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and the Free Market
By Robert Maynard
Given that New Hampshire
is doing a better job of caring for its poor with a more sustainable free
market oriented model, it is long past time we stopped making excuses and
Collapse of the "Global Warming" Scam
By John McClaughry
For 20 years the global
warming alarmists have prophesied planetary doom unless we create supranational
controls, subsidies, taxes, and rationing of energy consumption. Now, as
many skeptics have long expected, the ClimateGate revelations expose
this as the global scam of the century.
& Fed: an Empirical Evaluation
By Martin Harris
all the not-even-mentioned-in-the-Constitution governance empires in the
US today, two are of particular interest to your scribe. One is public
education, particularly in Vermont, where the K-12 establishment has managed
over the last generation to create once-unimaginable costs while producing
no significant student achievement gains; the other is the Federal Reserve
system, which has managed during its 95-year life-span since 1913 to evaporate
95% of the purchasing power of the dollar.# # #
generally have less Merit than Ambition, that Covet the Reward of other
Men’s; and to be sure a very ill Nature, that will rather Rob others of
their Due, than allow them their Praise." --William Penn
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Weekly News Round-Up
Gray Mountain State
By Mark Steyn, National
Review, December 8, 2009
If schoolkids are thin on
the ground, the state’s total population has held steady — 604,000 in 1999,
621,000 today. So Vermont is getting proportionately more childless. Which
is to say that Vermont, literally, has no future....
To modify Howard Dean, Vermont
is the way liberals think America ought to be, and you can’t make a living
in it. So if you’re a cash-poor but land-rich native Vermonter taxed and
regulated and hedged in on every front, you face a choice: In the new North
Country folk wisdom, they won’t let you fish, so you might as well cut
bait. Your outhouse is in breach of zoning regulations, so you might as
well get off the pot. Etc. When he ran for president, Howard Dean was said
to have inspired America’s youth. In Vermont, he mainly inspired them to
move somewhere else. The number of young adults fell by 20 percent during
the Dean years. And what’s left is a demographic disaster: The state’s
women have the second lowest birthrate in the nation, and the state’s workforce
is already America’s oldest. Last year, Chris Lafakis of Moody’s predicted
Vermont would have "a really stagnant economy" not this year or this half-decade
but for the next 30 years.
Caledonia Record Editorial,
December 11, 2009
We've got good news and bad
news. For two years, now, the Vermont State Employees Association (VSEA)
and Gov. Jim Douglas have been in a standoff on the issue of the VSEA either
taking a cut in pay or suffering a major layoff of VSEA members. The VSEA
finally blinked; Governor Douglas didn't. ...
It's too bad that it takes
a financial avalanche thundering down the mountain to convince the special
interests that it is time for some sacrifice. The teachers' union should
Bad Budget News
From Vermont Tiger, December
Now we have more complete
data from the JFO that shows the detail. The state's expenditures
will exceed revenues by $141-$161 million in FY11. If the deficit
is closed by using permanent spending cuts or tax increases, that will
bring FY12's deficit down to a "manageable" $99 million.
If the state uses gimmicks
or one-time solutions, the deficit in FY12 will grow to about $250 million
and be somewhere around $220 million FY13 and FY14. And none
of this includes tens of millions of dollars needed to shore up the state
employee and teacher retirement health care funds or the multi-hundred
million dollar hole in the unemployment insurance trust fund.
Long Cleanup for Lake Champlain
From WCAX-TV, December 8,
It could cost up to $800
million and take 15 years to clean up Lake Champlain.
Caledonia Record Editorial,
December 12, 2009
There is no genteel way to
put it. A worrisome number of school administrators and boards are hiding
behind the legally ambiguous cloak of secrecy. Their back-bonelessness
applies equally to the revolving door phenomenon of administrators within
our area schools. The shamelessness goes beyond cowardice and bad management.
It borders on the criminal. To cover their own fannies, they may be putting
our kids at serious risk.
Politics by Emerson
From Vermont Tiger, December
The Environmental Protection
Agency Monday said greenhouse gases are a danger to the public’s health,
next week more than 100 world leaders will meet in Copenhagen to gather
commitments to limit these emissions, and in Vermont all five of the Democrats
running for governor are inclined to work in the opposite direction by
shutting down Vermont Yankee.
If, as the EPA suggests,
regulations need to be put into place to curb greenhouse gases, and if
these same emissions – on a global scale – are bringing the planet to the
point of ruin, why would Doug Racine, Peter Shumlin, Matt Dunne, Deb Markowitz
and Susan Bartlett want to shut down a plant with almost no emissions that
supplies the state a third of its power?
Isle School Choice on Menu
By Molly Walsh, Burlington
Free Press, December 14, 2009
Grand Isle residents are
invited to a public meeting tonight to weigh a proposal that would make
Colchester High School the designated school for the district and could
dramatically contract the school choice arrangement the town has had in
place for decades.
