Archive for August, 2009

“There is no axis of evil”

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

UAE seizes ship full of North Korean weapons bound for Iran.

These weapons would have been used to kill Americans in Iraq.  One might wonder what Americans are doing in Iraq, but perhaps one should wonder rather more why the UAE is snatching these weapons and not the Unites States Marines.

Hat tip Hot Air

I often complain there are no moderate Muslims.  That is not true.  His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai, the UAE King that snatched those weapons, is a moderate Muslim.  The US government however tends to sponsor raging anti Semites and sponsors of terrorism like the Saudi rulers.

Who funds terrorism?

We do, through such intermediaries as the Saudis.

Obama care in twenty words.

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Obamacare is a proposal to redistribute health care from those who voted against Obama, to those who voted for Obama.

The cause of the crisis 4

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

I have issued a bunch of posts, each titled the “the cause of the crisis”, and each giving a different cause – but each of these causes was itself caused by, or caused, all of the other causes.

This post addresses  ratings for debt. (more…)

Murderer of Mary Jo Mary Jo Kopechne dies

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

After influencing and writing a vast amount of legislation, all of it as evil and repugnant as himself, Edward Kennedy died forty years after disposing of an inconvenient mistress.

By accident or design, Kennedy’s car wound up upside down in the water, with Kennedy not in it, and his girlfriend in it. It retained an air bubble for a substantial period, which means that his girlfriend was alive for a substantial period. Kennedy then proceeded to construct an alibi, to conceal what had happened. His girlfriend may still have been alive at the time he was creating an alibi. Whether or not it was an accident that his car was in the water with his mistress inside and him not inside, it was no accident that she remained inside.

Prospects of hyperinflation

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Arnold Kling thinks that “hyperinflation would be political suicide” and that therefore that the US government will sooner or later do the extraordinary and drastic things necessary to avoid it.

Even if it was political suicide, this is like arguing that someone will lose weight because his morbid obesity is about to kill him – but it is not political suicide.  Incumbents that engage in hyperinflation usually gain political benefit in the short run, and the short run is all they care about.  The Weimar government was not punished at the polls. (more…)


Monday, August 24th, 2009

This is a spoof of Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein memo warning employees to avoid making big-ticket, high-profile purchases

The error of conservatism

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Conservatives conserve. There is not enough left of western civilization to be worth conserving, nor enough to be capable of withstanding the next storm. (more…)

The Amazing Brilliance of Sarah Palin

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Palin described “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act” as death panels.  The Cathedral, (meaning the MSM, the politicians, the professoriat, senior public servants, and assorted people employed in the upper reaches of the ever more numerous quasi governmental organizations) react with apocalyptic outrage – thereby drawing the public’s attention to various parts of the act that are, indeed, death panels.  Sarah Palin smiles sweetly and lets them hammer themselves to pulp. After uncontrollably inflicting massive damage on themselves, they delete most disturbing parts of the act – which retreat looks to the public like an admission that Obama indeed intended to murder their poor old Grandma and Sarah Palin’s cute little baby. (more…)

Moral progress

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Robert Hanson observes we are less inclined to kill, rape and plunder than in past centuries, and proposes some explanations for this: (more…)

Social decay

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Whatsoever the government sponsors, tends to turn bad. Since government funds are ill defended, grantsmanship based government funded memetic diseases will always outcompete truth based science, and similarly grantsmanship funded memetic diseases will always outcompete art based on beauty.  Government funded art will rapidly become ugly and stupid.  Government funded science will rapidly become untruthful and stupid, string theory as much as global warming theory. (more…)