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USA Frack Surpassing Saudi Arabia As Glut Producer

s vivid as the gas flares in the Texas sky at night, is America’s new-found love affair with fracking. Environmentalists from both the left and among libertarians warn loudly of water contamination disasters and some home owners speak of being rattled by man-made earthquakes, but there is no giving it up the pace now. It’s a whole different world to 2008, when the US oil production snapshot was at a historical low and Sarah Palin was drawing liberal ire declaring that “Drill, Baby Drill!” was the answer to all of America’s problems. Suddenly she seems to have been right, and...

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Will The Real Barack Obama Please Stand Down?

NWAR AL-AWLAKI, the radical Imam who was killed by a drone attack in Yemen masterminded the Ft. Hood and Christmas day terror attacks, and it seems he also has something in common with our very own President Barack Obama. Al-Awlaki, a U.S. born citizen while attending college, falsified information on applications, giving him grant monies to the tune of $20,000 a year for his education as a foreign student from Yemen. We now know Awlaki was born in New Mexico. The U.S. Agency for International Development grants money for educational purposes to foreign students. Shall we speculate on how many...


In Numbers Dwell Certain Repugnant Effects

n numbers dwell certain repugnant effects. Around the globe fierce Islamic agitation in the public sphere is on the rise: 1/29/07 Daily Telegraph UK: 40% of Muslims, ages 16 to 24, want Sharia law; 13% admire al-Qaeda; 36% believe apostates should be executed; 75% believe that women should wear veils. 5/22/07 Reuters: 25% of young American Muslims believe in suicide bombings to fight the West. 7/10/07 worldpress.org: Poll of Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia indicates that 75% believe in strict application of Sharia law. 7/27/08 Sunday Times UK: 33% of Muslim students support killing for islam; 33% want...


Doctors, Lawyers and the Ten Little Indians of Healthcare

F HEALTH INSURANCE WERE like car insurance, I would be responsible for obtaining it as opposed to having my employer supply it for me. After all, it's my body and my health—why do I expect someone else to be responsible for it? If health insurance were like car insurance, I would be able to shop around for the cheapest insurance with competitive rates from multiple vendors to find a plan best suited for my lifestyle. If health insurance were like car insurance, I would not be denied insurance unless I demonstrated repeatedly offensive and ill-advised behavior. On the other hand,...


Echelon And On-Line Surveillance

BEAUTIFUL AND DELIGHTFUL MAN—whom I had the pleasure and fortune of the occasional chat afforded me over the twenty-three years he spent at the same firm for whom my wife also toiled as mensch of the bean counting and IT departments—Armenian genocide survivor, solid American patriot, respected and esteemed diplomatic spokesman during the Viet Nam years, former Time magazine VP, undeclared mentor of, ally, and yes, a kind jostling friend to me, Barry Zorthian, was buried yesterday. A spry, piercing intellect to the end, Barry was ninety years old, passing away rather suddenly with a staph infection at the same...