July 2005 Archives

July 29, 2005

Why Kelo Should Be A Comfort to Liberals

With the nomination of John Roberts to the Supreme Court, liberals remain breathless in their fear that the addition of Roberts to the Supreme Court will spell doom for Roe v. Wade. But the 2005 decision in Kelo v. City of New London should provide rest for the liberals running around like chickens with the heads cut off. Despite the arguments about the merits of Kelo, the foundational principles underlying the decision mean that Roe will probably survive the appointment of Roberts to the Court.

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Posted by Matt Johnston at 11:46 PM

July 28, 2005

The Party of Fiscal Responsibility

I am a registered Republican. And I am a member of the Party of Fiscal Responsibility. So, as Republicans have taken over the business of federal governance, I have become painfully aware of the unpleasant reality: the two are not the same.

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Posted by Chops at 1:20 PM

Rape a child, go to hell

Congress is working on new sex offender laws which, among other things, will require states to have a sex offender registry, create a five year federal prison sentence for those who fail to register, and create a national database of sex offenders.

It doesn't go far enough, frankly. If you rape a child you should be dead. Period.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 1:07 PM

July 26, 2005

Another Kick Up the Donkey's Behind

CHICAGO, July 24 (UPI) -- Four major labor unions plan to boycott the AFL-CIO convention in Chicago on Monday, the Financial Times reports.
The Teamsters, Service Employees International Union, United Food and Commercial Workers and Unite Here are unhappy with what they see as a loss of direction and too much money spent in Washington by an American labor power they regard as mired in the past.

Full story here.

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Posted by Krishan Kumra at 4:18 PM

Tired of the Rhetoric

I am so tired of all of the rhetoric surrounding the nomination of a new justice for the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Posted by Nathan Melton at 12:07 AM

July 25, 2005

Assimilation Nation <> Accommodation Nation

A few weeks ago, I picked up my local paper (Florida Today)... only to read how WKMG-Local 6 (Central Florida's local news station) began airing Spanish subtitles during its 6 p.m. newscast. They began doing this on July 11.

The reason?

Florida Today reports Central Florida "has experienced an increase in its Hispanic population."

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Posted by Mike Tate at 4:49 PM

July 24, 2005

Smart + Stupid = inequality

The seven components of success are birth, wealth, health, expertise, luck, appearance, and intelligence. Categories are not all inclusive and each can be leveraged to acquire or compensate for others - with one exception. Intelligence can leverage the others but cannot be leveraged by them. Beyond that, our society through its technology and organizations has been relentlessly devaluing all the others, leaving intelligence as dominant determiner of success.

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Posted by Jack at 9:11 PM

Fear Based on Fact

Ever been afraid of the dark before? You know, the monster under your bed or the bogeyman in your closet. We probably all have had this fear at one point in our life as a child. As you matured, you realized there was no monster hiding under your bed or in your closet. This was a fear not based on fact.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 11:09 AM

July 23, 2005

deeply troubled

If the cost and incompetence of renovating the corporeal element of our global redeemer is any indication, saving the rest of us is either not a priority or is going to cost us a whole lot more than we can really afford.

(Est.) New UN building: $1.5 billion.
Saving mankind: Priceless.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 4:25 AM

July 22, 2005

Double Standard

Remember the flap that occurred when soldiers in Iraq called Secretary Rumsfeld onto the carpet for Washington's shortcomings in running their war? Huge press. Enormous press. But when soldiers at Guantanamo give "a piece of their mind" to Senators Kennedy (D-MA) and Akaka (D-HI), the only mention is in the Washington Times. The rest of the press is silent on the issue.

Posted by Chops at 11:51 AM

Civil rights and catching stupid terrorists

I am impressed by the way the Brits are handling the recent attacks in London. They are much less PC than we are. Most terrorists are cognitively challenged, but it also helps that Brits have their priorities straight about privacy versus catching crooks. Authorities have pictures of the bad guys because they have cameras all around London. They are showing these electronic wanted posters to the public and demanding the support of all communities. As I watched the London Police Commissioner's press conference, it struck me on how this would be nearly impossible in the U.S. Think of the outcry about privacy, profiling etc.

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Posted by Jack at 11:00 AM

July 20, 2005

My Fortune Cookie for China Reads: Success and Prosperity in the Future

A robust, relatively young, ambitious, and capable population. Combine that with a fairly cohesive nation based on its homogenous population. The result: China.

Almost half way done is the construction of highways uniting the country.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 5:57 AM

July 18, 2005

Advise and Consent

The only role that the Senate has to play in the vacancy on the Supreme Court is an advisory role after the nomination has been made.

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Posted by Nathan Melton at 12:42 PM

Factory Jobs Gone Forever (Good)

The economic news is good. Economic growth is strong. Business analysts are upbeat. Productivity is high. How good things are demonstrated by the fact that some people feel bad about unemployment of only 5% (unemployment averaged 5.8 percent in the 1990s and 7.3 percent in the 1980s.) Manufacturing output in the U.S. is at an all time high. Despite all the good news, we will never see a return of manufacturing jobs. This is a sign of an improving economy.

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Posted by Jack at 10:24 AM

July 15, 2005

Deceit: Weapon of Choice

The dust has settled, and by now, the terrorists carrying out the attack on London have been identified. The most troubling aspect I've found was how three of the four seemed to be simply normal; nothing suspicious about them at all. Though not typical, this is not an isolated personality description of an eventual suicide bomber.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 9:44 PM

July 14, 2005

Will McCain's Movie Role Curtail His Political One?

