Silvio Canto, Jr. Thursday, October 30, 2014 9:00 AM "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free." - President Ronald Reagan
We are down to the last week and the Democrats are running scared. How scared are the Democrats. Check this from J W Peters of The NY Times:"In the final days before the election, Democrats in the closest Senate races across the South are turning to racially charged messages invoking Trayvon Martins death, the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Jim Crow-era segregation to jolt African-Americans into voting and stop a Republican takeover in Washington." This is shameful but will any Democrat call on the party to stop? The party's problem is a lack of results, specially if you are African American. It's time for President Clinton, the party statesman, to say that these[...]
Grace Slick is 75 and that makes everyone feel old. She was the face of Jefferson Airplane, the legendary group from the 1960s that became Jefferson Starship in the 1970s. Her most famous performance was "White rabbit", a song with a reference to drug use: WHITE RABBIT "One pill makes you larger And one pill makes you small, And the ones that mother gives you Don't do anything at all. Go ask Alice When she's ten feet tall. And if you go chasing rabbits And you know you're going to fall, Tell 'em a hookah smoking caterpillar Has[...]
W.C. Varones 10/16/2014 7:53:49 AM Two weeks ago, we pointed out that the only thing making stocks go up was Fed money-printing, and asked, "Would asset price stagnation or declines bring Janet back to the Ctrl+P button?"Magic 8-ball says, "It is decidedly so."The Federal Reserve should consider delaying the end of its bond purchase program to halt the decline in inflation expectations, said St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard.
Continuing along with my reading of Admiral of the Ocean Sea: A Life of Christopher Columbus:Columbus was not looking for India as most people think. He was looking for Japan and China.The essence of Columbus' view of the world. "Cippangu" is Japan.That map represents what Columbus derived from the stories of Marco Polo and others. The errors in distances came from two primary sources.Columbus used too small a value for the number of miles in a degree of longitude, making his version of the globe too small.Marco Polo overestimated the size of Asia, the Sea of Japan and Japan itself, effectively merging the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Note that the map above is more pessimistic than the one Columbus used. His distances[...]
Week Eight of a Nine Week Mission, to Seek new life for the Senate, to Boldly send Harry Reid empty handed back to SearchlightThose of us who are paying attention have seen positive trends on the majority, if not all, of our Ten Buck Friday candidates. In the words of that noted political analyst, Han Solo: "Don't get cocky"Focusing on the Senate races, is it worth ten bucks a week to you (a paperback book and a biscotti?) to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?With that in mind, this week we look to the Senate seat in New Hampshire. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Scott Brown ? Real Clear Politics has Brown down by 1.6 (up 3 points from a week ago) but rates[...]
Dear Readers:I have always felt that the best step many of my fellow citizen activists could take would be to get elected to local offices. So when I heard one of my favorite, savvy, and sassy conservative activist friends was running for her city's town clerk, I just had to find out more.Therefor, it will be my privilege to join Silvio Canto Jr. to interview New York's Karen Beseth, who is running for Dewitt Town Clerk.I will be asking her for campaign tips and tricks she has learned, to pass down to others who might be inspired to join her on their own political careers. And, of course, we will be comparing Blue State Blues.Her Facebook page is HERE, for those who want to send a direct message of support. If you do[...]
Dear Readers: I am happy to report I will be able to delve into two areas of personal study on the next edition of Canto Talk Thursday: infectious diseases and history. As military history expert Barry Jacobsen concludes his review of World War I history with a look at its aftermath, I will chime in on the event that took even more lives in 1918: The Spanish Flu Pandemic.Click HERE Thursday, Sept. 25th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or after for the podcast.A great documentary on the subject: WE HEARD THE BELLS.A synopsis:Influenza StrikesThroughout history, influenza viruses have mutated and caused pandemics or global epidemics. In 1890, an especially virulent influenza pandemic struck, killing many Americans. Those who[...]
Doo Doo Econ Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:06 AM Doo Doo Economics are the policies of overspending, printing money, neglecting the key economics issues, bad science and promoting entitlement programs which all add up to higher taxes during a recession and economic unsustainablility.
This article is being written on the technical preview of Windows 10. It is impressive and exciting to see a real improvement aimed at desktop productivity.My motivation for reviewing Windows 10 on one of my Virtual Machine (VM) servers is to understand the future of Microsoft Windows Apps. Out of the gate, Windows 10 addresses my primary concerns. Apps tiles are now wonderfully integrated into the classic Windows Start button. The future of Windows apps looks bright. This new apps interface is terrific and a huge improvement over Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows apps now use their inherent responsive design model to resize throughout the desktop environment.The Windows 8 style[...]
Before beginning this timeline there are two alarming facts to keep in mind.This current enterovirus strain appears more severe than previous strains.If diseases were spread to American children through the Obama Administration's unilateral amnesty and relocation programs, enterovirus is just one of many pathogens in the exposure.Per USA Today:A dozen Colorado children have been diagnosed with polio-like paralysis, Wolk said. Although all of the children had a respiratory virus before muscle weakness set in, only four tested positive for enterovirus D68, he said. Most have gone home and are in rehabilitation."We're optimistic that a number of them, if not the majority, will gain some functionality back," Wolk said.This[...]
At the end of this legislative session in California Governor Brown vetoed a few bills that, the legislature passed in Sacramento, which dealt with ethics. His reason was that he did not want to make the ethical practices the elected in Sacramento must follow to be made any more complex. Huh? Given that under his watch three separate Senators have been indicted on various federal and state charges ranging from voter fraud to gun running, how complicated are the current ethics rules?This gave me pause as to how complicated it must be already for these guys given their current legal troubles, so I went looking for the complex ethics one must follow if ever elected in our great state. Listed below are some of the ethical[...]
