Hell in Little Axe


Oh goody, another delightful tale of Christian compassion and religious tolerance:

After contacting the ACLU and filing a lawsuit, Bell and McCord became the subjects of hatred and even violence. Bell’s house was burned down by a firebomb. McCord’s 12-year-old son’s prize goats were slashed and mutilated with a knife. Bell was assaulted by a school cafeteria worker who smashed her head repeatedly against a car door. (School authorities praised the cafeteria worker, and she was forced to pay a $10 fine and Bell’s hospital bills, community residents raised donations on the assailant’s behalf.) McCord and Bell were both mailed their own obituaries.

The funny part of this story is that the protagonists weren’t even atheists but were simply accused of being so.

A “Gay & Secular Fascism”

Newt in 2012? Wow… Palin and Gringrich as potential leaders of the Republican Party four short years from now? I am so loving this.

But in the meantime, let’s focus in on this specious charge of “fascism” that Gingrich lobbed out there and now seems to be getting thrown around rather freely these days (I was accused of it just this morning, in fact). This really needs to be challenged at every instance with a demand for: a) an accurate/precise definition; and b) proof or evidence beyond the wild imaginings and ludicrous fabrications of Jonah Goldberg.

Because They LIE… All the Time


In a guest editorial in The National Post today, “Jabba the Roy” quite cavalierly makes the following claim:

There were speakers from Australia and the United Kingdom. In both countries waiting lines are virtually non-existent.

Really? A quick check reveals that at any given time there are more than 600,000 people on elective surgery waiting lists in Australia (out of a total population of 21.5 million) and in Britain, as of the end of September, there were 557,000 waiting over the 26 weeks standard for inpatient admission and 876,000 waiting for a first outpatient appointment following GP referral.

I guess the definition of “virtually non-existent” is open to debate, but I would think hundreds of thousands of people might count for something.


Sam Lowry’s first day at work at the Ministry of Information Retrieval.

Speaking of which: Julie Morand. Terrorist. Al Qaeda.

Glad to help out.

By the way, there’s some small degree of irony in the connection Alison makes between the dreaded “no fly list” and Terry Gilliam’s brilliant film Brazil, for as devoted fans will know all too well, the original mix-up between the innocent Mr. Buttle with an alleged “terrorist” named Tuttle was the result of a house fly being swatted by an anonymous bureaucrat, the splattered guts of which altered the name printed on the archival copy of an official government document.

The Cavalry is on the Way!

Olbermann talks to Paul Krugman about the presidential transition and the Bush administration’s aimless mishandling of the economic crisis.

Any guesses as to what Bush’s nickname for Krugman may be…

Update: Rachel Maddow discusses the nature of the bullish “bully pulpit” and other transition-related issues with David Sirota.

Peter Schiff v. Financial “Experts”

Sabina Becker asks “Who is Peter Schiff, and why is he pwning all these people?” We’ll get to that in a moment, but first, enjoy this compilation of him trouncing a number of self-appointed financial “experts” and savour how astoundingly wrong their prognostications have turned out to be in contrast to his relentless pessimism.

Now, to answer the opening question with a little bit more than the opinion that he “knows his onions” Wikipedia has a good write-up on Schiff from which we learn that:

Schiff also references the role of the US consumer in the world, saying that the US consumer thinks he’s doing the world a favor by consuming what the rest of the world produces. He is quick to point-out that this relationship will come to an end, in his view, much sooner than people imagine, and with negative consequences for the US. Schiff has been quoted as saying: “Consumption is its own reward for Production” — meaning that without production, the US cannot indefinitely sustain its ongoing consumption. Schiff, and other adherents of Austrian economics, promote savings and production as “the engine of economic growth — not consumption.”

Schiff has said on numerous occasions that the current economic crisis is not the problem; it is the solution. According to him the transition from borrowing and spending to saving and producing cannot be accomplished without a severe recession, given the current imbalances of the US economy. But according to him that transition needs to happen. He also thinks the government is doing no one a favor by trying to “ease the pain” with stimulus packages, bailouts and such. Schiff believes these actions will only make the situation worse and possibly result in hyperinflation if the government continues to “replace legitimate savings with a printing press.”

Doubtless the foregoing will be music to the ears of some of my libertarian friends who think that my “simplistic” Keynesian prescriptions are barking mad.