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For much of the year, pollster John Zogby has been telling anyone who will listen that the election is John Kerry's to lose. With virtually all polls by all pollsters, including Zogby, showing a very close race for the... More
CBS, the network America trusts to deliver Democrat propaganda, defended its decision to run with a story—— one that relied heavily on clumsily forged documents—— intended to discredit President Bush's service in the Air National Guard: We have been working on this for... More
Yesterday's 'rolling—rally' along a seven mile route in Boston celebrated the historic and spectacular Boston Red Sox World Series triumph. It also marked the beginning of a new ethos for Red Sox nation, no longer self—absorbed narcissists identifying with Sisyphus instead of... More
The existence of 'black sheep' in families is not all that unusual. What stands out among various ethnic groups is the unique degree of malevolence exhibited by the Jewish black sheep against their fellow Jews, which would then qualify them as Jewish anti—Semites. Simply having Jewish... More
Now that Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has safely landed in Paris aboard a French plane paid for by the French taxpayers, let's make the best of it.
Why not kill two birds with one stone?
If, in fact, Arafat makes it and recovers thanks to French President's... More
Glen H. Stassen is Lewis B. Smedes professor of Christian ethics at Fuller seminary, one of the largest evangelical seminaries in the nation. Recently, he has sought the signatures of other evangelical... More
The Red Sox gave Bostonians the victory they wanted Wednesday night. But one poll no national media group dared to undertake was to ask the exuberant Bostonians whether they wanted a Red Sox World Series win or a John Kerry win next Tuesday, if they could only have one. Such a poll would... More
Every election year we are told that this is the most important election in our lifetime. Usually this can be laughed off as political hyperbole, but sometimes it is true. The election of 1860 certainly comes to mind as an election of monumental impact on this Nation. The... More
John F. Kerry has a long history of opposing the use of American military force to defend our vital interests. But the presidential campaign has so far virtually ignored his shameful behavior in the 1980s, when President Reagan was defeating Communism not only in Europe, but also much closer to... More
Remember the Sandalistas? These were the malodorous, leftwing, U.S. and European peace creeps who descended down like locusts on the Marxist Sandinista Nicaragua regime to "help" with the "revolution." Armed with Mom's credit card and brand new Birkenstocks, these utterly useless unemployables... More
Propagandistic political assertions of the left all too often go unchallenged, and become a mantra for supporters and media sycophants to repeat and believe. Sending jobs offshore, taking away social security from seniors, and tax benefits for the rich are just a few of the accusations which... More
In one of his hilarious short stories, P.G. Wodehouse, describing the mental capabilities of Archibald Mulliner, wrote: 'had his brain been constructed of silk, he would have been hard put to find sufficient material to make a canary a pair of cami—knickers.'
Here at... More
The latest slam of the Bush Administration by the combined forces of the United Nations' International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the New York Times, CBS, and the Kerry campaign, repeats on old pattern. The leading lights of the legacy media have their own agenda, one that... More
The current Democratic demagoguery on the draft is aimed a group of young people with no personal experience with conscription. They can't put the issue in context, and the revisionist history taught in our schools and referenced in the mainstream media does not meet the need.
So how to... More
John F. Kerry relentlessly hammers President Bush for "outsourcing" the capture of Osama bin Laden, and therefore "failing" to win the War on Terror. He... More
John F. Kerry relentlessly hammers President Bush for "outsourcing" the capture of Osama bin Laden, and therefore "failing" to win the War on Terror. He... More
In August, the American Thinker broke the story that The Body Shop, a prominent worldwide chain of stores selling hair care, skin care, and related products, had given a 'human rights award' to a group in... More
The Baehr Essentials
A week from today, I will provide my state—by—state forecast for the Presidential election and the Senate. So that gives me one more week to hedge. Both President Bush and Senator Kerry still have a realistic shot at being elected on... More
Why are we being treated to a public meltdown of the left?
No mourning for mainstream
Ah, once so grand you owned this land,
With your wisdom you did ply us,
Until old dears this election year,
You at last unmasked your bias.
Yes, once were you our only view,
No challenge did you... More
Bin Laden soon to be arrested in China, contaminated blood sent by the Mossad and the CIA to Iraqi hospitals, Israeli passengers stranded because a Turkish pilot refused to take of with them on board...
