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Entries from September 2008

Thank You For Your Absence…

September 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

So.  On the day after Congress fails to pass a bailout plan and then goes on vacation, the Dow regains nearly 2/3rds of the previous day’s loses…  Think what we can accomplish if they stay on vacation!

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Tags: Economy

What Does Deregulation Have To Do With Anything?

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on What Does Deregulation Have To Do With Anything?

Barack Obama constantly talks about how George Bush’s “gutting” of Wall Street regulations (with john McCain’s help) is what is responsible for the current financial mess.  I dare him (or anyone else) to name one such gutted regulation that would have helped prevent the current problem in the slightest.  Just one!!!  Why doesn’t he?  Because […]

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Tags: Economy · Obama

Socialism Staved Off For Another Day

September 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Socialism Staved Off For Another Day

Our message to Wall Street is this: the party is over. The era of golden parachutes for high-flying Wall Street operators is over. No longer will the U.S. taxpayer bailout the recklessness of Wall Street. Said Nancy Pelosi, right before she voted to force the U.S. taxpayer to bailout the recklessness of Wall Street.  Fortunately, […]

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Tags: Big Government · Campaign '08 · Diplomacy · Economy · Free Markets

Treat First, Diagnose Later

September 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Obama told the “CBS Evening News” he was not sure what went wrong. Well, that should help him solve this problem and bring Democrats and Republicans together.  If you don’t know “what went wrong,” how do you expect to make it right?!?

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Economy · John McCain · Obama

An Excellent Take on the Bailout

September 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on An Excellent Take on the Bailout

From Professor Richard Epstein, a libertarian prof at the University of Chicago.  (I’ve met Prof. Epstein a couple of times, but if he remembers me it will be only because I helped host a debate in which a Marxist prof at our law school called him the Beelzebub….) Anyway, I love his breakdown:

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Tags: Uncategorized

“Taco Bell Named an Unindicted Co-Conspirator”

September 25th, 2008 · 4 Comments

So a guy farts on a police officer, and gets charged with battery.  Awesome. When police were trying to get fingerprints, police say Cruz moved closer to the officer and passed gas on him. The investigating officer remarked in the criminal complaint that the odor was very strong. Cruz is now charged with battery on […]

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Tags: Crime · Silliness

Economic Principles and Bailouts

September 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Imagine if you inherited a business that couldn’t fail. Not just that you had a solid business model, but that you were backed by an inexhaustible trust fund which guaranteed you would never to go out of business.  No matter what you did, no matter who you hired, no matter how poorly you managed your […]

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Tags: Economy · Free Markets

Courage and Career Choices

September 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen posted a particularly mind-numbing article today, angry that Obama isn’t angry or mean enough to counter the unforgivable meanness of Sarah Palin.  (Maybe he feels better after Obama’s unfortunate “pig wearing lipstick” comments today.) Yawn.  Hysterical liberals upset that their emperor is naked is the sun rising in the east.  […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · John McCain · Military Service · Obama

Sarah Palin’s Foreign Policy Team

September 8th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sarah Palin’s Foreign Policy Team

From the Weekly Standard:

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Tags: Palin · Silliness

Seen On a Nevada Trailhead

September 6th, 2008 · Comments Off on Seen On a Nevada Trailhead

As much as I hate graffiti, I can’t deny that when I saw this in an outhouse a few weeks ago I found it so amusing that I just couldn’t help pulling out my camera. This was taken several weeks ago.  I now can’t help but to think how precient this particlar vandal may have […]

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Tags: Obama · Silliness


September 4th, 2008 · Comments Off on Solid

It wasn’t flashy.  It wasn’t soaring.  The was very little red meat.  But it was solid as a rock.  Compared to the flighty and empty rhetoric of hope and change, that’s huge.

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Tags: John McCain · Obama

I Think I’m In Love

September 4th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I must confess that, as a consequence of my addiction to political punditry, I was rocked back on my feet and even a bit scared about the Palin pick over the weekend.  I’ve never seen anything like the vicious, full frontal assault that has been leveled against her.  And despite the fact that many of […]

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Tags: Campaign '08 · Palin

I Wonder…

September 1st, 2008 · 3 Comments

What would the reaction be if a conservative had writen a super-snarky (but substance-free) hit piece on a female Democrat running on a national ticket, focusing on her go-go boots and how her life is like a bad chick-flick? I take that back.  I don’t wonder at all.

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Tags: Palin