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  • Mona Charen: What the Mullahs Should Mull

    07/13/2008 8:27:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 103+ views
    Townhall ^ | July 11, 2008 | Mona Charen
    "I warn you to abandon the filthy Zionist entity, which has reached the end of the line." That, from earlier this year, was but one of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's hysterical verbal assaults on a fellow member of the United Nations. If there is a regime anywhere on the globe whose leader regularly and volubly looks forward to the "destruction" of another nation, I'm not familiar with it. (Ahmadinejad actually anticipates the annihilation of two nations, since he has also spoken of a world without the United States.) In the past several days, Iran has punctuated its threats against Israel...
  • The Republic of Kennedy

    06/27/2008 5:26:20 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 13 replies · 71+ views
    Creators.com ^ | June 27, 2008 | Mona Charen
    In the United States today we no longer enjoy the rule of law but instead the rule of lawyers — robed lawyers with the exalted title "justice" — but still unelected lawyers enacting their own policy preferences. Before their commonsense decision in the Second Amendment case, a different complement of justices (Justice Anthony Kennedy siding with the liberals) demonstrated what a flimsy hold the words of the Constitution have on our jurisprudence. In fact, when you consider that the court is pretty well divided between four liberals and four conservatives with Justice Kennedy swinging from one side to another as...
  • Look Who’s Censoring Now - Commendably, Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on child porn.

    06/14/2008 5:44:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 162+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 13, 2008 | Mona Charen
    June 13, 2008, 0:00 a.m. Look Who’s Censoring NowCommendably, Andrew Cuomo is cracking down on child porn. By Mona Charen Well, well, well. Look who’s censoring the Internet. It’s Andrew Cuomo, attorney general of the Empire State. On June 11, Cuomo announced an agreement with three of the nation’s largest Internet service providers — Sprint, Time Warner, and Verizon — to block access to child pornography and eliminate such content from their networks wherever possible. Negotiations are ongoing with two other, as yet unnamed, service providers. You might think that these companies would have cracked down on child porn...
  • What We're Buying at College

    05/02/2008 2:31:55 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies · 98+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2008 | Mona Charen
    This week millions of high school seniors across the nation will mail forms and checks to colleges announcing their intention to matriculate. It's the culmination of what some say was the toughest year ever to pry open the golden doors of academe. My husband and I are still a few years away from writing those whopping checks to doubtless already well-endowed institutions, but a spirit of rebellion stirs in my soul at the thought of it. We tamely fork over tens of thousands of dollars (about $45,000 per year) for the privilege of having our young indoctrinated. Why are we...
  • Let them eat ethanol?

    04/29/2008 11:34:17 AM PDT · by JZelle · 35 replies · 90+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 4-29-08 | Mona Charen
    They don't have enough to eat. Five people are dead in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, after a week of food riots. Unions in Burkina Faso have called a general strike to protest the high cost of grain. Food riots have rocked Egypt, Cameroon, Indonesia, Ethiopia and other nations. In Manila, police with M-16s have supervised the sale and distribution of subsidized grain. Hoarders have been threatened with life imprisonment. In Thailand and Pakistan, troops are guarding fields and warehouses. In Egypt, the army has been called out to bake bread. Even in the United States, a run on rice caused big-box retailers...
  • Do we care what they think of America?

    04/04/2008 12:31:36 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 33 replies · 544+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 4, 2008 | Mona Charen
    If there's one thing the Democrats are certain they can accomplish provided they win in November (and it doesn't matter, for this purpose, which of the two candidates becomes the nominee) it will be the restoration of America's tattered world reputation. Barack Obama has promised that his first priority is to get the United States out of Iraq and "restore our standing in the world." Mrs. Clinton has said that an "urgent task" for the next president is to "restore America's standing in the world." Other Democrats hit this theme over and over again. Sen. Pat Leahy offered the standard...
  • Do we care what they think of America?

    04/04/2008 3:51:29 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies · 88+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 4, 2008 | Mona Charen
    If there's one thing the Democrats are certain they can accomplish provided they win in November (and it doesn't matter, for this purpose, which of the two candidates becomes the nominee) it will be the restoration of America's tattered world reputation. Barack Obama has promised that his first priority is to get the United States out of Iraq and "restore our standing in the world." Mrs. Clinton has said that an "urgent task" for the next president is to "restore America's standing in the world." Other Democrats hit this theme over and over again. Sen. Pat Leahy offered the standard...
  • Hillary as Veep?

