Archive for January, 2007

Reviving the Princess

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Most small towns, I guess, had a theater back in the days before Regal Cinema came to dominate the movie business. My hometown was no different. We had the Princess Theater, located on Roane Street in downtown Harriman. I saw my first movie there, although I was too young to remember it now. For over 70 years, the theater brought movies to the people of Roane County, until it closed shop in 1999. But now, there is an effort to revive it being spearheaded by actor Muse Watson. Even if you’ve never been to Harriman, I recommend watching the movie below. This is a story that has played out in small towns across America.

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I doubt that, 50 years from now, people will be waxing nostalgic about Regal Cinema or Pinnacle Stadium.

Big Government: Not Just For Liberals Anymore!

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

John Stossel examines the idiocy that it the war on drugs. Money quote:

Drug prohibition — like alcohol prohibition — is a silly idea, as the late free-market economist Milton Friedman often pointed out. Something doesn’t go away just because the government decrees it illegal. It simply goes underground. Then a black market creates worse problems. Since sellers cannot rely on police to protect their property, they arm themselves, form gangs, charge monopoly prices, and kill their competitors. Buyers steal to pay the high prices.

What is the definition of insanity again?

Cold Day

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Volunteerism on the Rise

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

More Americans are volunteering today than ever:

Those small donations of time are adding up: More Americans than ever before are volunteering. In 2005, 29 percent of adults were serving – a 30-year high, according to a December report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

It’s partly because volunteerism is uniquely rooted in the American character, some experts say. Barn-raisings and harvest seasons bonded communities long ago. Today, as mentoring, drug rehabilitation, and other programs depend primarily on volunteers, and as religious groups reach far beyond their congregations to address social problems, the trend is poised to engender real change, says David Eisner, chief executive of the CNCS.

“There are no other countries that have the kind of deep-rooted volunteering ethic that we have,” Mr. Eisner says. “If we’re able to engage volunteers in our country to visit these issues … volunteers won’t just turn the tide and make a difference, but we can fundamentally solve some of our most intractable problems.”

Perhaps the best news from this is that this recent upsurge in volunteering is being driven by older teens, baby boomers, and seniors, indicating that volunteerism should remain high for years to come.

Miller Continues Defense of Marriage

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Michael Silence reports:

A former state senator who sponsored a ban on same-sex marriage has solicited a lobbying contract with Tennessee’s largest gay rights advocacy group.

The president of the Tennessee Equality Project isn’t making former Republican state Sen. Jeff Miller of Cleveland wait for a response to his Jan. 23 letter asking the group to consider hiring him as a lobbyist.

Project president Chris Sanders said Miller’s solicitation was “certainly not one that we’re going to follow up on.”

What did Friedman say about Free Trade?

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Protectionism, here we come.

Salga de mi camino, usted Rep. Tancredo

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Dave Barry’s latest column, which deals with Miami and its “third world status,” is a hoot.

A Snowy Day

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Palestinians Warned to Leave Iraq

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

Palestinians are the target of violence, and it isn’t from Israel:

Palestinians living in Iraq have been warned that they will be killed by Shiite militias unless they leave the country immediately.

Iraqi police say the immigrants, who are mostly Sunnis, are the target of a backlash by hardline Shiites, including members of the Mehdi Army led by the cleric Moqtada Al Sadr.

More than 600 Palestinians are believed to have died at the hands of Shiite militias since the war began in 2003, including at least 300 from the Baladiat area of Baghdad. Many were tortured with electric drills before they died.

I can’t understand why this story hasn’t gotten more media attention. One can only hope the situation changes in Iraq – and soon.

Via Instapundit.

Giuliani: The Conservative Candidate, Part II

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

I previously suggested that conservatives should give Rudy Giuliani a serious look. Now Ed Morrissey weighs in:

I’ve often thought that conservatives have been too quick to dismiss Giuliani. Among the front-runners for the GOP nomination, he has the most consistent public record of accomplishment. He fought the Mob and won, crippling their once-unlimited power in the Big Apple, at no small personal risk to himself and his family. Giuliani also took on the task of running NYC when it appeared hopelessly lost to decay and a generation of liberal policies that had allowed the streets to fall under the sway of gangsters petty and grand. He also proved that welfare-to-work policies could succeed before Bill Clinton and the Republican Congress bolstered his efforts at the federal level.

Given his history of turnaround in New York, his executive experience outweighs anything offered by Mitt Romney and especially John McCain. Whatever his positions, he has proven himself more consistent in them than both men, although in Romney’s case, his vacillations seem a little oversold. Romney has proven his leadership skills in the Olympics and in one term as Governor of Massachussetts, but Giuliani is a man who governed eight million people for two terms and helped rescue the city when hit by the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor.

Indeed. Giuliani isn’t perfect, but he’s certainly preferable to John McCain or Mitt Romney.