Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Well, It’s True
This is supposed to be an outraegous statement?
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Don’t Talk Dirty To Me, Talk Austrian Economics To Me
In a post titled Opinion Changes, Mike Fagan brings to our attention the following interesting bit of news regarding the recent International Leadership Summit held in Opatija, Croatia, as reported by summit participant and The Cobden Center chief executive Dr. Tim Evans.
Now, beyond the content of our presentations and the debate that ensued, what was really interesting to me about this venture was how every time I or Dan Hannan mentioned the Austrian school of economics, a majority in the audience nodded as if in ‘knowing approval’. Clearly, a small minority of those present were familiar with Austrian school ideas but I suspect the overwhelming majority were not; yet all nodded.
To me, what is interesting about this is that if the gathered selection of people were in anyway representative of similar audiences further afield then maybe Austrian school ideas are starting to spread in such a way that even those ignorant of its details are starting to feign appreciation.
If so, then this all strikes me as being reminiscent of that time in late 1950s when across Western Europe and parts of North America it suddenly became fashionable for’ leaders’, ‘intellectuals’ and ‘opinion formers’ to ‘know’ and be able to comment on Socialism and Marxism. By the time of all the political and social upheavals of the late 1960s, few guests at any smart dinner party in London, Paris or New York wanted to admit that they knew absolutely nothing about these paradigms. So often they gave the impression that they did and in so doing aided a self-fulfilling prophecy much to the advantage of genuine and learned Marxists.
Maybe with the undermining of banking and monetary socialism, a similar whisper is emerging to the great benefit of Austrian ideas. In providing powerful diagnoses and explanations perhaps its ideas are now slowly starting to become fashionable even amongst elements of the so called smart set. Who knows? Only time will tell. But it is an interesting thought.
Now, a bunch of nodding leadership heads tends to inspire me about as much as bobbleheaded Obama, and I am even less inspired by knowing that alleged ‘leaders,’ ‘intellectuals’ and ‘opinion formers’ of the 1950s thought it was fashionable to comment on Socialism and Marxism at that time, because I am quite certain we are currently suffering from their 1950s socialist and marxist fashion sense.
With that said, one can only hope that if what Dr. Evans reports regarding a rise in interest in Austrian economics has some validity to it, that ‘leaders,’ ‘intellectuals,’ and ‘opinion formers’ are causing a run on Ludwig von Mises’ books Human Action and The Theory of Money & Credit, and are signing up, willy nilly, for classes in Austrian economics available through the Ludwig von Mises Institute.
Quote obtained from The Cobden Center article titled A useful nod for the Austrian school of economics?
Support Your Neighborhood “Domestic Terrorist”
The Department of Homeland Security considers a wide range of Americans domestic terrorists, including 95 year old, in failing health, Depends wearing grandmas.
In a post at Untimely Meditations titled Trading Up – Alternative to the Credit System, Marc Stevens, author of Adventures in Legal Land, notes that Anne Magee Tompkins, United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, is promoting awareness of a new domestic terrorist threat with this statement.
Attempts to undermine the legitimate currency of this country are simply a unique form of domestic terrorism…While these forms of anti-government activities do not involve violence, they are every bit as insidious and represent a clear and present danger to the economic stability of this country…We are determined to meet these threats through infiltration, disruption and dismantling of organizations which seek to challenge the legitimacy of our democratic form of government.”
I’m wondering if Tompkins is referring to more than just individual promoters of Bitcoin?
Marc Stevens is undertaking a “domestic terrorist” mission which I’m certain will rattle Tompkin’s cage, he is attempting to trade up to a house, without any money changing hands. Right at the moment, I cannot support Stevens’ neighborhood domestic terrorism mission, as I am not interested in what he is offering for trade, but he has my complete support.
Government Bailouts and Performance Art
Commenting on militant Greek unions’ attempts to thwart the sell off of public infrastructure to private investors, Perry de Havilland at Samizdata states,
Well anyone buying Greek infrastructures with private money deserves everything they will get… it would be easier and probably less stressful to just flush the money down the toilet and call it ‘performance art’.
True enough. The problem, though, is that many voting citizens, and private businesses chummy with politicians, do not view government bailouts as necessarily controversial performance art, but rather more as a Gallagher performance. Good fun complete with large bibs.
Strauss-Kahn - Attempts to Re-float A Sunk More Equal Pig
Even before word hit the world news wires today that sexual assault charges against Strauss-Kahn will be dropped, because the credibility of maid allegedly raped is supposedly lacking, headlines such as this, France abuzz with talk of comeback for Dominique Strauss-Kahn, and this, Dominique Strauss-Kahn trial reaction: French backers want ex-IMF chief to resume presidential run appeared.
