July 30, 2012

July 30, 2012

Catholic capitalists opposing Obamacare: A “leaven at work in the world”… - TAC (Motley Monk)

Some inadvertent truths about Obama - OC Register (Landsbaum)

Will America Abandon 'Hope'? - WSJ (Du Pont)

Behind the Economic Pessimism - RCP (Samuelson)

Freedom, Politics, and the Courts - Liberty Law Blog (Greve)

Religious Freedom and the Forces of Tolerance - TAC (McClarey)

The Entitled Generation - NYT (Keller)

Obama has only himself to blame for the dismal economy - Washington Examiner

The Surrealist & the U.S. Constitution - TIC (Masty)

The Middle Ground: Historical Intermixing of Cultures - TIC (Birzer)

Transforming the Regimentation of Criminal Justice into Volitional Citizenship - Liberty Law Blog (Jacobs)

The Spartan Prerequisites to Rehabilitating Criminal Justice in America - Liberty Law Blog (Smith)

No Man Set Apart: The Police Officer as Extended Citizen - Liberty Law Blog (Sheley)

Busted: Mr. Pfeiffer and the White House blog - WaPo (Krauthammer)

The Church's social teaching and criticizing current social-welfare programs - MoJ (Garnett)

Truth and Lies, Nature and Convention: The Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage - Public Discourse (Franck)

Teachers Unions Go to Bat for Sexual Predators - WSJ (Brown)

Warren’s stock should be falling - Boston Herald (Braceras)

Is Algebra Necessary? - NYT (Hacker)

Russell Brand Says Palin Is Popular Because ‘People Want To F-ck Her - TheJaneDough (Donovan)

Actresses And Female Singers You Don’t Realize Are Conservative - TheJaneDough (Donovan)

Pension Tsunami Now Rolling over Police, Firefighters - Via Meadia

More on Seventh Circuit En Banc Decision in Elmhurst and Political Judging - MoJ (Sisk)

July 26, 2012

July 26, 2012

Caplan v. Gowder on Blaming the Poor - BHL (Brennan)

What the SLC Games say about a Mitt Romney presidency - Deseret News (Roche)

Government Did Not Build Your Business - Reason (Bailey)

Menino shouldn’t block Chick-fil-A because of president’s views - Boston Globe (Menino)

The Deadwood of Crony Capitalism - Liberty Law Blog (Horwitz)

School Board Rents Space to Community Groups, But Wants to Exclude Anti-Homosexuality Speaker - Volokh (Volokh)

Monsters in the theater - Pileus (Wilson)

Income Equality Is the Road to Middle-Class Taxation - TIC (Domitrovic)

The Left’s Dubious History of Income Inequality - Laffer Center (Domitrovic)

Abortion, Conscience, and Health Care Provider Rights - Public Discourse (Brugger)

Gun Laws and the Supposed 'Politicization' of the Aurora Massacre - Maverick Philosopher

Let's Eat Mor Chikin - MoJ (Vischer)

MSM & Chick-fil-A: The Internet often honors stupid stories - Get Religion (Bailey)

10 religious companies (besides Chick-fil-A)- CNN(Gilgoff)

Once Again, Paul Krugman Says He's "One of Us" - Splice Today (Smith)

Of Chicken Sandwiches, Free Speech and Cheap Politicians - TAC (McClarey)

NCAA to the Taxpayers of Pennsylvania: Drop Dead - Volokh (Post)

It’s not OK to ignore this pro-Romney ad - Washington Post (Capehart)

Americans Flee Public Schools - Via Meadia

Rahm Emanuel’s dangerous free speech attack - Salon (Greenwald)

July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012

My apologies for the lack of recent updates. I have been out of the state, out of the county, and generally out of pocket the last few days.

Then, Who DID Build It, Mr. President? - Huffington Post (Gregory)

Salad Days of the Public Sector Are Over - TIC (Buchanan)

Politics and the Imagination - TIC (Brann)

The News Media's Role in Mass Shootings - RCP (Cannon)

Anti-Fracking Activists Ignore Science - RCP (Begos)

The Fading Rock Star Obama - The Hill (Jacobus)

Obama's uphill re-election bid - USA Today (Medved)

Will Banning Guns Prevent Another Aurora? - Defining Ideas (Epstein)

After Roanoke - The American Spectator (Ryan)

Businessmen Versus Bureaucrats - SmartMoney (Hoenig)

Petition / Protest regarding Notre Dame's challenge to HHS mandate - MoJ (Garnett)

The Economic Crisis and Europe’s Rule of Law Problem - Public Discourse (Gregg)

A Ghost Haunting Obama Named Barofsky - National Journal (Hirsch)

The Governing Elite Are The Greatest Threat To the World's Middle Class - Forbes (Kadlec)

