April 16, 2018

QotD - He's a Stand up guy

But, actually (Trump) is a stand up guy is the theme from the column under the Spengler byline by David P. Goldman in PJ Media about the pardon of Scooter Libby (who the author declares is a personal friend). Here's the quote, with the QotD in bold b/c the context is important:

I ran into a Russian diplomat at a political lunch not long ago. We got to talking about Trump, and he said, "The one thing we can't figure out is why Trump moved the embassy to Jerusalem. What was the purpose of this maneuver? Was it to stir the pot and see what sort of reactions he would get?" I told the Russian that he didn't get it. Trump did it because he thought it was the right thing to do. The Russian stared at me uncomprehending. There hasn't been a "right thing to do" in Russia for the past hundred years, just the clever or expedient thing to do.

But there are several runners up:
Bush was at no legal risk (to pardon Libby), to be sure. He just worried about the optics. The psychiatric term for such behavior according to DSM-IV is "chickenshit."

The president acts on his impulses, and the result sometimes is awkward in the extreme. ... The next day the president had to qualify the (tweeted) statement (about missiles a-comin'). My guess is that he acted on his gut response to an atrocity. That's not the most prudent thing for a president to do, but it shows the kind of man he is. Of all the American presidents since Reagan, he is the only one to do what he thinks is right in spite of risks that could cow a lesser man.
and while not a N/Tr I do think he's a lout and a ruffian:
To the Never-Trumpers who think that our president is a lout and a ruffian who cares nothing for decent standards of behavior, I say: What you call "decent standards of behavior" have become so perverse, so cowardly, so hypocritical and so self-serving that only an outsider, a "lout," a "ruffian" with contempt for your standards will have the courage to do the right thing.

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:47 AM | Comments (2)
But nanobrewer thinks:

as an aside; can someone tell me who "Spengler" is? I was semi-regularly reading a column in Asia Times by an author with the name-de-pleume of Spengler and never did find out who it was writing those disruptive, economically brilliant columns.

Posted by: nanobrewer at April 16, 2018 1:09 AM
But jk thinks:

Yes, indeed. I cheered President Trump for this action and jeered Bush for his pusillanimity (n. the state of being a chickenshit).

@nb: It is David Goldman and I agree with your assessment.

Posted by: jk at April 16, 2018 10:55 AM

March 28, 2018

Otequay of the Ayday

Yes, there were a fair number of funny lines. But forget writing, acting, directing, and the rest, it was positively thrilling to see something fictional transpiring on the television screen that reflected the half of America that has been so consistently and deliberately hidden from view or reviled by Hollywood. You almost couldn't believe your eyes. Was this actually happening? When were Matt Damon or George Clooney going to walk in to set these people to rights? It had to be coming after the commercial. But it didn't.

The show reminded me of how much I liked the real "Deplorables" while covering the presidential campaign. They were the furthest thing from the caricature promulgated by Obama, Hillary, and other elites, but kind and decent people with normal struggles as portrayed in this new Roseanne series. Not that the producer-star doesn't give the other side their innings. Her sister Jackie, who comes back as a life coach in a "Nasty Woman" sweatshirt, has her moments and is usually shown sympathetically, if a little goofily, in the show.

Everyone's a bit goofy -- and that's the point. You're struck by how long it's been since people in our society have been able to talk to each other in something resembling a civil manner -- and maybe even poke fun at their own foibles and opinions. If only they could be like they are on the Roseanne show, quirks and all.

Roger Simon on the premiere of the resurrected "Rosanne" show.

Now I'm sorry I missed it!


From a Q&A with the show's producer:

How did it develop that Roseanne was a Trump supporter?
When one of my agents called me to bring up me going back on the show, the way he pitched it was "Roseanne in the time of Trump." Originally I thought, like everybody else, that she would not be a supporter of Trump. But the moment we got in the writers' room with Roseanne, she really wanted to be a supporter of Trump, not because she is one herself, but there are a lot of people in the Midwest who voted for him. We had debates and discussions. [Writer] Dave Kaplan and I were two of the people who had least understood that there are people who voted for him who aren't misogynists or racists and who felt betrayed by other administrations. They really believed Trump was going to do something for them. It made sense when we really talked about it.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:43 PM | Comments (0)

January 26, 2018

Otequay of the Ayday

Meanwhile, the Department of Justice has officially warned the House Intelligence Committee not to release its memo. It's like the possible defendant in a criminal trial threatening prosecutors for having the audacity to reveal alleged evidence to the judge and jury.

This is the first time I can recall open government groups and many reporters joining in the argument to keep the information secret. They are strangely uncurious about alleged improprieties with implications of the worst kind: Stasi-like tactics used against Americans. "Don't be irresponsible and reveal sources and methods," they plead.

Liberal Establishment Media Refugee Sharyl Attkisson in today's Hill editorial: As walls close in on FBI, the bureau lashes out at its antagonists

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:25 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

"... [F]irst time I can recall open government groups and many reporters joining in the argument to keep the information secret."

With all respect to the brave, ballsy Ms. Attkisson, not certain about that.

Posted by: jk at January 26, 2018 3:03 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Let's just say that Woodward and Bernstein could not be reached for comment.

Posted by: johngalt at January 29, 2018 3:22 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Neither could Daniel Ellsberg.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 29, 2018 4:08 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Or Chelsea Manning, who is too busy mounting a "fight" for Maryland's United States Senate seat.

Posted by: johngalt at January 30, 2018 3:28 PM

January 3, 2018

Quote of the Day

The aggregate effect of competitive capitalism is indistinguishable from magic, but we are so used to its bounty that we never stop to notice that no king of old ever enjoyed quarters so comfortable as those found in a Holiday Inn Express, that Andrew Carnegie never had a car as good as a Honda Civic, that Akhenaten never enjoyed such wealth as is found in a Walmart Supercenter. The irony is that capitalism has achieved through choice and cooperation what the old reds thought they were going to do with bayonets and gulags: It has recruited the most powerful and significant parts of the world's capital structure into the service of ordinary people. And it would do so to an even greater degree if self-interested politicians in places such as India and China (and New York and California and D.C.) would get out of the way. -- Kevin Williamson
Posted by John Kranz at 11:56 AM | Comments (10)
But johngalt thinks:

Fair comparisons, and I anticipated most of them. Modern cars are clearly superior to their forbears in most respects. And obviously Williamson chose "Honda Civic" (and you chose "Toyota Camry") as affordable mass-market offerings that almost anyone can own.


Cars have a personality. What you drive says something about you."

I have never been a fan of the "compact car." When I bought one, it was to replace one already owned by my fiancée (a, no kidding, Honda Civic) with one made in Germany (an Audi 80.) To me, Japanese compact cars have always been the worst of the worst. Not only compact, but also dull, lifeless, and, due to their unfortunate popularity, ubiquitously impersonal. Maybe it's because they lost the imperialist war they provoked with the free world, but the Japanese compact car says "I want to be invisible." One particular brand - Subaru - goes even further. It says, "I hate the very idea of the private automobile, and resent that practicality forces me to own one."

I'm sure that owners of these cars have a different perspective, but that's mine. And that's why these are the last cars on earth I would own - even behind a 1937 Duesenberg without Spotify.

Posted by: johngalt at January 7, 2018 2:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Fair play compels me to mention that "different perspective" on Honda automobiles I alluded to above. Forbes quotes an official Honda spokesman thusly:

"Honda buyers buy primarily for the trust and dependability they find in our vehicles," says Honda spokesman Chris Naughton. "Typically, highly functional vehicles deliver less image because customers didn't purchase for image."

Cough cough! Fabulous spinmeistery, Chris! I would replace "primarily" with "exclusively" and add "perceived" before trust and dependability. But the real mastery is in the conclusion. Replacing "basic transportation" with the more flattering "highly functional" is barely perceptible, but "didn't purchase for image" is a rationalization for "don't give a crap what it looks/runs/sounds/drives like."

This is just my general attitude. Buy me a couple of beers and I'll tell you what I REALLY think! ;)

Posted by: johngalt at January 7, 2018 2:47 PM
But jk thinks:

Let me throw a little high-octane on that fire.

The Accord V6 Coupe Is the Last Real American Muscle Car

Well, I don't claim to know what the first American muscle car was, but I can absolutely tell you what the last one currently for sale is. It's the 2017 Honda Accord Coupe EX-L V6 with the six-speed manual transmission. Save your angry letters and Facebook comments until the end, particularly if you don't know how to spell each and every one of the words you're planning to use, because I'm going to convince you beyond the shadow of a doubt on this topic.

There might be a rare middle ground between us. I'll concede the importance of style. (Did you ever read that Virginia Postrel book? "The Substance of Style" You'd dig it.) But I don't think a style differential undoes Williams's thesis.

Even on my morning coffee, I must go on about my favorite moment in "Top Gear." The lads come to the States. Jeremy whines about his Cadillac's flaws, May the same for some poor PR person's make and model. Hammond gets a V8 Challenger and waxes poetic about how any American with a job could get this car. It's not a Veyron (or a "Duse") but it is a powerful and fun car any construction worker could own. Not only not true in 1936, but not in the UK today.

Posted by: jk at January 8, 2018 11:20 AM
But jk thinks:

Yaay Capitalism!

Posted by: jk at January 8, 2018 11:22 AM
But dagny thinks:

I'm with jk here. This is my style for a high-octane, fancy mode of transportation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jna-YRfauRQ but the Civic (although not as stylish) was invaluable. And look who's talking about style now, Mr. "I used to be cool but now I drive a minivan."

Posted by: dagny at January 8, 2018 8:24 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Alas, I've been "outed." I have inverse "cut the cord" and purchased the PHEV minivan. [third comment] What does this say about me?

"Minivans say that you need nurturance and escape;"

"custom vans mean a need for uniqueness;" (I'm searching for ways to customize, starting with my very own "Importato da Detroit" window sticker.)

"hybrids show off character, doing the right thing as well as having the fear of judgment."

Well, maybe I bought it in SPITE of that last one.

Posted by: johngalt at January 9, 2018 2:20 PM

December 6, 2017

All Hail Jonah

Rumors that the Republican National Committee was built on the site of an ancient moron burial ground gained new credence this week when it confirmed that it was renewing its support for Alabama's Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. -- Jonah Goldberg
Okay, it's hard. I am sympathetic to the President and the RNC for being in a tough spot. The rules were followed, the nominee was chosen, and a party exists to push its candidate over the line. I totally get it.

The WSJ Ed Page came out forcefully against Moore today, I think National Review has as well; Jonah does not speak for the board, but his vocality has been unmistakable. That his opponent is not even a moderate, guy-we-can-deal-with, but another Sen. Warren (Pocahontas, MA) has held some back, but I have never seen anything like this.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:20 PM | Comments (11)
But jk thinks:

No. (I'll give you a moment to recover from the shock...)

I think the problems with Moore go beyond the more lurid accusations. He was removed from the bench twice and has made several impolitic (I'd say outrageous) comments. I can appreciate keeping support if it is only unproven accusations, but think those who do are playing with fire, or as they say in Alabama, "Faaahr!"

I missed ThreeSourcers' comity this week. Making a similar point in a comment on a Shawn Mitchell post, I was savaged about as badly as I have been from the left. A lefty friend of a co-worker did wish me dead once; the Moore supporter only hoped I would be falsely accused of something.

Let's say my contrarian views were not welcomed.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2017 6:36 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

This is ridiculous. Moore (simply accused of weird, but legal behavior, 40 years ago) & Franken who's tacitly admitted to _repeated_ behavior that's on the hairy edge of harassment, which he was a Senator.

WSJ autta have it's cajones checked at the door. Now, OTOH, Moore apparent repeated behavior-behind the bench brings to mind Judge Roy Bean (not in all good ways).

Besides, this really isn't about Moore, it's about Trump... D'UH!!! The WSJ is running around shouting sex-bingo while the DNC is playing 3-D chess. Sheesh.

Posted by: nanobrewer at December 12, 2017 1:06 AM
But jk thinks:

The other Republican Senator from Alabama is not voting for Moore.

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2017 10:19 AM
But johngalt thinks:

At least, not publicly. Did Shelby vote for Moore in the primary? Probably not.

If there ever was a "party over person" electoral race, brother, this is it. This is a choice between a candidate endorsed by Trump or one endorsed by Obama. Alabamians, make your decision.

If Moore is elected then he can face his accusers and have a fair adjudication, rather than a political noose in a tree.

It's just a dad-burned shame that Roy Moore's accusers weren't so eager to prevent his success in the primary election as they are in the general. Or, perhaps they were. Perhaps they told the Washington Post about it then and that august organ chose to wait. Naaah, a major metropolitan newspaper would never do something so nakedly partisan in an election season.

Posted by: johngalt at December 12, 2017 2:39 PM
But jk thinks:

Great speaker at Liberty on the Rocks -- Flatirons last night. No, I put no perfidy beyond the manipulators of the MSM.

But one could conceivably keep quiet in the belief that former-Judge Moore would not win, then suffer the consequences of embarrassing publicity when a Senate seat is actually on the line. That comports with Hanlon's Razor.

Again, I find his public and undisputed-even-by-his-most-fervent-supporters actions disqualifying. His baggage and potential damage to the party go far beyond even these disturbing accusations.

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2017 4:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It was doubtless a lose-lose scenario for the GOP.

Posted by: johngalt at December 13, 2017 11:01 AM

November 29, 2017

All Hail Freeman

In the matter of Mr. Keillor, this doesn’t appear to be a case of unwanted prairie home companionship, but rather a workplace issue. -- James Freeman
Posted by John Kranz at 5:43 PM | Comments (0)

November 8, 2017

Quote of the Day

St. Deirdre:

One reason, first, is ancient, the primitive suspicion we have that a deal in the market is unfair. The suspicion made some sense in the zero-sum world in which most people lived until the nineteenth century. The sociologist Georg Simmel put it well in 1907: "The masses--from the Middle Ages right up to the nineteenth century--thought that there was something wrong with the origin of great fortunes. . . Tales of horror spread about the origin of the Grinaldi, the Medici, and the Rothschild fortunes . . . as if a demonic spirit was at work."  It is the masses, the populists, hoi polloi, who hold such views vividly. A jailer in the thirteenth century scorned a rich man's pleas for mercy: "Come, Master Arnaud Teisseire, you have wallowed in such opulence! . . . How could you be without sin?" -- Deirdre McCloskey

The whole piece is quite fine, but I'll warn that it is not overly complimentary of the President of the United States.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:08 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

A good piece that I've been meaning to read fully. Having not achieved that yet, let me say I believe she doesn't make sufficient distinction between "right-wing nationalism" and a legitimate demand that officials "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that [he] take[s] this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion."

To a left-wing populist, both of the aforementioned can appear inseparable.

But I agree: "The liberals stand against the twins of violently enforced state action."

Posted by: johngalt at November 14, 2017 3:04 PM

October 27, 2017

Quote of the Day

Again our Free Trade plan is quite simple. We say that every Englishman shall have the right to buy whatever he wants, wherever he wants, at his own good pleasure, without restriction or discouragement from the state.-- Winston Churchill 1903
Hat-tip: Don Boudreaux
Posted by John Kranz at 10:41 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

What a great idea! Freedom to consume freely! How about freedom to produce freely too? What is it called when you have one but not the other? Economic suicide, for one.

Posted by: johngalt at October 27, 2017 11:43 AM

October 6, 2017


Comes from a brilliant column by Matthew Continetti on the media meltdown and how Trump burns this at both ends.

What passes for news today is speculation and advocacy, wishful thinking and self-fashioning, mindless jabber and affirmations of virtue, removed from objective reality and common sense.
It's a wide-ranging column with many an excellent point.
Donald Trump changed [journalists hiding their ideology and political bias], of course. He is so unusual a figure, and his behavior so outlandish, that his rise precipitated a crisis in a profession already decimated by the collapse of print circulation and advertising dollars. The forces that brought Trump to power are alien to the experience of the men and women who populate newsrooms, his supporters unlike their colleagues, friends, and neighbors, his agenda anathema to the catechism of social liberalism, his career and business empire complex and murky and sensational.

This is a runner up for QotD, IMO:
Can't say I was shocked when Schieffer's finding [20% of journalists live in LA, DC or NYC] passed barely noticed, the consciences of the press untroubled by the fact that their experiences and backgrounds are so unlike the majority of the public whose interest they presume to uphold.
Thorough and well written, worth reading the whole thing.

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:08 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Very well worth the read in full -- thanks!

I'll even add another honorable mention:

Journalists are trapped in a condition of perpetual outrage, seizing on every rumor of discontent and disagreement, reflexively denouncing Trump's every utterance and action, unable to distinguish between genuinely unusual behavior (the firing of Comey, the tenure of Anthony Scaramucci, the "fine people on both sides" quip after Charlottesville) and the elements of Trump's personality and program that voters have already, so to speak, "priced in."


Posted by: jk at October 6, 2017 6:23 PM
But jk thinks:

Truly a great piece. Brother nb beat Insty to the punch. He linked to this article late last night with the longest Instapundit except in the history of the blog.

I added a link to this a comment on Facebook yesterday as well. Somebody asked "How come this Trump opponent always ends up defending him?" I said "Here's how."

And I woke up thinking about "priced in." If you recall the 2016 General Election, the Democrats and sympathetic PACs talked about Trump's treatment of the disabled NYTimes reporter in more than half the commercials. I don't know that it was his finest hour, but I remember thinking that everybody knows this story. The 11th mention is not going to switch a vote. But they were so certain it was a dealbreaker, they couldn't stop. They did not understand "priced in" and still do not.

Posted by: jk at October 7, 2017 11:21 AM
But johngalt thinks:

And, as the article explains, that's not the only thing the "elite" "experts" in journalism don't understand.

Posted by: johngalt at October 9, 2017 3:52 PM

October 3, 2017

Quote of the Day

Who would have guessed that when America cleaved, the left would get the National Football League and the right would get uncontested custody of science? -- Heather Heying
Posted by John Kranz at 12:08 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Excellent observation. But I'll take it further and suggest that, eventually, the same thing will happen to the left's custody of the NFL as has now happened to its one time so-called custody of science. Something I like to call "reality can't be faked for long."

Posted by: johngalt at October 3, 2017 3:07 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The linked article is short, and very important to read in full. Here.

Posted by: johngalt at October 4, 2017 2:51 PM

September 29, 2017

Not For more than a day or two Longer

Interesting that National Review is having the same internecine argument as we. But I will give my pal, Jonah, QOTD for a portion of his response:

Surely, we can think of a thousand opinions that we believe to be correct. We, after all, are in the opinion business. To paraphrase Paul Newman in the Road to Perdition, "There are only opiners in this room!" But I bet we could go through that list of correct opinions and identify a very large number of them that it would be best for the president to stay quiet about.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:50 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

Consider Goldberg's main point: "Trump made the problem worse."

Trump made the problem more visible, the discussion of it louder and more impassioned, the number of players kneeling and pundits talking about it multiply, and yes, made people who were already mad at Trump more mad, but who says any of this is "worse?"

If the net result is that the natural cycle of yet one more social crisis is resolved faster, or at least made to progress further, faster, isn't that "better?"

I can't get past the notion that people who don't like Trump's style will never approve of Trump's tactics. No matter what.

Some people never liked Dirty Harry either, but he always got the bad guy.

Posted by: johngalt at September 29, 2017 3:46 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Hafta side with JK on this one: Trump took a simple problem, and exploded it all over the NFL, and perhaps beyond. "Should be fired!" is too much from the bully side of the pulpit.

He's supposed to be first and foremost, a leader. If he'd stopped with 'don't disrespect the flag', he would have kept that mantle. Now, lots of players (and owners) who don't disrespect the flag are being aligned with those who do. (the Kaepernick sleeze, who DOES disrespect all that is good and true ... when he is able to put out a cogent thought)

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 29, 2017 8:59 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Does anyone but me make any allowance for the fact that Trump's statements came at a political rally, and not from behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office? It wasn't exactly the bully pulpit.

I understand that we bourgeois types prefer a certain decorum, but the boys in the hood have more respect for a man who keeps it real.

Posted by: johngalt at September 29, 2017 11:36 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I thought the "should be fired!" crack was a tweet. If not, he's still allowing his words to be twisted by virtue of his carelessness.

I do not think anymore that these tweets are proving he's 'crazy like a fox.'

Posted by: nanobrewer at October 1, 2017 12:56 AM
But jk thinks:

My work here is done.

Posted by: jk at October 2, 2017 11:31 AM

September 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

Laugh to keep from crying, as President Trump and his opponents have ruined the NFL. Jim Geraghty documents Rex Ryan's changing position from Trump supporter to being "p***** off" (that's NRO speak; I believe Coach may have said it without the asterisks.) At least the long-time Jets fan was able to close with humor:

Let's face it, this is not the first time Rex Ryan selected a particular person for a high-stakes job and found himself deeply disappointed with the results

Posted by John Kranz at 10:30 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Still need to read the linked article but I don't think Trump has ruined the NFL, he's just pointing out that it has been ruined. Perhaps they will change the way the do business to better please their customers, rather than their business partners in the media.

Posted by: johngalt at September 26, 2017 1:18 PM

September 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

"You deserve all the finest things in the world," a young Homer Simpson once wrote to his beloved Marge, "and although I can give them to you, they will be repossessed." Senator Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act of 2017 (MFA) makes similarly sweeping promises while relegating financing to a Post-It note, affixed to our national refrigerator: "To do: design and implement the single largest tax increase in human history."

To his credit, Homer Simpson understood where his generosity would lead. -- Robert Graboys

Posted by John Kranz at 1:40 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Two words: Wealth Tax.

Posted by: johngalt at September 20, 2017 5:04 PM
But jk thinks:

And three back: "Damn straight, Skippy!"

Posted by: jk at September 20, 2017 7:13 PM

August 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

Mr. Damore is an embarrassment to the company's strategy of appeasing the diversity furies with tokenism, perfectly acceptable to Google's critics as long as it affirms their insistence that any and all disparities arise from discrimination and victimization. -- Holman Jenkins
Posted by John Kranz at 12:12 PM | Comments (0)

July 31, 2017

Quote of the Day

It's not Lord Ridley, but it is Ridleyesque:

Consider this: In 1900, 1% of American women giving birth died in labor. Today, the five-year mortality rate for localized breast cancer is 1.2%. Being pregnant 100 years ago was almost as dangerous as having breast cancer is today. -- Morgen Housel

Posted by John Kranz at 5:08 PM | Comments (0)

July 27, 2017

Quote of the Day

Now, forgive the interjection, but that one sentence actually features a pleonasm within a pleonasm, which is a truly rare feat of windbaggery. My hearing ears started to bleed at the redundancy of "listening audience," but the whole eight-word phrase from "tell" to "audience" means nothing more than "say." Bravo! -- Don Boudreaux
Posted by John Kranz at 4:00 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

In fairness, her writing* means far more than merely the verb "say." It means "say in such a way that they then may believe it to be true, along with any similarly deluded persons within the range of their spoken or written word who choose to actually pay attention to said words."

Now, much as I philosophically reject the premises of Ms. MacLean, I can't sit still while she is accused of prosaic inefficiency when she used a mere 8 words to convey what I then expressed the essence of using thirty-eight.

* The passage at issue is: "tell themselves and those in their listening audience..."

Posted by: johngalt at July 27, 2017 4:13 PM

July 24, 2017

All Hail Freeman

"Too many Americans are struggling with a rigged economy," Ms. Pelosi wrote on Twitter this morning. But she probably hasn't met too many of them at today's event. If an economist had to pick the one place in America that has benefitted most from a rigged economy, it would probably be Virginia's 10th congressional district. It includes both a significant number of government employees and a heavy concentration of the lobbyists who are paid to influence them. -- James Freeman, "Down Home Democrats
Posted by John Kranz at 4:35 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

"Too many Americans are struggling with a rigged economy." Wasn't that an early Trump Tweet?

Posted by: johngalt at July 24, 2017 6:46 PM
But jk thinks:

FDR's New Deal, Truman's Square Deal, Schumer's Better Deal. They had one idea, and a bad one at that, and they repackage it as needed.

Posted by: jk at July 25, 2017 9:56 AM
But johngalt thinks:

It may be a bad idea, but it has become a part of our governing principles - in the form of FDR's "Second Bill of Rights." While this "Economic" bill of rights was never ratified in any way, but merely the central element of a speech by the then President, it became the moral authority upon which the New Deal was founded and has not been refuted or discredited in a material way to this day.

Last night at Flatirons Liberty on the Rocks we heard passionate and eloquent arguments in favor of privatizing or bringing market competition to all functions of government. But that seems an utter impossibility if we cannot first unseat the misguided notion that every man is entitled to economic support from his neighbors.

Posted by: johngalt at July 25, 2017 12:50 PM
But jk thinks:

Yes, four guys arguing over what kind of government they can't have. At least the beer was good!

Thanks to everybody who showed up!

-- My remarks (as written, any reseblence to what I stammered out is purely coincidental!)

-- Justin's (He's a good and disciplined orator -- this matches my memory pretty well. And, he's got a photo.)

Posted by: jk at July 25, 2017 2:32 PM
But johngalt thinks:
"My challenge is this: Every time you advocate that government provide a certain good or service, replace the word government in your mind with the word monopoly. Then try to think of economic reasons why a monopoly would provide that particular thing better."

The first and best answer is national defense. A nation's army should be a monopoly. For economic reasons, and much more. First, don't divide your forces. Second, don't have more than one chain of command. Third, don't have more than one commander-in-chief.

But I'm stuck in past and present thinking. Much of what government does CAN be done competitively. And should. Let's start with health care - Obamacare and Cruzcare should exist side by side, with consumers FREE to CHOOSE between them. May the best plan win.

Posted by: johngalt at July 25, 2017 3:19 PM

July 20, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

Alyene Singer at the Heritage Foundation estimates that [Obamacare individual mandate] subsidies will cost taxpayers $100 billion a year, up until 2023. In typical big government fashion, the grand barrage of mandates and subsidies and taxes and penalties is fashioned so that only the "smartest people in the room "...left-wing professors from MIT or Harvard or Stanford, can really master all the details of the plan. But if you oppose it, you are not just opposed to healthcare...you're opposing the interests of humanity.

In the end it's the classic case of government robbing Peter to pay Paul…and in this case "Peter" is the millennials. You know... the demographic group responsible for putting Obama into office, both in 2008 and 2012. As an article in Politico notes, "Mitt Romney would have cruised to the White House had he managed to split the youth vote with Barack Obama." In 2012, Obama won this demographic by a whopping 37 points, 67% to 30%.

Why would he turn around and stab them in the back? Particularly when today's youth are often in the stranglehold of massive student loan debt even before they begin to build wealth?

Because he knew he could get away with it.

Millennials are big on style and short on substance. At high schools and college campuses and hipster bars around the country, supporting Barack Obama was seen as the epitome of cool. But ask these young scholars and urban professionals to sum up the provisions of ObamaCare in 60 seconds. The results would likely be disappointing.

Young people want to be seen as progressive and open-minded and tolerant and caring. Precious few are interested in the Constitutional foundation of this country, or in learning about the way that big government socialist collectivists like Barack Obama trample on that foundation.

Obama Stabbed Millennials in the Back with Healthcare
By: David Unsworth

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:41 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Tyler Cowen has produced some amazing work on the morality of time. We are stealing wealth from future Earthlings when we impede growth.

This example is more direct, but one of my favorites was the assertion that climate rules would cost "only" 1% growth of GDP. I don't know what Einstein thought this up, but 1% sounds small. Yet you have stolen half the wealth of the person born in 72 years.

How do you fix this? You need to have these young people thing rationally and methodically. I can see that if they take a class from Tyler Cowen. From Nancy McLean? Not so much.

Posted by: jk at July 21, 2017 10:15 AM
But johngalt thinks:

"One percent growth of GDP" does sound small, but since current annual GDP growth is two to three percent, it destroys roughly 50% of GDP growth. Is it just me, or does that sound large?

Posted by: johngalt at July 21, 2017 10:59 AM
But jk thinks:

Well, if you're going to use math.....

Posted by: jk at July 21, 2017 1:36 PM

July 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

"But to be always worrying about the gap between me and someone else, I think it's the road to unhappiness at the individual level and the road to tyranny at the national level." -- Russ Roberts [~36:50]
Posted by John Kranz at 2:46 PM | Comments (0)

July 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

I do think that something should have been done. But not this something. What we should have done is created a system that focused on protecting people from the risk we know they face -- catastrophic medical bills -- and that sought to preserve the best of the American system rather than the worst -- that is, to preserve our endless talent for innovation through markets rather than our decidedly lesser talent for creating and managing massive regulatory bureaucracies. -- Megan McArdle
Channeling Remy: "What would you do, just let people die?"
Posted by John Kranz at 12:10 PM | Comments (0)

July 10, 2017

Quote of the Day

The strange fact is that if an economist (or anyone else) ever insisted that the imperfect realities of actual government operations be compared only with imagined ideal markets -- and then policy decisions be made on the basis of the outcomes of these comparisons -- that person would correctly be ridiculed as an unscientific ideologue. And yet when the comparisons are reversed -- when the imperfect realities of actual markets are compared to imagined ideal government operations -- few people outside of the public-choice school blink an eye. And then when public-choice scholars blink their eyes at such misleading comparisons, they are accused of being ideological hacks! Quite stunning, really. -- Don Boudreaux
Posted by John Kranz at 6:31 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

There must be a stronger word that also means "hypocrisy."

Posted by: johngalt at July 11, 2017 3:30 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Heh. There are many it turns out. But the most appropriate one in this case is, I think, "phoniness."

Posted by: johngalt at July 11, 2017 3:34 PM

July 9, 2017

Quote of the Day

Nancy MacLean's Democracy in Chains is a piñata of sloppiness and deceit: every time you whack it, more mangled quotes, factual errors, and misrepresented sources spill out. -- Daniel Bier c/o Don Boudreaux

UPDATE: Great Catp Podcast with Duke's Michael Munger:

Posted by John Kranz at 7:37 PM | Comments (0)

June 29, 2017


Has to go down in TS history as attributed to a Senate Joint Resolution, from Tennessee of all places!

So you get the full impact quickly (love to make a meme from this) note the opening paragraph: "Whereas, California has passed legislation banning state sponsored travel to Tennessee and certain other states..." QotD is

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we urge the other forty-eight states to refrain from imposing their unfounded moral judgment on their sister states as California has done in order to prevent escalating foolishness

and runner up is these next 3:

Whereas, Tennessee is pleasantly surprised that California will not be sending its economic development teams to Tennessee to recruit our businesses, but we can still send our teams to recruit their businesses; and

Whereas, Tennessee is puzzled why California thinks it is a good idea to prohibit its state colleges and universities from participating in athletic competition in Tennessee (March Madness comes to Memphis this year via the South Regional), Kansas, Mississippi, and North Carolina; and

Whereas, this type of ban, the result of legitimate disagreements about government policy, is neither persuasive nor productive for either party and will lead to economic warfare among states, as one sovereign entity attempts to tell an equally sovereign entity how to conduct its affairs by restricting travel thereto

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:13 AM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2017

Quote of the Day

But the next time you are tempted to indulge in that sort of intellectual laziness, consider that a lot of poor people in Seattle are going to have trouble paying their rents or feeding their children because policymakers who did not want to face the economic facts allowed themselves to be led astray by Professor Krugman, a first-rate economist who devolved into a second-rate newspaper columnist, who lent the considerable prestige of his Nobel prize to a policy proposal many of his fellow progressive economists knew to be defective even as they refused to criticize it in public. The poor people in Seattle know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. If only the economists did, too. -- Kevin Williamson
Honorable mention, from the same article:
When Economics 101 tells you something you don't want to hear, the thing to do is commission a study.
I woke to a "let's face the right is just evil" post on FB. If I can find it, I'll link. "If people have to be told that poor kids should eat and that health care is more important than tax cuts for the wealthy, yadda yadda." I rolled my eyes and scrolled, but I might try responding with a link to this piece if I can find it. Slow day today.

UPDATE: Found it. Tl;dr: "People who disagree with me are evil and want children to starve. I cannot possibly have a civil dialogue with those who don't care." I don't know, it's a slow day but not perhaps that slow.

UPDATE II: Fools rush in, I posted a link.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:41 AM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

Williamson and his ilk [including, I should add, yours truly] would do well to withhold judgment until the final wage hike takes effect. The mandatory minimum wage [read: price below which free trade is illegal] is not yet high enough to have the desired effect of balancing every worker's budget. */sarcasm*.

As for the "people will die" from Obamacare repeal [as if that's what the current Senate bill even does] I would like to remind our friends on the collectivist side of the aisle that refusing to treat people who can't pay hasn't happened in this country since before most of them were born - 1986, when the EMTALA required every hospital that receives Medicare payments to provide emergency care until the patient is stabilized or consents to leave. And this law, which puts care ahead of the property rights of doctors, hospitals and taxpayers, was brought to us by, President Ronald Reagan. Another heartless Republican.

Posted by: johngalt at June 28, 2017 11:05 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I couldn't comment on the article but if I could, I would say:

You are obviously blessed with the very best of good intentions, young Ms. Chadwick, but I wonder if you are either old or wise enough to know where the road inexorably leads, that is paved with good intentions?
Posted by: johngalt at June 28, 2017 11:11 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Clicking through on a link in the Williamson piece led to this very interesting page at the website of Environmental Progress dot org.

Hey Mikey, I like it!

Posted by: johngalt at June 28, 2017 4:30 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I didn't see the letter, or was that meme-menage supposed to be it? If so, it gives vague all new meaning...

Posted by: nanobrewer at June 28, 2017 11:52 PM

June 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

If the Democrats were smart, they'd give [Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi] a gold watch and some eye drops and get rid of her. -- Jonah Goldberg (All Hail!)

UPDATE: Honorable mention, from the same G-File, ending his "Wonder Woman" review:

Last, and crucially, what the Hell was an armadillo doing in Themyscira?

Posted by John Kranz at 3:26 PM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2017

Quote of the Day

Just once it would be nice if [Jared] Bernstein and the other class warriors he runs with would explain how individual achievement that leads to wealth harms those who aren't rich. What he would find were he to replace emotion with rationality is that in capitalist societies, people generally get rich by virtue of producing abundance for everyone. In short, we need more inequality, not less, if the goal is to improve the living standards of those who presently earn less. -- John Tamny
Posted by John Kranz at 12:53 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Go try telling that to James Hodgkinson.


Posted by: johngalt at June 14, 2017 11:14 AM
But jk thinks:

Well, with 93 million a day, your odds are not good.

Posted by: jk at June 14, 2017 1:41 PM

June 8, 2017

Quote of the Day

In the absence of evidence of wrongdoing, Mr. Comey treated the gathered lawmakers to a lengthy description of the atmospherics of his conversations with Mr. Trump. The Senate panel heard about Mr. Trump's "body language" and about awkward silences. There were trust issues. Lawmakers also learned of Mr. Comey's deep desire not to be alone with the President. There appears to be some useful material here for a movie on the Lifetime cable channel but it's not clear this investigation has anywhere to go. -- James Freeman BOTW
Posted by John Kranz at 4:39 PM | Comments (0)

Otequay of the Day

Cheap energy fuels the economy and Americans don't want that to change. By withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, Trump sided with the majority of Americans, according to the very same polls his opponents use to condemn him.

Anneke E. Green
RCP Contributor
June 08, 2017

In: Trump's Paris Decision: Let's Make a Deal (or Not)

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:21 PM | Comments (0)

June 2, 2017

Quote of the Day

[Environmentalists] fume that the status quo is one of worsening circumstances, but moving so slowly and gradually that most people can ignore it. By the time the crisis is really visible, it will be too late; the only way to mitigate the problem at that point will be drastic, unpopular action and widespread sacrifice. They believe that whatever pain they're proposing now, it's exponentially milder than the pain that awaits us if we do nothing.

Perhaps we should have a little sympathy. When they talk like this, they sound a lot like us conservatives when we talk about the ticking time bomb of our entitlement programs and the need for reform. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]

Posted by John Kranz at 9:55 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

It's certainly moving slowly and gradually enough that we can delay implementation until India and China (and every other industrialized nation) agrees to hamstring its economy to the same extent as the U.S. is being asked (and FormerPOTUS signed us up for.)

Posted by: johngalt at June 2, 2017 10:55 AM

June 1, 2017

Quote of the Day

And so President Obama came home from the Paris meetings to the acclaim of all the right people. He alone had made the responsible choice on behalf of the entire country: every business, every worker, every consumer, every single person living within these borders who uses some measure of this thing we call energy. He would be our master and commander, ruling on our behalf, fresh off cocktail parties in Paris where the best and brightest -- armed with briefcases full of government-funded science -- decided to give the Industrial Revolution its final comeuppance. -- Jeffrey Tucker @ FEE
Posted by John Kranz at 2:38 PM | Comments (0)

May 30, 2017

Quote of the Day

Mr. Trump should decline [signing on to the Paris climate accord] if he wants to fulfill his campaign promises to lift the U.S. economy. Mrs. Merkel's embrace of green-energy dogmas has done enormous harm to the German economy. She reacted to the Fukushima meltdown by phasing out nuclear power, and her government has force-fed hundreds of billions of dollars into solar and wind power that have raised energy costs. As Der Spiegel once put it, electricity is now a "luxury good" in Germany. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 9:20 AM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

It would seem that WSJ joining the ranks of climate "deniers" is big news. Don't they understand that "climate change is undeniable?" And "climate action is unstoppable?"

When did Breitbart acquire the WSJ?

Posted by: johngalt at May 31, 2017 6:24 PM
But jk thinks:

At the risk of missing a touch of sarcasm, I'd point out that the WSJ News Pages are most certainly all-in for the risks of man-made climate change. The Editorial board, however, deserves awards for decades of reasonable skepticism. They've published a gooberload of guest editorials from Richard Lindzen of MIT, John Christy of UAH, and Bjorn Lomborg.

Posted by: jk at June 1, 2017 2:49 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Fair enough. And I willfully conjoined the two wings of that newsprint bird-of-prey. And they earn this disapprobation from me for being tools of the pre-Trump status quo once referred to as "RINO" or "Establishment." That they, and even the likes of Mitch McConnell, now endorse exiting the deal is evidence, to me at least, of their redeemability.

Posted by: johngalt at June 1, 2017 3:27 PM
But jk thinks:

But it's not a function of time. I assure you you will find consistent and stern opposition to the Paris Agreement. The differences I see between you and the Ed Page are issue by issue, not last administration versus this.

On a lighter note, I was thinking about prey-bird-wings today -- which I fairly-or-not ascribe to you and Mr. Pat Buchannan. My own biological brother was passionately commenting on an "Anonymous" meme with Guy Fawkes and "both parties are bought by the same Corporations" yadda-yadda. It was "a lie, repeated so often that it is thought true" and "the reason we got Trump."

Pragmatism -- maybe we are related after all.

Posted by: jk at June 1, 2017 3:42 PM

May 22, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

"If you choose the path of terror your life will be empty, your life will be short, and your soul will be condemned."

President Donald Trump in Saudi Arabia

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:09 PM | Comments (2)
But nanobrewer thinks:

I didn't get to read or listen to the whole speech, but I'd say it was as nuanced... as Gen'l Patton. Hear hear!

Posted by: nanobrewer at May 23, 2017 11:57 PM
But johngalt thinks:

This was one of the important reasons I supported Trump for President - because he would identify Islamism as immoral, since it violates the individual human right to life.

It's interesting that you judge it as not being nuanced. As I heard and read various parts of it I concluded that he was essentially stating what was known as, for a fleeting moment, the "Bush Doctrine." But using more words and making it impossible to dismiss as "Islamo-phobic."

Ponder that, blog brothers and sisters - President Donald Trump's anti-terror policy is a nuanced version of Dubya's. Who'd a thunk?

Posted by: johngalt at May 25, 2017 5:07 PM

May 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

Pope Francis isn't known as someone who holds back in the face of what he regards as gross injustices. On issues like refugees, immigration, poverty and the environment, Francis speaks forcibly and uses vivid language in doing so.

Yet despite the daily violence being inflicted on protestors in Venezuela, a steadily increasing death-toll, an explosion of crime, rampant corruption, galloping inflation, the naked politicization of the judiciary, and the disappearance of basic food and medical supplies, the first Latin American pope's comments about the crisis tearing apart an overwhelming Catholic Latin American country have been curiously restrained. -- Ryan McMaken @ Mises Institute: Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Venezuela

Posted by John Kranz at 3:32 PM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2017

Quote of the Day

I've lived in the Washington area since 1993, other than those years in Turkey. The subway/light-rail Metro system used to be the one smooth-running feature of an otherwise dysfunctional city. Well, now the mayor no longer uses crack (as far as we know), real estate is way more expensive, and the restaurants are better, but the Metro is perpetually delayed and unreliable. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 10:19 AM | Comments (0)

April 28, 2017

All Hail Jonah

There's nothing wrong with a newly elected president trying to translate his mandate into legislation or otherwise spending his political capital when it’s at its highest. Nevertheless, there is an unpleasant cult of action implicit in the First 100 Days that I've never liked. After all, that was why FDR proposed it in the first place. He wanted to tell everyone to back off and let him have a free hand in his "bold, persistent experimentation." That's not really how our system is supposed to work. Presidents shouldn't be able to say, "Hold my beer while I fundamentally transform America on my own." -- Jonah Goldberg
UPDATE: Honorable mention:
In short, he's doing better than I thought he would. But this is a remarkably low bar. It's not quite like saying that Greta is the "sexiest East German weightlifter alive" or "this is the most exciting show on C-SPAN" but it's not that far off. Still, I hope there are many more pleasant surprises in the days to come. We only have one president at a time, and so there's really no choice but to hope he continues to learn on the job and that his team of Sherpas can help him with the climb.
Can't argue with a word of that.

UPDATE: link

Posted by John Kranz at 5:49 PM | Comments (0)

April 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

Mr. Perez of course is all about 2018. And if he wants his party to get back in power perhaps he could seek advice from Bernie Sanders on adopting more moderate views. -- James Freeman (all hail!)
Posted by John Kranz at 12:29 PM | Comments (0)

April 25, 2017

Quote of the Day

Immigration restrictions also threaten the liberty and property rights of Americans. Most obviously, they curtail American citizens' freedom to associate with immigrants. Jim Crow segregation laws restricted the freedom of association of whites as well as African-Americans. Similarly, immigration restrictions curtail the freedom of natives as well as immigrants. In both cases, laws that classify people based on conditions of birth dictate where they are allowed to live and work and who they can interact with... -- Ilya Somin
Posted by John Kranz at 5:49 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Woo hoo, no more visas!

Posted by: johngalt at April 25, 2017 6:59 PM

Quote of the Day

Just how harmful is ill-informed talking-head blather on television? I can't help but wonder if it adds to public skepticism and distrust of "elites" or scoffing about "so-called experts." Of course, actual experts are indeed actual experts. But our country has a lot of people who aren't experts, but who play them on TV. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 11:45 AM | Comments (0)

April 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

Now that tax day has passed, I must thank you, my fellow federal taxpayers. You all are the wind beneath my solar panels.

Pardon me for mixing energy metaphors, but it's only appropriate that I express appreciation for the generous subsidy you provided for the 28-panel, four-array, 8,540-watt photovoltaic system I installed on my metal roof last year. Thanks to the investment tax credit, I slashed my 2016 federal tax bill by $7,758. -- Robert Bryce [WSJ Guest Editorial] [Review Corner]

Posted by John Kranz at 1:48 PM | Comments (0)

April 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

And Mr. Perez is backing up his radical rhetoric by touring with Sen. Sanders, an avowed socialist who seems to be finding a permanent home in the Democratic Party--at least when he's not staying in one of his other homes. -- James Freeman BOTW
Posted by John Kranz at 6:04 PM | Comments (0)

Otequay of the Ayday

An extended QOTD today.

"Washington is built to destroy Republican presidents and right now the road to victory runs right through Steve Bannon's office.

Giving him up won't change the hostility to the president. It won't make the forces arrayed against him suddenly support enforcement of immigration laws or an America First national security policy. It won't make them give up on crony capitalism or the administrative state. And Jared and Ivanka won't get the Camelot coverage they're being promised.

And those making the promises? Their lips drip honey and their speech is smoother than oil, but in the end they are bitter as wormwood and their path leads to destruction. The more likely scenario is that if those calling for Bannon's head get it they will target the Kushners next. That's because the battle isn't Bannon v. Kushner as some in the press would have us believe, it's Washington v. Trump."

-Chris Buskirk at American Greatness.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:52 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I guess we'll have to rely on the President's deep devotion to his foundational principles, then.

But seriously, folks, I think he has lost on both sides of this. Bringing him in, he was exposed to harsh criticism from moderates. Now, throwing him under the bus, he's alienating both true believers and loyalists.

Posted by: jk at April 17, 2017 5:32 PM
But jk thinks:

Did you see "Our Margaret's" rather kind take? Does Steve Bannon Have Something to Offer?

Posted by: jk at April 17, 2017 5:54 PM

March 24, 2017

Quote of the Day

To be clear, your humble correspondent would be happy if the House Freedom Caucus were in charge of writing the repeal-and-replace bill. But its members have now been handed a final offer from a president who can believably present himself as uninterested in the details of health care policy. Even his most angry critics in the media would likely concede that he has credibility when he says he doesn't feel like spending any more time discussing mandated health benefits. -- James Freeman
Posted by John Kranz at 1:14 PM | Comments (0)

March 22, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

The Free Speech Movement, led by a fiery Italian-American, Mario Savio, erupted at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964, the year I entered college. It was a cardinal moment for my generation. The anti-establishment stance of the Free Speech Movement represented the authentic populist revolution of the 1960s, which resisted encroachments of authority by a repressive elite. How is it possible that today's academic Left has supported rather than protested campus speech codes as well as the grotesque surveillance and over-regulation of student life? American colleges have abandoned their educational mission and become government colonies, ruled by officious bureaucrats enforcing federal dictates. This despotic imperialism has no place in a modern democracy. An enlightened feminism, animated by a courageous code of personal responsibility, can only be built upon a wary alliance of strong women and strong men.

-Camile Paglia in 'Women Aren't Free Until Speech Is'

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:53 PM | Comments (7)
But jk thinks:

Loves me some Camille Paglia

Posted by: jk at March 22, 2017 3:43 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Me too. I'll check out the Tyler Cowen interview soon. Meanwhile, if you click through my link and read her short piece on free speech you'll find this other notable quote:

"We are plunged once again into an ethical chaos where intolerance masquerades as tolerance and where individual liberty is crushed by the tyranny of the group.

The premier principles of my new book, Free Women, Free Men, are free thought and free speech—open, mobile, and unconstrained by either liberal or conservative ideology."

My mental working title for the post was "Camile Paglia - Objectivist." An obvious overgeneralization, but the parallel to Rand's two "mystics" are inescapable: Conservative ideology being the Mystics of Spirit and liberal ideology being the Mystics of Muscle.

Posted by: johngalt at March 22, 2017 4:55 PM
But jk thinks:

An Objectivist Theology Professor. I can sell that.

Posted by: jk at March 22, 2017 6:51 PM
But jk thinks:

Heh™: Insty links to the same piece with the comment "I mean, if women were free, who would listen to feminists?"

Posted by: jk at March 23, 2017 10:31 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Theology professor? Paglia? non! Art and literature.

Posted by: johngalt at March 24, 2017 4:32 PM
But jk thinks:

Corrected I stand. I misremembered that false factoid from her dust-up with the Dawkins-Hitchens wing.

Posted by: jk at March 27, 2017 9:54 AM

March 16, 2017

Quote of the Day

Americans' voluntary contributions to arts organizations ("arts/culture/humanities" institutions reaped $17 billion in 2015) dwarf the NEA's subventions, which would be replaced if those who actually use the organizations -- many of them supported by state- and local-government arts councils -- are as enthusiastic about them as they claim to be. The idea that the arts will wither away if the NEA goes away is risible. Distilled to its essence, the argument for the NEA is: Art is a Good Thing, therefore a government subsidy for it is a Good Deed. To appreciate the non sequitur, substitute "macaroni and cheese" for "art."-- George Will
Posted by John Kranz at 10:50 AM | Comments (7)
But jk thinks:

You mean, a fundamental human right, like Big Bird?

Posted by: jk at March 16, 2017 4:23 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Something like that.

And "Democracy NOW!"

Posted by: johngalt at March 16, 2017 6:48 PM
But dagny thinks:

Hey if art is a fundamental human right, I'm pretty sure my vaulting is an art. And there's a beautiful Oldenburg yearling colt up in Canada and hes only 11K. Pretty sure we NEED that colt. :-)

Posted by: dagny at March 17, 2017 3:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Heh, and four or five more like him no doubt.


"Need" is much different in the eye of the holder than the eye of the want-er.

Posted by: johngalt at March 17, 2017 3:50 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I found an article that found the salaries of the NPR folks we're so used to hearing (even me, who stopped listening to NPR ages ago).
Steve Inskeep: $355k base
Michelle Norris: $265k
Robert Siegel: $322 in 2010-2011.

Cry me a river over budget cuts, just don't get the shoes wet! I'll post that to FB when their "number" hits the news which will be no-doubt faithfully parroted by my liberal friends.

Posted by: nanobrewer at March 17, 2017 4:39 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Seriously? Those are like POTUS level salaries. (Or mayors of small California towns.) What gives?

Posted by: johngalt at March 18, 2017 5:22 PM

February 15, 2017

Quote of the Day

My colleague David French makes the case that former general and CIA director David Petraeus should not replace Michael Flynn or return to government at all.

He doesn't cite the fact that Petraeus's musical favorites include Loreena McKennitt, Enya, and Sarah McLachlan. Because those tastes don't make him wimpy. They make Loreena McKennitt, Enya, and Sarah McLachlan badass. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]

Posted by John Kranz at 11:11 AM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2017

Quote of the Day

Competence is not a requirement. One small example from the Education Department: a just-released federal analysis of a signature Obama initiative to improve failing public schools reports almost zero gain from the $7 billion spent. Yet we're to believe that Mrs. DeVos is the unqualified one here? -- Bill McGurn WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 6:41 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Or that the exact date, post election, on which General Flynn had a phone call with the Russian is a matter of such national security importance as to warrant an Independent Counsel investigation.

Posted by: johngalt at February 15, 2017 3:45 PM

February 13, 2017


I seem to have little time these days for real readin' & writin'... got this thru FB of all places!

the opposition [to DeVos] basically reflected the present Democratic Party at its worst: unstinting in defense of bureaucracy and its employees, more excited about causes dear to the upper middle class than the interests of the poor, and always girding for the battle with the Real Enemy, religious conservatives, no matter what the moment actually demands.

The real kicker... the source is the NYT!

(hat tip to: Friends of Best of the Web group on FB)

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:19 AM | Comments (0)

February 7, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

Public education edition:

In some ways, DeVos' appointment is more important than even that of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.

Arguably, by freeing the public schools and pushing educational decision-making away from the nation's capital and the union halls and down to the district and parental level, she could have a much bigger potential social and cultural impact than almost anything one person on the high court might do.

This is especially true for poor and minority kids, who stand the most to gain from school choice. Those poor and minority kids are now tied to union-run, failed inner-city schools. Imagine the possibilities if, for the first time, they and their parents can choose success instead of failure. That's a revolution.

Economist Thomas Sowell on Tuesday called DeVos' nomination and the coming education battle an "opportunity ... that may not come again in this generation." He's exactly right.

-Investors Business Daily

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:31 PM | Comments (3)
But Jk thinks:

Well, jg has his IBD, and I have my Denver Post??? Whaaaaa?

For more than 20 years DeVos has pushed for greater choice in education, including public charter schools and vouchers for private schools, and for more accountability. Colorado of course has been a leader in charter school development for two decades, with more than 12 percent of students now attending such schools. In Denver, some charters boast among the best records in the state at elevating test scores of impoverished students.

It will be good to have such a forceful advocate for charters -- her husband actually founded one -- leading the Education Department.

Posted by: Jk at February 8, 2017 3:08 AM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Well, blow me down! DP Editorial Board supports her, and a reform agenda: sell the stocks, Martha!!

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 8, 2017 8:53 AM
But jk thinks:

Indeed -- they weaseled it up a bit, but I am impressed.

Posted by: jk at February 8, 2017 10:45 AM


PM Theresa May delivers a smackdown on the ever odious Jeremy Corbyn (English for Harry Reid):

That's what Labour has to offer this country. Less protection for British citizens, less prosperous, less safe.
He can lead a protest. I'm leading a country.

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:26 AM | Comments (0)

February 4, 2017

QotD? VOte for the best!

First, the serious stuff:

This escalation of {eastern Ukraine} violence must stop. - UN Ambassador Nikki Haley

Instead of being thankful to the United States for these agreements, Iran is now feeling emboldened. As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice.
- National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (OK, this is 2 days old)

OZ Professor Steve Kates (real Australian)

That Trump now thinks of [Aussie PM] Malcolm as a flea-weight no-account fool only means he has the same assessment of the PM as the rest of us.

Now for some fun: the fake newschnado, the best part of Trumpism, IMO, is a gift that is cranking out the humor ...some the best kind, right from the unwashed mouths of us plebes on main street.

From the comments page at PL (various threads):

{seeing Schumer's tearful laments} Winning is such fun. I had forgotten how much fun it can be.
[Robert] Reich is schilling for the fourth Reich
they haven't been the "mainstream media" for a long time. They are the Fake News Media, or the Walking Dead Media might even be more accurate.

I'm just warming up,
Utah’s venerable Orrin Hatch engineered a rule change to overcome the Democrats’ [no show] maneuver in his committee. He even provided the quote of the week in response to the FOX News anchor who asked him what the Democrats’ temporary disappearance says. Senator Hatch drily commented:

“It says they’re a bunch of juvenile idiots is what it says.”

But I think this one may get the prize; Paul Mirengoff takes a break from scoffing at Trump to look east:
From a PL article on the screwy twists taking place with a new 3rd party candidate Emmanuel Macron joining the fray for France:

I guess he wants to make France great again. It’s been a while.

