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  • Democrats Agenda For a Power Grab, by Ken Blackwell

    12/10/2008 7:40:43 AM PST · by OESY · 9 replies · 788+ views
    New York Post ^ | December 10, 2008 | Ken Blackwell
    Barack Obama ran on the promise of bringing America together, but Democrats in Congress seem more eager to use their majorities to expand and cement their power across the entire federal government. If Republicans are to avoid becoming a permanent minority, they need to stop five hyperpartisan bills likely to come to the floor over the first half of 2009. 1) Card Check: Labeled the Employee Free Choice Act, this bill would fundamentally undermine the rights of workers and business owners. The law now guarantees workers' right to a secret ballot in deciding whether to unionize. This bill (which Obama...
  • NYS: The Fallen Heroine, by Mark Steyn re: Social progress is strangely accommodating to sexism.

    06/02/2008 6:15:29 AM PDT · by OESY · 37 replies · 93+ views
    New York Sun ^ | June 2, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    ...If it's any consolation to Senator Clinton, she's not the only female to find that social progress is strangely accommodating of old-time sexism.... There's a lot of that about. Sex-selective abortion is a fact of life in India, where the gender ratio has declined to 1,000 boys to 900 girls nationally, and as low as 1,000 boys to 300 girls in some Punjabi cities. In China, the state-enforced "one child" policy has brought about the most gender-distorted demographic cohort in global history, the so-called guang gun — "bare branches." If you can only have one kid, parents choose to abort...
  • NYP: W VS. TERROR: SOMETHING'S WORKING

    05/30/2008 5:21:25 AM PDT · by OESY · 3 replies · 72+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 30, 2008 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    It's an article of faith on the left that the Bush administration has done nothing that has enhanced our security-rather, its alleged blunders have only contributed to the number of jihadists who want to attack us. Empirically, however, something clearly has made us safer since 2001. Successful attacks on the United States and its interests overseas have not increased, as had been widely predicted, but instead dwindled to virtually nothing.... 1988: Marine Lt.-Col. William Higgins, chief of the UN Truce Force in Lebanon, murdered by Hezbollah. Pan Am flight 103 blown up, killing 270.... There are a number of reasons...
  • NYP: BAM'S LAND OF LOSERS--HIS PATHETIC ADVICE TO GRADS

    05/30/2008 4:11:26 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 128+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 30, 2008 | Adam Brodsky
    ...That is, unless we come together and fix America's myriad flaws (like poverty, which never disappears), we're all doomed. This went well past the standard graduation calls for community service and voluntarism. The senator chided those who seek life's material rewards: "Fulfilling your immediate wants and needs," he insisted, "betrays a poverty of ambition." In fact, Obama himself was betraying a poverty of understanding US history. After all, it's not too many Americans pursuing their dreams that threatens the nation's greatness- it's too few. Obama's America has two groups: those in need- and those who care for them. Missing are...
  • NYP: JUSTICE SERVED--WHY THE BELL VERDICTS WERE RIGHT

    04/26/2008 6:26:34 AM PDT · by OESY · 20 replies · 55+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 26, 2008 | HEATHER MAC DONALD
    ...ANTI-COP agitators and politicians are fond of claiming that the police are a threat to black lives. In fact, no single private or public agency has saved more minority lives than the NYPD. Had murders stayed at their early 1990s levels, before the NYPD got smart about policing, 13,000-plus more New Yorkers- the overwhelming majority of them black and Hispanic- would be dead today. ...[E]ven as the NYPD brought down homicide a remarkable 70 percent, it was driving down its own use of force. In 1973, there were 1.82 fatal police shootings per 1,000 New York officers; in 2006, there...
  • NYP: THE FUTILITY OF SCHOOL 'REFORM'

    04/25/2008 6:25:35 PM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 174+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 25, 2008 | George F. Will
    ...Released quietly on the Fourth of July weekend, the report concluded that the qualities of the families from which children come to school matter much more than money as predictors of schools' effectiveness. The crucial common denominator of problems of race and class- fractured families- would have to be faced. But it wasn't. Instead, shopworn panaceas- larger teacher salaries, smaller class sizes- were pursued as colleges were reduced to offering remediation to freshmen. In 1976, for the first time in its 119-year history, the National Education Association, the teachers union, endorsed a presidential candidate, Jimmy Carter- who repaid it by...
  • NYP: THE IRAQ THEY WON'T TALK ABOUT, Amir Taheri

