The irrelevant presidential debate

I will not be watching, of course, but if anyone who is wishes to live-comment the debate for everyone’s benefit, feel free to do so here.

UPDATE- It looks as if McCain just sealed the deal for President Obama. One would think that after nearly getting knocked out of the nomination battle due to his determination to cling to the unpopular immigration amnesty, he would not have been so foolish as to support the incredibly unpopular Wall Street bail-out. Apparently, since that much-hated plan looks like it is failing, McCain decided to prevent every economic conservative from voting for him by upping the socialist ante yet again.

“You know that home values of retirees continues to decline and people are no longer able to afford their mortgage payments. As president of the United States, Alan, I would order the secretary of the treasury to immediately buy up the bad home loan mortgages in America and renegotiate at the new value of those homes — at the diminished value of those homes and let people be able to make those — be able to make those payments and stay in their homes.

Is it expensive? Yes. But we all know, my friends, until we stabilize home values in America, we’re never going to start turning around and creating jobs and fixing our economy. And we’ve got to give some trust and confidence back to America.”

If you call yourself a conservative and you vote for McCain, you should be aware of two things. First, you are not a conservative. Second, you are an idiot. As I wrote on Monday, only a vote for McCain is a wasted vote because it’s the only vote that will not provide you what you think you’re going to get. The left-liberal votes for Obama and knows he’ll get socialism and multi-culturalism in one way or another. (The pacifist, on the other hand, will be disappointed.) The third-party voter votes third party and knows he’ll get nothing. The non-voter doesn’t vote and doesn’t get what he isn’t expecting.

The Republican voter, on the other hand, usually votes for conservatism, constitutional judges and small government, but only gets liberalism, activist judges and big government. That’s why it is the Republican vote that is truly the wasted one.

Mailvox: In which an answer is given

Recent events have allowed the OC to make the final determination about the fate of Minneapolis:

I think the question of whether Minneapolis in 2016 will look more like Mexico City or Mogadishu has been settled.

“Corsi was set to show Obama and Odinga have been in direct contact since the senator’s visit to Kenya in 2006. He was to claim Obama advised Odinga on campaign strategy and helped him raise money in the U.S. for the Kenya presidential campaign.

“Corsi was to report Odinga’s 2007 presidential campaign strategy called for exploiting anti-Kikuyu tribal sentiments, claiming victory and charging voter fraud even if the campaign knew the election had been legitimately lost. Odinga, Corsi said, also was willing to fan the flames of ethnic tribal tensions and use violence as a last resort by calling for mass action that led to the destruction of properties, injuries, loss of life and the displacement of over 500,000 Kenyans. The purpose was to compel the Electoral Commission of Kenya to declare him the winner or enable him to declare himself the winner by force.”

Mogadishu, definitely.

Given the recent arrest of the guy who owned Fingerhut and Sun Country and the recent bankruptcy of the latter, I wonder how many corporations will elect to remain in the People’s Republic of Minnesota now that it’s become clear that it is open season on anyone with assets worth seizing. My question is this: if it is against the law to run a Ponzi scheme, then why aren’t President Bush and Ben Bernanke being arrested?

How to make a depression

FDR showed the way:

Two UCLA economists say they have figured out why the Great Depression dragged on for almost 15 years, and they blame a suspect previously thought to be beyond reproach: President Franklin D. Roosevelt. After scrutinizing Roosevelt’s record for four years, Harold L. Cole and Lee E. Ohanian conclude in a new study that New Deal policies signed into law 71 years ago thwarted economic recovery for seven long years.

This is interesting news that happens to be highly relevant, as Voxiversity II is going to be reading and discussing Murray Rothbard’s America’s Great Depression. We’ll start the readings on Monday the 27th, but if you want to get an early jump you can download the entire book on PDF or bookmark the online text at the Mises Institute. However, Voxiversity I participants tended to find having the physical text on hand to be helpful, so you may wish to consider ordering the book from the Mises bookstore.

Full disclosure: I have no connection with the Mises Institute, they do not provide me with their literature, and I make nothing from their book sales.

Summa Elvetica: the third review

Courtesy of the Responsible Puppet:

The Author of this book has already explained that he is not overly fond of being compared to Tolkien, thinking himself and his writings not up to the comparison, but I will begin this book review with the one criticism of the “Lord of the Rings” that Tolkien admitted to agreeing with in the forward: The book is too short. This is my biggest (and perhaps only) serious criticism…. Beale has implied that he isn’t planning on publishing any extensions to the world he had created here. Too bad, because my feeling here (getting back to Tolkien) is that this book could be a “The Hobbit”-like prelude to a much more significant fictional writing. This is no slight, because I really liked Hobbit. And I really liked this one, as well.

Just to set things straight, I probably will write something set in the world of Summa Elvetica in the future. I just don’t think it will be the next book I write. But I could be wrong, since I didn’t think SE was a book that was ever going to get written in the first place.

But thanks to Marcher Lord Press, it was, and you can buy it here if it sounds of interest to you.