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ByThomasSowell · Friday,June18,2010                                                 

 Sometimes you can read a book that will change your mind on some fundamental issue. Rarely, however, is there just one page that can undermine or destroy a widely-held belief. But there is such a page-- page 77 of the book "Out of Work" by Richard Vedder and Lowell Gallaway.
The widespread belief is that government intervention is the key to getting the country out of a serious economic downturn. The example often cited is President Franklin D. Roosevelt's intervention, after the stock market crash of 1929 was followed by the Great Depression of the 1930s, with its massive and long-lasting unemployment.

Oil: The Real Green Fuel

June 16th, 2010

Oil: The Real Green Fuel
By Jonah Goldberg (Archive) · Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A rolling “dead zone” off the Gulf of Mexico is killing sea life and destroying livelihoods. Recent estimates put the blob at nearly the size of New Jersey.

Alas, I’m not talking about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As terrible as that catastrophe is, such accidents have occurred in U.S. waters only about once every 40 years (and globally about once every 20 years). I’m talking about the dead zone largely caused by fertilizer runoff from American farms along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya river basins. Such pollutants cause huge algae plumes that result in oxygen starvation in the gulf’s richest waters, near the delta.
Editors note:In the absence of real news, this may be news to some people. More on the lack of real news later.
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2010.Census thugs

You’re not going to believe this.

Never mind. You’ll believe it.

The radical entitlement-mongers at the “Center for Constitutional Rights” are suing the Census Bureau for barring criminals from getting a piece of the Census boondoggle action. CCR is on a fishing expedition to find minorities who’ve been denied temporary Census jobs because of arrest records. The press release just arrived in my e-mail box:

Have you or anyone you know been denied a temporary Census position or deterred from completing your job application because of its arrest screen? Thousands of people of color who have applied or hoped to apply for temporary work with the 2010 Census have been deemed ineligible or deterred from the application process.

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), co-counsel Outten & Golden and other organizations filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of New York today against the Census Bureau for race and national origin discrimination in the hiring of temporary workers. In Johnson et al. v. Locke,CCR says that the U.S. Census Bureau’s practice of running job applicants’ names through the FBI criminal records database-a notoriously inaccurate and incomplete database-disproportionally excludes applicants of color and deters them from completing the application process. This practice directly undermines the Census Bureau’s self-avowed commitment to hiring temporary workers from within historically undercounted communities, such as low-income people of color and immigrants.

African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans are subject to exceedingly disproportionate rates of contact with the criminal justice system, from disparate rates of stops-and-frisks and arrests, to higher conviction rates and harsher criminal penalties. In addition to the disproportionate number of people of color in the FBI criminal records database, half of the FBI records have no information on the final outcome of the arrest, such as whether or not the arrest ever led to a prosecution or conviction. Even the U.S. Department of Justice admits that a broad, unrefined use of the FBI criminal records database as a general employment screening device “undermine[s] employment discrimination policies.” The Census Bureau’s continued reliance on that database blindly imports the drastic racial disparities in the criminal justice system into their employment practices. Learn more about our case against the U.S. Census Bureau.

If you or anyone you know has applied for a temporary Census position and was denied or deterred from completing your job application because of the Bureau’s arrest screen, please click here to share your story and find out if you can participate in the action.

Thank you for taking a stand for racial and economic justice.


Annette Dickerson
Director of Education and Outreach

So, now it’s a matter of “racial and economic justice” to undermine basic safety requirements, abandon criminal background screening, and dole out make-work Census jobs in politically correct proportions.
Michelle Malkin

What does it take to get on the no fly list?  Patriotism maybe?

from AP entry on

Abdulmutallab appeared on the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment database maintained by the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, said a U.S. official who received a briefing and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. Containing some 550,000 names, the database includes people with known or suspected ties to a terrorist organization. However, it is not a list that would prohibit a person from boarding a U.S.-bound airplane.

Trial Lawyers Win Added Clout From Democrats In Health Bill

The Senate health care bill includes a gift to trial lawyers: a five-year, $50 million program to encourage states to consult with them on "alternatives" to malpractice claims.
Who Would the Founders Endorse?
Gary Galles

The 2008 presidential campaign has been going on for months, even though we are far from the end of 2007. But all that really gets discussed are the horserace details - who is ahead, who is raising more money, how badly will a particular scandal or issue hurt a candidate, etc. Unfortunately, that approach, which dominates the media, is a horribly inadequate way to go about selecting the person who will fill America's highest constitutional office.

A far more useful place to begin in selecting who will be most directly charged with protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States is the appropriate role of the federal government. To do that, the best place to begin is with our founding fathers, who designed the Constitution to be the highest law of the land. So consider the following quiz to touch up your knowledge of our founders' beliefs. Can you identify whether they said or wrote either of the two statements listed?