    03/10/2008 12:11:36 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 167 replies · 5,553+ views
    The Corner on National Review ^ | March 9, 2008 | Mona Charen
    I was just on the John Batchelor radio program. He says that Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, has heard from Hillary's people that she would accept the number two spot on the ticket.
  • How Does Obama Feel About America?

    03/07/2008 6:31:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies · 192+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 7, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Barack Obama's words are often attractive but oddly concealing. His speeches are all balm and mood. It's all very well to seek, as Obama claims, to transcend old categories, to reject the "old politics." But then what? This graceful rhetorician leaves you wondering: Who is he really? What does he want for himself and for his country? In search of answers that go deeper than the Congressional Record, I read his first book, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance." Once you get past the happy surprise of finding a politician who can actually write, the book...
  • A Profoundly Consequential Life (William Buckley)

    02/28/2008 1:45:53 AM PST · by MartinaMisc · 4 replies · 89+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/28/08 | Mona Charen
    Woody Allen is reputed to have said that it was better not to meet people you revere -- the disappointment was always so crushing. But no one fortunate enough to meet or know William F. Buckley Jr., who passed away yesterday at the age of 82, could say that. A man of coruscating wit (he'd approve of that word), he was also, by universal acclamation, the most gracious man on the planet. Legend he was, but in a small group, it was always Bill who rushed to get a chair for the person left standing. It was always Bill who...
  • Why many conservatives can't vote for McCain

    02/10/2008 2:42:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 224 replies · 694+ views
    The Everett Herald ^ | February 10, 2008 | Mona Charen
    I posted a squib on the National Review Web site about a robo call I received from John McCain. (Virginia's primary is Tuesday.) The call stressed that he would, if elected, be a down-the-line limited government conservative who would never raise taxes, would defend life, would enforce immigration laws and would win the war on terror. The candidate is trying, I said, to meet conservatives "more than halfway." The response of readers was, shall we say, emphatic. One lady wrote that she would never vote for him as "He is the most disloyal, ill-tempered man and he brings out the...
  • Discordant Note (2007 Kennedy Center Honoree Pianist/Conductor Bashes Bush)

    02/09/2008 5:57:52 AM PST · by MaestroLC · 26 replies · 93+ views
    National Review (The Corner) ^ | Saturday, February 09, 2008 | Mona Charen
    This is the most graceless stunt I’ve seen a while. Leon Fleisher, the conductor and pianist, received a Kennedy Center honor. As part of the weekend of festivities associated with this prestigious award, Fleisher was invited to attend a White House reception along with the four other honorees (Brian Wilson, Steve Martin, Diana Ross, and Martin Scorcese). This caused the conductor to wrestle with his conscience. In the past seven years, Bush administration policies have amounted to a systematic shredding of our nation's Constitution — the illegal war it initiated and perpetuates; the torturing of prisoners; the espousing of "values"...
  • Charen: McCain Disdain

    02/08/2008 6:29:14 AM PST · by cgk · 98 replies · 146+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 2-8-08 | Mona Charen
    February 08, 2008, 0:00 a.m. McCain DisdainWhy some Republicans won't vote for the senator. By Mona Charen I posted a squib on National Review Online about a robo call I received from John McCain (Virginia’s primary is Tuesday). The call stressed that he would, if elected, be a down-the-line limited-government conservative who would never raise taxes, would defend life, would enforce immigration laws, and would win the war on terror. The candidate is trying, I said, to meet conservatives “more than halfway.” The response of readers was, shall we say, emphatic. One lady wrote that she would never vote...
  • Sore Winner - McCain Isn't Acting Like a Frontrunner. (Mona Charen)

