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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Versailles Economy

Glenn Reynolds writes on the haves and have-nots, contrasting the affluence of the bureaucrat and lobbyist classes in the DC area.


Life Imitates Art

Art, from Rush's epic song 2112 (spoken prologue to Part II, "Temple of Syrinx"):

...'The massive grey walls of the Temples rise from the heart of every Federation city. I Have always been awed by them, to think that every single facet of every life is regulated And directed from within! Our books, our music, our work and play are all looked after by The benevolent wisdom of the priests...'

Life, in the year 2012:

Quote of the Week. “I don’t think they should sit on the sidelines. I think they should do what they do when they give to the Lyric Opera. They don’t go to the Lyric Opera, give money and then tell the singers how to sing. Give your money and walk away, buddies.” – Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, when asked what the backers of Mayor Emanuel’s school reform agenda should do. (November 20 Chicago Sun-Times)

Um, they may not tell the singers how to sing, but they have a big say in what they sing, don’t they?

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Monday, November 26, 2012

It's Dead, Jim

Last ditch effort to rescue Hostess failed.

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Larry Hagman (1931-2012)

Rest in peace.

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The First Thanksgiving

From the Wampanoag Indian perspective.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Big Brother In Your Inbox?

Patrick Leahy, the Senate's most prominent leaker of classified information, proposed and eventually withdrew a law to allow warrantless email snooping by a number of Federal agencies. Spatula City has the story.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Year Of Thanksgiving

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


EIA's quote of the week (see bottom of article):

"President Obama not only won this election, but so did his ideas and his values. The American people want fairness. They want everyone to pay their fair share…. But what we also have to do is to make sure that the corporations who earn billions of dollars pay some tax, and now they're paying none." – Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association, a $1.6 billion tax-exempt organization.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Another Chance?

Daily Caller headline: Judge orders Hostess to mediate with union.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hostess Brands, Inc.(1930-2012)

The snack food maker is shutting down for good in the midst of an costly and unsolvable workers' strike. The products may live on - Hostess should be able to sell its popular brands to other firms - but 18,500 jobs are about to go for good.

In a bit of poetic justice, the name of the bankruptcy judge is Robert Drain.

Update: Emperor Misha calls for consistency (emphasis and cuss words in original):

LC Gladiator says:

Funny, but werent we saying the exact same thing about GM (let it go bankrupt) and the LibTards had a cow?

Yes, we were, Glad, and as always we were exactly right.

We said, numerous times, that a business that can’t stay in the black doesn’t need to be in business, that they need to make room for a business that can. A business that, funnily enough, would also be able to provide far better jobs for their employees.

And we were met with the usual leftist swine (and I refuse to call them “liberals”, call the parasites by their proper name, dammit) mantras of “if we don’t bail out GM, those workers will never ever work again and this will crush our economy!!!!11!!!!” which is, of course, total and utter bullshit.

The leftist swine were trying to tell us that if GM stopped making GM cars, then the demand for GM cars would just auto-magically disappear and everybody would decide to either buy Japanese or walk to work. Right. Just like having the dairy industry take a kick to the shorts for being inefficient would suddenly make Americans, all 300 million of us, stop drinking milk.

And now Deej is telling us that Twinkies won’t go away just because Hostess is going away. He’s right, for once. They won’t. Somebody else, somebody who isn’t buried under an unsupportable union weight of paid vacations, plush pensions etc. WILL buy that trademark and continue to make them.

The question left for us is, then: Why are Twinkies so much different from Dodges, much like another good question for the leftist morons is “why is oil and gas, unlike every single other commodity in the world, exempt from the laws of supply and demand?”

The answer is: “Lefties are fucking morons and if they ever open their yaps, your smartest move is to assume that they’re lying.”

Here endeth the lesson.

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Friday, November 16, 2012

"There Is No Fiscal Cliff!!"

So says AFL-CIO leader Richard Trumka.




Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thomas Sowell's Advice For Future GOP Presidential Candidates

Nice guys finish last. On that subject I offered this comment at Transterrestrial Musings:

Keep in mind: getting tough does not mean getting mean. The alternative to Ned Flanders GOP presidential candidates (which is all of them post-Reagan) is not Al Pacino in ...And Justice for All. Toughness means discrediting the opposition.


Theologian Francis Schaeffer offered a structure for evangelism that applies to all forms of persuasion. You lead not with the ideology you're hawking but with that of the audience - you lead them to the logical conclusions of their views where those conclusions conflict the most with the audience's greatest concerns. People don't reject a worldview until they find fault with it - and only then will they be open to an alternative.

That's why "going negative" is critical. Voters won't abandon a Santa Claus candidate unless they perceive that Santa is doing more harm than good. In Romney's case, he should have talked about stuff like the failed solar subsidies, where the stimulus money really went, government waste in general (you'd think that would resonate in a country with a $16 trillion debt). Obamacare is still unpopular; Romney should have highlighted odious characteristics that PPACA does not share with Romneycare (such as the IPAB politburo). He should have reminded them about cap-and-trade, a scheme that is inherently geared toward decreasing industrial (and thus economic) output. He should have reminded folks about Obama's explicit promise to raise electricity rates. Maybe Mexican-Americans and America-inhabiting Mexicans would care about Fast and Furious' cost in Mexican lives.


Monday, November 05, 2012

Birthday And Blogiversary

Today I turn 52 and the long-neglected Henderson Prize for the Advancement of Liberty turns 10.

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Just A Reminder

Obama won the 2008 election with only 53% of the vote. Your vote counts.


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