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Rachel Marsden thinks Democrats have finally learned to pray
When al-Qaeda's third in command, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, was nabbed in Pakistan last week, it didn't just represent a blow to the terrorist network--it was also a major setback for the Democrats and their agenda. Mohammed's capture strengthens the Bush administration's argument that the US can conduct the war on terror on various different fronts. Apparently the concept of chewing bubble gum and spitting at the same time is incomprehensible to Democrats like Senator Ted Kennedy. 

Mario Giardiello asks God to make Bush smarter
President Bush prays everyday.  He is thankful that many pray for him.  He asks for our prayers, and asks God to make him smarter.  The whole world nodded in agreement during his most recent press conference when he shared this prayer with the world. Yes God, please make President smarter, a whole lot smarter, for the sake of us all.

Bobby Eberle thinks Jimmy should stick to his peanuts
In Sunday's issue of the New York Times, former President Jimmy Carter not only proves that he is a devout follower of the "peace at any price" coalition, but he also lays out a case against military action with Iraq based on false statements and a surprising failure to see the facts right before his eyes.

Mario Giardiello on how to persuade a liberal to go to war
I was accused recently on the radio of siding against Bush in his war with Iraq just because he is a Republican.  This caller said that I would support the war with a Democrat President.  This comment challenged me to think what it would take to support President Bush in this crusade of his. 

Dorothy Seese dissects the issues of our time
An analyst of times, trends and events should not be expected to provide answers to all the world's problems. It should be sufficient to explain, from a personal perspective, what is happening in the nation and the world so that the readers can come to their own conclusions, not mine.  Yet there is always the request from readers, some in the form of a challenge, to provide answers, not just the analysis of the problems.

Rachel Marsden says time is up for Hussein
Not only were there smoking guns, but there were shell casings strewn all over the place when US Secretary of State Colin Powell laid out the Bush administration's case for going after Saddam Hussein.  But of course for some folks, all the evidence in the world still wouldn't be good enough to convince them that Hussein must be dealt with now.

Jeff Brewer celebrates Reagan
The occasion of Ronald Reagan’s 92nd birthday is another opportunity to rightly celebrate the many achievements of this extraordinary leader.  In just eight years, President Reagan took the United States, then just a cowering, whimpering superpower unsure of its role in the world, to Cold War triumph over the most terrible menace of the 20th century.

Dorothy Seese on America as a third rate nation
It's taken for granted.  We're America, the United States of America, the world's only superpower, and we are the leaders of the free world.  We are US.  Flags fly, cars sport decals and bumper stickers. People wear lapel pins with our flag and perhaps a slogan.  At important events, even the President can speak about God and prayer with impunity.  The world is supposed to fear us, obey us, and allow us to lead, our military might is second to none.  Our citizens are the world's free people.

Jeff Brewer on Gary Locke
Who is Gary Locke?  Outside lawmakers in Olympia, Washington and frequenters of ‘progressive’ salons, few Americans are familiar with this 51-year old Seattle politician.  However, though he resides in virtual political obscurity, Tom Daschle and Nancy Pelosi selected Washington State’s governor to deliver the Democrat response to President Bush’s State of the Union address.

Canadian Rachel Marsden on Hillary's nightmare
Walk up to a Canadian and ask him what sets his country apart from the USA, and he'll likely reply with one of five things:  Gun control; a less hawkish, more diplomatic approach to world affairs; a collective preoccupation with adverse weather patterns; a burning passion for hockey; and a socialized health care system.  Canada's health care system is its touchstone.  Canadians are literally brainwashed into believing that Canada wouldn't be the great country it is without its health care program. 

James Antle on the politics of abortion
Three decades after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Roe v. Wade decision, the American people remain as deeply divided over abortion as ever.  Rather than being removed from politics, abortion is as firmly entrenched in each year’s political debates as taxes and the federal budget.  

