Barack Obama In His Own Words

“[My grandmother] is a typical white person.” — Nobel Peace Prize Winner Barack Obama, 2008 Now that the American military has at long last killed Osama bin Laden, Obama’s sagging approval ratings have jumped some six points. Obama is riding pretty high, and so I think it’s important to remind folks once again who this…

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Last Rites Administered For Osama Bin Laden By US

Political correctness run amok. Christ, I hope this isn’t true: WASHINGTON — US forces administered Muslim religious rites for Osama bin Laden aboard an aircraft carrier Monday in the Arabian Sea, an American official said after the raid that killed the Al-Qaeda leader. “Today religious rights were conducted for the deceased on the deck of…

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Lemonade Stands: Instead Of Teaching A Kid About Running A Business, She Got A Lesson In Government Regulation [UPDATED]

The following is, on a micro level, a perfect compendiation of free-trade versus government regulation, all in the name of the so-called common good. It was written by a bureaucrat (no less) fellow free-marketeer named Nicolas Martin, who’s the executive director of the Consumer Health Education Council in Indianapolis — and whom I incorrectly branded…

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Friday Poem — by Thom Gunn

Nasturtium Born in a sour waste lot You labored up to light, Bunching what strength you’d got And running out of sight Through a knot-hole at last, To come forth into sun As if without a past, Done with it, re-begun. Now street-side of the fence You take a few green turns, Nimble in nonchalance…

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Say What?

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence — it is force. Said George Washington. The state is the coldest of all cold monsters that bites with stolen teeth. Said Nietzsche. Government is solely an instrument or mechanism of appropriation, prohibition, compulsion, and extinction; in the nature of things it can be nothing else, and…

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Easter And Its Origins

A reader writes: Dear Sir: Why do rabbits and eggs represent Easter, which also celebrates the resurrection of Christ? — Peter Dear Peter: Easter primarily represents the advent of springtime, just as Christ’s resurrection does. The Old-English word Eastre derives from an Anglo-Saxon Pagan goddess named Eostre, about whom very little is known. What we…

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Make Every Day Earth Day — But Do It The Right Way

Earth Day is upon us again. It all began on April 22, 1970, when a United States Senator named Gaylord Nelson founded “an environmental teach-in” which he called, somewhat inauspiciously, Earth Day. The first Earth Day was confined to the United States, but the first Earth Day national coordinator, one Denis Hayes, soon made it…

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Atlas Shrugged The Movie

It was good. It was not brilliant, but it was good. There were flaws — things I would have done differently and a few scenes that annoyed me — but the movie was sincere, and I thought that on a certain level it succeeded. The left, meanwhile, is in a cold sweat over the impact…

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Obama Suddenly Envisions An America Where “We Live Within Our Means”

After adding more to America’s national debt in his first 19 months than all presidents from Washington through Reagan combined, Barack Obama on Wednesday, April 14th, 2011, in a nationally televised speech, said the following: “This is my vision for America: A vision where we live within our means while still investing in our future”…

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UN Document Would Give ‘Mother Earth’ Same Rights As Humans

This is for all the folks out there — you know who you are — who over the years have told me that I caricaturize environmentalism and environmentalists; that I present the environmental position “unfairly,” as “too extreme” when I call it what it actually is: namely, neo-Marxism at its blackest, a quasi-secular religion that…

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“Fetal Rights,” Abortion, And Public Funding Of Abortion

By definition, a fetus does not possess rights because the things in nature that give rise to rights are human individuation and the power of choice, which in turn gives rise to moral agency. A fetus, however, is the diametric opposite of individuated: it lives parasitically (in a literal sense) off of an individuated host.…

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Friday Poem

Forever Yours He trudged into the desert, taking almost nothing with him but water and a ghost- ly old photo of a lady beside the ocean. That first night, he lay above a dry creek bed. Below, he heard vipers moving through the sand with a side-winding motion, and he did not sleep. He’d grown…

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Victimless Crimes: Obama’s Deadly War

Just like the conservatives and their absolutely absurd “war on drugs,” Barack Obama and his clownish administration have caused much unnecessary destruction and death, which nobody, right, left, or middle, should sanction. This is a war which, unlike the conservatives, Obama initially claimed he was opposed to, but which he nevertheless has cravenly and predictably…

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Fascinating Facts, Curious Quotations

“The fact is, I did not eat every day during that period of my life.” Said the surrealist Andre Breton, explaining the possible provenance of some of his strange and early literature. Sergei Yesenin (1895-1925) was a Russian lyric poet who, at age 30, hung himself. Vladimir Mayakovsky, his contemporary and also a Russian poet,…

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First Portrait Of Jesus?

In reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross. Said Friedrich Nietszche. Is this the man whom Nietszche spoke of? New archeological evidence says maybe. The fascinating photo bears the impression of what researchers say could very well be the earliest image of Christ. From the London Daily Mail: The…

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