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It’s not enough that the federal Transportation Security Administration (TSA) gropes us at checkpoints in airports, photographs passengers naked, steals from them, and even killed one. Now it’s recruiting the nation’s truck- and bus-drivers as snitches against us in a scheme it calls First Observer.

The logic is diabolical, totalitarian, and simple even if the jargon cloaking it isn’t: commercial drivers are already cruising the country — “The average truck spends 100,000 miles on the highway a year — 10 times more than an average car,” the Vallejo [CA] Times-Herald tells us —, so who better to spy on us and report what they see? Or, as the TSA’s propaganda puts it, "First Observer engages surface transportation professionals — truck drivers, school bus operators, mass transit workers, port workers and others — in maintaining the safety and security of America's bridges, tunnels and roads."

Chip WoodThere’s a wonderful German word, “schadenfreude,” which translates roughly as “taking pleasure in the misfortune of others.” Normally that would be a pretty petty thing to feel. But I’ve got to admit, I’ve been enjoying a lot of schadenfreude lately, as I witness the problems the Association for Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has created for itself.

common SenseIt is becoming increasingly obvious to more and more people that government in America is continuing to expand as freedom contracts. But is it time for a revolution? Radio host and Fox News personality Glenn Beck thinks so. And he expounds upon that thesis in his new book, Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine.

Subtlety has never been one of filmmaker Michael Moore’s strong suits. And the latest offering from Hollywood’s pre-eminent leftist “documentarian,” Capitalism: A Love Story, is, like most of Moore’s work, about as subtle as a fuel-air bomb.

Following the OPEC Summit in November of 2007, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shook things up when he said the U.S. dollar was “a worthless piece of paper.” He had expressed concern over the dollar’s decreasing value and wondered aloud if the global marketplace should use another currency in the trading of oil. At the time, the world scoffed at the concept and looked at Ahmadinejad as a mad man.

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