Monday, March 30, 2009

"Mexico's war must be our war"

In an interesting, but not at all surprising, piece in the LA times this morning Sen. John Kerry used nothing short of counterintuitive logic to justify fighting drug lords in mexico "so we don't have to fight them over here!"

Kerry sites the large demand for illegal drugs, lack of resources committed to inspecting outbound citizens headed to Mexico and the inability of the US narcotics and firearms control to inspect all contraband seized in Mexico for the surge in violence south of the border.

Finally, his solution is the ratification of the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Weapons and Explosives which will help Mexicans keep their streets safer keeping "our streets safer"...

Read it for yourself here.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Drug War vs American Civilization

interesting article everyone should definitely read.... enjoy!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

National Pi Day

The mathematical constant beginning with 3.14159 and signifying the ratio of a circle's circumference to it's diameter, also known as "Pi", is celebrated today by legions of mathematicians and scientists.
Curiously, the Federal government is also interested. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives approved a resolution designating today "National Pi Day." Thankful technology and engineering groups promptly wrote this to Congress: 

"Thank  you for recognizing the importance of math and science education to a knowledge-based economy." 

I'm simply outraged that numbers just as special like Euler's number e and the golden ration phi have been left in the dark. Hasn't it occurred to our lawmakers that setting aside some national recognition for these other numbers would boost math education even more?
Seriously though, if the quality of our math education is linked to Congressional resolutions celebrating numbers, then we are in more trouble than we've realized.  

Meet Nationalized Citibank

Have you caught Citibank's latest TV commercial? The government now owns over a third of one of the biggest banks in the country, and Citibank executives have decided to advertise some of the many accompanying beneficial changes...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Rebirth of Atlas

Seems like Ayn Rand's 1957 classic, Atlas Shrugged, is making a timely comeback. In the past six months, sales have skyrocketed every time the Federal government has announced a new 'corrective' measure for the economy. At the rate the government is spewing out ideas, it should stay high on the charts for many more months.

This probably reflects an attempt by many people to prepare themselves for what's coming next. In Atlas Shrugged,  Rand tells the tale of a ghastly society where burdensome taxes and regulations suck the will to achieve from inventors, entrepreneurs and industrialists. Then, 'economic Armageddon' follows. The next decade could prove her story to be very prescient...

Bernake says the Fed is too weak... really?

Just this morning in the New York Times.. of course.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Libertarianism != Selfishness

A common insult hurled at libertarians is that, because they do not support government-sponsored welfare, they are selfish.  In today's reading for CC, J. S. Mill's On Liberty, I encountered a great response:
In all such cases there should be perfect freedom, legal and social, to do the action and stand the consequences.  

It would be a great misunderstanding of this doctrine to suppose that it is one of selfish indifference, which pretends that human beings have no business with each other's conduct in life, and that they should not concern themselves about the well-doing or well-being of one another, unless their own interest is involved.  Instead of any diminution, there is need of a great increase of disinterested exertion to promote the good of others.  But disinterested benevolence can find other instruments to persuade people to their good, than whips and scourges, either of the literal or the metaphorical sort.  

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Hide Your Barbie Dolls

Just when you thought government couldn't get any sillier, a West Virginia lawmaker takes his wrath out on Barbie by offering this gem. Between this and the chimp legislation in Congress, elected representatives across the country are quite busy.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Inflation to Inflate Your Stomach!

Ah inflation, the best medicine for the economy - according to this 1933 propaganda film. I wonder if they just sit around at the Fed all day and watch videos like this:

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Obama = McCain

Remember way back in September and October, when Obama and McCain supposedly had completely divergent views on Iraq? McCain wanted to stay there for a 100 years, while Obama wanted to bring the troops home in 16 months? Well, the two agree now. Seems like 50,000 troops is just the right number to placate the neocons while at the same time convincing everybody else that this administration represents a clean break with the past.