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  • Carter: Middle Class Today Resembles Past's Poor

    10/08/2013 8:47:35 AM PDT · by CharlesThe Hammer · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/7/13 | Lisa Leff
    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday that the income gap in the United States has increased to the point where members of the middle class resemble the Americans who lived in poverty when he occupied the White House. Carter offered his assessment of the nation's economic challenges Monday at a Habitat for Humanity construction site in Oakland - the first of five cities he and wife Rosalynn plan to visit this week to commemorate their three-decade alliance with the international nonprofit that promotes and builds affordable housing. The recent economic downturn revealed that families living in...
  • Giggles

    08/04/2013 8:20:17 PM PDT · by Alex Baker · 93 replies
    RealityBatsLast ^ | August 3, 2013 | Bryce Buchanan
    You can feel safer today knowing that a no-kill animal shelter in Wisconsin was recently raided by a group of 13 heavily armed agents of the government. They were there to get Giggles, an illegally rescued baby deer. A shelter worker said the agents descended on the property “like a swat team” and soon the deer was being carried off in a body bag. Giggles is dead now and the world is somehow a better place thanks to our government helpers. Speaking of killing things, the logging industry in the western states was mostly killed by an environmental movement in...
  • Patton: Red State Governors Should Be Careful What They Wish For

    03/22/2013 9:01:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 22, 2013 | Doug Patton
    Recently, Republican Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Terry Branstad of Iowa appealed to those wanting to flee liberal California. Move your business to our state, they implore. Well welcome you with open arms here. They should be careful what they wish for. When my wife and I used to vacation in Colorado in the 1970s, I started noticing bumper stickers that read Dont Californicate Colorado. The initial movement that spawned that sentiment was a way for Colorado residents to express their disapproval of how Southern California had exploded with seemingly unlimited development. However, since that time, Californicate has taken...
  • Gov't Tells Americans What to Discuss at Holiday Dinner

    11/23/2012 9:04:58 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | November 22, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The Thanksgiving holiday comes with a series of advisories and admonitions from your favorite Uncle Sam: The Transportation Department wants you to "buckle up and slow down," especially on Sunday; the Food and Drug Administration wants you to store your medications safely when traveling; the surgeon-general wants you to "create a family health portrait" when you sit down to your turkey dinner with relatives; and the U.S. Agriculture Department wants you to "sample local businesses" when you start your holiday shopping. Aside from the by-now-familiar tips on safe food handling and turkey cooking times (found at the USA.gov...
  • Banning large sugar sweetened drinks is a start [The nanny statist speaks.]

    06/16/2012 11:39:59 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 33 replies
    KevinMD ^ | 6/15/12 | Mandy Huggins, MD
    In an effort to combat obesity and all the health problems that are associated with it, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced a plan to ban the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks to 16 ounces or less. It also includes a $200 fine to vendors who violate it. If passed, the ban could take place as early as next March. The ban would not include diet drinks, juice-based drinks, or alcoholic beverages. It would also not include drinks sold at convenience or grocery stores.So, my first reaction was, Um, whats the point? If I cant get a large soda at...
  • HURT: Fire and brimstone from the Church of Do-Goodery

    04/11/2012 12:18:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 10, 2012 | Charles Hurt
    Two of the wisest sages of all time Mark Twain and Jesus Christ himself spoke memorably about the dangers of worrisome do-gooders run amok. Indeed, it is the curse of do-gooders the world over to find fault in everyone except themselves. And they usually do great harm when they fix things that usually are not broken all in the odious name of self-righteousness. Nothing so needs reforming as other peoples habits, Twain observed. And in the Sermon on the Mount, it was Jesus a famous carpenter, among other things who warned that do-gooders would be...
  • State Inspectors Searching Childrens Lunch Boxes: This Isnt China, Is It?