    04/23/2008 5:44:36 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 96+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 23, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Both opponents and supporters of the war in Iraq seem reluctant to raise the issue of what's going on there now as an issue in the presidential race. Opponents, of course, can't deny that things are better than a year ago - and may fear that this could persuade voters that President Bush was right after all. After all, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided that the war was "lost" a year ago. And critics have sounded the tocsins about the supposedly coming Iraqi civil war for five years. (Some even suggested at times that Iraq was already in civil...
  • NYS: Headquarters Hunt

    04/22/2008 6:32:11 AM PDT · by OESY · 23 replies · 52+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 22, 2008 | Editorial
    The latest number of Fortune magazine brings the news that more Fortune 500 companies — the largest American firms ranked by revenues — are now headquartered in Texas than in New York. An Associated Press dispatch datelined Dallas summed it up this way: "The Lone Star State passed New York as home to the most big companies in the latest list compiled by Fortune magazine. Texas now boasts 58 headquarters, three more than New York, the previous No. 1." The wire, not generally known as a font of supply-side economics, went on to report, "Business experts say it's a matter...
  • NYS: The Macchiato Chorus, by Mark Steyn

    04/21/2008 5:20:53 AM PDT · by OESY · 15 replies · 60+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 21, 2008 | MARK STEYN
    ...Secular gun-free big-government Europe doesn't seem to have done anything for people's happiness. Consider by way of example the words of Keith Reade. He's not an Obama speechwriter, he's a writer for the London Daily Mirror. And the day after the 2004 Presidential election he expressed his frustration in an alarmingly Obamaesque way: "Were I a Kerry voter, though, I'd feel deep anger, not only at them returning Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same category of moronic muppets. The self-righteous, gun-totin', military-lovin', sister-marryin', abortion-hatin', gay-loathin', foreigner-despisin', non-passport ownin' red-necks, who...
  • NYP: BENEDICT & BUSH--MUCH IN COMMON

    04/19/2008 8:28:55 AM PDT · by OESY · 19 replies · 116+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 19, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    ...If journalists expected Benedict to take swipes at President Bush's foreign policy there, they could only be disappointed.... There's a reason that yesterday Bush declared with gusto at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington: "His Holiness believes that freedom is the Almighty's gift to every man, woman and child on Earth." ...When they stood together on the White House lawn in a majestic welcoming ceremony on Wednesday, it symbolized the growing rapprochement of American evangelical Protestantism and the Catholic Church.... It was West Texas meets Rome; plain-spoken man of faith meets intellectual of great depth; representative of America's awesome...
  • NYS: Don't Blame the Markets (Community Reinvestment Act for Banks brought to you by Congress)

    04/18/2008 12:04:54 PM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 112+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 18, 2008 | JERRY BOWYER
    ...Up until 1995 the Community Reinvestment Act was largely a requirement to support "community groups" in poor neighborhoods. Of course, this often meant left wing groups like ACORN, etc. But after 1995 the scope of the law was dramatically increased. Over the strenuous objections of the banks themselves and some Republicans in Congress, CRA was renewed and modified in such a way that it gave far more power to the federal government to punish banks for not lending more widely in poor neighborhoods. The classic "fair housing" laws from the Martin Luther King Jr. era of civil rights were deemed...
  • NYS: No Great Depression

    04/18/2008 11:53:31 AM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 36+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 17, 2008 | AMITY SHLAES
    ...The suggestion behind such talk... is that the slowdown is like the Great Depression of the 1930s. You almost expect Senators Obama and Clinton to repeat the lines from President Roosevelt’s inaugural address of 75 years ago: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” The analogy is absurd.... So far, the Dow has declined about 12% from its record high of last fall. In the Depression, it dropped more than 80%. Unemployment is about 5%. In the Depression it was 25%. Maybe 2% of mortgages are in trouble, and abandoned homes line some parts of Cleveland Heights.......
  • An Aussie's Respect... (a great read)

    04/17/2008 7:05:10 PM PDT · by OESY · 33 replies · 78+ views
    Blackfive ^ | April 14, 2008 | Peter Turner
    Via Corporal Seamus, I received this email: Gentlemen I am an Australian and my son is an Australian - as far as we are concerned there is no place on God's earth better than Australia , and there are no people better than Australians. That was until the past week or so. My son is in the Australian Army and he is currently on deployment in Iraq . I can not go into his duties in great depth, but shall we say that he and his fellow army buddies are on a glorified guard duty looking after the Australian Embassy....
  • Barack Obama In Quotes: Version 1.0--From the Horse's Mouth

