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August 10, 2005

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Meghan Kleppinger
Starbucks: A habit easily broken

Not only is Starbucks sponsoring "Pride" week, but an event that places innocent children in the middle of sexually explicit materials ... and registered child molesters will be there running the show? If Starbucks is doing this knowingly, it is blatant irresponsibility, and if they are doing it unknowingly, it is irresponsible of them not to have done their homework.


Michelle Malkin
The Democrats' 9/11 slush fund

...when an investigative reporter exposes Democrats raiding federal homeland security grants and turning 9/11 money into a party slush fund, where, oh where, are all the indignant liberal watchdogs to protest such clear and unconscionable political exploitation?

 Can't find a single barking hound on the Left. Just chirping crickets.


John Stossel
Setting high wages that keep people poor

The Davis Bacon Act redefines the term "prevailing wage." For the facts of the market, it substitutes the arbitrary whims of bureaucrats. But the facts are the facts, and ignoring them is never safe. In this case, the victims of the government's self-deception are the people the government is refusing to see: the people for whom the real prevailing wage — the amount they can earn on the open market — is lower than that set by the government....

Construction had long been the kind of work where young people could break in by helping, watching and working cheap until they acquired skills. The Davis Bacon Act eliminates that....

Unions claim Davis Bacon is necessary "to make sure government buildings are well-built." Without first-class union labor, unions say, the buildings might not be safe. That might sound reasonable if you didn't stop to consider that most buildings are not government buildings, and they're safe.


Linda Chavez
Black tyrants?

On Saturday, thousands of activists gathered in Atlanta to commemorate the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Speakers at the rally included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; and entertainers Harry Belafonte, Dick Gregory and Greg Mathis, a Michigan Superior Court judge who stars in his own TV series. But instead of celebrating the triumph of this great law, many -- if not most -- of the speakers used the occasion to try to scare African Americans into thinking the Republicans in Congress and President Bush were about to rescind the protections the Act guarantees.

There was much talk of "stolen" elections. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said, "The last two elections were stolen. They were stolen and so we will not rest until we reclaim our democracy, and this is what today is all about." Judge Mathis referred to the 2000 elections as "the biggest election crime in history." He told the enthusiastic crowd that the "thieves" in the Republican Party "need to be locked up." Harry Belafonte warned, "We must stand vigilant, as there are those among us who would steal our liberty and steal our souls."

Belafonte referred to blacks serving in the Bush administration as "black tyrants," and went even farther in an interview with Marc Morano of CNSNews.com. "Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich," Belafonte told Morano, an anti-Semitic canard meant to smear as neo-Nazi both the Bush administration and the African Americans who serve in it.


Washington Times Editorial
Air Scamerica

As some blogger-observers have aptly pointed out, in the last two weeks, the New York Times has run over a dozen stories on Martha Stewart, who was accused of insider-trading her way to $51,000 savings in ImClone stock and convicted of perjury, whereas it has failed to run a single story on the Air America scandal, which involves sixteen times the amount of money, all of it tax dollars, all of it intended for the disadvantaged. A disconnect also exists considering the zeal with which the media swarmed Rush Limbaugh over his painkiller-addiction scandal. For the newspaper that lavished coverage on Air America when it began broadcasting, that is unconscionable.


Daniel Pipes
Israel shows weakness in Gaza

We stand at an interpretive divide. If Israel's critics are right, the Gaza withdrawal will improve Palestinian attitudes toward Israel, leading to an end of incitement and a steep drop in attempted violence, followed by a renewal of negotiations and a full settlement. Logic requires, after all, that if "occupation" is the problem, ending it, even partially, will lead to a solution.

But I forecast a very different outcome. Given that some 80 percent of Palestinians continue to reject Israel's very existence, signs of Israeli weakness, such as the forthcoming Gaza withdrawal, will instead inspire heightened Palestinian irredentism. Absorbing their new gift without gratitude, Palestinians will focus on those territories Israelis have not evacuated. (This is what happened after Israeli forces fled Lebanon.)

The retreat will inspire not comity but a new rejectionist exhilaration, a greater frenzy of anti-Zionist anger, and a surge in anti-Israel violence.

Palestinians themselves are openly saying as much.

Coverage: Dhimmi Watch, Israpundit


D. Chris Buttars
Evolution lacks fossil link

The argument over classroom discussion of evolution vs. divine design is just the latest attack on everything that would mention a belief in God. If you talk against Darwinian evolution in the classroom, you immediately incur the rage of those who don't want God discussed in any way, shape or form.

These vehement critics claim that there are mountains of scientific proof that man evolved from some lower species also related to apes. But in this tremendous effort to support Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, in all these "mountains of information," there has not been any scientific fossil evidence linking apes to man.

The trouble with the "missing link" is that it is still missing! In fact, the whole fossil chain that could link apes to man is also missing! The theory of evolution, which states that man evolved from some other species, has more holes in it than a crocheted bathtub.

Coverage: Don Singleton

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 10, 2005 10:55 AM

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