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As Amnesty Bills Fails, MSM Gives us Tales of ‘Immigrant Worker’ Woes

June 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Immigration/Immigrants, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Right on cue, as the illegal immigrant amnesty bill failed to get the required support for passage in the Senate, the MSM is here to tell us mean spirited LEGAL Americans how “hard” it is on all those poor, innocent ILLEGAL migrants who break the law to come here by the millions. Yes, folks, women and children hardest hit, as the old saw goes. Of course, it is nearly ignored by the MSM that these people are not just “innocents” but are here knowingly breaking our laws and then blaming us when they find life a bit uncomfortable — and a bit uncomfortable is all they are facing it should be remembered.

Three quick reports are indicative of how the MSM is making the average, legal American out to be an evil, racist, selfish creep by urging their elected officials to think of their own constituents before they think of undeserving foreign invaders.

First up is Reuters with a hyperbole laced, “Hopes dashed for many immigrant workers”, with that hyperbole continuing with a subtitle that cries, “Millions had hoped passage of immigration bill would lead to normal lives.”

Someone should remind Reuters that these people are not just “immigrant workers”, but law breakers.
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Seeing God

June 30, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Family, Religion, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Atheists, agnostics, and those simply unchurched perceive God in a very different way from Christians.

Sunday’s sermon at the Black Rock-Long Ridge Congregational Church (North Stamford, Connecticut) was delivered by Rev. Dan McCandless. His text was Matthew, Chapter 6.

The picture Jesus gives us of God and His relationship with us is far removed from the impression held by too many people.

Some people imagine God as a sort of accountant who spends His time keeping a ledger of our good deeds and our misdeeds. Others see Him as an iron-fisted lawgiver who vents His anger to force us to submit. Still others see Him as a detached Creator who is no longer interested in us as individuals.

Others envision Him as a genial, white haired grandfatherly type, who is just a nice fellow who no longer has any real power to affect our lives. A sort of agnostic, scientific view has God as an impersonal force whom we can’t explain and can’t understand, but who is obviously there because of the orderly nature of the universe.

That is not what Jesus had to say in the Sermon on the Mount, in which God is depicted sixteen times as a father who cares deeply about each of us.

God sees us:
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Reuters Absurdly Links G. W. Bush With Report of Decades Old CIA Operations

June 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a report on a recent release of decades old documents detailing CIA operations in the 1960′s and 70′s, Reuters seems to find it necessary to interject “criticism” of president Bush “being too secretive now” even though not one part of the story has anything to do with president Bush or any modern CIA operations. It would be like talking about the Civil War and interjecting a Bush comment, or talking of Roman times and suddenly sticking in a “US imperialism” comment into the mix where it doesn’t legitimately belong.

The MSM’s Bush Derangement Syndrome is so pervasive that they cannot even discuss historical information without trying to embarrass or attack this president in the midst of it all.
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A Review Of The Deceived By Bill Myers

June 29, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Frederick Meekins, Religion, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frederick Meekins

Matthew 24:24 warns “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect — if that were possible.” With all the enticing messages trying to lead Christian young people astray, “The Forbidden Doors Series” by Bill Myers provides a bit of insight into the subtle temptations of mysticism conspiring to lead the individual into spiritual destruction.

In “The Deceived“, Myers examines the dangers posed by hypnosis and reincarnation. The main character, a high school student named Rebecca, is mesmerized by a hypnotist and undergoes past-life regression.

Thinking she is the reincarnation of a French monarch, Rebecca longs to reconnect with the powers she is convinced she once possessed, Rebecca falls under the influence of a renowned motivational speaker. However, does this occultist have Rebecca’s best interests at heart or an intention far more sinister in mind?

