Monthly Archives: December 2015

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

Cheap Thrills of 2015

Forget the Paris attacks and the GOP circular firing squad. Here are the cool things I discovered in 2015. The Uniball Signo .38 rollerball.  Best fine line rollerball I can find- I bought a second box.  I found about this…

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10 Best Articles of 2015

John Cochrane- economist at his blop. The Grumpy Economist,  Economic Growth. Second, we should separate the tax code from the subsidy and redistribution code.Let us agree, the tax code serves to raise revenue at minimal distortion. All other economic policy…

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Invitations to Executive Caprice

from Charles C.W. Cooke in The National Review, Our Presidents Are Beginning to Act Like Kings At best, Wilson’s argument is a good-faith but terribly naïve attempt to make government “work.” When the Supreme Court rules, as it did in 1989,…

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A Crown Beyond the Horizon

from Charles C.W. Cooke in The National Review, Our Presidents Are Beginning to Act Like Kings Which is all to say that, pace Woodrow Wilson & Co., the recipe for political liberty is as it ever was. For men to be…

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Children of Legislatures

from Charles C.W. Cooke in The National Review, Our Presidents Are Beginning to Act Like Kings As Thomas Jefferson had it, “the natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground.” There are no new…

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The Publication Bias

From The Truth Wears Off by Jonah Lehrer in The New Yorker: An excellent article on the publication bias- keep in mind that in order to be peer reviewed it has to be published- although up to a third of…

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Always the Worst of Times

From David Harsinyi at The Federalist, Admit It. You Just Want Your Own Dictator: Not that this fetishizing of ‘leadership’ is confined to the progressive left or the conservative right. In fact, more than anyone in American discourse, the self-styled moderate…

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Reading 2015 12 24

Robert J. Samuelson: Here’s Why War On Poverty Is So Unwinnable Habitual Liar Lies Habitually The Perfect Presidential Candidate for an Imperfect Time Let’s Elect Hillary Now- We want a president we can loathe all of the time—not support some of…

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Finding Their Own Obama

From David Harsinyi at The Federalist, Admit It. You Just Want Your Own Dictator: Trump’s entire case is propelled by the notion that a single (self-identified) competent, strong-willed president, without any perceptible deference to the foundational ideals of the nation, will…

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Obama’s Sand Castle

from Phil Gramm and Michael Salon at The WSJ , Cheer Up, Obama’s Legacy Can Be Erased: President Obama seems to aspire to join Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan as one of the three most transformative presidents of the past hundred years, and by all outward signs…

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Restoring Political Democracy

From The New York Times, Political Party Meltdown by Kevin Baker: Roosevelt elaborated: “We ought to have two real parties — one liberal and the other conservative. As it is now, each party is split by dissenters.” He was wrong.…

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The Democratic Totalitarian State

From Kevin Williamson at National Review, The Democrats’ Theme for 2016 Is Totalitarianism: Donald Trump may talk like a brownshirt, but the Democrats mean business. For those of you keeping track, the Democrats and their allies on the left have now:…

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A Government of Laws

from Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal, Clinton is Already Vowing to Overreach: This is no small matter. “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands,” James Madison warned in Federalist 47, “may justly be pronounced…

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A Hard Shift Left

from The Wall Street Journal, Fred Barnes writes The No-Growth Democratic Party In 1997 President Bill Clinton signed the Taxpayer Relief Act, cutting the tax rate on capital gains to 20% from 28%. Senate Democrats voted 37-8 in favor of the bill.…

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The Stripper in the Champagne Room

from Kurt Schlichter at Townhall, Trump Is Going To Break Your Heart: As a young man, I learned that sometimes that hot chick you’re dating is also completely crazy and, as much fun as it is to go out with…

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The Hidden Assets of the 99%

from the Wall Street Journal, The Uncounted Trillions in the Inequality Debate by Martin Feldstein: excerpts: These data seem to show a country whose wealth is highly concentrated. But the true picture is hardly as stark as critics of inequality…

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The World is Too Much With US

from Garrett Swasey’s final sermon by Jeff Jacoby in The Boston Globe “The world is too much with us,” opens William Wordsworth’s famous sonnet. “Late and soon/Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” If that was true when he…

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A Whirlpool of Blood

from The Middle East As it Will Be by Eliot Cohen in The American Interest: The future will be ghastly for that part of the world, and all that borders it. The United States will be somewhat distant from this whirlpool…

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