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Thomas Jefferson, where art thou?

"A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government." - Thomas Jefferson.

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They must've forgotten

Once in a while I like to take a dark trip down into the deep reaches of the Democratic Underground, a popular message board for ultra-left chatter. Personally, when the topic isn't just another round of Bush bashing, I'm curious to find what the big government proponents and anti-individualists have to say. It's like a frightening reality show guaranteed to give one occasional nightmares. Read more »


Fro-Town Classic!

My hometown parties tonight, as Good triumphs over Evil!

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(Kudos to Johnathan ... not much to add to his post below) :)


Ronald Reagan R.I.P.

Former president Ronald Reagan died at 93.

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Iraqi convertible

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Photo from Spiegel


Baby Steps or Cold Turkey

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Fantastic Fantasia

Well, the dust finally settled on the third installment of American Idol, with Fantasia Barrino taking the top honors, receiving the majority of sixtysome million votes tallied last night. North Carolina native Fantasia is a talented singer who's been frequently compared to Macy Gray and Aretha Franklin, and edged out Diana Degarmo. Read more »


Critics Respond, Moore or Less

The anti-Moore crowd will have some good reading material at the local bookstore this summer. I hope it's made into a film.


Separated at birth?

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Shoulda, woulda, coulda


Trash Cannes

The film The Edukators received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes film festival. It could even win the top prize – the Palme d'Or award. Here is the plotline of the story:

The first German film to compete in Cannes in 11 years, it tells the story of three idealistic youths who break into rich people's villas and move their furniture around, leaving behind notes with messages such as: "You have too much money."

Double Down?

Not if taxes double up.

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The state of Michigan is proposing increasing the gaming tax from 18 percent to 36 percent. Downtown Detroit casinos warned that doubling the tax would "force them to close table games and food outlets, which would result in layoffs."

Who's the big winner tonight? Neither the workers nor the consumers.


It's Censorship!... Or is it?

An article by FAIR (Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting) blares this headline: Michael Moore Film Faces Disney Censorship. This is referring to a situation whereas Disney is disallowing its subsidiary, Miramax, to distribute Moore's film Fahrenheit 911. In his usual martyr role, Michael Moore states: Read more »


Kick him in the Ralls

I'm a week late on this topic, so this isn't exactly breaking news...

I was going to comment on political cartoonist Ted Rall, and his inaccurate and sick cartoon in which he calls Pat Tillman an "idiot", "sap", and implies he's merely a racist whose only goal was to "kill Arabs". But the folks at A Small Victory cover it well enough whereas I don't have much more to add. Read more »


Idol Chatter

OK, I admit it. This is the first season I've caught the hit karaoke/talent competition American Idol, and I've been a faithful watcher each week. I highly doubt I'll wind up buying the CD of whoever wins this competition - it'll likely be more semi-bland Top 40 pop similar to that of previous competitors - but the show can get quite addicting.

Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, even a seemingly safe foray into a sugary pop show like Idol can't escape the spector of race and racist allegations. Read more »