Voters Blame Obama More Than Bush for Poor Economy - Via Meadia

The Limits of the Constitution? - Liberty Law Blog (Greve)

Seventh Circuit: Holding a High School Graduation in a (Richly Iconographically Religious) Church Violates the Establishment Clause - MoJ (DeGirolami)

Syria Admits to Having Chemical Weapons - Via Meadia

Is This Progress? - Liberty Law Blog (Masugi)

What Still Shocks Me About ObamaCare - RCP (Hentoff)

Plato Yes, Radical Environmentalism No - TIC (Cheek)

What's a Little Disunion Among Friends: A Modest Proposal - TIC (Birzer)

Peter Viereck: Traditionalist Libertarian? - Liberty Law Blog (Ryn)

The Political Philosophy of John Calvin - Liberty Law Blog (Bruce)

Religious Freedom’s Legal and Moral Basis - Public Discourse (Moschella)

Your Friend, the State - TIC (Sobran)

Political Prejudice at Yale - Liberty Law Blog (Rappaport)

When Did Feminism Become So Embarrassing?  - RCP (Wilhelm)

Batman and Evil - Ricochet (Domenech)

News Versus Propaganda - RCP (Sowell)


Public Pensions, Hit by Low Returns, Cozy up to Wall Street - Via Meadia

No Building Permits for Opponent of Same-Sex Marriage - Volokh (Volokh)

New Orleans Continues Reform Push—First Schools, Now Police - Via Meadia

Religious Freedom and the Church - CLR Forum (Smith)

July 18, 2012

Thoughts on Cancelled Appointments

One of the policies at my business (in which we earn money based on time spent on projects) is to allow potential new clients a free period of consultation (let's call it, for the sake of argument "an hour") to come in and talk to us about how we can help them. The policy is to set the client for an hour about a week away, then contact the client on the day of their appointment, in the morning, and remind them of their free appointment.

I have been considering those appointments recently, and realized that there is a very high "no show" rate among these people. And by "no show", I mean not appearing for their appointment, no call to apologize, no follow-up call - nothing. Our office is not difficult to locate, and as they made their appointment by phone originally, they are surely familiar with how to contact us.

I have to think that part of the problem here is something related to the old maxim by Thomas Paine, namely "That which we obtain too cheaply, we obtain too lightly." And, perhaps as well, to the problem of the "free rider." By definition, the "free rider" is someone who takes advantage of benefits provided on the backs or labor of others, while avoiding the labor themselves.

In my context, let us say that in order to make a living, I must perform X amount of work, totaling Y in charges, for various clients each year. It is also standard in the market in which I work to offer that free hour to clients. Therefore, for every free hourly client I see, the total Y on the backs of other clients increases. This is offset when a free hourly client retains me. However, when I clear my schedule for an appointment, and nobody shows, there is some time lost that must then be "made up" somehow.

And, I might add, skipping such appointments is just impolite.

July 18, 2012

For a time, I was publishing both AM and PM editions. However, I noticed that as we move towards the ends of the day EST, the blogosphere takes a serious nosedive in terms of quality and quantity. Therefore, I plan to publish one post a day for now, in the early afternoon. I plan to leave the evening programming slot open for future content.

The 'now that's real religious persecution' argument - MoJ (DeGirolami)

Religious Freedom and State Power in the Latin American Experience - Liberty Law Blog (Fernandez-Morera)

Was Chief Justice Roberts’s Sebelius Opinion A Principled Exercise of Judicial Restraint or Merely Strategic?- The Originalism Blog (Rappaport)

Republicanism, Liberalism, and the War for Independence - TIC (Birzer)

Entrusting The Future of the West to Our Children - TIC (Seeley)

Bankruptcy: Or, Morality Left and Right - FPR (Peters)

Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Jail Continues - RCP (Koch)

No, You Can't! - American Spectator (Antle)

Here’s Twenty Bucks: Don’t Have Babies - Public Discourse (Pfundstein and Grizzle)

Bashing Capitalism Is No Substitute for an Agenda-  Bloomberg (Crook)

Eugenics and Other Evils - John C. Wright

Interesting critique of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau - MoJ (Schiltz)

California Pension Takes Nosedive - Via Meadia

Obama Kills Welfare Reform- RCP (Morris)

Obama’s vision of the state as master, not as servant - LI (Jacobson)

When Apps Make You Lazy- WSJ (Vascellaro)

A GATEWAY TO PERDITION - The Kernel (Wright)

An Effective Anti-Romney Ad?  - Pileus (Otteson)

What’s Wrong Here? - Pileus (Otteson)

Obama Descends into Self-Parody - Reason (Healy)

Fiscal Cliff Highlights Washington’s Failures to Voters - Fox News (Stirewalt)

