Wednesday, April 28, 2010

In Defense of Trey Parker and Matt Stone

Inferno XXVIII, 19-42.

The poets are in the ninth
chasm of the eighth circle, that of the Sowers of
Discord, whose punishment is to be mutilated.
Mahomet shows his entrails to Dante and Virgil
while on the left stands his son Ali, his head cleft
from chin to forelock.

The Free Market

Thomas Woods has a good article at . Dr. Woods demonstrates that plunder is immoral, central economic planning is bound for failure, and the free market provides a greater benefit (without compulsion) to civil society than regulations enacted with the intent to control "greed:"

Thomas Jefferson once observed that the mass of mankind was not "born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them." That is what the free economy is all about: anyone is free to serve the public in the manner he thinks best, and no one, not even those who have been most successful in the past, can claim exemption from the daily referenda that take place whenever the public decides to buy or to abstain from buying what he has to sell.

To my ear, the term "culture of enterprise" suggests a society that possesses a conscious appreciation of the distinct virtues of the market economy... and why it is morally and materially superior to statist alternatives... In other words, the points I have made in my remarks today are the kind of arguments that should resonate with and constitute important pillars for a culture of enterprise. Instead of being held up for condemnation and abuse, entrepreneurs in such a society would be respected and honored for the risks they assume with their own property in order to bring improvement to people's lives, from the latest technological innovation to the most mundane of necessities. For a true culture of enterprise to last, people must see in the unhampered market economy not merely the least intolerable system but a positive good, in which living standards consistently rise, human creativity is given free rein, and human interaction proceeds on the civilized basis of respect for others' person and property. The decades following World War II taught anyone who was paying attention how not to encourage prosperity or escape from less-developed status: demonize producers and the successful, nationalize industry, harass foreign investors, make property insecure, institute "import substitution" policies, and suffocate entrepreneurship through regulation. Development aid programs, meanwhile, either expressly endorsed these policies (as in the case of import substitution) or enabled them to continue by masking the true effects of such disastrous measures or propping up the regimes that implemented them. If the less-developed countries are to enjoy the prosperity of such success stories as Hong Kong and South Korea, or enjoy the growth rates being observed today in Ireland and even China, they must abandon the destructive and wicked policies of the past, discard the culture of envy their leaders have fostered, and embrace the principles of freedom that have allowed more people than ever before in history to enjoy the material conditions of civilized life. [My emphasis]

By the way, Goldman Sachs donated more to the campaigns of Democrats than Republicans. If the market could form words and speak for itself, it would say to the banderilleros: "Get out of my way!"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010


The new illegal alien law in Arizona has a lot of panties in a wad. Why? There is nothing "racist" in the law. There is nothing "unfair" in the law. The law mirrors existing federal law.

Get over it. The Governor of Arizona has a duty to protect her state's citizens, just as President Obama has a duty to protect his nation's citizens. Why should the Governor of Arizona shirk her responsibility? Because the President of the United States is shirking his?

We are a nation of immigrants. Legal immigrants who lead, and have led, productive lives that contribute to our civil society and moral order. Yes, we will keep out some people who may be a benefit to this nation by strictly enforcing our borders (Canada and the Atlantic and Pacific shores included). However, criminals, parasites, and others who will harm our citizens and our institutions can not be kept out otherwise.

NB: "Illegal Immigrant" is a contradiction in terms. "Immigrant" presupposes completion of a process of investigation and approval of the prospective immigrant by the country accepting him as a citizen. The correct term for a person who is in this country illegally is "Illegal Alien." But the 14th Amendment says 'Person!" It also says "subject to the jurisdiction thereof." Illegal Aliens are here illegally, and as such are not subject to our laws. The line for legal immigration begins in their home country.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Conservative Teabaggers are White Racists!

That's why there are 37 black conservatives running for Congress in 2010. One of them is Angela McGlowan.

Image stolen from Unconfirmed Sources

Congressman Tom Perriello, D-VA (05), Tyrant, Looter, etc,etc.

Congressman Tom Perialla appeared for the first time in 18 months on a local conservative radio show, The Schilling Show, for the purpose of defending his vote in favor of the massive ObamaCare bill.

Congressman Perialla, failing to have an adequate defense for his vote, used the old politician's tricks of bloviation, obfuscation, and subterfuge. He failed to answer the issue of every question posed to him, while running his mouth to run out the clock.

Following the interview, the host noted that Congressman Perialla's first vote was cast for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker. However, it was not noted that Perialla's number 7 campaign contributor was Nancy Pelosi for Congress.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dr. Floyd Ferris, Obama's Science Czar

Actually, his name is John Holdren. Typical of the President's administration, he is an anti-America hard-left ideologue. He believes our exceptionalism is overrated, and we deserve to be taken down a few notches. From CNS News via Mark Levin:

“We can’t expect to be number one in everything indefinitely,” Dr. John P. Holdren said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Holdren is director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and chairs the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST), making him the top science adviser in the administration.

