The Earth is Mankind's Garden

The Earth is Mankind’s Garden

If the welfare of human life was the standard by which we judged industry and technology, there would be no reason to have a day like “Earth Day.” Rather than the environmentalists parading their assault on anything and everything that is a mark of human existence on the planet, we would instead celebrate industry and […]

The Financial Panic and the Only Proper Answer to It

One fact is absolutely clear: most of the blame for the current financial panic is utterly misdirected. Rather than hold accountable the irrational government policies that encouraged irresponsible lending and mountains of homeowner debt (and those who supported these policies), the moral foundation of the free market is itself being disparaged and attacked. We are […]

Lobbying, Free Speech and The First Amendment

Charles Krauthammer makes a trenchant argument in defense of a perennial whipping boy: Everyone knows the First Amendment protects freedom of religion, speech, press and assembly. How many remember that, in addition, the First Amendment protects a fifth freedom — to lobby? Of course it doesn’t use the word lobby. It calls it the right […]

The Dalai Lama: Dumb and Dumber

In researching what a potential “free Tibet” would look like absent Chinese rule, I found the following quote which is attributed to Tenzin Gyatso, aka the 14th Dalai Lama and the head of Tibet’s government in exile: Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism […]

Why Boycotting Berkeley is Important

I watched the video of the January 29th meeting of the Berkeley City Council where resolutions were passed telling the Marines that they are “unwanted and uninvited guests” with in city limits and applauding those who work to disrupt the Marines from their mission. As I watched the video, I was struck by the brazen […]

The City of Berkeley Condemns The United States Marines

In resolutions passed January 29, 2008, the City Council of Berkeley, California has declared that United States Marine Corps recruiters are “uninvited and unwelcome intruders” within city limits and applauds those who choose to “impede” the Marines in their recruiting mission. The justification presented by the Council for these obnoxious and misdirected resolutions is that […]

More Microsoft Antitrust Suit Insanity

According to the Onalaska Life Newspaper, millions of dollars worth of vouchers that were part of Microsoft’s settlement of a Wisconsin class-action antitrust case remain unclaimed. The settlement requires Microsoft to make available to class members up to $223,896,000 in vouchers that may be used to purchase new desktop computers, laptops, tablet computers, pre-packaged software, […]

Ashland University Reenters the Dark Ages

Yesterday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on Dr. John Lewis’ recent travails at Ashland University (subscription required). For those who are unaware, here is a brief recap: After initially denying Lewis tenure this spring because Lewis supports Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, Ashland reversed itself, granting Lewis his tenure, but only the condition that […]

Crass and Class at George Mason University

The lecture by Dr. John Lewis last month on Islamic totalitarianism at George Mason University was one of the most surreal public experiences I have witnessed in all my years as an activist and advocate. It evidenced in no uncertain terms that rationality and common decency are under assault at even our most distinguished forums. […]

Laying the Foundation for an Antitrust Assault on Google

Below is a quote from Washington Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein excerpted a column he wrote on Google titled “How Much More Should It Be Allowed to Grab?” [P]recisely because of its success, it’s fair to ask if Google should be barred from furthering its dominance through acquisitions or collaborations. At issue are the recent […]

Pluto, Democracy and Science

Back in September 2006, Gus Van Horn blogged about a first grade teacher who got her students to start a school-wide petition to protest the demotion of Pluto to “dwarf planet” status on the grounds of “sticking up for the little guy,” (or more accurately, the frigid, inanimate, and too small to be properly classified […]

For Life and Liberty: A Marine Sniper’s Story

Last week, MSNBC ran its documentary “For God & Country: A Marine Sniper’s Story” which tells the story of Matt Orth, a 22-year-old war veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq. The footage consisted mostly of interviews with Orth as he chronicled his experiences in combat, as well as return to civilian life. In watching Orth’s […]

Jesus vs. The Marines

The Marines have earned a reputation for standing firm, even when attacked on all sides. Apparently, this legacy no longer applies when the weapon used against them is a talking Jesus doll. First, some context. For many years now, Christian activists have been fighting to regain Christmas, or more specifically, fighting against anyone who disagrees […]

The Failure of ‘Flags of Our Fathers’

Taking the high ground in battle is often a precondition of victory; it allows an army to project force upon its enemies at greater range and with greater effect than from other, less advantageous positions. It is not surprising then that AP photographer Joe Rosenthal’s stirring photograph of six Marines raising the flag on Mount […]

Dubious Dogma From The Witch Doctor Dalai Lama

According to the Dalai Lama, Saddam Hussein deserves a reprieve. Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has appealed for Saddam Hussein’s life to be spared, saying the deposed Iraqi president was not beyond redemption. “The death penalty is said to fulfill a preventive function, yet it is clearly a form of revenge,” the Nobel […]

The Saga of Ted Haggard’s Anti-Gay Bigotry

In watching evangelical preacher Ted Haggard’s life implode amid his admission that he popped methamphetamines and had repeated homosexual sex with a prostitute, it suddenly dawned on me how the twisted logic in his mind must have worked. Prior to his public humiliation, Haggard was a key advocate for a Colorado constitutional amendment that seeks […]

Harvard's "Tolerance" for Brutal Dictators

Harvard’s “Tolerance” for Brutal Dictators

For many years I have argued that America’s intellectuals–those learned people with the greatest ability to understand our virtues and articulate a moral defense of our way of life–have long abandoned America. Another piece of evidence of this betrayal can be found in Harvard University’s decision to have Iran’s former president, Mohammad Khatami, speak before […]

Microsoft’s Tacit Surrender to Antitrust

This week the European Commission issued a 280.5 million Euro fine against Microsoft for failing to fully respect their 2004 antitrust ruling. But first, a brief synopsis: In 2004, EC antitrust regulators ordered Microsoft to pay a massive 497 million Euro fine for its

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