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Al-Jazeera and Cultural Jihad
By Robert Maynard

A couple of week’s ago the True North Radio show featured Defender’s Council of Vermont President John Stuart and Robert Spencer on the topic of Al-Jazeera as a propaganda tool for the spreading of jihad. A couple of callers raised the issue of Americans being too smart to fall for Al-Jazeera's propaganda effort and that it might even be a good idea to let them on the air as a way of exposing their ideas.  One questioned the notion that they would be successful in inciting Americans to violence.

I think that they were totally missing the point.  The nature of the propaganda threat posed by AJ English differs from that of AJ Arab.  There are two forms of jihad, violent jihad and "Cultural Jihad".  I think that AJ Arab is inciting the former, but that AJ English is more likely to facilitate the latter.  Furthermore, much of the propaganda groundwork needed for this effort has already succeeded and a significant number of Americans have already fallen for it.

Liberalism: A Disease which Cannot be Cured with Socialized Medicine
By Glenn Eno

Being a liberal means never having to defend a position. You simply talk over the top of your accusers; blaming them for feeling the way you do. You do not have to justify your position. It’s not your fault. Conservatives are the ones who allow big business to make profits. They don’t have compassion for the poor, the elderly, minorities, illegal immigrants, and the environment and (gasp) the children. You do love the children don’t you?

When Government Drills, Enviro’s Cheer
By Martin Harris

Surely a drilling rig adorned with the State Seal would deserve cheers and approbation from such as VNRC and Sierra, not the criticism and contempt richly deserved by, say, the private-sector Cambrian Corporation. Montpelier could then sell the black gold to Vermont’s local-vore contingent, that highly vocal activist group which wants all foods raised east of Lake Champlain and logically would simply love, dahling, to have all energy extracted locally as well. And, of course, there’s the follow-the-money principle: as O’Grady writes in her Journal column, "Environmentalists don’t seem to mind State profits". Indeed, when it comes to more-money-going-to-Montpelier, what’s not to love?

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"My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school."  -- Margaret Mead (1901-1978) American cultural anthropologist and author

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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

A New Call for Jessica's Law in Vermont
From WCAX-TV, July 5, 2008

The investigation that led to the discovery of Brooke Bennett's body did not end this case. State and federal law enforcement officials say there may be additional arrests as the investigation points to an Internet pornography connection. And there's also political fallout. Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie (R-Vermont) is calling for enactment of Jessica's Law.

Lake Champlain Pollution: Shoveling Good Money After Bad
Caledonia Record Editorial, July 05, 2008

In a 36-page report, "State of the Lake," the Lake Champlain Basin Commission acknowledges that the Lake's phosphorus pollution levels are no lower, now, than they were 18 years ago, despite tens of millions of dollars of clean-up money spent on the lake since that benchmark date. Yet, the enviros claim the clean-up programs have been a success.

Money Talks
From, July 06, 2008

The year of decision on Vermont Yankee approaches.  The state – in the form of the Public Service Board and the Legislature – will decide in 2009 on relicensing the nuclear plant.   Those who have long seen the plant as a vile dragon in urgent need of slaying will make all the old, familiar arguments.  They must now add to that list an explanation of how it will benefit the state – and its ratepayers – to take a pass on a three quarters of a billion dollar windfall if the plant is relicensed.

Free Money In Danville
Caledonia Record Editorial, June 30, 2008

Taxpayers in the rest of the state must be scratching their heads. Everyone who has followed the Vermont Legislature, listened to the governor, turned on the news or watched family and neighbors struggle financially must wonder how some people in Danville think they can spend like the good times will never end. The answer is easy: Danville is spending other people's money. The state and federal grants paying for new consultants and financing new studies and projects came from the wallets of taxpayers all over the state.

Fantasy Energy Policies
From, July 05, 2008

So I asked Peter, "Now you’re a trial lawyer. Tell me how you’re going to get King Abdullah into a federal court to answer to price fixing charges. Whose army are you going to use to bring him in?" Peter replied that OPEC was of course engaged in price fixing, and there was a real possibility that America’s antitrust law could or ought to be extended to cover petroleum price fixing foreign governments. But then he added, "Of course there was a lot of symbolism in that bill." Yeah, symbolism. Symbolism of the Democratic Party’s total irrelevance on energy issues. Are intelligent Vermonters expected to respect their Congressman and his party for engaging in this absurd symbolism?

‘Governor’ Gaye Symington Equals New Broad Based Taxes
Caledonia Record Editorial, July 03, 2008

Gaye Symington, in her announcement of candidacy for governor, promised no new general taxes, but her other promises (health care for all, new energy policy, presumably without Vermont Yankee, entrepreneurial initiatives and enticements, education property tax reform, etc.) indicate the imposition of broad new taxes. A Democrat, she seems to believe that there is no cost to these pie-in-the-sky promises, yet she admitted at the time of her announcement that she might have to seek some new broad-based taxes to accomplish all of her contemplated program.

