Continuing from yesterday's post, here are some more recent links that I'd like to spotlight, arranged once again by category:
Is the U.S. military representative of the overall American population? Many Democrats and leftists say no. But official statistics tell another story.
WorldNetDaily's Joseph Farah on how we must learn from history in order to win wars. The main solution: Drop the political correctness and aim for decisive victory.
National Review's Jonah Goldberg on American GDP growth and the true definition of poverty.
The American Thinker's Ed Lasky on the Europeanization of the Democratic party.
Thomas Sowell on Hollywood economics and why the third world needs not fewer, but more multinational corporations.
The Wall Street Journal reports on manufacturing in America in its 10/24 issue: Far from being a dead industry, as so many leftwingers claim, the sector still leads the world. I don't have a direct link, but here is a quote encapsulating the report's key point:
Rumors of the death of U.S. manufacturing have been greatly exaggerated. Even as high-profile manufacturers like American auto makers stumble, a remarkable amount of stuff is still made in the U.S., from construction equipment in North Dakota to high-end ranges in Mississippi, artificial knees in Indiana and pipe organs in Ohio.
While manufacturing represents a relatively small part of the U.S. economy -- about 17% of GDP compared with China's 41% -- and the number of plants has dwindled, the U.S. is still by far the world's largest manufacturer by raw value of the goods produced, $1.79 trillion worth last year, nearly twice its nearest rival, Japan. China produces more of the things most consumers think of as coming out of factories -- cellphones, toys, and coffee makers -- but the U.S. continues making goods that tend to be more complex, difficult to transport, and time-sensitive.
Over the next four days, "Still Made in the U.S.A." will show how diverse manufacturers have managed to survive and thrive by improving productivity, responding quickly to clients' growing demands for customization and, in some cases, tapping unique local skills to produce their goods.
Meanwhile, here is a little reported, but nevertheless monumental, quiet gain for religious freedom.
TheSolidSurfer.com guest contributor Rabbi Shea Hecht has penned a must-read article that appeared on other websites titled: Does Hamas Read Pliskin?
Palestinians lining up to emigrate due to the woes caused by Hamas. Notice, of course, that this has nothing to do with Israel and everything to do with internal Palestinian problems. Perhaps many Muslims are finally getting tired of their culture of violence.
Problems with Islamic non-assimilation in Scandinavia: Even Salon.com, a leftwing publication, agrees. Perhaps the left actually does have some hope of dropping its multicultural everything-is-the-same fantasies.
How a flat tax has worked so well for Estonia (and how can help America too).
The Brussels Journal agrees with me that ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters's politics are typical leftwing lunacy. Don't forget, meanwhile, that there's another former rock star out there whose views are even worse: Cat Stevens - go home.
Global Warming: Why not to worry.