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    The Separation of Retirement and State

    In her latest column, Star Parker calls for the unthinkable–let’s not save Social Security, let’s dump it. Parker’s proposal? “there is only one honest approach to Social Security: fulfill obligations to pay benefits to those who have already paid in and allow the rest of us as quick and…
    Locker Room contributor, December 17, 2004
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    Breakthrough in clean energy … I guess

    The most innovative country in the world scores another coup, both technologically and politically. You want to store spent fuel rods at your nuclear power plant? Okay, we’ll give you a permit if you generate electricity from bird droppings. Says the report: ? the plant will burn…
    Locker Room contributor, December 17, 2004
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    How American technology brought “new media” power to the Orange Revolution

    Here’s a great article in The Wall Street Journal today. Its main subject is what author Daniel Henninger calls “the great white whale of the 21st century”: “American influence.” (If that’s the white whale, one guess as to who’s Ahab?) In it Henninger writes: Not that long ago,…
    Locker Room contributor, December 17, 2004
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    Ignoring the kids

    It’s one of the great ironies of America that so many liberal politicians and voters (you all know that there should be snicker quotes around the L-word) are forever blathering on about how they want to do so much to improve the world “for the kids.” They want to purify…
    Locker Room contributor, December 17, 2004
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    Life imitates “The Simpsons”

    Life: “Starting Dec. 15, Carl’s Jr. becomes the first major fast food chain to introduce a burger topped with a fried egg, developed exclusively with its breakfast customers in mind. … The Breakfast Burger features a fresh, fried egg, crisp bacon, hash brown nuggets, cheese, ketchup and a charbroiled…
    Locker Room contributor, December 16, 2004
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    Your guide to celebrating Bill of Rights Day

    This list courtesy of our friend Mary Katharine Ham: Commence to Shooting And other ways to enjoy your Bill of Rights Day (that’s today!). First, read the Bill of Rights here if you need a refresher. Amendment I: In celebration of free speech and freedom of…
    Locker Room contributor, December 16, 2004
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    He’s ba-a-a-a-a-ack!

    Who, you ask? Hint: Yes, it’s our ol’ pal “Hanging Chad,” now taking up residence in Ohio in the hopes of fueling new leftwing conspiracies. Aye, four more years! How much I remember the scene in Florida four years ago:…
    Locker Room contributor, December 16, 2004
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    John Edwards is Looking for Something to Do

    In case you weren’t watching, the battle for Washington state’s governorship is making the 2000 presidential skirmish in Florida look like the Elton John/George Michael spat by comparison. Heavily Democratic King County, in a hand recount, is somehow discovering new usefulness for ballots that had been discarded…
    Locker Room contributor, December 16, 2004