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To still the siren of the heart and defer to the head is to seldom be wrongly led.
So many wrong things feel so right. 'You know, I really told my brother—in—law off the other day and, boy, did it feel good.' Of course, what has changed? ... More
Next Tuesday is midterm election day. When you cast your vote — if you choose to partake in this most honorable American tradition — please remember what is at stake.
On the left, my former party of choice, feels that the biggest issues confronting America are corporate greed,... More
It's no joke, but there is good news and bad news for Airbus, manufacturer of the thrice—delayed (for a total of two years) A 380 ultra—jumbo airliner, Moby Jet, as I like to term it. First, the good news.
— Airbus has... More
2,808 Americans have died in Iraq the past 43 months. Another 282 have met such a fate in and around Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Likely all are rolling over in their graves as fellow countrymen who sent them to war are threatening to boycott Election... More
People have needs. When your liberal friend tells you that, he imagines that he's justified the whole panoply of liberal social programs. Stop being selfish and pay up.
But after a century of paying up, you get something like modern Europe. With all basic needs taken... More
That's Poli—Sci as in 'politicized science'.
Possible best intentions and sincerity notwithstanding, Michael J. Fox is being used in a crass corruption of science, shrouded in a fleeting compassion by politicians solely for political profit.
There's a popular and popularized... More
It seems as though we may have forgotten the good will of the common person. We see on televsion how people treat one another in a less than gracious manner, we read about the trials and tribulations of entire cultures. If one did not know better, you would think the world is aflame.... More
Art, or things that pass for art, can be useful. Otherwise, how can one explain the epiphany I had when watching 2004's Maria Full of Grace, a critically acclaimed movie about a teenager from Columbia who smuggles drugs into... More
For those confused or disgusted with this current political election, I offer these words of explanation. What we are witnessing is the death of a political party.
The present Democratic Party is peculiarly the same as when Thomas Jefferson rallied a grassroots republican revolution in... More
Air defense is the most problematic element of the War on Terror. One of the major questions surrounding the 9/11 attacks (and one of the seeds of many paranoid conspiracy theories) is, where were... More
Why do so many American Jews reflexively support Democrats? A Jewish liberal I know has a daughter who loves art history. She felt very happy to be admitted to one of the best Art History graduate programs in the country. But after the first few weeks she left, because of the pervasive... More
Socialists often argue that workers should receive more wages and benefits than they can earn in a competitive market. At the same time they blame capitalists — people who take the business risks, provide jobs and invest in their enterprises — for profiting... More
Our beliefs and ideas make us human, and their quality determines the kind of human we are. We shield and fiercely defend our beliefs and ideas for good reason: without their integrity and internal harmony, the mind becomes disorganized and even dysfunctional. While our inborn immune system... More
In the vision of certain members of the press, Israel is a colonialist mass murderer, and the word terrorist does not exist without quotation marks surrounding it. Israelis are aggressors. Islamist terrorists, be they Palestinians or Iranian backed Hezb'allah, are victims. These media types... More
The popular and appealing actor Michael J. Fox has taken to the airwaves in Senate battleground states Missouri, Maryland, and New Jersey with a highly misleading ad urging defeat of Republican Senatorial candidates opposing the use of taxpayer dollars to fund new embryonic stem cell line... More
As surely as the future holds another catastrophic... More
Like so many Americans grudgingly facing the inevitability of my fifth decade, some years ago I opened the envelope from AARP, informing me that I was entitled to membership in their organization, with much less than enthusiasm. Over the ensuing years, receiving their monthly publications and... More
Ronald Reagan famous declaration that he 'did not leave the Democratic Party. It left me' can be made more contemporary. The Democratic Party has not only left behind many of its old principles and ideals, it now seems to be in the process of losing... More
It's very unfashionable these days to say nice things about George W. Bush. After six years of being screamed at by the press, even W's friends are getting worn down. But that's no different from Lincoln and Truman. Being screamed at long and hard is practically an entrance test for... More
Did you hear that loud crashing sound on Sunday? That was either media members across the country jumping off the Hillary for President bandwagon, or the Clintonistas slapping their knees over the gullibility of the press and the people they cater to.
