Archive for April 2011
Mark Steyn has a new piece up at National Review Online discussing the debt ceiling, quantitative easing, and other fiscal insanity. Sounds boring as hell doesn’t it? It probably would be, if it wasn’t Mark Steyn.
I tried up above to come up with a real-world comparison for the debt ceiling — imagine you’ve got a credit-card limit of 10K, etc. — but it’s harder to do that with the Fed’s policy: Imagine your left hand issues an IOU to your right hand in return for an e-mail with a large number on it . . . oh, never mind, it’ll only make your head hurt. “Quantitative easing” is extremely quantitative if not terribly easing, so raising the debt ceiling would enable us to issue more debt for us to buy from ourselves. You can see why Secretary Geithner thinks that’s a no-brainer.
Read the whole thing to get a practical understanding of what the talking heads are all arguing about.
I like books as much as the next guy, but some people are seriously lacking in perspective.
Miguel at Gun Free Zone brings our attention to a book review by a pair of academics that makes my hair stand on end.
Leverick claims the victim has a right to life and therefore has a right to use lethal force to defend it. Of course, this does not necessarily follow. Sally might have a right to a book, but she may not be able to use force to defend that book, much less deadly force to defend the book. Leverick is not entitled to assume that a right to something entails that one has the right to use as much force as is necessary to prevent the violation of that right
That’s right. Fighting to protect yourself from being maimed, tortured, enslaved, or murdered is the moral equivalent to killing a man for stealing your newspaper. Here is the part that is the litmus test: if any of that seems reasonable to you, seek psychiatric help.
This is a pretty simple mental exercise. First, go read this editorial written by George Orwell during World War II about the English pacifists.
Then, read it again, but mentally insert the prefix “Islamo” in front of every instance of the words Fascist or Fascism and substitute “al Qaeda” and “Taliban” for Nazi and Germany.
I used to be against the War on Terror, until I realized that giving it up would still leave Terror’s War on Us.
To go back to Orwell again, “The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it. “
The CSGV has decided to upgrade their efforts to protect college students from magical ‘gun-free zone’ signs to magical ‘gun-free zone’ poetry. It is about as sophisticated an argument as you would expect.
Cam Edwards of NRA News fights bad poetry with bad poetry. He includes the original pro-gun-control poem in his YouTube video (the first four minutes), so you don’t need to bother watching the original video by itself.
For those not familiar with them, there is a wonderful grassroots organization called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus who are working hard to bring the basic right to protect oneself to college students across America. Unlike our poet friend Mr. Cabellero, the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus can tell the difference between their friends, peers, and professors, and the criminals and maniacs who prey on them. They understand that you cannot fight bad people by disarming good people.
House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.
The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.
SB5 doesn’t look quite so unreasonable now does it?
Now we can finally talk about something else.
Not to be smug, but I didn’t have any faith in the Birther conspiracy theory. My reasoning was, if there had been any dirt here, Clinton would have found it back during the primaries and nailed Obama with it to secure the nomination.
Now we all can put this behind us, except for the die-hards who, like the remaining 9/11 Truthers, will never be convinced no matter what they are shown.
Hat tip to SayUncle
Examiner: Trump weak on Second Amendment
I was never going to vote for Donald “I’m not doing it for any other reason. I like winning.” Trump anyway, but what’s one more nail in the coffin?