Archive for October, 2010

“Faith-based” Stooges for the State »

I have previously posted on the corrupting influence of the State on the church, and we now have an incredibly overt case-study example in the Obama administration’s recent use of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives to enlist pastors as propagandists for Obamacare. In a conference call to religious leaders, Obama exhorted them to: Get...
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“American Pie” – Altered to Lament My Life and Times as an Economist »

A long, long time ago . . . I can still remember, Mainstream theory used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make equations dance And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while. But Joseph Stiglitz made me shiver With every paper he’d deliver. Bad news...
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Conservatives and the Trap of “Liberalism Lite” »

Recent electoral tides have brought conservatives to the fore—again. The last time this happened, in 1994, the overall effect of a “conservative revolution” was precisely . . . nil. Today the country is still lurching toward big government. Unless a new approach is adopted, the conservative surge in the 2010 election is likely to...
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The Very Strange Race for Florida’s U.S. Senate Seat »

A month ago I blogged about Florida’s 10-way race for a U.S. Senate seat, which features as its three leading candidates Republican Marco Rubio, who has a substantial lead according to the polling, current Governor Charlie Crist, who left the Republican Party earlier in the year when it appeared he could not beat Rubio...
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Do You Have a Permit for That Birthday Cake? »

As just another example that the Nanny State is alive and flourishing in San Francisco—the city that delights in calling itself a bastion of “freedom”—here are a few of the rules if you wish to hold your child’s birthday party in one of its public parks: Don’t bring Mylar balloons. Don’t attach non-Mylar balloons...
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Another Fabricated Terror Threat »

The latest accused prospective terrorist apprehended by the Feds, Farooque Ahmed, was allegedly casing metro stations and the Pentagon, with plans to attack military personnel, having been egged on by people he assumed were al Qaeda. How does the FBI know this to be true? Because FBI agents were the ones, posing as al...
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Scholars Shed Light on Enviro-Econ Wars »

On October 7, the Independent Institute hosted a public forum on the clash between environmentalism and the economics discipline. Independent Institute Senior Fellow Robert H. Nelson, author of The New Holy Wars, began by defending his claim that these two rivals, despite their claims of practicing a value-free science, are “secular religions” that rest...
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Wikileaks: Torture, War Crimes, Thousands of Deaths »

Hundreds of thousands of new Wikileaks documents reportedly uncover another torture scandal, expose potential war crimes such as the killing of surrendering soldiers, and disclose 15,000 previously unreported deaths in Iraq. See below for the Wikileaks press conference and this interview with John Sloboda from Iraq Body Count. The administration’s position has been that...
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Michael Roberts: Heroic Pilot Stands Up for His Constitutional Rights »

Michael Roberts, a pilot for ExpressJet Airlines, stood up for his constitutional rights when he refused to pass through the TSA’s new Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machine that, as he says, amounts to “virtual strip searching,” and then when offered the alternative of being frisked by a TSA agent, also declined the alternative secondary...
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Mainstream Economists Will Have a Blast at This Year’s Halloween Parties »

The latest dance craze in mainstream economics is a reworking of a Halloween classic, updated to suit the ghosts and goblins haunting the profession today. (Chorus lines appear in bold font.) The Econ Smash I was working in the lab late one night When my eyes beheld an eerie sight A Keynesian from his...
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