In praise of the not-so-super hero

May 22, 2015
Foundation for Economic Education
by Sara Skwire   Sarah Skwire

"My favorite superheroes are not the ones who arrive from distant planets or alternate dimensions, endowed with impressive strength, the ability to fly, magical artifacts, psychic powers, and so on. Heroes like that are a lot of fun to watch, of course. No one can argue against the lasting appeal of heroes like Superman. But they aren't my favorites." (05/21/15)  

Puerto Rico: House narrowly approves sales tax increase

May 22, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Legislation that would increase Puerto Rico's sales tax from 7 percent to 11.5 percent squeaked by late Thursday with the minimum amount of votes needed in the U.S. territory's House of Representatives. The measure also would create a new 4 percent tax on professional services amid a push to generate more revenue during an economic crisis." (05/21/15)  

True Islamophobia

May 22, 2015
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Fernando Teson   Bleeding Heart Libertarians

"Virtually everyone abhors the crimes committed by radical Islamists. However, it is difficult these days to criticize Muslim practices that fall short of terrorist violence. These practices include, among others, mistreatment of women, intolerance towards non-believers, oppressive laws in Muslim countries, and the endorsement of censorship and apostasy. Those who have dared to do so (Bill Maher and Christopher Hitchens come to mind) have often been accused of Islamophobia. In many circles, a critical attitude toward mainstream Islam is branded as bigoted and intolerant." (05/21/15)  

US presses Israel on talks for Middle East nuclear-free zone

May 22, 2015
Parkersburg News and Sentinel    

"The United States has sent a top official to Israel amid an effort to revive talks on a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons, a central issue of a landmark treaty review conference that some fear will end Friday without progress on global disarmament. The State Department confirmed that the assistant secretary of state for international security and nonproliferation was in Israel to discuss the issue." (05/22/15)  

“Rape culture” and the implications for liberty on college campuses

May 22, 2015
Independent Institute
by Sam Staley  

"'Rape culture' posits that our colleges and universities are dens for sexual predators that promote violence against women and, more importantly, is institutionally supported. Since the problem is cultural, rather than individual, the solution is institutional -- categorical policies that provide little room for context or individual circumstance. Also, because the problem is systemic, extraordinary means can be justified to bring it under control, including abrogating due process, tilting adjudication in favor of the accuser rather than the accused, and implementing draconian measures despite a lack of evidence to support the allegations. Emily Yoffe at does a nice job of laying out these dangers as does Christina Hoff Sommers of the American Enterprise Institute. But what if a rape culture doesn't exist?" (05/21/15)  

Continued CIA secrecy in the JFK assassination

May 22, 2015
Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger   Bumper Hornberger

"here is now a deadline of October 2017 to release thousands of CIA documents that were ordered to be released by the JFK Records Act, which was enacted in 1992. Why weren't these particular records released in the 1990s, like many others were? Apparently the CIA claimed that the release of records dating back half-a-century would threaten 'national security.' And guess what. Even the October 2017 deadline is not set in stone because someone inserted some fine print in the original JFK Records Act that entitles the CIA (and other government agencies) to ask the president in 2017 for another extension -- on grounds of 'national security.'" (05/21/15)  

Haiti: Son of former Honduras president arrested

May 22, 2015

"The son of former President Porfirio Lobo was arrested in Haiti in an apparent anti-drug operation carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and Haitian authorities, the ex-president and the Honduran government confirmed Thursday. Fabio Lobo Lobo, 43, was arrested Wednesday night in Haiti and taken to New York to appear before a judge, according to a statement from the Honduran government. Lobo was arrested by Haitian authorities with the support of the DEA." (05/21/15)  

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