August 31, 2001
Anarchy Lew correctly realizes that
Anarchy Lew correctly realizes that anti-globalization protesters are just Communists and Socialists who like to cause civil unrest at international confabs. However, his solution to defeat them is astonishing:
Sure, a re-evaluation of the need for some U.S. forces overseas is desparately needed. The same can be said for economic sanctions. But when it comes to nuclear weapons and a missile defense, Anarchy Lew couldn't be more wrong. Rockwell seems to be following the line that possessing nuclear weapons causes instability instead of Ronald Reagan's successful strategy of "Peace through strength." I highly doubt the Soviet Communists would have called an end to their quest for world domination if the U.S. would have unilaterally agreed to dismantle their nukes. Nuclear weapons were a needed tool for continued U.S. existence.
Missile defense is also needed for defense. It would be immoral for the U.S. government to not make a serious attempt to protect its citizens from possible nuclear attack. As technology brings about new ways to destroy life and property, technology also brings about new ways to counter attacks. It's odd that a defender of the Second Amendment like Rockwell would advocate not properly defending our nation.
According to Rockwell's thinking, the British should have sank their small fleet instead of standing up to the Spanish Armada. Maybe George Washington and the Founding Fathers should have dropped their muskets instead of rebelling against the British Empire. To Rockwell, War only leads to expanded government and diminished individual freedom. I wish Anarchy Lew's idyllic free trade world existed, but it doesn't. Powerful weapons and the will to use them are needed in a world where occasionally only brute force is listened to.
"The New Communism"
August 30, 2001
Yesterday, I finally bought a
Yesterday, I finally bought a DVD player along with a copy of the gorgeous Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Has anyone used Netflix? It looks like a great concept, and I have heard only good things third-hand. If you've rented from them, drop me a note and tell me what you think of them.
Avrum Lank notices the schizophrenic
Avrum Lank notices the schizophrenic politics in Wisconsin. State officials went after Wal-Mart for selling milk at too low a price, while Congressmen and Senators fight to dismantle the New England Dairy pact that keeps milk prices high out East.
"Price Controls Bad for Consumers"
If you're living in the
If you're living in the Midwest, you've noticed that gas prices have creeped close to $2 a gallon. This is because there was a fire at a Citgo refinery. It could take up to six months to fix it. The EPA is doing the sensible thing by temporarily releaving Citgo of some environmental regulations so it can get more oil out on the market. But here's the nasty fine print: Citgo will pay the government about 13 cents a gallon to "offset any competitive advantage the company may have." Other gasoline companies are happy, but consumers are left with an empty feeling in their pocketbooks.
"EPA Moves to Increase Midwest Gasoline Supply"
August 29, 2001
Here's my token Condit link.
Here's my token Condit link. With fellow Democrats speaking ill of him and his own family opposed to any re-election campaign, it's only a matter of time before Condit resigns. Then it will be good riddance to a sleazy Congressman.
"Condit Children Quit Political Jobs"
August 28, 2001
Our crass ex-President went bikini
Our crass ex-President went bikini shopping. For whom the two bikinis were for I don't know and don't want to know. Imagining Hillary Clinton in a thong could give me a week's worth of sleepless nights. ICK!
"Bill Clinton Goes Bikini Shopping in Rio"
August 27, 2001
President Bush's attempt at streamlining
President Bush's attempt at streamlining government will probably be a futile as attempts by Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and AlGore, but the ideas are worth considering.
Here's an idea that should seriously be considered: install Linux-based systems in government offices. Largo, Florida city government is saving time and money with open source software.
"Bush Plan Could Cut Federal Workers"
"Secretaries Use Linux, Taxpayers Save Millions"
The dirty little secret is
The dirty little secret is that there is no big pot of money labled Social Security Surplus. The excess funds that aren't needed to pay current SS recipients are being used to pay down debt. On the books, it may appear that the government is dipping into SS, but there was no money there to begin with.
"CBO Sees Budget Tapping Social Security"
August 26, 2001
French environmental terrorists destroyed fields
French environmental terrorists destroyed fields of GM maize. These attacks will continue because the French government is sympathetic to the terrorists.
