"There are men, in all ages, who mean to exercise power usefully; but who mean to exercise it. They mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters." Daniel Webster

Friday, July 31, 2009

A Least They Aren't Killing Catholics Now

Protestant gangs drive Romanian gypsies out of Belfast.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

It's a Good Thing We Brought Democracy to Iraq

It would be awful if we spent all that time, money and lives just to see some tinpot strongman punishing his political enemies.

Headline of the Day

I got a chuckle out of this

HT: Radley Balko.

Who Needs CGI?

When you have crazy Russians.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Thomas Fleming looks at the sale of The Weekly Standard.

Tacos to Go

Gustavo Arellano has a story on some of America's hardest-working entrepreneurs.

HT: Jesse Walker at Hit & Run.

The Truth About Amsterdam

A resident responds to Fox News.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Arlo Guthrie Is Now a Republican

Ok, a Ron Paul Republican seriously, but still a Republican.

I had to work last Thanksgiving, and I had about several different places to go to. It seemed that every time I got into the car, the radio was playing "Alice's Restaurant." I know the song is long, but this was over a period of three or four hours. I finally realized that I kept changing the stations, and each time I changed it the new station was just starting to play the song.

I'll Believe It When He Steps Into the Octagon

Fedor in the UFC.

Shatner Performs Palin's Resignation Speech

Open Carry in California

What happens when s small group of people decides to spend a day at the beach openly, and legally, carrying firearms.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Why They Are Leaving

The United States loses some of its best and brightest.

Henry Louis Gates Jr.

Everything that I could possibly say about this incident has already been said numerous times by now. I'll only add that Gates should have watched this video:

Instead, it appears he watched this one:

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The New York Post Is Outraged By the Erin Andrews Video

The Post says this is a disgusting violation of her privacy, and the are so upset they put a slideshow of screenaps from the video on their Web site just to show how outrageous her body the video is. Stay classy, Rupert Murdoch.

I May Be the Only Person in American Who Doesn't Find This Funny

It's probably because, from my experience, she isn't that unusual.


Vernon Forrest RIP

The former boxing champ as shot dead last night in Atlanta in an apparant carjacking.

Climate Economics 101

Economist Robert Murphy lays out the issues.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Aristocracy of Pull, Part III

The government redistributes more of our tax dollars to the UAW.

Road House Is on CMT Again

I believe that everything a man needs to know about being a man can be found in just four Patrick Swayze films: Road House, Red Dawn, Next of Kin and Point Break. If I ever have a son, I might toss a football to him or teach him how to open a door for a lady, but I'd definitely make him watch all of those movies, maybe give him a quiz afterwards.

Are These Guys for Real? Seriously

Friday, July 24, 2009

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Here's a troubling story from ESPN magazine.

K.C. Johnson has more.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Will PASS ID Save States Money?

No, but it will reduce privacy says Jim Harper.

Demands for Charity

Economist Bryan Caplan says he has five questions.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

PASS ID Is a National ID Card

Cato blogs on a new study.

Why I'm Not a Conservative, Part VII

Rush Limbaugh.

As Immigrants Move In, Americans Move Up

Here's a new study from the Cato Institute.

Virtual Restaurants

The latest fad in Japan.

HT: Tyler Cowen

The Slipperiness of Whiteness

Ta-Nehisi Coates asks if whites will become a minority in the United States any time soon. Patrick Appel has more.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Why I'm Not a Conservative, Part VII

Scenes like this.

In Defense of Roundabouts

Slates reports they aren't the traffic circles you fear.

Is Your iPod Unpatriotic?

ReasonTv explains why Buy American is unamerican.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Erin Andrews Video

No, you won't find it here. And according to MSNBC, you might well get a virus looking for it now.

Why Don't Japanese Cell Phones Dominate the Market?

The New York Times explains.

We Have Always Been at War with Eastasia

The administration says the only way to save money is to spend more.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Whatever Happened to Bobbie Gentry?

Ending the Oil Conundrum

What would happen if the United States ended its support of petroleum-producing tyrants?

Some Recovery

The only places where the economy isn't in freefall are Washington, D.C. and some state capitals.

Vatican Teaching Hezbollah How To Kill Jews, Says Pamphlet For IDF Troops

I blame it all on the Freemasons.

Japan, Huh?

A series of photographs that will leave you scratching your head.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Afghan Illusion

Rory Stewart wants to know what we are doing there.

Erin Andrews Lawyer

Says she'll be taking action against the person who took the video. She should have just ignored it rather than confirm it's her.