Bobby Eberle's personal look at racial preferences
As I listened to President Bush's remarks on national television regarding the use of racial preferences at the University of Michigan, I couldn't help but shake with excitement.  There are few issues as divisive in this country as race, and there are few issues that touch me as personally.

Mario Giardiello on Bush's big mouth
Bush’s big mouth is getting the United States into sticky situations, and will continue to until we vote for a diplomatic President in 2004.  His idea of diplomacy is telling the other side its options, and usually those options are a mandate without any choice.  He must stop using name-calling and intimidation as his only means of negotiating. 

Rachel Marsden on the police in our genes
Since hearing recently about the first-ever bouncing baby clone that was supposedly born in Canada to a member of the Raelian "nut cluster", I figured I'd be hard pressed to find
a news item much more horrifying. That was until the Commonwealth of Virginia came through with a real doozer: the notion of DNA from potentially innocent people in the hands of police officers and other law enforcement authorities.

James Antle on the seven Democratic dwarfs
When Vice President George Bush ran for the Republican nomination to succeed Ronald Reagan as president (against several other notable Republicans), there were seven major candidates for the Democratic nomination vying for the chance to take him on in the general election.  Since there was no logical front-runner and a clear gap between their stature and that of the sitting vice president of the United States , wags quickly dubbed them “the Seven Dwarfs.”

Rachel Marden says Iraq is the lynchpin of terror war
Saddam Hussein may be a dictatorial madman, but no one can accuse him of being stupid. His 12,000 page report to the United Nations detailing Iraq's weapons programs ought to, at the very least, make for a few good months worth of bedtime reading for Bush-and will force America to play rope-a-dope with Hussein for awhile longer. 

Dorothy Anne Seese believes this was a Christian nation
This general mindset toward America's Christian heritage within a nation that respected the religious rights of all, Christian and non-Christian, to worship (or not worship) as they please, existed until a liberal Supreme Court, stuffed with liberal justices from the days of the presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, allowed the gavel to strike the cross in 1963.

Jeff Crouere on the Landrieu victory in Louisiana
A few nights ago, internal Landrieu polls showed the incumbent Senator 5 % points behind her Republican challenger Suzanne Haik Terrell.  Popular Republican President George W. Bush had just left Louisiana raising a bundle of money for Terrell and instilling the GOP grassroots with much needed enthusiasm.  At that point, the Landrieu camp knew they needed to fight back and the issue they used turned out to be quite powerful—SUGAR. 

Jeff Crouere on the final stretch of the LA Senate race
The race for the United States Senate in Louisiana certainly seems like a boxing match.  Republican challenger Suzie Terrell and Democrat incumbent Mary Landrieu have repeatedly sparred over key issues, differing personalities, questionable statements and the thorny question of religion. 

Jeff Brewer on Mary Landrieu: Liberal
Louisiana voters are probably unaware that Senator Mary Landrieu is one of the most liberal legislators in Washington, D.C.   The woman who won her initial senate race by fewer than 5,800 votes is a longtime advocate of higher taxes, a pusher of federally funded abortions, an enemy of the Boy Scouts, and a mouthpiece for several of the most vocal gun-control outfits in the country. 

James Antle on the return to supply-side
In an article about the reduced political salience of the budget deficit, the Christian Science Monitor recently reported that President Bush’s fiscal policy "signals a return to supply-side economics." Let us hope so. This Bush administration has of course been more supportive of tax cuts than any since Ronald Reagan’s. 

Rachel Marsden on Canada's foot-in-mouth disease
Canada-US relations were thrust onto the world stage once again this week because of a classless, petty remark made by a prime ministerial aide. Francie Ducros--the communications secretary for Canadian PM Jean Chrétien--called US President George W. Bush a "moron" for pushing Iraq to the top of the NATO agenda.

