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October 11, 2004

Your Imperial Credits Or Your Life

Posted by Andrew Cline at 9:57 PM

Darth Vader robbed a pizza delivery guy last week. Really.

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Isn't there a statute of limitations somewhere

Posted by Hal Young at 9:36 PM

In case anyone forgot it was Columbus Day, here's the required annual trashing of the dead white explorer, as published in the Raleigh News & Observer today:

Columbus sailed with baggage

CHAPEL HILL -- Were it not for Muslims, Columbus would not have discovered America.

Sept. 11, 2001 was the tragic consequence of long-simmering anti-Western grievances harbored by many in the Islamic world. Those grievances go back at least to 1492, the year that Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain on a voyage to find a sea route to India that resulted instead in the discovery of the New World. ...

Unwittingly, Columbus undertook his historic journey over the broken spirit of the Islamic people. Now, half a millenium later, that repressed people, like a long-dormant volcano, is erupting.

Hmm. That's a 512-year-old grievance. And a direct line from there to the World Trade Center?

I can beat that, on behalf of my Huguenot ancestors who fled Bourbon France in 1680 after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes; my Swiss immigrant ancestors who had to seek a pardon from George III after mixing in the wrong politics in colonial Carolina in 1768; my Highland Scots ancestors who came to America following the suppression of the clans; and all my Southern ancestors who lived under martial law imposed by their own government after a second independence movement proved unsuccessful. And I won't even mention my Cherokee relatives.

Time to move on, I think. History still doesn't justify slaughter of the innocent.

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Pre-election political thuggery

Posted by Andrew Cline at 4:35 PM

The AFL-CIO co-ordinates attacks against local GOP headquarters, then blames Republicans for "trying to politicize" the attacks.

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Re: Why couldn't we be more like Iceland?

Posted by Hal Young at 11:59 AM

George Leef observes that

If individual states were free to say to the feds, "You have no constitutional authority to tell us how to run our affairs," there would probably be as much difference between, say, North Carolina and New York as between Iceland and France.

But I think we tried that already. Going past the moral issue of slavery and looking purely at structural considerations, the consolidation of centralized power is why one author states that the War of 1861 was more of a revolution in legal and governmental terms than the War of 1775. Had we fixed the national problem of slavery without a war, as they did in Britain, we might have had a more distributed government at the end of that century as at the beginning.

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Where He Was

Posted by Paul Chesser at 10:39 AM

Look at the way President Bush "hid out" during the Vietnam War.

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What is it with Islamist kooks and drug-running?

Posted by John Hood at 10:19 AM

Coalition troops just seized $30 million worth of heroin that Muqtada al-Sadrís thugs planned to sell on the streets of Iraq. Some of it apparently is coming from Afghanistan, where before and after the Talibanís overthrow the number one cash crop has been poppies.

Various jokes and observations about drug laws are easily inserted at this point, but Iím out of time.

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Why couldn't we be more like Iceland?

Posted by George Leef at 08:46 AM

When people think about the free and prosperous places on earth, Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland, and a few other small countries usually come to mind. Here's one more that should -- Iceland. In this interesting article from the British Spectator, the author explains that, thanks to having stayed out of the web of statist control known as the European Union, Iceland has been able to make itself into one of the great success stories in the moden world.

Just one quibble. The author regards the US as among the top countries with regard to freedom. But we have been slipping and look good only in comparison with countries like France and Germany. I'd say that he US hasn't been a really free country since about 1912. And we too have our EU problem, except that it's called Washington. If individual states were free to say to the feds, "You have no constitutional authority to tell us how to run our affairs," there would probably be as much difference between, say, North Carolina and New York as between Iceland and France.

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