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Sex Peddlers Are Using Your Money to Get to Your Teens
By Mary Beerworth
the exposure of scandal after scandal involving Planned Parenthood (Staff
Daze, the Safety Dance, The Man Phone, the Condom Scandal, underreporting
of statutory rape and incest, and much more), the radical organization
continues to seduce and encourage younger and younger teens into sexual
activity and profit by selling those same kids birth control, condoms,
STD treatment, HPV vaccines, morning after pills and abortions. Good for
Planned Parenthood’s pocketbook, very bad for your kids.
Pay for Legislature’s Unconstitutional Campaign FInance Law
By Rob Roper
On Tuesday, September 5,
Vermont taxpayers got stuck with a $1.4 million bill for loser’s legal
fees in the US Supreme Court case of Randall v. Sorrell. This is the consequence
of our legislature passing a radical, unconstitutional campaign finance
law in 1997. It is also a reminder in real numbers why we should be thankful
Governor Douglas vetoed the legislature’s 2007 campaign finance bill.
Smarter Than You. Just Ask Me.
By Martin Harris
previous readings on the Progressive movement, that late-19th century political
reform movement which started out under Republican auspices but gradually
moved leftward, I’d garnered the impression that it was the founders and
early joiners, from Wisconsin’s Governor LaFollette to Vermont’s education-theorist
Dewey, who first articulated the idea that, for modern American governance
to work even better than the late-18th-century Constitution-writers ever
hoped, and to achieve this noble goal, the opinions (and votes) of the
less-well-educated and-endowed masses had to be counted for less than the
more enlightened judgments of their intellectual superiors. Somewhere I
had read that it was the underlying Progressive thesis that it was, indeed,
the duty and obligation of the Nation’s brightest 10 percent to guide the
remaining 90 percent, better than they, with limited cognitive abilities,
could do for themselves. You get some flavor of this basic Progressive
attitude from the famous quote of that famous English author (and sometime
Vermont resident, down Brattleboro way) Rudyard Kipling who wrote about
"the white man’s burden" to go forth and civilize less-well-equipped peoples
a Successful Strategy for Vermont Conservatism
By N. P. West
The success of Vermont conservatism
depends on its ability to replicate the model of the national conservative
movement. This model follows three phases: an intellectual development
phase, an institutional development phase, and an electoral development
phase. Each is designed to be a step in the process for conservative
victory in Vermont. Without this model the conservative movement
could very well continue to flounder.
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Week’s Mail Bag
Pizzagalli’s letter about NH achieving better educational outcomes for
less money is right on. Vermont’s smaller class size and perceived need
for more funding is a self perpetuating myth that is more doctrinarian
than pragmatic. Showing no improvement in achievement rates is unacceptable.
Our educational system is failing its customers…our kids.
that encourages social promotion and neglects some of the brightest and
best students insures mediocrity. Remediation rates at Vermont colleges
and the university is around 30 percent. That is deplorable.
and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is crazy. Imagine a small business
not being able to get rid of people that aren’t any good? Unions fight
for their members for higher wages and job security. Non-dues paying
schoolchildren have no advocates.
a question of taxpayers’ will over political power. The NEA has the political
power in Montpelier to protect the status quo. Taxpayers need the political
will to improve individual student performance that will lead to serious
"Bodily decay is gloomy in
prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without
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Weekly News Round-Up
Constitution And Citizenship Day
Caledonian Record Editorial,September
Today is Constitution and
Citizenship Day commemorating the 220th anniversary of the 1787 signing
of the United States Constitution by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.
Public school students throughout the country will spend the week studying
this landmark document that is the bedrock of our democracy. If you're
a student, take seriously this week's opportunity to study the Constitution.
It quite possibly could be the most relevant social curriculum of your
Same-Sex Marriage, Why Not Polygamy?
Caledonian Record Editorial,September
Approval of same-sex marriage
assumes that there is no inherent reason to limit marriage to one man and
one woman at a time. Until now, the law assumed, perhaps naively, that
marriage was to be open to having and rearing children in a permanent and
legal joining of persons. Obviously, two men married to each other, or
two women married to each other, can't do that. The ability to adopt is
a weak objection to the universal understanding of the nature of marriage
- a man and a woman, and the possibility of a family. That distinction
was discarded by the same-sex advocates. Their claim is that all that is
necessary for a marriage is mutual love and commitment, regardless of sexual
definition, and that equal rights under the law precludes discriminating
by reserving marriage to opposite sexes. If it be true, then, that mutual
consent is all that is needed for a marriage, why do we still abhor polygamy?
Small Price to Pay
From VermontTiger.com September
is the mentality that pervades all of Vermont. So the people who
would have lived elsewhere end up living--well--nowhere. And we wonder
why housing prices are high and have been escalating in the state.
