Archive for February, 2012

New Rasmussen Poll on Presidential Race »

As America heads toward “Super Tuesday” on March 6th in which primaries or caucuses will be held in ten states, the Christian Science Monitor reports in “Ron Paul poll shocker: He beats Obama head-to-head” that the influential Rasmussen Poll has released its latest findings of the views of likely voters in which the four…
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The State of African American History Month »

If it’s the case that we study history in order to learn from it, let’s pause to consider the story of 13-year old Jada Williams on this final day of African American History Month. When she was recently assigned to read and write an essay on the autobiography of Frederick Douglass, the message of…
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Filing a Complaint With the Police Department »

It’s made very difficult to do, and the attempt can get you arrested. You will be intimidated and asked for your papers merely for asking for a form. This is where the state is closest to the people—the local police—and yet some people still think government is more responsive to the people than business.

Short-term Employment Changes in Longer-term Perspective »

Many commentators have noted in recent years that Americans have been leaving the labor force. Their departure has made interpretation of unemployment statistics more difficult, and because the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) publishes six variants of the unemployment rate, considerable debate has occurred about the “real” rate of unemployment. Much of this confusion can…
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Willingness to Soak the Rich Depends Upon the Question »

Further to my post, “Two Wolves and a Sheep,” a new poll out yesterday from The Hill disputes other polls showing a majority favoring taxing the rich more. According to The Hill’s poll, when asked the specific percentage “the rich” should pay, most provide a number lower than the current tax rate on the…
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Two Wolves and a Sheep »

This front-page headline from Friday’s San Francisco Chronicle brings to mind the old adage about democracy being two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner: “Voters Willing to Tax Wealthy.” The article goes on to detail the not-surprising results of a poll in which voters were asked to choose between…
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Pennsylvania Magistrate Dismisses Harassment Charges Against Muslim Defendant »

The net has been abuzz about a recent case where a state magistrate judge dismissed harassment charges against a Muslim defendant. It is alleged that the defendant confronted and attacked an atheist (dressed as Zombie Mohammad). Zombie Mohammad was dancing with “Zombie Pope” in a local Halloween parade. In court, the Muslim man denied…
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State Attorneys General File Suit Challenging Contraception Subsidy »

Various state attorneys general have filed suit in federal court in Nebraska. The suit challenges the constitutionality of a regulation promulgated by the Federal Government which would “coerce religious organizations, institutions, care providers, outreach groups, and social service agencies, among others, to directly subsidize contraception, abortifacients, sterilization, and related services in contravention with their religious…
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SCOTUS Stretches Probable Cause Standard to Find Qualified Immunity »

This week, SCOTUS decided Messerschmidt v. Millender, which greatly stretched the probable cause standard. This is not a good case for those seeking to limit state power. The facts are pretty simple. Shelly Kelly was attacked by her former boyfriend Jerry Ray Bowen. Kelly reported the attack to the police and stated that Bowen…
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Insinuation as War Propaganda »

In 2002 and early 2003, the Bush administration made its case for war with Iraq. There were assertions given about Saddam’s maintenance of weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaeda. What was never said explicitly, however, was that Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11. Yet by late 2003, seventy percent of polled Americans thought…
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