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Global War on Terrorism
Peace Without Obama’s Interference
A promising, independent
Palestine is quietly being developed, with Israeli assistance.
By Tom Gross, National Review,
December 6, 2009
Nablus stock exchange head
Ahmad Aweidah went farther in explaining to me why there is no rush to
declare statehood, saying ordinary Palestinians need the IDF to help protect
them from Hamas, as their own security forces aren’t ready to do so by
The truth is that an independent
Palestine is now quietly being built, with Israeli assistance. So long
as the Obama administration and European politicians don’t clumsily meddle
as they have in the past and make demands for the process to be completed
more quickly than it can be, I am confident the outcome will be a positive
one. (The last time an American president — Bill Clinton in 2000 — tried
to hurry things along unrealistically, it merely resulted in blowing up
in everybody’s faces — literally — and set back hopes for peace by some
Counter Strategy is Based on Declared U.S. Strategy
By Dr. Walid Phares, American
Thinker, December 8, 2009
The U.S. has reconfirmed
that the goal of the mission in Afghanistan is to destroy al Qaeda, train
the Afghan armed forces but not to engage in nation-building. Unlike previous
American commitments, which weren’t very successful anyway, the current
strategy officially ignores the ideological battle.
Hence, the Taliban understands
that their lifeline to further recruitment based on madrassas graduations
is wide open. Washington’s efforts and dollars won’t touch the ideological
factory of jihadism, which is the strategic depth of the Taliban and al
Hence, the jihadi network
in Afghanistan will continue and further develop its indoctrination structures,
untouched and un-bothered by American military escalation. The Marines
and other NATO allies will be fighting today’s Taliban, while tomorrow’s
jihadists will be receiving their instruction in full tranquility.
By the time the U.S. deadline
to withdraw would be reached, in 2011, 2012, or even beyond, the future
forces of the enemy will be ready to be deployed. One wave of terrorists
will be weakened by the action of the U.S. and NATO armed forces, while
the next wave will be prepared to take over later.
News: Pakistan Reportedly Detains Five D.C.-Area Muslims on Suspicion of
From the Investigative Project
on Terrorism, December 8 2009
A Pakistani newspaper reports
the arrest of five foreign nationals after a raid in a town called Sargodha.
The raid took place at the home of a member of the Jaish-e-Muhammad, a
Pakistani movement designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. Treasury
Department in 2001.
According to the report,
"The DPO told that these people had been living in Sargodha since Nov 30
and it was quite a possibility that they were engaged in acts of terrorism."
It names the five as Ahmed Abdullah, Waqar Hassan Khan, Eman Hassan, Yasir
and Rami Zamzam and describes them as two Yemenis, an Egyptian, a Swede
and a U.S.-born Pakistani.
Muslim Brotherhood: Islam, Anti-Semitism and Totalitarianism (Part
One of Four)
By Adrian Morgan, Family
Security Matters, December 9, 2009
29, 2009, news broke that Switzerland's
controversial referendum on banning minarets had been passed. Against all
the expectations of psephologists, 57 percent of the vote had gone to changing
the Swiss constitution to ban further construction of minarets. Only four
minarets exist in the country, which has a population of more than 300,000
Muslims. This news was roundly condemned within Europe and beyond. The
charge of racism was brought, and indeed, some of the posters used by the
Swiss People's Party (SVP) were decidedly xenophobic. This party had started
the campaign against minarets. They had been gathering names to a petition
for three years. Under Swiss law, when a petition gains 100,000 names,
a national referendum can be called. ...
While taking part in online
about the Swiss ban, I wanted to look behind the headlines to see what
additional factors may have engendered such resentments against Islamic
expression in Switzerland.
Thoughts on the Muslim Response to Fort Hood
By David J. Rusin, Islamist
Watch, December 8, 2009
Having discussed the inept
reaction of government to the massacre carried out by Islamicradical
Nidal Malik Hasan, we now compile insightful commentary on the response
of American Muslims and those who claim to represent them:
Obama and His Two Wars
By Daniel Pipes, December
"Religion is used to justify
the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great
religion of Islam." Here, Obama follows his predecessor in presenting himself
as an interpreter of Islam. I ridiculed "Imam
Bush" for telling Muslims about true Islam and its distortion,
and now I must ridicule "Sheikh Obama" for the same. He's a politician,
not a theologian. He's now a Christian, not
a Muslim. He should steer completely clear from the topic
of who are good or bad Muslims.
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Leaderless Tea Parties Are Beating the GOP
By Richard Viguerie, American
Thinker, December 10 2009
that the Tea Party Movement, which percolated only months ago, is beating
the Grand Old Party.
That's amazing -- a nascent
grassroots movement is more popular than a long-established political party
-- and it's good news....