By Rob Roper, September
In his weekly newsletter,
Democrat Party Chairman Ian Carleton went off the deep end a bit with his
criticisms of Governor Douglas’ use of a quote from a frustrated Vermonter,
"Stuff costs too much." (Which it does.) An outraged Carleton wrote, "We
deserve leadership that can boldly guide us through these complexities
and deliver meaningful solution, not just more of Jim Douglas’ ‘stuff.’"
But today, in trying to describe
Vermonters’ frustration with how Democrats totally botched Act 185 and
made 110,000 low and middle income Vermont household incomes public information,
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, quoting nobody but herself, said, "The
concern that people have is that there is lots of stuff about
them (available publicly)." AP, 9/10/07.
Did Markowitz really just
distil Vermonters’ rights to privacy and the most intimate personal details
of their lives down to "STUFF!" Why, Chairman Carleton must be HORRIFIED!!!
Certainly Vermonters deserve leadership that can boldly guide us through
the complexities of property tax reform and deliver meaningful solutions,
not just more of Deb Markowitz’ ‘stuff!’
What Vermonters deserve is
less contrived outrage and a willingness to focus on real issues. After
all, if we’re going to lower the cost of stuff, we’ve got a lot of important
debate: McKibben, McClaughry on Climate Change
By Kevin O'Connor, Rutland
Herald, September 12, 2007
McClaughry, head of the Ethan
Allen Institute free-market think tank in Concord, says the climate is
changing less because of man and more from factors such as naturally occurring
greenhouse gases, the brightness of the sun and changes in the Earth's
orbit. He says if society cuts its fuel use needlessly, he fears for the
From VermontTiger.com, September
economics and the environment are all changing in nuclear power's favor.
Western governments are concerned that most of the world's oil and gas
is in the hands of hostile or shaky governments. Much of the nuclear industry's
raw material, uranium, by contrast, is conveniently located in friendly
places such as Australia and Canada.
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Global War on Terrorism
Sattar al Rishawi
New York Sun Editorial,
September 14, 2007
The assassination of Sheikh
Abdul Sattar al Rishawi, coming as it does during a crescendo of cynicism
in the anti-war camp in Washington, is a reminder of the extraordinary
risks that free Iraqis are prepared to take to side with America and the
liberty for which we stand. The sheik was killed by a bomb planted under
his car yesterday at Ramadi, ten days after
his 90-minute meeting with President Bush and two days after the anniversary
of the attacks of September 11, 2001. The sheikh was on his way back from
an event to hand out food, money and medicine to the poor.
By Amil Imani, Freedom of
Iran, September 10, 2007
There is nothing inherently
wrong with religion. Religion can be a tremendous force for the good. However,
when religion, this feeling-based belief, is filled with superstition,
intolerance and hatred, then the beholder of that religion embodies those
qualities and becomes a veritable menace to the self and to others. Feelings
energize actions. Destructive feelings energize destructive actions.
Muslims living in theocratic
states, in particular, tend to be victims of their religious brains. Their
religious brains are indoctrinated, from the moment of birth, by an extensive
ruthless in-power cadre of self-serving mullahs and imams who are intent
on maintaining their stranglehold on the rank and file of the faithful—their
very source of support and livelihood.
Gen. Petraeus brings
some clarity to the Iraq debate.
By Peggy Noonan, WSJ.com
Opinion Journal, September 14, 2007
Gen. Petraeus's testimony
was dry, full of data points and graphs. He gave the impression that everything
he said was, to the best of his considerable knowledge, true. One sensed
that like good witnesses everywhere, he was not saying everything he thought.
He was earnest, unflappable, and low-key to the point of colorless. Maybe
he figures things are colorful enough. I felt relief that he was not wearing
his heart on his sleeve or talking about our guys and gals. It was very
Joe Friday: Just the facts, ma'am. He clearly had a point of view, and
it was, not surprisingly, in line with the administration's. But I think
the appearance of independence and straight dealing that was necessary
to his credibility was lessened by the White House's attempts to associate
itself with him in the weeks leading up to his appearance.
'Bin Trotsky' Video and the Jihadi Failure in Iraq
By Walid Phares, The American
Thinker, September 10, 2007
The (now) black-bearded high
commander of al Qaeda was still quoting from holy texts and talking at
a Caliphate level, to be sure, but stunningly, he was also reciting recycled
neo-Marxism of the kind usually generated at Berkeley, Columbia or the
web sites of the anarchic and post-Soviet internationalists. This mutation,
above all other matters related to hair color, skin health or "where-is-Osama,"
is the essence of the tape, at least for those who read it from a strategic
Tape Fake After All?
James Lewis, The American
Thinker, September 10, 2007
"All references to current
events, such as the 62nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombing of Japan,
and Sarkozy and Brown being the leaders of France and the UK, respectively,
occur when the video is frozen!" ... "The audio track does appear
to be in the voice of a single speaker. What I suspect was done is that
an older, unreleased video was dubbed over for this release, with the video
frozen when the audio track departed from that of the original video."
