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[RRND] 08/01 -- Iraq: Car bomb kills 15; three US troops killed; UN backs new Darfur peace force

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      In The News:

      1) Iraq: Car bomb kills 15; three US troops killed
      2) UN backs new Darfur peace force
      3) NY: Owners receive theft notices in corporate welfare scam
      4) House votes to embrace ethics overhaul
      5) Army censures general for "deception" in Tillman death
      6) Study: Army child abuse more likely during deployments
      7) Oil spill cleanup threatens coral reefs
      8) Nominee Mullen: Little political progress in Iraq
      9) Army opens rape, slaying court martial
      10) Closing arguments in Iraq killing court-martials
      11) CA: Farmers negotiate water deal
      12) Kurdish leader warns of Iraqi civil war
      13) Doctors blast Guantanamo treatment as unethical
      14) Islamic militants stage assault near Afghan border
      15) Study: Florida's voting machines still flawed
      16) UK: Indefinite sentences "unlawful," court rules
      17) UT: Trespassers meet with gunfire
      18) GA: Store owner shoots suspect
      19) Russia: Sex for the motherland
      20) British Army officially ends occupation of Six Counties
      21) Report: Ohio trashed 2004 election records
      22) FCC approves rules for airwaves auction
      23) Judge awards Goldmans rights to Simpson book
      24) China: Sweaty man electrocuted by computer
      25) Lobby reform aims at disclosure

      Everybody Has An Opinion:

      26) Gay bombs and bubble wrapped battlefields
      27) "To punish and enslave"
      28) The Emperor's Circus 2008
      29) The Libertarian Party: Libertarian ritual
      30) The new turn
      31) The other failed invasion
      32) Listen to Goldwater
      33) Will Bush cancel the 2008 election?
      34) War's not a drumbeat exclusive to Republican Party
      35) The death of this crackpot creed
      36) Executive privilege used to expand government secrecy
      37) Good News is No News
      38) Who needs GPS?
      39) Stalking Hillary
      40) Power and politicians
      41) The system
      42) Rudy the razzer
      43) That old-time religion
      44) Centenarian told to wait 18 months for care
      45) Habitat for hypocrisy
      46) Mark Sanford vs. the Good Old Boy Party
      47) Carbon credits: False absolution
      48) The politics of prohibition
      49) Pleas on Larry King for Lohan, but what about other drug offenders?
      50) The truth about Howard Zinn
      51) Hurricanes and hot air
      52) No standards left behind
      53) Privilege's limits
      54) Faulty forensic "experts" sending innocent to jail
      55) AZ: Anti-war t-shirt maker gears up for free speech fight
      56) Soccer lions of Mesopotamia
      57) The original theology of Elizabeth Edwards
      58) Equal work, unequal pay
      59) Republic or democracy?
      60) What caused the liquidity crunch?
      61) Alarmist global warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny
      62) Americans stuck in political stupor
      63) Need and public policy: Handle with care
      64) All the governor's men
      65) No free lunch on emissions

      See No Evil, Hear No Evil:

      66) Eland, Tanner on The Sloan Ranger Show, 08/06/07
      67) Steve Gordon on The Liberated Space, 08/02/07
      68) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/01/07
      69) Free Talk Live, 07/31/07
      70) Freedomain Radio #835

      Weekly Symposium:

      71) The wall of separation

      What's Up In The Freedom Movement:

      72) Today's events

      WaYbAcK:

      73) The guns of August open fire

      ***************
      * In The News
      ***************

      1) Iraq: Car bomb kills 15; three US troops killed
      swissinfo [Switzerland]

      "A suicide car bomb killed 15 people in a bustling commercial district close to a popular ice-cream parlour in central Baghdad on Wednesday, police said, leaving bodies strewn in the street and setting cars ablaze. The bomb in a four-wheel drive vehicle went off near a petrol station and electronics shops close to al-Hurriya Square in the predominantly Shi'ite Karrada district on the eastern side of the Tigris River. Another 20 people were wounded, police said. ... Separately, the U.S. military said three of its soldiers had been killed and another six wounded by a roadside bomb in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday. Their deaths took the total of U.S. soldiers killed in July to at least 77, still the lowest monthly toll for the U.S. military in Iraq since last November and the lowest since the build-up of 30,000 extra U.S. troops began in February." (08/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2nv8sa

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      2) UN backs new Darfur peace force
      BBC News [UK]

      "The United Nations Security Council has voted in favour of sending peacekeepers to Sudan's troubled Darfur region. Up to 26,000 troops and police will make up the world's largest peacekeeping force, under a joint UN and African Union mandate. The resolution will allow peacekeepers to use force to defend civilians and aid workers in Darfur from any attack. At least 200,000 people are thought to have died in Darfur and some 2m have fled their homes since 2003." (07/31/07)

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/6925187.stm

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      3) NY: Owners receive theft notices in corporate welfare scam
      New York Sun

      "The state is pushing forward with its plans to use eminent domain in preparing for the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project, the future home to a Nets basketball arena and more than 6,000 apartments in the Prospect Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Since late last week, property owners in the footprint of the project have been receiving letters from the state asking for financial information relating to property appraisals, an initial step in the land-taking process. A spokesman for New York's Empire State Development Corporation, Errol Cockfield, said the use of eminent domain was a ways off. The state will not proceed while a lawsuit challenging eminent domain procedure law is pending, and other suits could potentially delay the process as well, Mr. Cockfield said." (08/01/07)

      http://www.nysun.com/article/59591

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      4) House votes to embrace ethics overhaul
      Naples Daily News

      "The House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to make lawmakers disclose more details of their efforts to fund pet projects and raise money from lobbyists, responding to a rash of recent scandals. The Democratic-drafted legislation followed cases that sent two GOP lawmakers and a big-time lobbyist to prison and saw a House Democrat charged with bribery." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/37f88t

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      5) Army censures general for "deception" in Tillman death
      CNN

