Archive for August 2010

VJ Day August 14, 1945

Richard Sullivan says, of this video: 65 Years Ago my Dad shot this film along Kalakaua Ave. in Waikiki capturing spontaneous celebrations that broke out upon first hearing news of the Japanese surrender. Kodachrome 16mm film: God Bless Kodachrome, right? I was able to find an outfit (mymovietransfer.com) to do a much superior scan of…

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Obama Shows His Stuff At Mosque Announcement

It was at a Ramadan dinner at the White House where Obama gave his announcement of support for building a trophy mosque at ground zero while flanked by radical muslims with connections to terrorist organizations. Just to take three of Obama’s friends from the official guest list reproduced by the Washington Post: Ingrid Mattson, the…

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Crony Capitalism in Louisiana Casket Industry

A previous post, A Despised Tax Collected By Wretches, described a hideous example crony capitalism in Wyoming. The video below follows the story in Louisiana of a similar alliance between a private industry and government to protect that industry from competition. As Adam Smith warned us in 1776 that businessmen will always seek an alliance…

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Sam Colt Made Us Equal

Think the world might be a kinder, gentler place if firearms did not exist? I’ve never believed that and now there is some pretty good evidence that a gun-free society is not a polite society. The following is from an article that Carlyle Moody and Don Kates are writing that refutes the theory that more…

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The Difference Between Liberals and Conservatives

There are many things that point to basic differences between liberals and conservatives but the most poignant is the ease with which liberals express their hatred of conservatives. Nothing on the right is comparable. Conservatives generally believe liberals are guided by emotion and uninformed opinions which lead them to support disastrous government policies, but few…

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California Is The Sow That Eats Her Piglets

Most people know that California is in economic decline but may not know how bad it is. With unemployment rising from just over 5% to 13% since 2006, people and corporations fleeing the state, and public employee unions dominating the Sacramento bureaucracy, California is on the verge of becoming a failed state. So what went…

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The Higher Education Bubble

Something that can’t last forever, won’t. . . The Higher Education Bubble is About to Burst As former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously remarked, the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money . . . Further Thoughts on the Higher Education Bubble Do you really need a college…

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Knaves, Saints and Moralists — An Uncomfortable Intimacy

From Chicagoboyz, a most interesting group blog staffed by folks who think big thoughts, Joseph Fouche says: For most of the course of human events, mankind lived in tribes. Behavior was regulated by intimate and persistent relationships, many with blood relations. The prolonged development required by human children assumed prolonged immersion in a cultural torrent…

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Who is Mary Jo Kilroy?

Member of Congress elected in 2008 with a narrow 1% margin in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District. She’s an Israel-bashing liberal who voted to condemn Israel for the crimes of Hamas terrorists, and she’s vulnerable in November. This campaign ad by the Emergency Committee for Israel tells that part of her story [much more below]: In…

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