Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Soul of Sowell

Randomly selected from Thomas Sowell

  •   Intolerance may not promote progress but it can promote survival. An intolerant Islamic world may outlast the Western world that seems ready to tolerate anything, including the undermining of its own fundamental values and threats to its continued existence.
  • The vile people who picket the funerals of American soldiers killed in action are far away enough from the mourners not to be heard. It is media attention that magnifies their sick message.
  • When the Federal Reserve cites statistics to claim that there is not much evidence of inflation, we need to keep in mind that the statistics they rely on exclude food and energy prices. The cost of living is no sweat if you can do without electricity and food.
  • When political commentators from the Fox News Channel had books whose sales would normally make the New York Times' non-fiction best-seller list, the New York Times changed the rules for putting books on that list. Thus best-selling political books by Mike Huckabee and Dick Morris appeared last Sunday on a more obscure list of miscellaneous personal advice and how-to books, such as "Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook."
  • The vocabulary of the political left is fascinating. For example, it is considered to be "materialistic" and "greedy" to want to keep what you have earned. But it is "idealistic" to want to take away what someone else has earned and spend it for your own political benefit or to feel good about yourself. [More from Obama goes deep, sets new record]

So you won't think I'm a Thomas Sowell sycophant, there is this from his list that I will quibble with.

  Don't mention "municipal golf courses" to me. It sends my blood pressure up through the roof. What earthly excuse is there for spending the taxpayers' money subsidizing a golf course? Politicians can't even invoke "the poor," as they do when trying to justify other government boondoggles.

Without publicly financed golf courses, how is the common man supposed to own a Bentley, and live on Nob Hi --- Whoa!  *throws chilled Martini in face*  It damn sure is easy to fall into that trap. Good thing our leaders stalwartly refuse to succumb to  that siren song, "free stuff that makes us equal and more happier"
Who's Who- Executives

Open Thread

Open Thread

I'm leaving my intern behind to do research while I watch some hoops.  Carry on.

Huffington Bans Brietbart

Breitbart banned from front page of Huffington
 Post for ‘ad hominem’ attack on Van Jones

  Van Jones is a commie punk [Ahem].  He was exposed to a great extent because of the hard journalism that was done at my website, that exposed him as a guy who was an unvetted liability to the Obama administration. He was forced to step down because of my journalistic work.  (Andrew Brietbart)
... despite it being true, and HuffPo history
of printing (actual) ad hominem attacks 

  • JFC Arianna - you don't marry them!
    The Huffington Post published an article by actor John Cusack in November 2005 that called Republicans “a league of bastards” and said that Iraq war supporters “are human scum.”
  • Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz wrote an article appearing on The Huffington Post a day after the death of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist in September 2005. Dershowitz wrote that Rehnquist “started out his political career as a Republican thug” and that “Rehnquist’s judicial philosophy was result-oriented, activist, and authoritarian.”
  • “Cheney is a terrorist. He terrorizes our enemies abroad and innocent citizens here at home indiscriminately,” wrote actor Alec Baldwin in February 2006.
  • Baldwin wrote in a subsequent post, “I want to apologize to all of the readers of this blog for referring to Vice President Cheney as a terrorist… How about something more measured, then? How about… a lying, thieving Oil Whore. Or, a murderer of the US Constitution?” -  ETC.ETC

Sophie's Choice - None of the above

The Daily Duh
Libyan rebel commander admits
his fighters have al-Qaeda links

Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Muammar Gaddafi's regime.
Carter Akbar
Jummy Akbar standing in for bin Laden
When faced with a Sophie's choice of one Moslem over another, you say "You don't have the guts."  But,  if you think you absolutely  must choose - go with the guy who doesn't drive to work with bin-Laden.  Sheesh.

She read that someplace

Bikers Rock

Bikers Rock

wwe-wee, pee-pee and see-see?

wwe-wee, pee-pee and si-si?

ABSOlutely nuts

ASBO, coming soon to an
erstwhile colony near you

The end of fun- just stab me in the liver why don't you?
      A 13-year-old forbidden to use the word “grass” as a term of abuse in order to threaten people. [as in, "Get The Hell Offa My Lawn" ?!?

    The youngest person to be threatened with an ASBO, a two-year-old boy accused of kicking a football at windows over a fence 7 feet (2 m) high and verbally abusing residents when asked to stop.

    A woman was forbidden to make excessive noise during sex anywhere in England. [define "excessive"]

    The oldest recipient of an ASBO, an 87-year-old man who was sarcastic to his neighbours. [Old Man Sarcasm: Killer!]

Yet another reason I’d rather visit Wyoming…. - e-C

Dirt Naps?

Clap Clap Clap
Oh, the humanity!

Liberals famously fight any perceived injustice the hard way, by making themselves feel good.  They have nude bike rides, nude marches, wear colored ribbons, have eat-ins, sit-ins, and run-ins with the law.  They fuck for peace, and sell brownies.  The rollover picture, however, takes the cake.  Nap For Humanity?  Clap Clap Clap.

Obama gets Trumped

Donald Trump’s birth certificate strategy
  If you go back to my first grade, my kindergarten, people remember me. Nobody from those early years remembers him. If you're going to be president of the United States, it says very profoundly you have to be born in this country. [Donald Trump on The View]

Hell, even Obama warns us about Obama

Trump Quote
I see but two categories of people who have shown no outward interest in getting to the truth of this'
  1. Partisan Democrats, who believe any tactic, including voter fraud,  that bestows upon them the power to save us from ourselves is morally justified.
  2. People still living in an age of innocence; unable to accept that public figures of authority would purposely deceive them.  People who have forgotten how to think critically.
I believe we, most of us, still live in an age of innocence, and that's ideally a good thing.  It requires an atmosphere of trust, and a feeling that people are mostly good. Damn those who are ending it.  That would be Barry Marshall Obama Soetoro, or whatever the hell his name is, and his bodyguard of lies, the Democrat party.

What's being called Donald Trumps birth certificate strategy has him running fifth in the GOP field, just two points behind former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

  Republican pollster John McLaughlin agrees that Trump’s remarks may be part of a larger, and potentially effective, campaign strategy. “Just like Obama won the nomination as the most anti-Bush candidate, the Republican nomination is going to be won by the most anti-Obama candidate,” McLaughlin said. “He’s positioning himself to be the most aggressive candidate against Obama. If you want to win a primary that’s the way you win a primary.”

Ain't that something?  A man most people would never have given a serious thought to as  president,  is propelled
by an issue so simple as this.  The first man in the crowd to scoff at the "emperor's new clothes." When this is over, we as a people will be as cynical of government as anyone who lived in the USSR. The real end of innocence.