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Friday, July 27, 2012

Doing The Pundit Pounce

Liberal-progressive talk show hosts are jumping all over Mitt Romney’s purported lack of understanding of the historical special relationship between the United States and Great Britain.  This because Romney stated his concern that the security firm hired to protect London during the Olympics had not yet employed a sufficient number of guards.

These pundits wish, at the same time, to overlook Obama’s dumping all over that relationship, as Charles Krauthammer notes:


On the contrary. Obama started his presidency by returning to the British Embassy the bust of Winston Churchill that had graced the Oval Office. Then came the State Department official who denied the very existence of a U.S.-British special relationship, saying: “There’s nothing special about Britain. You’re just the same as the other 190 countries in the world.”

To be topped off by the slap they received over the Falkland Islands, an issue the Brits had considered closed since they repelled the Argentine invasion there 30 years ago. They were not amused by the Obama administration’s studied neutrality between Britain and Argentina, with both a State Department spokesman and the president ostentatiously employing “Malvinas,” the politically charged Argentine name, interchangeably with “Falklands.” (Although the president flubbed it, calling them the “Maldives,” an Indian Ocean island chain 8,000 miles away.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Mr. Bubbles

The stock market clamors for yet more quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve, a techie way of describing flooding the financial markets with fiat money created out of thin air.  This does nothing for the overall economy, but it further inflates the stock market speculative bubble.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 07/17 at 10:05 AM
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Pagan Religion vs. Science

Liberal-progressive social engineering shibboleths are “sound good” and “feel good” aspects of the secular religion of socialism.  But they are far from congruent with scientific, analytic truth.

Questioning the Messianic Conception of Smart Growth

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Throwing Money To The Winds

Energy-Related Tax Preferences and Job Creation

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It’s Hard To Be All Wrong All The Time

But liberal-progressives are giving it a good try.

Environmental Alarmism, Then and Now

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 07/16 at 04:36 PM
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A Middle-Of-The-Road View On Both Candidates

Despite his affiliation with the usually far-left Washington Post, columnist Robert J. Samuelson tends to be more balanced in his views.  Read Character assassination on the campaign trail.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Why Bernanke Can’t Force Banks To Lend

Read Mike Shedlock’s analysis.

Posted by Thomas E. Brewton on 07/15 at 03:45 PM
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More Thoughts About Obama’s Industrial Pretensions

Clearly another aim of Obama’s socialistic industrial policies is the possibility they open for strengthening the boa constrictor role of labor unions, which are quintessentially socialistic and by nature supportive of the Democrat/Socialist Party.

To the extent that Obama can use government deficit spending and regulatory control to rejuvenate industrial unions, he strengthens his voter appeal in Rust Belt states of the upper Midwest.  At the same time, he can lever industrial unions into commanding positions in Republican strongholds in the Southeast and Southwest.

The latter will blunt the appeal of Red States’ efficient and lower-cost labor and reduce the incentive for European or Asiatic manufacturers to locate there.  Of course, that will implant the same deadly regulatory and union harnesses there, to the detriment of the entire nation’s economic growth and wellbeing.  In turn, that will work to reduce the vestigial ethos of personal responsibility and to corral the entire nation in the stock pens of socialism.

Obama Impersonates Wizard Of Oz

The One, with his messianic personal compulsions, is now promising to revive American manufacturing, while damning American businessmen and bankers as greedy criminals who stand in the way of right and good (defined as his re-election).

More Fuel For The Debate

Barton Bennett alerted me to this article in the London Daily Mail:

Tree-rings prove climate was WARMER in Roman and Medieval times than it is now - and world has been cooling for 2,000 years

See also Climate was HOTTER in Roman, medieval times than now: Study - IPCC has got it all wrong

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