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    Archive for February, 2010

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, February 28th, 2010

    “The greatest obstacles to the soul’s trying to follow Christ and to help others have their origin in a disordered love of self. At times this leads us to overestimate our strength. At other times, it brings discouragement and despondency as a result of our own weaknesses and our errors. Pride often reveals itself in [...]

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, February 27th, 2010

    Civil Servants In 2008, “federal worker pay-and-benefits packages averaged $119,982. That’s more than double the private-sector average of $59,909.” Link. That’s stunning. It means that, on average, the federal government is taking money from poorer people (the people who average $60,000 a year) and giving it to wealthier people (those who average $120,000 a year). [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, February 26th, 2010

    America’s Drunkest Cities I was in Fresno last year. I didn’t appreciate that I was amidst drunken greatness: “Fresno was near the top in every measure of dangerous drinking, including the body count caused by booze-fueled car crashes (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), the number of arrests made for driving under the influence (FBI), the number [...]

    Health Care Primer

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010

    I really don’t have time to craft a decent post this morning, but in light of the Health Care Debate Palooza that’s schedule, combined with a remarkable level of ignorance on the topic, I’m compelled to provide this primer (a discussion I heard while driving to work this morning between two radio disc jockeys–on opposite [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, February 25th, 2010

    I’m still dragging. For now, here’s something different: Sent by a TDE reader and also found here.

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

    “Strep Wednesday.” Just a slight case, but I’ve been feeling lousy. Penicillin kicking in shortly, I hope. For today, just this: Gadgets That Will Save You Money. I normally click on these sites and see a bunch of crap nobody wants. These gadgets, though, aren’t too bad. Example: Concoct your own cola Spend a fortune [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

    College Excesses I read this article over at U.S. News & World Report: Bigger Tuition Bills and Student Loans Coming in 2011. It’s the same old crap: Tuition rates are increasing faster than the non-rich can afford. The article has the same air of inevitability and helplessness. Sample: “But many colleges say they can’t keep [...]

    Crowding Out

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010

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    Nine Snowmen

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010

    One for each member of our family: — Mobile post

    Monday

    Monday, February 22nd, 2010

    Sign the Covenant . . . Or Not . . . Your Call Kansas is considering a covenant marriage bill. I don’t know much about the Kansas bill, but a covenant marriage is a marriage that can be dissolved only for good cause. It’s more or less a return to the days before California instituted [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, February 21st, 2010

    The Oath of Humility I will make an effort not to be too preoccupied with my own concerns: my health, my rest, whether people think well of me and take me sufficiently into account. I will try to speak as little as possible about myself, abouy my affairs, or about whatever can put me in [...]

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, February 20th, 2010

    Econ Saturday Gresham’s Law: Bad money drives out good. Example: In WWII POW camps, American prisoners traded cigarettes for goods and services. Whenever good cigarettes came into camp, they quickly disappeared. Bad cigarettes were used for money, and the good cigarettes were driven out of the POW marketplace. It happens all the time, often because [...]

     


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