Archive for July, 2008

Roll up, roll up for the dog and monkey show

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Proponents were full of assurances as they took their dog-and-wheelchair show around the country back in the late 1980s: The proposed Americans with Disabilities Act wouldn’t impose undue costs or hardships on businesses. It would simply require a few “reasonable accommodations.” Widen a doorway here, provide a wheelchair ramp there — there weren’t even likely […]

Not worth a Continental

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

During the Revolutionary War, a Continental Congress bereft of hard money was reduced to buying supplies for Washington’s army by issuing fiat paper money, notes that became known as “Continentals.” Because these pieces of paper could not be redeemed for gold or silver, their value eroded quickly. By war’s end hardly anyone would accept them, […]

Author of 14th said birthright citizenship excludes ‘aliens’

Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Image via Wikipedia In the July issue of “Imprimis” — an outreach publication of Michigan’s free-market-oriented Hillsdale College — Edward J. Erler, professor of Political Science at California State San Bernardino, challenges the prevailing wisdom that the 14th Amendment bestows “birthright citizenship” on the newborn child of any illegal alien who can manage to avoid […]

Send us more baby doctors

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Considering the performance of the two elected obstetricians most recently in the national eye, it’s intriguing to speculate how much better off the country might be if we could send the 533 big spenders currently holding down seats in Congress on an extended world cruise, replacing them for a term or two with randomly selected […]

Has the public ‘soured’ on free markets?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

There appears to be a conscious attempt underway to shift the grounds of the current American political debate in preparation for this fall’s presidential campaign. Interestingly, this attempt to shift the goal lines (advancing the motionless Party of Big Government from their own 20 yard line to the other guy’s 20 by the simple expedient […]

You’ve just been barred from suing The Phone Company

Sunday, July 20th, 2008

If we had no armed central state to seize money from people against their will and fund the government schools, we’d have no tax-funded government schools. The best teachers could still find work in places where parents pay tuitions voluntarily. Given free competition, the best of them would probably make more than they make now […]

I told you the Drug Warriors were completely nuts

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Overturning two earlier rulings, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said last week an Arizona middle school assistant principal violated the constitutional rights of a 13-year-old inmate of his government youth propaganda camp (“public school”) by ordering her to be strip searched to determine whether she had in her possession a […]

‘You’ve a gun on your T-shirt’

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

“A man wearing a T-shirt depicting a cartoon character holding a gun was stopped from boarding a flight by the security at Heathrow’s Terminal 5,” The BBC reported on June 1. Brad Jayakody, from Bayswater, central London, said he was “stumped” at the objection to his Transformers T-shirt. Mr. Jayakody, a clean-shaven young man with […]

Montana greens to loggers: Come back!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

For decades now, the green extreme has argued the industries that develop the nation’s natural resources for commercial use ought to be forced off the West’s “public” lands. And they didn’t seem to much care which tactic did the job. If threatening huge “permit processing fees” or massive levies for “environmental cleanup” could shut down […]

Are books an appreciating asset? Depends where you buy

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Where do you go to buy books? “A big bookstore, of course.” Why? I strongly doubt any of us have read 2 percent of the books published in English in the past century. Even if you narrow it down to “books in the genres, on the themes, or by the authors I prefer,” it would […]