Hayek’s Friends Should Apologize for, Not Endorse, His Road to Serfdom

Hayek’s Friends Should Apologize for, Not Endorse, His Road to Serfdom

Banking on the Brink

Lately the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has been seizing banks it deems insolvent at the rate of about two a week. When the F.D.I.C. seizes a bank, it takes over the bank’s bad assets, pays off some of its debt, and resells the cleaned-up institution to private investors. And that’s exactly what advocates of temporary nationalization want to see happen, not just to the small banks the F.D.I.C. has been seizing, but to major banks that are similarly insolvent.

From Op-Ed Columnist – Banking on the Brink – NYTimes.com

Krugman explains temporary Bank Nationalization as a business transaction. You may want to take notice of the fact that the plan does include the word temporary and doesn’t include the words gulag, re-education camp, or annexation of Sudetenland. This should comfort the people on the right but not the people on the far right.

Prop 3/5ths

Now that the realities of Prop8 are setting in, there is talk that the LDS church is willing to compromise by supporting Civil Unions. That seems fair. And I mean fair in the most sarcastic way possibly. But in the interest of compromise, let me suggest that the LDS get behind a new ballot proposition that declares a Same Sex Civil Union to be worth 3/5ths of a Heterosexual Marriage. After all that is a compromise, and one with constitutional precedence to boot.


Twilight seems to answer the question, what would Buffy the Vampire Slayer be like if Buffy didn’t slay vampires? And wasn’t witty. Or funny. And Buffy was annoying, hapless and helpless.

This is a question that didn’t need to be asked.

Al-Qaida deputy insults Obama

In a new audio message, in fact, Ayman al-Zawhri, Osama bin Laden’s number two, has some harsh things to say about the president-elect. Obama is “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X, al-Zawhri says in the tape, according to the Associated Press.

Al-Zawhri also uses an old racial slur to describe Obama, as well as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor, Colin Powell, calling them “house negroes.”

Al-Qaida deputy insults Obama – War Room – Salon.com

Looks like there was one group of people not fooled by the right-wing smear campaign linking Obama to terrorists. Actual terrorists.

It’s one thing to say that about President elect Obama. Or Secretary Powell. Or Secretary Rice. But I double-dog-dare al-Zawhri to say that about Oprah. Go ahead Mr Al-Qaida tough guy…say something about Oprah. See what happens. I triple-dog-dare you.

pastor john hagee

Pastor John Hagee
thinks God sent Katrina to punish the gays. He thinks God sent Hitler to force the Jews to move to Israel.

I think God sent Pastor John Hagee to make sure McCain doesn’t become president.

The Writers Strike

I have one quick thought on the writers strike. Why aren’t the striker’s signs better? They should have creative, snappy slogans. They should have witty, catchy chants. The speeches given to the news crews should be moving. Or at least touching. What gives?

30 Reasons Why All Programmers Are Schizophrenics

A few days back, I was lazily browsing the net – when suddenly I discovered that I have Schizophrenia. No, I did not get a hallucination that my dual monitors suddenly changed into a two headed beast. Nor did I hallucinate about anything else. What happened was that I stumbled upon a page about schizophrenia. To my shock, I had all the symptoms described in that page. Not just me – all the programmers I knew had Schizophrenia as well.

30 Reasons Why All Programmers Are Schizophrenics at BinnyVA

If time travel causes Schizodonniedarkosis, maybe Java programming causes Schizojavosis and perl programming causes Schizoperlosis?

The Route Coast to Coast

On October 7, 2006, Alex Roy set out from the Classic Car Club on Hudson Street in New York City. His self-assigned mission: Beat the record for a cross-country drive to Los Angeles. That record, set in 1983, is 32 hours and 7 minutes. To achieve his goal, Roy and his copilot, Dave Maher, would need to average at least 90 miles per hour.

From The Route Coast to Coast

I’m sorry, but if you aren’t riding with Dom Deluise while trying to out run Jamie Farr and a host of paper thin ethnic and social stereotypes; what’s the point?