Category Archives: General Culture

Where’s The Outrage?

Whenever a failed CEO is fired with a cushy payoff, the outrage is swift and voluminous.  The liberal press usually misrepresents this as a hypocritical “jobs for the boys” program within the capitalist class.  In reality, the payoffs are almost always … Continue reading

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Fantasy Debate (The Third Debate)

I said that I would follow up the third presidential debate with another Fantasy Debate.  I even planned this time to feature “Pseudo Johnson” as the sane participant.  But after reading the transcript and seeing how little substance was covered, … Continue reading

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Finger Exercises (Part Three)

This will be the last of these “catch up” postings featuring drive-by comments on multiple issues.  After this, I will return to my normal format. Car Crash My girlfriend is threatening to stop talking to me until after November 8th.  … Continue reading

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Finger Exercises (Part One)

After a lengthy trip to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, and seemingly endless jetlag, it is time to get back into the blog the way a pianist warms up.  With some finger exercises. Therefore, in no particular order… The … Continue reading

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Random Observations

Tyler Cowen Tyler Cowen is an interesting guy. His day job is teaching economics at George Mason University, which has one of the leading free-market programs in the country.  He is also the director general of the Mercatus Center, a … Continue reading

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The Milwaukee Riots

This is nauseating. The riots in Milwaukee started on August 13th when 23-year-old African-American man (Slyville Smith) with a lengthy police record was shot and killed by an African-American police officer while fleeing from a stopped car with a stolen … Continue reading

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And Then…Depression Set In

This title, a quote from the Bill Murray character in Stripes after a particularly rough day, continues the upbeat tone of my last blog.  If you read the news, then depression is the only logical emotion. More PC Madness and … Continue reading

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Obscure Public Enemies

I would like to introduce a new periodic feature of this blog, the OPE (Obscure Public Enemy) [1].  This will highlight a little known person whose quiet influence is matched by a dedication to harming the public interest.  In this way, … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Jobs

BloombergView has recently run an article that touches upon something that has been puzzling me for a while.  The article is entitled “Who Needs Factories Anyway?” and it claims that the “obsession with factories threatens to undermine sound economic policy.” … Continue reading

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Legacy Building

President Obama has been in full-bore legacy mode lately. He took a trip to Hiroshima, adding to his list of presidential firsts.  After much speculation, he decided to skip being the first president to apologize for the dropping of atomic bombs … Continue reading

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