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Archive for May, 2009
Onion News Network: 3rd Annual “Bring Your Daughter to War” Day

Here is the Onion News Network’s hilarious and incisive, satirical report on the “U.S. Army’s Third Annual ‘Bring Your Daughter to War’ Day”. And some good news out of Iraq. U.S. military commanders have announced that the Third Annual “Bring Your Daughter to War” Day was a great success. . . . Over 15,000…
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The GOP Finds a New Wedge Issue

9/11 and terrorism. In a new video, the Republicans focus on Obama’s closing of Guantanamo (one of his very few semi-decent acts) as the epitome of what distinguishes the two parties. Ho hum. If I actually believed Republican propaganda, I’d have to favor the Democrats. I suppose the reverse is also true: The Dems…
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Nancy Pelosi Lies Again: This Time About Knowing of Torture

Could House Speaker Nancy Pelosi be lying once again? The Washington Post has now reported that directly contrary to her repeated claims, a newly released intelligence memo indicates that less than a year after 9/11, Pelosi was fully briefed in 2002 about CIA torture techniques being used. In a 10-page memo outlining an almost…
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Was Harry Truman a War Criminal? Jon Stewart Says Yes, Then No

Jon Stewart has apologized for calling Harry Truman a war criminal during an interview with Clifford May. For Bill Whittle’s criticism of Stewart’s original statement, which helped to lead to Stewart’s capitulation, see the link at Jane Shaw’s post here Well…was Harry Truman a war criminal? In my view, it is not even a…
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The Bugaboo of Race: Does Skin Color Put Out Fires?

Fires don’t discriminate but fire departments do. While the flames of a house fire may not discriminate on the basis of skin color, New Haven, Connecticut’s fire department is making sure that those who risk their lives are dark or light-skinned in the “right” proportion, regardless of merit. After throwing out professional exam results…
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I’m Speaking at San Jose State Tonight

On the antiwar prospects for the American right. For those near San Jose, CA, my talk is at San Jose State University, the MLK Jr. Library, Room 225/229 at 7 PM.

Stealing Land in Montgomery, Alabama

Will the current outrage in Montgomery provoke a modern civil rights movement against eminent domain through the back door? It certainly should. On Wednesday in Montgomery, developer Jim Peera displayed this map as part of his testimony at a public forum of the State Advisory Committee (which I chair) of the U.S. Commission on…
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Eco-Speak and “Green” Propaganda

The New York Times reports that it recently received accidentally by email a copy of the latest findings and recommendations by the environmental marketing/messaging (i.e., propaganda) firm ecoAmerica. The firm “and allies in the environmental movement have been briefing officials in Congress and the administration” to re-cast global warming terminology because the public is…
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Jesus on Property Rights and Resource Preservation

When I began my academic career, I was fortunate to work in a department of economics in which several of my colleagues, including Yoram Barzel, Steven N. S. Cheung, and Douglass C. North, had a keen interest in property rights and their implications for economic action. I soon began to work in several related…
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