    04/17/2008 6:53:59 PM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 98+ views
    Right Wing News ^ | April 16, 2008 | John Hawkins
    "You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations." -- Barack Obama "Anybody gone into...
  • NYP: FUELS VS. FOOD--US ENERGY POLICY HURTING WORLD'S POOR

    04/17/2008 6:28:52 AM PDT · by OESY · 16 replies · 50+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 17, 2008 | INDUR M. GOKLANY
    In recent years, we've heard that climate change could be catastrophic for nature and humanity. But it's becoming increasingly evident that over the next few decades, climate-change policies could prove even more catastrophic. Food riots have erupted in Mexico, Morocco, Egypt.... Supposedly climate-friendly policies in the United States and the European Union- subsidizing the production and consumption of such renewable biofuels as ethanol and biodiesel- have diverted such crops as corn, soybeans and palm oil from food to fuel. This, in turn, has increased prices for food worldwide at a time when the highly populous and newly prosperous East and...
  • NYP: DO-GOOD KILLERS--PROGRESSIVES & GENOCIDE

    04/12/2008 7:33:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 31 replies · 124+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 12, 2008 | Jonah Goldberg
    Last week, Russia's lower house of parliament passed a resolu tion insisting that Josef Stalin's man-made 1932-33 famine... wasn't genocide. Not even the Russians dispute that the Soviet government deliberately starved millions. But the Russian resolution indignantly states: "There is no historical proof that the famine was organized along ethnic lines." It notes that victims included "different peoples and nationalities living largely in agricultural areas of the country." Translation: We didn't kill millions of farmers because they were Ukrainians; we killed millions of Ukrainians because they were farmers. And that's all it takes to be acquitted of genocide. The United...
  • NYP: DEMOCRATS VS. LIBERALISM

    04/12/2008 6:35:04 AM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 69+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 12, 2008 | Victor Davis Hanson
    ...Despite such illiberal pandering, both Clinton and Obama know that a traditional liberal position would be to defend free trade that lowers prices and increases choices for poorer American consumers- while helping foreign economies catch up with the United States. Free trade isn't the only example in which liberal Democrats advocate positions that sound parochial and blinkered. Let's take an environmental issue. It may seem environmentally correct for liberals to oppose oil drilling in a small part of Alaska. But how is this prohibition in any way liberal? Unless Americans are willing to accept a drastic reduction in their standard...
  • NYS: The Shock Doctrine--Books

    04/05/2008 9:07:13 AM PDT · by OESY · 9 replies · 128+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 2, 2008 | AMITY SHLAES
    The Great Depression... hit in waves, making everyone feel helpless. First came the crash of the stock market, then the failure of the local banks, then the failure of larger ones, then joblessness, and more joblessness, and hunger. By the time the country elected Franklin Roosevelt on his New Deal platform in 1932, one in four was unemployed.... Overly efficient factories, [economists] said, were producing too many goods for a market that could not keep up. Factories therefore had to lay off workers. It all amounted to "vicious industrial Darwinism," as Nick Taylor terms it in "American-Made: The Enduring Legacy...
  • NYP: THE 'PREDATOR' MYTH--EASY VILLAINS FOR HOUSING MESS

    04/05/2008 8:54:23 AM PDT · by OESY · 14 replies · 169+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 5, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    ...But the real cause of the housing mess is a classic bubble in the housing market, the bursting of which has hammered lenders as well as borrowers. If the market had continued to rise, we never would have heard complaints about subprime loans. In fact, Washington had long encouraged these sorts of loans through the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) as a way to make marginal - largely minority - borrowers into homeowners. What's the difference between socially responsible loans extending the American dream to deserving people with poor credit histories and predatory lending? It's whether those loans work out or...
  • NYS: Hermès and Bugatti, Together Again — for $2.4 Million

    04/02/2008 9:32:11 AM PDT · by OESY · 23 replies · 91+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 2, 2008 | JAY AKASIE
    Here’s one set of wheels that is worth a trip downtown: the $2.4 million, 1001-horsepower Bugatti Veyron “Fbg par Hermès” special edition roadster. Volkswagen AG revived the formidable Bugatti brand name three years ago with the original edition Veyron. With a carbon fiber-composite body and a top speed of 250 miles per hour, it’s the fastest production car ever built. The Hermès edition, unveiled this morning at Battery Park Gardens and on display later today at the new Hermès boutique on Broad Street, costs more than twice the original version and recalls the early 20th-century friendship of racing legend Ettore...
  • NYS: Congestion Formula

