News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories. This edition is all about the efforts of Obama’s EPA to make their own laws via extra-constitutional regulations and shenanigans;
Brief 1: The headline says it all; “Reckless and lawless EPA: Running on empty.” The EPA mandates that refineries purchase a certain percentage of cellulosic biofuels to support sustainable energy. The not-so-funny thing is that cellulosic biofuels do NOT exist yet not only did EPA levy fines, but upped the ante by increasing the percentage for 2013. You could argue that this is how big government works, but you’d have to ignore the fact that the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that the EPA “exceeded its authority” in the original case.
Written and published in 1991 by Linda Bridges & William F. Rickenbacker, The Art of Persuasion is “A National Review Rhetoric For Writers.” Unlike the promise on the dust jacket I did not find this to be engaging, witty, blunt, or readable. My writing could use some improvements, but I found it hard to get anything from these experts. It was interesting that the sections are; grab the reader, surprise the reader, please the reader, amuse the reader, and persuade the reader. While they covered these subjects the authors did not succeed in providing any of these things to me. Truth be told, I could not bring myself to finish the book even though it’s a sparse one hundred pages.
“Everybody knows that William Buckley is a master of words; it is only the use to which he puts them that restrains one’s enthusiasm.”
John Kenneth Galbraith
The founder and one-time sole stockholder of the National Review Magazine is well known for his august vocabulary. William F. Buckley, Jr.was perhaps one of the most revered and reviled conservatives of our day. Cancel your own goddam subscription was his response to a disgruntled subscriber as part of the Notes & Asides portion of the magazine. The exact quote was; “Dear Dr. Morris: Cancel your own goddam subscription.” Mr. Buckley is polite even showing ire.