Week in review

Quote of the week

“No society can exist unless the laws are respected to a certain degree. The safest way to make laws respected is to make them respectable. When law and morality contradict each other, the citizen has the cruel alternative of either losing his moral sense or losing his respect for the law.” -Frederic Bastiat, The Law

Fascination at Executive Incompetence

by Chris at Political Lipskip

“[I]t will be tough to believe anything D.C. has to say as it will be tightly spun to try to avoid the massive carnage awaiting for incumbents, hopefully on both sides, in November. Honestly I hope the voter wrath in November is impressive and totally destructive to the system in place in Washington. Leaders don’t blame others for their problems. They find solutions for the problems today. But the statists prefer to be victims. So every day they continue to blame Republicans and the prior administration for their problems. It’s pathetic. Obama is not a leader. He has no idea how to govern. He is a figurehead that can read a speech well. 2012 cannot come soon enough.” more…

Getting Priorities Straight

by Linda Brady Traynham

“Never allow the immediate and urgent to outweigh the permanent and imperative.

“At present it is both immediate and urgent to work out which of the dominoes will fall first, and in what order the rest will follow. Where to start?” more…

America – The Grim Truth

by Lance Freeman

“Americans, I have some bad news for you:

“You have the worst quality of life in the developed world – by a wide margin.

“If you had any idea of how people really lived in Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many parts of Asia, you’d be rioting in the streets calling for a better life. In fact, the average Australian or Singaporean taxi driver has a much better standard of living than the typical American white-collar worker.

“I know this because I am an American, and I escaped from the prison you call home.” more… [There are several things in this article that I find inaccurate and/or at odds with my beliefs, but the article does make some very good points.]

A US Census Worker Came To My Home Today – Poor Lady…

by Greg Perry

“The US Senseless Bureau sent us the “short form” a couple of months ago. I answered the Constitutional question: How many people live at this address? I am such a nice guy that I felt compelled to fill out more than that to help them as much as I am able. So I also wrote the date in the date field. The Forms Continue…

On Distraction

by Alain de Botton

“One of the more embarrassing and self-indulgent challenges of our time is the task of relearning how to concentrate. The past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think, without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine, has become almost impossible.” more…


Politics and Such

  • WHO accused of overstating swine flu threat. That’s corporatism at work…
  • The FTC wants to “reinvent journalism“. More corporatism at work…
  • You have no right to consume any particular food. This could just be straight up fascism.
  • Line between lobbyists and Congressional staffers is increasingly blurred.
  • A Republican Michigan State Senator wants to license journalists.
  • It took 197 days for the debt to move from FRN$12 trillion to FRN$13 trillion.


The numbers are missing here this week, but can be viewed in their normal location.

Basically we’ve been on vacation and I’ve taken a bit of a news diet. This is primarily because I’ve been away from my computers, out during the evenings, and visiting friends and family.

In fact when I sat down a few hours ago to start putting this together (I didn’t even start until tonight and usually I start Sunday afternoon), Little Wife asked “are you not allowed to take vacation?”  Nope.

Anyway, there is always more than enough news contained in the Bain Report and the News From Abroad, links to which can be found above.

So meanwhile the whole family Baby Girl, Little Wife, and I have been enjoying our time in Albuquerque.

Anyway, it’s late.

Have a nice weekend.

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