Author Archive

My dark secret that could destroy us all.

February 12, 2007

I specifically seek out Lyndon LaRouche literature.  If I see a group of them singing about fascists and Dutch bankers, I respond with a magazine request.  I like LaRouche because there is something deeply satisfying about belonging to a gobal conspiracy directed by William F. Buckley, Jr. and his anglo-Dutch fascist financiers.  The writing is absolutely absurd.  If Dan Brown had included Nazis and bankers LaRouche would have either lionized him or accused him of plagarism.

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They never learn.

February 12, 2007

The quagmire continues.

You can’t force democracy upon people.

Discrimination by other means?

February 12, 2007

Tonight I went to an un-named bar. I was wearing a red poof ball hat. (think South Park) Upon entering the establishment I was instructed to remove my beanie. I asked why and was told that the following are not allowed: bandanas, dew-rags, beanies, and backward caps. I have no idea why. I almost told the bouncer to go-to-hell, but my friend was particularly thirsty and I retreated to comb my hair. It was a dive bar and my only speculation is that they wanted to harass groups that are known for wearing: bandanas, dew-rags, beanies and backward caps. Any thoughts on other reasons?

Minimum Wage Laws

February 11, 2007

Looks like the minimum wage is hurting entry level workers in Arizona.

The Sociology of the Ayn Rand Cult

February 11, 2007

For those wondering about the “Mozart was a red” post, here is the source.

Murray Rothbard attacks the “Cult of Rand” and likens them to the Communists that she so bitterly hated.  Rothbard is an anarchist and his capitalist beliefs are unimpeachable.  Whenever you hear the name of Rand, pause, and remember Rothbard.

Better Late than Never

February 11, 2007

Jane Galt wonders how some can be against mandatory HPV vaccinations.

I am going to ignore moral or religious arguments and ask why should it be mandatory?  This is not a problem of public goods and free riders; all benefits accrue to the vacinated.

Dim Bulbs in California.

February 1, 2007

I am not a good libertarian largely because this offends me more than the war on drugs. While I deeply oppose drug prohibition, it does not provoke the same visceral reaction as light-bulb prohibition. The small meddling is vastly more insulting than the large meddling. I am tempted to believe that it is a moral failing.

Mozart was a red.

January 31, 2007

I am not a good little libertarian; I have a confesion to make. I am dating a woman whom I did not clear with my Objectivist overlords. I am sorry please do not have Dave write me a letter of condemnation and banishment. I realize my emotions signify my loathing of reason and my hatred of life. I apologize. I will attend twice as many meetings and start smoking.

Sincerely,

Stewart

Burn the end-notes!

January 27, 2007

I was reading an un-named paper by an un-named person for an un-named class and for every two sentences there was a paragraph long end-note. I had to alt-tab between two documents so that I could easily read a sentence and then flip to the explanatory notes.

Sometimes I wish that by invoking the name of McCloskey I could cause other Economists to burst into flames.

EDIT: Spelling

The Tortoise always wins

January 24, 2007

Given our recent discussions on Global Warming, I would like to add a random thought.  It appears to me that one of the most powerful implications of the second law of demand is that change is irrelevant if it happens slowly.  This is a simplification, but the second law of demand stipulates that our elasticity’s are flatter in the long run than in the short run.  Specifically the farther we are from any specific moment of change, the easier it is to find substitutes.

If the danger of Global Warming is that over the next hundred years, the temperature will rise a few degrees, then I am unmoved.  This will be a slow process and given this long period of time, it will be much easier for people to adapt to the change.

Unless Global Warming is apocalyptic, massive sudden change, there is little to be worried about.  The hard sell is the only sell as it is the only way to justify current Green policy.

Knock Knock

January 22, 2007

What do Viagra and Tylenol have in common?

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AIDS group to sue Pfizer over Viagra ads

January 22, 2007

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) told Reuters it wants Pfizer to be barred from marketing Viagra as a lifestyle or sexual enhancement drug. The nonprofit organization said Pfizer’s actions had led to risky behavior by men and an increase in HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Let us stop and think for a moment.  Those previously unable are now indulging their new found powers.  Suppose that for every sexual encounter there was some chance that your partner would infect you.  This means that by increasing the population of sexually active adults, you are increasing the incidence of sexually related diseases.

Consider Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS.  If  a magical salve eliminated this tragedy, more teenagers would die in car accidents.

Who is really at fault?  The company that caused the erection or the man that used it?

Trade Deficit cont.

January 20, 2007

My trade deficit with Buffalo Wing University increased by $19. It is unlikely that they will be purchasing goods or services from me in the near future. I believe that it is at this time that Lou Dobbs and I beseech Congress to remedy the situation. Obviously Ben Bernanke needs to intercede upon my behalf.

Doctors as Car Dealers

January 20, 2007

In this post by Arnold Kling, he quotes Kevin Drum’s fear that with privatized health care, medical offices will turn into used car dealerships. Fine, let’s accept this characterization as true. The danger of receiving a lemon is minimal so the concern must be the hard sale. So what? The worst case scenario is that my doctor is pressuring me for additional blood tests, stool samples, and antibiotics. This is not a concern; it is an excuse for worry.

We are creative SOBs

January 19, 2007

Reading the following post at Cafe Hayek, I am drawn to the comments and the discussions of how Mexican tortilla manufactures would circumvent price controls. The initial theory was that they would make the tortillas smaller, however the regulation targets weight and not quantity. This is not a brilliant move by the regulators. From my reading of the Gulag Archipelago I am reminded of Solzhenitsyn’s discussion of the bread rations in prison. The prisoners were guaranteed a certain weight of bread each day; however the camp officials sold the ingredients on the black market and the prisoners lived off of soggy misshapen lumps of “bread.”

My prediction is that the quality of corn tortillas will decrease.