Jim Werbaneth's Blog – July 2009 Archive (3)

Ignorance is Bliss, So Throw Another Book on the Fire

Today, CNN is reporting online about the charming little town of West Bend, Wisconsin. There, a group of residents are protesting the inclusion of "pornographic" books for young adults, including some that they target as "gay-affirming" in the young adult section. They advocate moving the purported smut to the adult section of the library in order to… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 22, 2009 at 2:38pm — 13 Comments

Robert S. McNamara Rest in... Well, Maybe Just Stay Dead

It's a little hard to have a neutral opinion of Robert Strange McNamara if you're of a certain age. President of Ford Motor Company and a quantifying "Whiz Kid," he was appointed Secretary of Defense by John F. Kennedy, where he shortly showed what a Secretary of Defense should neither be nor do.



I say business for a reason, as McNamara seemed to regard mankind's bloodiest enterprise as a bloodless, emotionless, soulless exercise in numbers. An architect of the Vietnam War, he… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 7, 2009 at 2:30pm — 25 Comments

The Consequences of Dictatorship: Venezuela Loses Its Best and Its Brightest

When people can't vote at the ballot box against a dictatorship, they often vote with their feet. The Berlin Wall was a monument to this, and a grand attempt by a dysfunctional Communist regime to take away the shoe leather franchise from people who decided that moving to freedom was an alternative to suffering under dictatorship.



Nor was East Germany alone in witnessing the exodus of its best and brightest. The migration of the Cuban middle class to Florida was a consequence of… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on July 1, 2009 at 6:14pm — No Comments

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