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Posted on 15 June 2007 by Ed Z

Joe Leiberman writes about his visit to Iraq
.  His focus on Iran is
worth noting.

[A]s terrible as the
continuing human cost of fighting this war in Iraq is–the human
cost of losing it would be even greater.


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Required Reading: Who Is Noam Chomsky?

Posted on 26 September 2006 by Ed Z

Since Hugo’s infomercial on Chomsky, his book sales have increased and you
have to wonder if Hugo gets a commission.  For those of you who don’t know
Chomsky’s background, WSJ Opinion Journal has a good intro. 

For it is his ability to
excite not just contempt for American foreign policy but a lively
sense that it is guided by some kind of criminal conspiracy that
provides the motive for Prof. Chomsky’s unceasing diatribes and
the explanation of his influence. The world is full of people who
wish to think ill of America. And most of them would like to be
Americans. The Middle East seethes with such people, and Prof.
Chomsky appeals directly to their envious emotions, as well as to
the resentments of leaders like President Chavez who cannot abide
the sight of a freedom that they haven’t the faintest idea how to
produce or the least real desire to emulate.


Read the entire article Who
Is Noam Chomsky?
by Roger Scruton.

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Required Reading for July 28

Posted on 28 July 2006 by Ed Z

activists gone wild
By Michelle Malkin

Thanks, Uncle
By Jeffrey Lord

Rally @ Dearbornistan City Hall, Yesterday
By Debbie Schlussel

By Daniel Henninger

Keep rolling
By Charles Krauthammer

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A Difficult Lesson by David Bogner

Posted on 24 July 2006 by Ed Z

David Bogner over at Treppenwitz
has a must read entry.  As one commenter said, "I don’t want to quote
for fear you won’t read the whole thing".

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The Declaration of Independence

Posted on 04 July 2006 by Ed Z

If you’ve never read it, here’s your chance. Drafted by Thomas Jefferson for
2 weeks in June 1776, it remains one of America’s most cherished documents.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen
united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it
becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have
connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the
separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God
entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they
should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit
of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among
Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That
whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,
laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form,
as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be
changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath
shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable,
than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same
Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their
right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards
for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these
Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their
former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain
is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object
the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let
Facts be submitted to a candid world.

has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the
public good.

has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance,
unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and
when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of
people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in
the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and
distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of
fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly
firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be
elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have
returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the
mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions

has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose
obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others
to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new
Appropriations of Lands.

has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws
for establishing Judiciary powers.

has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices,
and the amount and payment of their salaries.

has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to
harrass our people, and eat out their substance.

has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of
our legislatures.

has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil

has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our
constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts
of pretended Legislation:

Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they
should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:

transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences

abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province,
establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so
as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same
absolute rule into these Colonies:

taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering
fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power
to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and
waging War against us.

has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the
lives of our people.

is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat
the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances
of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and
totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear
Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and
Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on
the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known
rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and

In every stage of these Oppressions We
have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions
have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus
marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a
free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to
our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by
their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have
reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We
have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them
by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would
inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf
to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in
the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the
rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the
united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the
Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name,
and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and
declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and
Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British
Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great
Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent
States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances,
establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States
may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance
on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our
Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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The American Flag

Posted on 03 July 2006 by Ed Z

I found this story, A Lesson For
, by Mike Dalka, on
and wanted to share it with you.

My Grandfather was a glider
infantryman in WWII, an advisor in Korea, and lost one of his
sons, my uncle Gary Edwards, in Vietnam. I worked in his auto
repair station during high school and he flew his flag in front
daily. One day while I was sweeping the oil dry out of the bays it
began to sprinkle rain. He told me to go get the flag and I said
"gimme a second." He said, "It is raining, go get
the flag NOW." Well I popped off my mouth about how he should
cool it, it isn’t going to melt or some such typical teenage

My grandfather is the
toughest man I’ve ever met. He explained once that he thought
basic training was some sort of country club during WWII, because
he was used to hard work anyway, and at home he didn’t have indoor
toilets or hot running water! And when I said whatever it was that
I said to him, he turned deep crimson and I thought, "God
save me, he’s going to kill me for talking back." Instead
tears welled up in his eyes and he squeaked out "You don’t
understand what this family has paid for the right to fly that
flag." Then he turned his back on me and went out and got the
flag. I just stood there feeling like the smallest person to ever
live. Those words cut me so deep. I wish the entire country could
have heard them.

[ I ] hope that this Nation
might yet have enough people who understand the cost of liberty to
turn things around.

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Required Reading for June 7

Posted on 07 June 2006 by Ed Z

Events at
Haditha Don’t Change Need for Victory
by Mark Steyn

by Debra Burlingame

The Revival of
Cultural Life in Iraq Under Stress
by Nimrod Raphaeli

to Consider Letting Hawaiians Pursue Sovereignty
by Brian DeBose

and for more background on The Akaka Bill,

E Pluribus Unum?
Not in Hawaii
by Slade Gorton & Hank Brown

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