I guess it’s nice that L’Oreal did something nice for female veterans. I’ve always had a problem though with “hyphenated” anything. Women veterans is just another one. Are veterans all veterans, or is there something special about be a white, black, Hispanic, Asian, male, female or anything else? Isn’t the idea of praising veterans to pay homage to their service to the country, not merely some characteristic that they have no control over? Imagine if some group wanted to pay homage to white male veterans. Gun displays, four wheel drive trucks, hunting, fishing, you name it. They would be vilified across the country.(0 comment)

Well, the Neos are getting as organized as George Soros. And they are hiding being the web. One of them was PropOrNot, a group that insists on public anonymity, which issued a report identifying more than 200 websites that, in its view, wittingly or unwittingly published or echoed Russian propaganda A number of those sites have objected to being included on PropOrNot’s list, and some of the sites, as well as others not on the list, have publicly challenged the group’s methodology and conclusions. The Post wrote about them, (and did not name any of the sites,) does not itself vouch for the validity of PropOrNot’s findings regarding any individual media outlet. Since publication of The Post’s story, PropOrNot has removed some sites from its list. I don’t know for sure, but this one smells. I’ve vetted and read a number of the sites and find them to be reliable.(0 comment)

I’m a devout capitalist. I won’t deny it. I have no problem with people making lots of money. These three men named here are businessmen who took risks and got rich. The current challenge in the world is with wealthy people using their wealth to achieve political change. It goes against the very American concept of one man one vote. Politicians who act on bribes are the evil ones, not the folks who offer the bribes.(0 comment)

I was going to save this for the Sunday humor section. Until I realized that this was a real story, published in a real newspaper. They are telling us that if our society was following the teachings of Islam, there would be so sexual abuse of women! Forgive my skepticism, but I never realized that societies that follow Islam are havens of nirvana for women. Can’t make this up, folks.(0 comment)

In Cold War era folklore it used to be said that the supply of stinger missiles to the Afghan Mujahideen, in the 1980s, was a masterstroke by the Central Intelligence Agency. The stinger apparently unnerved Soviet pilots and effectively put an end to the air superiority of the Red Army in Afghanistan – and probably hastened the victory of the so-called Afghan jihad against Soviet intervention. Are we now tiptoeing toward another “masterstroke” – this time around, ironically, directed against the open-ended US occupation of Afghanistan?(0 comment)

When the Supreme Court ruled in favor of eminent domain in the Kelo case, state activists pushed for eminent domain reform across the country. Georgia was one of the states that enacted new and better laws. The City of Marietta took it upon themselves to decide that the law was merely guidance. The State Supreme Court ruled against them in a victory for property owners.(0 comment)

Governments at all levels require you to have a license to work in many careers. Ostensibly the argument is that they are regulating public safety. In reality they are usually both fund raisers for the government and protection for those who are already in the career field. This licensing imposes a greater burden on lower skilled workers trying to get jobs. When it costs thousands of dollars to pay for the government mandated training and then the license, many people are shut out of the career field, The “License to Work: A National Study of Burdens From Occupational Licensing” is an awesome resource to examine the depth of the problem and learn of ways to lower the burden.(1 comment)

Capitalism usually works, but the consequences aren’t always what we want. We’ve been putting pressure on China, India and Pakistan to crack down on the fake and duplicated drug trade. Some of the drugs are truly fake, others are overruns from factories that actually produce them and are sold “on the side”. We’ve actually achieved success with these three countries in stemming the flow. Those who make them haven’t stopped though. They’ve merely moved production someplace else.(0 comment)