Implied Dissent

Saturday, July 31, 2004

Just got back from Cato University in San Diego. First, thanks to my sis, The Commander, and Carol for rides to/from airports. And to the Cato donors who paid for most of the costs allowing me to go. The seminar was pretty impressive, with a lineup featuring some pretty fairly heavy hitters. I won't criticize here some of the weaker speakers, but in any case they were the exceptions, and my problems with them were more about presentation than content. I definitely recommend the whole experience to people interested in the principles, achievements, and possibilities of a free society.
On a related topic, Arthur Silber takes on how the Martha Stewart case relates to the (should happen) impeachment of George Bush. And just to emphasize how much I hate John Kerry, I recently realized that I still am considering voting for Bush, but would still support his impeachment at any time from now through his second term. The way things look now I'm much more likely to vote for Kerry than for Bush, and for someone else over either, but you never know.
And here's an exciting little development.

There was a running back named Ricky
Trying to understand him was quite tricky
One day he suddenly decided to retire
Leaving the Dolphins in quite a mire
Everybody was surprised indeed
That Ricky would rather smoke weed
So Ricky was done with football
In a move that had a lot of gall
He left his team
To go dream
You could see the look on Wanny’s face
He knew all the pieces were not in place
The Dolphins’ chances going up in smoke
As Ricky decided he would rather toke
Quick Thoughts: Both inside and outside the ring, Mike Tyson is broke…I cannot wait for the baseball trade deadline to pass…Good to see the Clippers back to being the Clippers…The Bears couldn’t even have one good day in the Lovie Smith era, before things started to go wrong…Before he catches one pass in the NFL Kellen Winslow the II turns down a contract that would have made him the highest paid TE ever, maybe it is time to change the system…The Diamondbacks are lucky that all the Randy Johnson trade talk rumors are distracting people from realizing how awful they are…Once again, the Twins are winning the AL Central by default…Too bad the Braves can’t teach the Red Sox how to win a division…Ricky Williams will find “the truth, like O.J. Simpson found the real killers…The Dolphins’ running game is so anemic right now, Wanny is probably having dreams of Lewis Tillman at night…Shocker it didn’t work for the Angels with signing Raul Mondesi…NFL players cheating on drug tests, wow Playmakers sure did distort life in the NFL…If I don’t return for next week, have no fear I am just searching for the truth in Jamaica.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

I don’t offer up the following statement with any pride; I am a Cubs fan.  No one in their right mind should willingly align themselves with a team nicknamed “The Lovable Losers”.  There is nothing lovable about losing, at least not when it’s your team on the wrong end of the score.  At least, this year the Cubs have not been so lovable in defeat as witnessed by the actions of Carlos Zambrano and LaTroy Hawkins this past week against the Cardinals.
But there is the rub; this was supposed to be the Cubs’ year.  Kerry Wood made the cover of Sports Illustrated and hope abounded.  With a pitching staff of Wood, Mark Prior, Greg Maddux, Carlos Zambrano, and Matt Clement, it seemed safe to assume the Cubs would be playing more meaningful games in October than the Bears.  Yet that is why hope springs eternal.  Anyone can have hope before a game is played.  However before one regular season game had been played, Prior had already landed on the DL.  A sign of things to come the Cubs already set a team record with the number of guys placed there.  Placing Tom Goodwin on the DL is a positive, putting Prior and Wood there kills.
So now I am left wondering if we will get as close as we did last year.  Up 3-1 to the Marlins in the NLCS, the World Series so preciously close.  But, of course, it all fell apart and the Cubs are still struggling to pick up the pieces.  Worse, I still have to watch Alex Gonzalez play shortstop on a daily basis.  There has been little joy surrounding the Cubs this season, second place suddenly isn’t worth jumping for joy. 
I feel like I unknowingly made a deal years ago with the Devil.  For the privilege of growing up and watching Michael Jordan on a daily basis, I’d have to be a Cubs fan for life.  For a while it looked like a favorable deal but as I suffered last October and again this year I know who had the last laugh.  Some people claim they have seen Jesus, I believe I saw the Devil last year wearing a Cubs hat, glasses and a walkman.  It only seems appropriate that even Wrigley Field is falling apart this year.  Our hope cracking and falling once again.
Quick Thoughts: I’m glad the Lakers are trying to emulate the Bulls in how to break up a dynasty…If Kobe Bryant’s accuser past can be brought up, can Bryant’s relationship with Jim Gray be discussed?…Congratulations to both the Lakers and Orlando Magic for getting 60 cents on the superstar dollar…It truly is shocking that a professional athlete would place money above his word, what’s next atheletes should not be role models?…..Barry Bonds is the great living baseball player…the Arizona Diamondbacks don’t deserve Randy Johnson….Peter Gammons has a rather unhealthy obsession with Buck Showalter…Look up second place in the dictionary and you’ll see the Boston Red Sox logo.


Friday, July 23, 2004

I don't know how often I'll have internet access over the coming week, so don't expect any posts. Maybe from a co-blogger, though.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Woh! (via The Agitator)

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Paul Krugman (with whom I often disagree) just about hits the nail on the head. So, of course, he's called out for bigotry. Don Luskin's often right, but he has a blind spot or something regarding Paul Krugman and foreign policy. Question: Did the original Manchurian Candidate show that the filmmakers thought all Chinese people were communists?