    04/02/2008 9:24:20 AM PDT · by OESY · 8 replies · 84+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 2, 2008 | Editorial
    City Council Member Alan Gerson is suggesting that the congestion pricing fee be on a sliding, income-based scale, and that it not apply to either vehicles owned by non-profit organizations or those coming to Manhattan for medical care.... 1. If you are a Democrat, subtract $10. 2. If you are a Republican, add $10. 3. If you are a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent, add $1 billion.... 6. If your vehicle belongs to a non-profit organization, subtract $2. 7. If the non-profit pays its chief executive more than $250,000 a year, add $1. 8. If you have an anti-war or anti-Bush bumper sticker, add...
  • NYP: DITH PRAN, 1942-2008

    04/01/2008 12:34:17 PM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 135+ views
    New York Post ^ | April 1, 2008 | Editorial
    Dith Pran... used to say: "I'm not a hero - I'm a messenger." ...[He was] a tenacious survivor of the 1975-79 Cambodian holocaust, when the communist Khmer Rouge slaughtered 1 million people- nearly a third of the nation's population- while the world looked on. He devoted the rest of his life to telling the story- best known through the 1984 film "The Killing Fields." Dith, a translator-photographer for Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg, remained behind after the fall of Phnom Penh to help report the Khmer Rouge takeover. But when Western journalists were forced to leave, Dith became a prisoner, spending...
  • NYS: Perfect Agents--With the left, mandates will be used to commander labor and capital resources

    04/01/2008 12:24:18 PM PDT · by OESY · 4 replies · 88+ views
    New York Sun ^ | April 1, 2008 | ERNEST CHRISTIAN
    Hiding behind the mesmerizing power of identity politics, in this case multiplied by two, the left is about to capture America by stealth. Senators Clinton and Obama are the perfect agents.... In addition to public ownership, which doesn't work, and the Democrats' standard formula of higher taxes and spending, which is destructive, the inevitable next step is to add a system of "mandates." Under this mutation, government allows for the continuation of private property and businesses, but only in modified form. Government selectively intervenes to direct how property is used or a business is run — and, to the extent...
  • NYP: ABUSING AMERICA'S WAR DEAD--HOW POLS EXPLOIT IRAQ CASUALTIES

    03/28/2008 8:29:26 AM PDT · by OESY · 12 replies · 486+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 25, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    ...With all-too-rare exceptions, our politicians, right or left, really don't give a damn about our troops... they really only value our troops as tools of partisan policies or for photo ops. Between the incumbent president and his would-be replacements, only one has served in uniform or had a son or daughter serve in uniform?... We've seen President Bush dressed up in a flight suit, grinning like Alfred E. Neuman among troops who desperately want to believe in their commander-in-chief. We've seen Sen. Hillary Clinton do drive-bys in Iraq- just long enough to make political statements, pose with the troops, then...
  • NYP: GOP ACHILLES HEEL--HOW REPUBLICANS LOST WEST

    03/28/2008 8:12:56 AM PDT · by OESY · 40 replies · 1,024+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 28, 2008 | Ryan Sager
    ...The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press finds that the share of voters who call themselves Republicans has dropped six points nationwide since 2004. That doesn't matter much in the Northeast (where the GOP's already locked out) or Down South (where the GOP remains dominant). But in the interior West, it's a big, big deal. In 2000, none of these eight states had a Democratic governor. Now five do, including Colorado. A 2006 post-election Salt Lake City Tribune analysis showed that, where the GOP had beaten the Democrats by 20 points in the region's vote for the...
  • NYS: McCain's Mortgages

    03/27/2008 8:01:24 AM PDT · by OESY · 11 replies · 462+ views
    New York Sun ^ | March 26, 2008 | Editorial
    Senator McCain has been characteristically direct in confessing his lack of economic policy credentials.... Well, it's one thing for Senator McCain to go around announcing that he doesn't know much about economics. It's another for him to start making policy speeches that prove it, as he did yesterday in respect of the so-called housing crisis. "I will consider any and all proposals based on their cost and benefits," he said. Obvious, but it underscored that Mr. McCain, unlike the Democratic presidential candidates, has no proposal of his own for dealing with the situation. He added ominously: "In this crisis, as...
  • NYP: HILL'S LITTLE LIES--BOSNIA BUNK & A TRUTH-DEFICIT DISORDER

