Quote of the week
“The touchstone for any law — or any government, anywhere in the world — is the question: How does individual freedom fare?” – Cecil B. DeMille
by Craig Harris
“As we close out 2009 and look forward into 2010 and beyond, this has been a year of near financial catastrophe and monumental change, none of which benefited America or ordinary Americans. Late in 2008 and throughout 2009, events have happened in the US which would have been labeled unfathomable just a few short years ago, and yet already these monumental changes are expected to be filed into the memory hole and Americans are expected to believe nothing has changed.” more… [I highly recommend this.]
by Fred Reed
“So little is necessary to terrorize the world’s hyperpower. A free-lance dingaling secretes a bomb of sorts in his shoe, whereupon the US goes into convulsions and long lines of Americans stand comically barefoot in airports. Dingaling Two popularizes liquid explosives, and so Washington frenziedly confiscates toothpaste. Yes, the world’s hyperpower is afraid of Colgate, with fluoride. Dinglaling Three hides the infernal machine in his skivvies, so Obama makes Firm Pronouncements, and we will now have to undergo examination by panty scanners.
“Always, over and over, the terrorists have the iniative. The country reacts hugely and predictably. Won’t the panty scanners be wonderful? Now some affirmative-action federal retard can look at nekkid women all day. (Actually, as a guy, I can see the appeal. And, potentially, all else).” more… [Also highly recommended.]
by Michael Boldin
“[T]he reality is still there – with massive state-level resistance, the federal government can be pushed back inside its constitutional box. Issue by issue, law by law, the best way to change the federal government is by resisting it on a state level.
“That’s nullification at work.” more…
by Doug Casey
“Aristotle defined five reasons why gold is money in the fourth century BC (which may only have been the first time it was put down on paper). Those five reasons are as valid today as they were then. A good form of money must be: durable, divisible, consistent, convenient, and have value in and of itself.
“In today’s world, not only do people around the world take it for granted that paper is money, but that it should be so.But it’s all nonsense. It’s one reason for taking a gloomy view of humanity – people will believe almost any kind of claptrap, if the story is retailed by those in authority.” more…
by Gary Howard
“In a move predicted by many, al-Qaeda has expanded its shop in Yemen as the U.S. floods Afghanistan with more troops – thereby guaranteeing an excuse for U.S. intervention in yet another country. … The drum beat for a Yemen war shall begin to grow louder with each passing day. Yay for job creation!” more…
News and stuff
- The 10 most troubled states in the union… are by and large run by collectivists.
- US Treasury uncaps Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s credit lines.
- Hugo Chavez threatens to nationalize Toyota’s Venezuelan operations.
- Learn about how “certificate of need” laws constrain the supply of healthcare services by fiat. New Mexico is not a CON state. Michigan is. It’s just our old friend “price fixing” wearing a different costume.
- Senator Bill Nelson of Nebraska faces a 20 point deficit in 2012 polls due to his key “yay” vote on healthcare “reform”. On the other hand 2012 is a long ways away and Amerikans have proven to have notoriously short memories. In case you were wondering here is a list of Senators up for election in 2010.
- Plan to turn farms into forest worries Obama official. The central planners are determined to get it right!
- Internet course on constitutional law. Sounds interesting…
Science and Technology
- Evolutionary origins of the golden ratio. The full paper can be found here.
- Facial recognition door lock for less than $500.
And now the numbers…
Sorry no numbers… I am not at my own computer and so my scripts for downloading and formatting are inoperative and I’m on vacation and I hope you understand… If you want to see my raw data, as always it can be found here. It is updated with the latest information. Actually if you find it useful or want to see charts and graphs, let me know and I’ll add them. Otherwise, there’s not too much else to say about that.
So, like I said I’m on vacation and I stopped looking at the news Tuesday evening… I’ll be back doing this Friday evenings next week. Happy New Year!