The Babe Theory Of Political Movements.
Mar. 21, 2005 11:50 AM
Iran's Sham Election In Houston.
June 20, 2005 5:36 AM
Yes, Kanye, Bush Does Care.
Oct. 31, 2005 12:41 AM
Health Care vs. Wealth Care.
Nov. 23, 2005 3:28 PM
Americans Voting With Their Feet.
Nov. 30, 2005 1:33 PM
Idea Majorities Matter.
May 12, 2006 6:15 PM
Twilight Zone Economics.
Oct. 17, 2006 12:30 AM
The "Shrinking" Middle Class.
Dec. 13, 2006 1:01 PM
From Ashes, GOP Opportunities.
Dec. 18, 2006 6:37 PM
Battle Between Entitlements & Pork.
Dec. 21, 2006 12:31 PM
Let Economic Freedom Reign.
Dec. 22, 2006 10:22 PM
Biggest Health Care Moment In Decades.
July 25, 2007 4:32 PM
Unions Antithetical to Liberty.
May 28, 2008 11:12 PM
Right To Work States Rock.
June 9, 2008 12:25 PM
Social Security Reform Thursday.
March 13, 2008
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The Carnival Of Classiness.
Mar. 14, 2006
Quotational Therapy: Obama.
Apr. 4, 2008
Mainstream Melee: Wolfowitz.
May 19, 2007
Pundit Roundtable: Leaks.
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Media Matters: Paid Liars
Media Matters, George Soros' leftist propaganda arm, is making waves by accusing Rush Limbaugh of saying that all anti-war soldiers are phony soldiers. Watch the video above and you will see Rush himself destroy this emerging liberal myth by pointing out that he was referring to one specific undisputably phony soldier: Jesse MacBeth.
This smacks of desperation by Media Matters, does it not? So chastened are they by the response to ShoveOff.org's 'Betray Us' ad (ShoveOff.org being Soros' other extreme leftist organization) that they are seeking some kind of immoral equivalence here. Instead, they have presented bloggers such as myself with a golden opportunity to compound the harm done to them by the Betray Us ad. Now, we can also show how completely dishonest Soros' other organization is, with Rush himself providing the evidence that is clear as sunlight.
How great it is that we live in an age of new media, without liberal gate keepers to perpetuate such lies with impunity.
Wednesday Caption Contest:: Part 123
This week's WILLisms.com Caption Contest photograph:
A Bavarian boy takes a nap in the hand cart pulled by his parents during the tradtional folklore parade on the second day of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich , Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007.You can't expect us to believe that. Give us an honest caption, please!
Entries will remain open until 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time, Tuesday, Oktober 2. Submit your captions in the comments section, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners from last week:
1. Bigfoot: (via email)
2. Zsa Zsa:
3. Wyatt Earp:
To caption, or not to caption - that is the question. Enter today!
Your Quick Primer On The Maroon Monks Of Myanmar
Yesterday 1,000 maroon-robed Buddhist monks led 100,000 civilians in a peaceful march against the ruling military junta in Myanmar, the largest demonstrations since 1988. The military cracked down hard nearly twenty years ago, and thousands died. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition National League Democracy has been under house arrest for most of the time since the uprising. Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of Aung San, the liberator of Burma who was assassinated in 1947 just before Burma achieved independence.
500 monks visited her home last Saturday, where she made her first public appearance in four years.
The Buddhist monks in Myanmar protesting against the governing junta are probably the only social group in the nation that can cause the government to flinch. The huge protests in Yangon, the capital (formerly Rangoon) were sparked by the government raising fuel prices, in a poverty-stricken nation already wracked by shortages.
There are perhaps as many as half a million monks in Burma, which is not unusual in places like Burma and Thailand which practice theravada Buddhism. A great many of the soldiers the military junta relies on to maintain power were probably monks at one time. The monks are highly esteemed in Burmese society, and given great deference - which causes headaches for the military regime. According to journalist Zinn Linn, a former prisoner in Myanmar, "for many - even the most senior generals to act against the monks is the highest crime in Buddhist teachings, so they are reluctant."
Myanmar is one of the least-free nations on earth:
The Freedom in the World 2004 report by Freedom House notes that "The junta rules by decree, controls the judiciary, suppresses nearly all basic rights, and commits human rights abuses with impunity. Military officers hold most cabinet positions, and active or retired officers hold most top posts in all ministries. Official corruption is reportedly rampant both at the higher and local levels."
