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.

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.

Jack KennyThere is a saying about well-intentioned but misguided friends that takes on a special meaning this time of year: "God save me from my friends — I can protect myself from my enemies." And no, I don't mean friends or even family members who might better have given to charity the money they have spent on gifts for you they think are perfectly charming, but from which you derive no pleasure and for which you can find no use. No, I mean the well-intentioned friends of Christ who launch an unofficial campaign each year to "Keep Christ in Christmas."

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