Here are some of the stories from last week's Arab press: their imagination is running... More
Political thuggery is on the rise in America. Because most of it is directed at the right, the legacy media does not find the trend towards organized political violence of much interest, beyond briefly noting individual incidents, particularly if videotape happens to be available. That is why... More
When Sen. John Kerry, in his first answer of the final presidential debate, uttered the phrases 'rushed to war,' and 'pushed away alliances,' to a question regarding domestic security, it was easy to imagine millions of viewers clicking over to one of the two baseball playoff games being played... More
In a very revealing interview with the New York Times Magazine recently, John Kerry described the War on Terror as a "nuisance," restating his previous contention that it is mostly a matter of law enforcement and small—scale individual actions. He further adds, 'we have to... More
Even before his trial begins, Saddam Hussein is asking for mercy, though, according to reports, he still considers himself the rightful leader of Iraq.
He has already been granted a substantial privilege. Saddam, who faces charges of genocide (nobody's perfect), has a library of 170... More
Suddenly, it doesn't seem like much fun being a billionaire couple in the national spotlight, with a focus of intensity that only a presidential campaign can provide. Queen Teresa and her prince consort John had always enjoyed being the center of attention, eagerly seeking opportunities to... More
By now most Americans have heard that John Kerry plans to undertake a "preemptive" legal strike against Republicans during this election cycle. His justification for flooding every key battleground state in the union with thousands of lawyers, is to say that Democrats need to stop the Bush... More
It's difficult to say with certainty what the nation is going to do on November 2. There seems to be a poll that can satisfy any voter no matter his political affiliation, and nobody knows for sure if the states in play are soft red, soft blue, or soft shoe. The only sure thing, even if... More
Not even President Bush's biggest fans claim that he's articulate, and the President himself cheerfully pokes fun at his inability to use the English language very well. But when it comes to the War on Terrorism, this isn't a laughing matter. Every time the President gives a major... More
Part II: The Fight for the Central Region
[Editor's note: Part I, The tactical fight for Iraq, can be read here]
Democrat Senator John Kerry is attempting to make political hay out... More
The phrase 'occupied territories' has come to mean only one particular place in the entire world — namely Gaza and Judea/Samaria (i.e. the West Bank). That phrase is increasingly becoming a battle cry in a rising tide of global anger directed against Israel. Many view this 'occupation' as... More
There's this fellow at our office, a devoted Kerry man and opponent of our mission in Iraq, a man so impressed with Michael Moore's celluloid whimsy that he went out and bought the thing on DVD the day of its release. There is no talking sense to the man. He is under Mike Moore's devilish spell.... More
Most Europeans, their pontificators and their polls tell us, think that America and Israel are the two most terrible polities on this planet. Not nuclear North Korea. Not near—nuclear Iran. Not the Sudan, which is practicing genocide. Not even Saudi Arabia, which besides exporting oil and... More
To understand John Kerry's now—infamous reference to Mary Cheney's lesbianism in debate three, one need consider only this single question: What was his purpose?
And certainly, the mention of Dick Cheney's daughter was purposeful. It can't be coincidence that John Edwards made... More
In order to avoid trouble in Iraq, foreign civilians used to pretend they were French nationals. But only until seven weeks ago, when two French journalists named Malbrunot and Chesnot, along with their Syrian chauffeur, were kidnapped. The French thought they would be immune to violence... More
The Baehr Essentials
Sixteen days to go, and the presidential race is taking on an unpredictable character. After sagging in the national polls after the first debate and losing much of his 5 to 6 point lead, President Bush seems to be experiencing a modest rebound... More
Sophistry: (n): a deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone.
'The juggle of sophistry consists, for the most part, in using a word in one sense, and in another sense in the conclusion.'... More
European friends send me news photographs of women in Afghanistan voting for the first time, emphasizing they are wearing traditional blue burkas. And these photos supposedly prove that Afghanistan's... More
Yes now we know how low they'll go,
These Johns who want to lead us.
Desiring to pander, they slickly slander
While contrived compassion they feed us.
She is 'Fair Game' that Cheney dame;
Yes, that's Miz Cahill's call.
So why feel shock at their sordid... More
In 2000, Florida's 25 Electoral College votes were decided by a mere 537 votes out of over 6 million. The Florida election was close for one primary reason: what I will call the Lieberman love factor among Jewish voters in southeast Florida. Jewish Floridians, who account for as much as 7%... More
This movie, the latest product of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is vulgar, juvenile, crude, offensive, and sometimes repulsive. And I loved it.
