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Is the Criminal Justice System Racist?

John C. Goodman  Events in Ferguson, Missouri raise this question: Is the criminal justice system unfair to minorities, especially blacks? Liberal blogger Ezra Klein says it is. And libertarian Rand Paul agrees. Klein serves up these statistics: · Of people impacted by a SWAT deployment, at least 54 percent were minorities. · White and black […] Continue reading →

Thomas Sowell: Is Thinking Obsolete?

 Some have said that we are living in a post-industrial era, while others have said that we are living in a post-racial era. But growing evidence suggests that we are living in a post-thinking era. Many people in Europe and the Western Hemisphere are staging angry protests against Israel’s military action in Gaza. One of […] Continue reading →

Fed Sees Labor-Market Slack Even After Unemployment Rate Dropped

 The Federal Reserve said the labor market still has plenty of room for improvement, even after a surprising drop in unemployment, bolstering the case for keeping interest rates low. “A range of labor-market indicators suggests that there remains significant underutilization of labor resources,” the Federal Open Market Committee said today in a statement in Washington, […] Continue reading →

Real Unemployment Rate Is at Least 18 Percent

Peter Morici  Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1 percent, but that hardly tells the story. The jobless rate may be down from its recession peak of 10 percent, but much of this results from adults, discouraged by the […] Continue reading →

Walter E. Williams: Please Stop Helping Us

 While reading the first chapter of Jason Riley’s new book, “Please Stop Helping Us,” I thought about Will Rogers’ Prohibition-era observation that “Oklahomans vote dry as long as they can stagger to the polls.” Demonstrative of similar dedication, one member of Congress told Vanderbilt University political scientist Carol Swain that “one of the advantages and […] Continue reading →

Hand Guns are the New Segregation

John Ransom  Undocumented Intelligence wrote: Ransom wants to make climate change concern all about being liberal. Actually, it’s all about being rational and not blinded–as Ransom is–by an ideology that is highly inconvenienced by an overwhelming body of expert scientific evidence. -Combat Global Warming: Be Gay for a Day Dear Comrade Undoc, Please note that […] Continue reading →

Drop in unemployment rate is not what it seems

Liberal pundits are gushing over last week’s job report, hoping it will give President Obama and his party the political boost they need to avoid another devastating defeat in the midterm elections. After nearly five and a half years of a job-challenged, sluggish economy that all but stopped growing in the last three months, they’re […] Continue reading →