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June 24, 2004

The New York Times Continues to Amaze

Posted by Paul Chesser at 3:26 PM

Is there any doubt that if a Republican senator was caught using tax dollars to pay for campaign plane trips instead of New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, that the New York Times would have handled its account a little more harshly? And given it greater prominence on its website?

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Category 'Duh'

Posted by Paul Chesser at 10:12 AM

USA Today wonders if Sandra Day O'Connor is beginning to "tilt left."

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Refreshing DeMint

Posted by Paul Chesser at 09:42 AM

Free trader Rep. Jim DeMint of South Carolina emerged victorious on Tuesday in his runoff race against former Gov. David Beasley in their race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

I interviewed DeMint in 2000 when he visited Greensboro, when he was promoting the policy of Social Security "personalization" (not “privatization,” lest he scare those who currently depend on the system, he said at the time).

DeMint made a perhaps prescient prediction leading up to that 2000 election:

“I think (election year 2000) is the last chance Americans have to salvage their freedom with their vote,” he said. “If we go another eight years like we just did, we won’t have another group of voters who will vote for less government again.”

“When people know they can vote themselves more benefits, that’s when we’re doomed.”

Since I was writing for a Christian newspaper at the time, DeMint made the connection about personal responsibility to the spiritual aspect:

"When seniors look towards the government for their retirement and Social Security, they are no longer looking to their Creator for their security,” he said.

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Barring the door

Posted by George Leef at 09:38 AM

The door to the practice of law, that is.

I have for many years been a critic of the cartel practices of the legal profession, including the necessity of passing a "bar exam" before being allowed to legally practice law in a state. In this article you can read the nasty truth about the bar exam: It does not do anything to guarantee that the person who passes is a competent lawyer. The bar exam is a useless exercise in memorization that no more protects the public against bad lawyering than federal safety standards on lawnmowers protect us against grass cutting accidents.

The author also correctly observes that law school is unnecessary -- just a costly interlude between college and the time when a prospective lawyer actually begins to learn what he needs to know, which is when he starts working in a law firm.

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Greater love hath no man

Posted by John Hood at 08:21 AM

The beginning of a story today about a local hero:

To his friends, Kent Sandefur lived his life a hero, and last week died one.

They say he was forever helping out. If a family needed a hand building a swing set, Sandefur of York, S.C., was there banging nails. If a co-worker at US Airways needed a day off to be with family, Sandefur was quick to volunteer.

He and wife, Becky, often looked after children of friends.

Last week, off the shore of Tybee Island, Ga., near Savannah, Sandefur and two children of friends were shell hunting on a sandbar when suddenly all three were fighting for their lives after a tide swept them into the ocean. Sandefur helped the children, ages 9 and 6, to safety.

He didn't make it.

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Quit making fun of the president’s memory

Posted by John Hood at 08:17 AM

Are there “missing women” in Bill Clinton’s new autobiography? This seems like an unfair question. The average person can only remember so many names.

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