    02/15/2012 11:11:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 88 replies
    John W. Pope Civitas Institute ^ | February 14, 2012 | Matt Willoughby
    A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home. NC Pre-K (before this year known as More at Four) is a state-funded education program designed to enhance school readiness for four year-olds. The mother, who doesnt wish to be identified at this time, says she made her daughter...
  • Proposal to raise Maryland cigar tax attacked

    01/20/2012 7:23:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 19, 2012 | David Hill
    ANNAPOLIS Maryland health advocates are lauding Gov. Martin O'Malleys proposal to increase the states cigar tax, but critics say such an increase would create another financial burden for consumers and business owners. Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, proposed a state budget Wednesday that would raise the 15-percent excise tax on cigars, smokeless tobacco and other noncigarette tobacco items a group collectively known as other tobacco products (OTP) to 70 percent. The OTP tax has gone unchanged since 1999 while the cigarette tax has gone from 36 cents to $2 a pack during that period. Health advocates argue raising...
  • Westford Students Told To Leave The Christmas Cookies At Home

    12/15/2011 11:23:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | December 15, 2011 | CBS
    WESTFORD (CBS) Westford school officials are getting tough on classroom holiday parties. Theyre banning sugary snacks and sweetened beverages from the celebrations this year. Students are being told to leave the Christmas cookies, cakes, candy bars, and soda at home and to bring fruits, unsweetened juices, popcorn and raisins instead. Superintendent Everett Olsen says the ban on holiday sweets has nothing to do with being politically correct, rather, his motive is simply promoting a healthy lifestyle. We arent trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas. Were not trying to take the enjoyment out of childrens lives. Were just...
  • US Debit Fee Caps May Hurt Poorest Customers: Dimon

    01/17/2011 5:37:18 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 25 replies
    Reuters via CNBC ^ | January 14, 2011 | Maria Aspan
    Federal limits on debit card processing fees will force banks to charge customers more for services, making accounts too expensive for as many as 5 percent of customers, JPMorgan Chase & Co's chief executive said on Friday. The rules, proposed as part of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, would cap the fees that merchants pay banks for processing debit card transactions at 12 cents each. That is almost 75 percent less than the average 44 cents per transaction that banks get now. U.S. banks could lose about $13 billion of their annual industry debit processing revenues because of the rules,...
  • Not such a bright idea.

    09/29/2010 5:25:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    Fresh Ink (GOPUSA) ^ | September 29, 2010 | Kay Daly
    When the government regulates how much water a toilet can flush, or what kind of lightbulbs you can put in your table lamps at home, the Constitution looks pretty small in the rear view mirror. Exactly where in the Constitution does it say that it is the government's business how much water my toilet is flushing or what kind of lightbulb illuminates my household? But the busybodies in the environmental movement have folks convinced of a lot of things that just aren't so. Remember the campaign that passed the lightbulb bill? The holier-than-thou greenies told us that if we only...
  • Why some people hate competent people.

    08/27/2010 11:04:09 PM PDT · by GraceG · 13 replies
    Live Science ^ | 8/24/2010 | Charles Q. Choi
    The fact that groups of people typically choose to expel selfish individuals is no surprise. But new research suggests such troops often want to kick out generous members as well. This counterintuitive behavior could be rooted in how such giving people make others feel bad, or simply in how they stand out from the crowd, researchers suggest. [snip] Why we dislike competence These new findings fit in with past studies revealing that people often dislike exceptional competence or offers of help. This might stem from a competitive desire to do at least as well as whoever is setting the standard,...
  • Debit whammy

    08/08/2010 1:06:54 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 44 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 08, 2010 | Catherine Curan
    A week from today, one in 10 New Yorkers who use debit cards will be red-faced at a retail checkout counter when their cards are declined. That's because Aug. 15 is the kickoff day for new federal rules requiring existing bank and credit union customers to opt in for debit-card and ATM overdraft coverage -- a massive change in banking regulation that many consumers have ignored or failed to notice. The choice for customers is this: Opt in to overdraft coverage, meaning you can use your debit card even if you overdraw your account, but pay a $20-$30 penalty every...
  • How I became so conservative so fast

    08/06/2009 3:28:00 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies · 1,204+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 06, 2009 | Robin of Berkeley
    I get asked by readers all the time: how can you go from left to right at such a rapid fire pace? Were you a conservative all along? Are you just yanking our chain; you're really still a liberal in conservative clothing? Great question. This is a topic I ponder daily. Now that I look back, I had the seeds of both a conservative and a liberal in me all along. On the liberal side: I was raised a secular Jew, and, for some God forsaken reason, most of us are Democrats. My upbringing lacked meaning and substance, which propelled...
  • The CRA and Key Players

