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Gift of the Jews
By Robert Maynard
As a non-Jewish Christian
whose hobby is the study of the rise and fall of civilizations, this gross
misrepresentation of the fundamental teaching of Judaism is of great interest
to me. This is so not merely for religious reasons, but primarily for the
reason that Jewish metaphysics and its view on the dignity of the human
person is at the heart of the whole western notion of human rights in general
and the view of human dignity that prompted the American Revolution. I
could site numerous studies by various scholars to back up this claim,
but I would like to start with a book by Thomas Cahill from his series
"The Hinges of History" entitled "The Gift of the Jews: How a Tribe of
Desert Nomads Changed the Way Everyone Thinks and Feels".
As Motivator for Shaping Up Government
By John McClaughry
This recession will drive
home to Vermonters that for years their politicians have written checks
that our economy now can't cover. Now it's time for taxpayers to force
the politicians to get serious about cutting back, shaping up, and encouraging
Have All the Leftists Gone?
By Martin Harris
as I’m beginning to think, the upper-income and frequently trust-funder
gentry-left cohort (from the Latin cohors for the tenth part
of a legion) is less interested in the usual Leftist ambitions for classless
and egalitarian societies (except for those in charge, of course) and more
interested in evolving a markedly two-tier society where the superior are
comfortably served by the (subsidized) inferior, that set of concepts doesn’t
preclude some more-typical-of-the-Left objective planks within the governance
platform: Latest addition to a list already containing such things as single-payer
health care is food distribution.# # #
"People often say that,
in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of
course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those
who make themselves heard and who vote -- a very different thing."
-- Walter H. Judd
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Weekly News Round-Up
Mockery Of The Law
Caledonia Record Editorial,
October 30, 2008
Why in the world were these
two men, arrested again for drug dealing last week, on furlough in the
first place? Between them, Dewolfe and Noyes have been convicted of 69
crimes in fewer than 20 years, many of them felonies, not counting the
current felonies with which they are charged. Since Vermont has a "three
strikes and you're out" law, why aren't they in prison for life, already?
Is our system such a mockery that these clowns, who are hardened criminals,
were able to convince judges and prison officials that they are such a
minor danger that they deserve repeatedly to be put on furlough to live
in the community of law-abiding citizens who are totally unaware of their
It must be so, because there
they were living among us, doing what they know best. It's still hard to
launches write-in campaign against Welch
By Lou Varricchio, Denpubs.com,
October 27, 2008
"Over the past 15 years or
so, Vermonters have gotten higher taxes and a bigger more controlling government
– and the result has been a harder and harder life for working people,"
he said. "Now our young people and middle class families are leaving in
record numbers to escape our state. This is wrong, and this is what I want
to change. ...
"I am hoping to help give
Vermonters a way of expressing their dissatisfaction with Welch voting
yes on the bailout, and likely only because he was essentially unopposed,"
Shepard said. "In voting for Bush's $700 billion bailout, Peter took Vermonters
for granted and if at all posible Vermonters should fire him. My website
is still set from last run at www.shepardforcongress.org. So Vermonters
can get a feel for who I am."
From VermontTiger.com, October
Vermont has created the perfect
politician for our times. A Republicrat
Congressperson who votes
against the $700 slush fund before voting
for it. The slush fund is, of course, being used
to buy votes . That much was inevitable. There
will be populist grousing about how some of the money is going
to Detroit to bail out GM but that misses the point by a
wide margin. The money is going to bail out GM and the UAW
the state of Michigan. It is being spent, in short, to grease political
skids; not to shore up the economy. Automobiles are being manufactured
elsewhere in this country, by companies that are not going bankrupt and
are also paying good wages.
Set to Open Magnet Schools
From WCAX-TV, October 31,
Barnes Elementary school
will soon make history. Come next fall, the school will be transformed
into a magnet school -- the first magnet school in the country with an
emphasis on sustainability.
"It includes things like
social justice, civic engagement, things as simple as local foods, as recycling
in the school, composting, things like that," explained Anne Tewksbury-Fry,
a sustainability schools coach at Barnes Elementary.