Dorothy Anne Seese on ugly
Somebody has to say it, so I'll volunteer. The notorious, nefarious and dangerous Middle East men, including all the various terrorists captured, identified or pictured on news sites, are perhaps the ugliest men this world has ever seen!  They aren't just homely, like Don Knotts of Mayberry. 

James Antle on the Bush haters
When Bill Clinton was president, there was much talk of the right being dominated by obsessive "Clinton haters," the irrational foot soldiers of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Reflexive and particularly vitriolic opponents of our current president are less frequently labeled "Bush haters."

Rachel Marsden believes Canadians are not wimps
The most recent issue of National Review featured members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on horseback, decked out in ceremonial red surge, with the word "Wimps!" emblazoned in blue across the cover.  Inside the issue, Jonah Goldberg ponders, at great length, Canada's "whiny and weak anti-Americanism."  

Jeff Crouere on Louisiana's RINO Governor
In Louisiana, politics is practiced very differently from any other state in the country. First of all, there is the legacy of corruption from the days of Huey P. Long that still haunts the state. The last three Insurance Commissioners went to jail, as did the former Elections Commissioner and the infamous former Governor of the State, Edwin Edwards. In fact, in 1991, his last election, Edwards was elected over former KKK leader David Duke in the run-off. 

Jeff Brewer say bye to Bill and Terry
Despite the pleadings of Al Gore, the shameless racial pandering of William J. Clinton, and the arrogant prognostications of Terry McAuliffe, Republicans trounced Democrats in Tuesday’s mid-term elections. The GOP’s electoral volley not only won control of the U.S. Senate away from progress-retardant Tom Daschle, but also revealed mainstream America’s disgust with the Clintonian status quo.

Scott Gillette believes attacking Iraq would be a major mistake
The Bush Administration had dedicated itself to deposing Saddam Hussein by invading Iraq for several months now. It appears that some sort of military action is likely, probably at the beginning of next year. This column asserts unequivocally that any action will have devastating consequences for the administration itself, the United States and the world.

Kirsten Andersen on the depressing 2002 Election
I'm depressed. No, not in the clinical, weepy, pill-popping sense of the word -- I'm really just plain sad. Weary. Mournful. Depressed. I hope it's temporary. Not so much for my sake, but for the sake of our country.

Debbie Schlussel on funding campus terrorists
The recent 2nd Annual Palestinian Students Divestment Conference at the University of Michigan is over, but the real story is who paid for it. In addition to University buildings, paid for by taxpayers, and a stipend, paid for by Michigan students’ tuition, the conference of anti-Semitic, anti-American hate speakers, including Islamic Jihad founder Sami Al-Arian, was funded by some frightening sources

James Antle on Paul Wellstone, RIP
There are two kinds of people who enter politics.  There are those who wish to be someone and those who wish to accomplish something.  Those who seek office for its own sake and those who wish to use public office to advance a cause larger than themselves.  Those who are attracted to power and those who are animated by their values and ideas.   Sen. Paul Wellstone, who was killed along with his wife, daughter, several campaign aides and two pilots in a plane crash in northern Minnesota, was among the latter. 

Dorothy Anne Seese on nut control, not gun control
Here in historic Arizona, the state that once boasted being home to Barry Goldwater and advertised Old Tucson's re-enactments of the Wild West, we've had another nut case shooting.  It isn't that shootings are rare in today's Arizona, but the frequency of such shootings is as out of control as the rest of the nation, and the rest of the world.

Jeff Brewer on General Albert Gore
In response to Mr. King’s inquiry into the justification for a decision to bomb Iraq, the vice president presented the case for acting preemptively to prevent Saddam from obtaining and presumably using weapons of m
ass destruction.

Debbie Schlussel on a terrorist speech at UM
Parents of University of Michigan students and Michigan taxpayers should be outraged by the divestment conference being held this weekend at U-M.  While the name and stated goal of the conference is divestment from Israel, that is merely a cover for what will really happen: support for terrorism against Americans and a hate-fest against Jews akin to a Hitler rally in Nazi Germany.

