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The (Re)birth of A(nother) Nation
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Harry Goslin 2011-06-22 00:00
Column by Harry Goslin. Since October 26, 2001, the United States has undergone several transformations. That's the date the original version of the PATRIOT Act became law and marked the beginning of Police State America.   Whenever "key" provisions of the Act were scheduled to "sunset," we have been bombarded by warnings from Congress and the executive branch of...
More Government 'Investment' Means Less Returns All Around
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Harry Goslin 2011-05-19 00:00
Column by Harry Goslin.   Exclusive to STR   Whatever the challenge, you can usually count on Americans to demand more be done even though they're likely to get less returns on their "investment." From bombs to bailouts, disasters to schools, there seems to be no end to the funny-money available to "fix" all the problems facing the world. We can do it...
Iraqi Democracy Needs More 'Numbers' to Stabilize
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Harry Goslin 2006-07-23 16:00
Exclusive to STR At around the time of last month's House and Senate debates on setting a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq , White House Press Secretary Tony Snow was giving a press conference on the 'progress' thus far in Iraq . When it was pointed out that the number of U.S. soldiers killed had reached 2,500, Snow responded, 'It's a number.' Snow's seeming callousness was a weak attempt to...
Mindless and Emotional: An Exercise in Statist Thinking
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Harry Goslin 2006-07-18 16:00
Exclusive to STR I often wonder what it would be like if I suddenly woke up one morning and started thinking and writing about issues from a statist point of view. To satisfy my curiosity, I sat down at the computer, did some research, and started smacking the keys. This is what I created:
Understanding Freedom and Its Costs
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Harry Goslin 2006-07-09 16:00
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Public Money, Public Destruction
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Harry Goslin 2006-06-30 16:00
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Public Money, Public Destruction
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Harry Goslin 2006-06-22 16:00
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Crimes of Distance Are Not Crimes
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Harry Goslin 2006-06-19 16:00
Exclusive to STR Through the efforts of a court-martial and an FBI sting operation, the integrity of the U.S. Air Force will be preserved when a Davis-Monthan NCO is dishonorably discharged, forfeits his retirement pay and benefits, and spends up to eight years in prison for his crime. What did he do? The airman in question transported cocaine between Tucson and Phoenix while in battle dress...
Food Freedom an Increasingly Precarious Right
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Harry Goslin 2006-06-04 16:00
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Umpires, Overstepping Authority and Human Anatomy
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Harry Goslin 2005-08-09 16:00
Several times a week this summer, I have been taking one of my sons to a nearby park for batting practice. One morning I suggested that we return in the evening to watch a baseball game. Being almost of Little League age, I thought the experience would be helpful on what to expect when he started playing next year. Twenty minutes into a game, I'm not so sure I want him exposed to that...
Just Plain Stupid
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Harry Goslin 2005-08-08 16:00
These days, trying to figure out what Americans are thinking isn't an easy task. Trying to figure out how Americans think is even tougher. Judging by how many Americans 'think,' as measured by polls, statistics, and reaction to the ruling class, maybe they don't think at all. One thing is certain, though. Too many Americans are prone to fickleness, short-sightedness and just plain stupidity.
Having Custody Is Just Another Excuse for Cruelty, Torture and Murder
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Harry Goslin 2005-07-26 16:00
I heard that the Bush administration is lobbying Congress to block legislation that would bar the military from treating detainees in cruel and unusual ways. As quoted in a recent post, Bush's people say that such legislation would 'usurp the president's authority' and make it difficult for him to protect all of us Americans from terrorists and other bad guys.
Obedient Americans Will Make Good Nazis
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Harry Goslin 2005-07-24 16:00
English statesman Benjamin Disraeli once said, 'It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.' Well, if not in the nursery, a public school system would suffice. Get them young, get them early, and get them often.
Annoy a Liberal, Annoy a Conservative
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Harry Goslin 2005-07-11 16:00
Since I moved to the big city, I've picked up the peculiar habit of reading the stickers people affix to the back of their cars. Because of more traffic and more opinions, there is a wealth of reading material to be found at most red lights. Since I exist outside the 'Flock A' or 'Flock B' mentality, I more often find humor and indifference, rather than agreement, with the tailgate philosophies...
An Experience with Public Sector Customer Service
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Harry Goslin 2005-07-10 16:00
Now that I live in Tucson , I am required by law to have my vehicles emissions-checked once a year. It's now part of the yearly renewal process I have to go through in order to ensure that Caesar's minions (cops) leave me alone unless by circumstances I get tagged as one of those 'speeders' to be ticketed by the end of the shift. Naturally, there's a fee for the emissions check separate from...
The Caretakers Are Everywhere
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Harry Goslin 2005-07-07 16:00
For this Fourth of July, my wife challenged me to create some sort of lasting memory for the kids, something that might even evolve into a family tradition. I could not, in good conscience, attend a breakfast sponsored by her church as she had hoped.
Misleading the Young
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Harry Goslin 2005-06-19 16:00
CNN.com recently reported that a high school principal in Santa Ana , California , sent a memo to her staff, requesting that grades for 98 failing seniors be 'reconsidered.' She cited compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act as her driving necessity. However, she should have checked with her guidance department before sending out the memo; it turns out her school needs to graduate only 82.8...
When Eating Lunch Is No Longer Appetizing
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Harry Goslin 2005-06-01 16:00
Public schools claim to be doing everything they can to prepare students for the 'real world.' By spending enormous sums of money to teach what many children can learn in a short period of time with minimal guidance and interference from adults--literacy, math skills, and a genuine love of learning--public schools are prepping students that life's most simple challenges require complicated and...
Pickaxes, Sledgehammers and Plundering the Truth
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Harry Goslin 2005-05-29 16:00
Most libertarians and anarcho-capitalists spend the better part of their intellectual energy criticizing everything the state does, from 'helping' the poor to 'educating' children; from 'defending' the borders to 'regulating' trade; from 'keeping' the peace to 'upholding' the law. The general consensus is that the state sucks, leaving nothing but misery, poverty, and death among everything it...
The General Stupidity of Homework
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Harry Goslin 2005-05-22 16:00
Practice makes perfect, at least that's how the saying goes. How much practice makes perfect, though? Even for world-class athletes, there is more to success than practice, practice, practice. Somewhere in the mix there has to be raw talent and a strong, almost obsessive, desire for success. Without talent and the desire for success, all the practice in the world generally will not make the...