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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:


Withdraw the troops. Dismantle the nuclear weapons. Scrap plans to build a provocative shield. Repeal sanctions against Iraq, Cuba, and other nations on the bad guy list. Withdraw from international agencies and mind our own business, while trading with the world.

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"

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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.

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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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.


It's necessary to establish a difference between experiments conducted for public research, which are essentially geared toward deepening our knowledge and evaluating the benefits and potential risks of GM crops, and private sector tests, which aim for research into productivity.

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"

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After reading Hooking Up Bruce

After reading Hooking Up Bruce Thorton is inspired to follow Tom Wolfe into the thick of the Culture Wars.


He illustrates what we need more of in the Culture Wars--hip, funny, mean commentators who won't let the other side, themselves quick to hurl question-begging epithets like "racist" and "sexist," hide behind the skirts of sensitivity and decorum. We have enough conservatives in the elegant, "Tweedy Prof mode." We need more warriors like Tom Wolfe who are willing to go thermonuclear on the commissars and fellow-travelers of intellectual tyranny.

"Making the Cinders Dance"

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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"

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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:


On the other hand, there is no more parochial place in America. Most of the city's intrigues, which can seem so compelling, count for little in the end.

Gigot will become the Wall Street Journal's editorial page editor.

"Farewell" [via Reductio]

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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"

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August 23, 2001

Put the ABM treaty on

Put the ABM treaty on the ash heap of history.

"US to Renounce ABM Treaty: Bush"

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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.

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Conservative, free-market financial news and

Conservative, free-market financial news and analysis has arrived with National Review Online Financial.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 01:47 PM | Comments (0)

Congrads to Kevin for tossing

Congrads to Kevin for tossing out pithy one-liners with his links for a year.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 01:41 PM | Comments (0)

Happy Birthday Blogger! (And Ev,

Happy Birthday Blogger! (And Ev, thanks to you too!)

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 01:06 PM | Comments (0)

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?

E.T. Special Edition rumor... [via InstaPundit]

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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:


The bottom line indisputable fact of business is that black Americans have made the greatest gains, over some of the highest hurdles, in a shorter span of time than any other racial group in mankind's history. That speaks well of the intestinal fortitude of a people, and it also speaks well of a nation in which such gains were possible.

"A Usable Black History" [via Reductio]

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Think of "The Challengers"--a Wall

Think of "The Challengers"--a Wall Street Journal project--as a webified version of reality television for MBAs.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 09:06 PM | Comments (0)

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"

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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."

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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.


To think that I was in a play with an alleged former SLA member takes some getting used to. Even after 26 years, the Symbionese Liberation Army still strikes a certain amount of terror in people's hearts. They were terrorist revolutionaries who were responsible for murder, kidnapping and armed bank robbery. Six of their members were massacred in a showdown with Los Angeles police on live television in 1974. To think that I am one degree of separation from that extremist organization is, well, kind of sexy.

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"

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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"

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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.

"Eco-Pragmatists" [via Reductio]

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August 21, 2001

Bill doesn't go crazy over

Bill doesn't go crazy over spam in his mailbox.


I used to get annoyed with spam. Now I just delete it, unread. Takes about 10 seconds each time I get my mail, and I get lots of spam. I'd rather spend that 10 seconds than have the feds in my e-mailbox.

Common sense trumps legislation.

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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"

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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"

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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'"

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August 18, 2001

Any compensation will just show

Any compensation will just show weakness to the Chinese communists.

"U.S. Payment To China Unjustified"

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Bill St. Clair: gun lover

Bill St. Clair: gun lover and U.N. hater.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 09:11 PM | Comments (0)

Here's a disturbing quote from

Here's a disturbing quote from a British embryologist when asked about doing research on human cloning:


There are plenty of people here [Great Britain] who would be interested. I have played around with embryos after hours.

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.

"Lawyer in Fresh Fight to Clone Dead Baby Son" [via Drudge]

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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.

"Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian Professor Suspended for Lying about Vietnam Combat" [via Drudge]

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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"

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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.