Without question, the charming junior... More
Senator Barack Obama is on the cover of Time this week, with a love song portrait composed by Joe Klein, who last lost his heart with Bill Clinton. Obama, who is not running for anything this year, was on Tim... More
Does a bad year for Republicans automatically translate into a good year for Democrats? Perhaps not. No matter who ends up controlling the House and Senate, the behavior of both the left and right wing fringe elements all but guarantees that both parties will end up losers in... More
Just days before the anthrax attacks of 2001 started in the
General George Patton once said that the best strategy ever devised can be quickly rendered useless by the application of lousy tactics, while a flawed strategy can be rescued by practicing sound tactical principals. In the case of moviemaking, the technological marvel of computer... More
Today, press reports indicate that it is Larry Hanauer, Rep. Jane Harman's staffer, that Chairman Hoekstra has barred from seeing classified materials because he is suspected of having leaked the classified National... More
December 15 is the outer time limit of a decision window for Tehran and the West. That is the date for the mullahs' "Assembly of Experts" to decide whether to choose a new Supreme Leader.
The most nuke—happy
'Lenin once said: When it comes time to hang the capitalists, they will sell us the rope. Even he didn't expect that the capitalists would provide their enemies with the funds for the rope as well.'. —
A dictionary defines religion as,
'The expression of man's belief and reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe.'
By this definition Islam qualifies as religion, and so... More
Democrats love to charge that Republicans try to suppress the vote. But apparently there is an attempt going on to suppress the voter turnout this November 7th election day, and it isn't the Republicans doing it. Some people in the media and politics are cynically attempting to... More
In this, the season of Republican discontent, the various tribes that make up the GOP have been slapping on their war paint and dancing the war dance while getting ready for the big day.
No, not election day. The real fun begins the day after the vote when the recriminations following a... More
Robert Novak recently informed us that the battleship debate has once again reared its head. Naval partisans in Congress are attempting, in defiance of the wishes of the Navy itself, to bring back the last two... More
The Mullahs presently ruling the country of Iran are in a fight for their life on two fronts. Of course, you have to look past the narrow prism of the mainstream media to see the serious schisms in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The external battle is with the United States—the... More
In the past two weeks, since the emergence of the Mark Foley affair, every political analyst has raised his forecast of likely Democratic gains in the House, and most are forecasting a Democratic takeover, requiring at least a 15 seat pickup. Yesterday, Jay Cost wrote an
The strategy of engendering a fury that eventually yields to wholesale apathy in the conservative base does not seem to have worked out as Democrats had hoped. The engineered saturation of the public with the Mark Foley scandal has failed to dispel the suspicion that Democrats are... More
Democrats named their party after democracy. They used to think it was a good way to run things.
There has been debate on the right for years about whether President Bush's promotion of democracy in the Middle East as an integral part of the GWOT is perhaps too naively Wilsonian.... More
All his usual formalities of perfidy were observed with scrupulous technique. —Winston Churchill on Hitler's Invasion of Russia
Washington offers numerous opportunities for high... More
Mahmood Ahmadinejad is an extremely shrewd customer, who is perfectly capable of provoking an attack by Israel and/or the United States in ways that play to his strengths and their weaknesses. There is reason to think he may be doing exactly that.
In the Hezb'allah War, Israel pulled its... More
It's no secret that hurling names about is as common in the political world as it is in a grammar school playground. One oft—used pejorative is 'fascist,' which, along with racist, sexist, homophobe and others, tends to be least understood by those who utter it most. And because these... More
The people of Nevada have a problem. About 90 percent of the land in the state is owned by the federal government. This makes it difficult for them to develop land for homes, schools, offices, and strip malls, the infrastructure they need to support their families.
But they... More
Five months ago, the Internet's top search engine Google was accused of banning conservative websites from its news crawl. Last week, the e—behemoth offered to purchase YouTube, the preeminent provider of videos over the Web that has recently been implicated in censorship of its own. With... More
The NoKo Bomb is very bad news for the world, but it's worst for the closest neighbors: China, South Korea and Japan. China in particular was shocked when its "client" state turned vicious and bit its sponsor.
