World War II Bombardier Scott Downing and the Price of Freedom

May 29, 2010 | Military History

In the spring of 1937, Hitler delivered a speech on revolution and German life, the Japanese readied themselves for the slaughter of tens of thousands in Nanking, and Scott Downing graduated from high school in the sleepy West Texas town of Canyon. He then took a job with Boeing in Seattle, Washington, and had no idea that he was only eight years away from being shot down in one of Boeing’s bombers and held as a POW by fascist Japan, Hitler’s strongest ally. Nor could he know that his first bombing mission, carried out in February 1945, would be a near-death experience and a harbinger of things to come. Read more…

Fight Illegal Immigration: Buy from Arizona

May 20, 2010 | Politics

Sarah Palin recently said, “We’re all Arizonans now.” As such, we can do our part in the fight against illegal immigration by buying products and services from Arizona. Here are some suggestions to start. Read more…

Meeting Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in his D.C. office on April 6, 2010

May 19, 2010 | Politics

Obama Will Never Be Bill Clinton (Carter? Maybe)

May 18, 2010 | Politics

Since snatching the Democratic presidential nomination from Hillary Clinton in 2008, Barack Obama has been touted as an intellectual, a great communicator, and a political savior. With messianic phraseology, his supporters have described him as the one who will “repair” America’s image abroad, better the lives of the downtrodden here at home, and use “his enormous skills as a communicator to express a moral system” to those who will listen.

When John McCain ran against Obama’s brand of redemption and warned that electing Obama would be equivalent to giving Jimmy Carter a second term, Obama’s surrogates in the media cried foul — insisting Obama was more of a Bill Clinton than a Carter. Read more…

Mexican flags Banned from School on American Holidays?

May 13, 2010 | Politics

Five students from Live Oak High School in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Morgan Hill, Calif., were recently sent home for wearing American flags to school on Cinco de Mayo, a Mexican holiday.

School administrators viewed the American flags as “incendiary” and gave the students the choice of turning their shirts inside out and remaining at school or leaving their shirts as they were and face suspension.

The students took option “C” and went home. Read more…

Can One Spill End Gulf Drilling?

May 11, 2010 | Politics

In the weeks since the British Petroleum (BP) drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, environmentalists have warned that the ecological sky is falling. They assure us that the resulting oil spill, which is just now beginning to reach the shore of some Gulf States, is certain to bring with it a disaster of cosmic proportions.

One environmentalist in particular, the Sierra Club’s Michael Brune, has grown so hysterical that he’s decided to speak for everyone by declaring: “Americans are horrified.” And although “almost 40 years have passed [without] an incident” of this kind, Brune is certain the BP explosion proves “there is no safe way to drill for oil in oceans.” Read more…

The Case Against Universal Suffrage

May 4, 2010 | Politics

In the United States, discussions over broadened rights of suffrage are usually framed in the language race or gender. This is largely because of the Fifteenth Amendment, which extended voting rights to males of all races, and the Nineteenth Amendment, which extended those same rights to women. But when “the father of Communism,” Karl Marx, pushed universal suffrage in the 19th century, his goal was neither racial or gender equality but a non-violent overthrow of Europe’s capitalistic order. And as President Obama pushes to get as many people as possible on the government dole, I can’t help but think that Marx would be quite proud of how our current administration is continuing the overthrow here in the United States. Read more…