      "Calling him the captain of a ship that ran aground, the Army Tuesday announced it has censured a retired three-star general for misleading investigators probing the controversial death of Cpl. Pat Tillman. It also ordered a grade review board to consider whether Retired Lt. Gen. Phillip Kensinger should be stripped of a star." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/377yf5

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      6) Study: Army child abuse more likely during deployments
      Army Times

      "In Army enlisted families with at least one incident of child abuse, the children are far more likely to be abused during deployments, researchers have found. And the type of abuse is likely to be child neglect at the hands of their mothers, according to a study to be published in the Aug. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association by researchers at RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health. The study looked at Army families with at least one substantiated report of child abuse and had at least one combat-related deployment during the 40-month period between September 2001 and December 2004. Within those families, the rate of child abuse during soldier deployments was 42 percent higher than when the soldier was not deployed." (07/31/07)

      http://www.armytimes.com/news/2007/07/military_childabuse_070731w/

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      7) Oil spill cleanup threatens coral reefs
      Middle East Times [Cyprus]

      "Israeli scientists have discovered that oil spill cleanup agents are significantly more toxic to coral than to the oil that they are used to disperse. In a setback for efforts to protect endangered coral reefs from oil spills, Baruch Rinkevich, Shai Shafir, and colleagues at the Israeli Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute discovered that oil dispersants -- the best tool for treating oil spills in tropical areas -- are endangering coral reefs and associated ecosystems." (08/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2qamjn

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      8) Nominee Mullen: Little political progress in Iraq
      USA Today

      "The Iraqi government has made little progress toward political reconciliation, and U.S. policy in Iraq would require a 'strategic reassessment' if that does not happen by mid-September, President Bush's nominee to head the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate committee Tuesday. Adm. Michael Mullen, Bush's choice to replace Gen. Peter Pace, said there had been improvement in security following the recent buildup of U.S. troops in Iraq, but 'there does not appear to be much political progress.'" (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2pembs

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      9) Army opens rape, slaying court martial
      Wilkes-Barre Times Leader

      "A soldier testified Tuesday that another in his unit bragged to him about an attack in which a 14-year-old girl was raped and killed and her family slain. Sgt. Anthony Yribe, 23, testified during the second day of the court-martial of Pfc. Jesse Spielman, who is accused of being a lookout while other soldiers assaulted the girl and her family in March 2006." (08/01/07)

      http://www.timesleader.com/news/ap?articleID=27426

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      10) Closing arguments in Iraq killing court-martials
      MSNBC

      "A Marine accused of masterminding a plot to kidnap and kill an Iraqi civilian told his squad, 'Gents, we just got away with murder' after firing three fatal rounds into the man's head, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III is charged with murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and other offenses in the April 26, 2006, killing." (07/31/07)

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20059629/

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      11) CA: Farmers negotiate water deal
      MSNBC

      "The U.S. government appears poised to turn over the rights to billions of gallons of water to a politically connected group of farmers in California, where most people are being asked to conserve. Landowners in the Westlands Water District would gain the rights to 1 million acre-feet of water under a proposed settlement federal regulators are likely to present Wednesday. An acre-foot translates to the amount needed to cover one acre with a foot of water." (07/31/07)

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20059520/

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      12) Kurdish leader warns of Iraqi civil war
      Las Vegas Sun

      "The leader of Iraq's Kurdish region warned Tuesday of a 'real civil war' if the central government does not implement a constitutional clause on the future of Kirkuk, the oil-rich city claimed by the Kurds. Control over Kirkuk and the surrounding oil wealth is in dispute among the city's Kurdish, Arab and ethnic Turkish populations." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2oq882

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      13) Doctors blast Guantanamo treatment as unethical
      CNN

      "Military doctors violate medical ethics when they approve the force-feeding of hunger strikers at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, according to a commentary in a prestigious medical journal. The doctors should attempt to prevent force-feeding by refusing to participate, the commentary's three authors write in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2gdhd9

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      14) Islamic militants stage assault near Afghan border
      Seattle Post-Intelligencer

      "Army helicopter gunships and troops repelled a guerrilla raid on a military checkpoint Tuesday, killing at least 15 Islamic militants amid escalated fighting in Pakistan's tribal belt. With anger still fresh over the government's deadly assault on Islamabad's Red Mosque, 2,000 women and hundreds of men from a hard-line Islamic group rallied to declare the 'blood of martyrs' will not be wasted." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/28g7od

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      15) Study: Florida's voting machines still flawed
      Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

      "Florida's optical scan voting machines are still flawed, despite efforts to fix them, and they could allow poll workers to tamper with the election results, according to a government-ordered study obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. At the request of Secretary of State Kurt Browning, a Florida State University information technology laboratory went over a list of previously discovered flaws to see whether the machines were still vulnerable to attack." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2fxdw8

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      16) UK: Indefinite sentences "unlawful," court rules
      Independent [UK]

      "The policy of locking up some prisoners until it is considered safe to free them is in crisis after it was condemned as 'arbitrary, unreasonable and unlawful' by the High Court. Two inmates, a sex offender and a man convicted of attempted robbery, won a landmark challenge to the system of indeterminate sentences, which have no fixed end-dates.They argued they could not demonstrate their eligibility for release as offending behaviour courses were not provided at the jails where they are held." (08/01/07)

      http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/article2823108.ece

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      17) UT: Trespassers meet with gunfire
      Salt Lake Tribune

      "A landowner greeted trespassers with gunfire in Piute County on Sunday. No one was injured. About 6 p.m., nine people entered a gate with a 'no trespassing' sign and proceeded toward the Kimberly Mill, according to the Piute County Sheriff's Office. As they rounded a turn to the mill, a man who owns the property fired a .40-caliber pistol, said Deputy Mike Gayler. Gayler said it is unclear whether the man was trying to harm anyone or just scare away the party. The party fled to the main road but along the way one man stopped and fired five pistol shots into an unfastened padlock, the sheriff's office said. Gayler said the man appeared to fire at the lock out of spite. The sheriff's office is referring the case to county prosecutors." (07/31/07)

      http://www.sltrib.com/ci_6504460?source=rss

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      18) GA: Store owner shoots suspect
      Augusta Chronicle

