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Entries from June 30th, 2009

The Technology of Epistemology

June 30th, 2009 by Jim May · 3 Comments · Politics

Over at Big Hollywood, Andrew Breitbart makes the oft-noted observation that modern-day bills such as the stimulus bill and the Cap and Trade bill just passed are huge (973 and 1200 pages, respectivel) — while the ostensive ultimate law of the land, the Constitution, is only 12 pages long. Sadly, he does not grasp that […]

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Going Galt?

June 30th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 2 Comments · Politics

Whatever the government estimates the deficit to be this year, the actual deficit will be bigger. First, government programs always turn out to be more expensive than they actually are. But there is a second reason that is not being reported by the media. Federal receipts are down from last year. Tom Blumer figures that […]

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Climate Change Truth

June 29th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 16 Comments · Environmentalism

A senior EPA scientist was rebuffed after trying to distribute a report expressing doubts about a pending global warming policy. He was told that it would not be released since it might jeopardize the policy, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has discovered. The author took the EPA to task for relying on outdated research and for […]

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Obama On Honduras

June 29th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Foreign Affairs

As I’ve noted several times, Obama is remarkable for his ability to choose the wrong position on every issue. He has done it again with the turmoil in Honduras.

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Universal Health Experiment Fails

June 28th, 2009 by Mike N · 7 Comments · Politics

Dr. Paul Hsieh wrote a great essay on how the Massachusetts experiment in Universal Health Care was wrong for Massachusetts and is still wrong for America. His essay by that title was printed in the Objective Standard and can be read on line here. On June 25th, Sandy Szwarc at JunkfoodScience reports a few more […]

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The Farrah Fawcett-Ayn Rand Connection

June 27th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Culture

In the months before Farrah Fawcett died Amy Wallace had an email exchange with the actress about Fawcett’s communications with Ayn Rand. Fawcett’s emails show that she was most definitely not the airhead starlet she used to be considered.

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Nadir In the House

June 26th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 4 Comments · Politics

Is this the low point? All my life the American state has been destroying freedom one law at a time. Some laws have been more idiotic, irrational and destructive than others. Nixon’s wage and price controls would be among the worst if they had not been quickly rescinded. Johnson’s Great Society was a huge step […]

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Obama Around the Web

June 26th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Link Cavalcade

There are some interesting pieces on Obama around the web.  Commentary has two good ones. Decoding Obama by Peter Wehner looks at Obama’s lies. The man has no shame and will say anything. As we have learned from the 20th century totalitarian regimes, the truth is always their first victim — and those who destroy […]

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One Step At A Time

June 25th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Politics

Americans are a little less free this month than they were last month. Beginning June 1st Americans are required by law to take their passport to travel to Canada or Mexico. Back in the olden days of, well, May, Americans could drive to Mexico or Canada without papers. That’s what free countries do: they leave […]

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Hey Man, Nice Shot

June 24th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Foreign Affairs

83 Talibani are reported killed in a Predator strike. Not all news is bad.

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The Letterman Problem

June 18th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 11 Comments · Culture

David Letterman has come under intense attack from the right over bad jokes he made about Governor Sarah Palin and her daughters. He mentioned Sarah Palin’s “slutty flight attendant look,” which made me laugh because it’s true. Then he made a joke about Alex Rodriguez knocking up Palin’s daughter. To me this is more a […]

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Auto Atlas Has Shrugged

June 18th, 2009 by Mike N · 6 Comments · Business

The National Summit on the economy held at the Renaissance Center here in Detroit has ended on a sad note, provided by Nolan Finley, editor of the slightly conservative Detroit News. In his editorial Mr. Finley laments the fact that nobody seems to care about business and industry any more: “Since January, corporate America has […]

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Rationing Health Care: A Case of Equivocation

June 17th, 2009 by Chuck · 6 Comments · Politics

The New York Times had an article today about the claim that socialized medicine* will lead to health care rationing.  According to the writer, rationing is “an inescapable part of economic life.”  It is the process of allocating scarce resources. Even in the United States, the richest society in human history, we are constantly rationing. We […]

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Yaron Brook Speaks

June 16th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

If you have 18 minutes of free time, check out Yaron Brook’s keynote address at the Republican Party of Virginia 2009 State Convention. Great speech! (HT: Forum For Ayn Rand Fans)

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A Telling Response

June 16th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Foreign Affairs

The American people are getting a dramatic look at what is wrong with their president. The Iranian people are protesting a fraudulent election. In response, the regime of the mullahs is shooting them in the streets. Obama cannot be moved to condemn the regime. Politico reports, “It’s not productive, given the history of U.S.-Iranian relations, to be […]

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The Human Face of Socialized Medicine

June 15th, 2009 by Galileo Blogs · 7 Comments · Politics

Some weeks ago a reader of my blog, Galileo Blogs, posted the story of his father-in-law, who received treatment under Canada’s system of socialized medicine. With his permission, I reproduce his story below. As President Obama this week begins his congressional push for further socializing medicine in America, consider the story of his father-in-law, and […]

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Say’s Revenge

June 13th, 2009 by Jim May · 12 Comments · Business

This post was born as a huge comment to Myrhaf’s post here. As Milton Friedman correctly wrote, inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon. By extension, therefore, so is deflation — which is why, contrary to mainstream economists, we are not in a truly deflationary period at present, insofar as there is no reduction […]

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You Have the Right Not to Tell Us Your Plans to Destroy America

June 10th, 2009 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on You Have the Right Not to Tell Us Your Plans to Destroy America · Politics

The inevitable has happened: …the Obama Justice Department has quietly ordered FBI agents to read Miranda rights to high value detainees captured and held at U.S. detention facilities in Afghanistan, according a senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. “The administration has decided to change the focus to law enforcement. Here’s the problem. You have […]

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The Inflation Threat

June 10th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Politics

This is stunning information from Arthur Laffer: About eight months ago, starting in early September 2008, the Bernanke Fed did an abrupt about-face and radically increased the monetary base — which is comprised of currency in circulation, member bank reserves held at the Fed, and vault cash — by a little less than $1 trillion. […]

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Obama In Dresden

June 8th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 3 Comments · Politics

There is almost an artistic selectivity to how bad a president Barack Obama is. If a fiction writer wanted to create a portrait of an altruist-collectivist-statist lefty in the White House, he could do little better than to copy the real life choices Obama has made. Now in addition to everything else, Obama has quietly […]

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