February 2005 Archives

February 28, 2005

What Makes A Lead Story?

I turn on the news at the top of the hour to find out what is happening in the world. We are given teases of stories from around the world, BIG stories. The news goes to a break and comes back only to lead with ....

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Posted by Dawn at 3:19 PM

Arming the world

Led by the French, the EU will probably soon drop the arms embargo it (and the U.S.) imposed on China in response to the Tiananmen massacre. This embargo is one of the few things anyone did to protest the brutality of the crackdown and it is the only concrete thing that anyone is still doing. Human rights in China have not improved much, so why the urgent need to drop the embargo? Money. The merchants of death around old Europe feel there is a lot of money to be made. They are right. But U.S. producers see this market too, so why the transatlantic divergence?

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Posted by Jack at 12:46 PM

You can't curse on your cellphone?

Call me a...well don't call me on my cellphone. Sometime back, Flying Hedgehogs reported that in reading the fine print of her cellphone manual, she found that profanity and indecent language were prohibited due to FCC rules. (This puts a new light on state/local rules against cellphone use while driving, maybe they are actually trying to protect one against federal prosecution!)

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Posted by Matthew Hogan at 10:43 AM

February 25, 2005

Freedom

People on this blog accused me of being the last man standing who would defend the Bush Iraq policy. Although this wasn't true, it would not have bothered me if it were. I kept on saying, "Wait until after the elections to judge." That time has come.

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Posted by Jack at 1:33 PM

Literal Blasts from the Past: Firearms, Freedom, and our Sinful Past

This nice (and well-linked) story in Reason centered around our nation's sinful history of racial violence rounds out my trilogy of posts on Second Amendment-related freedoms. I could make an argument of my own, or cite the author, but let's let an historical figure say it best: "In the last analysis, lynching of Negroes is going to stop in the South when the cowardly mob is faced by effective guns in the hands of people determined to sell their [lives] dearly." -- W.E.B. Dubois. And history may have backed him up.

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 12:44 AM

February 24, 2005

Lebanon Round-Up

Everyone is positing and posturing in the wake of successful nonviolent protests (photos) in Beirut. Lebanese patriots hope that the assassination (photos) of former premier Rafiq Hariri will not be in vain. Syria and its Lebanese clients hope this will all go away.

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Posted by Chops at 4:38 PM

February 23, 2005

An earlier form of liberalism

Ronald Reagan started out as a Democrat and admired FDR. When asked why he left the party, Reagan said that the party left him. Worthy causes often overshoot their goals and committed people rarely know when they succeed and its time to stop pushing. It is also hard for them to recognize when they have been running down blind alleys or when conditions have changed such that the solution they were after is no longer appropriate, or that every solution creates a problem. Successful revolutionaries turn reactionary almost as sure as night follows day, but they cannot see it in their self-imposed darkness

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Posted by Jack at 12:21 PM

February 21, 2005

Left wing fascism

Is fascism purely a 'right-wing' enterprise? Popular usage would indicate yes, but if we look at what the policies and practices of fascism actually are one can make the case that it has far more in common with the left-wing.

In fact, it might surprise you to know that the policies of the New Deal are in fact 'fascist' in nature.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 7:23 PM

February 18, 2005

A Rational Profile of Gun Owners & the Bias Against Them

The reports of this recent study not only up-end dopey stereotypes of gun owners, but show that the bias against them is a hurdle blocking rational debate among the academic classes. "One colleague [of the ethnographer] said she was performing a 'social service by researching "such disgusting people."' Another said that unless Kohn acknowledged the 'inherent pathology' of gun enthusiasm, she was disrespecting victims of gun violence."

Posted by Matthew Hogan at 8:54 AM

February 14, 2005

"US Soldiers target journalists for death!"

Ever wonder exactly how skewed your news might be? Well, imagine the chief CNN news executive saying that journalists are being purposely tortured and assassinated by US soldiers. How might such a belief frame how news in Iraq is covered? It's another example of how extreme partisanship is corrupting your news coverage.

Eason Jordan resigns.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 12:05 AM

February 11, 2005

Resistance Is Futile

This post offers a Republican counterpoint to Dan Spencer's article below. Spencer, like many Republicans, is glad to see the Federal government stepping in to address illegal immigration, which such "news" figures as Lou Dobbs of CNN have taken up as a pet issue. However, the bill does not stop at thwarting illegal immigrants; it proceeds to regulate the entirety of the American populace in one deft move.

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Posted by Chops at 12:45 PM

House Approves Immigration Bill

The Associated Press reports that the House of Representatives approved Congressman James Sensenbrenner's Real ID Act of 2005, H.R.418 by a 261-161 vote.

The legislation will force the states to make sure they're not granting driver's licenses to illegal aliens, allow the federal government to complete a controversial fence on the border with Mexico, regardless of environmental concerns, and grant judges broader power to deport political asylum seekers.

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Posted by Dan Spencer at 12:05 PM

February 10, 2005

Iraqi bloggers weigh in

Lest we forget too soon about the Iraq elections, I'd like to draw attention to a few personal accounts from January 30.

Ali, Husayn, "Hammorabi", Raed, and the popular "Iraq the Model" site present differing viewpoints on the elections.

Thanks to WSJ Online for the links.

Posted by Gandhi at 11:04 AM

multiculturalism, anti-Americanism, and the meaning of peace

Torture. The last four years of Bush have been pure torture. Listening to self-professed progressives and (pr)oponents of peace rant, rave, and howl at the moon, er, oval office has not been easy for me... Who am I kidding--it's been great!

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:37 AM

February 9, 2005

Exhortation--On Torture and the Bush Administration

Well here is the post I never wanted to have to write.  I have noted before that I am in the odd position of being a conservative writer with a mostly liberal audience.  I'm usually ok with that, but sometimes I want to direct my writing to a conservative or Republican audience.  There has been a drip, drip, drip that we have mostly ignored.  It does us no credit to continue.  There are many sources for this information, but the New Yorker has an excellent overview.

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February 8, 2005

MidEast Peace

It is a hopeful day in the Middle East. A summit is being held to try and end the violence.

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Posted by Dawn at 7:43 AM

February 4, 2005

Degrading America - Part 2

CNN has reported a disturbing account of a three-star General's comments on how it was fun to shoot enemy combatants. No doubt, this is an embarrassing account of a distinguished soldier's loose tongue, but the context in which the remarks were delivered might have made his slip somewhat more excusable. But unfortunately, this isn't the first time that General Mattis has made a feature presentation in the news.

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Posted by Gandhi at 12:05 AM