    09/27/2008 10:08:08 AM PDT · by hiredhand · 54 replies · 3,831+ views
    Various ^ | 27 Sep 2008 | Self
    The Subprime home mortgage collapse...a Primer. It's ALL about the CRA of 1977 Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) of 1977 - This required banks to offer credit throughout their entire market area for underserved populations and small businesses. The CRA gave incentives to help low income borrowers become home owners. Liberals call this group low income borrowers. Conservatives call them a RISK!The CRA was passed by the Carter administration. In 1995 the Clinton administration authorized subprime loans under the CRA. Democrats added these provisions for the securitization of subprime loans and then ENFORCED the lending to high risk individuals. By 2000,...
  • Meddling 'nannies' trying to save us from ourselves [book review: Nanny State]

    01/07/2008 4:21:46 AM PST · by LowCountryJoe · 17 replies · 100+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jan. 6, 2008 | Scott Stein
    'Nanny State' is the name given to government policies that treat adults like children and try to protect people from every possible harm or offense, especially from their own choices. Ultimately, it is about control, as shown in David Harsanyi's new book, Nanny State, which compiles numerous examples of what he terms the "tyranny of the busybody." The book's wide range and satiric tone are indicated by its long subtitle: How Food Fascists, Teetotaling Do-Gooders, Priggish Moralists, and Other Boneheaded Bureaucrats Are Turning America Into a Nation of Children. Harsanyi, a columnist for the Denver Post, breaks up his chapters...
  • Scary CSPI Steals Candy from Babies!

    10/31/2007 12:37:25 PM PDT · by vadum · 39 replies · 117+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | October 31, 2007 | Charlie Szold
    This Halloween night Capital Research Center wants to remind you that scary organizations like The Center for Science in the Public Interest dont want you or your children to enjoy a night of sugar-filled fun. Instead CSPI (website: www.cspi.org), a non-profit food watchdog group, wants you to hand out spooky plastic rings and temporary tattoos in lieu of Baby Ruths or Crunch Bars thereby ensuring the arrival of some fresh toilet paper in your tree by tomorrow morning. (See CSPIs press release in PDF form at http://cspinet.org/new/pdf/halloween.pdf.) The creepy CSPI recommends that parents have their children save 5 treats to...
  • End of the Line, Huckabee

    08/31/2007 5:56:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies · 1,031+ views
    Townhall ^ | August 29, 2007 | Mary Katharine Ham
    I was willing to entertain the thought of you as a refreshing, charming, surprising second-tier candidate whose eloquence and wit would serve the party well (although trashing the Club for Growth was really pushing it). But a national smoking ban? You're not running a health spa; it's a country, and you will never win friends in North Carolina talking like that. These big-time pound-shedders cum health nuts. You applaud them as they get healthy, but be careful putting them in power-- they'll take your food and other vices away from you quick as look at you. Because they know what's...
  • Some see red on Denver's green plan

    06/12/2007 12:49:19 PM PDT · by goarmy · 23 replies · 957+ views
    RockyMountainNews.com via Drudge ^ | June 12, 2007 | Stuart Steers
    People around the country accused Denver on Monday of embracing a "crackpot" scheme to fight global warming after the city's plan drew widespread attention on the Internet. The reaction was to a Rocky Mountain News story that detailed some of the proposals in Denver's Climate Action Plan, which aims to cut the city's output of gas emissions linked to global warming. The plan includes several controversial ideas, including making residents who use large amounts of electricity and natural gas pay higher utility fees, boosting insurance rates for people who drive long distances and mandating that homes be energy efficient before...
  • Somalia:Islamist cops nab 22 in raid on smokers

    11/20/2006 7:25:52 PM PST · by Leisler · 27 replies · 957+ views
    Kismayo - Islamic religious police on Tuesday arrested 22 people for smoking in the Somali port of Kismayo, where they will be flogged if found guilty of violating a new tobacco ban, officials said. Those detained were nabbed just days after local Islamist officials announced a total ban on the use of tobacco in the key southern port, in a new sign of their increasingly strict application of Sharia law. "We started raids against tobacco users and we have arrested 22 people so far," Kismayo police deputy chief Mohmaed Abdulkadir Jibril told reporters here, about 500km south of the capital...
  • Growers say fruit's ready, but workers are scarce