When I read those headlines last week I could only conclude that a goodly portion of the French people are quite possibly vacuous air heads whose vacuity could be tapped at will by French powers that be in order to attempt to re-float a sunk more equal pig, if indeed the headlines accurately reflect French peoples’ way of thinking. If the headlines are accurate, and Strauss-Kahn is put up for president of France and elected, it would be an airbrushed propaganda coup which makes Lenin’s photographic airbrushing out of Trotsky seem amatuerish.
Victor Davis Hanson notes the developments surrounding Strauss-Kahn in a short post titled Not So Fast on Strauss-Kahn, and attempts to displace the vacuous air in French heads with some pertinent reminders.
First, we were given a rare glimpse of the otherwise discreet lifestyle of an aristocratic socialist, and we learned that the life he practices in no way approximates the ideology of equality of result that he embraces.
Second, European lectures about power imbalances, the corrupting influence of money and privilege, etc., do not exactly square with quickie sexual acts — even if mutually consensual, or paid for — in a luxury hotel room with a randomly met West African immigrant maid.
Third, we assume that the most powerful men on the planet, whether governors of New York and California, the president of the United States, or the head of the International Monetary Fund, have an obligation not to let their private lives intrude into their public ones, by reckless sexual behavior of the sort that lessens respect for the office and questions their judgement to such a degree that it affects the lives of those they are pledged to serve.
If the preponderance of evidence in the accuser’s past soon undermines her credibility to such an extent that her word cannot be used against Strauss-Kahn, then we will still be left with a controversy. It will simply be a matter, not of legality, but of Strauss-Kahn’s judgement, morality, and hypocrisy — as is usually the case in high-profile sexual scandals.
I hope their heads don’t blow up.
Monday, July 04, 2011
Independence Day Miscellany
I woke up early this gorgeous Independence Day morning, the date happened to by July 4, 2011. I turned my head and my eyes focused on the Lovely Melis’ pillow. The pillow’s tag caught my eye, protruding from the pillow case, and the words Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law reminded me that the hard won and world changing United States of America independence; a uniquely American idea and innovation; celebrated as being initiated in 1776 was not quite as independent in 2011 as Americans often profess. I forcefully tore the tag from the pillow, rousing Melis to the day.
After breakfasting, we attended the longest running Independence Day parade in the State of Michican, the Hollyhock Lane Parade, and though State of Michigan congressional and local politicians’ presence marred the parade, I enjoyed seeing my neighbors and friends marching, riding bikes, playing in the band and generally enjoying this early morning parade, not just by being spectators but by participating. To those wishing me a happy fourth of July, I gentlely reminded them it was Independence Day. Only one individual I reminded, a unicyclist I’d say was about my age, acknowledged my correction, with the words “Long live the republic” as he circled round to address me personally.
Most of us have various preconceived or conditioned thoughts about what Independence Day means, and though the day should be a celebratory day, there are facts about Independence Day we should not lose sight of which can sober the mere celebratory nature of this day. Such as 10 Things You Might Not Know About America’s Independence, or the hard truth of how American independence was won.
The remainder of this day I’ll spend doing whatever I please, well, I should probably qualify that by acknowledging that if the Lovely Melis asks me do this or that, I’ll probably comply.
So Happy Independence Day, and, as Og advises, “Now go blow some shit up.”
UPDATE: From this past November. Remember the Meme - The Real American Revolution
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Not Quite A Chappaquiddick Incident
What kind of strings do public officials have in their hands, and do they actually have to pull them, to keep their arrest for driving under the influence, with a young lady friend in the car, secret?
Ohio state Rep. Robert Mecklenborg profusely apologized Thursday for his arrest on drunken-driving charges, calling the incident “a mistake” that has “caused great hurt to my family” but which should not affect his ability to continue to represent his southwestern Hamilton County district.
At the time of his April 23 arrest in Lawrenceburg, Ind., Mecklenborg, a 59-year-old married father of three, had a young woman passenger in his car, court documents show…
The Enquirer learned of the arrest Wednesday, nearly nine weeks after it occurred. Asked whether he had any idea how and why it finally had surfaced, Mecklenborg said: “When you’re in public office, you’ve got a bull’s-eye on your back.”
State Representative Robert P. Mecklenborg (R-OH) must have a camoflauged bull’s-eye on his back in order for this news to have remained unknown for nine (9) weeks.
