Before you vote…

(1) ObamaCare’s Chickens Come Home to Roost: Democrats, anticipating rage over huge premium increases scheduled for 2017, are already trying to blame Republicans (2) Forget the FBI cache; the Podesta emails show how America is run (3) The Clintons — At the End of All “The Clintons suffer from greed, as defined by Aristotle: endless […]

Invisible transfers, long distance calls, hollow laughter in marble halls…

“For hard cash, we will lie and deceive…even our masters don’t know the webs we weave.” – Pink Floyd (1) The Mendacity Behind Obama’s Mockery of the Cash-for-Iran Story by Claudia Rosett “Welcome, once again, to the vertigo of the Obama “narrative,” in which the priority of his “most transparent” administration is not to deal […]

Weekend 368.0 (Independence Weekend)

(1) Liberal Cosmopolitans Lash Out at the Shattering of Their Worldview (National Review) “Liberal cosmopolitanism, regnant since the end of the Cold War, has bought completely into its own rightness. It is entirely devoted to an increasingly borderless political future carefully managed by technocrats and tempered by “compassion” and “tolerance” — all of which aims […]

Weekend 363.1

(1) Letter: ‘Empathizing’ with Malloy is ludicrous (Fairfield Citizen) (2) General Electric Planning Job Cuts in Connecticut (Hartford Courant) (3) Connecticut Tax Boomerang (Wall Street Journal) (4) 2016 Regular Session: Winners and Losers (CT News Junkie)

Weekend 352.0 (…which one’s Pink?)

I’ve written this before but I’m infinitely more happy NOT writing about (or following) politics. On the other hand, I’ve been roused by the gross proliferation of trough-eaters oozing and matriculating from every layer of our spent culture. On second thought, I’m going back to sleep now. Please wake me when there’s a candidate and […]

Swope Redux

(1) Checkmate: The Economic Chess Masters Play a Losing Game (National Review) “The nature of our technologically enabled present global connectedness means that for the first time in human history all economic activity happens in immediate relation to everything else. You cannot isolate the variables, which is a real problem if you believe in political […]

Weekend 332.0

(1) Eminent domain on steroids? New bill threatens cities, towns (Fairfield Citizen) (2) How Bad Religion Has Bequeathed Us ‘An Anxious Age’ (The Federalist)

Weekend 248.1 (Our Elites)

This is WHY I stopped writing about politics. The first example is local and the second is national BUT both demonstrate the “I got mine, you get yours” attitude of the New Aristocracy. Peggy Noonan wrote an op-ed in 2005 about the elites and since its publication they [elites] have grown more brazen in their […]

Weekend 234.1 (the Hive Mind)

(1) The Joys of Urban Tech: Goodbye, office parks. Drawn by amenities and talent, tech firms are opting for cities (WSJ) (2) Orwell’s Guide to Making Jam: George Orwell’s show a man famous for his political journalism more concerned with raising chickens. (WSJ) Orwell is still (maybe more) relevant today… The familiar tirades against “escapism,” […]

Weekend 224.0 (Gastby, crabs, and budgets)

This post could have several titles like “the unreality of reality” or “the end game of postmodernism.” (1) All the Presidents’ Heads (Futurama) (2) Brand Takes a Tweeting (WSJ) (2a) The Great Barry: Self-invention on shifting postmodern sands by Mark Steyn Local (3) Breaking the tax and spend cycle (Fairfield Minuteman) “In fact, in our […]

Roused by ‘Julia’

Under the spreading chestnut tree, I sold you and you sold me. — George Orwell I haven’t written about politics (and have been happier for it) but have to mention ‘Julia’ since the study of ‘welfare states, planned economies, and all manner of bureaucracies’ has been a lifelong passion (dystopia). What is so rich is […]

Weekend 220.0 (Send in the Clowns)

(1) Man Bites Dog “The Obama administration was from the outset a clown car heading for disaster, the unholy issue of ’30s mobsters and ’60s Marxists, slickly packaged for a new generation of suckers.” (2) Noonan: America’s Crisis of Character (WSJ) “There is the General Services Administration scandal. An agency devoted to efficiency is outed […]

Weekend 217.1 (Crony Capitalism Edition)

Crony Capitalism ALERT Rival: City’s bike-sharing program ‘tainted’ A rival bidder is trying to put the brakes on Chicago’s plan to launch the nation’s largest bike sharing program — by claiming the path was greased for an Oregon company where Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s transportation commissioner once worked. Josh Squire, owner of Bike Chicago, charged that […]

Weekend 193.1

To put this in plain terms, Americans and their institutions have tended to choose the self-interest and individualism of the free market over the nationalized model more prevalent in postwar Europe. The faith once put in planning now seems so remote, even obscure, that its historical retrieval faces decades of cavalier indifference or ideological antagonism, […]

Weekend 192.1

(1) Trouble on the China Express (WSJ) In a blistering essay titled “The Derailed Country,” posted online this past week and then quickly removed by censors, Han Han, one of China’s most popular bloggers, mocked the leadership for what he characterized as a heartless approach to development. “They think: ‘We built this. We built that. […]