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Monday miscellany


  1. Matt
    Matt May 2, 2011 5:23 am

    The royal wedding convinved me we need to give Ireland back to the Irish, Scotland to the Scots, Wales to the Welsh and give England back to the Romans.

  2. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty May 2, 2011 12:15 pm

    That’s going to be really hard to do, Matt… and this Scotswoman has no use for any rain soaked, rocky chunk of that British island. I’m happy as can be in Wyoming. 🙂

    I’m wondering what the bookmaker odds are on how long before the “royal” divorce – or convenient auto accident… Anyway, I hope the old boy gets to play king before he dies of old age. The whole setup is just too nutty for words.

  3. Desertrat
    Desertrat May 2, 2011 7:07 pm

    Re: Economic commentary.

    First problem: Eichengreen is a professor of Economics. Second problem: Cal Berzerkley.

    I really like this clueless bit: “…the right to issue notes would have to be limited to a set of regulated entities — call them banks. This was how currency entered circulation before the Civil War.”

    If you had the money, you did not need permission to open a bank. If you had enough gold and silver and the will to be in the banking business, you went into it. Nor were there regulations, beyond community tar and feathers for misfeasance. As long as your paper was indeed backed by real money, all was well.

  4. Frito Bandito
    Frito Bandito May 2, 2011 10:54 pm

    In the name of being a contrarian ;D…..

    I chuckled as I listened to my wife watching it in the other room. Visions of the “mahwage” wedding scene from The Princess Bride came to mind. The sad joke that has become the Prince Charles and Lady Diana era made it seem all so irrelevant.

    Then a shift, as the words of Christ were spoken and heard by 2.5 billion others tuning in around the globe. I trotted in, and was humbled by what I saw.

    An amazing scene played out in Westminster Abbey, and one of the high water marks of Western Civ in my lifetime. England at her finest- her united people rightfully proud- gathered by the tens of thousands in public centers across the land. Audio and video were broadcast out to them via giant screens and speakers.

    It struck me that we are desperately starving in our need for ethical leadership, disciplined role models of character, and elegant grace personified. The vision of what life here on Earth can be if we truly pursue excellence as our standard. As the media does everything it can to deny us these examples, we must be proactive in our search for them.

    May God be with this new union, and may they rise to be precisely what the world needs them to be at this time.

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