Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? The SEC Perhaps?
I hear always the admonishment of my friends: “Bolt her in, constrain her!” But who will guard the guardians? The wife plans ahead and begins with them!. – Juvenal, Satire VI, (HT:Wikipedia) The Washington Post reports this morning. The Securities and Exchange Commission is mounting an effort to charge four current and former senior executives from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac for failing to properly | Read More »
The Cat Is Now Out Of The Bag –James Sherk Describes What Was Won in Walker’s War
Wisconsin’s fight against the public unions was yet another battle in the war to prevent government from remaining self-perpetuating; regardless of the outcome of those pesky things called elections. The victory Scott Walker won against the Wisconsin public employee unions has spawned similar efforts in Alabama, Idaho, Florida, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Nebraska, and Tennessee. James Shrek of National Review gives us an extraordinary look at | Read More »
Why The Public Unions Can Afford To Defend The Indefensible
A friend whose son has autism sent me this absolutely horrific tale of abuse and neglect by New York State workers who are supposed to care for the cognitively disabled. These are unionized workers who are, like most of New York’s civil service, very hard to fire. Naturally, the union fought as hard for them as it could. And so rather than fire them, many | Read More »
Pray For The Japanese As The Abyss Looms Before Them
It was Sunday, just after the earthquake had leveled much of Northern Japan. I was scanning my hotmail account with more than the usual curiosity. A close personal friend of mine (a former girlfriend to be more honest) still lives in Tokyo, and I had written to see if she were OK. Things turned out as well for her as could possibly be hoped. She, | Read More »
Ethics For Dummies: A Recommended Reference For The New York Times the Next Time They Report A Rape Case.
I once attended college with an interesting and very decent guy who wanted to be an attorney. He confided in me once about his biggest ethical concern about being a defense attorney: defending a rapist who he knew to be guilty. It would be far worse for him if he had to defend as many as seveteen – all of whom had their way with | Read More »
The Wisconsin Unions and Saying “No” To The Apes.
The 1973 Movie “Battle For the Planet of the Apes” was a sequel to the 1968 Movie “Planet of the Apes.” In this movie we see a pivotal scene that serves as an allegory to what is happening politically in The State of Wisconsin. It involves what happens when any human in this movie’s post-atomic, bizarre world says “no” to an ape.
Day of Rage – When Mayhem Comes For The Saudis?
“If Saudi Arabia were to become unhinged, the consequences are almost impossible to imagine—politically, economically, at every level,” said Ryan Crocker, who was the U.S. ambassador to Iraq until 2009. “But I don’t see it happening.” National Journal.com. Saudi Arabia suffers from a despotic, myopic, reactionary government that bases its authority upon a religion that quite literally demands that its followers render all non-Islamic countries | Read More »
The Seed Corn Is What’s For Breakfast
“We’re looking at the options,” including drawing on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, William Daley said. “It is something that only is done—and has been done—in very rare occasions. There’s a bunch of factors that have to be looked at. And it is just not the price.” – (HT: Breitbrt.com) In the recent two years, oil has gotten progressively more expensive and as a result, gasoline | Read More »
Tea And Reality
Right now the little guy is the public school pupil whose daily rounds take him from a neglectful family to an indifferent teacher who can’t be removed. The little guy is the beleaguered administrator whose attempts at improvement are thwarted by unions. The little guy is the private-sector worker who doesn’t have a good health-care plan, who barely has a pension, who lacks job security, | Read More »
Libya Just Isn’t Worth US Military Casualties
“Qaddafi has lost the legitimacy to lead and… must leave.” -President Barack Obama (HT: Business Insider) With all due respect to our nation’s Commander-In-Chief, I fail to remember when Qaddafi’s rule in Libya had any profound legitimacy that extended beyond the maximum effective range of an AK-47 Assault Rifle. Qaddafi, and his pathetic side-kick and strip-club drinking buddy, Hugo Chavez, remind me of what the | Read More »
Not Just The Crazy Train – But High Speed Rail!
“One thing that I do know is his having grown up in Kenya, his view of the Brits, for example, (is) very different than the average American,” Mr Huckabee said, – (HT: UK Telegraph) Today, for reasons various and sundry, I drove into work spitting nails and pining for some bureaucratic arse to play some cubical soccer with. I managed to be polite to the | Read More »
As The Saudi Tanks Roll To Bahrain
“Politically, Ken Salazar had to begin to relieve some of the pressure that gas prices were exerting on the administration,” said Kish. “He was running out of excuses and with Congress no longer rubber-stamping or ignoring his anti-energy policies, he had to issue at least one permit to placate the Hill.” (HT:The Daily Caller) Secretary of The Interior, Ken Salazar, has long advocated on behalf | Read More »
War, What Is It Good For? – Ask National Geographic.
It’s the end of the world as we know it (it’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it (it’s time I had some time alone) It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine (it’s time I had some time alone) – R.E.M “It’s The End of The World As We | Read More »
America Will Handle Reality; Or Reality Will Handle America
There is an old Classic Rock standard that the English Group “The Kinks” wrote about the death of Elvis Presley. The song “Rock and Roll Fantasy,” touches me emotionally. Not because I accept the MSM propaganda that Elvis is actually dead (just kidding), but rather because it somehow speaks to a destructive and potentially fatal mindset of an entire generation. The people who lead us | Read More »
The Last Refuge Of The Progressives
Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.” – Isaac Asimov from Foundation In light of the tragic shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by Jared Loughner calls have gone out far and wide for a new civility. The University of Arizona has even invited Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton to waste the time and money of their student body by founding | Read More »