What Is the Fiscal Cliff and Why Should We Care?- The Fiscal Times

Obama’s South Side Chicago thuggery - Washington Times (Hurt)

Middle-Aged Drowning in Student Debt- Via Meadia

Who else, Mr. President? -  Chicago Tribune (Kass)

July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012 - PM Edition

California: Another One Bites the Dust - Via Meadia

Burma Update: U.S. Sanctions Officially Removed - Via Meadia

The Largest Political Machine - Via Meadia

Teachers Unions Give Broadly - WSJ (Mundy)

Zimmerman racist narrative implodes - Legal Insurrection (Jacobson)

July 13, 2012 - AM Edition

Beware of Predatory Lenders? No, Fear Predatory Borrowers - RCM (Slavov)

The Real Class Warfare is Baby Boomers Vs. Younger Americans - Reason (Gillespie)

An unconventional bonanza - Economist (Wright)

Another city sinks in pension morass - Orange County Register

Over 30% of President Obama’s 2009-2011 Gross Income Came From Foreign Sources - Volokh (Lindgren)

Was Chief Justice Roberts’s Sebelius Opinion A Principled Exercise of Judicial Restraint or Merely Strategic? - Liberty Law Blog (Rappaport)

Four Tenets of American Republicanism: A No-Frills Primer - TIC (Birzer)

Liberalism and Liberal Education - TIC (Brann)

Ennui the People - WSJ (Noonan)

Does ISTA Do Its Homework? - Indiana Barrister

Hotel Pornography and the Market of Morality - Public Discourse (Miller)

Rocky Ground - National Journal (Brownstein)

Growing U.S. Military Presence in the Gulf Leaves Obama with Fewer Options - Via Meadia

Maybe it’s Not Just Because I’m a Londoner: I think it Shouldn’t be Hosting the 2012 Olympics - Liberty Law Blog (Conway)

Obama's love for the middle class? Now, that's rich - Cleveland Plain Dealer (O'Brien)

Why Long-Term Unemployment Has Doubled Under President Obama - Forbes (Powell)

Obama gives cold shoulder to black news outlets- Legal Insurrection (Sorock)

In Defense of Brad Pitt's Mom - RCP (Malkin)

Medicaid expansion a tough sell to governors of both parties - Washington Post (Aizenman and Tumulty)

Hard Days Ahead for ObamaCare - American Thinker (Chantrill)

Patriot Games - RCP (Cannon)

Why Not Try the Small Government Solution? - RCP (Thomas)

Obama Has Problems With Independent Voters - ABC News (Walter)

July 11, 2012

July 11,2012 - PM Edition

Working from Home: Work, Slack Off, or Run Errands? - Via Meadia

The LIBOR Scandal: A Crisis of Faith - Via Meadia

Oderberg updated - Edward Feser

On Calling Obama a Socialist - Maverick Philosopher

U.S. unemployment is even worse than it looks - Philly.com (Prestowitz)

Textbook case of inefficiency - Boston Herald (Graham)

July 11, 2012 - AM Edition

Those Darn Facts - Indiana Barrister

Cultural Exchange through the Gallows - Via Meadia

Tech Revolution Continues Despite Poor Economy - Via Meadia

In Defense of John Roberts - Public Discourse (Halloway)

Some Bad Arguments for the PPACA from Jonathan Gruber - Pileus (Sorens)

Buckley and Individualist Conservatism - TIC (Russello)

Winged Words: On the Importance of Reading and Discussing Great Books - TIC (Kalkavage)

Judicial Deference, Self-government, and Judicial Rule, or Have a Coke and a Smile - Liberty Law Blog (Samuelson)

The Invincible Lie -  RCP (Sowell)

The Invincible Lie: Part II - RCP (Sowell)


Budget Insanity - RCP (Stossel)

Russia, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll (2): How Best to Keep Rockin’ in this Drugged Free World - Liberty Law Blog (Conway)

In Obama's Chicago, A Trayvon Martin Every Day - IBD

Obamacare a minefield for workers in Oklahoma - The Oklahoman

Even More About NFIB v. Sebelius- Liberty Law Blog (Christina)

July 9, 2012

July 9, 2012 - PM Edition

Spain Still Teetering as Ministers Gather (Again) - Via Meadia

Chief Justice Roberts and the window tax - Volokh (Kopel)

Quin Hillyer: “John Roberts’ Travesty, Point by Point” - Volokh (Barnett)

Deflation Coming to China? Brace Yourself, America - Via Meadia

Obama vs. Romney: The Sky Isn’t Falling - NRO - (Kirsanow)

Equality of Opportunity Thin and Thick - Maverick Philosopher

Putin Tells His Ambassadors: The West Is All Washed Up - Via Meadia

A Change of Heart on Secession - TAC (Zummo)