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:20 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

The Aussie professor gets my vote for number 1 QOTD. "...flea-weight no-account fool..."

We could benefit from such erudite ad hominem in this hemisphere as well. It would be an improvement in civility.

Posted by: johngalt at February 6, 2017 5:35 PM

February 1, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

Blog brother jk has the Wall Street Journal. I have Investors Business Daily:

Even Trump's executive order on visas and refugees is far from an overreach. At its core, it temporarily halts - it does not ban - travel from seven countries identified in a 2015 law as highly terror prone. The reason is to give relevant agencies 90 days to make sure policies in place are effective at keeping terrorists out. His decision to halt refugees from Syria is right in line with previous presidential limits on refugees imposed in the name of national security.

We are hardly advocating that Trump follow in Obama's footsteps. We vigorously opposed Obama's executive overreach and will do the same if Trump tries to exceed the limits to his authority. The Constitution's divisions of power are there for a reason.

But it has been amusing to watch Democrats and the media - who encouraged Obama's overreaches - lose their minds over the prospect of Obama's pen and phone in Trump's hand.

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:06 PM | Comments (0)

January 26, 2017

Quote of the Day

The United States has the best public schools in the world. The top public high schools send nearly all their graduates on to college, and many to the most selective colleges. Faculty and parents are dedicated to the educational task, and most students graduate with college credit already in hand. The quality of these schools supports high housing prices within the district, generating property-tax revenues to fund the schools. Even a whiff of weak school performance will draw the ire not only of parents but of every homeowner with something to lose. It's a positive feedback loop.

We also have the worst public schools in the developed world. In 1,200 American high schools, a third or more of the students don't graduate. In 2013, 66 percent of U.S. fourth graders and 64 percent of eighth graders could not read at their grade level, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) reading test. In 2013 the United States spent more per student than all OECD countries except Austria, Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland -- yet our educational outcomes have hovered around 20th place among OECD's 34 (now 35) nations. Our worst high schools are essentially prisons with poor security and lots of overhead. -- Dan Currell National Review

Posted by John Kranz at 3:55 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

I haven't read the linked article yet but I wonder if we can see a Venn diagram of the best/worst schools overlaying Republican/Democrat mayors and city councils?

Usually these things are correlated with median income levels, but I see that as another symptom of the same cause - bad government.

Posted by: johngalt at January 26, 2017 4:21 PM
But jk thinks:

No doubt you're correct. The affluent in the areas dominated by bad schools can buy their way into tony private schools.

What fries my rice is that this is the root cause of inequality. All the same people who wish to "fix" inequality with hyper-progressive taxation represent a good Venn-match with the people protesting Sec.-nominee Betsy DeVos's rescuing the poor kids in the second paragraph.

Posted by: jk at January 26, 2017 5:03 PM

January 22, 2017



I’m a libertarian. I’ve been surrounded by people who don’t agree with me for as long as I can remember and it has never occurred to me to isolate myself from everyone because of our political differences. Certainly not to assault them. Nor am I filled with anxiety by the thought that people who work in my home might have different political views than mine. To me, you’re all a bunch of fascists. But I’ve somehow learned to live with you.
watching people unravel over this election has been instructive. The - yes, I’m going to say it - bigotry of many on the left, in their caricaturing of Trump supporters, has never before been so blatant. Nor has the jaw-dropping, mass-hypnosis level of selective partisan-driven outrage. I understand that a lot of people are worried, upset, even frightened over the prospect of a Trump presidency. Good. They should be. But they should have been worried eight years ago, or at the very least, four years ago.

He goes on to mark the low points of the last 8 years, especially the end of the 4th Ammendment

Did I mention he - and all future presidents - now has the legal right to kill anyone on the planet, including American citizens, with no conviction, no charges, no semblance of due process at all. Did I mention that?
- Bretigne Shaffer

Posted by nanobrewer at 1:15 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

I tripped over that somewhere as well -- cannot remember where. Thanks for posting.

I have vowed not to question my pussy-hatted friends about their big march yesterday. It brought them much joy. But, high on the list of "**** I don't understand" is "...and everything was just fine for you until 1/20/2017?"

Posted by: jk at January 22, 2017 1:12 PM

January 20, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday - Presidential Inaugural Edition

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first. We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to let it shine as an example. We will shine for everyone to follow. We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the Earth. At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country, we will rediscover our loyalty to each other. When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice. - President Trump's Inaugural Address
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:16 PM | Comments (3)
But nanobrewer thinks:

Here's my money quote:

Today's ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, or from one party to another -- but we are transferring power from Washington, D.C. and giving it back to you, the American People.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 21, 2017 12:11 AM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Anybody know how long it was? I'd like to compare it to Obam-UH's inaugural. I did verify this: he said "I" only thrice.


Posted by: nanobrewer at January 21, 2017 12:14 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I heard it timed at twenty minutes, then later someone said it was only sixteen.

You're right to point out that he said "I" only three times. He said "we" however, 45 times.

I find this particularly significant because commentator Mara Liasson, on NPR before the speech, suggested that we listen for this detail because Trump was all about "I" during the campaign. She probably heard me yelling at her through the radio, "Did you ever notice how much the sitting president talks about himself? The Narcissist in Chief?"

Posted by: johngalt at January 21, 2017 12:07 PM

January 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

ADDENDA: You might think the Clintons would keep the Clinton Global Initiative going for another year, just to dispel the perception that it was a backdoor way for wealthy foreign citizens and foreign governments to buy access and goodwill. You would be wrong. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 10:52 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

My dad made another observation: Closing the foundation allows any and all records to be destroyed - something that the New York State Attorney General has loudly and publicly prevented in the case of the Trump Foundation.

Posted by: johngalt at January 17, 2017 2:25 PM
But jk thinks:

Suddenly, nobody cares about AIDS, or children's education, or Haiti, or earthquake relief. What was it James Carville shouted "People are going to die!"

Shame the Clintons will allow all this heartache and misery to proceed unabated because she lost a silly election.

Posted by: jk at January 17, 2017 4:04 PM

January 16, 2017

Otequay of the Ayday

Look, I don't care if the Trump fan-bots rail against me, Trump is an unreliable chap, to put it mildly. He doesn't know what he doesn't know and he throws away his promises too easily and a lot of his instincts are leftist in the worst way. Everything he's done so far could be scuttled on the rock of his personality.

But that hasn't happened yet and every day is another day. And today, after eight years of a dishonest, undemocratic, anti-American scold in the White House, I am feeling gleeful. Almost pretty. Okay, gleeful.

Andrew Klavan - 'My Strange Trumpian Glee'

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:23 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Meanwhile, in a nine-page questionnaire to Ben Carson, who is being sent to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Elizabeth Warren wanted to learn what the doctor thought about "C0 2 and other greenhouse gas emissions," because extreme weather like flooding poses "a significant risk to public housing."

"What other actions will you take to adapt to or prevent climate change while you are HUD Secretary?" Ms. Warren wondered. Maybe Dr. Carson's tenure will be the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and the planet began to heal. -- WSJ Ed Page

Posted by John Kranz at 12:10 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

I thought that moment had already, famously, occurred - in 1998.

Posted by: johngalt at January 16, 2017 4:04 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And as President Obama leaves office, the crises of extreme weather and sea level rise are also well under control.

Posted by: johngalt at January 16, 2017 4:06 PM

January 11, 2017

Quote of the Day

Well, yes, celebrities are stupid about policy, often breathtakingly so. On the other hand, so is everyone else. You want to hear some really stupid ideas about policy? Grab a group of whip-smart financial wizards, or neurosurgeons, or nuclear physicists, and sit them down for a nice dinner to debate some policy outside their profession. You will find that they are pretty much just as stupid as anyone else, because policy is not about smart. I mean, smart helps. But policy is fundamentally about domain knowledge, and that knowledge is acquired only by spending a great deal of time thinking about a pretty small set of problems. Funnily enough, this is also how one gets good at finance, or neurosurgery, or nuclear physics. -- Megan McArdle
Posted by John Kranz at 3:45 PM | Comments (0)

January 5, 2017

Quote of the Day

Part of a superb explanation of the WSJ Editor's comments on Trump which launched a thousand memes...

Immediately, my remarks were followed by another fit of Trump-induced pearl-clutching among the journalistic elite. Dan Rather, a former television newsman of some renown, weighed in to call the remarks "deeply disturbing." I will confess to feeling a little burst of pride at being instructed in reporting ethics by Mr. Rather. It feels a little like being lectured on the virtues of abstinence by Keith Richards. -- Gerard Baker

Posted by John Kranz at 4:37 PM | Comments (0)

January 4, 2017

Quote of the Day

It is growth from exchange-tested betterment, not compelled or voluntary charity, that solves the problem of poverty. ...Which do we want, a small one-time (though envy-and-anger-satisfying) extraction from the rich, or a free society of betterment, one that lifts up the poor by gigantic amounts? We had better focus directly on the equality that we actually want and can achieve, which is equality of social dignity and equality before the law. Liberal equality, as against the socialist equality of enforced redistribution, eliminates the worst of poverty. ...To borrow from the heroes of my youth, Marx and Engels: Working people of all countries unite! You have nothing to lose but stagnation! Demand exchange-tested betterment in a liberal society. Some dare call it capitalism. -- Deirdre McCloskey
Via an excellent FEE post from Dan Mitchell
Posted by John Kranz at 11:41 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

And some dare say that extraction from the rich is more fair.

Posted by: johngalt at January 4, 2017 12:18 PM

December 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

Renowned for his optimism! I hope you're right, Larry.

Hard-nosed investment manager Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates and a non-political guy, expects the Trump years to be as transformational as the Reagan-Thatcher years. Mr. Dalio says the Trump era could "ignite animal spirits" and "shift the environment from one that makes profit-makers villains with limited power to one that makes them heroes with significant power." -- Larry Kudlow

Posted by John Kranz at 2:17 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I have seen glimpses of businessman bravado, like this one, that make me wish to predict, in all seriousness, that this will be the Atlas Shrugged presidency.

Don't make me eat those words, Donald.

Posted by: johngalt at December 26, 2016 1:11 PM

November 22, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

While I do not think we should legitimize the remarkable fear those on the Left profess, I do suppose I can understand why they are afraid. In a way, it is even rational. The Left expects the Right to do to them what the Left's political philosophy would demand the Left do to the Right: hunt down any dissenting voices and silence or hurt them.

David Danford in The Federalist - Here's Why Progressives Lose Their Minds When They Lose Elections

They do not understand the Right's view of government and what the founders of America had in mind. The founders understood that government could only provide limited justice. This could then be used to enable the individual pursuit of happiness in a free country. As Washington put it, the object of our politics is "the benign influence of the good laws of a free government."

In other words, the goal is to make the rule of law and the power of government as gentle and as unobtrusive as possible. Errors in politics, then, are deviations from being benign and are themselves fairly harmless. If the system of government you live under is limited, then you can take a breath when things do not go your way and continue to have a conversation and hope that next time you might win.

The end of all of this is to say that what you are seeing is the logical result of incoherent, utopian progressive political thought. Our society is full of those confused about the purpose of American government, and something changed with this election.

Before, there were two conceptions of justice competing under the surface, but only one knew that it had to destroy the other. Now, the other one has realized it has to fight to exist, and fighting it is. Until one wins out, this war of ideas will continue, the Left will embrace hysterics, and political correctness will reemerge.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:31 PM | Comments (0)

August 31, 2016

Quote of the Day

The West now has a comparable chasm between daily life and the media, but it goes in the opposite direction. Daily life is wonderful: Unless you actively hunt for outliers, you're surrounded by well-fed, healthy, safe, comfortable people enjoying a cornucopia of amusement. The media, however, uses the vastness of the world to show us non-stop terror, hate, fear, brutality, and poverty -- not just in the Third World, but right here at home. -- Bryan Caplan, Animal Farm in Reverse
Posted by John Kranz at 5:20 PM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

For Americans to think that it is progress to move from the Founders' revolutionary achievement - a nation of free citizens, endowed with natural rights, living under laws that they themselves have made, pursuing their own vision of happiness in their own way and free to develop as fully as they can whatever talent or genius lies within them - to a regime in which individuals derive such rights as they have from a government superior to them is contemptible. How is a return to subjection an advance on freedom?

Myron Magnet in 'Why are Voters So Angry?' that nb linked yesterday.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:09 PM | Comments (0)

July 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

Why do we stand for this?

Comey has argued that somehow there is such a legal chasm between extreme recklessness and gross negligence that the feds cannot bridge it. That is not an argument for him to make. That is for a jury to decide after a judge instructs the jury about what Comey fails to understand: There is not a dime's worth of difference between these two standards. Extreme recklessness is gross negligence. -- Andrew Napolitano

Posted by John Kranz at 11:54 AM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Comey tried to make the case today that the Federal statute lacks a mens rea standard, and is therefore invalid, in his opinion. I must have missed the part after that where he said that he'd immediately be filing papers to undo the prosecution of the Kristian Saucier.

What he did - or attempted to do - is prosecutorial nullification. He disagreed with the standard of the black letter of the law, so he chose to substitute his own sensibilities in its place. If that were his consistent practice in cases that didn't involve a defendant named Clinton, it would be believable. Pathetic, but believable.

I'm guessing that his real motivation was to not commit suicide or have some amazing tragedy not befall him or his loved ones before the end of the week.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 7, 2016 2:08 PM
But jk thinks:

Uh huh. Vince Foster could not be reached for comment.

Posted by: jk at July 7, 2016 4:50 PM
But johngalt thinks:

ignorantia legis neminem excusat

The rationale of the doctrine is that if ignorance were an excuse, a person charged with criminal offenses or a subject of a civil lawsuit would merely claim that he or she is unaware of the law in question to avoid liability, even if that person really does know what the law in question is.

Or, compel some third party to so claim on her behalf.

It does seem that, like her husband, Hillary should have been tried and found guilty and then, perhaps, only been nominally sentenced:

In the criminal law, although ignorance may not clear a defendant of guilt, it can be a consideration in sentencing, particularly where the law is unclear or the defendant sought advice from law enforcement or regulatory officials.

And of more general philosophical interest, to me at least:

"There is a true law, right reason, agreeable to nature, known to all men, constant and eternal, which calls to duty by its precepts, deters from evil by its prohibition. This law cannot be departed from without guilt. Nor is there one law at Rome and another at Athens, one thing now and another afterward; but the same law, unchanging and eternal, binds all races of man and all times."

-Cicero, 'De republica'

But nobody studies or reads the classics any more. How many millenials do you suppose have even heard the name "Cicero?"

Posted by: johngalt at July 9, 2016 10:47 AM

June 30, 2016

All Hail Harsanyi!

Moreover, it's not like [AG Loretta Lynch and President Bill CLinton] randomly bumped into each other at the grocery store or while picking up dry-cleaning. People don’t have a lot of "impromptu meetings" on private jets sitting on the tarmacs at airports. As KNXV ABC 15 television reported, Clinton heard Lynch was en route to that airport, sought her out, and waited there for her arrival. Maybe it was just dumb luck that this happened only a day before the Benghazi Report was released by congress, or a few days after the Associated Press published another 165 pages of e-mails Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent via her unsanctioned and unsecure private e-mail server and did not want anyone to see. Or perhaps, as his wife's stories are becoming increasingly impossible to believe, Bill felt the need to say a few words to the Attorney General overseeing the criminal investigations of his wife? Whatever the case, the appearance of a conflict of interest or loss of impartiality is clearly present. -- David Harsanyi
Likely a "whole thing read;" even Democrats noticed.
Posted by John Kranz at 2:30 PM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

In our present climate, it is customary for cosmopolitan sorts to accuse anybody who dissents from the European project of being an unreconstructed "nationalist." Insofar as this describes the dissenters' desire to return power to their own parliament and to ensure that their vote matters as much as it should, it is an accurate term. Outside of that, however, it is a slur, and a damnable one at that. George Orwell contended that the difference between patriotism and nationalism was that patriotism involved "devotion to a particular place and a particular way of life, which one believes to be the best in the world but has no wish to force on other people," while nationalism "is inseparable from the desire for power." By this definition at least, Britain's decision to extricate itself from the EU was patriotic, not nationalistic. Indeed, if there is any group within the debate that seeks to impose "a particular way of life . . . on other people," it is the one that wants ever-closer integration into Europe, and, eventually, a federal super-state.

- Charles C.W. Cooke, 'The Brexit Vote Was Just the Beginning.'

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/437082/brexit-uk-eu-referendum-vote-beginning

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:08 PM | Comments (0)

June 16, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

In the fantasyland of modern progressive politics, if a boy identifies as a girl, then he's a girl. But if a gay Muslim registered Democrat identifies as a martyr for the Islamic State, he's still a Republican.

The Federalist's Sean Davis - The New York Times Can't Figure Out the Orlando Terrorist's Motive

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:50 PM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

Not surprisingly, strong emotional reactions to a recent tragedy exacerbate these and other biases, and make us even less objective in our thinking than we would be otherwise. If your reaction to the Orlando attack is a strong emotional feeling that it reinforces whatever you previously believed about terrorism, radical Islamism, gun control, or immigration, there is a strong chance that you are engaging in confirmation bias rather than objectively considering the evidence. That does not mean your reaction is automatically wrong. But it does mean you should not have too much confidence in its reliability as a guide to policy. -- Ilya Somin
Posted by John Kranz at 11:27 AM | Comments (0)

June 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

This blog's problem? Not enough Lileks lately. Mandatory composting comes to Minneapolis:

Except . . . I don't know what they do with lawn waste. We have new bins now for composting, which suggests the old lawn waste is probably fed to a compactor, turned into incredibly dense cubes, shipped to China and thrown down a bottomless well. I don't know. As for the composting bin, so far we've composted exactly Zero Molecules, because I don't have a bin under the sink to dump my Organics. There isn't any room for the bin. In a recent work meeting when the subject came up, a co-worker said she had a pail on the counter where the organics went, and I was incredulous: you have a bucket of rotten vegetables on your counter?

I am from a different country. I'd say different age, but we're contemporaries. I am from the land where the growling grinding teeth in the hole of the sink reduce everything to fluid and hasten it along to the treatment plant, because we are not living in huts on the edge of a field and sharpening sticks in case the sabre-toothed tigers come at night, again. Save the pepper cores! They can be mixed with out filth and heaped around the gourds!

Always thought the future would be a bit more elegant than that.

Hat-tip: Ed Driscoll @ Insty

Posted by John Kranz at 2:09 PM | Comments (0)

May 12, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

If anything, the hypocritical boycotting of Trump by the Ryans, Bushes, and Roves enhances Trump's crossover appeal with independents and working-class Dems. The more that he is hated down at the GOP yacht club, the more he appears as a regular guy in the eyes of voters. Meanwhile, the Tea Party Republicans interpret the boycotting as a sign that Trump is too politically incorrect for the effete GOP elite and cleave to him even more tightly.

In the end, such resistance may prove a political boon to Trump and complicate Hillary's customary anti-Republican demagoguery.

- George Neumayr, 'The Narrow Door to the GOP's Big Tent'

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:16 PM | Comments (0)

May 8, 2016

Quote of the Day

Or consider it a partial Review Corner. Deirdre McCloskey has closed her trilogy with an (750 page) exclamation point. It is too good to read quickly and far too important and comprehensive to summarize. I'll share some quotes along the way and some effusive, fatuous praise at the end. This section compares Adam Smith, Jane Austen, and Benjamin Franklin.

In Smith's time, and now again in the regulatory state, few believed that a masterless society would be possible. The haunting fear by governing elites supported by worried citizens stirred up by an antitrade clerisy was then, as it still is, that ordinary people will do bad things if left alone. Unless overawed by the threat of state violence in police or planning or regulation, ordinary people, especially the lower classes, will spurn priests, stop paying their rents and taxes, not save enough for old age, kill each other, not buy enough insurance, speak against the government, appear with hair uncovered, refuse military service, drink to excess, commit unnatural acts, use naughty words, chew gum, smoke marihuana--committing in sum, as Bill Murray put it in Ghost Busters, "human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, mass hysteria." -- Deirdre McCloskey

Posted by John Kranz at 1:40 PM | Comments (0)

May 6, 2016

Quote of the Day

Trigger warning: Watching an ’85 K-Car screeching through slalom cones and looking like it could tip at any moment is not for the faint of heart.-- Ed Driscoll
Posted by John Kranz at 10:38 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Maybe it should be a verb: To be Guccifered. Though maybe, in Hillary Clinton's case, it would be better phrased as a crime. As in: "They got her on a Guccifer." -- Kim Strasel
Posted by John Kranz at 11:14 AM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I'm wondering if Guccifer would be found in my Roget's, as a synonym for "petard."

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 6, 2016 12:33 PM

May 4, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

Trump proved that many of the party's moderates and establishmentarians hate the thought of a True Conservative nominee even more than they fear handing the nomination to a proto-fascist grotesque with zero political experience and poor impulse control. That goes for the prominent politicians who refused to endorse Cruz, the prominent donors who sat on their hands once the field narrowed and all the moderate-Republican voters in blue states who turned out to be #NeverCruz first and #NeverTrump less so or even not at all. -Ross Douthat
Posted by JohnGalt at 7:40 PM | Comments (0)

April 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

Humans have been using euphemisms ever since Adam first "knew" Eve. -- David Harsanyi
Posted by John Kranz at 12:02 PM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

Are you sure this isn't it? LOL Thanks for the link, Harsanyi is great.

"For most, progressive taxation is imbued with a moral imperative. So when you fail to pay an imaginary tax that doesn't exist but Democrats believe should, you are by default engaged in fraud and immorality. "

Posted by: Terri at April 19, 2016 1:34 PM
But jk thinks:

Honorable mention, Terri, honorable mention.

I did mean to say that the whole piece was very good. I fear my beloved Harsanyi sometimes writes down to the clickbait Federalist. But this one is completely up to spec.

Posted by: jk at April 19, 2016 1:40 PM

April 15, 2016


Cruz knows he's got a likability problem. He may not be the guy you want to have a beer with but he'll drive you home, he's said in various forms, which is not a terrible line. -- Matthew Cooper, Newsweek
Posted by John Kranz at 7:15 PM | Comments (0)

April 14, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

Mr. Trump's newfound class was on display this week, in reaction to Saturday's state GOP convention in Colorado. Lacking almost any organization, Team Trump was smoked. Sen. Ted Cruz took all 34 delegates. In response, Mr. Trump tweeted, "The people of Colorado had their vote taken away from them" and warned, "This will not be allowed!"

Actually, it will be. The state Republican executive committee voted unanimously last August to select delegates through a convention, not a primary or caucus. Mr. Trump, running initially as a lark, failed to organize in states like Colorado. Now he demands that the rules be changed because he didn't prepare and lost.

-Karl Rove in Vanity Will Be The Donald's Undoing

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:36 PM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

My first reaction to this news was "Um, wut?" CEI has long denied humans' role in global warming, and I have fairly substantial disagreements with CEI on the issue. However, when last I checked, it was not a criminal matter to disagree with me. It's a pity, I grant you, but there it is; the law's the law. -- Megan McArdle
My first reaction was "The Virgin Islands has an Attorney General?"
Posted by John Kranz at 1:06 PM | Comments (0)

April 8, 2016

Quote of the Day

All Hail Jonah! You'll have to find it or subscribe to read about VP Biden farting at the arms-control summit...

4. One fun consequence of all this is that Bill very well could turn out to be a liability for Hillary, which would be kind of hilarious given that Hillary would be just another left-wing activist lawyer were it not for her husband. She rode her Arkansas mule all of the way to the White House gates only to see the sign reading, "No Mules Allowed." -- Jonah Goldberg

Posted by John Kranz at 3:46 PM | Comments (0)

March 11, 2016

Quote of the day

from Gary Kasparov's article published by The Daily beast (excellent article, but the flash pop-ups are awful) of all places! Of course, the publishers had to splash up a contrary video of voters hemming, hawing and how Iowa Dems were much more socialist.

"It's capitalism that brought billions of people out of poverty in the 20th century. It's socialism that enslaved them and impoverished them. Of course Senator Sanders does not want to turn America into a totalitarian state like the one I grew up in. But it's a valuable example of the inevitable failure of a state-run economy and distribution system. (Check in on Venezuela for a more recent example.) Once you give power to the government it is nearly impossible to get it back, and it will be used in ways you cannot expect."

He notes two other interstings

1. My [FB} post on the nature of socialism was 113 words long, a quick response to critics of a cartoon I had posted ... A week later and it has over 3,000 comments, 57,000 shares, and a 9.3 million reach that is in the category usually reserved for photos of pop stars and kitten videos.
I often talk about the need to restore a vision of America as a positive force in the world, a force for liberty and peace. The essential complement to this is having big positive dreams at home as well, of restoring America's belief in ambition and risk, of innovation and exploration, of free markets and free people.
He's a TS'er... we need to let him know!

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:50 PM | Comments (5)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"He's a TS'er... we need to let him know!"

Kasparov is definitely one of us. There's something about Russian-born intellectuals (Kasparov, Rand, Sharansky) who've tasted both Russian Communism and western freedom that must foster a real appreciation for the latter. I wonder what causes this.

Off topic, but I've got to ask: Mark Sanchez? Really???

Posted by: Keith Arnold at March 11, 2016 4:34 PM
But jk thinks:

Bronco football is NEVER EVER off topic at ThreeSources. That said, I have not heard that one until just now. I was calm and moderately positive to the suggestion of RGIII, Colin Kaepernick, and was even warming to a warmed over Tebow. Sanchez is not "on my color wheel."

Posted by: jk at March 11, 2016 5:08 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Well, it's a done deal. The trade's been made:


Congratulations, brother!

Posted by: Keith Arnold at March 11, 2016 5:17 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Loved that article, nb, and thrilled that you blogged it. The title is not to be missed, and answers brother keith's pregnant question as well: "Hey Bernie, Don't Lecture Me About Socialism. I Lived Through It." My favorite of Kasparov's lines were these:

My goal was to remind people that Americans talking about socialism in the 21st century was a luxury paid for by the successes of capitalism in the 20th. And that while inequality is a huge problem, the best way to increase everyone's share of pie is to make the pie bigger, not to dismantle the bakery.

As for Mark Sanchez, my thumb points up.

- He is an experienced NFL starter, including six postseason starts, with roughly the same completion percentage as Andrew Luck with a comparable number of attempts.

- Denver does not need a Dan Marino to plug into the proven system that our aging hall of famer leveraged into a career-closing Super Bowl win. We need a game manager who can complete passes (sorry Tim). I think Mark can put up career highs in wins starting for this Broncos team, and even repeat the Super Bowl feat.

- And if you're still not convinced of his value as, at bare minimum, a capable 2nd stringer, word is that the 49ers were interested too. Denver struck first, trading a conditional 2017 7th round pick to get him from the Eagles before he was released.

Posted by: johngalt at March 11, 2016 6:08 PM
But jk thinks:

And I read it right here -- ThreeSources, your one-stop shop for sports news and monotonous din of Trump coverage!

Posted by: jk at March 11, 2016 7:14 PM

March 10, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

The real mystery isn't why the neocons would return to the Democratic Party if the GOP were to nominate a skeptic of foreign intervention. Given the profound tensions on the right between the statist neoconservatives, and the small-government movement conservatives, the wonder is that they stayed in the GOP so long.

If the neoconservatives do bolt the GOP, a new conservative foreign policy might congeal around prudence, self-reliance and restraint. And if the neocons seek to fasten themselves once again to the GOP in four or eight years, after having helped elevate Hillary Clinton to the presidency, no one should be surprised if Republicans aren't anxious to let them back in.

-Cato's Christopher Preble in 'Marco Rubio: The Neocon's Last Stand?'

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:16 PM | Comments (0)

February 26, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

Without action, Americans' anger will not subside. Most Americans face a narrower set of options today than in past years, and reforming higher education will help rekindle economic mobility. Entrepreneurs, universities, and other organizations must work to create new lifelong learning opportunities. We need more information on the different links between fields of study, employment earnings and, just as importantly, skills. Most of all, we need public and private leaders who appeal to aspiration rather than anger, and can inspire Americans to a new era of education.

- Ross Baird and Dane Stangler, 'Why Are Americans Angry? Maybe Education's Doing the Opposite of What We Think'

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:16 PM | Comments (0)

February 22, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

How many more primaries will it take to get this through our heads? Combine the numbers, and we get significant support for outsider candidates: 67 percent in Iowa (Cruz, Trump, Ben Carson, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina); 54 percent in New Hampshire; and 62 percent in South Carolina.

Why then should people compromise and vote for someone who stands athwart that movement? [Rubio] Why not support the candidate [Cruz] who understands that impulse and also has the conservative values and experience to fight the real enemy: the Democratic Party and its goal to dismantle the American Republic?

-D.C. McAllister in Rubio Needs to Move Aside for Cruz, not Vice Versa

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:15 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

We are bound by an imperceptible tie, you and me. Gravitational waves? More like quantum entanglement -- as soon as I come to a position, I usually find you to be full-on against it.

I came to the realization yesterday that I was all in for Senator Rubio. He had a nice interview with Chris Wallace on FOXNews Sunday (To be fair, so did Mr, Trump.)

-- Sen. Rubio is young and likable -- a great contrast to either fossil coming out of the DNC this year.

-- Down deep, I think he has good ideas on immigration. He is sublimating those to get the nomination, but c'est la guerre.

-- His tenure as Florida's Speaker of the House impressed many. I find that better executive qualification than being one of 100 senators.

-- He can play in the establishment pool, but -- and I am sorry short memory folks -- he was a new wave Tea Party candidate in 2010 against Gov. Crist.

He has attracted endorsements from Republicans I do like, including Rep. Trey Gowdy, Gov. Nikki Haley, and Sen. Jeff Flake. A Facebook post in a group said "Trey Gowdy is dead to me now!" Gotta love that unity. But that's a good and diverse group.

Posted by: jk at February 22, 2016 3:48 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And despite endorsements from South Carolina's governor, Senator and most popular Congressman, Rubio could only tie for second place.

Posted by: johngalt at February 23, 2016 12:49 PM
But johngalt thinks:

RE: "Fossils."

"I promise not to make my opponent's youth and inexperience an issue in this campaign. - R. Reagan"

Posted by: johngalt at February 23, 2016 12:53 PM

February 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

"The current administration has resurrected Nixon's weaponization of the bureaucracies against its opponents," says [Senator Ben] Sasse. "And I don't have great hope that a guy who brags, 'If someone screws you, screw them back,' is going to return to the rule of law." -- Kim Strassel

I hear they have closed the gun show Google loophole that allows non-subscribers to read WSJ, but this is a section of a serious and damning litany of abuses of government power and litigiousness by Mr. Trump.

UPDATE: An early version misattributed this to James Taranto.ThreeSources regrets the error.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:40 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:


Thank you, Google loophole!

I particularly like that Sasse issued "a statement announcing that he would campaign with Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and other "constitutional candidates." He's not siding with one candidate or another, just with a particular principle.

Posted by: johngalt at February 1, 2016 5:32 PM

January 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

Our Margaret.

Surely it means something that Mr. Obama spent eight years insisting he was not a socialist, and Bernie Sanders is rising while saying he is one. -- Peggy Noonan

Posted by John Kranz at 12:33 PM | Comments (0)

January 26, 2016

Otequay of the Day

Once again from Ace of Spades, in the article excerpted heavily in the previous post:

We are Americans, damn it. We are supposed to be unruly. We are supposed to be rebellious.

God did not make us to stand patiently in queues and politely clap for our leaders no matter how distant, corrupt, and dismissive.

That's why he made Canadians.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:54 PM | Comments (0)

January 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

If Davos and Aspen were states, [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg would easily carry their six electoral votes. -- James Taranto (all hail)
Posted by John Kranz at 3:23 PM | Comments (0)

January 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Just e-mail it," Clinton snapped, to which Sullivan replied: "Trust me, I share your exasperation. But until ops converts it to the unclassified e-mail system, there is no physical way for me to e-mail it." NY Post
Posted by John Kranz at 5:03 PM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2016

Quote of the Day

"I just feel bad for the people who got here at five,"

Trust me. Just this once. Trust me.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:04 PM | Comments (0)

Those Damned Speculators!

Daniel Bier @ FEE suggests supply and demand might control oil prices, contra Trump & Sanders:

Fortunately, when he wrote that in 2012, Sen. Bernie Sanders was ahead of the game, having never read anything about supply and demand at all. Unencumbered by basic economics, he was able to see that Big Oil "gouging" and Wall Street "speculators" were to blame.

Remarkably, right around the time of the fracking revolution, the price of oil and gas started tumbling. I guess Wall Street's heart grew three sizes that day.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:53 AM | Comments (0)

January 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

Just cannot quit SciBabe:

"In the meantime, you are looking for a farmer who raises beef in a way you can support and you have so far visited 14 ranches in the tri-state area. You have burned 476 gallons of gas driving your 17-mpg SUV around to interview farmers but, sadly, have yet to find a ranch where the cattle feed exclusively on organic homegrown kale."

Posted by John Kranz at 5:12 PM | Comments (0)

January 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

The lovely bride and I watched Atlas Shrugged Part II last night (she watched Part I while I was workin' for the man). No, they're not cinematographic masterpieces but I'm surprised how derided they are. I still enjoy watching them.

But this is not Review Corner, damnit, this is a blog post! And Holman Jenkins has a brilliant editorial in the WSJ Ed Page today: "Bad Day for the Wal-Mart Americans." Straight out of a Rand novel, Jenkins juxtaposes the greedy progressives in the District of Columbia's insatiable thirst to impede Walmart's business model with the same bloodsuckers' tumult when proposed stores are cancelled.

To the politicians who serve as gatekeepers to opportunity, which first requires erecting obstacles to opportunity, the company has become unfit for citizenship in their republic of rent-seeking. "I'm blood mad," Mayor Muriel E. Bowser told a news conference. "This is devastating and disrespectful to the residents of the East End of the District of Columbia," former Mayor Vincent Gray told the Washington Post.

The proverbial Martian would wonder why politicians are surprised by a shortage of jobs for their constituents, when they continually promote policies that drive jobs away.

The whole piece is awesome on stilts.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:51 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

Whole thing link the.

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2016 6:01 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Nice article. Excellent points on Trump, Cruz, and Obama.

Enjoyed the props for Atlas Shrugged Part II. I like to tell Randians who deride those films, "They are the best film adaptations of Atlas Shrugged ever made."

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2016 6:16 PM
But jk thinks:

My link ("has") was too small, sorry.

Posted by: jk at January 20, 2016 7:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Please let me try this again.

[Seems if you navigate there from a google search (this link) you get the full "behind the pay wall" version. I thought it was a different link, so I skipped the google search step in my previous attempt.]

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2016 7:35 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

That is an interesting end-around the WSJ firewall... has Google swung another deal like has been alleged in Germany and sweden*?

The best quote is

Donald Trump is not right that our politicians are stupid or incompetent. They are very competent at being politicians.

* [Merkel's Gov't] concluded an agreement with Facebook, Google, and Twitter to censor German “hate speech” about migrants on social media So the next time a "Taharrush gamea" event occurs, the victims will be accused of hate speech unless they blame white men.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 21, 2016 1:17 PM

January 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

Our Margaret. To be fair, I am cherry-picking a great anti-Sec. Clinton quote out of a column which generally celebrates Republican Establishmentarianism. But she can string words together...

Democrats who like her all say the same thing: She's having trouble because she's not really good at campaigning. That's true as far as it goes. She is especially poor at the podium, where, when she wants to emphasize an applause line, her voice becomes loud, flat and harassing to the ear. She lately reminds me of the landlady yelling up the stairs that your kids left their bikes in the hall again. Literally that's how it sounds: "And we won't let them roll back the progress we've made. Your kids left their bikes in the hall." -- Peggy Noonan

Posted by John Kranz at 12:02 PM | Comments (0)

January 14, 2016

State of the Presidency

This comment from PowerLine reader deserves a nod for QOTD:

There is no failure so spectacular that Obama would not tout it as a success.

I didn't watch SotU (I don't have TV), but did get some major schadenfreude from the Comments section in the PowerLine article;

I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt2. It was more in touch with reality
The one propaganda tool Obama mastered was to lie with absolute malice.
Posted by nanobrewer at 9:14 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I complained that I had no cable until I met a man who had no TV...

I watched it and it was truly surreal. Syria was listed as an achievement as was the Iran deal, even though they held ten sailors and two ships of ours as he was taking his victory lap.

Posted by: jk at January 15, 2016 11:09 AM
But johngalt thinks:

For me it was a non-stop "are you kidding?" The legitimate explanations for all of his misplaced blame were fairly obvious, to me.

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2016 4:57 PM

Otequay of the Ayday

Trump supporters apparently don't believe that Chamber of Commerce, Wall Street, or Republican party grandees offer many antidotes to Obamaism. Republicans who play by the Marquess of Queensberry rules don't seem to have the belly to deal with the $10 trillion in additional debt accumulated during the Obama administration; out-of-control entitlement spending; chaos in the Middle East; the empowerment of the Islamic State, Iran, Russia, and China; the deterioration of racial relations; and political correctness gone wild.

-Victor Davis Hanson

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:28 PM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

Professor VDH is of course correct and I think we have all pretty well admitted to most of that around here.

Where his authority weakens for me is that he is the doyen of intellectual nativists on immigration. It is easy for me to break off with Ann Coulter or Laura Ingraham or Sen. Jeff Sessions (Nat. - AL), but I must admit it gives me pause to think orthogonally from VDH.

Painful, but I do it. When you agree with Trump on immigration, a lot of his other positions are easy to accept or agree with When you start as I do opposite him on immigration only to hear a blanket 45% tariff on all Chinese goods would be swell, it becomes much harder to ignore his dangerous side.

Posted by: jk at January 14, 2016 4:27 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I believe VDH would be an open borders guy if our current system of government didn't, for example, excuse lawlessness on the part of illegal immigrants simply because they are illegal immigrants. In the rush to grant "sanctuary" from prosecution for immigration lawlessness they gloss over all but the most serious of every other crime.

And VDH sees the effects of this in the Golden State every day.

Before we can "fix our broken immigration system" we must first fix our broken everything else.

Posted by: johngalt at January 14, 2016 6:17 PM
But jk thinks:

I know it is informed by his experiences in Cali -- excuse me, "Mexifornia" -- but I'm going to push back.

Hansen attributes all the problems of progressivism in California to immigrants. His stories are heartbreaking, but California has a governance problem more than an immigration problem. Fix the other things what's busted in the Golden State and immigration will work itself out.

Posted by: jk at January 14, 2016 6:28 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Hmm, I must have read a different article. I didn't see the estimable VDH say much about immigration here (in the past, his most memorable moment was mentioning at least two of his daughters have married into immigrant families from "el sur").

Here, he's mostly noting the power of the Donald, who - in one of his most shiny moments helped the GOP ticket more than all his billions ever could.

In about a day, Trump wrecked Hillary Clinton’s planned “war on women” talking points that had helped to win the election for Obama in 2012.

Agreed in general with JG's comment that "we must first fix our broken everything else" but feel compelled to pose this thought:

Does allowing a continued crush of illegals / faux-amnesters make this problem better or worse? For now, where the beltway is in a crush to route away our money from roads and defense to sensitivity classes for muslims and ESL for those from the south, I can think of no better time to slow down immigration to a trickle. We can always pick it up later.

For those genuinely interested in saving lives of those threatened by nefarious forces, then by any analysis ME Christians (and Yazidiz and Kurds), L.American indigenous types (e.g., Aztecs) and untouchables from the asian continent must be at the front of the line.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 14, 2016 9:09 PM
But jk thinks:

... and with the recent, high-profile shootings, it is a good time to stop firearm sales. We can always pick them up later.

.. with the recent terror attacks, we should allow unlimited, warrantless wiretaps. We can always restore the Fourth Amendment down the road.

I can continue if you'd like. Policy is good or bad -- fending off opposition with "it's temporary" got us the mohair subsidy in WWI and innumerable "temporary tax increases" ever since.

Professor Hansen wrote an entire book opposing immigration. I don't think I'm pulling a rabbit out a hat. I'm a fan of his and have read dozens of columns of his asking for greater border enforcement.

My comment described a natural alliance between Trump supporters and immigration restrictionists. If you're with him on that it is easier to forgive positions of his with which you disagree. If you're not with him on the beautiful Trump wall of our southern border, it is much harder.

Posted by: jk at January 15, 2016 11:03 AM

January 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

He said he wouldn't give a laundry list and instead just sort of dumped laundry on the table. -- Nick Gillespie
Posted by John Kranz at 12:49 PM | Comments (0)

January 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

All Hail! James sees a clear path toward Trump vs. Sanders

"Sexual history" and "sex life" are two more for the euphemism file. But maybe this is a shrewd approach for Sanders to take. After all, he's trying to win over supporters of Mrs. Clinton, who are instinctively inclined to defend her. By leaving the attacks to others, he remains an acceptable alternative should they yield to their own misgivings. That means he doesn't control his destiny, but then neither did the Pittsburgh Steelers as of noon Sunday.-- James Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 4:40 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:
But barring a third-party deus ex machina, a Trump vs. Sanders contest would necessarily elect the “unelectable.” It would be as if Barry Goldwater faced George McGovern in the 1968 election. We have no idea what the result would be, except that it would be impossible.

Did somebody say third party?

Posted by: johngalt at January 7, 2016 6:18 PM
But jk thinks:

If I can address you and Terri in same comment, my new dream is an 1824, four-way with a GOP nominee (Cruz, Rubio, jeb!), and a disgruntled Trump, and a Democrat (Clinton, Sanders), and Jim Webb. Trump could even be the GOP nominee in this scenario with a more establishment party figure running independent.

It might get settled in the House (like 1820) or somebody might pull of an electoral majority. But it would be a good time.

Posted by: jk at January 7, 2016 6:41 PM
But jk thinks:

Mea maxima culpa! An early version of this comment said 1820, the uncontested "Era of Good Feelings" election, rather than the 1824, "Corrupt Bargain and vicious slander of Rachel Jackson" election. Three Sources regrets the error.

Posted by: jk at January 7, 2016 7:17 PM

January 6, 2016

Otequay of the Ayday

It is an outrage to claim that Donald Trump's support constitutes mob rule. Trump has not incited violence or any dilution or disrespect for democratic principles, and mob rule has never been described by a serious writer before as being the espousal of uncorrupted capitalism.

- Conrad M Black in Trump's Populism Is Not Mob Rule at NRO.

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:34 PM | Comments (9)
But johngalt thinks:

Dan Henninger wrote today that Trump isn't leading in the polls, a popular revolt against 25 years of Political Correctness is leading in the polls. Trump merely happens to be the loudest and most frequent voice for this revolt. Ben Carson was the first, but Trump knows more about marketing.

Last night my heroine told Sean Hannity [4:56] "When I tell voters that it's time, citizens, to take our country back, and a professional politician isn't gonna be able to do it, and a guy who's a celebrity but has no plan isn't gonna do it either, they're listening."

Well, I hope her "plan" includes better marketing for her version of the PC Revolt.

Posted by: johngalt at January 7, 2016 3:24 PM
But jk thinks:

@Terri: I am warming up to The Donald. I shan't say "Can not be tolerated," but I am presently undecided. (Hop up a few posts for my dream four-way race scenario. It nearly destroyed this great nation in 1824, whaddaya say we try it again?)

The question is less "can I vote for Trump?" The question is [melodrama alert!] "do I want to stay with a party that would nominate him?" All my libertarian and public-choice-theorist friends laugh at my quaint belief in advancing liberty through the ballot box and the the GOP. If my party nominates Mister Trump, I do not know if it remains my party.

Posted by: jk at January 7, 2016 6:46 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Brother jk, I wonder if it might offer you any consolation at all to replace the words "Donald Trump" with "Political Correctness Revolutionary?"

Politics is a strange realm, wherein necessary medicine is often packaged in distasteful vessels.

I found another interesting opinion piece on the present maelstrom. Being better informed on Presidential history, perhaps you'll get more out of it than I did.

Posted by: johngalt at January 7, 2016 7:22 PM
But jk thinks:

Great article. It happens that I loves me some "Mudcat." He used to be a regular fixture on cable news but I don't think the Democratic party can abide by his existence. I surely feel for the few non-loonies remaining in the party. Hell, on a good day, I might vote for Jim Webb; he was very good in that first debate.

Replacing Trump with an abstract instantiation of his good points? That might work. And it's not like his current principles will last any longer than his old ones.

Posted by: jk at January 7, 2016 7:32 PM
But Jk thinks:

oh my.

Posted by: Jk at January 7, 2016 8:29 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Smoot-Hawley rides again.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 8, 2016 9:34 AM

December 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

Cruz opposes legalization of marijuana. I have two teenage daughters. I worry about them. And marijuana is a drug that makes teenage boys drive slow. -- PJ O'Rourke
Posted by John Kranz at 11:51 AM | Comments (0)

December 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

What are the motives for violence? ... There are ideologies, such as those of militant religions, nationalism, Nazism, and Communism, that justify vast outlays of violence by a Utopian cost-benefit analysis: If your belief system holds out the hope of a world that will be infinitely good forever, how much violence are you entitled to perpetrate in pursuit of this infinitely perfect world?

Well, as much as much as you want, and you're always ahead of the game. The benefits always outweigh the costs.

Moreover, imagine that there are people who hear about your scheme for a perfect world and just don't get with the program. They might oppose you in bringing heaven to Earth. How evil are they? They're the only thing standing in the way of an infinitely good world. Well, you do the math.-- Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature [Review Corner]

Posted by John Kranz at 5:17 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

A powerful quote on a topic of immense import. It reminds me of these...

"If you want to make an omelet, you've gotta break a few eggs." -Josef Stalin via Walter Duranty

"Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated." -Ayaan Hirsi Ali

"Recycling and conservation and switching to renewable energy sources must be done at any cost, because it is good for the earth." -Hood Robin

Posted by: johngalt at December 23, 2015 4:07 PM

December 17, 2015

Quote of the Day

By now, illegal immigration is to the GOP what global warming is to the Democrats: the all-purpose bugaboo that is supposed to explain nearly every problem and whose redress must be part of every solution. But immigration policy is not foreign policy, much less a counterterrorism strategy. And there are probably larger pools of would-be jihadists in Montreal and Vancouver than in Monterrey or Veracruz. Shouldn't Mr. Cruz call for a wall from Quebec to British Columbia? -- Bret Stephens WSJ
Posted by John Kranz at 12:21 PM | Comments (0)

December 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

To reach this developing world level of CO2 emissions, Mr. Sanders would: impose an unspecified carbon tax; ban all offshore drilling and fossil-fuel leases on federal lands; stop "dirty pipeline" projects; ban natural gas and oil exports; force states to ban fracking; ban mountaintop coal mining; impose a new fuel-efficiency standard of 65 miles per gallon by 2025; spend "massive" federal dollars on subsidies for wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, home-efficiency programs and energy storage; federally underwrite electric-car charging stations, high-speed passenger and cargo rail, a smart grid, and clean-energy job training; shut down the nuclear industry; and provide "clean energy funding" to the rest of the world.

Mr. Sanders doesn't include the cost of all this, for obvious political reasons, yet give him points for honesty. -- WSJ Ed Page

Posted by John Kranz at 11:15 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Yes we can!


President Obama was a piker, with too little imagination.

Posted by: johngalt at December 9, 2015 11:58 AM

December 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

If you are Mark Zuckerberg and have $45 billion, it is easy to live a lavish lifestyle with only 1% of it.

What would be hard--and admirable--would be for Zuckerberg to stand up in a meaningful way for freedom, in any area or every area, particularly for the billions who lack it most.

Imagine if Mark Zuckerberg, in the face of the recent massacre of Parisians by jihadists bent on enslaving the world to Islamic law, condemned jihadism as a threat to freedom and civilization.

Imagine if Mark Zuckerberg, in the face of an ongoing summit in Paris to outlaw the use of the vast majority of affordable, reliable energy, condemned the environmentalist leaders who oppose energy from fossil fuel, nuclear and hydroelectric sources as a threat to freedom and prosperity.

Imagine if Mark Zuckerberg, in the face of his fellow billionaires condescendingly giving the impoverished world handouts instead of support for freedom movements, created an initiative to promote political-economic freedom around the world. -- Alex Epstein

Posted by John Kranz at 2:09 PM | Comments (0)

December 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

We, the Students of Hamilton College, demand the end of the inevitable tokenization of all marginalized bodies at Hamilton College. Hamilton College cannot continue to overwhelmingly perpetuate narratives that center whiteness, able-bodied individuals, colonization, heteronormativity, and cisnormativity. The faculty, administration, staff, and student body at Hamilton College almost ubiquitously encompass a single population that continues the exclusion of historically underrepresented communities. -- We the Students of Hamilton College (via PowerLine)
Hat-tip: Elizabeth Price Foley @ Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 4:10 PM | Comments (0)

November 30, 2015

Quote of the Day

This is insane on both sides. Anti-abortion people who have accused Black Lives Matter of inciting violence against cops (tragically a lot of overlap with these two groups because most people decide their politics based on partisanship, not principles) should consider how they feel being blamed for a murder because of the rhetoric they deploy about an issue they deeply care about and whether that kind of blame makes any more sense when they're on the accusatory and not receiving end of it.

Similarly, people sympathetic to Black Lives Matter who have spent this weekend blaming all pro-lifers, or all Christians, or whatever broader cohort, for inciting violence against Planned Parenthood (also, tragically, a lot of overlap) should consider how substantively similar their arguments and attempts to blame an entire political movement for the actions of one murderer are to the arguments anti-Black Lives Matter people use to blame that entire movement for the actions of one murderer. -- Ed Krayewski @ Reason

Honorable mention:
On the other hand, Colorado Springs isn’t the first time the left has blamed a terroristic act on a video. -- James Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 12:14 PM | Comments (0)

November 17, 2015

Quote of the Day

Hat tip PowerLine, but it should be everywhere by now:

What I'm not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with that has no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and to protect the people in the region who are getting killed and to protect our allies and people like France. I'm too busy for that.
They? Too busy???
Hugh Hewitt tried to cover this presser, and yet I heard this eloquent trial lawyer, steeped in the world of rhetoric and politics absolutely give up trying to parse the massive, arrogant incoherence of the unbelievably shrinking imPOTUS. 13 months to go!

Posted by nanobrewer at 12:03 AM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

Yeah, but...

I think the President makes perfect sense when you consider him as a product of the faculty lounge. They do not believe in "winning" wars; they're above all that or whatever.

I am not saying that's correct or in any way a good way to choose a C-in-C. But I don't find him inscrutable. He's like every damn academic I've ever met, and many of their students. Everything he does makes perfect sense when you say "Oh yeah, faculty lounge."

Posted by: jk at November 17, 2015 10:22 AM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Pretty much 100% agreed, save that you're giving him a bit too much credit: he's a USELESS lounge lizard, and an irascible, arrogant one with middling intellect.

So, now that we've established what they're NOT into, what is he INTO?

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 17, 2015 12:36 PM
But jk thinks:

Progressive politics. Centralizing control. Transformative stuff.

Perhaps we should consider ourselves lucky he is historically incurious. He could pull a Wilson and wrap his policies in a bellicose war message.

Posted by: jk at November 17, 2015 1:18 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Excellent, excellent point, jk. That would be worse. MUCH worse.

There is, too, some benefit in the other western nations learning to stand on their own hind legs.

And this notion of Russia allied with France against totalitarian zealots in the Mideast desert is not displeasing. It's almost like that well known Sci-fi plot where Earth is attacked by aliens and all the warring nations of the planet join forces to fight for their right to exist.

Posted by: johngalt at November 17, 2015 2:37 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:
wrap his policies in a bellicose war message
You haven't been paying attention, and he's been somewhat sub rosa about how he couches these things. He has apparently out'n out threatened major business figures with phrases like "I'm the one standing between you and the pitchforks," and the actions of the DOJ and IRS are about as warlike as a do-nothing/know-nothing coward like him will ever get. Pugnacious more than bellicose, perhaps, with the true mobster's approach: never let them see the blackjack, nor a drop of blood....

Aulinsky - the original community organizer, IIRC - is alive and his war is on, my friends, it's on, and HRC is also a devotee. Well, was, before she became a corrupt, drunken and bitter cuckold.

I wonder that JG hasn't seen this yet peeping at his kids yet with various inculcations (1%, DAWG, white privilege) in the schools. I'm on the lookout, myself.

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 18, 2015 10:53 AM

November 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

Because error is evergreen, the economics of Santa Claus still wins votes.
As we go to press, one candidate in the Democratic presidential race calls himself a socialist while another smiles and calls herself progressive.

Happy 60th birthday, National Review
So every other week in print, and daily online, National Review will try to sort it all out — and to have a good laugh, and to honor beauty and poetry when we find them. Why not be in good spirits, when we enjoy the support of our readers, the freedom in America to do what we do, and the grace of God for both?

Posted by nanobrewer at 11:45 AM | Comments (0)

November 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

Lifting WSJ's "Notable & Quotable." Forgive me, Rupert!

I make a distinction between intellectuals and people of intellectual achievement. . .

An intellectual feeds on indignation and really can't get by without it. The perfect example is Noam Chomsky. When Chomsky was merely the most exciting and most looked-to and, in many ways, the most profound linguist in this country if not the world, he was never spoken of as an American intellectual. Here was a man of intellectual achievement. He was not considered an intellectual until he denounced the war in Vietnam, which he knew nothing about. Then he became one of America's leading intellectuals. He remains one until this day, which finally has led to my definition of an intellectual: An intellectual is a person who is knowledgeable in one field but speaks out only in others. -- Tom Wolfe.

William "Socialism is needed to combat Climate Change" Gates could not be reached for comment...

Posted by John Kranz at 2:10 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

Is Michael Mann not then an "intellectual?"

I believe my definition of an intellectual is more accurate: "An intellectual is a person who is an expert at finding excuses for telling other people what to do."

Posted by: johngalt at November 3, 2015 12:35 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I've always liked Wolfe's commentaries.... I'll have to read _Bonfire someday (unless someone with many titles on his reader can suggest a better title).

