Crony Capitalism Notes



Who do you trust with your data?

I certainly don’t trust governments with our data, because I know how poorly many government agencies protect their data.  And I don’t trust Google with the data, because their goal is to make money off of my life, not safeguard what they’ve collected.  I suppose I trust Google marginally more than the government (although I’m sure the former is doing a lot of collecting for the latter), but neither all that much.

Joe Biden Is A Moron

Anybody who voted for Obama-Biden should not be allowed to joke about Sarah Palin.  Why?

And that’s just in the past couple of weeks.  This man is the epitome of Washington uselessness, and Barack Obama tagged him to be his VP.  Probably to make sure that nobody would ever dream of assassinating him and leaving Slow Joe in charge.

Fun with rankings

While writing for an online forum, I looked up the Wikipedia entry for Churchill to find out when he was born. I found out that he was the greatest Briton of all time, as voted by the Internet, to which I say, “Good show, Interwebs!” I’m perplexed by some of them — David Bowie is really #29? No H.G. Wells? — but these sorts of things are always fun. Here are some others, if you’re interested:

The Greatest American — This one is frankly weird. There’s no Andrew Jackson, but there is Brett Favre. Dr. Phil isn’t a greatest anything.

“The Name of Russia” — It’s in Russian, so here’s the list in English:

1. Alexander Nevskii

2. Pyotr Stolypin

3. Stalin

4. Pushkin

5. Peter the Great

6. Alexander Suvorov

7. Lenin

8. Mendeleev

9.  Dostoevsky

10. Ivan the Terrible

11. Catherine II

12. Alexander II.

That’s a fun list, isn’t it? Apparently, if you can believe Wikipedia, people wanted to use Lenin and Stalin even more than they did. (If you’re wondering where Putin is, you have to be dead first).

Unsere Besten — Certain people were excluded from the list of 300 you could choose from. You can probably guess who.

Greatest Canadian — I’m frankly stunned there were only two hockey related individuals in the top 10.

Circumventing The State

Steven Hayward is optimistic that people reacting in their own capacities can outrun the State.

The one problem I have with this argument is that it all depends upon the State not reacting by limiting choice.  In Hayward’s USPS example, a regulatory body chose not to expand the “right” of monopoly that the USPS held, but that was during the Reagan administration.  In other words, the State will not go quietly in the night.

On the other hand, they may simply run out of money and become entirely impotent as a result.  So we’ve got that going for us.

Bottom Of The Barrel

John Hinderaker, about a month ago, had some fun at Harry Reid’s expense.  When he was announced as Senate Minority Leader after Tom Daschle lost his election in 2004, I thought it was a shrewd move putting a Democrat with a relatively moderate (for a Senate Democrat) record in as leader.  Since then, Reid has been rather underwhelming.

Not that I’m complaining, of course; I’d rather have stupid opponents than cunning and intelligent ones…  Of course, Democrats can often say the same…