Archive for June, 2010
Via John Hinderaker, who writes,
[C]ivilization’s first and principal line of defense isn’t the police department, it is the citizenry. So let’s all sing “O Canada” in honor of the young man you see in this video, confronting a looter:
Larry King has announced he’s leaving the CNN show he’s been hosting since 1985, when he was only 114 years old.
Anybody who has experienced the joy of watching Larry King’s exhaustively researched and deeply perceptive interviews– epitomized by the clip below– knows he’s leaving some big shoes to fill. Fortunately, Joy Behar’s corpulent feet should fill them quite nicely.
Why the transfer of economic decisions from the individuals and organizations directly involved — often depicted collectively and impersonally as “the market” — to third parties who pay no price for being wrong should be expected to produce better results for society at large is a question seldom asked, much less answered.
In Citizens United vs. FEC, Solicitor General (and current Supreme Court nominee) Elena Kagan essentially argues that a law banning books is OK because the government would never enforce it. Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito disagree and run circles around her intellectually.
Something about this exchange reminds me of those killer whales that playfully bat around seals before finally killing and eating them–
I possess a sort of sociopathic narcissism that makes me think that I should be in charge of everyone– but all of that needs to start here at home, in this beautiful state that I’ve grown to love since I moved here 18 months ago.
Via Hot Air.
FriedrichÂ Hayek in The Road to Serfdom:
The supreme tragedy is still not seen that in Germany it was largely people of good will, men who were admired and held up as models in the democratic countries, who prepared the way for, if they did not actually create, the forces which now stand for everything they detest.Â Yet our chance of averting a smiliar fate depends on our facing the danger and on our being prepared to revise even our most cherished hopes and ambitions if they should prove the source of the danger.Â There are few signs yet that we have the intellectual courage to admit to ourselves that we may have been wrong.Â Few are ready to recognize that the rise of fascism and Naziism was not a reaction against the socialist trends of the preceding period but a a necessary outcome of those tendencies.Â This is a truth which most people were unwilling to see even when the similarities of many of the repellent features of the internal regimes in communist Russia and National Socialist Germany were widely recognized.Â As a result, many who think themselves infinitely superior to the aberrations of Naziism, and sincerely hate all its manifestations, work at the same time for ideals whose realization would lead straight to the abhorred tyranny.
That is what most Tea Party protestors mean when they hold up signs comparing Obama to the Nazis, whether they could explicity state the foundations of their reasoning or not.Â An inherent appreciationÂ andÂ understanding of freedom andÂ liberty has been bred into the American character, and if it is lost in an individual it is only after years of indoctrination in our miserable government and unionÂ runÂ schools.Â Â Americans rejectedÂ the concept of royalty, and the serf and lord game that Europeans seem to enjoy.Â TheÂ death rattleÂ of 20th century European socialism must be recognized and openly rejected, and Americans need to usher in a new era of honesty and rationality in our political and social conversation.
For all you deadbeat dads, here’s a message from the president on how to turn things around. Well, mostly it’s just a string of cliched “quality time” ideas, but here’s the thing– Barack Obama has actually been a father. It is one experience this guy has actually had, and so he has far more credibilityÂ here than every other sphere of American life he’s injected himself into.
Pedestrian is beneath Obama. Mr. Fix-It he is not. He is world-historical, the visionary, come to make the oceans recede and the planet heal.
How? By creating a glorious, new clean-green economy. And how exactly to do that? From Washington, by presidential command, and with tens of billions of dollars thrown around. With the liberal (and professorial) conceit that scientific breakthroughs can be legislated into existence, Obama proposes to give us a new industrial economy.