Penn State has backed down from its censorship attempt
against Josh Stulman's art exhibit about terrorism.
That's good news, although wouldn't you think that
allegedly smart people would avoid such ham-handed
stunts in the first place?
David Bernstein at Volokh's comments here;
Chris Perez at FIRE's Torch blog is here, and he
makes the point that the underlying speech code used as a basis for
the censorship is still in place.
And in another bit of good news, one of our state senate committees
unanimously recommended passage of HB1582, disallowing New Hampshire
from participating in the Federal "Real ID" program. Weekend Pundit,
even though it's not the weekend, has a summary here
with links to appropriate news stories.
If even one percent of the
media attention given to gasoline prices
was given to sugar prices instead, the outrage
would be withering. Americans pay twice the world price for
sugar; that money goes to a relative handful of sugar producers.
Your Federal Government makes this possible.
And it's not even an example of
of a well-meaning program; that's the way it's supposed to work.
If you feel in the mood to get outraged by
yet another example of how efforts to protect (politically
from "unbridled capitalism" work, check this
article on the CEI Openmarket blog.
My own Senator Judd Gregg proposed that 3% of Iraq funds requested
by Dubya be spent on border security instead. Joe Malchow thinks
Judd is a genius;
Jed Babbin thinks he's a stooge.
Pun Salad … um … believes the truth is somewhere in
Except that Judd's vote for Trent Lott's Railroad to
Nowhere is maybe pushing me more toward the "stooge" end of the
spectrum. Our other Senator, John Sununu, voted Nay,
so good on him.