"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams

Thursday, July 29, 2010

SEC Says New Financial Regulation Law Exempts it From Public Disclosure
by Dunstan Prial
So much for transparency. Under a little-noticed provision of the recently passed financial-reform legislation, the Securities and Exchange Commission no longer has to comply with virtually all requests for information releases from the public, including those filed under the Freedom of Information Act...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Axe Falls on NHS Services
by Laura Donnelly
Some of the most common operations — including hip replacements and cataract surgery — will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected...

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Goldman Reveals Where Bailout Cash Went
by Karen Mracek & Thomas Beaumont
Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public Friday night...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Immigrant 'Sanctuaries' Rouse Opponents' Wrath
by David G. Savage
..."Everyone has noticed the hypocrisy of the government going after Arizona and ignoring the sanctuary cities," said Bob Dane, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform. "They have it exactly backwards. Arizona is applying federal law, and sanctuary cities are violating it"...

Friday, July 23, 2010

"Economic Justice" as "Social Justice"
by Paul Kengore
...Unlike traditional practitioners of social justice, whose occasional noble interests ranged from prison reform to child-labor laws, many modern practitioners seek wealth redistribution, “living wages,” progressive income taxes, and an eternally-widening net of federal government power and central planning; they are inclined to class interests rather than human rights...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The New Racial Mess
by Victor Davis Hanson
Weren't we supposed to enter a new age of tolerance with the election of President Barack Obama? His half-black, half-white ancestry and broad support across racial lines suggested that at last Americans judged each other on the content of our characters -- not the color of our skin or our tribal affiliations. Instead, in just 18 months of the Obama administration, racial discord is growing and relations seem to have been set back a generation...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The End of the Post Racial Presidency
by Dick Morris & Eileen McGann
...Obama, as president of the United States, is increasingly taking sides in the old racial debates, reigniting them and lending new fuel to their flames. He is no more the president of all the people, but is retreating into the racial cocoon of a supportive minority vote...

Monday, July 19, 2010

Google's Wi-Spying and Intelligence Ties Prompt Call for Congressional Hearing
PR Newswire
...it appears that Google holds classified U.S. government contracts to supply search and geospatial information to the U.S. government. In addition, White House records show that Google executives have been holding meetings with U.S. national security officials for undisclosed reasons. Finally, it also appears that Google's widely criticized efforts to collect wireless network data on American citizens were not inadvertent, contrary to the company's claims"...

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The IRS' Vast New ObamaCare Powers
Wall Street Journal
If it seems as if the tax code was conceived by graphic artist M.C. Escher, wait until you meet the new and not improved Internal Revenue Service created by ObamaCare. What, you're not already on a first-name basis with your local IRS agent?...
Related: Administration Now Defends Insurance Mandate as a Tax

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Obama, Not the 'Post-' but the 'Most' Racial President
by David Limbaugh
While President Obama has touted himself as a post-racial president, he has built a record demonstrating precisely the opposite. Is it Obama's bitterness, or is the incessant playing of the race card by him and many of his supporters merely calculated political exploitation -- or both?...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Financial Reform, R.I.P.
by James S. Henry & Laurence Kotlikoff
The Dodd-Frank bill does nothing to deal with Wall Street's central problem: systemic non-disclosure. So long Glass-Steagall. Hello Dodd-Frank--the most comprehensive rewrite of financial rules since 1933. This 2,319-page colossus--10 times the length of Glass-Steagall--took 1.5 years to produce and will cost $30 billion and many more years to implement. Will all this time and treasure make Wall Street safe for Main Street? No. Dodd-Frank is a full-employment act for regulators that addresses everything but the root causes of the financial collapse...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Due to Public Outcry, Coast Guard Rescinds Ban of Reporters and Photographers from Oil Spill
Washington's Blog
...Congratulations to photographers like Julie Dermansky, who have tirelessly documented what's really going on.Congratulations to Anderson Cooper, who showed that a mainstream reporter can demand access.Congratulations to the First Amendment.

