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By Meg Barnes
pro-life concerns span issues ranging from abortion and infanticide, physician-assisted
suicide and euthanasia to embryonic stem cell research, human cloning,
and much more. Pro-lifers cannot plausibly be called ‘single issue’ voters
due, quite simply, to the scope of their concerns.
Second, it is not a matter
of ‘single issue’ voting, but a matter of prioritizing the most fundamental
of our rights and the very reason our form of government was established
in the first place.
Taxes on Electricity?
By John McClaughry
cry has again gone up for raising taxes. Not surprisingly, the cry comes
from the Vermont Public Interest Group (VPIRG) and the Conservation Law
The tax they propose to increase
is the one on everyone's electric bill. In 1999 the legislature delegated
to the Public Service Board the power to levy an "energy efficiency " tax
to fund its "efficiency utility", known as Efficiency Vermont.
Up and Agree
By Martin Harris
you went to a seminar and the instructors decided to change the subject?
That’s what happened recently when C-SPAN scheduled a promising session
with three education experts on the subject of higher K-12 quality leading
to better US educational competitiveness leading to higher salaries and
a better national economy at home. The short title, invented by participant
Eric Hanushek, was "Learn More, Earn More". The other two major participants,
Helen Ladd of Duke University and Clive Belfield of Queen’s College, weren’t
at all interested in improvements in the achievement potential of students
already at the upper end of the test-score spectrum, and so they continually
steered the discussion onto their preferred ideological grounds: the bottom
quartile of students and all the "root cause" reasons why more taxpayer
investment in public schools is sorely needed on their behalf. It was a
little like going to a seminar advertised as a discussion of 19th century
military equipment and tactics, only to be subjected to hours of Europeans-are-mean-white-guys-and-if-you-weren’t-so-mean-and-dumb-
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"At the heart of any democracy
lies the challenge of performing good deeds without stripping people of
their money and freedom." --Tony Snow
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Weekly News Round-Up
Offender Treatment a False Cure
Rutland Herald Editorial,
July 7, 2008
The state of Vermont is failing
to learn from history. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Catholic Church in North
America went through a spasm of sexual abuse by significant numbers of
priests against children in their care; many of those cases have only come
to light in the past decade and so are still wending their way through
the courts today, including a sheaf of filings in Vermont.
In most such cases, one cornerstone
of the church's defense is that they were acting on the best advice of
psychiatrists at the time by providing treatment to priests found to have
abused children and then returning those "cured" priests to parishes. In
case after case, juries find that argument wanting. In part, it's because
that advice is now considered hopelessly out of date: We would never declare
a convicted pedophile "cured" and return them to active care of children.
Or would we?
The Right Verdict ... Easy
From VermontTiger.com, July
Clearly, Mr. Gunderson is
emotionally invested in shutting down Yankee. Whatever his credentials
– and they
are impressive – he is not a disinterested observer. So, why was he
appointed to a position on this panel? Because Senator Peter Shumlin
was doing the appointing and he has been waging jihad against Yankee for
Caledonia Record Editorial,
July 11, 2008
Back in 2000, our liberal
lawmakers discovered an irresistible opportunity to create another bureaucracy
that would save us, once again, from ourselves. They created Efficiency
Vermont, ostensibly to assist Vermont businesses and homeowners to use
less energy, hence lessen our dependence on foreign energy sources. Many
people, including us, believe Efficiency Vermont was intended to create
lucrative jobs for some politicians who were no longer on the political
Shows Stagnant Reporting"
From VermontTiger.com, July
This leaves me wondering
why WCAX ran this story to begin with. Calling data published six months
ago new is a bit disingenuous unless it was due to incompetence.
If they did intentionally run an old story dressed up like a new one, what
purpose would it serve? What agenda would be served by dressing up old
data about how people are leaving Vermont? The only clue I can find is
the link to PursueVT found at the bottom of the story. Was the story really
a press release from the proverbial finger in the dike PursueVT?
Can I read from this that the finger in the dike solution isn't working
or is it just the finger pointing out how important its job is?
thrower shows lack of judgment
Democrats show lack
On Thursday, the Governor
was assaulted by a pie-throwing prankster while walking in the Montpelier
parade. Since then, the silence from Democrat officials has been deafening.