Though this is not quite a Chappaquiddick incident, it clearly illustrates another professional jobholder’s unfitness for office.
Thanks to a friend for an emailed head’s up on this.
UPDATE: Erin O’Brien provides more data in regards to Mecklenborg’s nine week old secret, including video of his arrest for driving under the influence, in a post titled We’re not in Ohio anymore.
Empty Your Pockets, Citizens of California
The California Federation of Teachers has launched a campaign to add a 1 percent income tax surcharge on Californians who make more than $500,000 a year — about the wealthiest 1 percent. That would bring the state taxable income rate to 10.3 percent for the richest Californians and net about $2.5 billion a year for the state, based on current returns.
“Our polling shows us clearly that this is a winner, that very high numbers of the public and likely voters agree that the wealthiest Californians should contribute more,” said Fred Glass, the federation’s communications director. “I think there’s a growing recognition that it’s not that California’s broke. We have plenty of money in this state; it’s just in other pockets. (bold by ed.)
The State is going to empty your pockets. One way or another.
Jose Guerena - Do Not Speak His Name
One of my last posts regarding the killing of Jose Guerena was titled Jose Guerena - Killed With The Consent Of The Governed, wherein I stated the following.
Why does not the killing of Jose Guerena matter? Because it has been consented to, just as specified in The Declaration of Independence.
Not only has Jose Guerena’s killing been consented to by the majority of the public, now comes word that if a “public official” dares speak in defense of Jose Guerena’s name said official will be shunned and stripped of their responsibilities.
Brian Miller may be still the chairman of the Pima GOP, but he’s without the keys to his kingdom.
Or a checkbook.
And the party’s ordered him not to speak in public.
The Pima County Republican Party’s executive committee told Miller on Thursday night to stop speaking for the party, to return its checkbook and credit cards, not enter into contracts, and to return the keys to party headquarters. Party leaders voted 10-2 on the resolution…
The county chair sent out an official GOP email in May titled “We are all Jose Guerena,” writing “It is my hope that this tragic event will lead to a renewed discussion of the policies that routinely lead to heavily armed and militarized local police invading private homes and a renewed interest in the civil liberties codified in our Bill of Rights.”
Last month, the party forced Miller to retract a statement on a radio talk show calling Guerena’s death “murder.”
So, do you still believe that elected public officials are working in your interest?
Dresses and Barbed Wire Fences
A woman’s dress should be like a barbed-wire fence: serving its purpose without obstructing the view.
Classic. Beauty. Click that link and see for yourself.
Friday, July 01, 2011
22 Bad Apples
Most individuals have heard the phrase, at some point in time, one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch. In fact, one bad apple will spoil the whole bunch, if it is not plucked, with prejuidice, and discarded immediately.
The one bad apple doesn’t spoil the whole bunch phrase is often trotted out when one cop is caught in nefarious dealings of one sort or another, as old adages have a certain warm and comforting feel custom made to appease mere citizens expressing anger and resentment over the nefarious dealings.
Well, if one bad does spoil the whole bunch, what happens if there are 22?
Dayton police “mistook” a mentally handicapped teenager’s speech impediment for “disrespect,” so they Tasered, pepper-sprayed and beat him and called for backup from “upward of 20 police officers” after the boy rode his bicycle home to ask his mother for help, the boy’s mom says.
I can tell you what does happen to these bad apples, in the vast majority of cops as bad apple cases, nothing. But what should happen to these bad apples, or what is referred to as de-jellers in more professional business settings, is the bad apple should be immediately plucked and discarded, because if they are not, they will spoil the whole bunch, and at this point in time, there are a lot of bad apple cops out there.
Quote taken from a Courthouse News Service piece titled Cops Just Love Those Tasers, linked via Joel, at The Ultimate Answer to Kings (is not a bullet but a belly laugh), via SnarkyBytes.
Big Browns Come Out At Night
There’s something about being on the water, fly rod in hand, in the dark, waiting for the rise. At this time of year, in the waters I frequent, one waits with anticipation, and not a little impatience, for the hatch of the Hexagania Limbata, or Hex for short. The big browns come out to feed, then, and often with abandon. You’ll know when the big browns are feeding, the sound is unmistakable, a resounding glub, not un-similar to the sound of a softball sized rock dropped casually into a quiet pool. You may be able to dimly see where the fish rose, if there’s a bit of light in the sky, but in all likelihood you’ll not cast to what you see, but what you hear, and if all the stars are in alignment, and your blind cast to the sound is on key, well, then the dance is on.
If all these things happen, just right, you may very well find something like this on the end of your line. Nice fish, Joe.