Archive for October, 2012

Another excuse for statism bites the dust

Sunday, October 28th, 2012

As I was leaving for work one morning last week the recycling truck came hurtling down the street. Only one family in our immediate neighborhood, so far as I can tell, dutifully sorts their glass, plastic, and other stuff into the red, white and blue bins. The trashmen throw the contents of all three into […]

If our team wins, what do we get? (Or: Elections — the big minstrel show we stage for Massa)

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Today’s relaxed rules for absentee balloting destroy the secrecy of the voting booth — and thus the credibility of the overall canvas. Because the voter no longer even has to pretend he or she will be out of town or in the hospital, union shop stewards and presumably even the occasional employer can order their […]

‘Fast and Furious’: what are they hiding?

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

Univision, the largest Spanish-language network in the U.S., aired a lengthy report on the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” Mexican gun-running operation on Sept. 30. Gerardo Reyes and Santiago Wills offer an English-language version at