The recent NoKo Bomb triggered unusual common resolve in China's biggest... More
There's one thing about being a cop, especially in a big city: you get to see things other people can't even imagine.
I was working the 4 to midnight tour out of the 105 Precinct in the Rosedale section of Queens. My partner and I were having our first container of coffee (sans... More
Pointing out Democrat hypocrisy is like picking the low hanging fruit of contemporary political discussion. They rush at you on a frighteningly regular basis with bushels of the stuff, insisting that you let them put it in your car so you don't even have to get up! However, sometimes spending a... More
It has become 'common knowledge' in America that Saddam Hussein's Iraq would never work with Islamic terrorists because of ideological differences. In a recent report, the Senate Intelligence Committee codified this theory by quoting Saddam Hussein, who claimed he would not work with Islamic... More
I learned how to make the wind sing to me when I was fifteen, driving through New England one summer with my parents. I usually rode in the back seat with the window a bit open, so that I was immersed in the hissing noise that the inward rush of air makes. One day, when I was thinking of a song,... More
Any dictator who can allow a million or two of his 20 million countrymen to die of starvation, rather than open up his country to allow the adequate provision of proffered aid, must be pretty well invulnerable. Death by starvation is visible, prolonged, painful, and... More
Predicting what will happen if the Democrats win control in one or both houses of Congress next month is a burgeoning cottage industry. It is, however, both more interesting and probably more useful to consider what will happen if they don't.
If Democrats win they will crow and bray and... More
Journalists have a number of issues to consider when determining whether to write or broadcast a report about a particular subject or individual. Among these are the potential repercussions facing those whom they interview. Usually, these 'sources' are afraid to go on—record for fear of... More
Mid—term elections are just around the corner. Polls show that many Americans are unhappy with the Republicans and are likely to vote for Democrats. Fine and dandy. This is America where the voter is king. And when one is king, he needs to be a wise king.
The foremost topic on the... More
Every pair of feet that cross the Rio Grande is a testament to the utter failure of the Mexican government. It has failed to provide economic opportunity to millions of its people. And those people are doing what comes naturally to the wretched: migrating to find better lives. ... More
Sometimes it is really hard to tell. I thought they abhorred gay—bashing, but look at Mark Foley. Fortunately, the Chicago Tribune offered us Geoffrey Stone's proposed definition of 'what it means to be a liberal' in a recent
It's been a bad week for sensational media stories. The Mark Foley child sex scandal has no child and no sex. And it may well be there was no nuclear bomb exploded by North Korea, either.
When North Korea's foreign ministry declared its intention to conduct a nuclear warhead test last week, the U.S response was clear — do so at the expense of your country's future. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, chief U.S. envoy to North Korea and our lead negotiator at the... More
An important factor is being overlooked in all the clamor surrounding the test of a North Korean nuclear weapon: despite the bold show at flouting international norms, Kim Jong—Il is, in fact, making a carefully—calculated effort to stay within the lines.
Sunday's explosion is... More
One of the blessings about having come of age in the Watergate era is that I have no illusions about politicians. Keeping in mind Lord Acton's handy—dandy dictum that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,"... More
CREW, the Soros—funded organization, wants to have it both ways on the sanctity of private emails and web material. Sometimes it is fine to disclose them. Other times not. Sometimes the content of these communications matters, other times the... More
In the aftermath of the Foley resignation, conservatives have spent a lot of energy complaining about the very different outcome of the Eighties sex scandals. Representative Barney Frank skated after disclosure that his sexual partner had run a male prostitution ring out of his... More
The Star Wars Enigma:Behind the Scenes of the Cold War Race for Missile Defense
By Nigel Hey
Potomac Books, 288 pages, $27.95
If you want to read a terrific, utterly riveting book about the goings on... More
The left, in possession of a scandal which they think can drive a wedge between evangelicals and the GOP, is behaving like a shark driven mad by the scent of blood in the water. Certain individuals strike out blindly in a political feeding frenzy. There's no telling what wounds will be inflicted... More
I read constantly that Christians should not be proud of a verse attributed to Jesus. The verse reads:
Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth, but a sword.