Not Much Hillarity Here
Hillary Clinton will shill for six racist thugs who beat down a kid and put him in the hospital, while disrespecting the general leading our nation in war in Iraq.
Rank opportunism, cowardice, utter lack of principle . . . I could go on and on here.
(h/t Hot Air)
Update: Drudge has a headline stating that Hillary called Dick Cheney 'Darth Vader'. Wasn't Hillary the one who decried the 'politics of personal destruction'? I guess we can add hypocrite to her ever-lengthening list of faults.
Wednesday Caption Contest: Part 122
This week's WILLisms.com Caption Contest photograph:
German police officers ride their Segway scooters as they control the traffic in front of the fair ground of the International Car Show in Frankfurt, central Germany, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007.Yeah sure, we're supposed to believe that? Give us a real caption, please!
Entries will remain open until 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time, Tuesday, September 25. Submit your captions in the comments section, or email at email@example.com.
Winners from last week:
1. Not Me: (via email)
3. Counter Trey:
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Dozens Of Iranians And Syrians Killed In Nerve Gas Accident
. . . but it happened way back in July.
The Jerusalem Post is reporting the following:
Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane's Magazine report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.
Could these nerve gasses have originally come from Saddam Hussein? Iraqi General Georges Sada claimed that Iraq sent its WMDs to Syria, a claim that has never been disproven.
Now Jane's is an extremely well-respected reporting institution, and this is big big news. Or it should be. How come we hadn't heard about this?
Update: Ynet is also reporting on this story, also based on the Jane's article - with a few more facts:
According to the report by the British magazine, the explosion occurred early in the morning on July 26, in a factory in the city of Halab, as the officers were attempting to mount a chemical warhead with mustard gas on a Scud-C missile.
GlobalSecurity.org's in-depth article on Syria's well-established chemical weapons program tells us that Syria is not a signatory to the international conventions on chemical and biological weapons, nor has it signed the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty.
Syria has a "robust chemical weapons program, perhaps one of the most advanced in the Middle East, and a variety of delivery methods." Syria also has huge reserves of the phosphates needed to manufacture them. Fortunately, they do not have the means to manufacture many of the precursors required for these weapons - "the country is still very depending on outside assistance in procuring important precursor chemicals and equipment."
Syria also has the means to deliver such weapons:
Chris Matthews Writes A Talking Point For Osama
Bob Woodward in the Washington Post debunked claims today that Alan Greenspan's new memoir says the War in Iraq is about an oil grab by the U.S. The article states that oil was indeed a major national security concern of the administration prior to the invasion of Iraq, and rightly so:
a top-secret National Security Presidential Directive, titled "Iraq: Goals, Objectives and Strategy" and signed by Bush in August 2002 -- seven months before the invasion -- listed as one of many objectives "to minimize disruption in international oil markets."
Greenspan supported the invasion of Iraq, for much the same reasons:
His main support for Hussein's ouster, though, was economically motivated. "If Saddam Hussein had been head of Iraq and there was no oil under those sands," Greenspan said, "our response to him would not have been as strong as it was in the first gulf war. And the second gulf war is an extension of the first. My view is that Saddam, looking over his 30-year history, very clearly was giving evidence of moving towards controlling the Straits of Hormuz, where there are 17, 18, 19 million barrels a day" passing through.
But many on the left misinterpreted (or didn't understand) Greenspan's comments, leading Chris Matthews to come up with a rather ugly sentiment:
Let's see if Osama bin Laden puts that in his next video. Thanks, Chris.
Quote Of The Day
The Battle of Antietam
Today marks the anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, which is still the single-day highest death toll for Americans; higher than D-Day or September 11, 2001.
The battle was a tactical draw, but a Union victory that forced the Confederate forces off Northern soil. It marked the Union 'victory' President Lincoln was looking for to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
Update: Rob Port added this to my crosspost over at Say Anything:
Battle of Antietam: 2,108 killed in one day (on just the Union side, 1,546 Confederates died as well). War in Iraq: 3,782 killed...in four and a half years. Point? By any historical measure, Iraq has been one of the least costly protracted military engagements in our nation's history in terms of lives lost. If this war truly is as "unsustainable" as some would have us believe we are in a lot bigger trouble than anything the middle east portends.