The Online Revolution Comes to Public Education - Via Meadia

Forget Arab Spring: It’s the Sunni Surge - Via Meadia

July 9, 2012 - AM Edition

America Already Is Europe - WSJ (Brooks)

Why Economic Policy is Paralyzed - RCP (Samuelson)

Who’s bailing on Obama? Just about everybody - Washington Times (Curl)

'Affordable' Care Act? Not so much for Sacramento - L.A. Times (Skelton)

Diluting Self Restraint: A View from Lombard Street - Liberty Law Blog (Dalrymple)

Reading Each Other - TIC (Skwire)

With Little to Say, Obama Eats Grits in Rust Belt  - RCP (Barone)

A letter to the hotel industry - MoJ (George)

Pornography, Respect, and Responsibility: A Letter to the Hotel Industry - Public Discourse (George and Yusuf)

The Puritanical Roger Williams - Liberty Law Blog (Dreisbach)

The Global War on Terror Is Over? - Via Meadia

The True Meaning of Liberty in a Free Society - Liberty Law Blog (Conway)

Confirmed – Romney and RNC pulled in $106 million in June - Legal Insurrection (Jacobson)

Black and Blue: Subprime Crisis Hurts Blacks Worst - Via Meadia

July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012 - PM Edition

Russia, Drugs, and Rock’n’Roll: (1) Why I’m not Buyin’ Bryun on Who’s to Blame - Liberty Law Blog (Conway)

Originalism in the Health Care Decision: The Federal Government's "Problem-Solving Powers" - TOB (Ramsey)

Jobs Report Fail - Via Meadia

Is Obama propping up GM with increased gov’t fleet purchases? - LI (Jacobson)

The Democrats May Not Stay Long on Obama’s Chosen Path - Via Meadia

June jobs swoon: America’s labor market depression continues - AEI Ideas (Pethokoukis)

Obama's Imperial Presidency - WSJ (Strassel)

July 5, 2012 - PM Edition

The Necessary Inadequacy of Charity - Pileus (Sorens)

What Is It to be Intellectually Humble? - BQO (Roberts)

More About NFIB v. Sebelius - Liberty Law Blog (Christina)

July 6, 2012 - AM Edition

After Right to Work Takes Effect in Indiana, Unions Seek a Judicial Bailout - Liberty Law Blog (Agarwal)

American Conservatism’s Apogee - Liberty Law Blog (Trende)

"Only liberty"? - MoJ (Brennan)

The Ideal Economy of Wilhelm Roepke - TIC (Ancil)

The Wisdom of Aesop - TIC (Woods)

HHS Mandate: Unjust (as well as Illegal) - Public Discourse (Lee)

Walker beats Kimberlin in court - Legal Insurrection (Jacobson)

THE DAMAGE FROM OBAMA WILL BE LASTING - Washington Free Beacon (Continetti)

Mandate Begone! The Logic of Chief Justice Roberts Unique Tax Power Theory - Volokh (Barnett)

Court Did Not Authorize Economic Mandates Under the Tax Power - Volokh (Barnett)

July 5, 2012

July 5, 2012 - AM Edition

If you were expecting a post yesterday, my apologies! I spent Independence Day with friends and family, and was far too busy with those things to spend any time combing my feed reader. Happy Belated Independence Day! With that said, here is the morning edition!

That all Men are Born Free and Equal? - TIC (Randolph)

Taxation v. Regulation: A Revolutionary Question - Liberty Law Blog (Samuelson)

On Being Divided by a Common Language: The Semantics of Scapegoating - Liberty Law Blog (Conway)

The Declaration of Independence Annotated - Volokh (Barnett)

The Libyan Afterparty Continues As Timbuktu Dies - Via Meadia

Nanny Journalists Can’t Help Themselves - Pileus (Cleveland)

A Final Fourth of July Story - Via Meadia

Guest column: Recovering the Declaration, and its meaning to our nation - Gainsville Times (Busick & Cheek)

Immigration: He Who Is Without Sin - Public Discourse (Londregan)

On Imagination and Will - TIC (Muggeridge)

Originalism and the Legal Culture - Liberty Law Blog (Rappaport)

Obama's subsidies: Private profit, public risk - Washington Examiner (Carney)

Chicago’s school war - NY Post (Will)

Americana Res Publica: No Revolution - TIC (Birzer)

Obama strategy isn’t all that’s not working - Boston Herald (Thomasson)

July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012 - PM Edition

Here's How Much The Obamacare Penalty Tax Will Cost You... - Business Insider (Blodget)

The real national security threat: America's debt  - L.A. Times (Lieberthal and O'Hanlon)

July 3, 2012 - AM Edition