Win This Book

fvb.jpgI just got back from a mini vacation in Arizona visiting with my parents, sister, and nephew. The first of 2 books that I read when I was away was “Founders v. Bush” which is a comparison in quotations of the policies and politics of the founding fathers and George W. Bush.

In 1776 George Washington said “Beware of Pretend Patriotism,” and one might wonder what that George would say to the George that is living in the White House Today.

“Founders v. Bush” is an interesting political read because the book contains only quotations–no political commentary (although one can argue that the compiler of the quotations uses the specific quotes that he does to make a commentary).

An excerpt regarding the freedom of the press:

GEORGE W. BUSH: “The disclosure of this program is disgraceful…We’re at war with a bunch of people who want to hurt the United States of America, and for people to leak that program and for a newspaper to publish it does great harm to the United States of America.”
-June 27, 2006

THOMAS JEFFERSON: “Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”
-Letter to Dr. James Currie, January 28, 1786

ALEXANDER HAMILTON: “The Liberty of the press consists in the right to publish with impunity truth with good motives for justifiable ends, though reflecting on government, magistracy, or individuals.”
-Propositions of the Law of Libel, 1804

I think that Steve Coffman could have made a pretty good political opinion book out of what I’m certain was a massive research endeavor he did for “Founders v. Bush,” and I’m kind of sad that he only went this far.

I will mail a copy of “Founders v. Bush” to the first reader to email me his/her address and the correct answer to the following question:

The Willella Howe-Waffle House is an historic landmark in downtown Santa Ana across from the old Courthouse. Dr. Howe-Waffle was one of the first female physicians in Southern California. Her husband, Dr. Alvin Howe, left Orange County after being accused of committing a crime. Although he was acquitted of the charge by OC’s first Grand Jury who determined the evidence mere hearsay, the accusation was so shameful that Dr. Howe was forced him to leave his wife and children in Santa Ana and move to San Francisco. What crime was Dr. Howe accused of committing?

  7 comments for “Win This Book

  1. Publius
    August 6, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    I wanted to read the guesses here :-(
    Welcome back to OC, Mike. You were missed!

  2. August 7, 2007 at 3:41 am

    Having government-paid staff do personal errands? Getting $400 haircuts? Brown Act violations? Avoiding taxes by claiming a land transaction was a forced sale?

    I give up.

  3. Aunt Millie
    August 7, 2007 at 6:21 am

    A quick Google search yields the answer, based on a guess about what a female doctor who delivered over 1,000 babies in her career might be accused of.

    I’m tremendously pro-Life myself, but think that worrying about the future of life on our planet is more important than trying to criminalize the relationship between women and their doctors.

    In that vein, I’m once again stunned by the reactionary Matt Cunningham over at OC Blog, with his virulent rhetoric comparing the overwhelming majority of the scientific community to Muslim jihadists. Even the science reporter for Reason admitted last year that he had been wrong about his decade-long skepticism of man-made global warming.

    How can you possibly pretend to have reasonable discussions with people who continue in their obstinate fundamentalism?

  4. Aunt Millie
    August 7, 2007 at 6:58 am

    And speaking of nutjobs who deny global warming, did anyone notice the teaser about Dana Rohrabacher over at Howie Klein’s Down With Tyranny? I’d quote from it, but it’s just a little too racy for my taste.

  5. Andrew Davey
    August 7, 2007 at 7:09 am

    Aunt Millie:

    So you also saw Matt’s black helicopter themed “climate change may be a hoax” post at OC Blog? Cheese louise, he’s losing his mind over there!! Someone needs to give him a refresher course in basic high school biology and physics! Or wait, is he too distrustful of science?

    Just sayin’…

  6. August 7, 2007 at 8:41 am

    Thanks for the book recommendation, Mike. I’ve added it to my wish list on Amazon, which is really just my way of keeping a list of the books I’m going to buy for myself.

  7. August 11, 2007 at 9:11 am

    Hey Mike, thanks for the kind words! Keep up the fight.

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