In true socialistic fashion, Agriculture Minister Jean Glavany can't understand that private sector actions benefit the public good.
Isn't "research into productivity" "deepening our knowledge"? I guess not when it's possible that someone could make some money from it.
"French Activists Destroy More Crop Test Sites"
After reading Hooking Up Bruce
After reading Hooking Up Bruce Thorton is inspired to follow Tom Wolfe into the thick of the Culture Wars.
"Making the Cinders Dance"
Krauthammer is right when he
Krauthammer is right when he points out that there is no real Social Security trust fund, but he gets a little Keynesian at the end.
"No Lock, No Box"
August 25, 2001
Paul Gigot ends his 13
Paul Gigot ends his 13 year run as columnist from Washington with this bit of wisdom about our nation's capital:
Gigot will become the Wall Street Journal's editorial page editor.
August 24, 2001
President Bush reaches for the
President Bush reaches for the stars in his pick of Air Force general Richard Myers to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Myers is a former head of the Air Force's Space Command.
"Bush Names Hi-Tech Arms Expert New Military Chief"
August 23, 2001
Put the ABM treaty on
Put the ABM treaty on the ash heap of history.
"US to Renounce ABM Treaty: Bush"
My referrer logs have spoken
My referrer logs have spoken so I'm listening. Many of you have found TAM while looking for information on Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist. To satisfy your appetite, I'm linking to a series of articles Lomborg recently wrote for the Guardian. I consider him another Julian Simon, only Lomborg is left-of-center and a former member of Greenpeace. His book won't be released until September, but it's already the most controversial book of 2001.
"Take a Deep Breath... Air Quality is Getting Better"
"Yes, It Looks Bad, But..."
"Driven to Extinction: a Specious Theory"
"Running on Empty?"
"Why Kyoto Will not Stop This"
The collection is also available as a single pdf file.
Conservative, free-market financial news and
Conservative, free-market financial news and analysis has arrived with National Review Online Financial.
Congrads to Kevin for tossing
Congrads to Kevin for tossing out pithy one-liners with his links for a year.
Happy Birthday Blogger! (And Ev,
It's only a rumor, but
It's only a rumor, but if true, then Steven Spielberg is going over the PC deep end and into Stalinistic revisionist history. The rumor is that the reissue of E.T. will have all guns digitally removed. AICN says it well when they write, "All of a sudden, dramatic tension will not be what it once was..." Would Elliot be as scared during the police raid, if the officers didn't have guns?
August 22, 2001
To those that think black
To those that think black conservatives/libertarians are full of self-hatred because of their skin color, I offer this quote from economist Walter Williams:
"A Usable Black History" [via Reductio]
Think of "The Challengers"--a Wall
Think of "The Challengers"--a Wall Street Journal project--as a webified version of reality television for MBAs.
Israel Kirzner's latest book seeks
Israel Kirzner's latest book seeks to explain and clarify the ideas of Ludwig von Mises--the second greatest economist of the 20th Century (just behind F. A. Hayek).
"Mises Expounded and Defended"
Do parents who file wrongful-birth
Do parents who file wrongful-birth lawsuits know the meaning of unconditional love? How will they explain to their kids that since they weren't perfect at birth, they wish they weren't even born?
If abortion weren't considered a legal and acceptable option, these lawsuits wouldn't even exist. The Law of Unintended Consequences strikes again.
"Meet the 'Wrongful-Birth' Bar."
Vicki Cain performed in plays
Vicki Cain performed in plays along side Sara Jane Olson, aka Kathleen Soliah. Soliah (Cain calls her her "comrade") was arrested in 1999 for taking part in planting bombs in 1975. Cain almost has an orgasm when she realizes how close to terrorism she was.
She wants bygones to be bygones and to just forget about Soliah's terrorist escapades. For Cain, that would be taking the "high road."
What Cain doesn't care about is accountability and responsiblity. Whether it was two months or 25 years since the crime took place, Soliah must be held accountable. Cain points out that nobody was hurt because no bomb ever went off ("After all, no one was injured, and there wasn't even any property damage."), but it wasn't the intention of Soliah and the SLA to plant a dud bomb. They wanted it to explode and cause damage and death. Soliah must be tried for such a blatant act of terrorism.
