Hackett earns light discipline

first_img“If he makes class (today), he’ll play,” Floyd said of tonight’s game against Oregon State. The freshman point guard mostly has come off the bench since the return of Gabe Pruitt from academic ineligibility Dec. 22. With Pruitt recovering from a stomach virus, Hackett may be needed for more minutes against the Beavers. Pruitt said he spent four hours at the doctor Tuesday and needed two bags of fluids intravenously. The doctor indicated he probably had a virus. In his first 17 games, freshman forward Taj Gibson scored in double figures 15 times with eight double-doubles. In the past five games, he’s had nine points three times and 11 twice. He hasn’t reached 10 rebounds in the last six. “I think a lot of it is scouting, a lot of it double teams,” Gibson said. Tendonitis in his left knee has bothered him during the week but isn’t hindering him in games, according to Gibson. Floyd said the size and length of teams USC has played recently has made an impact. Against Cal, the 6-foot-9 Gibson gave up an inch to Ryan Anderson. At Stanford, he had at least five shots blocked by 7-foot twins Brook and Robin Lopez. Free-throw woes also have hurt Gibson’s point total. Before making all three against Cal, he converted just four of 15 over the previous four games. He has been spending time after practice to correct that problem. “If he just makes his free throws, he’d be scoring four more points a game,” Floyd said. ” I’ve been giving him assignments to chart 50 free throws after practice or make 10 in a row. (Wednesday), he just stayed on his own, which is great.” matthew.kredell@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Daniel Hackett sat and watched USC basketball practice from a sideline seat Wednesday as punishment for missing a study hall. Coach Tim Floyd said that would be the extent of the discipline. center_img Hackett, who graduated from St. John Bosco High in Bellflower a year early to enroll at USC, was singled out by Floyd as the difference in Saturday’s 76-73 victory over California. He scored the game-winning points by driving to the basket for a layup with 17 seconds left after the drawn-up play broke down. He seems to be earning Floyd’s trust in late-game situations because of his defense and fearlessness. “He’s certainly one of the more intense guys, and he brings that intensity to his defense,” Floyd said. After missing practice Tuesday, Pruitt returned Wednesday and battled through most of the drills though he wasn’t feeling his best. “I’m just real weak right now, like my body’s just aching – my stomach and lower back,” Pruitt said. “I should be (healthy) enough to play and contribute (tonight),” he said. last_img read more

Cenco rumors untrue

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Santa Fe Springs has been very, very cooperative. They’re as anxious as we are to get the blighted area cleaned up,” said Lowell Morse, president of Lakeland Development Co., which has taken over the Cenco project. Had the Cenco refinery opened, it likely would not have produced enough gasoline to make any significant impact on today’s high prices, Morse added, describing Cenco as “a very small refinery.” It would have produced “only 50,000 barrels a day” had it reopened, he said. Today, many of the original residents who fought against Cenco’s reopening have moved. Most residents, like Teresa Gomez, 42, have only vague recollections of the period. “I remember people were rallying to have it moved, but I didn’t know what it was about,” said Gomez, who lives near the refinery. Cenco’s potential role as a regional gasoline producer has been a dead issue for some time, Latham said. SANTA FE SPRINGS – After a radio show erroneously reported plans to re-start the old Cenco refinery, city officials found themselves forcefully dispelling a rumor that appeared to be revived by the recent spikes in gas prices. “No refinery is going to be starting in Santa Fe Springs – period,” said City Manager Fred Latham. “Absolutely no refineries are coming into Santa Fe Springs.” In July 2001, Cenco formally abandoned plans to restart refinery operations at the 95-acre plant after residents and environmental activities lobbied state and regional air quality officials. Now, the company is in the midst of selling off what is left of the old refinery’s equipment, while city officials pursue plans to redevelop the site. Forty-five acres already have been sold. Plans are underway to sell the remaining 55 acres, said Latham. Construction of warehouses and other commercial buildings is expected to begin within three years, after the land is cleaned of any contaminants, he added. Communities for a Better Environment, a Huntington Beach environmental group, made sure of that years ago when CBE filed a lawsuit in federal court to block the refinery’s reopening. The group sued television evangelist Pat Robertson, who controls the company and had hoped to restart operations at the refinery in 1998. Three years earlier, in 1995, the refinery, then known as the Powerine Oil Co., was found to be the 12th biggest air polluter in the region. CBE eventually was granted a court injunction that halted all future refining operations. The plant is near several small industrial parks, an elementary school, a residential neighborhood and a senior citizen housing complex. Gomez said she’s happy that the refinery will never again operate in her neighborhood. “That could affect someone’s health,” said Gomez. “Your health is more important that anything else.” araceli.esparza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Prem clubs ranked by their best ever top flight goal difference: worst to best!