By Michael Devolin, Sep
In her book Infidel, Ayaan
Hirsi Ali writes, "Shouldn't the places where Allah was worshipped and
His laws obeyed have been at peace and wealthy, and the unbelievers' countries
ignorant, poor, and at war." This is a point of truth Islam's apologists
will not touch with a ten foot pole. Of course, in their feverish imposture
and denigration of the West, of Israel and her Jews, these apologists haven't
scheduled for such bulldozing knowledge. They have failed to comprehend
that the West's foreseeable rejection of Islam is not only a consequence
of Islam's predictable terrorism and violence, but also our instinctual
habit of preservation: We have by now noticed that the average Muslim is
not integrating into our culture but only insofar as is necessary for him
to exploit the compassionate infrastructures that welcome him into our
reasonable world. We have by now become anxious about the intelligible
possibility that our beloved Western freedoms and religious liberties will
soon be transmogrified and extirpated by Islam's malefic, exponential and
insular presence within our borders.
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Moral Basis for the War on Terror
Part 4 of 'The Crisis
of the Republic'
By Alan Keyes, 2007 Renew
It's easy to understand that
the strength of free people during such bleak times lay in their moral
fiber; in the ability to soldier on against the odds, not because they
knew when the crisis would pass, but because they knew that what they did
was necessary for the survival of all they believed to be decent, just,
and right. It turns out that, as the word suggests, the root of morale
is moral. The leadership needed to sustain the nation's morale had to understand
and articulate the moral values that lay at the heart of the conflict between
freedom and Nazism, between democratic self-government and the ruthless
imperialism of the Japanese military regime. ... As we deal with the challenge
of terrorism in the world today, it's obvious that we need the same
kind of moral understanding. It's also obvious that we have no leaders
capable of articulating it, or willing to do so if they could.
on his own, 99-1
By Wes Allison, St. Petersburg
Times, September 12th, 2007
Fred Thompson is casting
himself as the conservative’s choice for president. The question is, whose
version of conservatism is it? In explaining his opposition to certain
positions considered sacrosanct to the Republican Party’s conservative
base, Thompson, a former U.S. senator from Tennessee, describes his views
as federalist and calls himself an old-school conservative whose philosophy
was once mainstream for the GOP but in recent years has been squeezed out.
... "It’s a smaller-government, authentically conservative way of addressing
an issue that is becoming more of a challenge as activist judges play a
larger role in policymaking," Sadosky, his campaign spokesman, said.
Kind of Person Calls Himself 'Progressive'?
By James Lewis, The American
Thinker, September 14, 2007
We all want progress. We
may disagree whether gay marriage or drug legalization constitutes progress
or not. But we all want better things for the world -- better food, better
health and well-being, scientific and technical advances, wiser political
systems, more peace and freedom, more happy children, more humane
treatment of animals, more tolerance, more prosperity for the world, you
name it. That's called being a decent person.
So what kind of person has
to label himself "Progressive?" Obviously somebody who believes
he (or she) understands real progress better than the rest
of us. Because if you are a Progressive it implies that everybody else,
let's face it, is a Regressive,
or maybe just a Stagnant. It's a smirky, self-flattering way of saying
you're a lot better than the rest.
Healthy or Else!
From the Ayn Rand Institute,
September 10, 2007
Under Democratic presidential
contender John Edwards's "universal" health-care proposal, every American
would be required to go to the doctor for preventive care in order to keep
health-care costs down. In a similar proposal, a Tory panel in Britain
suggested that, in order to control the spiraling costs of its socialized
health-care system, Britons should be forced to adopt a government-prescribed
"healthy lifestyle" or else be denied certain medical treatments. Britons
who improve their health by, for example, quitting smoking or losing weight
would receive "Health Miles" that could be used to purchase vegetables
or pay for gym memberships. "These proposals are the reductio ad absurdum
of nanny-state paternalism," said Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of
the Ayn Rand Institute. "According to these politicians, instead of having
a government that protects our right to live our own lives, we are to be
treated like incompetent children who need someone to force us to visit
the doctor and eat our veggies.
Got Huge Discount from the Times for Petraeus Smear Ad
By Rick Moran, The American
Thinker, September 13, 2007
Never let sound business
get in the way of a good liberal smear. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr's New
York Times ran an ad by the George Soros funded Moveon.Org on Monday
that slimed 4-star General David Petraeus, basically accusing him of being
a traitor. What is truly amazing is that while Sulzberger's
rapidly declining and losing investor confidence (as thoroughly
chronicled here at AT), the paper gave a $116,000 discount to the liberal
group so that they could run
New York Times MovesOn
(and Reid's) Searchlight Leadership Fund
By Clarice Feldman, The
American Thinker, September 13, 2007
These donations to Searchlight
expose a funding conduit reaching to the heart of Harry Reid's political
machine. The financial trail stretches back to Reid's hometown, his longtime
business associate Jay Brown, and his Nevada gambling industry patrons;
and it connects the Hsu affair to scandal-ridden lobbyists William Oldaker
and Jack Abramoff, Reid's financial consigliere Claude Zobell, and a political
action committee targeting freshmen Congressmen.
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