Would Cain have a different opinion if she were the wife or sister of the officer under whose car the bomb was planted? She never saw the radical terroist Soliah. She only saw the actor, political activist, reader to the blind, and hot dish maven. She never tries to defend Soliah's innocence. She isn't even angry that Soliah lied about her past to her friends and neighbors. Cain just doesn't care if Soliah was an member of a group whose goal was the violent overthrow of the U.S. government. She just wants to ignore her friend's anti-American past because she never saw that side of Soliah.
"The Actress I Knew"
It's official, if Russia can't
It's official, if Russia can't make a deal over missile defense, the U.S. will withdraw from the ABM treaty and build it anyway. National defense must trump any outdated treaty.
"U.S. to Quit ABM if Russia Talks Fail"
I'm right there with Kevin.
I'm right there with Kevin. The Nature Conservancy understands that private property, capitalism, and sensible land management protect the environment and the bottom line.
Forget calling The Nature Conservancy pragmatists. They understand human behavior and institutions much better than their socialist brethern.
August 21, 2001
Bill doesn't go crazy over
Bill doesn't go crazy over spam in his mailbox.
Common sense trumps legislation.
James Taylor (not the lame,
James Taylor (not the lame, whimpy singer) raped and tried to kill a little girl near Fond du Lac, WI. Sunday night, Taylor hanged himself in his prision cell. I have little sympathy for him because of the horrific pain he imposed on the eight-year old. However, I'm disturbed at the glee of some people who have called to talk radio. It sounds simplistic, but all human life is precious, even that of the evil James Taylor. To passionately cheer over his death illustrates society's comtempt for some human life.
"Accused Molester's Suicide Confirmed"
August 20, 2001
Thomas Sowell wonders if some
Thomas Sowell wonders if some people will cry racism if Barry Bonds breaks Mark McGuire's single-season home run record.
"Barry Bonds' Great Season"
August 19, 2001
Adam Smith wasn't the pure
Adam Smith wasn't the pure laissez-faire libertarian some would like to believe. You can come to this conclusion by reading Smith yourself or trust Alan Krueger's column.
"Rediscovering 'The Wealth of Nations'"
August 18, 2001
Any compensation will just show
Any compensation will just show weakness to the Chinese communists.
"U.S. Payment To China Unjustified"
Bill St. Clair: gun lover
Bill St. Clair: gun lover and U.N. hater.
Here's a disturbing quote from
Here's a disturbing quote from a British embryologist when asked about doing research on human cloning:
Yeah, after I come back from the pub, I love poking and prodding at unborn children just for kicks. For this scientist, human life isn't sacred, it's just something to play with after quaffing a couple pints.
August 17, 2001
Mount Holyoke College defends the
Mount Holyoke College defends the integrity of the university while also holding Pulitzer Prize-winner Joseph Ellis accountable for his lies about military service.
In Eau Claire, WI, the
In Eau Claire, WI, the price for killing a newborn baby is 100 hours of community service. Judge Eric Wahl ordered that punishment for a 16-year old girl and also suggested that she quit smoking and not drink a lot of soda. The prosecutor isn't off the hook either. District Attorney Rick White was happy with the judge's decision because, "[t]he primary goal was not to punish this young lady, it was to hold her accountable for what happened."
Abortion, assisted suicide, embryonic stem-cell research, and infanticide are all made out of the same cloth. For almost a generation, we have witnessed the declining respect for human life. Too many accept senseless human killing while actually encouraging it when it becomes convenient. Many people get more outraged when a dog is killed than when a child in allowed to freeze to death.
"Girl Won't Face Detention in Baby's Death"
August 16, 2001
The NAACP is offensive--not because
The NAACP is offensive--not because the term "colored people" is in their name--because it abuses historical black oppression to prey upon white guilt. With this, they call for more statist policies that do more harm than good. Shelby Steele and John McWhorter have written that racism is not the primary barrier to black achievment. Embracing middle class values (respect for law, private property ownership, investment in education) have already lifted many blacks from poverty. The NAACP should praise this instead of attacking President Bush and complaining about the lack of diversity in the television industry.