Erwin Chemerinsky: You Win Some, You Lose Some
Erwin Chemerinsky, you may or may not know, is a prominent constitutional law scholar who was hired, then bizarrely fired, as the new dean for the University of California at Irvine, supposedly for being 'too liberal' to be Dean at the school in conservative Orange County. His detractors have not surfaced, as far as I know. Fellow con law profs Hugh Hewitt and Glenn Reynolds have been steadfastly supporting Chemerinsky in this odd ordeal.
Today, he was reinstated as the new dean of the law school, as he worked out a deal with Chancellor Michael Drake.
However, he lost in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals representing Rachel Corrie's family against Caterpillar. Corrie's family claimed that Caterpillar provided Israel with tractors "it knew would be used in violation of international law." Rachel Corrie was killed when she got in the way of a Caterpillar tractor clearing an area of explosives. The case was dismissed because the tractors were bought by the federal government and transferred to Israel, and this decision was a foreign policy "political question" that the courts cannot second-guess.
For Chemerinsky, justice was served correctly to him in both instances.
The Left Calls The Tune: Now Dance, Democrats
First of all I dont care if John Kerry was eating live babies on TV, one week out from an election you do not repeat GOP talking points. Ever.
In regard to being asked about the Betray Us ad, Hamsher counsels Democrats as follows:
So . . . being a whacko leftwing blogger is all a ruse to make Democratic candidates 'look moderate?' Heh, not actually be moderate, but just look it? And if a GOP 'talking point' is something like 'eating live babies is bad . . . ' every Democrat is supposed to disagree with it regardless of how silly it makes that Democrat look?
Just because Jane Hamsher says so?
Hamsher would have Edwards stifle herself when honorable men and women in uniform are attacked, because apparently, the most evil thing one can do is agree with Republicans. Even when someone like Edwards knows, as a matter of deeply-held principles, that it is the right thing to do.
And Now A Shia Awakening, Too?Fortunately for the coalition forces in Iraq, al-Qaeda is just as adept at shooting themselves in the foot as killing innocent people.
Sheik Majid Tahir al-Magsousi, the leader of the Migasees tribe here in Wasit province, acknowledged tribal leaders have discussed creating a brigade of young men trained by the Americans to bolster local security as well as help patrol the border with Iran.
Propaganda: Your Job In
Here is the text of the execrable MoveOn.org ad that slanders General David Petraeus, on the day he testifies before Congress:
"General Petraeus is a military man constantly at war with the facts. In 2004, just before the election, he said there was tangible progress in Iraq and that Iraqi leaders are stepping forward. And last week Petraeus, the architect of the escalation of troops in Iraq, said, We say we have achieved progress, and we are obviously going to do everything we can to build on that progress.
Every independent report on the ground situation in Iraq shows that the surge
strategy has failed. Yet the General claims a reduction in violence. Thats
because, according to the New York Times, the Pentagon has adopted a bizarre
formula for keeping tabs on violence. For example, deaths by car bombs dont
count. The Washington Post reported that assassinations only count if youre
shot in the back of the head not the front. According to the Associated
Press, there have been more civilian deaths and more American soldier deaths in the past three months than in any other summer weve been there. Well hear of neighborhoods where violence has decreased. But we wont hear that those neighborhoods have been ethnically cleansed.
Most importantly, General Petraeus will not admit what everyone knows: Iraq is mired in an unwinnable religious civil war. We may hear of a plan to withdraw a few thousand American troops. But we wont hear what Americans are desperate to hear: a timetable for withdrawing all our troops. General Petraeus has actually said American troops will need to stay in Iraq for as long as ten years.
Today, before Congress and before the American people, General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us."
Go and read David Petraeus' op-ed piece from 2004 in which he states we have made 'tangible progress' in Iraq. The general lays out a lot of specifics that MoveOn.org does not, and cannot, challenge. Petraeus was not saying that things were all rosy in Iraq - he was simply laying out some of our successes there.
That does not put him 'at war with the facts' as MoveOn hopes you will believe - that just puts him at odds with MoveOn's radical creed that no progress of any kind is possible, ever, in Iraq, and that if you state otherwise, you are a liar and a traitor. This is a superstitious belief among the anti-war crowd, not an actual investigation of facts.
As for the surge strategy failing, well, MoveOn.org is completely invested in that narrative, but of course it is completely wrong. Anbar province has been pacified. Baquba has been pacified. As for casualties among our troops . . . the strategy is called The Surge, with troops pouring in to pacify the country (Baghdad specifically). It was expected to raise casualty rates, and it has, but not to the extent predicted.
