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Entries from December 2007

Why They Really Hate Us

December 31st, 2007 · No Comments ·

There seem to be two dominant viewpoints on why muslim radicals in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world choose America and to a lesser degree other western countries, as the target for their harshest rhetoric and their most ambitious terrorist attacks. Both are highly politically charged and have some validity, but as answers […]

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Can Ron Paul Win New Hampshire?

December 30th, 2007 · No Comments ·

A lot of folks are pinning their hopes for a great renewal in American politics on Ron Paul and his ‘revolution.’ Pollsters and pundits don’t give Paul much of a chance when it comes to winning the Republican nomination, despite the unquenchable enthusiasm of his supporters. Their optimism tells them that all the polls and […]

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Blowback and the Illusion of Empire

December 26th, 2007 · No Comments ·

Those who like to look at the United States as an imperialist power and the source of all the world’s ills have enthusiastically latched onto the term ‘blowback’, without really understanding the origins of the term, what it means in a broader contemporary context or the inherent limitations on the concept which it represents. For […]

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Sin Taxes Gone Wild: Neopuritanism and the Texas ‘Pole Tax’

December 23rd, 2007 · No Comments ·

The Texas state legislature is often hard to distinguish from a home for the criminally insane, but with a new piece of legislative chicanery they’ve managed to combine opportunistic anti-business tax exploitation and pandering to religious and moral extremists into a perfect turd sculpture of bad legislation. On New Years day a new tax, referred […]

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The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon

December 19th, 2007 · 3 Comments ·

After taking a full decade off from writing, Robert McCammon decided to rethink his career and when he finally returned with Speaks the Nightbird in 2002 he was almost a different writer. After winning a remarkable three Stoker Awards in the 80s and having a handful of bestsellers, in the early 90s you could see […]

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Just in Case You Forgot…

December 18th, 2007 · No Comments ·

In an interview this week details were released on the bombings in October which killed 170 people in the crowd gathered to welcome once and future Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto back to Pakistan. Apparently the primary trigger for the sequence of coordinated suicide bombings in the crowd was a bomb wired into the clothing of […]

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Ron Paul Has a Blimp, but Will it Fly?

December 15th, 2007 · No Comments ·

Say what you will about the Ron Paul campaign – and I’ve had my concerns – they do have some cool ideas for promoting the candidate. I’m not talking about the endless spamming of online discussions with half-literate stammered declarations of love for their 73-year-old guru. That’s more annoying than clever. But someone with a […]

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Why Ron Paul Will Fail

December 14th, 2007 · 7 Comments ·

I’ve written previously about some of the problems the Ron Paul campaign faces, but apparently my explanations were too subtle or people just chose not to pay attention. There is a large element of self-righteous fanaticism among Paul followers which seems to make them completely incapable of seeing that the powerful gale of enthusiasm which […]

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Live on BlogTalkRadio

December 12th, 2007 · 2 Comments ·

I’m moderating the second segment of my political show on BlogTalkRadio called Big Tent Roundtable today at 5pm EST. It’s a panel discussion show on Politics featuring myself and some of the editors and writers from Blogcritics.org. It should be a lot of fun. The button below should take you to the show, and the […]

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Read a Classic

December 9th, 2007 · No Comments ·

I was recently reminded of Leonard Read’s classic article “I, Pencil” and lo and behold I was able to find it online at the Library of Economics and Liberty. It’s kind of like an introduction to market economics for children and a good short read. Well worth a few minutes for young and old alike. […]

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