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Archive for December, 2006

Violent Islam on the March

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/20/2006

Michelle Malkin gives a year in review.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/20/2006

.. Forrest Gump with a felicitous prose style.

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Bruce Bartlett on the Libertarian Party

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/20/2006

Quotable:

The Libertarian Party is worse than a waste of time. I believe it has done far more to hamper the advancement of libertarian ideas and policies than it has done to advance them. In my view, it is essential for the Libertarian Party to completely disappear before libertarian ideas will again have political currency ..

.. for libertarian ideas to advance, the Libertarian Party must go completely out of business. It must cease to exist, period. No more candidates, no more wasted votes and no more disillusioned libertarian activists.

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Are We Replaying the 1970s

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/19/2006

or the 1920s?

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The War on Drug Resistant Bacteria

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/19/2006

The editors at Scientific America weigh in. Quotable:

One need only return to last summer’s contaminated spinach scare to understand how we are literally breeding the bugs that come back to bite us. The Escherichia coli strain involved in that deadly outbreak, O157:h7, gained its virulence in the antibiotic-saturated world of large-scale cattle processing. Inside the cows and their effluent, the surviving bacteria engage in a frenetic swap meet, trading genes for both pathogenicity and drug resistance. Then they make their way into hamburger patties, foul the water supply or dirty the spinach crop of a nearby farm.

In January 2006 Europe forbade all nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in animals to stanch this flow of superbugs from farms to people. A total ban on agricultural use of avoparcin, a derivative of the antibiotic vancomycin–currently the last-hope treatment for deadly, resilient pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)–was already in place. Liberal use of avoparcin to promote animal growth had been conclusively linked to increasing vancomycin resistance in human gut pathogens and from there to resistant staph strains ravaging hospital patients.

Parts of Europe are also pioneering ways to fight MRSA in hospitals. In the Netherlands and Denmark, rather than waiting for staph symptoms to appear, hospitals preemptively isolate all incoming high-risk patients (such as those who have been on catheters or who have lived in nursing homes) until tests show them to be MRSA-free. This step prevents carriers of MRSA from passing the infection to other patients and hospital workers. As a result, less than 1 percent of staph infections in Dutch hospitals are MRSA; the comparable U.S. figure is 64 percent ..

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Bethlehem — Christians Abandon the Storied Birthplace of Jesus

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/18/2006

Less than 60 years ago the city was 85% Christian. Within the last decade tens of thousands visited the city monthly as tourists. Yet today Bethlehem is more than 85% Muslim, tourism is nearly dead, and the city has become a center of Islamic extremism and terror.

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“It’s a Wonderful Life”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/16/2006

Is on YouTube.

Gary North: “It’s a Wonderful Life is about a conflict of visions: Potter’s vs. Bailey’s, the bank vs. the building & loan, rentals vs. mortgages. Ultimately, though never said, it’s about the FDIC vs. the FSLIC.

Links via Justin Ptak, who has lots more.

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Friedman and Pinochet

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/15/2006

What’s the truth anyway? Quotable:

Friedman, in defending himself against accusations of complicity with or approval of Pinochet, noted in a 1975 letter to the University of Chicago school newspaper that he “has never heard complaints” about giving aid and comfort to the communist governments to which he had spoken, and that “I approve of none of these authoritarian regimes—neither the Communist regimes of Russia and Yugoslavia nor the military juntas of Chile and Brazil. But I believe I can learn from observing them and that, insofar as my personal analysis of their economic situation enables them to improve their economic performance, that is likely to promote not retard a movement toward greater liberalism and freedom.”

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The Lessons of Pinochet

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/13/2006

Alvaro Vargas Llosa weighs in.

Read also this. Quotable:

Pinochet first defeated Marxism and then disproved it — that explains better than anything his status [among journalists and intellectuals] as the world’s worst dictator

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The Insanity of Open Borders “Libertarianism”

Posted by PrestoPundit on 12/12/2006

Quotable:

libertarians are nuts to favor mass uncontrolled immigration from the third world .. they are nuts because their enthusiasm on this matter is suicidal to their cause. Their ideological passion is blinding them to a rather obvious fact: that libertarianism is a peculiarly American doctrine, with very little appeal to the huddled masses of the third world. If libertarianism implies mass third-world immigration, then it is self-destroying. Libertarianism is simply not attractive either to illiterate peasants from mercantilist Latin American states, or to East Asians with traditions of imperial-bureaucratic paternalism, or to the products of Middle Eastern Muslim theocracies.

More:

If less than one in seven American voters is inclined to libertarianism, then there is much missionary work to be done among present-day American citizens. To think that this missionary effort will be made any easier by a steady stream of arrivals from foreign parts, most of which have never known rational, consensual government, is highly unrealistic, to the point of delusion. That is why I say that libertarians who favor mass immigration are nuts. If there is any hope at all for libertarianism, it rests in the libertarianism [doctrine of] “libertarianism in one country.” There is no contradiction between maximum liberty within a nation and maximum vigilance on the nation’s borders. Not only is there no contradiction between the two things, in fact, it may be that the second a precondition for the first.

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