Archive for October 4th, 2009

Kansas Pro-Life Group Wants Attorney General to Monitor Underage Abortions

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Topeka, KS (LifeNews.com) — A statewide pro-life group is calling on Kansas Attorney General Steve Six to monitor abortions on girls who are minors. Kansans for Life says it is worried that abortions are occurring on girls who are not legally able to consent for sex — making it so the man who got her pregnant is guilty of statutory rape.

Heritage — How Margaret Thatcher Helped to End the Cold War

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

When Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979, many in the West had come to believe that the Cold War could not and should not be won, that anti-Communism was morally wrong, and that the future lay in détente between the superpowers and the evolution of democracy into ever-deepening state socialism. By the time she left office, the Berlin Wall had fallen and Eastern Europe was liberated. A year later, the Soviet Union crumbled into the dustbin of history. Democracy and freedom were on the advance.

A Policy Agenda for the U.S.-Russia Congressional Caucus — The Heritage Foundation

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Members of Congress should remember that their Russian counterparts suffer from a democracy deficit. Yet U.S.-Russian relations are too important to be left exclusively to President Obama and the arms-control enthusiasts. The Congressional U.S.-Russia Caucus should guard American interests while promoting an agenda that encourages security, freedom, democracy, and economic cooperation with Russia.

Anti-Americanism: Alive and Well in the Age of Obama — American Enterprise Institute

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Throughout the Bush presidency, opinion polling from the Pew Research Center trumpeted America’s “abysmal” approval ratings across the globe. The problem, pollsters suggested with numbing regularity, was that a “cowboy president” had inflamed the Muslim world-and America’s European allies-with his “unilateral” war on terrorism. The remedy, of course, was a new administration with a fresh approach: a president committed to multilateralism, smart diplomacy, and American soft power. Right on cue, a Pew report hailed Barack Obama’s election for inspiring “global confidence” in U.S. leadership and rescuing America’s reputation from eternal perdition. However, a newer Pew survey suggests that most Islamic countries distrust the United States under the leadership of President Obama about as much as they did under President George W. Bush.

Mourning Constitutional — Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

A major justification for supporting a system of public schools has been the promotion of a general diffusion of civic knowledge necessary for a well-informed citizenry. America’s founders, hoping to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,” knew that our system of ordered liberty would endure only if its citizens understood the nation’s guiding principles. The endurance of American liberty, the founders believed, depends upon a broad knowledge of the nation’s history and an understanding of its institutions.

Learning for a Living: In Defense of Vocational Ed. — America’s Future Foundation

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Clearly, American students want the option of a curriculum that doesn’t underrate the importance of learning to make and fix things-one that doesn’t ignore the skilled trades. For some, a career and technical education offers an alternative to the uninspired educational drudgery they encounter each day. Students deserve more control over what they learn. It’s time for proponents of educational choice to broaden their advocacy beyond vouchers and charter schools.

College by Subscription — American Enterprise Institute

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Many students taking remedial courses in college are not doing well in them. A better approach is needed that will benefit not only students, but also taxpayers and the students who are footing the bill for unsuccessful instruction. A subscription-based model in which students can work at their own pace and get help from readily available faculty could improve outcomes and reduce costs.

Delaware Court Ruling Offers Guidance on Disclosure Obligations — Washington Legal Foundation

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

On July 24, 2009 the Delaware Court of Chancery released its decision in Wayne County Employees’ Retirement System v. Corti. The court assessed the claims made by Activision shareholders against Activision’s board of directors over a transaction that resulted in Vivendi S.A. obtaining a majority of the voting stock of Activision, Inc.-the makers of the computer game World of Warcraft. Plaintiffs in the case alleged three violations, all three of which were rejected by the court.

The Truth About Policing and Skid Row — Manhattan Institute

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The homeless industry on Los Angeles’s Skid Row lost its final shred of legitimacy this summer. Three murders and their aftermath exposed the advocates’ opposition to assertive policing as dangerous, hypocritical posturing. For 25 years, Skid Row constituted a real-world experiment in the application of homeless-advocate ideology. But the squalor that engulfed the 50-block district just east of downtown Los Angeles was the direct outgrowth of advocates’ claims that the homeless should be exempt from the rules of ordinary society. The result was not a reign of peace and love among society’s underdogs, but rather brutal predation and depravity. Consequently, Los Angeles officials should reorient their funding priorities in light of the lessons of the summer of 2009.

Washington Legal Foundation — Proposal Seeks More Oversight of Justice Department’s Pre-Trial Diversion Agreements

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

On April 2, 2009, Rep. William Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced the Accountability in Deferred Prosecution Act to address the lack of standards governing Deferred Prosecution Agreements (“DPAs”) and Non-prosecution Agreements (“NPAs”). It would also require the Attorney General to establish certain procedures to ensure the independence and accountability of corporate monitors. This could address some of the well-publicized problems of overcompensated or ethically conflicted monitors. The bill does, however, raise other questions. First, the legislation could result in DOJ issuing guidelines that curtail the use of DPAs and instead favor indictment. Second, DOJ might issue guidelines that have negative consequences for companies or their employees. Third, the bill’s mandated public disclosure of all DPAs on the DOJ website would likely please some parties who find transparency beneficial, but would draw objections from others who consider public disclosure a disincentive to entering into the agreements-particularly in the case of non-prosecution agreements.

Tax Foundation — New Census Data on Property Taxes on Homeowners

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The Northeast remains the area with the highest property taxes on homeowners. These states also have high per capita income, and the highest property tax bills, in terms of dollar amounts, are usually found in the areas with the highest incomes. As for the percentage-of-home-value measure, counties in upstate New York still dominate as they tend to impose high property taxes on homeowners, albeit in a location with lower home values and thereby higher effective tax rates.