Thursday, May 21, 2015

“The Political Order of a Free People,”

 “The Political Order of a Free People,”  of Hayek’s Law, Legislation, and Liberty:

Current methods of taxation have been shaped largely by the endeavor to raise funds in such a manner as to cause the least resistance or resentment on the part of the majority who had to approve the expenditure.  They certainly were not designed to assure responsible decisions on expenditure, but on the contrary to produce the feeling that somebody else would pay for it….  The theory and practice of public finance has been shaped almost entirely by the endeavor to disguise as far as possible the burden imposed, and to make those who will ultimately have to bear it as little aware of it as possible.  It is probable that the whole complexity of the tax structure we have built up is largely the result of the efforts to persuade citizens to give the government more than they would knowingly consent to do so.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Nothing like a Kerry

Nothing like a Kerry
Recently our ‘esteemed’ Secretary of State referred to the “cooperative road ahead.” Duh? His meaningless doublespeak mimics the oft repeated words from the Koran, “In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful.”  Give me a break.

Nothing warm and personal emanates from Allah as channeled by Mohammed.

Everything human and caring emanates from Jesus as H e lived and died.   

Monday, April 27, 2015

AS PRESIDENT WILL HILLARY ‘AMEND’ THE BIBLE?

AS PRESIDENT WILL HILLARY ‘AMEND’ THE BIBLE?  WHAT’S LEFT AFTER OBAMA MADE ‘CONSTITUTION’ IRRELEVANT? 
RELIGIOUS BELIEFS MUST CONFORM TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS.

So saith Hillary:

She told attendees at the sixth annual Women in The World Summit that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health care and safe childbirth.” “Far too many women are denied access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth, and laws don’t count for much if they’re not enforced. Rights have to exist in practice — not just on paper,” Clinton said.  “Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will,” she explained.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

“Courts will decide who we are as a people,”

“Courts will decide who we are as a people,”
REALLY, I THOUGHT THE AMERICAN ‘PEOPLE’ DECIDED WHO WE ARE.


“Courts will decide who we are as a people,” says the outgoing Attorney General, Eric Holder, and gay marriage is the “civil rights issue of our time.” What, pray tell, is the job of the Attorney General?  Uphold the Constitution? Chief law enforcement officer of the U.S.?  NO!  Eric and the new appointee Loretta, obviously, as liberal Democrats, just  dictate our moral code. Conscience?  Are we allowed a conscience? NO!  

Thursday, April 23, 2015

What Earth Day Means to Me

What Earth Day Means to Me
by DON BOUDREAUX on  APRIL 22, 2009 [EDIT]
My son, Thomas (a sixth grader), has a homework assignment today: write an essay entitled “What Earth Day Means to Me.”  I will help him out with my own essay.
Earth Day, to me, means an opportunity to express thanks for all the ways that capitalism makes our lives and environment cleaner and healthier.
I’m thankful for the automobile, which has cleaned our streets and highways of animal feces, which is both foul and filthy itself, and that attracts flies that spread it into our homes and workplaces.
I’m thankful for the automobile also because it allows us to travel in a cleaner environment than we had when we traveled on horseback or in buggies.  Modern automobiles cool or heat the air immediately surrounding their passengers, making these passengers comfortable and, in summer, less sweaty and stinky.
I’m thankful for air-conditioning that keeps our interior environments not only comfortable but more healthy, as it allows us to better keep insects out of our homes, shops, factories, and offices — and also, in humid places, to dramatically reduce the growth of mold and mildew in our homes.
I’m thankful for indoor plumbing.  (The anti-polluting properties here are too obvious to spell out.  Ditto for disposable diapers — yet another product for which I’m most grateful.)
I’m thankful for the inexpensive soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, dental floss, toilet tissue, and plastic bandages and other first-aid items that make it possible for us to de-pollute our persons regularly.
I’m thankful for electronic appliances, such as those that (along with modern detergents – for which I’m also thankful) allow us to clean our used clothing and dirty dishes — clean these more deeply and more thoroughly than was possible in the past without spending multiples of the time on such tasks that we spend on these tasks today.  These appliances enable us to recycle our clothing and our dishes for many reuses.
I’m thankful for electricity for making these appliances possible – and for enabling us to light our home without dirty candles, and for enabling us to heat our homes without coal, wood, peat, or other filthy substances.
I’m thankful for plastics, which very effectively and at very low costs allow us to keep bacteria confined.  A plastic storage bag, for example, keeps food bacteria confined to the interior of the bag.
I’m thankful for refrigeration for retarding the growth of bacteria and, hence, keeping our foods cleaner and healthier.
I’m thankful for chemical fertilizers that increase the productivity of the earth’s soil, and thereby helps to prevent malnutrition — which, in turn, better enables each of our bodies to succeed at fighting off diseases that are more likely to sicken, or even kill, malnourished persons.
I’m thankful for factories (and the fuels that power them) that make possible things such as modern textiles — modern textiles that enable even poor people in market societies to own many changes of clean clothing.
I’m thankful for modern insecticides and cleansers that help to protect us from bugs and bacteria that would otherwise pollute our environments.

I am, in short, thankful for private-property markets that are the main driving force behind these (and many other) anti-pollutants — a force so powerful that we today enjoy the incredible luxury of being able to worry, should we so choose, about very distant and very speculative forms of environmental problems such as species loss and global warming.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth’s Payday?

Earth’s Payday?

After two years of waiting and threatening with extinction, our 2 amaryllis bulbs have come through with 2 flower buds.  Earth better pay off with flowers or else… 

SOCIAL-JUSTICE-WARRIOR HAZING

Those who did their homework in 2008 knew that when Barack Obama was elected, all aspects of American society would suffer unprecedented levels of left-wing lunacy, but did anyone think it would come to this?
Patriotic young cadets — America’s future warrior — pressured to walk around in bright red high heels on campus — against their will – or face retribution.
I don’t even know what to say.
I do, but since this is a family blog I’ll leave it at this: Punch back twice as hard.
Posted at 7:30 am by Glenn Reynolds


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

PETA Alert

            PETA Alert

13 million bees, 5 million chickens dead, numerous Christians slaughtered, cows thrown out of a truck – where are tears from PETA  when they are needed?  Seems like this is a time to try men’s and women’s sympathetic souls.  Or am I alone?