Liberalism Reaches Its End by Making People Get Off of Theirs

Well, at least prohibiting people from sitting on the streets, as San Francisco just did: A new law targeting those who hang out, and lie down, on the sidewalks and streets of San Francisco has some asking whether this city, known for its "love thy neighbour" attitude, has perhaps decided some neighbours aren't welcome. In …

Wikileaks Reveals the Obvious: The Saudis Knew of Iran's Objectives, and Wanted the U.S. To Do Something About It

Back in 2006, I stated the following: Last year we stated that Iran’s greater objective than wiping Israel off of the map was to take control of both sides of the Persian Gulf, which would include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and the other Gulf states. Such an assesment was and is a minority view, …

Hitchens vs. Blair: The Result Depends Upon the Premises

It's not surprising that the Guardian has trumpeted the result of the Munk Debate in Toronto as Hitchens 1 Blair 0.   (For a more reasonable take on the debate, one should turn to His Grace.)  The results of the polls aren't surprising either; Hitchens went into the debate with a lead amongst those polled, and …

Living on Z (Zionist) Street: The IRS Takes a Hard Look at Religious and Political Beliefs

I first saw this story on Politico, but when Rubin on Tax took it up I knew it was serious: According to pleadings filed in a civil action, Z Street is a nonprofit organization which educates the public about Zionism, and about the State of Israel and its battle with terror.  As a nonprofit educational …

Now He Tells Us: Al Gore Admits Corn Ethanol Not Such a Good Idea

It took long enough: Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore said support for corn-based ethanol in the United States was "not a good policy", weeks before tax credits are up for renewal. U.S. blending tax breaks for ethanol make it profitable for refiners to use the fuel even when it is more expensive than gasoline. The …

There are Good Reasons Why the Obama Administration Doesn't Prosecute People for Torture

David Cole at the New York Review of Books (along with many other on the left) would like to see some prosecutions: In the face of overwhelming evidence that numerous US detainees were tortured during the Bush years, President Barack Obama has famously said he wants to “look forward, not back.” He prohibited the use …

Roundabouts, the Next Redneck Personal Challenge

The Old Grey Lady catches up with a new reality in the U.S.: Traffic is going in circles. Armed with mounting data showing that roundabouts are safer, cheaper to maintain and friendlier to the environment, transportation experts around the country are persuading communities to replace traditional intersections with them. Appearances notwithstanding, roundabouts, such as the …

TSA Strip Searches: The Old "B&O" Is Looking Better Than Ever

The recent fracas over the strip searches (that's what they amount to, no matter how they're done) the TSA has instituted for the flying public in the U.S. reminded me of something I posted a long time ago. My family business celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1952 with a celebration in Chicago.  One of my …

Does Hillary Clinton Care if the Christians in Iraq are Wiped Out?

It sure doesn't look like it: Now that a new government has finally formed, it is time for Maliki to switch his focus from trying to remain prime minister to fulfilling his duty as head of state to protect the most vulnerable among his population. But let’s be honest—without enormous pressure from his backers in …

TSA Gearing Up for Trade Union Election

As if the flap over full body scans--physical and otherwise--wasn't enough, the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is about to have elections for union representation: The Federal Labor Relations Authority on Friday accepted a petition from the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Treasury Employees Union to hold an election to determine which group …

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