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

Pakistan's Rising Islamist Tide
By Ralph Peters, New York Post, July 2, 2008

Last weekend, Pakistani security forces launched a desperate counteroffensive in the Khyber Agency on the Afghan border. They hope to prevent medieval tribesmen (with modern weapons) from overrunning the city of Peshawar and severing the main supply route for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan. The Pakistani Frontier Corps made some local gains. But their efforts amount to belated sandbagging against the rising flood of militant Islam.

Gathering Storm
By Bruce S. Thornton, National Review Magazine, July 2, 2008

This jihadist ideology motivated Abdel Rahman and the 9/11 jihadists, and continues to motivate Islamic terrorism today. But then and now, this obvious traditional belief is ignored or rationalized away by those entrusted with our security: The Secretary of State publicly croons that Islam is the "religion of peace and love," and the State and Homeland Security departments instruct their employees not to use words like "jihad" or "mujahedeen" (holy warrior) in its communications. In contrast to this delusional thinking, McCarthy bluntly, and correctly, states the obvious: "Islam is a dangerous creed. It rejects core aspects of Western liberalism: self-determination, freedom of choice, freedom of conscience, equality under the law." We refuse to face the truth about Islam, and thus we disarm ourselves before "a doctrine that rejects our way of life and a culture unwilling or unable to suppress the savage element it breeds wherever it takes hold."

Defectors Not Buying North Korea’s Nuke Pledge
By Ashley Rowland and Hwang Hae-rym, Stars and Stripes, July 04, 2008

Han Chang-kweon is skeptical when he hears that his homeland is taking steps to get rid of its nuclear weapons. Born in North Korea in 1961, he escaped from a communist logging camp in his early 30s, lived in Uzbekistan, and sought asylum in the United States before moving to Seoul in 2005. He said North Korea’s nuclear weapons are its only bargaining chip, and the country can’t survive without them.

Why the Brits Are Setting Terrorists Free
By Melanie Phillips, The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2008

It turns out that the U.S., whose Supreme Court last month ruled that non-American prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay may challenge their detention, isn't the only country where judges are hampering the war on terror. Many people here are rubbing their eyes at the fact that Britain is letting out of jail some of al Qaeda's most dangerous members. In June, a British court released the notorious Islamist preacher Abu Qatada, who had spent the previous three years in jail pending deportation to Jordan to stand trial on terrorism charges.

Seeing Through Iran's Strait Talk
From Investor's Business Daily, July 01, 2008

Iran's Islamofascist regime is threatening to block the major oil route of the Strait of Hormuz if attacked by Israel. But bluffing doesn't work when the whole world sees how bad your hand is.

Sniffer Dogs Offend Muslims
By Tom Whitehead Daily Express June 27, 2008

POLICE sniffer dogs trained to spot terrorists at railway stations may no longer come into contact with Muslim passengers – after complaints that it is against the suspects’ religion.

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From Elsewhere

Christianity and the History of Freedom
By Kevin E. Schmiesing Ph.D., Acton Institute, July 2, 2008

For Americans the Fourth of July marks national independence, but the holiday has become symbolic of a more universal cause: human liberty. The development of human freedom, in theory and in practice, is in large measure the story of Christianity.

Global Warming as Mass Neurosis
By Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2008

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the mass hysteria phenomenon known as global warming. Much of the science has since been discredited. Now it's time for political scientists, theologians and psychiatrists to weigh in.

Does Patriotism Matter?
By Thomas Sowell, National Review, July 02, 2008

At the outset of the invasion, both German and French generals assessed French military forces as more likely to gain victory, and virtually no one expected France to collapse like a house of cards — except Adolf Hitler, who had studied French society instead of French military forces. Did patriotism matter? It mattered more than superior French tanks and planes. Most Americans today are unaware of how much our schools have followed in the footsteps of the French schools of the 1920s and 1930s, or how much our intellectuals have become citizens of the world instead of American patriots.

We Can Lower Oil Prices Now
By Martin Feldstein, The Wall Street Journal, July 1, 2008

Now here is the good news. Any policy that causes the expected future oil price to fall can cause the current price to fall, or to rise less than it would otherwise do. In other words, it is possible to bring down today's price of oil with policies that will have their physical impact on oil demand or supply only in the future.

Lights Out In Georgia
From Investor's Business Daily, July 01, 2008

A state judge has blocked construction of a power plant on grounds that its emissions permit does not set a cap on carbon dioxide. Global warming alarmism wins another round.

Iraq's Oil Surge
From The Wall Street Journal, July 5, 2008

Here's a thought experiment: Assume that Iraq's democratic government declared it was nationalizing its oil industry, a la Venezuela or Saudi Arabia, while excluding American companies from the country. How do you think U.S. politicians would react? With angry cries of "ingratitude" and "this is what Americans died for"?

Of course they would, led no doubt by that critic for all reasons, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York. So it is passing strange that Mr. Schumer and other Senators are now assailing Iraq precisely because it is opening up to foreign oil companies, especially to U.S. majors like Exxon Mobil and Chevron. For some American pols, everything that happens in Iraq is bad news, especially when it's good news for the U.S.

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