Sam Boyd

Sam Boyd is a former assistant web editor at the Prospect

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THE RIGHT TO BEAR NOOSES?

Why, asks Mike Riggs at Reason , should people not be allowed to carry nooses around on public property when we let KKK members and flag burners do their thing in public? I'll tell you why. Because people shouldn't have to live in fear for their lives. A rally is a political statement, a noose is a threat -- just the same as a brandished gun or a burning cross . What other meaning could it possibly have? Riggs claims that the laws that ban nooses when used for "intimidation" are ambiguous, but I don't see how they possibly could be. Outside of a museum or a play, a noose in public is an explicit and clear suggestion of the possibility of racist violence. --Sam Boyd

DUNCAN HUNTER 2012!

You can't make this stuff up: Obama is chuckling all the way to the White House. He knows that McCain is token competition, and that this election is merely an exhibition contest. Had the GOP base unified behind a Romney or a Thompson or a Hunter , Obama would be in for a real fight. That's D.R. Tucker on the Human Events site and, yes, he really is arguing that Duncan Hunter would have a better shot at beating Obama than McCain. It's impressive that conservatives like Tucker are sill able to convince themselves that the conservative movement is so powerful that Republicans need its enthusiastic support to be elected. If that were the case wouldn't Republicans have, you know, not nominated John McCain, Bob Dole, or the first George Bush? The fact is that, as Rick Perlstein pointed out some months ago, the idea of a massive, homogeneous, well organized conservative movement is, and may always have been, a myth. The extra-special-fun part for liberals of the persistence of views like...

EVERGLADES SUGAR PLANT SOLD, SWEET!

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced today that the state is buying 187,000 acres of land (an area approximately the size of New York City) near the Everglades from U.S. Sugar. The company, the nation's largest sugar cane manufacturer, is going out of business. This, combined with a land swap with another sugar producer, will restore natural water flows to the Everglades after a century-long disruption. What's more , U.S. Sugar is so big (it produces a tenth of the nation's cane sugar) that this will deal a big blow to lobbying power of the sugar industry, which has historically been very effective in its attempts to get the government to protect it from competition. What's more, less domestic production means more sugar importation, something domestic producers try to prevent. That's good 'cause farm subsidies are bad, but also because it could lead to a return of sugar in soda pop (lower tariffs could make sugar cheaper than corn syrup) which, as anyone who has tried a Mexican coke...

OBAMA GOES BIG.

A lot of people have portrayed Obama 's decision to campaign hard in places like Alaska, Texas, and Wyoming as an example of hubris -- comparable to the Bush campaign's last-minute expenditures in California in 2000 or New Jersey in 2004. But as Michael Turk at The Next Right speculated last night and Ben Smith confirms today, Obama is actually concerned about far more than getting those states' electoral votes in November. In fact, many states that are unlikely to be competitive in November have been chosen for attention from the Obama campaign because they either have Senate or congressional races that are likely to be very competitive or state legislatures that are likely to swap party control. Sure, the campaign hasn't entirely abandoned the idea that it can win say, North Dakota, but even if it doesn't win, it knows there's still a lot to gain by competing there. And while Obama may be doing this because he can -- his leads in some polls are reaching double digits and his cash...

JOHN MCCAIN, REALLY, REALLY DOESN'T LIKE ROE V. WADE.

Just in case you weren't convinced or needed to prove the point to someone. Via Jessica at Feministing. --Sam Boyd

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