Let Google run the railroad

Holman Jenkins Jr at WSJ on how Congress railroaded the railroads. …At a cost of $13 billion or more, they must install tens of thousands of radio antennas along the track to inform a computerized locomotive about speed restrictions and other conditions ahead. A special challenge for Amtrak and other passenger lines has been obtaining the necessary radio spectrum. A three-year wrangle with the Federal Communications Commission and private...

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The story behind “Night Moves”

For Bob Seger fans, this story in the WSJ about the creation of his most popular song will be a lot of fun. …I had kind of a tough childhood growing up, but after my dad left, things kind of calmed down. It was just my brother and my mother and myself, and we all worked jobs. And in high school I had a bunch of new friends. We used to have these parties called “grassers.” We’d all go out in some farmer’s field in Ann Arbor and dance. One...

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Hillary’s bad day

Hillary’s bad day

Stephen Hayes at The Weekly Standard Hillary Clinton had a very bad day. In fact, she’s had a series of bad days since she announced her presidential bid April 12. But Monday was the worst of them. In a bombshell report, the New York Times reported that Clinton, as secretary of state, used her private email to share private intelligence reports from noted conspiracy theorist and political hitman Sidney Blumenthal, at a time when Blumenthal was...

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How FDR created the American ghetto

I heard a bit of this interview in my car. Newsbusters offers more. Conservatives listening to Fresh Air, one of the taxpayer-funded network’s most popular shows, must have been startled to hear a University of California-Berkeley professor on May 14 cite a largely ignored culprit in the creation of segregated urban ghettos that erupted in frequent violence during the ’60s — and as shown by riots in Ferguson, Mo., and...

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DWP: more shameless than the mob

LA Times columnist Steve Lopez tracks cases of citizens being screwed by LA’s Department of Power and Water. It’s corruption and incompetence provide plenty of fodder. Did you hear the one about the $51,649.32 utility bill? The beast that can not be tamed — the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power — is figuratively at their door, demanding money. Lots of money. The Goreshters, who immigrated from the former Soviet Union in...

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Biden claims Iraq success

George W. Bush left a stable Iraq to Obama-Biden, something Ole Joe was eager to take credit for. So if he was right, what happened? Whose fault is Iraq now?

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Taxing ain’t “just asking”

Thomas Sowell In a recent panel discussion on poverty at Georgetown University, President Barack Obama gave another demonstration of his mastery of rhetoric — and disregard of reality. One of the ways of fighting poverty, he proposed, was to “ask from society’s lottery winners” that they make a “modest investment” in government programs to help the poor. Since free speech is guaranteed to everyone by the First...

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