    08/30/2006 11:14:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 226 replies · 2,753+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 8-30-06 | Joe Mullin
    WAPATO, Yakima County Heinz Humann was late this year. Later than he's ever been. His workers finished thinning out apple and pear trees to prepare for the harvest in mid-August. But they should have been finished a month earlier. The past few months, it's been tough for Humann to find enough workers for what he can afford to pay. He's had plenty of work, he says. But it seems there's no one willing to do it. Add to that the other issues that hurt his bottom line, such as taxes and environmental regulations, and "I can see the writing...
  • We Want Your Money (The poverty of celebrity performance on behalf of foreign aid- herman Cain)

    07/24/2005 9:35:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 497+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 7/25/2005 | Herman Cain
    U2 made more money than any other touring band in the first half of 2005. The Irish rockers pulled in more than $48 million in six months with an average ticket price of $96. So, naturally, I was a little suspicious when Bono, U2's lead singer, told me he didn't want my money. Bono said he wanted my "voice" to join the chorus of youngsters gyrating around the world at Live 8 performances leading up to the Group of Eight Summit representing the world's wealthiest nations. He and Bob Geldof, a fellow rocker and organizer of Live 8, were all...
  • Live 8 sucked for the following reasons

    07/05/2005 7:54:14 PM PDT · by the tongue · 107 replies · 3,361+ views
    The Tongue
    <p>What a pile of crap Live 8 turned out to be. I tried to watch it, but I couldn't make it happen.</p> <p>My wretching began when Will Smith showed his stupid face onscreen. He begged us all to make a difference, because "every 3 seconds, someone dies from starvation in Africa." Bullshit!!!!!!!!!! Has anyone done the math on this lie? I have. That would amount to 10, 521,000 deaths PER YEAR from starvation. That's based on a continental population of 850 million. That's about 1 1/2% of the population dying from starvation. If this were the case, it would stop itself when it reached it's fulcrum, which it would do quickly.</p>
  • Here Come the Lawyers

    06/02/2005 5:07:00 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 30 replies · 736+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6/02/05 | Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Our war against terror is in trouble now. Lawyers from some of our most prestigious law firms are trundling down to Guantanamo Bay to represent detainees. If any group in America can bring a project to foozle it would be a group of American lawyers intent on humanitarian service. It is only a matter of time before a new Ramsey Clark Jr. emerges to fill American courts with bogus legal charges to stoke international anti-Americanism. Then accomplished poseurs such as the Clintons and Jean-Francois Kerry can chirp about how the whole world is increasingly hostile to us....
  • FYI: Book TV 11pm, Mona Charen Discusses Her Book "Do Gooders" (C-SPAN2)

    04/02/2005 7:00:17 PM PST · by paltz · 7 replies · 330+ views
    On Saturday, April 2 at 11:00 pm and Sunday, April 3 at 6:30 am ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (and the Rest of Us) Mona Charen Watch Description:Mona Charen discusses her book, "Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help (And the Rest of Us)," at the Union League Club in New York City. Ms. Charen asserts that liberal public policy has worsened numerous domestic social problems. Specifically, she argues that a lenient approach to criminal justice has led to higher crime rates and that liberal politicians routinely exploit racial divisions for political gain....
  • Family of protester killed by bulldozer suing Caterpillar

    03/15/2005 4:10:04 PM PST · by NavyCanDo · 163 replies · 3,893+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 03-15-05 | ELIZABETH M. GILLESPIE
    SEATTLE -- The parents of a 23-year-old activist killed while trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home is suing Caterpillar Inc., the company that made the bulldozer that ran over her. The federal lawsuit, which lawyers said would be filed here Tuesday, alleges that Caterpillar violated international and state law by providing specially designed bulldozers to Israeli Defense Forces that it knew would be used to demolish homes and endanger people. Rachel Corrie, a student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, was standing in front of a home in a refugee camp in Rafah, near the Egyptian...
  • Mona Charen Soc Sec Update! Black Conservatives! Avi Lipkin & Islams Past! THU (3-10) on RIGHTALK!

