Archive for January, 2009

Troubled assets explained

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Uncharacteristically, I already understood this banking and finance term on my own through reading and hearing about them, but John Carney gives a good explanation of what "troubled asset" means. More important is why it is a terrible idea for the government to buy them or guarantee them; far from ...

Quote and links of the day

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

On the off-chance that you haven't read them, I thoroughly enjoyed this critique of Noam Chomsky and other communist idiots and the ensuing discussion of it at Austro-Athenian Empire. Roderick Long's involvement makes just about everything into a stimulating discussion, if it wasn't already. The quote of the day was provided ...

How to create jobs in a heartbeat

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

So said a headline on MSN.com this morning. It links to an article at Slate.com. Wait, before I click on the link, let me guess! Hmmm...take even more money, even faster, away from individuals, and borrow or print even more money than ever before, and throw it at government works ...

Obama launches headlong into war on terrorism

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Barack Obama has begun following through on his promises to continue the neocons' war on terrorism and increase the Imperial Federal Government's interference in the affairs of billions of people across the world. The London Times reports: Missiles fired from suspected US drones killed at least 15 people inside Pakistan today, ...

Libertarian lyrics 3

Monday, January 26th, 2009

"Industrial Disease" by Mark Knopfler: Warning lights are flashing down at quality control Somebody threw a spanner and they threw him in the hole There's rumors in the loading bay and anger in the town Somebody blew the whistle and the walls came down There's a meeting in the boardroom, they're trying to trace the ...

Quote of the day

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

From bumbling idiot and Obama-worshipper Brad DeLong (page 12 of the linked article): Friedrich Hayek and Joseph Schumpeter led those "Austrian" economists who tried to build theories in which government attempts to cure recession caused more harm than good. Behind Hoover and Hayek stands the figure of Karl Marx, who critiqued ...

Ignorance is not bliss

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

On Kelly's Facebook page, he predicted that Guantanamo Bay prison would still be open 6 months from now and we'd still have a significant presence in Iraq 1 year from now. His Obama maniac friend responded: Come on, Kelly, can't you be optimistic about anything relating to the Obama presidency? ...

Quote of the day

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

From Chris Floyd: What would happen if we simply treated all of these greasy pole climbers as ordinary human beings—"poor, bare, forked animals" like the rest of us—instead of turning them into fantasy figures imbued with embodiment and magic and goodness? The only extraordinary thing about them—their craving for dominion over ...

I pledge…

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

...to be of service to Barack Obama... ...to be a servant to our president and all mankind. That is some scary and disgusting shit. Hat tip to one of Radley Balko's commenters for a working link to a video of this celebrity pukefest: MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge

Obama’s nationalism and socialism

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Partly because I like quotations so much and partly because I haven't perused many blags recently, my favorite blag post of the last several days was this one by Michael Rozeff. He compares the unifying, nationalistic theme of Obama's four-year presidential campaign to the ideas and slogans of the Nazis. ...

24: Torture is A-ok

Monday, January 12th, 2009

A number of my friends have Facebook statuses (stati?) about the new season of 24. Apparently, they're doing a two night double header, in which they showed one episode last night to be followed by an additional one tonight. I feel compelled to comment on my thoughts of 24. I saw ...

Obama’s inaugural address

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Slate magazine and MixedInk.com have partnered to create the People's Inaugural Address, in which anyone can register and contribute their own sentences, paragraphs, or entire speeches, and about a week from now the highest-rated speech gets published by Slate as the true "people's" inauguration speech. This is how Slate describes ...