Tag: Media

President Obama’s Database: Information on Everyone »

Here is a video of Representative Maxine Waters explaining that President Obama has put together a database that “...will have information about everything on every individual in ways that it’s never been done before.” Searching for the video, I only find it on “conservative” websites, the most “mainstream” of which is the Fox News...
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Sean Penn’s Hero, Killer of Free Speech »

Joining those mourning the passing of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela recently, Sean Penn called him “a great hero to the majority of his people.” But how would he know? The final nail was driven into the coffin of independent journalism in Venezuela last week with the forced sale of the last remaining television network...
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The Sequester: Crisis Bungled »

Robert Higgs’ wonderful book, Crisis and Leviathan, says that government grows in response to crises. A crisis comes along and government responds by expanding, both in size and in scope. After the crisis passes, government shrinks, but not back to its former level. Government grows by ratcheting up in response to crises. Rahm Emanuel,...
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Hurray for Washington! »

The culmination of last night’s Oscars broadcast with a Live! feed from the White House with Mrs. Obama (hangin’ with her military BFs) marks the official recognition of the Presidency as theater: like the old Western sets, no substance required. From the very beginning, President Obama was elected based on his strong delivery of...
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The Fiscal Cliff: Worst-Case Scenarios »

The fiscal cliff is dominating the news these days, but mostly it is political theatre, and as I said before, I don’t think we will be going off. All parties want a resolution, so even if the fiscal cliff isn’t resolved prior to the new year, it will be soon after, with changes retroactive...
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Competence »

I was reading a story on the sports page of my local paper today about a college football coach who was explaining why the team he had been coaching for four years now had failed to show the results he said he would produce when he was hired. This was his first job as...
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The Buck Stops Here »

President Harry Truman famously had a sign on his desk in the White House saying “The Buck Stops Here!” In this context, it is interesting that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that she takes responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. I am not sure what...
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The Aurora Shootings »

The horrendous and calculated, July 20th shootings in Aurora, Colorado, are a great tragedy not just for the victims and their families but for everyone who can clearly see the utter evil of such acts and the helplessness we all feel as a result. However this massacre might have been far less likely for...
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Alexander Cockburn, RIP »

Journalist Alexander Cockburn has died after a painful battle with cancer at the age of 71. Cockburn wrote for The Nation and co-edited Counterpunch, my favorite radical leftist website. Whenever I talked about there being hope on the left, I was mainly thinking about people like Cockburn. Cockburn embodied the admirable concerns of leftism—good conditions...
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The Corruptible TSA: Part II »

This story reports that two TSA employees were arrested for taking bribes to allow large narcotic shipments pass through the Los Angeles airport. I put up a post about a similar story last year, so I’ll raise similar questions again. There is no rule against carrying drugs on airplanes, and carrying them did not...
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