Headline Roundup (6/30/10)

In the news:

  • Elena Kagan seems to think the government has the legitimate Constitutional power to require all Americans “to eat three fruits, and three vegetables a day.” She says it’s a dumb law, but implies that as a Justice we can count on her to uphold it as Constitutional under the Commerce Clause. See for yourself.
  • Vapid and hollow: Writes Roger Simons at Politico, ‘Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, who years ago called such hearings “a vapid and hollow charade,” helped ensure they were exactly that this week.’
  • Transparency: Judge halts questioning on Obama in Blagojevich trial. What is Obama hiding from us?
  • Sexual Assault Allegations: Al Gore’s accuser has come forward (according to the National Enquirer- which is hard to trust, but which accurately broke the Tiger Woods and John Edwards scandals) with a key witness, DNA evidence, and video footage.
  • Where are the feminists?What is so striking about Al Gore is not the allegations, but the reaction to them.  The victim was held up to ridicule, urged to keep quiet — in short treated just as predicted by stereotypes that 40 years of feminism were supposed to destroy… ‘Suzy, if you tell what Joe did to you after the dance, we’ll lose the big game!'”
  • Penn Jillette‘s kind words for Christianity: ‘Teller and I have been brutal to Christians, and their response shows that they’re good fucking Americans who believe in freedom of speech. We attack them all the time, and we still get letters that say, ‘We appreciate your passion. Sincerely yours, in Christ.’ Christians come to our show at the Rio and give us Bibles all the time. They’re incredibly kind to us. Sure, there are a couple of them who live in garages, give themselves titles and send out death threats to me and Bill Maher and Trey Parker. But the vast majority are polite, open-minded people, and I respect them for that.”
  • Ben Bernanke once wrote: “The US government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many US dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.” Hey Ben- dollar devaluation does cost us something- especially the poor.
  • Mises: Defends the slumlord. The headline sounds terrible; the actual article is very reasonable.
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