Category Crime

Occupation Unknown

The beauty of the American Dream is that it’s whatever you make it out to be. If you want to be a graphical designer, you have the freedom to do so. Just like your freedom to be a banker, investor, bartender, hotel manager, trash guy, or business owner. The American Dream lies in liberty, not money or things.

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Can You Here Me Now?

“Now since man is naturally inclined to avoid pain — and since labor is pain in itself — it follows that men will resort to plunder whenever plunder is easier than work….When, then, does plunder stop? It stops when it becomes more painful and more dangerous than labor.” -Frederic Bastiat in The Law

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Pernicious Pyong-Gang

Welcome to North Korea. You’re free to come in, but not to go out. Behold the power of North Korea. A prison state with endless food shortages, huge electricity problems, starvation, poverty and forced plastic eye-lid surgery for waitresses.

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Slipping America a Mickey

Jose Antonio Vargas wrote an article for the New York Times titled, “My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant.” Vargas writes that one morning at the age of 12, he was woken up by his mother and sent with his “uncle” on a plane to America. His mother wanted to give him a better life, and […]

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…Paved with [Bad] Intentions

You know the old adage: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The interesting thing is that the road to hell is also paved with bad intentions. So, all in all, following intentions is not the best way to go. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided on the infamous Arizona law […]

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Surreal Realism

The State in the Third Millennium (van Eck Publishers, 2009) by Prince Hans-Adam II, the Reigning Prince of Liechtenstein, presents an interesting outline for successful government with a look back over history in search of important lessons to direct us through these uncertain times. Right now you might be thinking, “How did Ben dig up […]

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Found: Hide-and-Go-Seek Champion

Well, everyone’s talking about Osama. It’s almost getting boring. Is there any news that has nothing to do with Osama getting killed? Hmm… Well, it’s not the sort of thing I usually talk about, but I guess a little change couldn’t hurt: Kate Middleton went shopping at a common market. And the number of pictures […]

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Egyptian Prestidigitation

The Egyptian protesters have won. President Hosni Mubarak has capitulated. Obama makes his comments just hours after Mubarak resigned. “Today belongs to the people of Egypt,” he said. “Egyptians have made it clear that nothing less than genuine democracy will carry the day.” Again, as so many times before, Obama has said things which sounds […]

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The Sky’s the Limit

In June and July “economists” and the Fed told everyone to watch out because of a “deflation risk.” Then suddenly, before you could say “Ben Bernanke” everyone is worried about the Fed and their warning of coming inflation. “[I]nflation surely remains a more serious danger than deflation.” Said George Melloan with the Wall Street Journal. […]

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If Guns Kill People, Do Pens Misspell Words?

A coyote emerged from the brush in pursuit of a lighthearted Labrador puppy who was jogging with his master  — Texas Governor Rick Perry — leveled and discharged a .380 caliber laser sighted Ruger pistol, loaded with hallowpoints. Perry, after saving his daughters dog, left the dead coyote and kept jogging. “He became mulch,” Perry […]

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