      "Police said Raheim Michael Badger, the owner of the F.A.M.E. clothing store on Wrightsboro Road, told them he was spending the night in the store because of recent burglaries. At about 4 a.m. Monday, he said, he awoke to a crash in the front of the business and saw a figure, later identified as Mr. McNair, stealing clothes. The burglar fired a handgun at the owner, who returned fire, Investigator Beckman said. Mr. McNair was later found at University Hospital, where he had been dropped off for treatment of a gunshot wound, Investigator Beckmam said." (07/31/07)

      http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/latest/lat_073007_shooting.shtml

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      19) Russia: Sex for the motherland
      Daily Mail [UK]

      "Remember the mammoths, say the clean-cut organisers at the youth camp's mass wedding. 'They became extinct because they did not have enough sex. That must not happen to Russia.' Obediently, couples move to a special section of dormitory tents arranged in a heart-shape and called the Love Oasis, where they can start procreating for the motherland. With its relentlessly upbeat tone, bizarre ideas and tight control, it sounds like a weird indoctrination session for a phoney religious cult. But this organisation -- known as 'Nashi,' meaning 'Ours' -- is youth movement run by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin that has become a central part of Russian political life." (07/29/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3dbywa

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      20) British Army officially ends occupation of Six Counties
      Guardian [UK]

      "The British army marked a milestone of peacemaking Tuesday as it formally ended its 38-year mission to bolster security [sic] in [Occupied] Ireland. The military's longest-running operation officially was ending at midnight. But the symbolic moment came months after the reality -- no British troops have been on patrol on Belfast streets for two years. As of Wednesday, all 5,000 soldiers remaining in this long-disputed corner of the United Kingdom [sic] will be committed to training for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere overseas." (07/31/07)

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6817908,00.html

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      21) Report: Ohio trashed 2004 election records
      AlterNet

      "In 56 of Ohio's 88 counties, ballots and election records from 2004 have been 'accidentally' destroyed, despite a federal order to preserve them -- it was crucial evidence which would have revealed whether the election was stolen. Ohio's Secretary of State and Attorney General are engaged in settlement talks in the neighborhood association suit, suggesting the voter suppression claims have merit. In contrast, the case for Republican vote count fraud in the rural areas has been much harder to prove, even as the certified vote count is problematic in some counties. Compared to Ohio's Democratic urban core, turnout in the Republican districts was higher than the 2000 election. Moreover, in a handful of counties there were vote count anomalies that made post-election observers question whether Bush's vote was padded." (07/31/07)

      http://www.alternet.org/story/58328/?page=3

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      22) FCC approves rules for airwaves auction
      San Francisco Chronicle

      "The Federal Communications Commission approved rules Tuesday intended to give consumers more choice in their cell phones and wireless devices after a pivotal new airwaves auction is held next year. The vote clears the way for the auction, which is expected to raise as much as $15 billion. The commission approved a much-debated 'open access' provision, pushed by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, a Republican, and supported by the two Democrats, that will allow customers to use whatever phone and software they want on about one-third of the network to be auctioned. A more ambitious provision, that would have required a licensee to sell access to its network on a wholesale basis, was not included in the rules, making it unlikely that Google Inc. will bid." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/38cvfy

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      23) Judge awards Goldmans rights to Simpson book
      Arizona Republic

      "A federal bankruptcy judge Monday awarded the rights of O.J. Simpson's canceled If I Did It book to the family of the late Ronald Goldman to satisfy a $38 million wrongful-death judgment against the former football star. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol's decision pushed aside complaints from the family of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, who was murdered along with her friend Goldman in a 1994 knife attack. Lawyers for the Brown family had sought a greater share of possible profits from the book. Simpson, who now lives near Miami, was acquitted of murder in 1995 but lost lawsuits to both families." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2meenr

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      24) China: Sweaty man electrocuted by computer
      Shanghai Daily [China]

      "A 20-year-old student was electrocuted by his computer this morning in Shanghai's Yangpu District, Eastday.com reported. The young man, who was identified as Wu, reportedly opened the external casing of the computer's CPU to prevent it from overheating because he didn't want to switch on the air conditioner in his home. According to the report, his sweaty legs came into contact with the computer's wiring, which might have caused a short circuit. The computer's internal voltage is as high as 380 volts, enough to give a deadly shock. An initial investigation by police officers and medical staff found Wu was electrocuted. They found bruises on his legs as well as blood from his nostrils." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3bt7pr

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      25) Lobby reform aims at disclosure
      Christian Science Monitor

      "In a bid to score a quick victory before the August recess, Democratic leaders in Congress are moving ahead on lobby and ethics reform legislation that they say will make sweeping changes in the way business is done in Washington. At the heart of the measure are new reporting requirements for lobbyists' expenditures on Capitol Hill and protections against conflict of interest for members. The bill also would give the public more information than ever before about contacts between lobbyists and members of Congress. ... On Tuesday, the House voted 411-to-8 to approve the bill with only 2 Republicans voting against the bill, despite criticism from GOP leaders. In the Senate, Democrats predict they, too, will have the votes to pass the measure because few lawmakers want to go home to explain a vote against a measure whose title is the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act." [editor's note: At long last ... a bill requiring disclosure instead of capping political
      "investments" - SAT] (08/01/07)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0801/p01s03-uspo.html

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      * HEALTH-OF-THE-STATE-O-METER, 08/01/07
      *
      * Reported Civilian Deaths in Iraq: Min - 68,038 ... Max - 74,435
      * (source: www.iraqbodycount.org)
      *
      * American Military Deaths in Iraq: 3,651
      * (source: www.antiwar.com/casualties/)
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      * Everybody Has An Opinion
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      26) Gay bombs and bubble wrapped battlefields
      from Reason to Freedom
      by Garry Reed

