"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

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

From the Ghetto to the NBA?

A new study finds most NBA players came from middle-class or better families. There are actually more middle-class whites than poor blacks in the NBA.

More Reckless Endangerment

David Henderson looks at the new book on the housing meltdown and the economic collapse.

Unknown Union Soldier Finally Identified

In the Marietta National Cemetery.

Do Skyboxes Cause Crime?

Mickey Kaus wants to know.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Roots of the Housing Crisis and Economic Collapse

The Washington Post reviews a new book on the matter.

The Top Colleges for Free Market Economics

My former grad school colleague Pete Boettle ranks them.

The Wisdom of T. Boone Pickens

The Master Resource blog compares Pickens views on government then and now.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

America's Top Young Scientists Are Immigrants' Children

Childern of immigrants dominate the nation's science and math competitions.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Ric Flair Headed to Jail?

A judge found him in contempt of court for not paying back money he'd promised a company.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Before He Was Randy Savage

Sports Illustrated looks at the baseball career of Randy Poffo.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Japan May Sign the Hague Treaty

Thirty years after most other developed nations did.

Bill Clinton Is Right

You don't hear National Review say that every day.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Yes, Mom

Economist Bryan Caplan inspires an experiment in parenting.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Friday, May 13, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

More immigrants, Less Crime

Former cop Peter Moskos blogs over at The Agitator.

Monday, May 9, 2011

How Bush Lost Bin Laden

He didn't put resources into Afghanistan because he was already getting ready to invade Iraq. If you raed any accounts by the commanders on the ground during the initial parts of the war in Afghanistan, they repeately requested more resources, are convinced they hd Bin Laden cornered at one point and say the reason they didn't get him was that they didn't get the additional men they asked for.

Why didn't Washington send more resources. Those commanders say they were given three reasons 1) Donald Rumsfeld was convinced that he'd found a new high-ech way to wage war that didn't require large anounts of men; 2) The admistration didn't want to be seen as invading Afghanistan and wanted to rely on Afghan forces, despite being told how unstrustworthy they were; and 3) those forces were being held in reserve for a planned invasion of Iraq.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

The First Mother's Day

In honor of moms everywhere, here's Julia Ward Howe's proclamtation.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Right-Wing "Journalism" As Usual

Stephen Hicks wants to know why he was called a Marxist on Andrew Breitbart's Big government web site. Hicks is fairly well know within conservative intellectual circles. But clearly those circles are a very small, and increasingly smaller, subset of the conservative movement. Still, one quick Google search would have shown the man is about as far from Marxist as you can get.

As Virginia Postrel noted, "The level of stupidity and sloppiness here is breathaking." the post, and the comments from Breitbart's readers, live up to every caricature the left has of conservatives.

The Failure of Nuclear Power

Master Resource looks at how governmetn policy has both sustained and hinered nuclear power.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Bin Laden May Be Dead

But he still won, says Radley Balko.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Bobby Vee

He was one of the 1960s biggest-selling singers, so it's no surprise that he has a new collection coming out. Here's his memory of working with Leon Russell:

He didn’t talk it all. He didn’t make eye contact with anybody. When it was over with, he just left,” He recalled. “That’s the way he was. I went on to do a lot of work with him over the years.”

Southern Poverty

Why did the South develop so much more slowly tan the rest of the nation. Blame the culture of clannishness, distrust of outsiders and racism.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Bunny Tales

Vanity Fair has an oral history of the Playboy Clubs.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The New York Times Bestseller List

I see that Ron Paul's newest book is No. 3 this week.