Archive for November 2014

Crime wave in East Central Wyoming?

Well, not quite that bad. But, A crime surge has accompanied Wyoming’s oil boom. Serious crimes including aggravated assault and larceny are up 17 percent in the Douglas area since 2009, according to the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation. Wyoming oil booms have been accompanied by crime surges in the past as well. A feature film…

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The Pilgrims’ Real Thanksgiving Lesson

While giving thanks today for all that we have, we should remember that it was the institution of private property rights by Governor William Bradford that saved the Pilgrims from starvation and misery. That’s what they were thankful for at the first Thanksgiving [on August 9, 1623]. The story is recounted by economist Benjamin Powell…

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The Real Story of Thanksgiving

The Real Story of Thanksgiving After three years of starvation and want the Pilgrims, under Governor William Bradford, abolished the practice of farming in common, which was they practice they brought with them from England. The harvest of 1623 was bountiful while the previous years had been lean. The Pilgrim’s first Thanksgiving resulted as a…

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Beware the $100 bill on your windshield

You’ve heard of it, the $100 bill a car jacker sticks on your windshield to get you to step out of your car so he can steal it.  But you recognize this as nonsense, right? An urban legend. Karen Straughn doesn’t get the joke. She believes it’s real. So what, you say?  So there’s another…

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I think these phenomena are connected…

First, to lay the foundation upon which to build an idea: The way we gain understanding of what’s going on in the world around us is related to our ability to see what is connected and what isn’t.  It’s not always obvious.  For example, when a politician comes out strongly for an increase in the…

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Albert Bierstadt, 1830-1902

Bierstadt was first a member of the Hudson River School of painters whose painting of the Hudson River Valley was called luminism for its attention to detail with the use of glowing light. Bierstadt soon, however, became infatuated by the American West and along with contempt Thomas Moran (1837-1926) created art sometimes referred to as…

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Conservatives understand liberals; this doesn’t work in reverse

William Voegeli, senior editor of the Claremont Review of Books [the best one around these days], and author of The Pity Party: A Mean-Spirited Diatribe Against Liberal Compassion, writing today at The Daily Signal: Just before the recent midterm electionsThe Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky called the GOP “as intellectually dishonest and bankrupt and just plain…

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Hoisted on his own petard again

Senator Barack Obama, 2008: “The biggest problems that we’re facing right now have to do with George Bush trying to bring more and more power into the executive branch and not go through Congress at all. And that’s what I intend to reverse when I’m president of the United States of America.” You know, we’re…

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