October 28, 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.

How To Survive Obama's Economy
Burt Prelutsky—10/27/10
Ever since the campaigns began earlier this year, Democrats, desperate to save their political hides, have been dragging up silly stuff that their opponents allegedly did during their college and even their high school days. Frankly, I'm surprised that conservative candidates haven't been accused of causing mischief in their nursery school sandboxes.

Mountain Roads, Take Me Home
Fred Reed—10/27/10
It may have been the summer of '85, or may not have been, when I hitchhiked out of Washington, DC, which is the left ventricle of the heart of darkness, toward the coal fields of West Virginia. I was then on the low end of respectability, as I hope I still am. As a veteran of the long-haul thumb in the Sixties, hitchhiking seemed a reasonable way to travel.

Why Are Republicans Climate Skeptics?
Dennis T. Avery—10/27/10
CHURCHVILLE-VA: The New York Times marvels editorially that none of the Republicans running for the Senate accept the "scientific consensus that humans are largely responsible for global warming." Maybe that's because the Republicans come from more rural (Red) states that haven't had any warming-man-made or otherwise.

Are Newspapers This Hard Up?
Michael R. Shannon—10/26/10
The most remarkable thing happened last week. The Wall Street Journal tried to pick my pocket. I assumed when Titans of Wall Street selected victims they focused on businesses that actually had money, but I suppose the Great Recession has lowered everyone's sights.

Call me FORMER Senator Barbara Boxer
Martha Montelongo—10/26/10
Who can forget California Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer's put-down of Brigadier General Michael Walsh, during a June 2009 committee hearing? When he addressed her as "Ma'am," in answering a question about the New Orleans levee system, she petulantly interrupted: "Could you say Senator, instead of Ma'am? I worked so hard to get that title, so I'd appreciate it."

Myths and Misses
Burt Prelutsky—10/25/10
A lot of the things that people accept on faith are nothing more than time-honored, widely accepted lies. For instance, ever since its inception, we have all come to accept as gospel that Israelis are the most formidable fighters in the world. At one time, that may have been true. They certainly made quick work of the Arabs during the Six Day War. But that was then and this is now.

Obama's Failure Agenda
Alan Caruba—10/25/10
Normally, we assume that anyone who runs for and assumes the office of president has an agenda intended to succeed and thereby ensure that history will look favorably on his accomplishments. The men who served in that office craved success and loathed failure.

Defund Public Broadcasting
J. D. Longstreet—10/25/10
The French philosopher, François Marie Arouet (1694-1778), better known as "Voltaire," is reported to have said: "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." When in High School, I learned it as this: "I do not agree with a word you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it."

Death, Taxes, and Trash
Burt Prelutsky—10/22/10
In the old days, an expression one often heard was that the good die young. I don't know how it began or why, unless it was an acknowledgment of the fact that in wars, it was generally the young who were most often called upon to sacrifice their lives. That still holds true, and if further proof were needed that the expression is close to gospel, we need only realize that, at 80, corrupt Charley Rangel is still going strong, and that, at 84, 86 and 86, so are Fidel Castro, Frank Lautenberg and Jimmy Carter.

NPR Fires Juan Williams for Telling the Truth
Alan Caruba—10/22/10
The headline on the National Public Radio website said, "NPR Ends Williams' Contract After Muslim Remarks", but it should have said, "NPR Fires Williams for Telling the Truth."