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  • Honduras Agreement Did Not Promise Return of Authoritarian Ex-President, Contrary to Earlier Press Reports

    October 31, 2009
    The small country of Honduras did not agree to return its authoritarian ex-president to power after all.  Press reports said it did, but The Wall Street Journal says it merely agreed to submit a request for his return to Honduras's Congress and Supreme Court, which previously backed the ex-president's removal, in exchange for an end to U.S. sanctions and U.S. recognition of upcoming election results.  Under continuing U.S. pressure, they may soon allow his return to office, but it hasn't happened yet. The Washington Post admits that the ex-president, Manuel Zelaya, was trying to make himself into a dictator, like his mentor, Venezuela's Hugo...
  • Flu Watch Oct. 31 - What swine flu ISN'T doing this week

    October 30, 2009
    It’s Halloween, and the monster at the door is swine flu. Or so we’re told. Yet again. And people respond accordingly. "I've never seen it like this,” an administrator at Dunwoody Pediatrics in suburban Atlanta told USA Today. “That name, H1N1, sends parents into a panic. We’ve had a lot of verbal abuse.” And yet there’s evidence the epidemic may have peaked!

    The CDC reports that hospitalizations for the week ending October 24 barely increased while deaths are actually down from the week before. So when...

  • Greider: $1.4 Trillion Deficit Isn't Enough!

    October 30, 2009
    I'll admit it: William Greider is an easy target. The former Rolling Stone reporter and current national affairs correspondent at The Nation has a habit of making a fool out of himself, to the delight of the right and to the chagrin of the brighter segments of the left. Left-wing economist Paul Krugman, reviewing his 1997 anti-globalization book One World, Ready or Not, said that "the main lesson one really learns from [Greider's book] is how easy it is for an intelligent, earnest man to trip over his own intellectual shoelaces." In his latest Nation column, Greider takes those concerned...
  • Under U.S. pressure, impoverished Honduras may allow authoritarian ex-president to return to power

    October 30, 2009
    Under U.S. pressure, Honduras's leader has reportedly agreed to return to power its authoritarian ex-president, Manuel Zelaya, in exchange for an end to U.S. sanctions and U.S. recognition of its upcoming election results, and Zelaya's agreement to turn over control of the military to a tribunal. It is not absolutely certain, however, that Honduras's Supreme Court or Congress will approve the agreement, which appears to violate Honduran law.
  • CEI Weekly: CEI Testifies Against Cap and Trade

    October 30, 2009
    CEI weekly is a compilation of articles and blogs from CEI's staff. This week features Iain Murray's testimony in front of the Senate against the cap-and-trade bill. Also featured is Marlo Lewis' written testimony on the security risks of the bill being considered.
  • NY Guv orders state of panic over swine flu

    October 29, 2009
    Emulating the Obama Administration, New York Gov. David Paterson has "declared a state of emergency, saying a recent rise in swine flu cases has created a 'disaster,'" according to the Associated Press. The executive order suspends state law and allows more health care professionals to administer vaccines. The emergency? AP says at least 75 residents have died of swine flu in the last seven months. By comparison, given its population size we'd expect over 2,200 New York residents to die annually of seasonal flu. Total reported New York cases are 2,738 cases according to Flucount; whereas again going by its population and CDC estimates New York probably has over 12,000 seasonal flu hospitalizations each year. So where's the fire, governor? Yet the underlying reality is...
  • Halloween treat: Top ten scariest movies

    October 29, 2009
    night-of-the-living-dead Okay -- it's almost Halloween, so I should be forgiven for a non-policy posting on the Top Ten Scariest Movies.  I've picked a sample of top ten listings to check out any unanimity in the selections.  Not really, 'though several films appear on almost every list - Psycho (1960), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Halloween (1978).  Most of the scariest are horror or sci-fi films, with lots of gore and special effects, but a significant number of the top ones are psychological thrillers.  Here are some links to the lists here,...
  • Senator seeks to cover up report showing Honduras acted legally in removing authoritarian ex-president

    October 29, 2009
    The Obama administration and congressional allies like Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) are seeking to silence government lawyers who point out their mistakes and misinterpretations of the law.
  • Here's the House health care reform bill, catering to the public's right to know

    October 29, 2009
    Everything you need to know, right here. And the best part is, it's only 1,990 pages long! Print it out and read it during a coffee break. Seriously, with a document this long do you think anyone really knows what's in it? Doesn't that thought spook you?
  • Washington and Wall Street: Best Kept Separate

    October 29, 2009
    Russ Roberts' recent Congressional testimony is superb: "I’m mad at Wall Street. But I’m a lot madder at the people who gave them the keys to drive our economy off the cliff."

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