I do like his take: I've looked at this same problem from Boorstin's point of view, typically, but that's back when those of intellectual achievement stuck to their guns and still employed a bit of humility. I guess in the age of celebrity and 24/7 media barrage, even the intellectual has felt the need to "up" his game/image/status!

"The hero was distinguished by his achievement; the celebrity by his image or trademark. The hero created himself; the celebrity is created by the media. The hero was a big man; the celebrity is a big name." -- Daniel J. Boorstin

Posted by: nanobrewer at November 3, 2015 1:03 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Wolfe's statement supports the argument from authority fallacy, suggesting that one should not speak out in fields other than those where his expertise is relevant.

Posted by: johngalt at November 3, 2015 2:09 PM
But jk thinks:

Bonfire is great as is "I Am Charlotte Simmons." Before I abandoned Conservatism, t'was included on my list of the (exactly) five conservative novels of all time.

I'm going to defend the quote by highlighting the term "only." The intellectuals chided use their authority by expecting t to transfer into every field.

Posted by: jk at November 3, 2015 3:12 PM

October 29, 2015

And now for a bit of fun

First, a QOTD from an unlikely source, who said of HRC

But Libya was the country where she was the midwife to chaos
I would add a small qualification that "Libya" is not necessary. An old WSJ article I can't find anymore referred to them as the "Clinton whirlwind" which sucks up oxygen and money and spits out broken people... published perhaps right after Chris Stevens' untimely death.

This article from Fox very well highlights and summarizes the WHY? question about Libya (she, BHO and some congressfolks broke the law with U.S. arms in violation of the embargo to arm rebels whom she hoped would run the new government). Ah-hah, THAT's what the consulate, ambassador's mission & CIA annex were doing in Benghazi... That is the truth Gowdy needs to pursue, even if it embarrasses some GOPers.

Now for the fun. HILLARITY is fun!! We know, because she says so.

Perhaps it would be helpful for me to provide an example of a fun thing I do. I take part in levity. I enjoy jokes, which are fun. When the occasion presents itself, I have been known to make jokes of my own, thereby creating fun for those around me.

The gist of this post is not pure levity, since the topic so dire, but I had to laugh out loud at Dowd's still sharp snark-sense (poor grammar actually helps!) cutting with an Occam swipe... Midwife to Chaos.... if only she hated HRC more than she hates Republicans... Hat tip to Judge Napolitano's very strong Fox News column.

Posted by nanobrewer at 11:31 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Finally, at long last, I learn the explanation for Hillary Clinton's role in the public sphere. She's an entertainer!

Posted by: johngalt at October 29, 2015 1:17 PM

October 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

In the run-up to the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, rich countries and development organizations are scrambling to join the fashionable ranks of "climate aid" donors. This effectively means telling the world's worst-off people, suffering from tuberculosis, malaria or malnutrition, that what they really need isn’t medicine, mosquito nets or micronutrients, but a solar panel. It is terrible news. -- HOSS Bjorn Lomborg, WSJ Guest Editorial
Posted by John Kranz at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

October 17, 2015

All Hail Jonah!

Jonah Goldberg suggests that Sec. CLinton's debate opponents were not "Rocky III Killers."

I mean good gawd, Lincoln Chafee? He's less a presidential candidate and more a cautionary tale of what happens to WASP genes when you drench them in scotch, ink residue from old issues of Mother Jones, and bong resin.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:01 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Ooh, ooh, can I play?

Lincoln Chafee's principal accomplishment in politics is to make President Obama resemble Dirty Harry by comparison. Chafee literally puts the "empty" in "empty chair."

Posted by: johngalt at October 19, 2015 11:39 AM

October 14, 2015

Quote of the Day

From a decent article on the Middle East meltdown in the American Interest, which gently pontificates with MSM's best lambent lighting, on how bad things are always Unexpected when a Democrat is found to be at the teller.

President Obama may be the high school principal and Putin nothing more than a juvenile delinquent, but the school walls are covered with graffiti, the principal is being mocked as a loser by both teachers and students, his car has been egged, and he’s got a “Kick Me” sign taped to his back.

The forces of chaos are on the move, Obama is mugging (and prevaricating, like he was on 60 Minutes) and the media are casting about to equivocate (tactically, making smoke so smoking guns can't be found until after the election). In related news, establishment media are citing HRC as the winner of the first Democrat debate, though Byron York isn't so sure.

On top of the MSM's attempt to inflate Obama's increasingly pathetic narrative that he terms leadership (and with credit, some pushback from a normally pushover 60 Minutes)

that [Russia and Iran] had to [send troops to Syria] is not an indication of strength, it’s an indication that their strategy did not work
from "leading from behind" to it's latest iteration "deconflicting." Left unsaid is how Obama wouldn't recognize a strategy if someone put the Marshall Plan in his golf cart seat.

Academia has already begun airing out theories to help the Anti-Americaness of Obama seem normal, cool and even, well, intelligent

What neither the Iranians and especially the Russians seem to be taking sufficiently into account is that a commitment to prop up the Assad regime can easily become costly, futile, and counterproductively dangerous

I don't want to mix topics, but York's article on the Bern crowd made me worried about the Millennial buy-in on DAWG ... so let me propose a runner up for QotD:

a weekend from Hell for President Obama’s Middle East policy. Yet the President seems undismayed; he has resolved to stay the course. This is the most unsettling news of all.

Posted by nanobrewer at 11:21 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

"Obama wouldn't recognize a strategy if someone put the Marshall Plan in his golf cart seat."


In fairness to POTUS though, he would probably recognize it if it also appeared in a Cloward and Piven book.

Posted by: johngalt at October 14, 2015 3:02 PM

October 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

From the comments section of a City Journal article by Scott Johnson on the new movie "Truth."

Why the blather of Rather? Where's the contrite to Cronkite? Another medium tedium.

with an entry for Miss Congeniality, noting Mr. Rather's comments in a NYT panel that convened to shill for the movie :

If Rathergate's mistakes were "within the normal range of journalistic bungle" then they've just agreed that virtually all of journalism is bunk. Is that what they mean to say?

Posted by nanobrewer at 11:24 PM | Comments (0)

September 29, 2015

Otequay of the Ayday

"If you want moral credit for caring about the poor, when, oh when, do you ever have to take responsibility for what happens to the poor when leftists take over?"

-Mona Charen, Redistribution: The Unconquerable Delusion

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:09 PM | Comments (0)

September 28, 2015

All Hail Taranto!


Posted by John Kranz at 4:41 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Jack Kemp shook things up--but with dramatic ideas about policy, not by pitting outsiders against insiders. The Republican establishment resented the gall of a backbencher's butting into tax policy. Democrats hated tax-cutting, even though Kemp kept reminding them that President John F. Kennedy first proposed lowering the top rate to 70% from 90%. Special interests were furious when Kemp proposed reducing their tax breaks. He once wrote Reagan's deficit-hawk budget director, David Stockman, demanding to know why Mr. Stockman wanted to raise taxes on working people and cut food stamps, Medicaid and Head Start, but keep subsidies and tax breaks in place for Boeing, Exxon and Gulf Oil. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 11:13 AM | Comments (0)

September 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

Germane to current discussions -- all hail!

The political reality is that the real GOP problem isn't John Boehner or Mitch McConnell. It's James Madison, who designed a government of checks and balances that is hard to overcome without the White House. GOP leaders have made mistakes in the Obama era, but the party simply doesn't have the votes to pass most of its preferred policy outcomes, much less to override a Democratic President. -- WSJ Ed Page

Mea culpa. The first post attributed this to James Taranto. ThreeSources regrets the error.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:24 PM | Comments (2)
But nanobrewer thinks:

I read a comment on PowerLine that speaks to this thread

if they don't have the votes for a measure, they move on to the next...

(and further paraphrasing):
McConnel & Boehner are [deal makers] who quite often have a go-along2get-along philosophy. These days, the reigning philosophy in DC is bigger government will eventually solve problems (by assimilation, if nothing else), and let's just stand, Buckley-like, athwart shouting "stop!" yet wispering 'as long as it doesn't upset things too much...'

To this mindset, Carly and Cruz are the revolutionaries.... vive la revolucion!

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 10, 2015 4:03 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

And here is Steven Hayward noting in his PowerLine column:

Republican majority in Congress does not mean there is a conservative majority

Noting some GOP accomplishments, and quoting Charles Howard McIlwain’s Constitutionalism Ancient and Modern:

A constitutional government will always be a weak government when compared with an arbitrary one. There will be many desirable things, as well as undesirable, which are easy for a despotism but impossible elsewhere. Constitutionalism suffers from the defects inherent in its own merits.

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 10, 2015 4:16 PM

September 8, 2015

Quote of the Day

That last phrase is a tell. Have you noticed journalists never need to tell you "there is overwhelming scientific evidence" when there actually is? -- James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 7:18 PM | Comments (0)

September 1, 2015

Quote of the Day

Italy is far more sophisticated and clever, that is, than the hot-headed Greeks. Syriza is a party of naifs who made the mistake of attacking Germany and Brussels head-on. Italy is savvier than that: it knows how to say "yes" and look busy while doing little or nothing. Italy has a long history of using that strategy. The Goths conquered Rome and did a lot of damage--but they didn't change Italy much. German emperors strutted through the halls of Italy's palaces and issued decrees to both princes and popes--and Italy kept on being Italian all the same. -- The American Interest
Hat-tip: Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 1:40 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Fascinating. Apparently, part of America's problem is that our bureaucrats have a little too much German in them. They aren't so much incompetent as they are too efficient.

Posted by: johngalt at September 1, 2015 3:02 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I think it was Friedman who said something like 'thank god government is as inefficient as it is, or we'd all be slaves.'

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 1, 2015 11:44 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I'm willing to admit I could live with less efficient government bureaucrats.

Posted by: johngalt at September 2, 2015 3:27 PM

August 31, 2015

Quote of the Day

We're deep into the "YOLO" stage of this presidency. -- Jim Geraghty
From his Morning Jolt newsletter [subscribe], today titled "Obama: Hey, I'm Going to Start Renaming Stuff, Just Because I Can"
Posted by John Kranz at 9:57 AM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Dave Burge (Iowahawk) posts a reaction that should hit home with Colorado residents:

1. Out: Mount McKinley; in: Mount Denali 2. Out: Animas River; in: Obama River pic.twitter.com/BxWZHSke92

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 31, 2015

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 31, 2015 12:29 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at August 31, 2015 12:55 PM

August 17, 2015

Quote of the Day

We're lending money we don't have, to kids who will never be able to pay it back, for jobs that no longer exist. -- Mike Rowe
Posted by John Kranz at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

ADDENDA: Trump's the frontrunner, China's blowing up, the Jets quarterback gets knocked out by his own teammate over a $600 debt, and some couple in Mississippi planned on joining ISIS on their honeymoon. This is the kind of week where a sharknado would feel normal. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 10:37 AM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

HELP WANTED: experienced quarterback, able to adapt quickly to playbook. Prefer candidate who does not run into the tailbones of their own offensive linemen. Serious candidates only; send resume and combine results to New York Jets.

Tim Tebow has already left town and says he's not coming back. This could be the last chance for JaMarcus Russell and Ryan Leaf.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 13, 2015 12:38 PM
But johngalt thinks:

They've a capable starter in Ryan Fitzpatrick, currently second on the depth chart. A more accurate passer than Geno, it seems to me that the 6th round rookie linebacker who broke Smith's jaw did the team a favor.

And even the Jets aren't incompetent enough to not recognize that. It's why I'm willing to bet they orchestrated the "accident" as a way to eventually put an end to football activities in the region for a long time to come.

What's that sound?


Posted by: johngalt at August 13, 2015 1:08 PM

August 12, 2015


But "Trump's 21% standing as an independent becomes a little less impressive when you consider that Deez Nuts also polls at 7% as an independent, which sort of suggests that might be the floor for a third party candidate." (Deez Nuts, an Australian hard-core punk band, presumably would not meet the constitutional eligibility requirements to serve as president.) -- James Taranto (Hail)
Posted by John Kranz at 1:06 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Even for a Clinton, this is all very low and unseemly. Worse than that, it has jeopardized national security. Hillary has no explanation or valid defense. This should be "game over" for her presidential campaign. Her entourage of advisers and toadies should now focus on hiring an adept criminal-defense team. -- Buck Sexton, National Review
Posted by John Kranz at 12:50 PM | Comments (7)
But jk thinks:

Front-runner? Poll: Sanders surges ahead of Clinton in NH

Posted by: jk at August 12, 2015 3:07 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I just saw a BERNIE - 2016 bumper sticker on a car in my (Boulder, CO) office parking lot.

Hillary - The country is so "ready for" her they embrace the first left-leaning alternative who comes along.

Posted by: johngalt at August 12, 2015 3:16 PM
But jk thinks:

Peter Suderman begins the thankless task of cataloging her untruths.

Posted by: jk at August 12, 2015 4:20 PM
But jk thinks:

I saw a Bernie 2016 bumper sticker last week in Lafayette. It was on a Subaru Outback (cue shocked face).

Posted by: jk at August 12, 2015 4:36 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Vermont's Jay Parini says of "Bernie,"

As president, he would take his agenda to the country and without flinching. And he might just convince Americans to support legislation that would actually benefit them in the long run and even in the short run.

What's not to like? Benefit all Americans in the long AND the short run. Well, except for the top 2 percent. And maybe a few "special interests." Like gun owners, doctors and patients, investors, and anyone who uses energy for heat or transportation. But everyone else will be PUMPED!

Posted by: johngalt at August 12, 2015 4:48 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at August 12, 2015 6:15 PM

August 3, 2015

Quote of the Day

PJ Gets into the spirit of the "Huck-a-Whack:"

I'm a Christian too. Maybe I'm not a hard-shell Baptist ordained minister dog-in-the-manger-at-Bethlehem Christian like you are. But I think you could use a refresher course in Christianity.

"Whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council," said our Lord. "Raca" and "council" are Aramaic for "playing the Hitler card" and "New Hampshire primary." -- P.J. O'Rourke

Posted by John Kranz at 10:48 AM | Comments (0)

August 1, 2015

Quote of the Day

As Tyler Durden explains at ZeroHedge.com, policies imposed from Washington must shoulder a big part of the blame for [Puerto Rican insolvency]: the wizards on the Potomac encouraged debt and deficit spending, priced hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans out of entry-level jobs with a punishing minimum wage, taxed and regulated commerce and investment to a crawl, and showered the island with debilitating welfare. The place would be a showcase of government-induced prosperity except for one sticking point: government. -- Lawrence Reed
Posted by John Kranz at 7:12 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Even Raul and Fidel could not have screwed the place up this bad, this fast.

Posted by: johngalt at August 1, 2015 10:33 AM
But nanobrewer thinks:

My favorite quote is:

academia back in the United States (where failure is celebrated as long as you worship the state and have good intentions

Posted by: nanobrewer at August 1, 2015 12:15 PM

July 29, 2015

Quote of the Day

Gut-wrenching to pick one - The Read Thing Whole!

I think [Jon] Stewart's show demonstrated the decline and vacuity of contemporary comedy. I cannot stand that smug, snarky, superior tone. I hated the fact that young people were getting their news through that filter of sophomoric snark. Comedy, to me, is one of the major modern genres, and the big influences on my generation were Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl. Then Joan Rivers had an enormous impact on me--she's one of my major role models. It's the old caustic, confrontational style of Jewish comedy. It was Jewish comedians who turned stand-up from the old gag-meister shtick of vaudeville into a biting analysis of current social issues, and they really pushed the envelope. Lenny Bruce used stand-up to produce gasps and silence from the audience. And that's my standard--a comedy of personal risk. And by that standard, I'm sorry, but Jon Stewart is not a major figure. He's certainly a highly successful T.V. personality, but I think he has debased political discourse. I find nothing incisive in his work. As for his influence, if he helped produce the hackneyed polarization of moral liberals versus evil conservatives, then he's partly at fault for the political stalemate in the United States. -- Camille Paglia

Posted by John Kranz at 6:58 PM | Comments (7)
But johngalt thinks:

There's a political stalemate in the United States? Oddly enough, Leviathan government seems to keep lumbering along regardless.

I hold Stewart at fault for something far worse than "political stalemate." He contributes to something one might call 'political eugenics.'

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2015 2:37 PM
But jk thinks:

I wonder if my blog brother reads "stalemate" and equates it with "gridlock" (blessed, blessed, gridlock!)

I do not know whether stalemate is the right word. But Stewart is all about the "We're smart, but those stupid bumpkins that watch FOX News are evil and stupid and have bad hygiene practices." I'm rather tired of that and I cannot think of many who have contributed more to that (well, there is that POTUS fellow...)

She even dares to defend the Eeevil FOX News right after.

I must also leave a nice word for a deeply flawed hero of mine. Christopher Hitchens practiced that evangelistic atheism which I find off-putting, and I suspect Paglia is correct that his too-cool-for-God books were under-researched.

But one must bifurcate between those and a corpus which includes his deeply courageous and lively journalism and thoughtful historical commentary. I never read a word of his atheism books (and I am an atheist), but he wrote several great books and was honest enough to take on his left against President Clinton and militant Islamism.

A few pouty, adolescent indulgences can be forgiven.

Posted by: jk at July 30, 2015 2:55 PM
But johngalt thinks:

If "I don't demonize Fox News" counts as defending it, then yes she did. But it was only in response to the interviewer's statement:

And that he [Jon Stewart] did the work of critiquing and fact-checking Fox and others on the right who helped create this debased media culture?

Esqueeze me?! Myopic much?

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2015 3:18 PM
But jk thinks:

Game. Set. Match: jk.

Again, your quote is from the Salondotcom question. Allow me to provide a little more context on Professor Paglia's answer:

I don't demonize Fox News. At what point will liberals wake up to realize the stranglehold that they had on the media for so long? They controlled the major newspapers and weekly newsmagazines and T.V. networks. It's no coincidence that all of the great liberal forums have been slowly fading. They once had such incredible power.

Where I come from, that's purdy good for a gay, atheist, art professor.

Posted by: jk at July 30, 2015 4:11 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Grading on that curve, you are correct. I just thought it was a long way from, "You know, the stuff they report is factually correct, even if you don't like to hear it."

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2015 5:15 PM
But jk thinks:

I took that as the subtext. Had she said it aloud, all of Stewart's fans' heads would have exploded --I abhor violence.

Posted by: jk at July 31, 2015 9:52 AM

July 27, 2015

Quote of the Day

I don't usually hand out dedications on QOTD, but Brother Bryan heads off to GMU tomorrow to start his Economics PhD (say goodbye at Liberty On The Rocks -- Flatirons tonight!). Bryan Caplan compiles statistics on PhD completion -- and I got a kick out of this digression:

Of course, if you're contemplating a Ph.D. in economics, you won't be satisfied with simple bivariate results. What happens if you regress completion probabilities on a wide range of traits? The results are extremely messy.

Safe travels, brah!

Posted by John Kranz at 12:28 PM | Comments (0)

July 24, 2015

Quote of the Day

I think there is exactly one politician who has never let me down. Sen. Phil Gramm (HOSS TX) has an awesome editorial in the WSJ today on Dodd-Frank:

Dodd-Frank's Volcker rule prohibits proprietary trading by banks. And yet, despite years of delay and hundreds of pages of new rules, no one knows what the rule requires--not even Paul Volcker.

Honorable mention:
Most criticism of Dodd-Frank focuses on its massive regulatory burden, but its most costly and dangerous effects are the uncertainty and arbitrary power it has created by the destruction of the rule of law. This shackles economic growth but more important, it imperils our freedom.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:48 AM | Comments (0)

July 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

Ed Driscoll on "Trigger Warnings:"

Ray Bradbury was just slightly off -- no reason to burn books, when society is too afraid to even open them.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:20 AM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

Did you intend for this post to segue the one above it?

No reason to have a variety of political candidates when society is too afraid to even hear them.
Posted by: johngalt at July 21, 2015 3:22 PM
But jk thinks:

It's a free country, and I applaud Mr. Trump's decision to run. I said the same thing about Gov. Jeb Bush.

I am disappointed in his fans (like the Grateful Dead). Unlike the Dead, I expect he will flame out soon (perhaps on l'affaire McCain?) and I wish for it to happen sooner rather than later.

Posted by: jk at July 21, 2015 3:32 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Why? That's what I don't get. Why do you wish for Trump to flame out ASAP but not, say, Jeb? I love that Trump afflicts the politically comfortable. I hope he stays around long enough for his fellow candidates to catch whatever disease of directness has metastasized within him.

Posted by: johngalt at July 21, 2015 4:21 PM
But jk thinks:

I think everything he says is wrong. He has no core principles and does not promote liberty. He favors single payer medicine, is cool with eminent domain -- he has actually used it -- and calls Republican George Bush "the worst President we've ever had."

While he spouts, serious candidates are failing to get exposure. And he is damaging the Republican brand (which doesn't need much help in being trashed).

I won't cry when Gov. Jeb Bush backs out, either. But in the meantime, we can have a serious talk about Common Core, Immigration policy, and some serious and successful tax reform in Florida. What substantive item is added to the debate courtesy of Mr. Trump? I liked his arming the recruiters and military bases, but that's a broken clock being right.

Posted by: jk at July 21, 2015 4:53 PM
But johngalt thinks:

What substantive item is added to the debate courtesy of Mr. Trump? There are a few here. (Three outta four ain't bad. And the fourth has, at least, the right outcome in mind - eliminate government debt and lower the tax burden to promote economic growth.)

Not campaignin'. Not lobbyin'. Just being an Ombudsman.

Posted by: johngalt at July 22, 2015 3:21 PM

July 8, 2015

Hail Kevin!

TS'ers who know my family name probably hadn't guessed that my Yia-Yia and Papu emigrated from Athens to Virginia in the 1930's. I may be half-greek, but I'm all American, and can appreciate a bit of schadenfreude, after they've defaulted again which gets any sympathy lost for those that may have voted against EUnification.

The title says it all: The Greeks Invented Mathematics, and Now It’s Bankrupting Them.

In the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, Greek leaders lied to bond investors and the bosses at the European Union, claiming that they were complying with EU restrictions on the size of government deficits and national debt. In reality, the Greeks had been scheming with their bankers — notably Goldman Sachs — to keep excess debt off the books. Financial crisis or not, that book-cooking was always going to be revealed: Greece maintained an excessively liberal pension system (Greeks could retire after 35 years of work at 80 percent of their working income; for Germans, it’s 45 years and 46 percent)

The only thing I can think to say is: Math is Hard. :-0

Posted by nanobrewer at 11:00 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Did not know that -- I hope you'll make a special trip to an ATM in solidarity of your people.

Agree on Williamson. I wandered away from NR but they have a good stable.

It is as though the Muses came to an agreement: In the here and now, mankind is subject to rhetoric, but mathematics gets the final say. In Athens, in San Juan, in Detroit, in Sacramento, in Springfield, and, soon enough, in Washington, Mathematics is arousing herself from her torpor, and she is cranky as hell.

Posted by: jk at July 9, 2015 9:32 AM

June 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

In some ways the conflict is not new. After all, it was a cleric, the Rev. Thomas Malthus, who gave his name to a zero-sum view of life that saw men and women breeding to their own destruction. In sharp contrast, the first economist, Adam Smith, wrote that to complain about population growth was to lament "over the necessary effect and cause of the greatest public prosperity."
-- William McGurn at the WSJ Journal, finding a contradiction in Laudato Si': if the economy is static and zero-sum as is consistent with the encyclical, contraception and abortion would be moral choices for the existing population.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:30 PM | Comments (0)

June 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

Obama, in an interview with Fast Company today: "You will have a more user-friendly government, a more responsive government. A government that can work with individuals on individual problems in a more tailored way, because the technology facilitates that the same way it increasingly does for private-sector companies."

Well, the Russians and Chinese certainly think it's user-friendly! -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]

Posted by John Kranz at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2015

All Hail Jonah!

Dog lover Jonah Goldberg waited an appropriate time after the death of Cosmo (I think it is written in some Jewish text) to welcome another canine into the family. Where Cosmo was the basic, friendly, "good dog," Zoë has been more challenging and his G-File newsletter [subscribe] has included regular updates. I enjoyed today's:

My wife and daughter took Zoë and both cats (the good cat and my wife's cat) to the vet. Zoë in good shape. She now weighs 60 pounds (quite a difference from when she almost wasted away from parvo) and has tested negative for all the bad things. Except, she did test positive for the anti-bodies for Lyme disease (which doesn't necessarily mean she has Lyme disease). The vet wants to do a follow-up test to make sure she's okay. But they want us to collect a urine sample. This seems as easy as getting sample of Vladimir Putin's back hair.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:33 PM | Comments (0)

June 4, 2015

Quote of the Day

It's a diverse array of old, white, Marxists. -- Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 6:20 PM | Comments (0)

June 1, 2015

Quote of the Day

Man, do I miss Larry Kudlow's show. Used to see Don Luskin about once a week.

Now the question is whether U.S. frackers can adapt to the lower prices they created. Fracking blossomed following the trough of the Great Recession, when oil prices were, on average and adjusted for inflation, the highest in history--even higher than in the 1970s. It was an ideal price environment for entrepreneurs to perform some very expensive experiments, ultimately learning how to drill holes two miles under a frozen prairie, turn the wellbore 90 degrees, drill out another mile or two, then hydraulically force a designer cocktail of water, sand and secret sauce down the hole to liberate petroleum molecules trapped since dinosaurs strode the earth. -- Don Luskin and Michael Warren

UPDATE: I stopped excerpting too soon:
The nimblest and smartest competitors have worked relentlessly to increase their productivity. Leading-edge operators report that they can produce more profitably today at a price of $65 a barrel than they could at $95 a barrel three years ago. Where can they be profitable three years hence--$40 a barrel? $30? The oil patch today is afire with the same technological imperative and competitive mission that has powered the U.S. electronics revolution--think Moore's Law--to dash headlong down the learning curve, crushing costs and prices and making up for it in volume.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:18 PM | Comments (0)

May 28, 2015

Quote of the Day

"The collegiate idealists who fill the ranks of the environmental movement seem willing to do absolutely anything to save the biosphere, except take science courses and learn something about it."

"Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes." -- P.J. O'Rourke

c/o Lawrence Reed

Posted by John Kranz at 3:52 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

On a related tangent, this came to mind last evening:

"Don't hate on Republicans so much - You'll probably be one when you grow up."

Posted by: johngalt at May 28, 2015 4:48 PM

May 27, 2015

Quote of the Day

"It has everything one would want for a wedding," al-Homsi said of Raqqa--a riverside provincial capital that in the 18 months since IS took control has seen militants beheading opponents and stoning alleged adulteresses in public. Gunmen at checkpoints scrutinize passers-by for signs of anything they see as a violation of Shariah, or Islamic law, as slight as a hint of hair gel. In the homes of some of the IS commanders in the city are women and girls from the Yazidi religious sect, abducted in Iraq and now kept as sex slaves. -- AP
Hat-tip: James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 2:53 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Here we go again - a patriarchal system dictating who may and may not marry... and who may and may not be legally enslaved for sex.

Posted by: johngalt at May 27, 2015 3:54 PM

May 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

Back in the day, [Sid] Blumenthal was a respected (read: well-connected and establishment) journalist attached to outlets such as The New Republic, where he got his start. Despite a twee exterior and generally prissy demeanor that made Tony Randall seem like the Brawny Paper Towel pitchman in comparison, Blumenthal's nastiness and willingness to fling shit like a howler monkey in heat earned him the sobriquet "Sid Vicious," because, well, you know there's really not much difference between a New Republic and New Yorker kind of guy and the junk-addicted, homicidal bassist for the Sex Pistols, amirite. -- Nick Gillespie
Honorable mention (same piece):
As The New York Times reports, Blumenthal remained a trusted adviser to Clinton when she was secretary of state, despite not really knowing what the hell he was talking about.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:47 PM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2015

Quote of the Day

All Hail

The Atlantic's Peter Beinart had a piece yesterday titled "Don't Underestimate Bernie Sanders," in which he argues that Sanders could be the next Jerry Brown, Pat Buchanan, Howard Dean or Ron Paul. (The analogies, respectively, are to 1992, 1996, 2004 and 2012.) In other words, he could be another flash-in-the-pan loser, as opposed to one with no flash (cf, for instance, Tom Harkin, Dick Lugar, Joe Lieberman or Rick Perry). -- James Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 1:40 PM | Comments (1)
But nanobrewer thinks:

I'd be most pleased if he was the next Ralph Nader (ref. 2000).

Posted by: nanobrewer at May 8, 2015 10:50 AM

May 5, 2015

Quote of the Day

Jim Geraghty looks at the events in Garland, TX and wonders whether "we have invented jihadist flypaper?"

Think about it. These guys had to know the event would be guarded. These guys had to know that the event is going on in Texas, meaning that a lot of attendees and passers-by would be armed. Heck it's Texas. Everybody's armed. The former governor, Rick Perry, shot a coyote while jogging. -- Jim Geraghty

Posted by John Kranz at 10:57 AM | Comments (0)

May 4, 2015

Quote of the Day

Heartening too has been the press reaction to Chipotle. Mother Jones pointed out that "GMOs are totally safe," while Gizmodo.com pronounced the company's position "some anti-Science pandering bull-expletive." An L.A. Times op-ed by two scientists stated, "More than two decades of research indicate that GMOs are not only safe for humans and the environment, but also contribute to global sustainability and poverty alleviation."

If anyone of note congratulated Chipotle for its stance, we haven't heard it--and that’s a revelation in itself. Chipotle is not really on a crusade for healthier eating but trying to sell more burritos. Expect the company to shut up for a while. -- Holman Jenkins

Posted by John Kranz at 11:57 AM | Comments (0)

April 28, 2015

Quote of the Day

Several readers wrote me to object that the mendacity I ascribed to Mrs. Clinton applied equally to Republicans.

Maybe. But what was striking about these critics is that none of them bothered to rebut the point that Mrs. Clinton is a habitual liar who treats truthfulness in politics the way a calorie-counting diner might treat hollandaise sauce on steak: to be kept strictly on the side or dribbled on in measured doses. -- Bret Stephens, WSJ Ed Page

Posted by John Kranz at 11:52 AM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2015

Otequay of the Ayday

In all the years I've been in politics, I'm not sure I've shaken a single socialist out of the "you conservatives hate poor people" shtick. The only way to answer, I've found, is to say: "Yup, you're right: we want to turn them into rich people."

-British Member of Parliament Dan Hannan, writing in "Why Conservatives Have More Empathy Than Liberals."

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:30 PM | Comments (0)

April 24, 2015

More Huzzah's for Jonah

The Clintons are like the Tudors of the Ozarks.
via his NR column

Plenty of great stuff, including the moniker: The Clinton-Industrial Complex

Posted by nanobrewer at 6:16 PM | Comments (0)

All Hail Jonah!

Doin' the ThreeSources Internet seguen' that other Americans won't do:

I recently watched Christopher Nolan's Insterstellar for the first time. I liked it, despite its gratuitous lack of nudity. Relativity plays a big part in the story (spoiler alert). Matthew McConaughey is dazed and confused by the fact what takes just a few minutes on some far-flung planet translates into months or years back home.

I made a similar discovery when I drunkenly ate a past-date spicy Jamaican beef patty at a 7-11 in October of 1995. Even though I was only a few hundred yards from my bathroom, it felt like it took years to get there.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:20 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

At least the United Nations' then-top climate scientist, Rajendra Pachauri, acknowledged--however inadvertently--the faith-based nature of climate-change rhetoric when he resigned amid scandal in February. In a farewell letter, he said that "the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is more than a mission. It is my religion and my dharma." -- Lamar Smith (R - TX)
Posted by John Kranz at 10:05 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

All too honest. But then, the U.N. is about "dialog" and "problem solving" and has nothing to do with religion, right? Well, it seems the U.N. has a rather strong interest in religion.

Now, what does any of this have to do with the UN attacking religion?

The UN has a love/hate relationship with religion. They refer to them as FBOs – faith-based organizations.

Posted by: johngalt at April 24, 2015 12:27 PM
But johngalt thinks:
Finally, the latest accusation is that more than 70% of the NGOs and FBOs working with the UN are 'Christian.' Now Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and Jewish organizations are pressuring the UN to correct what they perceive as a bias toward Christian programs.
Posted by: johngalt at April 24, 2015 2:24 PM

April 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

Tim Tebow to Sign with Eagles after Wandering in Desert for 40 Days -- Jim Geraghty
I told blog brother AlexC on Facebook that the upside was that he'd get to see me in an Iggles T-Shirt.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:42 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I still believe he is better than at least one of the 32 starting QBs in the league. It's hard to see him being competitive in Philly though. He might be in camp just to put competitive pressure on the rest of the corps. (That's pronounced "cohr" Mr. President.)

Posted by: johngalt at April 20, 2015 2:50 PM

April 15, 2015

Quote of the Day

Our Margaret:

I'm off the next two weeks finishing a book, and I can already tell you this is a terrible time to be away from the scene. Hillary Clinton's announcement followed by her dark-windowed SUV journey into deepest darkest America was the most inept, phony, shallow, slickily-slick and meaningless launch of a presidential candidacy I have ever seen. We have come to quite a pass when the Clintons can't even do the show business of politics well. -- Peggy Noonan

Posted by John Kranz at 11:38 AM | Comments (0)

April 10, 2015

Quote of the Day

But what happens when Machiavelli's Prince reads and employs "Rules for Radicals"? In 2009 President Obama's friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett was asked on CNN about media bias, particularly at Fox News, and she responded: "What the administration has said very clearly is that we're going to speak truth to power." I remember thinking: "Wait a minute, you’re the White House. You are the power." -- Pete Peterson
Posted by John Kranz at 10:24 AM | Comments (0)

April 8, 2015

Quote of the Day

[Ted] Nugent has been known to make a controversial comment or two during [NRA]conventions, which some corners of the media inevitably demand major Republican figures either endorse or renounce. I, for one, am always shocked that a guy like Nugent would make a comment that might bother some sensitive folks; he always seemed like such a quiet, taciturn, shy fellow.


-- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]

Posted by John Kranz at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

April 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

The bad news, for those of us on the suddenly victorious side of the gay marriage debate, is that too many people are acting like sore winners, not merely content with the revolutionary step of removing state discrimination against same-sex couples in the legal recognition of marriage, but seeking to use state power to punish anyone who refuses to lend their business services to wedding ceremonies they find objectionable. That's not persuasion, that's force, and force tends to be the anti-persuasion among those who are on the receiving end of it. -- Matt Welch Reason.com
Posted by John Kranz at 11:47 AM | Comments (0)

March 18, 2015

Quote of the Day

Contrary to what pundits and skeptics and newspapers projected, Bibi and his Likud did not take a savage beating, but rather trounced the opposition. There should be no doubt at this stage just how corrupt media coverage of this election, which captured headlines around the world, was. Someone started drinking the anti-Bibi Kool-Aid and everyone else sipped along. Everyone, that is, except for Israeli voters. -- Micah Halpern NY Observer
Posted by John Kranz at 10:17 AM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:


(1) It's jarring to see someone other than an American president in the role of "the Leader of the Free World."

(2) Given the SCOAMF's barenaked attempt at interfering with - or at the very least, actively attempting to influence - the free election of another country, particularly that of a country which has been historically one of our stronger allies, and particularly against a man who has done his level best to be pro-American under adverse circumstances, it is a pleasure to see how badly Obama failed in this regard. President Reverse Midas Touch strikes again; this doesn't bode well for his March Madness picks.

(2a) Speaking of which, I've saved a copy of Preezy Narcissus' March Madness picks, and am looking forward to pointing and laughing. Since I don't pay attention to roundball, please remind me on April 7 to do my critique.

(3) Bibi Netanyahu knows in his heart that America and Americans stand with Israel, and the placeholder at 1600 Pennsylvania is an aberration. Assuming there isn't a Middle Eastern apocalypse between now and 1/21/2017, he knows it will get better. That being said, don't rule out a Middle Eastern apocalypse in the near future, and it will have Obama's fingerprints all over it, just like the Arab Spring did. Feature, not bug.

(4) It is not the legitimate role of one nation's government to meddle in another nation's process of freely choosing its leaders. I'm not a supporter of "regime change" in any of its popular forms. I recognize the right of Durkadurkastan to choose its leaders by any means its citizens are content with. America can say after the fact that he is a friend, an ally, or an enemy, and act accordingly. When you elect me President, that is the foreign policy you'll get.

(4a) By the above I mean that we act as a nation based on whether the new foreign leader is a friend, an ally, or an enemy of America, not of the personal whims of the guy in charge. "I can't work with this guy" is the personal preference of a narcissist, not the foreign policy of a grown-up Administration.

(5) And yes, it's sweet to see the Obama Stenographic Pool, otherwise known as the leftist media, choking on the results of Israel's election. This morning, I made my non-Starbucks coffee with the delicious tears of the press. It went down smooth.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at March 18, 2015 12:27 PM
But jk thinks:

I would not purport to add to your thoughtful comment, but I told the lovely bride this morning that we win so few we must surely savor them.

I should be rational and appreciate firstly the reinstatement of PM Netanyahu's firm anti-Islamofascist leadership. But I cannot help that the joy is eclipsed by the failure of the Administration's (shameful, I think) tactics to influence it. And media failure? What is a Sundae with no cherry on top?

Posted by: jk at March 18, 2015 1:10 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Re: (4) above-

"Legitimacy" requires objectivity, which implies reciprocity. No other nation has a role in the selection of America's leader(s) either. Durkadurkastan has the right to say after the fact that he is an enemy, and act accordingly. Just as in (3) above, however, DDstan's leaders must recognize any extant difference between a people and their "leaders" as Bibi has done so skillfully; and as America once aspired to with Iran, before American voters elected President "Burn This Mother F---er Down." Ever since his fateful inauguration, the whole world has been catching fire. (1:30) Where is the Paw Patrol?!

Posted by: johngalt at March 18, 2015 2:35 PM

March 16, 2015

Quote of the Day

Hillary is a Lovecraftian monster, the Cthulhu of American politics who sleeps dreaming of victory, but she will never be president. You can take that to the bank, the same too-big-to-fail bank that probably paid her $250,000 for a 10 minute speech about income inequality. -- Kurt Schlichter
I don't know that this is true. I am starting to suspect it is.

But I could not call myself a friend to Brother Keith if I did not share it.

Posted by John Kranz at 7:43 PM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

And last, the truth can be told - those hideous pantsuits don't hide her cankles, they hide her tentacles.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Hillarhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at March 16, 2015 11:45 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

I have to agree; she cannot win the "likeability" contest no matter what wrings out of the GOP machine and I think the American public are finally sick & tired of hearing things from Manhattan Media that are so far removed from their normal experience. Their praise is sure to be incredibly tepid (but she cares), as will WH support, and "voter fatigue" on the donkey side will be at astronomic heights if SHE declares soon, and manages to dodge any relevant interviews or debates (which is becoming ever more likely). At this point, WJC has already spent all his domestic political capital.

She will not generate anywhere near the buzz that BHO did, and the press barely dragged him over the line in 2014, in big part b/c Romney/Ryan refused to "get dirty."

Certainly, the GOP will benefit from a fresh face that understands modern media. There's antoher spot Ms.CanBarelyUseASingleDevice will fail massively. While we can't take the CO-GOP caucus lesson too broadly, I really think that the rule of "It takes a Carter to get a Reagan" will hold true and America will elect an unsung (yes, even in today's 24/7 over-reported environment) constitutional hero once again.

Posted by: nanobrewer at March 17, 2015 3:11 PM

March 11, 2015

All Hail Jonah!

As ever:

Hillary has only two comfort zones: deep in a bunker or high on a pedestal. Drag her out of the former or knock her off the latter and she's at sea.
Posted by nanobrewer at 6:34 PM | Comments (0)

March 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

The Democrats' response to Herself's trouble has taken three main forms: 1) What she did wasn't technically illegal, says David Brock and other slavish Clinton retainers, even hauling out that old Al Gore classic, "no controlling legal authority"; 2) What about Scott Walker, huh? say the Democratic-party operators, pointing out that as a county executive Walker also used a private email system -- and, to be honest, Walker's response to the terrorist assault on Milwaukee County's consulate in Benghazi has never been explained to my satisfaction; -- Kevin Williamson
Posted by John Kranz at 12:02 PM | Comments (0)

March 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

Perhaps "All Hail Kim!"

The Clinton camp has spent this week explaining that none of this was untoward, that no laws were broken, and that she's being transparent.

Were you just awakening from a 40-year coma and still a bit fuzzy, this might strike you as remotely plausible. For everyone else who has lived through the Bill and Hill years, this email caper is pure Clinton. -- Kimberly Strassel WSJ Ed Page

Honorable mention (same article): "The Clintons thrive in gray areas."

Posted by John Kranz at 9:34 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

And they have more than fifty shades.

Posted by: johngalt at March 6, 2015 11:17 AM

March 4, 2015

Quote of the Day

It saddens me to say this, but I no longer believe that the government should mandate health care. It's not because I've abandoned the basic principles behind health care reform. Quite the contrary. But a great idea, is just an idea, if you can't execute. And the government has proven time and time again, it can't execute. So I'm over it until someone figures it out. -- Former PPACAo2010 supporter Melissa Klein
Randy T. Simmons, call your office!
Posted by John Kranz at 3:23 PM | Comments (0)

February 27, 2015

Quote of the Day

This is especially true in disputes between the political branches; the judiciary thus provides the ultimate safeguard of the separation of powers. Or, as Justice Robert Jackson put it in the famous Youngstown case of 1952 that rebuked President Truman's unilateral seizure of steel mills: "With all its defects, delays and inconveniences, men have discovered no technique for long preserving free government except that the Executive be under the law, and that the law be made by parliamentary deliberations. Such institutions may be destined to pass away. But it is the duty of the Court to be last, not first, to give them up." -- Ilya Somin
Non-paywall link.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:02 PM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2015

Otequay of the Ayday

"When 'witch hunts' are deemed legitimate in the context of popular causes, we will have fully turned science into just another arena for the exercise of power politics," Pielke wrote. "The result is a big loss for both science and politics."

University of Colorado climate scientist Roger Pielke, on the news that Arizona U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva (D-Hypocrisy) has targeted him for congressional investigation into corporate funding of global warming research.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D- Ariz.), the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, sent requests to seven universities asking for detailed records on the funding sources for affiliated researchers who have opposed the scientific consensus on man-made global warming. Grijalva cited concerns over possible conflicts of interest involving scientists who have sought to influence the public debate on climate.

But these researchers, Pielke at least, are producing and citing peer reviewed papers that are published in the respected scientific journals. Does Rep. Grijalva suggest that the source of the funding might taint that established, objective process? If so he should also send a memo to his boss in the White House asking for a complete accounting of all of the federal money that has been spent on investigating climate. After all, nobody has a greater conflict of interest regarding climate taxes, regulations, mandates, etcetera, etcetera than does the federal government.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:17 PM | Comments (0)

February 24, 2015

Quote of the Day

(So did Balz or Costa tell Walker "Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith"? When either one said that, were they thinking of Obama's 2008 declaration to Rick Warren at Saddleback Church that "I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix"? Because all that seemingly devout profession of faith was, we now know, BS . . . told to a pastor . . . in a church. So the notion that some of Obama's public comments about his faith might really be vote-chasing showmanship and spin really isn't the most unthinkable conclusion, fellas.) -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 12:20 PM | Comments (4)
But AndyN thinks:

There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell....

I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell.

I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity.

That’s just not part of my religious makeup.
State Senator Barack Obama, March 2004

I'm neither a Biblical scholar nor a theologian of any type, but my understanding of Christianity is that acceptance of Christ as the path to salvation isn't just something that's believed in some quarters, it's actually the central tenet of the faith. It seems that once Obama conceded that the one thing that makes Christians Christians wasn't part of his religious makeup, it was safe to assume his claims of being a Christian were about as credible as most other things he's said when trying to convince people to vote for him.

Posted by: AndyN at February 24, 2015 6:05 PM
But jk thinks:

Well, don't expect me to sit idly while you troglodytes trash the President's spirituality! I'm certainly not having Dana Milbank write a hateful column about me.

Posted by: jk at February 24, 2015 6:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

We'd better make that five-fifths AndyN, since the President's Christian pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, said that God would "damn America." In church.

Posted by: johngalt at February 24, 2015 6:34 PM
But Terri thinks:

I'm with (cough, cough, hack) Obama here.

Grace alone gets you that salvation. It's free.
Christians choose the acceptance of Christ as the way for them.

Posted by: Terri at February 26, 2015 11:06 AM

February 23, 2015

Quote of the Day

As with everything about [President Obama], there's no there there, just a series of convenient projections on fog, like the monster in a Scooby Doo episode. -- Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 1:22 PM | Comments (0)

February 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

It isn't about getting a job. They have a job: waging jihad. -- Peggy Noonan
Posted by John Kranz at 1:37 PM | Comments (0)

February 17, 2015

Quote of the Day

So it was that, hours after the U.S. confirmed the murder of Kayla Jean Mueller at the hands of Islamic State, Mr. Obama filmed a short video for BuzzFeed, striking poses in a mirror, donning aviator shades, filming himself with a selfie stick and otherwise inhabiting a role that a chaster version of Miley Cyrus might have played had Hannah Montana been stuck in the White House after a sleepover with the Obama girls. -- Bret Stephens WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 1:26 PM | Comments (0)

February 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

I would add that I don't think you'll ever hear an atheist say, "He can't be a true atheist if he did this." -- The Friendly Atheist, hailing Harsanyi
Posted by John Kranz at 12:00 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Well sure, contemporary atheists do not by and large commit atrocities, but what about the atheist crusades throughout history? Let's not get on a high horse, atheists.

Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2015 3:29 PM

February 10, 2015

Quote of the Day

Speaking of Obama, [Monday] he presented a $4 trillion budget that he says would help the middle class. And then the middle class said, "You know what, how about just giving us $4 trillion? That will help us. We will figure it out. We'll figure out what to do with it." -- Jimmy Fallon
Posted by John Kranz at 6:49 PM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Yeah, but he had to take the four trillion from us first, and it spends an expensive night in Washington first. Better idea: how about just letting us keep the damb four trillion in the first place?

Posted by: Keith Arnold at February 10, 2015 7:08 PM

February 9, 2015

Quote of the Day

Whether you're an elderly couple in mid-Wales who have just had 20 per cent knocked off the value of your retirement cottage by the new wind farm on the hill opposite, or you're a tribesman in the South East Asian jungle whose virgin forest home has been trashed to make way for a palm oil plantation to grow eco-friendly biofuels, or you're a scientist in New Zealand who has been hounded out of your job because your research doesn't fit the "global warming" narrative, or you're a science teacher in Ohio who is obliged, whether you like it or not, to lecture your charges on the dread perils of climate change, or you're a Republican senatorial candidate who has been targeted as a "denier" in a green attack dog campaign financed by Tom Steyer, you're all victims of the same global scam: a scam perpetrated by a tiny handful of individuals whose junk statistical manipulation of the global climate records have transformed routine weather patterns into the world's biggest and most influential ever science scare story. -- James Delingpole
Very uncomfortable with the word "scam." It implies a mens rea that I suspect does not exist for most of the warmies -- but I love the enumeration -- though far from complete -- of the costs.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:21 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

If by "warmies" you mean your FB friends who are down for Gaia, nature and cute furry creatures then I'll agree with you but Delingpole called out "a tiny handful of individuals" who manipulated global climate record statistics. Our friends, FB and otherwise, who have chosen to place their complete and Absolute faith in those manipulated statistics, are mere foot soldiers in the movement. (Or, to the extent they advocate theft from their neighbor in the name of this "hoax", they are budding National Socialists.)

Posted by: johngalt at February 9, 2015 3:16 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Agreed with JG's emphasis on the "tiny handful" b/c they are profiting from this, as well as being part of the Big Lie.

To add to enumeration, I just found this bit in my records when attempting edification to one of my (very smart, and well meaning) friends who'd become a useful idiot: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/22/world/africa/in-scramble-for-land-oxfam-says-ugandans-were-pushed-out.html?_r=4&ref=world&
Oxfam report of poor farmers thrown off their land - with violence, in many cases - so friends of Gore can get carbon credits.

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 9, 2015 3:28 PM
But jk thinks:

Dr. Mann lied. People died.

Posted by: jk at February 9, 2015 3:43 PM
But jk thinks:

That's my flippant way to admit you're right. The few who corrupted data had mens rea.

My reflexive rejection is directed at Senator Inhofe (HOAX OK) who provides a too plump target for the Jon Stewart crowd by calling the whole thing a hoax.

Posted by: jk at February 9, 2015 4:57 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Not the whole thing, just the whole "man caused" thing. Speaking of Stewart, have you heard he's being considered to replace Brian Williams?

Posted by: johngalt at February 11, 2015 3:01 PM

February 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

I have read this tweet several times now and cannot help being amazed. Clinton not only omits her own flirtation in 2008 with anti-vaccine politics, she also breaks the unstated rule of limiting oneself to a single hashtag per tweet. And she is, less surprisingly, remarkably condescending and clichéd--blue skies, spherical earths, it's all about the children. Gag me. -- Matthew Continetti
You don't have to read the whole thing, but ThreeSources is not responsible for your lack of mirth.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:04 PM | Comments (0)

February 5, 2015

Quote of the Day

Maybe it's time for the Republicans to tell the Obama Democrats that if they want to own the issue of promising to bring the American people federal government goodness, they can have it. The Republicans should claim as their own what's left, which is to say the entire private sector.

In six years, the Obama Democrats have abandoned any belief in the idea that the private sector is the primary cause of American prosperity. Instead, they seem to see the private sector as a kind of tax sump-pump, a dumb machine whose only purpose is tax flow. -- Dan Henninger

An idea so crazy -- it just might work!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:30 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

It DOES work - every time it's tried.

Posted by: johngalt at February 5, 2015 12:51 PM

February 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

Daniel Foster comments on the C. Christie quotes in reference to vaccinations, with this most memorable:

[T]his is the next two years. New York Times reporters following around GOP aspirants with gotcha questions designed to make them look like yokels and kooks. . . .There's not much we can do to stop it, but we don't have to actively encourage it, do we?

Yes, I declare a moratorium on the tactic of fratricide. Let the Left with it's POTUS posterchild (shoot, I can't double emphasize a compound word!) digging it deeper everyday, have this tantrum.

Posted by nanobrewer at 3:17 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

I feel like I walked in on this movie in the middle (but casting Will Ferrell as the guv was a great move.)

Reason has panties severely creased, but I'm not expecting smootchies for Gov. Christie from that quarter.

I'm interested in promoting vaccinations and limiting GOP fratricide. But who are the GOP complainers who want mandatory forced vaccinations? I follow all kinds of crazy and I confess that I have not seen much of that.

Reason magazine did a symposium on whether forced vax was a valid state power: even they were all over the map. I don't see what is objectionable in Christie's comment.

As one who has cooled -- substantially -- on the Governor's being the GOP standard bearer, the problem I see is not his excessive libertarianism. Am I missing something?

We vaccinated our kids; you should too. Am I going to kick your door down at 3AM with jackbooted nurses? Not likely.

Is that not a decent GOP response?

Posted by: jk at February 2, 2015 4:53 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Judge Napolitano had the right answer on this last night with Megan Kelly - "Vaccinations are a state law issue. There is no federal role in whether they are compulsory." Or sentiment to that effect.

And dagny had an even better answer, which I'll relate above where it is a better fit.

Posted by: johngalt at February 3, 2015 12:51 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Foster's column, too, found little to be concerned with in the big guy's comments. I don't recall anywhere that CC argued that the FED needed to be running (or deciding)... he just mentioned it, as I believe is true, too, as a legitimate space for government action.

The press did get their "Macaca" moment (remember a promising aspirant GOP governor from VA?), or so they thought with Sen. Paul....

Posted by: nanobrewer at February 4, 2015 11:35 PM

January 30, 2015

Quote of the Day

The first clue that the Taliban Five would attempt to assist the Taliban once released from Guantanamo Bay is the fact that they’re called the Taliban Five. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 9:49 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Let's be precise here: The "Taliban armed-insurgency Five."

That is all.

Posted by: johngalt at January 30, 2015 3:15 PM
But jk thinks:

Well, I wouldn't want to be hasty and suggest that the Taliban is a terrorist group.

Posted by: jk at January 30, 2015 5:51 PM

January 22, 2015

Quote of the Day

Obama's policy proposals were small stuff. More tax cuts for child care -- but discrimination against stay-at-home moms and taxes on 529 college savings accounts. Paid sick leave. Equal pay for women -- on the books already for 52 years. A minimum wage increase. He's all for infrastructure but, in deference to rich donors, will veto the Keystone XL pipeline. -- Michael Barone
Coulda saved you 68 minutes.
Posted by John Kranz at 12:55 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Yes, Barone coulda saved me 68 minutes, but if I hadn't watched (or read ThreeSources) I still wouldn't have known that the leader of the House Republicans wore a RINO necktie during the SOTU.

Posted by: johngalt at January 22, 2015 2:33 PM
But jk thinks:

The Speaker had his colors done by a professional. Some are Autumns, some are Winters -- Rep. Boehner was a "Dystopian Post-apocalyptic Summer" and the purple tie was right off the wheel.

Posted by: jk at January 22, 2015 3:20 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Glad I missed it, but I have friends in low places who shared the thumbnail versions.

I've long complained about the applause, especially the standing ovations ("Comrade, I think you are not enthusiastic enough in your applause..."). Someone apparently shared that feeling of mine: http://bit.ly/1BiuxuR

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 22, 2015 4:27 PM

January 21, 2015

Quote of the Day

"The Federal Government didn't give us schools and colleges; the President didn't build that." (~2:16) -- Neal McCluskey Associate Director, Center for Educational Reform, Cato
Posted by John Kranz at 12:35 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Silly libertarians, President Obama doesn't want business growth, he wants job growth. Stay on topic, would ya?

(5:15) In response to last year's SOTU line "America must move off, a permanent war footing" Gene Healy asks, "When, exactly?"

