October 15, 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 them.

The State of the Unions
Burt Prelutsky—10/15/10
There was a time in my life, as well as the life of the nation, when unions were a positive force. There was a time when only through the power of collective bargaining that workers had the opportunity to be treated humanely, to be anything but the cheapest, most easily replaced, cogs in the wake of the industrial revolution. In those bad old days, machinery mattered, people didn't.

Tea Party Terrifies The Mainstream Media
J. D. Longstreet—10/15/10
In less than three weeks Americans go to the polls determined to change the federal government back to a responsive, responsible, government, which actually HAS the consent of the governed.

My Latest Suggested Reading List
Chuck Baldwin—10/14/10
Faithful readers of this column might recall my column of last year where I listed several books that I found to be helpful. So, to build on last year's list, here is a current list.

Judge's Ruling Mirrors America's Decadence and Decline
J. D. Longstreet—10/14/10
America's moral decline has been obvious for decades to those Americans who actually make an attempt to maintain civility and morality not just in their religious lives, but in their "workaday" lives as well.

Plain Talk About Voting and Church Attendance
Burt Prelutsky—10/13/10
No matter how much attention a person tries to devote to the political scene, some questions appear to be unanswerable. For instance, with Nevada, a state suffering from an unemployment rate hovering around 15%, why is Harry Reid, a man with the personality of an unsuccessful undertaker, running neck-and-neck with Sharron Angle? Is it that extra "r" in her first name?

Lessons Learned from Swedish Temperature Records
Dennis T. Avery—10/13/10
CHURCHVILLE, VA-The ten coldest winter-spring temperatures out of the last 500 in Stockholm, Sweden, were almost all during the Little Ice Age. No surprise there. The coldest was 1569, followed by 1573.

Why the GPS Is Magellan and Not Columbus
Michael R. Shannon—10/12/10
1492 was a big year for Christendom. The fortress of Granada fell to the combined forces of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Queen Isabella of Castile. Driving the last of the invading Islamic horde out of Spain and returning the peninsula to its original owners.

Oh Help
Fred Reed—10/12/10
Reality and Sing Sing have in common that those who can escape from them do. I'm sitting in the living room drinking Padre Kino red and scratching the ears of Long Dog Silver, our low-slung tubular dog who crawled into the yard as a tiny unhappy mange-scab. Occasionlly something good happens, probably by mistake. The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men. gang aft agley, but mange dip works like a charm. That's today's wisdom.

Environmental injustice en Espanol
Rev. Sam Rodriguez—10/12/10
Nineteen Latino activist groups recently asked Congress and President Obama to oppose any attempts to delay or scale back proposed Environmental Protection Agency air pollution and climate regulations.

The Mysterious Appeal of Polygamy and Obama
Burt Prelutsky—10/11/10
I have never watched a TV series called "Big Love," which deals with a polygamous family, so I have no opinion of the show. However, I was at a dinner party recently where a few people were discussing it. Nothing, I hasten to add, that was said made me want to tune in. Besides, between an occasional old movie, Bret Baier, The Factor and keeping up with the New York Yankees, I'm already watching more than enough. But it did get me thinking about the practice of polygamy.

Echoes of 1930s Germany?
Alan Caruba—10/11/10
Time and again in these troubled and troubling times people make reference to Germany in the 1930s, the rise of the Third Reich, and to Hitler as they express their fears regarding the Obama administration.

Rebuild and Restore
J. D. Longstreet—10/11/10
We Americans must ask ourselves a very important question as we make our decision concerning whom we will choose to govern us in the coming years.