The family depicted by Myers is highly sympathetic in nature since as average Christians they have an inkling something is amiss but, as with the rest of us unaccustomed to dealing with the paranormal, the characters are forced to struggle with phenomena not all that common for the majority living in the rational lands of the scientific West.
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Dedication of Memorial to Victims of Communism All But Ignored

June 28, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Patriotism, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Did you know that a monument to the many millions of victims who died during the Cold War as a result of communist oppression was dedicated in Washington DC on June 12th? You would be excused if you didn’t know anything about it if the coverage of the event by the MSM is any measure because they all but ignored the unveiling of this moving monument.

The dedication was attended by many notables with President Bush saying a few appropriate words during the ceremony and the monument seems an appropriate design for a change, unlike so many of our other so-called monuments of late. As described by Helle Dale on FOX News:

The memorial stands on the edge of Washington D.C., greeting motorists on the corner of Massachusetts and New Jersey avenues, just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. The 10-foot-tall bronze statue is a highly appropriate memorial. It was created by California sculptor Thomas Marsh and is a replica of the papier-maché sculpture of “The Goddess of Democracy” erected by Chinese students in Tiananmen Square in 1989, before their peaceful demonstration for freedom and democracy was brutally crushed by the Chinese military. And, of course, “The Goddess” herself was inspired by the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

Naturally, the AP didn’t seem to be in a celebratory mood with the unveiling, but instead ran a story on how the Chinese are complaining about the monument.
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Technophobia Serves the Status Quo

June 28, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Nancy Salvato, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Nancy Salvato

Education is probably the most important element in a functioning democratic republic, one in which citizens’ value and are responsible for the maintenance of their individual freedoms balanced against the needs of the society as a whole. To ensure that members of the communities which make up our great nation have equal access to learning, schools must provide the same tools and information across socio-economic groups. This is no easy feat. Regardless of how well an education is delivered, each child will bring a different set of challenges to the table and every student will not take away the same experience. Still, a reasonable goal is to present everyone the opportunity to learn and thus be in a position to care for themselves and be responsible citizens. Therefore, we must strive to deliver every student a high quality education.

It can be argued that, “Technology provides both mechanical advantages over manual approaches and enables learning experiences that would otherwise have been impossible or highly improbable.” (1) While many people already take advantage of technological innovations, others for myriad reasons have not taken the steps to learn how to use these tools properly or to incorporate them into their everyday lives. While it is not an expectation that the average person integrate technology into their world, teachers have a responsibility to learn how to use computers and other devices so as not to put their students at a disadvantage. Not only can information be accessed and processed at a faster rate, but “intangible benefits such as high levels of satisfaction and motivation, improved self-esteem, are often noted as outcomes of technological innovation in education.” (2)
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Krugman and Friedman – Part Four

June 27, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Taxes, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Paul Krugman confesses his love for Big Brother.

Previous postings (Part One; Part Two; Part Three) discussed aspects of Paul Krugman’s essay “Who Was Milton Friedman?” in the New York Review of Books.

Mr. Krugman is a political propaganda columnist for the New York Times, where predictably he is a strident critic of individuals’ economic and political liberties when they conflict with Federal collectivism. As an advocate of Neo-Keynesian economic theory, he believes that only intervention by the Federal government can effectively deal with changing economic conditions to insure full employment.

Neo-Keynesian doctrine is a reaction to the massive failure of Keynesian economics in the 1970s stagflation, a prolonged period of high unemployment combined with the highest peacetime rates of inflation ever suffered in the United States. It is a defensive effort to salvage as much as possible of New Deal Keynesian economics.
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On Rosie’s Website Her Child Dressed in Bullet Bandolier, Camo Clothing

June 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, 2nd Amendment, Democrats/Leftists, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston


Why would Rosie O’Donnel, a woman known for her wild-eyed rants against firearms, the war on terror, and the military, dress her child in a camo shirt, camo bandana and a bandolier of bullets and then post that picture on her own website? I certainly can’t answer that stunner and neither can the denizens of her nutroots website who seem shocked and utterly unable to assist me in finding out what is going on with this business.

