Archive for May, 2010

The White House Can Not End World Hunger »

The Obama Administration has announced that it wants to spend at least $3.5 billion—and I wonder where they’re getting that kind of money?—over the next 3 years to help as many as 60 poor nations feed themselves. While it is very good news that this involves ending the practice of sending U.S. crops to...
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South Korea’s Best Response... »

... to the evidence that a North Korean submarine torpedoed and sunk one of its ships is to write it off as North Korean incompetence. Despite persuasive evidence by the South that its ship was sunk by a North Korean torpedo, North Korea denies its involvement. South Korea should accept that denial at face...
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Child Porn Penalties and Jury Nullification »

The New York Times is running an article about U.S. District Judge Jack B. Weinstein and his plan to inform juries about certain statutory mandatory minimum sentencing requirements imposed by Congress. Weinstein believes that long sentences for simply possessing child porn are improper.  He is right that individuals possessing child porn face serious time....
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Immigration and Big Government »

If the Tea Parties and conservative activists want to be serious about opposing big government, they need to abandon their love of border police, immigration controls and statist nationalism. The hysterical response to those on the left comparing the Arizona law to Nazism reminds me of the equally hysterical response to those on the...
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Who Did More To Help the Poor: Sam Walton or Mother Teresa? »

I’ll confess up front to being a Walmart stockholder. The company’s annual report arrived in my mail last week, with the statement on the front, “We save people money so they can live better.” A number of studies (for example, here, and here) suggest that Walmart has lowered prices significantly in the United States,...
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Trans-Partisan Anti-Establishmentarianism »

“Why do voters hate incumbents?” asks Glenn Greenwald. One reason why media mavens seem reluctant, even unable, to grapple with this question is because it so plainly falls outside their familiar, comfortable narratives. Contrary to efforts earlier this year to depict the problem as one aimed at Democratic incumbents due to the unpopular health...
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Five Economic Lessons from Haiti »

What economic lessons can be learned from the Haiti earthquake recovery? Below are five lessons drawn from economist Robert Murphy, based on his article for the Ludwig von Mises Institute about the week he spent in April volunteering with Hands On Disaster Response in Leogane, Haiti. (His blog post on his motives for volunteering...
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Civil Commitments: Necessary and Proper?? »

On Monday the Supreme Court in United States v. Comstock, held that Congress has the power under the Necessary and Proper Clause of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution to enact 18 U.S.C. § 4248. Section 4248 authorizes court-ordered civil commitment by the federal government of two categories of “sexually dangerous” persons: (1) “sexually dangerous”...
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Why a Stock Analyst Saw Through the “Hockey Stick” Hoax »

Attending the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, I was surprised by the response Stephen McIntyre, primary author of the Climate Audit blog, and early exposer of Michael Mann’s fraudulent “hockey stick” graph (and continuing exposer of the numerous additional “hockey sticks“), gave to a question as to how he got involved in this...
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Why Beauty Matters with Roger Scruton »

In an excellent article in the American Spectator, British philosopher and author Roger Scruton discusses his superb new documentary, Why Beauty Matters, that has recently been shown on the BBC. Scruton incisively examines the importance of beauty in the arts and our lives, including fine arts, music, and architecture. In the process, he illuminates...
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