April 15, 2008
A Living Lie
By Thomas Sowell
An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years.
by Michael S. Rozeff
by Michael S. Rozeff
This article presents a theory of why limited representative government fails. I cannot launch into that theory without first asking the reader either to agree with me that it does fail or to accept that premise provisionally inasmuch as I intend to explain why that failure has happened.
When I say that government has failed, I mean, for one thing, that it has failed the American people at large, or that it has failed to enhance the general welfare as it makes the claim to. Government has succeeded in enriching and empowering certain specific persons and groups, but that success, from the viewpoint of the population at large, is simply evidence of failure in my terms. I also mean that limited representative government has failed on its own terms by not remaining limited.
U.S. Military Targets Southeast Colorado
Part 1 of 3
By Deanna Spingola
April 15, 2008
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Property seizures in other countries are considered totalitarian. When they occur at the hands of the corporate-controlled U.S. government they are apparently condoned and even facilitated by the courts whose job it is to reign in this kind of abuse. The monopoly media, including “conservative” talk radio, is an information filtering system masquerading as “news.” They habitually conceal government land grabs and other privatization schemes like the current controversy in southeastern Colorado. The army is attempting to seize property, claiming they need extra land to better prepare the troops. What’s really behind this patriotic-let’s-help-the-troops endeavor? Call it what they will, land seizure is land seizure and violates the public trust.
Feminism is Bad for the Environment
Thirty-eight years after the first Earth Day, our progressive friends continue their long, green march through the institutions.
One doomsday scenario after another has fueled their anxiety and goosed them onwards.
At Earth Day I in 1970, biologist Paul Ehrlich promised a “Population Bomb” that would kill as many as a half a billion people in the next ten or so years and only that few if a new Pope “gives his blessing to abortion.”
By 1975, the doomsday du jour was global cooling, whose “ominous signs,” Newsweek promised, “may portend a drastic decline in food production.”
In Defense of Anti-Semitism – Reloaded
by Edgar J. Steele
April 17, 2008
“An anti-Semite used to mean a man who hated Jews.
Now it means a man who is hated by Jews.”
– Joseph Sobran (Sobran’s, Sep. 2002.)
My name is Edgar J. Steele.
I really need to update and reissue more of my older pieces than I have been doing. Readers often point out something I wrote years ago, causing me to ferret it out of my archives myself and read it again with fresh eyes, as though reading somebody else’s work for the first time. If it seems fresh and worthwhile to me, I figure, it will be even fresher to those who never had a chance to read it in the first place. Besides, it amazes me how well so much has stood up over time.
On Generals Testifying Before Congress
April 14, 2008
Whenever I see that some dismal general will testify to Congress regarding the war against
Iraq, I imagine the first paragraph of his Power Point presentation:
“All metrics show a downsurge in the violence in Iraq, and a continuing improvement in indicators of the production of a better life. Next slide. The Iranians are aiding the enemies of America, and must be bombed. This is a recording.”
What solemn, fraudulent, emetic mummery. Congressmen will—do—ask the General puffball questions, after which they will do whatever the President tells them to do. I can make no criticism of this. It is the American way. Still, may I suggest a few questions I would like to see the General, any general, asked?
by Heidi Cappadona
April 16, 2008
On Monday, April 7th, The Boston Herold featured an article by Michael Graham about school teachers in Massachusetts who have failed an eighth to tenth grade level test numerous times and are allowed to remain as teachers in the public schools soon to be backed by the Massachusetts Democrats in Senate who unanimously voted for a waiver program for teachers who fail the test at least three times. Like swinging a dead rat in a marketplace everyone who sees this is horrified. Of course, this is the reaction the Democrats in Massachusetts and The Boston Herold, and most likely Graham are looking for and they’re getting it as thousands of American families are up in arms concerned for the education of their children. Why would the Massachusetts Senate vote to give them a waiver for failing three times? Why bother trying to pass at all if by failing they achieve easy success? Who would not agree with this logical fallacy? This is the very reason we need to look for something more beneath the obvious emotionally charged surface.
Apri1 17, 2008
The Mandates Aren’t Just Wrong, They’re Immoral
The Ethanol Apologists
By ROBERT BRYCE
The outrages of the ethanol mandates are growing by the day.
Last week, a study funded by American beef, pork and chicken producers estimated that the total cost to taxpayers of the corn ethanol mandates now exceeds $33 billion per year. That’s equal to about $106 per American citizen. While the soaring cost of the ethanol are maddening, even more galling are the continuing claims by a group of ethanol apologists who insist that the ethanol industry is having no effect on food prices. Those spurious claims are being made at the same time that the World Bank is warning of a global food crisis and unrest is increasing in several countries due to soaring food prices.