Yet, there it is, for all to see on her website; exactly the photo described above.
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Evil Humans Invade Alien Planet in New Cartoon – An Allegory for US ‘Imperialism’

June 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It was bound to happen. A Sci Fi film is being produced presenting humans as the evil, alien aggressors invading a peace loving alien planet, the allegory, according to the producers, being a comment upon the “imperialism” of the United States. Innocent aliens being killed by evil, imperialist space faring humans and it appears to be all George Bush’s fault… again.

Science Fiction has used the alien invasion over and over for decades supposedly as an allegorical statement about the human condition contemporary to the production of a given film. In “Independence Day” the aliens are here to destroy us. This film was ridiculously criticized as nothing but “American jingoism” with Americans imagining themselves the saviors of the world because, with the USSR fallen, Americans were the only remaining superpower. Conversely, in the classic 1951 film “The Day The Earth Stood Still”, a friendly alien visitor to Earth is shot down by the evil military and it is we, rather than the aliens, who are the bad guys. This film was supposedly about the Cold War but at least we humans were characterized as simply fearful in the 50s classic. Perhaps that benefit of the doubt for humanity is now gone as far as this new cartoon is concerned?

USA Today reports on “Terra”, a new cartoon with voice work from the likes of Danny Glover (no selling point for the film there!), Dennis Quaid, Ron Perlman, Luke Wilson, Amanda Peet, Rosanna Arquette and James Garner.
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Prove to Us That You’re Still On Our Side

June 26, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Congress, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Frank Salvato, Immigration/Immigrants, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

There is little doubt that a heated debate is taking place over the issue of immigration reform. The alarming aspect of this debate is less the where, when and why it is taking place and more about who the debate is between. With an overwhelming majority of Americans from every political party in opposition to the current proposal being floated by select senators and the White House, it appears – incredibly – that the debate is actually between the people and our government.

Our nation is a Democratic Republic, a Representative Democracy. The electorate casts ballots to elect individuals to represent them in

Washington DC. In turn, these elected officials are bestowed the authority to place votes representative of their constituents. In theory, these elected officials are charged with learning about and debating the issues so that the concerns of their constituents can be heard and the best interests of their constituents safeguarded. In the end, they cast their votes on pieces of legislation as representatives of their constituencies.

This is how it is supposed to work.
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The AP Says Ku Klux Klan Members Are ‘Certainly Conservative’

June 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

In a rather soft boiled story on West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd’s dotage and his uselessness as an able bodied member of the Senate, at 89 he’s currently the longest serving Senator in American history, the AP did the right thing in reminding the readers that Byrd was once a member of the Klan. Yet, they had to go and ruin the truth by claiming that Klan members are “certainly conservative.”

In fact, this AP story amazingly tries to make it seem as if Byrd had only late in life become that member of Congress that has been “endeared” to “many liberals”, hinting that it only just dawned on him after 53 years in the Senate to become a liberal. The AP imagines that Byrd somehow “remade” himself into a liberal over the Bush administration’s Iraq policy, as if he never was one before that.

Colleagues said Byrd agreed to have Murray lead the floor fight, even though the Iraq issue is close to his heart. Since the war’s outset, he has ranked among Bush’s harshest critics, a role that endeared him to many liberals and proved again that a skillful politician can remake his image if he stays in office long enough…

What is with this “remake his image” stuff, AP? Do you imagine that Byrd has been Barry Goldwater until we set our first boots on the ground in Iraq?
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Mrs. Clinton Discovers Women With Needs

June 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Michael M. Bates

Forget about your soccer moms, security moms and NASCAR dads. If Hillary Clinton has her way, 2008 will be the year of women with needs. According to a campaign spokesperson, New York’s junior senator is a veritable magnet for “women with needs.”

The theme emerged after a recent Washington Post – ABC News poll disclosed New York’s junior senator garners “especially strong support from lower-income, lesser-educated women.”