If gutter language, marionettes engaging in explicit sex acts,... More
With pride and gladness and optimism, I shall vote again for George W. Bush. I admit that I voted for him the first time out of gut reactions. I sensed an integrity and decency in him and in Mrs. Bush. That seemed to be just what we needed at a time when cresting economic growth and careening... More
The Fifth Estate is a newsmagazine program that airs on CBC TV, (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), a taxpayer—subsidized television station. Their season debut in mid—October was an
Verbal facility is one of God's great gifts. A few among us are born with the capacity to charm or even inspire others with words. To be sure, it is a capacity which can be cultivated, but as with athletic abilities, intelligence, and a sense of humor, some are more favored than others,... More
Can you imagine what the reaction would have been if Dan Quayle had ever claimed that electing Bush 41 in 1988 or 1992 would lead to paralyzed Americans getting out of wheelchairs and walking? The media and late—night comics nearly gave themselves aneurysms when Quayle made a spelling... More
Wherein we hear from Bertie Wooster, Jeeves, denizens of the Drones Club, and some of the regulars at the Angler's Rest holding forth on the 123rd anniversary of the birth of The Master.
I had recently returned to the old metrop after a spot of golf in Scotland, while... More
Do you remember 9/11? Unlike World War II, where 'Remember Pearl Harbor!' was a constantly—enunciated slogan, meant to inspire and motivate warriors and home—fronters alike, we barely ever see or hear any references to the worst—ever attack on the American... More
Given the global significance of Columbus Day, it is astonishing how many ways there are to corrupt it. The great linking of West with East, through the bridge of the newly—discovered Americas, is truly the world's coming of age story.
But in the places where its significance... More
There were several reports published on October 12, about the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) throwing another fit about the state of affairs at Saddam's former nuclear research center at Al—Tuwaitha. In my last
George W. Bush stands accused of being a unilateralist, oreven worse, an 'ideologue,' by the dominant Neville Chamberlain wing of the Democratic Party This is a milder, less inflammatory charge than the 'fascist' or 'theocrat' labels applied by the radicals and Hollywood elites, but it is... More
Marrying money is an old tradition in all societies —— especially for women. And in John F. Kerry's ancestral aristocratic Europe, power marriages to consolidate empires were quite common.
If political empire—building was a reason for Kerry's current or... More
Hugo Chavez's left wing, Castroite Venezuelan government has proposed to give to New Jersey an island, formerly used by the Venezuelan state oil company, for use as a bald eagle preserve.
What red—blooded... More
From the mainstream press and even from scholars, we have heard that Islam is the religion of peace. They point out that the three—consonant Arabic word root s—l—m is found in both Islam, which means surrender or submission, and salam, which... More
Our European friends love to castigate conservative American presidents for pursuing "cowboy diplomacy." It's a mystery to me why they consider this a putdown. A century ago our first cowboy president found his way onto Mount Rushmore. Theodore Roosevelt took enormous pride in his cowboy status.... More
This past week Americans were hit with the one—two story punch of L. Paul Bremer's speechifying about troop strength in Iraq, and the findings of Charles Duelfer's Iraq Survey Group on weapons of mass destruction.
Major media outlets churned these stories for several 24/7 news... More
John Kerry seems to be adopting a consistent theme on our involvement in Iraq. Briefly stated, it is that Iraq is a diversion from our war against al Qaeda. He sometime seems to feel that we should have devoted those resources to Afghanistan. This is nonsense. And it illustrates his complete... More
In states that export terrorists, tyrants in moribund certainty know there's no need to be accountable to citizens so long as they hold power.
But not so in the West, where leaders are put to the electoral test. It's particularly poignant for the Coalition of the Willing, all three of... More
Here's a question for the presidential candidates as they prepare for their last debate: How will you approach China—Taiwan relations?
