A Journal for Western Man :  Issue XCVIII

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The New Lynching: Why I Must Defend Don Imus:

Selwyn Duke

May 1, 2007:

Selwyn Duke dislikes both Don Imus and the comments that got him fired, but Mr. Duke feels that he must defend Imus nonetheless. What really matters with respect to this issue has nothing to do with Imus.  This is because this has everything to do with race, but not in the way many think.  It isn’t what was said that has the sultans of slime (read: reverends without congregations, et al.) so upset, but the color of the man who said it. Imus would not have been fired had he been black and made far more egregious remarks-- as are routinely made by certain black public figures.

 

Bizarre Debates about Intelligence:

Fred Reed

May 1, 2007:

Fred Reed is skeptical about virtually all prevailing views on the nature and origin of human intelligence; he discusses some of these views here and points out what seem to be severe inconsistencies and problems with them.

 

Economics

 

The Real Enemy: Bureaucrats, Not Microsoft:

Valentin Petkantchin

May 1, 2007:

Valentin Petkantchin writes that the true foe of free competition is not Microsoft, but the EU bureaucrats attacking it in the name of competition. The European Commission's relentless attitude toward Microsoft may artificially protect some current competitors, but not competition as such. When there are no legal barriers to entry, consumers can stand up on their own and choose the companies that best meet their needs. Microsoft is constantly subjected to the market test and must continuously win consumer confidence. Free competition needs to be protected, not against Microsoft, but rather against Brussels.

 

Politics

 

Hopeful Developments for the Right to Life and the Right to Free Speech:

G. Stolyarov II

May 1, 2007:

A great victory for advocates of genuine individual rights was won on April 18, 2007, as the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act. But even more grounds for hope exist, since this is not merely a one-time success. It is a manifestation of a gradual but definite shift of momentum to the pro-life movement over the recent years. Other longer-term trends point in the same direction as well, and on the day of the Supreme Court’s decision, I had the pleasure of learning about these developments from Dr. Mike Adams. Mr. Stolyarov elaborates in this editorial, originally written for GrasstopsUSA.com.

 

Security and Liberty:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

May 1, 2007:

Rep. Ron Paul fears that Congress will use this terrible Virginia Tech shooting to push for more government-mandated mental health programs.  The therapeutic nanny state only encourages individuals to view themselves as victims, and reject personal responsibility for their actions.  Certainly there are legitimate organic mental illnesses, but it is the role of doctors and families, not the government, to diagnose and treat such illnesses. Instead, Rep. Paul urges a recognition of the crucial role of privately-owned firearms in saving lives.

 

Why You Should Own a Gun:

Alan Caruba

May 1, 2007:

The murders on the Virginia Tech campus, the worst such rampage in our history, might have been mitigated if just one member of the faculty or a student had the means to return fire.  Alan Caruba argues that the writers of the U.S. Constitution understood the necessity for an armed citizenry. When only the government has guns, everyone else is just a slave. Gun-banners who would turn everyone’s life and liberty over to the care of an all-powerful, central government, don’t understand and don’t agree with that.

 

Is There Really an Energy Crisis?:

Alan Caruba

May 1, 2007:

We will surely continue to be bombarded by self-serving politicians and others telling us that China poses a threat to the world oil market or that we have to dramatically reduce our use of oil, but Alan Caruba writes that the facts do not support these claims. The good news is that the bad news is wrong. But proposals to raise taxes on gas consumption only hide politicians' greed for funding their many dubious “earmarked” projects.

 

Iraq: Is It a War or a Battle?:

Alan Caruba

May 1, 2007:

The perturbations of the Middle East are going to continue for a very long time. Alan Caruba believes that we need to bring our forces home, rebuild, retrain, and re-equip them. And, yes, we need to expand our Army to meet the challenges that lay ahead, because the Islamists will interpret the withdrawal as weakness. Let us remember that the U.S. is still the world’s lone superpower.

 

The Global Warming Debate: As Skeptics Score Points, the Climate Starts to Change:

Tom DeWeese

May 1, 2007:

Even after the Global Warming storm troopers, armed with billions of dollars, the backing of the Hollywood elite, the news media, and most of academia have done everything possible to threaten, bully, and force their one-sided propaganda on us, the so-called global warming skeptics seem to be coming out of their hiding places in ever greater numbers. The debate is now taking a dramatic change. As the skeptic side is heard, more Americans are beginning to understand that there are legitimate reasons for skepticism. Tom DeWeese discusses just a few of the latest developments.

 

Getting Iraq War Funding Wrong Again:

Rep. Ron Paul, M. D.

May 1, 2007:

This week, Congress finalized the controversial $124 billion Iraq emergency supplemental spending bill, with the House and Senate both voting in favor of final passage. Rep. Ron Paul and the majority of his Republican colleagues voted against this measure, and the president has vowed to veto the legislation. In this final version, the House leadership retained billions of dollars in pork meant to attract skeptical votes, retained a watered-down version of the problematic “benchmarks” that seek to micromanage the war effort, and continued to play politics with the funding of critical veterans' medical and other assistance. In other words, this final version was even worse than the original in almost all respects.

 

"Life is often painful, disturbing, and inconvenient; nobody and nothing guarantees us a perfect world and a happy, unclouded existence. But this is no reason to reject anybody’s life; in fact, it is a reason to keep struggling for innocent human lives, in whatever forms and at whatever stages they occur."

 

~ G. Stolyarov II

 

 

 

 

 

 

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