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The daily Minyanville take on news, commentary and opinion from around the world:

Author and neoconservative defector Francis Fukuyama and American Interest editor Adam Garfinkle in the Wall Street Journal today co-write, "As an editorial on this page recently asked: "Anyone out there have a better idea" than the Bush administration's policy of high-profile democracy promotion in the Arab and Muslim worlds as a means to fight terrorism? Well, yes, there is one."

  • Bottom Line: Terrorocracy: Stop trying to blow things up to forcibly install a new form of government, or we will blow things up and forcibly install a new form of government.


"Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. plans to expand its international franchise operations into India, the world's second-largest retail market, with half of its population under 21 years old," according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear's chief executive, said India is a prime location for stores because it has the youngest population in the world."

  • Bottom Line: Once the children in India finish building the bears, the company will take the bears from them and sell them to children in the U.S.


According to Hans Sennholz, a frequent commentator on the Mises Economics blog, "Professors Robert Lichter of George Mason University and Stanley Rothman and Neil Nevitte of the University of Toronto, found that nearly three-quarters of college faculty call themselves liberal."

  • Bottom Line: Can you imagine? What if your child wanted to grow up to be a teacher! Disgusting.

Lefty communist wacko teachers logo:


"Rhonda Bye had a lot going for her -- brains, beauty, feisty strength," writes the San Francisco Chronicle. "Heroin and crack crushed it all. The narcotics ruined her looks and attention span, snuffing out her potential both as a young clothing model for Nordstrom and as a computer whiz who could fix office network problems."

  • Bottom Line: No!!! Not the models!!! Dear God, not the models!!! It's ruining the models!!! Finally, a wakeup call in the "war on drugs."

The War on Drugs, 25 years old and still kicking!


According to the Associated Press, "More than 500,000 people gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, and tens of thousands rallied in Phoenix and Milwaukee last week" to protest pending legislation before the Senate that would crack down on illegal immigrants.

  • Bottom Line: In a striking show of solidarity with the protestors, late Saturday night and early Sunday morning more than 500,000 unemployed citizens of Mexico marched across the border between Mexico and California then quickly disappeared into low-wage jobs that Americans apparently don't want.

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