Earth to Sun: Wrong Place, Wrong Internet Time

Once upon a time there was a company that made very powerful workstations — super-duper PC’s that put the final nail in the coffin of the mainframe computing model. This company developed servers that treated these workstations as clients, and linked them together in networks. This company, Sun Microsystems, built itself on the notion that […]

Greenspan, Recessions, & “Market Bubbles”

When Ronald Reagan accepted his party’s nomination for president in 1980 he said, “When your friend is out of a job, that’s a recession. When you are out of a job, that’s a depression. And when Jimmy Carter is out of a job, that’s a recovery.” But today it’s more complicated. If the technical definition […]

Riot Ideology and De-Policing in Cincinnati

A Seattle policeman explained de-policing as: “Parking under a shady tree to work on a crossword puzzle is a great alternative to being labeled a racist and being dragged through an inquest, a review board, an FBI and U.S. attorney investigation, and a lawsuit.” According to columnist John Leo, that’s precisely what’s happening in Cincinnati […]

The Real Winner of the Powerball Lottery

Four lucky ticketholders struck it rich last weekend, but here’s the real winner of the $295 million Powerball binge: the government. Powerball is a multi-state numbers racket that would be quashed by the U.S. Department of Justice if it were privately run. Instead, the state bureaucrats behind these get-rich-quick schemes are allowed to ban outside […]

Envirobambaloozed

Time magazine: “Scientists no longer doubt that global warming is happening, and almost nobody questions the fact that humans are at least partly responsible.” U.S. News & World Report chimed in, referring to the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as, “The most definitive — and scary — report yet, declaring that global […]

The Social Security Debate: A War of Lies

The battle over restructuring America’s Social Security system into individual, privately managed accounts is heating up again. So the winds of change keep blowing, foreshadowing what may be the most profound economic transformation since the Reagan tax cuts of the 1980s. The battle line was drawn last week over revised budget estimates showing a shrinking […]

The 2008 Olympics: How Communists Compete

Now that the rulers of Red China have clinched the 2008 Olympics, expect them to do everything in their authoritarian power to ensure that their athletes live up to the motto of the Games: “Faster, higher, stronger.” How will they accomplish this goal and win the prized medal count at Beijing? Systematically, coercively and by […]

Brazil’s War on Profit and Lives

Imagine that you are suffering from an incurable disease, which slowly wastes away your body and leads inevitably to death. One day, a scientist working with a pharmaceutical company discovers a drug that vastly increases your chance of survival. Do you: A) offer him medals and awards and hail him as a benefactor of humanity. […]

The Multi-User Consumer Broadband Mega-Market Opportunity

In one of my past columns, I discussed the challenges facing the deployment of broadband for the masses. I wish to re-visit that subject today. As my readers know, I recently switched from cable modem to BellSouth FastAccess DSL. In doing so, I learned that BellSouth DSL has a single-user self install process for DSL […]

Citizens Tethered to a Democratic Leash Called Tyranny

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “No one is as hopelessly enslaved as the person who thinks he’s free.” That captures the essence of “Tethered Citizens: Time to Repeal the Welfare State,” written by Sheldon Richman, a senior fellow at the Fairfax, Va., based Future of Freedom Foundation. We just celebrated the 225th anniversary of our […]

Shades of 1936: An Olympic Carrot Without a Stick for China

Last month, the capital of an oppressive dictatorship has just been selected as the host city of a symbol of peace and civilization: the Olympic games. If you want to know how this happened, remember that it was done, not over the objections of civilized governments, but largely with their support and approval. How can […]

Beware of “Market-Based” CO2 Controls: Not Supported by Science or Economics

Some day an enterprising journalist may tell us just how a cabal of coal-burning (yes!) electric utilities and environmental groups managed to insert a call for mandatory limits on carbon dioxide emissions from electric-power plants into the Bush energy platform. Such a policy is so obviously at variance with his opposition to Kyoto that one […]

The Book Burners Against Mark Twain

Mark Twain once observed that “We all do no end of feeling, and we mistake it for thinking.” That’s precisely why the muddle-headed movement to ban Twain and his greatest work, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” persists like gangrene. The Left’s assault on Twain took a literal turn recently in New Jersey. Last month, the […]

Goodbye to the Greenspan Index

Earlier this year, I wrote a column in which I argued that the only index that mattered was the Greenspan Index , that is, Alan Greenspan’s personal unannounced targets for the Dow, S&P, and Nasdaq indexes. Today I’m here to tell you that the Greenspan Index doesn’t matter any more. And I’m going offer my […]

Peacnik-Enviro-Guru Finally Faces Justice for Murder

A beautiful young woman vanishes. For months, her family searches in vain. They suspect her boyfriend, a secretive and arrogant older man who is active in public life. But his friends, including many famous members of the political and cultural elite, refuse to believe that their charismatic chum could be a suspect in any criminal […]

“Handicapped” In The People’s Republic of Santa Monica

You own a busy restaurant. Agile waiters and waitresses carrying hot food and coffee deftly avoid colliding with each other as they scurry from table to table. Good hostesses, you find, don’t grow on trees, and dang gummit, your experienced one just quit. You place ads and use word of mouth. A woman applies. She […]