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Written by Cinnamon Stillwell   
Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Among American conservative and hawkish political circles, it's an article of faith that much of Western Europe is anti-American.

Whether it be dislike for President Bush, opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq, the American refusal to be governed by international institutions, the growing Eurabian alliance or simple resentment of U.S. military and economic superiority, many of our Western European allies seem often to be more like enemies. 

None more so than France, with whom our country has developed  shared hostility in the post-9/11 world.

So it was with great surprise that I found myself in the company last weekend of French people who are fervently pro-American. It was a dinner party held in the San Francisco Bay Area and given in honor of Philippe Manteau, the French founder and president of a think tank called the Euro-American Liberty Institute (EALI).
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Written by Frank Salvato   
Thursday, 14 December 2006

Assimilation - defined as the act of becoming part of or more like something greater - is being opposed by increasing violence these days, from calls for a return of the American Southwest to Mexico by the Reconquista movement to the encroachment of radical Islam on the streets of Paris

Members of immigrating minority groups are increasingly refusing to assimilate into the cultures of their resident countries. The lack of assimilation by immigrants to the United States - both legal and illegal - is culminating in an American identity crisis and poses a serious problem for the future of our country.

This movement toward anti-assimilation stands in stark contrast to the very concept of our nation
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Written by Michael Ledeen   
Wednesday, 13 December 2006

At first I, too, thought the Iraq Surrender Commission Report was a total downer. But I'm more and more convinced that it was a great blessing.

Not that they intended it to work out this way, but the Wise Men (and the token Lady) have elevated Iran to its rightful place in our national squabble over The War:  dead center.

The Surrender Commission Report underlines the basic truth about The War, which is that we cannot possibly win it by fighting defensively in Iraq alone. So long as Iran and Syria have a free shot at us and our Iraqi allies, they can trump most any military tactics we adopt, at most any imaginable level of troops.

Until the publication of the report, this was the dirty secret buried under years of misleading rhetoric from our leaders; now it is front and center.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Wednesday, 13 December 2006

I panned the puerile recommendations of the Iraq Study Group in an earlier column, and will not re-plow that ground here.  But the mere existence of the ISG tells us some unpleasant things about ourselves that we ought to know, but evidently don't.

First, there is the speed with which Congress palmed off its responsibility to conduct oversight of Executive  Branch policies to a private panel of has-beens.  It's time our lawmakers paid more attention to their responsibilities, and less to their privileges.

Then there is the glee with which many in the Washington establishment -- particularly in journalism -- greeted the (glaringly obvious) finding that things are not going well in Iraq suggests an elite so insulated and out of touch that it sees no ill consequences flowing to themselves from a defeat being inflicted upon their country. 

The appropriate response of serious people would have been concern, perhaps anger.  But an elite that sees a big setback in the war against Islamofascism chiefly in terms of its impact on domestic politics is not comprised of serious people.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Thursday, 14 December 2006

We are all familiar with the founding documents of our country - The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Declaration set the moral vision for America; the Constitution set the legal framework that would allow for that vision to flourish over time.

But there is another document from the time of our founding that has had a tremendous influence on our national character, due in large measure to the example set by its author. I am talking about Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography.

When the young Franklin arrived in Philadelphia he was broke, dirty, hungry, and a fugitive from his apprenticeship with his older brother. His story is about using conscious will and industry to find or create opportunity, and using optimism and perseverance to overcome hardship. His natural inclination when faced with a problem could be summed up as, "Oh, good, a problem. Let's solve it!"

Franklin's story, along with others such as the stories about George Washington, Frederick Douglas' "Narrative", and works of fiction such as Horatio Alger's stories and even the Disney movies of today, all have a similar heroic theme: When faced with adversity, persevere and make the best of it.

To be more specific, this is a redemptive story line that while not unique to America is still quintessentially American. This week I want to focus on what you can do with the actual suffering we can all expect in life - an approach to suffering that has historically been a central feature of America's character.
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Written by Dagny D'Anconia   
Friday, 15 December 2006

During the last two weeks the DDI has remained up, in spite of greatly increased uncertainty among the Nasdaq liberal market movers.  In general they are still feeling on top of things.  However, there are some things that are troubling them and causing the uncertainty. 

On the plus side, they finally got rid of Bolton.  This gave a major up day on the 4th of December.  On the minus side, Pelosi's pick for Intelligence Chair showed himself to be laughably lacking in intelligence, contributing to a down day on the 13th.

The lefty market movers were expecting the Iraqi Surrender Group to call for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.  When this was missing, they were somewhat dismayed.  When it became apparent President Bush would get more opinions, that caused more disappointment.  Thus they had a drop in the market for the 6th and 7th.
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Written by To The Point News   
Friday, 15 December 2006

Look closely at this bag of lettuce, just below the words "Fresco Lavado" -


Seems that the water the lettuce was washed in contained polliwogs that grew into frogs right in the packages.  Must be the extra care Mexican companies take that makes such a special difference. 

Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 December 2006

It takes a brave politician to stand up alone against a tidal wave of religious hysteria.  Such a man is Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma.  He has publicly denounced man-made global warming as a "hoax" and held a hearing in Congress yesterday (12/06) to expose it as such.

Jim Inhofe is waging a valiant struggle, and it would have been helped had he someone to testify about how "global warming" is an issue of religious fanaticism, rather than just misguided science.

"Global warming" (or more specifically man-made or "anthropogenic" global warming) is a secular religion believed in by people who have abandoned Christianity.

The vast majority of global warming fanatics are from Western cultures.  Not a lot of Chinese or Hindus or Moslems are in a tizzy about it. These fanatics are almost all ex-Christians, born and raised in a Christian culture which they grew up to reject.
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 December 2006
[This is the text of a speech I just gave at the Leadership Institute in Washington DC.  Founded in 1979 by Morton Blackwell, the LI has trained tens of thousands of conservatives for leadership in politics, media, and academia.  I encourage you to consider participating in and supporting its efforts. ---JW]

A CONSERVATIVE HAT TRICK: Achieving Limited Government, Energy Independence, and Victory Over Islamofascism
Leadership Institute - December 6, 2006

I've been a conservative all my life - even in high school and college.  I never went through some juvenile left-wing trip, I always thought Che Guevara was a commie thug, always admired Barry Goldwater and of course, Ronald Reagan.

Yes, I'm an Ayn Rand Objectivist, Ludwig Von Mises laissez faire capitalist type of conservative, yet I've always thought that the conservative political movement held the best actual hope in reality for solving many of America's most basic problems.

In truth, though, I don't care about problems.  I care about solutions.  Problems are not important.  Only solutions to them are.  So this morning, we are not going to talk about problems - however easy and tempting it would be to do so in our post-November 7, Speaker Pelosi world. 

Instead we are going to talk about solutions, solutions to three of the largest problems we face today.  How do we achieve genuinely limited government, end our dependence on foreign oil that subsidizes our enemies, and defeat a threat to our liberties greater than even Soviet Communism, that of Islamofascism?
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Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler   
Thursday, 07 December 2006

One hundred and forty years ago, British philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) wrote:
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse... A man who has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which he cares more about than he does about his personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself. (Dissertations and Discussions 1867 Vol.1 p. 26.)
A perfect description of the Democrat Party leadership and the editors of the New York Times today.  Which is why they are hyping the Iraq Study Group Report to the moon. 

They hope to use the hype to force President Bush to surrender in Iraq.  They will not succeed.

Yesterday (12/06), I and a small group of conservatives met with a top White House aide (whose comments were not for attribution so I can't name him).  In so many words, he told us that President Bush's response to the Iraq Study Group Report and the media hysteria around it is:  "Thank you for sharing."
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Written by To The Point News   
Thursday, 07 December 2006

There is simply no better Christmas present you can give this year than one to American soldiers risking their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan so that we may safely enjoy our freedom here at home.

