August 25, 2010

A Free Market of Ideas
George Bernard Shaw said: "Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it." It is true, most people are terrified of liberty, petrified they might have to be responsible for their own lives. "The Autonomist," is not for 

Dracula, Frankenstein, and a Lib Walk Into a Bar
Burt Prelutsky—8/25/10
In all the old horror movies, the master villain always had an assistant. More often that not, his name was Igor. He tended to lurch and he was usually a hunchback. I always wondered how he got the job. I mean, how would you go about finding someone who'd round up a human brain at a moment's notice? Was it by referral? Did they hook up during Career Day at the Academy for the Criminally Insane? Did he answer an ad in the New York Times?

''Extreme Weather?'' Not Yet!
Dennis T. Avery—8/25/10
Churchville, VA-The death toll from recent "extreme weather events" has been sharply declining since the 1920s, as my valued colleague Indur Goklany has valorously pointed out. Air conditioning, flood control, earthquake proofing and better weather forecasting have all helped. Despite vast media coverage, extreme weather now causes only a half-percent of global deaths. A large part of the gains came through crop production increases using fossil-fueled industrial fertilizers and irrigation pumps. This meant the world had fossil-fueled food to share with countries suddenly caught by devastating (but short- term) drought or flood.

Obama Lacks Respect Among World Leaders
J. D. Longstreet—8/25/10
Americans like to be liked. At least, that is what we have been told for decades. And while it is true to an extent, it is not one hundred percent true. In fact, the American people will take respect over likeability when the occasion calls for it. Actually, the American people's desire for respect far exceeds that of their leaders who are, of course, politicians. We all know that a politician's political life depends upon his/her "likeability factor." It is far more important to them to be liked than to be respected.

Brass Ring Escapes Again
Michael R. Shannon—8/24/10
My local delegate to the Virginia state house, Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) is not particularly popular in Richmond because he's conservative even when it's inconvenient.

Dates That Destroyed America
Chuck Baldwin—8/24/10
The decision by Congress to socialize medicine in the US ranks among the most draconian, most egregious, most horrific actions ever taken by the central government in Washington, D.C. This bill rocks the principles of liberty and constitutional government to the core. It changes fundamental foundations; it repudiates historical principle. Oh! The same flag may fly on our flagpoles, the same monuments may grace our landscape, and the same National Anthem may be sung during our public ceremonies, but it is not the same America. The Congress of the United States has now officially turned America into a socialist state.

Madam Speaker Unmasks the Ugly Face of Socialism
J. D. Longstreet—8/24/10
Back in the 1950's, while still a lad in high School, I delivered a speech at the University of South Carolina. I don't remember a great deal of what I said in that particular speech, but I remember I called notice to the dangers of socialism and communism -- and the danger of an all powerful government they both demand.

If I Were King
Burt Prelutsky—8/23/10
I don't really want to sit on a throne or even in the Oval Office. But I would certainly like to see a few of my notions become reality.

Mexico, Bloody Mexico
Alan Caruba—8/23/10
It is increasingly obvious that the Obama administration is more interested in protecting Mexicans than Americans.

Iran's Dance of Death Continues as a Weak US President Looks On
J. D. Longstreet—8/23/10
"Engineers began loading fuel rods into a nuclear reactor on Iran's southern coast Saturday, a milestone that puts the long-delayed plant within a few weeks of operation, Iranian state television reported."