Archive for January 2011

Sargent Shriver, R.I.P.

Sargent Shriver, first head of the Peace Corps under John Kennedy, ambassador to France under Lyndon Johnso, George McGovern’s 1972 running mate, and member of the Kennedy family by his marriage to Eunice Kennedy Shriver (who survives him) died Tuesday at age 95. This makes me feel old. He was 95? Already? I’m glad I…

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Who Governs You?

From Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address: In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and…

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Will Kindle Books Price Themselves Out of the Market?

I’m not buying many books on Kindle anymore since they are now almost the same price as the hardcover. In that case I’d rather have the book. For example, Thomas Sowell’s new 4th edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy is $23.97 for the hard cover at Amazon and $19.99 for…

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The Black Book of Liberalism

J.R. Dunn, novelist, military historian and frequent contributor to the American Thinker website, wanted to write a definitive book on liberalism. Someone suggested he write “the black book of liberalism,” taking the phrase from the title of another book: The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression. That’s what he has done, but has given…

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This Week In Smash-Mouth Leftism

See this is the way it works: The left can say anything it wants. The left can call people racist, sexist, homophobes with not one scintilla of evidence; The left can call a Republican a Nazi or say that Sarah Palin caused her child to have Down’s syndrome by neglecting her pre-natal care even though…

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Wisconsin Will Get CCW Law

Only Wisconsin and Illinois have no provision for any citizen to get a permit to carry a concealed firearm. The Wisconsin legislature has twice passed a CCW law but former Democrat Governor Jim Doyle vetoed it both times. The last time the law passed with a veto-proof majority (by one vote) but was not overridden…

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One of Methuselah’s Children — Living in Florida at 107

Leonard McCracken lives in Florida where he has been retired since 1969. At 107, he offers investment advice and a word or two on staying healthy: “McCracken has hung onto his health and his wits and has had no major medical bills at all throughout his entire life. It has only been in the last…

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