Mumbai Massacre Real-time on Twitter *UPDATES*

Vietnam was the first televised war.  Film from the morning was flown one-stop to California allowing Americans to witness action within 24 hours of its occurrence. The Gulf War upped the ante with live, streaming video, 24 hours a day on CNN. September 11 and the liberation of Iraq came with live blogging from people…

James Hansen’s Letter to Obama

Since no one else will listen to his lies, half-science, and hysteria, the old man of GISS wrote a long letter to the president-elect. Luckily for the rational world, Richard Courtney (pdf) excoriated Hansen for the letter and for Hansen’s continued crusade to end freedom as we know it.  Courtney’s summary of Hansen’s conclusion may…

Online Retail Sales Decline For First Time Ever

The Internet–the engine that drove year-over-year increases in sales since its inception–is unable to overcome the economic malaise in America. For the first 23 days of November, online sales declined 4% to $8.2 billion from $8.5 billion the same time last year, according to market-research firm comScore Inc. The firm projects that retail spending online…

Abortion Wars

Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats could be headed toward a final showdown over abortion and the right of men and women to choose their moral direction.  Obama has promised in bold and belligerent words to make the Freedom of Choice Act his first, most important act as President.  Consistent with his lifelong passion for encouraging…

The World’s Next Margaret Thatcher?

While we in America credit Ronald Reagan with saving modern conservatism and the Western World, it was Margaret Thatcher who preceded Reagan and set the world stage for his entrance, stage right. Thatcher rose to the top of British government in response to decades of expensive, debilitating leftward drift in Europe.  The countries of NATO…

Zen to Done: Almost a Week

This morning I felt no compulsion to get back in bad after turning off the alarm at 5:00.  I must be getting used to the practice. I have been about 90 percent on writing down (Jotting) every commitment that comes into my world.  Oddly, the ones I’m most likely to overlook are the most obvious…

The Government Can’t Cover Its Checks

The US Government is now on the hook for $7.7 trillion in bailouts and guarantees trying to stave another Great Depression [source].  Mathematically, the government’s scheme cannot work. Bailout Costs in Perspective World War II cost about $2.1 trillion in 1990 dollars, which I calculate to be $3.5 trillion in 2008 (assuming 2.8 percent inflation…

Mercy Killings

Let’s hope that this weeks sees Congress and Barack’s team come to their collective senses about bailouts. Government intervention in the private problems afflicting General Motors, Chrysler, and the finance business effective reward poor leadership.  Leaving executive compensation off the table completely, the government should foster a healthy climate for business, but no more. General…