Sunday, April 08, 2012

Face to face with Authoritarian Environmentalism

New blog on the blogroll. Here's a great quote:
One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike — and yet it is the most precious thing we have.
- An elderly Albert Einstein meditates on science in a letter to Hans Mühsam dated July 9th, 1951.
Which is why this is disgusting. It takes a PhD in sociology to come up with the idea that the scientific method is a mental derangement requiring forced treatment.

Friday, April 06, 2012

"Advanced Default and Battery Capital of North America"

Here is a local #Greenfail noted by the Mackinac Center.

Our former Governor's big bet on big batteries didn't work out: A123 Systems stock is trading at $0.82, down from $26.00. Click the link above at #Greenfail if you are not familiar with this corporatist morality tale. And, click the link below: This is not the first time I've mentioned A123, but it could well be the last.

I wonder what the press conference will look like when A123 hits $0.00?

Watch Jennifer Granholm predict 63,000 jobs would be generated by her consummate central planning winner picking. Watch as the president, Mr. "Electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," calls in to support the faithful. See the SecEng, Mr. "I want $10 per gallon gasoline" support her wisdom. Carl and Debbie are just along for the ride; on your back.

Jennifer? Carl? Debbie? mr. president? ... Lithicus? (For an explanation of that last reference, you'll have to go here.)

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Neighbors, we're sorry

Obama Alienates Canada And Mexico At Three Amigos

On behalf of US citizens who voted against Mr. Obama, and will again, even if the GOP nominates John Huntsman; I apologize to all Canadians. Well, at least to those who didn't tell some pollster they wished they could vote for Obama.

I also apologize to the government of Mexico for our ill conceived attempt to encourage repeal of the Second Amendment by an act of war known as Fast and Furious.

Our President, who apologizes easily for almost anything, will never apologize for the obvious wrongs he has has done. You'll have to take my apology as an individual mandate.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Unintended consequences

Health Care and the Dynamics of Intervention

"We have a crisis! We have to do something!" Actually, what we have to do is undo a lot of things.

Every time I hear some dunderhead complain that the General Government needs to control "x" because otherwise it will cost the General Government too much to continue providing x -- and especially x's new extension, "y" -- I think of all the reasons the Founders never intended the General Government to be involved in whatever "x" is in the first place. It's why the powers are enumerated: You don't get to grant yourself an interest in something so you can gradually take it over by complaining about the results of your own actions.

As it is, the General Government is free to cause the problem, and the "fix" is always to take more liberty from individuals. It's 55mph speed limits, or "We won't give you money for roads." It's our money in the first place. If we weren't compelled to send it to them, they couldn't extort us with it.

The Founders didn't have to imagine all the ways in which these problems could be created, (they couldn't have imagined the need for a 55mph speed limit, nor Obamacare) all they had to do was recognize the universal tendency of governments over the course of centuries. The Constitution is NOT a "living document." Mostly, that holds because we've learned nothing about power and corruption. We keep electing the practitioners, and it's our fault for not holding them to the contract of the Constitution.