first_img 20 20 20 20 20 15= West Bromwich Albion’s best goal difference in Premier League history is -4 (2012/13) 18. Hull City’s best goal difference in Premier League history is -15 (2013/14) 20 13. Stoke City’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +3 (2014/15) 17. Watford’s best goal difference in Premier League history is -10 (2015/16) 20 20 15= Crystal Palace’s best goal difference in Premier League history is -4 (2014/15) 20 1. Chelsea’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +71 (2009/10) 6. Tottenham Hotspur’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +34 (2015/16) 20 20 8. Everton’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +22 (2007/08 and 2013/14) 7. Leicester City’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +32 (2015/16) 11. Middlesbrough’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +7 (2004/05) 20. Burnley’s best goal difference in Premier League history is -25 (2014/15) – Click the right arrow above to find out which team has had the biggest… 20 20 9. Southampton’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +21 (2014/15) 20 20 20 14. Swansea City’s best goal difference in Premier League history is 0 (2013/14) 19. Bournemouth’s best goal difference in Premier League history is -22 (2015/16) 20 10. West Ham United’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +14 (2015/16) 20 20 4= Arsenal’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +51 (2004/05) 12. Sunderland’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +5 (2000/01) This season, several fans are giving their goal difference a long hard look, for better or for worse.Tottenham supporters have been left in awe of their stunning +42, which is the biggest many of them will have seen in their lifetimes.Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, poor old Middlesbrough fans are staring at their -15 wondering how they’re still in the relegation zone.Sometimes goal difference is a great indicator of how a side has done across the season, but other times it’s a real anomaly.But which Premier League teams have had the biggest since 1992? Click the right arrow above to find out… 4= Liverpool’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +51 (2013/14) 2. Manchester City’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +65 (2013/14) 20 3. Manchester United’s best goal difference in Premier League history is +58 (2007/08 and 2009/10) last_img read more

Iraq war going well?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Van Nuys Open season Re “Death toll reaches 2,500” (June 16): George W. Bush talks about amnesty for Iraqi insurgents – this while our children are still in Iraq fighting and dying. This is the second time he has declared open season on our soldiers. Mentioning amnesty while combat operations are still occurring is just another way of saying “bring ’em on.” Historically amnesty is offered when aggression is halted as a way for the populace to rebuild their civil society. Oh, but wait – there’s more. Just to further prove their state of oblivion, White House spokesman Tony Snow said that 2,500 “is a number.” I think these two statements say it all. This occupation is disastrous and is not for the security of the United States. We must get out of there now. Re “A principled stand” (Our Opinions, June 20): The Daily News is entitled to its own opinions but not to its own facts. Some congressmen such as Howard Berman choose to go with the flow and be ranked with the winning side while others like Brad Sherman choose to make a statement by not participating in a game where the deck is stacked. The facts are, the Iraq war is not going well; it is already a civil war. The Bush administration has for some time been setting the new Iraqi government up to be the fall guy when it fails. If Bush has so much faith in the Iraqis, why did he wait to notify them of his visit only five minutes before he recently sneaked into the (ahem) safety of their country? Yep, everything is going well in Iraq according to King George. Ask the parents of the two soldiers that were just found beheaded; you might get a different assessment. – Philip Wilt – Sharon Graham Huntington Beach Traveling Tony Re “Mayor told fight needed to save his LAUSD plan” (June 16): Gulliver is at it again, off to Sacramento to lay claim to the L.A. Unified School District controlled by the evil Lilliputians disguised as teachers and elected representatives of the people. Next comes the trip to seduce the fair kings and princes of the NFL with promises of pleasures funded like our trash assessment was dumped on us. When will the people of Los Angeles tire of our own Gulliver’s travels and demand his efforts be to attending to our city’s problems? Shades of Mayor Jimmy Walker in New York or Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago. Mayor Villaraigosa, please stay home and fix Los Angeles. – Ira Kaplan Woodland Hills Bill, just shut up Re “Coulter has company on other side” (Viewpoint, June 18): It just amazes me that Bill O’Reilly, in criticizing Ann Coulter, can write with a straight face, “I truly believe that ultimately, the winners in the war of ideas will be those who out-reason their opponents, not smear them.” Has he ever listened to himself shout at people who dare to disagree with him, “Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!” If Bill O’Reilly is the example of “fairness along with perseverance and honesty” that he implies he is, we are truly living a Kafka-esque nightmare. O’Reilly should follow his own advice to Coulter and avoid personal attacks. But he won’t because, like Coulter, he is “being celebrated by (his) chorus, and is being well paid by corporations who are more than happy to light their flaming arrows.” – Richard Klinger Sherman Oaks To be, or not to be Many fault the Los Angeles Unified School District for students’ low scores on SAT tests and the failure to pass exit exams. The fault really isn’t necessarily with the students; it’s a “being” problem. Parents not being at back-to-school night or parent/teacher conferences and not being there helping the child study. Think about this next time you want to blame an educator. – Bob Ginn Arcadia No fooling We hold this truth to be self-evident that all people are equal fools. However, some go on to become bigger fools and then the lesser fools elect these big fools to political office as their leaders, therein making the lesser fools actually the biggest fools of all. – Robert L. Rosebrock Brentwood160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Hearts want Lafferty, Dons chase Williams

first_imgKyle Lafferty was linked with a move to Rangers earlier in the window but now he could be coming back to a different Scottish destination.Hearts are said to be intent on landing the striker with Austin McPhee’s connection to the forward a key factor in luring him to Tynecastle.Aberdeen are stepping up their search for a replacement for Jonny Hayes and Fulham’s George Williams is on the list. The versatile forward would be a potential loan signing and could strengthen Derek McInnes’ squad as he prepares for Europe.Celtic’s Jozo Simunovic isn’t short of admirers and, after a move to Torino collapsed last year, Lazio are the latest club to be credited with an interest. Oxford United must have been keeping an eye on Partick Thistle last season. A bid for Liam Lindsay may not have come to fruition but the club are said to be keen to have Alan Archibald as their next manager.last_img read more

Steven Whittaker completes move to Hibernian from Norwich

first_imgSteven Whittaker has returned to Hibernian on a three-year deal after being released by Norwich.The 33-year-old left Hibs to join Rangers in 2007 after coming through the Edinburgh side’s youth ranks.Whittaker, who has 31 Scotland caps, was released by Norwich in the summer after the club failed to gain promotion to the English Premier League.The Edinburgh-born defender won the Scottish League Cup with Hibs in 2007. Following his decision to return to the club, Whittaker said: “I am delighted to be back at Hibernian.“When I decided to return to Scotland, Hibernian was the club I hoped to come to.“While the discussions have taken a while, they have always been positive and I am very pleased to be back playing at Easter Road for the Hibernian fans, and I hope I can play my part in ensuring a successful return to the top flight.”last_img read more

