Archive for October, 2007

Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 18:24 Comments Off

This piece from the Onion News Network is superb. Poll: Bullshit Is Most Important Issue For 2008 Voters

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Ayn Rand Lexicon Online

Tuesday, October 30, 2007 7:19 Comments Off

For those of us who still have a fondness for Ayn Rand and Objectivism (those were the days!), this is way too cool. The Ayn Rand Lexicon is online, and it’s a gorgeous website, too.

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Sarbanes-Oxley and the PCAOB: No Profit Motive = Bigger Bloat

Monday, October 29, 2007 22:01 Comments Off

The PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board) is a corporation created by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Tom Selling at the Accounting Onion presents some interesting facts regarding the PCAOB. Tom – who has an impressive resume – says he attended a presentation by a senior PCAOB staff member who included this table in his [...]

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Buy American. Buy Junk.

Sunday, October 28, 2007 20:59 Comments Off

Keep in mind that I am very objective concerning cars: when it comes to people who will only buy American cars, or silly, snobby folks who insist on all-Japanese-all-the-time, I am an equal opportunity misanthrope. I actually like to drive, research, and assess various cars and formulate an objective opinion based on facts and personal [...]

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Angry Negroes and Superfluous Men

Sunday, October 28, 2007 20:05 Comments Off

I was playing connect-the-dots in the blogosphere tonight, something I don’t often get the time to do anymore. I came across some interesting blogs along the way. Two blogs that pulled me in were Against the State and The Superfluous Man – both having great names. Another one I came across is absolutely great for [...]

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Thomas Sowell Wishes for a Military State

Sunday, October 28, 2007 19:06 Comments Off

Wait – don’t we already have one? This is a few months old, but I was just reminded of this column and quote from Thomas Sowell. When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only [...]

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A Social-Democrat Keynesian Praises the Austrians

Sunday, October 28, 2007 18:54 Comments Off

An interesting review by Brad DeLong of the James Scott book, Seeing Like A State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed: Heaven knows that I am no Austrian–I am a liberal Keynesian and a social democrat–but within economics even liberal Keynesian social democrats acknowledge that the Austrians won victory in their [...]

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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (and my very short career as a music reviewer)

Saturday, October 27, 2007 13:16 Comments Off

I’ve been asked before: “Do you ever try your hand at music reviews?” Only at, when I review CDs. I know I am very capable at book reviews, but, on the other hand, I know I would suck at music reviews. It’s just not my thing. I love music, and to praise or criticize [...]

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Warren Buffett Has An Austrian Economics Moment

Saturday, October 27, 2007 7:04 Comments Off

Remember that Citigroup, Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have formed a superfund to bail out troubled structured investment vehicles (SIV). The US Treasury Department and Henry Paulson “back” this plan. What it amounts to is another move on the part of the Wall Street-government partnership to garner market “confidence,” salvage credit [...]

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The Heroic Peter Schiff

Saturday, October 27, 2007 5:50 Comments Off

Here’s a spot from FOX News from about a year ago. Some crank real estate talking head from REMAX is asked “Where will housing prices be in 2007?” His answer? Prices can only go up. Then listen to his attempt at economic analysis, which is truly embarrassing. Meanwhile, Peter Schiff, in one of his many [...]

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