Students at Barnes will be
subjected to "project" learning. That means they'll spend a lot of time
outside the classroom and in the community working on hands-on projects
that incorporate the core subjects of reading, writing, math, and science.
For A Change
Caledonia Record Editorial,
October 28, 2008
Here's some good news for
Vermonters. A national company wants to add new locations in Vermont. When
it seems like every week brings news of another national company leaving
the state for greener pastures, there is a company eager to expand in Vermont.
But this is Vermont. And
there's a good chance this company may give up and never come to Vermont,
choosing instead to invest its money, pay its taxes and add new jobs in
neighboring New York state or in New Hampshire. Why?
Because the company eager
to expand in Vermont is Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart has been trying to obtain permits
to build outside of St. Albans since 1995. St. Albans residents have twice
held large rallies to show their support for the new store. St. Albans
town officials support the new store as does Gov. James Douglas. The developer
has agreed to spend millions in downtown St. Albans.
But, this is Vermont. Opponents
of Wal-Mart have six separate appeals filed in the Vermont courts. They
don't care how many people support the new store and they don't care if
it is welcomed by the host community. They have vowed to pursue court battles
all the way to the Supreme Court. We have seen this tactic many times.
Bleed Wal-Mart until the legal costs and the costs of delays grow so high
the company gives up and builds another store on the New York side of Lake
Champlain or the New Hampshire side of the Connecticut River. ...
It is time for Vermonters
to stand up and demand reforms to Vermont's regulatory and judicial structures
that allow small "citizens' groups" with deep pockets and some high priced
attorneys to frustrate a majority of Vermonters looking for jobs, and a
new source of tax revenue.
From VermontTiger.com, October
States like New Hampshire
and nations like Ireland learned a fundamental economic law years ago.
Lower the tax rate and they will come. I know many affluent families who
live here part of the year but are residents of high-tax states like New
York where their marginal income tax is eight percent or higher. If Vermont
were to have an income tax rate no more than let's say four percent or
five percent, a family with $350,000 in income would pay $14,000 to $17,500
in income tax to Vermont rather than $28,000 to New York.
The only thing they would
have to do is to spend a few more days in Vermont and a few less in New
York. This would be a win-win. People who are already living here
nearly one half of the year would be happy to save some money and generate
tax revenue for our state. Since they already have homes and do not send
their children to our schools, there would be very little if any burden
on our towns, and the revenue would be used to further needed programs
and importantly reduce the tax burden on the rest of us. And, since they
will be spending more time in our state and feeling wealthier, they will
spend more on food, recreation and other services that will additionally
benefit the other citizens of Vermont.
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Global War on Terrorism
Compared to What?
social, and economic system is still by far the most resilient in the world.
By Victor Davis, National
Review, October 30, 2008
Why then would America in
recession still be in better shape than others? .... The United States
military remains far stronger — and more battle-hardened — than the rest
of the world’s armed forces combined. Rogue nations and terrorists try
to take advantage of economic uncertainty, but America remains the best-defended
democracy in the world.
The current financial crisis
has startled America from a hypnotic trance of self-indulgence and irresponsibility.
But as we return to American fundamentals, we may discover that our political,
social, and economic system — despite all the current election-cycle hysteria
— is still by far the most resilient in the world.
How odd that it took a financial
catastrophe to remind us of that.
Mansion, Saddam's Money
by Daniel Pipes Philadelphia
Bulletin, October 29, 2008
Barack Obama appears to have
personally benefited from funds originating in Saddam Hussein's regime.
It's a complicated connection, but one that deserves the consideration
of Americans voters.
Two similar figures, Nadhmi
Auchi and Antoin S. "Tony" Rezko, served as the intermediaries. Both are
Middle Eastern males of Catholic Christian heritage who left Baathist dictatorships
for Western cities (Auchi from Iraq to London, Rezko from Syria to Chicago).
Both became successful businessmen who hobnobbed with politicians and promoted
Arab interests. Both have been convicted of taking kickbacks and both stand
accused of other shady dealings.
Afloat in Desperate Times
By Jack Kelly, Patriots
and Liberty, October 27, 2008
Desperate times can cause
desperate men to do desperate things. The global economic crisis swiftly
may become a national security crisis of a magnitude we haven’t seen since
World War II.
