Yeah, that’s convincing

It will take a lot more than suspending Keith Olbermann to convince anyone with more than one-quarter of a brain that MSNBC is an impartial media observer:

MSNBC TV host Keith Olbermann was suspended indefinitely on Friday for making campaign donations to three Democratic congressional candidates, apparently in violation of NBC News ethics policy. The announcement came in a one-sentence statement from msnbc TV President Phil Griffin: “I became aware of Keith’s political contributions late last night. Mindful of NBC News policy and standards, I have suspended him indefinitely without pay.”

So, Olbermann’s evening contributions in kind to the Democratic Party worth millions of dollars are fine, but contributing a few actual dollars to a few Congressional candidates are not. Olbermann is an ass, and a much less intelligent ass than he thinks he is, but this attempt by MSNBC to pretend it is anything but a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party isn’t likely to fool anyone.

Verse of the Day

“As dead flies give perfume a bad smell, so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left. Even as fools walk along the road, they lack sense and show everyone how stupid they are.”
– Ecclesiastes 10:1-3

Keep that in mind the next time you speak with one of your Christian friends who inclines to the left. And it is, of course, intriguing that the Bible should not only correctly anticipate post-18th century political ideologies, but correctly identify the sort of individual who belongs to them as well….

One year later

I had meant to post something marking the one-year anniversary of RGD’s publication last week, but got a little wrapped up in a) following the election, and b) finally finishing off Lord Bane in Puzzle Quest. Anyhow, there is something very satisfying in seeing that the book remains in such illustrious company on the Kindle’s Economic History list; it is presently #4 in Economics proper as well. On the downside, the fact that general interest in RGD appears to be higher than it was when the book first came out tends to suggest that its thesis was more or less correct and we are one year further into the Great Depression 2.0 that it predicted. I won’t deny that it gives me a sense of intellectual satisfaction to know that my conclusions appear to be on the right track, but that satisfaction is cold comfort when one proceeds to contemplate what those conclusions indicate for the economic course of the West.