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Sowell’s uncommon knowledge, Chapter 4

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In this  chapter,  Thomas Sowell reasons that intellectuals certainly can renounce war,  “and that does not stop your neighbor from building up the biggest army in the world and coming in and killing you.”

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January 7, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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The Krauthammer Index…

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Read about the creation — and explanation — of  the measure of knowledge and understanding from The Tygrrrr Express.     I think the only placing I disagree with is Ralph Peters  — probably because my mindset is more Green Beret than intelligence officer.

Then go here for an example of why I read Dr.  K even when I disagree with him.

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September 20, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Thomas Sowell, Part V…

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In the final installment,  Sowell argues that the Obama administration is a great deal less intent on reviving the economy than on forever altering the relationship of Americans to the federal government, and he uses health care reform to prove it.

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July 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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Thomas Sowell, Part IV…

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Sowell explains why New Deal economics flopped eight decades ago and will fail again today in its modern iteration.

This link takes you to the main page so you can catch up on any segments you missed.

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July 11, 2009 at 12:43 am

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Palin decamps…

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I don’t quite know what to make of  Sarah Palin’s resignation from the governorship.    I imagine the entire family is way past tired of being used as liberal punching bags,  and a quarter of a million dollars in legal bills is a crushing debt for people with modest means who believe in paying their debts.

Thomas Sowell doesn’t speculate on that,  but sets out plainly why liberals and the unprincipled old Republicans bulls react to Palin with such vitriol.    She surely isn’t one of them,  but she most certainly is one of us.

Bill Kristol goes a bit further,   and the American Thinker discusses whether this was the first national success for the left’s  Cloward-Piven strategy.

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July 6, 2009 at 5:06 pm

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Waterboarding…

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Dennis Prager has 9 questions for those wishing to criminalize members of the Bush Administration for its interrogation techniques.

Thomas Sowell has no patience with squeamishness about militants.

And this is what I’m going to send people when they pretend moral outrage over waterboarding.

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April 30, 2009 at 1:47 am

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Pretty words…dirty deeds…

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Thomas Sowell  ponders the cost of Obama’s talk.

As Dr. Frank Luntz is forever showing us,  words do matter.  Unfortunately for America,  His Oneness is extremely skilled at manipulating words,  at twisting their meaning,  at parsing them out of any meaningful existence.    It is an Obama trademark, a mechanism which allows him to say he’s misunderstood,  or misinterpreted,  always leaving enough wiggle room to avoid capture.

My favorite thus far is all his campaign rhetoric about the evils of earmarks.    A majority of voters  —  God,  are you stupid – —  actually believed him,  instead of figuring out that it was rhetoric designed to blunt McCain’s stance on earmarks.

He bragged that the stimulus contained no earmarks.   According to the technical definition of “earmark”,  he was correct,  but is there anyone with 5 functioning gray cells who doesn’t realize that the entire stinker is one enormous earmark?

Now that the insane $410 budget has been revealed,  we see that his administration is full of former Congress critters who gobbled up earmarks.   As a Senator,  His Oneness himself has earmarks of $4.5 million for wood utilization,  and $3 million for shrimp aquaculture.  Of course,  his former Senate buddies are busy air-brushing his name off those particular earmarks,  to rearrange history.

The response?   Oh this is LAST YEAR’s stuff,  because Bush didn’t pass a budget,  you know.    Never mind that Pres. Bush flatly said he wouldn’t pass such a stuffed sausage,  and Pelosi and Co. decided a continuing resolution would suffice until she had someone in the White House as radical as she is.

Obama claims to be restoring science to the White House,  yet has hired Holdren and Chu,  very intelligent men who have forgotten,  if they ever knew,  that science should properly be based on actual facts,  not beliefs.    His Oneness calls for decreased dependence on “foreign oil”,  but quietly kills offshore drilling and seeks to place  even more resource-rich federal lands in no-go zones.

In short,  our President is a bald-faced liar.    And yes, this will be explored further in subsequent posts.

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March 4, 2009 at 11:28 pm

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