At first blush it may seem curious that she so mightily connects with commoners. I mean, she is the world’s smartest woman, right? (Flunking the Washington, DC bar exam doesn’t count.)

One of the women surveyed, a Hillary admirer boasting some college, said that Mrs. Clinton “ran the country for eight years, so I feel like she could do it again.” Silly me. I didn’t realize Hillary was running the country all that time. I had supposed that’s what Bill was elected to do, when he could fit it in his demanding schedule.

It seems to me that Mrs. Clinton spent much of her husband’s administration trying to shove socialized medicine down our throats. As well as feverishly searching for those Whitewater-related billing records that were misplaced for years and ultimately found in the White House book room with her fingerprints, literally, on them.
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The Great Depression Revisited

June 25, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Big Three auto makers are offering labor unions an opportunity to step back into the real world, out of the Alice-in-Wonderland world of New Deal socialism.

Labor unions are icons of the liberal-Progressives, who apotheosized them in the New Deal during the Great Depression. In addition to the primary status of unions in the Marxian labor theory of value, labor unions have been unfailing vote-getting allies of the Democratic Party.

The 1935 Wagner Labor Act, together with subsequent administrative rules and judicial decisions, made unions immune to anti-trust prosecution and enabled them to engage in criminal intimidation of employers and non-union employees with little fear of retaliation. As a consequence, union labor costs remained at levels too high for profitable production at full-employment levels.

Today, as the reality of market competition intrudes into this labor-liberal symbiotic affair, we have yet another opportunity to repair a union-made wreck.
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Movie Scolded For Not Espousing Abortion

June 22, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A new Hollywood comedy by Judd Apatow called “Knocked Up” is taking heat for its perceived stance on abortion from an unlikely source; the left. The movie is a comedy bordering on raunchiness that is proving a popular diversion this Summer with strong box office takes. It’s about a slobish sort of slacker (actor Seth Rogen) who has a one night stand with an incredibly beautiful and together woman (the delightful Katherine Heigl) who’s life is on the rise. Unfortunately for her, she gets pregnant. The rest of the movie centers on how these two very different people attempt to get together to have and raise their child… and therein lies the left’s displeasure.

You see, the couple decides to keep the baby instead of aborting it. How revolting, eh?

A snippy little review by Anthony Lane in The New Yorker snidely comments upon how Apatow’s film is geared towards the great unwashed “conservative” audiences, as if that in and of itself is a disgusting proposition.
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We Should be More ‘British’ Says Tory Cameron – So Should Americans!

June 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Immigration/Immigrants, Islam, Islamofascism, Patriotism, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Several years ago, I wrote an article in which I urged our school systems to teach Americanism so that we could reestablish our American culture. I remember several letters scolding me for this notion, but I got far more agreeing with my main point; without our shared American culture we cannot stand as a nation.

I got one letter from a Brit extolling the virtues of his country saying that they didn’t “need to be British.” He said that it was fully accepted that being British was a meaningless construct and they didn’t need to be “British” there like we need to be “American” here. He was proud that they were somehow past all that “stuff and nonsense.”

Then came the bombings of 7/7.

Now comes the young leader of the British Conservatives, David Cameron, making the self-same argument I made back in 2002, but for his own countrymen. He feels they must be taught “Britishness” once again.
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It Has Been Interesting

June 21, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Abortion, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Gregory Stewart, Immigration/Immigrants, Islam, Islamofascism, President, Religion, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Gregory Stewart

Well, it has been an interesting few weeks of news. In the past few weeks, the president wrote an executive order that essentially says (see link here), “This policy establishes “National Essential Functions,” prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency” In other words, without the legalese the President has the authority to declare martial law in order to coordinate “national resources” both public and private stave off critical falls of the economy and to centralize authority…

