December 2004 Archives

December 31, 2004

Happy New Year !!

Some people see the New Year as a time to start over. Some people just consider it another day. Either way ....

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Posted by Dawn at 5:23 PM

December 30, 2004

Just get out of the way if you just want to complain

I am truly disappointed and saddened by the extent of anti-American prejudice I see displayed among the world's chattering classes. Let me hasten to admit that opposition to U.S. policies is not necessarily anti-Americanism and that some of the most virulent strains of anti-Americanism are found - well - in America, sort of self-hating Americans. The criticism I am talking about is not aimed at particular policies. It is more akin to a type of bigotry, where otherwise reasonable go against their own principles out of dislike for the U.S.

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Posted by Jack at 11:43 PM

December 29, 2004

What liberal press?

It's good to know that our nation's journalists are hard at work being unbiased, apolitical, and neutral purveyors of hard facts. Like this story about how Bush is uncaring and insensitive in the face of a "humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions."

...Bush's decision at first to remain cloistered on his Texas ranch for the Christmas holiday rather than speak in person about the tragedy -- showed scant appreciation for the magnitude of suffering and for the rescue and rebuilding work...
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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:20 PM

December 28, 2004

Well, it's a living....

Radley Balko laments, among other things, the fact that a "recent study . . . showed that U.S. senators beat the [stock market] market handily by 12 percentage points in their investments -- outperforming "corporate insiders" by eight points from 1993 to 1998." Another study "found that 75% of randomly selected members had 'stock transactions that directly coincided with (their) legislative activity.'" Derived from this Jonathan Turley USA Today story, it goes to show that one does not need to be part of a corporation to profit from insider trading, just part of government. At least when government has control over so much wealth.

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 6:22 PM

Agency of mercy or worthless fraud?

Pedophilia... child rape on tape. In just one country, 150 allegations of sexual misconduct, murder, prostitution, and, "sexually abusing the local inhabitants in exchange for food and other necessities." Billions skimmed out of humanitarian relief funds. Kickbacks. Bribery. Genocide.

The UN is utterly corrupt. Yet there is no outrage. No media blitz. No media attention at all as far as I can see. Not even one counterfeit document for a CBS news story.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 5:09 PM

U.N. Official Calls U.S. Aid Stingy

The Washington Times reports that U.N. Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland suggested that the United States and other Western nations were being "stingy" with relief funds, saying there would be more available if taxes were raised:

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Posted by Dan Spencer at 10:51 AM

December 27, 2004

transformational freedom

I can't pretend to know all the who's who or the totality of what's going on politically in all the former soviet block countries, including Russia, but despite Putin's turn towards tyranny, the elections in the Ukraine are a sign of hope and victory for the forces of freedom.

Especially when you consider the vision of Mrs. Yushchenko who worked in both the Reagan and Bush administrations.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 3:22 PM

December 25, 2004

Yes to gay marriage for conservative reasons

There are two big ironies in the gay marriage debate. It is ironic that conservatives, with the emphasis on family values are against it and it is also ironic that liberals, with their own celebration of alternative lifestyles are for it. I hope that I will be able to antagonize both sides in this post.

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Posted by Jack at 12:56 AM

December 23, 2004

Don't let the foxes guard the henhouses

I would like to build on Eric's post below, but take a slightly different direction. I read in these posting things like "Mad Max capitalism" or "to the right of Genghis Khan" These are interesting metaphors, but wrong. There is no free market in Mad Max's world, no free exchange. Everything is based on coercion with each group providing its own competing government.

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Posted by Jack at 4:24 PM

December 22, 2004

making a killing?

"This country is controlled by corporations and that is the root of all our problems." -Bill Maher, Oct. 22, 2004

Do corporations need to be 'reined in' or eradicated for the good of the world? It's no secret that some view corporations as the root of all evil and profit as a cardinal sin. The problem I have with those who believe corporations are the root of our problems is that their solutions embrace more government economic control at the expense of individual freedom and that is not a prescription for something better, but something worse.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 4:41 PM

December 21, 2004

Poorly Reported Statistics--Serious Issue

This report from Cornell University is being reported by the Associated Press as showing that "44 percent of those surveyed said they favored at least some restrictions on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. Forty-eight percent said liberties should not be restricted."  The report is disturbing enough, we don't have to over-hype it, because it only shows that 44 percent of those surveyed support restriction on the civil liberties of Muslim Americans if you have an unusually broad definition of the term.  » Continue reading "Poorly Reported Statistics--Serious Issue"

December 20, 2004

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

--From Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

After the Democrats finish their gnashing of teeth and chasing chimeras around the Ohio country, they need to ask themselves the hard questions. Maybe they should recite the quotation above until they believe it about themselves.

