January 2006 - December 2006

January 2006

First Amendment first no more: It wasn't long ago that Americans could say almost anything but since those days the First Amendment has been taking a terrific beating, writes Lady Liberty
College illiteracy stuns educators: American educators may be stunned that nearly one-third of college students can't extrapolate facts from a complex book but Samuel L. Blumenfeld isn't
Morphing Bush into mahogany: With Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush Fred Barnes attempts to paint Dubya as a political outsider. Were that only so, responds Bernard Chapin
The man who defined the world: Steve Martinovich found Henry Hitchings' Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr Johnson's Dictionary a marvelous account of the first modern English-language dictionary
Freedom isn't free: Americans once shed their blood to earn their freedom. These days, writes Henry Lamb, they gladly give it away in exchange for very little
The rat snake and the hamster: News that a rat snake decided to befriend a hamster rather than eating him prompted Michael Moriarty to think about the future of humanity
The changing constellations in democracies: Is America gaining new allies in nations which have lately been hostile? Bruce Walker seems to believe so
Gonzales v. Oregon: Where are the conservatives?: Last week's decision in Gonzales v. Oregon saw some role reversal as liberal and conservative justices stole each other's talking points, argues Robert S. Sargent, Jr.
Europe's biotech food ban must end: There is no valid scientific reason for Europe to have banned biogenetically altered food crops from its markets, says Alan Caruba
Spain embraces China: Add Spain to China's list of diplomatically conquered roster of allies, writes Frederick W. Stakelbeck Jr.
Capote a marvelous achievement: Lady Liberty hasn't love a movie as much as she did Capote for a long time. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the very dull The New World
Fathers, sons, and senators: This year, says Vincent Fiore, family will mean a lot when it comes to deciding a few Senate races
"Heads" bin Laden wins, (turning) tails, Bush loses: Nancy Salvato has to hand it to Osama bin Laden. His offer of a truce came at a perfect time for the enemies of the American-led war against terrorism
Right and left and Roe v Wade: The right-to-life crowd may cheer the day that Roe v Wade is struck down, writes Lisa Fabrizio, but lovers of the American Constitution will probably be the happiest
Storm arises over emergency school vouchers: In the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, public money was made available to move students from destroyed public schools into private schools? A good thing? Not according to some, says Paul M. Weyrich
Does new cyberstalking law criminalize free expression?: Last week Wendy McElroy explored the Violence Against Women Act's provisions on "mail order brides" and found it wanting. This week she takes on the bill's "cyberstalking" amendments
Kennedy claims Capitol Hill cutup title: Could Ted Kennedy have been putting one over on voters all of these years? Michael M. Bates gets that feeling when the senator from Massachusetts speaks
Communities should welcome Wal-Mart -- in the name of freedom and justice: No one has the right to prevent businesses from expanding to new locations, argues Edwin A. Locke
Double-standard treatment for child abusers: Did you know that the majority of child abusers in America are females? Carey Roberts says they often get a free pass on some of the most horrific behavior imaginable
No politics in the pub: W. James Antle III may be paid to share his opinions on the issues of the day but sometimes you just want to relax with a cold beer. Try as he might, however, wherever he goes he finds that politics manages to intrude into his daily life
America's lock on freedom: Those who trade away their liberty for security deserve neither and Lady Liberty argues that Americans have been doing a lot of wheeling and dealing lately
Race-based DUI courts are not colorblind justice: Rachel Alexander reports that in Maricopa County, Arizona the notion of "separate but equal" reigns for one misguided judge
Animal loving freaks: Alan Caruba thinks there is nothing wrong with loving animals but there are people in the world for whom the love goes a little too far
Red.Client/Customize/Top Level: One day recently Michael Moriarty had trouble accessing the World Wide Web and it got him to thinking about bigger issues
Stop Iran!: A day of reckoning is fast approaching, writes Carol Devine-Molin. Iran will soon become a danger to the entire world and it's time to put a stop to their madness
A good Supreme Court: So many problems could be solved, argues Bruce Walker, with a reliably conservative U.S. Supreme Court
Clowns to the left of me; Metrosexuals on the right…: Bernard Chapin is no friend of the metrosexual concept so he's not particularly enthused when a conservative writer describes himself thusly and makes some questionable arguments
That's all hoax: There are two constants in the universe: Democrats are wrong and they love conspiracies and hoaxes. Daniel Clark explores the latter
Casanova as good looking as its stars: Lady Liberty fell in love with period comedy/drama Casanova, enjoyed the documentary Grizzly Man but wasn't that enthused by The Constant Gardener
Young Marine blasts Rep. Murtha at town hall meeting: Congressman John Murtha has been touring the U.S. and blasting America's presence in Iraq, telling audiences that soldiers are demoralized. Jim Kouri reports that one soldier decided to take the politician on
NBC could mock more than Episcopalians: Why be content with mocking Episcopalians with The Book of Daniel? James Atticus Bowden proposes new sitcoms dealing with Islam, Hinduism and Roman Catholicism
DeLay's descent a win for pompous snobs: They finally got him! Michael M. Bates argues that the fall of Tom DeLay is a victory for those who consider themselves part of the ruling elite
Judge Samuel J. Alito, Jr. surely will be confirmed: It would appear that all the obstacles are out of the way and Samuel Alito will be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, writes Paul M. Weyrich
A tragic reminder: The death of 12 coal miners in West Virginia highlights the importance of moving from America's coal-based economy to other forms of energy generation, argues E. Ralph Hostetter
'Mail-order bride' law brands all American men abusers: Wendy McElroy says that new regulations concerning "mail-order brides" paint American men as nothing more than predators
Attacking Iran is inevitable: The key to Middle East security isn't Saudi Arabia as many mistakenly believe, but the theocratic state of Iran and like it or not, argues Alan Caruba, it should be the next target on the Axis of Evil checklist
The Mark of the Beast: It's bad enough that government wants to keep track of all Americans, writes Henry Lamb, but they also want to keep track of all American animals as well
The future of freedom: 2005 was a year in which Americans saw unprecedented infringement of their civil liberties. Lady Liberty says Americans must act now to roll back the tide of statism
Liberals to choose 2008 GOP candidate: Not content to field their own losing candidates, Lisa Fabrizio argues that liberals also want to name the Republican Party's next nominee for president
The god of death and taxes: Mao Zedong: The political left should pay homage to their god of death and taxes, the man who exemplifies what they stand for, writes Michael Moriarty
The end of Canadian conservatism?: Is conservatism in Canada on its last legs? Mark Wegierski believes that all the signs are pointing to its eventual death
Underrated fun: Grandma's Boy is crude slapstick humour, says Lady Liberty, and if you're a fan of that sort of film you'll love this one as well
The metrosexual as lion: Bernard Chapin didn't particularly care for Neil Strauss, the author of The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, or the games he played to score women
Producing good citizens trumps ideological short-sightedness: Nancy Salvato responds to an essay last week which attacked her and her support of the "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" series of text books
Whiney nays and Cheap Mondays always bring me down: The world, and doubtless Swedes themselves, believe Sweden to be a forward thinking nation. Greg Strange only sees a culture that is slowly dying away
The special interest trough leads to corrupted politics: The money that Jack Abramoff spread around to Washington politicians, both Republican and Democrat, pales in comparison with the money that pours from "legitimate" special interests, says Frank Salvato
Corruption is non-partisan: The Jack Abramoff case spotlights the growing cancer that is corruption in America, writes Jim Kouri
Meanwhile, back at the Supreme Court: The American Bar Association may have gave Samuel Alito the thumbs up but don't expect Democrats to do so, says Doug Patton
History, Henry Ford and the minimum wage: Henry Ford's raising of his company's average wage back in 1914 shouldn't be used as an example in support government-mandated minimum wage hikes, says Michael M. Bates
Wealth is produced: Beware of those who demand the redistribution of wealth, writes Gennady Stolyarov II, for they obviously don't know how it's created
The new chivalry: Chivalry isn't, as is commonly proclaimed, dead. Rather, argues Selwyn Duke, it's been replaced by the New Chivalry of feminism
Lawsuit suggests men may be adopting 'feminist' tactics: Taking a page from litigious feminists, a California man is suing to open up a women's-only gym up to men. Wendy McElroy argues that Phillip Kottle is as wrong as the feminists are
Derailing the dance of the digital divide: The United States may have won the most recent battle to keep control of the Internet but don't expect her opponents to give up so easily, says Paul M. Weyrich
Social conservatives should focus on the family, not government: W. James Antle III argues that social conservatives are making a mistake by relying on government to transmit their values to Americans
Global predictions for 2006: Making predictions is a risky business but that isn't stopping Alan Caruba from putting it all on the line and gazing into his crystal ball
Eminent domain by another name: The use of eminent domain became controversial in 2005 but Henry Lamb says government has other ways of taking your land that provokes far less outrage
ESR's Tenth Annual Person of the Year: Another year, another Person of the Year. But will it be George W. Bush for a record fifth straight year?
Controversy overshadows touching Brokeback Mountain: Forget what you've heard about Brokeback Mountain, writes Lady Liberty. It's a sensitive movie with a touching story. Memoirs of a Geisha, however, wasn't a successful effort
Feminist at the gates of reason: An interview with Phyllis Chesler: Dr. Phyllis Chesler has learned what Christina Hoff Sommers and Camile Paglia learned before her: Go against orthodox feminism and you will pay a price. Bernard Chapin chats with the outspoken activist
Are we giving away the greatest gift: All Lady Liberty wanted for Christmas was a rebirth of freedom in America. We hope she gets what she hopes for
Liberty's spirit awakens, but Big Brother never sleeps: Last year saw Americans begin to take notice of rising statism and fight back but Tom DeWeese says the enemy never sleeps
The Best Books of 2005: The staff of ESR tried to read every book that was published last year but fell a little short. That's not preventing them from offering up their choices for the best of 2005
Paul Martin ignores reality (again): Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's recent pledge to ban handguns shows will do nothing to combat the rising tide of violence on Canadian streets, argues Christopher di Armani
Getting it right in 2006, and beyond: 2005 was for George W. Bush a year to forget but Vincent Fiore says that Dubya needs to refocus this year and get his administration back on track
There will be no civil liberties if we lose this war: The furor that has arose over news that the NSA is monitoring the communications of some Americans ignores the fact that if the war against terrorism is lost groups like the ACLU won't exist, writes Frank Salvato
Natural law and the impropriety of self-sacrifice: A review of the "Chronicles of Narnia" film: Gennady Stolyarov II enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but had some philosophical issues with one of the movie's messages
Jude Wanniski, R.I.P.: We lost many a good men and women in 2005 but perhaps the greatest was Jude Wanniski, advisor to Ronald Reagan and champion of supply-side economics, writes Scott Gillette
Framing all the pieces -- Conservatives' perspective!: Presents that his wife and son received this Christmas got Eddie Hightower to thinking about how conservatives solve problems
We the People - A terrible federally-funded textbook: Recently ESR published a column defending a popular series of civics textbooks, a column that Allen Quist argues avoids mentioning certain facts about the books and the author of the column herself
Abuse of temporary restraining orders endangers real victims: The recent case of David Letterman having a restraining order against him highlights the irresponsible use of such orders, writes Wendy McElroy
The prostitution of science: It used to be that science was trustworthy and respected. These days, says Thomas E. Brewton, when you hear a scientist speak you should be ready to open your wallet
Lingua Publica

February 2006

Reagan vs. Dubya: A size of government contest: Exercises comparing Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush are a favourite sport for the right these days. W. James Antle argues that while neither was perfect, the Gipper easily comes out on top
Justice Breyer and judicial activism: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer recently defended himself and the judiciary as a whole from charges of judicial activism. Robert S. Sargent, Jr. wasn't convinced
If I ruled the world: With more specifics than any candidate for president in recent memory, Lady Liberty lays out her program of change if she somehow came into global power
The perpetual teach-in for perpetual indoctrination: The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America is an astounding and disturbing tour of some of America's more worrisome holders of tenure, says Bernard Chapin
A book worth the reading on keeping American strong and free: Stephen M. Lilienthal thought that Frank J. Gaffney Jr.'s War Footing: 10 Steps America Must Take To Prevail In The War For The Free World should be a wake-up call for all Americans
Scaring people about energy: The American people are being misled about the energy issue, says Alan Caruba. Alternate forms of energy, at least today, are no alternative to oil
The ongoing Final Solution: The Final Solution never ended, writes Michael Moriarty, not when it has served to be so useful to those in power
The wall comes (slowly) tumbling down: Steve Martinovich doesn't usually offer praise to Quebec politicians but an announcement last week on health care gave him reason to do so
Less than the sum of their parts: Julianne Moore and Samuel L. Jackson in one movie? Unfortunately, writes Lady Liberty, that's about the best thing you can say for Freedomland
Father Coughlin: Radical leftist: History records Father Coughlin as a right-wing extremist but Bruce Walker says the man's words showed him to be anything but of the right
The Nanny State comes to the Chesapeake: Trevor Bothwell has little good to say about a Maryland proposal to force boaters to wear a personal flotation device
What's up (or down) with AIDS?: More than two decades after the advent of AIDS, Michael Fumento still has to spend time combating the myths that surround the disease
The wrong direction: Every week there's a new poll arguing that America is moving in the wrong direction. Henry Lamb responds with a number of initiatives which would put the country back on the right track
Watch out, Big Babysitter is in the offing: How do you know a politician wants to run for president? Just watch state spending explode. Michael M. Bates says Illinois will pay for Rod Blagojevich's ambition
On republics and democracies: Why the leaders of Hamas are "democrats": Critics have blasted Hamas as an undemocratic and violent terrorist movement. Whatever you say about the group, writes Samuel L. Blumenfeld, you can't say they aren't democrats
Controlling the last free voice in the world: It's deplorable but we may yet see the day when the internet is controlled by the planet's least freest nations, says Tom DeWeese
Olympic distress: Lisa Fabrizio loves sports but she has to admit that she's been less than impressed with the 2006 Winter Olympics
Saddam tapes being distorted by news media: Tapes which unequivocally prove that Saddam Hussein was manufacturing and hiding WMDs are being spun by the media as a minor story, says Jim Kouri
She can't be serious: Hillary's inane war analysis: Daniel Clark argues that Hillary Clinton's recent 'analysis' of the war against terrorism is nothing short of sophomoric
Take heed, Republicans - The alarms have been sounded!: When a man like John Gizzi predicts that Republicans may lose control of both the House and Senate later this year, writes Paul M. Weyrich, the GOP better take notice
Al Gore personifies liberal disloyalty to America: Al Gore's recent statements in Saudi Arabia continue a long tradition of disgraceful anti-American conduct, says Christopher Adamo
Feminine mystique, or feminine mistake? : The following that Betty Friedan and her ideals have received has been nothing short of a catastrophe for women, argues Carey Roberts
How to beat Hillary in 2008: Republicans seem to be in terror at the prospect of Hillary Clinton seeking the Democratic nomination for president but Rachel Alexander says the New York senator isn't as formidable as she appears
The optimistic warrior: Thomas Barnett has a strategic roadmap for the world in Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating to achieve peace in our time. Steve Martinovich reviews his efforts
The government's entitlement program: Robert Higgs argues in Resurgence of the Warfare State: The Crisis Since 9/11 that the Bush administration is has damaged America since 9/11. Steve Martinovich grants him some of his points but considers the effort a failure
Water: A simple comfort for the citizens of Baghdad: Turning on the tap and enjoying a glass of clean water is something that most Americans have known for decades. In Iraq, says Kerry L. Marsala, some are finally realizing that dream
Religion, science and blarney: The press may have had a field day when a group of evangelicals pressed for action on climate change but Paul Driessen says they represent a small segment of the community
Addicted to nonsense: Evangelicals aren't the only ones spouting off about the environment. Alan Caruba received an email from Nancy Pelosi filled with utter nonsense
A life without the Church of Eugenics: A man can dream and Michael Moriarty dreams of a world where abortion -- or as he terms it, eugenics -- has been eliminated
The lies are worth a shot: When it comes to trying to ban all firearms, writes Lady Liberty, many who would destroy the Second Amendment have no problem with outright lies to reach their goal
Conservatives win only a slim minority government in Canada: The recent victory by the Conservative Party in Canada likely won't mean much for the future of conservatism in Canada, argues Mark Wegierski
Faster U.S. mail for some: Purely tongue in cheek, Dallas Pierce reports on a new initiative by the federal government to deliver your mail faster -- as long as you register yourself for security purposes and pay a fee
When property goes, so does privacy: It's been getting some bad press recently but Amy Peikoff believes that Google should be praised for resisting the federal government's request for search data
When placing blame, one size fits all: Have a problem you can't solve? Don't worry! Michael M. Bates says you can you just do what everyone else seems to be: Blame George W. Bush
Firewall is as tired as its star: Harrison Ford is getting up there and so is the tired formula that serves as the basis of his latest movie Firewall. Lady Liberty also reviews the delightful Junebug on DVD
A corporation does the right thing …for the right reasons: It's always nice when someone does the right thing...even nicer when they do it for the right reasons. That's why Tom DeWeese is heaping praise on BB&T and Montgomery Bank
Ignore the critics, continue the fight: Carol Devine-Molin has only one message for the Bush administration: Stay the course
Islamic gangsters: Cleric sent private militia to takeover mosques: The conviction of radical cleric Abu Hamza in Britain, writes Jim Kouri, has revealed how he sent his followers out to take over mosques and turn them into recruitment centers for Islamists
A different look at Betty Friedan's legacy: Many of the eulogizing for Betty Friedan emphasized just how important she was to the feminist movement. Wendy McElroy has a different take
Congressional corruption, illusion and PR: The rush to judgment: The fight against corruption in politics is a noble goal, says Marion Edwyn Harrison, but a rush to judgment when scandal breaks is in no one's best interests
Who's afraid of Carol Gilligan?: Asking feminist psychologist Carol Gilligan about how to solve the crisis enveloping American boys is simply ludicrous, writes Carey Roberts
South Dakota legislature seeks intellectual diversity at state universities: Paul M. Weyrich reports on an initiative in South Dakota that would force state universities to report on their efforts to ensure real intellectual diversity on campus, not different factions of the left arguing with each other
Speak smartly and carry a big schtick: The right to free speech is one of the most important Americans possess. Thomas Lindaman wishes that some people learned that there are times when its polite not to exercise it
You're under surveillance: The NSA wiretapping phonecalls between Americans and foreigners linked to al-Qaida may make you nervous but Alan Caruba points out that all Americans are under surveillance every single day of their lives and no one ever complains about it
The defense against offense: The First Amendment is under attack not only by government, writes Lady Liberty, but by Americans determined to allow only their viewpoints to be publicly aired
A profile of madness: If you want to understand the madness that is Kim Jong Il, says Damian Penny, you won't go wrong with Rogue Regime: Kim Jong Il and the Looming Threat of North Korea
Illinois governor commits truth: What now?: It certainly is newsworthy: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's lawyers have admitted that any election promise he made wasn't worth the hot air expelled making them, reports Michael M. Bates
Ahmadinejad, Hamas and Saddam: With the rise of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the election of Hamas, argues Lisa Fabrizio, the decision to take out Saddam Hussein suddenly looks to be a lot wiser than some have previously thought
A living constitution: Its meaning and historical background: Robert S. Sargent, Jr. understands why liberals keep pushing the "living document" theory of the U.S. Constitution. If they didn't their agenda would be dead in the water
True grit: Murderball, a documentary about wheelchair rugby, had some technical problems but Lady Liberty says the story it told made them largely irrelevant
The evil of Islamist intolerance: The violence surrounding Jyllands-Posten's publishing of cartoons featuring a representation of Muhammed shows the dangers of Islamic fundimentalism, says Gennady Stolyarov II
Addicted to what?: James K. Glassman enjoyed much of George W. Bush's State of the Union address last week but that bit about America being "addicted" to oil riled him up
How will they describe abortion one thousand years from now?: Today abortion is considered a political issue by most people as slavery was a mere 300 hundred years ago. What will Americans say about the practice of killing fetuses in the future, asks Michael Moriarty
Toss out the New Orleans "toxic soup" myth: Since Hurricane Katrina newspapers have been filed with reports of New Orleans awash with toxic water. The science, writes Michael Fumento, argues otherwise
U.N. plans global socialist rule: Call him a part of the "black helicopter" crowd all you want but Henry Lamb says the United Nations keeps proving that it wants a one-world government -- and it will only cost you $7 trillion
Chipping away at the Rock: Alisa Craddock argues that proposed legislation in New Hamsphire unfair targets the Catholic Church when it comes to combating the sexual abuse of children
Ap-poll-ing!: Media celebrate their own failings: A recent poll touted by USA Today that suggested Americans believe their nation was moving in the wrong direction said more about the newspaper than what Americans believe, writes Daniel Clark
A brutal police riot in Israel: The removal of Jews from "illegal outposts" is turning more violent every day, reports Ariel Natan Pasko
Is a bilingual society a school mandate?: Having students who can speak more than one language is a marvelous thing, writes Nancy Salvato, but bilingual programs have to created very carefully
Questions to ask scientific authority: The scientific world has been abuzz with controversy over recent allegations that data had been faked or improperly obtained. That's a lesson to everyone who believes scientistists are above questioning, says Wendy McElroy
Disturbing data: Literacy skills of many college graduates are not proficient: Google is great but it doesn't have all the answers. If you're expecting a student attending university to crack open some books every once in a while, writes Stephen M. Lilienthal, you might be surprised by the latest unfortunate trends
Bias suit reveals the truth behind the 'boy crisis: The reason America's boys are failing in schools isn't because there is something wrong with their brains, writes Carey Roberts, it's because the system has been set against them
USPS 2006 - Benjamin Franklin doubtless would be proud: Marion Edwyn Harrison is no fan of government but he will proudly state that he believes the United States Postal Service is one of the finest government agencies around -- even if he has to wait in a long line some days
The culture of corruption and regurgitated talking points: If there really is a "culture of corruption" in politics, argues Frank Salvato, then Democrats should take a good long look in the mirror
The rise in 'gray divorce': It's always hubby's fault: Among older Americans and Japanese the divorce rate is climbing and not surprisingly, write Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks, the men in the failed marriages are always to blame
The people are the problem: Blame politicians all you want for the state of the world but Lady Liberty believes that the real source of America's problems are the people who put them there in the first place
Democracies and delusions: W. James Antle III asks whether democracy in the Middle East is really the be all and end all when populations there continue to vote for the most extremist parties
Hamas is worse than the Nazis: The only difference between Hamas and the Nazis, writes Ariel Natan Pasko, is that Hamas enjoyed more electoral support for its Jew killing platform
Palestinians elect even worse jackals: By electing Hamas, says Carol Devine-Molin, Palestinians have placed themselves on the wrong side of history
Is the cell phone scare finally over?: Nearly a decade and a half ago Michael Fumento reported that cell phones don't cause brain cancer. What did the latest study find? Exactly what he reported
Smearing conservative writers: As Michael Fumento has learned, facts mean little to some people. When you want to attack a conservative writer, says Alan Caruba, character assassination is the preferred route
An open letter to Hu Jintao, President of China, and Wen Jiabao, Premier of China: In the next few years China will stand beside the United States as a fellow super power. Michael Moriarty has some advice for the communist giant
The radical feminist plague: Feminists have been on a warpath against Women Who Make the World Worse And How Their Radical Feminist Assault is Ruining Our Families, Military, Schools, and Sports so perhaps not surprisingly Bernard Chapin loved it
Brosnan shows comedic chops: Lady Liberty loved Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear in The Matador. Unfortunately Annapolis was a disappointing. She also reviews the DVD release of the amazingly filthy The Aristocrats
Handwringing over government intrusion rings false: The scandal over wiretapping Americans has many decrying the rise of ever big government. Michael M. Bates would like to know where they were before this story broke
Two dumb statements by one pleasant leftist: Last week Bruce Walker watched a very pleasant young man defend gay marriage in Maryland with some highly questionable statements, ones that ignore where constitutional rights really come from
Moral relativists just a rationalization away from a crime: Bruce Walker wasn't the only one angered by someone he saw on television. Frank Salvato could only marvel at a lawyer who brushed aside statutory rape as a technicality
Postal "security" helps terrorists: Thomas M. Sipos argues that postal regulations designed to prevent terrorism are only harming America's economy
Thunder in the east: Worried about Iraq? Henry Lamb believes that was a picnic compared to the problems further east that America will likely have to tackle in the coming years
Of bums and babies: Why Scalia's wrong on Roe: Daniel Clark believes that Antonin Scalia's originalist approach to constitutional law has its place but when it comes to the issue of abortion conservatism's favourite justice is on the wrong page
Ticking time bomb: Like it or not the reality today is that Iran has a voice when it comes to how much you pay at the gas pump. America can change that, says E. Ralph Hostetter
The injustice of Saddam's trial: Saddam Hussein's trial continues its stops and starts with the hope of convicting the mass murderer but Elan Journo argues that the former dictator doesn't deserve that courtesy
If they don't write about it, it didn't happen?: Randall H. Nunn is outraged that a report detailing abuses by the IRS during the Clinton years was censored before it was released to the public
Senator Byrd's Democratic colleagues should follow suit: The Samuel Alito hearings proved, says Paul M. Weyrich, that the confirmation process needs to be changed. The present system, he argues, fails on all counts
NSA spying: Why is there confusion?: Unless you believe the war against terrorism was a merely symbolic declaration, argues Jim Kouri, the news that the NSA is monitoring a few phone calls shouldn't shock or anger you
Kidnapping plot robs father's rights group of credibility: Was there really a plot by a father's rights group to kidnap Tony Blair's son? Either way, writes Wendy McElroy, the movement took a significant hit in January
Who will defend industry from eco-terrorism?: The courts may finally be taking notice of eco-terrorism but Onkar Ghate says the battle against these extremists is far from over
Lingua Publica
Letters to the Editor
Earth is Flat/Vinegar in Freedom Awards

