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Archive for September, 2008
So, the President May Kill Anybody He Pleases, Right?

Among the many cock-and-bull stories set afoot by the Bush administration during the leadup to its attack on Iraq was the one about the now-infamous drones of death. Later, it became sufficiently clear that this alleged threat had no more substance than the others the administration and the lapdog mainstream media had served up to a credulous public. Although the ludicrously…
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A Trip to Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart

Charles Courtemanche and I have gotten a little bit of coverage with our paper on Big Box retailers and obesity.  Here’s the abstract: We estimate the impacts of Wal-Mart and warehouse club retailers on height-adjusted body weight and overweight and obesity status, finding robust evidence that non-grocery selling Wal-Marts reduce weight while grocery-selling Wal-Marts…
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Debate on Terrorism at Texas A & M, Streamed Live Tonight (6:30 p.m. central)

Tonight, September 11th, at 6:30 p.m at Texas A & M University, Scott Horton, the host of antiwar.com radio, will debate Dr. Harvey Kushner on the following question: “Is the United States pursuing the correct strategy against international terrorism?” It will be streamed live and can be viewed here. Horton has an encyclopedic knowledge…
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Ticking Time Bomb Explodes, Public Is Shocked

The failure of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, setting in motion the biggest government bailout/takeover in U.S. history, brings a grim sense of fulfillment to competent economists. After all, what did people expect, that water would flow uphill forever? This financial mega-mess is the same sort of event as the collapse of the USSR’s centrally planned economy, another…
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Bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mac in the “Ownership Society”

If you weren’t yet fully convinced that the Reagan Revolution has been consigned by politicians and pundits to the dustbin of history, you must have missed the stock market’s 290-point surge on news that the federal government took Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under “conservatorship” on Sunday. The market should have crashed following proof…
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But Who Do You Sue to Get Your Life Back?

Truth does eventually come to light, unfortunately too often not in time to save countless waste or tragic loss of life. A recent case in point is the new book, The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia, recounting the tale of thousands of Americans who fell prey to the intelligentsia’s love affair with…
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Economics of Police Brutality

Here are a few thoughts on the economics of apparent police brutality and media portrayals thereof: 1. Judiciously edited video can be deceptive. However, I’d be interested in learning the conditions under which a woman being cross-checked by a cop who looks to be about a head taller than her and probably 50-100 pounds…
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The Onion or Reality: Today’s Quiz

Which is more ridiculous? Hard to tell. Story 1: Praising the vehicle’s 25 years of experience, its proven dependability, and its 2.2-liter internal combustion engine, Chrysler announced Monday that it has appointed a 1983 four-door LeBaron sedan as the company’s new CEO. “We believe that the LeBaron’s expertise in dealing with customers, combined with…
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Community Organizers and Politicians: Enemies of the Taxpayer

In an editorial, the Chicago Sun-Times takes offense at Palin and Giuliani’s belittlement of Obama’s record as a community organizer: Republicans insist that people should pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Communities should take care of their own and not depend on big government to do the job. And the folks who do…
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Secret Service Harassment of Ron Paul Delegates at GOP Convention

If this is even a small indication of how President McCain will handle dissent, we are heading for some bleak times.

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