Wednesday, April 16, 2014

On Right-Wing Pundit, Monica Crowley, Discussing Civil Liberties

It had all the sincerity of Louis Farrakhan selling matzo balls.

The Ugly Side of Benevolence

According to Congressman, Paul Ryan, there are currently more than 90 federal poverty programs (many of them overlapping) that the government is ""administering" (mismanaging, is probably a better term). I propose that we do away with all of them and replace them with two; a beefed-up Earned Income Tax Credit (which I would administer monthly rather than in one lump sum) and subsidized health savings accounts supplemented with a high deductible catastrophic policy. You see, that way we could continue to help poor people but we'd be doing it in a manner that is far less bureaucratic and far more empowering to the individuals. That, and, since the patient himself would be the one in charge of these expenditures, the cost of overall healthcare would probably come down (much like it has for lasik eye surgery, full body scans, nose jobs, hair transplants, etc. - the fact that people would take better care of themselves, not go to the doctor for small things, shop around, etc.) as well.........................................................................................Of course, this type of approach wouldn't make the bureaucrats and paper-pushers down in Washington very happy in that it would radically reduce their power over the citizens and taxpayers. But that's a major-league positive side-effect, in my opinion.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

On the Anne Baxter, Montgomery Clift Pairing in Hitchcock's, "I Confess"

One word - STUNNING!

On British Screen Goddesses, Rachel Stirling (The Daughter of Diana Rigg) and Keeley Hawes



Tea and crumpets, anyone?

A Cable-News Assessment Update

MSNBC - Not enough "bridgegate" coverage. CNN - Not enough missing airplane coverage. Fox News - Not enough Obamacare sucks big time coverage. Headline News - Not enough Nancy Grace chewing up the set airtime.

On Libertarian Type "Think Tanks"

I can assure you. There is a lot more uniformity of thought at Columbia University than there is at the Cato Institute, and at least the Cato institute doesn't indoctrinate impressionable youngsters into Marxism, radical environmentalism (a loathsome philosophy that has killed literally millions of poor folks in the developing world; the banning of DDT, the utilization of food as fuel, the boycotting of GMOs), etc..

Monday, April 14, 2014

From the Keyboards of Some Honest "Warmists"

"So far, no one has been able to provide a compelling answer to why climate change seems to be taking a break. We're facing a puzzle." Hans von Storch, climatologist, University of Hamburg............."This (the fact that there hasn't been warming for going on 17 years now and if anything it's actually been cooling) changes everything. Global warming should no longer be the main determinant of economic or energy policy." David Whitehouse, astrophysicist, The Global Warming Policy Foundation............."The problem is we don't know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear-cut, but it hasn’t happened.......The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world by now." James Lovelock, independent scientist and environmentalist.