March 2006

Where there's smoke: Politicians don't lie all the time, writes Lady Liberty, but given the amount of smoke that emanates from Washington, D.C., it's sure likely that there is plenty of it going on
Fukuyama's John Kerry moment: Francis Fukuyama makes some convincing points against the war in Iraq and the Bush administration's foreign in policy in America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy but Steve Martinovich finds it ultimately unconvincing
Life in verse: Steven C. Caton's Yemen Chronicle: An Anthropology of War and Mediation is a marvelous piece of personal history and cultural exploration, writes Steven Martinovich
Re-thinking Iraq: Alan Caruba is no Pollyanna -- he always thought that post-war Iraq was going to be a mess. That said, doing something was better than doing nothing
A Reagan realist cost-benefit analysis for the war in Iraq: David T. Pyne, on the other hand, argues that whether the war in Iraq was right or wrong, there are a number of questions that its supporters need to answer
The birth of modern American liberalism: Times may have changed but the way liberals attempt to change society to achieve their goals certainly hasn't, notes Robert S. Sargent, Jr.
China's alarming involvement in Sudan: Omar al-Bashir and Hu Jintao are becoming quite good friends, writes Frederick Stakelbeck, and America needs to take notice
Lee's mainstream foray surprisingly good: Movies like Inside Man are either very clever or very bad. Lady Liberty is pleased to report that it exceeded her expectations
Debra Lafave: The case against female sexual predators: The Debra Lafave case proves that female sexual predators exist and that young boys need to be protected from them, argues Gordon E. Finley
The capital punishment imperative: Gennady Stolyarov II defends an essay he recently wrote that asserted terrorists should receive the death penalty
Blessed America loving Jews: History proves, writes Bruce Walker, that America's love for the Chosen People goes back a lot longer than the creation of Israel
Hot air for sale: Two senators are hoping to craft a Made in America Kyoto Protocol-style emissions system and not surprisingly Henry Lamb thinks they're out to lunch
Ice cores show Sun, not humans, controlling Earth's climate: Recently a scientist announced on 60 Minutes that it was beyond a doubt that humans were responsible for global warming. Dennis Avery argues that the evidence says otherwise
Ben Bernanke's baptism under fire: If U.S. Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke thought his first months on the job were going to be an easy one, says Pete Morici, he was wrong
GOP at the crossroads: Successfully challenging the lies of the mainstream media: The Republican Party has a potent enemy in the mainstream media but that doesn't mean they should just give up, writes Carol Devine-Molin
Milan: Center for radical Islam in Europe: When most people think of Milan they picture fashion, food and its lifestyle. Jim Kouri says they should also know that it is a hub for jihadist activity
Government's big lie: The "crisis" of babies with undiagnosed mental illness: Laura Adelmann says it's bad enough that adults are being told that every negative feeling they have is a mental illness but should America's babies be subject to that as well?
For leftists, junk science 'R us: Conservative and liberal babies? A recent study proves, argues Michael Bates, that the political left doesn't need sound science in order to advance its agenda
Concerned men misguided: Dustin Hawkins doesn't think much of the The National Center for Men's attempt to craft a Roe v. Wade for men
What's nobody's business is everybody's: What Lady Liberty does in her private life is none of your damned business. And it's important that you care that it's none of your damned business
Impeachment? Bring it on!: If Democrats take control of the House of Representatives in November, Americans can expect an impeachment of George W. Bush. Bruce Walker hopes they try
The House & Garden conservatives: Rod Dreher's attempt to create an conservative environmentalist movement with Crunchy Cons: How Birkenstocked Burkeans, gun-loving organic gardeners, evangelical free-range farmers, hip homeschooling mamas, right-wing nature lovers, ... America (or at least the Republican Party) is out to lunch, writes Bernard Chapin
One nation, under Allah: an interview with Robert Ferrigno: Orrin Judd interviews Robert Ferrigno, author of Prayers for the Assassin, a novel about the near future which posits a world where much of the United States has become an Islamic state
Black Republican candidates for the United States Senate: The national wing of the Republican Party clearly wants more black conservatives elected. The problem? Paul M. Weyrich says some GOP organizations are actively undermining the few that have thrown their hat into the ring
Backlash building against animal ID system: The federal government's National Animal Identification System is provoking a firestorm of opposition from farmers and ranchers, reports Henry Lamb
V for Very Good: Disgusting anti-government propaganda? Telling indictment of today's times? Lady Liberty says V for Vendetta is a masterpiece. She also praises Vin Diesel and his work in Find Me Guilty
Take the gangstas bowling: An endview: Bernard Chapin's new book, Escape from Gangsta Island: A School's Progressive Decline, is now officially available and he updates us on some of the real-life characters in the book
2005 current account hits another record: Growing trade deficit and flagging retail sales will slow second half growth: America's trade deficit continues to skyrocket and Dr. Pete Morici argues that only spells both short- and long-term trouble for the American economy
The attack on the U.S. dollar and energy needs: Irresponsible spending and foreign powers intent on hurting the United States spells only trouble in the coming years for the nation's economy, argues Alan Caruba
Harvard tells the truth on taxes: Harvard University finally admits that Americans are earning less and paying more in taxes but their justification rings false, says James Atticus Bowden
Sexual liberty vs. American liberty : The politics of God, family, and country: Sexual liberty, as defined by the political left, is celebrated as a human right but Alisa Craddock argues that it is destroying American society
Abortion, authority, and responsibility: Selwyn Duke believes that a lawsuit launched to obtain "reproductive rights" for men allows a vote for those without voices
Muslim who says that violence has destroyed Islam gets violent threats: Just one month ago Dr. Wafa Sultan was a psychiatrist living in California. Then she decided to speak out against radical Islam. Her outspokenness, says Jeremy Reynalds, earned her some trouble
Lacking farms, California natives ate up wild bird species: California's aboriginals nearly destroyed entire species of wild birds hundreds of years ago and it happened, argues Dennis T. Avery, because of a lack of land development
Wave bye-bye to freedom and human rights in Venezuela: Slowly but surely, says Jim Kouri, the noose of tyranny is closing around the necks of Venezuelans and the world doesn't seem to be very interested in their fates
Eighty-Sixing 1836: Why isn't "Houston" offensive too?: Political correctness, writes Daniel Clark, was responsible for a Major League Soccer team in Houston changing its name to avoid offending Mexicans
The two faces of Democrat presidential politics: Of the two Democrats most people think will seek the party's nomination for 2008, says Christopher Adamo, neither one looks to be a good bet for the left
It's time to revisit the Electoral College (redux): Nancy Salvato doesn't want to get rid of the Electoral College but she does believe there is room for state-level reform
This year's most important Congressional primary: Keep your eye on Michigan's Seventh District, writes Hans Zeiger, where a conservative and liberal, both from the same Republican Party, are running against each other
Planning for a peaceful world: An interview with Thomas Barnett: Steve Martinovich sits down with Dr. Thomas P.M. Barnett to discuss his latest book Blueprint for Action: A Future Worth Creating and what it will take to achieve global peace and security
Endless environmental lies: Why did Alan Caruba launch The National Anxiety Center? Several recent science-lite news story are good examples
CBS's stem cell shenanigans: When it comes to stem cell research, argues Michael Fumento, you can expect more hype than real science. Two recent 60 Minutes stories proved that
Paul Haggis: Hollywood's Brechtian advocate: It used to be that the play was the thing but these days, argues Michael Moriarty, Hollywood is more interested in championing the ideology of Bertolt Brecht
Doing nothing about everything: When you think of fighting for the civil liberties of your fellow Americans, do you ever think of doing nothing as your contribution? Lady Liberty says it can be very effective
Why would the Irish protest famine-proof potatoes?: Over 120 years ago, one million Irish men, women and children died thanks to a potato famine. Dennis T. Avery wants to know why are some Irish are protesting against famine-resistant potatoes today?
The federocracy: Explained and indicted: Edwin J. Feulner and Doug Wilson's Getting America Right: The True Conservative Values Our Nation Needs Today is a no-holds barred attack on the federal government and how it "helps" Americans, writes Bernard Chapin
Into a brave new world: Steve Martinovich believes that Ronald Bailey accomplished his goal of effectively defending biotech with Liberation Biology: The Scientific And Moral Case For The Biotech Revolution
Captured Iraqi intel confirms pre-war links between Saddam's regime and terrorists: A growing pile of evidence shows that there were indeed links between terrorist groups and Iraq, reports Sam Wells
The "Specter" of condemnation hangs over all property: Perhaps it's not surprising. Tom DeWeese reports that none other than Sen. Arlen Specter is standing in the way of legislation that would protect the property rights of Americans
Depp's latest a noble failure: Johnny Depp's latest, The Libertine, has a lot to recommend it but it still ultimately fails, writes Lady Liberty. The Hills Have Eyes, on the other hand, is an unqualified mess
A rush to judgment: Would American ports had been less secure if Dubai Ports World administered them? Thanks to fear-mongering by Republicans and Democrats, writes Marie Jon', we'll never know
Dubai Ports: Who was right, the President or Congress?: Rachel Alexander says the only thing America learned about the deal was that the media framed the debate and was in charge the whole way
Realigning the power of government: It wasn't long ago, says Henry Lamb, that "consent of the governed" meant decisions which impacted you were made locally. These days they emanate from state capitals or Washington, D.C.
Ruthie's REMs render a Supreme yawn: Did you hear the one about the U.S. Supreme Court justice that feel asleep during legal arguments? It's not a joke, says Michael M. Bates
Some thoughts on Republican presidential hopefuls: 2008 isn't that far away. Carol Devine-Molin surveys some of the big names rumoured to be considered bids for the GOP nomination
Giuliani for President?: Alisa Craddock wants to know why none of the leading contenders for the 2008 GOP nomination are conservative
Human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Iraq: If Iraq didn't have enough problems already, writes Jim Kouri, there is evidence that the slave trade has hit the nation with young women paying the heaviest price
An accelerated curriculum of ignorance: Schools used to teach civility and knowledge but these days it seems to turn out anarchists and arsonists, says Frank Salvato
A realistic budget from a realistic steering committee: Paul M. Weyrich says the proposed budget produced by the Republican Study Committee is among he has ever seen and deserves to be passed in toto
Genocide has become benign: It used to be that one had to be careful when discussing topics like genocide. These days, writes Nancy Salvato, many people -- like Jay Bennish -- just shoot their mouths off
Your Social Security number - Abounding availability: Proposed congressional legislation would make it far more difficult for your Social Security Number to be used and abused, reports Stephen M. Lilienthal
Talking the talk: If you want things to change, writes Lady Liberty, you have to put some walk behind your talk. Recent events have proven that you can have an effect with a little effort
Confidence: Doom and gloom fill conversations and everyone seems pessimistic about the future but Bruce Walker says that recent history proves good triumphs in the long run
How U.N. Biosphere Reserves expand: Decisions made by organizations that do not answer to Americans are responsible for an increasing amount of land taken out of private use, says Henry Lamb
Congress should scuttle Bush's nuclear deal with India: Peter Morici believes that last week's nuclear deal between the U.S. and India makes little sense for both trade and security reasons
Transamerica flawed yet compelling: Both Transamerica and 16 Blocks had flaws but Lady Liberty says each worked well enough to fulfill their respective visions
The Sugar Ray delivery: As a thought exercise, Michael Moriarty offers us the orders he'd give to the Department of Defense to deal with a hostile China
Taxpayers ripped off by Katrina victims: Hurricane Katrina victims -- real and imagined -- using aid money to buy guns and porn? It's true, says Jim Kouri, and the media isn't interested in reporting the news
Can Hillary walk the line?: If Hillary Clinton is really serious about running for the Democratic nomination she will have to master the art of appealing to both the center and far left. She has her work cut out for her, writes Lisa Fabrizio
Achievement falters when public relations lag: Remember when the Bush administration could do no wrong? Regardless of the reasons for its recent troubles, argues Paul Weyrich, the administration needs to get its act together and fast
The 19th nervous communications breakdown: One of the reasons the Bush administration is having such a difficult time, says Frank Salvato, is that the White House Communications Office isn't doing its job
PC malaria programs at the World Bank: Cyril Boynes, Jr. and Paul Driessen charge that policies instituted by the World Bank to combat malaria are actually causing the deaths of untold numbers of children
Will political correctness indoctrinate our youth?: The firing of a teacher last week for making anti-Bush statements in the classroom spotlights the debate over what and how educators should be teaching America's children about current events, says Nancy Salvato
Why public utility monopolies fail: A lack of competition always dooms public utility monopolies to providing sub-standard services at higher prices, writes Gennady Stolyarov II
Barney Fife and the way things were: The death of Don Knotts reminded Michael M. Bates about the state of television today compared to the kinder days of The Andy Griffith Show
The feminist anti-kid crusade: The feminist war against men has also claimed children as victims, argues Carey Roberts, when fathers are removed from their children's lives
One dangerous feller: Senator wants no secrets: No secrets in a time of war? Daniel Clark says that Sen. Jay Rockefeller is the one person who shouldn't be on the Senate Intelligence Committee
"POSH" to "P & O" - Who has been minding the store?: The continuing furor over the ports deal has papered over the fact that America's ports are unsecured at this very moment, writes Marion Edwyn Harrison
Annexing Mexico revisited
The M.O.M. squad capers
The press tries to stampede conservatives
The Dutch solution
What's so great about ethanol?
How the Democrats stole Paul Hackett's campaign
Of the people, by the people, for the terrorists
Abducting the divine in Hollywood
Kids say the darndest PC things
Pussies at the gate
Winning the long war
Racism and sports
When in Rome...
Bombing of mosque in Iraq a pivotal event
A worldwide Catholic underground
In Virginia transportation problems as priority issue
Weimar Iraq
Lingua Publica
Letters to the Editor

