up still unanswered questions about past events.

Admittedly, my examination of the events that took place on Virginia Tech’s campus may be influenced by terrorism. I spend a good portion of my work day researching terrorism for two non-profit groups, Basics Project and America’s Truth Forum, whose missions are to, among other things, focus on the threat posed by radical Islam. Through researching first-source, fact-based information from credible think tanks, organizations and advocacy groups on both sides of the issue I am now keenly aware of the subtleties presented in news items.
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ABC News: VT Killer ‘Purchased Ammo’ on Ebay… but Ebay doesn’t SELL Ammunition!

April 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

ABC News tries its hand at sensationalism with a story on the VT killer buying “ammo” on the auction site Ebay, but muffs it badly getting all the relevant facts wrong. But it sure is a good headline…

Ammo from eBay? VT Killer May Haves Used Site

April 21, 2007 — ABCNews has learned that in the months before his shooting spree at Virginia Tech, Seung-Hui Cho may have purchased 20 rounds of ammunition through the online auction site eBay.

An eBay account holder who appears to be Cho purchased a two-pack of 10-round ammunition clips for a Walther P22 on March 22, 2007, less than a month before Cho killed 32 people and himself at Virginia Tech. The ammunition was purchased on eBay from Elk Ridge Shooting Supplies for the same type of weapon used by Cho in his bloody rampage last week.

Problem is, Ebay doesn’t sell ammunition… it doesn’t even sell guns. What the VT killer bought were clips (magazines), not “ammo”– if it was even him .

Will ABC News correct itself? Will ABC News admit it was not only misinformed on an easily checked issue, but acted with tabloid journalism to boot?

Keep watching and let’s see.
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A Muslim Student ‘Hero’ of VT Shootings?

April 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Race, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is possible — though I hope I am wrong — that we will soon be seeing all across the MSM the claim that one of the victims of the VT shooting was a “hero” who’s actions saved the life of at least one other student and the focus on this one “hero” student will probably be because of his religion. Unfortunately, the story you might soon be hearing doesn’t pass the test of logic, though, at least not enough to bestow “hero” status upon this victim. If we see this story ballyhooed, it will be just another sad and substance-less paean to Political Correctness, just an effort to find a Muslim that the MSM can turn into a hero in an absurd effort at “equal opportunity” which might cast into disrepute the true accomplishments of the life of a VT victim.

The story of Waleed Shaalan is like that of most of the other victims of the VT murderer. Just a fellow doing his best to succeed at his studies, get a degree, and make a better life for him and his family. That is a good enough deed in and of itself and needs no other embellishment to earn respect and admiration from anyone. But, an “anonymous” emailer is attempting to create for Waleed a higher status, that of “hero”, for something that this emailer is claiming he did in his last seconds of life.

Mr. Shaalan was badly wounded and lay beside the other student, who was not shot but played dead, as the gunman returned two times searching for signs of life. Just as the gunman noticed the student, Mr. Shaalan made a move to distract him, at which point he was shot a second time and died. The student believed that Mr. Shaalan purposefully distracted the shooter to save him, Mr. Dymond said.

Apparently this “anonymous survivor” is saying he believes that Mr. Shaalan moved to distract the killer on purpose to save the lives of those left alive in the classrom. Along with this “anonymous student” the Muslim Student Association of Virginia Tech is doing its level best to make Waleed into a “hero”.
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The New Lynching: Why I Must Defend Don Imus

April 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Family, Selwyn Duke, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

By Selwyn Duke

So Don Imus has been fired from his radio show, and all is well in the world. We all know about the maelstrom that developed around the aging shock jock, who has found out how loose lips sink ships, in this case his own. But even though his is a vessel I never would have christened, I find a certain conclusion inescapable here. I must defend Don Imus.

Lest I be misunderstood, I have no use for the man nor any for the rest of his ilk. I know him to be a poster boy for our cultural decay, a man who, along with innumerable fellow babblers, disgorges cultural effluent on a daily basis. He has been a willing participant in the defining of deviancy downwards and I normally would not lament his departure.

I also would criticize his comments. It’s most uncharitable to make sport of relatively anonymous college kids and mock their appearance. So, one may wonder, given my thorough condemnation of the man, in what way do I defend him?
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Comedy Central: New Cartoon Show Attacking Entire Bush Family

April 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Media Bias, President, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Proving once again how badly the left suffers from BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), Comedy Central is launching a new animated show lampooning George W. Bush and all surrounding him that was originally broadcast through cell phone networks.

