A special was on ABC last night about the new school that Oprah Winfrey built in South Africa for young girls. Regarding helping these girls, Oprah said that this is the reason that she was put on this planet. I must say that this undertaking seems the perfect fit for Oprah. Herself growing up a [...]
Archive for February, 2007
A rule of thumb is this: If conscious efforts are not made to roll back the welfare state, it will grow at a faster rate than the economy year by year. This new article speaks of the recent growth of the US welfare state:
WASHINGTON - The welfare state is bigger than ever despite a decade [...]
A couple of years ago my father told me that he was walking through the Pittsburgh airport and someone he knew yelled to him. The guy was doing some experimental work with a human X-ray machine. As people passed by my father said that you could see through their clothes. I have been surprised to [...]
Socialist Castro-wannabe Victor Chavez is readying for a fight:
CARACAS, Venezuela, Feb. 24 — Venezuela’s arms spending has climbed to more than $4 billion in the past two years, transforming the nation into Latin America’s largest weapons buyer and placing it ahead of other major purchasers in international arms markets like Pakistan and Iran.
Venezuelan military [...]
Instapundit quotes Col. Sean B. MacFarland after a 14 month deployment in Iraq:
Now, “If you talk to these sheiks, they’ll tell you that they’re in no hurry to see the Americans leave al-Anbar,” he said.
“One thing Sheikh Sattar keeps saying is he wants al-Anbar to be like Germany and Japan and South Korea were after [...]
Amid the steady depressing news from Iraq, don’t forget Kurdistan. Michael Totten writes:
If I could distill everything I heard, saw, and learned in the Kurdistan region of Iraq into a 12-minute video, it would look a lot like this. (Fourth video on the right.)
Click that link. Watch. This is marvelous work from 60 Minutes, some [...]
People with a libertarian streak, like myself, want the government to leave people more to their own devices. People with a leftist streak want to use the government to remake society. In order to do this, government must order people to do things that they would not otherwise do. This inevitably reduces human freedom.
A problem [...]
Hillary Clinton discovers the solution to the Iraq War - and it is the same solution used in the Vietnam War:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the early front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has called for a 90-day deadline to start pulling American troops from Iraq.
… “Now it’s time to say [...]
Follow this link to the QandO blog to see a short video. As Dale Frank says, “Clearly, the modernization of the French military continues apace.” Ahh, or maybe not.
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From the Americans for Tax Reform:
WASHINGTON, DC – The flat tax revolution taking place in eastern Europe has spread to Macedonia: The new free -market government, led by 36 year-old Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, has adapted a flat 12 percent personal income tax rate for 2007. In 2008 the rate will drop to [...]
Today is the birthday of two people of interest with polar opposite world views: Kim Jong Il, the dictator of North Korea (he turns 65), and me, the proprietor of NoSpeedBumps (I turn 50, yikes!). Let’s compare our views on things:
On Citizens in Our Countries:
Dan - Let people do whatever the hell they want as [...]