April 2006

Goose-stepping Iranians: History really does repeat itself. Alan Caruba argues that Israel is being set up for destruction just like the Jews were in 1930s Europe
Iran is right: Regardless of what you think of the theocratic regime in Tehran, writes Charles A. Morse, the Iranians are right about one thing: they are ready for war while we will do everything possible to avoid it
Africa Malaria Day – action or bombast?: Tuesday marks Africa Malaria Day and Roger Innis wonders if it will be just another day filled with talk or will the First World allow the Third World to finally take action
Beijing's global strategy: While the U.S. remains exclusively preoccupied with the war against terrorism China has been slowly and methodically expanding its reach across the planet, writes Frederick Stakelbeck
Michael Badnarik for Congress: Lady Liberty chats with Michael Badnarik, former Libertarian Party presidential nominee and current candidate for Congress in Texas
The desert "consumeth": The continuing American presence in Iraq threatens to undermine the nation's long-term financial and national security, says Saul B. Wilen
Is Greenpeace condemning the Amazon rain forest?: By opposing new farming technologies, argues Dennis Avery, Greenpeace is working to ensure the destruction of the Amazon rain forest
Interesting premise failed by poor realization: American Dreamz has an interesting idea behind it but Lady Liberty says a botched execution failed it
What ever happened to reforming the UN?: Remember when American politicians -- at least those on the right -- were determined to reform the United Nations? Frank Salvato wonders what happened to that drive
Anonymous drive-bys: Mark Landsbaum isn't a fan when people anonymously attack others on the Internet, less so when an award-winning reporter for a major American newspaper engages in the same activity
America, while you were sleeping...: At work Vincent Fiore loves to talk politics but his co-workers aren't very interested about what is happening to America. His workplace is a microcosm of the whole country, says Fiore
Holding national congressional debates: Bruce Walker proposes a novel experiment: have the leaders of the two Senate and House parties debate in a national forum
Flight of fantasy: As the opening of United 93 draws near, Lisa Fabrizio notes that the media seems to be in paralysis over fears that the movie will remind Americans they are in the midst of a war
Oprah blends confusion with compassion: Michael M. Bates believes Oprah Winfrey's heart was in the right place but unfortunately a recent episode of the talk show queen's show concerning poverty was filled with wrongheaded conclusions
Time to "Follow the money": Paul M. Weyrich doesn't praise much that comes out of Washington, D.C. but he is a fan of efforts to track where federal grants are going and how they are spent
A think tank's credibility tanks: Nancy Salvato could do little more than shake her head at the news that a new education-focused think tank is monitoring its conservative peers
CIA canning officer for leaking classified info is a good start: Too many in the CIA have been using their positions for political ends so Jim Kouri is hardly displeased that the agency finally fired a senior agent for leaking information to the press
The screwball left will lionize Mary McCarthy: You just know that Mary McCarthy, the CIA officer in question, will be a hero to those opposed to everything the Bush administration stands for, argues Carol Devine-Molin
Why Bush? Consider the alternative: Some American conservatives have taken to second guessing themselves for supporting George W. Bush. Sam Wells reminds them that the alternatives were far worse
Judicial Vacancies and the returning Senate: Responsibility or more obstruction?: The U.S. Senate is about to return from another of its many recesses and Marion Edwyn Harrison is curious to see whether it fulfills its constitutional mandate or merely becomes an agent of obstructionism
Corporate America's vanishing allegiance: A company once famously stated that what was good for it, was good for America. These days, writes Christopher Adamo, corporate America doesn't even bother with the second half of that sentence
Democrats doth protesteth too much about oil: Thomas Lindaman doesn't think too much about recent comments by senior Democrats on the issues of rising oil prices and what should be done to relieve the pain to consumers
Notes of October 25: Experts are predicting that the Democrats will likely capture control of Congress later this year when the mid-term elections take place but Bruce Walker believes they won't be as successful as the pundits seem to believe
Black and white issues: The controversy surrounding Cynthia McKinney and her recent altercation with a member of the Capitol Police highlighted a number of cultural and social issues for Lady Liberty
The high ground: An interview with Kenneth Minogue: Bernard Chapin sits down with Kenneth Minogue, author of The Liberal Mind, to discuss political correctness, culture and politics
Culture of corruption: Recent efforts by the Democratic Party on its web site to spotlight Republican corruption are a little like the kettle calling the pot black, argues Lisa Fabrizio
Donkey Kongs: Dems' chest-beating is all noise: The recently unveiled Democratic national security plan sounds like the bleating of a party who wants to say the right words but still do the wrong thing, writes Daniel Clark
WiFi false fears: People always seem to be eager to fear a new technology. The latest object of fear? Wifi connectivity. Michael Fumento says the fear is based on nothing
Earth Day deluge: It's that of year again. Alan Caruba doesn't have much time for environmentalists or their high holy day, otherwise known as Earth Day
The French don't learn quickly: Dennis T. Avery wonders how long it will take the French to learn that globalization is a reality and France is being left behind. It only took them them five centuries to adapt to medieval climate change
Democracy for Iraq: Another Mission Impossible?: If there is only one hope for democracy in Iraq Dr. Saul B. Wilen believes he knows what it is
An alternate Canada: The high and the low: In a thought experiment, Daniel Ryan pens some hypothetical newspaper reports from the near future describing a Canada that may yet still evolve
Surprise. Fidel Castro acts like a communist!: Despite the massive evidence to the contrary, Cuba continues to be portrayed as a paradise. Tom DeWeese says a Czech supermodel proved it's simply a tyranny
Nuclear Iran: Beware of the Russian Bear in the Middle East: Jim Kouri argues that the West has no reason to believe Russia when it argues that Iran doesn't pose a nuclear threat, particularly when it is also aiding the clerical regime's efforts
Will your kids be named Dhimmi?: Americans should know what the word "dhimmi" means because losing the war against terrorism will result in their children becoming very familiar with it, says Henry Lamb
A welcome-mat for terrorists: If you want to know why terrorists had such an easy time entering the U.S., argues Charles A. Morse, look no further than Barney Frank
Immigration reform or "Cooking the apportionment books": Immigration reform isn't just about border security. Frank Salvato believes that the American political process could be subverted by the presence of so many illegal aliens
American flag appropriated by illegal immigrants: They may be illegal immigrants but they aren't stupid. Michael M. Bates reports that many participating in last week's immigration reform protests were carrying American flags
Turning immigration into a GOP winner: It's possible, if the Republican Party doesn't screw it up, to turn the debate over immigration reform into one that helps the GOP this November, writes Vincent Fiore
Name the date – Fastest rise in federal spending since FDR: What has George W. Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress done that not even Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton could equal? Paul Weyrich says it's spend like few have spent before
America's (un)welcome mat: Lady Liberty isn't opposed to immigration -- as a libertarian it would be impossible to hold that stand -- but she does expect any immigration legislation to secure the borders and reward legal immigrants
The lessons of love: The Book of Trouble: A Romance could have been one of those typical romance memoirs but Steve Martinovich says Ann Marlowe elevated her effort far past that
The last days of manliness: If being a man needs defending in today's world, writes Bernard Chapin, then Harvey C. Mansfield's Manliness does a superb job
Homeland security? You're kidding, right?: Feeling more secure since the September 11, 2001 attacks? Alan Caruba argues that America is far from secure from either internal or external threats
Testing for elected officials?: Testing to make sure your elected officials know their jobs? Sounds good in theory but Henry Lamb says it's actually an attempt to indoctrinate politicians to ignore their constituents
Free range chickens and ducks dangerous to humanity: The deadly H5N1 virus is spreading so rapidly, write Dennis T. Avery and Alex A. Avery, because of the practice of raising ducks and chickens outdoors
Slevin is pulp fun: Critics have been ragging on Lucky Number Slevin as a Tarantino clone but Lady Liberty thought it was fun nevertheless
Our judges and prime minister not on same page: Christopher di Armani is happy that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is promising tougher action against sexual predators but he notes that the nation's judges need to be held to a higher standard as well
Mandatory arrest and no-drop prosecution: For years it's been accepted wisdom that anyone allegedly guilty of domestic abuse had to be arrested and charged but Richard L. Davis argues that belief isn't universally held
Embryonic stem cell hucksters exploit paralysis: Heard about all those great paralysis breakthroughs involving embryonic stem cells? Don't believe the hype, responds Michael Fumento. ESC's have yet to show any promise
Top evolutionist prefers Bible reading for his own children: We should take a page from Thomas H. Huxley, writes Samuel Blumenfeld, who was a famous evolutionist but also believed that it was important for his children to know the difference between right and wrong
Duck speak 101 – Reshaping the American mind: Alisa Craddock wants to know what American will stand up against the internationally planned agenda to strip the United States of its traditional values?
Iran: All options considered: Nothing can be off the table when dealing with the world's most potentially dangerous state, argues Carol Devine-Molin
Loathing, lies and liberation theology: American miner Doe Run Peru is vastly improving the lives of the people living in La Corolla, Peru. So Paul Driessen wants to know why there are forces opposed to the company
And there was no referendum in Israel..: Israeli Prime Minister Elect Hud Elmer may be calling his recent election a referendum on the withdrawal issue but Ariel Natan Pasko isn't buying it for a minute
Daddy's girl: Bob Parks' daughter is still a young girl so there's no better time than the present for him to write a letter to her to give "The Talk"
Trouble in Marxist paradise: Protesters take to streets in Venezuela: And we were told that Venezuela was the people's paradise. Jim Kouri says that the nation has been shook by massive protests over the rising crime rate
Tax returns: Confidentiality, not an open door: Stephen M. Lilienthal reports that America's IRS should be working to insure that your sensitive data remains a secret, rather than contrary to that goal
A tribute to the "101st Senator": On the same day that Casper Weinberger passed away so did Margo D.B. Carlisle. You may not know her name, writes Paul M. Weyrich, but she was one of the most influential conservatives in American political history
Hillary has no need to worry: Sen. Hillary Clinton fretted last week that proposed immigration legislation could make her a criminal. Randall H. Nunn responds that she has a virtual immunity to prosecution and has nothing to fear
A battle cry for freedom: Nancy Salvato believes that the American education system needs to make changes to its social studies and civics programs to ensure the participation of Americans in the political process
What if Bush had never invaded Iraq?: By invading Iraq, writes David Pyne, George W. Bush has thrown away opportunities to use America's power in legitimate ways
The American Empire: Empires tend to fail when they are extended militarily but Alan Caruba argues that the American Empire is doomed because of overspending
A few minutes with a presidential hopeful: An Interview with John Cox: Chicagoan John Cox hopes to be the president of the United States of America when the dust settles after 2008 and Bernard Chapin sits with him to learn more about the dyed-in-the-wool conservative
Mind-boggling devastation: On a recent business trip to New Orleans, Charles Bloomer was unprepared for the devastation that still exists in the city after Hurricane Katrina
A pleasant surprise: The commercials tell the story, writes Lady Liberty. Comedy-horror Slither is stupid fun and you won't be disappointed by it
What jobs won't Americans do?: Selwyn Duke doesn't buy the commonly accepted belief that immigrants do the jobs that Americans refuse to
Jobs Americans won't do: Jason Hayes, recently moved from Calgary to Phoenix, doesn't believe that any job is beneath worth doing...particularly if you enjoy your dignity
Newt for president: While other pundits embraced illegal immigration or refused to take sides, writes Randall H. Nunn, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was unafraid to make his feelings known
The realpolitik of immigration: Vincent Fiore argues there needs to be an honest and open debate about the reasons it's necessary to fight illegal immigration into the United States
Save a room at the White House, Mr. President: Linda Razzano never had much time for single-issue voters but on the immigration she's beginning to understand why some people reluctantly fall into that category
If it's going to be amnesty, let's do it right: Frank Salvato has a plan that would naturalize all of those illegal immigrants but at a step price. It's sure to anger both the left and right
Hillary has her come-to-Jesus moment: Michael Bates could do little more than roll his eyes when Hillary Clinton invoked Jesus Christ in the debate over illegal immigration
Without exception: Governments seem to be in love with the "zero tolerance" approach. Lady Liberty wishes that they had that same zeal in protecting the civil liberties of Americans
Creeping egalitarianism: Thought egalitarianism was gone? Rachel Alexander says that it's rising back from the dead and more power than before
Chavez: The latest Sinisterist south of the border: Bruce Walker argues that Hugo Chavez is the latest South American leader to become a follow of the religion of deceit
The emerging "uncivil" society: Debate in America was never a calm and orderly process but it certainly has become much more contentious and uncivil in recent years, says Henry Lamb
The job is not finished until the Red Chinese are out of Long Beach: Those concerned about America's port security should be pleased that the Dubai Ports World deal was scuttled but there are still other security threats, writes Tom DeWeese
What fate a four-acre toad?: Alex Avery can't believe that the Kihansi Spray Toad is the excuse that some will use to keep millions of Tanzanians poor and impoverished
Equal rights for animals?: The People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals went too far in comparing the cows we eat to the fate of black slaves, writes Nathan Tabor
Israel after the elections: Ehud Olmert's victory last week in the Israeli elections is a loss for Israel and a victory for terrorists, argues Rod D. Martin
News media snuggle up to ex-con, but ignore FISA judges: The fact that the Senate Judiciary Committee and the media gave John Dean a respectful hearing proves neither is interested in seriously exploring the issue of domestic terrorist surveillance, says Jim Kouri
Urgent need: Missile and other defense: Four and a half years after September 11, 2001 there are still gaping security holes that could cripple the United States if someone were to take advantage of them, argues Stephen M. Lilienthal
Taxation without frustration: In a few short weeks it will be time to pay the piper but Thomas Lindaman has a tax plan which should make it less painful
Lingua Publica