    03/10/2005 9:36:45 AM PST · by Bob J · 4 replies · 678+ views
    RIGHTALK.com ^ | 3-10-05 | Bob J
    Listen While You Freep! All programs are replayed for 23 hours and again on weekends so tune in when its convenient for YOU! Call In Number - 866-884-TALK (8255) Heating the EDGE of a New Media! 1pm EST - THE BUZZ CUT - "Do-Gooders and Useful Idiots!" Nobody has her finger more on the pulse of the liberal movement (much to their chagrin) than New York Times bestselling author Mona Charen. From Washington DC to Hollywood, from major news organizations to leading universities, liberal do-gooders are convinced that they know what's best for America's poor and working classes--Charen refuses to...
  • RAF Veteran Is Found Hanged After Burglars Ruined His World

    03/10/2005 9:50:51 AM PST · by quidnunc · 97 replies · 2,653+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | March 10, 2005 | Simon de Bruxelles
    Despairing elderly victim killed himself after being raided by thieves for the third time A frail RAF veteran was driven to suicide after his home was burgled for the third time. Herbert Buckland, 84, was afraid to leave his house or even open his front door after being robbed by doorstep conmen twice last year. When he came face-to-face with burglars for the third time, Mr Buckland apparently decided that enough was enough. He told relatives that the world was no longer a place he wanted to live in. Three days later he was found hanged in the bungalow that...
  • Judge allows robber to deduct gun

    01/26/2005 12:26:58 PM PST · by Libertas aut Mortis · 16 replies · 1,143+ views
    National Post (subscription required) ^ | 2005.01.26 | David Rennie
    PUBLICATION: National Post DATE: 2005.01.26 BYLINE: David Rennie SOURCE: The Daily Telegraph DATELINE: BRUSSELS ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------- Judge allows robber to deduct gun ------------------------------------------------------------------------ -------- BRUSSELS - A Dutch court has allowed a bank robber to claim the $3,200 cost of the pistol used in the hold-up as a legitimate business expense. The 46-year-old bank robber was permitted to set the cost of the gun against his gross proceeds of $10,575, gained during his raid on a bank in the southern town of Chaam. The judge at Breda criminal court duly reduced his fine by the same amount, in addition to...
  • State proposes tax credits to low-income, unmarried fathers

    01/21/2005 12:00:33 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 286+ views
    Newsday ^ | 17 Janaury 2005
    ALBANY, N.Y. -- Low-income, non-custodial fathers living in New York state would be eligible for expanded tax credits under a proposal by Gov. George Pataki aimed at encouraging them to leave the welfare rolls and pay child support. The initiative _ believed to be the first of its kind in the nation _ would broaden the state's earned income tax credit program available to low-income working parents with custody of their children _ most of whom are women.
  • Book Takes Broadside at Liberals' Sacred Cows (Mona Charen's New Book)

    01/14/2005 1:27:43 PM PST · by pissant · 14 replies · 844+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | 12/31/05 | Christopher Benson
    The New York Times boasts "All the News That's Fit to Print," but Mona Charen is not so gullible. Following up on her best seller Useful Idiots, Charen gives the public another book, Do-Gooders, that seeks to debunk liberal discourse and unearth the facts that never made "All the News That's Fit to Print." To carry out this task, she must become a genealogist of how liberal discourse emerged and now shapes (or distorts) our thinking and public policies. In the introduction, she writes: "Starting in the 1960s, liberal ideas on crime, welfare, education, mental illness, family structure, and race...
  • America's Tsunami Delirium

    01/06/2005 1:13:00 PM PST · by www.hunderdpercenter.com · 2 replies · 105+ views
    HundredPercenter Newswires ^ | January 6th, 2005 | Malachy Joyce
    After my recent article 315 Million Too Much, I have been flooded with do-gooder emails decrying me as some sort of evil monster,"for wanting babies to die of starvation." I am being misunderstood. As nations around the world keep busy trying to out- donate one another,the American public has been infected with Tsunami induced delirium. It's root stems from the democrat party talking point, which has been drilled into America's respective heads, that we (Republicans) are out and about attacking Muslim nations and persecuting them at home. Any clear thinking American knows that tall tale to be subterfuge. I have...
  • 315 Million Too Much

