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Tuesday, December 30, 2003

Free Speech (But Only if You're in Left Field)
An article in the Washington Times begins:
"Tim Bueler recently received some unusual advice: His principal and a campus police officer suggested that he stay home from his California high school for a few days."
"They feared for his safety because Tim, the founder of Rancho Cotate High School's new Conservative Club, said he had received threats from other students after writing an article for the club newsletter calling for a crackdown on illegal immigration."
"The teacher told him, 'When you say things like that, you've got to expect that things like this are going to happen. Why don't you go out the back door?' " Mr. Bueler said in recounting the incident."
"Tim said teachers have also joined in the name-calling. One called Tim a Nazi, while another described the club as 'a bunch of bigots.' In a parody of the newsletter, biology teacher Mark Alton called on students to 'take a stand against the neoconservative wing-nuts who call themselves Americans.'"

Could you imagine the outcry if a gay student had been persecuted for starting a local GBTSA?

Monday, December 29, 2003

But who makes the best omelettes?
Brian Leiter provides more law school rankings than I knew existed.
So much for Jeopardy
This story reminded me of White Men Can't Jump where the woman (played by Rosie Perez) always had an Almanac handy. Today, she would have to be weary, as "[t]he FBI is warning police nationwide to be alert for people carrying almanacs, cautioning that the popular reference books covering everything from abbreviations to weather trends could be used for terrorist planning. In a bulletin sent Christmas Eve to about 18,000 police organizations, the FBI said terrorists may use almanacs "to assist with target selection and pre-operational planning." Story via the Drudge Report.
Cult of Scalia
The Cult of Scalia worships here.
Militant Picketing
The NLG provides a how-to on "militant picketing" at this link.
The strikers in various states are angry because, among other things, they will have to pay more out-of-pocket for their health insurance. I know A LOT of people without health insurance. Many of these people shop at Von's, Kroeger, Ralph's, Albertson's, etc. What the striker's do not realize is that the cost of health insurance will have to be borne by someone. Should the striker's get their way, the customers (many of whom are without health insurance) will be forced to pay the striker's insurance.

Most people do not understand basic economic principles, foremost being that there is no such thing as a free lunch. Henry Hazlitt makes economics accessible in this book.

Giving illegal immigrants the right to vote. No history, no study, no debate
See this column here, analyzing the usual drivel that denying the right to vote to illegal immigrants means treating them like outsiders. Well, duh. They ARE outsiders. They are in this country illegally. If I were not in such a good mood, I would call them criminals.