Becky AkersIf you want to bring down a plane, blowing off parts of your own body is not the preferred method. It’s failed both times nuts have tried it: neither Richard Reid’s shoe-bomb in December of 2001 nor Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s attempt to emasculate himself Christmas Day hurt anyone but themselves — and freedom.

The fact that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old al-Qaida operative from Nigeria, was able to board an American airliner in Amsterdam with bomb-making materials in his underwear would indicate that the system created by the federal government to prevent this from happening failed. And it failed in a big way. Almost 300 lives would have been lost had his bomb exploded.

Bob ConferSince his days as a U.S. Senator, Barack Obama has trumpeted renewable energy as the catalyst for the future growth of America’s economy. He believes to this day that investments in wind, solar, and ethanol energy will excite the marketplace and put Americans back to work.

ReilandSo Umar Farouk Abdullmutallab got within an inch of having several hundred airline passengers fall from the sky over Detroit on Christmas Day, thanks to the ongoing holes in government-run security.

ReilandAs I’m writing this, they’re in a panic in Congress, voting in the wee hours, bribing reluctant senators with millions in slush funds for their respective states, all to ram through a health reform bill that few if any of the lawmakers have even read, let alone intellectually reflected upon or debated.

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