The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Libertarians In Space

by Smitty Yesterday I wrote a post generally lamenting the fact that the U.S. space program is languishing. That we’ve traded the gosh-wow inspiration of boldly going where no human has gone before in for standing in socialist lines, where everyone has gone before, consuming a significant chunk of their lives. And I mentioned that […]

‘Books Have No Real Future’?

Excuse me for disagreeing with Bill Quick about that, as I sit in my home office surrounded by a vast personal library of hundreds of books. The idea that we are transitioning permanently and irrevocably to an electronic future, where words printed on paper are of no value, would seem contradicted by various facts. Is […]

LIVE AT FIVE – 08.30.11

— compiled by Wombat-socho TOP NEWS Irene’s Flooding Stuns Inland Areas Severe damage in upstate New York, Vermont from flooding; 4.5 million still without power as death toll rises to 40 Some FEMA Funds For Joplin On Hold In Irene’s Wake State-by-state breakdown of damages, dangers Japanese Diet Confirms Noda As Prime Minister Faces gridlocked […]

MY VIDEO of Michele Bachmann’s Christian Testimony Used in SMEAR JOB

This is so shocking I don’t know how to begin to describe it. Regular readers will recall that on Friday, Aug. 5, I covered an appearance by Michele Bachmann at the Spirit Midwest Christian Music Festival in West Des Moines, Iowa. It had been raining all afternoon before Bachmann arrived and gave her Christian testimony, which I […]

‘This Whole Capitalistic System Is Basically in Place to Rip Your Ass Off’

Ace of Spades discovered this “philosopher of economics”: Lots of f-bombs and other NSFW language here, but the really necessary content warning involves the coffee-spewing moment at which she starts talking about her “ancient ancestors.” Watching this lady explain her worldview, I found myself wondering if she’s been hanging out with Peggy Joseph. Probably because I’m such […]

Alas, Tomorrow Is Not Election Day

Hot Air Headlines citing an article in The Hill about Obama’s prospects: “If the election were next Tuesday he’d lose. That’s how bad it is.” No doubt that is true — anyone can look at the polls pitting Obama against a “Generic Republican” and conclude the same — but the hypothetical “if” posits two scenarios that don’t […]

Talking Economics to Democrats Is Probably a Waste of Breath, But …

. . . Texas congressional candidate Roger Williams gave it a try: (Via Barbara Espinosa’s American Freedom.) ROGER WILLIAMS FOR U.S. CONGRESS He Knows How to Talk to Democrats

Discrimination Against the Ugly? Expect a Class-Action Lawsuit by Smitty and Me

Conclusively demonstrating that aesthetically impaired Americans suffer economic disadvantages, an academic writes in the New York Times: A more radical solution may be needed: why not offer legal protections to the ugly, as we do with racial, ethnic and religious minorities, women and handicapped individuals? We actually already do offer such protections in a few […]

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