It has been an interesting few weeks, a team of foreign nations planned to blow up the fuel line of JFK International Airport (see link here), and if that is not enough, we have an immigration bill (see link here) that looks like the best compromise, because both extremes of the political aisle hate it,. But, upon further review it has some major flaws that need to be addressed before its passage. For instance, the twenty-four background check should be expanded to ninety-six hours (four business work days) to verify a person’s identity and criminal history. This will enable official the opportunity to full assess an alien criminal history and status….
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New Scientist: People Love to Pay Taxes? Absurd ‘Study’ Presented as Fact

June 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Society/Culture, Taxes, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

If this isn’t junk science, then nothing meets the requirement to be called such! A new, money wasting university “study” was written about by New Scientist Magazine (on their website newscientist.com) this month that was presented as a “surprising discovery” somehow “proving” that people secretly love to pay taxes. And people wonder why “science” can be so easily scoffed at these days… or why it’s so hard to believe what you read.

On top of the bad reporting, this story is more proof of the constant waste of money that is perpetrated by our National Universities. Instead of teaching useful information and conducting meaningful studies, this University is trying to “prove” that people really secretly LOVE paying taxes.

Gee, why do they want that little absurd concept floating out there, do you think? And why is this news outlet propagating this foolishness?
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The Devil of the West—Islam and Science (A Review)*

June 20, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Education, Gregory Stewart, Islam, Media Bias, Religion, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Gregory Stewart

In a recent article, in the July’s issue of Discover Magazine, by Todd Pitock, titled Science and Islam: Special Report–The Ultimate Conflict Between Science And Religion, begins with the usual insinuation of “Islamic” suspicion of embracing science. He infers that Islamists fundamentalist place blame squarely on the West for its role in hindering Arab countries development—like Egypt for instance. He speaks of Zaghloul El-Naggar, who views the West as evil incarnate—and sees the spiritual nature of his contemporaries—as waning and corrupt. In the sense that, the moral consciousness of the West’s scientists are “…’bringing the man far below the level of animals…’” In other words, like fundamentalist Christians, some of the Islamists feel and see science as subverting the word of God since it was has been by Him.

Admittedly, although Islam to some degree is willing to “acknowledge” the scientific method in the context that “its” scripture reveals, it is bounded; however, to the belief their prophets have provided the empirical knowledge. Pitock gives the examples of Islamic scientists using each other as sources to validate their work (p. 39). Thus, as he puts it, “creating the illusion” that proper research has been done.
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Angelina Jolie in Movie About Freedom of the Press Bans Press from Interviews

June 19, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

How do you spell hypocrite? Apparently it’s J-O-L-I-E as the puff-lipped actress proves by banning Fox News from being permitted to interview her to promote her new role as the wife of martyred reporter Daniel Pearl in the upcoming movie “A Might Heart.” As Jolie touts press freedom, her newest pet cause, she inexplicably put several restrictions on that very freedom of the press — and not just against Fox News.

Fox News’ Roger Friedman reports Jolie’s hypocrisy.

‘Mighty’ Hypocrite Angelina Jolie Bans FOX and Others From Premiere

But Jolie turns out to be a mighty hypocrite when it comes to her own freedom of the press. Her lawyer required all journalists to sign a contract before talking to her, and Jolie instructed publicists at first to ban FOX News from the red carpet of her premiere.

Ironically, Wednesday night’s premiere of the excellent Michael Winterbottom-directed film was meant to support an organization called Reporters Without Borders. Jolie, however, did everything she could to clamp down on the press and control it.

Do none off these Hollywierd people have even the tiniest ability at introspection? Or are they so absolutely sure of their own god-like status that the fallibility of ordinary man is beyond their kin in their minds? Are they so focused on their ultimate goals that the path to them is immaterial? Is integrity such an unknown concept out on the left coast?