    03/26/2008 7:46:37 AM PDT · by OESY · 20 replies · 924+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 26, 2008 | Michelle Malkin
    ...This is the woman who insisted for more than a decade that she was named after the late, great mountain.... This is the woman who told "Dateline NBC" that daughter Chelsea was on a jog in New York City when the jihadists struck on 9/11- never mind that Chelsea later wrote a magazine essay revealing that she watched the attacks on TV from a friend's apartment. This is the woman who claimed to have "helped start" the federal Children's Health Insurance Program- never mind that the program's original sponsors noted that Sen. Clinton fought against the initial bill and had...
  • Images of Eastertide and Spring

    03/21/2008 6:25:36 AM PDT · by OESY · 18 replies · 994+ views
    photo.net ^ | March 21, 2008 | Various
    The Light Erik Lewandowski Morning Flyout Jim Fenton Happy Easter Jacqueline Olexa Spring Joeri De Schutter Red and White Tulips Dale Crawford Logan at Easter Chris OMeara Lily Olga Gerasimova Spring... Katerina Lomonosov day of rain Beate Miedl-Rissner Untitled Carlos Barriuso Amo Danii and bunny Lola Martin Wilmsen Garza real Carlos Barriuso Amo Songs of Spring Jim Fenton Natalya Carson Exposed Mia Friedrich Layla seeking (and catching) easter eggs Gerard Maas UKRANIAN EASTER EGGS george mclean The Orchard Une femme avec un bycicle Andrew Maidanik SnowflakesAndrew Campbell Easter Sunday in Quito Ricardo Salguero surrounded by spirits Stanislav Volgushev Symmetry...
  • NYP: IRAQ PLUS FIVE: WHAT WENT RIGHT--DEMOCRACY PROVIDES MODEL FOR REGION

    03/21/2008 5:44:43 AM PDT · by OESY · 7 replies · 374+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 21, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Judging by the way much of the Western media is dealing with the Iraq War's fifth anniversary, we're still fighting the acrimonious debates of 2002 and early 2003. Focusing on the past, however, may prevent us from understanding what's happening in Iraq today and its effect on the broader region. The war had three objectives: * To dismantle the regime of terror created by Saddam Hussein and his Tikriti clan. * To restore to the Iraqi people the power that the Tikritis had usurped. * To help Iraqis build a new system that might, in time, become a model for...
  • NYP: UN-FREE SPEECH--NIX THE POLITICAL GAG RULE

    03/21/2008 5:40:40 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 370+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 21, 2008 | Ryan Sager
    The Supreme Court can do much today to remove the McCain-Fein gold speech-regulation law's stain if it decides to hear the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.... The 2008 election season is well under way, yet political speech remains decidedly un-free in America- held hostage to the vanity of John McCain and the cynicism of his accomplices in Congress and the media, who seek to silence their political opponents in the name of clean government.... Citizens United, an activist conservative group, wants relief from burdensome disclosure and disclaimers rules in ads for its documentary, "Hillary: The Movie." While...
  • IBD: Whether Berlin '36 Or Beijing '08, An Olympic-Sized Deficit Of Will

    03/17/2008 6:13:01 PM PDT · by OESY · 374+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 17, 2008 | JOHN HALL
  • The Duke of Westminster: so rich and so very foolish (CNBC suggests he is Client No. 6)

    03/12/2008 12:32:35 PM PDT · by OESY · 44 replies · 2,557+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12th February 2007 | GEOFFREY LEVY
    Britain's richest man was exposed as a serial user of prostitutes yesterday. The Duke of Westminster, who is worth £6.6billion and is the country's biggest landowner, paid for four vice-girls in six weeks to visit his mews house in the West End of London. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, 55, who is head of the Territorial Army, was said by the News of the World to have openly discussed military matters and Osama Bin Laden. He declined to comment on the claims, which must inevitably raise questions over his suitability to lead the TA. Reckless, boastful, stupid, weak - such lacerating words...
  • NYP: SHE'LL NEVER RELENT--OBAMA MUST SHOW REAL GUTS

