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Month: March 2010

Money matters: Credit Karma

Things have happened in the last few years that have prompted me to make life changes. No details right now. It’s not the business of the whole, wide world. Just say there’s room for ghosts, agitators, and moles, and more in freedom. One change, though, is that after years of having a house but no money, I sold Cabin Sweet Cabin last summer and moved into a friend’s trailer. So now there’s a little money but no house. That’s how I was able to go to Panama. Anyhow, after a long sometimes-painful, often blissful, non-relationship with money, its on my…

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The times they are a changin’

Yep. Times are a changin’. And the Times it is a changin’ — even if only slightly. Ten years ago, the New York Times published a snarky piece about that tiny group of loons and wackos who objected to census snoopery. Among other things, the author, Gail Collins, quoted my pal Jim Bovard. Here’s a portion of her snarkfest: How many of you out there have strong reservations about the United States Census? May I see a show of hands? I thought so. Everybody’s cool. Once again, the radio talk-show circuit has plunged us into a violent debate about an…

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Monday Miscellany

A collection of stuff that’s accumulated in my, “Gee, isn’t that interesting!” file over the last week or two. Well, actually some of it is from the, “Gee, isn’t that scary?” file: Step-by-step plan for fed takeover of private retirement funds. Hey, they’re gonna need the money, you know. The most important chart … of the whole century. Debt saturation and the diminishing return on every dollar. Very dramatic. Very simple. Definitely one for the scary file. When you work hard and play by the rules the house wins. From the comments section: Philalethes linked to this excellent article, “Linux,…

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Linux: This time, it really IS time

Every once in a while, I beat the drum for Linux. I swear it’s not just for geeks any more. After all, I’m no geek and I’ve been using Linux — and watching it get better and better — for 12 years. Windows users usually ignore me when I bang my Linux drum. Ah well; so it goes. But a couple of things happened recently that convinced me Linux has finally, truly, really, no-kidding gone beyond being a contender against Windows for the average desktop user. It has become clearly superior to Windows for the average desktop user. So, you…

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A Pict Song

Still need some bucking up after Sunday’s ObamaCare disaster? Well, here’s one small reminder that even we ignored and “powerless” individuals can — and will prevail. Okay. Maybe not exactly in our most idealized way … 0

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Thinking today …

I’m thinking today about the next “big” piece I want to write (either for this blog or for the print edition of Backwoods Home). So I won’t have too much to say until my brain works that out. The piece will be based on Albert Jay Nock’s concept of freedom lovers as something like the biblical “remnant,” expounded in his essay “Isaiah’s Job.” If you follow that link, you’ll see that the copy of “Isaiah’s Job” I chose (there are copies all over the ‘Net) is on the site of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons — a damnfine…

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Tuesday miscellany

Declan McCullagh reveals everything we need to know — with links upon links upon links — about the alleged privacy of the census. Heck, and I thought my zip-lining experience was spectacular! Okay, so this is how these kids get to school. Now, how do they get back? Will wonders never cease? An on-duty cop is caught driving drunk — and gets treated like you or I would! And, if you can stomach it, the Wall Street Journal sums up the political deals Pelosi and the Obamistas made in the last few days before the health care vote. So much…

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Scary

“Tonight’s vote is not a victory for any one party [Obama said] … It’s a victory for the American people, and it’s a victory for common sense.” In a reference to his 2008 campaign slogan, Obama added, “This is what change looks like.” Scary. —– In addition: The magnificently astute Glenn Greenwald has a spot-on take on the new power of special-interest groups in the Obama establishment. Why the largest health-care labor union so desperately lobbied for the Dreaded Law. (Hint: It had nothing to do with health. Or care.) Finally, here’s the former director of the Congressional Budget Office…

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Monday Miscellany

Monday’s coming a little early. Posting this Sunday night, just after learning the Dreadful Bill has been inflicted upon us. No-brainer Nostradamus: The Rs will sweep to victory in November promising to repeal the ghastly law. Then they won’t. How is it possible that Obama, Pelosi, and Reid are the only three people in the world who can’t see that the Dems have toasted themselves by doing this thing to us? Along those lines, here’s an unusually good article from a usually not-so-good source, the Weekly Standard: “Dead Congress Walking.” Post-passage PR. Obama plans a three-part, multi-year blitz to persuade…

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A new slogan for …

Reading editorials like this one (which are coming from even some mainstream, left-leaning news sources as the health-care abortion comes closer to being performed upon the American population) inspires me to a new political slogan: Democrats: The only party that can make Republicans look good. Only problem is, which party should use it? Oh, the choices … —– While on the subject of the odious health-care bill and dirty tactics, here’s a pretty good whupping from Peggy Noonan, too. I sure do like her style. 0

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