Archive for August, 2008

Sept. 5 is Jury Rights Day. Do you know yours?

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

To grasp why the Bill of Rights leads off by barring Congress from “establishing” any religion, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” you must understand that in 18th century England there was no “separation of church and state.” The English monarch to this day includes in her title “Fidele Defensor” — Defender of the Faith. […]

For fear of offending some loony Muslim, somewhere

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Journalist Sherry Jones, 46, had worked for a decade at the Montana Missoulian when she went back to school to earn her 2006 bachelor’s in English and creative writing from the University of Montana. She began reading about women in the Middle East while preparing her honors thesis.

‘Who’s going to take care of those children?’

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Nancy Ford, administrator of Nevada’s Division of Welfare and Supportive Services, split the baby On Aug. 19, adopting one policy change designed to meet federal requirements that aid recipients be required to look for work, but rejecting another. Ms. Ford rejected a proposal that would have taken food stamps away from entire households when the […]

Inflation rate is 5.6%… and other nonsense

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I’m a coin collector, in a small way. British issues of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, mostly: Pistrucci, the Wyons — apogee of the engraver’s art. To determine the market value of such coins, advanced collectors keep up to date on current auctions, stuff like that. But as a starting point, the standard […]

Feeling ‘threatened’ as they broke into the home, police opened fire

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Cops in Prince George’s County, Maryland, have a proud tradition to maintain. In May, a former county officer was sentenced to 45 years in prison for shooting two furniture delivery men at his home last year, one of them fatally. (He claims they attacked him.) In June, a suspect jailed in the death of a […]

And never let your conscience be your guide

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

It was on their fourth album, “I Think We’re Also Bozos on This Bus,” that the Firesign Theatre formulated Fudd’s First Law of Opposition: “If you push something hard enough, it will fall over.” (Trivia fans will also recall Testicle’s Deviant to Fudd’s First Law: “What goes in, must come out.”)

Let my people go

Sunday, August 10th, 2008

The leftist Punditocracy, convinced that when Ronald Reagan died he left Bonzo in charge, seem overjoyed to cackle that George W. Bush is now a lame duck, a political irrelevance who retains no power to do any more than hand over the keys to the White House wine cellar. (Or is it now a tap […]

Facts? No, no, tell me how history makes you feeeel

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Back on July 25, I wrote: “… To understand and explain American exceptionalism, like it or not, it may be necessary to at least understand why aeroplanes were not used in the Civil War, why the British couldn’t use the train to get back and forth between New York and Philadelphia in 1788, why no […]