May 2006

Predicting hurricanes. Not!: Alan Caruba is going to make a stunning prediction: the southern and east coasts of the United States will be hit by hurricanes this year. You read it here first
Are guns to blame for murder-suicides in Switzerland?: Gun control advocates are having a field day over reports that easy access to firearms is fueling murders and suicides in Switzerland. Nancy Salvato says there is no story here
Iraq's Band of Brothers (and their mothers): Brave men are needed to patrol the Iraqi city of Ramadi, writes Michael Fumento. It's easily the most dangerous city in the entire country
Federalizing plebiscites: Why shouldn't Americans have the right to directly inform their federal politicians how they feel on the issues? Bruce Walker says conservatives should be championing the idea of referendums
A well-crafted thriller: The Da Vinci Code has its share of detractors but Lady Liberty loved the movie as a well-crafted thriller that draws you in
The Da Vinci Code: What it means — And what it doesn't: Since it's release The Da Vinci Code has generated controversy but Lady Liberty says people need to understand that the book and movie and just that, a book and a movie
Sterner stuff: Conservatives generally aren't very interested in being popular which is a good thing because it seems their ride is coming to an end in the United States. Daniel Ryan has some advice for the movement to weather this cyclical storm
No! You can't kill the sacred cow!: Christopher di Armani wishes that Canada's conservative government had axed the firearms registry completely because it has been nothing but a failure
Get government out of NAIS: The USDA's proposed National Animal Identification System will do nothing to promote food safety, writes Henry Lamb
Truth and Hollywood: You can't expect much truth in Hollywood's version of The Da Vinci Code and the industry's latest assault against Christianity is about as far from the truth as possible, argues Lisa Fabrizio
Lost in cryptic catchphrases: The next great social war, Michael Moriarty believes, will be over the issue of abortion. It is an institution doomed to die
French parliament makes US Senate look weak on immigration reform: Who would have thought that the French would take a harder line on the issue of illegal immigration than the United States? Jim Kouri says that's exactly what's happening
The emerging politics of border security and immigration reform: Putting politics ahead of immigration issues seems to be the order of the day, says Carol Devine-Molin, and that has to change
Too much weight on the hypothetical: The debate over illegal immigration is becoming increasingly removed from reality, argues Frank Salvato, as special interests come up with the unlikeliest points to counter their opponents' arguments
The question of the "fence": If America needs a border fence to protect itself, writes Kerry Marsala, then why are the nation's politicians dithering and delaying?
Illegals, reconquistas and economic systems: Radicals speak of reclaiming the American southwest for Mexico but Paul Driessen believes that would merely spread Mexican poverty
Let's treat taxes like immigration: If politicians refuse to enforce immigration laws, argues Justin Darr, then perhaps Americans should decide which laws they wish to obey
Letter from Iranian president: File under junk mail: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently penned a letter to U.S. President George W. Bush, a letter which Greg Strange thought was disconnected from reality
Israeli independence and Happy Nakba Day!: Israelis recently celebrated the anniversary of their independence, a day of mourning for its Arab citizens, reports Ariel Natan Pasko
Fanatics, heretics and the truth about global warming: Given how much some people have invested in the accepted orthodoxy about global warming, writes Tom DeWeese, can you really expect them to tell the truth about it?
A new theory to explain the frog declines?: A new study argues that a combination of pesticides are responsible for declining frog populations but Dennis T. Avery and Alex A. Avery aren't so convinced
Legal Services Corporation turns its back on men: The LSC once assisted the poor in getting their day in court but these days, says Carey Roberts, it's all about promoting an anti-male agenda
Wrongo, Sandy baby: Independence is not omnipotence: Sandra Day O'Connor's recent rant against those tired of judicial activism, writes Daniel Clark, betrays exactly why people are exceedingly tired of the cavalier way jurists are conducting themselves
As bad as it is, it could be worse: Say what you will about the current political situation, if it comes to pass that people like Nancy Pelosi and John Conyers in charge, it will be much, much worse, writes Henry Lamb
So what if we Republicans lose: Do the Republicans actually deserve to maintain control of Congress? James Atticus Bowden argues that the GOP has done little to deserve the support of conservatives
Republican "moderates" put Democrat principles in charge: It is the so-called "moderate Republicans" that have so angered the GOP's conservative base, says Christopher Adamo, and the reason why the party's fortunes are on the decline
Drug choices, bad choices: Everyone is addicted to something these days but Alan Caruba says that what we need to understand is that addiction, as we know it, is really all about choice
I wish more people knew history: As it did in the past, writes Bruce Walker, the United States should use its ability to produce oil in order to pursue national policy goals
With Churchillian defiance: In preparing for his 2008 presidential run Michael Moriarty is drawing upon a powerful example: Winston S. Churchill
Inequality in America: Is there inequality in America? Most certainly, responds Lady Liberty, particularly if you compare the treatment elected officials receive compared to the average American
Boycott Beijing?: Would an American-led boycott of the Beijing Olympics send a message to the Chinese regime? Frederick Stakelbeck doesn't know but it sure would make for some interesting times before the Summer Games
Poseidon a neat package: Action? Drama? Special Effects? Poseidon has it all and then some. It's not perfect but Lady Liberty still thought it an entertaining movie
Moore propaganda: Bernard Chapin says that This Divided State, a documentary about a Michael Moore visit to Utah ahead of the 2004 election, does raise questions, just not the ones the director intended
The second battle for Fallujah: The continuing battle for Fallujah illustrates, reports Michael Fumento, what needs to be done before the American-led force in Iraq can declare victory over the insurgency
How you too can become a millionaire like the author of The Da Vinci Code: It's not difficult to become a millionaire author, says Rachel Alexander. Just write a book purporting to tell the secret history of Christianity and you'll be in the money
Biden proves he's a man of his word: You can say a lot of things about Joseph Biden but you can't say he's boring. Michael M. Bates is happy that the senator is all but certain to run for the Democratic nomination
The return of the gold standard?: The gold standard as we once knew it won't return but international investors are treating the precious metal as a de facto currency, notes Peter Morici
The nation's mothers: Everyone knows that you can't measure a nation's strength isn't measured by its military power or economic might. Vincent Fiore says you measure it by the resolve of its women
Our sacred honor: Defending the right to be moral: Do you have a right to be intolerant? Alisa Craddock believes so and argues it is the foundation of being moral
Critical thinking: Or making me the straw man: A publisher recently asked Tom DeWeese for permission to use some of his work in a textbook. A little thinking made it obvious why he had to refuse
The 51st state: Israel and America: The instant that Iran has an operational nuclear weapon, writes Charles A. Morse, the state of Israel is in grave danger of oblivion. The only thing that will save it is an even closer allegiance with the U.S.
Air Canada alienates customers: Why is Canada's major airline charging firearms owners a fee to transport their unloaded firearms? Christopher di Armani isn't quite sure
American compassion: Most people think they can take advantage of the American inclination to compassion but Lisa Fabrizio says it worked against Zacarias Moussaoui
Do we need ethanol more than topsoil?: Is ethanol the way to alleviate the growing demand for gasoline? Only if you're prepared for widespread environmental damage, argues Dennis Avery
Jane Jacobs and Adam Smith: Thomas E. Brewton pays tribute to urban planner Jane Jacobs. The giant in the field of studying cities passed away earlier this month leaving a gaping hole in the field
Bush addresses the nation: The immigration dog and pony show: The federal government's commitment to combating illegal immigration was on display last week, writes Jim Kouri, and it wasn't a particularly effective demonstration
Late word from the oil patch: Are we running out of oil? Alan Caruba says don't believe the hype. The United States has enough of its own reserves to meet American demand
Why punish oil companies just when we need more energy?: The price of oil is being driven up by scarcity as demand for the commodity increases. Dennis T. Avery argues the way to reduce prices is to make the product less scarce
The real reason why gas prices are increasing: Rachel Alexander argues that a confluence of factors are driving up gas prices and there is only one solution that addresses those issues
NAIS cannot prevent "Mad Cow" disease: It's proponents claim that the proposed National Animal Identification System will halt the spread of Mad Cow disease but Henry Lamb believes otherwise
The persecution rests: Among the many victims of the liberal movement, says Bruce Walker, is America's legal system. Once a trusted font of justice, today it is a politicized system designed to produce guarunteed outcomes
How quickly we forget: In the days after 9/11 Americans stood together and were united against a common threat. These day? Americans are all too willing to make the wrong kind of sacrifices, argues Lady Liberty
MI:3 on cruise control: The latest in the Mission Impossible franchise is a mere shadow of the first which opened the series, writes Lady Liberty. She also reviews An Unfinished Life, new out on DVD
Diann burns over alleged racism: A Chicago news anchor's accusation of racism over an allegedly poor construction job at her multi-million dollar mansion doesn't pass the smell test, argues Michael M. Bates
Washington's deliberate strategy of non-solutions: A recent poll which showed strong support for a idea of a third party candidate showed support for conservative ideals, writes Christopher Adamo
Party on!: Now here is a party that ESR's editor can join. Thomas Lindaman sketches out a new conservative political party, one with a two-drink minimum and a commitment to...well...not much outside of that two drink minimum as of yet
Immigration and restriction: The recent protests -- which Bernard Chapin attended in Chicago -- against immigration reform forced him to realize that few on the left have a particularly sophisticated view of the issue
Kick more Jews out, no referendum in Israel: What's the greatest danger to Israel? It's not terrorism or nuclear armed opponents, according to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He believes it's Jews, reports Ariel Natan Pasko
Freedom vs. unlimited majority rule: Peter Schwartz argues that U.S. President George W. Bush's belief that elections are a cure-all for tyranny are being proven wrong in Iraq and in the Palestinian Authority
Abracadabra democracy: Patience, responds Slater Bakhtavar. You can't just waive a wand and expect Iraq to be reborn as a fully democratic nation. Despite that, the good news keeps coming from that nation
Cheney is right about the Russians: U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney's recent rebukes of Russia are on target and reveal the former totalitarian state for what it really is, argues Jim Kouri
It's high time for John Snow to cite China for manipulating the yuan: China is heading quickly for a currency crisis and no one seems to be concerned, writes Peter Morici. The world will pay a price for that blindness
Enough blame to go around: Disappointed that baseball is no longer the "field of dreams"? Lisa Fabrizio says you can blame a lot of people for that -- including yourself
Measuring achievement against objectives: If you can't learn from history -- that one needs to set a goal in order to acheive anything -- says Nancy Salvato, not much of anything is going to get done
World Bank and other bureaucratic failures in foreign aid: Decades of experience have shown us that bureaucratic organizations are generally unable to distribute foreign aid. Meanwhile, says Stephen M. Lilienthal, private aid organizations are leading the way in effectiveness
Deconstructing the immigration debate: The larger debate over immigration is composed of three different, yet related, issues. Charles Bloomer argues that Americans need to separate the three components if solutions are ever to be found
A possibly unifying immigration proposal: Meanwhile, Paul M. Weyrich believes that there is one piece of legislation that most Americans can agree on and it's called the Strengthening American Citizenship Act
May 1: Illegal Immigration Day: Only in America could millions of people organize to protest the "right" to break immigration law, writes Vincent Fiore
Mexicans, you are marching in the wrong country!: Instead of marching for the right to break American law, Randall H. Nunn suggests that illegal immigrants march on Mexico City and demand political and economic reform
Illegal immigrants are stealing your identity: You may be marching in today's immigration protests and not even know it. Justin Darr says illegal immigration is often linked to identity theft
An inconvenient Al Gore: Try as we might, we can't get rid of Al Gore. Alan Caruba predicts that the former vice president will be in the news a lot in the coming weeks thanks to his latest project
Who, me?: Lady Liberty receives a lot of email -- not surprising perhaps -- but the accusations that the letter writers make can sometimes be surprising
Did you hear the one about the meat growing trees?: We live in a world make up of the fake and Hippo Eats Dwarf: A Field Guide to Hoaxes and Other B.S. is a useful guide to making your way through it, says Steve Martinovich
Reliving the day the world changed: There are plenty of people who believe that it's too early for a movie about September 11, 2001 but Lady Liberty disagrees and has nothing but praise for United 93
Will $3 gasoline be enough?: Oil companies are being blamed for the rapidly increasing cost of gasoline but Henry Lamb says consumers should vent their ire in another direction
A modest proposal to ease our gas pains: Want to lower the price of gasoline? Michael M. Bates has a surefire solution that would instantly cut its cost
The myth of "price gouging": Why are people like George W. Bush and Bill Frist wrong about the possibility of gas price gouging? Alex Epstein argues because there is no such thing as price gouging
Charles Beard and the growth of modern American liberalism: If you want to know how and why American liberalism has morphed into the beast that it is today, writes Robert S. Sargent, Jr., you need to know about a now obscure American historian
Nazis: The first ecologists and the first PETA nuts: The media loves to describe the modern environmentalist movement as if it sprung up newly born in the 1950s but Bruce Walker points out that its origins go back a few years earlier in the heart of totalitarianism
A lack of vision or Democratic chicanery?: Frank Salvato recently received an email ostensibly written by a conservative urging him to vote third party or stay away from the polls. A clever ruse if it was written by a liberal
Encroachment of the Nanny State: Connecticut seems to be leading the way in government encroachment into the lives of Americans. Lisa Fabrizio says a new bill to jail those who serve alcohol to minors is yet another example
Misguided social responsibility at General Electric: Paul Driessen believes that General Electric's recent alliance with environmentalists to promote its new "ethical principles" will cost everyone a better life
A liberal solution: FEMA is dysfunctional, so let's make it bigger: The Homeland Security Committee's response to FEMA's failures after Hurricane Katrina promise to do little but spend more money to achieve the same results, argues Jim Kouri
Congress: A passing pretense as a parliament?: Talk of impeaching George W. Bush, writes Marion Edwyn Harrison, sounds like some in Congress believe they are actually members of a parliament
Lingua Publica
Letters to the Editor

June 2006

Father knows best: We recently celebrated a day dedicated the institution of fatherhood but Lady Liberty says we should also remember another set of fathers, ones responsible for the birth of an entire nation
White guilt: Today, tomorrow, and forever: Shelby Steel's White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era argues that the civil rights movement was undermined before it could achieve its promise and Bernard Chapin reviews his efforts
A low key pleasure: The Proposition isn't for everyone but Lady Liberty says this Australian western delivers the goods. Unfortunately she can't say the same for The Break-Up
Planting the seeds of freedom: Victory in Iraq is one step in ending the war against terrorism, argues Henry Lamb, and America must continue to fight for the cause of freedom in that nation
Diplomacy only encourages North Korea's belligerence: Once again North Korea's activities pose an imminent danger to the world and once again America and its allies are pursuing diplomacy as a means to resolve the threat. It's a path to destruction, says Elan Journo
Dixie Chicks not ready to make nice (And neither are former fans): The Dixie Chicks are back with a new sound but will their former fans return? Greg Strange says the band has done little to earn their continued patronage
Islam's lethal certitude: It is men like the late Sayyid Qutb who are responsible for much of the modern zealotry of Islamists who are battling the west in the war on terror, writes Alan Caruba
Who's listening?: Lisa Fabrizio believes that the Democrats will do anything to make sure the American people don't hear the good news coming out of Iraq, news that even Abu Musab al Zarqawi admitted was true
Bernanke's opportunity to step out of Greenspan's shadow: Peter Morici believes that Ben Bernanke should become his own man and stop running interference for the Bush administration. The economy is beginning to fail and the Bernanke should speak out
Will we ruin the Canadian tar sands?: The environmentalists have the next site they want to "save" from economic exploitation: Canada's Athabasca tar sands. Dennis T. Avery argues the opposition is misguided
Barack to the future: Is there any there there?: Is Barack Obama an empty suit? He certainly hasn't laid out any policy specifics for a man touted to be a potential contender for the presidency but Michael M. Bates says he is nonetheless a danger to the Republican Party
Security and prosperity for who?: A proposed "North American Community" to rival Europe's EU has Alisa Craddock wondering who will really benefit from a fading of international borders
Putting global warming on ice: College Democrats weren't impressed but Thomas Lindaman admired a recent College Republicans stunt at the Oklahoma University mocking climate change
Hillary versus McCain: Last hope of GOP "moderates": If the Republican Party is to succeed, argues Christopher Adamo, it must avoid the allure of the "moderate" candidate. Pursuing that path will only lead to marginalization at the polls
All the shouting is taking us nowhere: Yelling and screaming isn't going to revolve the big issues behind the immigration debate, says Nancy Salvato. Everyone should take a breather so they can regroup and begin to consider solutions
Politics before government is unacceptable: Both Republicans and Democrats are putting politics ahead of actually governing the nation, says Frank Salvato, and Americans have to do something about it
Senate Intelligence Committee members: Weapons of mass destruction exist in Iraq: The media ignored it but a Senate committee reported last week that weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq, reports Jim Kouri
Mainstream moves toward freedom: Motorcycles, leather and tattoos used to be the province of criminals and the undesirables of American society. Today they're embraced as symbols of freedom, writes Lady Liberty
Past and future holocausts: Will the world experience a future Holocaust? Alan Caruba says if we do, the world can expect its epicenter to be in Tehran
Court upholds Arizona county's use of unique new statute to prosecute illegal immigrants: The federal government may be wringing its hands in an effort to figure out what to do with illegal immigrants but Rachel Alexander says Maricopa County is already acting
"Comprehensive" sellout: Illegal immigration, the Senate and the White House: The Senate immigration bill is nothing but a travesty and a giant lie perpetrated on the American people, writes Tom DeWeese
America -- Land of the free, Home of the brave: Rep. John Murtha may be a war hero but his statements indicate that he seems more interested in losing in Iraq than winning, argues Charles Bloomer
What to do with Watada: How should Lieutenant Ehren Watada, the U.S. officer who refuses to serve in Iraq, be punished? Bruce Walker says one way or another, Watada would be sent to Iraq along with his men
Bloomsday 2006: June 16 marked what Michael Moriarty refers to as Bloomsday -- the celebration of James Joyce's first date with Nora Barnacle and the genesis of Ulysses
Inconsistencies hobble interesting premise: Not even the presence of Keanu Reeves was enough to make Lady Liberty look past the problems of The Lake House. She has nothing but rapturous praise for Kiss Kiss, Bang, Bang however
The ultimate epithet in the liberal lexicon: You can almost write the response before it's given. Not only are liberals politically predictable, says Michael M. Bates, but you can predict what insult they'll use when reacting to conservative proposals
Security and faith: Front and center: Carol Devine-Molin is gratified that Joe Biden believes the Democrats need to get serious about faith and security issues but she knows the left is incapable of actually doing so
Will Wal-Mart's organic cotton save the planet?: Wal-Mart recently heralded the sale of 190,000 yoga outfits as a step to ending the use of pesticides. Dennis T. and Alex A. Avery respond that the corporation, and its environmentalist allies, aren't telling the truth
The winter of GOP discontent?: If the Republicans fail to hold on to the House and Senate later this year, argues Vincent Fiore, they can only blame themselves. They can only save themselves by being different from the Democrats
Democracy spreads...It's Bush's fault: Is it a coincidence that the expansion of democracy has speeded up during the Bush administration's tenure? Slater Bakhtavar says you can indeed blame George W. Bush
An answer for the U.N.'s complaints: Mark Malloch Brown, the U.N.'s second in command, complained recently that Americans are insufficiently respectful of the international body. Henry Lamb says there are ways for the U.S. to respond
World Bank incompetence and malpractice: If you want to know what malaria really does to a society ask Fiona Kobusingye-Boynes. That's why she wants the World Bank to get its act together
TV and tykes don't mix: We're not breaking a confidence when we tell you that television isn't a good influence for your children. Michael Fumento says it's time to pull your overweight child away from the set
Why don't lawful gun owners support the gun registry?: Canada's new conservative government may be ready to ditch the national firearms registry. That's a good thing because Dr. Mike Ackermann says it has failed on every count, from public safety to earning the support of Canadians
The compromised wherewithal of the new progressives: Hillary Clinton was attacked by the left for refusing to support a timetable for America's soldiers to leave Iraq but Frank Salvato wasn't feeling supportive. The New York senator created the constituency that now dislikes her
Tree-dumb reigns: Eco-arrogance on exhibit: There is something idiotic about a German-Canadian artist coming to an American city located in a greenbelt and warning its residence about a shortage of trees, writes Daniel Clark
Drilling for the future: America's natural gas and oil resources, which many are fighting to leave unexploited, are big enough to fuel the country's economies for decades, argues Alan Caruba
Mediocrity reigns supreme: When it comes to American energy policy, says Paul Driessen, mediocrity defines the nation's politicians
Censure now!: If the legal system refuses to properly handle the cases of Cynthia McKinney, William Jefferson and Patrick Kennedy, writes Bruce Walker, than perhaps the House of Representatives should act
Zarqawi…ragdoll: As hard to believe as it is, writes Frank Salvato, some people aren't celebrating the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as a major victory in the war against terrorism
Cleaning house: Lady Liberty won't claim to have the cleanest house on the block but she at least makes the effort to keep the place tidy. If only Washington, D.C. were so fastidious
Will the NYSE-Euronext merger smash Sarbanes Oxley?: The proposed merger between the New York Stock Exchange and Euronext may have unintended benefits, writes Peter Morici, one of them being the end of Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Weak story hobbles Cars: The animation, as you would expect from a Pixar produced movie, is superb but Lady Liberty thought the story is what left Cars with a flat
Global warming: Some inconvenient glaciers: Environmentalists like Al Gore love to talk about shrinking glaciers to buttress their global warming arguments but they selectively choose their examples, charges Dennis Avery
Tis the season: The first day of summer is coming fast and you know what that means...time for tales and predictions of environmental woe, says Lisa Fabrizio
The rainbow being: Reality is like being in the back seat of a car with your parents driving, writes Michael Moriarty. If you want to get where you want to be you had better have the right driver
What if the Tet Offensive had been reported as an American victory?: The Vietnam War -- and the conflict in Iraq -- might have turned out differently if the mainstream media hadn't been so intent on reporting every event as a defeat, argues Randall H. Nunn
Washington's failed war in Afghanistan: Flush with victory, is the United States in danger of losing in Afghanistan? Elan Journo believes that America has fought only a half-hearted war in the former home of the Taliban
The health of fatherhood: It's Men's Health Week and the state of fatherhood in America today is on the decline. Dr. Gordon E. Finley offers three solutions to reviving the dying institution
A real confidence builder for geezers: Bob Uecker has a stalker? Michael M. Bates says that should make every graying baby boomer celebrate with joy. Life, it seems, is not over after 50
Apocalypse NWO! (The devil is in the details): We made it past 06/06/06 without the Antichrist ruining things but Alisa Craddock argues that freedom is still endangered by evil
War vets and POWs blast NY Times/Kerry "news story": John Kerry's military record has been shredded by his critics but that doesn't mean that the senator is giving up. Jim Kouri says that Kerry continues to defend his service in Vietnam with an eye to 2008
Protecting the Republic from federal judges: Can the wishes of the American people be protected from her federal judges? Tom DeWeese believes that Rep. Ron Paul's We the People Act will go a long way in protecting state powers
A reform to move everyone to the right: Americans by nature tend to be conservative. Bruce Walker says some common sense election reform can ensure that their conservative voice is heard at election time
The White Man's burden: Is the problem of Third World poverty insoluble? Dumping trillions of dollars seems to have done nothing, writes Alan Caruba, except empower organizations more interested in existing than solving problems
The Howard Zinn Fabrication Show: Howard Zinn may be among America's most famous historians, says Bernard Chapin, but he should be known more as a man of limited and twisted views
The truth behind the story: Know what The Rose Line is? Confused about the early history of Christianity? Steve Martinovich says The Da Vinci Codebreaker: An Easy-to-use Fact Checker will set you straight
Lying down on the job: Why don't politicians change? Lady Liberty says it's because we don't provide any incentive for them to do so
Al Gore preaches hellfire and damnation: Al Gore is preaching about global warming with a zealotry that would make religious fundamentalists proud, says Henry Lamb
Is Al Gore ready for his close-up?: Al Gore isn't the only one thinking he has a real shot to win the White House in 2008. Lisa Fabrizio says the media is helping the failed contender with a brand new image
The rules of the "Real Game": Every game has its rules and the game of the eugenicists is no different. Michael Moriarty argues that the players and the rules they follow is fairly self-evident if you take the time to study it
The art of the deal or buying protection?: Carol Devine-Molin is ultimately pessimistic that any deal reached with Iran concerning their nuclear program will be successful
Haditha aftermath: Political correctness on the battlefield: Regardless of what may have happened at Haditha, writes Jim Kouri, forcing American soldiers to take sensitivity training isn't the right way to win a war
Ethics and morality training for the media?: Randall H. Nunn wonders if perhaps it isn't America's media which needs to be trained in response to the incident at Haditha
Thank you: With apologies to The Beatles, well it was ten years ago last, that the band began to play. Today is the tenth anniversary of Enter Stage Right and Steve Martinovich has maudlin-free thoughts to share
MySpace isn't a cyber place for everyone: If you have teenaged children chances are they have a profile on MySpace. Michael M. Bates says you should be aware of what can be found on the social networking web site
The trials of Henry Paulson: If Americans expect any fundamental changes in economic policy thanks to the selection of Henry Paulson as new Treasury Secretary, says Peter Morici, they will be profoundly disappointed
The myth of 'Reconquista': Radicals in both Mexico and the United States argue that a good hunk -- if not all of it -- of America belongs rightfully to the Mexican people. Jack Ward doesn't think much of their claims
Immigration and Irish home rule: History never quite repeats itself but Thomas E. Brewton argues that the Republican Party would do well to learn from the example of Britain's Liberal Party
Farm policy hinders lower fuel prices: The price of gasoline could drop if America only dropped its insane farm subsidy policies, writes Jeff Lukin. Don't expect anything to change
Oil is well: The shortage is a myth, and not a new one: For as long as man has been pumping oil out of the ground there have been 'experts' telling us that we're just about to run out of the commodity. Rod D. Martin urges you to ignore their doomsday messages
The Mickey Mouse revolution: Tired of both the Republicans and Democrats? Thomas Lindaman asks why not take matters into your own hands and vote for America's favourite mouse?
AB 2051 moves California in wrong direction on domestic violence: New legislation in California designed to combat domestic abuse will actually make it far worse, argue Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
Has John Kerry morphed into Al Gore?: Environmentalism used to be the preserve of Al Gore but Alan Caruba notes that failed presidential candidate John Kerry may be trying to build a new bid based on green politics
Thank you: With apologies to The Beatles, well it was ten years ago today, that the band began to play. Today is the tenth anniversary of Enter Stage Right and Steve Martinovich has maudlin-free thoughts to share
Ready or not, here comes Hillary: Though she maintains that she is not running for president in 2008, Michael M. Bates notes that the media is doing everything it can to boost her already oversized profile
That'll teach 'em: Lady Liberty is always -- and grudgingly -- prepared to hear parents talk about their children but she wasn't ready for horror show heard from a friend about the state of public schools
ANWR debate pitiful excuse: The recent debate over ANWR drilling was once again, writes Henry Lamb, filled with posturing rather than a recognition of why the project is so necessary
Bush and Congress should lift environmental restrictions on energy production: ANWR is merely one aspect of America's failed energy policies, argues Andrew Bernstein. A host of restrictions is choking progress in the energy industry
Did global warming stop in 1998?: The data only proves one thing: when it comes to global temperatures you can find any trend to support your hypothesis, says Dennis T. Avery
A disappointing conclusion: Lady Liberty loved the first two X-Men movies but felt that the third -- and perhaps final -- chapter was a muddled mess
Long John Teddy Bear: Golfer John Daly comes across as a very human -- and broken -- person in My Life in and Out of the Rough: The Truth Behind All that Bull**** You Think You Know About Me writes Bernard Chapin
RU486 or against it?: We wish he could actually do it. Michael Moriarty has gone and exiled liberal progressives to the planet RU486
Who's who?: Media confuse allies with enemies: Afghan forces recently inflicted a severe defeat on the Taliban but if you had read the headlines, writes Daniel Clark, you would have thought otherwise
Investigate the gun registry: Canada's national gun registry has been plagued by cost overruns and fraud and John Williamson says Canadians deserve to know why
Heather has two mommies…and three daddies: Alisa Craddock says June 6 marks one of the most important votes in recent memory: a vote on a constitutional amendment to preserve the traditional definition of marriage
Illegal immigrants: A bonanza of cheap labor: The debate over illegal immigration has been imbued with moral and political concerns. Samuel L. Blumenfeld says we should look at the issue in purely economic terms
A Google search on the Net Neutrality Act: The Internet was founded on open access to information and Frank Salvato would like to see some of the companies making billions from it to respect the freedom of speech
You got Googled: These days the most dangerous thing -- at least on the Internet -- is to get search engine giant Google angry at you. They have ways, writes Bob Parks, of making you disappear
Bonds and the Babe: Now that Barry Bonds has passed Babe Ruth on the home run list it's time for Lisa Fabrizio to take a few swings at the San Francisco Giants slugger
Senate reveals ugly underside of the "Nanny State": A Senate plan to extend Social Security benefits to illegal immigrants is yet another failure by Republican politicians, says Christopher Adamo
Lingua Publica
Letters to the Editor