    01/05/2005 9:03:21 AM PST · by www.hunderdpercenter.com · 53 replies · 469+ views
    HundredPercenter Newswires ^ | January 5th, 2005 | Malachy Joyce
    The cataclysmic events that have gripped South East Asia, specifically Indonesia and Sri Lanka, is melancholic for every man with an iota of decency. However, as horrible the Indo-Chinese Tsunami was- is it America's responsibility to bear the greatest burden, financially? As America deals with an enormous national debt and trade deficit, it seems foolhardy for America to donate such large sums of dollars to a place that is corrupt and riddled with Islamic extremism from the top down. The prospect of colossal sums of dollars being stolen by rebel factions in Sri Lanka and Indonesia is great. Nonetheless- many...
  • Have funfair goldfish had their chips? (Activists say it's cruel to put fish in baggies)

    07/07/2003 3:55:21 PM PDT · by mhking · 23 replies · 313+ views
    LONDON (Reuters) - Funfairs could come under pressure this summer to scrap the age-old tradition of giving away goldfish as prizes because the practice is seen as cruel. Reuters Photo Winning a goldfish in a plastic bag, as synonymous with funfairs as candy floss and a ride on the dodgems, may be on the way out if the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has its way. "We would like to see the end of goldfish in little plastic bags," a spokeswoman for the animal welfare group said on Monday. "The fish can suffer stress and can...
  • FUN, AN ENDANGERED CONCEPT -- The New Risk-Averse Calvinism Of Left-Lib Society

    07/06/2003 10:03:26 AM PDT · by BurkesLaw · 40 replies · 263+ views
    Iconoclast.ca ^ | by Paul Walfield
    The horrors that can be attributed to fire and explosive accidents cannot be overstated; but, depending upon your perspective, walking across the street can be a dangerous endeavor as well.....
  • Wal-Mart halts N.Y. toy-gun sales

    04/11/2003 8:54:51 AM PDT · by Brian S · 44 replies · 374+ views
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Thursday suspended sales of toy guns in its stores throughout the state of New York, only hours after Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer sued the world's biggest retailer, accusing it of selling such toys without required safety markings to distinguish them from real weapons. The toy guns have orange caps on their barrels, as required by federal law, but they don't have nonremovable orange stripes down the barrel's length as New York law requires, Spitzer's lawsuit contends. Safety experts say the brightly colored markings help police officers distinguish toy guns from real weapons, and that the permanent...
  • In Johannesburg, activists sow false fears

    08/28/2002 3:37:46 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 326+ views
    National Post ^ | Augustus 28 2002 | Jonathan Kay
    Six thousand journalists are in Johannesburg to cover the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The BBC team alone is rumored to number at least 100. Never have so many traveled so far to report so little: The meeting will likely produce nothing except the same tiresome effusion of anti-Western rhetoric we heard from last year's "World Conference Against Racism" in Durban. Already, both South African President Thabo Mbeki and the summit's secretary-general have accused Western leaders of presiding over a system of "global apartheid." Not to be outdone, Friends of the Earth International declared Canada, the United States and Australia...
  • Indignation, inc. (Liberals try to "protect" poor people from a better standard of living)

    07/18/2002 1:18:12 PM PDT · by grundle · 10 replies · 313+ views
    TownHall.com ^ | July 17, 2002 | Thomas Sowell
    http://www.townhall.com/columnists/thomassowell/ts20020717.shtml Thomas Sowell July 17, 2002 Indignation, inc. A recent front-page story in The New York Times was headlined: "In Ecuador's Banana Fields, Child Labor is Key to Profits." This is part of an ongoing orgy of indignation by the intelligentsia at low-paid labor in the Third World. The question they never ask is: Compared to what? But people for whom indignation is a way of life seldom pause to compare the available options. Instead, they are ready to foreclose some of the options of poor people, who have painfully few options to begin with. Buried on an inside page...