    03/11/2008 8:00:20 AM PDT · by OESY · 20 replies · 1,154+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 11, 2008 | Rich Lowry
    She's going to keep coming. The Obama campaign can tout "the math." Pundits can insist she leave the race. Former liberal supporters can complain about her smash-mouth tactics. But Hillary Clinton is not going to relent. The New Yorker compares her this week to a Hollywood cyborg or zombie. To make a current movie analogy, she's the Anton Chigurh of Democratic politics. As the creepy villain of the Oscar-winning "No Country for Old Men," the murderous Chigurh is an unstoppable force. If "No Country" is a movie about the inexorability of evil, the Democratic race could be about the inexorability...
  • NYP: THE DEM DILEMMA: NEITHER CAN WIN

    03/06/2008 7:09:52 AM PST · by OESY · 49 replies · 238+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 6, 2008 | GEOFF EARLE
    Despite a confetti drop and a confident victory speech Tuesday night, there is virtually no way Hillary Rodham Clinton could wrap up the Democratic nomination simply by winning the remaining 12 contests ahead. Nor, for that matter, could Barack Obama - although he maintains a thin but significant lead over Clinton among the number of delegates who get to vote at the party's convention this summer. For either candidate to clinch the nomination, they must rely on a group of roughly 350 uncommitted "superdelegates" - lawmakers, party bigwigs and insiders who get to vote however they want at the convention....
  • NYP: OBAMA'S REAL MIDEAST PROBLEM--IT'S HIS POLICIES, NOT HIS HERITAGE, by Amir Taheri

    03/05/2008 9:57:57 AM PST · by OESY · 17 replies · 148+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 5, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    ...Most Americans judge a candidate based on his politics rather than his parents' religious background. In a country where everyone has a rich ethnic and religious background, Obama's family story wouldn't have sounded that exotic. Some Americans may have even regarded the Islamic part of Obama's family story as a plus for the candidate, if only because the biggest challenge to US global leadership todayscomes from forces speaking in Islam's name. Obama's efforts to distance himself from Islam contrasts with his innovative approach to US relations with its Islamist challengers. President Bush has chosen the "iron fist" - invading Afghanistan...
  • NYP: RUSSIA CHOOSES CHAINS--ON PATH TO STAY A BANANA REPUBLIC

    03/04/2008 12:04:49 PM PST · by OESY · 16 replies · 165+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 4, 2008 | Ralph Peters
    ...Vaclav Havel, one of the very few truly great men of our time,... [a] lifelong advocate of nonviolent resistance, the last president of Czechoslovakia and the first president of the Czech Republic, is a very old 71, a frail survivor of cancer and years in Communist cells. But he's as passionate as ever about freedom. The climax of his speech to NATO's military and civilian leaders was a stark warning about Russia: "A dictatorship of a fairly new type is coming into existence to the east of the area under NATO protection. All basic human and civic freedoms are gradually...
  • NYP: PUBLIC-FINANCING FOLLIES

    03/03/2008 10:14:56 AM PST · by OESY · 2 replies · 80+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 3, 2008 | JOHN SAMPLES
    ...McCain and Obama have long boasted of their support for aggressive regulation of money in politics. But now each would love to avoid taking public money. In that irony lies a lesson about campaign-finance "reform." The presidential public-funding system dates to 1974, after President Richard Nixon resigned. At the time, Democrats held large majorities in Congress, but their presidential candidates faced serious funding challenges. Since 1960, GOP presidential candidates had opened up a growing fund-raising lead over Democrats. If that trend had continued, Republican presidential candidates would be raising many times the sums raised by Democratic ones in 1976 and...
  • NYS: Is Matt Drudge the World's Most Powerful Journalist?

    02/29/2008 1:06:06 PM PST · by OESY · 41 replies · 253+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 29, 2008 | Staff
    Ten years ago, he was a reclusive 31-year-old who, bashing away on a laptop in his grungy Hollywood apartment, shot to prominence after he broke the Monica Lewinsky scandal that threatened to bring down Bill Clinton's presidency. Now, Matt Drudge owns a luxurious home on Rivo Alto Island in Florida's Biscayne Bay, a condominium at the Four Seasons in Miami, and is said to drive a black Mustang. He remains an elusive, mysterious figure, but the Internet pioneer is arguably the world's most powerful journalist. Mr. Drudge is still an outsider, contemptuous of the cosy relationships and closed-door deals that...
  • NYS: You've Been Warned (Voter Fraud)

