Archive for October, 2012

Godless Secularism Assaults Life and Liberty

Homily given Oct. 14 for the Marian Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty by RC Archbishop William Lori:

The freedom for which we are advocating is the freedom of churches to go about their mission of serving the needs of society in accord with their teaching, a mission of educating the young, building up family life, serving the poor, providing good health care and much, much more.
With charity, civility and persistence, “whether in season and out of season,” we must insist on the Church’s right and the rights of individuals to put our God-given liberties at the service of human life without the government forcing us to disobey our own teaching by fining our institutions or by taking away their accreditation, by penalizing private employers with conscientious objections or any of the other means the government has at its disposal.
As believers and as citizens we must robustly engage in the political process by voting with a properly formed conscience and by continually letting our elected officials know that we expect them to protect the God-given rights of life and liberty.

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Mercatus Center: Measuring Regulation

Measuring regulation, moneyball style:

Regulations are similar to baseball players in the sense that some fail while others succeed. However, unlike baseball, there are not many objective measures of regulations. IRCD represents the first step in taking a Moneyball approach to studying regulation: if we can objectively measure regulations, we can use this information to help determine whether regulations efficiently achieve their intended goals.

The New York Sun: Great synopsis of Lincoln’s life & greatness

How Lincoln Emerged in the Stratosphere of Greatness:

The mighty American star system has elevated and demoted thousands of people over the 236 years since the propagandistic arts were first torqued up in the Declaration of Independence. But the supreme champion of the American personality cult has been Abraham Lincoln. Given the hyperbole which frequently attaches to much-admired Americans, there is a temptation to assume that Lincoln could not possibly deserve the stratospheric elevation he has received. But he does.

The Economist: Limitless Bank Regulation

America’s financial system: Law and disorder:

The upshot is a deluge of paperwork. If banks once did banking, now they practise law. Wells Fargo has lower legal costs than many of its rivals (see chart) but still receives around 300 state, federal and grand-jury subpoenas a week on average. Some are against the bank itself, though many are legal orders pertaining to the suspected crimes of others. The bank gets so many legal orders—5,000 a week in total—that it has two centres that work full-time on processing them, one on the west coast, one on the east. A specific group works on prioritising the bank’s response to subpoenas; a weekly call involving 25-30 of the more senior people in the compliance division is designed to iron out problems that arise from all these requests.

Guess who pays the bill. Different isn’t always better. More isn’t always better. This isn’t better.

Andrew Klavan: Waking from Media Dream – or Obama Unmasked by Debate

A Fantasy Election, an Imaginary Man:

They [the mainstream media] have fallen prey to that ideological corruption that sees lies as a kind of virtue, as a noble deception in service to a greater good.

See also Pat Caddell.

Who is John Galt?

Robert Heinlein said:

Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.This is known as “bad luck.”

Rich Hailey: Will your children be citizens or subjects?

Growth of bureaucracy may reduce our children to subjects:

The issue that is the most important to you as a parent, the one that will have the most effect on the lives of your children, is the same one that today drives Americans to the Tea Party or to the Occupy movement: defining “we the people” and our relationship to our government.You would think we’ve already straightened that one out, wouldn’t you?But let me ask you a question; do you work for the government, or does the government work for you? Ross Perot ran a campaign telling us that we were the bosses of the country; is that true anymore?  Was it ever? Is the term “public servant” anything more than a sad punchline to a bad joke? Does the President of the United States work for you, or does he tell you what you can and can’t do?

And later in the article:

When all power is held by the unelected bureaucrats, what difference will it make who is elected to Congress?Or the White House?And once elections no longer matter, once our voice is safely neutralized, then we are no longer citizens.Your children, raised in freedom, will live instead as subjects of a government they have no real control over.

November 6th.