Monthly Archives: September 2010

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

By the Waters of Babylon

The following is an excerpt from a sermon given by Rabbi Shalom Lewis in Atlanta: We must be diligent students of history and not sit in ash cloth at the waters of Babylon weeping.  We cannot be hypnotized by eloquent-sounding…

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Unwitting Co-conspirators

The following is an excerpt from a sermon given by Rabbi Shalom Lewis in Atlanta: Now before some folks roll their eyes and glance at their watches let me state emphatically, unmistakably – I have no pathology of hate, nor…

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Exposing the Wizard

Monetary debates were even the stuff of popular culture (at the turn of the 20th century). Indeed L. Frank Baum’s enduring The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, has been read as an elaborate allegory for the monetary politics…

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Political Obesity

Cutting the size of government is as essential to the body politic’s health as a weight-reduction program is to restoring any human body that excess has caused to degrade into obesity. Just as someone who is serious about his health…

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Why Do Our Laws Have So many Pages?

From Boston University Professor Angelo Codevilla’s “America’s Ruling Class- And the Perils of Revolution” (July – August 2010 issue). In The American Spectator (online version). Laws and regulations nowadays are longer than ever because length is needed to specify how…

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Cynical Commentary on Stereotypes

Occasionally I watch Bill Maher’s Real Time on HBO, but I find it worthless either as any insightful commentary which I think it poses to be or as any provider of any depth or understanding of any of the political…

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A Deadly Weakness

The following is an excerpt from a sermon given by Rabbi Shalom Lewis in Atlanta: Moral confusion is a deadly weakness and it has reached epic proportions in the West; from the Oval Office to the UN, from the BBC…

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The Great Debate- Part V

The debate on the tax cuts and the rich have lost a sense of bearing. As one on the higher end of the income scale I do not care about paying higher taxes.  What I care about is what I…

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Zombie Politicians

How would have the Republican establishment have reacted if the tea party candidates had remained in the race or become the sore losers like Charlie Crisp and Lisa Murkowski?  That question led me to the idea of Rebublican Chemotherapy which…

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The Great Debate Part IV

More from  Roy Fickling in response to a debate that centers on promoting economic growth verses a more fair and even distribution of wealth.  For a bit about Roy’s experience see The Great Debate  Part I You ask, “By the…

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The Great Debate Part III

More from  Roy Fickling in response to a debate that centers on promoting economic growth verses a more fair and even distribution of wealth.  For a bit about Roy’s experience see The Great Debate  Part I Let’s take socialism to…

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The Great Debate Part II

This is a continuation of Roy Fickling’s response in a debate that centers on promoting economic growth verses a more fair and even distribution of wealth.  For a bit about Roy’s experience see The Great Debate  Part I The human…

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Choking on the Health Care Bill

Last May I posted Healthcare 1099s to show just one of many flaws in the Healthcare bill.  Remember that Pelosi stated that “we had to pass this bill to see what was in it”.  This rings as one of the…

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The Great Debate – Part I

Guest Blogger- Roy Fickling is a very intelligent and experienced young entrepreneur and investor.  Among his company’s holdings are automobile distributorships, banks, and real estate- the biggest victims of the recent  financial collapse. He is very well read and travelled…

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Replace bailouts with “bail ins”

In We’ll Always have Basel The Wall Street Journal reports on the work to raise capital standards to avert future bank meltdowns.  One of the more interesting concepts is a “bail in”: The idea is to set very high capital…

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The Heart vs Wisdom

The wise — as opposed to most of the highly educated — know, among many other things, that when you give people something for nothing, you produce ungrateful people; that when you obscure the differences between men and women, you…

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Making Judgment Obsolete

Modern investment theory says that public securities markets- computerized, blazingly fast, effusively liquid- are as close as mankind has ever come to realizing the perfectly efficient market of classical economic theory. In such a perfect market, entrepreneurship is impossible. The…

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An Israeli Perspective of the Ground Zero Mosque

Dan Gordis writes in The Jerusalem Post a different insight into the ground zero mosque. In The Ground Zero mosque – what US could learn from Israel Gordis writes that the issue of religious tolerance must not blind us to…

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Between the Elitists and the Populists

We faced a financial collapse that was brought about by a toxic blend of public sector and private sector policies designed by some of the most educated in our country.  It is not surprising that a different candidate such as…

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