We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The photo on the left isa compelling argument for why Persian women should never be veiled. Indeed, covering such loveliness should be illegal. From a piece on rebellion against the burkha laws in Iran, at Gateway (photo borrowed stolen from the piece at Gateway).
A propos of The Barrister's post on Market Failure, Dan Boudreaux discusses how "altruistic" lawmakers, and those with market agendas, conspire. The Bootleggers and Baptists theory.
Obama is for bans on semi-auto weapons. Hello? Does he know what semi-auto means? I have two semi-auto shotguns. Perhaps he means full auto, or does he not know what he is talking about?
Why is income inequality a good thing? Because it indicates a good return on investment in human capital. It rewards it. Mankiw. If you tax away higher incomes to create an artificial income equality by erasing the free market for labor, you reduce the return on human investment, eg education, talent-improvement, self-discipline, delayed gratification, and skills acquisition - and thus discourage people from those desirable and life-enhancing things. Plus you obviously discourage people from working hard at difficult tasks.
Makers of Oxycontin get screwed. People get addicted to the meds, and the maker is blamed. Oxycontin is apparently a great drug: my oncologist friend says it has been a gift from God for patients with cancer pain and other chronic pain. There is no "high" at the correct doses.
"Sending a chill." The NYT is worried. (But aren't they always worried about one thing or another, like a bunch of old women? They need a strong dose of optimism - or Oxycontin.)A darn good point from Dino. Read the Bonus Question about Imus.
There is a movement to try to keep Paris Hilton out of jail, but did you know that there is a more worthwhile movement to keep her in jail - forever? Right Wing Nation. Truth is, I sort-of feel sorry for her: she is just a cute kid with a cute name, but without substance or brains, who has made herself an empty celeb. The attention must be gratifying, but what can it possibly lead to?
"Obama is for bans on semi-auto weapons. Hello? Does he know what semi-auto means? I have two semi-auto shotguns. Perhaps he means full auto, or does he not know what he is talking about?"
I don't think I've ever met a gun banner who knows the difference and my experience has been that they don't welcome an explanation that renders the breathless pronouncements about semi-automatics sound idiotic. For many years, I owned a revolver, a 38 special (obviously not for hunting) and I think it would have been much better for a home invader to be on the other end of a semi-automatic 22 than on the wrong end of my revolver loaded with six .357 rounds.
I should add that I don't own it anymore, but it wasn't a moral decision. It's illegal in the town where I've settled and I don't feel that I'm surrounded by imminent threats. If I want to reduce my risks there are many other things I could give up, however I don't begrudge anyone owning a gun whether for collecting, sport, hunting or protection or simply because they just feel like it.
From: "The photo on the left is a compelling argument for why Persian women should never be veiled."
I certainly agree wholeheartedly with that profound observation. Yet, there are other compelling arguments for the enforced veiling of certain American women. I might begin with Rosie O., Ellen D., Hillary R-C., Nancy P., etc., and work from there. What a happier, greener and cleaner country we would have if only these "ladies" wore veils. As a matter of fact, so as not to seem unduly sexist [just mildly so], let me also include some alleged males starting with the Democratic Senators from Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois....