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September 01, 2005

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Craige McMillan
Mardi Gras minus the inhibitions

I've been reading about looting and watching the pictures from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. So here's my question: Do you think New Orleans would be better off right now if its public school system had taught all students the Ten Commandments as part of their secular education? Or would such forthright exposure to religious indoctrination have so traumatized the little darlings that they might – oh, say – loot the city at the very first opportunity?

The political left in America has never been able to overcome its touchy-queasy aversion to all things God. Make that the Judeo-Christian God. The occult is fine. Islam is fine. Buddha is fine. In fact, anything but the Bible God is fine. Well, as the pictures coming out of New Orleans demonstrate, there is a real-life price to be paid for America's failure to teach the rules of the social contract. Unfortunately, the bill often comes due at the most inconvenient time. And it's not always payable in money alone.


Peggy Noonan
After the Storm

Hurricane Katrina: The good, the bad, the let's-shoot-them-now.

As for the tragic piggism that is taking place on the streets of New Orleans, it is not unbelievable but it is unforgivable, and I hope the looters are shot. A hurricane cannot rob a great city of its spirit, but a vicious citizenry can. A bad time with Mother Nature can leave you digging out for a long time, but a bad turn in human behavior frays and tears all the ties that truly bind human being--trust, confidence, mutual regard, belief in the essential goodness of one's fellow citizens.

There seems to be some confusion in terms of terminology on TV. People with no food and water who are walking into supermarkets and taking food and water off the shelves are not criminal, they are sane. They are not looters, they are people who are attempting to survive; they are taking the basics of survival off shelves in stores where there isn't even anyone at the cash register.

Looters are not looking to survive; they're looking to take advantage of the weakness of others. They are predators. They're taking not what they need but what they want. They are breaking into stores in New Orleans and elsewhere and stealing flat screen TVs and jewelry, guns and CD players. They are breaking into homes and taking what those who have fled trustingly left behind.


William Rusher
Do you believe in accidentalism?

Some commentators have compared the current argument over whether "intelligent design" merits mention in high school classes on evolution to the famous Scopes "monkey trial" in Tennessee in 1925. They seem to feel that it's the same old dispute, dolled up in new clothes. They miss the delicious irony that it is, instead, the exact reverse of the Scopes trial.

In Scopes, the central issue was whether the theory of evolution could be put forward in the public schools of Tennessee (the school system subscribed to the belief that human beings were created directly by God). Today, the central issue is whether "intelligent design" may be mentioned in science courses in the public schools of Kansas, Pennsylvania and other states as a modification of the theory of evolution, which today reigns there as the exclusive explanation of the development of species, including our own. The supporters of evolution are as determined to ban all references of intelligent design as Tennessee's schools were determined to ban all references to the theory of evolution.


Alan Sears
‘Suffer the children’: ACLU continues its war on kids

"No man who hates dogs and children," W.C. Fields liked to say, "can be all bad." The biggest difference between Mr. Fields and the American Civil Liberties Union is that the ACLU still likes dogs.

In case after case, in courtrooms all over the country, the ACLU continues to affirm its abiding hatred for the American family – for traditional moral values, for the sanctity of marriage and for life itself....

How else to explain their determined defense of pornographic and outrageous websites, like that of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, which serenades aspiring pederasts in the subtleties of sodomy?

Convicted killer Charles Jaynes wrote in his diary that he drew "psychological comfort" from the NAMBLA website, studying it carefully before kidnapping and murdering 10-year-old Jeffrey Curley of Cambridge, Mass. The website, Jaynes said, helped him and his partner, Salvatore Sicari, overcome some of their lingering hesitations about committing such a crime.

Yet when Jeffrey's parents sued NAMBLA for promoting materials that fanned the flames of rape and murder in Jaynes' and Sicari's twisted minds, the ACLU proudly leapt to the organization's defense, citing First Amendment protections.


Ann Coulter
Ted Kennedy's private parts: Part I

Sen. Teddy Kennedy has demanded that the Bush administration waive attorney-client privilege and release internal memos John Roberts worked on while in the solicitor general's office 15 years ago, all of which were supposed to be held in the deepest confidence. Apparently, Kennedy thinks public officials have no right to keep even their attorney-client communications secret....

Consequently, applying the principle even-handedly to members of the executive branch as well as the legislative branch, I demand that Kennedy immediately waive all attorney-client privilege relating to his communications with his lawyer after he drove Mary Jo Kopechne off the bridge at Chappaquiddick. It's time to clear up, once and for all, the many questions that have swirled around Kennedy since Chappaquiddick....

If the Senate needs to know what Roberts thought about the law at age 26, then the Senate certainly needs to know what Kennedy thought about the law at age 36, when he drowned a girl and then spent the rest of the evening concocting an alibi instead of calling the police.


Benjamin Shapiro
Even Cindy Sheehan can go too far

Sheehan has used her personal "moral authority" to tear down America's moral authority abroad. Our foreign policy has long been based on the principle that spreading American values across the globe will benefit all involved. America will benefit by living in a world that values liberty and freedom. And the rest of the world will benefit by being rid of its corrupt, oppressive governments....

These are sentiments reserved for the most radical members of the anti-war movement. These are sentiments that echo precisely the words of Osama bin Laden and his ilk. "[O]ppression and the intentional killing of innocent women and children is a deliberate American policy," bin Laden stated in a 2004 tape sent to Al Jazeera.

Destruction is freedom and democracy, while resistance is terrorism and intolerance ... The policy of the White House that demands the opening of war fronts to keep busy their various corporations – whether they be working in the field of arms or oil or reconstruction – has helped al-Qaida to achieve these enormous results.

How is any of this different from Sheehan's insistence that America goes to war for oil and corporate gain?

How is any of this different from Sheehan's belief that Iraqis are worse off now than under the regime of Saddam Hussein?

How is any of this different from Sheehan's contention that President Bush is "the biggest terrorist in the world," a "filth-spewer and warmonger," an "evil maniac," a "war criminal"?

How is any of this different from Sheehan's statement that Iraqi terrorists are actually "freedom fighters"?

Posted by Danny Carlton at September 1, 2005 07:31 AM

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Cindy, Why should the president single you out to talk to, there are many others that have lost loved ones also. All you people should use all the energy spent picketing to help the hurricane victims. I'm sorry for all the lost lives but there are still men and women fighting over there and we need to support them.

Posted by: Judy R at September 1, 2005 08:20 AM

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