      "Gay websites were (no demeaning meme intended) all atwitter awhile back over a story charging the military with creating a 'gay bomb.' The headline and lead paragraph just about tells the tale: 'Pentagon Confirms It Sought To Build A 'Gay Bomb" .... operating on the principal that where there's smoke there's a whole lot more smoke, a clandestine team of tireless libertarian anarcho-investihackers, using a variety of conventional and 'alternative' analytical tools, have uncovered similar surreptitious government projects. The following data was gleaned from heavily redacted documents obtained through the little-known Freedom of Information About Really Stupid Wasteful Military Boondoggles Act." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2gncop

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      27) "To punish and enslave"
      LewRockwell.Com
      by William Norman Grigg

      "In all of the foregoing incidents we see the local police (and the SS, collaborating with the local police) acting as enforcers of political orthodoxy, rather than defenders of persons and property. They were acting as the security 'Organs' of the Regime, not as peace officers defending the rights of peaceful, law-abiding citizens. It's not difficult to imagine how the incidents described above would be perceived had they occurred in Venezuela or Iran -- and in those benighted countries, incidents of this sort (and others much worse than these) are common. The point, of course, is that things of this sort are becoming common here, where they should never happen at all." (08/01/07)

      http://www.lewrockwell.com/grigg/grigg-w28.html

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      28) The Emperor's Circus 2008
      No Force, No Fraud
      by Bob Smith

      "The political conventions of the Democrats and Republicans have become a nasty joke. They have become the 'roman circus,' the entertainment spectacles for the staged glorification of all the political Caesars and the minions who hitch their wagons to them. St. Paul will host the 2008 Republican convention, just a bit shy of hosting the Olympics. When it happens, it will dominate the local scene. All media will move to observe and report. Hotels will fill, restaurants and bars will do extraordinary business, traffic will come to a standstill, vendors will proliferate ... all to take advantage of the thousands of political hacks arriving to celebrate the coronation of already-chosen candidates. How will such massive celebrations be financed? Oh ... you and I will pay for it." (07/31/07)

      http://libertyed.org/noforce/2007/07/emperors-circus-2008.html

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      29) The Libertarian Party: Libertarian ritual
      Liberty For All
      by Melinda Pillsbury-Foster

      "Republicans have prayer breakfasts -- Libertarians have the Statement of Principles, Nolan Chart, None of the Above, the Pledge, and the Dallas Accords. There is no ritual more important to Libertarians than the Statement of Principles. Written by a small clutch of people, including Dr. John Hospers and Sarah O'Connor Foster in a hotel room during the course of the national Convention in the Statement is mortared into the platform of the LP and cannot be excised with less than a 7/8th vote of all of the delegates attending the convention. The wording reflects the verbiage of Ayn Rand, sacred to so many early Libertarians." (07/31/07)

      http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=786

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      30) The new turn
      AntiWar.Com
      by Justin Raimondo

      "There is much talk of a new 'cold war' with Iran. That's nonsensical, of course: to equate Shi'ism with international Communism is more than a stretch -- it is utterly absurd. While Communism was a universalist creed, Shi'ism is a sectarian faith of limited appeal. While it's true that, say, a college student in the U.S. might take up Shi'ism, it is an unlikely preoccupation for a Westerner to embrace. Communism, on the other hand, presented us with a real ideological challenge, one capable of undermining us on the home front as well as abroad. President Bush talks about winning the 'ideological struggle,' in Churchillian intonations, but the reality is that our actions make it all too easy for our real enemies -- al-Qaeda and its allies -- to garner support." (08/01/07)

      http://www.antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=11379

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      31) The other failed invasion
      The New Republic
      by Eliza Griswold

      "'The occupation in Somalia is having roughly the same effect as in parts of Iraq,' John Prendergast, an analyst at the International Crisis Group and founder of the enough Project, says. 'We know by now that the one thing that unifies Somalis and brings them into the streets for guerrilla-style operations is occupation.' In other words, Somalia is shaping up to be a third blundered front, after Afghanistan and Iraq, in the war on terrorism. As in Iraq, the overthrow of the UIC government has left widespread chaos in its wake. In the streets of Mogadishu, grazing cows and children sniffing glue compete to eat from piles of garbage. Qat is back too: Few dare to travel after 3 p.m., the hour at which government soldiers begin to chew. While qat is ostensibly a stimulant, the glassy, pink eyes of soldiers in the late afternoon, and their indifference to pulling the triggers of their automatic weapons, make it seem a soporific." [registration required, or use login
      "rationalreview/rationalreview"] (08/01/07)

      http://www.tnr.com/doc.mhtml?i=20070806&s=griswold080607

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      32) Listen to Goldwater
      The American Spectator
      by Quin Hillyer

      "At the 1960 Republican National Convention in Chicago, Barry Goldwater famously told conservatives to 'grow up.' It's time we hear that message again. As in 1960, the conservative movement seems grumbling, disaffected, even downright angry -- and, most importantly, it sometimes seems more interested in complaining and moaning than in uniting, constructively, to achieve political success." (08/01/07)

      http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=11811

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      33) Will Bush cancel the 2008 election?
      Common Dreams
      by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis

      "It is time to think about the 'unthinkable.' The Bush Administration has both the inclination and the power to cancel the 2008 election. The GOP strategy for another electoral theft in 2008 has taken clear shape, though we must assume there is much more we don't know. But we must also assume that if it appears to Team Bush/Cheney/Rove that the GOP will lose the 2008 election anyway (as it lost in Ohio 2006) we cannot ignore the possibility that they would simply cancel the election. Those who think this crew will quietly walk away from power are simply not paying attention. The real question is not how or when they might do it. It's how, realistically, we can stop them." (07/31/07)

      http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/07/31/2874/

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      34) War's not a drumbeat exclusive to Republican Party
      Daytona Beach News-Journal
      by Pierre Tristam