Mallard Fillmore

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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"

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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.

blogBuddy [via Evhead]

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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.

"Frankly Tasty"

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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"

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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!"

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Tibor Machan tells us the

Tibor Machan tells us the truth behind the Green movement:


They do not much like human beings and care little about how much pain their policies bring to them. But they are savvy enough to know that if they made this position clear on each occasion when it is relevant, they would lose their standing in the forums of civil discourse and would be seen for the hateful people they are.

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"

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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"

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A forgetable band calls it

A forgetable band calls it quits. No loss to the music world.

"Danish Aqua Pop Group to Disband -- Reports"

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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"

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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"

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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"

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August 12, 2001

This is not news, yet

This is not news, yet I'm blogging it.

"Gore Still Hasn't Shaved His Beard"

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August 11, 2001

Your tax dollars at work:

Your tax dollars at work:


A $6.2 million Pentagon experiment to let overseas soldiers vote by Internet last year netted just 84 ballots a cost of nearly $74,000 per voter.

"Military Net Vote: A Big Bust"

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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"

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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

"High-Wire Act"

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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

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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"

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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"

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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"

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Maureen Reagan, Godspeed. "Maureen Reagan

Maureen Reagan, Godspeed.

"Maureen Reagan Dies of Cancer at Age 60"

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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."

"Life Among the Rigs" [via Reductio]

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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.


I would contend, then, that violence in opposition to abortion ought to be rejected because the use of such violence, even though intended to save innocent lives, threatens to create a situation in which innocent life is even less secure than it is currently. The law, tragically and inexcusably, does not protect fetal human life. But we must ask whether that neglect authorizes private persons to exercise lethal force to prevent the evil. To answer affirmatively and to act accordingly would be effectively to destroy the social compact, in practice to authorize every citizen to kill to prevent whatever each one takes to be an injustice insufficiently addressed by law. If pro–lifers publicly assert and act on a right to kill abortionists, what is to stop their example from spreading to other activists for other causes, perhaps not as worthy, but nonetheless felt as worthy by those who profess them? If pro–lifers set the precedent, is it not to be expected that environmentalists, and animal rights activists, and population controllers, and euthanasiasts will follow it? Simply put, the private use of violence even in defense of innocent life will likely result in practice in rapidly growing anarchy, and hence in the untold loss of innocent life. This is not to oppose civil disobedience, a tactic which all these groups, including pro–lifers, have used. But civil disobedience, to remain "civil," must be nonviolent.

In order to achieve the good of national peace, then, we should be willing to coexist for a time with the evil of abortion. This, however, is emphatically not a case of doing evil that good may come, but merely of tolerating an evil for fear of an even worse evil; and much of traditional Christian moral teaching indicates that our leeway in considering consequences is much greater when our actions are not causing the evil directly. Thus, for example, a nation could not morally commit genocide to solve even the most serious problems, but it could legitimately decline to intervene to stop another nation’s genocide out of a reasonable fear that such an effort would in fact cause the genocide to spread. Indeed, the pro–life rejection of violence rests on even stronger grounds than these, for it is not so much a tolerance of the evil—after all, pro–lifers are and should be committed to doing everything possible within the law to bring the practice to a halt—as an unwillingness to resort to the most radical means to stop it.

"Serpents, Doves, and Abortion"

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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.

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Michael Long: Conservative who doesn't

Michael Long: Conservative who doesn't bash MTV.

"Not Satan, Not Really" [via jh3k]

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Tannette Johnson-Elie has a lousy

Tannette Johnson-Elie has a lousy idea: affirmative action for Wisconsin State Fair vendors. She writes:


But if the state wants to reach out to minority vendors at State Fair, it ought to consider making microloans available to minorities who need the up-front money to exhibit.

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"

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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"

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August 06, 2001

Steven Horowitz makes a key

Steven Horowitz makes a key point in his defense of free trade.


The key to free trade's liberating role is that those who possess capital are able to bring that capital to workers who lack it, which in turn raises their productivity and enhances their earning power.

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"

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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.

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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"

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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"

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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"

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