A promising start

first_imgDespite a loss to Stevens Point, young and veteran talent looks poised to elevate Tigers softballBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield softball team looks like it could be on the rise in the Wisconsin Valley Conference this year.After an impressive 3-0 showing at Mauston last Friday and Saturday, which included a WVC win over Wausau West and nonconference victories over sectional foes Eau Claire Memorial and Memonine, the Tigers ran into the buzz saw that is perennial state powerhouse Stevens Point on Tuesday, falling 17-5.The Stevens Point game aside, the Tigers have shown that with a mixture of a few veterans and a number of varsity newcomers, they are a team that should be much improved from last year’s squad that finished just 9-17 overall and 4-8 in the WVC.“The more time we can get on the field, the more reps we take, it’s only going to help us,” Marshfield coach Mike Voss said. “We’re working on the things we need to do because we are a young team but also building confidence by playing games. Every time we make a mistake, hopefully we learn from it and don’t make that mistake a second time.”Marshfield’s top returning player is Lexi Dupee, a second-team all-Wisconsin Valley Conference selection at catcher last season after she hit a team-high .514 with two home runs, nine RBIs, and nine runs scored in league play.Dupee has moved to shortstop this season to make room for one of four freshmen on the varsity roster as Emily Draeger has taken over the catching duties.Megan Donahue will serve as one of the Tigers’ pitchers, and fellow freshman Morgan Nordbeck has started at second base so far this season. Another freshman, Kaitlyn Konrardy, is also on the roster.Donahue will share pitching duties with senior Caitlyn Kozik, a Viterbo University recruit, who is in her fourth varsity season.Both Donahue and Kozik have been among the top hitters for Marshfield thus far this season as the Tigers were off to a 3-1 start and a 1-1 mark in the Wisconsin Valley Conference heading into Thursday’s game at Wisconsin Rapids.Senior Kayla Kluge returns at first base, and junior Mary Kloos and Donahue share time at third base. Sophomores Melissa Roberts and Alyssa Ede and junior Alyssa Wilhelm are all new starters in the outfield.With so many new faces, Voss said he knows the team is a work in progress but the great start last weekend will only help fuel the team as competition heats up over the next month or so.“We got off to a nice start at 3-0, but at the same time, as a coaching staff, we knew there are always things we need to work on,” Voss said. “SPASH is a good measuring stick. The bad thing is we played them the fourth game of the season, and we have a young team that is still adjusting to learning different positions and getting used to playing together. Now we know kind of where we fit.“We can only do so much in practice, and it has to show in games too. The more we play, which in the next four weeks is going to be a lot, hopefully it starts to show eventually.”Marshfield’s next home game is Tuesday against Merrill at the Marshfield Fairgrounds.Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

UW-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball wins opener of home tournament

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD – The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball team will play for the title at its annual UW-Marshfield Classic after beating UW-Washington County 85-73 on Friday night.The Marauders (3-6) will play Gogebic Community College (Mich.) in the championship game at 2 p.m. Saturday. Gogebic beat UW-Fond du Lac 86-76 in the other semifinal.Fond du Lac and Washington County will play in the third-place game at noon.Josh Hennes scored 17 points, and Bryce DeSmet and Joe Estrict each added 15 points for the Marauders.Three others also scored in double figures for UW-Marshfield. Hunter Busse had 13 points, and Ryan Paul and Max Opelt each had 10 for the Marauders.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marauders 85, Wildcats 73UW-Washington Co. 15 14 16 28 – 73UW-Marshfield/Wood County 12 20 23 30 – 85UW-WASHINGTON CO. (73): Javon Williams 4-6 2-2 10, Haydon Stenhardt 1-7 0-0 3, Dominque Richie 2-6 2-2 6, Brandon Lastovich 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Rathke 6-17 1-6 15, De’Andre Johnson 10-19 2-2 25, Zach Cull 0-1 0-0 0, Shaun Fischer 4-13 5-7 14, Tylan Hall 0-2 0-0 0. FG: 27-71. FT: 12-19. 3-pointers: 7-27 (Johnson 3-7, Rathke 2-6, Fischer 1-4, Steinhardt 1-7, Williams 0-1, Richie 0-2). Rebounds: 44 (Cull 9). Assists: 20 (Williams 6). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 18. Fouled out: none. Record: 9-7.UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (85): Hunter Busse 4-8 2-2 13, Ryan Paul 4-14 1-2 10, Max Opelt 4-7 0-0 10, Joe Estrict 7-13 0-0 15, Sean Zillmer 1-1 2-2 5, Bryce DeSmet 4-10 5-6 15, Kwame Adam 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Hennes 7-14 3-8 17, Devin Klein 0-0 0-0 0. FG: 31-67. FT: 13-20. 3-pointers: 10-19 (Busse 3-6, Opelt 2-3, DeSmet 2-5, Zillmer 1-1, Estrict 1-2, Paul 1-2). Rebounds: 37 (Estrict 9). Assists: 25 (Busse 7). Turnovers: 13. Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none. Record: 3-6.last_img read more