      "The assumption is a perfect fit for the reactionary-conservative narrative of the last half century: Republicans know national security and foreign policy. Democrats don't. It's also an outlandish myth. Democrats dating back to Woodrow Wilson have been the true party of warmongers and jingoes. Republicans only watched, and lately learned, and learned badly, as the experiences of the Reagan-Bush-Bush years amply show. ... What have Republicans done in foreign policy over those years? Give them credit: They dug Democratic holes deeper with Dwight Eisenhower's stalemate in Korea and Richard Nixon's folly in Vietnam and Cambodia (winning back China doesn't make up for destabilizing Cambodia enough to trigger a genocide). Then they applied the wrong lessons on their own." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2th7gv

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      35) The death of this crackpot creed
      Guardian [UK]
      by John Gray

      "The era of liberal interventionism in international affairs is over. Invading Iraq was always in part an oil grab. A strategic objective of the Bush administration was control of Iraqi oil, which forms a key portion of the Gulf reserves that are the lifeblood of global capitalism. Yet success in this exercise in geopolitics depended on stability after Saddam was gone, and here American thinking was befogged by illusions. Both the neoconservatives who launched the war and the many liberals who endorsed it in the US and Britain took it for granted that Iraq would remain intact." (07/31/07)

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2138134,00.html

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      36) Executive privilege used to expand government secrecy
      Truthout
      by William Fisher

      "Amid claims of executive privilege by President Bush in the firing of US attorneys, a bipartisan coalition of civil liberties groups has published a new report charging that the administration's stonewalling is simply part of a six-year pattern of unprecedented government secrecy." (07/31/07)

      http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/073107K.shtml

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      37) Good News is No News
      CounterPunch
      by Chris Floyd

      "An important development has been taking place in the real 'war' on terror -- not the profit-making, fear-and-domination machine of the Bush Administration's devising, but the genuine struggle to quell the violence of Islamist extremism. Yet despite the potential of this breakthrough, an overwhelming majority of Americans have never heard of it. Certainly it has not been featured -- or even mentioned -- by the corporate press and government PR engines in the United States. And why not? Because it is a breakthrough toward peace -- and peace, as we all know, is not boffo box office." (07/31/07)

      http://www.counterpunch.org/floyd07312007.html

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      38) Who needs GPS?
      Quiet Bay
      by staff

      Learn celestial navigation! (publication date unknown)

      http://www.quietbay.net/Science/astronomy/nightsky/

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      39) Stalking Hillary
      Salon
      by Michael Scherer

      "In the corner of a hotel conference room, the Republican youth circled their chairs, crumpling neatly pressed suits and skirts to hear the influential Utah Sen. Bob Bennett explain the magical key to winning the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. 'Up and down, there is only one message that cuts it,' the gray-haired senator told the crowd of College Republicans during their convention in late July. 'That message is, 'I can beat Hillary Clinton." He was speaking without a microphone, but no one mistook his words. Over the last year, as Republicans have sought out their next standard bearer, no candidate has excited their passions and united their focus more than the Democratic senator from New York. Clinton is regularly evoked in stump speeches, presidential debates and fundraising events as a symbol for all that the Republican voters stand to lose in the coming election. She is, in many ways, the glue now keeping the Grand Old Party from further splintering into
      disarray after the 2006 elections." (08/01/07)

      http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2007/08/01/hillary_obsession/

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      40) Power and politicians
      Human Events
      by William Murchison

      "Campaigns go on too long these days. That's the nub of the matter. We're never not wondering who's pulling ahead of whom in the polls, and what it means for Our Future as a People. Not for more than three months will it be one full year until the voting! Yet the candidates lunge and parry, and the media scribble down all they see for our delectation and edification. Edification, my hind foot! I make bold to suggest that the phenomenon of the endless presidential campaign is one of the unhealthier developments in our polity. We shouldn't have to think about politics and politicians this much." (07/31/07)

      http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=21750

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      41) The system
      The Price of Liberty
      by Ron Ewart

      "The system has two Achilles Heels. It relies on your tax dollars, and it relies on your adherence to playing by the rules, their rules. If you dry up the dollars and significantly resist their rules on a grand scale, the veneer of their system breaks down like a cracking egg shell. The 'system's' first reaction to resistance is to bring out the police (law enforcement). They have already done that, and we have now become a police state to enforce all the rules and administrative procedures they have perpetrated against us. But there are not enough police in the world to stop a truly massive resistance, especially a resistance founded on freedom and liberty. People are already resisting by quietly not following the rules. Some get caught -- and pay a terrible price. Others get off scot-free but they don't advertise or gloat about their resistance. Eventually, the 'system' will go too far and squeeze the people in just the right places." (07/30/07)

      http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/07/07/30/ewart.htm

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      42) Rudy the razzer
      Slate
      by John Dickerson

      "Running for the GOP presidential nomination, Giuliani is now the chief heckler of Democrats. He called Barack Obama and John Edwards 'losers,' has revived the insult of 'socialized medicine' when referring to Democratic health-care plans, and now charges the Democrats are trying to bring back the nanny state. He taunts Democrats to use the term 'Islamic terrorists,' and when they don't, he says it's all the proof one needs they won't keep us safe. I asked him in 2006 whether he thought Democrats were advocating appeasement with the terrorists. He said he didn't see it that way. He sure does now, suggesting Democrats would invite another 9/11-style attack. I expect him to start showing up at Clinton rallies and making noises with his armpit." (07/31/07)

      http://www.slate.com/id/2171431/

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      43) That old-time religion
      National Review
      by John Derbyshire

