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Current Affairs

September 14, 2014

"Up to a Point: A Free Scotland Would Be a Hilarious Disaster"

P. J. O'Rourke, doing what he does.

Scotland’s economy will be the requisite Third World shambles. Scotland’s two dominant political parties are the leftist Scottish National Party and the leftist Scottish Labor Party. These can be counted on to vie in out-lefting each other. Cuba-with-chilblains, here we come!

September 13, 2014

Nancy Pelosi: "Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if Republicans win the Senate."

My reply via R.E.M.: "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)".

"Obama losing the confidence of key parts of the coalition that elected him"

Glenn Reynolds quips about this: "Hi folks. You're kinda late to the party. Try not to be so easily fooled next time."

Beautiful.

September 12, 2014

"Thieves target Lego sets as value soars"

I had a huge, very cool collection of Legos as a kid. It probably would have been worth a small fortune now.

September 11, 2014

"The Reality Behind the Latest Pro-Obamacare Spin"

I thought maybe the recent reports sounded suspiciously good.

Obamacare’s defenders are busy declaring victory again.  Ezra Klein is touting a new survey of Obamacare benchmark premiums in some regions of the country as evidence that the law is defying the predictions of critics and working to cut costs rather than increase them.

But, as Bob Laszewski notes, the truth about Obamacare implementation is far less rosy than the latest round of cheerleading would indicate.

"Stimulus bill enabled billions in waste, exploitation of employees"

One downside of that really, really wonderful stimulus

September 10, 2014

"Will Orange Be the New Black for IRS Chief Lois Lerner?"

I'd ask you to state what the country's attention would be focused on if this were occuring under a Republican administration. But that's so easy even a two-year-old could do it.

Perhaps there is some strange computer virus that selectively trashes records inconvenient to incumbents, like the “glitch” that erased part of Nixon’s tapes. How else to explain the fact that this is the fourth announcement of an ever-expanding computer calamity connected to Lois Lerner to emerge from the IRS?

"Syllabus Tyrannus"

"The decline and fall of the American university is written in 25-page course syllabi."

I absolutely concur with the observation. But I don't think she's got the causality right. It's a function of the huge growth of administrators, many of whom have it's-not-our-problem-we-warned-you (aka "cover your ass") as a primary objective.

Five on Los Angeles

"26 Things You Will Only See In Los Angeles".

"Los Angeles’s Great Flood: The city’s infrastructure crumbles as public-employee compensation balloons."

"15 Things You Learn in Your First 5 Years in L.A."

"A Blast from the Past: Los Angeles from 1898 Till the 1960's".

"The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles".

September 09, 2014

"Rand Paul’s Fatal Pacifism"

Richard Epstein masterfully explains why libertarianism does not imply isolationism.

The just state should, in my opinion, protect private property, promote voluntary exchange, preserve domestic order, and protect our nation against foreign aggression. Unfortunately, too many modern libertarian thinkers fail to grasp the enormity of that last obligation. In the face of international turmoil, they become cautious and turn inward, confusing limited government with small government. Unwisely, they demand that the United States keep out of foreign entanglements unless and until they pose direct threats to its vital interests—at which point it could be too late.

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