The Free State’s castle retreat

first_imgDestiny Castle overlooking the hills of theeastern Free State. The castle courtyard in the early evening.(Images: Destiny Castle)RELATED ARTICLES• Wartrail – a winter wonderland• Rocking in the Cradle• Cape Town’s big noon bang• The Tour de Kruger: a wild rideMEDIA CONTACTS• Devlin FoggDestiny Castle+27 83 799 3003info@destinycastle.co.zaRichard HolmesSince the Normans and Visigoths first rampaged across Europe centuries ago, a castle has always been a place of refuge; somewhere to retreat to in times of peril, when the outside world threatens to break down all of your carefully laid defences; an impenetrable fortress where you’ll be safe from your worst enemies.South Africa’s Free State province may be thankfully free of marauding barbarians, but deadlines, emails and other office bores had been massing at the gates for some time, laying siege to my sanity. It was time to find a refuge.We hit the long road to Bethlehem, swung onto the R711 and, with quick stop in Clarens for a cappuccino and to marvel at how strip malls seem to be taking over, we’re off through Fouriesburg and out onto the R26. A left, another left and a bit of gravel, and we arrived at the castle gates.“Welcome to Destiny Castle,” says Devlin Fogg, who manages what is surely one of South Africa’s most unusual getaways. High on a sandstone plateau, what was once a local businessman’s folly, left in ruins for years, has been transformed into a fairytale castle to call your own.We park our cars in a barn full of drying thatch and climb into a plush 4×4 for the transfer up to the castle. The steep road is not town-car friendly, but if you have an off-road vehicle you’re welcome to drive up yourself.“For some of our guests this is the only time their 4×4 has been off-road!” laughs Devlin.On the plateau the road evens out, and lush fields of grass lead the way to the front door, with its welcoming – and suitably European – rose garden. Built of hefty sandstone blocks the structure looks like the perfect escape for a few days, and up close you get a sense of just how much thought has gone into the design of Destiny Castle.On three levels in the main turret you discover the grand dining room, private cinema and top-floor lounge. Here antique pianos wait to have their ivories tinkled and portraits of Jan Smuts and Emily Hobhouse gaze down from the walls, a nod to the Anglo Boer War history in the surrounding hills.But the highlight of the rough stone turret is the rooftop deck, a crennelated look-out offering spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. On still evenings you may be treated to a starlit braai up here, but it’s a fabulous sundowner spot any day of the week. A few distant lights may twinkle in the valleys, but otherwise it feels like you have this corner of South Africa all to yourself.If the night’s a little chilly for dining al fresco, you sit down for a seven-course dinner at the grand communal table. It’s a silver and crystal affair where the European training of chef Urs Nydegger is artfully reflected on the plate. Set into the two-metre-thick walls are wine racks stocked with bottles from some of the best Cape vineyards to enjoy with your meal.But there are no formal wine-lists, or printed menus here. The chef explains what you’ll be eating, and you’re welcome to select a bottle from the rack: “People should arrive here and feel as if it’s their castle,” Devlin tells me over a particularly good glass of Semillon.A separate courtyard ensures the revelry is kept away from the delightfully over-the-top Gothic bedrooms in a separate wing of the castle.Solid wooden doors require a hefty shove to make your way into the room – “All the better for keeping the deadlines out,” I think to myself – where a four-poster bed dominates the room.A free-standing tub has pride of place in the open-plan bathroom (a recent trend that not all travellers may be wild about) with views through to the lounge and the landscape beyond. Deep leather armchairs inspire afternoons with a favourite book, or quality time spent chatting and gazing at the horizon, enjoying the silence.I’m not one to sit still for too long though, so I take myself off for a sunset walk before dinner.Wandering along the plateau I’m struck by how a castle perched on a rocky outcrop can blend into the landscape so easily. Built of locally quarried sandstone, the castle and its four bedrooms tower above the surrounding farmlands, so high the swallows have to look up at the parapet as they soar along the cliffs. Below, fields of golden grass and lush lucerne meander in the gentle valleys, carefully ploughed into concentric lines like crop circles from chilled-out aliens.To the north puffs of cumulus skip along like skimming stones on a bright blue pond above the flat plains of the Free State, while just a few kilometres south ¬– literally across the nearby stream – is the neighbouring Kingdom of Lesotho.The Basotho are famous for their “equitable redistribution” of horses and cattle from South African farms. But, says Devlin: “We don’t really have any problems with the surrounding villages.” That may have something to do with the fact that the local chief keeps her own horses in the lush pastures here.The castle doesn’t currently offer horse riding, but there are activities aplenty to keep you busy. The 460-hectare reserve has wonderful walks laid out, along with some excellent single-track mountain-bike trails. The popular villages of Clarens and Ficksburg are not far off, while the Afri-Ski resort is also an easy drive away if you want to spend a day on the slopes in winter. The property is home to beautiful and ancient Bushman rock art.There is also a small spa on-site with hi-tech gadgets that allow you to DIY your own massages and steam room, but perhaps the true charm of Destiny Castle is its simple isolation, perched on the edge of a cliff away from the stress of daily life.“We call the castle a reflection resort,” says Devlin, “a place where you can simply come and reconnect with yourself, your loved one and your friends.”With only four rooms accommodating eight guests, it’s the perfect place for an intimate wedding, to celebrate a birthday milestone or one of those just-for-the-hell-of-it getaways that invariably create memories that last a lifetime.It’s still early in the year, but I’m sure – like me – you can already see the enemy approaching. Discretion is always the better part of valour; so when it feels like your defences won’t hold up … retreat! retreat! … to Destiny Castle.Travel advisoryDestiny Castle provides all-inclusive accommodation for a maximum of eight guests. At the castle all-inclusive means just that: breakfast, lunch, a seven-course dinner, drinks (including spirits and champagne), cigars, all activities and use of the spa are all included. For rates, packages and more information, visit www.destinycastle.co.za or call Devlin Fogg on +27 83 799 3003.last_img read more

