Monday, July 28, 2014

Bad Luck or Obamaism

SOMEHOW, I THINK THIS ROBERT HEINLEIN QUOTE IS WORTH REPEATING ONE MORE TIME:

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.”

slough into Gomorrah


OSU’s marching band has “serious cultural issues.”  Whence have sin and morality been replaced by “serious cultural issues?” Since 1984,  the cost of public school textbooks has risen 812%.  This is an example of a serious problem representing both a moral and fiscal issue.  Will either problem be corrected in 2014 as our country’s 2014 continues to slough into Gomorrah?

Saturday, July 26, 2014

TRUST GOVERNMENT


TRUST GOVERNMENT


Wis. police chief pleads no contest in Tea Party flap





A police chief in Wisconsin pleaded no contest Friday to a charge that he signed a local Tea Party leader up on gay dating, pornography and federal health care websites.

Prosecutors charged Town of Campbell Police Chief Tim Kelemen earlier this month with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system. The La Crosse Tribune reported Kelemen entered the plea in a deal that calls for the charge to be dismissed in two years if he doesn't commit any new crimes, continues counseling and completes 40 hours of community service.
The town board has placed Kelemen on paid leave.

Friday, July 25, 2014

chief curse of the world


H.L. Mencken’s, A Second Mencken Chrestomathy (1920):

“It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, but idealism.  Men get into trouble by taking all their gaudy visions and hallucinations seriously.”

Monday, July 21, 2014

How does America rate today?


George Washington said: “…And let us with caution indulge the supposition, that morality can be maintained without religion…”

 

Benjamin Franklin said: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.  As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”

 

And Abraham Lincoln thought that without a foundation in the 10 Commandments - a government could not rule properly.

 

How does America rate today?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

CHRISTIANS BE OUT IN 24HR. OR DIE!

Friday, July 18, 2014

ARE WE WINNING YET?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

a man who has lied and dissembled, and a man who has crawled


“I do not describe the democratic politician at his inordinate worst; I describe him as he is encountered in the full sunshine of normalcy.”

 

From H.L. Mencken’s 1926 book, Notes on Democracy:

He is a man who has lied and dissembled, and a man who has crawled.  He knows the taste of the boot-polish.  He has suffered kicks in the tonneau of his pantaloons.  He has taken orders from his superiors in knavery and he has wooed and flattered his inferiors in sense.  His public life is an endless series of evasions and false pretenses.  He is willing to embrace any issue, however idiotic, that will get him votes, and he is willing to sacrifice any principle, however sound, that will lose them for him.  I do not describe the democratic politician at his inordinate worst; I describe him as he is encountered in the full sunshine of normalcy.  He may be, on the one hand, a cross-roads idler striving to get into the State Legislature by grace of the local mortgage-sharks and evangelical clergy, or he may be, on the other hand, the President of the United States.  It is almost an axiom that no man may make a career in politics in the Republic without stooping to such ignobility.

 

ONLY THIEVES AND GOVERNMENT


ONLY THIEVES AND GOVERNMENT


The essence of free markets is good-good exchanges, or what I like to think of as seduction. Exchanges of this sort are featured by the proposition: “I’ll do something good for you if you do something good for me.” Game theorists recognize this as a positive-sum game—a transaction where both parties, in their own estimation, are better off as a result. When I go to my grocer and offer him the following proposition: If you do something good for me—give me that gallon of milk—I’ll do something good for you—give you three dollars. As a result, I am better off because I valued the milk more than I valued the three dollars and he is better off because he valued the three dollars more than he valued the gallon of milk.

Of course there’s another type of exchange not typically, voluntarily entered into, namely good-bad exchanges, or what we might call rape. An example of that kind of exchange would be where I approached my grocer with a pistol, telling him that if he didn’t do something good for me (give me that gallon of milk) I’d do something bad to him: blow his brains out. Clearly, I would be better off, but he would be worse off. Game theorists call that a zero-sum game. That’s the case where in order for one person to be better off, of necessity the other must be worse off. Zero-sum games are transactions mostly initiated by thieves and governments, both are involved in what is euphemistically called income redistribution. The only difference is one does it under the color of the law and the other doesn’t.