Jim Antle on the incredible shrinking Al Gore
Al Gore’s speech to the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, in which he came out swinging against the Bush administration’s likely war against Iraq, has elicited a thunderous response.  The problem for the man who would like a second chance at being the Democratic presidential nominee in 2004 is that this response was overwhelmingly negative.

Rachel Marsden defines Canada by a strong military
News about the collapse of Canada's military was virtually pushed into the classified section this week by front-page stories and endless drivel about a rich, old British woman's cross-country tour and a major league hockey commentator's minor league hissy-fit over salary negotiations.

Mario Giardiello on losing the war on terror
America is losing its battle against the world’s strongest terror
ist network, so we are looking for a scapegoat to divert the attention away from our failings. There is no proof that Iraq has ties to al-Qaeda, or that they have built up their arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Because America cannot win a war against al-Qaeda, we create a new enemy, 

Jeff Brewer on Torricelli's shameful legacy
Public servants used to go to Washington to serve the public interest-not their own. It was well understood that for many people, getting elected to public office was not the path to getting rich. It was presumed that some noble or highe
r call, rather than the desire to amass personal wealth, motivated people to serve. Evidently, Robert Torricelli didn’t subscribe to this concept. 

Mario Giardiello on diversifying our oil portfolio
Now, Bush understand (or at least some in his administration) that oil fields, like stock portfolios, are best secured when you diversify. After defeats from environmentalists and the American people in Florida and Alaska, Iraq is Bush’s idea for oil portfolio diversification.

Debbie Schlussel on the incorruptible 7-11
While Enron, Worldcom, and even AOL Time Warner are under investigation for corporate corruption, 7-11 is what most corporate America is really about. Though 7-11 is celebrating its 75th anniversary, this year, you won’t hear much about the purveyor of Slurpees and other American conveniences, in the media.  They’re not interested.

Jeff Brewer on the DC Red light scam
Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, the man who’s mayoral campaign was almost derailed because his minions forged over 7000 signatures on nomination petitions to qualify him for the Democratic party’s primary ballot, is continuing to demonstrate he’s unfit for office.  In Friday’s Washington Times, the mayor admitted, finally, that the city’s 50 traffic/red-light cameras were part of a money making scheme, an admission made after months of denial by he and the city’s police chief, Charles Ramsey, a.k.a. Chief Wiggam.  

Rachel Marsden on the new Neville Chamberlain
In a television interview that aired on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien suggested a link between the terrorist acts on the United States and uneven distribution of wealth and power in the world.  He said, "I do think the Western world is getting too rich in relation to the poor world and necessarily, you know, we're looked upon as being more arrogant, self-satisfied, greedy with no limits.  And September 11th is an occasion for me to realize it even more". 

Kirsten Andersen on what is normal after 9/11
September 11, 2001. It was a day none of us will soon forget -- the day that everyone said would change the world. For a while, there was talk of Armageddon and the Beginning of the End. On that fateful day one year ago, we seemed to have lost more than the buildings, the planes and the people. For a moment, we wondered if we had lost our future.

Rachel Marsden on Canada's cannabis crisis
Canadian senators did the unimaginable this week when they tabled a report proposing that marijuana be legalized, taxed for government profit, and sold to anyone over the age of sixteen.  Personally, I think the members of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs should put down the bong and slowly step away.

Debbie Schlussel on remembering Munich
While we commemorate the events of a year ago on 9-11, we should also be commemorating the 30th anniversary of another event, September 5, 1972. It’s auspicious that while Jews all over the world are celebrating the holiest of holidays this week, they’ll also remember the first nationally televised terrorist attack on innocent civilians, the brutal murder of eleven Israeli athletes by Yasser Arafat’s Black September terrorists at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany.