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Please read

Is Spider-Man a Marxist or a Misesiant? Decide for yourself. I'd say he shows a little something of each, but falls a little closer to the latter. And if you don't know who Mises is, get reading.

Monday, July 19, 2004

People often mention the Duch tulip bulb-mania from the 17th century as an example of market bubbles and the irrationality of markets. Looks like they're wrong to do so, there's a very good reason for what happened.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Arthur Silber examines the possibility of the return of the draft. grr
A list of deceits in Fahrenheit 911. It seems well-researched, but take it with a grain of salt, as I know at least one fact it presents ain't true: Hussein didn't plot to assassinate Bush I. That myth's been debunked.

Saturday, July 17, 2004

Paul Craig Roberts once again on Martha Stewart.
Wanniski and Prather on Tenet and WMDs. I'm sure you can find a few examples from this list that fit him and the administration.
Sobran on Jefferson.  I can't believe someone characterized his Kentucky Resolutions as "dangerously close" to arguing for secession. What do people think the Declaration of Independence was all about? I guess maybe it's viewed as a self-serving political device rather than a statement of principle. Whatever.

Friday, July 16, 2004

What Bush ain't.
Are you kidding me? Un be lievable.
For the greatest innovation in time-wasting applications, Don't Let Go!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

The US economy has been pretty strange the last few years. Read on.
The source of England's advantage in initial industrialization? Hint: it wasn't the state.
Guess what book they're making into a movie? (This is probably already well-known, but it's news to me).
Monorail! Monorail! Monorail!

I have been very very delinquent in posting. Bad Penny. Bad.

As your resident film commentator, I take a moment to commemorate the retirement of Jack Velenti, the head of the Motion Picture Association of America and share with you a few gems:

"I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone."

"If you can't protect that which you own, then you don't own anything."

"So long as people refuse to be cabinned and confined in their home day after day, night after night, so long as you provide customers with an epic viewing experience they cannot duplicate in their homes, so long as each new generation of filmmakers enlarges and beautifies the art of visual story telling, then so long will we travel that sweet road that leads to success."

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Well, the Shaq trade is official. People who criticize the Lakers for making it aren't thinking clearly. Criticize them for allowing the Shaq-Kobe situation get to the point it did that necessitated it, but at this point trading O'Neal was the best choice they had. Keeping Shaq would've meant losing Kobe. I'd rather have Shaq than Kobe, but I'd rather have Kobe and what they got for Shaq than just Shaq. Maybe they could have found a better deal, I don't know about that. But all things considered, it's not a bad trade.
This may be the strangest law I've ever heard of. Wtf?
A related lesson in statistics. And an unrelated one.
Go Bill. It's a message a lot of people need to heed, not just blacks.
Can't beat the Faf!

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

As much as I loathe Bush, I really haven't made up my mind as to whom I will vote for come November. I'd say there is roughly a 1% chance I'll vote for Bush, a 10% chance I'll vote for Kerry, and a 50% chance I'll vote for someone else (yes, I can add, figure it out). It would take a lot for Bush to win my vote. This would be a good start, though by no means sufficient.

Monday, July 12, 2004

I kind of enjoyed this caper story. Not that I endorse that ind of thing....
What is a leader?
And, cryptically, yeah Billy!

Friday, July 09, 2004

I know a lot of people are piling on Bush for this, but really, I was just complaining the other day about how the low price of shrimp is bankrupting the country.
I liked this little primer on libertarian beginnings.
Wanniski rips apart monetarianism. I'm not sure if I fully agree with his views on monetary policy, but it would certainly be a big improvement over the Greenspan standard we have now.
I haven't seen Fahrenheit 911. People sometimes try to convince me to, but I really don't think I need to spend money to see and hear mostly things I either already know or am unsure of whether they are true or are more examples of Moorian misleading innuendo. Or are irrelevant. The Filthy Critic saw it, and seems to come to a similar conclusion.

Thursday, July 08, 2004

I can see what they're saying. (I know how bad that pun was, and that I've been remiss in my blogging recently. Seeing as my readership might just be one, me, I think it's okay).

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Not that any of the info is much of a surprise, but it is surprising to see an administrator be so candid about tuition stuff.

Monday, July 05, 2004

In the spirit of yesterday (Independence Day, in case you missed it):
Why a Canadian loves America.
Bad news short-term but maybe good news long-term for China.
What Saddam needs. Just to be clear, I don't like Hussein at all, but his trial should be honest, not a show trial. Truth is crucial for liberty, even in regards to tyrants.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Thomas Sowell is wicked smaht.
Why are some countries rich and some poor? Is it natural resources? Genetic differences? Luck? I guess those are all possible to a degree, but there are a few other variables which correlate extremely well with a country's success.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

What's more fun than a barrel full of monkeys? A Trunk Monkey, of course.
I liked, but didn't love, Spider-Man. Spider-Man 2 kicks ass.