Today would’ve been Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday (he died in 2006). Donald J. Boudreaux pens a note of appreciation: In a scene from the opening episode of his successful 10-part 1980 PBS series “Free to Choose,” Friedman held in his hand an ordinary pencil. Looking into the camera, and speaking without a script, he explained that a pencil – so seemingly simple – requires for its production the knowledge and labors of millions of people from around the world. Some workers cut down the trees; other workers make the chainsaws used to cut down the trees; yet other workers make … Continue reading Happy 100th birthday, Milton Friedman!
And it’s still one of the best rock songs of all time (IMHO). There’s also this jazzier version, which gets better when it returns to the original: Continue reading ‘Rosanna’ by Toto turns 30 this year
Time magazine reports: “I recognize power of culture,” Romney said, hailing Israel’s strides in its 64 years as a nation. He allowed that a person would “have a hard time suggesting natural resources and land account for it all.” Start with the numbers, which were more than a bit off: The World Bank puts Israel’s gross domestic product at closer to $31,000 per capita, while residents of the West Bank and Gaza struggle to get by on just $1,500. The bigger problem, however, is the parallel: Mexico is not occupied by the United States, nor Ecuador by Chile. But since 1967, … Continue reading Romney’s Comments on Palestinian Economy Stir Controversy
FromThe New York Times: Democrats moved to make same-sex marriage a part of their party platform, placing language that would declare a right for gay men and lesbians to marry on track for approval by the party’s leadership. Party officials met over the weekend in Minneapolis and approved the first step in the platform-amending process. In two weeks, the entire platform committee will vote on the matter at a meeting scheduled in Detroit. Then, if approved as expected, it would move on to convention delegates in Charlotte, N.C., for final approval in September. According to Democrats who were briefed on … Continue reading Democrats Move to Include Gay Marriage in Party Platform
Over at The Corner, Charles C. W. Cooke writes: The sun has risen in the East, which means that someone in Britain has probably been arrested for writing something silly on Twitter… Precisely why should that matter? This is not a “nuanced” case. It is not “difficult” or “tricky” or “thorny” or “complicated” or any of those words that the chin-stroking members of the British chattering classes like to use in faux-thoughtful overtures on BBC Radio 4, just before oh-so-predictably arguing for a government-imposed British speech code that happens exactly to proscribe what they personally find “offensive.” This is miles … Continue reading The sun sets on freedom of speech in Britain
From the Executive Summary: Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance. Article 18, Universal Declaration of Human Rights To think, believe, or doubt. To speak or pray; to gather or stand apart. Such are the movements of the mind and heart, infinitives that take us beyond the finite. Freedom of religion, like all freedoms of thought and expression, are inherent. … Continue reading International Religious Freedom Report for 2011
He offers 9 reasons: Intellectual stagnation Lack of any hint of intellectual innovation Increased focus on the uninformed Lack of serious policy proposals Negative passion No enactment strategy Ad budget myopia Technology is making campaigns dumber Dishonesty numbs Yep. Continue reading David Brooks on why the 2012 presidential race is ‘incredibly consequential and incredibly boring all at the same time’
Over at Commentary, Peter Wehner writes: As the election nears — it is now less than 100 days away — the issue of poverty in America will hopefully play a somewhat more central role. It’s perfectly appropriate for candidates of both parties, and at all levels, to focus on the plight of the middle class. But while the effects of the Great Recession, combined with the worst recovery on record, have taken their toll on every strata in American society, it is the poor who suffer disproportionately. (I understand that the definition of poor is subjective and that what qualifies … Continue reading Do conservative policies offer the greatest hope and opportunity to those who are most marginalized?
From AG News: Dr. George O. Wood heard Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel loud and clear when he said that, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.” The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God now has a rapid-fire series of questions for Emanuel and any other mayor who may be tempted to follow in his footsteps. “Are you saying that the Catholics are also unwelcome in Chicago because they don’t have Chicago values? That evangelicals aren’t welcome? That Muslims aren’t welcome? That Orthodox Jewish people are not welcome? “That other persons who have religious beliefs that marriage is between a man … Continue reading Wood speaks out on Chick-fil-A controversy
A worrisome story from the Star Tribune: LAKOTA, N.D. – The use of unmanned aerial drones, whose deadly accuracy helped revolutionize modern warfare high above the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, is now spreading intrigue and worry across the plains of North Dakota. Amid 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans and miles from the closest town, a Predator drone led to the arrests of farmer Rodney Brossart and five members of his family last year after a dispute over a neighbor’s six lost cows on his property escalated into a 16-hour standoff with police. It is one of the first … Continue reading Spies in the sky signal new age of surveillance