Amerika 2009 with Apologies to Martin Niemoller

First they came for the heroin and crack addicts and I didn’t speak up because I don’t use heroin or crack. Then they came for the smokers and chewers and I didn’t speak up because those are nasty habits. Then they came for heavy drinkers and I didn’t speak up because speakeasies sounded fun. Then […]

I’m from the government and I’m here to help the auto industry

As predicted, the Chrysler bankruptcy case has raised questions worthy of Supreme Court review and the Court has just temporarily stayed the sale of Chrysler to Fiat. It will be interesting to see whether the Court that surrendered the private property rights of homeowners in Kelo will be as quick to rewrite the long standing […]

10 Cars That Won’t Make Obama’s Grade

Here for your amusement and edification are ten cars that won’t meet President Obama’s fuel efficiency standard – and I didn’t even come close to listing the Hummer or the Lamborghini Gallardo. The Mini Cooper with a combined 29 MPG. The Hyundai Accent with a combined 29 MPG. The Ford Escape Hybrid with combined 28 […]

Rantlets: Cocaine, Terrorism, Tea Parties and Separation of Powers

The Obama administration has come out in favor of eliminating the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine. Presumably this means lowering the penalty for the crack, what with the last two Presidents widely suspected of using the powder form and the current one an admitted former user. The real question is how something […]

Condemned to repeat it

The idea that what passes for a government in Somalia could ask for international funding to solve the problem of Somali piracy is comic. That Rep. Donald M. Payne (D-N.J.) actually intends to seek funding for the ridiculous proposal in Congress is tragic. That Payne’s party claims the legacy of Thomas Jefferson is absurd. Typically […]

Are video games an inferior good? and other questions

In the big flurry of economic news lately I have a lot of questions and, because I’m just that arrogant, a few answers. Video game sales were up 10% in February. Now this is a big question. Are video games an inferior good? Obviously when times are shaky, people are going to delay big ticket […]

How to spot a pseudocon

If you want to identify a pseudo-conservative and don’t have access to a D.C. phone directory, here are a few points to look for: 1. A penchant for using a sometime association with the Republican Party and an occasional attempt to intellectually support some conservative principle in a pale imitation of William F. Buckley to […]