ARCHIVE – 2004

Brett Schaefer: U.S. Humanitarian Aid Underappreciated

The Heritage Foundation's Brett Schaefer provides the detailsrebutting U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland of Norway, who criticized the U.S. as "stingy" when it comes to humanitarian aid. The U.S. is condemned for supposedly donating only .15 percent of our gross national income (GNI) in ...
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Private Humanitarian Aid Impressive

I'm very impressed and humbled by the amount of private aid being donated to tsunami victims. In Britain, according to an online BBC report posted at 4 AM British time December 31, individual Britons already have pledged a whopping 25 million pounds (equivalent to approximately 48 million U.S. dollars). This ...
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The Trusting Nature of Relations

I'm convinced there is a whole lot more going on in U.S.-Russian relations than what we see on the surface ...
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Gerald Marsh: CO2 No Pollutant

Physicist Gerald Marsh, who kindly advises The National Center on science issues, has a letter in the December 29 Financial Times: Sir, While it is becoming increasingly fashionable to maintain that carbon dioxide is a pollutant, it was rather shocking to see the Financial Times buy into what can at ...
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The National Center for Public Policy Research Has New Headquarters

The National Center for Public Policy Research has just purchased a new headquarters on Capitol Hill. Here's what our new building looks like... Here's where we are on a map... And here's our new contact information... 501 Capitol Ct., N.E. Washington, DC 20002 (202) 507-6398 Fax (301) 498-1301 [email protected] ...
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Bush’s Aid Coalition

Sean at Everything I Know Is Wrong reports on criticism of President Bush's new Asian aid coalition. One leftist critic complains that coalition countries (the U.S., Australia, Japan and India) lack the "moral authority" to provide aid to disaster victims. Only the U.N. has moral authority to act, she claims ...
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New Vehicle Donation Law To Hurt Charities

Reason Online comes down hard against a change in federal tax policies that will hurt charities that finance operations by accepting donated cars. I hope Congress will step in and reverse this change. Here's an excerpt from the Reason piece, but I recommend you read the whole thing (better yet, ...
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Private Humanitarian Aid Impressive

I'm very impressed and humbled by the amount of private aid being donated to tsunami victims. In Britain, according to an online BBC report posted at 4 AM British time December 31, individual Britons already have pledged a whopping 25 million pounds (equivalent to approximately 48 million U.S. dollars). This ...
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Fannie Mae and Jesse Jackson: NLPC Urges a Parting of the Ways

The National Legal and Policy Center is filing a Fannie Mae shareholder proposal that would, if adopted, preclude Fannie Mae from making future contributions to Jesse Jackson-run organizations. NLPC also is applauding the exit of Fannie Mae Chairman and CEO Franklin D. Raines. Read all about it here ...
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Mrs. Victor Yushchenko

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Every now and then, I read something in the newspaper that really knocks my socks off, and this is one of those times. I just read John Fund's On the Trail column in the Wall Street Journal and learned that an old friend of mine, with whom I had lost ...
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La Shawn Barber on Blogs, Rathergate and the Future of Reporting

La Shawn Barber has just had her first piece published on National Review Online. It is a great piece and fills a void in reporting. Called "The Blogosphere's Smaller Stars," it chronicles the contributions of lesser-known bloggers in reporting the Rathergate scandal. I enjoyed the piece immensely, not least because ...
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In the Red Zone: Iraq As You’ve Never Read About It Before

Jeff Harrell has just published an interview that made me want to do something I have never wanted to do before: Go to Iraq (although I would not like to risk my life quite as often as did Steven Vincent, the subject of Harrell's interview and the author of the ...
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Christian Bashing in Time for Christmas

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I saw a bizarre bumpersticker on a car today. It read: "How Dare You Presume I'm Christian?" My first thought: Some people just can't handle compliments. My second: How egotistical do you have to be to assume that the people in the car behind yours are spending their time thinking ...
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Trent Lott and Don Rumsfeld: Calling the Kettle Black

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Scrappleface has a fun news parody up about the U.S. Senators who believe themselves to be more capable than Secretary Rumsfeld. (Hat tip: David Limbaugh.) Speaking of Senators who like seeing their name in the newspaper are criticizing Rumsfeld, I had to laugh at ex-Majority Leader Trent Lott's criticism of ...
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Everything I Know Is Wrong: Changing Minds

Sean at Everything I Know Is Wrong tends to have fresh perspectives on the issues he discusses. It is one of the reasons I like to visit his blog. Sean's take on the discussion between Professor Bainbridge and myself on the House GOP rule change is no exception. (By the ...
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Dying in a Firey Crash Placed a Distant Third

Says L.A. Times headline: "Rehnquist Receives Support Over Cancer." Nice to know there is something worse than a conservative jurist to the L.A. Times ...
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Commonwealth Conservative: New Look, New Neighbor

The Commonwealth Conservative, one of the commonwealth of Virginia's ultimate blogs, has a fantastic new design. It also is welcoming a new Virginia blog, Sic Semper Tyrannis, to the fold. P.S. Ever notice that Virginians love to call their state a "commonwealth"? (I think that is so typical of Virginians, ...
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Philadelphia Inquirer Feature Pending

I had a call from the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday. They are doing a feature story on a lady, Ms. Florence Duckett, who was inspired by Joe Roche's Keep the Faith: A Letter from Iraq after a photocopy of it was handed to her when she was going into church earlier ...
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Bastogne Remembers Battle of the Bulge

Speaking of the Philadelphia Inquirer, there was a nice AP story in it Sunday about the people of Bastogne, Belgium, and their continuing friendship with the United States. The story begins: To find the city hall in Bastogne, walk past the White House Hotel, cross Gen. McAuliffe square, turn at ...
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Mike Rosen: Dissing Uppity Blacks

Columnist and KOA Radio Denver talk host Mike Rosen addresses Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's comments about Clarence Thomas in the December 17 Rocky Mountain News: ...if Clarence Thomas were an African-American, liberal Supreme Court justice, you can be sure Reid would never have "dissed" the man like that. (He ...
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