Insatiable greed – but I don’t know if it can be stopped

I’ve been struck by how many pressure groups are doing everything they can to get their clients included in federal government bailouts following the coronavirus pandemic.  They defy logic and reason while appealing to emotion, patriotism, naked self-interest (“Our people won’t vote for you unless you include them!”) and everything else they can think of. The governors of America’s 50 states are far from the least guilty.  Anyone would think they were helpless, unable to cope unless they got billions and billions more dollars from the federal government.  In reality, of course, that’s not how America is governed.  The states

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Tragic news from SayUncle

Well-known gun-blogger SayUncle’s wife died suddenly and without any warning a few days ago. On March 20th, my beloved wife and mother of my children, unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. She had never presented any symptoms prior to then. On March 21st, her doctor informed me that her brain was no longer functioning and there was no chance of recovery. On March 22nd, in accordance with her wishes outlined in her living will, I authorized the medical staff to remove life support. She passed away peacefully at 8:48am central time while I held her hand. She will be missed. March 23rd

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Why the consumer supply chain is disrupted at present

The Last Refuge recently published an article analyzing why we’re experiencing shortages of certain goods, and why the consumer supply chain is disrupted.  It’s one of the best explanations I’ve yet read on the subject.  Here’s an excerpt. Most consumers are not aware food consumption in the U.S. is now a 50/50 proposition. Approximately 50% of all food was consumed “outside the home” (or food away from home), and 50% of all food consumed was food “inside the home” (grocery shoppers). Food ‘outside the home’ includes: restaurants, fast-food locales, schools, corporate cafeterias, university lunchrooms, manufacturing cafeterias, hotels, food trucks, park and amusement

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Important questions. Can we answer them?

I’m very impressed by Tucker Carlson’s rigorous analysis of situations and his insight into their deeper implications.  He’s one observer of our way of life to whom I’ll listen carefully and with great interest.  I’m beginning to regard him in the same light as Victor Davis Hanson and others of his ilk.  What’s even more important to me is that Carlson doesn’t appear to be an ideologue.  His analysis is based on logic and reason, and he doesn’t push either a right-wing or a left-wing agenda.  He’ll criticize both sides equally if the need arises.  That’s rare in these troubled

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Saturday snippet: Doses of economic reality

Instead of putting up my usual Saturday snippet of an excerpt from a book, today, in the light of the coronavirus situation, I’d like to post snippets from three articles that summarize where we are today, and show a trend that’s certain to continue for at least a few months, if not considerably longer. The reason I’m doing so is that, almost unbelievably, there are still those who maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is “all in the mind”, that COVID-19 is no worse than the flu, and that this whole affair is overblown fear-mongering by those seeking to manufacture a non-existent “crisis”

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For all the coronavirus doubting Thomases out there .

those who still maintain that the coronavirus pandemic is overblown, that it’s no worse than the flu, that the authorities are overreacting and using the pandemic as an excuse to take away our civil liberties . . . sorry, but you’re wrong. This is the reality of the coronavirus in full swing, in Bergamo in Italy.  Watch for yourselves. Coming soon to a hospital near you – perhaps with you and your family in starring roles – if we don’t shut down social contact and halt the spread of this disease. As John Mauldin points out: Here in the US there’s

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An exercise in futility and political stupidity

Many of our large inner-city metropolitan areas are effectively out of control when it comes to crime and violence.  Some are more visibly so than others;  in this case, Baltimore, where the mayor has made a public appeal that’s infuriating in its futility and blatantly obvious lack of truth. Baltimore Mayor Jack Young urged residents to put down their guns and heed orders to stay home after multiple people were shot Tuesday night amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Young said hospital beds are needed to treat positive COVID-19 patients and not for senseless violence. Seven people were shot Tuesday night in the Madison

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COVID-19: Update for March 13, 2020

Welcome to Friday the 13th, dear readers!  Here are a few useful links and tips concerning the coronavirus pandemic that I’ve gleaned over the past day or so. First, as most readers know, I was involved with law enforcement as a prison chaplain for a number of years.  I wrote a book about it a while back. In that capacity, I developed contacts with members of the FBI, US Marshals Service, and other agencies that I’ve maintained to this day.  I’m hearing interesting things from them about the supply of illegal drugs in our major metropolitan areas.  Basically, that supply is being

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COVID-19: The facts as of March 12, 2020

There are lots of things happening around the coronavirus epidemic – sorry, it’s a pandemic now – but most of them revolve around issues we’ve already addressed in earlier articles here, and others have addressed ad nauseam elsewhere.  Still, it’s good to have accurate, insightful information on which to base our own decisions and actions, and that’s what I try to present here. Let’s start with the situation in health care.  It’s looking pretty dire.  Italy has so many cases of the disease that doctors have advised medics to “stop treating the elderly and focus on those with better survival chances“.  That’s

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“California Is a Cruel Medieval State”

That’s the opinion of Victor Davis Hanson, who writes: A paradox ensues that Californians both have a high, indeed smug, view of themselves and yet do a lot of damage to their fellow human beings. Their haughtiness is based largely on the reality that Silicon Valley, sandwiched between Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, became the birthplace of the global computer, internet, social media, and a high-tech revolution. For progressives who deprecate the capitalist lifestyle, having a lot of money still allows one to say one thing and live out the opposite. The state’s multi-trillion-dollar companies have hired tens of thousands

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