July 2006

Do it now or do it later?: The Israel-Lebanon-Hezbollah battle is spotlighting that there are two kinds of people when it comes to ending terrorist threats, argues Alan Caruba
Western leaders provide comedy to Iran's dictators: Iran's leaders have had a lot to laugh about since 1979, says Glenn Woiceshyn, as they've watched the West fall over themselves in lame attempts to deal with the Islamist dictatorship
The U.S.-Israeli suicide pact: The current conflict has its roots, argues Elan Journo, in the failed bids for peace over the past three decades. The problem? Only one side was interested in peace
The liberal strategy for Israel: Hunker down and die: Washington Post op-ed writer Richard Cohen apparently believes that Israel should simply allow itself to be killed by its enemies, writes Vincent Fiore
Monstrous fun: Monster House isn't usually the type of film that Lady Liberty enjoys but it proved to be a winner. She also breaks with the critics by enjoying Lady in the Water but hated the super-dumb My Super Ex-Girlfriend
One way to treat illegal workers: At the end of the day we all know that eliminating illegal immigrant workers is all but impossible but Bruce Walker says there is a way to encourage them to become part of the legal system
Is Arlen Specter finally a patriot?: If you read the Washington Times last week you might have been confused: Arlen Specter sounded tough on border security. Tom DeWeese explains why
The white Frederick Douglass: Michael Moriarty feels his presidential bid is starting off slowly but, he argues, history shows that massive swings are possible when one's cause is just
President Bush and the Doha Round: The G8 conference saw a push to finally establish a roadmap for the conclusion of the Doha Round of trade talks. Peter Morici said that is a loss for America
Biotech white corn increases to South Africans' food security: What's happening in South Africa proves that genetically modified crops are for small farmers as well, writes Dennis T. Avery
Bring back literacy tests: Several states are musing about ways to raise voting rates. Michael M. Bates believes that they should actually be trying to do the exact opposite
Mary Poppins gone mad: The latest federal drive to ban or regulate internet gambling has little to do with protecting you from a potential and more to do with protecting state lotteries and tax revenues, argues Lisa Fabrizio
Grandma is an outlaw: You may be a criminal and not even know it. Henry Lamb says one woman in Wisconsin found that out last week when two officers with the USDA showed up to her home and asked why she hadn't registered herself with the government
The truth about malaria and DDT: The use of DDT would save tens of thousands of lives in Africa from death by malaria but incredibly there are still people fighting its expanded use, says Paul Driessen
North Dakota Shared Parenting Initiative will help children of divorce: Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks hail a North Dakota initiative which recognizes that the children of divorce need both parents in their lives
Feminist scheme for UN reform: That the United Nations need reforming is beyond debate but Carey Roberts says the last group the international body should be seeking counsel from are feminists
The fate of Lebanon and the world: Is anyone really surprised that Israel has once again struck Lebanon after years of attacks by Iranian-supported Hezbollah terrorists, asks Alan Caruba
Israel: Proof that appeasement doesn't work: The world convinced Israel to make concessions in the interests of peace but the end result, says Sher Zieve, is that it is now once again an inviting target for Hamas and Hezbollah
Israel knows how to fight a war: Say what you will say about the Israelis, when someone invites them to a fight they're not afraid to throw down and get dirty, sats Carol Devine-Molin
Changing things: John Cox wants to be president of the United States and Politic$, Inc.: Principle, Not Profit: Why We Need Statesmen, Not Career Politicians is his manifesto. Nathan Tabor reviews his efforts
Red states, red provinces and roja estados: Bruce Walker has noticed an interesting pattern: in the recent Canadian and Mexican elections, those states and provinces that touched an American border tended to go conservative
We need to talk: The First Amendment is probably the most popular, which explains why people usually act when its threatened. Usually, being the key word, says Lady Liberty
Predictable and ordinary: If you're looking for laughs from You, Me and Dupree, reports Lady Liberty, you will be very disappointed
Will sea levels rise 20 feet as Gore predicts?: Stay away from the beach! Dennis T. Avery doesn't think much of Al Gore's assertion that sea levels will suddenly rise 20 feet thanks to climate change
Kay-O'd on WMD: The chief inspector takes a dive: David Kay was once a talk-talking weapons inspector dedicated to finding Iraq's WMDs. Today, writes Daniel Clark, he's doing the exact opposite
Flushed: Brothers Judd interview of W. Hodding Carter: Have plumbers saved civilization? Orrin Judd interviews W. Hodding Carter, author of Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization
Battle hymns of the madmen in Tehran: Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be a member of a group which seeks an Armageddon for religious reasons. Something to remember, says Slater Bakhtavar
The Pope, Richard Speck and the death penalty: Pope Benedict XVI recently praised Philippines president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for ending capital punishment in that nation but Michael M. Bates believes that some deserve the ultimate judgment
Not-so-free love: Lisa Fabrizio hails recent court decisions in Georgia and New York that affirm a traditional definition of marriage and underline that legislatures are to define the institution, not courts
Valerie Plame's lawsuit is a huge mistake... for Valerie Plame: Jim Kouri argues that Valerie Plame's lawsuit involving Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and others will only boomerang back against the former CIA analyst
Watching government erase our borders: Henry Lamb charges that the Clinton and Bush administrations have quietly signed deals with Canada and Mexico that will effectively end America's sovereignty
Half-truths about human trafficking: Slavery of any kind is vile but Carey Roberts wonders why the plight of men is never mentioned
Net neutrality vs. Internet freedom: Alex Epstein says denying the ability of ISPs to offer premium service to web sites is anti-freedom and anti-capitalist
The tragedy that is General Motors: A proposed alliance with Nissan and Renault, pushed for by Kirk Kerkorian, won't save General Motors, argues Peter Morici. The automaker's problems go much deeper
GOP should ignore Democrat playbook: Just when the Democrats are on the verge of utterly destroying themselves, writes Christopher Adamo, a saviour arrives to rescue them. That savour is almost always the moderate Republican
President Giuliani? It's a good bet: Two of those moderate Republicans that Christopher Adamo dislikes, John McCain and Rudy Giuliani, are possible contenders for 2008. Vincent Fiore believes that fears surrounding Giuliani are overblown
Water's nice, but not as ice: Climate change, and a coming ice age, may be a reality but its cause may not lie with human activity but rather forces out of our control and under the ocean, reports Alan Caruba
Rogue male: North Korea's test of its Taepodong-2 missile last week may have been a failure but it nonetheless should signal to Canadians that they too face a threat from the communist regime, argues Steven Martinovich
The Mexican victory: Last week's victory by Felipe Calderon in the Mexican presidential election is a victory for the Mexican and American people, says Bruce Walker
Omnibus of evil: From the Gulag to the Killing Fields: Personal Accounts of Political Violence And Repression in Communist States doesn't make for light reading but it certainly is essential reading, says John W. Nelson
No treasure in Pirates of the Caribbean sequel: We never thought we'd be writing the following words: Lady Liberty has seen the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie and she didn't like it
The Christ of science: Albert Einstein: Michael Moriarty says that Albert Einstein understood what many scientists today fail to: that science has its limits
Joementum?: Only a few short years ago Joe Lieberman was part of a ticket that nearly won the presidency. Today, writes Lisa Fabrizio, he may not even win reelection to the Senate
Losing to win? Are Democrats throwing the 2006 elections?: Thomas Lindaman doesn't quite understand why the Democrats seem unable to learn from their mistakes but he is having a grand time watching them implode yet again
Is it "dejá-Taliban" all over again?: Al-Qaida may have been largely destroyed in Afghanistan but Frank Salvato says that the terrorist organization is making inroads into turning Sudan and Somalia into new Taliban-like states
Guiding the ship of state: If government has inexorably expanded it isn't the fault of politicians but rather of the average citizen for not being involved, says Henry Lamb
Killing the passive smoking debate: Is the case closed on the debate over secondhand smoke? The media and the U.S. Surgeon General say it is but Michael Fumento argues otherwise
Do Americans understand the threats they face?: Tom DeWeese recently asked his readers what they considered to be legislative priorities and some of the answers surprised
An inconvenient truth: Mr. Gore's sanity in the balance: Why is Al Gore so invested in his campaign against climate change? Greg Strange thinks that only a team of psychologists can answer that question
A young boy serves a life sentence: The world has largely forgotten about Elian Gonzalez but that doesn't mean the 12-year old's story is over, writes Michael M. Bates
Keep our "addiction" to oil, end our allergy to self-assertion: Americans don't have an addiction to oil, argues Alex Epstein, they have an addiction to oil-rich nations which sponsor terrorism and tyranny
Glug, glug, glug…: Like every man, Erik Rush appreciates the roar of a real man's car or truck but he would never spend the money to buy a giant gas guzzling vehicle
Activist judge allows illegal aliens, deceased and felons to vote: Expect a lot of new Democratic voters in Georgia this November if a judge's ruling that struck down a law requiring identification if you want to cast a ballot, writes Jim Kouri
What's a voter to do: Tough choices for Catholics in the Badger state: Wisconsin conservative Catholics will be in a tough position in November as they are expected to vote against gay marriage and capital punishment, reports Robert E. Meyer
Iraq's WMDs: The Russian connection: No one seems interested in reporting it but the puzzle over Iraq's missing WMDs is finally being solved. Rod D. Martin reports on the latest discoveries investigators have made
Are you bored with global warming?: The media seems to be in overdrive with their global warming reporting and Alan Caruba can only muster one feeling in response: absolute boredom
Failing the debate: The National Academy of Sciences is supposed to be the impartial referee in scientific debates but Dennis T. Avery says it appears to have picked a side
Not so super: The great special effects and mostly good cast of Superman Returns were undermined by a poor script and simplistic story, says Lady Liberty. The Devil Wears Prada, on the other hand, is a fun romp
Our dangerous love of change: We as a society are enamored with change and what we consider to be progress but Bruce Walker isn't convinced that we're really better off in many respects
What'll we do with Winnie the Pooh?: America is fighting to free people half way around the world but Fidel Castro still walks free? Michael Moriarty muses on what should be done with the Cuban dictator
Borrowed trouble: Many Americans are like one of Lady Liberty's friends: they borrow her possessions and never return them. They treat liberty the same way
Reagan's common sense on capital punishment, crime, and moral absolutes: The U.S. Supreme Court last week walked in the shadow of Ronald Reagan when it upheld a Kansas capital punishment law, says Steve Farrell
Tilting at windmills: The very act of writing about social and political issues is akin to Don Quixote's mad quest to be the champion of Dulcinea, says Alisa Craddock
Celebrating America's freedom: Americans owe their freedom to men like Carl "Buddy" Reddeck, Jr., Robert Glenn and Willie Ruff, writes Henry Lamb, men who moved to defend their nation they fought as children
It's time to scuttle the Doha Round: Peter Morici argues that the WTO's Doha Round of negotiations won't do much for the United States and the greatest danger is that it will actually succeed in its goals
Democrats and news media celebrate terrorists' victory: If America loses the war against terrorism it's because its own institutions are siding against it, as last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling shows, argues Jim Kouri
Terrorist sympathizers and enablers: Those who reveal America's weapons in the war against terror should be prosecuted, whether they are the New York Times or not, argues Carol Devine-Molin
Bishop announces what the gay agenda is: The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation may claim that there is no "gay agenda" but Michael M. Bates says words and action don't equal each other
My bike is a car: If marriage can be redefined at will, writes Jorn K. Baltzersen, then he'd like to try his hand at it. His humble bicycle is really an expensive sports car. That was easy!
Talking baseball: Obscenity, cultural bigotry and uncouth behavior? No problem. Use a word that insults gays? Time for sensitivity training! Lisa Fabrizio muses on the sideshow that is Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen
The lynching of Big Tobacco: The Florida Supreme Court is set to render its final judgment in the landmark Engle vs. Liggett Group case and Alex Epstein hopes the court does the right thing and end the war
The Clinton-Gore deceitful fundraising sideshow: Is it any great surprise that Bill Clinton and Al Gore are using deceit in order to raise money for the Democrats? Frank Salvato reports on what's going on
Warren Buffet: Socialist dragoon: People are celebrating Warren Buffet's multi-billion dollar gift to charity but Thomas E. Brewton wonders if it's just more fuel for the welfare state
Before you join the military, don't forget your permission slip: Bob Parks has advice for anyone about to join the American military: make sure your parents agree with your decision or face the prospect of them smearing that choice if you die
Jesse Jackson comes calling again: Jesse Jackson has a new target for Rainbow PUSH's extortion, reports Nathan Tabor, and it's British Petroleum. Will they give in as so many have before them?
What leaped to my heart
Lingua Publica
Letters to the Editor