MoveOn.org Calls Petraeus a Traitor - Pete Hegseth, Weekly Standard.
Has MoveOn Betrayed the Democratic Party? - Byron York, NRO.
"A general who "betrays us" is a traitor, like Benedict Arnold. Now that it's OK to question people's patriotism, can we start with MoveOn?" says John Hinderacker.
Update: Reporting to Congress by General David Petraeus.
Update: Confederate Yankee informs us that the New York Times gave MoveOn.org a hefty 61% discount on the ad.
We should believe this, I suppose, because every leftist who starts blogging is instantly granted divine insight into the complexities of Iraqi politics, thousands of miles away. You know, the same people who have been telling us we have already lost in Iraq.
Well lo and behold, perhaps the Juan Cole wannabes don't know a damn thing about Iraq:
The tribal movement begun in Anbar has spread throughout central Iraq, as thousands of Sunnis have either volunteered to join the Iraqi Security Forces or formed local defense groups under Iraqi government and coalition auspices. These "concerned citizens" groups springing up throughout central Iraq have not been previously observed on this scale in the country. They permit U.S. and Iraqi forces to hold territory they have cleared more effectively. The volunteers who make up these groups, recruited and deployed in their own neighborhoods, have incentives to protect their families and communities. They are not independent militias, however. They are partnered with Iraqi Security Forces and coalition forces.
The Baqubah Guardians, one such group, recently helped the Iraqi police in that city fight off al Qaeda insurgents until coalition helicopters arrived. The Taji Neighborhood Watch association searched hundreds of homes for weapons caches. Iraq has hitherto lacked a local policing initiative, relying instead on national and regional models. The concerned-citizen groups are filling this gap while the U.S. and the Iraqi governments work to expand and improve the Iraqi Security Forces that many of these volunteers hope to join.
I am sure the defeatocrats will explain this away with all the expert authority they have displayed thus far. They need to. They have bet the whole farm on defeat, and so they need to chant to themselves "keep despair alive!"
In its ongoing effort to demoralize you and tell you how you should feel, so that we can have defeat and a proper humiliation of America, the Washington Post informs us that Americans are 'war-weary'.
Well that is impossible. Sorry, seeing the same images of stuff blowing up in Iraq does not give you the right to claim you are 'war-weary.'
You aren't there, you aren't fighting. The guys in Iraq and Afghanistan are the ones who can claim to be war-weary, not you.
You are not making sacrifices for this war, you are not doing without. There are no scrap metal drives, there is no rationing, there are no shortages, there are no war bonds.
War effort? What war effort?
Unless you are in the military or are related to someone who is, there is no war. Other than those hurt or killed and their loved ones, America is not paying a price.
Stop your whining.
What is the Thach Weave?
John Hinderacker is rightly perplexed to find that "seventeen of Britains 26 Islamic seminaries are run by Deobandis" - the Deobandi being a Sunni Islamic revivalist movement from which the Taliban were born, and that these seminaries outlaw chess.
" . . . but haven't Muslims been playing chess for centuries?" he asks. Chess is a Persian invention or an Indian invention, depending upon whom you ask.
Question: What is the ruling on playing chess by using the customary pieces? Is the ruling any different in the case where the game is played by computer which employs symbols and shapes instead of the customary pieces?
Answer: Playing it (chess) is absolutely forbidden even without placing a bet. And there is no difference in this, whether it is (played) with customary pieces or by computer.
Wow, that is a pretty low threshold of entertainment to ban right there. I guess the booze and the hookers are right out, then? Banning chess alone would be a deal breaker if I were to ever consider becoming a Muslim. I mean, this is just outlawing fun as a kind of prank - just to make life less pleasant for people just because you have the power to do so.
No chess hotties? Dealbreaker.
Osama bin Laden's new video premiered today, disappointing many who'd hoped he'd found a new job shoveling coal for Satan. That will just have to wait, I suppose.
Meanwhile, Noam Chomsky must just be so proud that Osama has tapped him as one of the West's greatest intellectual lights. Okay, so it isn't quite getting the Order of Lenin pinned on your chest by Stalin himself, but still it's pretty impressive. Chomsky is now in Osama's league! Or is it the other way around?
