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Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
 

Revolt of the Light Brigade: Freedom Action has begun a petition drive to have Congress rescind what effectively is a ban on incandescent light bulbs. The group is an offshoot of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. It cites not only the congressional overreach but the mercury danger of compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). Sans that, can a black market in incandescents be far behind?

Muffling the voucher whine: Despite all the gnashing of teeth of more than a few public school officials over vouchers for low-income students -- namely, how it will supposedly financially strap their districts -- the Commonwealth Foundation's Nathan Benefield reminds there "has never been a single study demonstrating that scholarships have a negative impact on school performance or their ability to raise funds." So, what will the educratic establishment's next excuse be?

A shocking conviction: An Austrian court has convicted a young Viennese mother commenting negatively about Islam in a lecture before a political gathering. The Hudson Institute's Nina Shea says Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was fined 480 euros. She was convicted of "blasphemy" but was not charged with "hate speech" because of Austria's free-speech guarantees. Which, of course, turns the concept of "free speech" on its head.

 

 
 


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