August 2006

Ready, set...: Everyone complains but few do anything to change things. Of course, if it was easy to make a difference in the world then everybody would be doing it. Lady Liberty says if you want to make a difference you actually have to get up off the couch and do something. Go on, what are you waiting for?
Anti-war liberals are a danger to society: The political left's love for men for Ned Lamont and its refusal to spell out its post-Iraq War positions make anti-war liberals a danger to us all, argues Charles Bloomer
The Chirac cold foot in mouth disease: Jackson Murphy heaps scorn on France's belief that it can command the troops enforcing the cease fire between Israel and Lebanon but only send a token number of soldiers
Snakes a pleasant (and scary) surprise: The fact that the studio refused to preview Snakes on a Plane shouldn't dissuade you from seeing it, at least according to Lady Liberty. She also enjoyed the teen comedy Accepted
The George Soros foreign policy: Billionaire investor George Soros recently criticized the Bush administration's foreign policy but his solutions, writes Thomas E. Brewton, would doom America
My diplomats have always been cowboys: Time says that the era of "cowboy diplomacy" is over. Thomas Lindaman responds that the magazine was wrongheaded in its assessment
Sabotaging U.S. sovereignty: Alan Caruba doesn't think much of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a scheme dreamed up by the Council of Foreign Relations that will destroy's America's sovereignty
Rediscovering our roots: The week of September 17 in the U.S. marks Constitution Week, seven days Henry Lamb hopes people will use to get reacquainted with America's founding document
The new king of Hollywood fast food: Dan Brown: In Hollywood, writes Michael Moriarty, the new kings of creativity are men like Dan Brown
Corporate welfare rears its ugly head -- Again!: Canada's Conservative Party was elected partly as a backlash to the 'politics as usual' approach of the Liberal Party but John Williamson says it didn't take long for things to go back to the old ways
Summertime and the politicos are prowling: It's the silly season, writes Michael M. Bates, and that means politicians are concerned about not offending fans of Wendy's or In-N-Out
Up a lazy river: Lisa Fabrizio recently took a vacation aboard a riverboat, hoping to get away from the world but instead found herself reminded why America was worth fighting for
Our kabuki dance with evil: Dancing with evil only leads to one result: the death of civilization. Bruce Walker argues that the Western world is filled people who prefer to dance
F-Bombs and the pornocopia utopia: Hollywood denies that it has an agenda when including graphic sex and violence in its offerings but Alisa Craddock doesn't buy it for a second
Iran's strategy relies on western cowardice: Israel's half-hearted war against Hezbollah and its subsequent agreement on a cease fire only inspires Western civilization's enemies, writes Christopher Adamo
The ACLU continues its onslaught: American security personnel have a new weapon in the war against terrorists but not surprisingly the ACLU has objections, reports Jim Kouri
A bit of common sense in the war on radical Islamist terror: Nearly five years after 9/11 Americans still need to get more serious about securing their airports. Frank Salvato says there is a ready made force that could do just that
Amid the bombs, flowers bloom in Iraq: The story of Hamade Hadeal shows that America's media isn't terribly interested in telling all sides of the story in Iraq, writes Vincent Fiore
The evolution of homeowner associations: Homeowners associations are often sold as a way for property owners to empower themselves but Shu Bartholomew says they can have the exact opposite effect
Wal-Mart: Always low prices without union vices: Nancy Salvato can certainly understand why Wal-Mart would be hostile to the idea of a unionized workforce
Pretty is as pretty does: Several centuries ago Countess Erzsébet Báthory was vilified for allegedly using the blood of poor girls to maintain her beauty. Today, Alisa Craddock, she would likely be lauded for her forward thinking approach
Blueprint for Democrats: Deceive and conquer: Bernard Chapinsays that The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton, and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party has the goods in chronicling how radicals like George Soros took control of America's left wing
Stone's latest an incomplete work: Although it wasn't perfect, Lady Liberty gave Oliver Stone's World Trade Center the thumbs up. She was less than impressed by The Night Listener and Zoom
Why Europe is failing: Why is Europe the Old Man of the world? Bruce Walker says it's because the continent has lost the one thing that sustained it for centuries
Loving the fruit, hating the tree: France and Mel Gibson: Mel Gibson's recent arrest and his subsequent drunken anti-Semitic comments prompted Michael Moriarty to compare that incident with Europe's general decline in religious belief
Chirac's baguette diplomacy: Try as he might, reports Jackson Murphy, French president Jacques Chirac couldn't gain traction last week in his attempts to be the saviour of Lebanon
Lebanon, the imaginary nation: Lebanon was once a glittering jewel in the Middle East but today it is nothing more than a proxy for terrorist groups and their sponsors, writes Alan Caruba
President Putin: Middle East arms merchant: North Korea and Iran may be in the business of providing weapons technology to other dangerous nations and groups but Jim Kouri says the daddy of the rogue family is Russia
We're not beaten yet!: Lady Liberty has the same advice for American patriots that she has for battered women: Don't take it! Fight back!
How to cut wasteful government spending: An interview with Senator Tom Coburn: Peter and Helen Evans sit down with Sen. Tom Coburn and discuss his work on the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security and America's fiscal state
New bill to protect the republic from activist judges needs co-sponsors: Tom DeWeese says if an activist judiciary concerns you, it's time to contact your political representatives and urge support for H.R. 5739
Democrats head for déjà vu all over again: The rejection of Sen. Joe Lieberman in last week's Connecticut Democratic primary reeks of 1972, writes Michael M. Bates
Which "ism" do you want?: There are many 'isms' to choose from when Americans decide to choose a political philosophy. Problem is these days they're choosing the most evil, argues Henry Lamb
Democrats must stop waffling: Thomas E. Brewton is tired of Democratic calls for withdrawal from Iraq without a clear plan on what they intend on doing afterwards
Can you trust the USDA organic label?: Think just because the label says the food you buy is 100 per cent organic that you're actually getting what you're paying for? Dennis T. and Alex A. Avery say think again
Chinese continue their military build up: China's rapidly expanding economy and their increasing energy needs have overshadowed an important story, says Jim Kouri, the story of its growing military power
The death of a monster: The world nearly lucked out when it came close to losing a mass murderer last week. Patience, says Bruce Walker. Fidel Castro's island-sized prison will soon shed its ruler. Incluso el Dios celebrará.
Iran declares its nuclear bad intentions: Alan Caruba asks the question: What does Iran have to do in order for the world to take its stated intentions of nuclear war seriously?
Hezbollah Nights: The ballad of Jacques Chirac: The French president has found himself thrust centre stage in the attempts to end the conflict in Lebanon and Jackson Murphy wonders if Jacques Chirac is squirming under the lights
Do we have the will to win?: That there is a war against terrorism is beyond doubt. The problem is that America may lose it simply because her citizens no longer seem to care, writes Henry Lamb
Taxpayers find an unlikely advocate: The Ontario premier: Canadians will doubtless be surprised to learn that a liberal tax-hiking premier is the one fighting hardest for taxpayers at the moment, says John Williamson
The beginning of the end: If Canada's Conservative government lives up to its election promises, says Steven Martinovich, the Canada Wheat Board will eventually be little more than history
The cause of poor education: Why are America's children being taught so poorly? Nancy Salvato says Why Kids Can't Read: Challenging the Status Quo in Education answers that question
American apathy: It's August and you know what that means: Time for Americans to be even more apathetic than usual about politics, says Lisa Fabrizio
It's for the children: Won't somebody please think of the children? It used to be that the left invoked the fate of children when fighting the policies of the right. Today? Today is a different matter, writes Alisa Craddock
The travesty of mercy to Andrea Yates: The verdict that Andrea Yates received in her retrial on multiple murder charges was nothing short of immoral, says Gennady Stolyarov II
So many sensitivities, so little time: Michael M. Bates believes that Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney made a mistake when he apologized for using the term "tar baby" in a speech to Iowa Republicans
Henry Paulson: Defender of the yuan?: Peter Morici wants to know why is U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson helping the Chinese maintain an artificially low yuan?
Philadelphia Daily News unfairly stereotypes dads: Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks think that the Philadelphia Daily News printed a very one-sided news story when they covered the jailing of a "deadbeat" father
Science's stem cell scam: Michael Fumento argues that Science magazine seems to be nothing more than a propaganda sheet embryonic stem cell research
Wal-Mart scores a victory: Wal-Mart's recent victory over attempts by Maryland to force the company to spend more on employee healthcare is a victory for everyone, argues Trevor Bothwell
Promises, promises: Charlie Rangel threatens to quit Congress: Charlie Rangel recently promised to retire if Democrats didn't regain control of the House this November. Jim Kouri fervently hopes that comes to pass
"Adults" missing in stem-cell debate - Robert E. Meyer
Kofi? No, thanks. I'm trying to cut down - Jim Kouri
Move over, Dr. Death, Here comes Dr. Doom - Alisa Craddock
Globally-acceptable truths in the land of Eden - Tom DeWeese
No liberals in my foxhole! - Alan Caruba
Chimps and salsa: Spain joins the anti-human movement - Daniel Clark
The solution to Iran - Rachel Alexander
Obsession With Israel is crack cocaine for Koranic crazies - Greg Strange
Time to create a legitimate world organization - Frank Salvato
She's ready for her close-up now - Michael M. Bates
Real risks – and irrelevant risks - Fiona Kobusingye-Boynes
The million-dollar question - Michael Moriarty
Organic food and Humvees are both eco-wasteful - Dennis T. Avery
Blame Olmert for Israel's slumping mojo - Carol Devine-Molin
Democratic schizophrenia - Lisa Fabrizio
NOW at 40: Group's opposition to shared parenting contradicts its goal of gender equality - Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks
Saving Sui Lang Panoke - Dustin Hawkins
Super-Corridor to oblivion - Henry Lamb
What is this is World War III (or IV)? - Bruce Walker
Lingua Publica

September 2006

Robbing parents to pay teachers: In any other context it would be viewed as thievery. Alan Caruba charges that parents are being robbed because of the sub par education they are paying for their children to receive
When academics write film books: All Thomas M. Sipos wanted was a pleasant investigation of George Romero's zombie classics. Instead, he got the politically charged Gospel of the Living Dead
Mahmoud Hitler and Hugo Mussolini go to the UN: Last week's freak show appearances by Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should have proved to everyone that the United Nations is broken, writes Frank Salvato
How much good will have we squandered?: This month may have seen the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks but it's real theme has been, reports Michael M. Bates, whether America squandered worldwide good will
The righteous hypocrite: Aaron Sorkin: Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing, is back with a new and highly acclaimed series. Michael Moriarty knows what we can expect
My faith is in freedom: Lady Liberty understands why the religious want the nation to reflect that faith but she wishes that they would take the time to see the other side of the issue
Bill Clinton's meltdown and deception on Fox News: Bill Clinton's assertion this past Sunday during appearance on Fox News Sunday that in 1993 no one knew who al-Qaida was is a complete and utter lie, writes Jim Kouri
In praise of investing money gained from tax cuts: Remarkably, some people are opposed to tax cuts for the wealthy because the money would be used for investments. Gennady Stolyarov II answers those objections
Democrats recruit God to advance their agenda: Is God a liberal? J.B. Williams argues that the Democrats are pursuing the wrong course if they decide to use religion to promote their agenda
The ACLU's Christian view of war: Robert E. Meyer believes that a recent anti-war commentary by a Tennessee minister shows why there is a divide between the left and the right
What is a leader made of?: Peter and Helen Evans interview soldier-turned-politician Tom O'Donoghue who, after Iraq and Afghanistan, has decided to enter the battleground of the 8th District of Virginia this November
Schwarzenegger should veto AB 2051: Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks say that a new California law barring men from domestic abuse shelters and counseling is wrong
Puritanism: The origin of public education: The American education system wasn't the product of a German politician or Greek philosophy, argues Thomas E. Brewton. It was the result of Puritans who wanted to make sure people could read and debate the Bible
Battling the education hydra: Nancy Salvato wonders how America's teachers can teach when they themselves are often ill-equipped to understand what they are trying to communicate
Designating the battlefields is essential: The left wants an American pull-out from Iraq and many on the right -- with an eye to November -- just want to stop talking about the war. Frank Salvato believes that both sides are wrong
Middle East scenarios: We're still a long way from seeing a peaceful and stable Middle East and no one knows how things will end up, writes Alan Caruba
Perils abound on the world scene: Israel's failure to destroy Hezbollah and China and Russia's courting of Iran have combined to make the world an even more dangerous place, argues Carol Devine-Molin
Lost: The exit strategy of The Jack Layton Show: It's not only America's Democrats that aren't serious about the War on Terror. Jackson Murphy examines recent statements made by Canada's top socialist, Jack Layton
Outlawing morality, protecting perversion: Charles Bloomer reports that California's Democrats have passed legislation that essentially punishes anyone who disagrees with their agenda
FrontPage, SS man of the left, and sinisterism: Many have evinced surprise that Gunter Grass, a member of Germany's far left intellectual movement could have once been a member of the Waffen SS. Bruce Walker doesn't share their same confusion
Straddling the fence: The recent excommunication of a priest that Alisa Craddock called a friend prompted her to consider the war many Catholics have launched against the Church's teaching of celibacy for those who enter the priesthood
A sanity-neutral lifestyle: Al Gore wants us to live a "carbon-neutral lifestyle" to fight climate change. Dustin Hawkins responds by wishing that Democrats would live a "sanity-neutral" lifestyle
Class dismissed: The Democrats' misguided war against discount chain Wal-Mart ignores the facts and the needs of Americans, says Lisa Fabrizio
The state of the unions, 2006: It's Labour Day and unions are celebrating but Michael M. Bates says that organized labour doesn't have a very bright future
Is Montana in eco-collapse?: According to eco-writer Jared Diamond, the state of Montana will eventually go the way of Easter Island. Dennis T. Avery responds that sort of alarmism is unwarranted
SPP: Sovereignty a prosperity perversion: The Security and Prosperity Partnership between the U.S., Canada and Mexico will only be a drain on American prosperity, argues Henry Lamb
Nuclear to the rescue: Africa isn't merely the "Dark Continent" because it is economically and politically behind the times. It also deserves that nickname because hundreds of millions of its people are deprived of electricity, says Paul Driessen
Why we must advance the principles of freedom: Why fight for freedom? Tom DeWeese answers that question with nothing less than a manifesto on the subject
The march of 'God's Army': The recent Israeli-Lebanese war may be over but Slater Bakhtavar argues that Hezbollah will be back stronger than before unless the West takes action
Is corruption inevitable?: Erik Rush has been disconcerted by the cautious tone that some in the Bush administration have adopted since the end of the Israeli-Lebanese conflict
Income tax destroyed Connecticut jobs: Thomas Brewton reports that Connecticut's experiment with an income tax has only resulted in a loss of jobs
Another United Nations power grab: The United Nations has its latest cause du jour: the rights of the disabled. Jim Kouri says that the international body plans on using that issue to attack the sovereignty of nations
Ready, set...: Everyone complains but few do anything to change things. Of course, if it was easy to make a difference in the world then everybody would be doing it. Lady Liberty says if you want to make a difference you actually have to get up off the couch and do something. Go on, what are you waiting for?
Anti-war liberals are a danger to society: The political left's love for men for Ned Lamont and its refusal to spell out its post-Iraq War positions make anti-war liberals a danger to us all, argues Charles Bloomer
The Chirac cold foot in mouth disease: Jackson Murphy heaps scorn on France's belief that it can command the troops enforcing the cease fire between Israel and Lebanon but only send a token number of soldiers
Snakes a pleasant (and scary) surprise: The fact that the studio refused to preview Snakes on a Plane shouldn't dissuade you from seeing it, at least according to Lady Liberty. She also enjoyed the teen comedy Accepted
The George Soros foreign policy: Billionaire investor George Soros recently criticized the Bush administration's foreign policy but his solutions, writes Thomas E. Brewton, would doom America
My diplomats have always been cowboys: Time says that the era of "cowboy diplomacy" is over. Thomas Lindaman responds that the magazine was wrongheaded in its assessment
Sabotaging U.S. sovereignty: Alan Caruba doesn't think much of the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, a scheme dreamed up by the Council of Foreign Relations that will destroy's America's sovereignty
Rediscovering our roots: The week of September 17 in the U.S. marks Constitution Week, seven days Henry Lamb hopes people will use to get reacquainted with America's founding document
The new king of Hollywood fast food: Dan Brown: In Hollywood, writes Michael Moriarty, the new kings of creativity are men like Dan Brown
Corporate welfare rears its ugly head -- Again!: Canada's Conservative Party was elected partly as a backlash to the 'politics as usual' approach of the Liberal Party but John Williamson says it didn't take long for things to go back to the old ways
Summertime and the politicos are prowling: It's the silly season, writes Michael M. Bates, and that means politicians are concerned about not offending fans of Wendy's or In-N-Out
Up a lazy river: Lisa Fabrizio recently took a vacation aboard a riverboat, hoping to get away from the world but instead found herself reminded why America was worth fighting for
Our kabuki dance with evil: Dancing with evil only leads to one result: the death of civilization. Bruce Walker argues that the Western world is filled people who prefer to dance
F-Bombs and the pornocopia utopia: Hollywood denies that it has an agenda when including graphic sex and violence in its offerings but Alisa Craddock doesn't buy it for a second
Iran's strategy relies on western cowardice: Israel's half-hearted war against Hezbollah and its subsequent agreement on a cease fire only inspires Western civilization's enemies, writes Christopher Adamo
The ACLU continues its onslaught: American security personnel have a new weapon in the war against terrorists but not surprisingly the ACLU has objections, reports Jim Kouri
A bit of common sense in the war on radical Islamist terror: Nearly five years after 9/11 Americans still need to get more serious about securing their airports. Frank Salvato says there is a ready made force that could do just that
Amid the bombs, flowers bloom in Iraq: The story of Hamade Hadeal shows that America's media isn't terribly interested in telling all sides of the story in Iraq, writes Vincent Fiore
The evolution of homeowner associations: Homeowners associations are often sold as a way for property owners to empower themselves but Shu Bartholomew says they can have the exact opposite effect
Wal-Mart: Always low prices without union vices: Nancy Salvato can certainly understand why Wal-Mart would be hostile to the idea of a unionized workforce
9/11 truth - Sharon Hughes
Will the Accountability Act be hijacked by the unaccountable? - Adam Taylor and John Williamson
"Embryo-Safe" experiment just another stem cell fraud - Michael Fumento
The cost of war: A review of The Afghan Campaign: A novel - Steven Martinovich
The American subversive - Alisa Craddock
The end of the world is nigh! Invest now!: A review of Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors - Steven Martinovich
You didn't know? Like breathing, blaming Bush is automatic - Vincent Fiore
The blame game - Lisa Fabrizio
Apocalyptic chess: Part two - Mao Zedong's patron saint: Judas - Michael Moriarty
The contradictions of feminism - Bruce Walker
Cruel precedent - Lady Liberty
Good news for malaria victims - Paul Driessen
Arianna has an opinion…"So what?!" - Frank Salvato
Growing apart: A review of Diplomatic Divorce: Why America Should End Its Love Affair with the United Nations - Carol Devine-Molin
Looking back should focus the future - Henry Lamb
Activist fraud and fundraising - Paul Driessen
OK, Buster, get in that La-Z-Boy - Michael M. Bates
Big Gulf oil strike could save 100 million acres of U.S. forests - Dennis T. Avery
Soldier for God: A review of Jonathan Edwards: America's Evangelical - Steven Martinovich
The Bush Administration's efforts to cover up the North American Union: Myths, facts -- truth - Tom DeWeese
NYT gives advice on how to reveal state secrets and thwart the federal government - Nathan Tabor
"Peak Oil" or lots more oil? - Alan Caruba
Muslims angered over Pope's remarks; Here we go again - Greg Strange
Love and tyranny in the USA: A review of Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista - Lady Liberty
Erring on the side of hidden harm: The granting of domestic violence restraining orders - David Heleniak
RSVP - Lisa Fabrizio
Suicidal hypocrisy - Thomas Brewton
One day the world will thank us - Charles Bloomer
The phony call to work together - Frank Salvato
Letters to the Editor
Lingua Publica

