People are leaving California and the once golden land has begun to decay.

January 13, 2009

 

People are leaving California and the once golden land has begun to decay.

Those states where once the industrial dynamo for the entire Earth, yet they destroyed that enormous economic dominance by political policies hostile to economic creativity. Likewise, California had a golden era as an economic and cultural dynamo. Well up until the late 1980s California was the place to go to make it big. People moved from other states to California. Now, internal migration has reversed. California looks less like a dreamland and more like basket case waiting to happen.

It seems that in post-New Deal America, economic and civil success sow their own seeds of destruction. When things are going good, socialist experimentation seems harmless. A booming economy can pay for increased government spending and an ever-increasing scope of government power. Eventually, however, socialism strangles the economic engine and destroys civil society. 

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Wow. Just wow.

October 2, 2006

What color is the sky in your world, Dorothea?


The Silence is Deafening

April 19, 2006

Our favorite librarian loves to raise the specters of the suppression of the free speech of librarians and their patrons by the Dept. of Homeland Security, and of librarians being hunted down and rounded up by John Ashcroft, and further to portray herself as being subversive and brave merely by being a librarian.

So, let’s count the tally, shall we? Librarians (subversive or otherwise) hunted down, rounded up, charged, sued, or removed from employ, by Mr. Ashcroft? The big goose egg. Librarians charged with “sexual harassment” by a university for (truly) subversively recommending conservative books not approved of by their uniformly “liberal” dept. faculty and staff? One (so far).

Dorothea’s silence on this is as deafening as it is both hypocritical and predictable.


People Unclear on the Concept

April 10, 2006

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Um, er, well, actually….

(Last time I checked, doing something illegal does in fact make one a criminal.)

— Carl


Linky Linky

April 10, 2006

Pat and I have both been too busy working on the new issue of Parma Eldalamberon to write blog posts, so I’m just going to put up some links to some good reading to tide this blog over.

First, a cogent and adult view of the reasons we’ll almost certainly be going to war with Iran soon:

“Has Ahmadinejad Miscalculated?” by Victor Davis Hanson

Second, some clear-eyed evaluations of the so-called “Gospel” of Judas (which I’ve read, BTW, and hope to comment on myself later — suffice to say for now that it is entirely of a piece with the Nag Hammadi texts, and just like those texts 1) fascinating and invaluable for the history of Gnosticism, and b) entirely worthless as evidence for early Christianity, save for what little can be deduced from its polemic against an already established Catholic Church — which of course the leftist media adores and accepts uncritically.

“The Gospel of Judas” by Jimmy Akin

“More on the Gospel of Judas” by Jimmy Akin

Oh, and the best book I’ve read on Gnosticism is The Gnostic Religion by Hans Jonas. Do not trust anything that Elaine Pagels or Bart Ehrman say on the matter without checking it against Jonas’s explication of Gnosticism and the texts themselves: they are both essentially leftist controversialists who have aligned themselves with the polemical nature of the Gnostic texts to denounce Christian orthodoxy — which in their mouths is always a pejorative — and (oh so selectively) present so-called Gnostic Christianity as coeval and equally “valid” forms of Christianity (i.e., equally grounded in the life and teachings of Christ).

Discuss amongst yourselves.

— Carl


Disproving Their Own Point

March 18, 2006

“Protests mark Iraq war’s third year”, say the headlines.

I thank God I live in a free country, where citizens can protest their own government without fear of reprisal.

You know, just like they can now do in Iraq, thanks to us.


Icky Chicks

March 12, 2006

I hate celebrities who suffer under the delusion that a modicum of fame means that their liberal political opinions are eagerly sought after by the world at large (sadly, nowadays this means that I hate a LOT of celebrities). I also hate country music (not just a lot of it, ALL of it). Both of these antipathies are conveniently combined in Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks, who during a London concert in 2003 pontificated, “Just so you know, we’re ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas.” Oh Natalie, Natalie, didn’t your mother teach you that shamelessly pandering to the anti-American sentiments of a foreign audience is naughty, and liable to result in fans using your CDs as kindling?

Now the Dixie Chicks are coming out with a new album, entitled DESPERATELY SEEKING PUBLICITY … um, I mean TAKING THE LONG WAY HOME, which includes a “controversial” new song penned by Maines called “Not Ready To Make Nice”, commenting on the brouhaha caused by her previous outburst. Here is a sample of the lyrics:

I’m not ready to make nice
I’m not ready to back down
I’m still mad as hell and
I don’t have time to go round and round and round
It’s too late to make it right
I probably wouldn’t if I could
Cause I’m mad as hell
Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should

Parts of this hackneyed tripe-fest sound like they were machine-translated from Serbo-Croatian (“Can’t bring myself to do what it is you think I should”), despite the fact that Maines had the help of a co-writer, Dan Wilson, formerly of Semisonic. God only knows what she would have produced on her own; I’m guessing it would have gone something like this:

Bush bad
Me not like
Want to run him over
With my trike
Pay attention to me me me me me me me
Man I could go for some pork rinds right about now
Bush bad