Posts by Kathleen McCaffrey  (Page 18)
 

Government Progress Seen on the Site of ‘Freedom’

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Posted by    Friday, November 26, 2010 at 2:51pm 11/26/2010 at 2:51pm
Today, I’m in the Financial District of New York, recovering from my midnight shopping trip and yesterday’s delicious Thanksgiving meal. Sitting blocks away from Ground Zero is always a sobering reminder...
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Collectivism Circa 1623

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 1:23pm 11/24/2010 at 1:23pm
John Stossel wrote a great column about how, if the present political class had been in power four hundred years ago, we would not have Thanksgiving today.

Long before the failure of modern socialism, the earliest European settlers gave us a dramatic demonstration of the fatal flaws of collectivism. Unfortunately, few...
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Happy Birthday, WFB

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 12:03pm 11/24/2010 at 12:03pm
Today would have been Bill Buckley’s 85th birthday. Though I was born after the ages of Reagan, Goldwater, and Buckley’s years as editor of NR, I still owe a great debt to his thought:

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Day-Lewis as Lincoln

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 10:35am 11/24/2010 at 10:35am
Daniel Day-Lewis has confirmed that he will play the role of Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming biopic of the sixteenth President. The film will be directed by Steven Spielberg and is based on the book Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.

I’m not the biggest fan of Goodwin’s political sympathies....
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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 12:39pm 11/23/2010 at 12:39pm
The recent November elections had a heavy focus on conservative fiscal policy and an emphasis on cutting “big government spending.” In light of this, “[Sen. Claire] McCaskill and fellow Democrat Sen. Mark Udall (Colo.) recently teamed up with Republican Sens. Tom Coburn (Okla.) and John McCain (Ariz.) to introduce an earmark...
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For Your Safety, Of Course

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Posted by    Monday, November 22, 2010 at 2:30pm 11/22/2010 at 2:30pm
As a disclaimer, I promise this is my last post on ...
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Empowering the Jeopardized

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Posted by    Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 2:00pm 11/21/2010 at 2:00pm
Within the next week, Governor Rendell of Pennsylvania has been given the choice to sign Pennsylvania House Bill no. 1926 into law. The bill expands upon the existing “castle-doctrine” or the ability to use one’s firearms in self-defense in their home. Here is the language of the bill:

“The General Assembly...
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The Prediction Game: 2012 Edition

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Posted by    Saturday, November 20, 2010 at 6:00pm 11/20/2010 at 6:00pm
On Thursday evening the Cornell speaker series entitled “Freedom & Free Societies” hosted Richard Fontaine. Fontaine is probably best known for being John McCain’s foreign policy advisor for about five years, including 2008, but he also boasts a post at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). His talk on...
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A Specially Interesting Choice

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Posted by    Friday, November 19, 2010 at 2:19pm 11/19/2010 at 2:19pm
From the most deserving recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize comes… the most deserving recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom! John Sweeney, President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO, can now boast the nation’s highest civilian honor.

What exactly has John Sweeney done to warrant this award for freedom? Well, about as...
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Going Through the Lokomotion

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Posted by    Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 2:30pm 11/18/2010 at 2:30pm
As a college student, my Facebook feed has been saturated with complaints about the recent discontinuation of “Four Loko,” an alcoholic drink which is sold in 23.5-ounce cans containing 12% alcohol by volume. The combination is now illegal following several reports of underage drinkers being hospitalized after consuming the product,...
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TSA: Thousands Standing Around (and then radiating you)

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 2:30pm 11/17/2010 at 2:30pm
This weekend, I found myself in San Francisco International Airport for a long weekend in the Bay Area. After a pleasant weekend, and then a wait in an egregiously long line, I found myself in one of the famed full body scanners, the subject of much controversy this week. The scan...
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Spitzed On

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 8:36pm 11/10/2010 at 8:36pm
Alex Gibney, acclaimed documentary filmmaker, has turned his lens to Eliot Spitzer in a film titled “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer.” I’m sure the film will be worth seeing, if only as an exercise in Schadenfreude – though I learned two things in a WSJ Deal Journal...
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Maligned? No, Palined.

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Posted by    Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 11:50am 11/10/2010 at 11:50am

It has been a less than stellar week for Sarah Palin. Last Friday, Peggy Noonan insinuated that she was a nincompoop, and chastised ...

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Joel Klein Steps Down

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 5:51pm 11/9/2010 at 5:51pm
It was announced today that Joel Klein would be stepping down from his post as New York City’s School Chancellor. For those of you unfamiliar with his work, Klein has served since 2002, when the state legislature gave the mayor’s office control of the school system. He is a New York...
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Ladies in the House

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 3:15pm 11/9/2010 at 3:15pm
Politico is reporting on the gender gap that has emerged in the GOP. Nobody can doubt that ladies like Michele Bachmann have contributed to GOP success in 2010, but are any of them really suited to be Speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi was certainly clever enough to get her work...
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Busted!

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 12:10pm 11/9/2010 at 12:10pm
April may seem far away, but Radley Balko gives us a reminder of how inept the IRS truly is in his latest post. ...
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Diplomacy Never Looked So Fun

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Posted by    Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 9:34am 11/9/2010 at 9:34am
It looks like President Obama is having a wonderful time in India:

– Admitting American shortcomings.

Pigging out.

Dancing.

But Indonesia doesn’t look like such a breeze. Maybe he’ll need another fleet.

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