ARCHIVE – 2005

Eminent Domain Abuse — Again

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The Indianapolis Star reports on yet another eminent domain abuse case: This time, a family business that has been operating since 1938 is being threatened so a sports stadium can have a larger parking lot. Hat tip: Radley Balko ...
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Tax-Subsidized Lobbying on Social Security

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Writing for the National Legal and Policy Center, John Carlisle describes how the main group opposing Social Security rescue and modernization received over $80 million from five federal departments last year ...
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NCPA: Reducing Retirement Age

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The National Center for Policy Analysis takes a look at a National Bureau of Economic Research study on the fiscal implications, in 12 countries, of raising hte retirement age. Amazingly, they are discussing raising it only to 65 ...
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Unnatural Fear of Orange

The Russian government, apparently, is afraid of the color orange. And to think we once thought of the Russian state as a superpower ...
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Advantages of Nuclear Power – A Debate

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Those interested in energy development, energy independence, clean energy and/or global warming may be interested in a debate about the advantages and feasibility of nuclear energy ongoing presently in Scientific American and the Chicago Sun-Times. Writing in the December Scientific American (go here for a pdf of the article sent ...
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Mrs. Victor Yushchenko

Every now and then, I read something in the newspaper that really knocks my socks off, and this is one of those times. I just read John Fund's On the Trail column in the Wall Street Journal and learned that an old friend of mine, with whom I had lost ...
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Surprise of the Year

From Haaretz.com on December 26, this headline on an AP story: "Russian Agency Okays State's Purchase of Yukos." What were the odds? ...
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“Mr. Rumsfeld, I Want You To Know…”

Wow. This is not the Don Rumsfeld we see on TV. And the young soldier who spoke to him, well, that's why I wrote "wow." ...
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A Soldier’s Holiday Essay

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Joe Roche writes: It is Christmas time, Hanukah, and the New Year is just around the corner. I ask you to think of our soldiers and how our Republic gives us such virtue in serving our nation. I have spent this time of year deployed in Baghdad and I can ...
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A Lesbian Fixation

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Young America's Foundation has posted a list of America's "most bizarre and politically correct college courses." Like Howard Stern, the American university system seems to have a fixation on Lesbians ...
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Polar Express and Jim Glassman’s Secret Warm Spot

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Jim Glassman doesn't care for the children's Santa Claus movie "Polar Express," but our three kindergarteners love it (which is somewhat ironic, since the screenwriter for Polar Express once sent a less-than-warm letter to this blog). One of my sons even asked for sneakers with "Polar Express" characters on them ...
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Tossing $930 Million Down a Rat Hole

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From Peyton Knight: The World Bank has agreed to pay two Chinese chemical companies $930 million in exchange for the companies' promise to reduce their future greenhouse gas emissions in the name of fighting global warming.The two companies apparently have agreed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 19 million ...
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Yushchenko: Is Alcohol His Poison?

As Ukraine prepares for yet another presidential election Sunday, CodeBlueBlog remains convinced that opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko's disfigurement is not a straightforward case of dioxin poisoning. Worth a read, if you are following the story ...
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‘Who’s Your Baby?’ Reality Show Probably Inevitable

Now that Fox is turning adoption into a reality show with its unfortunate 'Who's Your Daddy?' (should be called: 'Who's Your Sperm Donor'? -- real Daddies father ["father" is a verb]) reality show, I predict we'll soon see an even worse development. That is, a reality show in which newborn ...
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Voting Against Us in the UN

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Human Events Online has a list of the ten countries that vote against us the most in the United Nations ...
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Loving Laurie Fenner

Received the following succinct e-mail from one Laurie C. Fenner today: "EAT MY S___ LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!" (I deleted the expletive.) The topic that has her enraged is unknown. A quick google of her email address, [email protected], finds one entry: A public exhortation that Christ "asked us only to LOVE!" We love ...
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Black History Month: Making It Superfluous

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While I appreciate the logic behind Morgan Freeman's opinion of Black History Month, I believe the point of that particular commemoration is to make sure black history gets covered at all. However, if we were to teach history (all history) rigorously in this country, which we do not now do, ...
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The Fight Goes On

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This is very disappointing. The murdered sailor, Robert Stethem, was only 22 when he was killed -- singled out by terrorists because he served in the U.S. military. Thanks to the Hezbollah hijackers who hijacked TWA Flight 847, he died in pain and missed nearly all his adult life. Debbie ...
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Men of the Years

Men of the Years 2004, 2000, 1941, 1934, 1932, 1949 and 1940 and, in my opinion (and Ed Haislmaier's), photo of the year. (Reuters photo by Larry Downing reprinted here with permission -- aka, I paid for permission, nice and legal.) ...
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I saw a bizarre bumpersticker on a car today. It read: "How Dare You Presume I'm Christian?" My first thought: Some people just can't handle compliments. My second: How egotistical do you have to be to assume that the people in the car behind yours are spending their time thinking ...
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