      "Go on, admit it: you have felt the Ron Paul temptation, haven't you? And it's not just the thrill of imagining another president named Ron, is it? Ron Paul believes a lot of what you believe, and what I believe. You don't imagine he's going to be the 44th POTUS, but you kind of hope he does well none the less. And why not? Look at those policy positions! Abolish the IRS and Federal Reserve; balance the budget; go back to the gold standard; pull out of the U.N. and NATO; end the War on Drugs; overturn Roe v. Wade; repeal federal restrictions on gun ownership; fence the borders; deport illegals; stop lecturing foreign governments about human rights; let the Middle East go hang. What's not to like? We-e-ell. We all have nits to pick, though we wouldn't all pick the same ones." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3bo95z

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      44) Centenarian told to wait 18 months for care
      Classically Liberal
      by CLS

      "There is something absurd in a system that asks a women who is 108 years old to wait another year and a half for a hearing aid. In essence they are denying her the hearing aid. Certainly they are aware that her ability to wait that long is highly doubtful. No socialized system of health care has been able to get around the rationing issue. When consumption of health care is not directly paid by the consumer the demand for health care will always exceed the supply. And every nationalized system tries to ration in one way or another." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3bjdz6

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      45) Habitat for hypocrisy
      Mother Jones
      by Josh Harkinson

      "Bill Duane knows most people can't afford homes like his $1 million bungalow on a hill overlooking San Francisco Bay. That's why the Marin County attorney volunteered for Habitat for Humanity. Until recently, that is, when the group announced plans to build two affordable duplexes just down the street from him. 'Habitat usually goes into a blighted neighborhood and enhances it,' Duane says. 'Here, they are coming into an enhanced neighborhood and blighting it.' Housing advocates say Duane exemplifies a vexing irony: People support affordable housing with their labor, money, and votes -- just so long as it's nowhere near them." (07/17/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/ywz4sj

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      46) Mark Sanford vs. the Good Old Boy Party
      The Weekly Standard
      by Fred Barnes

      "The popular governor, a Republican who bucked the Democratic tide in 2006 and was reelected overwhelmingly, is in casual clothes. More often than not, he appears in public without a coat and tie, and that's the case today. He wears a Polo shirt, slacks, and loafers with tassels. His home -- when he's not in the governor's mansion -- is on Sullivan's Island, an upscale suburb of Charleston on the fashionable South Carolina coast. Sanford is not a country boy. He has an MBA from the University of Virginia. With a poised and polished politician confronting outdoorsmen (and women), you might expect a culture clash. But there is none. These are Sanford's people. The issue he's addressing in what he calls 'an impromptu town hall meeting' is their issue: the state legislature's insistence on cutting the sales tax to 3 percent from 6 percent for two chain stores specializing in hunting and fishing goods, Cabela's and Bass Pro Shops. The small shop owners won't get the tax break,
      which is partly why Sanford vetoed it, only to have his veto overridden." (for publication 08/06/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/22w7xr

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      47) Carbon credits: False absolution
      The Free Liberal
      by Fred E. Foldvary

      "A fundamental principle of morality is that good does not cancel evil. Yet this is what advocates of carbon credits seek to do. They think if a person pollutes the environment, this evil is cancelled by paying for activities that benefit the environment. I have previously ridiculed the concept of carbon offsets or carbon credits. But now that Vatican City has engaged in this scheme, this issue needs to be expanded on. Vatican City, the world's smallest country and the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church, has announced that it has become the first 'carbon neutral' green country, the first sovereign state to be environmentally correct. But it has not done so by minimizing pollution. No, the Vatican has become 'green' by obtaining carbon credits from Planktos/KlimaFa to supposedly offset its pollution." (07/31/07)

      http://www.freeliberal.com/archives/002894.html

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      48) The politics of prohibition
      Reason
      by Don Boudreaux

      "The standard, schoolbook history of alcohol prohibition in the United States goes like this: Americans in 1920 embarked on a noble experiment to force everyone to give up drinking. Alas, despite its nobility, this experiment was too naive to work. It soon became clear that people weren't giving up drinking. Worse, it also became clear that Prohibition fueled mobsters who grew rich supplying illegal booze. So, recognizing the futility of Prohibition, Americans repealed it in 1934. This popular belief is completely mistaken." (07/31/07)

      http://www.reason.com/news/show/121674.html

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      49) Pleas on Larry King for Lohan, but what about other drug offenders?
      AlterNet
      by Earl Ofari Hutchinson

      "There's nothing wrong with Lohan's entertainment industry friends, and a star-struck public, pleading for empathy for her and urging the courts to spare her a jail sentence, and to give her the help that she obviously needs. But there are thousands of drug offenders that need the same compassion and help as Lohan. The big difference is that these drug abusers aren't high-profile, bankable screen commodities. They are mostly poor blacks and Latinos. The estimate is that nearly one-fourth of the more than one million blacks that pack America's prisons are there for non-violent, drug-related crimes. It costs billions to keep them there." (07/26/07)

      http://www.alternet.org/story/58065/

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      50) The truth about Howard Zinn
      Intellectual Conservative
      by Mark Goldblatt

      "Truthful context is as important as true facts. For by intentionally emphasizing facts which support his own deep convictions and suppressing facts which don't, the historian can, without exactly lying, steer his reader towards an utterly false impression. It would be possible, for example, to write a history of America focusing on the cruelty of the Indians towards European settlers and their descendents, citing broken treaties, kidnappings, and assorted massacres of white women and children. Such a book would be factually accurate but would miss the forest for the trees -- since the wide angle view cannot avoid the genocidal upheavals visited upon the Indians, intentionally and unintentionally, by whites. What Zinn churns out is ultimately no more truthful than that: His determination to highlight every instance of ethnic minorities and working poor being exploited by wealthy capitalists blinds his readers to the long-term trends in American history towards greater
      overall health, prosperity and social justice." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2zzn9w

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      51) Hurricanes and hot air
      Independent Institute
      by William M. Gray