The former Harvard professor was at the AAAS to speak to students about the Obama administration’s priority of advancing science and technology issues, its goal to increase spending in the area to 3 percent of the gross domestic product, and Obama’s great personal interest in the fields.


"Probably the most appropriate responses to this degree of levelization (sic) of the playing field is to cooperate, to exchange more," he said. "We have all kinds of programs already in which U.S. graduate students and post-docs go to China and Chinese graduate students come here—direct exchanges, university to university."


As previously reported, his ideas for cooperation among nations in prior decades have included diverting large amounts of the U.S. Gross National Product (GNP) to countries in need of development aid.


Similarly, in his 1973 book "Human Ecology: Problems and Solutions," he suggested "de-developing" the United States to benefit other, poorer nations.

"A massive campaign must be launched to restore a high-quality environment in North America and to de-develop the United States," Holdren and two co-authors wrote. "De-development means bringing our economic system (especially patterns of consumption) into line with the realities of ecology and the global resource situation. Resources and energy must be diverted from frivolous and wasteful uses of overdeveloped countries to filling the genuine needs of underdeveloped countries."

"This effort must be largely political, especially with regard to our overexploitation of world resources, but the campaign should be strongly supplemented by legal and boycott action against polluters and others whose activities damage the environment," he said.

The mind is overrated. We have abused the planet and the poor jungle savages of the third world. We don't deserve to be exceptional. We should extinguish the beacon which draws the best and brightest to our shores.

I reject all of this tripe with manly firmness.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Notice to Criminals...

Attempting to break into my house to rob me or to harm my family: If you are not carrying a firearm, I promise not to shoot you.

Pinky swear.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Dirty Job

During the recent construction of a new house up the road, the builder neglected to install erosion control fencing around the site. After many heavy rains, several hundred cubic yards of dirt, along with aquatic plant material from the pond on the property, washed into the lower pond (on an adjacent lot) directly across the street. The lower pond was new, having been constructed about 7 years ago. Our neighbors like to keep their property looking like a park, and the pond was a prominent feature in their landscaping.

The pond is now a mucky mess, with a huge sandbar extending over 30 feet from the inlet. The water was once about 12 feet deep in this area. Now it is about 2 feet. There is so much plant material in the summertime that hardly a clear surface can be found at the downstream end. Fishing was nearly impossible. Swimming was uncomfortable, unless you enjoy looking like the Creature from the Black Lagoon

Our neighbors had what I assume to be a legal dispute over the erosion problem with the new neighbors, and are now making plans to clean the pond using the services of a company called Aqua Cleaners . If you were watching the show Dirty Jobs a few years ago, you may have seen them in action. Divers in SCUBA gear use large-bore hoses and pumps to suck up the muck and plant material into a huge filter bag (100' long and 7' high), which allows the water to go back into the pond. When the job is done, the bag is opened, and the muck/sand/organic material can be use for fill or landscaping.

The owners of AquaCleaners were here today to do an estimate on our neighbor's pond. They plan to be back this summer, at which time I hope to have pictures (and possibly video...). Until then, here is a clip from Dirty Jobs:


Sunday, April 04, 2010

Free Scientific Inquiry

The Supreme Court has allowed carbon dioxide to be classified as a pollutant. The EPA has the (illegitimate) authority to enforce "carbon emission" restrictions. The Congress is likely to pass "Cap-and-Trade," which the President will sign enthusiastically. All of this is based on the junk science of those who are supposed to be engaged in free scientific inquiry, but have traded the pursuit of truth for fame and fortune while vilifying their detractors.

Thomas Sowell's latest article makes the point in a more eloquent manner:

Genuine science is the opposite of dogmatism, but that does not keep dogmatists from invoking the name of science in order to shut off debate. Science is a method of analysis, rather than simply a set of conclusions. In act, much of the history of science is a history of having to abandon the prevailing conclusions among scientists, in light of new evidence or new methods of analysis.

When the scientists in England who were promoting "global warming" hysteria sent e-mails out to colleagues, urging them not to reveal certain data and not to let the fact become widely known that there was a freedom-of-information act in Britain, they were behaving like politicians, rather than scientists.

The huge political, financial and ideological investment of many individuals and institutions in the "global warming" hysteria makes it virtually impossible for many of the climate crusaders to gamble it all on a roll of the dice, which is what empirical verification is. It is far safer to dogmatize and to demonize those who think otherwise.

The first word in the phrase "free scientific inquiry" is redundant.