Paying For Social Security

Gates Of Vienna explains how Germans paid for Social Security. How socialist was Hitler? Let us look at the government contributions to social security between 1938 and 1943 (in millions of Reichsmarks) 1938 640 1939 749 +16% 1940 940 +26% 1941 1395 +48% 1942 963 -31% 1943 1119 +16% This is how socialist Hitler was. […]

Succor Or Sucker?

In looking at what the auto bailouts will mean for unions I came across an interesting comment on the current danger in investing in unionized companies. Well, sure. Fewer companies mean fewer companies needing government services. While we are at it, we could also kick some states out of the Union, and maybe revoke a […]

fear is for racists!

Despite her wildly irresponsible public pronouncements about judges making the law, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court will go sailing through. That’s because, in a numbingly familiar process, the identity politics card has been played again. In a statement that horrified Roger L. Simon, Justice Sotomayor elucidates tellingly on her philosophy: I […]

USA Losing Its Innovation Edge, China Rising

Test and Measurement World is looking at the innovators of the world and finds that China is rising. China has a reputation as a production powerhouse but generally doesn’t get much respect as a source of innovation, despite efforts to change that. Now, those efforts may be paying off, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, […]

Roland Burris Is Not A Crook

Roland Burris is not a crook and in so far as we know neither is Mr. Obama. Let me revise that remark. It looks like Burris may be a crook from Crook County. That would be Chicago for you folks not from the area. CHICAGO – Sen. Roland Burris promised to “personally do something” for […]

Demographics

All I can say is that I have done my part. My family includes four children. Yes. It has come with a great economic cost. But what about the future all you hedonists? What kind of world do you want to live in? H/T ravingdave at Talk Polywell Cross Posted at Power and Control

Isn’t Czarism bad for the constitution?

Just what we need — another Czar! This time, we’re getting an Internet Czar. Adds Glenn Reynolds, Several readers point out that, once again, Obama is putting power into the hands of an appointed official who is not subject to Senate confirmation. The reason “Czars” (whether reigning on the Internet or elsewhere) are not subject […]

Nearly forgotten

Yesterday I visited the White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan, where I watched a brand new documentary film about the little-known Polar Bear Expedition (also known as the North Russia Campaign), in which 5500 American soldiers battled Soviet Bolshevik troops through a long arctic winter just after World War I. Many of the veterans of […]

The Next Oil Shock

You ought to watch an interesting video of oil/economic experts James Hamilton and Daniel Yergin giving testimony before Congress. Their testimony begins about 11 minutes into the video. Note at the beginning though where Congress Critter Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) says she wants to avoid drilling new oil supplies. A good text overview can be […]

Where the moose and the buffalo play….

One of the unending annoyances of life on the Internet consists of those forwarded emails making fantastic but false claims, often (although by no means always) politically motivated. I don’t know why anyone would think that making things up and emailing them to millions of people would be of long-term benefit to a favorite cause, […]

Happy Memorial Day

I can’t believe it’s Memorial Day already. Things are pretty quiet in my neighborhood, but I imagine it will be pretty lively later with student partying. However, as Glenn Reynolds reminds, today is “not all about picnics and beer.” What it is (as many of us tend to forget), is “a day of remembrance for […]

Psychological warfare has certain limits

We live in a world that is sometimes tough to explain. On the one hand, the U.S. military under Barack Obama discharges gay Arab linguists for being gay, despite the fact that their language skills are much needed. But even though gay Arab linguists are forbidden, in a story headlined “U.S. defense chief lauds soldier […]

Pink Private

You can read a story that explains the picture at Dallas-Fort Worth NBC. Cross Posted at Power and Control

A View From Pravda

Pravda has a very strange view of the American economy. For the newspaper of record of a formerly communist country. Or maybe they have learned their lesson. It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of […]

A Book Review For Pelosi

Doug Giles reviews a book Speaker Pelosi should read. Giles explains why Pelosi needs it. That’s why parents and grandparents who loathe what the media and various institutions are trying to do to our boys need Miniter’s new book more than Pelosi needs Jesus and a straight jacket. Read the whole review. It has a […]

the debate that will not speak its name?

History shows that great changes (I mean “great” in the sense of huge or tumultuous, not necessarily good) are almost invariably accompanied by great changes in political rhetoric. Barack Obama not only wants to be remembered as a man who brought great change to America, he is well on his way to having done that. […]

Gun Owners Up In Arms

Evidently Mr. Obama can’t get gun regulation/confiscation through the Congress in the normal manner so he is trying an end run by getting the Senate to pass a treaty. You can read more about it at this Department of State site. Here is just one provision: Technical Assistance and Training. Parties agree to cooperate to […]

Everything. Consumed.

When political opposites like Barack Obama and Eric S. Raymond agree on something, that gets my attention. Here’s Barack Obama in a CSPAN interview reported by Drudge today: …we are out of money now. We are operating in deep deficits, not caused by any decisions we’ve made on health care so far. This is a […]

Well institutionalize my cynicism!

Are we becoming like Europe? Victor Davis Hanson argues that we are — and in more ways than one. In particular, he says that Europe has become a place of institutionalized cynicism: The natural human response to forced multiculturalism, socialism, and equality of result is cynicism. One senses that in Europe the public persona is […]

Disappearing speech is not free

Last night I learned that (in what seems to be an increasingly common practice), another important news story has been taken down from YouTube. Explanation? This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Georgia Television Co. d/b/a WSB-TV . While I haven’t seen the story because I can’t, it apparently takes […]