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Posted by Jack at 5:23 PM

Over Fed?

No, it's not about the war on obesity. It's about the question of whether the federal government is overly invovled in criminal law and prosecution. Is this just an area where a few conservative constitutional fundamentalists and libertarians are holdouts against history, or are the issues of federalism and restraint in national overreach something to care about? The CATO Institute's Gene Healy in a worthy article and worthier book suggests it ought to be something we should care about if we value a free society.

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 1:19 AM

December 19, 2004

Christmas

With only a few days left until Christmas ... some people are still fighting to take Christ out of Christmas while others are fighting back hard to keep the tradition.

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Posted by Dawn at 2:14 PM

December 16, 2004

Don't be scared

ABC New reported tonight (12/15) that this flu season has been mild. There is now enough flu vaccine to go around and hospitals expect they will have to throw some away come March. Federal, state and local governments, doctors, hospitals, individuals and private firms acted well to make sure those who needed shots got them.

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Posted by Jack at 12:10 AM

December 14, 2004

Proto-Post-Neocolonialism

There was colonialism. Then came neocolonialism. Now... post-neocolonialism? An Australian think tank embarrassed its government by releasing a report warning of state failure in Papua New Guinea while the Aussie foreign minister was visiting the nearby island nation.

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Posted by Chops at 5:23 PM

December 12, 2004

I wish I had said that . . . Don't worry, you will.

We misunderstand each other. Liberals immediately leap to the conclusions that conservatives are warmongers, who don't care about the poor. Conservatives think all liberals are whinny chumps, who don't understand that the real world is all about less than optimal choices.

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Posted by Jack at 11:30 PM

December 11, 2004

#1 goal: defeat America

So, as a U.S. citizen, I welcome the U.S. defeat for a simple reason: It isn't the defeat of the United States -- its people or their ideals -- but of that empire. And it's essential that the American empire be defeated and dismantled. Journalism professor, Robert Jensen

No doubt the manipulative reporter Edward Pitts, "I just had one of my best days as a journalist today," also learned from his Journalism professors that American defeat is always good and necessary for world peace.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 10:49 PM

December 10, 2004

More Teens Keep It In Their Pants

New data from 2002 show a remarkable decrease in sexual activity among teens since 1995. Today's AP story highlights a number of statistics, showing a major dropoff in sexual activity, especially among 15-17 year olds. The number of boys aged 15 to 17 who had intercourse dropped most precipitously, from 43% to 31%. The same figure for girls was 38% to 30%. Contrary to popular belief some 70% of juniors in high school are virgins.

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Posted by Chops at 2:17 PM

December 7, 2004

Remember Pearl Harbor

Today is December 7. We should remember Pearl Harbor as we do 9/11. Both attacks came out of clear blue skies early in the morning. In both cases the United States was at peace. Our enemies surprised us with known technologies used in unexpected ways. In both cases the attacks provoked a change in American security paradigms. Pearl Harbor was more a threat to the U.S. in traditional terms. The Japanese simultaneously followed up with attacks on the U.S. and others all over Asia. The expected follow up to September 11 never came, although we are still not sure how that story will end.

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Posted by Jack at 5:23 PM

December 6, 2004

Phony Optimism

Rather than comment on American Pundit's recent column over on the left, I decided to do some research and post a complete response to his claims about Social Security.

American Pundit writes that "mildly optimistic economic forecasts" show that Social Security is not facing a crisis. His "mildly optimistic" forecasters, however, are the liberal Century Foundation, and throw away their intellectual credibility by writing in the cited report, "Social Security is stronger today than it has been at any time in its history."

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Posted by Chops at 10:19 AM

December 3, 2004

Equality and Envy - Deadly Sins?

Of the seven deadly sins, envy is the only one that is never any fun for the person experiencing it. Maybe that is why it is so easily camouflaged as the virtue of seeking equality. You can predict a lot of a person's political behavior if you know where he stands on the liberty versus justice continuum, but within the equality component is a second distinction of envy versus justice, which may reveal even more insights into personality.

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Posted by Jack at 2:40 PM

December 2, 2004

killing infants

Partial birth abortion? How about after birth abortion?

Four times in recent months, Dutch doctors have pumped lethal doses of drugs into newborns they believe are terminally ill,

...Under the protocol, assisted infant deaths are investigated, but so far all of them have been determined to have been in the patients' best interests.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 4:52 PM