October 2006

Declare that a state of war exists: Want to solve the North Korea issue? Bruce Walker says the United States should send a very strong signal to the communist nation by declaring war
Making sense of US population growth: It's not often you'll find Alan Caruba agreeing with environmentalists. What prompted this amazing occurrence? News that America's population hit 300 million people
George romances the Nanny State: An Interview with Bruce Bartlett: Economist, former Reagan administration official and George W. Bush critic Bruce Bartlett sits with Bernard Chapin to discuss his new book and his problems with Dubya
First time in U.S. history a jury convicts an illegal immigrant of conspiracy to smuggle himself: Rachel Alexander reports that Maricopa County, home of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, is showing the nation how to get tough on the issue of illegal immigration
Hooded eagles don't fly!: Michael Moriarty argues that the United States is like a great bird that has been temporarily blinded by its philosophical enemies
Not enough magic in The Prestige: Lady Liberty was hopeful for some good magic tricks in The Prestige but was ultimately disappointed in the end
On the other hand: Don't know who to vote for this November? Lady Liberty says there's a good reason why you're confused if you're only looking at Republicans and Democrats
President Bush and the Great Republican Shellacking: It won't be pretty for the Republican Party next month and Peter Morici says that all the blame can be laid directly at the feet of George W. Bush.
What a Democratic victory will mean: Regardless of where the blame would lie, Michael M. Bates says the Democrats that would achieve new prominence and power are to be feared
The stakes in the Senate: Losing control of the Senate, writes Rod D. Martin, would be nothing short of a catastrophe as people like Harry Reid, Carl Levin and Teddy Kennedy would assume positions of power
2006 elections are still about conservatism: There is a silver lining around the dark cloud over the GOP's chances next month: The way to get elected is to either be a conservative or pretend to be one, argues Christopher Adamo
The general election is no time for conservatives to show discontent: As angry and disappointed as the conservative base is, writes Frank Salvato, they must still support the Republican Party next month unless they want a return of Clinton-era "feel good" government
The Christian Right and the blue wave: Don't worry about the so-called "Christian right", says Lisa Fabrizio. People of faith will continue to support the GOP
Zen and the art of raising geopolitically-savvy kids: Sometimes your kids can amaze you. Erik Rush recently had a conversation with his ten-year old son that puts to shame the thinking of many adults
'Til debt do us part? - With a plan Ottawa's debt can be eliminated: Adam Taylor praises Canada's federal government for its surpluses and debt repayment but he believes that it could work even faster
Killing our babies: The World Health Organization may have finally relented and acknowledged DDT's efficacy against the spread of malaria but that hasn't stopped some environmentalists, says Fiona Kobusingye-Boynes
Another liberal fairy tale: Homosexual animals? Nathan Tabor says a new museum exhibit in Norway makes the claim that there is nothing your dog wants more than gay marriage and spousal benefits for same-sex couples
Federal Reserve Bank assisting illegal alien lawbreakers: No one seems to be interested in reporting it but the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank has decided to help illegal immigrants send their money back to Mexico, reports Jim Kouri
It's not my fault!: If the Foley fiasco has taught Lady Liberty anything it's that no one will just stand up and say they screwed up. They always have to blame it on something or someone else
Dirty Harry: Sen. Harry Reid has been talking a lot of smack about the Mark Foley scandal but Vincent Fiore says the Nevada politician has his own ethics violations brewing
A room with a brew: John W. Nelson liked the idea of Where Men Hide, an exploration of the spaces men use to get away from it all, but he thinks James B. Twitchell wasn't the right person to write the book
Nietzsche was wrong: Thomas E. Brewton has nothing but praise for Republicanism, Religion, and the Soul of America, an investigation into the religious character of America
"Open access" or covert propaganda?: You would think that Alan Caruba would support legislation that allows public access to government funded research. Caruba has a very good reason for opposing the Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006
Can we get back to important issues?: Enough, says Charles Bloomer. He's had enough of the promotion of minor league scandals over the most pressing issue of the day: America's national security
The greatest news yet in the Battleground Poll: Don't believe the (negative) hype! Bruce Walker says the Battleground Poll contains some very good news for conservatives
Rights, wrongs, and the law: Steve Farrell opens the first of a three part series by debating the notion that you can't legislate morality. Au contraire, responds Farrell, that's the entire point of legislation
The ultimate child molestation: Murder: The roots of the recent murder of Amish school girls in Pennsylvania goes back a long way, argues Michael Moriarty
A forgiveness that's out of this world: Americans were treated to two examples of forgiveness recently, writes Michael M. Bates, something that should be practiced a little more often these days
No pale copy: Lady Liberty writes that Infamous, the latest biopic of Truman Capote's life, is no lesser brother to last year's Capote
Unintended consequences: Mark Butterworth says that the makers of Infamous probably don't realize that their movie doesn't say quite what they think it does
Developing a strategy to contain North Korea: Now that the North Korean nuclear cat is out of the bag, says Carol Devine-Molin, it's time to come up with a realistic counter-strategy
Why isn't the atmosphere warming like the Earth's surface?: It's a pretty important question and one that most global warming orthodoxies don't even address. Dennis T. Avery explores the issue
Lies, damn lies, and statistics at UNICEF: A recent creative use of statistics underlines why Carey Roberts has no patience for the folks at UNICEF
Showing students how just makes sense: There is nothing wrong, argues Nancy Salvato, with a teacher giving the students in their class some direction. They are responsible, after all, for introducing new ideas
We are responsible for the caliber of our government: Angry about what's going on in Washington, D.C.? Disappointed by the quality of your representatives? Frank Salvato says look in the mirror because it's partly your fault. It's we the people after all...
Meanwhile, North Korea was building a nuke: North Korea's new status as a nuclear power is all thanks to Bill Clinton, argues Christopher Adamo, who fiddled while Rome was burning
Predicting hurricanes. Not! [Part Two]: Back in April scientists predicted a busy hurricane season. The end result? Just five. Alan Caruba hates to say he told you so but he did tell you so
The truth behind the conspiracy theories: Jews...the Bush aliens. Everyone was to blame for 9/11. Damian Penny reviews Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts, an investigation into the wacky theories surrounding that horrible day
Scorsese's soul: Mark Butterworth argues that The Departed proves there is nothing left of Martin Scorcese's soul. He did enjoy The Last King of Scotland
A Scorcese masterpiece: Lady Liberty, on the other hand, thought that Martin Scorcese's The Departed is a nearly perfect movie
A bad time for organic believers: E. coli infected spinach proves, argue Dennis T. Avery and Alex A. Avery, that organic food is no safer than conventionally grown food
Matthew Bracken on borders, books, and the future of freedom: Libertarian novelist Matthew Bracken sits with Lady Liberty and discusses his novels and the political issues that they explore
Do the math: The Mark Foley scandal is the result of a nation and a party abandoning traditional values, writes Alisa Craddock, something that even the GOP appears to be experiencing
Congress gave tacit OK to page abuse: The Foley scandal is hardly the first involving congressmen and pages. Michael M. Bates points out that there seems to be quite a history involving the two camps
Al Zawahiri and Democrats joined at the hip?: Sher Zieve says that the Democrat attack over the Mark Foley issue, one that may have been manufactured, stole the spotlight from far more serious issues
Real security and real voting in the war on Islamic terror: Over five years after September 11, 2001, it is clear that there are still few people taking the issue of national security seriously, writes Michael Nevin, Jr.
Vote GOP because...: There is plenty of good news in America today but thanks to the GOP repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot no one is particularly interested in hearing about it, says Vincent Fiore
Useless, Nazified academia: For decades America's academia has been in the grips of a totalitarian movement, says Bruce Walker. And it's only going to get worse
Our very own Gen. Jack D. Ripper: Recently a Bush Administration official told a newspaper that testing "non-lethal weapons" on Americans was morally acceptable. Jim Kouri wants to know why no one was outraged
The lion prowls in Afghanistan: Pay no attention to the negativity, says Slater Bakhtavar, the situation in Afghanistan is improving. Particularly if you compare it to the days of the Taliban
U.S. military active duty retirees -- Valuable assets: If the U.S. military is really concerned about a shortage of skilled personnel, writes George S. Kulas, there sits a body of former soldiers just waiting to be called upon
The feminization of poverty? There you go again, Hillary!: Hillary Clinton continues to claim that poverty has been feminized, an assertion that doesn't stand up to the facts, argues Carey Roberts
Homosexual activists gear up in spite of California vetoes: Recent legislative defeats in California hasn't put a damper on the plans of gay activists. Olivia St. John reports that the war will be kicked up as they attempt to advance their agenda
Shooting blanks: Occasionally legislation is proposed that pro-firearms organizations tout to their members for support. Lady Liberty says always read the fine print
Torturing logic: Bruce Walker wasn't impressed by the recent comments a spokeswoman from Human Rights Watch made in condemning what she referred to as torture by the American government
Manufactured mass hysteria: Michael Fumento says Americans are in love with the "syndrome" and it appears they have a new one: Environmental illness related to World Trade Center rescue operations
America, the debtor nation: Thanks to its mounting debt America only exists in its current form thanks to the kindness of strangers. Peter Morici argues that must change
School's out: Lady Liberty was disappointed by School for Scoundrels but was pleasantly surprised by the Ashton Kutcher-Kevin Costner tag-team of The Guardian
Overlong and overkill: Mark Butterworth, on the other hand, thought that The Guardian started off strongly but fell apart halfway through the movie
Global warming scares heat up: Another day, another global warming scare. Alan Caruba says Washington, D.C. is ready to unleash a torrent of legislation to deal with a problem that does not exist
Election 2006: Barbarians at the gate: Many conservatives want to justifiably punish the GOP this November for their profligate spending but Rod D. Martin says the stakes are much higher than simply getting rid of some "RINOs"
Misleading the world on the Darfur conflict: Frank Salvato agrees with the aims of a group named Save Darfur but he doesn't understand why they are targeting George W. Bush for America's response to the African crisis
Crocodile tears: The phony compassion of liberals: Supporters of abortion like to claim that it is compassion that drives them to fight for the right of women to obtain the procedure but Alisa Craddock says the reality shows them to be callous towards those women and their babies
Back to basics: Five years into the war against terrorism and it appears that its proponents have to start all over and begin explaining once again why it's necessary, writes Carol Molin-Devine
Dirty dancing: The latest move on the dance floor? The man grinds his crotch into his partner's posterior. Lisa Fabrizio wonders why we disrespect our women so much
Gender newspeak at Newsweek: Carey Roberts calls to task a Newsweek reporter who clearly had an agenda when writing a story about child custody
What I learned in high school: Christian Hartsock looks back on all the lessons he learned in high school, ones that included putting condoms on bananas, being tolerant of gays and why the Bush Administration is the greatest evil ever
Why the AMA is wrong about Medicare: Scott Holleran and Arthur Astorino, Jr. argue that American Medical Association is wrong to fight against proposed cutbacks to Medicare payments to doctors
The real bad thing: Nathan Tabor reports that parents have a new irritant in their lives: an energy drink named after cocaine that will soon be sold across the United States
Celebrity worship and the meaning of words: America is so in love with celebrities that it actually accords their words on political matters weight. Erik Rush says whether the celebrity is on your side or not, ignore them
Democratic Party strategy: Forget the truth: If Democrats do recapture control of Congress this November, writes Thomas Brewton, it appears they will do it with outright falsehoods
Eschew the fat - Bonnie Rogoff
Letters to the Editor
Lingua Publica

