Archive | November, 2013

YIKES! NSA Might be Tracking My Sheep Searches

YIKES! The NSA might be tracking the number of sheep photos I have viewed online. I swear – I was only doing research on agricultural policy….. Another great piece from Glenn Greenwald today: “The National Security Agency has been gathering records of online sexual activity and evidence of visits to pornographic websites as part of […]

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Barron’s Op-Ed: Time to Reform Food Stamps

, November 23, 2013 Reform Food Stamps for Good Nutrition By JAMES BOVARD The Agriculture Department should reform the food-stamp program to permit beneficiaries to purchase only high-nutrient foods. Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, food-stamp spending has more than doubled, to roughly $80 billion a year, and the number of recipients […]

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Political Cynicism: A Reliable Contraceptive?

Woody Allen did a good synopsis of the JFK assassination controversy in “Annie Hall.”  His first wife complained: “You’re using this conspiracy theory as an excuse to avoid sex with me.” I also don’t trust the government but I have never used that as an excuse to avoid [redacted] Actually, thinking of the cynics and […]

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JFK Assassination: Why So Many Government Lies?

The 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy is focusing public attention on some of the deceits that long permeated his death. It is amazing how much BS the government shoveled in the immediate aftermath. The Warren Commission report  – which is now widely derided – was supposed to canonize the Official Story […]

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Gettysburg Address: Still Balderdash After 150 Years

I am mystified by all the whooping on the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  Most of the commentators seem to believe that Lincoln was an honest man touting the highest ideals. Massachusetts abolitionist Lysander Spooner offered the most concise refutation to President Lincoln’s claim that the Civil War was fought to preserve a “government […]

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Wash. Post Finally Sees the Light on Food Stamps?

  The Washington Post had an excellent front-page article on Sunday on how food stamps are spawning epidemics of obesity and diabetes. I especially enjoyed the article because, 30 years ago, a Washington Post editorial denounced me after I wrote a long piece (entitled “Feeding Everybody“) on the failure of federal food assistance for Heritage Foundation’s […]

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