While we may not agree on all issues, mainstream Vermonters do not believe
raw mean-spiritedness or physical attacks of any kind have any place in
our politics. This incident was easy to denounce on many levels. But, when
asked about the attack, Speaker Symington answered with a definitive "no
comment" (WCAX, 6pm News, 7/4/08), demonstrating a disappointing lack of
The blog post below raises
a valid point: if Leahy, Sanders, Welch or even Symington had been the
victim instead of Douglas, would there have been outrage? You can bet on
Stupid Questions, Pie throwing, Waterboarding, Parading, and The Feelies
July 7, 2008
Speaking of politics, the
Vermont media and blogosphere is abuzz about the pie that Governor Jim
Douglas (R-VT) took to his face during Montpelier’s Fourth of July parade
last week. Since I’m sure that anyone who cares about this issue has already
read and commented about it, I’ll steer clear of the specifics.
Instead, I’d like to focus
on the kindergarten-like partisan reaction that the incident has received
from the good Democrats -- mostly in blogland. In short, they thought it
was great, funny, deserved or otherwise just a hoot (opinions that I can
mostly agree with since I’m all in favor of good political theatre).
But wait. Aren’t these the
same people who got their panties in a knot over the efforts of the anti-war
crowd to hold Democratic Congressman Peter Welch’s feet to the fire by
asking him –gasp-- yes or no questions about his position on the War on
Iraq? Yes, they were.
So, to these folks, pushing
a pie in the face of the governor is "great" but asking a congressman who
has been waffling on the war to answer "yes or no" about his positions
on that war is "grandstanding," "rude," "cheap," and "counter-productive."
In other words, it depends
on your party affiliation. And that, my friends, is why I detest party
affiliations and the dumbed-down rationale that accompanies them.
I can’t imagine, for example,
the "outrage" these folks would have expressed if anyone, from the
left or the right had done the same thing to one of their darlings, Leahy,
Sanders or Welch. Or, worse, image the indignation if their hero-of-the-moment,
Obama, got a pie?
Get real, folks. Or, better
yet, trade those cheerleading outfits in for some thinking caps.
Have All the Leaders Gone?
Caledonia Record Editorial,
July 07, 2008
We've been reporting in this
area for over 170 years and have never seen such alarming lack of understanding
and conviction from our elected local, state and federal leaders.
Once upon a time, people
in the Northeast Kingdom and North Country were renowned for civic pride,
economic frugality and independent spirit. We were happy to tell visitors
that while poor, we at least were honest.
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Global War on Terrorism
in History: The Struggle against Jihad and Supremacist Ideologies
By Jeffrey Imm, Counterterrorismblog.org,
In fighting Islamic supremacism,
instead of an approach only based on tactical measures and efforts at clever
twists of terminology, what if America had a true strategy that was instead
based on the defense of our values on human equality and liberty?
The true challenge of Islamic
supremacism to America and the free world is not about Islam, Islamism,
or terrorism, but about us. It is a historic challenge to determine whether
we truly have the courage of our convictions on equality and liberty and
we are willing to fight for these ideals, or if we will instead accept
the continuing growth of anti-freedom ideologies here and around the world.
Have The West Just Where They Want Us
By Frank J. Gaffney, Jr.
Jewish World Review, July 8, 2008
Flash forward to today. At
the moment, another totalitarian ideology characterized by techniques and
global ambitions strikingly similar to those of yesteryear's communists
is on the march. It goes by varying names: "Islamofascism," "Islamism,"
"jihadism" or "radical," "extremist" or "political Islam." Unlike the communists,
however, adherents to this ideology are making extraordinary strides in
Western societies toward criminalizing those who dare oppose the Islamist
end-state — the imposition of brutal Shariah Law on Muslims and non-Muslims
Academic Jihad: Indoctrination Instead of Education
Posted by Mondoreb, Deathby1000papercuts.com,
July 7, 2008
In America, a healthy Islamist
grievance industry–headed by CAIR–and gaming the victimization bureaucracy
are two prongs of a three-tined fork of attack. What’s the third? That
would be the academic jihad: using a mushy multicultural education establishment
and the means of academia to further cultural ends.
550 Tons of Yellowcake
By Randall Hoven, American
Thinker, July 08, 2008
About 550 metric tons of
yellowcake concentrated uranium were recently shipped out of Iraq.