(6:50) "There's no government in the world that can stop geology."

But they didn't even mention my personal favorite:

"Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. That's why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It's 2015. It's time," Mr. Obama said during the speech.

But I thought gender paycheck fairness was what the Billy Bedwetter law was all about? In 2009.

Posted by: johngalt at January 21, 2015 3:35 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Optimist! He wants neither - he wants dependency growth. He only needs enough job growth to form a tax base for the permanent dependency class. Obama is no different than LBJ in that regard, with the expectation that the new dependent class "will vote Democrat for the next two hundred years."

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 21, 2015 3:58 PM

January 20, 2015

Quote of the Day

But [Vanderbilt Law Professor Carol] Swain's speech must be curtailed, [Vanderbilt Student Farishtay] Yamin said: "What I'm really trying to show her is that she can't continue to say these kinds of things on a campus that's so liberal and diverse and tolerant." -- The College Fix
Hat-tip: Insty

UPDATE: Homorable mention (same article):

Yamin's confusion continued as she said her goal was to show campus officials "that students don't tolerate hate speech, even though it's protected under academic freedom, that we don't allow that on this campus."

Posted by John Kranz at 11:55 AM | Comments (5)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"Tolerant. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 12:24 PM
But dagny thinks:


Posted by: dagny at January 20, 2015 1:02 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:


Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 1:03 PM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2015 2:53 PM
But jk thinks:

Shut up, she explained...

Posted by: jk at January 20, 2015 3:41 PM

January 19, 2015

Quote of the Day

Reports that 2014 was the "hottest" year on record feed the insatiable appetite the public has for definitive, alarming headlines. It doesn't matter that even in the thermometer record, 2014 wasn't the warmest within the margin of error. Who wants to bother with "margin of error?" Journalists went into journalism so they wouldn't have to deal with such technical mumbo-jumbo. -- Real Live Climate Scientist Dr. Roy Spencer
Posted by John Kranz at 5:49 PM | Comments (8)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I'm hoping that the new Senate chairman of the subcommittee overseeing NASA will correct some of the "mission creep" we've seen recently, and less of their futzing with climate hysteria.


Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 10:16 AM
But jk thinks:

You mean the "Anti-Science-Troglodyte-Senator Ted Cruz" whom the Republicans have elevated to a position where his bad ideas can be truly dangerous? Yes, I heard something about that on Facebook. A few times.

I don't care what he does. Just watching the Jon Stewart crowd melt down is worth it.

Posted by: jk at January 20, 2015 10:41 AM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

That man says he wants to resume manned space flight with American equipment, and he values private efforts in that regard (hello, SpaceX!). He also wants to take us to Mars. I may have to rewrite the history of the future to acknowledge President Cruz' contributions in achieving that goal.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 12:20 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"Journalists went into journalism so they wouldn't have to deal with such technical mumbo-jumbo."

And how:

Deflated footballs or not, the Patriots were the better team Sunday, the Colts by nearly 200 yards and dominating both sides of the ball for the majority of the game. It would be a huge stretch to suggest the final score was a product of a football that may have weighed slightly less than usual.

I thought this was an unfortunate conflation of two issues, until I heard a radio news report...

"NFL rules require the official game ball to weigh between twelve and a half and thirteen and a half pounds per square inch."
Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2015 2:43 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Lessee... Answers.com tells me the surface area of a football is about 189 square inches... supposed to "weight 12.5 to 13.5 pounds per square inch"... so the football is supposed to weigh between 2,362.5 and 2,551.5 pounds, not counting the weight of the air inside it.

I have a new-found appreciation for the men who throw that ball, the men who catch it, and the men who carry it. Sounds like we need Thor at QB, and The Incredible Hulk at wide receiver.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 20, 2015 3:13 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"...not counting the weight of the air inside it." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Yer killin' me.

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2015 5:28 PM

Tweet of the Day

Posted by John Kranz at 10:53 AM | Comments (0)

January 16, 2015

Quote of the Day II

Smarter terrorists would leave Congress alone. So far, it's done more to hurt America than they have. . . . -- All Hail Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 12:50 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Stealing the WSJ's Notable & Quotable:

Changing analogies somewhat: just as a Toyota Yaris cannot be made as valuable to car buyers as is the more luxurious Toyota Avalon by a government diktat demanding that Yarises sell at prices no lower than the price of Avalons--just as such a diktat simply ensures that sellers of such low-end cars find no buyers--a low-skilled worker cannot be made as valuable to labor buyers as is a higher-skilled worker by a government diktat demanding that hours of low-skilled work sell at wages no lower than the wage of higher-skilled workers. Such a diktat simply ensures that sellers of such low-skilled work find no buyers. -- Don Boudreaux

Posted by John Kranz at 11:45 AM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2015

Quote of the Day

Here's the good news, Republicans. Mitt Romney is running to save the party from nominating Jeb Bush, and Jeb Bush is running to save the party from nominating Mitt Romney. It's as if O. Henry moved into political coverage. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]

Bonus content:

Posted by John Kranz at 9:49 AM | Comments (0)

January 12, 2015

Quote of the Day

It is no small thing for the king of Jordan, a direct descendent of the Prophet Mohammed, to march in a rally prompted by the murders of people who mocked Islam as well as of innocent Jews -- all of whom were killed by Islamic extremists.

The United States, which considers itself to be the most important nation in the world, was not represented in this march -- arguably one of the most important public demonstrations in Europe in the last generation -- except by U.S. Ambassador Jane Hartley, who may have been a few rows back. I didn’t see her. Even Russia sent Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

I say this as an American -- not as a journalist, not as a representative of CNN -- but as an American: I was ashamed. -- Jake Tapper

Posted by John Kranz at 11:55 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

This president famously embarked on a worldwide "apology tour" to, ostensibly, atone for the arrogant belligerence of previous American administrations. The next president must be prepared for a similar demonstration, to apologize for his predecessor's effete detachment.

{Many whom I know would have stated this far less delicately.)

Posted by: johngalt at January 12, 2015 1:47 PM

January 9, 2015

Quote of the Day II

Mr. Reid this week again accused the former Republican minority of "gratuitous obstruction and wanton filibustering," and vowed such tactics would not "be a hallmark of a Democratic minority." He then proceeded to unleash all the obstruction and filibustering in Christendom to slow Mr. McConnell's first priority: authorization of the Keystone XL pipeline. -- Kim Strassel
Posted by John Kranz at 1:44 PM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

... which will be obstructed by the obstructionist Preznit SCOAMF's veto, should the two houses of Congress have the temerity to pass...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 9, 2015 1:49 PM

Quote of the Day

It is time for us to break, once and for all, with the Leninist reasoning that has been served up for so long by the useful idiots of a radical Islam immersed in the sociology of poverty and frustration. And most of all it is the moment, now or never, for a calm resolve among all believers in democracy to look evil in the face without losing ourselves in the catastrophic measures of a state of emergency. France can and must erect dikes--but not the walls of a besieged fortress. -- Bernard-Henri L&eacure;vy
Posted by John Kranz at 12:52 PM | Comments (4)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Like. Cannot like enough.

Given that this statesman is determined to halt the progression of the Islamification for France, allow me to offer up this alternative hashtag:


Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 9, 2015 1:18 PM
But jk thinks:

I loved the quote. Elsewhere in the piece, Monsieur veers into "we have to be careful not to overreact." Perhaps it is that famous Continental nuance to which I am unaccustomed.

But the fulsome stand against "lets give them more stately benefits" was stirring.

Posted by: jk at January 9, 2015 4:22 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Hmmm, "Leninist." Who else fits that description?

(Ever notice the resemblance to Ward Churchill? Maybe she really is 1/128th native American!)

Posted by: johngalt at January 9, 2015 4:30 PM
But jk thinks:

High Cheekbones.

Posted by: jk at January 9, 2015 4:33 PM

January 6, 2015

Quote of the Day

Germane to my role as Boehner Apologist?

It is noteworthy that we seem to tolerate a level of dishonesty in politicians that we would not tolerate at work or with our friends. Why is this? Do we choose to support candidates because they are saying what we wish was true even though at some level we know it is not true?

Allison, John A. (2014-10-31). The Leadership Crisis and the Free Market Cure: Why the Future of Business Depends on the Return to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness (Kindle Locations 945-947). McGraw-Hill Education. Kindle Edition.

Expect a glowing Review Corner soon.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:52 AM | Comments (0)

January 2, 2015

Quote of the Day

Missed this:

Prior to last night's Monday Night Football game featuring the Denver Broncos versus the Cincinnati Bengals, Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young, now an ESPN analyst, was asked how Denver quarterback Peyton Manning would deal with the disguises posed by the Bengals defense."Watch for Peyton to speak to the nation, as the president of the United States would speak to the nation tonight," the former San Francisco great began. "And tell them, 'I am the dictator! I am the one who's going to take care of everything.'" -- TPNN (Tea Party News Network)

Here is a link but the page is full of some creepy HTML. Do not click unless your virus protection is up to date.

UPDATE: Looking for another source, it seems to have been well covered by conservative, alternative news sources and some sports blogs. I'm surprised this would not make FOX, MSNBC or HuffPo.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:08 PM | Comments (0)

December 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

[Sen. Elizabeth] Warren's accusation of the "system" being "rigged" against the average person is repeated with a staccato and cadence worthy of Dustin Hoffman's character in the movie "Rain Man." -- William Jacobson
Posted by John Kranz at 4:14 PM | Comments (0)

December 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

Fracking has now upended energy markets, pummeled petrodictators, confounded OPEC, forged deeper North American economic ties, slashed U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions to their lowest level since 1995, and sunk a nail into the coffin of most renewable-energy schemes (though there will be no slaying that zombie, as our future historian would also know).

Fracking is one industry. In time, the advantages it has given the U.S. will fade as the technology is more widely disseminated. Then it will be on to the next thing. Which, it is safe to say, will also be of American origin and design.

Here, then, is the larger lesson our future historian will draw for her students: Innovation depends less on developing specific ideas than it does on creating broad spaces. Autocracies can always cultivate their chess champions, piano prodigies and nuclear engineers; they can always mobilize their top 1% to accomplish some task. The autocrats' quandary is what to do with the remaining 99%. They have no real answer, other than to administer, dictate and repress. -- Bret Stephens, WSJ Ed Page

Posted by John Kranz at 3:11 PM | Comments (0)

December 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Our first big stimulus fell flat, leaving Keynesians to argue that the recession would have been worse otherwise. George Washington's doctors probably argued that if they hadn't bled him, he would have died faster. -- John H. Cochrane, WSJ Ed Page
UPDATE: Honorable mention (same column):
By Keynesian logic, fraud is good; thieves have notoriously high marginal propensities to consume.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:59 AM | Comments (0)

December 19, 2014

Quote of the Day II

We can argue about such things. But such arguments are a privilege -- and an obligation -- of free people. We get to decide where the public good takes precedence over the private. We get to debate the trade-offs between order and liberty, virtue and freedom. Us. Not them.

This is particularly true when the "them" in question is a crapulent pajama-wearing psychopathic dictator who starves his own people while cramming caviar down his gullet. When the Pillsbury Doughboy from Hell tries to tell us what kind of movies we can make or see, the only honorable response is "Go f**k yourself." -- Jonah Golberg [subscribe]

I can go "all-in" defending our rights to watch a terrible movie, but I do not want to look foolish when this is all exposed as a product of the SONY Pictures' PR Department.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:34 PM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I saw this morning that a patriot group is planning on airdropping thousands of DVDs of "The Interview" into North Korea as a counteraction. I don't know if they realize their plan won't work; viewing a DVD requires electricity.

It seems to me North Korean paranoia has just raised the bar. Your national defense is pretty shaky if you feel threatened by a Seth Rogen movie.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 20, 2014 12:09 PM
But Jk thinks:

I fear they'll try to eat them, Keith.

Posted by: Jk at December 20, 2014 10:54 PM

Quote of the Day

"Ce qu'il y a de redoubtable dans la realite de la vie, ce n'est pas la juxtaposition du bien et du mal: c'est leur interpenetration, c'est leur mutuelle incorporation, leur nourriture mutuelle, et parfois leur étrange, leur mysterieuse parente." (What is formidable in the reality of life is not the juxtaposition of good and evil; rather it is their interpenetration, their mutual incorporation, their mutual sustenance, and sometimes their strange and mysterious kinship.) -- Charles Pégue quoted in Charles Taylor A Secular Age ©2007 p750
Posted by John Kranz at 5:31 PM | Comments (0)

December 15, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

"An understanding that altruism can produce great evil as well as good is crucial to the defense of human freedom and dignity."

-James Taranto, in last year's essay on Pathological Altruism

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:16 PM | Comments (0)

December 9, 2014

Karl Popper Quote of the Day

I get these on Facebook. Amid my news feed stream of memes and two, five word sentence jokes, the Karl Popper quote stands out as a dense, impermeable paragraph. Most are pretty good, but yesterday's summed up a lot of my thoughts:

"We can never return to the alleged innocence and beauty of the closed society. Our dream of heaven cannot be realized on earth. Once we begin to rely upon our reason, and to use our powers of criticism, once we feel the call of personal responsibilities, and with it, the responsibility of helping to advance knowledge, we cannot return to a state of implicit submission to tribal magic. For those who have eaten of the tree of knowledge, paradise is lost. The more we try to return to the heroic age of tribalism, the more surely do we arrive at the Inquisition, at the Secret Police, and at a romanticized gangsterism. Beginning with the suppression of reason and truth, we must end with the most brutal and violent destruction of all that is human. There is no return to a harmonious state of nature. If we turn back, then we must go the whole way -- we must return to the beasts.

It is an issue which we must face squarely, hard though it may be for us to do so. If we dream of a return to our childhood, if we are tempted to rely on others and so be happy, if we shrink from the task of carrying our cross, the cross of humaneness, of reason, of responsibility, if we lose courage and flinch from the strain, then we must try to fortify ourselves with a clear understanding of the simple decision before us. We can return to the beasts. But if we wish to remain human, then there is only one way, the way into the open society. We must go on into the unknown, the uncertain and insecure, using what reason we may have to plan as well as we can for both security and freedom." -- Karl Popper, "The Open Society and Its Enemies".

Okay, you can breathe out now.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:48 PM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2014

Plain Old Quote of the Day

By the power of greyskull, this is ridiculous. This guy is supposed to be a lawyer. The question of his authority to do X is independent of what Congress does. The executive branch may not write laws. You could look it up. Let’s imagine China pulls a Pearl Harbor and sinks the Seventh Fleet. On the merits, the U.S. should declare war. Those merits do not entitle the Gary, Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles to usurp Congress's authority and declare war unilaterally. -- Jonah Goldberg [Subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 5:05 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Help me out here. I'm not slow, per se, but I am literal-minded.

If Congress declares war and the Executive does not wage it, the states may not? Same for invasion by immigrants?

Posted by: johngalt at November 21, 2014 7:02 PM

November 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

Air Force records show that Barack Obama charged the taxpayers $1,539,402.10 for his Labor Day travels for "fundraising, personal business, and politicking." As Judicial Watch's Tom Fitton put it, "This Labor Day back-and-forth shows President Obama seems to confuse Air Force One with Uber." -- Roger Kimball
Posted by John Kranz at 3:34 PM | Comments (0)

Otequay of the Ayday

Capt. Quick was last seen leaving his mother's home on the way to his girlfriend and their newborn. He was not last seen assaulting a storeowner and taking products. Yet, we know nothing of 45-year-old Capt. Kevin Quick. Apparently, Quick's crime was being a white man in America and not considered a victim -- just someone who got what he deserved at the hands of society's victims, young black men, gang members who have been badly treated and denied social justice.

Allen West on black attackers charged in murder of white officer.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:11 PM | Comments (0)

November 18, 2014

Quote of the Day

Harvard's policy was written by people who think sexual assault is so heinous a crime that even innocence is not a defense. -- Alan Dershowitz
Hat-tip: Glenn Reynolds

UPDATE: I had mistakenly attributed the quote to Prof. Reynolds. ThreeSources apologizes for the error.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:15 PM | Comments (0)

November 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

"But this Court does not revise legislation . . . just because the text as written creates an apparent anomaly as to some subject it does not address. Truth be told, such anomalies often arise from statutes, if for no other reason than that Congress typically legislates by parts -- addressing one thing without examining all others that might merit comparable treatment. Rejecting a similar argument that a statutory anomaly made "not a whit of sense," we explained in one recent case that "Congress wrote the statute it wrote" -- meaning, a statute going so far and no further. . .

This Court has no roving license, in even ordinary cases of statutory interpretation, to disregard clear language simply on the view that . . . Congress "must have intended" something broader. -- Justice Elena Kagen in Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community

John Jordan wonders if she will feel the same hearing King v. Burwell.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:55 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Snap. A very large tea leaf there.

But it raises a question under my tinfoil cranial adornment: If the CEO of a minor winery can find this morsel in a SCOTUS opinion so soon after King v. Burwell was granted certiorari, why could none of the GOP king's men find the Gruber (not MacGruder) tapes before the election?

Posted by: johngalt at November 14, 2014 4:18 PM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at November 14, 2014 4:19 PM

November 12, 2014

Quote of the Day II

Bring it on, H8Rs, but Ithink this might be more important than Sen. Cruz's legislative proposals.

The best mechanism we have for working through our differences and arriving at a durable consensus is the Senate. An executive order can't do it. The fiat of a nine-person court can't do it. A raucous and precarious partisan majority in the House can't do it. The only institution that can make stable and enduring laws is the only one we have in which all 50 states are represented equally, and where every single senator therefore has a say in the laws we pass here If America is to meet the challenges we face, he concluded, we will need the Senate the Founders in their wisdom intended, not the hollow shell of the Senate we have today. -- Presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R KY)

Posted by John Kranz at 1:01 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Dang! Almost HOSS-worthy. BUT, actions are more expensive than talk. Or something.

Posted by: johngalt at November 12, 2014 1:17 PM
But jk thinks:

Serious and tough question: should the 114th reinstate the supermajority rules that Sen. Reid abolished? I am leaning toward yes, reinstate the Republic.

Posted by: jk at November 12, 2014 1:22 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It's an easy question in my mind. It's the same one faced by one General George Washington, when he was offered the chance to be the King of the United States.

Posted by: johngalt at November 12, 2014 1:53 PM

November 11, 2014

Quote of the Day

The WSJ Ed Page on "Net Neutrality:"

These rules weren't at the cutting edge of innovation even in the 1930s. As former FCC attorney Randolph May notes, this regulatory framework was written into the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887 to oversee monopoly railroads. The Communications Act drafters then copied the 1887 law, replaced the references to railroads and clarified that the new regulations would apply to telephones as well as telegraphs. Eighty years later Mr. Obama has decided, in his market wisdom, that these rules should apply to the Internet.

BONUS UPDATE (same column):
Like the telephone companies of old, broadband providers would be required to "file a tariff" at the commission, meaning they would submit mountains of paperwork and ask the government to approve the prices they intend to charge for services. The bureaucrats would then consider whether the prices are fair. FCC bureaucrats would also hold sway over plans to expand or build digital networks. Under such conditions, who would invest to build the next generation of broadband technologies?

Posted by John Kranz at 11:50 AM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

If only they looked to 1887 for tax rates.

Posted by: jk at November 11, 2014 11:53 AM
But johngalt thinks:

You have something against the 19th century? That's where the left gets its ideas for transportation and energy too.

Posted by: johngalt at November 11, 2014 4:14 PM
But johngalt thinks:

This article seems to be a main source of the argument that, because of his Tweet that "Net Neutrality is Obamacare for the internet," Senator Ted Cruz is "the world's stupidest, most bewildering whack job..." Problem is, he was repeating what the WSJ called it.

"The Wall Street Journal is the world's stupidest, most bewildering whack job..."

Posted by: johngalt at November 11, 2014 7:26 PM
But jk thinks:

I did get exposed to some intemperate language on Facebook directed toward the Junior Senator from the great state of Texas.

I'm not exactly a "no labels" guy, but it is too bad that an issue deserving of nuance is thrust into partisan camps. I'm willing to blame my buddy George Takei. He came out full throttle (see what I did there?) for it, sprinkling a full screen paean among his funny nerd jokes and gay rights offerings.

That and the President have placed all the good thinking people and SJWs (I had to look that up yesterday -- it's Social Justice Warrior for the other slow kids) onto one side.

I might fault Sen. Cruz for adding more heat than light to the argument. ObamaCare for the Internet is a bon bon mot, but it is not a good description.

The real issue is that this has failed legislatively in GOP and Democrat controlled Congresses. Along comes President Pen-and-a-phone to resuscitate some New Deal regulations and apply them to the freest, most Hayekian thing this world has ever encountered.

Posted by: jk at November 12, 2014 10:02 AM
But jk thinks:

Holman Jenkins at the WSJ is ready to double down:

You have our solemn assurance that Mr. Obama doesn't know any more about net neutrality than slogans he could have picked up listening to Jon Stewart. Oh, and that it polls well with his "base." This is not policy making: He has no idea what incentives guide the behavior of broadband carriers, or how regulation might affect the ability of intelligent networks to deliver a growing and potentially infinite variety of services in the future over a common digital network.

Hard to argue, though I would have included some name-calling.

Posted by: jk at November 12, 2014 10:29 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Sure... ad hominem is FUN! I tried to pick a FB argument with Dave Perry (no, not Berry) editor of the Aurora Sentinel, but no bites. My last comment: "Government never met a problem it couldn't make worse. This is no exception." still stands unchallenged, 16h later.

Posted by: johngalt at November 12, 2014 12:24 PM

November 7, 2014

Quote of the Day II

Imagine [Ezra] Klein explaining the Super Bowl: "1) The Broncos lost. . . . 2) The night had few bright spots for the Broncos. . . . 5) Hillary Clinton is arguably also a winner here." -- James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 5:09 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Or, All Hail Jonah! The greatest G-File Newsletter of all time was sent today. Find it in your inbox, spam filter, or ask me to forward a copy. He explains the modern Democratic Party with an allusion to The Brady Bunch. I. Am. In. Awe.

Selling your soul (for personal gain or glory, at least) only really makes sense if you don't realize you're selling it. In a properly functioning market where players have perfect information, the commodity market on souls is pretty moribund. That's what makes "Adios, Johnny Bravo" so allegorical. Greg Brady recognized that he was being asked to sell his soul. -- Jonah Goldberg

Posted by John Kranz at 4:39 PM | Comments (0)

November 6, 2014

Quote of the Day

For tonight, it's enough to say that what we've just watched unfold does not fit easily into the models that many pundits have been using to analyze American politics these last few years -- models which allowed for a good Republican performance this year (it being an unrepresentative midterm and all) but did not allow for anything quite this good, this sweeping, this geographically-comprehensive. Seen in this light, these results are an implicit rebuke to an entire "past is prologue" school of political analysis and strategy, which looks at existing trends and assumes that they can only continue, watches winning strategies and assumes they can be perpetually repeated, projects demographic patterns forward and then passes judgment on today's politicians from the vantage point of a still-hypothetical 2035. -- Russ Douthat
(Whole piece is pretty good...)
Posted by John Kranz at 5:16 PM | Comments (0)

November 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

Had to lift this from James Taranto:

Two things were clear long before the votes were counted on Tuesday night: President Obama would face a Congress with more Republicans for his final two years in office, and the results would be seen as a repudiation of his leadership. But that was not the way Mr. Obama saw it. The electoral map was stacked against him, he argued, making Democrats underdogs from the start. And his own party kept him off the trail, meaning he never really got the chance to make his case. "You're in the Final Four," as one aide put it, "and you’re on the bench with a walking boot and you don't get to play." . . . Sagging in the polls and unwelcome in most competitive races across the country, Mr. Obama bristled as the last campaign that would influence his presidency played out while he sat largely on the sidelines. He privately complained that it should not be a judgment on him.”-- Peter Baker, New York Times, Nov. 5

Posted by John Kranz at 6:55 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Apparently, however, the president did campaign for one candidate: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

On the bright side, the First Lady's husband probably didn't mangle the candidate's last name... or mistake what office he was running for.

Posted by: johngalt at November 6, 2014 6:12 PM

November 3, 2014

Quote of the Day

Or "All Hail Insty:"

KIND OF A METAPHOR FOR AN ENTIRE PRESIDENCY, REALLY: One Day in an Elevator With Obama, Then Out of a Job.

Plus: "He said one of the Secret Service agents had told him that it was remarkable that Mr. Obama had talked to him, considering it had taken the president two years to acknowledge the agent. . . . Now unemployed, he looks back with sadness on the day he met the president." So do we all. -- Prof. Glenn Reynolds

Posted by John Kranz at 3:35 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Uh, if you're an ex-con and you're job requires you to carry a weapon, try not to become the subject of a national news story?

"Nuze u kin uze."

Posted by: johngalt at November 3, 2014 4:28 PM

October 31, 2014

Quote of the Day

Obama fatigue is setting in. Indeed, I've gone from Obama fatigue through full-on Obama Epstein-Barr to end-stage Obama narcolepsy. I hear him talking, or hear some MSNBC-type rhapsodizing about how misunderstood he is, and I start dozing off like a truck driver who took the drowsy-formula Nyquil by mistake. "Gotta stay awake! This is my job!" But then 20 seconds later, Jonathan Alter starts telling me how misunderstood the president is, and suddenly orange traffic cones are bouncing off my truck's grill as I somnolently drift into a highway work zone. -- Jonah Goldberg [Subscribe]
Honorable mention (same source):
I want to congratulate the National Review Institute for an absolutely fantastic event this week in New York. We had the first annual William F. Buckley Prize dinner and it was a smashing success. I would also like to congratulate the inaugural winner of the Buckley Prize, my friend and hero Charles Krauthammer, who gave a splendid talk. I particularly enjoyed his 15-minute extemporaneous rap, though I could have used fewer F-bombs.
Posted by John Kranz at 3:25 PM | Comments (0)

October 28, 2014

Quote of the Day

Salon doesn't score such honors with any frequency, but even I cannot fail to recognize sagacity:

"I am so pleased to be here with your senior senator, the passionate champion for working people and middle-class families, Elizabeth Warren!" [Secretary Hillary] Clinton roared. "I love watching Elizabeth, you know, give it to those who deserve to get it," she added. And who might "those who deserve to get it" be? Clinton, whose family foundation has collected up to half a million dollars from Goldman Sachs and whom many Wall Street Republicans are already prepared to support in 2016, didn't elaborate. . . . -- Luke Brinker

Hat-tip: James "All Hail" Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 4:19 PM | Comments (0)

October 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Most of these laws are not preventing the overwhelming majority of folks who don't vote from voting, Most people do have an ID. Most people do have a driver's license. Most people can get to the polls. It may not be as convenient it may be a little more difficult. -- President Obama during an interview with Rev. Al Sharpton.
Posted by John Kranz at 4:34 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

I agree with Barack Obama. Again!

Posted by: johngalt at October 22, 2014 5:10 PM
But johngalt thinks:

But Colorado's Democratic-controlled legislature clearly does not agree.

Posted by: johngalt at October 22, 2014 5:29 PM
But AndyN thinks:

Such a shame that he has no way of stopping the DoJ from suing states to try to overturn voter ID laws. Maybe that skinny blonde dancing monkey was right, it's too bad we can't give the President all the power that he needs.

Posted by: AndyN at October 23, 2014 11:40 AM
But jk thinks:

Paltrow - Kutchner 2016!!!

Posted by: jk at October 23, 2014 12:40 PM

October 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

In doing so, [Ezra] Klein has neatly illustrated just how dangerously capricious and supple the Progressive Hierarchy of Pieties really is. I daresay that it is rather easy to be a "liberal" when liberalism lines up nicely with the prevailing sentiments of one's social cohorts. But it is much, much harder when it does not. Genuine "liberals" -- those in the tradition of John Locke and Adam Smith, and not of Herbert Croly or Rachel Maddow -- do not forsake timeless principle for last night's orthodoxy because, for them, due process is as important today as it was at the time of Magna Carta. Ezra Klein, by contrast, appears to be something of a weathervane. Forced to choose between the universal principles of the Enlightenment and the transient pressure of this year's moral panic, he plumped squarely for the latter. For shame. -- Charles C W Cooke
Posted by John Kranz at 3:05 PM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:

Ahh, yes, the "pure principle" that intoxicated females, the oppressed class du jour, are the nation's most valuable asset. So much so that they shall be granted the power of incarcerating males who have the audacity not to be interested in them while sober... or for whatever other damn reason their mercenary little hearts desire.

Or, as he puts it somewhat eerily later on, "ugly problems don’t always have pretty solutions."

That must be in the Declaration of Independence, 'cause I sure don't recognize it from any Article or Amendment of the Constitution. Pol Pot, call your office.

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 6:13 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Two Americas: (Il)liberals lament date rape, even in cases that are "genuinely unclear and maybe even unfair" while Joe Six Pack is treated to the tale of his birth.

Hubbada hubbada.

Posted by: johngalt at October 15, 2014 6:29 PM
But jk thinks:

Do we get $5 for every post into which I can leverage prohibition?

Reason suggests: How to Solve the Campus Rape Crisis: Lower the Drinking Age

What does the drinking age have to do with campus rape? Much. Most college undergraduates are under 21 and therefore unable to legally drink. And yet heavy alcohol consumption on the part of one or both students is a significant factor in nearly all sexual assault allegations. That's because the current drinking age doesn't actually stop teens from drinking. It merely changes where, and how much, they drink.

People who reach their 21st birthday may enjoy the right to drink casually: out in the open, during the day, at bars and restaurants, or anywhere else. But underage students who want to drink must take their chances in less socially regulated environments, like a friend of a friend's dorm room, the basement of an older student's house, or a fraternity party. Fraternities, in particular, offer dangerous drinking scenes for the underaged.

Posted by: jk at October 15, 2014 6:44 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

On lowering the drinking age, we can call agree. It makes no sense that our 18 year old youth have all the legal responsibilities of adults, can be trusted to administered sophisticated weaponry, make split-second life-and-death decisions with said weaponry, yet can't be trusted with a beer.

Counter point, however, is that The Refugee's college days were spent when 3.2 beer was legal at age 18. Fact: you can get plenty drunk on 3.2 beer and binge drinking was every bit as rampant then as it is today. The Refugee's fraternity threw some spectacular parties. Hawaiian Night and Purple Passion were particularly popular. Luckily, we all woke up to tell the tale.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 16, 2014 12:54 AM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at October 16, 2014 4:20 PM

October 9, 2014

Quote of the Day

Last night, after two fundraisers in New York, Barack Obama settled down for a quiet, up-to-$32,000-per-plate dinner at the home of (I am not making this up) a billionaire property tycoon named (still not making this up) Rich Richman, but only after he sent a massive fundraising email to potential Democratic donors, labeling the Republicans as the "party of billionaires." -- Emily Zanotti
Hat-tip: Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt
Posted by John Kranz at 10:05 AM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2014

Quote of the Day

Look, I didn't call Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) [0%] "Mark Uterus:" the debate moderator last night did. -- Moe Lane.
PS: This is, by the way, not a distraction from the larger issues of the campaign: it is a larger issue of the campaign. Cory Gardner is attempting to run on the economy and jobs. Mark Uterus can't do that, because his record on both is awful: so he is instead attempting to run on... well. Mark Udall deserves all the scorn that he might get.
UPDATE: The 0% is Senator Uterus's "Heritage Action Scorecard" score.
Posted by John Kranz at 4:35 PM | Comments (0)

October 1, 2014

Quote of the Day

I mean, if a Native American came along and said, "I'd really like you to rename the team, because I don't want my ancestors, friends and neighbors associated in any way with that many turnovers and an inability to play defense" . . . that's the kind of request you would have to respect. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 12:18 PM | Comments (5)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

The government wouldn't be able to bitch about the offensive naming of a sports team in DC if the Washington Senators were still around. You want to talk about a label that no self-respecting athlete would want to wear...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 1, 2014 12:48 PM
But johngalt thinks:

They don't need to change the team name, just the team logo.

Posted by: johngalt at October 1, 2014 2:14 PM
But jk thinks:

I thought for Hispanic Heritage Month in the NFL, the could be the Brownskins. Just a few weeks.

Posted by: jk at October 1, 2014 2:52 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Please, no specific racial overtones! How about simply, "Swarthyskins?"

Posted by: johngalt at October 1, 2014 3:06 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

It's now October. They'll all be wearing pink for the next month anyway, won't they?

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 1, 2014 7:04 PM

September 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

What I am saying is that the constant crisis-mongering outstrips the scope of the problem by orders of magnitude. And, more to the point, it's deliberate. This is the great irony. When I say:

"The U.S. has made enormous environmental progress."
"Sexism and racism are smaller problems than at any time in American history."
"Capitalism helps poor people more than socialism does."
"The best way to feed a bear a marshmallow isn’t by putting your hands behind your back and holding the marshmallow between your lips."

. . . the response from the left is that I am merely trying to protect the vested interests of The Man and His League of Extraordinary Meat-Eating Oligarchs. But, when alarmists insist the Earth will burn like an ant under a magnifying glass if we don't ban the internal-combustion engine by this Thursday at noon, it's merely "speaking truth to power." I mean it's not like anybody is making any money off of global warming. It's not like there’s any privilege that comes with being a climate activist. It's not like big corporations would ever think to take advantage of the issue. Nor would government bureaucrats ever use climate hysteria as an excuse to expand their own power. -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]

Posted by John Kranz at 3:24 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at September 26, 2014 7:02 PM

September 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

Happy Birthday, Bill of Rights!

It's difficult to imagine today's Congress thinking up--nevermind passing--anything so profound as what Madison wrote in those ten amendments. But then, the experience of the Founding Fathers was far different from that of today's legislators. By most accounts, Madison, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and other colonists had grown up as happy British subjects. Yet the Founding Fathers would later cast off colonial rule by planning and then engaging in open revolt against Britain. They formed an entirely new country, and established a new form of government. -- Baylen Linnekin

Posted by John Kranz at 12:06 PM | Comments (0)

September 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

Neil deGrasse Tyson is Carl Sagan 2.0, down to the fact that he's been cast as the host in a reboot of Sagan's "Cosmos" miniseries. As usual, though, the copy loses some quality from the original. It’s as if they took Sagan and decided to decrease the earnest thoughtfulness while increasing the preening vanity and smug condescension. -- Robert Tracinski
Posted by John Kranz at 2:36 PM | Comments (0)

September 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

It would be interesting and fun -- but somewhat in the realm of metaphysics -- to ask why the U.N. Climate Summit 2014 is denying the science as reported by IPCC -- Benjamin Zycher
Posted by John Kranz at 2:10 PM | Comments (2)
But nanobrewer thinks:

Excellent article; I've been wanting documentation on the (constant) changes in the IPCC's forecast of 'just how bad IS it (gonna be)?'

I guess that will still go down as an exercise to the budding blogger. All I could find here was:

"IPCC predictions of temperature increases per decade relative to the 1980-1999 and 1986-2005 periods, respectively. In the fourth assessment report, the range of predicted temperature increases is 0.11 to 0.64 degrees Celsius per decade; in the fifth assessment report (2013, p. 11-52), the range is 0.10 to 0.23 degrees C per decade."

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 24, 2014 12:18 AM
But jk thinks:

I look forward to reading your report, nb. (Or should I call you "Bud?")

One guy who could feed that project pretty well is Chip Knappenberger who covers the climate change beat for Cato.

He does a good job with both the changing IPCC reports and the discrepancies between the actual predictions in the body of the report, supported by data and research as compared to the "Executive Summary" which journalists and politicians quote.

Posted by: jk at September 24, 2014 10:00 AM

September 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

"When the people speak up and when the people march, the politicians will follow," shouted Danny Kennedy, activist and founder of the solar company Sungevity in a pep talk before the March. -- Ronald Bailey
Honorable mention:
An overflowing garbage bin on Central Park West indicated that some marchers were not so averse to commerce as to forego quaffing designer coffees before setting off to march against capitalism. -- Ronald Bailey (same article)
Posted by John Kranz at 12:40 PM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2014

Quote of the Day

Linked with general approbation by my biological brother:

What is upsetting is that while many in the media and many of us are ready to crucify Adrian Peterson for his actions we give others a pass. Adrian Peterson will not ever put a ‘whipping’ on his kid like that again. The millions of Americans that have had no ill-effects from corporal punishment are just fine.

Politicians that vote against Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are child abusers. Politicians that vote against a livable wage, a minimum wage are child abusers. Politicians that vote against healthcare for the caretaker of children are child abusers.

And the people who support, vote for, and blog favorably about those abusers...

Posted by John Kranz at 3:03 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

UPDATE: asked directly about this quote, I was told "You're right, John Kranz, the term "child abusers" is out of line"

Hold those self-disownment papers, Jeeves. I'm going to think about this awhile...

Posted by: jk at September 18, 2014 3:31 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"Abuse." Not used just for beating and berating anymore!

Let me know when the next edition of the Prog-Democrat dictionary is available on Kindle.

Posted by: johngalt at September 18, 2014 3:54 PM

September 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

All Hail.

He's a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, a better political director than his political director, and to hear President Obama tell it--or, to be precise, to hear the New York Times retell others' retelling of Obama's telling it--he's a better terrorist than the terrorists: -- James Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 3:03 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

He's always the smartest man in the room. Don't believe me? Just ask him.

Posted by: johngalt at September 15, 2014 3:48 PM

September 12, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

Historically speaking, though, would it have been better for humanity to avoid an "Age of Pollution" and wallow in a miserable pre-Industrial Age, where poverty, death, disease and violence, were far more prevalent in our short miserable lives? Or would we have chosen global warming? I think the latter. And I think we'd do it again.

All-hail Harsanyi - 'Global Warming was Worth it'

Plus a bonus - Harsanyi's reductive graph of the history of the world:


Posted by JohnGalt at 2:50 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Hail! (Aand if you get in an impish mood, share that with dagny's FB-interlocutor on inequality. This McCloskeyesque graph makes my point better than the S&P500 charts I posted.)

Posted by: jk at September 12, 2014 3:32 PM

September 11, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

"But the sad thing about this is, even if both Roberts and Perdue lose, expect the establishment to learn nothing from the experience. Despite a lengthy history of long-term incumbent Republicans getting tossed out on their ears in red state general elections due to corruption and disconnection from their home state, they will still insist loudly and publicly that the safest path to more Republican seats is to continue electing the seasoned guy and the incumbent. It's up to voters and donors to stop buying this obviously false argument."

From They Told Me If I Voted for the Establishment, This Would Not Happen by Leon H. Wolf.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:16 PM | Comments (0)

September 9, 2014

Quote of the Day

Daniel Akst at the WSJ thinks he's Review Corner -- talking on Richard Branson's "The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership."

Still, leadership can be learned to some extent, and Mr. Branson's breezy volume touches on some important topics, even if it does at one point quote Willie Horton --rather than Willie Sutton --on the reason for robbing banks: "because thatss where the money is." (Fans of the Detroit Tigers and Michael Dukakis will each remember a different Willie Horton, but neither man should be confused with the famous bank robber.)

Posted by John Kranz at 3:54 PM | Comments (0)

September 4, 2014


Well, actually yesterday.

Biden says we'll follow ISIS to the gates of hell? We won't even follow them across the Syrian border!
- Col. Ralph Peters on Fox News' Kelly File
Posted by Boulder Refugee at 11:59 AM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

One of my friends has already commented that "follow to the gates of Hell" is a statement of allegiance and devotion -- as in, "I'd follow my sergeant to the gates of Hell in battle."

"Pursue to the gates of Hell," or "bomb them to Hell" might have been what he meant to say. Or, perhaps Slow Joe Biden has accidentally let slip his true feelings.

Either way, another Bidenism.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at September 4, 2014 3:59 PM
But johngalt thinks:

One is also left to wonder if Biden knows that his boss might consider this "a strategy" i.e. "Sorry Joe, we don't have one of those yet."

Posted by: johngalt at September 4, 2014 6:57 PM

August 26, 2014

Quote of the Day

As Justice Clarence Thomas correctly pointed out in dissent, "[T]he'logical' assurance that a 'temporary restriction... merely causes a diminution in value,'... is cold comfort to the property owners in this case or any other. After all, 'in the long run we are all dead.'"24 This observation is not hyperbole; writing shortly after [Tahoe-Sierra Preservation Council, Inc., v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency] was decided, one legal scholar noted, "Of the 700 or so ordinary people who started on this journey, 55 have since died."25

Levy, Robert; William Mellor (2009-12-01). The Dirty Dozen: How Twelve Supreme Court Cases Radically Expanded Government and Eroded Freedom (p. 179). Cato Institute. Kindle Edition.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:17 AM | Comments (0)

August 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

The Perfesser is feeling a bit hawkish...

I'm thinking that a useful paradigm for dealing with ISIS is, what would Gen. Curtis LeMay do if he were serving under President Andrew Jackson? But I could be mistaken. -- Glenn Reynolds

Posted by John Kranz at 10:32 AM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I'll see that and raise: what would General "Black Jack" Pershing do if he were serving under Winston Churchill?

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 25, 2014 1:04 PM
But johngalt thinks:

What would Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin E. Dempsey do if he were serving under Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes instead of President Obama?

Posted by: johngalt at August 25, 2014 5:16 PM

August 21, 2014

Quote of the Day

MoDo -- that's got to be a first. But she is disenchanted.

His circle keeps getting more inner. He golfs with aides and jocks, and he spent his one evening back in Washington from Martha's Vineyard at a nearly five-hour dinner at the home of a nutritional adviser and former White House assistant chef, Sam Kass . . .

The extraordinary candidate turns out to be the most ordinary of men, frittering away precious time on the links. Unlike L.B.J., who devoured problems as though he were being chased by demons, Obama's main galvanizing impulse was to get himself elected.
Almost everything else -- from an all-out push on gun control after the Newtown massacre to going to see firsthand the Hispanic children thronging at the border to using his special status to defuse racial tensions in Ferguson -- just seems like too much trouble.

The Constitution was premised on a system full of factions and polarization. If you're a fastidious pol who deigns to heal and deal only in a holistic, romantic, unified utopia, the Oval Office is the wrong job for you. The sad part is that this is an ugly, confusing and frightening time at home and abroad, and the country needs its president to illuminate and lead, not sink into some petulant expression of his aloofness, where he regards himself as a party of his own and a victim of petty, needy, bickering egomaniacs. -- Maureen Dowd

Hat-tip: Jim Geraghty

Posted by John Kranz at 9:48 AM | Comments (0)

August 18, 2014

Quote of the Day

I think this pairs nicely with RAH's "bad luck" quote. It introduced a Chapter in Matt Ridley's "Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters"

This is the excellent foppery of the world, that, when we are sick in fortune -- often the surfeit of our own behaviour, -- we make guilty of our disasters the sun, the moon, and the stars; as if we were villains by necessity, fools by heavenly compulsion ... an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star. -- William Shakespeare, King Lear

Posted by John Kranz at 9:57 AM | Comments (0)

August 12, 2014

Quote of the Day

Now Ron Fournier wonders if Americans would rally behind Obama after another 9/11 the way we rallied behind Bush, and I think the answer is no -- because Obama has spent his entire time in office flicking boogers at half the country. -- Glenn Reynolds
The Perfesser is commenting on a Megan McArdle piece which says something I thought from January 20, 2009: Sec. Clinton would have made a far better president.
Posted by John Kranz at 11:17 AM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I'm going to be the bad guy and go a step further: I do not believe that Americans would rally behind Obama after another 9/11 like they did with Bush, because most Americans I know, including some who voted for Obama and in the main agree with him (yes, hard as it is to believe, I do have some friends in that part of the political spectrum that I haven't already completely alienated), because they understand something that is a critical difference.

When 9/11 happened on Bush's watch, it happened because the terrorists were fanatics that hate The Great Satan that is America. We were friends with Israel, we were (in their misguided fantasies) corrupting the Islamic Middle East with our imperialist Western ways, and all that rigamarole.

If another 9/11 happens, and this one on Obama's watch, people understand that it will be because we have emboldened the bad actors. Every decision we've made in the Middle East had been the wrong one - regime change in Egypt, Qaddafi in Libya, our role in Afghanistan, the pullout from Iraq, our stance in Syria, et cetera, ad nauseum, ad infinitum, amen.

Obama has weakened this nation, and the bad actors know it. To them, we are not seen as compromising or placating; to them, we are seen as vulnerable to attack. We lack will in our national leadership, our borders are more porous than ever, and we're doing nothing about it.

There is a very small but very strident cabal of people in this country who think that 9/11 was Bush's fault: inside job, fire doesn't melt steel, the Jews were forewarned, yada yada yada. If another attack happens now, a very large group of reasonable-minded people will already know that Obama had a hand in making it happen, and they will be right. Those people will rally together for the nation, but in doing so they will make Obama own it.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 12, 2014 12:33 PM
But jk thinks:

Echoing that -- and our Facebook persiflage where I once again pushed "Deepak Lal libertarianism," Judge Richard Epstein has an interesting piece: Pax Americana is Dead.

The second issue Friedman never addressed is the deterioration in world peace that has happened since President Obama became president. No one can claim that Iraq was at peace when George W. Bush left office, but the violence had been curbed. Since Obama has taken over, relative tranquility yielded to factional squabbling, followed by vicious aggression that caught the President woefully off guard. Iraq is not alone. The number of hotspots in the world -- including Gaza, Syria, Libya, Nigeria, Ukraine and the China Sea -- is increasing. The President wrings his hands over how difficult it has become to find credible allies in the world to address these problems without ever asking why no one trusts him. So he resolves to hold back on the use of American force overseas. Armed with that certainty, every tin pot dictator and terrorist group thinks it has an open field in which to run.

The President's blunders remind us that we need Pax Americana in international affairs. If the United States maintains a large military force and is prepared to use it, the threat of American force could snuff out a large number of troublemakers and help decent people organize their own affairs. It was this policy that made NATO such a success in the immediate post-war years. It will also allow the United States to use force effectively when needed. But once our commander-in-chief neutralizes America's military might, weaker but more determined nations and groups know that they have a free hand to follow their own aggressive agendas. Worse still, this passive policy invites new thugs like Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to propel themselves into regional prominence.

Posted by: jk at August 12, 2014 1:00 PM
But johngalt thinks:

In order to rally behind him, wouldn't he have to be in the lead? Waiting.

Posted by: johngalt at August 12, 2014 6:50 PM

August 6, 2014

Quote of the Day

All Hail! David Harsanyi is not too impressed with Jonathan Alter's "Loyalty Oaths" and President Obama's "Economic Patriotism."

Clearly I'm not the rock-ribbed patriot Alter is, because I hope corporations continue to use inversion to avoid taxation until DC is forced to pass reform that completely eliminates corporate taxes that unnecessarily burden consumers. Multinational corporations do not exist to be tax collectors. Now, if a person was going to get into the economic patriotism game, he might point out that rent-seeking companies that subsist on government subsidies and use their political connections in Washington as a cudgel against competition, are engaged in something far more un-American. And you can imagine the unholy cronyism that's likely to erupt once the executive branch begins deciding which companies deserved to be rewarded for their patriotism.

Hat-tip: Insty

Posted by John Kranz at 10:50 AM | Comments (0)

August 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

There’s no reason the nation of Africa cannot and should not join the ranks of the world's most prosperous nations in the near term, in the decades ahead. There is simply no reason. -- VP Joe Biden
Video (and a lot of annoying popups) at the link. Hat-tip: Insty.
Posted by John Kranz at 7:15 PM | Comments (0)

July 28, 2014

Quote of the Day

Jonathan Cohn, ObamaCare's cheerleader at the New Republic, quoted Mr. Gruber on Friday as saying his remark "was just a mistake" and he didn't recall why he made it. We can think of a reason: It was the truth. Liberals feared some states wouldn't set up exchanges, so they deliberately wrote incentives into the law so the states would do so. This was the conventional liberal wisdom until this year when it suddenly became legally and politically inconvenient for the Administration to admit it. -- WSJ Ed Page
UPDATE: The WSJ's "Notable & Quotable" today is my "All Hail Harsanyi" from last week. Saved you $240. You're welcome.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:43 AM | Comments (0)

July 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

"It's Virtually Impossible to Be a Successful Modern President" declares the headline of a blog post by the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza. The post has drawn a great deal of ridicule, but to our mind most of the critics fail to appreciate just how feeble an effort it is. Our aim is to correct that. -- James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 6:22 PM | Comments (5)
But nanobrewer thinks:

ah, I've missed Taranto, and do have time now that he's behind the WSJ firewall. Do they have an electronic-only subscription rate?

Posted by: nanobrewer at July 25, 2014 1:38 AM
But jk thinks:

Yes but. They have really goosed it up this year. There's a fan club of sorts on Facebook and many complained when he went behind Rupert's wall.

I thought "you bunch of whiners -- it's, like, $89 for the best newspaper in the known universe." Then my credit card bill came in it's more, like $240. Ow.

Yet I think I will stay with it -- if you chose not to, let me know anytime you'd like me to email a story.

Posted by: jk at July 25, 2014 10:13 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Ah yes, welcome to the "introductory rate until you stop checking your credit card statement for the auto-renewal price" sales gimmick.

Posted by: johngalt at July 27, 2014 11:43 AM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Yee-ow! I thought there was an OnLine subscription for something like $14/mo.? When I get a little freer, I'll take the free trial and report back...

I do have more time now that I'm not reading Hail-Taranto!

Posted by: nanobrewer at July 28, 2014 12:39 AM
But jk thinks:

You got it, jg. In fairness, I have subscribed for more than 15 years and the digital only was $89 - $99 per year until now. It is not quite the Comcast - HBO plan.

Posted by: jk at July 28, 2014 9:48 AM

July 19, 2014

Quote of the Day

The 2014 midterm elections are shaping up to be similar to the wave elections of 1994 and 2010, particularly with an unpopular President and an unpopular piece of major legislation that will serve as a referendum on the sitting President. . . . A difficult political climate coupled with the rising unpopularity of President Obama could affect the Democratic brand as a whole and hurt Senator Warner.
What right wing wackos are putting out this nonsense? Oh:
The Virginia Progress PAC, a Democratic committee supporting Senator Mark Warner, issued a list of talking points for potential donors that laid out the challenge the Obama albatross represents for Democrats this fall -- John Fund
Posted by John Kranz at 11:57 AM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2014

Quote of the Day

Michael Walsh responds to Rolling Stone's amazingly stupid even for them Five Most Dangerous Guns."

The Five Most Dangerous Dogs:
· Big dogs
· Little dogs
· Medium Sized Dogs
· Male Dogs
· Female Dogs
Posted by John Kranz at 12:30 PM | Comments (0)

July 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

Twenty years after the phrase entered the American lexicon, "Soccer Mom" retains its power as hurtful speech. -- PJ O'Rourke
Posted by John Kranz at 1:31 PM | Comments (8)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Mothers In Love with Fracking?

There's a terrorist outfit in the Philippines called the Moro Islamic Liberation Front - and I'm not making this up, but they have got to have the most unfortunate acronym in the history of revolutionaries and separatists. It cracks me up every time I see them mentioned in a newspaper.


Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 16, 2014 1:10 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Yes, I kid you not - Mothers In Love with Fracking." A good article, worthy of whole thing read the, but scroll to the bottom for the relevant content.

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 1:49 PM
But jk thinks:

The T-Shirt model in jg's linked piece is the Centennial State's beloved Amy Oliver. Oliver is an energy analyst for the Independence Institute and is married to Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. Cooke lead opposition Sheriffs against Colorado's unconstitutional gun laws that was joined by 52 urban, rural, Democratic and Republican Sheriffs.

Posted by: jk at July 16, 2014 1:57 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And also a talk show host. But still a mother!

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 2:41 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I'm going to forgo the obvious reference to Ms. Oliver being a MILF, out of civility and not merely because her husband is who he is. Instead, I'll merely say I followed the link, read the article, and am not surprised at the behavior of know-nothing peckerheads who call themselves "Earth Guardians." I can't claim they're the only people I've seen this week that would benefit from some rough treatment with a taser and a firehose (I am in California, after all...), but they're definitely high. On the list, I mean.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 16, 2014 3:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

We've missed you, KA.

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2014 3:26 PM

July 9, 2014

Quote of the Day

Gotta sting a bit.

A true revolution would be a new breed of climate activist who admitted what they didn't know and toned down their absurd pretense that they're going to ban or seriously curb fossil fuel by fiat. If they were smart, they would put all their effort into winning government funding for battery research. But there are reasons, quite apart from lack of imagination, which is the nicest explanation of Mr. Steyer's shrill imposture, that this doesn't happen.

Our political system is adept at making use of people like Mr. Steyer. Democrats will gladly spend his $100 million, then go back to their real environmental business, which is green cronyism. Happily Mr. Steyer's fate won't be that of the Hemingway character [in "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber"] --who finally got to prove his merit while accidentally being shot in the head by his wife. But like Al Gore before him, Mr. Steyer will be able to say of his impact on the climate debate: I softened up the public to be milked for green handouts that did nothing for climate change. -- Homan Jenkins

Posted by John Kranz at 12:18 PM | Comments (2)
But AndyN thinks:

I'm going to have a hard time taking a guy seriously if he thinks that Francis Macomber was shot accidentally.

Posted by: AndyN at July 9, 2014 4:37 PM
But jk thinks:

"But how is one to know about an American?"

Posted by: jk at July 9, 2014 5:00 PM

July 7, 2014

Quote of the Day II

Finally getting to Jonah's awesome-on-stilts-so-far review of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century."

Piketty's occasional concessions to uncertainty about his most dire predictions illustrate one reason he shouldn’t be considered an orthodox Marxist. He has no grand Hegelian theory of the ineluctable progression of History with a capital H. But who needs dialectical materialism when you have algebra? -- Jonah Goldberg

UPDATE (Honorable Mention):
Still, if one takes all these critiques into account, one must conclude that what its supporters have hailed as an irrefutable mathematical prophecy might have to be downgraded by everyone else into the well-informed hunch from a left-leaning French economist--a significant drop in confidence level, as the statisticians might say.

