Archive for November, 2005

Goodnight Smoke

Sunday, November 20, 2005 8:35 Comments Off

An age-old children’s classic, Goodnight Moon, has always been published with a very un-PC photo on the jacket wherein the book’s illustrator, Clement Hurd, is smoking a cigarette? What to do in this era of anti-cigaretteism? Photoshop it away! And thus did Harper Collins do so. In a newly revised edition of the book, which [...]

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Libertarianism and the Left: Pact with the Devil? (Part II)

Saturday, November 19, 2005 15:38 Comments Off

An addition to the post below. Another libertarian alliance that gives me some serious discomfort is the whole Cindy Sheehan worshipping thing. Cindy Sheehan did something very good for all of us: she brought the antiwar issue to the masses, and she gave the antiwar movement some limelight it would not have had otherwise. A [...]

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Libertarianism and the Left: Pact with the Devil? (Part I)

Saturday, November 19, 2005 14:40 Comments Off

There’s much gossip, these days, about libertarians aligning with the Left on the war issue. Should we….should we not? My purpose is not to give a definitive yes or no – in this post – but to provide some sound reasoning as to what we should not do. This post here, on LewRockwell.com, sheds some [...]

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Speaking of Martinis….

Friday, November 18, 2005 14:34 Comments Off

I have a martini dog. She loves martinis, and there is a way she can enjoy them. When I hit the kitchen late at night, and pull out the stainless steel shaker, she zeros right in on that, and soon she’s on my heels. Her and the shaker have a good thing going. The other [...]

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Spilleth Over

Friday, November 18, 2005 14:19 Comments Off

These two items do not mix well. It so happens that after 4 keyboards in 3 years, you’d think I’d learn to not put the martini glass where it can spill onto the keyboard, or better yet, since I am right-handed, keep it off to the right of the keyboard, far enough away from doing [...]

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Drucker!

Monday, November 14, 2005 18:57 Comments Off

Peter Drucker, RIP. The management guru Drucker once called government “obese, muscle-bound and senile.”

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A Review of Michael Burleigh’s “Earthly Powers”

Monday, November 14, 2005 18:45 Comments Off

The Catholic Church, to which Burleigh is clearly partial, was best placed to combat the new religion of nationalism. It was, after all, a supranational corporation, a successor to the Roman empire, laying claim to a universal and timeless truth. Despite their reputation as grim reactionaries, the 19th-century popes had a better appreciation of the [...]

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Freedom, D.C. Style

Sunday, November 13, 2005 18:41 Comments Off

A friend of mine attended this seminar in Oregon yesterday, where Tom Palmer and Butler Shaffer were the speakers. Now my friend, E, is one of the most astute Austrians I know when it comes to finance and the Fed. E was not at all familar with Tom Palmer upon arriving at the conference. When [...]

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Neil Diamond, Semi-Unplugged

Sunday, November 13, 2005 15:16 Comments Off

The music media is giving Neil Diamond kudos for his latest effort, 12 Songs. Although he’s still capable of melancholic magnificence (2001′s “I Haven’t Played This Song in Years,” a worthy successor to his underrated ’70s ballads), Diamond has spent the last two decades in a purgatory of sparkly shirts, unremarkable Lite FM fodder, and [...]

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Warren Buffett, Unplugged

Sunday, November 13, 2005 14:55 Comments Off

This is almost as good as Dylan unplugged. A terrific rundown of Buffettology. Unike Dylan, however, Buffett will never plug in. Mr. Buffett calculates that since 1951, he has generated an average annual return of about 31%. The average return for the Standard & Poor’s 500 over that period is 11% a year. A $1,000 [...]

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