Sorry for the snark here, but really, this is a bit much. Is there no limit to the impoverishment of the left? Will it disturb them to find that a mass murdering psychopath has appropriated their agenda and rhetoric in turnkey fashion as a weapon against democracy? Well, hasn't that in fact been the history of the left, beginning with Lenin, and leading to Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot and Kim Jong-Il? It would only be surprising if the left actually did disavow Osama in large numbers. Self-respecting leftists should openly, publicly state that they are not on Osama's side . . . because the rest of us could be getting confused about this ever blurrier line between dissent and disloyalty.
According to the genius doctors protesting the treatment of Gitmo hunger strikers, that is. In an oddly repetitive news article/press release, we find that some doctors believe that "there are strong parallels between the Biko case and the ongoing role of US military doctors in Guantanamo Bay and the war on terror."
No, there are only 'strong parallels' here if you are a leftist with an agenda. Steven Biko was a dissident in South Africa back when it was still an apartheid state, who was arrested at a roadblock. He received serious head injuries from the police, and died soon thereafter. How is this at all like the treatment the detainees at Guantanamo Bay are receiving? Are the doctors claiming that the soldiers at Gitmo deliver serious head blows to the prisoners there? Are they claiming that detainees are being murdered there? Just what proof do they have that anything remotely like Biko's treatment is occurring?
The doctors then complain that the military doctors at Gitmo are not being brought up on charges for - get this - force feeding hunger strikers. Don't you like the little Catch-22 at play here? These very same doctors would be complaining the loudest if the military just let the hunger strikes take their course.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has created an Office of New Reactors, which is expected to have applicants for new nuclear construction banging down their door as early as October 1 (the start of the federal fiscal year). The "new fast-tracked combined construction and operating license applications" that will be available, and new modular construction techniques could mean reactors built in as little as 36 months.
The reactors will be safer too: "they will have multiple independent systems to cool reactor cores in an emergency, multiple backup power systems, digital control rooms and more passive systems to open and close valves automatically by gravity or water flow, to reduce human error."
So what say you, chickengreens? Are you going to oppose this in simple kneejerk fashion, because of liberal dogma that says all things nuclear are always bad, all the time? Or have you awakened to the fact that, actually, you need electricity to power those obscenely large houses you so dearly love? Isn't reducing your carbon footprint an ecstatic religious experience we are all supposed try and attain?
Well, here it is. Don't go all squishy on us now. And don't tell us we should all just ride bicycles. You don't.
"We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty."
Too bad far too many on the left do exactly that.
Here is a backgrounder on Chinagate, the Idiot's Guide to Chinagate, that explains the largely-ignored Clinton scandal that started it all, and rightly leads folks to question if Hsu isn't the sequel. Great money quote - '"We like your president. We want to see him re-elected," former Chinese intelligence chief Gen. Ji Shengde told Chinagate bagman Johnny Chung.'
Major Hillary supporter Mayor Samuel Rivera of Passaic, New Jersey, got caught with 10 other people in an FBI corruption sting. Rivera is accused of steering insurance contracts. Corruption in New Jersey -- never saw that one coming either.
Plus: have you seen this man?
Yet another Hillary donor gone into hiding.
Do you really want four years of this kind of nonsense, day in, day out? Vote Hillary!
Why couldn't the Scorpions have done more of this stuff than that euro wussmetal they slogged for so long?
This week's WILLisms.com Caption Contest photograph:
Outgoing White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove (background) enlists the help of staffers' children in pulling plastic wrap off his Jaguar car, placed there as a practical joke, at a parking lot on the White House grounds in Washington, August 29, 2007. Rove had just returned to Washington from a trip with U.S. President George W. Bush to the areas hit in 2005 by Hurricane Katrina.Come on, you know there's more going on than this. Give us a better caption, please!
Entries will remain open until 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time, Tuesday, September 11. Submit your captions in the comments section, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners from last week:
1. Wyatt Earp :
Disenfranchised minorities finally realize their dream of "Sticking it to The Man."
They knew the most important step in building the body around the skeleton was to get the boobs right first.
And thus ends Tim Burtons' efforts to shoot in 100 percent scale.
When captioning is outlawed, only outlaws will caption. Enter today!
This map has been around for a little while, but hopefully it is new to you, the way it was new to me.
(h/t Inspire, Move & Touch)
Wow, I completely agree with Markos Moulitsas:
Hillary Clinton with some guy.
