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 […]

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 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 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. […]

Weekend 179.0






(1) China’s train wreck (2) The Disappearing Dollar (3) Is “Conservative Environmentalist” an Oxymoron?

The Policy of Inflation






Companies Stock Up as Commodities Prices Rise (WSJ) The present valuation will often depend on what people expect the future quantity of money to be. And, as with commodities on the speculative exchanges, each person’s valuation of money is affected not only by what he thinks its value is but by what he thinks is […]

NY Times on Government Perversion






Jury duty. You endure CNN and watch some crappy video about how judges don’t legislate from the bench. I don’t typically use my blog to rant so I’ll spare all three of my reader(s) the histrionics. It was a fairly productive morning (completed a workbook my accountant provides me each year) and the lawyer sitting […]

Weekend 156.0






(1) 12 Awesome Airplane Paint Jobs (2) How to Turn a Recession into a Depression (2a) “As hostility to businessmen grows, politicians tax them more heavily, while debasing and inflating the currency to maintain an illusion of prosperity. Then, when these policies cause rising price levels, a deluded populace demands price controls, which ambitious politicians […]

Mystery Solved: Why Obama crated Sir Winston






How Obama Thinks While the senior Obama called for Africa to free itself from the neocolonial influence of Europe and specifically Britain, he knew when he came to America in 1959 that the global balance of power was shifting. Even then, he recognized what has become a new tenet of anticolonialist ideology: Today’s neocolonial leader […]