Archive | July, 2017

The Hill: Did TSA Use My Opeds for Their Wacky Terrorist Profiles? TSA justifies pat downs with op-eds — is my paper trail to blame? By James Bovard, opinion contributor – 07/29/17 01:35 PM EDT Americans love to grouse about the Transportation Security Agency. I have caterwauled as loudly as anyone over the years. But I learned last week that some of TSA’s absurdities might be […]

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USA TODAY: Trump Jamboree Speech As Scouting Antidote

USA Today, July 28, 2017 Trump’s Boy Scout speech may have set kids on the right path by James Bovard President Trump telling Boy Scouts that Washington is a “sewer” could actually be an antidote to much of what they are taught on following authority. Much of the media was shocked and horrified by President […]

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The Last Obamacare Reform Supporter in Washington?

I saw this guy Sunday morning near the National Cathedral in Washington. I forgot to ask why he was shirtless & shoeless, but he was thrilled to hear that I agreed with him on Obamacare. Unfortunately for the Trump administration, this dude doesn’t have a vote in the U.S. Senate.

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FFF: Obama’s AWOL Anti-War Protesters

From the Future of Freedom Foundation Obama’s AWOL Anti-War Protesters by James Bovard July 14, 2017 Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency in 2008 as a peace candidate. He signaled that he would fundamentally change America’s course after the reckless carnage unleashed by the George W. Bush administration. However, by the end of Obama’s presidency, […]

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Cynical Bastard Everywhere Except New Jersey

I am considered a cynical bastard everywhere except New Jersey, where I was lambasted today for my "high ideals" — James Bovard (@JimBovard) July 15, 2017 I am accustomed to being denounced as a cynical bastard in response to my articles.  But every now and then, someone throws a curveball. This letter in yesterday’s […]

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Happy 200th Birthday, Thoreau!

Henry David Thoreau was born 200 years ago this week.  His books and essays had a huge influence on my own life and writing.  At its best,  Thoreau’s writing is utterly captivating  – series of vivid images and  one thought after another driven home with a sledgehammer. In my late teens and early twenties, I used some […]

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USA Today: Moral High Ground Not Won on Battlefield (2002)

FYI – reposted for folks who believe that the Bush administration had the moral high ground on its attack on Iraq.  Same arguments continue to apply to advocates who want the United States to continue intervening in Syria, Afghanistan, etc. in the name of liberty… USA TODAY,  October 8, 2002. Moral high ground not won […]

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