Japan Ages, Mellows

And shrinks.

John Yoo Gets Punk'd

Why I'm Not a Conservative, Part V

They have an odd tendency to quickly assign white hats and black hats in every conflict around the globe on the basis of very little information. Even worse, they demand the government do something on the basis of those snap judgments.

Friday, July 17, 2009

F-22 Supporters Endanger Troops

Defense Secretary Robert Gates blasts those who who want to preserve ultra-expensive, often useless weapons systems:

“If we can’t bring ourselves to make this tough but straightforward decision – reflecting the judgment of two very different presidents, two different secretaries of defense, two chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff, and the current Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff, where do we draw the line? And if not now, when? If we can’t get this right – what on earth can we get right? It is time to draw the line on doing Defense business as usual. The President has drawn that line. And that red line with regard to a veto is real.”

“On a personal note,” Gates continued, “I joined CIA more than 40 years ago to help protect my country. For just about my entire professional career in government I have generally been known as a hawk on national security. One criticism of me when I was at CIA was that I overestimated threats to the security of the United States.

“Well, I haven’t changed. I did not molt from a hawk into a dove on January 20, 2009. I continue to believe, as I always have, that the world is, and always will be, a dangerous and hostile place for my country with many who would do America harm and who hate everything we are and stand for. But, the nature of the threats to us has changed. And so too should the way our military is organized and equipped to meet them.”

The Lesnar Double Standard

Brock Lesnar became the most talked about athlete in the world this week, and Dave Meltzer notes it was largely because pundits condemned him for post-match behavior that is, for better or worse, pretty common in sports these days.

Generation Rothbard?

We could do worse. We have done much worse.

REAL ID Hearing

Jim Harper reports on Congress's latest efforts to force a national ID card on us.

Immigration and Beauty

Tyler Cowen explains why female immigrants are more attractive.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Aristocracy of Pull, Part II

Congress says General Motors and Chrysler shouldn't close all those dealerships.

Why I'm Not a Conservative, Part IV

It amuses me that Barack Obama throws like a girl, but I have to say it really doesn't outrage me.

Cheap Trick's Latest Album

It's available on -8-track tape.

Bella Hooters

They are going to have to do some serious work to that building to keep it from looking like a Hooters.

Why Using Social Security Numbers for ID Is Stupid

They were never meant to be used for ID and not designed to be secure.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Marriage hunting in Japan.

Jay-Z, The Game and America's Dilemma

It's tough being a hegemon.

HT: Abu Muqawama

Hispanic Population Rises. Hispanic Names Fall

Here's a story from the New York Times on the decline in Hispanic names in the United States.

Hitler Finds Out He's a Joke on YouTube

Monday, July 13, 2009

Obama Calls for Top Tax Rate of 19%

David Beito explains.

More on Immigration and Crime

Radley Balko follows up on his recent story about El Paso.

The State as Abusive Father

Economist Alex Tabarrok sees it in India.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Texas vs. California

The Economist looks at why one is thriving and the other isn't.

Democracy and Terrorism

The King's College Department of War asks what we are fighting for in Afghanistan. I'm glad someone is asking that question.

Why I'm Not a Conservative, Part III

Young Republicans.

Fedor vs. The UFC

Why the best heavyweight mixed martial arts fighter in the world isn't fighting with the biggest MMA organization in the world.

I Walk on Gilded Splinters

Johnny Jenkins covers Dr. John. If I'm not mistaken, Duane Allman plays on this, too. According to the always reliable Wikipedia, this was originally part of a Duane Allman solo effort. Jenkins was brought in at the last minute to provide the vocals after Allman dropped the project to form the Allman Brothers Band.

RIP Arturo Gatti

He was a good and very entertaining boxer

Religion of Peace Alert

More violent religious extremism from the Middle East.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Why I'm Not a Conservative, Part II

Apparently, only Sarah Palin's kids shouldn't be targets.

Who Killed California's Economy?

Joel Kotkin identifies the killers.

A High-Tech Lynching

The Supreme Coirt found that the city of New Haven did discriminate against Frank Ricci and other white firefighters because of their race.

That ruling was a blow to Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who not only ruled against the firefightes but did so in a perfunctory manner that implied they didn't even have a case.

So what do Sotomayor's supporters do? Attack Ricci. It seems he sued the city years earlier, and won, claiming they discriminated against him because he is dyslexic.

I thought her supporters were trying to emphazise how empathetic liberals are.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Teachers Tops on Trivia Night

Ahh, the memories.

