Mark Speese, Queen of putrescence

This is not a post about government regulations or legal consumer protections. Nor is this a post about financial education, personal responsibility and helping the working poor to make smarter choices. What this post is about, rather, is this: That’s Margery Mason in The Princess Bride, in a role listed in the credits as “The [Read More…]

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When the free market gives you free money, take it

The U.S. Mint has been trying to promote the use of $1 coins, offering free shipping to those who “purchase” large quantities of the more durable, more efficient currency. Some credit card banks promote the use of their cards by offering frequent flyer bonus miles as a reward. The more you purchase with those cards, [Read More…]

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Unlike conservatives, I'm in favor of economic growth

A handful of items worth repeating, and worth following the links to read in full: Nobel laureate Peter Diamond: Infrastructure spending is not a vehicle for dealing with a normal recession. But once you recognize this recovery will be slow, you realize this is a time when we should be doing major spending on infrastructure. [Read More…]

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There is nothing new under the sun

From John Chrysostom’s 21st homily on 1 Corinthians: It is foolishness and a public madness to fill the cupboards with clothing and allow men who are created in God’s image and likeness to stand naked and trembling with cold, so that they can hardly hold themselves upright. Yes, you say, he is cheating and he [Read More…]

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To whom much has been given

From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. Karoli’s post — “Rick Warren, What Were You Thinking?” — is spot on and she deserves kudos for actually prompting a response from Warren, albeit a clumsily defensive one. [Read More…]

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Rick Warren and The Purpose-Driven Lie

Via David Atkins at Hullabaloo: Yesterday famed “Christian” pastor Rick Warren, wealthy author and megachurch leader, tweeted the following: HALF of America pays NO taxes. Zero. So they’re happy for tax rates to be raised on the other half that DOES pay any taxes. Stupid or evil? Both. That’s such an old lie, told so [Read More…]

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Workers of the world unite

So the NFL lockout has ended in some kind of deal that I would summarize here except that the details of professional sports contract negotiations make my eyes glaze over and, since I’m no longer getting paid to edit NFL labor stories for a daily paper, I’ve reverted back to ignoring all those details. My [Read More…]

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What commie said this?

We must first of all recall a principle … the principle of the priority of labour over capital. This principle directly concerns the process of production: in this process labour is always a primary efficient cause, while capital, the whole collection of means of production, remains a mere instrument or instrumental cause. … This gigantic [Read More…]

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