Matt Drudge's breaking 'news' today that John McCain has an uncredited cameo in the raunchy comedy Wedding Crashers is, as a former coworker of mine would say, "more evidence for the prosecution". In McCain's case, it's more evidence that he's not personally committed to Christian values, despite his Beltway harangues about crass R-rated flicks. It may also mean he's not personally committed to becoming president. But I find that hard to believe.

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Posted by Chops at 4:23 PM

Bombs and Cough Medicine

We can walk in a store and buy bomb making materials off the shelf but we have to be monitored when purchasing cough medicine for our children.

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Posted by Dawn at 12:36 PM

Class Action

Class action Lawyers. Riding the metro yesterday I saw an interesting example of their work in the form of a poster looking for people who are lactose intolerant to sue milk producers. Whatever else you can say about milk, it has clearly been around a long time. The attributes of the product should surprise nobody. This attempt to create another class of payable victims is shameful. I won't include the webpage for the group. My family includes dairy farmers. If you want to rip them off, you will have to find the lawyers yourself.

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Posted by Jack at 9:37 AM

Roving reporters and the "Politics of Truth"

Who outed Valerie Plame? It's no secret; it's Joe Wilson! Joe Wilson outed his wife after sipping mint juleps beside a hotel pool (which he never left, by his own admission) in Niger. He outed his wife when he came back and went on a very public and partisan crusade against President Bush in the run up to war. Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame decided to play a cute partisan game and got burned. How many super-secret-CIA-operatives engage in public political battles and then cry wolf?

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 4:37 AM

July 12, 2005

Multiculturalism is no Threat

I have confidence in America. We are overcoming the PC view of tolerance and we will make Americans of immigrants as we always have. It just is not possible to maintain a multi-cultural society the way the PC guys advocate. You can have a dominant culture that tolerates the manifestations of some others. That's it and this is nothing new for America.

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Posted by Jack at 10:59 PM

July 11, 2005

Straitjacketed in this War on Terrorism

At my public high school, I'm constantly told to honor and celebrate diversity (my teacher has a huge rainbow with 'HONOR DIVERSITY' written across it). In the media, the West is constantly portrayed as brutal and racist towards its immigrant/illegal alien populations. We're reprimanded for being intolerant when we bar illegals from social services and drivers licenses or when illegal aliens die from thirst as they run across the border.

But elsewhere in the world, hyper-tolerance and "embracing diversity" is not practiced.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 2:36 PM

July 10, 2005

The Iron Triangle of Public Schools

Charter schools, voucher programs and other school choice options routinely receive criticism for their "abandonment" of public schools in favor of some alternative model of "consumer driven" education (with consumer driven always said with a sneer). Of course this is true, but the current crop of school leaders and Democrats need a lesson in market research from which they will learn how to improve the public school system.

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Posted by Matt Johnston at 11:00 PM

Free Trade, Free People, Prosperity and CAFTA

The goal is not to manage poverty. It is to help poor people provide for themselves (i.e. become not poor). In this respect, trade is better than aid. Intelligent people support free trade - in theory - but often oppose its practical manifestations. The benefits of trade are diffuse and come in the future, while costs are concentrated and immediate. Special interests can organize their constituencies around today's costs and ignore tomorrow's gains. It is misguided. For a good example, look at the attacks on CAFTA.

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Posted by Jack at 9:49 PM

July 9, 2005

Why I like the Brits

The brave reaction of the people of London and the UK reminded me of why I like the Brits. Much of what is good in our own country has its root there. And they still do some things better. Debates in Commons are often more edifying than those in our own legislatures. We still rely on our British cousins for much of our classier literature and more sophisticated entertainment. A posh British accent still impresses most Americans.

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Posted by Jack at 9:17 PM

July 6, 2005

You have the right to protest

You have the right to protest, but just because you can do something does not mean it is good. Watching the street theater protest (or shall we say "cow pasture theater") at the G-8 is not impressive. It is hard to know what they are protesting. Poverty? Globalization? Being stupid? All of these things? None of them? I always wonder how the anti-technology/anti-globalists manage to arrive at protests without using the global technologies they say they hate.

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Posted by Jack at 9:28 PM

July 3, 2005

Predictable Law

Our market economy thrives on innovation. Everybody wins when an entrepreneur creates a new and better product. Market economies are growing sum systems based on choice. Law - in contrast - is zero sum based on coercion. At least one of the parties doesn't want to be in court. Losers balance winners. Transaction costs make it negative sum. Law is strong medicine: use only when needed. Entrepreneurial lawyers are already overmedicating us. More legal innovation is a drug we don't need.

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Posted by Jack at 11:41 PM

July 1, 2005

Social Security - Better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness

The Social Security trust fund is a fraud. Today's SS surplus only helps government borrow stealthily and hide the true size of its spending. But it is not impossible for the Federal government to save for the future, as I believed. A couple of legislators proposed a plan that saves some of the surplus for the workers who earned it.

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Posted by Jack at 11:31 PM

Let's Fight the War to Win

President Bush received a lot of criticism for his speech on Iraq this week.

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Posted by Nathan Melton at 6:03 PM