Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Goldmining The Blogs
Dust My Broom is a great Canadian blog. Raskolnikov takes an appalled look at MIHOP and LIHOP theorists. Sometimes it is very, very embarrassing to be "a Mercan". Wanna read about a Canadian hero? The real kind?
Tommy of Striving For Average contributes a humorous look at la-la leftism with The Code Pink Plan.
A little perspective for US citizens about economic matters. The Bundesbank forecast:
The Bundesbank expects the German economy to grow by 1.5 percent this year but believes that growth will fall back to 1.1 percent in 2007, the head of the bank Axel Weber revealed.Taxation cannot produce prosperity.
The introduction in early 2007 of a value-added tax of 19.0 percent -- an increase of three points on the current level -- would cause growth to slow, he told a press conference on Tuesday.
In 2005, German economy grew by 0.9 percent from output in 2004.
Shrinkwrapped takes a much more substantive look at the Whiny Babies Grow Up To Be Republican Voters story than I did. I still can't even take it seriously, but SW does and he makes some interesting observations. As always, so do his commenters. SW:
Kleiner makes an egregious error in a "scientific" report. He fails to do the most fundamental work of any scientific article, ie define the terms. We do not know what the study author means by "liberal" and "conservative"? Is this a cultural, political (small government conservative? authoritarian conservative?), or temperamental designation?It's all terrific. You don't want to miss this one.
Further, I would suggest that the author's terminology is hopelessly contradictory. If "the whiny kids tended to grow up conservative, and turned into rigid young adults" in Berkeley, wouldn't that mean they are far left adherents of the party line? After all, that is the predominant political culture in academic Berkeley. In Berkeley, a true non-conformist would most likely be a neocon and a Berkeley radical would be a religious Jew or Christian!
Just one example: Once again, Paris is burning, and the fires this time are being set by the university age children of the comfortable middle class who have grown up in a Socialist state where jobs, when they are available, are for life, and where all one's needs are met by the state. It is unquestionable that Berkeley liberals would point to the French as the height of progressive thought and culture on the planet. Yet the paradox here is that the French rioters are not only anything but non-conformist, they are anxious, rigid, and terrified of change; they are violently reactionary.
Sigmund, Carl and Alfred linked to Michele Agnew, who had asked her readers' opinions of the behavior of women who date married men. Good one. Mamacita did not pull her punches. GO, MAMACITA!!!!
SC&A doesn't pull his punches either in this rather stern post about the moral duty to confront evil head on::
In fact, anyone with a real sense of self esteem and the belief and convictions that we have a value system worth defending, has not only the right to confront and criticize both 'progressives' and radical Islamists at every opportunity, but the obligation as well. To stand up for one's beliefs has been a hallmark of the human condition and ideals. As we have noted, the 'progressives' willingly and joyfully assume the role of slaves. That the 'progressives' are willing to assume the yoke of servitude speaks volumes as to how they really see themselves and their beliefs.Also he links to Dr. Sanity, who is sane, and has earned enemies for that. Sometimes you are best known not by the company you keep but by the people who are your enemies.
The Anchoress is having a very, very rough time. Please keep her in your prayers.
Look at France. You can't concentrate large unemployed populations who have nothing productive to do without generating violence and crime.
People are going to do something! And if only 5% of a particular population are criminals willing to rob and be violent, the rest clear off the streets.
(Thank you so much for the mention. Your blog is so classy, and when you use my name, I feel like I've been invited to sit with the cool kids.)
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