June 24, 2008 — Assigned Reading

Roadside Bombs Decline in Iraq
(FROM: USA Today) Pentagon records and interviewed military leaders show that roadside bombings are down 90 percent from this time last year. It just goes to show that our brave and brilliant fighting men and women are doing wonders over there. The article cites a number of reasons for the decrease in violence, including new vehicles and increased surveillance, but perhaps the biggest intangible that is often overlooked is the relationships built and faith restored in American troops through their interactions with Iraqis. Regardless of how you feel about the way in which we got in, and regardless of how awful the president’s non-strategy was for a while, you’ve got to applaud Gen. David Petraeus and everyone over there for what is being done. It will be interested to see how this story, already fairly mainstream on Page 1-A of USA Today, gets played out in the mainstream television media — the democrats aren’t exactly banking on victory, given what Hillary Clinton said about her needed “suspension of disbelief” regarding Gen. Petraeus and his counterinsurgency, and what Barack Obama and pretty much everyone else in the Democratic party leadership said about the troop surge.

Freedom Reigns for All with Concealed Carry Law
(FROM: Human Events) I wouldn’t have thought of it, but Mr. Hawkins takes a nicely-stated argument in favor of concealed carry legislation, and relates it to American foreign policy. I’ve heard and posited arguments regarding the Second Amendment and concealed carry many, many times, but this is the first time I heard such a progression in logic. I’d summarize it here, but I want you to read it for yourself.

Islamic Nations Eye UN Security Council Seats
(FROM: CNSNews) Interesting. Heck, as far as I’m concerned, they can have the darned United Nations.

European Groups Call for Action Against Forced Marriage
(FROM: VOA News) More and more, European countries are seeing an increase in honor killings and losing whole neighborhoods to Sharia law, so it comes as no surprise that this is becoming an issue. Still, Islam is not the only religion or demographic which promotes arranged marriages, so it will be interesting to see how this is dealt with.

Court Rejects Challenge to Arizona Border Fence
(FROM: Reuters) Good. More and more, environmentalism is being used as a facade for Leninism-Marxism, disguising a globalist worldview as concern for the pygmy wood rat or something else furry and cute. This fence needs to be built. Our economy, our healthcare system, and our national security depends upon it, and I was glad that the Supreme Court wouldn’t give these activists another bite at the apple.

Fuel Costs May Cause Some Kids to Walk
(FROM: Washington Post) So, rising fuel costs may force kids who live further from school to walk during the next school year. In reality, that means one of two things — one, the child’s parents will have to alter their schedule, drive them to school, and thus bear the burden for extra fuel costs, or the kid will actually walk, putting him or her at extra risk for injury, intentional or otherwise. Suppose one of these newly bus-deprived kids gets nabbed by some sicko along their new walking route (God forbid) — what are the chances that the improper action and petty inaction by Congressional democrats are properly tied to the rising fuel costs that forced the child to walk to school?

‘Polar Bears’ Protest Exxon Ads at ‘Green’ Nationals Park
(FROM: CNS News) Somebody needs to tell these hippies to pick another mascot, seeing that polar bear numbers have actually grown–tripled, almost–since the 1970s, and continue to be on the rise. Don’t believe me? See THIS report from the U.S. Senate. Just further proof that the last thing on the mind of these so-called environmentalists is the environment. It’s all about a political discussion, more about redistribution of wealth than maintenance of habitats.



  1. Virone says:

    The creator has so imperious a claim.

  2. Joseph Jaggers says:

    Like what you did. Here’s wishing you and yours a very happy and prosperous new year !

  3. Just read it and went gosh, I know why I was poor in the debate class.

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