How The Banks Beat The President At Chess
A recent poll of investors found that 77% of them believed that President Obama saw business as a detriment to The United States of America. The Bloomberg Poll asked whether they believed Barack Obama was pro-business of anti-business. Thus, the leaders of any bank or financial institution, probably see this man as the enemy. They therefore cannot expect to be able to work with him | Read More »
When American fashion designer, Rick Owens, displayed in Paris, 22 January; he seemed to be delivering a message. A message reminiscent of what Moe Lane had to say to Martha Coakley – DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMM!!! Details of how Mad Max could spiff up his survival-wear follow below. Overall, the collection, with its asymmetrical hemlines and great floppy flaps of fabric, looked like the kind of wardrobe the | Read More »
A Thing No Longer Out Of Season: Scott Brown Joins The Noir Congress
“In the changing of the times, they were like autumn lightning, a thing out of season, an empty promise of rain that would fall unheeded on fields already bare.”—Shosaburo Abe, on the decline of the samurai If you don’t understand honor, if you don’t communitarian decency, if you just don’t get solid guy-hood, you will not grasp the significance of what Scott Brown had to | Read More »
What A Failed Auction Abroad Should Tell America
The United States of America has spent the last year embarked upon a dangerous experiment; of dubious provenance, with no foreseeable outcome that doesn’t end up in tears. Our nation has shifted towards statist policies; at truly alarming rates. So rapidly have we nationalized that our open-minded and wonderful President forgot that he owned the corporation that produced Scott Brown’s pick-up truck when he mocked | Read More »
A Presidential Address From An Alternate Reality
In a recent Iain Banks novel, Transitions, characters undertook shady undercover missions on behalf of a mysterious cabal by taking a pill and blinking into an alternate reality. Perhaps President Barack Obama can do the same and doesn’t always serve as President in the same world we the people live in. When he spoke to Democrats in Congress yesterday, it appeared his teleprompter had the | Read More »
Pat Robertson and Toussaint L’Ouverture
Three things remain constant in life –death, taxes and suffering. Some of that suffering is condign. We all, myself included, will sometimes keep on asking for it until we get it. Other times, as is the case Haiti today, it goes far beyond the scope of what even the most wretched and iniquitous among us would ever deserve. The British newspaper The Daily Mail described | Read More »
The Consequences of Inconsequence
From the diaries by Erick I probably have zero drops of Mayan blood in my veins. I do, however, admire their imaginative take on apocalyptic prophesy. I think they just about got 2012 dead-on. Even absent the bitter hatred accompanying a Presidential Election in our divided states of America, that year will require a little more than just Advil to take the edge off. People | Read More »
Bill Maher Says What David Brooks Believes.
It was a few days ago, and David Brooks was kind enough to tell us unwashed brutes out in the flyover what The Educated People® really believed. Not being invited to their meetings or having been issued the Secret Squirrel Decoder Ring, I was grateful that he would condesc…, er, I mean enlighten us. In case you’ve been too busy flattening skunks with you’re F-150 | Read More »
Worse Than Expected? Who Are These Idiots Who Manage The Expectations Around Here?
Believe it or not, there was actually some good news in yesterday’s meh employment report. Hourly earnings increased by 0.2 percent. Other than that, imagine you were rooting for UT last night – after Colt McCoy went down with the bum shoulder. In other words, you should have known how this was destined to turn out. However, expectations were not well pegged to reality. The | Read More »
Dagger, Meet Vertebrae…
Many bloggers and journalists following the healthcare debate the past year have neglected to credit one of President Obama’s most significant coups. He actually got Big Pharmaceuticals® to support Obamacare. The pharmaceutical interest group went along with the biggest imperialistic surjection of the dominant state into the healthcare market since Lyndon Johnson was in office in return for a favor. They wanted to make sure | Read More »
David Brooks, Supra-Genus (Boy, I Wish I Wer Dat Edumacayted!)
It isn’t very often that I make it out of the limestone cave these days. I have to skin bears, tan hides and light fires to cook over using flint stones and sharp, pointy sticks. Life sure is tough out here in flyover country. We live miles away and seemingly eons apart from The Educated People® like David Brooks; Supra-Genus. Having burned my last book | Read More »
Harrison Bergeron; Meet Berkley, CA
Often the most cutting and effective satire against the iniquity of progressive ideology comes from intelligent leftists who can no longer bear the stupidity they personally champion. George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984 are classic examples. Kurt Vonnegut, a darling of the intellectual left for works such as Slapstick and Slaughterhouse Nine, also had his moment of cognitive dissonance. His short story Harrison Bergeron pillories | Read More »
Taking A Walk On The Sanctity of Contract
Our recent recession has had a profoundly pernicious byproduct. People have convinced themselves that nobody in banking or real estate can be trusted. In and of itself, this would be evil. Combined with conveniently self-serving moral relativism, it could lethally undermine the system of credit upon which much of our property ownership rests as a basis. Brent T. White, of the University of Arizona, has | Read More »
And Next They Came For The Home-Schoolers…..
I tend not to care much what happens in Sweden. I assume what happens in Sweden stays in Sweden. They voted for their socialist overclass; they can suck it up or die like the kulaks. Yet now it appears this garbage won’t remain in the frigid far-left arctic. A UN Treaty apparently gives governments legal right to seize children being home-schooled under the aegis of | Read More »
The Return of The Resurgent State?
“If the federal government has the exclusive right to judge the extent of its own powers, warned the Kentucky and Virginia resolutions’ authors (James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, respectively), it will continue to grow – regardless of elections, the separation of powers, and other much-touted limits on government power.” –Thomas E. Woods The decade from 2000 and 2009 may well go down in American History | Read More »
A Merry Christmas For Fannie and Freddie, A Hammered New Year’s For The Rest Of Us.
You’d better watch out; you’d better not cry. Mr. Taxpayer, just take out your wallet and accept this new Optimus Prime Beat-down like an adult instead of a baby. Our old friends Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are coming to town. Thanks to Sec Treas. Timothy Geithner, they now have unlimited bar tabs linked electronically to the already empty US Treasury. Details of the latest | Read More »
Parker’s Progress. The Curious Evolution of a New Republican Congressman
From the diaries by Erick It was a bright and happy December day. Not a cloud was in sight, the weather was a balmy 60 degrees and Congressman Parker Griffith wanted to give Speaker Nancy Pelosi a Christmas present. It wasn’t the infamous “Mental Health Ticket” that he once offered to have Santa put under her tree. He has switched his allegiance from Democrat to | Read More »
Are There Worse Parts of The Current President’s Agenda Than Obamacare and Cap and Trade?
The great at bats get fewer and farther between, but there are those glorious mornings when Peggy Noonan can still send one sailing skyward over the fence. Her powers of observation waxed and her political Kung-Fu stood mighty on December 19th. Her column “The Adam Lambert Problem” should be required reading for anyone wondering why President Barack Obama wants to appoint a militant homosexual as | Read More »
America The Dishonest Earns The Developing World’s Condign Contempt At Copenhagen
Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light. – Dylan Thomas. When engaging in negotiation or debate with someone from East Asia, particularly regarding manners of significant consequence, one constant holds invariably true. Whether your interlocutor hails from China, Japan, or Korea, a visible display of anger is a sign of an undisciplined mind. The East Asians | Read More »
Merry Christmas to Our Brave Paladins Fighting In Khandahar
It seems that Dr. Tom Coburn is one, primo sick puppy. He’s Uriah Heep, Mean Mr. Mustard and The Grinch Who Stole Christmas in one tightly-wound, down-home package. He’s successfully made the heads of liberal bloggers from coast to coast go pop like so many miniatures of the Pheonix, AZ condominium market. Talking Points Memo earned extra points for over-the-top, caffeine-induced, stupid commentary. According to | Read More »