With the help of the
With the help of the national party, Bret Schundler may surprise everyone by winning the New Jersey governor's election.
"Ruling May Aid Schundler Campaign"
blogBuddy is a small, fast
blogBuddy is a small, fast program that sits on your personal computer. After using it for just a few posts, I'm hooked.
I didn't get a chance
I didn't get a chance to grab a corn dog at the State Fair, but I'm sure I can find something to satisfy my canine craving in one of these shops.
August 15, 2001
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg will be
Dr. Bjorn Lomborg will be driven from respectiblity in Left-wing circles. Why? Because he's an environmentalist who doesn't buy the world-is-doomed scare tactics of the modern Green movement.
"Bjorn Lomborg: A Chipper Environmentalist"
KRISPY KREME IS COMING! KRISPY
KRISPY KREME IS COMING! KRISPY KREME IS COMING!
"West Allis, Wisconsin! a href="http://www.krispykreme.com/opening1_WI.htm">Krispy Kreme is Bringing the HOT Light!"
Tibor Machan tells us the
Tibor Machan tells us the truth behind the Green movement:
That's why environmentalists fight against farmers in the West in the name of protecting endangered species while keeping silent when a shark was killed to save a boy's arm.
"Shark v. Boy’s Arm"
Why is the media making
Why is the media making a big deal over President Bush's month-long "working" vacation in Crawford, TX? Because many reporters call it his "home to the wasteland." Bush knows the media trapped in the town of 705 don't want to be there when he told them, "I know a lot of you wish you were in the East Coast, lounging on the beaches, sucking in the salt air. But when you're from Texas - and love Texas - this is where you come home."
"No Grocery, $5 Haircuts - and the Bush Ranch"
A forgetable band calls it
A forgetable band calls it quits. No loss to the music world.
"Danish Aqua Pop Group to Disband -- Reports"
August 14, 2001
Rush will do it if
Rush will do it if the price is right, and it might send Larry King to an early grave.
"CNN in Discussions with Rush Limbaugh"
In the early 80s, I
In the early 80s, I remember countless Saturday afternoons watching Earl Anthony school everyone in the PBA. I will never forget the man who looked like Ward Cleaver with glasses.
"Anthony Considered Winningest PBA Bowler"
August 13, 2001
In a New York Times
In a New York Times op-ed, President Bush reiterates his reasons for limited federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.
"Stem Cell Science and the Preservation of Life"
August 12, 2001
This is not news, yet
This is not news, yet I'm blogging it.
"Gore Still Hasn't Shaved His Beard"
August 11, 2001
Your tax dollars at work:
Your tax dollars at work:
"Military Net Vote: A Big Bust"
An item in the Wisconsin
An item in the Wisconsin state budget is being justly ridiculed by Matt Drudge. Unless Gov. Scott McCallum (R-WI) vetoes it, Wisconsin taxpayers will provide voice mail for the homeless.
"Homeless Voice Mail in Budget"
August 10, 2001
President Bush's decision to fund
President Bush's decision to fund limited research on embryonic stem-cells is being criticised by pro-life groups and the "don't-interfere-with-science" crowd. Such responses may seem that Bush pulled off an almost King Solomon-like compromise. But looking at this more closely, pro-lifers (like myself) should be happy. His decision isn't perfect. While allowing federal funding on existing embryonic stem-cell lines makes sense because the "life and death decision has already been made," it's still uncomfortable because the cells are the result of an immoral process. More importantly, the government won't pay for the additional slaughter of embryos for their stem cells. Pro-lifers should be pleased; their worst nightmare of federal funding with no strings attatched was in their sights.
Remarks by the Presidnet on Stem Cell Research
The Communist Chinese obviously consider
The Communist Chinese obviously consider the United States to be a threat. If they didn't, then they wouldn't have tried to influence our Presidential and Congressional elections. We already know about Johnny Chung pouring Communist cash into the Clinton/Gore campaign, but the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence informs us that Congress was also in the sights of the Chinese. The People's Republic of China (PRC) had an official plan to influence "the U.S. political process applied to various political office holders or candidates at the local, state, and federal level."