[cd note : the correct answers are below, so be true to yourself, scroll down slowly, and don't look until you've made your choices.]

Patrick Henry:

1. "The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty…"
2. "Liberty ought to be the direct end of your government."

Benjamin Franklin:

1. "We're supposed to be free. We seem to have forgotten that freedom means the absence of government coercion."
2. "Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men, but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature."

George Washington:

1. "Solutions to America's problems won't be found in the frequent clamor for more government…solutions can be found in an atmosphere of liberty, private property, and a free market…"
2. "Liberty will find itself … where the Government … will maintain all in the secure and tranquil enjoyment of the rights of person and property."

Samuel Adams:

1. "With no consistent moral defense of true liberty, the continued erosion of personal and property rights is inevitable. This careless disregard for liberty…brought us disaster…"
2. "Without liberty and equality under the law, there cannot exist…the assurance of this to every citizen, that his own personal safety and rights are secure … the end and design of all free and lawful Governments."

James Wilson:

1. "Political power is inherently dangerous in a free society: it threatens the rule of law, and thus threatens our fundamental freedoms. Those who understand this should object whenever political power is glorified."
2. "Government … should be formed to secure and enlarge the exercise of the natural rights of its members; and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind."

Thomas Jefferson:

1. "The most important element of a free society, where individual rights are held in the highest esteem, is the rejection of the initiation of violence. All initiation of force is a violation of someone else's rights…"
2. "No man has a natural right to commit aggression on the equal rights of another, and this is all from which the laws ought to restrain him."

Thomas Paine:

1. "Continuing to view more government as the solution to problems will only make matters worse."
2. "Society…is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one."

George Mason:

1. "In a free society, government is restrained…the proper role for government in America is to provide national defense, a court system for civil disputes, a criminal justice system for acts of force and fraud, and little else."
2. "Every society, all government, and every kind of civil compact therefore, is or ought to be, calculated for the general good and safety of the community…whenever any power or authority whatever extends further … it may be called government, but it is in fact oppression."

John Dickinson:

1. "Every government edict, policy, regulation, court decision and law ultimately is backed up by force…That is why political power must be fiercely constrained by the American people."
2. "Who are a free people? … those who live under a government so constitutionally checked and controlled, that proper provision is made against its being otherwise exercised."

James Madison:

1. "Those powers not explicitly granted to Congress by the Constitution are inherently denied to Congress."
2. "The powers of the federal government are enumerated … it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction."

Alexander Hamilton:

1. "Most of our mistakes can be laid at the doorstep of our failure to follow the Constitution. That Constitution, if we so desire, can provide needed guidance and a roadmap to restore our liberties…"
2. "No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution can be valid…whenever a particular statute contravenes the Constitution, it will be the duty of the judicial tribunals to … guard the Constitution and the rights of individuals … "

John Adams:

1. "The best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas."
2. "There is danger in all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."

In each of the above cases, the founding father in question wrote or said the second of the two possibilities. How many did you correctly identify? Did you feel tricked, because each was similar in meaning to the first option? But the other options were not just trick questions to no purpose. Each one of them comes from a current candidate for President - the only one whose positions are anywhere near those of our founders.

Each of the "wrong" choices is from Ron Paul. Each is completely consistent with the views of our founders and hugely different from anyone else running.

So why have most people barely heard of Ron Paul, despite the fact that he has been reelected to the House of Representatives many times, without ever abandoning his principles? Because the media ignores him. That is primarily because he is not near the front of the freebie-promising, money-raising or political-endorsement horse races. But adhering to our founding principles means that he cannot compete in those arenas of clout, bought with the promise of benefits to be extracted at other Americans' expense.

Some in the media also dismiss Dr. Paul as "Dr. No," for his consistent opposition to Congressional acts not warranted in the Constitution, or "extreme," or "not in the mainstream." Of course, who do you know that is even remotely satisfied with the results those in the mainstream are giving us?

More importantly, he is only an extremist in the same way that those who first thought through, sought out and fought for Americans' liberty were extremists. The only real differences are that they began "the land of the free" and he is trying to preserve it; they were establishing precedents of individual rights and liberty never before seen and he is trying to maintain them, as enshrined in our founding documents. He has spent his political career dedicated to protecting citizens' rights from government abuse, carrying out the primary purpose of our Constitution.

Few days pass without several Presidential candidates proposing to buy votes by violating the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution our founders pledged their lives, their liberties and their sacred honor for. Ron Paul doesn't. That hardly disqualifies him from a job - protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States - only he actually promises to do. After all, if he could not be elected, neither could any of our founding fathers.