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Entries from August 31st, 2009

Teen Culture Observation

August 31st, 2009 by Mike N · 8 Comments · Culture

Amy Mossoff at The Little Things has a post titled “These children are not my future” in which she links to a post at Scribbit. The ladies are fed up with teenagers going door to door selling stuff, mostly magazines, by appealing to the customer’s altruism. They pitch their need instead of their product which […]

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Kind Of A Monster

August 28th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Politics

Edward Kennedy’s life was not entirely bad. I was surprised to read this: During the 1970s, Kennedy was instrumental in deregulating the interstate trucking industry and airline ticket prices, two innovations that have vastly improved the quality of life in America even as—or more precisely, because—they pushed power out of D.C. and into the pocketbooks […]

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What We’re In For

August 26th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 1 Comment · Politics

“The babies born in hospital corridors: Bed shortage forces 4,000 mothers to give birth in lifts, offices and hospital toilets”: Tory health spokesman Andrew Lansley, who obtained the figures, said Labour had cut maternity beds by 2,340, or 22 per cent, since 1997. At the same time birth rates have been rising sharply – up […]

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My Father and Socialized Medicine

August 25th, 2009 by Embedded I · 31 Comments · Culture, Socialized Medicine

Yes, he is in the twilight of life, but he is my father.  More importantly, for 61 years he has been my mother’s lifelong love.  They went through WW2, they immigrated to a Canadian farm from S. England.  Dad pursued several means of employment to provide a comfortable living while raising three boys. On Monday, […]

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How Not to Fight Socialized Medicine

August 25th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 12 Comments · Socialized Medicine

Obama has unwisely outraged old people by trying to fund socialized medicine on their backs. The Republicans sense an opportunity for political gain, as well they should. But what do they conclude? WASHINGTON — Republicans are targeting older Americans worried about President Barack Obama’s health overhaul plans with a “seniors’ health care bill of rights.” […]

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Peter Schiff

August 25th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Peter Schiff makes a great deal of sense in the following video interview. He is contemplating a run for Chris Dodd’s Senate seat in Connecticut. It would be the most dramatic Senate race in memory, with a wide difference between the two candidates. One candidate would stand for freedom and rolling back government; the other candidate […]

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Be Afraid!

August 24th, 2009 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on Be Afraid! · Environmentalism

Here are two new scares the environmentalists are throwing at the wall to see if they stick: Water footprints and oxygen depletion. That’s right, producing consumer goods uses too much water. If that’s not bad enough, man is depleting the oxygen in our atmosphere. If we don’t assign some noble bureaucrats to regulate these horrors […]

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Random Thoughts on the Current Looting

August 19th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 7 Comments · Politics

The Democrat Party is the Looter Party. The Looters want to take over 15% of the economy in their quest for total control. Yes, as altruists, they believe dictating the lives of the collective is moral. Looters who loot for good of the collective are still Looters. Frederic Bastiat called it “legalized plunder.” Plunder is […]

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The Wynand Grocer

August 17th, 2009 by Bill Brown · 10 Comments · Politics

I just finished listening to The Fountainhead on audiobook and a lot of the opinions expressed by the execrable characters rang hollow to my ears. Maybe it’s the people I deal with or the blogs I read, but I just don’t hear people saying things so explicitly—the altruism and collectivism I encounter is subtle. Then […]

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The Value of Null Findings

August 16th, 2009 by Mike N · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Sandy Szwarc at JunkfoodScience has an in-depth look at a health science topic. Although it’s titled “The Myth About Unhealthy Belly Fat” the article’s theme is, ‘the importance of null findings’, and properly laments the fact that the media seldom reports them. This is very true and also very important. That’s because: “Null findings enable […]

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When Words Are Weapons

August 15th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 33 Comments · Uncategorized

There are, I believe, two factors that explain the Democrat ad hominem strategy against their opponents in the health care debate (not that there’s much argumentation of ideas going on). One factor is general, and the other more specific. The general cause is the decline of reason in modern philosophy, and its effect on the left. […]

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Chief Surveillance Commissioner

August 14th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

We here in America can always look at the UK, which is slightly farther down the road to serfdom than us, for a look at what the future might hold for us. Britain has something called a “Chief Surveillance Commissioner.” Two people have been successfully prosecuted for refusing to provide authorities with their encryption keys, […]

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Your Life Is Theirs to Command

August 14th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Rahm Emanuel explains his plan for mandatory “civil defense training.” This interview is a fascinating glimpse into the soul of a collectivist. Emanuel thinks the state forcing all Americans to endure a common experience “will give people a sense of what it means to be an American.” Personally, I think that choosing to read and […]

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August 14th, 2009 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on Götterdämmerung? · Socialized Medicine

The Democrats have decided to continue demonizing the opposition to their health care bill, even though a majority of voters are against them. Harry Reid called town hall protesters evil-mongers, whatever that means. (They are stirring up evil? Calling forth demons?) James Clyburn, the third most powerful Democrat in the House of Representatives, recalls the […]

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The Seen and the Unseen

August 13th, 2009 by Jim May · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

Often in debates regarding government programs, the advocates thereof usually fail to account for what is unseen — i.e. for what might have been in the absence of this or that government destruction. Recently, Stephen Hawking made this error when he said that “he would not be alive if it weren’t for NHS”; he does […]

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Which Side is Telling the Truth?

August 12th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 13 Comments · Uncategorized

Here is one point of view: But the outpouring of anger continued from those who see healthcare reform as misguided, even destructive to the country’s fabric. “I think it is very hard because [Democrats] don’t have the message machine the Republicans do,” said George Lakoff, a UC Berkeley linguistics professor who has advised some Democrats […]

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Where I Think It’s Going

August 11th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

I suspect the health care debate will not end well. Right now the big sticking point is the idea of a “single payer.” Opponents say ObamaCare is a trojan horse that will destroy private insurers and lead to single payer. Defenders of socialized medicine took a big hit with this video showing that their plan […]

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More Obama Care Revelations

August 10th, 2009 by Mike N · 1 Comment · The Horror File

Principles in Practice, the blog of The Objective Standard, has an excellent analysis of some key elements in the health care bill now before the House, by Dr. John David Lewis. One case in point is the question ‘Will the Plan increase the government’s ability to scutinize our private affairs?’ His evaluation is: “1.This section […]

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Leftist Strategy: We Need to Lie Better

August 9th, 2009 by Myrhaf · 9 Comments · Uncategorized

Dan Neil has written It’s time to fight dirty on the health care debate, a classic bit of leftist thinking. He begins by admitting that the other side is winning. There are times when I want to quit being a progressive liberal, tear up my ACLU membership card and surrender my implanted mind-control chip through […]

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The Shallowness of a Demagogue: A Fishy Analysis

August 8th, 2009 by Chuck · 9 Comments · Politics

In his weekly radio address today, President Obama assailed the critics of the current efforts at health care reform: And let me start by dispelling the outlandish rumors that reform will promote euthanasia, cut Medicaid or bring about a government takeover of health care. That’s simply not true. Ok, the reader of the transcript or listener […]

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