Asians Impersonating Christopher Walken

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Secession Has a Downside

Daniel McCarthy writes

Maybe there’s something to the Madisonian notion that extensive, heterogeneous republics are less tyrannical than smaller but more consolidated ones. Of course, an extensive and consolidated republic is much worse, and that’s the direction in which we continue to move. The two environments in which decency can survive are the sub-national and, perhaps, the authentically federal. Does either of those possibilities have a chance? If not, our last hope might be a stalemate between nationalist and post-nationalist evils that prevents either from attaining uncontested power.

McDonald's Angus Burger

If you are going to charge $1 more than you charge for the Big Mac or the Quarter Pounder, it should be better than either of those burgers.

The Tyranny of Mark Levin

The Republican echo chamber has really been pushing the shock jock's new book. But Taki's magazine simply mauls it in its review.

Rupert Murdoch's Employees Unethical? Criminal?

Have reporters at his flagship British newspaper been using wiretaps and other illegal means to get information on celebrities and others?

Why I'm Not a Conservative

Some of Sacha Baron Cohen's stuff makes me laugh. Much of it strikes me as cruelly pushing (usually average) people until he provokes a reaction. But none of it outrages me terribly, and even if it did, I wouldn't want to ban it.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

What if the Associated Press Covered Sports the Way It Covers Politics

James Taranto fact checks the AP.

The Secret of Palin's Success

Steve Chapman says it is obvious.

The Man Nobody Wanted to Hear

Economist William White warned the world years ago about the looming financial crisis it now faces.

Whatever Happened to Bobbie Gentry?

The Left Side of the Empire Party

The American Conservative has a good article on Barack Obama's foreign/defense policy brain trust.

PASS ID and Privacy

The usual suspects are trying to revive REAL ID under a new name, but Jim Harper says that it will still cause a tremendous loss of privacy for all Americans.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Remember When Conservatives Used to Be Anti-Communist

Radley Balko writes:

There was once a time when, if an ethnic minority was rising up against an oppressive communist regime, you could count on National Review to side with the rabble-rousers fighting for political freedom, not the commies. But I guess that was pre-September 11. Now it’s apparently all about siding with whoever is killing Muslims.

It isn't just National Review. I've looked at several right-wing Web sites, and the "the Uyghurs have it coming" position seems to be the mainstream conservative stance. How do we know the Uyghurs are the bad guys? Well, China's state-run media says it's so.

Is the Pope Catholic?

Kathryn Jean Lopez's posts at National Review's blog ususally read like the diary scribblings of a 13-year-old girl, so I typically just glance over them. But this one caught my eye:

An e-mailer rightly corrects my description:

This institute makes no claim to be "Catholic", as its website makes clear. In fact, very few of the articles it produces are written by Catholics. Lord Acton was, of course, not a Catholic and his ideology was typical mid-19th century liberalism.

That said, at the heart of what Acton does is clarify and promote subsidiarity, which is at the heart of much Catholic economic thought. But they do not claim to speak for any church.

Really, Lord Acton wasn't Catholic?

Bill Buckley must be spinning in his grave.

UPDATE: Someone has corrected here, and she has posted it.

Mexico Builds Border Wall

Mexico Builds Border Wall To Keep Out US Assholes

Wings for Kids

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Obama's Strategic Blind Spot

Another thoughtful piece by Col. Andrew Bacevich, who also has an outstanding appreciation of Graham Greene in the latest World Affairs Journal.

HT: Ibn Muqawama.

Bubble or Growth?

Economist Jerry O'Driscoll asks which we will see.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Out in the West Texas Town of El Paso

Radley Balko explains how immigration made El Paso one of the safest big cities in the United States.

Public Enemies, Government Subsidies

Sean Paige explains how taxpayers subsidized Michael Mann's latest movie.

The Secret to America's High Rate of Innovation

And one of the key factors behind our prosperity.

Palin, the Right and Money

Andrew Sullivan relays a reader's thoughts, and Radley Balko says pretty much all that needs to be said about her.

The Aristrocracy of Pull

GM's choice of where to put a new factory wasn't just a business decision.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Steve McNair's Death: I Wondered Who Would Be the First

to blame it on Islam. I would have predicted Debbie Schlussel, but the honors go to Patrick Cleburne at Vdare.com.

RIP Drake Levin

Little noticed among all the celebrity deaths of the last few days was Drake Levin, lead guiatarist for one of the more underrated bands of the 1960s.

