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Democrats Worry About Positive Report by Petraeus
By Robert Maynard

It is a sad day in America when the possibility of a positive report on the progress of our troops in a battle that is central to the War on Terrorism is greeted by a leader of one of our major political parties with concern over whether such a report might split his party.

Another Middle-Class Exodus? Part III
By Martin Harris

Now Burlington, along with a growing number of other districts across the country, wants to reprise mandatory quotas; not by race, this time, but by Socio-Economic Status, using mandatory re-districting, bussing and other devices to insure that non-middle-class kids sit next to middle-class kids in the classroom. Why? Here’s the original explanation from KC plaintiff’s attorney Arthur Benson: "when white students…integrate the schools, their middle-class aspirations would change the school culture…" In short, it’s cultural diversity, not race or SES, which middle-class parents flee when forced diversity is threatened. They don’t want their kids exposed to non-middle-class behaviors. That’s why the both the white and the black middle-class fled Detroit after the 1967 riots, Manhattan Institute scholar Julia Vitullo-Martin writes in a recent Wall Street Journal column: they didn’t want their kids exposed to underclass behaviors in school any more than they could accept their businesses being burned in mob-action street theatre.

Symington: Privacy for me, but not for thee
By Rob Roper

Symington’s casual disregard of Vermont citizens’ rights and expectations of financial privacy while being aggressively protective of her own is both elitist and hypocritical.

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"Democrats are not the ones who won the midterm election, nor are the Republicans the ones who lost. Rather the Mujahideen—the Muslim Ummah’s vanguard in Afghanistan and Iraq—are the ones who won, and the American forces and their Crusader allies are the ones who lost." -Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s deputy leader

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This Week's Mail Bag

The Consequences of Over-Taxation

I’d like to explain one of the many consequences of over taxation resulting from Vermont's out of control school and government spending.

We have a housing shortage. Rising property taxes on privately owned rental housing only worsens this shortage. High taxes and stiff regulations discourage would-be landlords from building new units. High taxes make it impossible for many would-be homeowners to build.

The Dems' solution is to put up, with even more taxpayer dollars, government owned and controlled "Public Housing."

Under the Soviet Union, most residents of Moscow, and elsewhere in Russia, lived in "Public Housing." They had NO property rights. Communism collapsed due to economic failure.

If our property taxes keep going up, SO WILL WE!

--Bill Day, Barre

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Keep up the Good Work

My husband and I were in Vermont in May and found your station and of course fell in love immediately.  We were searching for Rush and had no idea that there were sane people in Vermont, are LIBERALS SANE?  Anyway my brother and sister-in-law will be in Vermont in November and December and I was telling them about True North Radio and wanted to know where they could find you on the dial?  We were not really impressed with Vermont when we arrived in the state but when we left 10 days later we did find ourselves sad to leave.  I think its a place worth saving and we do want to go back to visit.  We were staying at Smuggler's Notch and were able to travel through the Notch before we left.  Please keep up the good work and I love the weekly e-mails from you.

--Mary Linda and Charles Hunter, Forest, Virginia

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Vermont Weekly News Round-Up

Border Crossing Problems
Caledonian Record Editorial, August 4, 2007

What should U.S. authorities do to alleviate the long crossover times? Heaven forbid that they go a little easier on the vast numbers of guiltless Canadians who make up the majority of border crossers. Giving them a pass would mean racial and ethnic profiling of the ones authorities stop because they fit the description of terrorists, and we must never, never do that. Just as with airport security, we must inconvenience everyone in order not to offend anyone. The great irony, of course, is that our good neighbor Canadians must wait hours to come down here to spend their money, while a thousand illegals cross our southern border from Mexico without a five minute wait. There's got to be a better way of discriminating between illegals and visitors.

Affordable Housing....for Software Designers?
From, July 30, 2007

When someone earning an individual wage of $60,000--which is the median family income in Vermont--can't find an "affordable" place to live, either that person's definition of what they want, and what they are willing to pay, are out of synch with reality, or more likely, there is something wrong with housing prices in Vermont. Affordable housing should connote an image of a lower income wage earner or family having a hard time meeting mortgage or rent payments, not an image of a well-educated, well-paid software worker not being able to find a house.  If we think the state should be in the business of subsidizing housing for people earning $60,000, then we've got real problems.

