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Liberaltarian April 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm
Based on the Bloomberg article, DL asserted that certain hedge-fund managers were given the heads upRead More regarding potential sanctions. "If true" - that's a problem. The statement put out by the NSA though could simply mean that the National Security Council is providing information on sanctions already in place. I imagine somebody has to get the information out there so that investment people know what they can and can't do. I'm also a little suspicious about how the NSA weasels its way into everything.
Donald Lee April 21, 2014 at 02:55 pm
I'm afraid that "weasel" is the word. I take this answer as "no".
Keith O. April 23, 2014 at 10:10 am
Nice misleading headline and opening paragraph, Don. I see you're still sticking to yourRead More "principled" approach to blogging. The difference between “inappropriate” as judged by administration opponents and “illegal” as codified by the law is about as wide as a North Dakota oil train is long. The legal definition of insider trading is trading on confidential, nonpublic information AND knowing that the tip had been disclosed in breach of a fiduciary duty in exchange for a personal reward or benefit. So although the first part of the definition may have been met, the second part is not at all clear. If the tipper is the government, what is the government’s fiduciary duty in this matter? And can the government, as an institution, receive a personal reward or benefit from disclosing such information?
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Roy Roscoe April 23, 2014 at 02:54 am
I suppose Id be chastised for hijacking the subject if I mentioned something about John WitherspoonRead More and "The Founding of the American Republic". By Jeffrey H. Morrison. Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press. Not that the Kinship tree of the liberal bloggers union isn't fascinating or anything.
Keith O. April 23, 2014 at 09:28 am
I'd love to hear what you have to say about the book, Roy/David. Personally, I found it to be aRead More weak, unsupported attempt to "restore" Witherspoon to his place among the founding fathers. It comes off as a bit conspiratorial in attempting to explain why Witherspoon has received so little attention from historians of the American Revolution. Witherspoon's status as a "forgotten founder" probably has more to do with a simple lack of source material since he destroyed many of his papers shortly before his death and others were lost during the Battle of Princeton. So Morrison does what you like to do, Roy/David -- he makes assumptions and passes them off as fact. Bypassing the simple and obvious explanation, Morrison suggests that Witherspoon has been denied his place in American history by secular scholars who are biased against Witherspoon because he was a clergyman. However, there are more than enough books by historians to show that religion is not a forgotten step-child of revolutionary-era studies. Morrison tends to overstate that perceived neglect to the point of glossing over the fact that Witherspoon, far from being an original thinker, borrowed most of his ideas about politics and morality from the philosophers of the British Enlightenment. In this regard, he was a peripheral player whose thinking was in line with the founding fathers who sought mass acceptance of the revolution by incorporating longstanding British ideas.
Captain Obvious April 23, 2014 at 10:04 am
I am curious about what everyone thinks about the Supreme Court's decision yesterday. Being asRead More Donald's blog post is titled "It's Not Democracy", how does one rationalize a ballot initiative? Although I am not a fan of affirmative action, I saw a news story yesterday that showed the states that have already outlawed affirmative action in college admitance have seen a drastic drop in minority enrollment since it was implemented. I can already imagine the arguments on both sides; the decline is due to those unqualified applicants now being denied acceptance vs. colleges are once again able to actively discriminate based on race. I am more interested in how ballot initiatives are becoming more popular in a country that seems to be forgetting that "It's Not Democracy".
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Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:50 pm
You do the most to reduce "overlap" by making government do less. Rather than try toRead More reduce government to doing things only once, let's try to get it out of businesses where it does not belong, and make sure it does each absolutely necessary thing at most once.
Donald Lee April 18, 2014 at 08:51 pm
Our founders warned us. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Look at the sacrifices that theyRead More made. Ours pale by comparison.
Keith O. April 18, 2014 at 09:38 pm
Donald, if you're referring to the sacrifices detailed in the oft-circulated essay, variously calledRead More "The Price They Paid" or "Our Nation's First True Patriots," (including being captured by the British, tortured and killed) it's basically a bunch of BS. Historians including Joseph J. Ellis have noted the "distinction between history as experienced and history as remembered." John Adams himself spoke to the propaganda promoted soon after the Revolutionary War that distorted events and created heroes to fit a dramatic formula. The boring, real-life biographies of the founders have been repeatedly embellished over the years with exaggeration and pure fiction to make for a better story, when what most of them went through was what everyone went through on the American side during the war.
Dr. Jerod Ochsendorf April 19, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Remember not only to look for organic... But also non-GMO! Just because it says it's organic doesn'tRead More mean it's good for you... Look for organic heirloom seeds... Happy Gardening!
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Roys A. Liar April 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm
Then you haven't been paying attention, Dinald.
David Hansen April 15, 2014 at 12:53 pm
Yeah, just search Google images for "Thanks Obama" and you'll see all the things he'sRead More responsible for.
Joyce April 15, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Donald Lee wrote: 'As far as I can tell, in their eyes, he can do no wrong.' ---------------- Well,Read More Donnie, you cannot see what you do not look at; check out some of the left wing media some day.
Roy Roscoe April 8, 2014 at 06:29 pm
In regard to the word racism maybe the definition should be expanded. Why settle for segregatingRead More people into groups based on skin color and then trying to make each group equal to the other group. We don't typically sort people by hair color to test for equality of groups. It would seem to me that the best way to cure "racism" as defined by group sort equality would be to make people color blind and not group at all.