Mario Giardiello on the CEO's favorite president
The Bush Administration has been touted as the most C.E.O. friendly cabinet ever devised in the history of American politics. The fact that the individuals that are associated with big business have all worked for companies that depend on regulation and powerful lobbies should also be noted. These ex-C.E.O.’s depended more on crony capitalism, rather than free-market capitalism which shows they care more for their own pockets than for the market.

Nathan Porter on President Michael Douglas
God bless those B
rits. Despite spending most of their time fretting over whether Tony sniffs George's ass too much or whether Tony gives it to Cherie too much or whether Charles or Wills will be the next Queen of England, they still have time to focus on the absurd.

Rachel Marsden on celebrity big mouths
Here we go again.  Yet another celebrity has gone and stuffed her Manolo Blahnik-clad foot into her perfectly painted mouth.  And it just serves as one more example of why Hollywood and intelligent politics make poor bedfellows.

Jim Antle on keeping Mr. Smith in Washington
Some species eat their young. Do conservatives eat their elders? The question comes to mind in the race for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire. Sen. Bob Smith, a two-term senator with three terms in the House prior to that, is facing a Republican primary challenge from Rep. John Sununu, son of the former governor and chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush.

Jeff Brewer has a problem with those Catholics
That large numbers
of humanity continue to view the American Catholic Church as a legitimate arm of Christendom is puzzling.  Considering its refusal to purge the priesthood of homosexuals and pedophiles, its effective departure from expository preaching and normative doctrine, as well as the recent announcement by the U.S. Catholic bishops to forgo evangelization of Jews.

Rachel Marsden on the Iraqi PR war
US President George W. Bush is all set for a big "Saddam-b-que" that would see the Iraqi leader and his murderous, dictatorial regime tossed out and replaced with a democratic government.  Bush has sent out invitations to his friends and allies around the world, but his military shindig could end up being a big bust if he isn't careful.

Dorothy Anne Seese says this is not the right time to invade Iraq
Regardless of what Saddam Hussein may be plotting in his mind, unless the President of the United States and his staff are electronically tapped into Hussein's mind (madman or not), the USA has no palpable excuse to invade Iraq.  Even if the US had a special computer chip implanted in Saddam's head, just thinking about what he would like to do to the US does not give this nation the right to haul off and invade Iraq.

Mario Giardiello on Jews and Arabs
The Jewish-Arab conflict can be seen as an inability on both sides to empathize with the other’s plight. Too often we cannot see past the most recent killings by either side. Each side sees their own killings as revenge for the past deeds of their enemy, spiraling downward to a hopelessness that is further crippling any hope of a cease-fire.

Alan Caruba on Green Party government
The Green Party has 362 candidates running in 39 States. If they can tap into the uncertainty and resentment of voters, they are likely to draw votes from Democrats in the mid-term elections. Political analysts believe Ralph Nader's run for the presidency in 2000 took enough votes from Al Gore to give George W. Bush a narrow victory.

Mario Giardiello on our economic problems
Recently on WTIX's Ringside Politics, my brother Joe (the Conservative) blamed the ailing economy on the Clinton Administration. It seems everything that is going wrong with our country can somehow be blamed on Clinton, and everything that is going right (not much by the way) can be credited to Bush. Even when things were going right, my brother refused to give Clinton credit. 

Scott Gillette on the darkness before the dawn
The first thing to remember is that the precipitous market drop is deeply significant to the country, and not just to investors. The Dow and other U.S. stock markets represent the present and expected future values of all the publicly traded companies that operate in the country. There is no better analyst, person or institution, of where the economy is headed in the future than the market acting as a collective whole.

Nathan Porter on the insanity of King Ralph
What’s wrong with Ralph Nader? That’s like asking what’s wrong with syphilis. What’s wrong with Ralph Nader? Two of his biggest supporters are Phil Donahue and Michael Moore. What’s wrong with Ralph Nader? That’s like to asking what’s wrong with the grammar in your email to me—it’s obvious. Ralph Nader is insane.

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