Spengler thinks the financial
crisis will push already troubled — and nuclear armed — Pakistan further
towards radical Islam. Turkey, heretofore the most peaceful, democratic
and pro-Western of Islamic countries, also will drift towards the dark
By far the most dangerous
wild card is Iran. The ethnic Persians from whom the rulers come are a
minority in country where most of the other minorities would rather affiliate
with some other country — the Azeris with Azerbaijan, the Kurds with Iraqi
Kurdistan, the Ahwaz Arabs with the Iraqi Arabs on the other side of the
Shatt al Arab. And the mullahs are unpopular with most of the ethnic
While those connected to
the regime have siphoned off some $35 billion in oil revenues, most Iranians
live at a subsistence level. They are able to make ends meet only
because of massive subsidies for food and fuel – subsidies that will
be trimmed or ended altogether if oil prices remain low. Unemployment and
inflation exceeded 30 percent before oil prices plummeted.
The mullahs may conclude
the only way to keep from being overthrown is to seize the oil resources
of their neighbors in Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia (whose oilfields are
in the predominantly Shia area along the coast).
If the mullahs regard the
new U.S. President as weak and inexperienced, they may regard the rewards
from such a reckless gamble to be worth the risk.
Propaganda Chief Killed in Pakistan Strike
AFP, November 1, 2008
An Egyptian Al-Qaeda operative
described by the United States as the terror network's propaganda chief
was killed in a missile strike in Pakistan, security officials said Saturday.
Abu Jihad al-Masri was among
several rebels killed when two missiles fired by a suspected US spy drone
hit a truck in the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan
on Friday night, they said.
Security Challenges for our Next President
By Douglas Farah, Family
Security Matters, November 1, 2008
Whoever wins the presidency
next week will face a series of international challenges from non-state
actors that are being little discussed on the campaign trail and largely
ignored by the media in the run up to the presidential vote. It is too
bad, as the next president will likely have to spend as much time on these
issues as he does the economy.
"Militants" Stone A 13-Year-Old Rape Victim
By Tom Gross, National Review,
November 1, 2008
She was 13. She was gang
raped. And her punishment for this "adultery" was to be stoned
to death last week on the orders of an Islamic court in Somalia by
dozens of men in a stadium packed with 1,000 spectators.
But why does MSNBC
call the perpetrators "militants" rather than murderers? And why is this
story presently on several prominent websites, including Fox News, but
it is nowhere to be found today on the New York Times’s website?
"The paper of record"?
Her name was Aisha Ibrahim
Duhulow. Let us all try not to forget it.
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Europeanization of America
What's ahead if Obama
By Pete Du Pont, The Wall
These policy changes will
be the beginning of the Europeanization of America. There will be many
more public policy changes with similar goals—nationalized health care,
Kyoto-like global-warming policies, and increased education regulation
Additional tax advantages
for lower and middle income people will be enacted: a 10% mortgage tax
credit that would average about $500 per household per year, a $4,000 tax
credit for college tuition, a tax credit covering half of child-care expenses
up to $6,000 per year, and even a $7,000 credit for purchase of a clean
More important, all but the
clean car credit would be "refundable," meaning people will get a check
for them if they owe no taxes, which is simply a transfer of income from
the government to individuals. In reality this is the beginning of a new
series of entitlements for middle-class families, the longer-term effect
of which will be to make those families more dependant on (and so more
supportive of) larger government. The Tax Policy Center estimates that
these refundable tax credits would cost the government $648 billion over
These are Mr. Obama's plans.
Meanwhile, congressional Democrats would increase spending for their own
interests and favorite programs. More important, the Congress will consider
itself more important than a freshman president who has never held an executive
position, so they will do what they want and he will have to go along with
most of it.
You Lose, Soros Wins
By Richard Rahn, The Washington
Times, October 24, 2008
Have you ever wondered why
billionaires like George
Soros financially support politicians who say they will "increase
taxes on the rich"?