The Tea Party Movement, however,
is about more than electing new politicians, although that will be one
of its consequences. What's happening in the tea parties is that people
are actually using the Constitution to ground and form policy choices,
and as a constructive means to hold the political establishment accountable.
By Anthony B. Bradley Ph.D.,
Acton Institute for Religion and Liberty, December 9, 2009
On Dec. 3, MTV announced
the launch of "A
Thin Line," a multi-year initiative aimed at stopping the spread
of abuse through sexting, cyberbullying and digital dating. MTV says that
the goal of the initiative is to empower America's youth to identify, respond
to and block the spread of the various forms of digital harassment. While
MTV’s program deserves an honorable mention, the network misses the mark
by ignoring its complicity in glorifying mores associated with sexting,
bullying, and dating abuse, failing to promote the family, and failing
to enlist religious leaders.
Prefer Free Market Economy
From Rasmussen Reports,
December 8, 2009
Support for a free market
economy remains strong despite the extended recession and last fall’s Wall
Street meltdown. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds
that 76% of voters now say a free market economy is better than one managed
by the government. Only 10% prefer an economy managed by the government.
Security's Grim Milestone: Half a Year in the Red
By Chuck Blahous, Hudson
Institute, December 7, 2009
Data recently made public
by the Social Security Administration confirm that in October, 2009, the
program reached a grim milestone: six consecutive months of operating
cash deficits. This is the first time Social Security has faced this
situation over the entire time period, dating back through 1987, for which
SSA posts the monthly data online.
Pulls End Run
Agency (EPA) declare carbon a toxic pollutant
By Klaus Rohrich, Canada
Free Press, December 8, 2009
As I wrote here
yesterday, I believe the feeding frenzy currently taking place
at the Copenhagen trough will result in the ultimate global governance
of every man woman and child on the planet. A climate treaty may
not actually be signed and agreed upon by the 192 countries whose representatives
are currently living LARGE on caviar and limousines at the conference,
but the rules such a treaty might impose will still take effect.
The main reason to believe
this will happen is that President Barack Obama has pulled an end run around
the American people and the legislators they have elected by having the
Protection Agency (EPA) declare carbon a toxic pollutant,
despite the fact that all life on the planet is basically carbon-based.
But fascists can never be swayed by facts and Obama has shown that when
it comes to imposing his draconian agenda he isn’t particularly squeamish
about violating the principles of the Constitution or the rights of the
Real Fat Cat Party
By Jonah Goldberg Town Hall,
December 9, 2009
The notion that big business
is "right wing" has always been more sloppy agitprop than serious analysis.
It's true that historically, big business is against socialism and communism
-- and understandably so. Socialism and communism were once close to synonymous
with expropriation of wealth and the nationalization of industry. What
businessman or industrialist wouldn't be against that? But many of those
same industrialists saw nothing wrong with cutting deals with statist regimes.
For example, the Swope Plan, put forward by Gerard Swope, president of
General Electric, laid out the infrastructure for much of the early New
Yet the debate is always
framed as if the choice is between "government intervention" on the one
hand and free-market capitalism on the other. From 30,000 feet, that division
is fine with me. My objection is the glib and easy association of big business
with the free-market guys. (Milton Friedman was no champion of public-private
partnerships and industrial policy.)
This identification allows
self-described progressive Democrats to run against big business when they
are in fact in bed with the fat cats.
of the Computer Nerds
By Larrey Anderson, American
Thinker, December 9, 2009
It is fascinating to watch
the mainstream media in America duck (and/or make excuses for) the greatest
scam in modern history: the "science" behind man-made global warming. Even
more entertaining, and far more enlightening, is to follow the analyses
experts in computer programming of the recently disclosed
methods used by the Climate Research Unit (CRU) from the University of
Most commentators in the
media have been talking about the "REM" statements in the purloined e-mails
codes from the CRU [i]. True believers in anthropogenic global
warming (AGW), especially those in the mainstream and "scientific"
media, are pooh-poohing such words as "tricks" or "hide the decline" as
interoffice slang that had no real impact on how the science was conducted.
But the real action (and
the evidence for chicanery) is in the computer code obtained from the CRU.
Our own computer guru Marc Sheppard, writing for American Thinker here
was one of the first to offer an accurate diagnosis of this fraudulent
method of computer programming. Analyzing the code, as Marc has indicated
in his work, is a complex business. As he pleads in one article, "please
bear with me while I get a tad techie on you."
'Sarcasm and Anger' Toward a President Is Once Again a Bad Thing
By Clay Waters, Times Watch,
December 14, 2009
Those traits have always
been part of McCain's personality -- it's just that the Times' emphasis
on them seems to ebb and flow based on whether McCain's temper is trained
on his fellow Republicans or Democrats.
NY Times Laments Media Bias....at the Wall Street Journal
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