Louis XI Could Save France. Al Gore and Barack Obama Can Not Save America.
King Louis XI was a hated man. His passing was not mourned by his subjects and his feudal vassals undoubtedly emitted a great sigh of relief upon his expiration. Louis XI schemed, tricked, back-knifed, bribed and practiced all the numerous black arts of political skullduggery. He had no great moral difficulty with killing his brothers or his dad. He did all this in service of | Read More »
Our Nation Is All About The Choices We Make
GOP Willing To Sacrifice Sacred Defense Cow For A Debt Ceiling Deal Recent HuffPo acquisition, Business Insider Personally, I find this decision to compromise more of an outrage than the Huffpo Insider headline. According to a somewhat more trustworthy source of news and information than Huffpo Insider, there actually is a substance behind this particular instance of political snootiness from the typical troglodytes of the | Read More »
One Spark Away From Glasnost?
“Enough! We cannot live like this any longer. Everything must be done in a new way. We must reconsider our concepts, our approaches, our views of the past and our future.… There has come an understanding that it is simply impossible to live as we lived before — intolerably, humiliatingly.” – Aleksandr Yakovlev, Soviet Embassador to Canada. (Foreign Policy.com) So what do the rioting mobs | Read More »
When Too Much Is Asked Failure Is Predictable
“The Corps of Engineers has completely and totally let us down,” Gary Grittner, a Fort Pierre resident, said. “We, the people of Fort Pierre and Pierre, are paying the price for incompetence on the part of the Corps of Engineers.” – Sioux City Journal Overall, court records reviewed by The Washington Times show at least 170 confirmed falsifications of interviews or record checks and more | Read More »
Labor Refighting the American Civil War
But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline. Over and over as a labor lawyer in the 1980s and ’90s, I saw companies move away from Chicago, where the pay was $28 an hour, to some place in South Carolina or Louisiana where the pay was about half that….too often, alas, it was the beginning of the end, as | Read More »
Out To Get Their Green Piece
“We don’t want the West to go and find alternatives,” he said, “because, clearly, the higher the price of oil goes, the more they have incentives to go and find alternatives.” – Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia. (Toronto Sun) And apparently, neither does Greenpeace and a host of other environmental groups operating in Canada. The Toronto Sun reports 100 professional environmental activists on | Read More »
Another Charming Aspect of the ObamaCare Minefield.
Beginning January 1, 2013, ObamaCare imposes a 3.8% Medicare tax on unearned income, including the sale of single family homes, townhouses, co-ops, condominiums, and even rental income. – Congressman Jeb Hensarling. (GOP.gov) I would like to praise our President for his political courage and honesty. While running for office, Barack Obama flat-out told Joe the Plumber he intended to spread the wealth. I think he | Read More »
China: A Distant Mirror Across The Sea.
When Historian Barbara Tuchman wrote A Distant Mirror, she described 14th Century France as an apt analogue to much of what she saw wrong with the 20th Century in which she lived. The people back then were very different than moderns, yet the similarities she documented lead to one of the most compelling historical tomes ever written. A post by blogger Charles Hugh Smith entitled | Read More »
Law and Order and the 2012 Election
It was the day after Memorial Day Weekend. The weekend had been violent, and Matt Drudge knew just how to bring the story to the attention of his Internet audience. The entire top quadrant of his website consisted of stories about rioting youths and ensuing chaos. The reaction to this mayhem unfortunately involved race-baiting and political gamesmanship. Those who opined failed to recognize that America | Read More »
Popping the Higher Ed. Bubble, and Cleaning Up the BS.
A spate of recent commentary implies that America’s University System has made like “The Fonz” and jumped the shark. They point out that colleges and universities charge more and more money to produce graduates that know less and less. As a result, these graduates are unemployable and owe tens of thousands in non-dischargeable debt. The term “Higher Education Bubble” has gained a certain blogosphere popularity. | Read More »
Some GOP Candidates Have Uninformed Beliefs on the Environment and Energy.
We hear recently from GOP Candidate Mitt Romney. He tells us the following: I’m told that we use almost twice as much energy per person as does a European, and more like three times as much as does a Japanese citizen. We could do a lot better. I’d like to see our vehicles, and our homes, and our systems of insulation and so forth become | Read More »
How The GOP Sabotages Obama’s Brilliant Economy.
And now Obama says he’s not worried about a double-dip recession. Easy for him to say: For Americans not feeding at the government trough, the first recession never ended. We are witnessing the total failure of academic Keynesian economics, with its heavy emphasis on high taxes and exorbitant government spending. -Michael A. Walsh (NY Post) So Harry Blodget of Business Insider asks what the Democratic | Read More »
Rick Santorum Knows How To Fix Global Warming.
In case anyone was wondering, Global Warming is a problem. It is a problem because people are poorly informed by the media and believe the “settled science.” This science consists of “known facts” designed to alarm us into making economically stupid decisions that give way too much power to dictatorial bureaucrats. But there is a way for us to save our beleaguered planet. GOP Candidate | Read More »
Voter ID and Voter Contempt.
It is hard to imagine a more demeaning statement about black America than labeling demands that all voters show a photo ID anti-black. – Dennis Prager (HT: National Review) Wow! Talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations. Democrats across America have risen en masse to fight Voter ID laws. Their talking points all read in a depressingly similar fashion. The quote-zombies vary in location, | Read More »
The Cost of Political Pseudo-Science Shown In Two Examples.
Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies. – Richard Glover (HT:National Times.Com) Richard Glover and Dr. Donald Brown are two very different men, in different nations, who work towards a common goal. Each man believes that human pollution has driven a series of chemical and physical changes in the Earth’s atmosphere. Each man believes this will damage | Read More »
Thou Shall Not Steal, Thou Shall Not Covet
You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour. Exodus 20.17 – (HT:Oremus.org) Gallup may have identified yet another fault line that divides the American People into two ideological camps. They recently polled as to whether the rich should be heavily taxed to provide | Read More »
Barack Obama’s Promises and the Geraghty Effect
As I may have mentioned a time or two, all statements from Barack Obama come with an expiration date. All of them. – Jim Geraghty (HT:NRO) Like the warranties sold by Radio Shack or a put option on the NYSE, Barack Obama’s solemn political promises are heartfelt. Also, like the warranties or the aforementioned put options, Barack Obama’s solemn promises have a sunset date. The | Read More »
We Can Now Afford One of the Two Americas, But Not Both
Redstate Colleague Moe Lane gives us an exquisitely humorous explanation of how Democrat Peter Welch got exactly the vote he wrote Speaker Boehner and requested in the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives voted 318-97 against adding $2.3Tr to the US debt ceiling without offsetting reductions in Federal expenditures. Rhetorical idiocy soon ensued. President Obama’s Baghdad Bob, Jay Carney, issued the following officially sanctioned | Read More »
The Political Gnosticism of “Yes We Can!”
Don’t Immanentize the Eschaton. – William F. Buckley (HT: Culturewars.com) A lot of people think Barack Obama has pretty much performed a shameful act of biotic reproduction with the poodle when it comes to his reelection bid. The logical reasoning goes as follows: A) Barack Obama has failed to solve our economic crisis. B) People are sick and tired of hearing him whine about “This | Read More »
War Is Preferable In the Middle East To The Peace Most Likely To Be Imposed
It was the former Beatle, John Lennon, who famously sung in his Christmas Carol “Happy Christmas” “War is over, if you want it.” His sentiment, I believe was genuine and decent. John Lennon was generally a good, yet misinformed person; who hated seeing people getting blown up by airstrikes on the TV News. However, his lyric contained a vital logical fallacy. He concluded correctly that | Read More »