This isn't an abstract question: Our next president could well have to deal with a war in the Taiwan Strait. China is building a commanding... More
Weir Thinking About It
O.J. Simpson to the contrary notwithstanding, you simply cannot get away with murdering someone you are closely connected with, especially if it's your spouse. Every time I look at the facts of the Laci Peterson murder case, I have to believe one of two... More
'I know it's controversial to say it, but don't think for one second that if George Bush gets re—elected and we have some other conflict in some other theater of the world, we're going to have to reinstitute the draft.' Read the sentence again, this time very slowly. There are no typos.... More
The recent Operation Baton Rouge by the 1st Infantry Division has thrown the ever—moving Iraq media spotlight on Samarra; a golden dome glinting in the sun contrasted with the black smoke of violence rising into a hot blue sky. Baton Rouge was a success, with American and Iraqi... More
What a pair! John Forbes Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry would be an utterly new kind of team, running the wartime federal government. Make no mistake, Teresa has no intention of 'making tea and baking cookies,' as Hillary snidely caricatured the traditional First Lady role. There is strong reason... More
Ask "who won" the first presidential debate and people will give the undefined question a meaning. Most likely, it will be something relatively trivial like "Who was the better performer or actor?" rather than the weightier... More
Kevin Horrigan is St. Louis' resident Molly Ivins wanna—be. An outsider. A rebel with a word processor and crazy, nonconformist liberal views. St. Louis, like most other big cities, is down to one major newspaper and one alternative weekly. Both make Mao's Little Red Book look... More
Part I: The tactical fight for Iraq
Operations in Iraq are again taking center stage in both the legacy and new media outlets. Understandably, supporters of the war and President Bush worry about the ultimate outcome and his desire to remain steadfast (he will) in the face of a... More
The Baehr Essentials
It appears that the first Presidential debate, is now seen as a decisive defeat for the President. Repeating a story over and over in all the mainstream media seems to have taken a toll on many people who did not even watch the debate. Instead of the... More
The great challenge for the aspiring pundit is to discover something that can be said after the debate that could not have been said before it. Usually—almost invariably—one is reduced to stylistic comments: so—and—so looked tired; the other guy's hair, like that of... More
George Soros seems to have pulled a pretty interesting fast one, following Tuesday's vice—presidential debate. At that event, Vice President Dick Cheney... More
The French have been up to their old tricks, all around the world these days. Anyone who thinks their UN Oil for Food bribery scandal involving its corporations is the beginning and end of it is a hopeless naif. French corruption, particularly through multilateral bureaucracies, has spread to... More
[When available, hyperlinks to the original articles are included.
Keep in mind that the information, obviously, is not 100% reliable. Nonetheless, it is vital to have access to it. We do not agree at all, to say the least, with most of the op—ed pieces but it is worthwhile... More
Managing public perception and the flow of positive and negative information is critical to the success of any political campaign. The Democrats are masters of the quick, pithy soundbite that casts them in a favorable light in the public's mind. There may be many reasons for their undisputed... More
American Jews face a fateful choice when they cast their Presidential ballots on November 2nd. The world Jewish community — inside and outside of Israel — faces an unprecedented threat from anti—Semitism, which has has spread to points far and wide from its epicenter in... More
In the face of unexpectedly bloody and costly engagements with enemy forces, the President encountered severe criticism from his Democrat opponents, who wanted "peace" more than they wanted victory. They mocked him as some kind of primitive creature, unable to straighten—out the mess he... More
The Food Police are coming.
You and I are presumed no longer capable of deciding on our own which foods we are to consume, at least in California. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the last minute in the current legislative session, signed into... More
Administration officials, and some in the media, may refer to certain Arab countries as 'our friends' or 'our allies.' That designation is applied to those Arab countries which receive American support, both military and economic. Such recipients include the Arab Gulf States, Saudi Arabia,... More
Following the first presidential debate, most pundits have paid more attention to stylistic issues than to the substance of what was said. Perhaps that's because John F. Kerry disclosed some frightening policies — such as needing to pass a "global test" before using US military force for a... More
The Baehr Essentials
From mid—2003 to mid—2004, the manner in which the American Armed Forces handled detainees was called into question: the case of LTC West firing a pistol during the interrogation of a detainee in August 2003, photographs of nude men from the Abu Ghraib prison, and reports of... More
The thing to judge in these debates
Is what you're truly hearing;
Do you hear what George, god bless 'em, states,
Or John boy so endearing?
The Cowboy tells you it's hard work,
Not for the faint of heart,
But manicured John, that elitist jerk, ... More
[When available, hyperlinks to the original articles are provided. Obviously, keep in mind that the information is not 100% reliable but nonetheless I think it is vital to have access to these voices. Also, to say the least, we do not agree at all, with most of the op—ed pieces. But... More
The snap polls showing John F. Kerry 'won' last night's presidential debate miss the point entirely. Maybe a few teachers of rhetoric will base their voting decision on the quality of the self—presentation last night. Lawyers, actors, college... More
Like all patriotic Americans I say thank heaven for campaign finance reform, else wise we would have to suffer the hideous prospect of money being involved in politics. Worse still, we would have to put up with the spectacle of people stooping to the lowest forms of spectacle to try to make... More
[In last night's first presidential debate, John F. Kerry pledged that he would end America's program to develop miniature nuclear 'bunker—buster' weapons, the type of weapon which would be suitable to remove the threat from underground nuclear weapons facilities belonging to... More