The answer quite simply is
that the tax increases are most often put on people trying to become rich,
not those already rich. Hence, the rich, big government advocates can gain
far more by "buying" the politicians. The "bought" politicians then provide
them with confidential information about administrative decisions, which
these donors then use to place big bets in the market, making themselves
much richer. If you have deep financial pockets and inside information,
you can make huge amounts of money when markets drop.
the Wealth and Killing the Goose
By Gregory V. Helvering,
American Thinker, October 31, 2008
So after the Bush tax cuts
the burden the "rich" bear is significantly up and the burden on the rest
of society is dramatically down. That's great news, right?
Well, no -- not if your goal
is "redistributive change" (and if you don't think the courts, shackled
as they are by their "interpretation" of the rights in the Constitution,
can do it for you). If the change you believe in is "redistributive
change," increasing the burden of government borne by the rich is nice,
but it does not get you where you really want to go.
Robin Hood was not upset
at the relative costs among the citizenry of supporting the Sheriff of
Nottingham. He did not think the rich should bear a greater burden
in helping the Sheriff create an ordered society. He wanted the money
for his chosen beneficiaries, not for the government. He didn't want
tax increases on the rich; he wanted their income.
a Split in the GOP Inevitable?
By Deal W. Hudson, InsideCatholic.com,
October 30, 2008
While Palin made religious
conservatives comfortable with McCain, the leaks coming out of the McCain
camp about Palin betray their discomfort with religious conservatives.
Furthermore, they portend a power struggle within the party between the
religious conservatives and party "moderates."
The base of the party will
not accept anything less than leadership committed to social issues and
someone who will embrace, rather than tolerate, their presence. Without
that leadership, these voters who have been the backbone of the GOP since
the early 1980s will look for other avenues to fight the culture wars over
the protection of life and the family. ...
The GOP leaders who control
the RNC would do well to study the Palin phenomenon. They need to create
a relationship with those who stood and cheered the night the Alaska governor
Cooling is Here! (.doc)
Evidence for Predicting
Global Cooling for the Next Three Decades
By Don J. Easterbrook, Dept.
of Geology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Despite no global warming
in 10 years and recording setting cold in 2007-2008, the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climatic Change (IPCC) and computer modelers who believe that
CO2 is the cause of global warming still predict the Earth is
in store for catastrophic warming in this century. IPCC computer models
have predicted global warming of 1° F per decade and 5-6° C (10-11°
F) by 2100 (Fig. 1), which would cause global catastrophe with ramifications
for human life, natural habitat, energy and water resources, and food production.
All of this is predicated on the assumption that global warming
is caused by increasing atmospheric CO2 and that CO2
will continue to rise rapidly.
However, records of past
climate changes suggest an altogether different scenario for the 21st century.
Rather than drastic global warming at a rate of 0.5 ° C (1° F)
per decade, historic records of past natural cycles suggest global cooling
for the first several decades of the 21st century to about 2030, followed
by global warming from about 2030 to about 2060, and renewed global cooling
from 2060 to 2090 (Easterbrook, D.J., 2005, 2006a, b, 2007, 2008a, b);
Easterbrook and Kovanen, 2000, 2001). Climatic fluctuations over the past
several hundred years suggest ~30 year climatic cycles of global warming
and cooling, on a general rising trend from the Little Ice Age.
Markets Are Weak Because the Candidates Are Lousy
The good news is that
an Obama victory is already priced in
By George Newman, The Wall
Street Journal, October 29, 2008
A lot has been said about
the causes of the drastic drops -- and extreme volatility -- in stock prices
and the impending recession. Blame has been heaped on low interest rates
and dubious mortgage practices, and on the subsequent collapse of real-estate
prices and the freeze in financial markets. But one other major factor
has largely escaped attention.
To state the obvious: The
valuation of an individual stock reflects the collective expectation of
investors about a company's future profits, dividends and appreciation,
and the same is true of the market as a whole. These profits, in turn,
are greatly influenced by government policy on taxes, spending, subsidies,
environmental and other regulations, labor laws, and the corporate legal
climate. Investors have heard enough from both candidates in the last month
or two to conclude that prospects for a flourishing, competitive, growing
and reasonably free economy in a McCain administration are bad, and in
an Obama administration far worse. (In fact, the market's bearish behavior
over the last couple of months pretty closely tracks Barack Obama's gains.)
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