Test questions
From, July 31, 2007

I'll ignore the question of defining neo-feudalism, since I really don't understand what that means, and I haven't seen too many serfs slaving away on large corporate farms recently.   So I'll stick to this question:  Explain the difference between government support of small family farms and government income support payments to low income working families.   Be sure to deal with the issue of why the government should treat low income farmers differently than low income workers (or low income business owners) elsewhere in the economy.

Undressing for the Taxman
From, August 01, 2007

So a new glitch has appeared in the Act 60/68 apparatus that was so carefully designed and precisely calibrated to raise revenues and distribute "fairness" across the state.  This thing has more holes, and requires more patches, than the latest upgrade from Microsoft.   We are long past the time when the state should scrap this turkey and start over.

Vt GOP Sounds Alarm on Tax Checks
By Daniel Barlow, Vermont Press Bureau, Rutland Herald, August 1, 2007

House Republican leaders warned Wednesday that residents could be exposing some of their personal financial information to the public when they receive property tax rebates and prebates this year. Under Vermont's new rebate law, the amount reduced from a resident's total bill is public information. Republicans said that information could be used to determine a person's annual income as well. Rep. Steve Adams of Hartland, the House minority leader, asked the top House Democrat in a letter Monday to consider making changes to the 2006 law when the Legislature returns to work in January.

Hillary's Cleavage
Caledonian Record Editorial, August 1, 2007

It would be nice if the columnists who get light-headed during the dog days of August and write feverish fluff columns took the month off, instead. Some things say more about the columnists than about their targets. Hillary's cleavage is one of those things. Mitt Romney's religion is another. Both - and many things in between - are irrelevant.

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Freedom Under Fire:
The Global War on Terrorism

The New/Old Cold War
by Monica Crowley, Human Events, August 2, 2007

The Soviet Union may have ended, but the cold war between Moscow and Washington never did. Over the last 16 years, the Russians have taken full advantage of our distraction with our domestic issues in the 1990s and the war against Islamic terror since September 11, 2001. They have used that time to solidify an increasingly powerful authoritarian regime in the Kremlin, re-assert their influence over the former Soviet Republics and tighten their control over some of the world’s richest oil reserves. At the same time, they’ve proliferated nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, grown fabulously rich doing so, and propped up useful proxies like Iran. They have also paralyzed the UN Security Council on issues like nuclear inspections of regimes such as Iran and North Korea, not only because they have a veto but because the Chinese (and often the French) follow their lead. The Russian bear never really hibernates.

Defeatism Defeated?
Cracks on the homefront
By Thomas Sowell, National Review Online, August 1, 2007

Another revealing sign is that the solid front of the mainstream media in filtering out any positive news from Iraq and focusing only on American casualties — in the name of "honoring the troops" — is now starting to show cracks. One of the most revealing cracks has appeared in, of all places, the New York Times, which has throughout the war used its news columns as well as its editorial pages to undermine the war in Iraq and paint the situation as hopeless. But an op-ed piece in the July 30 New York Times by two scholars at the liberal Brookings Institution — Michael E. O’Hanlon and Kenneth M. Pollack — now paints a very different picture, based on their actual investigation on the ground in Iraq after the American troop surge under General Petraeus.

Perceptions of Iraq War Are Starting to Shift
By Michael Barone, Real Clear Politics, August 06, 2007

It's not often that an opinion article shakes up Washington and changes the way a major issue is viewed. But that happened last week, when The New York Times printed an opinion article by Brookings Institution analysts Michael O'Hanlon and Ken Pollack on the progress of the surge strategy in Iraq.

U.S. military sees 'marked and increasing Iranian influence' among extremists in Iraq
From The Associated Press, August 2, 2007

"There's three pots of bad guys in my battle space. One's the Sunni extremists, one's the Shia extremists and the other is marked and increasing Iranian influence," he said. "They're all anti-Iraq, they're all against the government of Iraq, they're all against the Iraqi people."

