Federal Register Watch
What freedoms have you lost this week?
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential Documents. This column attempts to summarize the highlights (or lowlights) of the Federal Register during the preceding week.
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The Things Which Are Caesar's
America's April 15 tax deadline is fast approaching. This is the date by which we are supposed to "Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's."
Meanwhile, people in Iraq are marrying their cousins, widows in Zambia are sleeping with their deceased husbands' relatives, and the president's niece has a drug problem.
I have been racking my brain trying to figure out why some people whom I respect, who are colleagues of mine-- good limited government types--come out in favor of this War in Iraq. Usually the argument boils down to an emotional reaction against atrocities committed by Saddam Hussein. Their usually rational faculties armed against intervention fail when presented with the vision of tortured...
Don't Mess With Texas
Daniel Patrick Welch
Teach them a lesson they'll never forget. So goes the thinking in Texas-on-the-Potomac. And what a lesson it has been! They'll never mess with us again, nosirree Bob! As this childish thinking worms its way around the neocon braintrust, now giddy with "success" of their own definition (like toppling the Taliban?), it is instructive what lessons might be drawn by more rational--albeit scared to...
Why Not War
There comes a time to fight for what is right, but that determination must rest with the individual conscience, whether it chooses to fight, support, oppose, or remain indifferent to a cause. Lately voices against war seem lonelier here in America than ever, while voices for war in many other countries are undoubtedly experiencing a similar form of pressure to 'shut up and sit down'.
An Ode to My Gal
My beloved gal went and died last night,
Her struggle was painful and slow,
The final blow came as the bombs commenced
Into the Baghdad Valley below.
She had such a strong constitution, that
I thought she just might pull through,
Her genes were made of such superior stock,
To unparalleled heights she grew.
Not a finer lady I have seen as yet,
Though perfect she was never to be,
The Rise and Fall of Charles Moose
He was riding the crest of a tidal wave of favorable publicity. He was a much sought after speaker and honored guest at function after function. His name was mentioned as the first black Director of the FBI. A book deal had been signed and Hollywood was considering a movie and his face graced the covers of national magazines. His name is Charles A. Moose and it was the best time of his life. It...
The Problem of Copyright
"Copyright piracy," meaning the digital copying of music and movies and, sooner or later, books, is a legal problem that hasn't gone away. The implications are huge. The music industry loses large amounts of money on music shared across the internet. It consequently pushes the adoption of totalitarian controls, which are the only kind that could work. In fact companies that lose money on...
A Crooked Mirror
More on the war (4):
* Read the Bible. George Bush, we are told, is a deeply religious person, and so is his yeoman, Tony Blair. It is a pity that they do not read the Bible more.
One of the most beautiful Hebrew sentences can be found in I Kings XX. When he attacked Israel , the King of Syria boasted of his mighty army and demanded surrender. King Ahab replied with four immortal Hebrew words,...
The State of Oregon has two things that gives it a distinct "flavor"--if you will, over against many other states of the union.
First, it has a population that, in general, tends to vote and speak contrary to commonly accepted political views.
Second, Oregon has its own "Eugene"--also once know as "Skinner's Mud Hole."