      "Some scientists, journalists and activists see a direct link between the post-1995 upswing in Atlantic hurricanes and global warming brought on by human-induced greenhouse gas increases. This belief, however, is unsupported by long-term Atlantic and global observations. Consider, for example, the intensity of U.S. land-falling hurricanes over time -- keeping in mind that the periods must be long enough to reveal long-term trends. During the most recent 50-year period, 1957 to 2006, 83 hurricanes hit the United States, 34 of them major. In contrast, during the 50-year period from 1900 to 1949, 101 hurricanes (22% more) made U.S. landfall, including 39 (or 15% more) major hurricanes." (07/26/07)

      http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2005

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      52) No standards left behind
      Cato Institute
      by Neal McCluskey

      "NCLB's biggest problem is that it's designed to help Washington politicians appear all things to all people. To look tough on bad schools, it requires states to establish standards and tests in reading, math and science, and it requires all schools to make annual progress toward 100% reading and math proficiency by 2014. To preserve local control, however, it allows states to set their own standards, 'adequate yearly progress' goals, and definitions of proficiency. As a result, states have set low standards, enabling politicians to declare victory amid rising test scores without taking any truly substantive action." (07/31/07)

      http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=8621

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      53) Privilege's limits
      Boston Globe
      by Harvey Silverglate

      "The development of the doctrine of 'executive privilege' -- the notion that presidential advisers may withhold executive communications from congressional scrutiny -- recalls the Dickensian line that 'the law is a ass.' Although the public and courts have largely taken the existence of this privilege for granted, they ignore both the text and original understanding of the Constitution. Congress was granted the privilege, not the executive branch. The Founders never envisioned, and the Constitution does not provide for, a presidential privilege allowing White House advisers to flaunt congressional subpoenas, especially in the context of an investigation of potential executive branch impropriety, as in the US attorneys scandal. ... If the Founding Fathers thought the president needed a privilege, they would have provided for it." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3xtgpt

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      54) Faulty forensic "experts" sending innocent to jail
      Fox News
      by Radley Balko

      "At the end of August, there will be a hearing in Mississippi in the murder trial of 33-year-old Kennedy Brewer. Brewer stands accused of the1991 murder of Christine Jackson, the 3-year-old daughter of his then-girlfriend. Brewer was initially convicted of raping and strangling Jackson to death in 1995. He was sentenced to death, and has spent the last 12 years on death row. Brewer was convicted largely due to the testimony of Dr. Michael West. West, a dentist in Forest County, Miss., is a self-described forensic odontologist, or bite mark analyst. He has testified in dozens of cases over the years, almost always for the prosecution. West testified at Brewer's trial that he found 19 bite marks on Jackson's body which matched Brewer's teeth. West claims he could make the identification because of a chip in one of Brewer's top teeth, and because his upper teeth are sharper than his lower teeth." (07/31/07)

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,291452,00.html

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      55) AZ: Anti-war t-shirt maker gears up for free speech fight
      Arizona Republic
      by E.J. Montini

      "Dan Frazier was near the telephone when I called, but he didn't pick up the receiver, at least not right away. Given some of the messages that have been left for him recently, he sometimes waits to see if he recognizes the number on his caller-ID screen. If not, he might listen to the voice message as it's being recorded and, if it's non-threatening (like a newspaper writer), he'll pick up. ... Frazier has come to believe that the occasional harassing call or e-mail is a small price to pay if it helps to end the war in Iraq and to preserve an American's right to free speech." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2k3s5c

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      56) Soccer lions of Mesopotamia
      The Nation
      by Simon Maxwell Apter

      "If the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future got together for a reunion, they probably wouldn't play soccer. Still, as Iraq marched through the bracket of the Asian Cup soccer tournament in July, one had to wonder. Iraq 2, Vietnam 0 in the quarterfinals; Iraq 4, South Korea 3, on penalties in the semis after 120 minutes of scoreless soccer; and Iraq 1, Saudi Arabia 0 in the final. A betting man might pick Riyadh as the capital of our next unwinnable war. Prior to 2003, Iraqi soccer players lived in fear of the bastinado, a torture device especially well-suited for punishing players who had humiliated themselves and their nation on the field of play. What better way, after all, to reprimand a soccer player than by savagely lashing the soles of his feet with a cane, a whip, a wooden stick?" (07/31/07)

      http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070813/apter

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      57) The original theology of Elizabeth Edwards
      The American Prospect
      by Adele M. Stan

      "Of the three top Democratic candidates, John Edwards, I admit, is the one who has left me the most cold. First there was the Sojourners Presidential Forum, where Edwards gamely avoided Soledad O'Brien's obnoxious request (5:51) to name the worst sin he had ever committed, but nonetheless spoke of sin and 'my Lord' in the language of his Baptist upbringing -- of which, by my lights, he's made a bit too much. ... Then I met his wife, and I didn't really care anymore. Elizabeth Edwards can play to me (the base) all she wants; she hits all the right notes." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/245o7s

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      58) Equal work, unequal pay
      Christian Science Monitor
      by Lilly Ledbetter

      "Imagine you've worked for a company for 20 years. You're a good performer. But unbeknownst to you, the company puts workers over 50 on a lower salary track. At 60, you learn that for the past 10 years, you have been earning less -- tens of thousands of dollars less -- than colleagues doing exactly the same work. Think you have grounds for a suit? Think again. The Supreme Court on May 29 ruled 5-4 in Ledbetter (that's me) v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. that workers don't have the right to sue for pay discrimination if they don't file a claim within 180 days after the decision is made to pay them less. Now Congress has the opportunity to redress this injustice. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act will right this wrong." (07/31/07)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0731/p09s01-coop.html

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      59) Republic or democracy?
      Liberty For All
      by Ed Lewis

      "This could just as well have been titled 'Liberty (Freedom) or Servitude' because to answer 'Republic or Democracy?' is exactly the same as answering 'liberty' or 'servitude.' How can such questions be answered, with the full import of the difference between being free (Republic) and NOT being free (Democracy)?" (07/31/07)

      http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=787

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      60) What caused the liquidity crunch?
      Ludwig von Mises Institute
      by Frank Shostak

