Public officials throughout America have made substantial progress in recent years in keeping demonstrators out of sight and earshot of the objects of their demonstrations. This is especially true when someone or something important comes to town, like the President or a national convention of one of the two major political parties.

Tragically, Robert Byrd has died. Don't get me wrong: it's a stellar day whenever one of Leviathan's lackeys departs for the nether regions and leaves us in peace. But politicians and their lapdogs in the media will now pester us with eulogies on this long-lived leech until we are as sick of him dead as we were of him alive. Meanwhile, his theft continues from beyond the grave: how many millions of our taxes will his funeral gobble? The "security" alone (we can't have any of his victims showing up to tell the truth about him, now, can we?) will likely cost enough to bankrupt Midas.

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began.
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
                         The Gods of Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

Imagine you are an unborn spirit whom God has condemned to a life of poverty but has permitted to choose the nation in which to live. I'm betting that most any such condemned unborn spirit would choose the United States. Why? What has historically been defined as poverty, nationally or internationally, no longer exists in the U.S. Let's look at it.

The gulf oil gusher is a disaster of great proportions. We’ve all seen the pictures of petroleum-soaked birds and dead fish, and the area’s economy is on life support. The mishap truly is a tragedy for all, from Gulf residents to English pensioners to marine wildlife to, yes, BP itself. As bad as this is, however, there’s a way to make the situation worse: by compounding it with another tragedy, one both foreseeable and preventable.

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