The most shocking part of the stories out of Ferguson is the photos and realization that the Ferguson and state police are armed to the teeth. If this doesnt seem like an overreaction to the situation at hand I dont know what does. Most telling is the fact that the law enforcement in the state feel like they need to bring out all of their war toys.Since 1997 the DoD has been shuffling through the Department of Homeland Security all of their excess hardware such as armored vehicles, assault weapons and even helicopters. So is it any wonder that the cops are now acting like the military? And how far do we need to go before losing our liberty is more important than our perceived security? I know if I live in Ferguson, MO I dont[...]
Slate has an interesting article on fertility rates in America that becomes less interesting when the author, Sharon Lerner, offers policy prescriptions. The discussion is over the fertility divide between professional and poor women.Two new studies bring the contrasting reproductive profiles of rich and poor women into sharp relief. One, from the Guttmacher Institute, shows that the rates of unplanned pregnancies and births among poor women now dwarf the fertility rates of wealthier women, and finds that the gap between the two groups has widened significantly over the past five years. The other, by the Center for Work-Life Policy, documents rates of childlessness among corporate professional women that are higher than[...]
B-Daddy 9/28/2014 7:29:34 PM I have been thinking about how to persuade those on the left to see my point of view on at least some individual issues. Because I don't "speak their language," it takes some research to understand their outlook. For example, in doing research on the minimum wage, I tripped across some great examples of the left's thinking. A scholarly paper from the left (by economist Bruce Kaufman) arguing for increasing the minimum wage argues that there is an imbalance (and implies a large one) in the bargaining power of businesses and workers. Kaufman argues explicitly that for the unskilled, the purpose of a minimum wage is to protect the underdog and to level the playing field. Arguments over the[...]
It is trite but true, that those how fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them. This is why we study history: to find clues as to what will or likely will not work in the future.It is therefore disconcerting that President Obama, as he prepares to wage war against the Islamic State seems bent on repeating the two worst mistakes made by President Lyndon Johnson in his conduct of the Vietnam War.Wars need to be waged to win, or not be engaged in at all. When a President wills the outcome, he must will the means. Which is to say, if he want to defeat an enemy he must give his generals the tools and the latitude to get the job done. However, too often civilian leaders fail in this simple recipe, and[...]
(I wrote this on last year's anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. It seems just as timely today, on the 13th anniversary.)It seems a long time since the attacks on 9/11/2001; and it seems like yesterday. Thats a trick your mind plays on you with traumatic memories: putting a healing distance between then and now, all the while indelibly imprinting the memory so it always seems fresh; easily recalled as clearly today as when it occurred.In 2001 I was living in Michigan, a business man who worked out of his home office. That morning, I got my coffee and walked down to my office. It was just a few minutes before 9am on a crystal clear autumn morning. My office had a large window, and as I sipped my coffee I looked out at squirrels[...]
Want to know how to goon up a perfectly good win-win situation for all participating parties? You get the federal government involved, thats how.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will now be regulating the spent grains from the brewing process because of pet food or something.For centuries, brewers have given or sold the leftover grain from the brewing process to local ranchers and dairy farmers for cattle feed. But new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to end that relationship. "The whole brewing community was shocked about it," said Josh Deth, co-owner of Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Ill. Deth, whose title is "Chairman of the Party," says it's always been a great deal[...]
.At a Rose Garden presser yesterday, heres the winner of the Washington Posts Lie of the Year do a victory lap in claiming that the administration met its goal of signing up 7 million enrollees for the federal healthcare law (aka "ObamaCare) by the March 31st deadline.Of course, the administration that lied about being able to keep your plan and lied about being able to keep your doctor offers up no substantive data regarding this 7 million figure. So, go ahead and spike the football, Preezy, we know youre full of it.The administration that from October 1st right up until yesterday was purposely vague as to the number of enrollees suddenly got purposely specific on the day after the sign-up deadline. Weird. Forgive our[...]
This blog doesn't get a lot of traffic, so I pay attention to those posts that do. Most of the all-time favorites are ones that have been featured in other, higher-traffic blogs, like one on Walmart and the DHS that made it onto some kind of right-wing e-mail list and one on collective bargaining that was featured on Mish's site. One post that has gotten consistent readership and strange little spikes (e.g. 260 pageviews this last month despite being two years old) is my review of Ill Fares the Land by Tony Judt. The book is a defense of socialism and was recommended to me by a leftist college (biology) professor. He read it for his professors' book club. No doubt it's assigned reading in many classes around the[...]
First a big thanks to Leslie Eastman, the most link generous blogger I know, fellow SLOB and now frequent contributor to College and Legal Insurrection. She tells a good story and makes a big effort to pull together the thoughts and posts of other bloggers. She's been quoting my e-mails and throwing me links in her posts, which makes me remiss in not posting something new here.WARNING: this post has no conclusion. Its just a description of an intellectual journey half over. Call it a thematic compendium of book blurbs. Where did we go wrong? This question has been bothering me for years. We started out with a near perfect system of government, as close as could have been achieved given the knowledge of the[...]
Fever? Headache? Muscle aches? Forget about Ebola chances are astronomically higher that you have the flu or some other common bug. That message still hasn't reached many Americans, judging from stories ER doctors and nurses swapped this week at a ...
(Reuters) - A nurse who treated Ebola patients in Sierra Leone but has tested negative for the virus ventured out of her home in Maine and took a bike ride on Thursday, defying a quarantine order and setting up a legal collision with state authorities.