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Sunday, January 27. 2008
By means of glasses, hotbeds, and hotwalls, very good grapes can be raised in Scotland, and very good wine too can be made of them at about thirty times the expense for which at least equally good can be brought from foreign countries. Would it be a reasonable law to prohibit the importation of all foreign wines, merely to encourage the making of claret and burgundy in Scotland?
It is the maxim of every prudent master of a family, never to attempt to make at home what it will cost him more to make than to buy...What is prudence in the conduct of every private family, can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom. If a foreign country can supply us with a commodity cheaper than we ourselves can make it, better buy it of them with some part of the produce of our own industry, employed in a way in which we have some advantage.
Both from The Wealth of Nations, Book IV
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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
January 25, 2008; Page W14
We begin, as one always must now, again, with Bill Clinton. The past week he has traveled South Carolina, leaving discord in his wake. Barack Obama, that "fairytale," is low, sneaky. "He put out a hit job on me." The press is cruelly carrying Mr. Obama's counter-jabs. "You live for it."
Bill Clinton, with his trembly, red-faced rage, makes John McCain look young. His divisive and destructive daily comportment—this is a former president of the United States—is a civic embarrassment. It is also an education, and there is something heartening in this.
There are many serious and thoughtful liberals and Democrats who support Mr. Obama and John Edwards, and who are seeing Mr. Clinton in a new way and saying so. Here is William Greider in The Nation, the venerable left-liberal magazine. The Clintons are "high minded" on the surface but "smarmily duplicitous underneath, meanwhile jabbing hard at the groin area. They are a slippery pair and come as a package. The nation is at fair risk of getting them back in the White House for four years ."
That, again, is from one of the premier liberal journals in the United States. It is exactly what conservatives have been saying for a decade. This may mark a certain coming together of the thoughtful on both sides. The Clintons, uniters at last
I saw Mr. McCain this Tuesday in New York, at a fund-raiser at which a breathless aide shared, "We just made a million dollars." What a difference a few wins makes. There were a hundred people outside chanting, "Mac is back!" and perhaps a thousand people inside, crammed into a three-chandelier ballroom at the St. Regis. When I attended a fund-raiser in October there was none of this; perhaps 200 came, and people were directed to crowd around the candidate as if to show he had support. Now you had to fight your way through a three-ring cluster. (When I attended a Giuliani fund-raiser this summer I saw something I wish I'd noted: The audience was big but wasn't listening. They were all on their BlackBerrys. That should have told me something about his support.
Limbaugh losing it,medicate him
On the pundit civil wars, Rush Limbaugh declared on the radio this week, "I'm here to tell you, if either of these two guys [Mr. McCain or Mike Huckabee] get the nomination, it's going to destroy the Republican Party. It's going to change it forever, be the end of it!"
This is absurd. George W. Bush destroyed the Republican Party, by which I mean he sundered it, broke its constituent pieces apart and set them against each other. He did this on spending, the size of government, war, the ability to prosecute war, immigration and other issues
read entire piece to get full rich taste.
Regarding El Rushbo's prediction that either one of two candidates for the Rep nomination would destroy the Republican Party, exactly which Republican Party is he referring to?
I didn't realize what a paleolithic monolith the Republican Party was. Are we still the Party Of Ike? of Goldwater? of Reagan? of GHW Bush or W?
I'm confused. Please help me so I'll know if it is the pre or post "Big Tent" Republican Party these two guys can single handedly destroy.
They must have some powerful juju since Rush said so.
I can buy a double cheese burger from foreigners who wipe their noses on their sleeves but prefer to make me own at a higher price with out the communicable disease.
Am all for free trade, except should also keep in mind that wine is not often considered to be a strategic commodity.
I guess I missed the chapter on only strategic commodities being covered by free trade.
A well constructed, logically tight indictment of our "progress" An important read. Here's a slice, there's more.
Is A New Dark Age At Hand ?
"Information" is not the same thing as "fact". But eventually, we forget the distinction and uncritically accept all information as truth. When a briefly popular author invented a mythical society, the Priory of Sion, Google was rapidly filled with thousands of references to its history, organization, famous leaders, and its lost, hidden or church-burned documents - none of which were true. Need one add that 70% of us believe in UFOs and 70% believe that JFK was the victim of a political assassination plot.
By Lawrence Murray /The American Thinker
Wine is a strategic commodity. As are cigars. Could you run a war without those things?
Well today buspar has replaced the traditional cigar
Does the Military Send Sick Soldiers to War
"The DOD admits they are sending mentally unfit soldiers into combat in Iraq," said Steve Robinson of Veterans for America. "This is not supposed to happen; the military should not have deployed this veteran to the war; what were they thinking and what does it say about the overstretched military?"
Habu comment: Since Kosovo and the first Gulf War the grunts get a handful of buspar to lower their anxiety ..it's replaced the cigar. Better living and dying through chemistry.
BUSPAR... is an anti-anxiety medicine that affects chemicals in your brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It is used to treat symptoms of anxiety, such as fear, tension, irritability, dizziness, pounding heartbeat, and other physical symptoms
And they give propranolol to some of the soldiers as they come in off the battlefield. That's to help any traumatic visions from becoming PTSD flashbacks.
Buspar, i once got it mixed up with blue spar varnish and it put my rowboat in the twilight zone.
except she wanted to sink herself whenever i skipped a treatment
There ain't nothing like a little US Army dexedrine to give a guy a bit of Dutch courage in a pinch.
Now they give them Adderall and Provigil. Amazing stuff.
(Usually reserved for pilots.)
i'd never get off the ground -- i'd be cleaning the inside of the canopy for eleven hours
I wonder if the Air Force will give the drugs to those "pilots" that operate RPV's?
And since they won't really be flyers what insignia or wings will they get to wear...something like a joystick with wings or little twirly beenie cap label insignia?
better watch that razz -- a hellfire liable to come thru you computer screen