Relevant and even prescient commentary on news, politics and the economy.

Location, location, location

I was dreaming about my lock on derricks and ports in Canada. For the record, no one sold me Canada’s only main port on the Arctic Ocean. Mr. Broue bought it for $7 American. I bought the railroad that is the only link to the rest of the country(the Hudson Bay Railway)in my dream. However, […]

FDIC op ed in NYT

Sheila C. Blair of FDIC offers an opinion on the mortgage crisis in the NYT. THERE have been many proposals to deal with the problems in the mortgage market. But the best place to begin is by looking at the poor lending standards and weak consumer protections at the root of the problem — in […]

Children’s health care in the better towns

Children’s health care report card demands taking personal parental responsibility, new pay incentives, and real quality checks. Less than half of the outpatient medical care delivered to American children is in line with recommendations for the best treatment, concludes a study released Wednesday.The results, which researchers called “shocking,” show that 47% of the care delivered […]

Sea ice and beach front property

The NYT reminds us of continuing concern of ice melt. The Arctic ice cap shrank so much this summer that waves briefly lapped along two long-imagined Arctic shipping routes, the Northwest Passage over Canada and the Northern Sea Route over Russia. Interactive Graphic Sea Ice in Retreat The Big Melt: A Series From The New […]

Fox News

Fox News carries a story you will be interested in as intelligent descriptive reporting. I did not know they could. Sweeeeeeet.

BLS, Businessweek, and phantom GDP

Business Week carried an article by Are You a Victim of ‘Phantom’ GDP? Here are four signs to help you determine whether your industry’s output and productivity are being overstated According to government statistics, output in almost every major manufacturing industry expanded between 2001 and 2005. That seems a little surprising since manufacturing employment dropped […]

General Sycophant says American Conservative

You may remember that I suggested we watch the media reaction to Pat Buchanan if he published the article as predicted. American Conservative has published on the front cover that General Sycophant is a schill for the President and Vice-Predsident. Time to watch.

To compare or to contrast

Dahr Jamail and Michael Totten are reporting on the same war, the same groups of people, the same country, the same armies. Both are also photographers. Can both be reporting true things? Yes.Can both be offering a perspective that has some value? YesCan both be useful in our personal evaluation of the occupation? Partly. Can […]

O’Reilly says about Edwards

Bill laments the lack of moral spine of the Far Left. Remember, no coerced interrogation, civilian lawyers in courts for captured overseas terrorists, no branding the Iranian guards terrorists, and no phone surveillance without a specific warrant. His statement brought to mind this quote: A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We […]

Qwest for the truth

CEO Nacchio of Qwest has a write up in WAPO: A former Qwest Communications International executive, appealing a conviction for insider trading, has alleged that the government withdrew opportunities for contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars after Qwest refused to participate in an unidentified National Security Agency program that the company thought might be […]