Via Gateway Pundit we find that generous Democratic contributor and 'hillraiser' Norman Hsu may have been a close associate of China missile trader Bernard Schwartz. Oh, this is getting bad for Her Annointed Highness. This is dredging up all the unpleasant things people wanted to forget about Hillary, and puts the Clinton sleaze factor back into play. Norman Hsu may not have committed (another) crime with his byzantine donation practices, but it does go to prove that the Clintons have never fixed their faulty scumbag detectors. The receiving line of sleazoids greeting the Clintons seems to have no end.
For what it's worth, this is what WorldNetDaily has to say about this:
Last November, Schwartz and Hsu chaired a New School banquet at the Mandarin Oriental in New York which featured Sen. Clinton as keynote speaker. Clinton steered a $1 million federal grant to the college.WND reporting often seems hysterical (not in a funny ha ha way) but they do offer this screen shot:
More recently, Schwartz and Hsu (pronounced shoo) appeared together at the New York Yacht Club for Democratic Rep. Patrick Kennedy's 40th birthday bash...
Is there more than just this? Stay tuned as this story goes drip, drip, drip along.
Update: Drip, drip indeed. There are now two more very questionable donors to the Hillary campaign being investigated: Sant S. Chantwal and Tendo Oto. Commenter Frieda reminds us about fugitive contributor Abdul Rehman Jinnah. Why, it is turning into a veritable United Nations of corruption over at Camp Hillary.
Question: When is the mainstream media going to step up and fulfill its duty to defend Hillary against these scurrilous rightwing charges? Just when are we going to see the interlocking charts of donors contributing to those making these accusations? When are the criminal backgrounds of these alleged donors going to be debunked and placed in their proper context? We aren't going to let Hillary get swiftboated on this, are we?
Just where the hell are Rahm Emmanuel and James Carville??!??!1??
Answer: Are you kidding? As Jay Tea points out, these scandals have not even penetrated the thick forehead cocoon armor plating of the left wing yet.
In case you were wondering, Letters of Marque and Reprisal are a power from Article I, sec. 8 of the Constitution allowing Congress to put a bounty on someone's head (it was originally used to authorize privateers/pirates, whatever). Here is Wikipedia's blurb on it re: Ron Paul -
The issue of Marque and Reprisal was raised before Congress by Rep. Ron Paul of Texas after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and again on July 21, 2007. Paul, defining the attacks as an act of "air piracy," introduced the Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001, which would have granted the president the authority to use Letters of Marque and Reprisal against the specific terrorists, instead of warring against a foreign state. Paul compared the terrorists to pirates in that they are difficult to fight by traditional military means.
My guess is that Paul brings this up because the rewards already being offered for Osama bin Laden, et.al., come from the executive branch, and not the legislative branch, which alone seems to have the enumerated power to do so. But putting a reward on someone's head seems to be a far different thing than the sort of semi-piracy envisioned by the Framers. Is Ron Paul arguing that, in a time of war, the President does not have the power to put out a bounty on bona fide enemies of the United States? I hope not - that would be another example of the over-fetishizing of the Constitution that libertarians are so famous for.
Today is Labor Day? Could have fooled me. I did all the shopping I need to do today, picked up some coffee, and even went banking. Yes, my bank was open, those unpatriotic rats!
My confrere Jay Tea is complaining that this holiday interfered with his ability to get some errands done. Maybe they have more respect for the holiday in New Hampshire than they do here in Illinois. Ironic, considering that Chicago was where the seed of the holiday was planted.
Rob Port reminds us that this holiday was inaugurated by Grover Cleveland to placate the fellow travelers of murderous anarchists who killed police with a bomb during the Chicago Haymarket riot in 1886. One might even be tempted to label them 'terrorists'. The notorious May Day parades where the Soviet Union displayed the weapons of war used to keep millions in slavery traces its ancestry to this event.
So, here's to America's proud history of union thuggery! That is one way of looking at it.
P.S. Ooops! I forgot the real reason why we still have Labor Day. We aren't supposed to wear white after today! I'll just have to put away those white Hanes 50/50 tees I just bought. Shame.
P.P.S. Here's a little tidbit about Congress covering up union crimes:
As the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports, nearly 800 convictions in six years -- a staggering number -- have occurred as a result of audits and investigations of labor unions conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Labor-Management Standards. So how does the new Congress respond? By cutting its $47.7 million budget!Unions. Classy.