Category Social Issues

Occupation Unknown

The beauty of the American Dream is that it’s whatever you make it out to be. If you want to be a graphical designer, you have the freedom to do so. Just like your freedom to be a banker, investor, bartender, hotel manager, trash guy, or business owner. The American Dream lies in liberty, not money or things.

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Can You Here Me Now?

“Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work….When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.” -Frederic Bastiat in The Law

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Debt Man Walking

The Democrats never proposed a plan of their own, they just sat in the peanut gallery and criticized Republican plans. The Republicans adjusted and adjusted their ideas until it was something neither party could live with — and passed it. What a load of silly fools we elected. It’s a shame they reflect those who elected them.

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Ubiquitous Malevolence

If everyone was basically good, if we lived in Utopia, Wikipedia would work. But since politics exists, it doesn’t. They might have a date or an established fact you can get anywhere else, but it’s not a source for objectivity on hot topics. Wait, if Wikipedia is only good for information I can get anywhere else, doesn’t that mean it’s effectively pointless?

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Pernicious Pyong-Gang

Welcome to North Korea. You’re free to come in, but not to go out. Behold the power of North Korea. A prison state with endless food shortages, huge electricity problems, starvation, poverty and forced plastic eye-lid surgery for waitresses.

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Espial Adumbrations

The British historian, Timothy Garton Ash, travelling in Poland during the time of the strikes [in the 1980s], asked the demonstrators faced off against the police what they hoped to achieve. The memorable reply: ‘Forty years of socialism, and there’s still no toilet paper!’” (p. 48) The Year that Changed the World: The Untold Story […]

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Slipping America a Mickey

Jose Antonio Vargas wrote an article for the New York Times titled, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Vargas writes that one morning at the age of 12, he was woken up by his mother and sent with his “uncle” on a plane to America. His mother wanted to give him a better life, and […]

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June 11-17: Week Miscellany

News cycles seem to go around and around. Some of it is new and pointless and some of it is just plain old. Malcolm Muggeridge couldn’t have been more right when he said, “All new news is old news happening to new people.” Sometimes I feel like the news media operates a bit like this: […]

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This Weeks Miscellany

Some news items don’t deserve a full post. They’d be boring, or there’s just not that much to them. So this post is dedicated to all the midget stories — excuse me: Little news items. ITEM — Smucker’s in a Jam: This one is basically here because of the epic pun. J.M. Smucker Co. profits […]

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…Paved with [Bad] Intentions

You know the old adage: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The interesting thing is that the road to hell is also paved with bad intentions. So, all in all, following intentions is not the best way to go. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided on the infamous Arizona law […]

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Surreal Realism

The State in the Third Millennium (van Eck Publishers, 2009) by Prince Hans-Adam II, the Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, presents an interesting outline for successful government with a look back over history in search of important lessons to direct us through these uncertain times. Right now you might be thinking, “How did Ben dig up […]

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Netan-Yahoo!

The Middle East is certainly not our President’s strong point. First he tells Mubarak he’s got to go, then un-friends Gadhafi, now he’s telling Benny that his fort is too big. In a speech Obama gave on May 19 he stated: So while the core issues of the conflict must be negotiated, the basis of […]

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