They are true "human shields," willing to place their lives between Islamofascist terrorists and us.

As General John Abizaid, commander of US forces in Iraq, has explained:  "If America walks away from the terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan, the terrorists won't walk away from America."

There are so many ways to give our soldiers a Christmas present - and they are all listed in the Defense Department's website America Supports You.

You can send a care package to a soldier in Iraq, donate frequent flyer miles to help reunite him or her with their family, send support to wounded soldiers, contribute to military scholarship funds, and so much else.

The Make a Difference - How You Can Help section of the website provides the details on how you can give over two dozen different kinds of Christmas presents to our soldiers.

As you are reading this, tens of thousands of the brightest and bravest Americans on earth are fighting for us.  Just think of what it will mean to any of them that you care enough, you appreciate them enough, to give them a Merry Christmas.

For it's not only the best Christmas present you can give to someone else.  It's also the best Christmas present you can give to yourself and your country.
Written by Sara Carter   
Thursday, 07 December 2006

Have you ever heard of a religious visa petitioner?  Any recognized religious organization may file a R-1 visa request for a foreign national to come to the US and work for them.

Since September 11, 2001, more than 5,000 petitioners have applied to sponsor foreign religious workers.  The majority of them are Moslems.  The majority were granted visas and immigration benefits without proper background checks.

Is the US Citizenship and Immigration Service pro-terrorist, trying to get Moslem terrorists into our country?  No - but it might as well be.
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 07 December 2006

President Kennedy once hosted a dinner for Nobel Prize winners.  At the dinner he reportedly said: "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined here alone."

After reviewing the report of the Iraq Study Group, released Wednesday, New York Post editorial page editor John Podhoretz declared: "The nation's capital hasn't seen such concentrated wisdom in one place since Paris Hilton dined alone at the Hooters on Connecticut Avenue."

T. F. Boggs, an Army sergeant recently returned from his second tour in Iraq, said the recommendations were a "joke" that "could only have come from a group of old people who have been stuck in Washington for too long."
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Written by Jack Kelly   
Thursday, 07 December 2006

In a story that attracted international attention, the Associated Press reported Nov. 24 that:
Shia militiamen grabbed six Sunnis as they left Friday worship services, doused them with kerosene and burned them alive near Iraqi soldiers who did not intervene, Iraqi Police Capt. Jamil Hussein said.

The savage revenge attack for Thursday's slaying of 215 people in the Shiite Sadr City slum occurred as members of the Mahdi Army militia burned four mosques and several homes while killing an unknown number of Sunni residents in the once-mixed Hurriyah neighborhood of Baghdad.
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer said this sensational story was a trigger for the network's decision to refer to the conflict in Iraq as a civil war.  But two difficulties have emerged with the it:

First, both the U.S. military and the Iraqi government say they can find no evidence the incident reported by Capt. Hussein ever occurred.

Second, Jamil Hussein may not even exist.  He may be an invention of the Associated Press.  The Iraqi Ministry of the Interior says it has no police captain named Jamil Hussein.
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Written by Dr. Joel Wade   
Friday, 08 December 2006

What we're going end up talking about today is the ideology that encourages passive and helpless suffering as a moral good.

You see this on the left with Cindy Sheehan, whose suffering gives her carte blanche to say and do whatever she wishes, no matter how ridiculous or hateful.

You see it in the Race Hustler extortionists like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who help people to wallow in their hard times because this gives them the moral high ground, particularly in relation to anyone who is happy and successful.

This is a weakness in our culture that our enemies know well. It was used just recently by the now-infamous "Flying Imams" who arrogantly flaunted behavior that was clearly threatening, and when they were called on it and kicked off their flight, they cried "Victim!"

By assuming the culturally sanctioned mantle of the helpless suffering victim they deflected attention away from their threatening behavior, and succeeded in actually getting support from those liberal corners of our society that buy the victimhood shtick.
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