The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
"The rise of alternative media—political talk radio in the eighties, cable news in the nineties, and the blogosphere in the new millennium—has broken the liberal monopoly over news and opinion outlets. The Left understands acutely the implications of this revolution, blaming much of the Democratic Party’s current electoral trouble on the influence of the new media’s vigorous conservative voices. Instead of fighting back with ideas, however, today’s liberals quietly, relentlessly, and illiberally are working to smother this flourishing universe of political discourse under a tangle of campaign-finance and media regulations. Their campaign represents the most sustained attack on free political speech in the United States since the 1798 Alien and Sedition Acts. Though Republicans have the most to lose in the short run, all Americans who care about our most fundamental rights and the civic health of our democracy need to understand what’s going on—and resist it."
"The Liberals are not used to opposition. It is, therefore, no surprise that its brightest luminaries have decided to take a pass at heading the party when heading the party no longer means, as it almost inescapably has for so long, that they would be heading the government as well very soon. This is a crisis for the Liberal Party. The question now is whether anyone in Team B, Belinda Stronach, Scott Brison, Michael Ignatieff, have the skills to match their ambition and the perseverance equal to the stern task of re-making a party alienated from the voters and divided from its legacy. "
"Ruling in a case involving The Washington Post's Web site, the Supreme Court of Canada served notice that the nation is not open for "libel tourism," the practice of filing a defamation suit in a country with more favorable legal standards for libel."
"But don’t the Jihadists hate Saddam? We have been told this repeatedly by those who dismiss any possible link between al-Qaeda and Saddam.
The answer is found in the report itself. There are a wide variety of philosophies inside even al-Qaeda, and it is quite probable that even if Osama Bin Laden hated Saddam,, his buddy al-Zawahri, as the leader of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, had obtained support from Iraq. I demonstrated this yesterday in an American Thinker article. Al-Qaeda is more than Bin Laden. Saddam and al-Qaeda did cooperate."
"I never thought I’d be paraphrasing Chuck Schumer in the affirmative to buttress an argument, but I guess truth is stranger than fiction. The New York senior senator made the point that such decisions often hinge more on diplomatic imperatives than common-sense, saying that oft-times someone in the State Department will hold sway with an entreaty such as, “The Emir of Dubai wants this to happen and he’s a good fellow.” But whether he is or isn’t is not the point. As Schumer explained, it’s a safe bet that the Emir doesn’t know the nature of many of the employees at DP World. He doesn’t know if the entity has been infiltrated by terrorists or if it will be once it gains access to crucial and vulnerable American seaports. It’s hard enough ferreting out the terrorists that lurk in home-grown institutions, never mind those that may abound in Arab principalities."
"New details of the bribery scandal that led to the laying of 278 charges against 11 Montrealers in 2001 -- including Yves Bourbonnais, an Immigration and Refugee Board judge -- were revealed yesterday in Quebec Superior Court at a pre-sentencing hearing for Liu.
The Crown is seeking a sentence of two years less a day behind bars for 46-year-old Liu, who pleaded guilty to charges of influence peddling and conspiracy......
The Crown contends this was just one tentacle of a lucrative kickback ploy that targeted refugees fighting to stay in Canada. "These people were exploited while they were in a vulnerable position," prosecutor Lucio Garcia said. "When the whole [immigration] system is undermined, the courts have to send a message to society."