Archive for September 2015

Chicago sees deadliest September in 13 years

14 shot in 15 hours, 5 of them fatally.  Chicago Tribune on Monday: In all, 14 people had been shot, six fatally, over a 15-hour period. In the waning days of the month, Chicago had already recorded 60 homicides, the city’s deadliest September since 2002, according to a Tribune analysis. In fact, September has had…

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Obama mourning the loss of his patsy in the House

Thomas Sowell says Good Riddance!: Speaker Boehner had a tough hand to play, given the internal splits among House Republicans. But Boehner’s biggest problem was Boehner. And it is a recurring Republican problem. Nothing epitomized Boehner’s wrong-headedness like an occasion when he emerged from the White House, after a conference with President Obama and others,…

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Today marks the 134th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig von Mises

September 29 marks the 134th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig von Mises, the tallest giant of the “Austrian School” of economics. Although Mises is not a household name, Nobel laureate Friedrich Hayek once referred to him as “the master of us all.” To this day, professional economists and laypeople alike learn from the writings…

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Just asking ….

If Republicans, especially conservative Republicans, are racists, as Democrat claim, why is Ben Carson now as popular as Donald Trump with Republican conservatives? Democrats don’t like Ben Carson. Are they racists?

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Trouble in the Land of Lincoln

Illinois Lottery Can’t Pay Off Big Winners, But Still Selling Lottery Tickets. Win more than $25,000 in the Illinois Lottery and the best you’ll get is the same thing you’ll get from your out-of-work brother-in-law sleeping on your couch, drinking all your beer — an IOU. That is not good enough for two lottery winners.…

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On Wealth, Poverty and Free Markets

Princeton University philosopher Harry Frankfurt says on page 4 of his new book, On Inequality: In extracting from the economic wealth of the nation much more than they require in order to live well, those who are excessively affluent are guilty of a kind of economic gluttony. Do you see what is wrong with that…

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Carly Clobbers Chuck

F. Chuck Todd tries to bait Carly on Meet The Press and she’s having none of it. Strong woman stands up to a jerk, and wins. Her point is a good one, what Planned Parenthood is doing is killing aborted babies that have survived the abortion; this is not about whether one is pro-life or…

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H.L. Mencken on Human-Caused Climate Change

H.L. Mencken died in 1956 before all the puffery on global cooling morphing into global warming and now climate change, but this quote tells us pretty much what he would make of it if he were alive today: “Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate…

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Blood Red Supermoon Tonight

ongi In the Eastern sky Sunday night (9/27) starting at about 8:11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (0011 GMT). The moon will reach complete totality (it will be completely submerged in the darkest part of Earth’s shadow) at about 10:47 p.m. EDT (0247 GMT). The eclipse will end at about 1:22 a.m. EDT (0522 GMT). If…

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Here’s what to know about John Boehner’s pending resignation

John Boehner’s decision to resign drew this from Rep. Peter King (R-NY) “I’m disappointed. This is a victory for the crazies,” King told Newsday. “You can’t appease these people.” Appease? Since when have Peter King’s branch of Republicans ever tried to appease conservatives. All they’ve tried to do is deprive conservatives of their positions in Congress…

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