Archive for April, 2010

Conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the one I love

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Every time I make some passing reference in print to the tyrant Lincoln, as I did a few weeks ago, a fair number of readers insist on proving the dangers of letting unionized government functionaries “educate” our children. I believe we can confidently presume most who rail “Such a bizarre and outlandish statement proves what […]

In new Army, only enemies can have guns

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Maj. Nidal Hasan was not drafted. He chose to become a U.S. Army officer because that way he could get American taxpayers to finance his medical education. And because he was a medical officer, the chance he would ever have been asked to discharge a firearm in the direction of an enemy combatant — even […]

Vin sells some comic books, Part II

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

In last week’s column, I’d walked into a local comics shop with some “Silver Age” Marvel and D.C. comic books from the early 1960s, comics with 10-cent cover prices theoretically cataloguing at hundreds of dollars each, but actually in typical “fair to very good” worn condition and thus not likely to retail at more than […]

Show us your starving waifs

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Americans are generally willing to make considerable sacrifices in order to pay the taxes that fund the most expensive public school system in the history of the world — even though the effectiveness of said schools in advancing our students much beyond what the rest the “first world” would call a fourth- or fifth-grade level […]

Freedonia vs. Sylvania — is this a re-run?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

In full accord on the perceived “global threat” (The AP reports), “world leaders” Tuesday endorsed President Barack Obama’s call to secure all nuclear materials around the globe within four years to keep them out of the grasp of terrorists. They offered few specifics for achieving that goal. But as 47 nations including Armenia, Morocco, Thailand, […]

No more ‘property,’ no more ‘profit’

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

A group of homeless people and housing activists broke into and occupied a privately owned duplex in the Mission District of San Francisco on Easter Sunday “in what served as the climax of a protest designed to promote use of San Francisco’s vacant buildings as shelters for the needy,” reports James Temple of the San […]

Vin goes to sell some comic books

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

At the local mutiplex, the tightly edited “coming attractions” are often better than the real movies they advertise. Unfortunately, when today’s real-world “coming attractions” feature a fast-devaluating dollar, means-testing of “entitlements” (come back and let us know when you’ve sold your house and you’re living under the bridge), making it a crime to “hoard” wealth […]

But the Republicrats will save us!

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Last week, we detailed the Prussian brand of “state socialism” which is the true goal of Obamacare. But the Republicans, swept back into power next January — only with not quite enough votes to override an Obama veto — are going to repeal all this! Right? Let me see. … Did they make any serious […]

The Race to Bureaucratic Bondage

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

The short version of the controversy over the state of Nevada seeking federal “Race to the Top” schooling dollars goes like this: The weak economy has left Nevada schools short of cash. “Race to the Top” participation would provide more federal dollars, but the program requires states to use student test scores to track how […]

Sort of like a “pet ID” chip … for you

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

(No, unfortunately, this one is not an “April Fools” joke.) Some 35 years ago, Americans first became generally aware that there could be a “gasoline crisis” — that our dependence on imported oil could combine with taxation, price controls, and other “well-meaning” government interventions to create fuel shortages, lines, all kinds of chaos. Suddenly, those […]