UPDATE II: Blog Brother Bryan points out that GMU's Don Boudreax's review is very good as well.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:57 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Still, Simpson-Mazzoli welcomed more people as citizens during a time of divided government. The president, Ronald Reagan, and the Senate were Republican, the House Democratic--the inverse of today's Washington. But this was "Morning in America," and Reagan's favorite words were "growth" and "opportunity." Mr. Obama is presiding over a fifth year of 2% growth, with his favorite words being "inequality," "us" and "them." -- L. Gordon Crovitz, WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 11:41 AM | Comments (0)

July 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

I do like Megan McArdle. She has a great column on the ensuing Hobby Lobby boycott (pointing out that about zero of the boycotters shop there in the first place). I enjoyed the close:

It's perfectly sane to tilt at windmills -- as long as you don’t expect to unseat the windmills and win the tournament. -- Megan McArdle

Hat-tip: Insty

Posted by John Kranz at 10:49 AM | Comments (0)

June 27, 2014

Quote of the Day

Our Margaret reviews Sec. Clinton's book tour:

Now she's Mom--mature, settled, with a throaty laugh and a thickening middle. Or grandma. After six years of presidential leadership from a lithe, supple, snotty older brother, Mom will seem an improvement. -- Peggy Noonan

Posted by John Kranz at 10:43 AM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

Seriously? Peggy Noonan after her disastrous Obama vote will look to Clinton as an improvement. What is wrong with her? (Peggy)

Posted by: Terri at June 27, 2014 2:39 PM
But jk thinks:

Hardly a ringing endorsement...

Let the record show that I supported then-Sen. Clinton in 2008. "strategic" GOP friends suggested I should register D and vote for then-also-Sen. Obama, Because he would be so easy to beat. How's that Hopey-Changey working out for you?

I can damn with faint praise too: I think she would be much better than the current occupant -- but I hope we do not have to find out. Jonah Goldberg says in today's G-File that he would prefer Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D - Wahoo) to Sec. Clinton. Not gonna join him there.

Posted by: jk at June 27, 2014 3:01 PM

June 24, 2014

Vindication of the day

Nixon said in a May 1974 interview with a supporter that if he had followed the liberal policies that he thought the media preferred, "Watergate would have been a blip."

The media noted that most of the reporting turned out to be accurate and the competitive nature of the media guaranteed massive coverage of the political scandal.

From the Watergate Scandal Wikipedia page.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:56 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Even better, Justice Scalia's [majority opinion in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA] explicitly defends the structure of the Constitution. Blessing the EPA's tailoring rule would be "a severe blow to the Constitution's separation of powers" where Congress enacts laws and the President enforces them, he writes. This remedial civics lesson ought to be unnecessary but with the Obama crowd it's essential. "We are not willing to stand on the dock and wave goodbye as EPA embarks on this multiyear voyage of discovery" that ignores the will of Congress, Justice Scalia writes. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 10:08 AM | Comments (0)

June 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

The thing about dogs eating homework is, it could actually happen. This can't. -- Kyle Smith, NYPost
Part of a great column: imagine if Goldman Sachs had tried this defense... Hat-tip: Insty.
Posted by John Kranz at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

June 19, 2014


We're agnostic in the Indian symbol debate, though we've never understood why the critics think fans and athletes want their team names to represent something other than strength, courage or pride. If names were meant to convey dislike--of, say, Vikings, Yankees or the Irish--then Redskins owner Dan Snyder would have converted to the Washington Harry Reids years ago. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 4:00 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day II

It's a Two-Quote Kinda day. Jonah has some fun with the President's penchant for straw man arguments:

Scour the Internet until your fingers bleed, and you won’t find a single person who has denied that Bowe Bergdahl is someone's child. -- Jonah Goldberg

Posted by John Kranz at 2:52 PM | Comments (0)

Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat...

Barack Obama created Darrell Issa. -- Dan Henninger
Posted by John Kranz at 1:29 PM | Comments (0)

June 18, 2014

All Hail Insty!



Posted by John Kranz at 1:24 PM | Comments (0)

June 17, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. -Plato

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/p/plato_2.html#8puyA1pRkPdO2XYP.99

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:58 PM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

And if the 11 million illegals who live here obey the law, pay taxes, learn English, and understand the Constitution, they deserve legal status. Citizenship is an issue way down the road. And yes, we must include border security, where unfortunately Obama's lax policies have contributed to the calamitous surge in illegal-immigrant children. But temporary visas or work permits should be part of a sensible reform package. The E-Verify system can work.

So, Mr. Brat, as a free-market economist, surely you know there's no reason why all this cannot be done.

Hopefully you will come to believe that sensible immigration reform is pro-growth and pro-GOP.

Larry Kudlow, 'David Brat, Right on Free-Market Economics'

(Quoting Kudlow on CIR, so's jk don't have toooooooo.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:20 PM | Comments (8)
But jk thinks:

Millions pay withholding on fake SSNs for which they can never get refunds or claim any benefits. This is something of a windfall to the treasury which is never computed in opponents' balance sheets. They also pay sales taxes, property taxes through rent, and any local fees. Not to say that zero are not using services for which they do not pay, but the balance is at the very least a lot more nuanced.

The line sounds great, Andy -- the orderly queue is the centerpiece of civilization and order. But in the case of immigration, it is an absolute fantasy. There is no line -- there are some with connections who hope to emigrate and there are a few with family already here that can hope for some unification.

But those who just want to live here, whether a newly minted PhD in Engineering from Stanford or a good worker who would like a shot at the better life -- which my immigrant have friends have received -- have no hope. One can fill out a form, but there is no line, there is no wait list where a name will come up someday. There's an H1-B system that fills its annual quota in a couple days.

These people could be starting exciting new business, providing the labor for others to start or grow one -- or just be legal taxpayers and customers. It strikes me as a pretty good deal.

Posted by: jk at June 13, 2014 5:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

1.2 million pay witholding on ITIN's, which probably do allow refunds and benefits.


Posted by: johngalt at June 13, 2014 10:57 PM
But AndyN thinks:

JK - I'm aware that a lot of criminals, both foreign and domestic, use fake SSNs. I also don't deny that taxes automatically withheld from them may be a net financial gain for the government. However, if part of Kudlow's criteria are that foreigners who entered the country illegally deserve legal status because they pay taxes and obey all our other laws besides the ones they broke entering the country, acknowledging that a lot of them pay taxes by falsifying government documents isn't much of an argument against my original point. People who aren't legally allowed to be in the country can't both obey the law and pay taxes unless they're entirely dependent on someone else for their upkeep.

As for there being no line for immigrants wanting to come here legally - that H1B quota is a line. Is the permitted length of that line too short? Perhaps. I'm more than willing to entertain the possibility that we should be encouraging more legal immigration. That doesn't change my opinion that the criminals who are here now shouldn't be given priority treatment over people who've been waiting to come here legally all along. Those people also could be starting new businesses, providing labor for others to do so, or just be legal taxpayers and customers. And I'm inclined to believe they'll be less likely to violate our other laws than people who have a history of doing so.

Posted by: AndyN at June 14, 2014 8:53 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Any body else had their tax return held up?

isn't helping....

Posted by: nanobrewer at June 15, 2014 1:38 AM
But Terri thinks:

Andy is right.
Increase the amount of visa's available.

That is not only the short term, but the long term solution to this problem.
I don't get why it isn't the 1st thing on the agenda. Perhaps equal to confirming we're going to work on being serious about a border or stop any talk of amnesty which just invites illegal activity.

Posted by: Terri at June 15, 2014 10:01 AM
But jk thinks:

Clearly, my work here is not done. <wink />

I know I go on about immigration, but after Facebook threads it is enriching to discuss with people guided by reason and appreciative of liberty.

The H1-B has elements of a line but no continuity. If there are 300 this year and I am number 301, that gives me no leg up next year; the line forms anew. That is a multi-winner lottery and not a line.

But I accept, to Terri's point and Andy's, that it could be expanded to create a line. I am all for that. But it will not happen.

There are those who oppose any increase in immigration for a variety of reasons. Some see zero-sum economics and believe every immigrant taking a job leaves one fewer job for US citizens (cf., South Park). Unions see a shift away from Union labor. Some have baser motives.

Even with a plurality remaining, neither would legislators on either side "give this away." This most popular chip is held hostage by the right to enact more security and on the left to get a path to citizenship. You can't give the abolitionists Missouri and then discuss Kansas.

If the H1B is fixed, we still have all the same messes. More Doctors around to treat everybody, which is nice, but there is a demand for low wage labor and a supply of it separated by a very narrow river. On that front, I most definitely hold my position that this "line" we keep hearing of is a fiction. There is zero legal path for a Mexican or Central American who would like to come here, work hard, pay his taxes, and establish a better life.

I am a law and order guy. It gets me kicked out of a lot of Libertarian events -- even the ones with a cash bar. If there were a legal path, I'd happily get tough on those who chose not to use it. As there is none, I'm sympathetic to those who make my life better and theirs, at great cost and jeopardy to themselves.

Posted by: jk at June 15, 2014 11:17 AM

Quote of the Day

First, I apparently wasn't perceived by some people as a "serious" candidate. Given the fact that I was the only candidate in the race with an entire platform based on child poverty, mass incarceration, income disparity, diminishing civil liberties, domestic surveillance, student loan debt, corporatization and rule by oligarchy, passing a Green New Deal, and a Constitutional Amendment to rid corporations of the rights of personhood, I'm a little stymied as to what makes a person "serious" enough to pass muster with the so-called "serious" people who make such judgments. Indeed, mine was the only top tier candidacy that actually did make a serious critique of the political status quo.-- Marianne Williamson
Hat-tip: A Facebook friend who says "Imagine a world where the politicians thought like this.... Maybe one day."
Posted by John Kranz at 9:32 AM | Comments (0)

June 10, 2014

Quote of the Day

Put down your Kleenexes, Sec, Clinton did not have it perhaps quite so bad as she averred...

Leaving aside for a brief moment how utterly farcical it is to use "struggle" and "houses" in the same sentence, the notion that the Clintons were presented in their post-presidency with anything other than a license to print money is unyielding in its abject hilarity. By 2001, Bill Clinton had made $200,000 per annum for eight years while paying nothing toward his housing or upkeep, and, in addition to the extraordinarily lucrative speaking gigs that American ex-presidents are now to expect, he had a lifetime of pensions and benefits to look forward to. (David Graham points out that, in the last 14 years, he has received nearly $16 million from the government.) By the end of the year in which he left office, the couple had made $16 million and enjoyed between $5 and $30 million in assets. By 2004, they had $50 million to their names. And by 2014, Clinton had become the highest-earning former president in America's history, with net assets of nearly $200 million. Being smart sorts, the couple knew full well that this was coming, which is why in 1999, with their apparently destructive legal bills still racking up, they bought a $6 million house in Chappaqua, N.Y., so that Hillary could legally run for the Senate. One suspects that if the Clintons had been genuinely worried that their legal fights might bankrupt them, they would not have done this, nor would friend Terry McAuliffe have agreed to loan them $1.3 million toward its purchase. -- Charlie Cooke

Hat-tip Jim Geraghty

UPDATE: In spite of the lengthy excerpt, whole thing the please read -- it is an impressive takedown of the Clintons which might come in handy over the next couple of years.

UPDATE II: Thanks, Facebook!


Posted by John Kranz at 10:18 AM | Comments (4)
But dagny thinks:

I'm not the world's largest Clinton fan, yet I find something to criticize in the above quote.

I will start by admitting I don't know exactly what Hillary said and I did not whole thing the please read so I may be way off base here...

BUT I have a problem with the argument that so and so could not possibly be struggling because they make X amount of dollars and have X dollars in assets. The Clintons income and asset numbers sound very large to me but I am certain the jg and dagny income and asset numbers would sound very large to some people as well.

I still feel entitled to complain that the economy sucks and my dollar doesn't go as far anymore. If you are in debt and struggling to pay bills, it feels bad no matter where on the income scale you fall.

As I do not believe that those lower on the income scale have a claim to what I have worked for, I therefore do not believe I get to tell those higher on the scale what their status should be.

The question of whether the Clintons actually, "earned," what they have is a different question and whole other matter. I would wish they hadn't collected an additional 16 million of taxpayer dollars but as JK noted in another post, that amount is in the noise range for governments.

Posted by: dagny at June 10, 2014 6:47 PM
But jk thinks:

I do not think that we should engage in class envy against the Clintons -- even though it world be positively fruit juicy to turn that tactic back on those who claimed that Gov. Romney was somehow "too rich" to be president.

But I'm not sure I'll join on your -- or Sec. Clinton's -- right to whine. Yes, you possess it but said person on lower rung has a more absolute right to laugh at you for doing so. And her ability to make five time the median annual income for an hour's gabbing at some cronies justifies some good eye-rolling.

If you are missing any context it's that she trotted out this tear-jerk to defend herself against Diane Sawyer's questions about $200K speaking fees. Had she taken the dagny approach and said "Diane, I was awesome -- they should've tipped me and washed my car" then I'd be in. But this is because she is embarrassed to be in the class she's in.

She also complains about the taxes. My sympathy chip is perhaps not completely soldered in today.

Posted by: jk at June 10, 2014 7:24 PM
But johngalt thinks:

A very enjoyable article! Not only does it reveal Empress Hillary's empty wardrobe, it suggests an erudite replacement acronym for 'ROFLMAO' with the phrase "unyielding in its abject hilarity." UAH? UIIAH?

Dagny's defense of the wealthy from attack for being wealthy is worthy, but not in the case of government royalty like Bill and Hillary Clinton, who lived rent and mortgage free in state and federal mansions for a couple of decades. However, what I found most interesting was HRH HRC's reference to taxes:

Her husband, she told Sawyer, "had to make double the money because of, obviously, taxes."

"Because of, obviously, taxes." Is she suggesting that, prior to leaving government service, their incomes were not taxable? I find no support for that reality, so what did she mean? "Double the money" compared to what?

But leaving aside the obvious issue that "yes, Ms. Clinton, so does every working American" she was caught by Ms. Sawyer's inopportune question, which revealed the obvious parallel between "astronomical speaking fees" and "obscene profits" - the former being Sawyer's characterization of her and her husband's *ahem* "earnings" and the later being HRH HRC's characterization of any profit earned by anyone who is not a contributor to her campaign. Marie Antoinette comes to mind.

I do feel a twinge of sympathy for HRH however since, if she has parroted class-warfare egalitarian rhetoric long enough to convince herself it is morally justified, the cognitive dissonance must genuinely keep her awake at night. (Ready for 3am phone calls, perhaps.)

Posted by: johngalt at June 11, 2014 3:15 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee saw some of clips and it seemed to be HRH attempting to say, "I feel your pain." Unfortunately for her, it came off very hollow. Trying to imply that she and Bill were just a paycheck away from homelessness as they left the White House just doesn't pass the laugh test.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at June 11, 2014 4:26 PM

June 9, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

"Recoveries make a CHOICE...

...and our recovery was CHOOSING to stay away."

- From the newly released Graphic Edition of Amity Shlaes' 'The Forgotten Man.'

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:06 PM | Comments (0)

June 6, 2014

Quote of the Day

Jonah Goldberg points out [subscribe] that the White House's Hacks can't even do Hackery right:

In the old days, there was an unwritten rule of politics: Don't put the president next to a guy who looks like he just emerged out of spider-hole with Mullah Omar. But these are more relaxed and tolerant times. Still, in the Washington of yore, the president's advance team would at least go over with the president's guests what they might say when standing alongside the leader of the free world. You know just to make sure everyone is on the same page. But that's hard to do when the page is written in ... Pashto!

Posted by John Kranz at 1:36 PM | Comments (0)

June 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

"We have to quit putting out fires," said one Democratic senator, who asked not to be named in talking candidly about internal party views of the White House. -- NYTimes (via Taranto)
Posted by John Kranz at 6:40 PM | Comments (0)

June 4, 2014

Quote of the Day

I'm sure conservatives can find [CIA Director Leon] Panetta decisions they disagree with, but let's face it: In a national security team that included or includes the likes of Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Tommy Vietor, he looks like George S. Patton. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 10:55 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I would pay dearly to see one of our present day press gaggles question George S. Patton. How many of them do you suppose he could reduce to tears?

Posted by: johngalt at June 4, 2014 12:29 PM

June 3, 2014

Quote of the Day

Obama's move was an ultimate victory for those at the White House and the State Department who had previously argued the military should "suck it up and salute," says the official familiar with the debate. -- Massimo Calabresi , TIME
Posted by John Kranz at 6:33 PM | Comments (0)

May 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

In recent weeks, people across the political spectrum professed to be aghast when a small coterie of "offended" students shut down commencement speeches by conservatives, centrists and liberals.

At Smith College, they didn't want to hear IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde. At Haverford College, they'd only let former Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau speak if he signed a letter of apology and guilt for his handling of the Occupy Cal sit-ins in 2011. How, the world of astonished adults wondered, have these students come to believe they could shut people up on any aggrieved whim?

They got it from the Majority Leader of the United States Senate and 49 senators. They got it from the many adults who think a little restriction on some speech is OK, and then cry shock when the mob goes too far. That Senate letter isn't just about the Washington Redskins. It's part of a broader, active effort to define and limit what people can say--not just in politics or sports, but anywhere anyone tries to open his or her mouth. -- Dan Henninger, WSJ Ed Page

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But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at May 29, 2014 11:09 AM

May 28, 2014

Quote of the Day

Uh huh. Toyota introduced its mass-market small car in the U.S. in 1968 and 46 years later the car is still called the Corolla. Honda introduced its Civic in 1972 and it's still the Civic. In that time, GM offered the Vega, Chevette, Monza, Cavalier, Cobalt and Cruze. A commenter at MotorTrend.com neatly explains why GM spends millions to create and dump new small-car brand-names every few years--because "Vega, Cavalier and Cobalt all say mediocre now." -- Holman Jenkins, WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 3:58 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Harumph. I blame Consumer Reports.

Our friends at Consumers Guide could do that better, too - they seem to have a need to write "but not up to the best of the European/Japanese imports" at the end of every American review. Well, some of the imports aren't up to the best of the Americans - but we never read that.
Posted by: johngalt at May 28, 2014 4:23 PM

May 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

I made a flippant comment about "Insert random Mencken Quote" the other day. A Facebook friend, friendly to liberty, but not to my knowledge a ThreeSourcer, complies:

"We must respect the other fellow's religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart." -- H. L. Mencken

Posted by John Kranz at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

May 21, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

"You may not like it but your pure principle of tolerance for everyone requires you to permit me to speak, even if I say something that sounds "intolerant" to you."

"Then, after you have heard me, you are free to say 'I disagree.' Or not."

- me

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:10 PM | Comments (0)

May 20, 2014

Quote of the Day

Thus far, President Obama and his team have regarded the scandalous treatment of veterans seeking care from the government over which they preside as a political hiccup rather than an indefensible breakdown in competent management that has led to the deaths of at least 40 veterans. Late last week, McDonough assured us that Obama is "madder than hell" about the VA fiasco.

Please. We've seen the president show genuine flashes of anger toward the GOP in general, the Supreme Court following rulings he disagrees with, and anyone else who has the temerity to disagree with him on anything. In the present case Obama has largely been silent, absent, and behind closed doors--content to let Secretary Shinseki and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney bear the brunt of the growing storm in the media. -- Ron Christie

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May 16, 2014

Quote of the Day

"Texas has things to be proud of," says [Conservative Activist Michael Quinn] Sullivan, who runs Empower Texans, a political group that is playing big in the state's primaries. "Then again, we're like the least drunk guy at the bar. California is drooling on itself, Illinois is passed out in the corner. We look good simply because we can walk a straight line. We should be leading the way." -- Kim Strassel
Posted by John Kranz at 1:17 PM | Comments (0)

May 13, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

They act as though Twitter and clenched teeth or a pout could stop invasions or rescue kidnapped children in Nigeria. They do not sound as if, when saying that some outrage is "unacceptable" or that a dictator "must go," that they represent a government capable of doing something substantial—and, if necessary, violent—if its expectations are not met. And when reality, as it so often does, gets in the way—when, for example, the Syrian regime begins dousing its opponents with chlorine gas, as it has in recent weeks, despite solemn deals and red lines—the administration ignores it, hoping, as teenagers often do, that if they do not acknowledge a screw-up no one else will notice. -Eliot A. Cohen 'A Selfie-Taking, Hashtagging Teenage Administration' WSJ
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May 5, 2014


Happy Cinco de Mayo, or as President Obama calls it, "Cinco de Quatro." (Chad Ochocinco could not be reached for comment.) I, for one, salute our country's proud Mexican-American community, as they join us Irish-Americans in seeing one of their most important holidays -- honoring their impressive effort in the global hobby of beating the French -- turned into just another occasion to drink a lot. -- Jim Geraghty
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April 28, 2014

Quote of the Day

But thanks to fracking and the shale revolution, peak oil and gas have been postponed. They will run out one day, but only in the sense that you will run out of Atlantic Ocean one day if you take a rowboat west out of a harbor in Ireland. Just as you are likely to stop rowing long before you bump into Newfoundland, so we may well find cheap substitutes for fossil fuels long before they run out. -- "Rational Optimist" Matt Ridley in today's WSJ.
Posted by John Kranz at 11:24 AM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Oh. Yeah!

Or, maybe if consumption is reduced too much, we will never run out. If abiogenic origin theories are correct, petroleum is still being produced. If we stop extracting and using it carefully we might again be "Out one day just a shootin' at some food, And up from the ground came a bubblin' crude. Oil that is. Texas Tea."

"Exploiting" petroleum fuels may be the most environmentally conscious thing man has ever done. And since methane is a "greenhouse gas" preventing its natural, uncontrolled venting into the atmosphere by drilling, capturing, refining and combusting, may actually be COOLING the earth.

Posted by: johngalt at April 30, 2014 2:34 PM
But jk thinks:

Bringing to mind the good people of Santa Barbara, California. Nearby denizens prefer to let the oil seep into their world class beach rather than extract it and relieve pressure.

I like where you're headed. This would be a pretty good SciFi novel: the world switches to cheap cold fusion power; all the animal habitat is ruined by oil because nobody remembers how to get rid of it.

Posted by: jk at April 30, 2014 3:48 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Bingo. Let's flesh out a screenplay and split the rights.

Posted by: johngalt at April 30, 2014 4:48 PM

April 25, 2014

Quote of the Day

Funny story: Recently, the Dalai Lama visited AEI (Big hitter, the Lama). I was out of town for it, but Ramesh Ponnuru attended his talk. At one point, His Holiness turned to Ramesh and said something like "You're from India, you know what I mean" (not exact quote). Ramesh replied, "Actually, I'm from Kansas." Then Arthur Brooks apparently quipped something like, "Don't worry your holiness, everyone in Kansas looks like Ramesh."

Now, I think that's all hilarious and utterly harmless. But apparently, what Ramesh should have done is stand up, point his bony finger of condemnation at the Dalai Lama, and scream in his best Cotton Mather voice "Microaggressor! Burn him!" -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]

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April 23, 2014

Quote of the Day

"This is once again politics at its worst, In another gutless move, the Administration is delaying a finding on whether the [Keystone XL] pipeline is in the national interest based on months-old litigation in Nebraska regarding a state level challenge to a state process--and which has nothing to with the national interest. They waited until Good Friday, believing no one would be paying attention. The only surprise is they didn't wait to do it in the dark of night." -- FOX News Commen, er -- Republican Strateg, er -- Laborers' International Union chief Terry O'Sullivan
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April 22, 2014

Quote of the Day

Language about "appropriation" suggests that we live in an endowment economy, as does the claim that post-World War I wealth inequality fell "so low that nearly half the population were able to acquire some measure of wealth" (350). Endogeneity, anyone? -- Ryan Decker
Hat-tip: Blog friend tg in the comments below. The entire piece is a superb and serious answer to Thomas Piketty's new book, "Capital in the 21st Century."
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April 16, 2014

Quote of the Day

"We have this congenital disease, which is in midterm elections we don't vote at the same rates," President Obama said at a Houston fundraiser the other day. He means that the Obama Democrats are now what they call the "coalition of the ascendant," made up of minorities, young people, single women and affluent, college-educated cultural liberals. The problem is that this year they may be a coalition of the disappointed, so Democrats are trying to scare them to the polls with pseudo-controversies. -- WSJ Ed Page
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April 15, 2014

Quote of the Day

The comparison is especially apt because Illinois Democrats are doubling down on their strategy in this election year. Governor Pat Quinn has announced plans to make permanent the "temporary" tax hikes that were supposed to sunset at the end of this year. -- WSJ Ed Page What's the Matter with Illinois?
I just don't understand. It was a temporary tax hike. Now they want to make it permanent? Man, if only somebody might've seen that coming...
Posted by John Kranz at 3:47 PM | Comments (0)

April 8, 2014

Quote of the Day

They cannot even handle adhesive, and they wonder why the Google guys are wealthy:

Today, Twitter accounts using the names Occupy Oakland and Defend The Bay Area claim they stopped a Google bus in the street and attached a sticker to it, with the words "Die Techie Scum" on it. The protesters tell Business Insider that the sign didn't stay attached, and the bus was later allowed on its way.

From a very sad Richard Fernandez piece (Hat-tip: Insty)

Posted by John Kranz at 6:34 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Yet Mr. Piketty has no interest in expanding capital ownership: It doesn't even make his list of inferior alternatives, and he dismisses capitalized pensions with a few uncharacteristic rhetorical slights. Like others on the left, he seems to have concluded that the only way to promote economic equality is confiscatory taxation--redistribution of capital returns rather than wider distribution of capital ownership. After Marx's idea of comprehensive state ownership of the means of production proved to be hellacious and tyrannical, progressive attentions turned in a different direction. They would leave ownership--with all of its risks and tribulations--alone, and control its rewards through taxation and regulation. -- Christopher DeMuth

UPDATE: I emailed this to a friend of the blog. While we're ripping off Mr. Murdoch, this link should be good for seven days. (I recommend it highly.)

Posted by John Kranz at 10:55 AM | Comments (5)
But johngalt thinks:


I rather liked this line:

"The statist intellectual imagines redistributing capital profits while leaving owners with the losses, but the opposite--profits for owners and managers, losses for taxpayers--has been frequently observed in the wild."
Posted by: johngalt at April 8, 2014 5:57 PM
But T. Greer thinks:

It is a very interesting article. He makes a pretty interesting case.

I would really like to see some details on how we would go about capitalizing the masses. There was talk of a "stockholders Republic" back in 50s, and that didn't really pan out.

I would be very interested in a long form essay version or policy paper version of his take.

Posted by: T. Greer at April 9, 2014 3:57 AM
But jk thinks:

DeMuth references both President Bush's call for ownership in Social Security accounts and the 100x more radical Chilean model. I don't know that there is no model so much as no will: W was going to let people keep a microscopic part of their SS withholding and we were promised Armageddon.

I'm in -- if he writes more, I'll read it. But I think there is a more fundamental question of whether we seek to let labor share in the benefits of capital or do we empower the government to redistribute those gains.

Posted by: jk at April 9, 2014 10:20 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Who doesn't remember the term "ownership society." That is the alternative to the redistributionist welfare-state dystopia to which Democrats, Progressives and other leftists tell us we should all "aspire." But the message seems to have been forgotten, or at least is no longer forcefully advocated.

Posted by: johngalt at April 9, 2014 12:44 PM
But dagny thinks:

Step 1: Teach small children how to win at Monopoly.

Posted by: dagny at April 10, 2014 2:20 PM

April 4, 2014

Quote of the Day

Andrew Sullivan has not had a approbational reference from this blog in some time. But he earns it today:

Will [Former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich] now be forced to walk through the streets in shame? Why not the stocks? The whole episode disgusts me -- as it should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society. If this is the gay rights movement today -- hounding our opponents with a fanaticism more like the religious right than anyone else -- then count me out. If we are about intimidating the free speech of others, we are no better than the anti-gay bullies who came before us. -- The Dish

Hat-tip: Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 6:42 PM | Comments (6)
But johngalt thinks:

Woo freakin HOO.

Posted by: johngalt at April 5, 2014 12:39 AM
But T. greer thinks:

Slate actually published something worthwhile on this: Lets purge all 35,000 people who donated to Prop 8!

Posted by: T. greer at April 7, 2014 9:40 PM
But jk thinks:

I'll raise you one: Mother Jones published OkCupid's CEO Donated to an Anti-Gay Campaign Once, Too. Thanks a lot for starting this, lads!

Clearly it would save time if anyone who ever supported an opinion which differs from George Takei would just quit his or her job and beg on the street. The rest of us will take over.

Posted by: jk at April 8, 2014 10:08 AM
But johngalt thinks:

George Takei? I know he's the Captain of the USS Facebook but can we at least make it his old boss, William Shatner? I might stand a chance matching opinions with him. Otherwise it's "Brother... can you spare a dime?"

On the serious side, may we observe that the rabid, barking dog that is the crusade to require acceptance of homosexuality by everybody, everywhere, has now finally reached the end of its very long leash? Despite the many appearances that this may be so, Ross Douthat suggests that they won't settle for mere plurality but instead are bent on full-blown absolutism.

Posted by: johngalt at April 8, 2014 2:59 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at April 8, 2014 5:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Who, ME? I H8 the h8ing h8ers!

Posted by: johngalt at April 8, 2014 7:05 PM

April 2, 2014

Quote of the Day

In the Rose Garden Tuesday, President Obama reported that 7.1 million people had signed up so far, confirming a Monday night White House news leak. "That doesn't mean all our health-care problems have been solved forever," he conceded with customary modesty. -- WSJ Ed Page, The ObamaCare Copperheads
Posted by John Kranz at 10:46 AM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

I don't believe much of anything anymore.

He needed 7 million for his "win" and suddenly he's got 7.1 million.
Call me suspicious.

Similar to his jobs created or saved number. He chose the number first, then came up with the news.

Posted by: Terri at April 2, 2014 12:50 PM
But johngalt thinks:
"If you want 7.1 million 'buy my product, or else' customers you can have 7.1 million 'buy my product, or else' customers."

After all, that figure represents just 6.1 percent of the number of discrete American households. (Or 2.2% of the population. Or 14.6% of the uninsured. - Choose your statistic.) Like the man said, "Buy it, or ELSE."

Posted by: johngalt at April 2, 2014 5:51 PM

March 28, 2014


On the Next Episode of Undercover Boss

Okay, I know it really seemed like I was about to stop there, but I just had a great idea. They should do a show where Rich Lowry goes undercover to work with the guys and gals in the trenches at NRO. Returning from his "research villa" on the Aegean, Lowry could toil with the associate editors, chained to their drafting tables like so many Korean animators. He could spend a day in the editorial hot box, where such miserable wretches as Stephen Spruiell and Kevin Williamson are locked away until they almost literally sweat out another editorial on debt reduction or steel tariffs. For once Lowry would have to tie Ponnuru's shoes and hand-crush each cube of ice for Kathryn's margaritas. Potemra could swing by Lowry's desk instead of poor Helen Rittelmeyer's and drop some 500-page tome in the original Greek in Lowry's lap with the order "Summarize this by morning." -- Jonah Goldberg

Alert readers have surmised from three QsOTD by 11AM Mountain that a) I have a very important work project; b) I am now on critical path; c) it is late; and d) I am finding it difficult to devote my full attention.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:58 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

More than 48 hours after his last post on this site, it seems that br'er jk finally found his dedication.

It's been oddly quiet, has it not?

Welfare check in 10.............................9........

Posted by: johngalt at April 1, 2014 2:48 PM

Quote of the Day II

But Larry [Kudlow]'s friendship has been far better for me as a person. Larry taught me how to disagree without being disagreeable. He taught me about the value of indefatigable optimism. Most importantly, he taught me that when life puts your butt on the mat, you need to get back up. That's the true measure. Oh, and when you're climbing back to your feet, it sure helps to have a few good friends around to lend a helping hand. Those friends you never forget. -- James Pethokoukis
Posted by John Kranz at 12:15 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

"Indefatigable optimism." Yup.
"Disagree without being disagreeable." Yup.
"Get back up" and "helps to have a few good friends." Yup.

Good stuff!

Posted by: johngalt at March 28, 2014 1:01 PM
But jk thinks:

The final week's shows feature small homages to Kudlow from frequent guests, colleagues and contributors. It is heart-warming in the extreme to see the esteem in which he is held. Traders, journalists, politicians and pundits of all stripes respect, admire, and love that man. Very touching.

Last show tonight with Steve Forbes -- set DVRs to "stun."

Posted by: jk at March 28, 2014 1:11 PM

Quote of the Day

The new ThreeSources Entertainment and Celebrity Channel: 3!

[Gwynth Paltrow] added, "I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set." -- Lily Harrison E!

I, like, never considered that. And what is this E! Network? It sounds like a direct rip-off of 3!

Hat-tip: Jim Geraghty's J! Morning Celebrity newsletter [very selective subscription list -- not providing a link because you'd be disappointed when not accepted...]

Posted by John Kranz at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2014

Quote of the Day

After Chief Justice John Roberts upheld ObamaCare, the refrain on the political left was "it's the law," but the last year has proven that the White House thinks the law is whatever it says it is. Mr. Obama has conceded that "obviously we didn't do a good enough job in terms of how we crafted the law." The right and only lawful way to repair ObamaCare is through another act of Congress. In Halbig, the judiciary can remind the Obama Administration of this basic constitutional truth. -- WSJ Ed Page
From a superb editorial on Halbig v. Sebelius "The plaintiffs are merely asking the judges to tell the Administration to faithfully execute the plain language of the statute that Congress passed and President Obama signed."
Posted by John Kranz at 12:44 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Observe the irony wherein Republicans attempted to defeat or delay the Obamacare *snarkyvoice*[it's the Affordable Care Act... Affordable, Care, Act]*/snarkyvoice* law, one of them even staging an old-fashioned fillibuster in that effort and, having failed to delay it, now seek to prevent Obama delaying all or part of his own law.

Presidential loyalists may reflexively charge the Republicans with hypocrisy for he's only doing what they begged him to do in the first place. What they don't see, or don't admit, is that the Republicans. Were. Right.

Posted by: johngalt at March 24, 2014 2:09 PM

March 21, 2014

Quote of the Day


The left likes to pretend that the free-market message promoted by industrialists Charles and David Koch represents a narrow special interest. But a New York Times report suggests that the message is increasingly resonating with voters in swing states. Citing improvements in advertising and field operations at Americans for Prosperity, the outfit supported by the Kochs and others that promotes limited government, the Times describes incumbent Senate Democrats under intense pressure. "Americans for Prosperity is now producing testimonial-style ads and carrying out an elaborate field effort, spending more than $30 million already in at least eight states with crucial Senate races and in some House districts as well." -- James Freeman Morning Editorial Report

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March 17, 2014

Quote of the Day

All Hail:

His slogans were vapid even by the standards of political sloganeering: "Yes, we can." "Hope and change." "We are the ones we've been waiting for." He was often called a "rock star"--a celeb, not a cause. It's as if the Beatles came to America in 1964 to run for president rather than to sell records, and got elected on slogans like "Let it be," "Please please me" and "I want to hold your hand." Half a century later, the Beatles' tunes have an enduring appeal to their once-youthful, now-elderly fans. Had they been forced to face the exigencies of governing, it's unlikely a Lennon-McCartney administration would be remembered much more fondly than Johnson-Humphrey is. -- James Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 6:21 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

"Roll up, roll up, for the Obamacare Mystery Tour!"

We've got everything you need.
Satisfaction guaranteed.
We'll delay it when we please.

Dying to take you away, take you away.

Posted by: johngalt at March 18, 2014 2:44 PM

March 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics. -- Godfrey Harold Hardy

Hat-tip to hat-tip: Blog Brother AlexC on Facebook. Happy Half-Tau Day, Yall!

Posted by John Kranz at 12:32 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Next I suppose they'll be saying Pluto shouldn't be called a planet.

Posted by: johngalt at March 14, 2014 1:32 PM

March 4, 2014

Quote of the Day

The warming alarmists might earn more support if they acted less like they had something to hide and actually allowed open debate. Perhaps they could respond to their critics rationally instead of reflexively branding them heretics, suitable for whatever is the modern university and research center equivalent of burning at the stake. Real science does not fear those who challenge it, does not work to have challengers' articles banned from science journals, and does not compare skeptics to Holocaust deniers or, as Mr. Kerry did in Jakarta, members of the "Flat Earth Society."

A movement with confidence in its scientific theories would be able to admit there are many climate factors beyond carbon dioxide that are not yet well understood, and that some climate models have been shown to be unreliable. Such a movement would not downplay or whitewash leaked emails evincing the possibility of massaged data. When it criticizes its skeptics as hired guns of the fossil-fuel industry who are influenced by money, it would be willing to acknowledge that it thrives on government and private funding that would shrink if its research did not continue to say warming is here and getting worse. And there would be more confessions such as Al Gore's belated acknowledgment that his support for ethanol was misguided. -- Pete du Pont

Posted by John Kranz at 5:33 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

It strikes me that an actual flat-earther would be treated to far more scientific inquiry: "Well, how do you account for ..." Nobody would say "97% of geologists have concluded ..."

Posted by: jk at March 4, 2014 7:29 PM

March 1, 2014

Quote of the Day

Some people say that I tend to write absolute gibberish as throat-clearing before I get to the point because vests have no sleeves. I say to them: Trieste belongs to the Italians! -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 11:01 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:


I agree.

Posted by: johngalt at March 3, 2014 2:57 PM

February 28, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

The Tea Party rightly concluded from the battles over Obamacare that what we are seeing in our politics these days is not two clashing interpretations of the same Constitution, but increasingly two different Constitutions in conflict: the old Constitution of 1787 and a “living” Constitution that is not just a different approach to the original, but an alternative to it. The extraordinary fight the Tea Party was willing to put up arose from this fact—that Obamacare amounted to a colossal battle between two different ways of government. And it was the Tea Party and President Obama who shared a clear understanding of the stakes; mainstream Republican leaders understood them with much less clarity and intensity.

From this month's excellent issue of Imprimus, by Hillsdale College.

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:28 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Our Miss Margaret can still turn a phrase:

In the dark screwball comedy that is ObamaCare, the Congressional Budget Office revealed last month the law will provide disincentives to work. Don't worry, said Nancy Pelosi, people can take that time and go become poets and painters. At first you think: Huh, I can do that, I've got a beret. Then you think: No, I have to earn a living. Then you think, poor hardworking rube that you are: Wait a second, I'm subsidizing all this. I've been cast in the role of Catherine de Medici, patroness of the arts. She at least had a castle, I just get a bill! -- Peggy Noonan
Posted by John Kranz at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

February 25, 2014

Movie Quote of the Day

Requiescat in pace, Harold Ramis. All hail the libertarian masterpiece.

But the WSJ chooses a ThreeSources-worthy exchange from "Caddyshack:"

Carl Spackler: So I jump ship in Hong Kong and I make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over there in the Himalayas.

Angie D'Annunzio: A looper?

Carl Spackler: A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald . . . striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one--big hitter, the Lama--long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. You know what the Lama says? Gunga galunga . . . gunga, gunga-lagunga. So we finish the eighteen and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know." And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:22 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Bottom line -- We "played nice" in Ad Age because the people involved are all, well....nice. I'm just at a point in my career where I want to associate myself with messages that speak directly to the issues that are important to me. That's why the Walmart ad was so appealing. A $250 billion investment in US manufacturing is worth talking about, and very much in keeping with the goals of my own foundation. If any other "Oppressors" are looking to make a similar investment in America, drop me a line. I'm happy to "shill" for any company that get this country back to work. -- "Shill for the Oppressors," Mike Rowe
I've mentioned that I struggle with a full three cheers for a "Buy American" message, but I like the cut of this guy's gib. Joe the Plumber lacked the chops for a political career, but this young man? He could go as far as he wished.
Posted by John Kranz at 12:42 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

You mean, even to the ultimate "dirty job" - POTUS? I could see that.

Posted by: johngalt at February 25, 2014 1:01 PM
But johngalt thinks:

These people who criticize WalMart's "Buy American" ad are the same ones, I'm pretty sure, who told us the reason WalMart sucks is they only sell us cheap Chinese-made crap. #Hypocrite #NeverHappy

Posted by: johngalt at February 25, 2014 1:12 PM

February 5, 2014

Quote of the Day

If you have not read Dylan Farrow's NYTimes accusations against Woody Allen, I envy you; it is deeply disturbing. But I suggest it is necessary to know the extent of depravity that can be forgiven in a wave of a hand by the glitterati of this nation. Jim Geraghty points out that this un-American acceptance of caste is limited to entertainment.

The problem with this set of cultural rules and expectations is that's not us. We never chose to set up our society by those rules; the movers and shakers of Hollywood did. (There aren't many other communities and professions that operate by those rules. Maybe professional and high-level college athletics, although you can argue that's just a sub-set of the entertainment industry.) You don't see accountants saying, "You've got to look the other way on that guy's incestuous pedophilia, because he's really good at adding up those numbers." The other sectors of society seem to grasp the inherent danger of establishing an accountability-free class of super-wealthy hedonistic narcissists. -- Jim Geraghty

I counter -- and intend to contact Mr. Geraghty -- with one other: Democratic politics. Mimi Alford, anybody?

Posted by John Kranz at 1:52 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Backing off my assertion. (It is easy to cool off when you're walking the dog and it is 0°C.)

Ms. Alford, Ms. Kopechne, and Ms. Lewinski were each over 18. I don't know that that excuses slavery, homicide, and workplace harassment -- but those are different than Woody Allen's and Roman Polanski's crimes.

Posted by: jk at February 5, 2014 3:25 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Legal age of consent notwithstanding, the term "accountability-free class of super-wealthy hedonistic narcissists" is tailor made for many lifelong politicians. Including, per Drudge, our 42nd President.

Reflecting on the story I wonder why Ms. Hurley would consent. If personally servicing a POTUS is some sort of empowering achievement, is not refusing his advances an even greater one?

Posted by: johngalt at February 5, 2014 4:47 PM

January 29, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

"Almost two months married.... A better wife I never hoped to have.... She bears with my "innocent peculiarities" so kindly, so lovingly.... Let me strive to be as true to her as she is to me. Let me too be loving, kind, and thoughtful. Especially let me not permit the passion I have to see constant improvement in those I love, to be so blind in its eagerness as to wound a nature so tenderly sensitive as I know I sometimes have done. This is indeed life. The love of wedded wife! Can anything enjoyed on earth be a source of truer, purer happiness—happiness more unalloyed than this? Blessings on his head who first invented marriage!"

-Rutherford Birchard Hayes

From a dictionary.com definition for unalloyed.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:00 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

The first president with "a phone and a pen."

Beautiful. Thanks for posting.

Posted by: jk at January 29, 2014 1:22 PM

January 14, 2014

Quote of the Day

A bit apocalyptic but, if the whitewash of the IRS stands, Bryon Preston is right.

We had a good run as a republic, but if this stands and no one responsible is punished, then the Internal Revenue Service will be a tool of partisan politics for the foreseeable future. No one who criticizes a sitting president will be safe from harassment and abuse from a federal agency that can absolutely destroy lives.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

January 13, 2014

All Hail Taranto

If you're reading this, you can be thankful at least that you don't have to rely on ObamaCare's Spanish-language website. It's called CuidadoDeSalud.gov, which, as the Associated Press notes, literally translates as "For the Caution of Health." It sounds as if Señora Sebelius relied on Google Translate--or maybe on the guys who translated the Japanese videogame Zero Wing into English, creating such comedy classics as "All your base are belong to us." -- James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 6:35 PM | Comments (0)

January 3, 2014

Otequay of the Ayday

It should have been a banner year for the re-elected Barack Obama. In January he promised us the rollout of new health care and climate change legislation, immigration reform, more gun control and new federal spending initiatives. Instead, his approval ratings dived to the lowest level at this point in a president's second term since Richard Nixon's.

Why the sudden unpopularity of the mellifluous and charismatic Obama? He forgot the old rule that a president can mislead, misstate and misquote only so many times.

-- Victor Davis Hanson on Investors' editorial page.

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:55 PM | Comments (0)

December 30, 2013

Quote of the day

No, not her either. Although it is rather striking that Sebelius has outlasted Mike Shanahan. Amanda Carpenter: "Seems like the only accountability in D.C. is in sports." -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 11:01 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Do a poor job in the private sector and "You're fired." But in the public sector it seems there is no such thing as a poor job. Consider Illinois, for example, where the governor is not the highest paid state employee. In 2010, 3,062 public employees were paid more than the Illinois governor, totalling nearly $1Bn.

Perhaps I'm being unfair. Maybe those three thousand bureaucrats are doing an awesome job of running the state in a profitable manner, and are worth every penny of taxpayer money they stuff into pillow sheets! [cough, cough]

Posted by: johngalt at December 30, 2013 11:49 AM
But jk thinks:

To tie it up: if my lefty Facebook friends' posts are to be believed [cough, cough but this one has verisimilitude...] the college football coach is the highest paid public employee in most states. And actually has some accountability.

Posted by: jk at December 30, 2013 12:14 PM

December 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

Heh. One from Insty. He gives and gives to this blog.


Posted by John Kranz at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

December 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

In the creative category, one of the strangest campaigns ever waged was the one by George Smathers against Claude Papper for the U.S. Senate in Florida in 1950. In his campaign speeches, Smathers began by referring to Pepper as "a known extrovert." He spat out the words with such disdain, many in his audiences assumed the worst of Pepper. While Pepper was trying to figure out how to respond, Smathers revealed that his opponent's sister was "a thespian." He then accused Pepper's brother of being "a practicing homo sapiens." He charged that while attending college, Pepper "matriculated on campus," and that he "engaged in celibacy" before he was married. Smathers won the election. -- Thomas Ayres

From the book "That's Not in My American History Book: A Compilation of Little Known Events" Hat-tip: my biological brother via email

Posted by John Kranz at 10:59 AM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

As if we needed any evidence beyond the current placeholder at 1600 Pennsylvania that few candidates have ever lost an election due to underestimating the intelligence of the average American voter.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 12, 2013 11:52 AM
But dagny thinks:

Hey Look, it's a vocabulary lesson for my children. Thanks JK!

This makes me think of articles I have seen explaining the dangers of dihydrogen monoxide.

Posted by: dagny at December 12, 2013 12:30 PM
But jk thinks:

Ilya Somin, call your office!

Posted by: jk at December 12, 2013 12:47 PM

December 10, 2013

Quote of the Day

Can anyone think of a more boring, banal, irrelevant, or stale speech than the one [President Obama] gave this Thursday in Washington D.C.? The speech was allegedly on the economy, but more likely it was to divert attention from the Obamacare catastrophe. Whatever the motive, his idea that the defining challenge of our time is to reduce income inequality is completely wrong. In truth, the defining challenge is to restore more rapid economic growth, create substantially more jobs, and significantly reduce unemployment. -- Larry Kudlow
UPDATE: On the Other hand, Richard Epstein loved it!
No one, not even the United States, can be that good. In fact, our present national status will only become worse if we do not understand that the American position has eroded from its glory days, in part because of the very policies that the President champions as the solution to our issues. But where to begin? The President manages to pack so many economic and historical falsehoods into his speech that it is nearly impossible to take them all on at the same time.

In one of his illustrative sentences, he says: "The truth is we'll never be able to compete with other countries when it comes to who's best at letting their businesses pay the lowest wages, who's best at busting unions, who's best at letting companies pollute as much as they want." For the President, each of these goals represents the ugly end of an economic "race to the bottom" that the U.S. should do its best to avoid. Unfortunately, his statement is wrong on every point.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:00 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

The United States once enjoyed a period of prosperity that some might refer to as "glory days?" Huh. I thought that was just some cruel Republican myth.

Posted by: johngalt at December 10, 2013 3:11 PM
But jk thinks:

Well, yeah, after FDR rescued us from the Great Depression! Did you never read of the "New Deal?" It was in all the papers...

Posted by: jk at December 10, 2013 4:04 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Oh, look... you're right!

Posted by: johngalt at December 10, 2013 5:07 PM

December 6, 2013

Quote of the Day

Burke, of course is right. The challenge for each new generation is figuring out what's worth keeping and what worth tinkering with. The progressive attitude is that everything is eligible not just for tinkering, but wholesale replacement. The people who lived yesterday were idiots, but we are geniuses! The conservative attitude is to assume that our parents and grandparents weren't fools and that they did some things for good reasons. But -- and here is the Hayekian part -- it's also possible that some things our forebears bequeathed us are good for no "reason" at all. Friedrich Hayek argued that many of our institutions and customs emerged from "spontaneous order" -- that is they weren't designed on a piece of paper, they emerged, authorless, to fulfill human needs through lived experience, just as our genetic "wisdom" is acquired through trial and error. Paths in the forest aren't necessarily carved out on purpose. Rather they emerge over years of foot traffic. -- Jonah Goldberg
Posted by John Kranz at 5:29 PM | Comments (0)

December 3, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

I like to call myself "blog optimist" and I'll dub John Tamney "IBD Ed Page Optimist" for this piece.

"Republicans should be thankful for Obama precisely because his comical rollout of ObamaCare has Americans once again skeptical of politicians promising the world."

And a bonus quote that paraphrases my dear dagny:

There are no "free goods" in any society. Someone is always paying, and as ObamaCare promised something for nothing, logic dictated that it would fail even without advance knowledge of a "website malfunction."
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:05 PM | Comments (0)

December 2, 2013

Quote of the Day

Isn't It Awful the Way Cyber Monday Has Gotten So Commercialized? -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

November 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

Barack Obama sold ObamaCare with lies and damned lies. Now Krugman purports to back them up with statistics. -- All Hail Taranto!
Posted by John Kranz at 5:33 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:


Just sayin'.

Posted by: johngalt at November 25, 2013 7:23 PM

November 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

Barack Obama is not scheduled to be present at Gettysburg on Tuesday to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the address. Maybe he figured that the world would little note, nor long remember, what he said there. -- Bret Stephens
Posted by John Kranz at 2:45 PM | Comments (0)

November 7, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

PPACA Edition - (I regret to admit that I misnamed the "Horror Story of the Day" category for Obamacare. I left out the P P.)

This difference in reactions to failure dramatically highlights the primary reason for repealing Obamacare and replacing it with market-based reform. As the Edsel flop demonstrates, businesses in the free market are quite capable of making colossal mistakes. However, when they do so and the customer rejects their products, they make the necessary adjustments. And, despite the widely believed myth that the market fails to work for health care, any private enterprise that had produced an unpopular mess like Obamacare would by now have shut it down. But the President won’t even consider delaying it. Why? Because his customers are required by law to avail themselves of his third-rate services.

From 'Obamacare and the Edsel: A Tale of Two Lemons' in American Spectator

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:19 PM | Comments (0)

October 29, 2013

Quote (and ACAHS) of the Day

There's also the third possibility: The administration has learned that a large meteor will destroy the world on or before November 30, and wants to live out its remaining time on the planet in relative peace, rather than dodging "are we there yet?" questions about the website every day. So basically the possibilities are:

1) They know what they're doing.
2) They have fooled themselves into thinking they know what they're doing, but don't.
3) Meteor.

That's Obamaphile and Juicebox Mafioso Jonathan Chait, quoted in an (excellent) Megan McArdle piece.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:46 PM | Comments (0)

October 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

The White House pitched President Obama's Rose Garden event on Monday as a new transparency, but the event amounted to an infomercial, complete with a 1-800 number. Operators are standing by and "the product is good," the President said. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 11:12 AM | Comments (0)

October 21, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

Now, that the shutdown is over, the public can focus on this unfolding disaster. And thanks to the fact that conservative GOP lawmakers fought a valiant fight to stop ObamaCare, they'll know exactly who to blame. -Investor's Ed Page: Meltdown Now in Plain Sight

Today's Ramirez cartoon is also a must-see.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:30 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Yeah, I'm in. Larry Kudlow and Kim Strassel are still 100% certain that this exercise was a complete failure for the GOP.

ThreeSourcers will recall that I advocated caution. But -- for a couple of weeks -- I heard articulate and energetic Republicans discussing liberty; that is an omelet worth breaking a few eggs over.

My new concern is that the RINO backlash is going to cause too much consternation in the upcoming midterms. We need some amazing electoral results in '14; disunity doesn't seem to be the key.

Posted by: jk at October 21, 2013 4:00 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Dagny received a CNN news flash email this am that she characterized as saying, "Evidence that the Republicans are going to lose their house majority." Can you believe it? From CNN even!

Posted by: johngalt at October 21, 2013 4:29 PM
But jk thinks:

Yahoo's on it as well.

Democrats could win "a significant majority" in the House if the voter anger aimed at Republicans over the government shutdown carries into 2014, new surveys commissioned by a progressive group show.

Posted by: jk at October 21, 2013 5:11 PM
But AndyN thinks:

My new concern is that the RINO backlash is going to cause too much consternation in the upcoming midterms.

I think this may be a real concern. I have a friend from high school who's fairly active in local politics in his corner of Texas, and he's been raging on facebook about what a plague the Tea Party is on the nation as a whole and on the GOP in particular. It could just be wishful thinking on his part, but he's convinced that the Tea Party is done as a force within the GOP, that Cruz is history, and that Tea Party favorites in the House are going to lose primary challenges to "reasonable" Republicans. Of course, most of the people I see agreeing with him are sympathetic Democrats who hope that the GOP can once again become a cooperative partner in government.

Posted by: AndyN at October 21, 2013 5:34 PM

Quote of the Day

No, not the Atlas Shrugged Quote of the Day. Sadly pulled from the headlines:

The tentative $13 billion settlement that the Justice Department appears to be extracting from J.P. Morgan Chase needs to be understood as a watershed moment in American capitalism. Federal law enforcers are confiscating roughly half of a company's annual earnings for no other reason than because they can and because they want to appease their left-wing populist allies. -- WSJ Ed Page

Posted by John Kranz at 12:40 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

"In a post Dodd-Frank world, banks are public utilities and no CEO can afford to resist the government's demands."

"The lesson is how government has used the crisis to exert political control over even the most powerful private financial companies. The real lords of American finance are Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury chief Jack Lew and their boss in the White House.