Urban Chickens Are Booming in Dallas

Here's another story, from Texas this time, on urban and suburban folks starting to raise hens. I've seen dozens of these stories from around the country. I'm not sure yet if this is the start of a trend or just a fad.

The Best Laid Plans

I just finished Randal O'Toole's book of that title, subtitled "How Government Planning Harms Your Quality of Life, Your Pocketbook and Your Future."

He really delivers, showing how plans at every level - local, state and federal - have never worked and why they can never work. I wish every elected official and planning agency employee would read the thing. But if they did all those planners would lose, or leave, their jobs.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Goat Yells Like a Man

Jake Shimabukuro: The Star-Spangled Banner

We Are Truly Living in the Golden Age of Competitive Eating

Joey Chestnut destroys Kobayashi, who himself turned in a record smashing performance in the Nathan's hot dog eating contest.

Should the Church Wave the Flag?

At LewRockwell.com, Jeff Tucker and Laurence Vance look at the relationship between Christianity and patriotism and nationalism.

True Patriotism

Robert Higgs explains what it is.

The 10 Biggest YouTube Freaks of All Time

What I said.

Why I'm Not a Conservative Lesbian

I really don't think my life will be better if David Letterman is fired.

Seriously, why use the Tea Parties to draw attention to federal spending and borrowng and overreaching government when you can talk about a couple of jokes that fell flat?

HT: The Republican Echo Machine (Who else did you expect?)

Friday, July 3, 2009

Bias Suit a Test of Resolve for Hispanic Firefighter

From the New York Times:

The two dozen firefighters who packed into Humphrey’s East Restaurant were celebrating a coming marriage, drinking and jawboning in the boisterous style of large men with risky jobs, but Lt. Ben Vargas spent the evening trying to escape the tension surrounding his presence.

During a trip to the bathroom, he found himself facing another man. Without warning, the first punch landed. When Lieutenant Vargas awoke, bloodied and splayed on the grimy floor, he was taken to the hospital.

Lieutenant Vargas believes the attack, five years ago, was orchestrated by a black firefighter in retaliation for his having joined a racial discrimination lawsuit against the city over its tossing out of an exam for promotion that few minority firefighters passed. (No arrests were made in the attack, and the black firefighter vigorously denies having been involved.)

When the Hispanic firefighters’ association and its members — including Lieutenant Vargas’s brother — refused to publicly stand behind him, he quit the organization.

Lieutenant Vargas, who posted the sixth-highest score on the exam, was ridiculed as a token, a turncoat and an Uncle Tom — all of which, he said, “made my resolve that much stronger.”

When the United States Supreme Court ruled this week in the firefighters’ favor, Lieutenant Vargas, 40, the son of Puerto Rican parents, found himself celebrating amid an awkward racial dynamic: As the lone Hispanic among the 18 plaintiffs who had challenged an affirmative action policy, he had also challenged an appeals court decision joined by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic nominee to the Supreme Court.

“She’s from Puerto Rico, and I’m from Puerto Rico,” he said. “She obviously feels differently than I do.”

Jim Cornette on Character

Another column from Cornette.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Why I'm Not a Conservative

I don't mind if people call July 4 the Fourth of July.

Thriller: Jake Shimabukuro's Tribute to Michael Jackson


I highly recommend no one get it (them?).

If Obama had done this, it would be non-stop on Fox.

You know he's right.

Exhaustion of the Welfare State's Reserve Fund

Economist Mario Rizzo explains.

How Much Inflation?

Howard Katz says the government is lying about how fast it's expanding the money supply.

Big City Police Chiefs Urge Immigration Overhaul

They say illegals need to be able to report crimes without fear of being deported.

Fight Them Over There?

Ron Paul says it's a false choice.

So What Would You Call It?

No joke. The name of the new joint natural gas venture between Russia's Gazprom and the country of Nigeria is Nigaz.

Britney Spears to Star in Holocaust Movie

She'll play a scientist.

Goldwater's Revenge

A resurgence of small government conservatism among Republicans? Of course, there is. They are out of power now.

Keeping a Wary Eye on Obama

Ibn Muqawama says Barack Obama is repeating the same mistakes George W. Bush made in Iraq in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Run to Mexico

The county's easy immigration process and low cost of living are attracting lots of world-class runners.

Go Alabama

You can catch up to Mississippi.

Buckley, Iraq and Conservatism

James Antle writes at The American Spectator blog.

There, I Fixed It

What I said.

HT: Radley Balko