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ID: 2011
Uid: 26
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: SADDAM HUSSEIN IN A MUD-HOLE
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Body: <P>And so, the US armed forces find this brutal mass murderer cowering in a mud-hole. I understand Sheldon's <a href="http://hnn.us/articles/1621.html#12140303">mixed feelings</a>, especially given the US government's former support of Saddam Hussein. It is therefore my hope that the Iraqis give him the due process he denied others and that his crimes against humanity be fully exposed. There isn't an industrial plastic shredder big enough to make him pay for the enormity of those crimes. <P>Will this end the unrest in Iraq? I doubt it, because the unrest is deeper than any one man, even the Ace of Spades. We can only hope, however, that it will bring <I>some</i> stability to this region, and that it will hasten the withdrawal of US troops. <P>
ID: 2012
Uid: 25
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: MIXED FEELINGS
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Body: <P>So U.S. forces have finally captured Saddam Hussein. Talk about mixed feelings! The murderous bastard deserves to die a long slow death at the hands of the Iraqis he so brutally oppressed. But the thought of U.S. troops hunting down another country&#8217;s dictator makes me sick.
ID: 2013
Uid: 25
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: NOT AN EASY JOB
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Body: <P>You&#8217;ve got to sympathize with the campaign-finance reformers. They don&#8217;t have it easy. <i>You</i> try removing the appearance of corruption from an intrinsically corrupt enterprise. <p>P.S.: With respect to Keith Halderman's post: any congressman who admits that he voted for the bill believing it to be unconstitutional while assuming the Supreme Court would kill it has committed an impeachable offense. There may be a separation of powers (in theory), but members of Congress take an oath to uphold the Constitution too. On that matter, there is no division of labor.
ID: 2014
Uid: 20
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: BOB BARR SOMETIMES YOU JUST HAVE TO LOVE HIM
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Body: Whenever ex-Congressman Bob Barr&#8217;s name is mentioned at a drug reform movement event people will invariably start to hiss. He earned his well-deserved infamy in these circles with one of the most blatant attacks on the democratic process in my lifetime. He attached an amendment to the federal bill funding the District of Columbia prohibiting that local government from spending the miniscule amount of money necessary to count the votes already cast in a medical marijuana referendum. Estimates that a 70% favorable vote would be the result, later turned out to be largely true. What was especially egregious about Barr&#8217;s legislation was that it only blocked counting the vote concerning proposals to lessen marijuana penalties not those that would increase them.<P> When Barr experienced a surprisingly sound defeat in a primary election that featured ads sponsored by the Libertarian Party, which highlighted his stance on the medical marijuana issue, I will admit to being pleased.<P> However, there are most definitely two sides to Bob Barr. While still in Congress he along with Henry Hyde sponsored some worthwhile reform of asset forfeiture laws. When he left the House he worked with the ACLU to combat some of the more pernicious effects of the Patriot Act.<P> And, in Saturday&#8217;s <I>Washington Times</I> the good Bob Barr out did himself. He wrote an absolutely excellent <A HREF=http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20031212-074959-8656r.htm>column</A> on the Supreme Court&#8217;s recent decision to eviscerate the First Amendment in the name of campaign finance reform. It is well worth reading. In it he relates how many Republican Congressmen voted for a law they knew to be unconstitutional because of their strong belief that the Supreme Court would never let it stand. Surprise! This terrific essay almost makes me wish Mr. Barr were back in the House of Representatives, but not quite.<P>
ID: 2015
Uid: 16
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION TO GIVE AWARD TO FORMER KLANSMAN
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Body: The American Historical Association is generally zealous in its enforcement of political correctness. For example, because it has ruled out a long list of cities which fail its exacting pc standards for annual conventions, it has cost members hundreds of thousands of dollars, probably millions.<p> Despite this, <a href="http://hnn.us/articles/1829.html"> Ralph Luker of Cliopatria <a> reports that the powers-that-be in the AHA apparently did not think twice about the prospect of &#8220;giving Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia its inaugural Theodore Roosevelt-Woodrow Award for Civil Service...Byrd is a former member of the Ku Klux Klan who was still using the word &#8216;nigger&#8217; on national television without a wince <a href="http://www.njournalg.com/news/2001/03/naacp_criticizes_senator.html"> as recently as two years ago.&#8221; <a> Somehow I don't think that the membership of the AHA would show a similar tolerance if the name of the recipient was Trent Lott rather than Robert C. Byrd.<p>
ID: 2016
Uid: 26
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: AYN RAND AND MARTIN LUTHER
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Body: <P>I've enjoyed the dialogue between David Beito (<a href="http://hnn.us/articles/1621.html#12110301">here</a> and <a href="http://hnn.us/articles/1621.html#12110305">here</a>) and Lutheran pastor <a href="http://www.therightchristians.org/archives/000379.html">Allen Brill</a> on Martin Luther: Randian Hero? Of course, Rand and Luther had greatly divergent beliefs. But I've got an odd tidbit to share with my colleagues. <P>In an earlier manuscript version of the classic novel, <I>The Fountainhead</i>, Rand had written a longer speech for architect Howard Roark, who is busy defending himself in a jury trial toward the end of the book. Roark opens that speech on the"soul of an individualist" with the famous line:"Thousands of years ago, the first man discovered how to make fire. He was probably burned at the stake he had taught his brothers to light." <P>Interestingly, Rand scholar Shoshana Milgram tells us that"Rand originally had Roark provide a list of creators and an inventory of their suffering." Here's what Rand wrote, even though she later decided to delete this list from the final version of the novel: <P><B>Socrates, poisoned by order of the democracy of Athens. Jesus Christ against the majority of [indecipherable] crucified. Joan D'Arc, who was burned at the stake. Galileo, made to renounce his soul. Spinoza, excommunicated. Luther, hounded. Victor Hugo, exiled for twenty years. Richard Wagner, writing musical comedies for a living, denounced by the musicians of his time, hissed, opposed, pronounced unmusical. Tchaikovsky, struggling through years of loneliness without recognition. Nietzsche, dying in an insane asylum, friendless and unheard. Ibsen [indecipherable] his own country. Dostoevsky, facing an execution squad and pardoned to a Siberian prison. The list is endless.</b><P>Now, it is true that Rand and others writing in the <a href="http://hnn.us/articles/1621.html#12080304">Randian tradition</a> are not too thrilled with Luther and others on the above list (though Rand did have a much more complex view of religion in general and Christianity in particular than some of her writings indicate; see my post, <a href="http://www.nyu.edu/projects/sciabarra/essays/internet1201-503.htm#12-May-2003">God Speaks</a>). But to have <I>listed</i> Luther among those whom Roark acknowledges as among the sacrificed martyrs and tortured individualists, suggests that Rand herself might have appreciated the integrity of Luther, despite her rejection of his beliefs. Let's not forget that Rand does reserve a special respect for people of integrity, even if she rejects their explicit principles. Her novel <I>We the Living</i> boasts a character named Andrei Taganov, an idealistic Communist, who is among the strongest men of integrity in all her fiction.
