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Read Harold Henderson's blog, Daily Harold, at chicagoreader.com

[snip] Freedom. At Salon economist Brad DeLong remembers Milton Friedman's response when General William Westmoreland denounced the idea of phasing out the draft in the 70s, saying he didn't want to command "an army of mercenaries." The late Friedman asked, "Would you rather command an army of slaves?" Westmoreland got angry: "I don't like to hear our patriotic draftees referred to as slaves." Friedman: "I don't like to hear our patriotic volunteers referred to as mercenaries....If they are mercenaries, then I, sir, am a mercenary professor, and you, sir, are a mercenary general." --Harold Henderson | hhenderson@chicagoreader.com

[snip] Distracted in Iraq. The Center for American Progress (democracyinaction.org) quotes Wisconsin senator Russ Feingold: "While we were asleep at the switch...we are losing the battle to al Qaeda....We've spent $2 million in Somalia in the last year while we're spending $2 billion a week in Iraq." Now those Islamists "control most of the country," and Somalia is threatening to become "Africa's Afghanistan." --HH

[snip] Eminent domain for thee but not for me. Northwestern law professor David Dana points out in the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy (law.northwestern.edu/journals/lawreview/) that most of the state laws passed in response to the Supreme Court's 2005 Kelo decision leave in place local governments' ability to condemn property declared "blighted." So the new laws protect middle-class areas but leave poor ones vulnerable. --HH

[snip] Not rocket science. "While high school science labs have been undergoing a slow but steady overhaul since the Vallas years, it's a lucky elementary school that has any lab space, let alone running water and gas for

serious experiments," writes former Chicago Catalyst reporter Maureen Kelleher

(district299.typepad.com). "Usually, science is considered a 'special,' like art or music or library. An elementary science teacher may see all 500 students in the course of a week. And schools may not offer all these specials, based on the personnel they have." --HH

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