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New National Security Strategy Report

By on 3.16.06 | 6:34AM

The White House, in support of the president's latest speeches on the war, has just released a new National Security Strategy document. It reaffirms preemptive action and - still - relies on the spread of democracy to be the endgame of the war against terrorists and terrorist nations. Here's a few excerpts:

"While the War on Terror is a battle of ideas, it is not a battle of religions. The transnational terrorists confronting us today exploit the proud religion of Islam to serve a violent political vision: the establishment, by terrorism and subversion, of a totalitarian empire that denies all political and religious freedom. These terrorists distort the idea of jihad into a call for murder against those they regard as apostates or unbelievers – including Christians, Jews, Hindus, other religious traditions, and all Muslims who disagree with them. Indeed, most of the terrorist attacks since September 11 have occurred in Muslim countries – and most of the victims have been Muslims…

The Bishops and the Gay Agenda

By on 3.16.06 | 6:20AM

Jeff Jacoby takes the hypocrisies of gay agenda advocates to pieces in a magnificent column yesterday, here. Key graf:

"Is this a sign of things to come? In the name of nondiscrimination, will more states force religious organizations to swallow their principles or go out of business? Same-sex adoption is becoming increasingly common, but it is still highly controversial. Millions of Americans would readily agree that gay and lesbian couples can make loving parents, yet insist nevertheless that kids are better off with loving parents of both sexes. That is neither a radical view nor an intolerant one, but if the kneecapping of Catholic Charities is any indication, it may soon be forbidden."

Vapid

By on 3.15.06 | 10:09PM

I have defended Katherine Harris here of late, as you know.

The interview tonight with Sean Hannity was an unmitigated mess.

Quin....you called this one correctly. She's done.

Mea culpa, dear readers....paging Jack Nicklaus....urgent!!!!

Harris Matters

By on 3.15.06 | 3:50PM

Her refusal to step, well, aside, Harris's decision to resign her House seat -- if this is what she decides to do -- probably won't wash well with those young staffers who were counting on her being in the House for a while. This is a staff that has taken a beating of late, and to watch their boss essentially fire them mid-year is not a way to encourage continued effort on their part.

Medicare Insurgents

By on 3.15.06 | 9:54AM

This evening the Senate will vote on a proposal by Senators Olympia Snowe and Ron Wyden to replace the new Medicare drug benefit's competitive pricing model with a single payer drug system controlled by the government. Senator Wyden likes to compare his proposal to Costco getting a good deal for consumers on toilet paper.

Except that Wyden actually opposed his own proposal seven years ago when President Clinton introduced a Medicare drug benefit that barred the government from setting or negotiating prices for nearly half the prescription drug market. My new partner in crime at the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest Peter Pitts blogged on this at drugwonks.com:

My New Hero

By on 3.15.06 | 9:27AM

I love Lucianne's site. I love it even more now that she's posted this. Stop what you are doing and check it out.

Behind the Harem Curtain, Part 1

By on 3.15.06 | 9:07AM

Ummah source reports that the State Department has established Dubai as the new Berlin of the Cold War with Iran.

Behind the Harem Curtain. Part 1.

Dubai is State's watchtower, where it has staffed 12 extra positions to connect with Iranian dissenters and liberation movements. This means that it is where the Iranians are watching the U.S. as well, and within 24 hours of State announcing its funding of freedom speakers, the Iranian secret police started rolling up big mouths in Tehran.

The dissenter celebration, Fire Festival, celebrated on March 14 throughout Iran, was a success. Tens of thousands of young people turned out to celebrate an ancient Zoroastrian holiday not because they are thinking of converting but because it is a way to remember Iran before Islam conquered Persia. To speak of the Zoroasters is a way of decrying the Shia mullahcrats at Qom.

(My memory is that Zoroaster has in it the root "aster" from which English gets the word "star.")

Ah, the Vaunted Maverick

By on 3.15.06 | 8:19AM

Of course, if Russ Feingold were a staunch conservative instead of a staunch liberal, he would be a "radical" in the Post headline, "A Senate Maverick Acts to Force an Issue."

Nicklaus?

By on 3.15.06 | 8:00AM

Quin, Wlady, et al:

Jack Nicklaus has had at least two spasms of very serious money/business troubles, near bankruptcy. So personal and business history might reveal some skeletons, and Nicklaus himself would probably recoil from the idea of self-financing.

Don't forget he lives in two states, Florida and Ohio. In which does he vote?

Re: Harris

By on 3.14.06 | 7:47PM

The Prowler's latest report certainly sounds like the Katherine Harris I know. If she does indeed take this course, conservatives everywhere should applaud -- and open their wallets. If I had a nickel for every good conservative candidate cowed out of a race due to threats from the GOP suits...let's roll, Katherine!

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