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    Archive for January, 2011

    Monday

    Monday, January 31st, 2011

    Sloping Toward Rush “Ching chong, ching chong cha.” That’s Rush Limbaugh, imitating the Chinese Communist leader, before launching into a 20-second imitation of the Chinese language . . . an imitation that hasn’t sat well with the Left. Link. Rush, though, seems to regret it: “The next day, Limbaugh said he ‘did a remarkable job’ [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Saturday, January 29th, 2011

    “To reform. Every day a little. This has to be your constant task if you really want to become a saint.” Escriva

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, January 29th, 2011

    Crony Capitalism Did you catch the State of the Union address? I didn’t. I was buried all week at the office, so I had to read about it. One thing I read was, Obama wants to make the United States business friendly. When I read that, it didn’t sit right with me, but I couldn’t [...]

    The Winterfest King

    Friday, January 28th, 2011

    My son, crowned at the high school earlier this afternoon.

    Friday

    Friday, January 28th, 2011

    One and Done Watch for these beers: “Tactical Nuclear Penguin.” “Sink The Bismarck.” “The End Of History.” “Start the Future.” They’re the worlds strongest beers, hitting as high as 60% alcohol (120 proof). People are calling them “superbeers,” and brewers are competing to create the strongest one. I highly recommend this article that discusses a [...]

    Thursday

    Thursday, January 27th, 2011

    The Vat My firm subscribes to the New Yorker. A recent issue featured this piece about the Vatican library, “God’s Librarians.” It’s good, especially for a magazine that isn’t terribly friendly toward Rome. Oh sure, there are little digs here and there, and the cultural biases of the publication shine at times, but for the [...]

    Wednesday

    Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

    Woe the Man with Halitosis I found a book on sports psychology at the library last week. It could aptly be called, “The Tao and Sports.” Because the Tao has long intrigued me (note), I checked it out. I suspect it’ll be a lot of fluff, but two early chapters–breathing and visualization–have resonated with me. [...]

    Tuesday

    Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

    Catholic Arts and Letters Weekly Athletes like to text and twitter. Why? Because they’re dumb jocks. Maybe. . . . more>> Communists. Cultural Marxists. Progressives. All the same: totalitarians, intent on subjugating the masses. . . . more>> States are permitted to make their own money, as long as they’re gold and silver coins. Virginia [...]

    Monday

    Monday, January 24th, 2011

    Barbarians at the Gate Alan Greenspan returns to his libertarian roots more and more each day. The stunner quote: “We have at this particular stage a fiat money which is essentially money printed by a government and it’s usually a central bank which is authorized to do so. Some mechanism has got to be in [...]

    Cold in SW Michigan

    Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

    “Many would be willing to have afflictions provided that they not be inconvenienced by them.” St. Francis de Sales

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

    Wrestling with the Machine If you ever frequent the TDE Annex, you may have seen my reference to von Mises’ “one tremendous insight” when it came to bureaucracies. I didn’t describe the insight. It’s this: Bureaucracies don’t have prices to give them direction. Prices are the best mechanism for directing the flow of knowledge and [...]

     


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