Included in the cartoon attacks will be Vice President Cheney, Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice and a brother JEB who is “dumb as paint”.

Lil’Bush Makes the Big Time on Small Screen

In what may be a TV first, Comedy Central’s new series Lil’ Bush (which premieres in June) comes to TV by way of mobile devices such as web-enabled cell phones. The property began as mobisodes seen on 2” mobile screens.

While the technology is interesting and it is also historic that a show migrated to TV after originally being debuted over a cell phone network, they just can’t resist it to be an attack on the man they love to hate.
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The Stupidity of American Celebrities, How Low Can You Go?

April 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Entertainment, Lee Culpepper, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

There was a day in the United States when the citizens of this great nation celebrated intelligence in those whom they raised to the level of “celebrity”. It was a day when cogent thoughts were related in high style, where literacy and learning were prized, a day when to be “smart” meant to actually have some sort of culture and ability to write. To achieve fame one had to exhibit some level of education even if it was one realized by one’s own efforts alone, an amalgamation of knowledge not the result of a program from an institute of higher learning. The general public in America once looked up to people who embodied the highest education, even that had from the veritable slate in a log cabin.

Lincoln, for instance, was celebrated for being a self-taught man. He read classics such as Plato, Aristotle, Hume and Locke. He was able to quote extensively from the Bible and completely from memory at that. He was the true self-made American. But, even as he didn’t have that ivory league pedigree, something that caused many to look down upon him even still, a reading of nearly any document he ever wrote will reveal a highly educated man with a eloquence gained from a wide range of reading and study.

And Lincoln was typical of the common American who once upon a time strove to better themselves. The highest selling books in America were the Bible and the Pilgrim’s Progress. The “readers” created to teach the young to read were chock full of excerpts of classic literature from throughout the ages. And literacy rates have always been quite high in the USA.

Rarely was an American celebrity an unschooled, ignoramus. Few were unread or unable to write in a clear, concise, even literary style. Americans rarely raised to celebrity status the low or mean, the uneducated or the stupid.

Until, that is, the 1960s.
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Little Point In Voting As Fate Of Nation Already Decided

April 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Frederick Meekins, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frederick Meekins

Every two years on the first Tuesday of November, Americans go to the polls in hopes of influencing the direction of the nation in regards to matters of politics and policy. However, the exercise of this civic duty may be increasingly directed towards deciding matters of escalating irrelevancy as the ultimate disposition of the nation has already been settled at levels that regularly ignore the will of those beneath their heals along the social hierarchy.

For the time being, those that actually run the world have decided that it will be in their best interest if the trappings of the traditional electoral system are continued for a while longer. Such niceties are not being continued solely out of the beneficence of our glorious leaders or merely to keep the serfs from revolting. Rather these procedural mechanisms will be used to condition the American people into accepting a place in the pending global order by subtly subjecting them to assumptions and perspectives of which they might not even be aware of initially.

Many Americans making the pilgrimage to the polls have recently been given a small sticker that reads “I voted”. Besides being a waste of money if paid for with taxpayer funds and like something one would give a pliant child (quite telling as to what the government thinks of the average citizen), those that truly love this country were no doubt deeply troubled that between the American flag at the top of the sticker and the words “I voted” at bottom of the sticker was the phrase “Yo vote”.
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Senator Thompson on the Virginia Tech Shootings

April 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Constitution, Crime, GOP, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

Signs of Intelligence?

By Fred Dalton Thompson

One of the things that’s got to be going through a lot of peoples’ minds now is how one man with two handguns, that he had to reload time and time again, could go from classroom to classroom on the Virginia Tech campus without being stopped. Much of the answer can be found in policies put in place by the university itself.

Virginia, like 39 other states, allows citizens with training and legal permits to carry concealed weapons. That means that Virginians regularly sit in movie theaters and eat in restaurants among armed citizens. They walk, joke and rub shoulders everyday with people who responsibly carry firearms — and are far safer than they would be in San Francisco, Oakland, Detroit, Chicago, New York City, or Washington, D.C., where such permits are difficult or impossible to obtain.

The statistics are clear. Communities that recognize and grant Second Amendment rights to responsible adults have a significantly lower incidence of violent crime than those that do not. More to the point, incarcerated criminals tell criminologists that they consider local gun laws when they decide what sort of crime they will commit, and where they will do so.

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