Posted by: johngalt at October 23, 2013 3:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

IBD's Ed page concurs: "Another Mugging on Wall Street"

Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon figured it was cheaper to settle - a grave miscalculation. Holder hasn't waived criminal prosecution. He can continue to squeeze JPMorgan for more payola. The entire banking industry will regret not fighting this unprecedented federal extortion operation. Settling hasn't protected them. It's just encouraged more muggings.

Compared to Attorney General Holder's, Reverend Jesse Jackson's corporate extortion schemes were mere child's play.

Posted by: johngalt at October 23, 2013 3:18 PM

October 17, 2013


I clicked too soon. Take it away Perfesser:

SO IT LOOKS LIKE more people have applied to live on Mars than have signed up for ObamaCare so far. -- Glenn Reynolds

Posted by John Kranz at 6:26 PM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

It begs the question: which group is likelier to get satisfaction first?

That cabin on the eastern slope of Olympus Mons is looking pretty good right now...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 18, 2013 1:50 PM

Quote of the Day

Pollock & Hume may share the honors:

As David Hume so rightly said, "It would scarcely be more imprudent to give a prodigal son a credit in every banker's shop in London, than to empower a statesman to draw bills upon posterity." The dogma that government debt is risk-free gives the government an outsized credit in every banker's shop everywhere. -- Alex J. Pollock

Posted by John Kranz at 6:08 PM | Comments (0)

October 15, 2013

Quote of the Day

Our Margaret:

The second point I'd wanted to make, I said, is that for all the Republican Party's troubles, for all the fighting and fisticuffs, there is one great thing, and it is that the party is alive with idea and argument and debate. This is good, it speaks of a liveliness and vitality appropriate to a great party. And if I were a Democrat, I said, teasingly but also seriously, I would wish my party were engaged in such spirited debate, and be anxious that it is not. -- Peggy Noonan

Posted by John Kranz at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

October 10, 2013


You know, I wasn't sure about this whole government shutdown thing, but so far I'm finding it mightily amusing. -- Prof. Glenn Reynolds
Posted by John Kranz at 3:56 PM | Comments (4)
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

I haven't been reading any blogs in a long time, and with most of my online social activity being on Facebook, at first I looked for the "Like" button.

You know what's disappointed me the most about this non-shutdown shutdown? There was no market crash like we were supposed to have! It would have been a perfect time to get into some equities, even just index-tracking funds, before they bounced back.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at October 11, 2013 1:07 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The positive side of that is that a market dip is the most powerful example the press can spin into "proof" that the shutdown is calamitous, putting more pressure on Republicans to cave to the Democrats. Reid and Obama are bluffing on a Jack-high hand and John Boehner really, really, really needs to call them. Chief Justice Roberts said that the electoral/legislative machinery was the proper venue in which to change Obamacare. This is the prime time to do exactly that. Wait until they are "all in." Take them to the cleaners.

Posted by: johngalt at October 11, 2013 4:57 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Boehner lacks the testicular fortitude. You have no idea how much I want to be wrong on this, but, track record.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at October 11, 2013 7:00 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Naturally I agree, but weren't you as surprised as I that he has stood with the TEA Party Caucus in the first place? Now that he's chosen a path he really needs to stay on it.

Posted by: johngalt at October 12, 2013 9:04 AM

October 7, 2013

Quote of the Day

Gotta steal it from Insty. Too. Damnnëd. Good:

Of course, I want people to have health care. I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally. -- Two time Obama voter and ACA supporter Cindy Vinson

Posted by John Kranz at 1:16 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Why, my dear Ms. Vinson, it is only what is neccessary for the common good. Nothing more.

Posted by: johngalt at October 7, 2013 3:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Alas, she still doesn't get it.

Those explanations, however, don't completely satisfy Waschura and Vinson.

"I'm not against Obamacare," Waschura said. "It's just the initial shock. I'm holding out hope that there will be a correction over a handful of years."

Posted by: johngalt at October 7, 2013 3:18 PM

October 4, 2013

Quote of the Day

You know, if all these government services can be shut down whenever a President wants to score political points, why are we even thinking about getting the government into healthcare? -- Prof Glenn Reynolds
Posted by John Kranz at 12:14 PM | Comments (0)

September 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

Naturally, the liberal Bill Clinton fared better on "The Simpsons" than Bush did. "[T]he show was surprisingly slow to satirize President Bill Clinton," observes Paul Cantor, a literary critic and professor at the University of Virginia. Still, Clinton was mocked over 40 times on the show, often for his wandering eye. More than once, Bart's chalkboard punishment was Clinton-related, including "Nobody cares what my definition of 'is' is..." and "'The president did it' is not an excuse." -- Tevi Troy AEI: The Simpsons: Poking Fun at U.S. Presidents for a Quarter Century
Posted by John Kranz at 2:15 PM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

In love, as some of us learn the hard way, there's a really thin line between romantic and creepy. We all know that sometimes when a woman really likes a guy, it's adorable when he sneaks into her apartment and covers her bed in rose petals and maybe leaves a love poem on her pillow. When Arnold from accounting does it, after being repeatedly told by the love of his life that she just wants to be friends, it's grounds for a restraining order. Similarly, if you're John Cusack playing "In Your Eyes" on a boom box outside a teenager's window, it's adorable. But when Anthony Weiner does it, not so much. -- Jonah Goldberg [Subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 3:01 PM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

I support defunding, but let me be blunt: I've been covering politics for over a decade, and I've never seen "and then a miracle happens" work as part of a legislative strategy. Absent use of Orbital Mind Control Lasers, this scenario almost certainly ends with the Republican leadership having to decide whether to play chicken with the US economy. In their place, I'd be damned hesitant to pull the trigger, too. -- Moe Lane (via Jim Geraghty)
Posted by John Kranz at 10:42 AM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

In related news: All Hail Harsanyi - http://thefederalist.com/2013/09/19/americans-like-the-debt-ceiling-and-it-matters/

Posted by: Keith Arnold at September 19, 2013 1:03 PM

August 31, 2013

Tweet of the Day

Posted by John Kranz at 10:44 AM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

Attention, Democrats: our president is considering unilateral strikes against a Baathist dictator in the Middle East with a small coaltion and no U.N. authorization over WMDs, starting a war . . . that Donald Rumsfeld opposes.

The Washington Post's liberal columnist, Eugene Robinson, supports it.

It's like everyone in U.S. politics from 2003 just decided to trade uniforms and play for the opposing team simultaneously. Have Cindy Sheehan, the Dixie Chicks, and Janeane Garofalo called for air strikes yet? When does Michael Moore unveil his pro-war film? When do AEI, Halliburton, and Toby Keith attend an anti-war rally? -- Jim Geraghty

Posted by John Kranz at 10:55 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

And it's one, two, three what are we fightin' for! As for me I don't give a damn. I ain't goin' to ... Aleppo?

Posted by: johngalt at August 30, 2013 11:26 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Damn-ass-cuss! ;)

Posted by: johngalt at August 30, 2013 11:30 AM

August 28, 2013

Quote + Picture of the Day

A couple of retired Marines (Semper Fi!) discuss making the perfect cup of coffee.


Hat-tip: Insty

Posted by John Kranz at 7:16 PM | Comments (0)

August 26, 2013

Quote of the Day

The Quote Maestro:

All third-party systems are crappy and inefficient. But socialized health care has at least the great clarifying simplicity of equality of crappiness: liberté, égalité, merde. It requires a perverse genius to construct a "health" "care" "reform" that destroys everything from religious liberty to full-time employment, while requiring multitudes of new tax collectors and other bureaucrats and ever fewer doctors and nurses. The parallel public/private systems of Continental Europe cost about 10 percent of GDP. The Obamacare monstrosity blends all the worst aspects of a private system (bureaucracy, restricted access, co-pays) with all the worst aspects of a government system (bureaucracy, restricted access, IRS agents) and sucks up twice as much GDP, ever less of which is spent on "health care" and ever more on the intervening layers of third, fourth, fifth, and sixth parties. -- Mark Steyn

Posted by John Kranz at 11:41 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

And who is surprised, as the third, fourth, fifth and sixth parties WROTE it.

There's a great T-shirt idea:

Obamacare: Liberte Egalite Merde
Posted by: johngalt at August 26, 2013 2:54 PM
But jk thinks:

I'll take a red one in LT if you have it.

Posted by: jk at August 26, 2013 3:49 PM

August 18, 2013

Quote of the Day

"What Difference Does it Make" Version:

If I do happen to die in service to my country, I'd think that my country would not deny me the honor of having died in service in the war on terror, versus service in defense of a YouTube video. -- Rep. (and US ANG Veteran) Adam Kinzinger

Hat-tip: Insty

Posted by John Kranz at 11:00 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Or a "workplace shooting."

Remember Ft. Hood.

Posted by: johngalt at August 19, 2013 1:19 PM

August 16, 2013

Quote of the Day

ADDENDUM: Egypt's pro-Morsi protesters announce today will be a 'Day of Rage' . . . raising the question of just what the heck we call Wednesday. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

August 12, 2013

Quote of the Day

The Obama administration has embraced Cass Sunstein's theories about a supposed "libertarian paternalism" -- "libertarian," you see, because it doesn't rely on heavy handed dictates but instead uses indirect incentives and small manipulations to "nudge" people into doing what their intellectual superiors in Washington, DC, think is good for them.

But as a general rule, if the government is doing something, it's not "libertarian." -- Robert Tracinski

I almost posted a link about the article he references. All my Pigou-club arguments come back as a "nudge" can quickly become a "shove."

Posted by John Kranz at 5:47 PM | Comments (0)

August 9, 2013

Quote of the Day

Offhand comment from Jay Nordlinger, responding to Hannan, paraphrase: This is the Golden Age for environmentalists, at least in the United States: Carbon emissions are down, economic production is down, commuting is down, we're less materialistic because we can afford less . . . Hey, they're getting what they've been demanding all these years. - Jim Geraghty, back from the NRO Cruise
Posted by John Kranz at 3:07 PM | Comments (0)

August 1, 2013

Quote of the Day

Rand Paul offers to "kiss and make up" with Chris Christie. Now that's a mental image I really didn't need. -- Robert Tracinski
Posted by John Kranz at 4:14 PM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2013

Quote of the Day

Per Nancy Pelosi, we had to pass ObamaCare so we could find out what's in it. Well, they passed it, and three years later we can finally say definitively what is in it: a ban on full-time employment for low-income workers. -- Robert Tracinski
Posted by John Kranz at 9:41 AM | Comments (0)

July 24, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

Detroit's failings are many and its debts staggering. Obama did not cause them. But his economic remedies and intervention have achieved little. And his unhinged enthusiasm about what was happening in Detroit in 2011, and how it fit into the larger story of American economic life, provides an inconvenient backdrop for Obama's economic address Wednesday and those that follow. -Major Garrett in Remember When Obama Said Detroit Was Coming Back?
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:14 PM | Comments (0)

July 22, 2013

Selfishness - Rational vs. Imperial

This reflects a deeper abuse of Ayn Rand's philosophy. The prevailing philosophy of altruism, in denouncing business and profit-making as evil, has to construct a caricature of self-interest designed to make it look bad. In this caricature, "selfishness" is crassly materialistic, viciously adversarial, and stoked by personal vanity. Above all else, self-interest is defined in a way that is superficial and short term--making it into a straw man of that is easy to knock down.

Ayn Rand not only defended self-interest but sought to understand it properly, showing how genuine self-interest focuses on long-term values, on rationality and real achievement rather than preening vanity or lust for arbitrary power over others. -Robert Tracinski in 'Sears: Less "Atlas Shrugged" Than "Game of Thrones'

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

July 3, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

"Do as I say, not as I do" edition-

"MS. PSAKI: Well, he was reiterating what the President has said publicly and what was also in the readout, which is that this is -- democracy is about more than just elections. It's about ensuring that people can have their voices heard -- peacefully, of course, is always the goal. And he -- and you saw that the President urged President Morsy to take steps to show that he is responsive to their concerns, and the Secretary agrees that that is an important step for the government to take."

From the State Department Daily Press Briefing today.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:32 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

Anyway, the primary argument from optimistic Democrats is that even though they haven't won a U.S. Senate race in Kentucky since 1992, and even though Obama is phenomenally unpopular there, and even though Mitch McConnell is going to have roughly a bazillion dollars in his campaign account, and even though McConnell's campaign team has elbows so sharp, they use them to remove staples, and even though turnout will likely be lower and more GOP-friendly in a midterm year, even though a better Democratic candidate couldn't beat newcomer Rand Paul in an open seat Senate race four years ago, and… er, wait, where was I going with this? Oh yeah, Democrats think they have a solid shot because McConnell's poll numbers are pretty mediocre. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 10:19 AM | Comments (0)

July 1, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

Rapists don’t disarm women, lawmakers disarm women. I work out five days a week. I studied krav maga. I can out-lift the majority of male hipsters. I can try to be as much like Lara Croft as I want to be but the bottom line is that nature has given me a different muscular structure, bone density, and stature. I will never be able to outfight the majority of men. Most women can’t take a solid punch from a man. This isn’t admitting a weakness, it’s admitting science. Weakness is when we try to deny science and refuse to give ourselves a fighting chance like the chance we have with firearms. A firearm is an equalizer for a woman. Your state legislator, Joe Salazar, told women that we were too stupid to carry firearms because we might “pop off at somebody.” His view was shared by his Democrat colleagues, as we later learned from remarks by the likes of Hudak, Rosenthal, and others. We believe in female empowerment in every aspect of life, apparently, but the power to buy our own birth control and carry a gun. These lawmakers are making sitting ducks out of the female sex and I’ve had enough. --Dana Loesch at the "Farewell to Arms" Freedom Rally near Denver yesterday
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:32 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

According to Der Spiegel, the NSA has been going through the phones, computers, and who knows what else of European Union officials. If European politicians were any angrier, they would be commenting on Daily Kos. They're so mad, Islamic Rage Boy is telling them to calm down. Alec Baldwin is imploring them to not lose their temper. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 10:36 AM | Comments (0)

June 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

Mr. Obama fancies himself a constitutional lawyer, yet as President he has exhibited an odd view of his powers. He's invited Congress to limit his authority on national security where it is constitutionally the strongest, yet he has sought to steal power from Congress via regulation when his legal right is dubious. The Justices have an opportunity to give Mr. Obama a refresher course. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 5:02 PM | Comments (0)

June 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

Mondo Heh:


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June 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

Of course, since Ben Bernanke is almost certainly a short-timer, such radical action is hardly worth the bother. And in truth, the suggestion isn't a serious one. If Washington or any other rich economy dumped central bankers for every mess-up, their longevity would be roughly that of a Spinal Tap drummer. -- James Pethokoukis
Posted by John Kranz at 12:02 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

So Bernanke acted to "turn a modest recession into the Great Recession, and sparked the Financial Crisis" in October of an election year with a Republican presidential incumbent, and acted to "offset U.S. fiscal austerity" in the same period with a Democrat presidential incumbent. Damned fortunate for Democrats, wouldn't you say?

Posted by: johngalt at June 24, 2013 3:15 PM

June 20, 2013

Quote of the Day

President Obama's words may well have pleased his German government hosts, content to see a United States whose ambitions as a military power have been significantly clipped since George W. Bush left office in 2009. But Barack Obama underscored again why he is no JFK or Ronald Reagan. In front of the Brandenburg Gate, Obama sounded more like the president of the European Commission than the leader of the free world. It is never a good sign when a US president parrots the language of a Brussels bureaucrat when he is supposed to be a champion of freedom. Obama’s distinctly unimpressive speech in Berlin was another dud from a floundering president whose leadership abroad is just as weak as it is at home. -- Nile Gardiner
Tough Room.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:26 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Dare I say, "weaker?"

In 2008 we suffered through the improbably meteoric rise of the dope smokin' affirmative action hero with impeccable personal hygeine and above-average diction, and watched his rent seeking benefactors prop him up for a "fool me twice" scenario in '12. Now, as this duck grows ever the more lame, watching his incompetence chickens come home to roost is Schadenfreude with a capital S.

Posted by: johngalt at June 20, 2013 2:29 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Umm, our NSA filter subscription is paid up for the rest of the year, right? Just checking.

Posted by: johngalt at June 20, 2013 3:58 PM

June 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

Tocqueville would not recognize America today. Indeed, so completely has associational life collapsed, and so enormously has the state grown, that he would be forced to conclude that, at some point between 1833 and 2013, France must have conquered the United States. -- Niall Ferguson
Posted by John Kranz at 1:06 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

... or, at very least, had conquered her large cities.


Posted by: johngalt at June 19, 2013 2:15 PM
But T. Greer thinks:

Bingo. Indeed, I would suggest that the collapse of the first led to the second.

Posted by: T. Greer at June 20, 2013 12:10 AM

June 14, 2013

Quote of the Day

In a much-discussed essay for Salon, Michael Lind asks: "If libertarians are correct in claiming that they understand how best to organize a modern society, how is it that not a single country in the world in the early twenty-first century is organized along libertarian lines?"

Such is the philosophical poverty of liberalism today that this stands as a profound question. -- Jonah Goldberg

Posted by John Kranz at 10:34 AM | Comments (0)

June 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

This may be a story with no heroes. A government system designed to protect the citizens starts collecting all kinds of information on people who have done nothing wrong; it gets exposed, in violation of oaths and laws, by a young man who doesn't recognize the full ramifications of his actions. The same government that will insist he's the villain will glide right past the question of how they came to trust a guy like him with our most sensitive secrets. Who within our national-security apparatus made the epic mistake of looking him over -- completing his background check and/or psychological evaluation -- and concluding, "Yup, looks like a nice kid?" -- Jim Geraghty
The sound you hear is my falling off the Edward Snowden bandwagon. I thought Larry Kudlow was harsh last night.

This Jeffrey Toobin piece in the New Yorker (h/t Robert Tracinski) got me.

Honorable mention: the pole-dancing girlfriend -- this is just gonna get better, isn't it?

"Surely there will be villainous pirates, distracting mermaids, and tides of change in this new open water chapter of my journey," [28 year old Lindsay] Mills--who refers to Snowden as "E" and herself as a "world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero"--added. "But at the moment all I can feel is alone."

Posted by John Kranz at 10:27 AM | Comments (6)
But johngalt thinks:

"Sabotage?" Is that what it means when one discloses the existence of something that "any marginally attentive citizen" already knew was going on? It's not the Pentagon Papers, after all.

I'll consent that violating national secrecy laws may set a bad precedent but "sabotage" is an exaggeration. But even Toobin agrees that some leaking "is normal, even indispensable, in a society with a free press." For this he wants the young man imprisoned? Overreact much?

Posted by: johngalt at June 11, 2013 4:09 PM
But johngalt thinks:

A more pertinent quote from the pole dancing mermaid superhero article:

"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," he added.
Posted by: johngalt at June 11, 2013 4:23 PM
But jk thinks:

It is clearly sabotage. Publicizing the existence and details of an ongoing covert operation compromises the operations as surely as cutting the landing gear hydraulics of an aircraft.

And of course he deserves imprisonment. That's what makes it "brave" is it not? You don't think there should be any consequences?

There is a valid question of whether this sabotage was worth it because it made Americans aware. I started sympathetic but my sympathy is leaking quickly.

The damning things from the Toobin piece are that WaPo truncated what they received "Its exercise of judgment suggests the absence of Snowden's." And, his running off to Hong Kong and let me quote: "because 'they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent.'"

Dude should have finished high school. He is now under the protection of Communist China, with an assload of privileged intelligence information. He will see the fail Lindsay and escape decades in prison only at their benevolence. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted by: jk at June 11, 2013 5:11 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The great thing about this particular story is the strange bedfellows it creates. But I have to ask, what's the name of this blog? Who are you and what have you done with jk?

Posted by: johngalt at June 11, 2013 5:40 PM
But Terri thinks:

We have the laws that allowed this in the first place and he agreed to keep what he was doing secret. Any number of congress people (Hello Rand or Ron Paul) would have helped him through the whistleblower rules to expose this program to the light of day (and it needed exposure) The fact that he is in China now, hooo boy. Yes, he needs to be jailed. (not hung)

"But our system offers legal options to disgruntled government employees and contractors. .... they can bring their complaints to Congress; .............. he threw the secrets he knew up in the air—and trusted, somehow, that good would come of it. "

Posted by: Terri at June 11, 2013 6:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Keeping in mind that I'm the guy who said, "I'm willing to let my government watch me" how can we be so sure that Snowden chose the wrong path to publicize this? Why didn't the Condor (Robert Redford) just go the most libertarian Senator and ask for protection? Doesn't anyone else want to know what's in those other 37 slides that the Post decided not to publish? They could go a long way toward explaining why he thought the situation so dire, and his safety so suspect.

While I consent to being watched, I don't consent to being secretly spied upon. That crosses a public-private barrier analogous to kicking in the door of my home. Go ahead and watch me in public places, but private places are, what is the word, private! I have precious little confidence that a national government will recognize, much less respect, this distinction.

Posted by: johngalt at June 12, 2013 3:49 PM

June 10, 2013

Quote of the Last Friday

How did I miss this?

Here's another theory: Maybe the Times softened the editorial on the advice of its tax accountants. -- James Taranto

Posted by John Kranz at 1:07 PM | Comments (0)

May 31, 2013

Quote of the Day

Those who know how I feel about Albert Jay Nock, the author of Our Enemy the State, should recognize that this is no small compliment.

But I can also imagine partisans of, say, Hayek or von Mises reading this and becoming riled up (for some reason, and with no disrespect intended, the moment I wrote that line that scene when the old school orcs and the new-fangled orcs get into a brawl in The Return of the King came to mind).

First, I should say that Hayek did not consider the State to be his -- or our -- enemy. He just considered planning folly, socialism immoral, and, oddly, Dick Sargent to be the superior Darrin on Bewitched. Second, both his and von Mises's work was vastly more influential than Nock's. -- Jonah Goldberg

Posted by John Kranz at 4:44 PM | Comments (0)

May 24, 2013

Quote of the Day

And since I'm already in rant mode, let me add that it really pisses me off. I resent utterly and totally the politicization of everything. I hate it to my core. It is arguably the single most right-wing thing about me. The idea that people can refer to a left-wing clothing line or a right-wing pizza company strikes me as grotesquely ludicrous and ludicrously grotesque. It's like referring to a "Presbyterian fastball" or a "Fabian cloud."

The Catholic Church in America is becoming more "right wing" not because it has changed its dogma, but because under Obamacare the imperium of domestic liberalism is expanding once again. An army of Lois Lerners are spilling over the defensive walls of the Church and demanding yet more compliance.

And, yet, when the Church or a craft store or a fast-food chicken joint resists, they are labeled the aggressors in the culture war. It's like when the Roman legions would invade Germania. The barbarians would fight back and the Romans would respond "we cannot let this assault on Rome stand!" -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]

Posted by John Kranz at 5:08 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

____ing Romans.

Posted by: johngalt at May 24, 2013 5:49 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at May 24, 2013 6:11 PM

May 21, 2013

Quote of the Day

In notable contrast, liberal and "progressive" organizations got approvals with remarkable speed. The most conspicuous example involves the Barack H. Obama Foundation, which was approved as tax exempt within a month by the then-head of the IRS tax-exempt branch, Lois Lerner. -- David Rivkin and Lee Casey

UPDATE: Thanks to blog friend AndyN for due diligence about the Barack H. Obama Foundation. Contrast that with the Kafkaesque treatment of King Street Patriots and True the Vote.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:08 AM | Comments (2)
But AndyN thinks:

But wait! There's more! Apparently the addresses the foundation gave the IRS are a drug rehab center where nobody has ever heard of them and a UPS store.


Posted by: AndyN at May 21, 2013 10:21 AM
But jk thinks:

Hahahahahahahaha! That is funny! Tea Party groups have to submit a blood sample and every Facebook post and dry cleaning receipt.

You really cannot make this stuff up...

Posted by: jk at May 21, 2013 11:13 AM

May 15, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

"But it doesn't make any sense for us to use the coercive powers of the state to avoid the creation of future Teen Mom Porn Stars -- what are we going to do, imprison every knocked up moron teenager? What does make sense is to use the coercive powers of society. And society has few tools more powerful than shame. Pretending that an action is value-neutral to spare the feelings of a miscreant will only create more miscreants. I, for one, would prefer a society with fewer miscreants." -- Free Beacon Blogger Sonny Bunch, on model Christine Teigen's Tweet: I believe in shame and having shame and being shamed.

UPDATE: I rushed this to press and relied on readers to click through for the rest of the tweets. The one I cited was her conclusion, but she began by telling a young woman known as "Teen Mom Porn Star" that "you're a whore and everyone hates you..."

And if that's not tittilating enough to elicit commentary... Christine Christie Chrissy Teigen Pics Pictures Photos. (Check the traffic stats!)

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:43 PM | Comments (0)

May 9, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

The common denominator of most of these examples is that they are failures of diplomacy, which is precisely what this administration had promised to be better at.

Barack Obama came into office partly on the basis of criticism of George W. Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the claims he and his supporters made was that diplomacy and "smart power" would be more effective than military force. But having championed diplomacy over war, Obama doesn't really seem to be all that interested in diplomacy, either.

That is the big picture that the Benghazi scandal reveals. -- Robert Tracinski in The Daily Debate

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:43 PM | Comments (0)

May 7, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

"[United States Attorney General Eric] Holder's understanding of the United States Constitution is incorrect." -- Kansas Secretary of state Kris W. Kobach

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:03 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

If you don't mind it in an intemperate wrapper, ChicksOnTheRight.com has both letters in their post: Kansas To Eric Holder: "Jump Up And Bite Us, And Then Try Reading The Constitution, Whydontcha?"

Posted by: jk at May 7, 2013 3:36 PM
But jk thinks:

....and, um, that would be the same link my blog brother provided... carry on, itchy typing fingers...

Posted by: jk at May 7, 2013 3:51 PM

April 26, 2013


Jonah Goldberg Edition:

Last night's speech went pretty well. It was billed as being on the "future of conservatism," even though my speaker's bureau had told me it would be on Liberal Fascism. So I had to call a bit of an audible and go with my old standby of erotic interpretive dance. I shouldn't have to say it, but I left no one disappointed. -- Jonah

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April 17, 2013

Quote of the Day


If the Yankees and Red Sox can stand together as one, perhaps someday there will be peace in the Middle East. Yankee Stadium Tuesday: -- Jim Geraghty

Posted by John Kranz at 9:31 AM | Comments (0)

April 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

And the award for best Physics reference in a political editorial goes to.........

President Obama is said to be trying to lure Republicans into another grand bargain by including a proposal in his 2014 budget that would slightly slow the growth of Social Security and other federal benefits. But he's also telling the Democrats going bonkers about slashing Social Security not to worry, the cuts aren't drastic and barely noticeable.

It's the Schrödinger's cat of entitlement reform. Both his political postures can't be true at once, and no points awarded for guessing what the details reveal. -- WSJ Ed Page

Posted by John Kranz at 12:04 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

How do they know? Nothing is certain!

According to one account of the details, $110,000,000,000 in cuts over ten years. Seem like a lot? Total budget: $54,000,000,000,000.

54 000 000 000 000
00 110 000 000 000


Posted by: johngalt at April 11, 2013 12:26 PM
But jk thinks:

Dang! We'll never be able to afford White House tours...

Posted by: jk at April 11, 2013 1:05 PM
But dagny thinks:

One of my favorite analogies that I have seen in various places is to compare this to a household budget by removing 9 zeros.

In that case the new numbers save $110.00 on a 54k annual budget.

Posted by: dagny at April 11, 2013 1:22 PM
But johngalt thinks:

An even better perspective. Well said dear.

"And to show the American people I am serious about getting our national goverment's spending problem under control, my budget will reduce spending by $110 per household."

Wow, I'm trembling in the shadow of his Greatness.

Posted by: johngalt at April 12, 2013 11:37 AM

April 10, 2013

Quote of the Day

In June of 2012, Calpers lowered the expected rate of return on its portfolio to 7.5% from 7.75%. Mr. Milligan suggested 7.25%. Calpers had last dropped the rate in 2004, from 8.25%. But even the 7.5% return is fiction. Wall Street would laugh if the matter weren't so serious. -- Andy Kessler
Nonsense, I bet Cypriot bonds are paying 7.5. There would be a certain poetry in California's choosing them as an investment vehicle.

UPDATE: Persuant to the comment thread, Helicopter Ben got the job done today!


Posted by John Kranz at 9:54 AM | Comments (6)
But johngalt thinks:

Nonsense. The Bernanke bubble will make 8% returns the norm, at least until the music stops.

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2013 11:21 AM
But jk thinks:

Harrumph. Is that before or after the black UN helicopters invade and impose Communism, or we all die for fluoridated water or mandatory vaccinations?

I'll happily critique the absence of competing currencies, the Fed's dual mandate, and imperfections of monetary policy -- well into the night if there is enough beer.

Yet I cannot join the "New Ron Paul Monetary Malthusians" who are the only ones bright enough to see what is going on.

Could a lot of things end badly? Yes. Is the entire worldwide economy a Potemkin village with no realistic endemic underlying value? No. Are bond traders unable to comprehend risk? No. As I suggested to our dour Monday speaker, there remain many opportunities for soft landings.

A sax player friend lived with me in the early '90s. Three times in the year he rented my basement, he got up early to remove all of his money from the bank. Each time he was in wonder that there was no line. You may call me a Pollyanna. So did he.

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2013 1:52 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I can't tell which part of my comment got your hackles up... 8% returns? Bubble? That it might pop? All three?

Let me simplify and just say, I see 7.5% returns as child's play for as long as the Fed continues its current policies. Anything controversial about just this?

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2013 2:38 PM
But jk thinks:

Heh. Some hackle inducement is residual from Monday's Liberty on the Rocks. Rampant belief that assets valued today will not be after the <your favorite apocalyptic term here>. Predicting gloom & doom is a long & noble enterprise which probably existed prior to prostitution. But the real Mad-Max, no possible soft landing scenarios infer no fundamental underlying value underpinning financial assets. I cannot join the bomb shelter crowd there.

QEn liquidity is certainly inflating stock prices, and it will be unimaginably difficult to unwind the expanded Fed balance sheet. Yet my Deutch-ian optimism suggests that human reason will find a way out.

Each clause of your comment is defensible. I take some exception to the 8% bit. I do not believe Chairman Bernanke is targeting, ever expected, or has achieved eight percent nominal investment growth. And I read "music stops" as the hard landing which so many of my fellow liberty lovers and Austrians are too certain will transpire.

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2013 5:25 PM
But jk thinks:

Could not say it better than blog friend Terri:

Jk over at Three Sources sees humanity as capable of finding better ways out of bad situations. Especially Americans. I prefer to agree with him rather than with Mr. Wright who is “optimistic” that in the end after the fires and ravages of the BIG ONE, conservatism will win.

Posted by: jk at April 10, 2013 5:35 PM
But johngalt thinks:

1) Didn't intend to imply that 8% was Big Ben's target, but did mean to imply that since his "inflation targeting" does such a piss-poor job of measuring real inflation, said real inflation will be all or more of that 8% "growth."

2) I agree that "human reason" can solve this problem, now or in the future, but human reason has heretofore not been at the helm. Government has.

3) I heard only the Brushfire Radio interview and not the LOTR talk, but what I took from Mr. Wright was not that America will collapse, or even our financial system, but the Federal government is almost sure to do so, and may or may not take its dollar with it. Now that's a dystopia I can wish for!

So yes, I do see a hard landing of a sort. I think Jeff called it the mother of all bubbles or something like that. The "Grand Correction." Yeah, that was it. But things with real, intrinsic value will not become valuless. And even the dollar is fairly safe, for in this age of Global Currency War it is still the particular flavor of Monopoly (TM) money that more people believe in than any other.

Posted by: johngalt at April 10, 2013 6:19 PM

April 8, 2013

Quote of the Day

Thatcher died in London Monday, at age 87, having earned her place among the greats. This is not simply because she revived Britain's economy, though that was no mean achievement. Nor is it because she held office longer than any of her predecessors, though this also testifies to her political skill. She achieved greatness because she articulated a set of vital ideas about economic freedom, national self-respect and personal virtue, sold them to a skeptical public and then demonstrated their efficacy. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 2:37 PM | Comments (0)

April 5, 2013

Friday Otequay of the Ayday

"There is nothing [Stockman says] that others haven't," says Peter Schiff, chief executive of the broker Euro Pacific Capital, with a similar outlook. "But when someone from the establishment criticises the establishment then everyone has to jump on him and discredit him."

From Stockman Feels Force of Washington Fury, by Robin Harding, Financial Times

Posted by JohnGalt at 8:16 PM | Comments (0)

April 4, 2013

Quote of the Day

ADDENDUM: I'm guessing the same groundhogs that predicted spring back in February spent their previous years calculating the rate of job creation under the 2009 stimulus. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 10:58 AM | Comments (0)

April 2, 2013

Quote of the Day

For me, the most helpful policy lens to judge America’s future economic prospects is that created by economist Deirdre McCloskey, what she calls the "Bourgeois Deal": "You let me engage in innovation and creative destruction, and I will make you rich." As long as that bargain remains intact, as it has for more two centuries, then America’s prospects are far from bleak. -- James Pethokoukis, rebutting David Stockman's gloom-and-doom editorial.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:07 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Ah, a pre-emptive rebuttal to my posting of the Stockman piece as more evidence of stealthflation. It has been so ubiquitous I didn't even need to blockquote it here myself.

The key criticism seems to be whether America's sun has set or is merely on its way down. Either way, JimiP advocates for, what, keeping it at 7 pm? That's his happy vision for America's future? I engage in innovation and creation while someone else gets rich? Whatever happened to the American dream?

He's probably done a poor job articulating McCloskey's "deal" but that's on him. I can only critique what he says, not what he wanted to say.

Posted by: johngalt at April 2, 2013 3:37 PM
But jk thinks:

I'm suggesting (and think I could get Pethokoukis and Kudlow to back me up) "Don't fight the tape!"

JimiP has an illustrious history of championing free market principles, and works tirelessly to preserve the dream of free markets. As he and I share an appreciation for Ms. McCloskey, let me attempt to paraphrase (taking on Harvard Professors, besting a Jeopardy! champ will be easy).

McCloskey answers the economists' question of why France is not in worse shape than it is. Not to say it leads the world, but from a policy-based, economic standpoint, it should be waaaaay worse. McCloskey's point is that as long as the bourgeois have a chance, they will create and the rest will enjoy the benefits.

That does not make it right. And I am very comfortable suggesting that more-free nations have done better. But Canada and Sweden lumped through their überprogressive periods, and France hangs on because the markets are far more resilient than folks like you and I will admit.

More Dagny Taggarts than John Galts.

We could have certainly done better without eighty years of progressivism. We could have done a lot goddam better without Mister Stockman's tax hikes (not that I hold a grudge!!!!!) But while saying that today is the day it all ends sells books and pleases conservative bloggers, I accept Pethokousis's larger premise that if we survived FDR and LBJ and Fed Chair Arthur Burns, we'll likely get past Misters Obama and Bernanke.

Posted by: jk at April 2, 2013 4:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Fair defense, but let me attempt an alternate view of the big picture:

The drag of statism on the world economy has, over the past eighty to a hundred years, been carefully balanced by market forces in both economics and politics such that productivity and prosperity generally trended upwards.

Over the same period, most nations tended to be more statist and less free than did the good ol' USA, but since the USA was so big and so prosperous (and so #@$(*ing generous) the world managed to avoid slipping into a modern dark age of "equality."

Propelled by the "success" of statism in Europe a surging Progressive movement has gained traction in the world headquarters of capitalism - America. Defended only by the idea that "I'll make you rich too if you let me make myself rich" capitalism is under existential threat by the idea "nobody needs to be rich."

I submit that JimiP and Ms. McCloskey have no answer for the day when the statists decide that two centuries of prosperity are enough - time for us all to be "equal" wherever that may lead."

Stockman's answer, despite his many past sins and even some in his prescription, is "getting the Fed out of the financial markets" because it "is the only way to put free markets and genuine wealth creation back into capitalism."

He doesn't want to END the Fed, but to restore its original mission: "To provide liquidity in times of crisis."

With what part of this would Uncle Milton disagree?

Posted by: johngalt at April 3, 2013 2:59 PM

March 28, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

"..America, America, God shed clear sight on thee. And crown thy past, with, at long last, a future that is free." -- Facebook friend and former Colorado state senator Shawn Mitchell (Tuesday "via mobile")
Posted by JohnGalt at 4:40 PM | Comments (0)

March 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

Besides, I'm in California with the wife and kid. They're upstairs asleep in our hotel room. I'm in the lobby drinking the 4:00 a.m. coffee writing the G-File with sweaty feet. I don't mean I'm typing it with sweaty feet. My prehensile toes are fine for strangling a man, but the detail work is still hard. What I do mean is that I couldn't find my socks in the dark without waking up the ladies. So I'm wearing sneakers without socks, which has the unpleasant consequence of making my feet smell like Harry Reid, albeit with less of that "urine and failure" bouquet. -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]
Jonah's serious side: a link to Albert Jay Nock's Isaiah's Job essay.
Posted by John Kranz at 1:47 PM | Comments (0)

March 20, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

Colorado Republicans have developed a reputation -- largely earned -- for being the anti-gay, anti-immigration, anti-women party, and then Republicans stand around after getting their asses kicked, election after election, scratching their heads and wondering what happened.

Ari Armstrong, on why Republicans Bear Responsibility for Colorado's Anti-Gun Laws

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:42 PM | Comments (0)

March 9, 2013

Quote of the Day

If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor Wednesday, I would've worn more comfortable shoes. -- Sen Rand Paul (HOSS - KY)
Posted by John Kranz at 10:25 AM | Comments (0)

March 1, 2013

Quote of the Day

Among the myriad problems with this sort of thinking [President Obama's SOTU call to band together, just like Seal Team Six] is that it confuses the fundamental reason we have a military in the first place. We have a military so Americans don't have to live militaristically -- i.e., take orders, march in step, etc. We rely on the collective endeavor known as the military so that the rest of us can enjoy our individual endeavors. That is what the pursuit of happiness is about. We do not have a military so it can provide a good example of how we can more productively abandon our freedoms. -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 3:38 PM | Comments (0)

February 28, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

"There are many fine people who are concerned with the environment. Indeed, we all should be. But the movement known as environmentalism is not only a false religion, it is one that allows human sacrifice."

I would be more impressed had this passed the lips of an A-list Hollywood celeb - Darryl Hannah is clearly more than one could hope for, being too far gone into the mist - but it is still a good quote from a good article by fellow traveler Dennis Prager.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:11 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Methinks my blog brother might enjoy Walter Russell Mead today.

The epidemic of power outages and "rolling blackouts" which nearly shut down California in the early 2000s may be returning. Back then, the culprits were unscrupulous energy providers like Enron and a poorly-thought out process of deregulation. This time, renewable energy would be to blame, as the state has pushed to increase the use of solar and wind energy without ensuring that there is enough traditional power generation to keep the grid stable on cloudy, windless days.

Posted by: jk at February 28, 2013 2:37 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Yep. See related post above.

This Central Planning business is just so complicated! How can anybody know everything about every industry? Why can't we just find a way to have experts in every field make every decision based on all of the factors, taken into account at once and evaluated to arrive at the best course of action? And to make sure they do their jobs well and act wisely we could even make their paychecks depend on getting it right!

But I digress. Clearly there is no such utopian system on earth.

Posted by: johngalt at February 28, 2013 3:25 PM

Sequestergeddon Quote of the Day

But if Obama can't even convince his cheerleaders in the press that modest spending restraint will doom the country, why should anyone believe he's having more success with the public at large?

Today's IBD Editorial: Is Obama Losing His Media Allies Over The Sequester?

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:37 AM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Let us hope. Trusting our Fourth Estate to choose the side of less government seems too much to ask. L'affaire Woodward is interesting -- might they discover some of the integrity that drove them into J-School? Loved this:

The AP, for example, found no evidence to back up administration claims about teacher layoffs. It also pointed out that the airline industry thinks the sequester will have "no major impact on air travel," and that various numbers bandied about by Obama were "thrown out into thin air with no anchor."

Posted by: jk at February 28, 2013 12:13 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I have long believed that the shame threshold of most journalists is lower than that of the President. Jake Tapper is the first big name I remember having shown skepticism. Watergate Woodward is by far a more significant crack in the media's inverse-reality force field.

Posted by: johngalt at February 28, 2013 2:08 PM

February 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

Here it is: Food companies work very, very hard to find out what will give you, the consumer, the most pleasure for your money -- and then the diabolical fiends actually give it to you!

Seriously, you are supposed to be absolutely horrified by this. You can tell by the ominous language the author, Michael Moss, employs to describe how "food engineers alter a litany of variables with the sole intent of" -- brace yourself -- "finding the most perfect version" of a product. The most perfect version, of course, is the one that will "be most attractive to consumers." (The horror.) The piece even quotes one food-company executive who describes the strategy: "Discover what consumers want to buy and give it to them with both barrels." -- A Barton Hinkle, exposing the NYTimes Magazine exposé of Big Food.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:15 PM | Comments (0)

February 19, 2013

Quote of the Day

Of course they do: They sell ammo for deer rifles, and deer rifles can pierce police body armor. I know this because I have personally shot through police body armor with a deer rifle -- my father was a police officer for many years, and we used to test his old vests when he got new ones. Police vests protect against basic handgun rounds, up to .40-caliber or so. Anything bigger will go through, whether it's been called "armor-piercing" in the New York Times or not. -- Robert VerBruggen, schooling David Frum on guns
Posted by John Kranz at 3:18 PM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

I once, naively, shot at three eighths inch thick steel targets with a deer rifle from about a hundred yards. When I heard no characteristic "clang" I thought I missed. Upon inspection, the round passed through the steel cleanly, without so much as a burr on the exit side of the target. Kevlar doesn't stand a chance.

Posted by: johngalt at February 19, 2013 3:59 PM
But jk thinks:

That explains why you never see deer wearing them.

Posted by: jk at February 19, 2013 4:42 PM
But johngalt thinks:

EX-actly right. Until this article I thought EVERYBODY knew that!

Posted by: johngalt at February 19, 2013 5:04 PM

February 13, 2013

Quote of the Day

Mr. Obama's second inaugural was a clarion call to "collective action," as he put it, and Tuesday's speech showed what he thinks that should mean in practice. "The American people don't expect government to solve every problem," he said, while proceeding to offer a new government program to solve every problem. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

February 12, 2013


My friends, the president's State of the Union Address is our national pro bowl -- a simulation of the art of persuasion and politics featuring all the big stars, played at about half-speed, with no real consequence. -- Jim Geraghty
Posted by John Kranz at 12:39 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

So STFU...........

Posted by: jk at February 12, 2013 12:46 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"... a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

Dunsinane Castle, or D.C.? Would that the SCOAMF were "heard no more" but otherwise, I think the Bard pretty much gets the idea.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at February 12, 2013 4:26 PM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at February 12, 2013 5:43 PM

February 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

True, but we have to say, that "second-rate people" quote offends us. We know some lovely second-rate people, and it's unfair [of VP Dick Cheney] to compare them to Chuck Hagel and John Kerry. -- James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 5:33 PM | Comments (0)

February 8, 2013

Quote of the Day

Those were good times, friends, and they stopped pretty much the minute that liberals and Democrats took control of the federal government. The antiwar movement disappeared once it became clear that Barack Obama wasn't going to shut down Gitmo or stop bombing places or give a rat's ass about that constitutional stuff he used to teach in law school.

But cheer up, because things can always get worse, as the last few days have demonstrated. -- Nick Gillespie
Hat-tip: Insty
Posted by John Kranz at 11:28 AM | Comments (0)

February 7, 2013

Otequay of the Ayday

"I'm very very compassionate and I'm not out to offend anyone but PC is dangerous, because this country, you see, one of the founding principles was freedom of thought and freedom of expression. And it muffles people. It puts a muzzle on them. And at the same time, keeps people from discussing important issues while the fabric of their society is being changed. And we cannot fall for that trick. And what we need to do is start talking about things. Talking about things that are important. Things that were important in the development of our nation."

-Dr. Ben Carson in his keynote address to the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast

Carson also said, "Forget about unanimity of speech and unanimity of thought and concentrate on being respectful of those people with whom we disagree. That's when I think we start to make real progress."

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:57 PM | Comments (2)
But Steve D thinks:

Be polite, although you have a right not to be. The question becomes: what if they forbid what you don't want to do, anyway? Then what do you do?

Posted by: Steve D at February 8, 2013 5:00 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Well, when they banned smoking in public I cheered. Now that I see the insatiability of the personal behavior police I have an urge to take up smoking so that I can do it in public. Politely, of course. ;)

Posted by: johngalt at February 8, 2013 5:33 PM

January 29, 2013

Quote of the Day

Gitmo Closes! Wait, No, It's Just the Office for Closing Gitmo That's Closing

It's the end of an era of ending the preceding era: -- Jim Geraghty

Posted by John Kranz at 12:23 PM | Comments (0)

January 25, 2013

Quote of the Day

So, should one man control the fate of the Star Trek and Star Wars franchises? Is it too much geek power in one director? -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]
Posted by John Kranz at 1:27 PM | Comments (0)

January 23, 2013

Quote of the Day

Too bad Lefty [California golfer Phil "Lefty" Mickelson ] will no longer help educate the lefties on the incentive effects of marginal tax rates. But he can still vote with his Gulfstream and take his tour winnings and his endorsement income to a more friendly locale, such as Florida, Nevada or Texas. All three still have no state income tax, which may be one reason Tiger Woods and so many other golfers (including many Europeans) also live in Florida. Expect a continued migration. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 3:10 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

I just gotta ask, was California's prior tax burden not already disincentive enough for him to live there?

Posted by: johngalt at January 23, 2013 5:34 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

The new increase - passed as a ballot measure by the voters, no less - was apparently the camel that broke his straw back.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at January 23, 2013 6:24 PM


How long has it been? Too long. Today's 'I Am Not Making This Up' entry prompts another quote from Heinlein's excellent 'Life-Line' short story, excerpted three times already on these pages.

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back.

--RAH 'Life-Line' (1939)

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:33 PM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2013

Quote of the Day

Then, as you point out, there's the horrible strawman argument about "no single person." This is a rhetorical constant of Obama's presidency. The choice is always between the atomized individual or the loving embrace of federal government in Washington. Either Julia's all alone, or the government has got her back. Any acknowledgment that civil society, families, the free market, etc. are collective enterprises is always omitted from the equation. Either you're the sort of reactionary fool who champions individual freedoms -- indistinguishable from the sort of idiot who'd fight the Wehrmacht with muskets -- or you understand that now is the time for collective action. The problem is that devotion to our individual freedoms isn't merely a "constant of our character" (and would that that were still as true as it once was) it's also a bedrock principle of our constitutional order. That principle is not like a musket or a whale oil lantern or an 8-track tape. And comparing it to one is a horrible category error. -- Jonah Goldberg

Hat-tip: Terri

Posted by John Kranz at 12:20 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

The difference between Jonah's "collective enterprises" and the President's promise of a pervasive protection from risk is that the former is voluntary and reversible, while Barack Obama's "commitments we make to each other" are mandatory and irrevocable.

If I make a commitment to help my neighbor through tough times I can break that commitment if I discover some fecklessness on his part. When such help comes from government it is, so as to be "fair" and "non-discriminatory" entirely based on some metric of need and regardless of any judgement about the virtue of the recipient. A natural result of this is to promote greater "need" among the virtueless.

Posted by: johngalt at January 22, 2013 3:00 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It is well understood that the straw man version of the red herring fallacy is a staple of President Obama's speeches. Another less recognized but more destructive techniques is "package dealing."

One of the examples given at the link is the one the President used below to justify redistributive taxation, saying that social programs "free us." This is an attempt to equate economic power with political power.

Most people accept these equivocations--and yet they know that the poorest laborer in America is freer and more secure than the richest commissar in Soviet Russia. What is the basic, the essential, the crucial principle that differentiates freedom from slavery? It is the principle of voluntary action versus physical coercion or compulsion.

The difference between political power and any other kind of social "power" between a government and any private organization, is the fact that a government holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force.

Posted by: johngalt at January 22, 2013 3:13 PM

January 16, 2013

Quote of the Day

[Instapundit] READER DENNIS MULCARE WRITES: "Perhaps, if you can encourage your readers to have their young children write Obama about their angst regarding the national debt, he will publish 23 ways to address federal spending." -- his Glennness
Posted by John Kranz at 4:53 PM | Comments (0)

January 15, 2013

Quote of the Day

So let's get this straight. Mr. Powell holds it "disgraceful" to allege anti-Semitism of politicians who invidiously use the phrase "the Jewish lobby." But he has no qualms about accusing Mr. Sununu--along whose side he worked during the George H.W. Bush administration--of all-but whispering the infamous N-word when he called Mr. Obama's first debate performance "lazy." -- Bret Stephens
Posted by John Kranz at 2:48 PM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2013


I only have one peeve about this story and it has to do with the following question: Since when is it outrageous to suspect that a Clinton is being less than wholly forthcoming or honest? If doubting the veracity of a Clinton is outrageous, is it also outrageous to question why dogs attend to their nethers? Is it beyond the pale to ask why men slow down when walking by the Victoria's Secret display at the mall? Is it irresponsible to shout "Allahu Akbar! That's good coffee!" on a plane? Okay, maybe so on the last one, but you get my point. -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]
Honorable mention from same G-File:
You have to admit it would have been cool if Boehner had shouted that at Obama during the negotiations with Eric Cantor -- saying in that monotone voice of his: "Who run Bartertown? Master Boehner run Bartertown."
Posted by John Kranz at 1:34 PM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2013


When I was reporting on Wall Street, I used to be told with some regularity that government was needed to counteract the short-term thinking of the business sector, who never thought much beyond the next quarterly earnings report. This now seems as quaintly adorable as picture hats and daily milk deliveries. An ADHD day trader with a cocaine habit and six months to live has considerably more long-term planning skills than our current congress. -- Megan McArdle
Posted by John Kranz at 11:03 AM | Comments (0)

January 7, 2013

Quote of the Day

Take, for instance, Kevin Drum of Mother Jones, who flatly titles a post on the subject "No, a $1 Trillion Platinum Coin Is Not Legal." Drum, doubting there is enough of the requisite straitjacket brand of strict constructionism in the U.S. court system to uphold such a tortured reading of the statute, dismisses the ploy as "the kind of thing that Herman Cain would come up with" (the dread reductio ad Hermanum, a conversation-stopper in progressive circles). -- Daniel Foster NRO
Posted by John Kranz at 6:33 PM | Comments (0)

December 31, 2012

Quote of the Day

In other words, a household with two people earning a little under €1 million would not be subject to the tax, while an individual making even a dollar more than €1 million would have to pay. So while it is fair to take 75% of what someone earns, it isn't fair unless the law confiscates 75% from all rich households equally. Come to think of it, that sort of social and economic leveling was the point of the French Revolution. -- WSJ Ed Page
Posted by John Kranz at 11:05 AM | Comments (0)

December 28, 2012

Quote of the Day

Mr. President, your entire campaign platform was redistribution. Take from the rich and give to the . . . Well, actually, you didn't mention the poor. What you talked and talked about was the middle class, something most well-off Americans consider themselves to be members of. So your plan is to take from the more rich and the more or less rich and give to the less rich, more or less. It is as if Robin Hood stole treasure from the Sheriff of Nottingham and bestowed it on the Deputy Sheriff. -- The One, the Only, P.J. O'Rourke
Posted by John Kranz at 11:20 AM | Comments (0)

December 27, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday


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Posted by JohnGalt at 3:44 PM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Final Jeopardy:
Category: American Economics.

The answer is:

"Three American sectors of business in which left-wing economic policy has resulted in a working stimulus, as an unintended consequence." Remember, your answer must be in the form of a question.

Dum-de-dum, dah-dah dum-de-dum; dum-dee-dum-dee DAH! Da-da-da-da-da..."

Alex, what are:

(1) Chick-Fil-A.
(2) Papa John's.
(3) Gun and ammo manufacturers.

I hope you wagered it all...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 27, 2012 5:19 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Would bet the farm on you every time, KA. Every time.

We'll miss you tonight. And BR and Bryan and ...

Posted by: johngalt at December 28, 2012 5:00 PM

December 20, 2012


Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) took a more threatening tack: "Major corporations, including the video game industry, make billions on marketing and selling violent content to children. They have a responsibility to protect our children. If they do not, you can count on the Congress to take a more aggressive role." Seriously? If violence in media causes violence in the real world, how do they explain that homicides are less than half as common today as they were in 1980, before video games took off?

Does anyone think the new film of "Anna Karenina" will cause a rash of train suicides? Has Rockefeller heard of the First Amendment? -- Steve Chapman

Posted by John Kranz at 2:36 PM | Comments (0)

December 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

"There is no, 'Trust us, changes are coming' clause in the Constitution," Judge Brian Cogan wrote in his ruling in favor of the Archdiocese of New York two weeks ago. "To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction." -- Joel Gehrke
Posted by John Kranz at 11:17 AM | Comments (0)

December 18, 2012

Quote of the Day

The Patriots play football the way I imagine the ancient Romans would have. Rationally. Cruelly. Without mistakes and with the maximum amount of preparation. The Patriots play with pagan wisdom: "We'll take the material world. You take the miracles." Even the manner in which they lose speaks volumes about who they are. The two defeats to the Giants in the Super Bowl required two of the most miraculous plays of the decade -- "The Catch" by David Tyree and the spectacular 38-yard completion to Mario Manningham that was in bounds by the most ridiculously small of margins. The Patriots versus the Broncos seemed like a contest between the visible world and the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.-- Stephen Marche: Let My Tebow Go.
A very good article. HT: Blog friend sc via email.
Posted by John Kranz at 2:18 PM | Comments (6)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"The Raiders play football the was I imagine the ancient French would have. Clumsily. Comically. Without victory and with the maximum amount of irony. The Raiders play with Gallic insouciance..."