Related: Operation Fahrad Al Amin: the Anbar Offensive

Bush's Gulf Gambit
By containing Iran, the U.S. remains in Iraq
By Michael Young, Reason Magazine, August 2, 2007

If Iran is accepted as the arch enemy, then withdrawing from Iraq suddenly looks like a bad idea, particularly when influential critics of the conduct of the Iraq war like Michael O'Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack are writing that the U.S. is "finally getting somewhere in Iraq, at least in military terms." By anchoring Iraq policy in a consensus that previously existed vis-à-vis Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, buttressing this with lucrative defense contracts, and gaining Israeli acquiescence for the sales, the administration has made it more difficult for Congress impose its will on President George W. Bush when it comes to the Iraqi conflict.

Cut Iraq some slack
U.S. is fighting for its own interests; Baghdad’s leaders could be worse.
By Clifford D. May, USA Today, August 1, 2007

Granted, Iraq's government has disappointed. Americans liberated Iraqis from Saddam Hussein and gave them the right to vote. What we couldn't give them are the institutions, values and habits required for effective democratic governance. Those they will have to develop over time, if they can. But keep in mind: We are at least partly responsible for the Iraqi government's dysfunction. Watching the debates taking place in Washington — hardly the most inspiring example of democracy in action — Iraqis don't know whether we are going to stay to finish the job or abandon them to al-Qaeda terrorists and Iranian-backed death squads.

Their Western Ways
We infidels are good for something
By Victor Davis Hanson, National Review Online, August 2, 2007

Recently on a British Airways flight to London, members of Qatar’s royal house were outraged that its princesses had been seated next to male passengers who weren’t related to them. Was this a clash of civilizations?

Not quite. The entire entourage was, in fact, returning from an all-day shopping spree in Milan, Italy. The angry members of Qatar’s royal house may claim outrage at gender equality, but they seem to have no problem with the libertine West when it comes to splurging their kingdom’s wealth on luxury items.

This type of hypocrisy in the Muslim world is not limited to supposedly devout oil-rich Gulf sheiks who cherry-pick Western sin. Terrorists — with one foot in the 7th century and the other in the 21st century — want it both ways, too.

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From Elsewhere

The Real Long War
By Christopher Chantrill, The American Thinker, July 31, 2007

The great challenge for us, conservatives and libertarians, people inspired by the spirit of democratic capitalism, is the challenge of the "oikophobes."  It means that the war on terror is not finally a war with Islamic terrorism, but an episode in the long war within the west that began in 1789.  It is the war between the heirs of Burke and the heirs of Rousseau and Robespierre, between ordered liberty and the "oikophobic" alliance between rational experts, progressive activists, designer revolutionaries and out-and-out thugs. The "oikophobic" alliance presents a Janus face to the world.  It claims to be the very highest and best in human evolution, committed to equality, sharing and caring.  In pursuit of this ideal it advocates constantly for inclusiveness and against divisiveness. Yet it conducts its politics according to the crudest techniques of the demagogue, setting worker against boss, renter against owner, woman against man, poor against wealthy, secularist against believer, black against white, gown against town.

Live and Let Live
by John Stossel, Capitalism Magazine

Is it really necessary to explain that government is force? When the Salvation Army asks you for a donation, you are free to say no, and you suffer no consequences. When the U.S. government demands a tax return and a check on April 15, you can't say no and go about your business. You comply or face fines or imprisonment. Yes, you get to vote for candidates periodically. But having an infinitesimal say in who will coerce you doesn't change that fact that they are using force.

Increasingly, it seems that the biggest difference between conservatives and "liberals" is that the conservatives know government is force. But that doesn't stop them from using it. Michael Moore may not have thought about it, but there are only two ways to get people to do things: force or persuasion. Government is all about force. Government has nothing it hasn't first expropriated from some productive person. In contrast, the private sector — whether nonprofit or a greedy business — must work through persuasion and consent.

