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Archive of posts published in the category: Random

Metaphysical Rights

from Kevin Williamson at National Review, The ‘Right’ to Health Care, Declaring a right in a scarce good is meaningless. It is a rhetorical gesture without any application to the events and conundrums of the real world. If the Dalai…

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Minimum Wage Reality

from 15 Statistics That Destroy Liberal Narratives by John Hawkins in Townhall: Less than 3 percent of the workforce earns the minimum; more than 60 percent of those who do earn it get a raise within a year; more than half of…

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Truths In and Out of Favor

“I also quoted a favorite passage of mine from Robert Frost’s poem “The Black Cottage”: Most of the change we think we see in life Is due to truths being in and out of favor. The “truths” that form the…

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Rational Delusion

We mortals pride ourselves as rational beings, but we act emotionally. We get attached to previous positions, and will discount or filter evidence rather than change our minds. We read the news for confirmation rather than information.  We are so…

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Dershowitz at AIPAC

tips to Bruce Tuchman “Israel (its medical technology) has saved more Muslim and Arab lives than all the Arab and Muslim nations combined.” a hell of a speech

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You Broke It, You Own It

The biggest risk the Democrats take on the comprehensive approach to health care is that they will find it much harder to use the health insurance companies as the demon to unite their troops.  They may try to continue to…

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Israel is Not a Ghetto

Some perspectives on the Hillary/ Biden/ Obama smackdown of Israel for building Jewish homes in Jerusalem: from The Jerusalem Post Obama has Crossed the Line– by Isi Leibner Excerpts: The administration “condemns” us for building homes, not in densely Arab…

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The Job Creation Myth

I am constantly amazed at how sitting political leaders and naive citizens think that the government can create jobs. If the government could create jobs why would we ever tolerate any unemployment?  Either the leaders are economically ignorant or liars.…

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Karma, Demons, Small Stupid Steps and Facebook

Random thoughts GM’s effort to target Toyota’s  customers  in the midst of their record recall notice seems in poor taste, especially in light of the record amount of taxpayer money that is now supporting GM.  This is like the arrogant…

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The End of the Chinese Decade

During the 1970’s the sudden and enormous wealth of the Arab World as a result of the oil cartel OPEC, made everyone think they would rule the world. Raising oil prices as a result of the US aid to Israel…

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Fabricating a Recovery

In  the American Metal  Market magazine Commercial Metals Company’s (CMC) metal fabrication division noted a drop in earnings to a $’17.3 million LOSS  in the most recent fiscal  quarter (three months ending Nov 30) from a profit of $66.6 million…

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Profits, not Credit, is the Key to a Recovery

Obama is now pressuring the banks to make loans to stimulate the economy.  Yet again we have the government creating a crisis and then blaming the private sector. The banks are in the business if making loans. They should not…

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The Zombie Economy

By preventing assets from reaching their market levels, the administration risks making the recession last longer than it should. The uncertainty in all of the radical bills proposed in the first year has businesses behaving like a deer in the…

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Hidden Inflation

We tend to look at the increase in prices as inflation, but in a situation of fluctuations prices go up and down. What if prices should be going down 3% but instead we see prices increasing 3%.  We see a…

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A Peaceful Use of Force

“More than that, no country in the world, not even Germany, would respond “proportionately” if some nonstate militia started rocketing their towns from across some border and killing German citizens.  If a government could not get the state from whose…

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Observations from the Road

I just completed a 600 mile drive from Bloomington, Indiana after visiting with my daughter at IU for her birthday.  Some thoughts on the ride home: America is obese.  As a rule I pick a restaurant by looking at the…

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Micah Halpern on Iran and Nukes

The local federation hosted Micah Halpern this evening at the Cox Theatre.  He is an authority on Iran and their nuclear effort. A few random yet relevant points. There are 3,000 FBI agents. None of them have passed the test…

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The New American Arrogance

One of the commonly acknowledged grave mistakes of the response to the Depression of 1929 was the Smoot Hawley Tarriff, which largely killed foreign trade in an effort to save domestic jobs.  Not only did it make the depression worse…

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On Sowell’s Mind

from National Review OnlineDecember 23, 2008, 0:00 a.m.Random ThoughtsLive and learn.By Thomas Sowell Excerpts: If there are still any educators or others who think that both sides of an issue should be presented, the non-profit Heartland Institute has put together…

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