Weekly Writers Round-Up: The Millennial Vote, Lessons from Venezuela, and Politically-Motivated Spying

first_imgEach week, we’ll be featuring opinion pieces from the alumni and current participants of AFF’s Writing Fellows Program. A few highlights from the past week are below. For more information on how the program can help launch your career in writing, see here.Respectful Presidential Town Halls Can Attract Millennials to Politics by Kristiana Bolzman (Spring 2019) in TownhallLike much of the millennial generation, I would prefer to avoid political participation and the baggage that comes with it. But my view is changing in light of the surprising civility and bi-partisanship demonstrated in the recent Fox News town halls featuring Democratic presidential candidates. These events and the constructive conversation they have fostered give me hope for the 2020 election—and my generation’s participation in it…Venezuela Shows Why Socialism’s Failure Still Matters by Chelsea Follett (Summer 2017) in The National InterestLast week, a number of left-wing activists occupied the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC, while Venezuelan-Americans counter-protested outside the building and demanded the end of socialism in the Latin American country. Today’s proponents of socialism often fault their critics for equating twenty-first-century “democratic socialism” with totalitarian versions of that philosophy, which dominated many countries in the twentieth century and continue to exist in places like Cuba and North Korea today…Government Surveillance Of Political Activists Is Scary, Illegal, And Common by Luke Wachob (Fall 2018) in The FederalistIn the early years of the Obama administration, newly formed conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status were subjected to lengthy delays and inappropriate demands for information, preventing the Tea Party from operating at full strength.Then there was the John Doe fiasco in Wisconsin, which saw conservative activists subjected to pre-dawn police raids as part of a sprawling investigation ultimately shut down by the state supreme court. Even when a group is not charged with violating the law, constantly being watched and hassled by the government takes a heavy toll…No Evidence, No Problem: The Crumbling Case for Soda Taxes by Guy Bentley (Spring 2017) in The Washington ExaminerNo matter how many times they’re debunked, disproven, or discredited, some policies refuse to die with dignity.Despite a dearth of evidence from anywhere in the world showing soda taxes reduce obesity, the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics continue banging the drum against king Coke…last_img read more