    02/29/2008 12:37:34 PM PST · by OESY · 14 replies · 286+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | February 29, 2008 | PATRICK McILHERAN
    ...But 2004 included much more, eventually enough to trigger a joint probe by the local prosecutor and the U.S. attorney that turned up a mess of illegal voting but led to few prosecutions. Now, the Milwaukee Police Department's report serves up 67 pages of cases, addresses, numbers, and this conclusion: "The task force believes fraud was committed."... Police found that campaign workers brought to Wisconsin for the final days voted, though their homes to which they immediately returned were in other states.... Investigators' top recommendation is to ditch same-day registration. It simply doesn't allow time to catch mistakes or fraud.......
  • NYP: A BULLY GOES TO BAGHDAD (by Amir Taheri)

    02/28/2008 7:36:27 AM PST · by OESY · 6 replies · 123+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 28, 2008 | Amir Taheri
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad arrives in Bagh dad tomorrow for what both sides call an "historic visit."... As the possibility of al Qaeda and its allies winning recedes, Iran is starting to focus on the prospect that a Shiite-dominated but pro-American Iraq might offer Iranians a rival model. So the Islamic Republic has determined not to let the Americans and their Iraqi allies succeed beyond defeating al Qaeda and the Sunni insurgency. As Ahmadinejad has put it several times, Tehran won't allow Iraq to have an "American future." In Tehran's eyes, America's historic mission was to remove the Khomeinist regime's...
  • IBD: Pols Drunk On Corn-Based Ethanol Have Left Millions With Hangover

    02/27/2008 7:05:15 PM PST · by OESY · 35 replies · 194+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 27, 2008 | HENRY I. MILLER
    ...There is not, in fact, a right way to produce ethanol. But several wrong ones— spawned by congressional and presidential edicts— are already wreaking havoc on food prices and the natural environment. What we need to do is free up the ingenuity of innovators to devise a variety of approaches to biofuel production, and then permit the marketplace to decide the winners and losers. President Bush announced last year a goal of replacing 15% of domestic gasoline use with biofuels over the next 10 years, which would require an almost fivefold increase in mandatory biofuel use to about 35 billion...
  • The Killing Machine: Che Guevara

    02/12/2008 9:04:55 AM PST · by OESY · 26 replies · 1,352+ views
    The New Republic ^ | July 11, 2005 | Alvaro Vargas Llosa
    Che Guevara, who did so much (or was it so little?) to destroy capitalism, is now a quintessential capitalist brand. His likeness adorns mugs, hoodies, lighters, key chains, wallets, baseball caps, toques, bandannas, tank tops, club shirts, couture bags, denim jeans, herbal tea, and of course those omnipresent T-shirts with the photograph, taken by Alberto Korda, of the socialist heartthrob in his beret during the early years of the revolution, as Che happened to walk into the photographer’s viewfinder—and into the image that, thirty-eight years after his death, is still the logo of revolutionary (or is it capitalist?) chic. Sean...
  • Ted Olson Grabs His Popcorn (DNC train wreck looms)

    02/11/2008 8:12:43 AM PST · by OESY · 122 replies · 233+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | February 11, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    Rarely in life does one get to enjoy irony and karma as much as Ted Olson. Having borne the scars of the Gore v Bush lawsuits arising from the 2000 presidential election, Olson now sees a similar outcome, on similar grounds, in the exact same state. Calling it "splendid theater", the incompetent handling of Florida and Michigan likely will combine with a razor-thin delegate chase for the Democratic presidential nomination to produce litigation that will reduce the party to shreds. Don't count Olson among the mourners: "How ironic. For over seven years the Democratic Party has fulminated against the Electoral...
  • NYS: Correcting the CIA

    02/07/2008 7:50:44 AM PST · by OESY · 4 replies · 58+ views
    New York Sun ^ | February 7, 2008 | Editorial
    What a difference two months make. On December 3, when the director of national intelligence released an estimate of Iran's nuclear program that said the Mullahs had suspended its bomb making in 2003, the left could barely contain its glee. The New York Times featured a front page analysis that said, "Rarely, if ever, has a single intelligence report so completely, so suddenly, and so surprisingly altered a foreign policy debate here." The Majority Leader, Senator Reid took the opportunity of its release to call again for a "surge of diplomacy with Iran." Senator Obama said, "The juxtaposition of this...
  • The Real Scandal-How Feds Invited the Mortgage Mess