C'mon, it was your first thought, too. You know it. Well, okay, it was my second thought, rather than my first; I did, after all, see the end of the Jets' destruction last night. I'd nominate the announcer's words after the Jet's final offensive play for a second football Quote of the Day:

"And that's how the game should end for the Jets. That's how the season should end for the Jets. Ugly."

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 18, 2012 3:21 PM
But jk thinks:

No sir, thou art cleverer than me -- I did not get that far.

I did have this nightmare last night that I was reincarnated as a gifted athlete, but because of an ancient gypsy curse that I was drafted to play QB for the Jets. Gotta cut those late night cappuccinos...

Posted by: jk at December 18, 2012 3:35 PM
But dagny thinks:

Don't get me wrong I hate the Patriots but please tell me why doing something rationally is automatically also doing it cruelly? Why are the 2 words inseparable?

Posted by: dagny at December 18, 2012 4:12 PM
But jk thinks:

I cannot say this within earshot of some ThreeSourcers, but I actually like the Pats. You can't read Tedy Bruschi's book and not have some respect for the organization. It was torture for me to cheer on the loathsome 49ers -- but Bronco seed advantage comes first.

Marche is a gifted writer and subject to strict NYTimes editing (don't laugh, if it is not about guns or Republicans, the Grey Lady is quite factual). That he chose to specify "Rationally. Cruelly. Without mistakes and with the maximum amount of preparation" clearly indicates that they are not synonymous.

Posted by: jk at December 18, 2012 5:10 PM
But AndyN thinks:

If ancient Roman military might had never managed more than the battlefield equivalent of 3 Super Bowl wins by a total of 9 points against mostly mediocre opponents, Rome would never have progressed beyond a collection of mud huts clustered beside the Tiber River. Oh, and that's assuming that in the run up to those 3 victories the Roman legions had been able to deploy AWACs and knew what their opponents were planning.

Posted by: AndyN at December 18, 2012 5:45 PM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at December 18, 2012 6:39 PM

December 17, 2012

Quote of the Day

There is also a matter of principle. Distributional fairness is in the eyes of the beholder. The line between a fair distribution of the tax burden and spiteful egalitarianism is unclear. But many of us believe that placing the full burden of deficit reduction on the top two percent of taxpayers goes too far. After all, if 98 percent of the voters can exempt themselves while raising taxes on just the top two percent -- who already pay 45 percent of all personal income taxes -- where will the process stop? -- Martin Feldstein in a great article about the fiscal cliff.
Posted by John Kranz at 3:44 PM | Comments (0)

December 11, 2012

Quote of the Day

While chatting over coffee, a friend of The Refugee observed:

You can choose your course or action, but you can't choose the consequence of that action.
The Refugee will not provide attribution, as he's not sure the friend would want it nor if it is truly original to that friend. However, it seemed a rather profound observation that certainly applies to economics and many (perhaps all) aspects of life.
Posted by Boulder Refugee at 12:55 PM | Comments (7)
But jk thinks:

Two thoughts.

1. Mmmm coffee.

2. I dunno, bro. I think a grown up assigns a certain probability to potential consequences and assesses risk accordingly. "How did I know that lighted match was gonna start a fire?"

I have heard and frequently quote (and need someday to learn details) that Judaism requires a donor to be responsible for efficacy and consequences of charity. I like that -- I was raised on "well, you tried" if you give $500 to a junkie to pay his rent.

My problem with the quote is its seeming absolution for such an assessment -- me miss something?

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2012 2:45 PM
But jk thinks:

Missed jg's in the aether -- I think he and I may be closer on this one.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2012 2:50 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee is always up for coffee. We're kinda overdue.

The Refugee considers this thought in these practical contexts: you can't take out a student loan and then be angry at the bank for expecting it to be paid back; you can't tax producers and fail to recognize what causes unemployment; you can't decide to work a strict 40 hour week and then complain that you neighbor, who works 80 hours, has a larger house; you can't live on other people's money for decades and then riot when they stop giving it to you.

Just to name a few.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 11, 2012 3:51 PM
But jk thinks:

English is a tricky language. I (and, I am guessing, jg) read the exact opposite: that I am not liable for the consequences because "how are you ever going to know? You can't choose consequences..."

I assumed one of my Facebook frineds had stolen your password.

Posted by: jk at December 11, 2012 4:05 PM
But Jk thinks:

And, I'm sorry jg, if you really miss the twenty that much, I'll give it back. I had no idea...

Posted by: Jk at December 12, 2012 4:16 AM
But johngalt thinks:

How about this then, as being more in line with BR's examples: "You can choose your course or action, but the consequences are beyond your control. If a consequence is predictable, and avoidance of it desirable, then choose accordingly."

Posted by: johngalt at December 12, 2012 2:26 PM

December 5, 2012

Quote of the Day

But I don't blame Bob Costas. I blame the microphone. I blame the microphone. If that microphone hadn't been on, nobody would know what Costas said. If you stop and think about it, it's the microphone's fault. Costas, he's up there, he's in the broadcast booth at halftime. -- Rush Limbaugh via Ed Driscoll
Posted by John Kranz at 10:57 AM | Comments (0)

December 4, 2012


Been far too long since the last Heinlein quote of the day and I was handed the perfect segue for one of my favorites. In fact, I can't believe I've not quoted this one here yet but a site search for "sonnet" produced no hits.

Repeat commenter Steve D (more please!) sez [fifth comment]: "No one human being can do everything, nor should he." I've read the one about nobody knowing how to do everything to make a simple wooden pencil, and I'm not advocating that someone quit his day job and go into business competing with Eberhard Faber or Blackfoot Indian Writing Company (they still around?) But I will say that an industrious enough person could make a pencil all by himself, if necessary. It would take days and cost much more but it could be done if, say, the free market were ever effectively outlawed by one too many mandate or tax.

The comment was in a thread discussing comparative advantage, but that contributor to efficiency and prosperity is a luxury that requires a basic framework of free trade before it can be brought to bear. Sometimes this doesn't exist, either in a revolution or on a frontier. It is in that environment where one does well to heed the advice of the Sci-Fi master:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - RAH, 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)
Posted by JohnGalt at 7:24 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

David Ricardo is having a rough week 'round these parts...

Posted by: jk at December 4, 2012 7:45 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Not sayin' he's wrong, just that he'd have a hard time surviving in the jungle.

Posted by: johngalt at December 6, 2012 6:07 PM
But jk thinks:

Yet, curiously, the best way to learn is to be marooned on a desert island

Posted by: jk at December 6, 2012 6:50 PM

November 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

Our contemporary hunger for equality can border on the comical. When my six-year-old son came home from first grade with a fancy winner's ribbon, I was filled with pride to discover that he had won a footrace. While I was heaping praise on him, he interrupted to correct me. "No, it wasn't just me," he explained. "We all won the race!" He impatiently educated me. He wasn't first or second or third--he couldn't even remember what place he took. Everyone who ran the race was told that they had won, and they were all given the same ribbon. "Well, you can't all win a race," I explained to him, ever-supportive father that I am. That doesn't even make sense. He simply held up his purple ribbon and raised his eyebrows at me, as if to say, "You are thus refuted." . . . -- Prof. Stephen T. Asma in his new book "Against Fairness" (University of Chicago Press)
Posted by John Kranz at 11:26 AM | Comments (8)
But Sugarchuck thinks:

Twinkies? You guys don't hate Twinkies.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at November 19, 2012 12:10 PM
But jk thinks:

I wrote derisively of Twinkies. H8r!

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2012 12:16 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And I thought MLK had been defended.

As for fair or fairness, the objective version is a virtue; the subjective or redistributive version a vice. For it necessarily contradicts objective fairness in the way it treats the redistribution victim, i.e. redistributant (as opposed to redistributee at the hands of a redistributor.) Too much? Okay. Redistribution Victim.

Posted by: johngalt at November 19, 2012 2:47 PM
But jk thinks:

Umm, brother jg, on other sites, you'll find that MLK does not need defending.

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2012 3:48 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Fair enough but in defense of any partial or temporary criticisms appearing here I'll suggest that celebrity or popularity doesn't confer exemption from critical inquiry. On other sites, Che Guevera does not need defending.

Posted by: johngalt at November 19, 2012 6:13 PM
But jk thinks:

No, I'm proud to be among the iconoclasts. Just reminded of the uphill battles we face.

Posted by: jk at November 19, 2012 7:29 PM

November 13, 2012

Quote of the Day

Blog Brother AlexC on Facebook:

Holy crap, this is an actual love pentagon.

Posted by John Kranz at 9:35 AM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Look at the bright side, ThreeSourcers. By all early indications, we have a sex scandal where there may have been actual sex. Very rare these days...

Posted by: jk at November 13, 2012 12:52 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I hadn't thought of it that way, but let's see--Clinton, well, depends on the definition but he wasn't enough of a MAN to have my definition, Craig (no), Chris Lee (no), The Weiner (no), Eric Massa (no), Herman Cain (no), Mark Souder (yes). So that's something.

In the good old days they actually had real sex. Way too many email and picture scandals now. How utterly weak.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 14, 2012 8:13 PM

November 12, 2012


In honor of General David Petraeus and his "shameful" behavior.

Geniuses and supergeniuses always make their own rules on sex as on everything else; they do not accept the monkey customs of their lessers. -RAH 'Friday' (1983)
Posted by JohnGalt at 6:56 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Forcing my hand on Wednesday's:

she never wondered whether he was true to her or not; she knew he was. She knew, even though she was too young to know the reason, that indiscriminate desire and unselective indulgence were possible only to those who regarded sex and themselves as evil.

Rand, Ayn (2005-04-21). Atlas Shrugged: (Centennial Edition) (p. 109). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.

Posted by: jk at November 12, 2012 7:28 PM
But jk thinks:

Left to the reader: are the Heinlein and Rand quotes contradictory?

Posted by: jk at November 12, 2012 8:17 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

In short: No.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 14, 2012 1:32 PM
But jk thinks:

Agreed. Thanks for playing.

Posted by: jk at November 14, 2012 2:42 PM

November 11, 2012

Quote of the Day

I'm beginning to think, though, that in real life Joss Whedon would have been on the side of the Alliance. -- Glenn Reynolds
Amen, Professor R.

I hope the Firefly fans around here watch "Castle" with Nathan Fillion; it's quite good. They drop little easter-egg Firefly references frequently, which is fun, but last Monday's -- hidden behind all the election nonsense -- was an outright homage. If you don't watch it, you should try and catch this episode, "The Final Frontier," on Hulu or something.

Posted by John Kranz at 8:49 AM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

You're right on both counts. The Alliance and Castle.
Last week's episode was very fun.

Posted by: Terri at November 11, 2012 8:13 PM
But Jk thinks:

Captain Max and Chloe... Castle saying "that Joss Whedon show..." Great stuff!

Posted by: Jk at November 11, 2012 8:21 PM

November 10, 2012

Make the nation's top earners "pay their fair share."

In light of last week's election, and the President's promise to do the above, I'm compelled to reprint the October 19, 2010 ASQOTD.

And when you saw it, you saw the real motive of any person who's ever preached the slogan: 'From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.'

"This was the whole secret of it. At first, I kept wondering how it could be possible that the educated, the cultured, the famous men of the world could make a mistake of this size and preach, as righteousness, this sort of abomination - when five minutes of that should have told them what would happen if somebody tried to practice what they preached. Now I know that they didn't do it by any kind of mistake. Mistakes of this size are never made innocently. If men fall for some vicious piece of insanity, when they have no way to make it work and no possible reason to explain their choice - it's because they have a reason that they do not wish to tell. And we weren't so innocent either, when we voted for the plan at the first meeting. We didn't do it just because we believed that the drippy old guff they spewed was good. We had another reason, but the guff helped us to hide it from our neighbors and from ourselves. The guff gave us a chance to pass off as virtue something that we'd be ashamed to admit otherwise. There wasn't a man voting for it who didn't think that under a setup of this kind he'd muscle in on the profits of the men abler than himself. There wasn't a man rich and smart enough but that he didn't think that somebody was richer and smarter, and this plan would give him a share of his better's wealth and brain. But while he was thinking that he'd get unearned benefits from the men above, he forgot about the men below who'd get unearned benefits, too. He forgot about all his inferiors who'd rush to drain him just as he hoped to drain his superiors. The worker who liked the idea that his need entitled him to a limousine like his boss's, forgot that every bum and beggar on earth would come howling that their need entitled them to an icebox like his own. That was our real motive when we voted - that was the truth of it - but we didn't like to think it, so the less we liked it, the louder we yelled about our love for the common good.

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:25 PM | Comments (0)

November 9, 2012

Quote of the Day

Imagine if this set an example for everyone, and every adulterer resigned from his/her job. Civilization would collapse, no? It would be worse than "going Galt" if everyone goes Petraeus. -- Ann Althouse
Posted by John Kranz at 5:24 PM | Comments (2)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

I dunno. This is not a garden variety affair. Anyone in our intelligence services committing such an act is open to blackmail.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 10, 2012 12:08 AM
But AndyN thinks:

I think I have to disagree with both you and Ann.

On the one hand, if every adulterer felt too much shame to remain in high-profile positions of authority, I think civilization would be stronger. Accepting personal responsibilities for your shortcomings and thereby setting a higher moral standard for others is never a bad thing.

On the other hand, you only leave yourself open to blackmail if you try to keep it a secret. We all make mistakes, some much bigger than others, the key is to acknowledge them and try to overcome them. It might have ended his marriage, but if he'd told his wife what he'd done he would have eliminated any leverage his mistress had on him.

Posted by: AndyN at November 10, 2012 7:48 AM

November 8, 2012

Quote of the Day II

From a comment to Kyle Smith's Finita La Commedia (RTWT). I pretty much agree with Kyle; as I noted in the comments below I am doing what I hereby acronym as GLG (Going Limited Galt). I will concentrate on family, local and state. As far as FedGov, haters gonna hate.

Anyway, to the witty and doubleplus good QOTD II:

What could be more important to two people who love each other and want to spend their lives together than to have America’s federal government, through official bureaucratic processes and hence in some vague, attenuated, abstract, disembodied, impersonal and unintentional sense verify or certify their love, governmentally? What’s $16 trillion dollars of debt when compared to that?
Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 1:58 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day

First a little paperwork: blog friend Sugarchuck requests and is hereby granted QOTD honors for his pithy and poignant election summary of eight letters and an ellipsis.

Today's comes from Dan Henninger:

There's that famous saying: Is this a great country or what? With the way Barack Obama achieved his re-election, that's a good question: Or what?

Posted by John Kranz at 11:33 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Mine was going to be just four letters, and an ellipsis. But well said!

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2012 1:25 PM

November 6, 2012

Quote of the Day

A two-fer from Kurt Schuler @ freebanking.org

"The people have spoken, the bastards." -- Dick Tuck, in his concession speech in a race for the California State Senate in 1966

"Imagine if all of life were determined by majority rule. Every meal would be a pizza. Every pair of pants, even those in a Brooks Brothers suit, would be stone-washed denim. Celebrity diet and exercise books would be the only thing on the shelves at the library. And -- since women are a majority of the population -- we'd all be married to Mel Gibson." -- P. J. O'Rourke, 1991

Posted by John Kranz at 2:19 PM | Comments (0)

November 5, 2012

Quote of the Day

At times, it seems almost as if President Obama wants to impose the failed Illinois model on the whole country. Each year of his presidency has produced unsustainable deficits, and he takes no responsibility for his spending. Worse still, unemployment has become chronic, and many Americans have given up on looking for work. -- Sheldon Adelson
A stunning piece ("I Didn't Leave the Democrats. They Left Me"), holler if you want it emailed.
Posted by John Kranz at 12:20 PM | Comments (0)

November 2, 2012

Quote of the Day

Responding to a tweet from Sec. Robert Reich "Will we comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable under President Obama, or do the exact opposite under President Romney?"

But let's get back to the economic part. Is there a clearer example of how envy lurks just under the surface of liberalism? According to this axiom comfort is a kind of sin that must be punished. Those who posses must be afflicted. This is the logic of Jacobinism, Bolshevism, and the forces of Bane in the last Batman movie. Our progressives may not carry it out to the same extreme, and that's an important distinction. But the very idea that these people think they are the arbiters of who is comfortable and that the job falls to them to afflict those who possess it is disgusting. H. L. Mencken defined puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy." Well, is there any more perfect distillation of the puritanical spirit than in the secular divinization of envy we call leftism? -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]

I hope you do subscribe; the whole piece is a superb, philosophical, ThreeSources-friendly exegesis on the politics of envy. And, as it is Jonah, it has Star Wars references and a urinal joke.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:45 PM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2012


If you've spent much time in hospitals, you know that they are battlegrounds for the war between the medicinal scents and various human odors. My [Hotel] room smells a bit like David Axelrod these days, by which I mean it has the vague scent of urine, desperation, and failure to it, damped down by too little Lysol. -- Jonah Goldberg [subscribe]

Bonus Jonah link: Six college pranks we wish we'd thought of

Posted by John Kranz at 3:46 PM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2012

Quote of the Day

But the single biggest metaphorical crotch-kick of the night came from great-grandson Al Smith IV, who told President Obama, "We recognize that you have some challenges this year. It's never good when your opponent has produced more sons than you have jobs." -- via Jim Geraghty [video]
Posted by John Kranz at 10:22 AM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

I hope this doesn't get out, the President is absolutely charming here.

Posted by: jk at October 19, 2012 10:48 AM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

You are so right, brother jk. It's really the most I've ever liked the guy. If I didn't think he was ruining the country with his policies I'd vote for him...

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 19, 2012 5:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Wow, not my reaction at all. I thought he was likeable to an average degree but no more. His jokes were bare minimum grade funny. His demeanor was depressed. I viewed him as a pathetic character worthy of pity. I actually felt sorry for him - trying to campaign on his record is its own form of Sissyphean undertaking.

Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was confident, hilariously funny and - absolutely charming. His wit was mercilessly biting. "In the spririt of Sesame Street, the Obama Administration is brought to you by the letter "O" and the number "16 trillion." OUCH!

It was reported that after the speeches everyone wanted to meet Mitt, even the liberals.

Posted by: johngalt at October 19, 2012 6:54 PM
But jk thinks:

Let me try an olive branch... each showed an unexpected side. Romney was surprisingly biting. I, too, dug several of the lines but was pretty surprised at their ferocity. Plus, Gov. Romney's close was solid gold. I'd buy all the TV time in Ohio and run that as an ad.

Where one expected nice Romney and got fierce Romney, I was expecting fierce-bordering-on-petty Obama. A little self-effacing humor, however, really serves the President well. Had he mastered that as well as he does it here, he would be up 20 points in the polls.

Posted by: jk at October 19, 2012 7:30 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Now I have watched Romney and I agree he was very strong indeed.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 19, 2012 9:22 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I told him so in person Saturday night but I want to note for the record that I agree with jk's assessment of the nuances of the two men's presentations. And the president was self-effacing, to a point. But I think I've seen that from him before, at least in deference to Michele if none else. I just don't think whatever charm he might have displayed outweighed the other characteristics I listed above.

Posted by: johngalt at October 22, 2012 2:35 PM

October 10, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

The re-election campaign of the President who allowed America's Ambassador to Libya to be murdered on the anniversary of 9/11, and claimed for a week that the deaths were a consequence of a completely unrelated event, is now focusing its attention on Mitt Romney's promise to cut funding for PBS and "Big Bird." My dagny answered swiftly and succinctly this morning:

"I'd rather spend the $445 million annual federal subsidy to Big Bird on more security for our ambassador to Libya."

(If you click through, don't miss the last paragraph of each article.)

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:24 PM | Comments (0)

October 8, 2012

Quote of the Day

The Obama campaign has gone through its own version of seven stages of grief since Wednesday night. First it was Juan Williams denying Obama did a poor job, then they blamed everything from the altitude to Jim Lehrer to John Kerrey, and now they've settled on calling Mitt Romney a liar. -- Amelia Chasse
Posted by John Kranz at 11:10 AM | Comments (0)

September 27, 2012

Quote of the Day

Elizabeth Warren is the Madame Defarge of our shining city on the Potomac; the preeminent tricoteuse of our regulatory state. If Senator Brown isn't making an issue of it, that's because Professor Warren's ideological knitting isn't an electoral vulnerability. It is her principal asset--certainly in Massachusetts, and (I'd wager) in virtually every other state in the nation. The demand for her politics of resentment and regulation is broad and authentic. The case against it is obvious. Alas, it can no longer be explained. -- Michael S. Greve
I've picked an amusing conclusion to a serious piece on the proper role of government. Greve asks, as we all do, why we fight over the minutiae of gotcha quotes and petty personal behavior when there are obvious and massive philosophical questions.

Oh, and hat-tip: Instapundit

Posted by John Kranz at 11:06 AM | Comments (3)
But johngalt thinks:

Favorite line (other than your excerpt, of course):

"The folks who tell me to buy a paintbrush are the same people who tell our children to buy their own contraceptives. This is a crisis. Where is the government?"

Posted by: johngalt at September 27, 2012 11:24 AM
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at September 27, 2012 11:28 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Could it be that more Americans live in older houses because our government values spotted owl habitat or "old growth forests" more than jobs and prosperity?

Or perhaps it has something to do with that 2008 collapse of the housing price bubble, which has since made much of the existing housing stock half as costly while material costs to build new homes continue to march onward and upward with the inflationary tsunamis called QE, QE2 and QE-threeeeeee!

But I don't know, I'm just a simple American trying to get by in flyover country. Who can understand all of the complex interrelations? Who can explain why anything is the way it is? Who can ever make things work again? Who is John Galt?

Posted by: johngalt at September 27, 2012 11:31 AM

September 26, 2012


PAUL RYAN HAS A COOL SENSE OF HUMOR, riffing on somebody else's remark that his future political career will require that he "wash the stench of Romney off of him." He's saying things on the campaign bus like "If Stench calls, take a message" and "Tell Stench I'm having finger sandwiches with Peggy Noonan and will text him later." But he has political antagonists, and if they get humor they'll pretend not to. It's a shame. I like quirky humor! -- Ann Althouse
UPDATE: Fake? UPDATE II: Worse: satire!

UPDATE III: David Burge (@iowahawkblog) 9/26/12 2:48 PM @politico if you promise to stay out of the satire biz, I'll promise to stay out of the Obama stenography biz.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:50 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:


Still better than Obama.

Posted by: johngalt at September 26, 2012 5:06 PM

September 21, 2012

Quote of the Day

A Muslim world that can take to the streets, as far away as Jakarta, in protest against a vulgar film depiction of the Prophet Muhammad--yet barely call up a crowd on behalf of a Syrian population that has endured unspeakable hell at the hands of the dictator Bashar al-Assad--is in need of self-criticism and repair. We do these societies no favor if we leave them to the illusion that they can pass through the gates of the modern world carrying those ruinous ideas. -- Fouad Ajami
Posted by John Kranz at 12:25 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

My sense from this side of the planet is that the muslim street is being whipped into these frenzys on demand by a small group of "community organizer" types, in the model of Sharpton and Jackson, et. al. We don't really need to have it out with all the muslims, just the self-interested rabble rousers.

Posted by: johngalt at September 22, 2012 1:24 AM

September 18, 2012

Quote of the Day

Perhaps my favorite of all time -- and I am not going to mention drugs:

That the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because, in the opinions of others, to do so would be wise or even right. -- JS Mill

This comes from a smart Richard Epstein piece on religious fundamentalism versus Mill and Locke.

Nothing that would interest anybody around here...

Hat-tip: Insty

Posted by John Kranz at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

September 17, 2012


It is a truism that almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so, and will follow it by suppressing opposition, subverting all education to seize early the minds of the young, and by killing, locking up, or driving underground all heretics.

-RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Any questions?

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:27 PM | Comments (0)

September 14, 2012

Quote of the Day

It's too late to get into all of it. But the whole thing [DNC2012] was sort of like an informercial homage to my oeuvre. In Liberal Fascism, I argue that liberalism is a political religion of the sort discussed by Eric Voegelin and championed by the progressive intellectuals like Richard Ely and Woodrow Wilson. They want to replace the Founders' vision of the government being (and here I am harkening back to my prison analogy) the Peoples' bitch and replace it with the Hegelian notion of the God-State where everyone is organically bound together and our collective will is expressed through the State. As (the Hegelian) Mussolini proclaimed in his definition of fascism, "Everything within the state, nothing outside the state." Or as the producers of the Democratic National Convention's introductory video put it, "Government is the one thing we all belong to." -- Jonah Golberg [subscribe]
UPDATE: Jonah is on Devil's Advocate tonight: "host Jon Caldara is joined by National Review Online Editor-at-Large Jonah Golberg to discuss Jonahs new book, 'The Tyranny of Cliches.' That's 8:30 PM tonight on Colorado Public Television 12."
Posted by John Kranz at 1:43 PM | Comments (0)

September 13, 2012


In a comment to last week's Hope-a-Dope post, brother Ellis made a reference to 'Have Spacesuit - Will Travel.' It pained me that I couldn't come up with a clever acknowledgement of his obscure reference. But this morning, the events of September 11, 2012 led to my recollection of another passage from that title. It speaks to the practice of exposing oneself to a visibly unprotected life amongst others who have proven by their past behavior to be hostile to your very existence - for the misguided purpose of showing that you "trust" and "respect" those others, and seek to live happily ever after in coexistence with them. That was, it now appears, the intention of President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton's foreign policy in Libya.

We lived like that “Happy Family“ you sometimes see in traveling zoos: a lion caged with a lamb. It is a startling exhibit but the lamb has to be replaced frequently.

--RAH 'Have Spacesuit - Will Travel' (1958)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:34 PM | Comments (1)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Spot. On!

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 13, 2012 4:56 PM

September 7, 2012

Quote of the Day

One from "Our Margaret." You can accuse me of offering it only because she is whacking the Democrats and the President. Fair cop, gov! But she can still put the words one after another and make beautiful art out of punditry:

There was the relentless emphasis on Government as Community, as the thing that gives us spirit and makes us whole. But government isn't what you love if you're American, America is what you love. Government is what you have, need and hire. Its most essential duties--especially when it is bankrupt--involve defending rights and safety, not imposing views and values. We already have values. Democrats and Republicans don't see all this the same way, and that's fine--that's what national politics is, the working out of this dispute in one direction or another every few years. But the Democrats convened in Charlotte seemed more extreme on the point, more accepting of the idea of government as the center of national life, than ever, at least to me. -- Peggy Noonan

Posted by John Kranz at 1:31 PM | Comments (0)

September 4, 2012

Idiot Quote of the Day

"The reason the economics fail in the US is not a failure of Wind, its a failure of greedy corporations to allocate costs in a manner that is for the common good. Energy is like air - it comes from God and should not be for-profit. COOPs are the most cost efficient way to deliver electricity. Remove the corporate overhead with multi-million dollar salaries for CEO's and the economics of wind are obvious."

Posted 3 hours ago as a comment on a blog post at one of my engineering trade magazines. The post itself is noteworthy, for it represents the first I can remember where the realities of alternative energy sources are given as much weight as the pollyanna political correctness.

And then there is the cost of wind per MW hr with the subsidy included. Without the subsidy - fuggedaboutit. And it looks like the forgetting will be happening soon. The tax credits for "alternative" (read unreliable) energy have not been renewed. What was that again? Renewables have not been renewed? Isn't that a contradiction in terms? There is a simple explanation.

Wind power does not succeed by capturing wind. It succeeds by capturing government.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:25 PM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"... the economics of wind are obvious..."

I've got your "obvious" right here...


Posted by: Keith Arnold at September 4, 2012 3:43 PM

September 3, 2012

Quote of the Day

It's a delicate proposition, warning voters that they might be too stupid and/or venal to understand a politician's brilliance. We don't know yet how that strategy will pay off in the voting booth, but if the president and his party get the kid-gloves treatment from the media this week after the RNC festival of overheated fact-checking, then the institution of political journalism may creep into still more unchartered territory: taking sides in the very polarization it usually claims to abhor. -- Matt Welch: Obama, Democrats, and the Media: You Can't Handle the 'Truth'
Posted by John Kranz at 12:00 PM | Comments (0)

August 31, 2012

Quote of the Day

[Convention organizers] have turned friendly little Tampa into something very unpleasantly resembling a prison camp, complete with rooftop patrols, combat gear, gunboats with weapons mounted on monopods, Green Zone-style barriers -- the whole works. It is all very un-republican, though it has been conducted with a great deal more professionalism and courtesy than one experiences at the hands of the TSA. Still, it is kind of gross: Either this sort of thing is necessary or it is unnecessary, and neither possibility says anything good about the state of our republic. -- Kevin Williamson (via Jim Geraghty)
They're doing the TSA impersonations at NFL games now. I think we need a little more Penn Jilette and less Old Aunt Sally.
Posted by John Kranz at 9:43 AM | Comments (0)

August 29, 2012

Quote of the Day

As a matter of logic, of course, an endorsement from the candidate's spouse ought to be heavily discounted. And while a lovely wife and family is one measure of a man's success, it doesn't ensure that he will be an effective leader. Obama is a case in point. But if the Democrats are going to take the tack of making Romney out to be some kind of beast, it doesn't hurt to have a beauty make the case for him. -- James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 4:56 PM | Comments (2)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

It recently occurred to me that this election features the hottest foursome of P/VP wives since heck, I don't know, evah? Jill Biden is strikingly good-looking and I have no idea how Slowjoe won her over. Mrs. Obama is very attractive when she smiles. Not so much when she contemplates the awfulness of the country that elected her husband First Citizen. Maybe after the election and her return to Chicago she'll be more relaxed and have that lovely look more often.

Ann Romney is meeoowww! Janna R., ditto! I am enjoying this part of the election very much.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 29, 2012 8:26 PM
But jk thinks:

Agree with all your points. But I cannot locate a picture of Mrs. Kefauver...

Posted by: jk at August 30, 2012 9:58 AM

August 27, 2012


I've been waiting for a good opportunity to use another great quote from Life-Line. My star rating on the D'Souza film today is good enough to let it fly:

"If what he has to say is false, it can not harm us. If what he has to say is true, we should know it."

--RAH 'Life-Line' (1939)

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:32 PM | Comments (0)

August 24, 2012


As an attempt to conclude the free-banking discussion that became a high-level abortion rights debate:

"The shamans are forever yacking about their snake-oil "miracles." I prefer the Real McCoy -- a pregnant woman."

--RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:34 PM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2012


As promised yesterday.

"Barbarians! Imbeciles! Stupid dolts! Your kind have blocked the recognition of every great discovery since time began. Such ignorant canaille are enough to start Galileo spinning in his grave. That fat fool down there twiddling his elk's tooth calls himself a medical man. Witch doctor would be a better term! That little bald-headed runt over there -- You! You style yourself a philosopher, and prate about life and time in your neat categories. What do you know of either one? How can you ever learn when you won't examine the truth when you have a chance? Bah!"

--RAH 'Life-Line' (1939)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:06 PM | Comments (2)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I've read "Life-Line" many times but never really thought about the wonderful word "canaille": an ignorant rabble, a mob; literally, a pack of dogs.

There are just so many people this could be applied to! The MSM, TSA, hell, whole bunches of federal bureaucrats, etc.

Might we even say that Todd Akin is a "one-man canaille"?

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 22, 2012 4:04 PM
But johngalt thinks:

During our recent re-reading I realized I had read it previously but had dissociated the name from the story in my memory. We also spent quite a time discussing "canaille" and trying to solidify the word in our vocabularies.

Posted by: johngalt at August 22, 2012 8:40 PM

August 18, 2012


Well, maybe he believed and maybe he didn't, but apparently he didn't spend much time fretting about it.

There is no conclusive evidence of life after death. But there is no evidence of any sort against it. Soon enough you will know. So why fret about it?

--RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:08 AM | Comments (0)

August 16, 2012


I had best post this one today, before Ellis Wyatt does.

"The Almighty-God idea came under attack because it explained nothing; it simply pushed all explanations one stage farther away. In the nineteenth century atheistic positivism started displacing the Almighty-God notion in that minority of the population that bathed regularly. Atheism had a limited run, as it, too, explains nothing, being merely Godism turned upside down."

--RAH 'The Cat Who Walked Through Walls' (1985)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:47 PM | Comments (1)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

A very good point. One of the (many) things that is so satisfying to me about Bill Patterson's RAH biography is that it clarifies that he was not a strict materialist; he believed in some form of mind/spirit surviving after death, and spoke favorably of his wife's Wiccan-type efforts to quiet a ghost in their Hollywood Hills home.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 16, 2012 7:53 PM

Otequay of the Ayday

"We're going around the country, talking about, ‘How do we put people back to work? How do we improve our schools? How do we make sure that we're producing American energy? How do we lower our debt in a responsible way?' And I don't think you or anybody who's been watching the campaign would say that in any way we have tried to divide the country. We've always tried to bring the country together," President Obama said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Well, perhaps just 99 percent of the country.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:33 PM | Comments (0)

August 15, 2012


Today's entry is a two-fer on the subject of human overcrowding and political philosophy.

"When a place gets crowded enough to require ID's, social collapse is not far away. It is time to go elsewhere. The best thing about space travel is that it made it possible to go elsewhere."

"Peace is an extension of war by political means. Plenty of elbow room is pleasanter -- and much safer."

--RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

UPDATE: It's a THREE-fer!

"Animals can be driven crazy by placing too many in too small a pen. Homo sapiens is the only animal that voluntarily does this to himself."

(Also from 'Time Enough for Love')

Yes I have read more than this one Heinlein work. However, if you only read one, this must be that one.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:20 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

I'm going to come out squarely against Heinlein! It is Johnny Mercer week and "Fools Rush In" cannot be far behind...

But I reject this quote as neo-Malthusian in tone if not in content. Exciting, innovative, creative, wonderful Ricardian, Deepak Lal-ian things transpire when intellects join. It may be peaceful to have a farm in Weld County or your own spaceship, but I reject those who claim we cannot live together orderly just as I would harangue the radical environmentalist who wants us to live like indigenous Americans.

There you go. Y'all gonna take that?

Posted by: jk at August 15, 2012 6:58 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I'm going to take a safe middle ground squarely between the two of you.

Elbow room? The last time I heard someone speechify about the need for Lebensraum, it led to some pretty disastrous results, though I doubt either JG or Heinlein are talking about a desire to annex the Sudetenland. But "crowded enough to require IDs" is a reference not just to crowds, but crowds of strangers. I can have lots of neighbors - if I know them and can trust them. It's not a problem in JK's context of "when intellects join." JK's milieu of a bunch of people who are willing to live and interact cooperatively ("live together orderly") is different from JG's milieu of the hoi polloi who live anonymously in what are unneighborly neighborhoods.

Witness the guy in today's news who got beaten senseless by six yoots - because they were bored.

If I were given the option to live amongst a population of JGs and JKs, sure, no problem. Like-minded (mostly), congenial; but drop me down in your average Detroit or Chicago neighborhood? I'd be longing for some elbow room.

So I'd offer that you're both right, but that the issue is not merely the number, but the nature, of the neighbors. The wrong ones would make me positively "unmutual" (bonus points to whoever gets that reference first).

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 15, 2012 8:28 PM
But johngalt thinks:

When I read this quote I think about Rand's 'Anthem' wherein the frustrated "citizen" and his correspondingly unmutual paramour found refuge on a mountain peak, completely removed from "civilization." The attribute being avoided is not overcrowding per se, but the authority that invariably comes along with it, as represented by identification documents. In my rural neighborhood no ID's are required. I know all of my neighbors in a 1-mile radius and anyone else who happens by generally has good intentions and is thus welcome to visit for a time. If they don't have good intentions, well, that is what dogs are for. (One thing, anyway.) Don't believe I've ever asked to see anyone's ID though. By the same token I still revel in my trips "into town" whether corporeally or telepresently.

"Unmutual." I learned the reference but won't claim the prize as discovering it required Binging. My unaided guess was that it came from the aforementioned 'Anthem.' I remember, from my youth, the name of the work which contained it but for whatever reason, never experienced it.

Posted by: johngalt at August 16, 2012 2:12 AM
But jk thinks:

I don't know that annexing the Sudetenland into Weld County is a terrible idea...

Perhaps even Senator Goldwater would agree with moderation here. I was born in Denver and now get viscerally ill when I visit family, relaxing only as I cross 136th or so. This makes me a strange emissary for city life. I think I may have coined the term urbaphobe in the 1980s but there was no Google to verify.

Yet Libertarianism runs hand in hand with millenarianism and the utopian dreams of my leftist friends are not dissimilar to Rand's Atlantis except in economics.

Sam Colt in Connecticut, Silicon Valley, &c. launched humanity hundreds of years into the future -- perhaps the intertubes have obviated that but I am not certain. Don't everybody all wander off.

Posted by: jk at August 16, 2012 9:48 AM

August 14, 2012


The "global fairness" ideology discussed today includes among it's tenets, "Cutting military expenditures; negotiating to eliminate all nuclear weapons; sharing R&D priorities towards pressing domestic needs; stopping NATO expansion; banning landmines; ending subsidies for arms exporters and arms transfers for dictators; banning covert operations; shifting from unilateral military aid and US-controlled peacekeeping missions abroad to multilateral responses; and promoting real human rights abroad." In short, the pacifist, peacenik "no-nukes" platform of the sixties - as though elimination of the tools of war will end war. Yet Robert A. Heinlein correctly explained pacifism to the world in 1973:

A "pacifist male" is a contradiction in terms. Most self-described "pacifists" are not pacific; they simply assume false colors. When the wind changes, they hoist the Jolly Roger.

--RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:27 PM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

Such explosive growth in debt can't go on forever, and it won't. Yet our current leaders and their apologists insist that the problem will magically solve itself. Last year's deficit came in slightly below forecasts, and we've had one quarter of good economic growth -- see, we'll grow out of the deficit!


Let's hope that works -- but hope is not a plan.

Just as the federal government is in no immediate danger of running out of money, our forces in Iraq are in no danger of outright defeat. But in both cases, current policies appear to be unsustainable: we can't go on like this indefinitely. And things that can't go on forever, don't.

Paul Krugman (2003)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:46 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Would that be "Nobel Laureate, Dr. Paul Krugman?"

Posted by: jk at August 13, 2012 5:17 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Heh, not in 2003! :) And the "Dr." wasn't on his byline.

Posted by: johngalt at August 13, 2012 5:32 PM
But jk thinks:

The Times Style Guide eschews honorifics.

Posted by: jk at August 13, 2012 6:13 PM
But AndyN thinks:

He may not have been "Nobel Laureate, Dr. Paul Krugman" at that point, but I'm pretty sure he was already "former paid Enron economic adviser Paul Krugman" by then. A point that everyone who ever has to face off against him in public needs to remind their audience early and often.

Posted by: AndyN at August 13, 2012 9:46 PM

August 12, 2012

Quote of the Day

When Ryan said in Norfolk, "We won’t replace our Founding principles, we will reapply them," he effectively challenged Obama to say what Obama believes, which is: Madison was an extremist in enunciating the principles of limited government -- the enumeration and separation of powers. And Jefferson was an extremist in asserting that government exists not to grant rights but to "secure" natural rights that pre-exist government. -- George Will
Posted by John Kranz at 8:51 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Obama is starting to take the bait. In an appearance on Saturday he said that Ryan's vision is one with which he "fundamentally disagrees."

Posted by: johngalt at August 13, 2012 11:53 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Oops ... PRESIDENT Obama.

Posted by: johngalt at August 13, 2012 11:56 AM

August 11, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

Democrats will no doubt try to make Paul Ryan into a younger version of the devil they’ve tried to paint Mitt Romney as. But they should worry about fighting a campaign on fundamental issues in a weak economy. That’s precisely how Jimmy Carter, the last Democratic president to run for reelection during hard times, wound up losing so badly that it not only cost Democrats control of the U.S. Senate but damaging the liberal brand for years afterwards.

- John Fund in 'Smart Democrats Should be Worried' at The Corner

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:51 PM | Comments (0)

August 9, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

NY Times - What Cornfields Show, Data Now Confirm: July Set Mark as U.S.’s Hottest Month

In the United States, the only hope for substantial relief from higher-than-average temperatures in the coming weeks and months would be a striking atmospheric change, like the development this autumn of the weather pattern known as El Niño or a tropical cyclone that moves into the central part of the country from the Gulf of Mexico, scientists said on Wednesday.

But, wasn't electing Barack Obama in 2008 supposed to accomplish this?

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:46 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

To deny the connection would be to thumb one's nose at science.

Posted by: jk at August 9, 2012 4:48 PM

August 2, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

Ahmadinejad added that "liberating Palestine" would solve all the world's problems, although he did not elaborate on exactly how that might work.

--From a Jerusalem Post article, reporting a speech published on the Iranian president's website today renewing his call for "the annihilation of the Zionist regime in order to pave the way for world justice and freedom."

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:11 PM | Comments (0)

July 31, 2012


On the occasion of presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's brief foreign tour coming to a close:

I believe in-- I am proud to belong to -- the United States. Despite shortcomings, from lynchings to bad faith in high places, our nation has had the most decent and kindly internal practices and foreign policies to be found anywhere in history.

-- RAH 'This I Believe' written for the Edward R. Murrow radio show (1952)

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:51 PM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2012


Cold comfort for Jordyn Wieber:

Certainly the game is rigged. Don't let that stop you; if you don't bet, you can't win.

--RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:30 PM | Comments (0)

Yes, Jim

I have indeed had the same thought -- even before Nanny Bloomberg locked up the baby formula.

Is anyone else dumbfounded that the most draconian of food and health laws are being enacted in "hey, fuggedaboudit" New York City? This is the city of pugnacious tabloids, the mafia, Archie Bunker, Taxi Driver, Joe Namath -- this city used to define its identity through toughness, and defiance, and independence, and disregarding authority. And now some pint-size billionaire has decided he's the city's healthy-living messiah, sent to save us from ourselves, to use the power of government to force us to make what are considered the healthy choices . . . today. -- Jim Geraghty [subscribe]

Posted by John Kranz at 11:10 AM | Comments (6)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

THE GOOD NEWS: It's being done to promote breast-feeding.

THE BAD NEWS: New York City regulations now prohibit breasts larger than sixteen ounces.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 30, 2012 1:57 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Props for the 16 oz. breasts joke but "promote" breast-feeding? What promotion does it need other than government minding its own business?

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 3:12 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

I used "promote" only because "impose" seems so heavy-handed.

That being said, the article I read mentioned that, because breast-feeding purportedly (and I use that would because I'm not a parent and have no knowledge myself) gives newborns a healthier start in life, Nanny Bloomberg has decided to go this route. Formula will be provided when requested, subject to the proviso that (a) momma must ask for it, and (b) she will get a sound scolding for asking.

I've read elsewhere that Nanny Bloomberg shall henceforth be known as Wet-Nurse Bloomberg as a result of this.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 30, 2012 3:31 PM
But Jk thinks:

Is that fair to wet-nurses? Seems an honorable profession?

Posted by: Jk at July 30, 2012 3:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Get ready for the class-action lawsuit against baby formula "corporations" and the tobacco tax-like settlement with governments far and wide.

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 4:01 PM
But johngalt thinks:

From the Wikipedia entry on "baby formula:"

"Meanwhile breastfeeding rates are substantially lower for WIC recipients;[75] this is partly attributed to formula being free of charge to mothers in the WIC program, who are of lower socio-economic status."

Dear Mayor Bloomberg- It would be simpler to just stop giving the crap away for free.

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 6:30 PM

July 28, 2012

RAHQOTD - Post Facto Edition

I missed an important anniversary last week. It was overshadowed, temporarily, by the horrific acts of a sociopathic young man. In my adulthood I have generally categorized those younger than me as either pre- or post-moonwalk babies. Today's 'post facto' Heinlein quote celebrates the significance of that event, forty-three years ago.

This is the great day. This is the greatest event in all the history of the human race, up to this time. That is -- today is New Year's Day of the Year One. If we don't change the calendar, historians will do so. The human race -- this is our change, our puberty rite, bar mitzvah, confirmation, from the change of our infancy into adulthood for the human race. And we're going to go on out, not only to the Moon, to the stars; we're going to spread. I don't know that the United States is going to do it; I hope so. I have -- I'm an American myself; I want it to be done by us. But in any case, the human race is going to do it, it's utterly inevitable: we're going to spread through the entire universe.

-- RAH in a live interview with Walter Cronkite of CBS News on the day of the first moonwalk (July 20, 1969)

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:56 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Awesome. As we roll into an enhanced private role, I am starting to get excited again. Pity we squandered [not fair, went slowly for] 40 years, but the Deutsch Book, Planetary Resources, and Sir Richard Branson's forays provide hope.

Posted by: jk at July 28, 2012 10:59 AM

July 24, 2012


Thanks to blog procreator JK for the subject of today's Heinlein quote:

Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist -- a master -- and that is what Auguste Rodin was -- can look at an old woman, portray her exactly as she is... and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be.... and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart.... no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired -- but it does to them. Look at her!

-- RAH 'Stranger in a Strange Land' (1961)

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:16 PM | Comments (0)

July 20, 2012


A modest and civilized society would give room to the families and friends of the dead to begin to process their shattering losses. It would give room to the police to do their work and gather evidence. It would leave room for citizens of this nation to reflect with soberness and seriousness on what has happened; to participate, if only for a brief time, in a national mourning of sorts. And it might even resist the impulse to leverage a massacre into a political culture war. It would be helpful if members of the press and politicians understood this, and acted in a way that showed some measure of decency and compassion. -- Peter Wehner
Posted by John Kranz at 7:00 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Interesting. My first apartment was a block away from the suspect's; my first house about a mile from the crime scene.

Posted by: jk at July 20, 2012 8:25 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Didn't L. Neil Smith's Probability Broach series center around Aurora? Also, have any of you ladies and gentlebeings met Mr. Smith? I have enjoyed his works for over 25 years.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 20, 2012 8:46 PM

Quote of the Day

Chris Christie is not a wimp, a hippie, or a countercultural icon. He's not known for taking time out from budget negotiations to smoke dope, or for his sympathy for drug dealers.

Yet he is a soft-liner on the war on drugs. That the combative New Jersey governor and Republican rock star -- just tapped to keynote the GOP convention in Tampa, Fla. -- vocally dissents from drug-war orthodoxy is another sign that the tectonic plates of the drug debate are shifting. Perhaps our appetite for spending billions and incarcerating millions, in the service of pieties immune to rational analysis, is not limitless after all. -- Rich Lowry

Today the world, tomorrow ThreeSources!

Posted by John Kranz at 6:00 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

I'd like to show evidence of hypocrisy on Cristie's part, or at least a flip-flop, but I can't lay my hands on the article I remember reading last week saying Cristie wasn't likely to sign NJ bills to legalize pot and gay marriage. At least that is my recollection. It would seem that this mandatory drug treatment bill is a compromise he thought he could not be seen refusing.

For my part I'm glad to see this. The GOP must make a hard sell for the kiddie vote and Cristie is influential enough in the party to drag other opinion makers along with him, at least to a degree. Grizzled old TEA Partiers like me can approve on the basis of reduced goverment spending for fighting the so-called drug war.


Posted by: johngalt at July 21, 2012 12:31 PM


Bad people do bad things.

I've heard all the usual Sweetness and Light that kids get pushed at them -- how they should always forgive, how there's some good in the worst of us, etc. But when I see a black widow, I step on it; I don't plead with it to be a good little spider and please stop poisoning people. A black widow spider can't help it -- but that's the point.

--RAH 'Have Space Suit - Will Travel' (1958)

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:01 PM | Comments (1)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

A great quote from a great book. There is much more critique in it of "modern" education--published in 1958, many years before most people came to believe public ed had gone to hell.

I am happy to be back in touch--a week of vacation with very intermittent web connections has interrupted my "5 Best Songs Ever", amongst other things. Will be catching up in the next couple of days.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 20, 2012 6:39 PM

July 19, 2012


Inspired by a Joss Whedon quote: "And nobody has the perfect answer."

All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly, which can -- and must -- be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a "perfect society" on any foundation other than "Women and children first!" is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly-- and no doubt will keep on trying.

-- RAH 'Time Enough for Love (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:41 PM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"Women and children first" also seems to be the search-and-grope guideline for the TSA Frottage Squad, if recent news articles about their perverted and humiliating incidents is any indication. I'm not sure they had Heinlein in mind, though.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 19, 2012 5:06 PM

Quote of the Day

The popularization of Derridaian post-modernism since the 1990s has generally been a lot of fun, turning mainstream Americans into sharp observers of signs and meaning who are sure that either there's nothing outside the text or everything is outside the text or both. But at some point it helps to look at that thing above the subtext, which is generally known as "the text." Up to this point the presidential election has been Obama vs. Obama Junior. With "You didn't build that," which his campaign has made no effort to clarify or redirect, the president has drawn a line in the sand.

There is no nebulousness here. Beyond the paragraph quoted above, Obama calls government spending "the investments that grow our economy." He ridicules the tendency of Americans to brag about being hard workers with a variant of "So's your old man." ("Let me tell you something -- there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.") He instinctively names "a great teacher" when looking for somebody to credit for causing success in the working world. The president has boldly presented his view on how an economy works. His supporters should give him the respect of taking his words seriously. -- Tim Cavenaugh
Posted by John Kranz at 7:05 AM | Comments (0)

July 18, 2012


Can President Obama possibly believe all of his demagoguery, recent and otherwise?

A confidence man knows he's lying; that limits his scope. But a successful shaman believes what he says -- and belief is contagious; there is no limit to his scope.

-- RAH 'Stranger in a Strange Land' (1961)

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:52 PM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2012

Quote of the Day

All Hail Taranto! On the President's "If you've got a business--you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen:"

Finally, Obama didn't even come up with this noxious idea himself. He ripped it off from Elizabeth Warren. First the white man steals her ancestors' land--well, 31/32nds of her ancestors steal the other 1/32nd's land, anyway--and now this.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:21 PM | Comments (0)


As California cities declare bankruptcy like dominoes, a pair of them are now holding public hearings on a proposal to sieze underwater private homes from lenders via eminent domain, paying the lender a "fair value" for the property, then assisting the borrower in refinancing at a lower principal and with favorable interest rates. The scheme was apparently concocted by a private corporation:

Steven Gluckstern, chairman of the newly formed San Francisco-based Mortgage Resolution Partners, says his main concern is to help the economy, which is being held back by the mortgage crisis.

"This is not a bunch of Wall Street guys sitting around saying, 'How do we make money?'" he said. "This was a bunch of Wall Street guys sitting around saying, 'How do you solve this problem?'"

Thus preparing us for today's Heinlein quote:

Every law that was ever written opened up a new way to graft.

-- RAH 'Red Planet' (1949)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:49 PM | Comments (0)

Otequay of the Ayday

"Every small business is not indebted to the government or some other benefactor. If anything, small businesses are historically an economic and job-creating powerhouse in spite of the government."

-- NFIB Spokesman in response to President Obama's claim that "If you've got a business - you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:38 PM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Speaking as a small business owner myself - http://www.masterescrow.com/ - I have a reaction to the SCOAMF's comment. My wife and I built this. With no assistance and a full complement of interference from government. Reading someone who's never held a responsible private sector job in his life and who wouldn't be able to run a dog-walking business at a profit say that makes steam whistle from my ears.

The remainder of my reaction is not printable, or at least, would sully the reputation this blog has for civility.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 16, 2012 4:38 PM
But johngalt thinks:

A universal reaction amongst job creators, no doubt. (And among those sympathetic to job creation.) Which makes me wonder how it is in his interest to say it with an election looming - it certainly can't energize the non-job creators in his favor as much as ye against him.

Posted by: johngalt at July 16, 2012 4:48 PM
But jk thinks:

Not sure the small business, job creatin' segment of the population is solidly behind the President. And no doubt Mister Axelrod will be stunned to hear that Brother Keith is wavering.

Seriously, when Elizabeth Warren said the same thing, my Facebook lit up with people who thought it brilliant. I think the President is happy to both fire up the base and paint Gov. Romney's support of free enterprise as (sorry Randians) selfish and overly individualistic.

President Clinton differentiated himself from Leader Dole with wanting to "build a bridge to the 21st Century together."

Those who are incensed were not in Obama's camp before he said it. And this -- sadly -- plays very well among the moderates.

Posted by: jk at July 16, 2012 5:42 PM

July 12, 2012

Quote of the Day

The usual way to mourn someone's passing is with a moment of silence. I think everyone who knew Anna even a little realizes that that would be absolutely the wrong way to remember her. So instead, let's remember her this week by being loud, forceful, and argumentative, and by interrupting one another when we feel really strongly about something. To honor her, we also need to keep our discussions and debates focused on the substantive questions at hand and firmly grounded in the evidence. -- David Romer in tribute to Anna Schwartz
Hat-tip: Prof. Mankiw
Posted by John Kranz at 2:10 PM | Comments (0)

July 11, 2012

Quote of the Day

Many clever men like you have trusted to civilization. Many clever Babylonians, many clever Egyptians, many clever men at the end of Rome. Can you tell me, in a world that is flagrant with the failures of civilisation, what there is particularly immortal about yours? -- GK Chesterton
To be paired with Insty's (and my) favorite RAH Quote: "On Bad Luck."
Posted by John Kranz at 10:29 AM | Comments (0)

July 9, 2012

Quote of the Day

Densie Rich leaving the good old USA? Sure hope we get that Canadian model to balance things out.

4) And this leads me to the biggest problem with Rich. As far as I understand it, Denise Rich raised millions for Democrats who supported policies to raise taxes on wealthy people (and many others). Now, she's packing up and leaving after supporting politicians who created the very conditions that prompts her to leave. That’s not merely pathetic, it's disgusting. Admittedly she raised at least some of that money to buy a pardon for her ex-husband, but that's hardly a great excuse. -- Jonah Glodberg

Posted by John Kranz at 5:21 PM | Comments (0)


In praise of the potted plant:

If you are part of a society that votes, then do so. There may be no candidates and no measures you want to vote for, but there are certain to be ones you want to vote against. In case of doubt, vote against. By this rule you will rarely go wrong.

-- RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:09 PM | Comments (0)

July 6, 2012


In shameless self-promotion of my own DAWG whistle Tweet today:

"Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get."

-- RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:11 PM | Comments (0)

July 5, 2012


Recommended by dagny, inspired by her comment on the Culture War post.

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as "bad luck."

-- RAH "Time Enough for Love" (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 6:35 PM | Comments (0)

July 4, 2012


Special Fourth-of-July Edition:

"It may not be possible to do away with government — sometimes I think that government is an inescapable disease of human beings. But it may be possible to keep it small and starved and inoffensive — and can you think of a better way than by requiring the governors themselves to pay the costs of their antisocial hobby?"

-- RAH 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' (1968)

Posted by JohnGalt at 10:05 PM | Comments (0)

June 29, 2012


How can I possibly put a new idea into your heads, if I do not first remove your delusions?

-- RAH 'Life-line' (1939)

Posted by JohnGalt at 9:41 PM | Comments (3)
But Robert thinks:

His first published story. Before I read it I never realized we are four-dimensional pink worms.

Posted by: Robert at June 30, 2012 2:08 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I'll see if a copy of this is in dagny's collection.

Posted by: johngalt at July 1, 2012 11:07 AM
But dagny thinks:

For those that are interested: this short story can be found in the compendium, "Expanded Universe." Per a quick scan on Amazon, it appears there is a relatively new re-release of this book.

@jg, there is old battered copy with the original cover on the headboard or on my bookshelf. :-)

Posted by: dagny at July 2, 2012 3:10 PM

Aristotle QOTD

“Anybody can become angry — that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way — that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.”

The Nicomachean Ethics

The essence of successful coaching, and parenting.

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 1:30 PM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2012


On occasion of today's historic Supreme Court "Obamacare" ruling...

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss.

-- RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:47 PM | Comments (0)

June 27, 2012


Had some ideas for news related quotes today but was instead captivated by this one. It relates, in my mind at least, to the brief Yukon/Alaskan frontier banter in this comment thread, for in many ways, at least in the 19th century, there was much in common between Alaska and Luna City.

Women are scarce; aren't enough to go around – that makes them most valuable thing in Luna, more precious than ice or air, as men without women don't care whether they stay alive or not.

-- RAH, 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' (1966)

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:44 PM | Comments (0)

June 20, 2012


Today's RAHQOTD is in honor of, guess who.

A "critic" is a man who creates nothing and thereby feels qualified to judge the work of creative men. There is logic in this; he is unbiased — he hates all creative people equally.

-- RAH 'Time Enough for Love' (1973)

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:57 PM | Comments (0)

June 19, 2012


Tip of the hat to dagny for today's entry as answer to jk's post about how, and I paraphrase, "Everything is so unfairly rigged in favor of the conservative morality against the progressive morality:"

A rational anarchist believes that concepts, such as "state" and "society" and "government" have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame ... as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else.

-- RAH 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' (1966)

Dagny concludes, "The Public" as a term falls into the same category noted above as state, society, and government. This is the mistaken premise that makes that huff po article b******t as jk so eloquently states.

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:35 PM | Comments (3)
But Robert thinks:

Frank Chodorov, "Society Are People." An eloquent way to put it. Not quite as eloquent as "b******t" perhaps, but suitable for polite company.

Posted by: Robert at June 19, 2012 6:32 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I have to say that "society are people" is too ambiguous for my liking. This is the sort of line that can easily be co-opted by collectivists. I went looking for some background on it and found what I find to be a better Chodorov attribution:

"All values are personal."

A much clearer individualist sentiment.

Posted by: johngalt at June 21, 2012 1:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Also, I appreciate the Chodorov reference. I had not read him or read of him.

Posted by: johngalt at June 21, 2012 1:17 PM

June 18, 2012


One might be tempted to suspect a sinister motive in the Air Tanker Deficit story posted below. But first one should read today's Robert A. Heinlein quote of the day:

You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity. -- RAH 'Logic of Empire' (1941); [this is one of the earliest known variants of an idea which has become known as Hanlon's razor.]
Posted by JohnGalt at 5:05 PM | Comments (0)

June 15, 2012


Dagny thought this one should naturally follow yesterday's.

There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him.

-- RAH 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress'

And the winning illustratory news story is (no surprise) Obamacare, as speculated on by Robert Reich

Most high-court observers think it will strike down the individual mandate in the Act that requires almost everyone to buy health insurance, as violating the Commerce Clause of the Constitution -- but will leave the rest of the new health care law intact.


So in striking down the least popular part of Obamacare -- the individual mandate -- the Court will inevitably bring into question one of its most popular parts -- coverage of preexisting conditions. And in so doing, open alternative ways to maintain that coverage -- including ideas, like the public option, that were rejected in favor of the mandate.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:59 PM | Comments (0)

June 14, 2012


Must be a yearning deep in human heart to stop other people from doing as they please. Rules, laws — always for other fellow. A murky part of us, something we had before we came down out of trees, and failed to shuck when we stood up. Because not one of those people said: Please pass this so that I won't be able to do something I know I should stop. Nyet, tovarishchee, was always something they hated to see neighbors doing. Stop them for their own good.

-- RAH, 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress' (1966)

FNC's Chris Wallace Pulled Over for Using Cell Phone While Driving

Allman explained that Wallace had been pulled over. He also called the D.C. cell phone ban “ridiculous,” saying D.C. likes to take your guns away so why not your cell phone? “I hope he flees then winds up on a cell phone tower saying he won’t be taken alive,” Allman said, joking that maybe Wallace just robbed a bank or held up a 7Eleven, which is of course hilarious.
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:56 PM | Comments (0)

June 13, 2012


An armed society is a polite society.

-- RAH, 'Beyond This Horizon (1942)

Teenage Mob Attacks Couple on Chicago Subway Over iPhone

The teens had just stolen the man’s 27-year-old female friend’s iPhone 4S. She had dropped the phone, and a teen had picked it up and taken it for himself.

The man told the teen to give his wife her iPhone back. But they instead began punching him in the face.

Posted by JohnGalt at 5:40 PM | Comments (4)
But Robert thinks:

Beyond This Horizon is one of my favorite Heinlein works. It also explores the morals and consequences of human genetic engineering, which is something we are poised to experience for ourselves in the next few years.

Posted by: Robert at June 14, 2012 12:46 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Here's one possible example of human genetic engineering in our future. Did you have a different one in mind?

Posted by: johngalt at June 14, 2012 2:29 PM
But Robert thinks:

Heinlein (and I) had in mind bigger, stronger, smarter and healthier...sorta a polaropposite of THAT. :)

Posted by: Robert at June 14, 2012 3:26 PM
But dagny thinks:


Posted by: dagny at June 14, 2012 6:40 PM

June 12, 2012


In honor of our new commenter Robert I'm going to attempt a daily quote by Robert A. Heinlein that relates to an issue of the day. This will surely test the limits of my Heinlein reading but I've no doubt dagny will have my back. We'll see how long I can keep it up.

Today, in homage to the WSJs pugilism of one Billy Tauzin (PULL PEDDLER - LA)

Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men.

-- RAH 'Assignment in Eternity' (1953)

I'll admit right up front: I haven't read it, merely pulled it from Wikiquote.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:52 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at June 12, 2012 4:22 PM
But Robert thinks:

That's great, thanks! RAH has a lot of quotables. Glenn Reynolds repeated the "bad luck" one about 10 times recently.

Posted by: Robert at June 13, 2012 2:59 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Sad but true: I had never even heard of Robert Heinlein until, aged 38 years, I met my wife and soul mate dagny. Been trying to make up lost time ever since...

Posted by: johngalt at June 13, 2012 3:36 PM

June 8, 2012

It's a Woman


"I'm a big believer in stuff. It can be very comforting. You can't have too much stuff. You have too little storage space. (...) As you get older, you hang on to pieces of detritus that keeps you connected with the past. It breaks my heart when I see people selling comics collections they've spent a lifetime collecting.

Q: Why are they selling their collections? For money?

A: Sometimes it's money. More often, it's a woman. They're the de-clutterers most often."

-- Chuck Rozanski, owner of Denver's Mile High Comics in a fun Denver Post interview.

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June 4, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

The Keynesian government-spending model has proved to be a complete failure. It's the Obama model. And it has produced such an anemic recovery that frankly, at 2% growth, we're back on the front end of a potential recession.

--Lawrence Kudlow, in a blow-by-blow explanation why you don't choose an anti-capitalist to set policy for the economic engine of the world.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:17 PM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

While Boulder County and the city of Boulder are developing a Climate Change Preparedness Plan, "we would never waste our money on something like that."

"We respect property rights in Weld County. I wouldn't say the same for the Boulder County commissioners." - Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:44 PM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

Excellent. If things get too warm here, I can drive right over the line.

Posted by: jk at May 22, 2012 4:40 PM
But jc thinks:

Hardly worth commenting on but I couldn't resist! ;-)

Denial of the facts (burying your head in the ground) does not justify inaction or mockery. How the human race reacts and responds to change is the crucial element here. We may not agree with any of the actions or responses of Boulder or Weld county in this matter. However, we better get our collective butts in gear and start thinking outside the box if we intend to add another millennium to the clock of human history on planet earth.

Posted by: jc at May 25, 2012 9:51 AM
But jk thinks:

Your comments are always welcome around here.

But it is neither denial nor dismissal. To live long and prosper on this planet will require ingenuity and innovation. Weld sees a future of discovery, Boulder fearfully seeks to preserve an idea of a lost past.

Posted by: jk at May 25, 2012 11:38 AM
But johngalt thinks:

"We?" What do you mean, we, Kemosabe?

Posted by: johngalt at May 27, 2012 12:08 PM

May 11, 2012

All Hail Harsanyi!

JPMorgan Chase lost $2 billion due to some reckless trading of synthetic credit securities. Chief executive Jamie Dimon blamed "errors, sloppiness and bad judgment." JPMorgan Chase earned $19 billion last year so this won't sink them. And, as one might expect, many folks immediately blamed the lack of regulation for the loss -- because, apparently, some people believe the market should be risk free. And actual, isn't this a great argument not to layer the industry with more regulatory burden? (Unless, of course, there was something illegal going on.) Sloppiness and bad judgment should cost you money.

Rhetorical question: Wouldn't it be nice if everyone got similarly worked up when government wastes billions on sloppiness and bad judgment? -- David Harsanyi

Posted by John Kranz at 11:00 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

When government spends billions of you and your neighbors' dollars through sloppiness and bad judgement it isn't called waste, it's called "stimulus."

Posted by: johngalt at May 11, 2012 1:49 PM
But jk thinks:

Except when it is a measly two billion. Then it is called "a rounding error."

Posted by: jk at May 11, 2012 1:58 PM

April 23, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

"Three, four, five, six, seven years from now, if I do a good job as vice president -- I'm sorry, as senator -- I'll have the chance to do all sorts of things." -- Senator Marco Rubio at an appearance last week.
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April 9, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

These are the ancient arguments that once pitted the liberty of the American Revolution against the egalitarianism of the French, the statist visions of John Maynard Keynes against the individualism of Friedrich Hayek, and the tragic admission that we cannot be truly free if we are all forced to end up roughly equal versus the idealism that if we are all roughly equal then we are at last truly free.

In blunter terms, Romney's message is that, if you have the money to drive a nice Kia, what do you care if a sleek Mercedes whizzes by? Obama's answer, in contrast, is that you should care, because the guy in the Mercedes probably took something from you.

-- Victor Davis Hanson in IBD: 'The 2012 Election Is A Contest Between Freedom And Fairness'

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April 6, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

American exceptionalism is a highly charged term, and sometimes means different things to different people, and is a particularly potent concept in conservative politics.

Generally, the term is said to be the notion that America has a unique historic mission, values and ideals, that are either endowed by God or enshrined in the Constitution that make it exceptional in the world. -- Agence France-Presse on "American exceptionalism."

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:51 AM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Mon Dieu!

Posted by: jk at April 6, 2012 12:56 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Behold the second coming of Alexis de Tocqueville.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at April 6, 2012 2:53 PM
But jk thinks:
"It's worth noting that I first arrived on the national stage with a speech at the Democratic Convention that was entirely about American exceptionalism and that my entire career has been a testimony to American exceptionalism." -- President Humble
Posted by: jk at April 6, 2012 4:20 PM

March 29, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

There are lies, damned lies, and then there are Obama's charts. -- Investors Business Daily editorial
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:54 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Like squared.

Posted by: jk at March 29, 2012 3:04 PM

March 20, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

"The vision matters, more than the polls and even more than incumbency in the White House."

--Thomas Sowell, in an IBD editorial that has me, once again, seeking distance from Mitt Romney.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:47 PM | Comments (0)

March 8, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

"And since 1979, an entire climate industry has grown up that has spent millions of human-hours applying that constantly increasing computer horsepower to studying the climate.

And after the millions of hours of human effort, after the millions and millions of dollars gone into research, after all of those million-fold increases in computer speed and size, and after the phenomenal increase in model sophistication and detail ... the guesstimated range of climate sensitivity hasn't narrowed in any significant fashion. It's still right around 3 ± 1.5°C per double of CO2, just like it was in 1979." --Willis Eschenbach

In the linked article Eschenbach, a self-described amateur scientist and generalist, gives an overview of climate science since its beginnings circa 1979. Click continue reading for the discussion of computing power that preceeds this quote, and click on the first link to find in his conclusion the real reason for lack of progress. Hint: Check your premises.

So there you have it, folks. The climate sensitivity is 3°C per doubling of CO2, with an error of about ± 1.5°C. Net feedback is positive, although we don’t understand the clouds. The models are not yet able to simulate regional climates. No surprises in any of that. It’s just what you’d expect a NAS panel to say.

Now, before going forwards, since the NAS report is based on computer models, let me take a slight diversion to list a few facts about computers, which are a long-time fascination of mine. As long as I can remember, I wanted a computer of my own. When I was a little kid I dreamed about having one. I speak a half dozen computer languages reasonably well, and there are more that I’ve forgotten. I wrote my first computer program in 1963.

Watching the changes in computer power has been astounding. In 1979, the fastest computer in the world was the Cray-1 supercomputer. In 1979, a Cray-1 supercomputer, a machine far beyond anything that most scientists might have dreamed of having, had 8 Mb of memory, 10 Gb of hard disk space, and ran at 100 MFLOPS (million floating point operations per second). The computer I’m writing this on has a thousand times the memory, fifty times the disk space, and two hundred times the speed of the Cray-1.

And that’s just my desktop computer. The new NASA climate supercomputer “Gaea” shown in Figure 1 runs two and a half million times as fast as a Cray-1. This means that a one-day run on “Gaea” would take a Cray-1 about seven thousand years to complete …

Now, why is the speed of a Cray-1 computer relevant to the NAS report I quoted from above?

It is relevant because as some of you may have realized, the NAS report I quoted from above is called the “Charney Report“. As far as I know, it was the first official National Academy of Science statement on the CO2 question. And when I said it was a “recent report”, I was thinking about it in historical terms. It was published in 1979.

Here’s the bizarre part, the elephant in the climate science room. The Charney Report could have been written yesterday. AGW supporters are still making exactly the same claims, as if no time had passed at all. For example, AGW supporters are still saying the same thing about the clouds now as they were back in 1979—they admit they don’t understand them, that it’s the biggest problem in the models, but all the same but they’re sure the net feedback is positive. I’m not sure clear that works, but it’s been that way since 1979.

That’s the oddity to me—when you read the Charney Report, it is obvious that almost nothing of significance has changed in the field since 1979. There have been no scientific breakthroughs, no new deep understandings. People are still making the same claims about climate sensitivity, with almost no change in the huge error limits. The range still varies by a factor of three, from about 1.5 to about 4.5°C per doubling of CO2.

Meanwhile, the computer horsepower has increased beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. The size of the climate models has done the same. The climate models of 1979 were thousands of lines of code. The modern models are more like millions of lines of code. Back then it was atmosphere only models with a few layers and large gridcells. Now we have fully coupled ocean-atmosphere-cryosphere-biosphere-lithosphere models, with much smaller gridcells and dozens of both oceanic and atmospheric layers.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:48 PM | Comments (1)
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Totally awesome analysis!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at March 9, 2012 12:53 AM

February 28, 2012

It's Pronounced EVE-ell-en

Don't forget that [DAWG-fraudster Peter] Gleick had been chair of the [American Geophysical Union]'s task force on ethics. Evelyn Waugh couldn't make this stuff up. -- Steven Hayward
Posted by John Kranz at 11:55 AM | Comments (0)

February 22, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

"What astonishing changes a few years are capable of producing! I am told that even respectable characters speak of a monarchical form of government without horror. From thinking proceeds speaking, thence to acting is often but a single step. But how irrevocable & tremendous! What a triumph for the advocates of despotism to find that we are incapable of governing ourselves, and that systems founded on the basis of equal liberty are merely ideal & falacious! Would to God that wise measures may be taken in time to avert the consequences we have but too much reason to apprehend." --George Washington, Letter to John Jay, 15 August, 1786
Posted by JohnGalt at 1:01 PM | Comments (0)

February 14, 2012

Reagan says...

I made a cursory search to see if this had been posted on these pages since the first of the year. If it has never been so in the blog's history we should all consider ourselves ashamed for the oversight.

Ronald Reagan, interviewed by Manuel Klausner in Reason Magazine, July 1975:

REASON: Governor Reagan, you have been quoted in the press as saying that you’re doing a lot of speaking now on behalf of the philosophy of conservatism and libertarianism. Is there a difference between the two?

REAGAN: If you analyze it I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism. I think conservatism is really a misnomer just as liberalism is a misnomer for the liberals–if we were back in the days of the Revolution, so-called conservatives today would be the Liberals and the liberals would be the Tories. The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.

Now, I can’t say that I will agree with all the things that the present group who call themselves Libertarians in the sense of a party say, because I think that like in any political movement there are shades, and there are libertarians who are almost over at the point of wanting no government at all or anarchy. I believe there are legitimate government functions. There is a legitimate need in an orderly society for some government to maintain freedom or we will have tyranny by individuals. The strongest man on the block will run the neighborhood. We have government to insure that we don’t each one of us have to carry a club to defend ourselves. But again, I stand on my statement that I think that libertarianism and conservatism are travelling the same path.

So what Reagan lovers should be asking is, it seems to me, which of the GOP presidential nominees are hostile to libertarian thought and which are the very embodiment of it?" Ron Paul for President. Do it for the Gipper.

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January 17, 2012

Otequay of the Ayday

If you don't want to spend the better part of the next year trying to drag this sad sack of Mitt across the finish line so he can disappoint us for the next four years, then stand up, speak out, and stop letting the mainstream media and a bunch of Beltway conservatives tell you that the race has to be over with just 1.8% of the delegates needed for a victory awarded. The Tea Party didn't rise up, fight Barack Obama, and help the GOP have its best year in half a century just to see the Republican Party ideologically slide all the way back to the pre-Reagan years as a reward. --John Hawkins
Posted by JohnGalt at 3:37 PM | Comments (11)
But jk thinks:

I respectfully disagree. Not that Governor Griz's endorsement will carry weight, but that the Speaker represents the Tea Party.

Gingrich champions activist, technocratic government -- not "limited" in the Tea Party, Madisonian sense. That was okay in 1994, pitching Gingrich's good ideas versus President Clinton's bad ideas. But even the 104th had to provide guardrails.

I remember his advocating that the government buy a laptop for every child in public housing. This was in the late 90s. Not only were laptops $1500, but it would have enshrined a "government standard" laptop that we'd still have today. 512KB RAM and a 3.5" floppy drive.

The attack on Bain was not a bad day but a window to his worldview. In conclusion, I'd like to say "Freddie Mac."

o. it is so on.

Posted by: jk at January 18, 2012 1:13 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I'm thinking there's a "butt-whup" sandwich in my lunch bag today. Tune in around 12:30. :)

Posted by: johngalt at January 18, 2012 1:45 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Speaker Gingrich does not "represent" the TEA Party but his off-again, on-again penchant for challenging various entrenched paradigms - political correctness, Wall Street mercantilism, nanny state redistributionism - makes him TEA Party friendly. This GOP primary has been a slow slog through ideological soup where none of the candidates emerged with the precise mixture to rally all the GOP factions. [How could they?] But South Carolina's primary is a watershed and TEA Party VIP Sarah Palin knows it is time to pick the best non-Romney and start pushing. Despite ideological preferences you and I may have, Ron Paul is not that guy - Newt is.

Some, even much, of what Newt espouses is anathema to TEA Partiers. This is irrelevant. He is a loose cannon but at least he's not shooting blanks. When he gets his "work not welfare" and "we're in this together but we're not our brothers' keepers" guns ranged in on Obama he can do some real damage.

Yes he's erratic, undisciplined and sometimes undependable. But he inspires greatness from time to time and is the only candidate I've heard receive thunderous applause in debate after debate. He connects with people and his appeal spans generations and classes. He has a strong hispanic following and will do better with the black vote than Romney could ever dream.

Who we nominate will dictate what issues will be debated in the public square. Instead of defending Ron Paul's age, frailty, haphazard prose and way out-of-the-mainstream ideas, or Romney's high-powered corporate fix-and-flip or fleece-and-fold "private-sector experience" I'd prefer to have debates like this with the New York Times. We may lose, but I prefer to believe we will win - the debate and the election.

Posted by: johngalt at January 18, 2012 3:08 PM
But jk thinks:

True points all and well said. I'll counter with foolishness while I ponder the substantive issues.

Remember in '96 how all the anti-Dole commercials paired the moderately popular Senate Leader with the supremely unpopular Speaker? All the commercials opposed the mysterious Siamese twin "Gingrich-Dole." I found it odd as the Speaker was not on the ballot. I wonder if he is the nominee, whether they might bring in Bob Dole to tarnish him. I wonder if Mitt should try it.

You may have me, brother. Thankfully a couple weeks on the Atkins diet has given me a stronger constitution and resilient digestive tract. I don't think I could have taken any of this in December.

Posted by: jk at January 18, 2012 3:28 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

@JG wrote:
When [Newt} gets his "work not welfare" and "we're in this together but we're not our brothers' keepers" guns ranged in on Obama he can do some real damage.

Which he can do while supporting the nominee, yes? Palin does (well, she's even shrill comp. to him). Almost anyone can deliver this message, perhaps not as pithily, but neither with the caustic that's almost as much his brand as anything.

he's erratic, undisciplined and sometimes undependable. But he inspires greatness from time to time

In whom? Think about it, did he leave the GOP positioned for increased gains and a positive direction in the 90's, or did he mainly make a name for himself and lots of flotsam?

He's got thin skin, corruption in his background and can't stay on message. Ohh, but he does have stirring rhetoric at times ... is this sounding familiar?

is the only candidate I've heard receive thunderous applause

From GOP audiences and mostly when bomb-throwing.... we need the indies and a positive message delivered by someone who's an inspiring leader. Not to mention someone unflappable, with stellar morals and good instincts for what works in the real world. Character, my brothers and sisters, character....

He connects with people

TMI, brother. :-) Now if Palin could cause a rumble that would make Mitt stand up & out even more on conservative principles, I'd say the system is working our way, for once.

If Newt were nominee, I'd probably vote Libertarian. He would be awful and never get elected, I'm nearly certain of it.

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 20, 2012 12:22 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Whenever I've been "certain" of something in politics, something has changed and upset my calculus. Sarah Palin's Gingrich endorsement was one of those events. Today I see Michael Reagan is endorsing Newt again.

We cannot afford a candidate backed by the same Washington insiders who repeatedly tried to undermine my father and the Reagan revolution.

It's time to choose.

Do we go forward with bold ideas or continue with failed policies?

So I ask my fellow Republicans and conservatives to join me in supporting Newt Gingrich for president.

Christie, Halley - eastern Republicans.

Palin, Reagan - western Republicans.

Posted by: johngalt at January 20, 2012 6:20 PM

December 20, 2011

If not for its veracity, this would be humorous

The notoriously bankrupt MF Global's assets apparently will cover about 82 cents on the dollar of its obligations to customers. The de facto bankrupt Social Security's assets will cover about 83 cents on the dollar of its obligations to beneficiaries. Jon Corzine, meet Social Security! -- Alex J, Pollock
Posted by John Kranz at 12:49 PM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

After the game, Brian Urlacher referred to you as a good running back. How do you take that comment?

"Coming from a really good player, that means a lot."

Tim Tebow in his post game press conference after the Bears game.

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:42 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

That is one change in the Tebow World. I never ever ever watched post game interviews before. Perhaps it is being so gobsmacked by each improbable victory, but I watch every minute now, waiting especially for Tebow. His presence is magical.

I'd add his compliment of Charles Tillman for coming up with his (Tebow's) first pick in five games. Who is this guy?

Posted by: jk at December 13, 2011 8:00 PM

November 27, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

Happily, the left's pernicious, economy-destroying and false global warming ideology is collapsing under a growing body of evidence that the CO2 scare is a fraud.

Who says we have nothing to be thankful for? -Investors Ed Page

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:12 PM | Comments (5)
But jk thinks:

Now if we can just get everybody to read IBD.

Posted by: jk at November 27, 2011 4:54 PM
But johngalt thinks:

It may not be on the weekday morning news shows or in cartoons for the kiddies, but the "dead DAWG" message is getting out to the public somehow.

Just 51 percent of Americans -- or one percentage point more than in 1998 -- said they worry a great deal or fair amount about climate change, Gallup's annual environment poll says.
Posted by: johngalt at November 27, 2011 8:34 PM
But jk thinks:

Woohoo! Up to 49% are we? Break out the champagne!

I should save my swarmy sarcasm for Facebook lefties, but this is not a dead DAWG, it is more a wounded bear (polar? that would be cute -- little fuzzy white thing mauling everything in sight...)

Posted by: jk at November 28, 2011 12:04 PM
But jk thinks:

...and drinkin' a Coke®...

Posted by: jk at November 28, 2011 1:05 PM
But Lisa M thinks:

Clearly the link I shared above would have been more appropriate here. Still makes me laugh, two years later.


Posted by: Lisa M at November 28, 2011 7:31 PM

October 4, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

Perhaps no other sector of American society so demonstrates the failure of government spending and interference. We've destroyed individual initiative, individual innovation and personal achievement, and marginalized anyone willing to point it out. As one of my coaches used to say, "You don't get vast results with half-vast efforts!"

The results we're looking for are students learning, so we need to reward great teachers who show they can make that happen--and get rid of bad teachers who don't get the job done. It's what we do in every other profession: If you're good, you get rewarded, and if you're not, then you look for other work.

-Fran Tarkenton, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and nouveau "anti-working class extremist."

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:12 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Awesome! On education, I think ThreeSourcers would dig Teaching America: The Case for Civic Education

It is a collection of essays/papers on the teaching of the Constitution, rights, history and government. A diverse panel is represented: Justice O'Connor, Alan Dershowitz, Insty, Juan Williams, Charter School operators, &c. Very thought provoking.

Posted by: jk at October 4, 2011 3:40 PM

September 8, 2011

Quote of the Day

From our own HB, when posting a comment regarding last night's Republican debate:

I stayed on MSNBC just long enough to see the panel of experts there to discuss the debate: Maddow, Schultz, Lenin, Marx, and the rest of gang.

A comment worthy of coffee-spewing if there ever was one. Now, to clean up that keyboard...

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 4:22 PM | Comments (0)

August 21, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

The past instability of the market economy is the consequence of the exclusion of the most important regulator of the market mechanism, money, from itself being regulated by the market process.

Ludwig von Mises, from the sine qua non economics post below.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:16 AM | Comments (0)

August 20, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

A first draft of the history of the Obama Administration?

Many in America wanted to be proud when the first person of color was elected president, but instead, they have been witness to a congenital liar, a woman who has been ashamed of America her entire life, failed policies, intimidation and a commonality hitherto not witnessed in political leaders. He and his wife view their life at our expense as an entitlement – while America's people go homeless, hungry and unemployed.

From Nero in the White House by Mychal Massie. The remainder of the piece is far less delicate.

Posted by JohnGalt at 10:45 AM | Comments (0)

August 17, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

"We had reversed the recession, avoided a depression, gotten the economy moving again," President Obama fantasized on the campaign stump in Iowa. "But over the last six months, we've had a run of bad luck."

Bad luck?

No, not that... this. Robert A. Heinlein via Dr. Milton Wolf, cousin of President Obama:

"Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded - here and there, now and then - are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as 'bad luck.' "

It's short. Read it all.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:33 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

With this President in the White House, the Heinlien quote is "Quote of the Quadrennial."

Posted by: jk at August 17, 2011 12:49 PM

August 5, 2011

Quote of the Day

There is something plaintive in Obama's words these days. We are witnessing a man of enormous self-regard wrestle with a record of amassing and undeniable failures. This is creating a kind of cognitive dissonance -- a huge mental processing problem -- for the president. And so the difficulties we face rest not with Obama but with others, including with the impatience of others. -- Pete Wehner
Posted by John Kranz at 10:49 AM | Comments (0)

July 21, 2011

Chart of the Day


From the IBD Editorial: Gang of Six Plan: A $3.1 Tril Tax Hike linked below.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:26 PM | Comments (0)

July 7, 2011

A Billion Jobs Saved!

And just for good measure, Tom Hanks said: "If you would have told me a few years ago that 'don't ask, don't tell' would be repealed and about a billion jobs at General Motors and Chrysler would have been saved because the president was smart enough and strong enough and bold enough to do so, I would have said, 'Wow. That's a good president, I think I'll vote for him again'."
Hat-tip: Don Surber, who asks "So how is that new movie doing?"
From Nikkie Finke on July 2, 2011: "Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts In Holiday Flop."
Posted by John Kranz at 12:13 PM | Comments (0)

July 5, 2011

Quote of the Day

You mean that abrogating bankruptcy law, screwing over secured creditors and rewarding Democrats' union supporters with billions in equity, tax breaks and subsidies didn't really fix GM? -- Doug Ross
Posted by John Kranz at 3:06 PM | Comments (0)

July 4, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

Fourth of July Edition.

On the Fourth of July, celebrate not the rights-violating, welfare state that America has become, but what America once was and could be again. Celebrate man's "unalienable Rights." Celebrate the principle that the proper purpose of government is "to secure these rights." Celebrate the principle that "whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it." And, most of all, celebrate the Founders, who recognized and codified these principles, thus making possible the degree of freedom we still enjoy and the moral ideal to which we should return.

Yesterday's entry by Craig Biddle, on The Objective Standard Blog

Hat Tip: Brother Russ

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:24 AM | Comments (1)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

JG: I read this as well, and it's one of the three items I read this weekend that I loved the most.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 5, 2011 12:10 PM

July 2, 2011

Quote of the Day

With the exception of the date, we Americans have more or less followed Adams' wishes ever since. There was a canny prescience about the depth, the breadth, the quality of American freedom in the seeming incongruence of Adams's assertion that the anniversary should be "solemnized" with such light-hearted events as sports and bonfires and fireworks. For the very nonchalance with which most of us celebrate "Independence Day" is the most eloquent measure of the solemnity, the gravity, the importance of the event. -- Ralph Kinney Bennett
Posted by John Kranz at 12:08 PM | Comments (0)

May 31, 2011

Quote of the Day

Potomac fever is contagious and incurable. I know one economist who deliberately hired an undocumented nanny as a commitment device to avoid the temptation of government. -- Robert E. Hall
Hat-tip: Prof. Mankiw
Posted by John Kranz at 12:12 PM | Comments (0)

May 27, 2011

Quote of the Day

Damn you, Joe Biden! I'm supposed to be working right now... But you have to go and say something so profoundly stupid that I'm forced. FORCED I SAY! To take time out of my busy schedule in order to blog about it! Don't you realize how much stuff I've got to do today? -- Larry Correia
I know y'all have to work as well, but the post is worth a break. It is Friday.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:16 AM | Comments (0)

May 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

I recently recommended them to a friend of mine for her son who she said was depressed over his lack of ability to get a date. At first, I started to give the same old tired advice. "Just tell him to be himself and a woman will find that attractive." "Bullshit," I thought to myself. "Give him a copy of 'The Pick Up Artist' by Mystery or 'The Game' by Neil Strauss and let me know how it goes." Two months later? My friend tells me her son is no longer depressed and is dating and learning how to interact with women.

Score one for Mystery and Strauss. Zero for dumb advice on how to "be yourself." -- Dr. Helen

Heh. I was "myself" and while it worked out well in the end, it was pretty sketchy getting there.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:35 PM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2011

Quote of the Day II

Ronald McDonald is merely a convenient symbol. Their true target is a capitalist economy that gives companies far too much latitude in appealing to customers and allows government far too little control over our food choices. The idea of using government power to dictate what we eat will strike many Americans as a gross intrusion on personal freedom. But McDonald's enemies? They're lovin' it. -- Steve Chapman
Posted by John Kranz at 4:45 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

The lovely bride and I invoked the First Lady's name a couple of times as we drove home from Del Taco, enjoying the firm's delightful deep fried mac'n'cheese bits.

It's health food -- in Minnesota they serve it without the nutritious pasta.

Posted by: jk at May 23, 2011 4:53 PM
But johngalt thinks:

My mouth is still watering over the mention of those fried mac'n'cheese bits. Didn't even know they had those! Gotta go exercise my capitalist lattitude soon, while I still can.

Posted by: johngalt at May 25, 2011 6:00 PM

Quote of the Day

Observation number two: Some of the 'In' candidates have had problems lately. Rick Santorum got called out for saying that John McCain doesn't understand enhanced interrogation techniques. The best that can be said about that is that it was not a tactful way of making what might have been a legitimate argument. Herman Cain, whose performance at the first Republican debate impressed Frank Luntz's focus group, showed today that he doesn't have the faintest idea what the right of return means. That's a pretty high level of ignorance on foreign policy. As for Newt Gingrich, one might say he had a better week than Dominique Strauss-Kahn. -- Michael Barone on the state of the GOP 2012 race.
Posted by John Kranz at 10:08 AM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

I believe this one is worthy of elevation to the senior "Quote of the Day" franchise but I must let JK decide...

In reply to AlexC's FB entry on yesterday's scheduled rapture which read,


If you're response to the Rapture is to say you're here, well, you haven't been raptured... aka "Sinners"

It's the people who haven't posted on Facebook after 6pm that you need to double check on... aka "potential Saints"

Commenter Jose Garcia wrote:

Just got my Wi-Fi hooked up. Heaven is totally underrated!
Posted by JohnGalt at 11:51 AM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at May 22, 2011 12:51 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Funny. When I read it the first three times the word "underrated" appeared in my brain as "overrated." Apparently the wi-fi there is free, always available and always streams video without dropouts.

Posted by: johngalt at May 22, 2011 1:52 PM

May 21, 2011

Quote of the Day

And even if he does, so what? Everybody knows what McDonald's is all about. If you don't want your kids eating it, don't take them there. If you don't want other people's kids eating it, move back to Nazi Germany. -- Jim Treacher
Posted by John Kranz at 4:04 PM | Comments (0)

May 10, 2011

Quote of the Day

‎I can't listen to that much Wagner.....I get the urge to conquer Poland. -- Woody Allen.
I like to say "I don't hate anybody," but with Mister Allen, it is close. Still, he is quite the master of the bon mot.

Hat-tip: JustStrings.com

Posted by John Kranz at 3:15 PM | Comments (6)
But johngalt thinks:

Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was a contemporary of "Mad" King Ludwig II, builder of Neuschwanstein, and having been deceased before young Adolf's birth was related to Nazism only by the word "Deutschland."

Posted by: johngalt at May 10, 2011 6:01 PM
But jk thinks:

I don't hold The Beatles responsible for Sharon Tate's murder, but one cannot disassociate Manson with "Helter Skelter."

But an even better Wagner quote is Mark Twain's "Wagner's music is better than it sounds." No idea if it is real but I picked up a few viruses investigating.

Posted by: jk at May 10, 2011 6:20 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

Wagner was notoriously anti-Semitic, though I can't see how he could be charged with influencing Naziism. Europe already had centuries of evil thinking, which were of far greater influence.

That said, the second-best gift I ever gave my old man (exceeded only by the big box of Scotch and beer that turned out to be his last Father's Day gift) was a full set of The Ring, conducted by Georg Solti (look him up to see his original name, which is a pretty obvious clue to his family's religion).

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at May 11, 2011 10:50 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

Apparently that quote is from Edward Nye, quoted by Twain.


Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at May 11, 2011 10:51 PM
But jk thinks:

Generally, a good rule of thumb is "anytime you're quoting Twain or Samuel Johnson, your quote will be proven bogus." I really thought I had it that time, thanks for proving my rule.

Posted by: jk at May 12, 2011 11:11 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Awesome Father's Day gift PE. I hope it was his latest such gift, however, rather than his last.

Posted by: johngalt at May 12, 2011 3:10 PM

May 9, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

So little pains do the vulgar take in the investigation of truth, accepting readily the first story that comes to hand. -Thucydides
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:50 PM | Comments (0)

Quote of the Day, Today

This one has to go to Brother JG for his comment a few posts down:

Islamists consider cohabitation with dogs to be proof of our wretchedness; I consider canine villification to be proof of theirs.

Spot on.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 10:39 AM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I was going to say "Amen," but feared he would take it the wrong way...

Posted by: jk at May 9, 2011 10:45 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Thanks brothers.

No, I say "amen" too. 'Contemporary vernacular' and all that.

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2011 2:35 PM

May 2, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

The surprise ending from an ABC News story titled Osama Bin Laden Burial Breaks With Islamic Tradition, Say Scholars

"As one who is devoted to Islam and its ideology, it makes me nauseated and sick that someone would make sure he had a religious rite given to a man like this because he was an evil barbarian who declared war against our nation." -- American Islamic leader Dr. Zuhdi Jasser
Posted by JohnGalt at 2:51 PM | Comments (4)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

"'Dumping the body into the sea is not part of any Islamic ritual,' said Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a physician of internal medicine. 'Koranic scripture says God created him and he must return to the earth.'" Fine, Zudhi; you go fetch him, and give him whatever ritual or ceremony you want. My thought: we showed more respect for his carcass that they do for ours - no beheadings, no dragging through the streets. In some parts of that world, they celebrate jihad actions by cheering and passing out candy. When we counter by sticking bin Laden's head on a pike at the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge and giving each other bacon in the streets, he can talk.

Some say the burial in the world's ocean was to prevent Islamofascists from turning his burial site into a martyr's shrine. Maybe it's also to give Americans and other freedom-loving people the opportunity to take a day at the beach and urinate on his grave.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 2, 2011 3:19 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Wrong preposition, KA. Millions of fish, and quite a number of four-year-olds, are pissing IN his grave.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at May 2, 2011 8:06 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

I'm also going out on a limb and say that bin Laden was not greeted by 72 virgins, but I hope they cut his balls off just in case.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at May 2, 2011 8:10 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

In a just afterlife, if he were to be greeted by said virgins, they would all look like they play on the offensive line for the Redskins, and use bacon fat for lube.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 2, 2011 9:54 PM

April 21, 2011

Looter of the Spirit

When I explain to people that environmentalists and some in the government don't really have any aspirations of their own, they just want to deny the aspirations of others, they typically ask me why anyone would choose to live that way. Here's an excellent explaination derived from Ayn Rand's novel 'Atlas Shrugged' courtesy of Shmoop dot com:

But then Jed Starnes died and his three children took over the factory. These children were all horrible people who ran the factory into the ground and inspired Galt to begin his crusade. The kids preached the slogan "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need." Basically they did away with salaries and had people "vote" on what others should earn based on their "needs." This turned into a disaster.

Ivy Starnes was considered the worst of these kids. Jeff Allen, a man who worked in the factory, has this to say about her:

"She had pale eyes that looked fishy, cold, and dead. And if you ever want to see pure evil, you should have seen the way her eyes glinted when she watched some man who'd talked back to her once and who'd just heard his name on the list of those getting nothing above basic pittance." (

Dagny herself actually met Ivy and tried to get answers out of her, back when she was searching for the elusive inventor of the motor. Ivy sadistically preys on people's emotions and enjoys tormenting them. In this respect, she is what Galt calls a "looter of the spirit" and has a lot in common with James Taggart, who also enjoys destroying people for his own amusement. What's truly terrible about Ivy is that she acts sadistically but speaks in terms of charity and brotherly love. She embodies the very worst of what Galt considers looter ideology.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:34 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

I had a difficult time with the Rand villains, most notably Ellsworth Toohey. I did not see, as a young man, what was in it for a Toohey or the charming Starnes children.

Then I met a couple hundred of them.

Posted by: jk at April 21, 2011 4:40 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Misery loves company, and sadly it's easier to spread disappointment and failure to others than enthusiasm and perseverance.

Btw, my take on AS is that it won't be very successful if at all. Artistically, it well captured the spirit of the novel, but that didn't make for a compelling story.


Posted by: nanobrewer at April 27, 2011 9:48 AM

February 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

This sharing of powers in wage determination and conditions of employment through the negotiation process has in turn diminished public officials' authority in other areas of policy involving organized employees.

The net effect has been to create what amounts to a two-chamber local government. One chamber is made up of elected representatives and chief executives--aldermen, councilmen, county board or commission members, mayors or other chief executives--the traditional decision-making body for local government. The other chamber comprises the organized public employees who have gained official recognition to negotiate. The public business on wages and conditions of work, and therefore indirectly on policy, cannot be carried on without mutual agreement between these two Chambers. . . .

The implications of this new method of reaching decisions in local government put an entirely different aspect on the sovereignty of councils and executives and elected officials as well. The challenge of organized public employees can mean considerable loss of control over the budget, and hence over tax rates and over government programs and projects.

The gravity of the challenge was recognized by some municipal officials at least ten years ago, but most of them took the position that to study the new phenomenon was to encourage it. As is usually the case, the ostrich stance was a mistake: When employee organizations suddenly burgeoned, municipal officials were not prepared with effective rejoinders before legislatures and in negotiations.

That is the former Socialist Party mayor of Milwaukee, Frank Ziedler, in a 1969 magazine article. (It is reprinted today in the WSJ's Notable and Quotable.)

Posted by Harrison Bergeron at 10:05 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Fascinating. This caution against public-sector unions comes from a Socialist Party member. Taken with another celebrated version of the same opinion, one wonders why these collectivists would ever have been opposed to what has become the most powerful method of "freely" electing leftist politicians in modern history.

I think I have the answer: Leftist politicians don't really care about "the little guy." They care only about their own power. And even as powerful unions help them to gain power, they also threaten and diminish that power. And as we've seen in the Middle East, too much power in the hands of a mob can be a dangerous thing.

Posted by: johngalt at February 24, 2011 3:39 PM

February 16, 2011

Quote of the Day

From Andrew Malcolm in the LA Times:

Sweeping hand gestures were the order of today as President Obama defended his budget at a news conference, reflecting widespread skepticism over the seriousness of his spending "cuts." At last, bipartisanship to believe in.

And runner-up goes to Speaker Boehner:

The president apparently believes a $607-billion budget deficit is 'living within our means.'
Posted by Boulder Refugee at 10:15 AM | Comments (0)

February 12, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

While looking for publication numbers for Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' I found the data on this review page. It included this sarcastic quip by the New Yorker magazine in their review of the book upon its release:

The review in the New Yorker called the theme unbelievable and pointless. "After all," wrote the reviewer, [in October, 1957] "to warn contemporary America against abandoning its factories, neglecting technological progress and abolishing the profit motive seems a little like admonishing water against running uphill."

Nah, those things could never happen in contemporary America.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:51 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Insightful and prescient as ever over at the Times. Mister Toohey write that himself?


Posted by: jk at February 13, 2011 10:38 AM

January 18, 2011

Otequay of the Ayday

No Good TV's Carrie Keagan on FNC's 'Red Eye' program this morning, discussing efforts to permit women in combat roles in the U.S. military:

"I mean, there really shouldn't be any difference between a man and a woman, but there is."

UPDATE: Corrected to the exact wording: There "really shouldn't be" instead of "is really no reason for there to be..."

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:34 PM | Comments (0)

December 14, 2010

Quote of the Day

Since we've been taking some shots at the ethanol subsidies on these pages lately, this comment from Rich Lowry, writing in the New York Post and reprinted on RealClearPolitics.com, seems to sum it up the politics of it:

Too many people will have a vested interest in continuing the scam, and its supporters -- like Harkin and Grassley now -- will always argue that any change is too disruptive. We'll still be mandating ethanol long after the internal-combustion engine is obsolete.
Posted by Boulder Refugee at 11:19 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

drivin' my ethanol truck, wearin' my mohair suit, eatin' my gub'mint cheese...

Posted by: jk at December 14, 2010 11:31 AM

December 7, 2010

Snarky Quote of the Day

Apparently the new $100 bills are so counterfeit-proof that even the Treasury can't print them correctly. We now have $110 billion sitting in a Ft. Worth, TX vault waiting to sort the good bills from the bad. A Yahoo news report concludes with this gem:

The new bills are the first to include Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner's signature. In order to prevent a shortfall,the government has ordered production of the old design, which includes the signature of Bush administration Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. That, surely, is not the only respect in which the nation's lead economic officials would like to turn back the clock to sometime before the 2008 financial crisis.

The government plans to destroy the misprinted bills. However, The Refugee would bet that collectors all over the world would pay enough for these items to at least make a dent in the $120 million mistake.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 10:00 AM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

I was wondering how to get one. But it's not really an upside down picture or "United Stites" or something that is visible. That seems to dampen supra-numismatic value, doesn't it?

Posted by: jk at December 7, 2010 10:37 AM
But johngalt thinks:

First we had, "Just plug the damn hole!"

Now we have, "Just print the damn cash!"

Posted by: johngalt at December 7, 2010 11:15 AM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Some of the sheets wrinkled in the press causing blank spaces in the bill. That would seem to generate a deal of numismatic uniqueness.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 7, 2010 12:50 PM
But jk thinks:

Teachable moment for the press (yeah, good luck with that...):

This is not a $110Billion dollar problem, this is a problem with $110Billion of denominated currency. I'd get a warm fuzzy feeling inside if I thought any of them understood the difference.

Posted by: jk at December 7, 2010 2:02 PM

November 16, 2010

Otequay of Esterdayay

... Since I didn't get a chance to post this yesterday, but I think it's good enough for belated honors.

A male caller to Mike Rosen's radio show in yesterday's 9 o'clock hour, who claimed to be a school teacher with over 20 years of experience, regarding the culpability of administrators for the failures of America's public education system:

"I don't think it's [administration] part of the problem, I think it's eighty-five percent of the problem."

Here's hoping he doesn't teach math. Or grammar. Or logic.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:59 PM | Comments (2)
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

In fairness, he may have meant to say "I don't think it's just part of the problem..." He didn't have the advantage of a teleprompter, you know.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at November 18, 2010 10:28 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Based on the context I can tell you he had intended to say, "it's the whole problem" but realized before he said it that it wasn't true. Then he was stuck with making up some high percentage figure estimate.

You are right that this was extemporaneous speech but with the caveat that this man is a school teacher, I think this ranks up there with the teacher who asked me what "statist" means.

Posted by: johngalt at November 18, 2010 2:38 PM

November 11, 2010

Otequay of the Ayday

From a WSJ story on the unofficial proposal floated by the President's deficit commission today:

Sen. Richard Durbin (D., Ill.) said he wouldn't vote for it, saying that "there are things in there that I hate like the devil hates holy water."

Interesting choice of analogies for this tax-and-spend liberal Democrat.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:25 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Sen. Durbin (D - Undead) might well be a Vapmire -- he's got the complexion and the conscience.

Posted by: jk at November 12, 2010 12:00 PM

November 8, 2010

Quote of the Day

Writing in today's New York Post, Michael Goodwin:

Obama's problems are magnified by Pelosi's daffy decision to try to become minority leader. Having led her House troops to a historic defeat, her announcement that "our work is not finished" reads like a parody.

Any more "work" of her kind and the country will be finished.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 10:49 AM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

House minority leadership is pretty inconsequential, is it not? Only political insiders had any clue who Rep. Boehner was, which made their campaign to run against him pretty silly. I think a smaller, more insular, more collectivist Democratic House Caucus will be served well by Rep. Pelosi's leadership, And the GOP will be well served in 2012 running against her.


Posted by: jk at November 8, 2010 11:12 AM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Minority leadership usually is inconsequential to the electorate, unless it is a high-profile personality with through-the-roof negatives.

Another money quote from Goodwin in the same article was this:

Because the president already ruled out dumping Joe Biden, the Dem lineup for 2012 is set: Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Reid. How's that for change?

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at November 8, 2010 11:59 AM
But jk thinks:

Ike Skelton is gone -- completely different look...

Posted by: jk at November 8, 2010 12:19 PM

November 2, 2010

Otequay of the Ayday

Not from today, actually, but brought to us today by Thomas Sowell:

Guess who said the following: "We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work." Was it Sarah Palin? Rush Limbaugh? Karl Rove?

Not even close. It was Henry Morgenthau, Secretary of the Treasury under Franklin D. Roosevelt and one of FDR's closest advisers. He added, "after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. . . And an enormous debt to boot!"

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:36 PM | Comments (0)

September 20, 2010

Otequay of the Ayday

Maybe it's just me, but this one had me laughing myself off the chair:

"There's been no witchcraft since. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now."

Deleware GOP Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell referring to "hang[ing] out with questionable folks in high school.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:15 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Not just you. That threatened the keyboard a little bit earlier.

My Facebook friends have decided that she is "even worse than [Gov.] Sarah Palin!" To be fair, they have a much more damming quote:

Bill Maher: "Christine O'Donnell said American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains."
Jon Hamm: "She might be confusing American scientific companies with American ANIMATION companies!"

Proving nothing good ever comes from being on O'Reilly.

Posted by: jk at September 20, 2010 3:43 PM
But johngalt thinks:

You've probably already contemplated this, but your FB friends need to read Shannon Love's explanation for Palin Derangement Syndrome. (Unless you're convinced that they prefer to view themselves as inferiors - inferiors who can't do for themselves what some superior elite so benevolently volunteers to do for them.)

Posted by: johngalt at September 20, 2010 4:11 PM

September 7, 2010

Quote of the Day

In an earlier post, JK mentioned the wildfire burning west of Boulder, Colo. The fire, as of this morning, had consumed 7,000 acres and nowhere near containment.

Governor Bill Ritter, quoted in The Denver Post online, had this to say:

"This is a very volatile situation."

Ya think, Guv? With insight like that, we now know why you're a one-termer and the budget never got solved.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 4:09 PM | Comments (0)

August 27, 2010

Quote of the Day

When commenting about the US' apparent bribary of Mohammed Zia Salehi in Afghanistan on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer had this to say:

"Your Honor, I stand before you in defense of bribary. War is difficult and if it's a choice between bribary and killing, I choose bribary."
Posted by Boulder Refugee at 11:03 AM | Comments (3)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Gen. George S. Patton might have disagreed. War is all about killing:


Chamberlain tried bribing Hitler with the Sudetenland. How'd that work out again?

The French tried bribing the Barbary pirates. I vote for killing.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 27, 2010 12:35 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

Just one thing to say about bribery or waging war: do it on your own dime, and don't drag me along if I don't want to.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at August 27, 2010 12:58 PM
But johngalt thinks:

That Patton speech isn't so much about war as it is about winning.

"Americans play to win all the time. I wouldn't give a hoot in Hell for a man who lost and laughed. That's why Americans have never lost and will never lose a war. Because the very thought of losing is hateful to Americans."

Or at least, to SOME Americans.

Why did a majority of Americans support the Iraq war (when it begun) and withdraw that support as the nation-building dragged on? Because it began with the Bush Doctrine (ver. 1.0) and "evolved" into spreading democracy to combat terrorism via preventive war conducted in accordance with the theory of "just" warfare. Americans judge the stragegy of war on one scale: Does it work? Do we win (and then go home)? Patton's approach understood this.

Posted by: johngalt at August 29, 2010 11:38 AM

July 20, 2010


During an interview on The Today Show, Newt Gingrich had this to say:

The fact is, President Obama is like a teenager with a credit card.
Posted by Boulder Refugee at 11:08 AM | Comments (6)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

A teenager with a credit card is likely to get only himself in trouble (yes, I know Newt is alluding to the out-of-control spending, but his metaphor dodges the issue of "who's going to pay it when the bill comes due?"). To plagiarize from a more colorful writer, Obama is like a teenager turned loose with a bottle of Wild Turkey and the keys to the Hemi. Everyone in town is going to wind up taking a hit.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 20, 2010 11:56 AM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Not to cut too fine of a line, but with the teenager, the kid runs up the tab and the parents pay. In this case, Obama runs up the tab and the public pays. Sounds apropos to me. The hemi analogy works, too.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 20, 2010 12:09 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Noted and agreed, br -- but if I'm daddy, I'm not giving him the AmEx in the first place. The visual of a flaming, twisted wreck on the side of the road just seemed a little more to the point...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at July 20, 2010 12:36 PM
But Perry Eidelbus thinks:

Daddy didn't want to, but Mommy did. (Remember that just under half of U.S. workers don't pay federal income taxes, and it's worse when you consider how many Americans might pay some taxes but get far more back from the government.)

Daddy's the one parent who's working himself to the bone, wondering how he'll ever make enough to pay for all the household's spending and steadily accelerating debt. Mommy works part-time but keeps it all for herself. She doesn't pay for any part of the household expenses because she says Daddy should earn enough to pay for everyone. Then she decided little Barry should be deciding the household budget -- which is principally what to spend on Mommy.

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at July 20, 2010 1:31 PM
But jk thinks:

The Analogy Police called. They're willing to let us off with a warning this time.

Posted by: jk at July 20, 2010 3:12 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Related: Yesterday on FNC's 'America's Newsroom' ex-CIA analyst Michael Scheuer said of the Washington Post CIA expose-

"It seems to me that the Administration and the Washington Post are being managed by a bunch of adolescents." [I had to paraphrase, not having access to the transcript.]

Posted by: johngalt at July 20, 2010 3:17 PM