Tax Hike Scorecard
Editorial, The Wall Street Journal, July 31, 2007

With a new Democratic majority, the agenda on Capitol Hill has shifted abruptly this year, and no more so than on taxes. For a decade the focus in Congress was which taxes to cut. Now everywhere you look someone running the Congress, or running for President, is proposing to raise taxes on some industry or group of Americans.

Reluctant Class Warriors
Do Dems finally understand the collateral effects of taxing the "rich"?
By Kimberley A. Strassel, The Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2007

Back in the hot summer of 1990, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell proudly engineered the infamous "luxury tax," a nasty little tithe on everything from furs to jewelry to yachts. Democrats were proud: Not only were they throwing new dollars at the Treasury, they'd done it by socking it to the rich. 

The Ugly Truth About Canadian Health Care
By David Gratzer, City Journal, Summer, 2007

Socialized medicine has meant rationed care and lack of innovation. Small wonder Canadians are looking to the market. .... America is right to seek a model for delivering good health care at good prices, but we should be looking not to Canada, but close to home...

The Day "New Media" Was Born
By Joseph Farah, Human Events, August 1, 2007

I think I know the precise day the "New Media Revolution" was born -- and, no, it was not the date Al Gore invented the Internet. Specifically, it was Aug. 4, 1987 -- 20 years ago this Saturday. And I'll bet there won't be a commemoration anywhere in America or around the world -- except maybe at my house. What happened on that date? Something momentous. Something wonderful. Something that changed the world for the better. It was on that date the Federal Communications Commission abolished the Fairness Doctrine by a 4-0 vote, ruling "the intrusion by government into the content of programming occasioned by the enforcement of (the Fairness Doctrine) restricts the journalistic freedom of broadcasters … (and) actually inhibits the presentation of controversial issues of public importance to the detriment of the public and the degradation of the editorial prerogative of broadcast journalists."

Environmentalists Against "Buying Green"
From the Ayn Rand Institute, July 30, 2007

"The truth is that environmentalism is not compatible with human flourishing. It does demand economic destruction and unbearable hardship. The claim that its goal is to protect the environment for the sake of mankind is a Big Lie. Its goal is to protect nature, not for man, but from man--to preserve an untouched environment as an end in itself, no matter what cost or hardship that imposes on human beings.

U.S. Still Great, Even as Democrats Act Small
By Kevin Hassett,, July 30, 2007

The U.S. is indisputably a great and thriving nation. The economy right now is about the same that it has always been, delivering growth and general well-being that is unrivaled in world history. And yet, judging by the mood of the country, Americans seem close to despair. Why? .... The best explanation for this disconnect is that our government is failing us. Year after year, no progress is made on the big problems facing the country.

Domestic Terror in Iran
Iran has just carried out the largest wave of executions since 1984.
By Amir Taheri, The Wall Street Journal, August 6, 2007

It is early dawn as seven young men are led to the gallows amid shouts of "Allah Akbar" (Allah is the greatest) from a crowd of bearded men as a handful of women, all in hijab, ululate to a high pitch. A few minutes later, the seven are hanged as a mullah shouts: "Alhamd li-Allah" (Praise be to Allah).

Hot and Cold Running Temperatures
By Fred Gielow, The eco-logic Powerhouse, August 01, 2007

Let's see if there's a pattern here:

DANGER: The Globe Is Cooling
New York Times, February 24, 1895: "Geologists Think the World May Be Frozen Up Again."

DANGER: The Globe Is Warming
Los Angeles Times, March 11, 1929: "Most geologists think the world is growing warmer, and that it will continue to get warmer."

DANGER: The Globe Is Cooling
Science News, November 15, 1969: "How long the current cooling trend continues is one of the most important problems of our civilization."

DANGER: The Globe Is Warming
New York Times, August 22, 1981: "[Global warming of an] almost unprecedented magnitude [is predicted]."
Washington Post, January 18, 2006: "[Rising temperatures] could literally, alter the fundamentals of life on the planet."

Let me check my calendar. My guess is it won't be too long before we'll be worried to death about the next big Cooling scare.

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