Sunday, April 18, 2010

China Go Boom?

Compare this headline and story, from the UK’s MailOnline, China’s economy marches on as growth rate soars by nearly 12%, with this headline and opinion piece from the Christian Science Monitor, China: the coming costs of a superbubble.

Will China’s economy go boom?

Link to CSM piece via Vitaliy Katsenelson’s Contrarian Edge.  Vitaliy penned the piece for CSM.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/18 at 06:26 PM
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Got Manners?

Karen De Coster comments on a recent road rage shooting incident, close to her home, in a piece titled Shooting for Self-Defense?

Karen offers some sound advice in her piece, and her piece also illustrates why I say, “Got manners?”

Posted by John Venlet on 04/18 at 02:13 PM
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The “System” Is Broke, Rebuild Anew

In a Washington Post piece, written by Robert McCartney, titled ‘Tea partiers’ more wacky mavericks than extremist threat, McCartney left hand compliments the tea party movement, and not with just the headline to his piece.

But it is the following McCartney comment which I wish to address.

Nevertheless, on the whole, they struck me as passionate conservatives dedicated to working within the system rather than dangerous militia types or a revival of the Ku Klux Klan.

To the ‘tea partiers,” as McCartney refers to them, I wish to say that the system is broken.  Quite possibly irreparably.  Thus any attempts to work within the system will only entangle them within the system, further fouling Americans’ attempts to regain their liberty, freedom and opportunity.

Rebuild anew, one brick at a time if need be.

 

Posted by John Venlet on 04/18 at 11:46 AM
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“You Can’t Legislate Morality”

I’ve mentioned this before, but it is worth mentioning once again.

After my father passed away, my Mum shared a small book with us kids wherein my father had written some thoughts on his life.  One of the things my father wrote in that book, and my father was a deeply religious man, under the heading “Ten Lessons You Want Your Children to Learn,” as lesson number one, was

You can’t legislate morality.

This lesson comes to mind this morning after reading a piece written by Harry Binswanger, which is posted at Capitalism Magazine.  The piece is titled Will Religious Conservatives Hijack the Tea Party Movement?

Individuals of religious faith should embrace the lesson that my father left his children, and steer far clear of any attempts to inject their personal faith into political/legislative actions.

Link to Binswanger’s piece via Diana Hsieh.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/18 at 09:21 AM
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Buying In is Simple, Freeing Yourself Is Not

Via Bad Bad JuJu, via Primordial Shack, we are pointed to an essay, an eyewitness account actually, of Hitler’s takeover of Austria.  The essay is titled This Is How They Buy You, and has been posted at the Stormbringer blog.

The essay was written by Kitty Werthmann.  Kitty’s essay begins this way.

What I am about to tell you is something you’ve probably never heard or will ever read in history books.

I believe that I am an eyewitness to history. I cannot tell you that Hitler took Austria by tanks and guns; it would distort history. We elected him by a landslide - 98% of the vote . . . I’ve never read that in any American publications. Everyone thinks that Hitler just rolled in with his tanks and took Austria by force.

We are witnessing history, or are you blind to it?

Posted by John Venlet on 04/18 at 09:02 AM
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Sunday Morning Quote

“The best way to know God is to love many things.”—Vincent Van Gogh

I like that.

Linked via Mike Potemra at The Corner.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/18 at 08:38 AM
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Congress Unmoored

Protecting liberty does not, however, appear to be quite what Obama and the present Democratic leaders are after. Perhaps for the first time in our history, members of Congress from the majority party are acting as though they have largely become unmoored from the need to answer to the American people in general and even to their own constituents in particular.

From a piece penned by Jean Kaufman online at the Weekly Standard titled Congress Becomes Madison’s “Overbearing Majority.”

Linked via Musings of the GeekWithA.45.

Posted by John Venlet on 04/18 at 08:09 AM
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