There's a powerful political movement afoot to draft Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., for president in 2004. Its partisans are committed almost to the point of fanaticism, and their number is growing by the hour. This thing is an absolute juggernaut. Even so, the Draft Hillary '04 forces probably won't secure their candidate's Democratic nomination. Why not? Because they're all Republicans!
I've run across a few interesting articles lately that discuss how the "free market" economy is booming in lawless Somalia. It's interesting that the preachers of "free market" economics are spotlighting Somalia as a showcase of their theory. However, the rugged individualism of the American proponents of the "free market" isn't what is making things happend in Somalia. It's the tribal communities. Of course, "community" has the same root as "communism."
Read Somalia: Free market wasteland by Rex Weyler.
“pure market-economy, without regulation. Goods are imported and exported. Telephone networks and power lines are established, as long as it promises profits. In this system, environmental concerns don’t feature at all.”
Of course, the Von Mises Institute should think about relocating to Somalia. It would be an ideal setting to preach the "free market" gospel. Read Stateless in Somalia, and Loving It by Yumi Kim
at 8/16/2007 Posted by Kitty
Now THAT's Art. Sofa sized Elvisis's start at only $6.66.
For those who want to celebrate Velvet Patriotism check out these beauties.
Scowling Chaney "All-Pro NeoCon Portrait:
The Entire Collection:
From SCARY CLOWNS to REPUBLICANS
“I don't see Dick Cheney's leadership in running a construction and oil service company to be a problem at all when compared to this administration's failure to have a comprehensive energy policy.”
“As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing.”
"I think Iraq may or may not be the big issue of 2008."
"I just think it's time. There's always something that can keep you here, and as much as I'd like to be here, I've got to do this for the sake of my family.”
“The GOP's progress during the last four decades is a stunning political achievement. But it is also a cautionary tale of what happens to a dominant party - in this case, the Democrat Party - when its thinking becomes ossified; when its energy begins to drain; when an entitlement mentality takes over; and when political power becomes an end in itself rather than a mean to achieve the common goal.”
at 8/15/2007 Posted by Sunny Badger
Q: Why did the non-Objectivist chicken cross the road?
A: To mooch off the productive achievements of the Objectivist chickens who had already shown the way to the other side. (Fortunately, since A is A, a tunnel collapsed on the mooching chickens and they died as they deserved.)
Trout, incidentally, had written a book about a money tree. It had twenty-dollar bills for leaves. Its flowers were government bonds. Its fruit was diamonds. It attracted human beings who killed each other around the roots and made very good fertilizer.
at 8/14/2007 Posted by Kitty
"Top White House aide Karl Rove, seen by many as the brains behind George W Bush's presidency, has said he will resign at the end of August.
As a student, he invited Chicago vagrants to turn up for free beer at a plush reception for a Democrat state candidate - an incident he later described as a "youthful prank" that he regretted.
Last month, the US Senate issued a subpoena against him as part of an investigation into the sacking of eight federal prosecutors, but Mr Bush ordered him not to testify, citing executive privilege.
As Mr Bush's chief strategist, he is seen as instrumental in delivering election victories in 2000 and 2004.
For these he is highly regarded by Republicans, but at the same time equally reviled by Democrats."
Karl Rove's 1972 run for Chairman of the College Republicans revealed dirty campaign tactics. Instead of punishing Rove, George Bush Sr. hired him. In 1992 Rove got caught leaking to the press to hurt a fellow republican and Bush fired him for good. Rove went into the dirt business freelance.
In his professional life Rove retained his college boy's delight in rooting through garbage. He has been connected to some of the foulest smear campaigns in modern politics, including a push-poll that asked the question, "Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?" He managed to hide his hand in these, but it was Rove's style.
Elections are the means by which the public expresses its will. When lies and character smears conceal the issues the process is damaged. Dirty politics aren't just immoral, they're unpatriotic. Even George Bush Jr. seems a little uncomfortable with Rove's ethics; he calls Rove "Turd Blossom."
at 8/13/2007 Posted by Andy Rand