Archive for June, 2006

Xerox the Best

Saturday, June 17, 2006 19:16 Comments Off

I have recently noticed that Cato, which now has podcasts and a blog, seems to be copying off of the despised you-know-who? And of course there’s Cato University…….a direct tribute to you-know-what. Of course I commend the men and women at Cato for using the leader’s recipe for success.

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State Intervention via Plunge Protection

Friday, June 16, 2006 6:36 Comments Off

The New York Post runs a piece on Washington’s tight-lipped Plunge Protection Team, or, the “Working Group,” as it is formally known. The role of this group is to prevent another 1987 “Black Monday” in the stock market. It was put into law in 1988, as Executive Order 12631, by Ronald Reagan. If you read [...]

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Conned by the Crunchies?

Thursday, June 15, 2006 7:23 Comments Off

Jeff Tucker’s review of Rod Dreher’s Crunchy Cons questions the notion of loathing consumer culture and mass production. Tucker notes: Dreher follows in a long line of writers dating back to the Industrial Revolution – and a certain strain of post WW2 conservative writers – who loath consumer culture, believe that mass production for the [...]

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Lid Laws

Thursday, June 15, 2006 7:13 Comments Off

Not long after I posted this, Ben Roethlisberger suffered his motorcycle accident sans helmet. This came right after the Michigan helmet law was repealed, and one can assume that it will influence the governor’s veto of the repeal. Not much more insight can be offered in regards to helmet laws other than the recognition of [...]

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Praising the Lord for Avoiding War and Taxes

Monday, June 12, 2006 18:17 Comments Off

The other day I blogged – only a comment or two – on the Universal Life Church. What brought on my short comments about the “online ordainment” was a friend’s mention that he had been ordained by ULC. Then I heard from a reader who gave me a very interesting short history of ULC: I’ve [...]

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Aunt Nellie Need Not Fear

Monday, June 12, 2006 17:51 Comments Off

John, a fellow Michigander, points this out to me: Common citizens simply going about their daily lives have nothing to fear from our government’s activities to detect terrorist activities. The government is not interested in listening to Aunt Nellie discuss recipes with her sister over the phone or in reading her e-mails to her grandchildren. [...]

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Soccer Exciting? Nah, Can’t Be

Saturday, June 10, 2006 6:47 Comments Off

An interesting story on the new Adidas Teamgeist soccer ball. When kicked by a world-class player who can impart the top or side spin that exploits the physics of making a ball swerve and dip in the air, the Teamgeist promises to tip the balance of power between the goalkeeper and the striker in the [...]

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Jim Grant on Gold and all that Glitters

Saturday, June 10, 2006 6:43 Comments Off

A short but fascinating summation of the prospects for gold.

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A Little Bit of a Conspiracy, or a Lot of Common Sense?

Friday, June 9, 2006 21:59 Comments Off

I’ve written much about General Motors on this blog. I just got wind that Merrill Lynch put a “buy” rating on GM. Now this is goddamn crazy you say? Not when you understand that Wall Street analysts are not objectively rating stocks and risk, but rather, they are indebted to someone else somewhere on Wall [...]

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Ford Goes from Junk to Ultra-Junk

Thursday, June 8, 2006 22:32 Comments Off

Fitch has downgraded Ford again. Fitch said a revamped car lineup and continued strength of the F-Series pickups “has been insufficient to outpace the decline in midsize and large SUV sales.” Ford is also facing more competition in pickups from GM and Toyota, the ratings agency said. Fitch said Ford Credit will see significantly lower [...]

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