Archive for August, 2006

Bush Announces Self-Esteem Giveaway

Friday, August 25, 2006 11:34 Comments Off

“As class sizes continue to grow and test scores continue to decline, our public schools are in a state of crisis,” Bush said at a White House press conference. “There is no more time for deliberation. It is time to act. Our children need these adhesive gold stars.” Bush has earmarked $1.5 billion toward “gold [...]

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Sellers of Scarce Goods

Friday, August 25, 2006 7:05 Comments Off

“All hail ticket scalpers.” No, that doesn’t come from a libertarian. It comes from a sportswriter. Jim Caple says: Scalpers generally are portrayed as a seedy bunch of grifters only a few steps up the food chain from child pornographers, fantasy football participants and Pete Rose’s circle of friends. I don’t see it that way, [...]

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Failure as Achievement

Thursday, August 24, 2006 15:41 Comments Off

Another non-Think Tank is hailing the greatness of government, or “governance” as they call it. Read “Government’s 50 Greatest Endeavors” for a roll-on-the-floor moment. #41 – Improve government performance What does that mean? Oh, I see, it means “action to enhance government efficiency.” And surely, the fact that the government sector lacks a profit-or-loss capability [...]

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Big Brother Up Your Tailpipe; Private Property Down the Tubes

Thursday, August 24, 2006 11:08 Comments Off

USA Today features a piece on EDRs – the event data recorders that are becoming standard equipment on new cars. These snoop boxes essentially record your driving habits. According to Wired: Black boxes have been in cars since 1974, when General Motors installed them to help deploy air bags. In 1994, GM began installing more [...]

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Great, Eh?

Thursday, August 24, 2006 7:59 Comments Off

Maclean’s of Toronto features a great cover from the archives: I don’t know if it’s real or mock, because Maclean’s website isn’t very helpful. Though, past covers of Bush lead me to believe it is genuine. Thanks to R.J. Stove for the photo.

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Surprise, Surprise – Boys are Different

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 20:54 Comments Off

The City Journal – fast becoming one of my favorite places on the web – publishes a brilliant and provocative piece on the perverse and unrelenting war against boys from the wretched, anti-male educational establishment. Yet while the process of education may be deeply absorbing to Brandon, he long ago came to dismiss the content [...]

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Ladies, Dress Your Weapons

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 6:47 Comments Off

Say hello to Svetlana. Antonio Riello is a man of fashion. That is, fashionable weaponry for ladies.

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A Way-Too-Cool, Shameless Self-Promotion

Monday, August 21, 2006 20:36 Comments Off

This is too much fun. See John Crudele’s piece in the New York Post. A thesis from an article written by moi, along with Eric Englund, was presented to Ben Bernake, by Ron Paul, at a House Financial Committee Hearing. From John: What’s clear from answers to questions posed by Rep. Ron Paul, (R.-Texas) is [...]

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My Head Isn’t Your Head

Monday, August 21, 2006 20:21 Comments Off

A concept too difficult for most to understand. Kit Maira of Easyriders magazine informed me that a friend of his, Richard Quigley, got a Santa Cruz County judge to declare the California helmet law unconstitutional while acting as his own attorney. “The state Department of Justice has asked the 6th District Court of Appeal to [...]

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“We have the money and the know-how to succeed where Hitler failed.”

Monday, August 21, 2006 19:31 Comments Off

Lewis Lapham of Harper’s magazine with a brilliant piece – sans the occasional stumbles on economics, democracy, and public programs (none of which are his strengths) – about why we are living in a fascist America. I highly recommend that you read this whole piece. People trained to the corporate style of thought and movement [...]

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