A famous economic fable by Henry Hazlitt is the Broken Window Fallacy where folks believe that there is economic stimulus achieved by breaking the window of a baker shop forcing the owner to replace the glass. The Crusty Conundrum is my foray into economic fallacies…
Our story starts at the Ché Pizza Parlor, a new age pizza parlor in that they make socially responsible pizza and deliver them in hybrid compact cars. One day the owner was in a pinch when one of her delivery persons called off to go protest something. You see Ché Pizza provided its employees with “social justice” time much like traditional employers provided vacation or leave time. Left with no other options the owner donned her cap and started to make deliveries.
It often amazes me when I find a book written many years ago that still has so much relevance to today. Free to Choose was written over thirty years ago yet addresses many of today’s problems. Written by Milton and Rose Friedman is “A Personal Statement” by two excellent economists and “unravel the mysteries of economics for the man or woman in the street (Wall Street or Main Street).” That quote from the book cover may be a little cheesy, but the Friedmans cover a variety of economic topics in an interesting and understandable manner.
No rest for the July 4th holiday weekend for special agent Scot Harvath. HIs plans for a relaxing time in New York City in mildly interrupted when Islamic fundamentalist/terrorist strike the city. Once the initial shock wears off Agent Harvath and a few others realize that the strike was only the beginning. Harvath has to call upon all his resources to change the terror tide.
One of the keystone techniques of “journalists” (I use quotes as I believe that most news readers do not deserve this title and by enclosing it in quotes it becomes a sort of derisive label) is the loaded question. They love to thinly veil their viewpoint or deepest wishes by asking loaded questions; questions that are often longer than the answers. “Journalist” George Stephanopoulos’ “thought-provoking” (there are those quotation marks again) questions are often funny, but in a sad way. Is there any doubt that Georgie Boy is anything but a progressive shill?
Enjoy this little sampling of Georie’s questions:
In this series I choose a current news article and you decide via a multiple choice format which terms were used and whether others would have been more accurate…….
Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama named Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren a(n) __________ (adviser, czar, czarina, non-vetted adviser) to help __________ (control, shape, subvert, empower) the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, calling her __________ (“one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the lower class,” “one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class,” “an elitist from academia with no business experience who will further my socialist agenda,” “an awesome sista and you’re a racist if you oppose her nomination…wait there was no nomination process as she is just another one of my extra-Constitutional appointees with unlimited power and answers only to me…snap!”)
I have unfortunately been exposed to something from which there is no cure…the writings of intelligent people. Most of us have read textbooks chock full of ten cent words written by people with lots of initials and abbreviations after their names and we really gain nothing from them. They are written in a language other than what we speak which I’ll call Intelectish. The pedestal that these authors put themselves on is so high and they look so far down on us poor, tired, huddled masses that they cannot see what is above them.
While many of us conservatives are not the least bit surprised that Democrat leaders don’t understand the hopes, fears, desires, expectations we have for our country, I have been more than a little surprised at the blindness of so many Republicrats to the same issues. As a registered Republican (though not for long – can you say independent) I was rather discouraged when our presidential nominee was ordained long before the primary in my state. Even more perplexing was the fact that Democrat voters and pundits had more say in that selection than millions of registered Republicans. The turnout in the 2008 election is a testament to the disgust many of us felt, though I swallowed and voted for Palin/McCain.
It’s official, Scot Harvath is not only hazardous to the health of America’s enemies, he is hazardous to the health of any reader lucky enough to read about his exploits. Surely I jest, but I often stay up very late engrossed by the lengths Brad Thor’s hero takes to destroy his enemies making me less than chipper the following morning.
Blowback takes us on a world-wide search and destroy mission to stop a jihadist threat against the United States using weapons perhaps more frightening than nuclear. Thor borrows from the headlines to develop his characters including a female carpetbag senator who is rather unlikeable and is married to a philandering husband.
I know many of these stories are serious, but the headlines removed the restrain from my brain and we get headline humor. These are the actual headlines as I found on-line. When you click on the headline you will be taken to the original story which more often than not has nothing to do with my vision of the headline.
My own personnel experience with public education was limited to a year in kindergarten at Horace Mann school. The building still stands today, but no education going on in there anymore unless you consider stabbings and shootings and in particular how to avoid them education. My parents enrolled me in a private educational system starting if first grade. Before you get all twisted the private education was Catholic Schools in which I spent the next twelve years. Going to Catholic grade school was certainly convenient as I could walk there and there certainly was discipline growing up Catholic.