    02/05/2008 5:42:47 AM PST · by OESY · 41 replies · 482+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 5, 2008 | STAN LIEBOWITZ
    ...From the current hand-wringing, you'd think that the banks came up with the idea of looser underwriting standards on their own, with regulators just asleep on the job. In fact, it was the regulators who relaxed these standards- at the behest of community groups and "progressive" political forces. In the 1980s, groups such as the activists at ACORN began pushing charges of "redlining"- claims that banks discriminated against minorities in mortgage lending. In 1989, sympathetic members of Congress got the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act amended to force banks to collect racial data on mortgage applicants.... In fact, minority mortgage applications...
  • NYP: CAN THE CLINTONS CHANGE?

    02/04/2008 8:41:02 AM PST · by OESY · 21 replies · 128+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 4, 2008 | Editorial
    Bill Clinton just can't seem to keep his sleazy private dealings out of the news: This time, it's a 2005 dinner he shared with a wealthy mining mogul and Kazakhstan's president, after which the businessman wound up with a coveted contract in that country. The sordid story- about Clinton's meal with Kazakh strongman Nursultan Nazarbayev and UrAsia Energy Ltd. head Frank Giustra- ran on the front page of Thursday's New York Times. Reporters Jo Becker and Don Van Natta Jr. deserve kudos: They describe how Clinton praised the Kazakh dictator, absurdly, for "opening up the social and political life of...
  • NYP: WHAT REALLY HAPPENED ON FLIGHT 800?-- NATIONAL GEO AND THE LI MYSTERY

    01/29/2008 12:45:23 PM PST · by OESY · 178 replies · 213+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 29, 2008 | Linda Stasi
    ...Tonight's "The Final Report: Investigation of TWA Flight 800" on National Geographic Channel presents a brilliant, well-researched look into what the investigators found - and what they didn't find. The show details the animosity that existed from day one between the NTSB and the FBI. The NTSB is usually the final word in all air crashes. But because a number of eyewitnesses on the ground saw streaks flying towards the aircraft right before it exploded, and air traffic controllers reporting blips around the aircraft, the FBI came in and took over the investigation, calling it a possible crime. There were...
  • NYP: A 'NO' TO SLIME--BEHIND KENNEDY'S OBAMA ENDORSE

    01/29/2008 12:36:46 PM PST · by OESY · 20 replies · 76+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 29, 2008 | DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
    WHAT does Ted Ken nedy's endorsement of Barack Obama re ally mean? In addition to seriously boosting Obama's chances for the Democratic nomination by anointing him as the generational heir to John F. Kennedy, there's something else that's just as important for the body politic: Kennedy, Obama and the voters of South Carolina may have tolled the death knell for the Clintons' reprehensible politics of personal destruction. It's about time. For more than 30 years, no one has been able to stop Bill and Hillary Clinton from routinely acting on their shared base instinct to annihilate anyone who gets in...
  • The Hillary Papers Get Ignored By The Media

    01/21/2008 8:21:58 AM PST · by OESY · 21 replies · 124+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | January 21, 2008 | Ed Morrissey
    After last week's release by Judicial Watch of internal documents of Hillary Clinton's Health Care Task Force, many of us waited to see the national news media cover their disturbing contents. No surprisingly, none of them did so. Despite the proposals to use smears against critics of the government and to turn the DNC into a domestic espionage unit for the White House against its opponents, the mainstream news media has shown little interest in even noting the fact that this evidence appeared in a microscopic sample of the three million documents that have been blocked from public scrutiny. Let's...
  • NYP: McCain: No More Mr. Straight Talk?

    01/17/2008 6:29:01 AM PST · by OESY · 23 replies · 80+ views
    New York Post ^ | January 16, 2008 | Maggie Gallagher
    Did Mitt Romney just derail John McCain's Straight Talk Express? Not all the Democrats' and independents' votes in Michigan were enough to canonize John McCain, who barreled through Dearborn and Detroit congratulating himself for nobly ignoring voters' real concerns. In Michigan, Mitt "fight for every job" Romney trounced John "I cannot tell a lie" McCain. Romney's victory in Michigan was surprisingly broad: He beat McCain among both men and women, older and younger voters, Catholics and Protestants, people with incomes above and below $50,000, college graduates and those with just a high school degree. Romney even bested both McCain and...