Archive for August, 2008

Who Runs What the Best, and Why?

Monday, August 25, 2008 20:35 Comments Off

Steve Sailer with another very interesting article titled “Olympics 2008: Biological Questions And Answers.” As an aside to Steve’s piece, I’ve always been suspicious of sprinters having hugely muscular upper bodies. Muscularity that would take many hours a week to build without the assistance of steroids. The female sprinters are getting more huge and more [...]

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I Want Some of That Global Warming

Monday, August 25, 2008 20:04 Comments Off

Some people say – Why do y’all live up there in Michigan anyways? Because we have to-die-for summers, and spring and fall are pretty awesome, too. Except this year. The summer of 2008 – in Michigan – has been the least warm summer I can ever remember. Spring was winter all spring, May came in [...]

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The Culture of Not Planning Ahead

Monday, August 25, 2008 7:32 Comments Off

This story sheds some light on the sheer lunacy that takes over peoples’ minds in regards to home buying. Although Merced has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country, this borrower isn’t in such dire straits. She’s not even behind on her mortgage. But her oldest daughter is turning 18, which means an [...]

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Extreme Form of Flattery?

Sunday, August 24, 2008 23:09 Comments Off

Mark F. was good enough to send along this article to me. Rick Newman wrote the piece (on August 24) that so closely mirrors the piece written by myself, along with Eric Englund (on August 5). His opening paragraph mimics many of the exact same ideas from our opening paragraph, that I wrote, along with [...]

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Some Comments on the Olympics

Sunday, August 24, 2008 22:12 Comments Off

Team Sports I’ve watched quite a bit of coverage, and haven’t had any comments up to this point. Over on the blog, there have been some pointed comments about the focus on the whole “team aspect” as opposed to individual competition. Butler Shaffer notes: …watching track-and-field competition ranks as one of my favorite spectator [...]

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Why the Shopping Mall Is No Place For Adults

Saturday, August 23, 2008 22:14 Comments Off

Funny how the retailers in my area are complaining about sales slipping, but especially, they seem to be puzzled by the dwindling interest in malls. Malls were once a place where one could power shop – that is, ram through three hours of shopping in half the time or less. Malls keep everything conveniently close [...]

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Challenge to Sarbanes-Oxley is Denied by Court of Appeals

Friday, August 22, 2008 13:39 Comments Off

The Free Enterprise Fund’s challenge to the constitutionality of the PCAOB (Public Company Accounting Oversight Board) created by Sarbanes Oxley was denied by a US Court of Appeals today. There was one dissenting judge. Judge Brett Kavanaugh dissented, writing that it was “the most important separation-of-powers case regarding the president’s appointment and removal powers to [...]

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US Auto Industry: It’s Getting Desperate Out There

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 6:37 Comments Off

It’s a case of who is suing who, and over what? Chrysler is suing Johnson Controls over alleged fraud in the case of fictitious weight data concerning lead in the batteries sold to Chrysler. Dana, an auto supplier that recently emerged from bankruptcy, announced another round of layoffs just after it filed suit against Chrysler [...]

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Brits Want to Yank Fat Children From Their Homes

Sunday, August 17, 2008 20:40 Comments Off

If children are fat, this may be defined as “neglect” (abuse) on the part of parents. Local governments in Britain are looking to make a power grab and decide the fate of families. The association called for a national debate on how much local authorities should intervene in obesity cases. As a basic minimum, social [...]

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Interventionists are Really “Proponents of Hands-Off Government “

Wednesday, August 13, 2008 22:09 Comments Off

The way it’s written, this is almost funny: Crisis turns free marketeers into regulators. Since our cherished, government leaders are only “extending the occasional, expensive helping hand” and are “proponents of hands-off government ,” they are necessarily “reluctant interventionists.” Who got paid how much to write this too-creepy lionization of the central planners’ alleged reluctance [...]

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