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Entries from February 28th, 2010

Coffee Party II

February 28th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

A few more thoughts on the Coffee Party USA, to follow up on my last post. Remember during the Bush presidency when dissent was the highest form of patriotism? We didn’t hear much from the left about “cooperation” when it came to the Patriot Act or the war in Iraq. And when Congress stopped Bush’s […]

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Rights of Way

February 27th, 2010 by Bill Brown · 3 Comments · Politics

As a historian, it irritates me when people cite historical evidence after a superficial Internet search (or, worse yet, treat Wikipedia as a primary source). Matthew Yglesias—I know, I know, I may as well be reading Krugman—today argues that opposition to mass transit stems at its root from jingoism. This is a familiar refrain and […]

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The Coffee Party Movement

February 26th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

It had to happen. The left has reacted to the Tea Party movement with its own version, the Coffee Party USA. Their statement of principles, if that’s what they are, is remarkably vague. The movement’s main point is that they are for “cooperation,” whereas the Tea Party movement is about “obstructionism.” This is not a […]

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Business As Usual On the Left

February 23rd, 2010 by Myrhaf · Comments Off on Business As Usual On the Left · Uncategorized

Here is a portrait of a leftist character assassin. And The New York Times is trying to smear the Tea Party movement by linking it to the militia movement of the ’90s. Robert Tracinski comments on the Times’ smear job in TIA Daily: The real story here is not about the Tea Party movement; it’s about the left. […]

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Reporter Fired For Believing In Reality

February 20th, 2010 by Myrhaf · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

This is astonishing: Atlanta Progressive News has parted ways with long-serving senior staff writer Jonathan Springston. Apparently, Springston’s affinity for fact-based reporting clashed with Cardinale’s vision. And, no, that’s not sarcasm. In an e-mail statement, editor Matthew Cardinale says Springston was asked to leave APN last week “because he held on to the notion that […]

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Trade Deficit myth

February 18th, 2010 by Embedded I · 12 Comments · Uncategorized

Over at The Rational Capitalist, a sympathetic commenter, using the moniker C.W., wrote, “we are exporting inflation, in the form of our trade deficit. “What is a trade deficit?  How does it export inflation? Surely the idea of a trade deficit disregards the principle of value-for-value trading, regardless of national borders?

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Wide as an Ocean, Shallow as a Puddle: Epistemological Primitivism IV

February 15th, 2010 by Jim May · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

In the past, I have illustrated how pragmatism cripples the intellect, especially among conservatives.  Today’s case, however, is not one of the Internet pundits that we’ve seen before, but is one of conservatism’s stars, one of its best pretenders to the intellectual mantle: Anthony Daniels, perhaps better known as Theodore Dalrymple.

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A Matter of Time

February 9th, 2010 by Bill Brown · 2 Comments · Environmentalism

Joe Romm may think this is the worst Super Bowl commercial {via} ever, but I have to disagree: I believe that Audi intended it as a caricature: the only difference is that there is not yet an actual police force dedicated to environmental law enforcement at such a visible level. The absurd, petty laws from […]

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Hijacking the Tea Party Movement?

February 8th, 2010 by Mike N · 10 Comments · Uncategorized

This last Wednesday I happened to flip channels (while the Mrs was on our only computer, which fact is going to change sometime this year) and caught the beginning of Geraldo At Large on Fox. He was covering a tea party convention where Sarah Palin was about to give the keynote speech. So I watched.

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Healthcare Is Not a Right

February 6th, 2010 by Galileo Blogs · Comments Off on Healthcare Is Not a Right · Politics

Healthcare is not a right, and our lives depend on acknowledging this fact.

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The Perks of Power

February 2nd, 2010 by Myrhaf · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Free market supporters love to use the hypocrisy argument against statists. It’s been around a long time. To name a few examples of actions that are called hypocrisy: The health care of Senators and Congressmen is better than what Americans would get in the plans of those politicians. Al Gore’s house leaves a huge carbon footprint. […]

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It Wasn’t Our Fault!

February 1st, 2010 by Chuck · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

“And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?  We call it Riding the Gravy Train.”  (Pink Floyd) From the Guardian comes a story titled “The west owes Haiti a bailout. And it would be a hand-back, not a handout.”  Yes, it’s all our fault.  Our fault that they were poor, poorly governed, […]

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