At first glance it indeed appears that... More
As time passes, it is increasingly clear that the ABC News report which started the Foley firestorm is odorous —— and I'm not talking Chanel.
(1) It dealt with the emails which the FBI and many media organizations considered as innocuous as the Republican... More
All was peaches and cream late last month when President Bush sat down with President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, as well as efforts by Musharraf to help the United States fight the War on Terror.
American Thinker contributor Roy Robison posits an alternative explanation to the negative finding of Joe Wilson's trip to Niger concerning a suspected uranium deal with Saddam Hussein. What is surprising... More
The Democrats think they have found their smoking gun. A little—known Republican congressman has resigned in a cloud of immorality, and the left and their media minions are sounding the midterm election victory bell.
Hurray for them.
Of course, they can only succeed... More
So what were Niger, those sixteen words, and Joe Wilson's outrage all about? They were connected to the 'Bush lied!' claim. Is the mystery of how the President came to claim Iraq was searching for uranium in Niger solved? I think I may have put together a reasonable account of how this all came... More
A Brief History of Slime
Politicians and peccadilloes —— to butcher a lyric from Sammy Cahn without regard for rhyme —— go together like a horse and carriage. And claiming that the Devil —— or, more accurately, Demon Rum... More
It had all the earmarks of a classic Democratic Party plan to depress Republican turnout. Take a barely disguised homosexual Republican Congressman, add salacious electronic messages that included masturbation, sex and other lurid flourishes, push the story to their eager and... More
Major sex scandals always seem to start with just a faint hint of impropriety; a friendly email message, a late—night phone call, or maybe a smarmy comment and a wink in the lunchroom. If not taken seriously, it becomes openly suggestive remarks, sexual innuendo and some playful physical... More
The new academic school year is well underway. But there is one school in which this year will determine once and for all whether it will... More
Yesterday's announcement of a third round of delay, this time for roughly a year, in the delivery of Airbus A 380 superjumbo airliners drove down shares of parent company EADS so far that trading in them had to be... More
Australians used to speak of their "cultural cringe" — a tendency to internalize what they supposed to be the British view that all things Australian are backward and provincial. This colonial residue lingered after many decades of independent achievement.
Republicans today suffer... More
If you believe that just a thin sliver of luck stands between us and further terrorist attacks in our major cities, and that only one political party can be trusted to be serious about national security, you have to believe that Rep. Foley's sexual folly could endanger all of us. ... More
The Mark Foley October Surprise operation is yielding rich dividends for the Democrats. So far. As long as the battle remains one of vague impressions based on talking points, sliming the GOP with allegations of being soft on a homosexual predator of teen age boys, (properly called
A dictionary defines religion as,
'The expression of man's belief and reverence for a superhuman power recognized as the creator and governor of the universe.'
By this definition Islam qualifies as religion, so do... More
'All those who hate me love death' — Jehovah, Proverbs 8:36
'We love death. The US loves life. That is the difference between us two.' — Osama bin Laden, November... More
Regardless of whether or not some sort of plot existed to hold onto evidence of potentially criminal internet misconduct by former Rep. Mark Foley, and spring it on the public as an October Surprise, the fallout of... More
Yesterday I outlined the peculiar and suspicious genesis of the Foley matter which is the Dem—Media's scandal of the day.
Now Speaker Hastert has
Did you see Sen. Hillary Clinton (D—NY) suggest last week what her husband would have done if he had received the August 6, 2001, Presidential Daily Brief concerning bin Laden? Touching, wasn't it? If only there were an ounce of truth to it.
To refresh everyone's memory, after... More
Pardon me, but I smell something very peculiar in the way we have learned of the disgrace of Rep. Mark Foley.
The email scandal which led to the resignation of the Republican Congressman is reverberating throughout the capital and the nation, as Democrats attempt to capitalize on bad... More
During this past week, politicians and commentators from across the political spectrum have been weighing in on the now—declassified 'Key Judgments' of that leaked National Intelligence Estimate about the Iraq war and its impact on terrorism.
As usual, it's turned into a partisan... More
The headline blasted out last Thursday.
'Stone says Bush has 'set America back 10 years''
Film Oliver Stone has an indisputable colorful past with an impressive portfolio of