Monday, April 21, 2008

Around the World Wide Web 59

1. Boortz juxtaposes two quotes, one from the great economist of liberty, Frederic Bastiat and one from Michelle Obama. It's too good to pass up:

"The war against illegal plunder has been fought since the beginning of the world. But how is... legal plunder to be identified? Quite simply. See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay ... If such a law is not abolished immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system." - Frederic Bastiat

"The truth is, in order to get things like universal health care and a revamped education system, then someone is going to have to give up a piece of their pie so that someone else can have more." - Michelle Obama

Therein lies the great political conflict of the last few centuries, the fight between laissez-faire capitalism and statism.

2. An engineer explains cats.

3. A cop on dope.

4. Obama and McCain voted (correctly, IMO) to prohibit confiscating guns during a disaster. Hillary Clinton was one of 16 nay votes, meaning she thinks the state should be able to confiscate guns in a disaster.

5. What is this fish?

6. Hamlet 2. Also, the 50 Greatest Comedy Sketches of All Time.

Bonus Link: Watch out for Wikipedia: zealots control the content on controversial issues such as climate change.


Jim May said...

goddamit Myrhaf, I was just starting to wonder if Clinton might be less dangerous than the other two, then you go and post that ;P

Can this election suck any worse?

Myrhaf said...

There's a lot of time between now and November for candidates of both parties to dishearten and depress us. For me it means making the extra effort to focus on my values and love what I love. Fortunately, there is life outside of politics.