Archive for December, 2005


Saturday, December 17, 2005 18:54 Comments Off

The January issue of Reason Magazine (in print now) has a nice roundtable, and I happen to be one of the participants/interviewees. Brian Doherty’s roundtable is called You Can Be Too Careful: How the Government’s New Corporate Accounting Rules Impede Efficiency and Stifle Innovation. It is not available online just yet. Doherty asked some good [...]

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Promoting Empire

Thursday, December 15, 2005 4:45 Comments Off

$300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans for placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the U.S. government as the source, one of the military officials in charge of the program says. Run by psychological warfare experts at the U.S. Special Operations Command, the media campaign is being designed to counter terrorist [...]

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Renewing Oppression

Thursday, December 15, 2005 4:32 Comments Off

“The Patriot Act is essential to fighting the war on terror and preventing our enemies from striking America again,” Bush said in a statement. “In the war on terror, we cannot afford to be without this law for a single moment.” It looks like the Senate will renew the State’s power grab without too much [...]

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Euros Trashing Google

Thursday, December 15, 2005 4:16 Comments Off

John Dvorak with an good take on Google-bashing. The European Publishers Council recently promoted its outrage at Google for bringing the world to our desktops for free. Dvorak may be right about the Euros’ jealousy: At a symposium at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the president of the French National Library, Jean-Noel Jeanneney, charged that the [...]

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Revisiting The Pest

Thursday, December 15, 2005 3:19 Comments Off

Yes, this post has been removed from the blog, because the editorship does not invite discourse. Someone asked me why I printed the letter. Mr. Allen’s first letter to me was a weird, pesky thing, basically defending the products of Whole Foods. Since I had not commented on Whole Foods as a business, or [...]

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Just Stuff and More Stuff

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 23:24 Comments Off

Lately, the blogging has been slow, due to the fact that I have been spending any extra time trying to get my new website up-and-running. I expect the new blog design to be up by early next week. The rest of the website will follow shortly thereafter. I think I have found a very suitable [...]

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Open Letter: A Very Dishonest Person

Tuesday, December 13, 2005 22:35 Comments Off

Every so often, a writer gets a letter that demands special attention. Sometimes it’s because of the vituperative nature of the tone in the letter. Sometimes it’s because of the overall hilarity of the situation. Sometimes it’s because of the ultra-hate expressed therein. But this time–for the first time in a long time–I put this [...]

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Zogby Poll Influenced by Ties, Dollars

Saturday, December 10, 2005 22:41 Comments Off

A recent Zogby poll shows that, yes, people do dislike Wal-Mart, to the tune of 38% of American adults. However, what Zogby forgot to mention was his lack of objectivity as to the results. In recent years, Mr. Zogby has pocketed roughly $90,000 to serve as an expert witness for individuals suing Wal-Mart, according to [...]

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Richard Pryor, RIP

Saturday, December 10, 2005 22:07 Comments Off

My 3rd RIP mention today: the very funny Richard Pryor is gone.

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Hooray for a Punctured Bubble!

Saturday, December 10, 2005 21:28 Comments Off

The folk in Northern Virginia are beginning to feel the pain as Loudoun County’s overinflated housing prices are going belly-up. Loudoun County is awash with houses up for sale that are not selling–at least for the prices they have in the past. And damn, homeowners are angry! One local guy was asked about why he [...]

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