Monthly Archives: December 2004

The Threat to Freedom

Lew Rockwell gets it close to right:

What is the most pressing and urgent threat to freedom that we face in our time? It is not from the left. If anything, the left has been solid on civil liberties and has been crucial in drawing attention to the lies and abuses of the Bush administration. No, today, the clear and present danger to freedom comes from the right side of the ideological spectrum, those people who are pleased to preserve most of free enterprise but favor top-down management of society, culture, family, and school, and seek to use a messianic and belligerent nationalism to impose their vision of politics on the world.
The bit he misses is that these folks are not interested in free enterprise and like much of the rest of their rhetoric think doublespeak. When they say free enterprise or free market you should interpret it as we have found another way to protect our corporate sponsers from the market.
Via Stephen Horowitz at Power and Liberty.

Friday Ark

Cats, Dogs, Spiders and ? every Friday.
I’ll post links to sites that have Friday (or shortly thereafter) photos of their chosen animals as I see them (no photoshops and no humans).
Leave a comment or trackback to this post and I’ll add yours to the list.
Do remember The Carnival of the Cats every Sunday and hosted this week at Martini Pundit.
Archive editions of the Friday Ark.
NOTE: Updates will likely be a bit sporadic due to travel, festivities, questionable net access, and, well, you know all the stuff that goes with New Years….

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Didn’t Make It

On the Road Again

I’ll be away from home today through Saturday evening and will have no connectivity most of today and limited dial access the rest of the time.
I will get the Friday Ark up early tomorrow but updates will be somewhat limited until Saturday night or Sunday.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

As a bush aid says:

“Actions speak louder than words,” a top Bush aide said, describing the president’s view of his appropriate role.
and bush is acting:
the president was confident he could monitor events effectively without returning to Washington or making public statements in Crawford, where he spent part of the day clearing brush and bicycling.
How about a minute or two of some meaningful action like, say, an executive order sending 10, 20, 30 thousand troops with hammers, nails, and other tools of reconstruction to the disaster areas.
Via The Talking Points Memo.
Update (12/30): The administration has begun sending military units to provide aid. Thank you!

Good Law

If you are not getting this:

In short, it should be possible to explain everything in law in perfectly simple, everyday, common sense terms. That should be the law student’s, the lawyer’s, and the judge’s creed.
Then you are not getting good law.
Update: Posner doesn’t mention legislative folks in the creed statement. Perhaps because legislative types are incapable of writing good law….