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Police and Liberty

To Name and to Name Not | National Review Online. Kevin Williamson at the NRO calls it: the police in Ferguson have become a greater threat to liberty than the looters. We’re all for law and order, but we must always be watching the guardians.

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Getting Beyond the Rhetoric

We need reasonable definition rather than passionate demagoguery: at what point does a police officer become a stormtrooper? 

ISIS beheads American journalist James Foley in graphic video posted online

poorrichardsnews:

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Freelance journalist James Foley was beheaded in Syria by ISIS, and video of the execution was posted online as a warning to President Obama to stop air strikes against the terrorist group. At the end of the beheading, the video shows a second American journalist who ISIS threatens to execute…

"Leo, I am not frightened. I am going to blow them off the face of the earth with the fury of G-d’s own thunder. 

Get the commanders.”

— President Jeb Bartlet, The West Wing, “Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc.”

Even Space is Politicized

Even Space is Politicized

SpaceX’s Musk Doesn’t Get It « AmericaSpace. If you want to know what is keeping America’s aerospace industry from becoming a horse that pulls the nation out of recession and into the future, read this article. The upstarts (SpaceX et al) and the old farts (Lockheed, Boeing, et al) are fighting it out for government launch business on Capitol Hill, not the market. Ridiculous.

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Book of the Week: Rise of the Warrior Cop

Book of the Week: Rise of the Warrior Cop

Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces
Radley Balko 

PublicAffairs; July 2013;
400pp Hardcover.

Given the events in Ferguson, it is clear that the time has come for us all to understand how our Boys in Blue are being turned into stormtroopers.

Balko is not one of those reporters who can be readily dismissed as a left-wing cop-baiter. His research has been widely…

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Solar Power Employs More People than Coal: So What?

Solar Power Employs More People than Coal: So What?

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says there are more U.S. jobs in solar industry than coal mining
PolitiFact Rhode Island
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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) has been widely quoted online as claiming that the solar power industry now employs more people than coal. On the surface, that’s a good thing, if for no other reason than legislators like Senator Whitehouse need worry less about upsetting people…

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Democracy, Policy, and the Experts

Democracy, Policy, and the Experts

The Death Of Expertise
Tom Nichols
The Federalist
January 17, 2014

The Internet has been accused of many things. It has been condemned as a destroyer of value. It has been reviled as the hiding place of gangsters and perverts. And now, in the pages of The Federalist, self-styled social science and public policy expert Tom Nichols accuses it of destroying expertise.

Nichols’ point, brutally…

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Must-Read: Kareem on Ferguson

Must-Read: Kareem on Ferguson

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race,” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, TIME, August 17, 2014. You may not agree with everything Mr. Abdul-Jabbar says in this op/ed (I don’t), but it is one of the more balanced pieces I have read about Ferguson and what it represents. We need more reasonable voices: they make diagnosing and fixing the problem much easier than demagogues.

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The Boycott Question

Last Sunday, an old schoolmate and I were discussing the fact that Starbucks recently felt compelled to disclose that, contrary to Internet rumors, its Jewish CEO had not made donations to Israel or to the IDF. My friend, who like me is Jewish, was bothered by the fact that the CEO had not made donations to Israel. I was bothered by the invasion of that individual’s liberty. No company, I…

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Bull Moose Thought for the Day

Bull Moose Thought for the Day

“We must hold the just balance and set ourselves as resolutely against improper corporate influence on the one hand, as against demagogy and mob rule on the other.”

– Theodore Roosevelt

If there was ever a thought that should guide the 21st Century Republican Party, this is it.

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Nostalgia and Transit Policy

Nostalgia and Transit Policy

Streetcars and urban renewal: Rolling blunder”
The Economist 

August 9, 2014.

As a rail fan, I have to fess up to an abiding love of streetcars as an idea. As a commuter or a traveler, I have found that their appeal wears off quickly. After taking San Francisco’s Muni, San Diego’s Little Red Car, and Seattle’s South Lake Union Transit (affectionately known as the SLUT), I find myself quickly…

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Friedman, Apologiste

The World According to Maxwell Smart, Part 1″
Thomas Friedman

NYTimes.com
July 12, 2014

The New York Times‘ resident guru of globalism, Thomas Friedman offers an earnest op-ed about the nature of the world scene. It was moderately interesting, until he wrapped it with the following:

So, please spare me the “it’s all Obama’s fault.” There are plenty of reasons to criticize Obama, but everything is…

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US airdrops to stranded Yazidis were dropped without parachutes, demolished on impact

poorrichardsnews:

This is frustrating to watch unfold.

from Hot Air:

C’mon, we didn’t really forget to attach parachutes to the food and water we’re dropping, did we?

I was on board an Iraqi Army helicopter, and watched as hundreds of refugees ran towards it to receive one of the few deliveries of aid…

Come on, Air Force. I have read the field manuals for airdrop rigging. You have the doctrine. Have you become so focused on overpriced fighters, nukes, and bombers that you can no longer deliver a pallet of emergency supplies without destroying it in the process?

Getting to “Yes” On Pension Reform

Getting to “Yes” On Pension Reform

Pension Reform Handbook: A Starter Guide for Reformers
L
ance Christensen and Adrian Moore

The Reason Foundation
July 2014

On the day when the Wisconsin Supreme Court upheld a state law against the unionization of public employees, our neighbors over at the Reason Foundation have issued a study on pension reform. Lance Christensen and Adrian Moore, both of whom have extensive experience in the…

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Aug 5

A Quick Thought on Immigration

A Quick Thought on Immigration

Around the base of the Statue of Liberty are engraved the final five lines of Emma Lazarus’s immortal poem, “The New Colossus,” which I memorized in the spring of 1976 as I prepared for my Bicentennial-themed grade-school graduation. It goes like this:

Give me your tired, your poor;
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
the retched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless,…

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