Boo, humbug!

Many Christian have traditionally celebrated Nov. 1 as All Saints Day, and the preceding evening is sometimes referred to on the Christian calendar, therefore, as "All Hallows Eve."  All Hallows Eve morphed over time (I don't know the history) into Hall-o-ween, which in the United States is a much bigger deal than All Saints Day … Continue reading Boo, humbug!

Sunday Morning Quotation – Bill Niskanen on Protectionism and Rent Seeking

“A common commitment to refrain from special favors serves the same economic function as a common commitment to refrain from stealing.” Sounds like a fellow Pilei to me! This provocative quotation from his piece on Reaganomics came in a close second: "The Reagan economic program led to a substantial improvement in economic conditions, but there … Continue reading Sunday Morning Quotation – Bill Niskanen on Protectionism and Rent Seeking

The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic

BBC News Magazine: Mass panic and hysteria swept the United States on the eve of Halloween in 1938, when an all-too-realistic radio dramatisation of The War of the Worlds sent untold thousands of people into the streets or heading for the hills. The radio show was so terrifying in its accounts of invading Martians wielding … Continue reading The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic

George Will Declares War On Romney

George Will opens up on Romney.  Will conservatives go for a choice or an echo?  A small part of his WaPost article worth reading in full: Romney, supposedly the Republican most electable next November, is a recidivist reviser of his principles who is not only becoming less electable; he might damage GOP chances of capturing the Senate. Republican successes down the … Continue reading George Will Declares War On Romney

The $10,000 degree and other ways to make college cheaper

You can't work in higher education without seeing all manner of craziness and inefficiency.  Thus it isn't hard to be at least somewhat sympathetic to education reformers, incremental and radical.  That being said, I was waiting for a gag line at the bottom of this piece from the Pope Center about how to save money on education. Now to … Continue reading The $10,000 degree and other ways to make college cheaper

Note to Rangers Fans

What you are feeling now is kind of how it felt to be a Red Sox fan in 1986 after Game 7.  Of course, you'd have an even better sense if you had to previously endure selling Babe Ruth and watching the Yankees win about a hundred World Series*, 1946, 1967, 1975 (catcher interference!), 1978 (Bucky **** Dent), and … Continue reading Note to Rangers Fans

Sticks and stones

Here is one difference between out-of-control Tea Partiers and out-of-control Occupiers.   The Tea Partiers throw (according to reports lacking some credibility)  racial epithets at politicans.  The Occupiers throw rocks and bottles at police (seen on film). There is a certain irony inherent in protests from a group who, when it comes right down to it, … Continue reading Sticks and stones