Archive for the 'Freedom' Category

A Word on Presidential Rhetoric

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

President Obama has been using the phrase “the tired policies of the past” quite a bit to refer to supply-side conservative economic ideas.  He should be careful.  These words sound like words that could have been uttered by Reagan in 1980 or by Newt Gingrich in 1994. The tired policies of the past are precisely […]

The Great Swing Left

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

UPDATE:  4 June 2009 – Freedom House and some other organizations have released a report, Undermining Democracy: 21st Century Authoritarians (pdf) that captures the ideas expressed here so I guess it is now official. ———————————————————————————— I have been meaning to write about this for about 5 years, but the installment of the Obama administration with […]

Democrats Attempt to Silence Limbaugh?

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

We knew that things would get silly once Democrats took over the House in 2006.  They tend on balance to be more intellectually dishonest than Republicans.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee response to the spat between Obama and Rush Limbaugh illustrates the point.  On this page they state the following: “Last week, Rush Limbaugh actually […]

Why Government Involvement Is Bad

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Foreclosure statistics were reported this morning on CNBC and were just dismal.  In California, where things were just absolutely out of hand in 2006 and 2007, with 800 sq. ft. closets selling for $500,000, foreclosures are up 100% compared to last year and 500% compared to the year before. They had some clown on to […]

East vs. West: Icahn Eats Yahoo!

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Why is a guy who made his fortune in lipstick seeking to do in Yahoo!?  I guess he must be offended at how easily Yahoo! slipped out of Microsoft’s grasp?  For my part I am glad Microsoft dropped its bid.  As a guy who used to read RFC’s for fun and to gain a working […]

National Do Nothing Day: June 11th, 2008

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

As a form of national protest at the high and rising cost of energy and food, everyone in the nation should stay home on Wednesday, June 11th.  This might help get the attention of the idiots in Washington and the ear of fellow citizens who – for whatever strange reason – are not thinking much […]

Our Use of Oil Subverts Freedom

Thursday, November 15th, 2007

I recently read this tidbit about a “legal case” in Saudi Arabia. A Shiite woman who was sexually assaulted by a group of 6 Sunni men was herself sentenced to 90 lashes of the whip for putting herself into the situation and therefore tempting the men (the men were also sentenced to jail terms). What […]

Reasonable Expectations of Privacy are Endangered

Monday, November 12th, 2007

It is coming to this. The government is trying to change cultural expectations relating to privacy. This story is all over, but I originally saw it on Slashdot here. I was watching Fahrenheit 451 on television last week. In it a government fearful of allowing people to read things not controlled by it orders all […]

Follow Up on U. Florida Police Abuse

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

There is an interview in The Today Show’s web space of all places (not an especially serious news outlet) with the University of Florida student who was tasered by the campus police(?) there for asking silly questions of John Kerry at an event on campus. After reading the interview it is blindingly clear that the […]