Archive for May 2011

Crony Capitalism — An Illinois Example — The Texas Exception

Adam Smith wrote An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of The Wealth of Nations in 1776 to argue against Mercantilism and in favor of the free exchange of goods and services produced by private entrepreneurs as the source of wealth in any nation. To be exact, Smith argued that consumption was the driver not…

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Denver Post Gets It Wrong On Methane Gas In Water Wells

This story in today’s Denver Post got my attention: Tainted Wells Linked to Gas Drilling. The tainted wells to which they refer are water wells in the Eastern United States. This is apparently a Denver Post originated story through Denver Post wire services by a Denver Post reporter. There is no indication that the story…

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Quote of the Day

Howard Nemerov, on moving from California to Texas: We got out before the real estate crash and moved to Texas. As soon as possible, I got my concealed carry license. What a fresh breath of freedom, to be able to carry personal protection legally. People in CA chided me about moving to redneck-land. I decided…

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Mexico Under Siege

At least 34,000 people have been killed over the last 2 years in the ongoing war between Mexican drug cartels and Felipe Calderon’s government. It’s not yet certain which side is winning. Perhaps neither. Mainstream media coverage has been sporadic and uneven. It would be hard to have a complete understanding of the situation South…

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It’s Easier to Get Into Harvard Than to Get a Job at Walmart

Harvard received 15 applications for every new student admitted to its most recent class. Walmart just received 6,000 application for 300 jobs at a new Walmart in Cleveland. That’s one new hire for every 20 applicants. This ratio is not an anomaly, but is representative of everywhere Walmart opens a new store. The qualifications for…

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A Man From Illinois

Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, R-Ill. (1896-1969) Democrats measure their success by how many people are dependent on government forcing their fellow citizens to pay their way — Republicans, at least those that are proudly conservative, measure their success by how many people are independent of government and don’t try to live off their fellow citizens.

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British Gun Control Is Sexist

Howard Nemerov has these thoughts: The Brits know how to control their women. After imposing draconian gun control in 1997, the next decade saw about a 60% increase in the rape rate. Where women used to be safer than in the U.S., British women are now raped about twice as often as here in gun-toting…

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Republicans Are Helping Obama Pack The Courts

This is being widely ignored, but key Republicans are helping Obama pack the Federal Courts with left-wing judges.  Lindsey Graham, Lamar Alexander, John McCain, Scott Brown, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Mark Kirk, Lisa Murkowskie, John Thune, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson all voted for cloture to end a Senate filibuster and clear the way to confirmation of…

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Bollywood vs. Bin Laden

Why Radical Islam fears pop culture — or why blow yourself up for the myth of 72 virgins when there’s some hot babes right here, in this world.  They’re Muslim and they’re real!

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Wealth Redistribution — What It Looks Like

Obama on redistribution of wealth in a 2001 interview on a Chicago radio station: …the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it…

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