    02/01/2008 10:32:20 AM PST · by frankpooler · 87 replies · 120+ views
    National Review ^ | February 1st, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Usually the guy who’s ahead finds it within himself to be gracious to his competitors whereas the desperate runner-up goes negative and reaches for any stick. So it was peculiar to watch John McCain sneering and slicing his way through the debate with Mitt Romney at the Reagan library. When McCain was given up for dead last summer, he was witty and fun on the stump. Now that he is the frontrunner he is snarky and obnoxious. Dr. Freud, call your office. They say that John McCain harbors a particular dislike for Romney. And why would that be? Well, Romney...
  • Sore Winner

    02/01/2008 1:39:54 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies · 71+ views
    Townhall ^ | February 1, 2008 | Mona Charen
    Usually the guy who's ahead finds it within himself to be gracious to his competitors whereas the desperate runner-up goes negative and reaches for any stick. So it was peculiar to watch John McCain sneering and slicing his way through the debate with Mitt Romney at the Reagan Library. When McCain was given up for dead last summer, he was witty and fun on the stump. Now that he is the front-runner, he is snarky and obnoxious. Dr. Freud, call your office. They say that McCain harbors a particular dislike for Romney. And why would that be? Well, Romney is...
  • Mona Charen: The real world intrudes

    12/28/2007 11:40:47 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 118+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 29, 2007 | By Mona Charen
    The next-to-last assassination attempt on Benazir Bhutto came on Dec. 13, when a man in the crowd got the former prime minister's attention. He was holding a 1-year-old baby — Mrs. Bhutto said later she thought it was a girl — and tried to hand the child across the sea of bodies. (snip) In Foreign Affairs magazine, Mr. Huckabee wrote: "Much like a top high school student, if it [the U.S.] is modest about its abilities and achievements, if it is generous in helping others, it is loved. But if it attempts to dominate others, it is despised." This, mind...
  • A Second Look at Romney

    12/14/2007 5:06:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 99 replies · 302+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2007 | Mona Charen
    Pretty much every election year since I can remember, a complaint has arisen that goes like this: "Why are we stuck with these awful choices? In this vast country of highly successful individuals, why don't any of the best people run for president?" Some years evoked more howls than others, and admittedly, 1976 really did present two underperformers, as did 1996. So let's pause to notice the fact that this year we have some exemplary choices. Fred Thompson is an excellent man who is running a refreshingly substantive campaign. John McCain has demonstrated not just personal courage (which is admirable...
  • Deny Killers Their 15 Minutes Of 'Fame'

    12/09/2007 2:02:37 PM PST · by Paul_B · 17 replies · 135+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 12/7/07 | Mona Charen
    I still remember where I was when I heard that the student who committed the Virginia Tech massacre had released a press packet including a video, a manifesto and photos of himself holding various weapons. I was just leaving a TV studio (having spoken about something else). Bursting with anger, I asked one of the producers if I could use his computer and posted on the web an urgent plea to NBC News (the organization that had first received the packet): "Don't publish it!" They did, of course. And so did every other news outlet. The killer's picture, his disordered...
  • NRO - Letters: Ron Paul spokeman responds to Mona Charen

    11/20/2007 4:30:35 PM PST · by George W. Bush · 37 replies · 613+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 11/20/07 | Jesse Benton
    November 20, 2007, 1:00 p.m. Ron Paul To the Editor I read Mona Charen’s column on Friday and I had to clear a few things up. Outside of the name-calling (“kook,” as I’m sure you remember, was the attack word of choice used by critics of Barry Goldwater), Charen was way off base. 1. Dr. Paul’s commitment to principle is second to none, so to attack him, Charen twists the understanding of what a presidential pardon really is. A pardon is a constitutional check by the executive branch on the judiciary to protect against cruel or unusual punishment. When...
  • Ron Paul (Letter on Mona Charen article)

    11/20/2007 12:10:24 PM PST · by Captain Kirk · 66 replies · 251+ views
    National Review ^ | November 20, 2007 | Jesse Benton
    To the Editor I read Mona Charen’s column on Friday and I had to clear a few things up. Outside of the name-calling (“kook,” as I’m sure you remember, was the attack word of choice used by critics of Barry Goldwater), Charen was way off base. 1. Dr. Paul’s commitment to principle is second to none, so to attack him, Charen twists the understanding of what a presidential pardon really is. A pardon is a constitutional check by the executive branch on the judiciary to protect against cruel or unusual punishment. When considering a pardon, a president examines extenuating circumstances...