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Duty to Die

July 10th, 2015 by Bill Brown · 16 Comments · Culture

There was a brutal murder this past weekend in Washington, D.C. A thug tried to steal a young adult’s cell phone and then knocked him to the floor in the struggle. Once on the ground, the thief proceeded to stab the victim 30 or 40 times all over his body. Finally, he came back to […]

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The Anti-Philosophical Nature of Today’s Intellectuals

March 9th, 2014 by Mike N · Comments Off on The Anti-Philosophical Nature of Today’s Intellectuals · Culture

In the introduction to Ayn Rand’s book “Philosophy: Who Needs It” heir to her intellectual estate Leonard Peikoff wrote “Ayn Rand was not only a novelist and philosopher; she was also a salesman for philosophy–the greatest salesman philosophy has ever had.” Boy was she ever. The first of her writings I read was the title […]

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Liberals for Gun Rights?

June 24th, 2013 by Mike N · Comments Off on Liberals for Gun Rights? · Culture

I almost fell off my chair yesterday 6/23 when I read an oped by James Hill, the politics editor at the left wing Detroit Free Press titled “Why I Carry: why having a firearm is like having insurance.” This is strangely unlike the usual editorial policy of the Freep. Normally the paper is teeming with […]

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Belated Election Thoughts

November 21st, 2012 by Inspector · 9 Comments · Culture, Politics

People don’t learn from economic disasters alone. History has shown again and again that no matter how stark a disaster proves that a policy has failed, people can be convinced that the failure was due to not enough of it. Every stimulus in history didn’t fail… they just weren’t big enough. We need a bigger […]

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Explosive Compound: Immigration Meets The Welfare State

July 7th, 2012 by L-C · 7 Comments · Culture, Foreign Affairs, Politics

Immigration is a hot issue for a number of Western nations, notably America and my country of origin, Sweden. The latter being a notable case is a fact that escapes many of those who don’t count themselves among its 9.5 million people. That is, at least for now; news stories of Sweden’s troubles are starting […]

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This Selfish July 4th

July 5th, 2012 by Mike N · Comments Off on This Selfish July 4th · Culture

Yesterday was July 4th. The wife and I didn’t go to any picnics or BBQs. Good thing too. It was 101 degrees at Detroit’s Metro airport. So we decided to do the things for which our founding fathers created this country: to go forth into the marketplace to pursue our rational self interest and trade […]

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The Morality Police

May 4th, 2012 by Inspector · 21 Comments · Culture, Politics

I find it very interesting that the Left likes to complain about the members of the Right – specifically those called Social Conservatives – who are out to be “The Morality Police.” Not because the Left is wrong here. They’re right to complain about this. It’s just ironic that they, of all people, do. What […]

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You’re Doing It Wrong

April 9th, 2012 by Inspector · 5 Comments · Culture

If your actions are indistinguishable from a Jim Crow era lynching except for which color of skin is on which side of the mob, then you’re doing the whole anti-racism thing wrong. Dr. King said that he had a dream where, “they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the […]

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LTE Printed

February 16th, 2012 by Mike N · 2 Comments · Culture

I had the following LTE printed verbatim in the Macomb Daily a countywide newspaper serving Macomb county which abuts Wayne County home of Detroit. “We must return to basic principles I applaud George Will’s Feb. 5 opinion column, pointing out the dictatorial desires of progressives from Woodrow Wilson to Franklyn Roosevelt and President Obama. Americans […]

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Why we seldom get principled leaders

January 16th, 2012 by Mike N · 7 Comments · Culture, Uncategorized

The Friday Jan 6th print edition of the Detroit Free Press carried an oped by Leonard Pitts Jr of the Miami Herald titled “Ron Paul is foolishly consistent in his extremism.” He starts it out with this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” I’ll skip the fact that […]

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Headlines of 2012, Hopefully

January 1st, 2012 by Mike N · 3 Comments · Culture, Politics

It’s that time of year again when I put together my list of a dozen or so headlines I would like to see in the New Year 2012. I normally do this on New Years Eve day. But Obama and both political parties have left so much to be desired that yesterday I could have […]

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Taxes-Our Sacrificial Duty

June 28th, 2011 by Mike N · 5 Comments · Culture

Tuesday’s 6/28 Detroit Free Press carries an op-ed by Leonard Pitts Jr a writer for the Miami Herald titled “Paying Taxes–a duty to your fellow Americans”. Mr Pitts has been preaching altruism especially government enforced altruism most of his journalistic life. I left the following comment at the online site:

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The First Law of Parasites

April 13th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 19 Comments · Business, Culture, Politics

It is amusing to see someone get excited about an IRS refund. He dances around and shouts, “I got $2,000! Partyyyyyy!!!” Hey, you really screwed the government, huh? Shmuck. The IRS loves to “give” you that money. Every refund represents a happy sheep. It’s the First Law of Parasites: Don’t kill the host. That refund […]

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Cavalcade of Links

March 9th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Culture, Link Cavalcade, Politics

Barry Rubin argues that Obama is bringing disaster to the Middle East and US interests. Michael Hurd explains Charlie Sheen. Evan Sayet looks at how leftists portray themselves in movies and TV. I think the explanation is that the left accepts the mind-body dichotomy, which is as old as Plato. The moral ideal is altruism, […]

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George Carlin

February 28th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Culture

I had more respect for George Carlin before I read his autobiography, Last Words, than after. The more you get to know about the man, the less you like him. He was irrational all his life. As a youth he was a juvenile delinquent. He had the bad luck to go to a progressive elementary […]

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The New Tone of Civility

February 19th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Culture, Politics

After the shooting in Tucson, the MSM speculated without evidence that the shooter was motivated by the extremist rhetoric of the right. So now that the media have called for a new tone of civility, everyone is nice and polite, right? Not quite:

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Violence In America

January 14th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Culture, Politics

Spike Lee said, “the United States of America is the most violent country in the history of civilization.” Actually, the opposite is true. If the USA is not the least violent country in history, then it’s one of them. This country was founded on the principle of individual rights, which is the means of shielding […]

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Wrapping Up

January 12th, 2011 by Myrhaf · 20 Comments · Culture, Politics

The argument from the left that harsh political rhetoric led to the violence in Arizona has been so roundly rebuked that I expect the MSM to drop it and move on to their next campaign. Charles Krauthammer wrote a good piece disposing of this dishonest nonsense. Michael Medved, with whom I often disagree, made an […]

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Independent Thinking vs. Conformity

December 20th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Culture, Education

Watch this interesting little film on the conformity of belief. I think it gets at something profound and important: people’s beliefs conform to the group in which they are raised. The filmmaker notes the importance of speaking out if you hold a minority opinion and are surrounded by a majority in error. The worst thing […]

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July 9th, 2010 by Bill Brown · 3 Comments · Culture

Terry Savage, in a column on a lemonade stand encounter, argues that this experience “sum up what’s wrong with U.S.” I would suggest that she’s correct in her evaluation but dead wrong in the source of her consternation. The children running the lemonade stand in question were giving away their product for free to all […]

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