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Month: December 2013

Number 332

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 332 25 December 2013 During the Dutch 2006 general elections….emails were sent directly from the Turkish government’s offices in Ankara to Turkish organizations and individuals in the Netherlands, instructing Turkish-born Dutch citizens to vote for Democrats 66 and its Turkish-born candidate Fatma Koser Kaya. As a result of her large number of preferential votes, Koser-Kaya became one of the party’s three representatives in the Tweede Kamer. Catching Up With The Most Successful Science Hoax In History Here are some recent posts found on a weblog that debunks the fables of the Gore-Hanson cult: 1. Why isn’t Big Oil participating in the dispute over anthropogenic global warming? Isn’t that silence a tacit admission that AGW is a fact? 2. “Other industries would stand accused of damning conflicts of interest but when it comes to global warming, anything goes.” It’s not science that drives the UK’s Climate Change Committee — it’s greed. 3. Here’s a simple idea that Al Gore and Jim Hansen assume you will be simple enough to accept: as carbon dioxide heats the earth, the arctic region releases methane from the melted permafrost. Because methane is a stronger greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, global warming accelerates wildly, the sea level rises, and Denver acquires beachfront property. Well, this newsletter does not underestimate your intelligence, so you are advised to read an explanation of...

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Number 331

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 331 12 December 2013 According to a 2012 analysis by the Pew Center on the States, there are more than 1.8 million deceased individuals who remain on voter registration rolls. In addition, approximately 2.75 million people have registrations in more than one state. The Executive Branch Of The US Federal Government Is Being Transformed Yet Again Here are thought-provoking observations on the role of the president of the USA as it relates to the constitutional exercise of power and the changing times. Sample quote, calculated to induce you to clink on the hyperlink: “The principles of a Constitution are irrevocably lost when the legislative power is dominated by the executive.” Note, please, that the recommended commentary mentions George W. Bush’s role as a precedent-making exponent of illegitimate authority. The concept of the president as a variety of king or absolute ruler has been growing, thanks to Lincoln, Wilson, F. D. Roosevelt, and most subsequent occupants of the White House. Reform and true constitutional governance will necessarily involve changes of perceptions and expectations. That won’t be easy. (See the final paragraph in the Conclusions of the “A View of US Journalism” item found in this Number.) Next, here’s just one example of a bad presidential decision that was extra-constitutional: the Internal Revenue Service was the worst possible choice to impose Obamacare. Consider the opening paragraph...

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Number 330

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 330 4 December 2013 Even when kings and feudal princes fought supposedly serious wars in the early Middle Ages, they were not bloody. At the great and decisive battle of Lincoln in 1217, where some six hundred knights on one side fought eight hundred on the other, only one knight was killed, and everyone was horrified at the unfortunate accident. End The Term Limit For The US Presidency? Let’s keep Obama in the White House! Unsurprisingly, the proposal that the president of the USA should be permitted to serve a third term — at least a third term — has been articulated. You can read a promotion of it here. The concept (set out by a fellow named Zimmerman) depends for the most part on the reasonable notion that the electorate should be permitted to choose its leaders. A closer look is in order. Disqualifying the opponents of the proposal Because Zimmerman is an Obamite, he begins his case against the presidential term limit (as established by the 22nd constitutional amendment) by referring to Ronald Reagan: Reagan decried the fact that he could not run for a consecutive third term. That means the democratic process forbids the electorate from having the executive it wants, and that’s a violation of a founding principle, isn’t it? It is not likely that folks in the limited government...

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