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Month: April 2010

Number 144

The Perils Of Faith In False Prophets Quotes from Earth Day, 1970: “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” – George Wald, Harvard Biologist “We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” – Kenneth Watt, ecologist “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” – Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” – Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” – Barry Commoner, Washington University biologist “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” – New York Times editorial, the day after the first Earth Day “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make....

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Number 143

Do You Remember The Alien And Sedition Acts? High school civics and US history are not as widely or comprehensively taught these days as they once were, but some teachers are still trying to tell their pupils about the Alien and Sedition Acts. The overall attitude is that these laws were nasty and unconstitutional excesses, bad for the nation and corrosive of its ethical underpinnings. The A&S Acts, though they date to the turn of the nineteenth century, are relevant today. For example, did you know that one of them is still in force? Unfortunately the major significance of the A&S Acts is that the issues underlying them remain debatable. That’s disappointing, because the nation has had plenty of time — more than two centuries — to get it right. No, history is not repeating itself, but every age has its rascals, and all enemies of Liberty throughout history are pretty similar. Today’s threat to good governance is posed by the terrified Bicoastal Elite. These folks are trying to find a way to silence Obama’s critics, undercut the Tea Party Movement, and shield as many Congressional seats as possible from the voters’ rage. Therefore entertainers like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck and popular orators like Sarah Palin are targeted. The most frustrated segment of the political left is wondering whether they can have the most effective right-wing propagandists arrested...

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Number 142

Everybody Knows…. …that the world owes Islam a great debt. Muslim scholars preserved and copied and studied various documents that would never have survived the Dark Ages, or the Medieval period, or some sort of presumed cultural breakdown, had these precious parchments been left to the tender mercies of Christians. Not only that, Muslims invented the concept of zero and gave us our numbers (baloney), and then devised algebra (rancid baloney, and putrid rancid baloney to boot!). Or so the story sometimes goes. Suppose all of it is true: to make the implicit argument that Islam is therefore a driving force behind scholarly, scientific and humane arts and letters is…well, invalid. And wrong, not to mention just plain ignorant. And dangerous. The dismal fact is that even today, Islamic nations are incapable of making decent use of the advances of science, letters, fine arts, philosophy and political science. The Islamic mindset was born in gullibility and superstition; as the fell teaching unfolded, it fostered hatred, totalitarianism, thoroughgoing censorship, and violence. It has always been stubbornly atavistic. Why is that? Let the candid answer come from from the core of Islam itself: Burn the libraries, for their value is in this one book [the Koran]. . . . If these writings of the Greeks agree with the word of Allah, they are useless and need not be preserved; If they...

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Number 141

Struggling To Gain Insight Into Obama: Begin With Chicago Everyone knows that Obama worked in Chicago as a “community organizer” (whatever that means, and the definition has been uninformative and imprecise enough to leave this newsletter wondering just how deceptive it might be). Was he effective, and was the organization he worked for effective? What does it mean to “organize” a community, how do you go about it, and how is the community different once it has been “organized”? What assumptions does a CO make when he signs on, and what are his working principles? Asking those questions would frustrate and anger Obama and his followers, of course. The faithful would consider the queries hostile, and take them as admissions of ignorance and stupidity, to boot. TLB maintains, however, that the questions are rational and intelligent ways to approach Obama’s curriculum vitae, and that so far answers to them have been vague to the point of evasive. A recent article in City Journal sheds some light on the issue, fortunately, and you are advised to read it in its entirety. It is not politically correct, which suggests the article to anyone hoping to get a better grasp on reality. Here’s a quote that may whet your appetite: Alinskyite empowerment suffered its worst scandal in 1960s Chicago. The architects of the federal War on Poverty created a taxpayer-funded version of...

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