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Archive for January, 2009
Another Erosion of the Fourth Amendment

The Supreme Court has recently watered down the exclusionary rule in a decision that has affirmed a conviction even where there was a bad warrant and faulty arrest. Now evidence obtained through negligence will be admissable, meaning that police have less reason to be careful in their investigations, searches and arrests. The exclusionary rule…
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Halbrook to Testify in Hearings on Eric Holder for Attorney General

The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding confirmation hearings on President-elect Barack Obama’s nomination of gun-control advocate Eric Holder for U.S. Attorney General on January 15-16. One of seven who is testifying, Independent Institute Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook is arguing against confirmation. Dr. Halbrook is the author of the Independent Institute book, The Founders’…
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FDR and Dirty Dancing: Porn-to-School Act (or, What I Learned While Studying the New Deal)

With bailouts for banks and Big Business, the media is snickering at the porn industry’s plea for a federal bailout. Sales of pornographic DVDs have plummeted as Americans zipped up their wallets and spent money on other necessities. But the media refuses to feel the pain of sex workers. Apparently, “too big to fail”…
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CBO Report: U.S. Will Go to Hell in 2009

According to a report just released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), “the [federal budget] deficit this year will total $1.2 trillion, or 8.3 percent of GDP.” This seems about right for a banana republic. The bad news is that neither commercial banana cultivation nor a republican form of government has proved viable in this…
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Obama Vows: No Torture

If there are any issues on which Obama was any better than the Republicans, the twin issues of torture and detention policy might fit the bill. He voted against the Military Commissions Act and he always decried torture. He stands by it now: “I was clear throughout this campaign and was clear throughout this…
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Police State Killing Caught on Tape

The newest police atrocity to receive significant media coverage—-the killing of Oscar Grant at an Oakland BART station by a police officer on New Years Day—-was caught on tape and widely distributed. It has now been watched half a million times. Could this mean the beginning of a shift in the way police abuses…
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Wall Street Journal Corroborates Independent Institute Study of Causes of Sub-Prime Meltdown

After many months of the “mainstream” media refusing to discuss the real causes of the sub-prime financial crisis, the deafening silence has finally been broken in a January 5th front-page article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that begins to unmask the truth. In “Housing Push for Hispanics Spawns Wave of Foreclosures,” Susan Schmidt…
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A Horrible, Little-Known Legacy of the Great Depression

Not many people are aware that during the early 1930s, thousands of Americans emigrated from the United States to the USSR. Some, many of them unemployed engineers and technical workers, went simply in search of employment in the Soviets’ big push to industrialize; others went in search of a better society they mistakenly believed the Communists were building….
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“The New Deal Worked”: Why Do So Many People Accept that as Fact?

Most people, journalists included, accept the notion that the New Deal “worked” to shorten the Depression. Many economists, and to a lesser extent, historians, disagree. Why, then, do criticisms of the New Deal get met with a blank stare akin to stating that the world is flat? Recently, one Salon.com pundit declared the New Deal success…
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This Guy Could Do Standup!

I rarely read Paul Krugman’s column, but today I did, because an old friend sent the latest one to me. I gotta tell ya, Krugman could do standup! Really, he’s a riot. Most economists can pass for undertakers, but not this fellow. He’s truly funny. I know I should be kind to him, on…
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