ARCHIVE – 2003

Take That, Hans Blix!

An observation from NCPPR executive director David W. Almasi: President Bush's strong stand against Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the prospects of an Iraqi program to produce weapons of mass destruction made the writing on the wall very clear to Libyan strongman Mommar Gaddafi. The actual liberation of Iraq was ...
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WSJ – The Politics of Autism

Trial lawyers on the loose again, this time in an effort to cash in on a very tenuous (probably nonexistent) link between vaccines and autism. Vaccines have saved a lot of lives. We know this for a fact. Science doesn't know what causes autism, and trial lawyers don't know, either ...
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Raining on the Environmentalist Parade

NCPPR executive director David Almasi rains once again on the environmentalists' parade: In his 2003 State of the Union Address, President Bush promised $1.7 billion in funds to develop hydrogen fuel cell technology. Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham envisioned "a world where our pollution problems are solved." Not so fast! It ...
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Protesting Affirmative Action, One College Application at a Time

This interesting website takes a grassroots approach to the cause of promoting a colorblind society by asking students heading to college or grad school to formally pledge to refuse to play the affirmative action game by entering their race incorrectly on college entrace forms. Here's how the site's sponsors describe ...
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And This Shall Be A Sign Unto You

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph ...
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None Dare Call It Dictatorship

From our executive director, David Almasi: Here's just one example of why President Bush is inclined to nominate judges who adhere to a strict interpretation of the law, and why the liberals are opposing him to the degree that they are -- simply denying those nominees a simple up-or-down vote ...
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Leftist Darling Still Supports Saddam

NCPPR executive director David W. Almasi feels vindicated: Back in the 1980s, when conservative foreign policy interest was concentrated on forcing Soviet influence out of Latin America, conservative activists had a whole stack of quotes from Nicaraguan dictator Daniel Ortega supporting other totalitarians around the globe. The left tried to ...
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The Hand of Providence

The American Minute for December 25: American Minute with Bill Federer December 25th In the first six months of the Revolution, the Continental Army was driven back, out of New York, across New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. The American troops dwindled from a high of nearly 20,000 volunteers down to ...
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And in a Stunning Victory, More Human Rights Were Lost

Thousands of French Muslims have gone to the street to protest Jacques Chirac's ban on head scarves, yarmulkes and crosses in French public schools. Chirac apparently is afraid that a child in France might accidentally grow up with a conscience. Based on what we've seen from France, he needn't worry ...
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Mystery

Who or what is the shadowy figure caught on security cameras at the doorway of Henry VIII's reputedly-haunted Hampton Court? ...
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Say What?

Liberals point to Bush's success with Libya as proof that Bush's foreign policy is a failure. You're going to have to try harder, guys. Even your mothers won't fall for this line of reasoning ...
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New Leadership Institute Study of PAC Giving Patterns Released

The Leadership Institute has just completed a study of the giving patterns of business and association PACs for the 2001-02 election cycle. It's worth reading. Among the very many tidbits contained within it: Union PACs gave over 90 percent of their funding to Democrats. Business PACs gave 64.4 percent of ...
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PETA Terrorizes Little Kids

This sounds like domestic terrorism to me ...
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Legal Brief: Illegal Aliens Sue Employers for Offering Illegal Work; An Insult to Donkeys Everywhere; Americans Pay More for Lawsuits Than for Drugs

Illegal Aliens Sue Employers for Offering Illegal Work In America, the word "success" seems to be inscribed indelibly on the national consciousness -- the consciousness, that is, of everyone except a typical federal bureaucrat. It happened in the Clinton Administration in the late 1990s, midway through the high-tech boom that ...
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Mercury Madness: First-Ever Mercury Limits Called “Gift to Polluters” by President Bush’s Political Opposition

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BACKGROUND: The EPA this month announced a draft proposal to use a "cap and trade" model to regulate mercury emissions from coal- and oil-fired power plants. The President's political opponents immediately attacked the plan. A "cap and trade" model would permit power plants to trade mercury "emissions credits" among themselves ...
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Questions for Old Europe

Ed Haislmaier recommends an article in the German press defending Bush’s decision to limit bids on Iraq contracts to allies. The piece begins: Reconstruction in Iraq has begun in earnest, but many European firms are being left out. The United States government's decision to hand Iraqi reconstruction contracts to war ...
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French People, Like Iraqis, Don’t Deserve Civil Rights

Jacques Chirac really, really hates manifestations of morality. He's now pushing for a law in France barring the wearing of headscarves by Muslims, yarmulkes by Jews and crosses by Christians in public schools. Chirac believes France is a secular state and this secularism should be forced down the throats of ...
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Putin Wins in Russia But Will Liberty?

A good piece and wise advice, in my opinion, about how the Bush Administration should react to the results of the recent parliamentary elections in Russia. The piece, by the Heritage Foundation's Ariel Cohen, concludes: "Russia now has a Duma that is more nationalist and less democratic. While emerging democracy ...
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Money Quote

Our Ed Haislmaier contributes this link and comment: The AP Wire has the following (as Andrew Sullivan would call it), "money quote: "In Tikrit, about 700 people rallied in the center of town Monday chanting 'Saddam is in our hearts, Saddam is in our blood.' U.S. soldiers and Iraqi policemen ...
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A Scrooge for Our Time

From our executive director, David Almasi: I am one of the biggest supporters of private property rights out there, but let's call a Scrooge a Scrooge. The Hall family owns a piece of property on Main Street in Edgartown, Massachusetts. The plot boasted a theater that burned in 1961, and ...
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