November 17, 2008

JACK DUNPHY: LAPD Treat Gay Marriage Protests With Kid Gloves. Well, it does seem that well-off white protesters are getting a pass here.

A NEW TRAILER FOR Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

STEPHEN GREEN: "Here we finally have a technology giving presidents the power to peer outside their protective bubble. And what do we do? We take it away amidst worries about security and lawsuits."

WELL, HE WAS RIGHT, wasn't he?

JON HENKE: "Rightroots" key to G.O.P. Revival.

INTERVIEW: Michael Yon on Iraq and Afghanistan.

IMPROVING WIND POWER with a variable input electric generator.

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: "The Ohio House is preparing legislation aimed at making sure other Ohioans don't face the kind of government snooping that Samuel Joseph — 'Joe the Plumber' — Wurzelbacher was subjected to during the presidential campaign."

The ACLU is complaining, too.


A LOOK AT Indonesia's new tsunami warning system.

A COLLECTION OF green toys for the holidays.

SUING STUDENTS over charges of racism in the classroom. "Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, said the Peltz case was typical of many that come to FIRE in that they involve professors accused of racism or sexism based on statements or views that some students find objectionable. He said that college leaders are responsible for situations like the one faced by Peltz by not defending professors whose views are unpopular."

I should note that FIRE does good work, and if you're looking to make an end of the year charitable donation, you could do a lot worse than sending some cash their way.

RAND SIMBERG: "Want Change? Let’s Try Truly Free Markets."

In her seminal book, The Future and Its Enemies, Virginia Postrel writes about the real political divide — not left versus right, but what she calls stasists versus dynamists. The former fear change and want to use government power to minimize it, if not eliminate it. The latter accept that improvements in the human condition require change by definition, and understand that the best way to ensure it is to allow individuals the freedom to make choices, with consequences, both good and ill, to be borne by them.

By these definitions, both presidential candidates in this election were largely stasists.

Read the whole thing.

THE PRESS ON OBAMA: Howard Kurtz says it's showing "a giddy sense of boosterism." Indeed.

KEN ANDERSON ON SOMALI PIRATES: "Might piracy be a relatively easy place for the Obama administration to demonstrate its approach to use of force, multilateralism, and international law?"

RANKING LAW SCHOOLS based on lawyer ratings.