Monday, July 12, 2010

How the Expiring Bush Tax Cuts Affect You
by Bill Bischoff
...The Bush tax cuts don’t just offer tax relief to the wealthiest Americans. They offer it to just about anyone who pays federal income taxes. Their scheduled demise next year will raise the tax bill of nearly every taxpayer, unless Congress makes changes and the president jumps on board.
Tremble, Banks, Tremble
by James K. Galbraith
Upon taking office, President Obama had a chance to change course and didn't take it...Instead the Treasury administered fake "stress tests" and relaxed mark-to-market accounting rules for toxic assets which permitted the banks to defer losses and to continue to carry trash on their books at inflated values.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Holder's Justice Is Not Colorblind
Investor's Business Daily
...Clearly, a congressional investigation is in order, but that will have to wait until at least the next and hopefully different Congress is sworn in. Holder's obligation is to provide equal justice under the law. Regarding his oath of office, he has failed miserably. The Black Panthers in this case should have been judged by the content of their character and the nature of their actions, not excused because of the color of their skin.
Video: The New Black Panther Party
Kagan: Harvard Law's $476 Million Dean
by Sharon Theimer
...If attorneys or law firms who donated represent clients before the court, it probably wouldn't be considered a close enough link to force Kagan to recuse herself from the case — even if the giving helped her succeed as dean, which in turn made her a more attractive candidate for the court...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Obama vs. Arizona: A Reckless War
by Andrea Tantaros
...anyone with basic political sense can see the move for what it is: a purely political maneuver intended to invigorate Hispanic voters - a key piece of the Democratic base - in time for the November elections. Obama is hoping that a bloody judicial showdown on immigration will translate into high turnout for Democrats...
Rasmussen Poll: 56% Oppose Justice Department Challenge of Arizona Law; 61% Favor Similar Law In Their State

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The General & The Community Organizer
by Paul R. Hollrah
...They had to make the most of [McChrystal's] retirement because it provided a one-time opportunity to show the American people, as well as our enemies and our allies, that the man who claims the title of Commander in Chief of the U.S. military does not command the respect of our men and women in uniform....
Related: Less Competent than Jimmy Carter

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

50 Random Facts That Make You Wonder What In The World Has Happened To America
...the America that so many of us once loved so much has been shattered into a thousand pieces. The "land of the free and the home of the brave" has been transformed into a socialized Big Brother nanny state that is oozing with corruption and has accumulated the biggest mountain of debt in the history of the world...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Loss of Language, Loss of Thought
by Wolfgang Grassl
...What is being lost is the capacity to think in terms of cause and effect, of distinguishing between differing levels of argument, and particularly any appreciation for abstraction. Increasingly, students expect to be spoon-fed with concrete examples, operational instructions, mechanical repetitions, and pictorial representation...
UN Steps Up Attack On Dollar, Calls for World Currency
by Alex Newman
...Even American officials have let it slip that they wouldn’t mind seeing a global currency and the phasing out of the dollar‘s position. Last year, for example, tax-dodging U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent waves through the media when he indicated his support for a world currency. He quickly back-peddled after the dollar dropped on international markets and the comments made headlines worldwide. But the damage was done...

Monday, July 05, 2010

Obama’s Deliberate Katrina
by Paul Driessen
...The 2010 oil spill is defined by yeoman’s efforts by Gulf Coast governors – and an Obama administration response that is leagues beyond inept. It is proactively incompetent and obstructionist, as though it is determined not to let this crisis go to waste – but to prolong and intensify the environmental and economic calamity, to advance its political objectives...
Obama's Immigration Hypocrisy
by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann
...so Obama has dug up the immigration proposals of former President George W. Bush, dusted them off and made them his own. He knows it won't pass. But he hopes that it will reignite Latino enthusiasm for his failing presidency and anger at Republicans for frustrating immigration reform. In the process, Obama is neglecting the real answer to immigration...

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day

The Cost of Declaring Our Independence
by Stroube Smith
...Looking back on our past, it appears the triumphs always seem inevitable, but that is never the case for the people living through the challenges...
Related: What Jefferson Wrought

Why we need to teach our nation's history...

Saturday, July 03, 2010

11 Reasons to Vote for Democrats in November
Barack Obama's 'Politics as Usual' Revealed by Rod Blagjevich Trial
...Quite why the President who promised hope, change and transparency thought it proper to have been trying to ease his friend into his old Senate seat just days after he had won the White House has not been answered...
Media Blackout for Black Panthers
The Washington Times
...A whistleblower makes explosive allegations about the Department of Justice; his story is backed by at least two other witnesses; and the allegations involve the two hot-button issues of race and of blatant politicization of the justice system. A potential constitutional confrontation stemming from the scandal brews between the Justice Department and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights...