Archive for October, 2005

These Grannies Rock

Saturday, October 22, 2005 16:42 Comments Off

To use a hand-me-down phrase from a more gallant time, they were women of a certain age. More precisely, they were women of a certain age in an uncertain age. …They were not kids, that’s for sure, these women who went yesterday to the armed forces recruiting station in Times Square. …Ostensibly, they were there [...]

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The Miserable Totalitarian Types

Saturday, October 22, 2005 6:47 Comments Off

I got another fun email from an anti-SUV’er the other day. Funny thing about these emails is that my chagrin has nothing whatsoever to do with SUVs. Rather, it has to do with how people are totally consumed by the day-to-day choices of others, and why they make those choices. These are the people that: [...]

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Liberty Breeds Prosperity!

Friday, October 21, 2005 22:22 Comments Off

And God knows there is an overbreeding of stupidity.

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More Dumb Anti-Wal-Mart Sentiment

Friday, October 21, 2005 21:41 Comments Off

Newsweek rolls out a dandy: Today, if you listen carefully, you can hear a second giant sucking sound: Wal-Mart sopping up the vitality from middle-class American families, local communities, and the national economy. EMPTY DOWNTOWNS. This happens in three different but related ways. First, there’s the clobbering of Main Street: Wal-Mart moves in on the [...]

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Central Banking for Dummies?

Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:55 Comments Off

From this month’s Forbes ($$ site): Fed Inflames Inflation Alas, one area that is out of the President’s control but which could do him and the Republicans enormous harm is the incompetence of the Federal Reserve. Rarely has an institution’s performance and reputation been so divergent. When it comes to fighting inflation these days, the [...]

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Child Labor: Normative Questions and Pareto Superior

Sunday, October 16, 2005 18:38 Comments Off

On an email list, I threw out the topic of child labor, wetrfrei economics, and ethical questions therein. I was looking for some input – from the philosophers on the list – in regards to an ethics question. An acquaintance of mine holds steadfastly to the notion that child labor – in, say, ChildLaborLand – [...]

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Saturday, October 15, 2005 16:23 Comments Off

From Larry Elder: Former Illinois Congressman Mel Reynolds served two and a half years in prison following his 1995 conviction relating to his sexual relationship with a former 16-year-old campaign worker. He was convicted in 1997 on federal campaign fraud charges. Only months after the commutation of his prison sentence by former President Clinton, Reverend [...]

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Under the Bridge

Saturday, October 15, 2005 14:56 Comments Off

True quote by Ted Kennedy: “What the American people have seen is this incredible disparity in which those people who had cars and money got out and those people who were impoverished drowned.” –Ted Kennedy on Hurricane Katrina …which of course leads to… “Ditto.” – Mary Jo Kopechne

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Destination Starbucks

Friday, October 14, 2005 6:16 Comments Off

How do people find themselves in a position of not having to work? Where did I go wrong?

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Only the Government Can “Fix” Prices

Friday, October 14, 2005 5:54 Comments Off

In regards to the Samsung “price-fixing” case: “Price-fixing threatens our free market system, stifles innovation and robs American consumers of the benefit of competitive prices,” Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said. This, from the same guys that enforce Sherman, Clayton, and Robinson-Patman. And then there’s state governments, like Oklahoma, that require higher prices and thus force [...]

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