Durable Goods up 5.2%

Shrug. Okay. Durable goods are 5.2%.Orders to factories for big-ticket manufactured goods soared in December by the largest amount in five months, welcome news for an economy buffeted by talk of recession.The 5.2 percent increase in orders was a surprise finish for the manufacturing sector at year's end — a segment of the economy considered to have had a poor year.The increase in orders, as reported Tuesday by the Commerce Department, was far larger than had been expected. The strength c … [Read more...]

An “I have to go work for pay” roundup

Blogging is fun but it don't pay the rent. While I'm off doing what I have to do to get paid (note - my paypal/amazon buttons have moved to the right side column!) here is a round-up of things you might find interesting, in no particular order! Enjoy!Say it again: Socialized Medicine does not work! Read this at Fausta's and feel the chill wind. And the poor care.Christopher Hitchens, oozing disdain for the Clintons and their race-baiting.Pre-Dawn, February 3, be there, or be square: A … [Read more...]

An "I have to go work for pay" roundup

Blogging is fun but it don't pay the rent. While I'm off doing what I have to do to get paid (note - my paypal/amazon buttons have moved to the right side column!) here is a round-up of things you might find interesting, in no particular order! Enjoy!Say it again: Socialized Medicine does not work! Read this at Fausta's and feel the chill wind. And the poor care.Christopher Hitchens, oozing disdain for the Clintons and their race-baiting.Pre-Dawn, February 3, be there, or be square: A … [Read more...]

Ezra Levant fighting the good fight

Little Green Footballs links to videos of newspaper publisher Ezra Levant answering for the apparent "crime" of daring to publish political cartoons denigrating Islamic terrorists. Watch the tapes, they're important.Vanderleun has more:"It is my hope that this matter is not dismissed. I hope I appear in front of the fascist thug on the panel, and I hope she's having an angry day. I hope that she convicts me and sentences me."Then I will take this junk out of the "Human Rights Commission" … [Read more...]

If you’re not perfect you might as well just die -UPDATED

GM Roper with a powerful post linking to this story on the increasingly narrow terms of health coverage in the UK, where, you know, health care is "free."So now, the Democrats want to emulate the English. They claim health care is a right, that the insurance companies are making a fortune, that the poor lack access to health care. Well, insurance companies do fairly well, but then that is because of their investments more than anything. As to the poor lacking access, nonsense, what they … [Read more...]

If you're not perfect you might as well just die -UPDATED

GM Roper with a powerful post linking to this story on the increasingly narrow terms of health coverage in the UK, where, you know, health care is "free."So now, the Democrats want to emulate the English. They claim health care is a right, that the insurance companies are making a fortune, that the poor lack access to health care. Well, insurance companies do fairly well, but then that is because of their investments more than anything. As to the poor lacking access, nonsense, what they … [Read more...]

Scanning the ‘spere: Mil-laptops to Mars attacks

Project Valor, a yearly effort to raise funds to buy Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops, is once again underway. I just donated via Confederate Yankee, and ended up on the Air Force team but Ed Morrissey has a Navy widget up if you like. Sister Toldjah's got the mean, green Gyrenes and Army Wife Toddler Mom brings up the rear. In a good way. Help if you can, it's a great cause.I worked hard to impress upon my children the evils of smoking. Seems I've screwed up their … [Read more...]

Cuba, Bush and “The Lives of Others”

Jay Nordlinger's column is one of the few places I've seen extensive coverage of President Bush's little-mentioned, must read speech in which he dares to talk plainly about the much distorted realities of Cuba and communism.Says Bush:Cuba's rulers promised individual liberty. Instead they denied their citizens basic rights that the free world takes for granted. In Cuba it is illegal to change jobs, to change houses, to travel abroad, and to read books or magazines without the express … [Read more...]

There is an old joke…

It goes, "at the end of the world only two things will survive, cockroaches and Cher."I never really got the Cher part of the joke, and I have been blessed so far in my life to have been pretty much unacquainted with cockroaches...until now...My Elder Son is doing an additional year of college but due to a long, involved mix-up you don't really want to hear, his housing was cancelled, and this of course is information we could have used months ago, but no one knew the mishap had occured. … [Read more...]

The Remnant: to worship underground

For some reason, there is a theme recurring on this blog, not by intention. A while back I wrote this piece, which jumped off of a remark by Hillary Clinton and mused on how a "big" idea like communism can work well when executed in a "small" way but utterly fails on the large scale, mostly because of free will and intention.There is an enormous difference between a few dozen people voluntarily giving up their worldly goods for communal living, and forcing people to participate in such a … [Read more...]


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