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Veterans’ Day

By on 11.11.05 | 1:43PM

Today, as we remember all those who have served in America's fights for freedom -- especially those who gave their lives -- we should take the opportunity to do something for those who are now on active duty. If you, your family, your business or your community group wants to do something for the troops, AmericaSupportsYou is the website to visit. Through it, you can get messages and gifts straight through the pipe to those in harm's way. Bless 'em all.

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Bush Strikes Back

By on 11.11.05 | 12:13PM

FINALLY, the White House is starting to fight back against the Dems' false attack on pre-war intelligence.  From his speech this morning:

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Rick MIA

By on 11.11.05 | 10:06AM

Funny, a lot of conservatives and industry folks whom Santorum has been hitting up to save his hiney from Bob Casey, Jr., would say Santorum hasn't been showing up for them on the floor of the Senate for months. When you're a conservative and Arlen Specter is one of the few people who can say nice things about you, you know you're in trouble. Santorum shouldn't blame Bush for his problems. He should look in a mirror.

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Santorum Skipping Bush

By on 11.11.05 | 7:17AM

When President Bush delivers remarks on the war on terror to commemorate Veterans' Day in Wilkes-Barre, Penn., Sen. Rick Santorum won't be there. Is this the Kilgore effect?

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GOP ‘06, ‘08 Strategy: Dem Lite

By on 11.10.05 | 9:38PM

That's the sense one gets from these "moderate" (what are they moderate about?) revolts in Congress today. No budget cutting, however small, and no ANWR.

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McCain’s Latest Threat

By on 11.10.05 | 9:10PM

From an L.A. Times story reporting Sen. McCain's threat to add his terrorist interrogation amendment to every Senate bill until it's enacted:

"Girding for a potential fight with the Bush administration, supporters of a ban on torturing prisoners of war by U.S. interrogators threatened Friday to include the prohibition in nearly every bill the Senate considers until it becomes law."

Rarely have so many misstatements been crammed into one sentence. It's entirely understandable that the L.A. Times gets it so wrong given the demagogic nonsense passing for analysis of the McCain amendment. We have to reset the terms of the debate so people can see what is going on, and what is at stake.

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‘Burn in hell, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi!’

By on 11.10.05 | 4:24PM

So say Jordanian demonstrators, "organized by Jordan's 14 professional and trade unions -- made up of both hard-line Islamic groups and leftist political organizations -- traditionally vocal critics of Abdullah's moderate and pro-Western policies," in a protest against yesterday's terror attacks. In the Pew Global Attitudes survey released over the summer, Jordan stood out as as a country where public opinion is especially amenable to radicalism; al Qaeda's dim-bulb strategists seem to have shot themselves in the foot.

UPDATE: Zarqawi's PR department has gone into damage-control mode.

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Scalia’s Libertarian Streak

By on 11.10.05 | 4:05PM

In praising Samuel Alito, Ilya Somin is a bit unfair to Antonin Scalia. Scalia takes a pretty expansive view of First Amendment protections, after all; he was in the majority in the flag-burning cases (which I mentioned here). Scalia has said of one of the flag-burners, "I would have been delighted to throw Mr. Johnson in jail. Unfortunately, as I understand the First Amendment, I couldn't do it." And Raich notwithstanding, Scalia's been pretty good on federalism; while I'd like to believe that Alito would, like Thomas, be even better, I'm not sure that Rybar, by itself, tells us that.

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At Sunset, Let’s Again Remember

By on 11.10.05 | 3:51PM

It might have been different if Thomas Jefferson hadn’t been president, if America had been rich enough to pay the ransom that  many European nations did or if a small band of ruffians hadn’t been gathered up at a Philadelphia saloon in 1775.  But he was, we weren’t and -- for something we should celebrate today -- they had.  So in 1805, instead of choosing to pay tribute to jihadis who were hijacking ships and holding crews and cargo for ransom, William Eaton took a force to Libya to carry out the president’s simple order:  chastise the Tripolitan pirates.  Eaton’s force, which included only eight of these guys, led by a fiddle-playing Virginian of Irish descent named Presley Neville O’Bannon, marched across 500 miles of desert and -- though they didn’t manage regime change - carried out their orders on the shores of Tripoli.

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Re: You Decide

By on 11.10.05 | 11:32AM

Prenatal screening plus Roe v. Wade equals runaway eugenics. Abortion has restored the practice of weeding out the unfit and undesirable to respectability. Deep in the Post's piece, Gene Rudd of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations asks, "What's the goal here? Is it to rid our society of Down babies?" The answer is yes. The story says that Down syndrome now occurs "in about 5,000 babies born each year." How many more years before it is zero?

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