She wasn’t done with just attempting to ban Fox from the red carpet, either.
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A World Without Habeas Corpus

June 19, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, The Law, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Nancy Salvato

“Sure, we want to go home. We want this war over with. The quickest way to get it over with is to go get the bastards who started it. The quicker they are whipped, the quicker we can go home. The shortest way home is through Berlin and Tokyo. And when we get to Berlin, I am personally going to shoot that paper hanging son-of-a-bitch Hitler. Just like I’d shoot a snake!”
– General George S. Patton– (addressing to his troops before Operation Overlord) – 5th June 1944

I woke from a very disturbing dream the other night. Five women and I were involved in some business undertaking in the Middle East. Heading toward a building where we were to be meeting, the two women I had been following took a wrong turn and we ended up at a beach with high rises behind us. Many people were sunbathing and swimming. I was in business attire so I could not enjoy the beach but I remember thinking how clean and clear the water looked. The scene was very inviting.

Suddenly there was a disturbance in the water, and a soldier patrolling the beach walked over to us. This man had been collecting pink papers off the tables lining the beach, each with names on them, when it occurred to me that these papers held the names of anyone who was at the beach at that moment. As he picked up a paper, he turned to me. My heart pounding rapidly, I read the name and said it was not me but the woman standing near me. Very gruffly, he told her to come with him. She was being arrested for complicity in the disturbance because someone had to be blamed for what appeared to be a shark attack. Worried about what would happen next, I woke up, thinking about writ of habeas corpus and due process. These are rights of which many people living under extremist regimes do not have access. These are rights that people in our country take for granted, rights which would never allow the above situation to occur.
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NBC Accuses Pentagon of Using Less Safe Body Armor… But is it?

June 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Back on May 20th, the NBC News Investigative Unit excitedly reported that US Armed forces and the Pentagon may be forcing our soldiers to use body armor that is not as effective as newer models being produced. In an alarming TV report called “Are U.S. soldiers wearing the best body armor?”, NBC intimated that the Pentagon was sending our troops substandard bullet proof vests when they knew there was a better product out there suggesting that our government is putting our soldier’s safety at risk. But, further Congressional investigations and military testing results are beginning to prove that NBC’s breathless report about substandard armor is misleading. Will NBC do a follow up report admitting that their facts were wrong now that their original report has been revealed as hasty and ill informed?

Back on May 20th, intrepid NBC “investigator” Lisa Myers reported that NBC conducted “independent ballistics tests” to prove that Dragon Skin, the product created by Pinnacle Armor, was superior to the military’s currently used “Interceptor” body armor product.

But that isn’t all. NBC also claimed that there was a conspiracy against Dragon Skin. In their investigative report, NBC quotes a Nevin Rupert who claims that the Army refuses to certify Dragon Skin because approving Dragon Skin armor somehow threatened the Army’s power and funding.
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NYTimes: Still Hasn’t Apologized and Corrected the Record

June 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

On may 29th, the AP reported that Vice President Dick Cheney told the Secret Service to eliminate the records of visitors to the Vice President’s mansion on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington D.C. fitting with the MSM’s claims that the VP is “too secretive.” Cheney’s office countered with the fact that he had written orders to save those records. Naturally the New York Times jumped on the bandwagon with a June 3rd piece that went wild-eyed and frothing, veering straight for the “Haliburton” canard that the left has tried to hang on Cheney since his first days in office instead of staying on the topic of the visitor records.

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Cheney received “deferred salary payments” from Halliburton that far exceeded what taxpayers gave him. Mr. Cheney still holds hundreds of thousands of stock options that have ballooned by millions of dollars as Halliburton profited handsomely from the war in Iraq.

As they are wont to do, the Times again tried to link Cheney with Haliburton payouts despite the fact that the VP has not benefited from any such income since being elected to office.

The office of the Vice President has tried again to get the facts out to the American people in a letter to the Times. Brit Hume gives us the details from the VP’s letter that once again explains how wrong the oft repeated Haliburton claims are.
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Socialistic Fairness

June 18, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Society/Culture, Thomas Brewton, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

-By Thomas E. Brewton

Proposals to tax globalization’s big winners reflect the yawning abyss between reality and the fairy tales of liberal-Progressive-socialism.