While all this was discovered, few of our leaders, including the Bush White House, made any attempt to block the 2008 Olympics from being held in Bejing. The last thing you want to do with a thug is not hold it accountable for its uncivilized actions.
"Report: China Had Covert Plan for 1996 Elections"
Activities of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, 1999-2000
August 09, 2001
Along with the rest of
Along with the rest of the nation, I await President Bush's decision on federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research.
"Bush Will Address Nation on Federal Stem-Cell Funding"
August 08, 2001
This is the same state
This is the same state that elected Hillary Clinton U.S. Senator.
"State Can't Bridge The Distance"
Here's more on my discourse
Here's more on my discourse over embryonic stem-cell research:
Bill, links to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) who opposes federal funding and a federal ban on human cloning and stem cell research. Paul grounds his view on a strict reading of the constitution. Paul writes, "Congress forgets that the Constitution grants only certain limited powers to federal lawmakers, reserving all other matters for the states under the 10th Amendment." His solution is to let states and local governments pass their own laws on this sensitive issue.
"Government Cannot Mandate Solutions to Ethical Dilemmas"
Maureen Reagan, Godspeed. "Maureen Reagan
Maureen Reagan, Godspeed.
"Maureen Reagan Dies of Cancer at Age 60"
Gov. Frank Keating (R-OK) knows
Gov. Frank Keating (R-OK) knows that responsible oil drilling isn't devastating to his state and won't destroy ANWR. Keating writes that Oklahomans have lived in "harmony with more than 100,000 oil and gas wells."
Carson Holloway makes a very
Carson Holloway makes a very persuasive defense of why pro-lifers should reject violence in the pursuit of their goals.
"Serpents, Doves, and Abortion"
August 07, 2001
USA Today/CNN/Gallup polled Americans on
USA Today/CNN/Gallup polled Americans on their views of embryonic stem-cell research. Someone should ask this question in a poll: Do you think federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research is constitutional? I would guess a majority would say yes, but I can't find where in the constitution it says that.
Michael Long: Conservative who doesn't
Michael Long: Conservative who doesn't bash MTV.
Tannette Johnson-Elie has a lousy
Tannette Johnson-Elie has a lousy idea: affirmative action for Wisconsin State Fair vendors. She writes:
I'm sure there are plenty of white vendors who would also love to have a try at the state fair too. Why base this idea just on skin color? How about microloans for them as well?
"State Fair Needs Diversity All Around"
CNN thought 30 minutes was
CNN thought 30 minutes was just too much to cover the world of news. Yesterday, CNN Headline News transformed into a Bloomberg box with an even shorter attention span. They now claim they can cover the world in 15 minutes. The bottom third of the screen is crammed with stock quotes, regional news headlines, and a tiny weather map. The talking head is in the upper right-hand area of the screen while to the left are info nuggets of the current story along with dumb quips like "Drop that Remote!" But why bother when you'll get all the news you need in 15 minutes. Think of this new change as CNN news at an MTV pace. Maybe I'm just getting old, but from first impressions I will be using the Net even more to get my news fix.
"CNN Clutters TV Screen by Copying Web Design"
August 06, 2001
Steven Horowitz makes a key
Steven Horowitz makes a key point in his defense of free trade.
Violent anti-trade luddites need to recognize that free trade isn't exploitative but it's a means of lifting more people out of abject poverty.
"Free Trade and the Climb out of Poverty"
August 02, 2001
Sometime in the next 10
Sometime in the next 10 days, I will be stuffing my face with a yummy, sweet cream puff. That's because the Wisconsin State Fair is off and running.
Ross Mackenzie fills us in
Ross Mackenzie fills us in on Bill Clinton's activities for the past few months.
"Bill is Back and Ready for Action"
With a new $100 million
With a new $100 million contract, Whitney Houston should be able to find a really good brownie recipe
"Whitney Houston Inks $100M Deal"
August 01, 2001
Think Gary Condit would have
Think Gary Condit would have a troublesome Congressional campaign in 2002? Then consider William Kennedy Smith who had his own problems with women. He would have been a shoo-in in Massachusettes because those voters have experience electing a killer. But no late-night tv jokes over this one because Smith decided not to run for Congress.
"William Kennedy Smith Rules Out 2002 Congress Run"