ID: 2017
Uid: 26
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: WAITING FOR DIVINE INTERVENTION IN IRAQ?
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Body: <P>Gene Healy's <a href="http://hnn.us/articles/1621.html#12110306">post</a> on neoconservatism and the doctrine of unintended consequences was deliciously ironic. But what do we do when administration officials seem to embrace intended ignorance as a raison d'etre? <P>In a new <I>Reader's Digest</i> interview, National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice reportedly states the following... ostensibly about her personal life, but, in my view, the perfect embodiment of the administration's Iraq policy: <P><B>There's nothing I am worse at than long-term planning. I have never run my life that way. I believe that serendipity or fate or divine intervention has led me to a series of wholly implausible steps in my life. And I've been open to those twists and turns because I don't have a long-term plan.</b>
ID: 2018
Uid: 26
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: MIXED ECONOMY 101
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Body: <P>The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/12/opinion/12FRI1.html?th"><I>NY Times</i></a> tells us that James Baker's call to service in Iraq is all well and good, but that he"is far too tangled in a matrix of lucrative private business relationships that leave him looking like a potentially interested party in any debt-restructuring formula. The obvious solution is for him to sever his ties to all firms doing work directly or indirectly related to Iraq." The editorial continues: <P><B>Mr. Baker is senior counselor to the Carlyle Group, a global investment company that has done business with the Saudi royal family. He is also a partner in Baker Botts, a Houston law firm whose client list includes Halliburton. Baker Botts has an office in Riyadh and a strategic alliance with another firm in the United Arab Emirates, and it deploys Mr. Baker's name and past government service on its Web site to solicit Middle East business. It is inappropriate for Mr. Baker to remain attached to these businesses, whose clients and potential future clients could be affected by the decisions made about Iraq's official debt.</b><P>Duh. The"iron triangle" has been a perennial staple of the"mixed economy," a central characteristic of what Rand called the"new fascism." It involves a reciprocally reinforcing relationship between interest groups, bureaucrats, and politicians, wherein the personnel are very often the same: former interest group members become the bureaucrats who administer the political relationships that impinge upon the very interest groups being regulated. The alphabet soup of regulatory agencies functions by virtue of this iron triangle, blurring the line between the regulators and the regulated. <P>If the <I>NY Times</i> would like James Baker to sever his economic ties for the purposes of being a more <I>objective</i> participant in this folly, then it should be advocating the end of the <I>system</i> that makes the James Bakers possible, a system that institutionalizes such ties. But then Halliburton, Bechtel, and the rest of crony capitalism would have to give way to a free market. We can't have that, now, can we?
ID: 2019
Uid: 20
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: WINNING HEARTS AND MINDS
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Body: Today&#8217;s <I>Washington Times</I> tells of a Human Rights Watch report, titled"Off Target: The Conduct of the War and Civilian Casualties in Iraq," which looked at the use of <A HREF=http://www.washtimes.com/world/20031211-094852-7925r.htm>cluster bombs</A> by American forces. The paper reports that &#8220;In 50 acknowledged decapitation strikes, not one targeted Iraqi leader was killed. But in four strikes detailed by in the report, at least 100 Iraqi civilians were killed.&#8221; So much for winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, it is past time to leave.
ID: 2020
Uid: 16
Author: 32
Category: 41
Title: WHAT ABOUT THE PRO-WAR COMMIES?
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Body: I have already mentioned that pro-war bloggers often stress the involvement of extreme Marxist groups, like International ANSWER, in the anti-war movement. As far as it goes, it is entirely just and proper for them to point this out. International ANSWER is indeed a slimy group.<P> However, according to <a href="http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html"> Justin Raimondo's column today <a>, the pro-war effort to root out and expose commies is conveniently selective. Many of the same bloggers who effusively praised the demonstrations earlier this week in Iraq, for example, were completely silent about the significant role played by the Communist Party in bringing them about. The Communists were highly visible at the rallies. Scores of them proudly marched with flags depicting the hammer and sickle. In the past, conservative websites have often highlighted photos of similar demonstrators carrying pro-commie signs and banners at antiwar rallies, but strangely not in this case. Apparently, for some on the pro-war side, red-baiting is only a one way street.