David Wessel’s June 14, 2007, column in the Wall Street Journal is titled “The Case for Taxing Globalization’s Big Winners.” Online Journal subscribers can access it here.

Mr. Wessel describes the growing unrest among voters, from blue collar to white collar workers, arising from the sense that globalization has unfavorably affected them. China’s relentlessly growing trade surplus with us, coupled with headlines about jobs outsourcing and the billions of dollars collected by private equity fund partners, have created a pervasive belief that things are not fair, that the greedy rich have grabbed too much for themselves.

One proposal to satisfy that perception is raising taxes on the upper income brackets and eliminating social security taxes on people earning less than $33,000 a year.

Mr. Wessel observes that, while such measures may be economically counter-productive, politicians pandering to public opinion are likely to enact them.
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Hillary and Che

June 17, 2007 | Filed Under Uncategorized | Comments Off

A Hillary supporter sports his love of a murderous commie. Hillary’s all smiles.

Democratic Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) shares a laugh with supporters during a town hall meeting at Charles City Elementary School in Charles City, Iowa, May 25, 2007. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES)

Democratic Presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) shares a laugh with supporters during a town hall meeting at Charles City Elementary School in Charles City, Iowa, May 25, 2007. REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES)

What more need be said?

Why we went to war with Iran: Tales from the future

June 17, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | 3 Comments

Here is a great editorial from a paper called the Daily Inter Lake explaining (as if it were an editorial written 5 years from now) on why we will end up in a nuclear war with Iran around “2012.” The author, Frank Miele, gives us a great probable explanation of why a nuclear war with Iran is destined to occur.

Why we went to war with Iran: Tales from the future

Probably some people think the reason we went to war against Iran is because they dropped several nuclear bombs on Israel in 2012.

That makes sense in a simple, straight-forward cause and effect universe. When President Ahmadinejad finally made good on his promise to obliterate Israel, what choice did we have?

It was either attack Iran or wait for the next strike, this time against the United States.

But what most people don’t remember is that there was a good chance to use non-military intervention in Iran before Ahmadinejad had solidified his power base and before he controlled the nuclear technology that he eventually unleashed on the world.
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Boise TV: Snide Remarks During Soldier’s Upbeat Report

June 17, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

What is it about some news outlets that they can’t report a story without trying to flavor it with their own biases? That they can’t give “just the facts m’am” but have to throw in their snide asides and negative phraseology? And, it’s bad enough when they do it in their normal attempts at “reporting” the news, but when they do it in between an upbeat report by one of our soldiers who’s opinion is that the surge is working and our presence in Iraq is a good thing, it’s all the more grating. But, then, they just can’t leave their hatred for American foreign policy aside long enough to report this soldier’s enthusiasm, now can they?

In this case, Boise, Idaho TV 2 News, in a story by Scott Logan, just can’t leave the snide comments out of their story of Army First Sergeant Noah Edney’s enthusiastic point of view on our efforts in Iraq. Even the title seems to take a swipe at policy: Boise Infantryman In Baghdad Shares Views On “Surge” — notice the parenthesis around the word surge? Even as surge is a commonly acceptable term and not one to be questioning with quotations they cast doubt onto it by using the grammatical device.

But, if you might think the parenthesis around the word surge might not be suspect, they quickly set the record straight on how they feel about the policy with their very first line of the story.
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Radical Islam’s “End-Game”

June 17, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Frank Salvato, Islam, Islamofascism, Media Bias, Military, Security/Safety, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

A friend of mine said recently, “We shouldn’t even be there. Let them kill each other. I mean, that would solve the problem. Right?” I thought about that statement as I read the news coming out of the Gaza Strip. As Hamas and al-Fatah literally battle to the death for supremacy in their region, it is crucial that we take the time – right now – to understand what it is they’re fighting about. The truth is our lives depend on it.

