Weekend 356.0 (…the moon belongs to everyone -or- the man with the mini orchestra)






“cuius regio, eius religio” (1) Garry Kasparov: Hey, Bernie, Don’t Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It. (The Daily Beast) “A society that relies too heavily on redistributing wealth eventually runs out of wealth to redistribute. The historical record is clear. It’s capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th […]

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 […]

Avant le déluge






If you are a student of history (or if you ever read Berlin by Jason Lutes) this quote from Ambrose Evans-Pritchard just gave you chills. Paris has a strange atmosphere right now. It is hard to get a table at the bistros of Saint-Germain, yet people have a sense of foreboding. They know austerity has […]

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, […]

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 […]

Net Neutrality: A government “solution” for a non-problem






(1) The Net Neutrality Coup: The campaign to regulate the Internet was funded by a who’s who of left-liberal foundations. (2) The Obama FCC has regulated the Internet (3) Abolish the FCC Quote There is nothing in life that grows and thrives on its own that a liberal won’t come along and want to regulate […]

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 […]

Obama believes in Private Property?






Don’t get too excited. The Distributor-in-Chief only believes in this tenet of Private Enterprise if it supports the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero. A majority of American(s) believe Obama is a socialist but he’s breaking from his Marxist dogma/ideology and using “private property” as a pretense for supporting this display of aberrant grotesquery. […]

Weekend 145.0






(1) Train Etiquette – A grumpy 22 year old’s code of locomotive conduct. (2) A Modest Proposal for Improving a Dull Game (WSJ) “Poor Ghana has been triumphed over by British, Portuguese, German, Dutch and Danish colonialists, the Kwame Nkrumah regime, a CIA-sponsored coup and at least four other coups just since the 1900s. But […]

Idiotic Cerebral Meritocracy






“Our federal bureaucracy is a vast wasteland strewn with the carcasses of absurd federal programs which proved infinitely worse than the problems they were established to correct.” – Most Rev. Thomas G. Doran, Bishop of Rockford, Illinois Related Witnessing the heart as it cracks

Socialism: Lather, rinse, repeat






Death of the Postmodernist Dream by Victor Davis Hanson “The Greek meltdown — with Ireland, Italy, Portugal, and Spain on the brink — has shown that European socialism does not work. Bankruptcy, not politics, is the final arbiter: Individuals, firms, and nations either buy particular bonds or they don’t. And a nation like Greece, in […]