      "Last week the Dow Jones industrial average fell 4.2%, the steepest drop since March 2003. Financial shares took a beating on growing evidence that problems in the sub-prime mortgage market are spreading, making financing the corporate buy-outs that drove the market's rally more difficult. Many financial market participants are of the view that there is a definite deterioration in credit conditions, which means less liquidity for private equity, stock buy-backs, and business expansion." (07/31/07)

      http://www.mises.org/story/2667

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      61) Alarmist global warming claims melt under scientific scrutiny
      Heartland Institute
      by James Taylor

      "In his new book, The Assault on Reason, Al Gore pleads, 'We must stop tolerating the rejection and distortion of science. We must insist on an end to the cynical use of pseudo-studies known to be false for the purpose of intentionally clouding the public's ability to discern the truth.' Gore repeatedly asks that science and reason displace cynical political posturing as the central focus of public discourse. If Gore really means what he writes, he has an opportunity to make a difference by leading by example on the issue of global warming." (07/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2mlyss

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      62) Americans stuck in political stupor
      Frontiers of Freedom
      by Joel S. Hirschhorn

      "The latest bipartisan George Washington University Battleground Poll rightfully received media attention because of its depressing data. There is historic political pessimism and cynicism. But something is more troubling than the data on the dire views of Americans about their elected representatives and government. It is that 72 percent of voters still believe that 'voting gives people like me some say about how the government runs things.' Unbelievable! Such confidence in a system that has failed them." (07/31/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/36aq7z

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      63) Need and public policy: Handle with care
      Foundation for Economic Education
      by Gary M. Galles

      "In public-policy debates the word most commonly invoked as the ace in the hole is 'need.' However, 'need' needs careful handling. 'Need' has the political advantage, but the logical disadvantage, of lacking a clear meaning. That allows it to be systematically abused to distort understanding and to reach desired conclusions that justify picking people's pockets to pay for what someone else wants." (07/31/07)

      http://www.fee.org/in_brief/default.asp?id=1470

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      64) All the governor's men
      Center For Individual Freedom
      by staff

      "Eliot Spitzer, the Governor of New York, has a problem. The Governor of New York is the former Attorney General of New York. As Attorney General, Spitzer exploited scandals, some real, others imagined, many never resolved, but all pursued with the righteous indignation of a populist avenger. The calculated pursuit of scandal, and the headlines therefrom, made Eliot Spitzer a household name in New York ... and governor." (07/27/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3ypbcz

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      65) No free lunch on emissions
      Competitive Enterprise Institute
      by Iain Murray and William Yeatman

      "California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is on a snake oil sales tour. To much fanfare, the Governator is traveling the country promoting his 'California model' for fighting global warming. But he is an emperor without clothes, his vaunted California model an illusion. Late last year, Mr. Schwarzenegger became the first prominent state executive to discover that 'doing something' -- or being seen to be 'doing something' -- about global warming makes for great politics." (07/31/07)

      http://www.cei.org/gencon/019,06074.cfm

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      66) Eland, Tanner on The Sloan Ranger Show, 08/06/07
      The Sloan Ranger Show

      Ivan Eland, Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute, and Michael Tanner, director of the Project on Social Security Choice at the Cato Institute, join host Lloyd Sloan. 5:35pm and 6:15pm CST on WGNU 920 AM, St. Louis, MO or live on the web. [live radio or stream] (08/06/07)

      http://www.sloanrangershow.com

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      67) Steve Gordon on The Liberated Space, 08/02/07
      The Liberated Space

      Former Libertarian Party communications director Steve Gordon joins host Angela Keaton. 4:30pm PST on BlogTalkRadio. [various formats] (08/02/07)

      http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?show_id=41034

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      68) Cato Daily Podcast, 08/01/07
      Cato Institute

      "Reining in Medicaid," featuring Jagadeesh Gokhale. [MP3] (08/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3dmuek

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      69) Free Talk Live, 07/31/07
      Free Talk Live

      "Americans Want More Government Surveillance / Racist Social Security / North American Union / Car Chase Responsibility / Veganssexuals / Disability / Government Health Care / NYC's Bizarre Incentive Program for the Poor / When did ... / Postal Bureaucrat Blackmailer / Abolishing the Postal Service / 10 Tips for Predicting the Weather." [MP3] (07/31/07)

      http://media.libsyn.com/media/ftl/FTL2007-07-31.mp3

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      70) Freedomain Radio #835
      Freedomain Radio

      "Enlightened parenting: Choice is quality." [MP3] (07/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2bloby

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      71) The wall of separation

      A week seldom goes by without a story coming to my attention about religious practices ending up with someone in court, in jail, or in the grave. That, in turn, raises a question: When does a religious belief or practice stop being a private matter and become a legitimate public concern?

      The Zero Aggression Principle looks like an easy answer -- no victim, no crime on one hand, and victim, crime (regardless of any religious justification) on the other. But I've seen instances of argumentation as to how the ZAP applies. In particular, I've seen some libertarians argue that circumcision is a vicious and inexcusable sexual assault, any religious justification notwithstanding, while others deem it a parental prerogative for either health or religious purposes (leading into the even more inflammatory question of whether infants have rights or are mere parental property).

      The latest story comes from Arizona, where a grandfather was tasered and died after police intervened in what they alleged to be an exorcism ritual, with his 3-year-old granddaughter cast in the role of the possessed.

      In a statist society, the issue is separation of state. But even absent the state, there is presumably a line separating religious instruction from assault, with the former a purely private matter and the latter a case in which intervention on behalf of a victim is justifiable. Where's that line at?

      http://www.rationalreview.com/content/33028

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      73) The guns of August open fire

      Details, and the "quote of the day," from Leon's Political Almanac at:

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