To look at the situations in Iraq and Gaza as separate conflicts is to view them in a naïve and overly simplistic way. True, the battles taking place in Gaza are more akin to a civil war, if in fact a civil war can take place without a recognized country to govern. And the battles taking place in Iraq are almost completely instigated at the hands of al Qaeda terrorists hell-bent on creating chaos with violence while destroying any chance of democracy in that nation. But what the less visionary among us are deficient in understanding and neglectful or deceitful in not addressing is the reason they are fighting, their goal, their end-game.

Many anti-war activists and members of the American Fifth Column insist that the reason radical Islamist terrorists – insurgents or militants as they like to call them – have taken to jihad against the United States and the West is because of the encroachment of our culture into the 7th Century Middle Eastern culture in which they exist. They point to Osama bin Laden’s 1996 fatwa against the US and the West citing the presence of Western military personnel and installations as the catalyst for al Qaeda’s Islamofascist aggression.
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CBS Exec, Kaplan, Now Slams Rather– But Once Called Rather ‘Gold Standard’ of News

June 16, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Entertainment, Media Bias, Society/Culture, Uncategorized, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

“CBS Evening News” executive producer Rick Kaplan has also come out to slam Dan Rather for his sexist comment that CBS’ Katie Couric has “dumbed down” and “tarted up” the news biz with her tenure on CBS’ nightly news broadcast. But, a little investigation shows that only two years ago Kaplan praised Rather as the “gold standard” of news anchors at an awards ceremony for Rather’s “retirement”.

So, which is it, Mr. Kaplan? Is Rather a jerk, or is he the best there is?

Today, Fox News’ Roger Friedman reports that Kaplan thinks that Rather should just shut up and fade away…
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The Culture of Public Education

June 16, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Education, Lee Culpepper, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | Comments Off

-By Lee Culpepper

While excuse makers and vacillating politicians bicker over immigration and No Child Left Behind, public education’s politically correct culture continues its noxious indoctrination of those confined inside its system. The kinder and gentler social experiments that masquerade as modern pedagogy are brainwashing many students into a bunch of low-achieving, over-sensitive, undisciplined, and dimwitted wimps. How anyone remains perplexed over floundering classroom performance eludes comprehension. The problem is in “the culture.”

Having taught high school English for nine years, I effectively ignored every buzzword imaginable of political correctness and so-called education reform. In a system notorious for tiptoeing around feelings and devaluing facts, I created a classroom environment that embraced merit and (when necessary) confronted the immaturity or apathy that inhibited learning. No, I did not acquire my approach from the peddled hoaxes camouflaged as teaching methods in today’s teacher education courses. On the contrary, I acquired my methods from sound training techniques and leadership principles I learned in the Marine Corps. Like the Corps, my classroom had its own culture: hard work, discipline, and responsibility. This was the only culture I tolerated, so multiculturalism had to be stomached somewhere else.
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Media fear of Fred Thompson

June 16, 2007 | Filed Under 00Publius Contributor, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Media Bias, Melanie Morgan, President, Security/Safety, Society/Culture, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

-By Melanie Morgan

Can you see it? Can you feel it? The excitement over Fred Thompson’s potential candidacy for president is capturing the imagination of conservatives across the nation.

The “Run Fred Run” phenomenon is important to talk about not because of Thompson himself, but more because of what it says concerning the mood of this nation and the public’s frustration with a lack of leadership in both the conservative movement and the Republican Party.

The allure of a Thompson for President campaign is even evident among some Reagan Democrats who are weighing in on the blogs – and feeling the heat from their liberal colleagues for even considering the notion of crossing party lines.

Unlike the current crop of declared Republican and Democrat candidates, who have spent years plotting and scheming about how they could win their way to the White House, Fred Thompson is truly being drafted to run by people who are sick of abandoned principles and lack of a moral center.

When moments like this occur, occupants of the political and media establishment seem to shudder with convulsions. It ain’t pretty, but it isn’t surprising.
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