The Error of My Ways

Blogging with integrity takes willingness to recognize and admit where you were wrong. In two of my pre-election posts I predicted that the Republicans would keep both houses. In my analysis I failed to look hard at the southern Democratic candidates, probably a mistake many made. Next time I promise to work harder folks.

The Dems ran a slate of veterans who were moderate to conservative, and I missed it. They out-Lincoln Chaffee’d us, and now have to live with what they did to themselves. I think the first sign was in the defeat of Pelosi’s pick, Murtha. I expect more fun to come for the slight majority party, the next two years are going to be interesting.

Milton Friedman RIP

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The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit. — Milton Friedman 

The world lost a giant last night, Millton Friedman passed away at the age of 94. His ideas were the basis of Reaganomics, and the basis of the current tax cuts which have led to a booming economy. His ideas on liberty and free trade and how those are inseparably tied are fundamental to my personal philosophy. He will be missed, and he will be remembered.

From Wikipedia:

Milton Friedman (July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist who made major contributions to the fields of macroeconomics, microeconomics, economic history and statistics, and who was also known for his advocacy of laissez-faire capitalism. In Capitalism and Freedom (1962) he advocated minimising the role of government in a free market in order to create political and social freedom. In 1976, he won the Nobel Prize for Economics for his achievements in the fields of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy. His television series Free to Choose aired on PBS in early 1980. It became a book, co-authored with his wife, Rose Friedman. The book was widely read, as were his columns for Newsweek magazine.

Hung Like a Moose

moose.jpgI really don’t think this is what most people think
when they use this phrase!

Pogo Moose Incident -Fairbanks, Alaska

“They were laying new power cables which were strung
on the ground for miles. The moose are rutting right
now and very agitated. He was thrashing around and got
his antlers stuck in the cables. When the men (miles
away) began pulling the lines up with their big equipment,
the moose went up with them. They noticed excess tension
in the lines and went searching for the problem. He was
still alive when they lowered him. to the ground. He
was a huge 60 inch bull and slightly peeved…

— Contributed From Alaska by my Father.