Sunday, July 29, 2007

This Could be Huge

"Researchers have developed a remarkably simple way to convert ordinary graphite particles into very thin but superstrong sheets that are tougher than steel and as flexible as carbon fiber but can be made much more cheaply."

Read the whole thing.

This Weeks Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us

I know there is an "Ikea lifestyle" but this is ridiculous.

North Carolina and the First Amendment

I’m no fan of flag desecration or the people who do it, but unless U.S. v. Eichman has been overturned and I’ve missed it, I'd have to say it seems like these cops are on shaky ground. Perhaps a refresher course on First Amendment law might be in order (and the state legislature could use a seminar on federalism and preemption).

More here from Eugene Volokh:

Scroll down a bit to find it.

Thompson on Federalism

At this point in the race, Fred Thompson is my guy. He seems to be the only (major) candidate who is truly a supporter of limited government.

" Centralized government is not the solution to all of our problems and – with too much power – such centralization has a way of compounding our problems. This was among the great insights of 1787, and it is just as vital in 2007."

Vote Early and Often

It’s been a long time since this country was serious about voter fraud. In most states it’s illegal for an election official to request id and it’s widely assumed that large numbers of illegal aliens vote in our elections. You’d think that having a presidential election decided by less than 500 votes would lead to a bipartisan effort to address these problems.

Greens vs. Navajos

This sort of thing happens more than is commonly realized. Pristine wilderness is a fine thing but if it comes at the expense of condemning you and your family to a lifetime of grinding poverty so some swells from the coast can feel good about themselves-it sorta looses its appeal.

End in Sight for Ahmadinejad?

It couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Legal Reform

I haven’t been following the Conrad Black case but Mark Steyn has. As usual he has some fine insight on the case and some excellent suggestions for reforming American criminal law.

Yet Another Reason to Hate Yahoo

The perils of doing business in a police state are considerable. You can get kicked out of the country at any time and loose all you have invested. It seems Yahoo (and Google) have decided that throwing a few pro-democracy activists under the proverbial train is just part of the cost of doing business.