Monday, June 30, 2003

Sue Me Before I Speak Again

The June 30 Wall Street Journal editorial page reports that after a group of tort reform advocates held a press conference recently, the speakers were immediately subpoenaed by a firm of trial lawyers.

The press conference was about class action abuses. The law firm has filed a class-action suit against Ford Motor Company. It apparently believes the topic of the press conference applies to its case.

Posted by Amy Ridenour at 10:08 PM

The Last Bastion of White Supremacy

Members of Project 21, the conservative black organization that has been sponsored by The National Center since 1992, have announced their support for the National Legal and Policy Center's call to NASCAR to cease its support for Jesse Jackson.

According to Marc Morano at, NASCAR has donated at least $250,000 to Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

In grateful thanks, Bill Shack, a board member of Rainbow/PUSH has just given a speech calling auto racing organizations such as NASCAR "the last bastion of white supremacy."

A quick Google check found that many others in recent months have publicly been dubbed "the last bastion of white supremacy," among them: the University of Virginia, Columbia University, the South African rugby team, Minnesota's Guthrie Theater, the entire United States, all of academia, the Los Angeles police officers' union and many others.

Shack's gratitude is exceeded only by his originality.

Posted by Amy Ridenour at 9:54 PM

Sunday, June 29, 2003

Public Access to Yosemite National Park

Bonner Cohen, who just joined the National Center as a senior fellow after leaving the Lexington Institute, has a new piece on our website discussing the National Park Service's Yosemite Plan. It seems the Park Service wants to spend $442 million making Yosemite more difficult to visit for people who have small children or don't make a lot of money.

The goal, of course, is to make this popular park less popular. To be fair, the Park Service probably has nothing against families or lower-income people, but if you make visitors tote strollers on buses and eliminate 60 percent of the campsites that are accessible by car (but leave in place the more expensive hotel housing), you are bound to end up with older, richer visitors.

We could call it the graying -- or the whiting? -- of the National Park Service. The NPR crowd will be overrepresented.

Posted by Amy Ridenour at 12:07 AM

Saturday, June 28, 2003

What is this blog, and why is it here?

We've decided to create a blog in order to share news about The National Center for Public Policy Research as well as anything of interest to our staff and the many interesting people we work with and talk to.

For those who don't know, The National Center for Public Policy Research is a conservative/free-market public policy foundation located just a little bit north of the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. We've been here -- well, in various locations on Capitol Hill -- since 1982, and we've seen a lot of interesting people and issues come and go.

Posted by Amy Ridenour at 11:35 PM

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