It had been part of Saddam Hussein's nuclear program. That much was
by the Associated Press . I wrote an article for American
Thinker that commented
on that story the day it appeared.
Hanged Her for Teaching Love
By Amil Imani, Amilimani.com,
July 10, 2008
She is called the Angel of
Iran, because she lived her short life angelically. The demonic Islamist
Mullahs, true to their nature, couldn?t bear an angel in their midst. They
hanged the young woman, barely past childhood, for refusing to renounce
her belief: the belief in love, justice, and equality for all children
Examines EMP Threat
Iran believed to test
missiles for attack on U.S.
From WorldNetDaily, July
More than four years after
a stunning report about America's vulnerability to a nuclear electromagnetic
pulse attack was released to Congress, the House Armed Services Committee
will hear testimony from the scientist who issued the warning and who believes
Iran is pursuing such an option.
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in Peace, My Friend
by Shannen Coffin, National
Review, July 12, 2008
The day of Tony Snow's hiring
at the White House was electric. To call him a "rock star" was an understatement.
He brought substance to every meeting he was in and every subject he covered.
He was unwaveringly conservative at the principals table, but like all
good servants of the government and the president, when a decision was
made, he fell in line and became an advocate for the president, not for
Tony Snow. It isn't hard to conclude that he was one of the best presidential
press secretaries of all time, if not the best.
Global Warming Out,
Global Cooling In
By Alan Lammey, Texas Energy
Four scientists, four scenarios,
four more or less similar conclusions without actually saying it outright
-- the global warming trend is done, and a cooling trend is about to kick
in. The implication: Future energy price response is likely to be significant.
Late last month, some leading climatologists and meteorologists met in
New York at the Energy Business Watch Climate and Hurricane Forum. The
theme of the forum strongly suggested that a period of global cooling is
about emerge, though possible concerns for a political backlash kept it
from being spelled out.
Circuit Says Unborn = Human
By Christopher J. Schweickert,
American Thinker, July 11, 2008
A great new 8th Circuit en
banc (rehearing by the full court) opinion was delivered yesterday.
It was simply a denial of Planned Parenthood's attempt to get a preliminary
injunction to stay enforcement of the statute, and a preliminary injunction
is always hard to get. Even so, an en banc Circuit court finding
that "unborn = human" is true and relevant information is pretty powerful.
to Scale Back Bio-fuel plans
By Rick Moran, American
Thinker, July 08, 2008
Reacting to several recent
studies which have shown bio-fuels contributing to the current world food
crisis as well as deforestation and other climate change factors, the European
Union is going to cut back drastically on its bio fuels
And Closings Help Explain Why Media See 'Depression' As Real
By Dan Gainor, Investor's
Business Daily, July 03, 2008
One of the hardest things
for reporters to do is to distance themselves when they become part of
a story. That's precisely the problem with journalists covering the U.S.
We're a long way from it
being what NBC claims is "a bust." We're not in another "Depression" either,
despite dozens of network stories to that effect. But many journalists
think things are that bad because their own industry is in chaos.
Iraq Was Inevitable
Arthur Herman, Commentary
Magazine, July/August, 2008
In this light—that is, in
light of what was actually known at the time about Saddam Hussein’s actions
and intentions, and in light of what was added to our knowledge through
his post-capture interrogations by the FBI—the decision to go to war takes
on a very different character. The story that emerges is of a choice not
only carefully weighed and deliberately arrived at but, in the circumstances,
the one moral choice that any American President could make.
Had, moreover, Bush failed
to act when he did, the consequences could have been truly disastrous.
The next American President would surely have faced the need, in decidedly
less favorable circumstances, to pick up the challenge Bush had neglected.
And since Bush’s unwillingness to do the necessary thing might rightly
have cost him his second term, that next President would probably have
been one of the many Democrats who, until March 2003, actually saw the
same threat George Bush did.
Will Tax & Spend Despite His Promises
By Bill Bolling, Richmond
Times-Dispatch, July 14, 2008
Barack Obama's campaign has
asked voters to ignore their candidate's brief and inconsistent record
and listen instead to the "value" in his words. ... [O]ne thing remains
clear, under an Obama presidency hard-working Americans and small business
owners will see their taxes rise, job creation and exports suffer, and
government spending skyrocket when they can least afford it.
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