November 2006

The Californication of the economy: Giving Democrats control of Congress may have further reaching effects than most Americans considered, reports Alan Caruba, including exporting the worst of California's ideas and personages
Dear Gay Studies professor: Bernard Chapin doesn't mind being quoted by professors specializing in gay studies but he does wish that they would at least quote and criticize him based on what he actually believes
I, Politico: Daniel M. Ryan lovingly spoofs Leonard Read's 1958 classic "I, Pencil" with his scathing commentary on the men and women who lead us, appropriate given the results of America's recent mid-term elections
Preachy but worthwhile: Emilio Estevez's Bobby occasionally hammers its message with little subtlety but Lady Liberty still found it a worthwhile watch
The progressive Pontius Pilate formula: The spirit of the judge of Jesus Christ continues to live and make his presence felt, argues Michael Moriarty, even if only metaphorically
Repeating history: The more things change, the more they stay the same. When it comes to politics, writes Lady Liberty, that's a biblical certainty
Answering Chinese mercantilism is not protectionism, it's merely self defense: Peter Morici argues that it's not always protectionism if you levy countervailing duties against trade partners, sometimes it's necessary to respond to underhanded behavior
Perusing the conservative echo chamber: Carol Devine-Molin surveys the recent work of Glenn Beck, a rising star in the conservative pundit industry, to find out what the right is worried about
Third string but still on the team: Teachers are being churned out in record numbers, writes Nancy Salvato, but a majority of them are unlikely to enjoy their new careers for very long
Understanding the Democrats: It's a pity that more people didn't read David Limbaugh's Bankrupt: The Intellectual and Moral Bankruptcy of Today's Democratic Party before voting earlier this month, writes Christopher Adamo. Things might have been different
Making the world a better place – One billboard at a time: Shelly Barreras should be congratulated for using her Thanksgiving Day to spotlight the issue of fraudulent paternity suits, says Gordon E. Finley
Fight hate by ending "hate crime" laws: Thomas M. Sipos despises racists and racism but he doesn't believe that the notion of "hate crimes" is anything more than an ideological weapon
Chairman-in-waiting Rangel feels a draft: The political left loved to tell Americans that the Bush administration would be responsible for the reintroduction of the draft. Michael M. Bates said the smart money was always on the opposite result
Freedom, liberty and marriage: Recent news that less than half of households in America are composed of a married couple should sound a warning to everyone about the state of the nation, says Paul M. Weyrich
Truth vs. moral relativism: Recent attacks on Pope Benedict XVI and the insistence of the Catholic Church to stick to its beliefs has earned the ire of American newspapers, reports Thomas E. Brewton
Feminist infiltration into the conservative ranks?: Why aren't more conservatives openly anti-feminist? Carey Roberts says its time for conservatives to stand up and say no to that lobby
Private drive?: Daniel M. Ryan recently went on a road trip -- one that included a visit to the hometown of ESR -- and was reminded by an old Mike Harris promise of privatized roads in the province of Ontario
Why can't we save our own country?: Bernard Chapin says that Pat Buchanan's State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America tells it like it is, whether you want to hear the message or not
The tyranny of numbers: Experts love numbers and use them to try and prove everything but the average American could care less. Alan Caruba says that needs to change
Why GM, Ford and Chrysler left Washington empty handed: America's automakers went cap in hand to Washington, D.C. last week in the hopes of taxpayer money but got nada. Peter Morici says he knows why
A return to the national question in Canada and Quebec: As predictable as snow in November "the question" as returned in Canadian politics, namely Quebec sovereignty and whether Canada is really a coherent nation, writes Mark Wegierski
Lost in the Heart of Darkness: America: Like China's Forbidden City, Michael Moriarty posits that America is lost inside of a hideously clever trap, one that leads it ever further away from its original purity
Craig succeeds as Bond: Lady Liberty was a little leery of the latest in the Bond saga but she reports that Daniel Craig succeeds marvelously as the British super spy in Casino Royale
Light and frothy: At the end of the day Stranger than Fiction is no revelation but it does work on the limited ground it has set up for itself, says Mark Butterworth
My debate concerning the United Nations before the Cambridge Union Society: Tom DeWeese was recently accorded the highest honour a debater can receive: An invitation to the prestigious Cambridge Union
Election aftermath: Picking up the pieces: Pundits and political animals are still trying to figure out what the results of America's mid-term elections really mean. Christopher Adamo says there are definitely some conclusions you can take to the bank
Giuliani v. McCain: Do conservatives even care?: It's all but official: Rudy Giuliani wants to run for the presidency in 2008 and he's beginning to court the Republican Party's conservatives, reports Jim Kouri
Keeping a check on congressional reality: That didn't take long. It's only been a few weeks since the Democrats won control of Congress but they are already backtracking from many of their promises, says Frank Salvato
Some recipes for lemonade: Bruce Walker has but one prescription for congressional Republicans: Fight. Although they don't control Congress any longer, the GOP can still hold Democrat feet to the fire
School's in: Let the baby have its bottle, argues Lisa Fabrizio. She believes that the Democrats will soon learn that political power comes with a price: making decisions and the consequent mistakes. Meanwhile the Republicans can get re-energized
The debate is not yet over: Gun control seems a permanent reality in Canada but Clive Edwards argues that a court fight being led by Bruce Montague may change the landscape considerably
Fathers no longer cost-effective?: Both the federal government North Dakota state government, along with predictable allies, joined together to battle a measure that would have guaranteed fathers a role in their children's lives, reports Carey Roberts
Same-sex swan song a sour serenade: A number of resolutions seeking to legalize same-sex marriages went down to defeat earlier this month and since then all Robert E. Meyer has heard is the bellyaching of their supporters
Social contracts: A Washington Post writer recently argued that the congressional elections could promote a return to a common "social contract", an outcome that fills Thomas E. Brewton with nothing but dread
Jonestown tragedy had liberal roots: Last week marked the anniversary of the Jonestown mass suicide in Guyana and predictably, writes Michael M. Bates, no one mentioned that Jim Jones had been a prominent member of the political left
Oil, terror and environmental pipedreams: Alan Caruba has plenty of respect for the accomplishments of R. James Woolsey but a recent conference he attended made him question the former CIA director's agenda
A turnout effort is not a message: The Republican Party was so proud of its ability to get out its voters that it forgot, writes Rod D. Martin, that you needed a message to sell to those voters as well
Crying over spilt blood: Why did the Republican Party get thrashed last Tuesday? Alisa Craddock says there wasn't any one reason but a confluence of very good reasons
Reaping the benefits of the paleoconservative strategy: Frank Salvato says we learned two things from last week's debacle. First, the refusal of paleoconservatives to support the GOP was wrongheaded. Second, the loss might be a good thing for the right
We're up to the challenge: Carol Devine-Molin isn't too concerned about last week's loss. She says that she expected the drubbing and she believes the right will take it in stride
Freedom from religion: Can someone be a person of faith and be devoted to the cause of liberty? It's a relevant question given some recent events and Lady Liberty decides to ponder it
Cohen's 'documentary' a funny effort: Lady Liberty didn't want to like Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan -- heck, she didn't even want to see it -- but she has to confess she enjoyed it
Senator Obama hits a speed bump: Barack Obama may not be as perfect a potential presidential candidate as many have billed him. Recent questionable land deals show that he may have ethical liabilities, argues Michael M. Bates
Led by the nose of the intellect: Prof. Louis Menand: Louis Menand is, by any measure, a very intelligent man. Michael Moriarty says that Menand's intellect has unfortunately been placed in the service of a repugnant belief system
Impeached judge may chair House Intelligence Committee: Jim Kouri says that Alcee Hastings may be the next chair of the House Intelligence Committee and the prospect of that should frighten every American
Income trust changes more light than heat: A storm of controversy was unleashed when Canada's conservative government announced the taxation of income trusts. John Williamson says a close look at the changes reveals that they aren't quite as bad as most people think
Times echoes: Selwyn Duke says there is a race of humans in the United States who slavishly follow what emanates from the offices of the New York Times, including a hatred of web sites that take on the "paper of record"
New York Times: Try appeasement again: The more things change, the more they stay the same. Not even a nuclear explosion could change how the New York Times wants America to deal with North Korea, reports Thomas E. Brewton
Bush needs to rein in feminist operatives: One reason the Bush administration is having difficulty promoting its agenda could be the number of feminists that infest the bureaucracy, says Carey Roberts
Abortion: A foundational human right and cause to celebrate?: Pro-abortion advocates often tell us that they only reluctantly support the procedure as a necessary evil but Bill Barnwell responds that they actually seem very happy with the idea of abortion in general
Republicans had their chance and blew it: Michael M. Bates is cautiously optimistic about what will happen tomorrow but if the Republicans do lose it's because they didn't take advantage of the opportunities they were given
Election 2006: Evangelicals at the crossroads: Rod D. Martin argues that America's evangelicals hold the key to the Republican Party's fortunes and he hopes that they decide to turn out in big numbers on election day
Republicans have nobody to blame but themselves: If the GOP does loose control of one or both branches of Congress, says Scott D. Gillette, then they deserve their fate thanks to years of poor decisions
It's your choice: When you go to cast your vote tomorrow Lady Liberty reminds you that there are more than just two choices on the ballot. To that end she discusses some big issues with Libertarian candidates
Atheists! Who are these people?: Most people know someone who is an atheist but they probably don't know much about atheists in general. Alan Caruba explores those without faith in a higher power
Bening shines in latest effort: Lady Liberty has nothing but praise for both Annette Bening and the director of the quirky and powerful Running With Scissors
Democrat agenda is published: What's in store for Americans if Democrats take control of Congress? Henry Lamb says the answer hasn't changed since the days of Woodrow Wilson
CIDA's malaria meltdown: Dr. Amir Attaran wants to know why the Canadian International Development Agency is standing in the way of preventing thousands of malaria-related deaths in Africa
The long apology of John Kerry: Bruce Walker argues that John Kerry needs to apologize to many people for his recent comments, an apology that will never come because of the type of man the senator is
John Kerry politics: Enough is enough: John Kerry's "quip" involving America's soldiers and his subsequent apology illustrate why Americans continue to be turned off by Democratic candidates, writes Frank Salvato
The real climate change catastrophe: Paul Driessen argues that by focusing their efforts on climate change, world leaders are overlooking issues which cost the lives of millions
Sunday Adelaja: Europe's mega-church leader: Very quietly, reports Robert Duncan, a Nigerian-born pastor is making religious waves across Europe
Senator Ted Kennedy: Undercover enemy agent: A new book shows that while Ronald Reagan was staring down the Soviet Union over the issue of nuclear weapons, Sen. Ted Kennedy was actively working to undermine him, says Thomas E. Brewton
Washington's failed war in Afghanistan: Elan Journo charges that the situation in Afghanistan is rapidly worsening and it's because the United States never fought the war seriously
International law expert: US internationalists selling out US property rights: The one-worlders aren't merely content with destroying American sovereignty, says one legal expert, they're also working to destroy the property rights of their fellow citizens, reports Jim Kouri
Hillary stuck between Barack and a hard place: Just a few short years ago Democrats were ready to hand the nomination to Hillary Clinton. Now, says Michael M. Bates, she faces a real challenge in Barack Obama
The Nippon-American Century: China may be a rising power but Bruce Walker believes a Japanese-American alliance may put those two countries at top of the global pecking order this century
Winners and losers: Why did a recent high school football game remind Lady Liberty of the power of the state? Because some teams just don't play fair
The ideal feminist: An interview with Carrie Lukas: Bernard Chapin talks with feminist and scholar Carrie Lukas about women, marriage and gender politics and why the fairer sex is getting a raw deal from traditional feminists
To all the ghouls I've loved before: Just in time for Hallowe'en! Alisa Craddock offers up a poem to celebrate the ghastly men who have kept her up so many nights
Clint's latest a masterpiece: Lady Liberty isn't a big fan of war pictures but she thought Flags of our Fathers was an incredible picture
A predictable epidemic of "Reagan Democrats": Among the many underhanded tactics the Democrats are using this year, writes Christopher Adamo, is that they've always been Reagan Democrats
Cut-and-run Republican or just conservative?: James Atticus Bowden is honest. He could care less if Republicans lose next month but he does care if conservatives lose at the polls
Mass deception?: Conservatives are being told that Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the man they should be looking to but Alisa Craddock isn't convinced of that
Moral beings and the law: Steve Farrell continues his three part series on legislating morality with a second installment arguing that men are moral beings, hence the need to regulate behavior
Lessons from the lavender boys: Everyone seems concerned about synthetic chemicals in consumer products -- despite the tremendous level of regulation -- but no one ever cares about the harm that natural chemicals do, notes Alex Avery
We're all Jewish now!: Michael Moriarty is surprised that he still has to lecture people on the Golden Rule but the continuing existence of abortion proves the effort is necessary
Delaying technology can be deadly: Denying or delaying the implementation of technology in Africa, argues Paul Driessen, is effectively a death sentence to millions of Africans every single year
Even Christian music can't redeem Maple Palm: Self-published Christian songwriter Rebecca Hansen has no qualms regarding her participation in a film that some people are calling Brokeback Hooters. In fact, Hansen even considered playing the lead lesbian role, reports Robert Duncan
The Hazards of Duke: A conspiracy involving the North Carolina Bar Association?: Another week, another astounding revelation by Mike Nifong in the infamous Duke University rape case, says David Usher
Folks, let's talk seriously about the war: If you have a personal stake in the war against terrorism, as Jeff Lukens does, then you should stand up and be more vocal in your support
Iraq, WMDs and Big Media: Sen. Hillary Clinton's recent (and latest) disavowal of her original support for the war against Saddam Hussein's Ba'athist regime has gotten Carol Devine-Molin's goat
Hugo Chavez: Pat Robertson was right: Last year evangelist Pat Robertson got himself into trouble after calling for the assassination of Hugo Chavez. Erik Rush says that Chavez's actions since certainly merit some response
Confusing fear with focus: The Democrats are arguing that Republicans are trying to scare voters into casting their ballots for GOP candidates. Frank Salvato responds that fear isn't the right word for what Republicans are trying to communicate
Michael J. Fox: The politics behind the cure - Bonnie Rogoff
Conservatives: Ignore the polls, just vote - Bonnie Rogoff
Letters to the Editor
Earth is Flat Award
Lingua Publica

December 2006

It's all about attitude: It's a fact, writes Lady Liberty. Go through life with a dour attitude and you can expect lemons. Be happy and do good and you'll get all the lemonade you can handle
The Russians have never stopped spying on us: Why does Russia continue to have a formidable spy apparatus in the United States? Because America has no way of stopping it from doing so, writes Alan Caruba
Climate McCarthyism and eco-inquisitions: Dare to question the climate change orthodoxy and you'll face censorship, slander and even threats of execution, says Paul Driessen, himself once named a "climate criminal"
The global warming inquisition and the suppression of "skeptic" heresy: Some of those skeptics, namely executives at ExxonMobile, have found what it's like to be targeted when they received an impolite letter from two senators, reports Tom DeWeese
Two more global warming false alarms: With that in mind Dennis T. Avery takes his life in his hands when he proclaims that two recent global warming claims concerning hurricanes and ocean currents have been disproved
The evolution of the feminist: A profanity laden book written by a feminist from the Betty Friedan wing of the movement? Bernard Chapin says some conservatives will actually enjoy The Female Thing: Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability
William "Icarus" Clinton: Michael Moriarty can smell the influence of Bill Clinton in Unity '08, a new "political party" designed to promote bipartisanship in the next presidential election
Eragon: The book was better: Are you surprised to find that the book series is better than the movie? Lady Liberty says its so. She did, however, enjoy Charlotte's Web
Four arguments for canceling Christmas: Not everyone loves Christmas and Daniel M. Ryan has four tongue-in-cheek suggestions as to why the happiest time of the year for both secularists and Christians should be banned
The Iraq Study Group misses the mark: Charles Bloomer doesn't want to hit the nail to often but the work of the Iraq Study Group was, to be a polite, a nice way to announce a nation's surrender
More Ali rap: A recent ESPN documentary argued that Muhammad Ali may have been the first rapper. Lisa Fabrizio says the former heavyweight champion was really nothing more than a self-aggrandizing racist who could box exceedingly well
What the heck is a paleoconservative and why you should care: Dr. Dan E. Phillips sets out to define the term that has many observers of the American political scene confused and why you need to know what they stand for
Bernanke, Chinese currency subsidies and the "P" word: China's undervalued yuan may be necessary for growth and stability in the United States but Peter Morici says it should be also be treated as a trade subsidy
Impeachment is off the table, but not far off it: Nancy Pelosi may have announced that Democrats will not try and impeach George W. Bush but John Bender believes they're quietly laying the groundwork to do just that
Cupid can strike at any age: Henry Hyde is merely the latest in a long line of ladies and gentlemen who are exchanging vows at what is an advanced age, notes Michael M. Bates
Modern warfare in the age of "suicidal guerillas" and "insurgents": The tactics being used by the Iraqi insurgency is spreading across the Middle East and Justin Paré believes there is little -- at the moment -- we can do to fight it effectively
Chemic relief: Destroying our WMD should be easy: The effort to destroy the world's stocks of chemical weapons has fallen behind schedule but Daniel Clark has a way for America to dodge blame for its own slow pace
Posturing "moderates" could sabotage GOP prospects in ‘08: A revelation that Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney may not be as socially conservative as he's claimed proves to Christopher Adamo that you can't trust the more liberal wing of the Republican Party
Fake heroes: An increasing amount of people are claiming to be war heroes but Sgt. Maj. George S. Kulas (Ret.) says there are tools to find out the truth about these liars
The anti-assimilation movement: It used to be that immigrants to the United States wanted to be Americans. Today, writes Frank Salvato, they actively fight against assimilating
The UN's "virtue" is its vice: It's hoped that new UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon can reform the international agency but Elan Journo believes that it is irredeemable simply because of the basic premise of the organization
Rise in out-of-wedlock births is bad news for America's kids: Everyone seems to be celebrating the new trend of fatherless families but Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks argue that the best research shows the children of those families are suffering
Duke rape case all too common: The latest revelations about the Duke rape scandal seems to be yet another case of a false accusation, reports Jim Kouri
What the Iraqi survey group's report missed: Frank Salvato carefully went through the work produced by the Iraq Study Group and notes that there were quite a few things that they overlooked
What real war looks like: Elan Journo says that of all the recommendations that the Iraq Study Group made there was one big one missing: Defeating the enemy
Iran, Iraq and Syria are thoroughly enmeshed: Carol Devine-Molin can't quite understand why the Iraq Study Group would argue that Syria and Iran need to be brought on board in seeking an end to the problems in Iraq
There is a diversity of people in Canada -- but what unites them?: Canadian intellectuals and politicians have succeeded in their goal of diversifying the formerly British/French nation but Mark Wegierski wonders what ties the new country together
The zen of suicide bombing: What kind of person does it take to strap explosives onto their body and become a living weapon? Not a very special one, responds Alan Caruba
Mr. Vanderhoff goes to Washington: America's enemies must think they're in a movie, writes Michael Moriarty, but they probably won't like how it ends
Markets, morals, mediocrity and all that: It's long been claimed that the free market promotes immorality but Daniel M. Ryan argues that some recent examples proved it can also work the other way
A visual treat: Lady Liberty will grant that the story is a bit simple but Mel Gibson's Apocalypto is one of the most visually stunning movies she has ever witnessed
Liberal preaching and man as animal: Mark Butterworth, on the other hand, thought Apocalypto was tiresome. He also doesn't have much good to say about Blood Diamond either
Rage in place of reason: Bruce Walker says that a recent protest by Marxists at Columbia University illustrated precisely why modern post-secondary education needs to be reformed
I swear!: People are outraged that an incoming congressmen has chosen to swear his oath on the Koran but Lady Liberty could care less
Mr. Claus goes to Washington: Even politicians love the Christmas season and it shows, writes Michael M. Bates, in the letters they write to Santa Claus
Obama fever: Everyone in the Democratic Party is going crazy for Barack Obama! Well...except that they aren't. Jim Kouri reports that only the media is salivating over the prospect of a Obama run in 2008
Confronting China to save free trade, and more: Peter Morici says that if the United States wants to have true free trade with China, it must confront that nation's mercantilist trade policies
The state has no business in the refrigerators of the nation: Get your hands off of our hamburgers! Troy Lanigan and David MacLean say the government has no right to tax foods in an effort to promote their vision of Canadian health
Can British wine grapes resolve a global warming question?: The world's new wine hot spot is none other than Britain. Dennis T. Avery says we shouldn't be surprised because thanks to global warming it's held that status before
Justice and love: Lisa Fabrizio is, not surprisingly, opposed to a group's battle to eliminate George W. Bush's faith-based initiative
Did U.S. elections signal end to democracy in Iraq?: Iraq is not Vietnam, nor has it ever been, but Jeff Lukens posits that perhaps history in the form of American politics is repeating itself
Iraq: What went wrong: John Bender argues that the war and its aftermath were planned poorly and nothing we can do in the short- or long-term will fix things
The rise of the 'anti-jihadists': Islamists aren't the only ones using the World Wide Web as a weapon in the war against terrorism. David M. Huntwork reports that the good guys are involved as well
Islamists and pushing the common sense envelope: Sher Zieve can only shake her head in wonder at a group of imams who apparently deliberately set out to provoke security concerns on airplanes and then claimed discrimination when it worked
Simpson case led to harmful domestic violence policies: The recent controversy over the aborted O.J. Simpson book deal brought back many ugly memories but it also prompted Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks to revisit the issue of domestic abuse laws passed in California after the murders
In defense of desk rage: Are people getting angrier at work? Jonathan David Morris says that's a good thing. The workplace has long been way too artificial
Gambling and business – liberal style: Daniel M. Ryan was reminded how many liberals see business activity when he received an offer from an online casino that made it a near certainty that he would walk away with some money
The constant conservative: An interview with James Antle: ESR interviews one of its own writers? As Bernard Chapin's interview with W. James Antle III shows, Mr. Antle has made big waves in the conservative movement. And we had him first
Let's import Israelis before there aren't any!: If the other nations of the Middle East are determined to wipe Israel off the map, writes Alan Caruba, then America should work to save as many Israelis as possible
Democracy 0, Extremists 1: Negotiating with the extremists in Iran and Syria, says Slater Bakhtavar, will effectively end efforts to create a modern and democratic Iraq
Are we setting the stage for the Islamic Killing Fields?: Frank Salvato wonders if weak support for America's efforts in Iraq in Washington, D.C. will lead to a mass murder the likes of which hasn't been since 1970s Cambodia
A noble, necessary and winnable war: We're sad that we have to even publish this essay but here we are. Samuel Blumenfeld argues that America must maintain a stiff upper lip and continue on with its efforts in Iraq
America's "Play Station" generation will not endure: Christopher Adamo isn't so sure that the United States has the will to endure in Iraq. America has cut and run before, he argues, but this time the consequences could be fatal for the nation
King Hillary: There is something positively Shakespearean about Hillary Clinton's impending run to be the Democratic nominee in 2008, says Michael Moriarty
Shades of fading blue: Canadian conservatives' quest for a "National Review North" publication has mostly failed: In the United States the National Review helped spark the modern conservative movement. Up north, writes Mark Wegierski, Canadian conservatives are still waiting for a national, enduring conservative magazine
How do you feel?: Lady Liberty addresses the sad fact that many don't bother with the facts when they already know how they feel about something
What will the Democrats do now?: The Democrats have control of Congress and they think the world is theirs for the taking. So what will they do with all of this power? Robert E. Meyer says less than you think
Lights! Camera! Reverend Al!: Got a problem and your case is weak? Nowhere else to turn? Michael M. Bates says just phone Rev. Al Sharpton and all will be solved!
Waking up "Black America" - Whatever that is...: Erik Rush is puzzled as to why America's black community continues to follow the siren call of the Democrats
Clintons' cathartes aura: R. A. Hawkins isn't terribly impressed by Dick Morris' recent thoughts about who should be the GOP candidate to be thrown up against Hillary Clinton's inevitable campaign
How we will lose our freedom of speech: It's only a matter of time, argues Selwyn Duke, before free speech is extinguished in the United States
The silence of the wedding bells: Millions of American women will never be married and its because men have taken a look at the institution of marriage and found it lacking, reports Carey Roberts
Coercive Abortion Prevention Act assumes male guilt, opens door to unfair prosecutions: Proposed legislation in Michigan, write Jeffery M. Leving and Glenn Sacks, would seek to punish men for how they conduct themselves in private relationships
Incursions at US-Mexico border create tension: American border patrol agents did cross the U.S.-Mexico border in pursuit of drug smugglers but Jim Kouri says Mexico's outrage over the incident is a little difficult to take seriously
Letters to the Editor
Lingua Publica



Ornate Line

Enter Stage Right

Archive Main | 2006

Email ESR



’© 1996-2023, Enter Stage Right and/or its creators. All rights reserved.