Posts Tagged ‘unintended consequences’

Fighting Stupid With Stupid Only Leads To More Stupid

Kansas University professor David Guth tweets: The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you. Stupid. The Kansas Board of Regents unanimously votes to revoke academic freedom and basic right to freedom of speech. Stupid2. This is a self-serving […]

Culture Saved

Sen. Daniel Moynihan (D-NY): In some forty years of government work I have learned one thing for certain. As I have put it, the central conservative truth is that it is culture, not politics, that determines the success of a society. The central liberal truth is that politics can change a culture and save it […]

The Value of Liberal Arts Colleges and Programs

Barry Schwartz offers his view on why liberal arts colleges are important. “In my view, higher education should be equipping students to answer these four questions: What is worth knowing? What is worth doing? What makes for a good human life? What are my responsibilities to other people?” If this were happening, than the value […]

How to Handle Bullies 101

Lesson One Almost as a rule, bullies are made of tissue paper. They project their false image of themselves on that tissue paper screen while working in the dark to tear down the world around them so as to feel important and powerful. The solution is to push back. Tissue paper kings flee when confronted […]

Good Intentions, Bad Results

In The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dörner makes the following observation: In our political environment, it would seem, we are surrounded on all sides with good intentions. But the nurturing of good intentions is an utterly undemanding mental exercise, while drafting plans to realize those worthy goals is another matter. Moreover, it is far from […]

Over 200 Dead in Chicago…

…so far this year. Murdered. Oh my. Clearly, the US should get out of Chicago. Or Chicago needs a gun control law or something. Wait a minute…isn’t Chicago one of the cities with the strictest gun control laws? Makes me feel like taking the Springfield XD .45 ACP out to the range for a little […]

Question: What does it look like when voters show government unions the bird?

Answer: Wisconsin governor recall election Scott Walker (53.2%) vs. Tom Barrett (46.3%) Related PostsSigns You’ve Hired the Wrong Landscaper Just Relax And Let Big Brother Choose Serve A Beer, Win A Peace Prize Doing The Job Illegal Immigrants Won’t Do

What’s Your Story Worth?

Susannah Breslin has started a blog titled “Letters From Husbands Of Breast Cancer Patients”. I had previously wished Susannah well in an email and a blog post.  In a reply a few days ago, she asked: “Interested in writing an anonymous letter?” Looking at the blog, I see: LEGAL By submitting to Letters from Husbands […]

Winds of Change

I’ve written about Lovelock’s less than scientific handling of “climate change” in the past. Looks like he’s had a change of perspective: James Lovelock, the maverick scientist who became a guru to the environmental movement with his “Gaia” theory of the Earth as a single organism, has admitted to being “alarmist” about climate change and […]

OWS Alchemy

But you should have heard the crying and pleading from dedicated Madison folk about how important it was to keep open this wholly unregulated, health-code flouting shanty town, which, it was argued, was housing the homeless. How insidiously consistent that the Occupy With Self rabble would seek to turn their constitutionally protected, but shallow protest […]