A Stupendous Double Bluff

I saw The Prestige yesterday, which was a very interesting movie. First the flaws. The character development could have stood with a bit more attention, I thought. It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what’s missing, but something is. Also, the whole thing comes off a bit too “cinematic,” which, to be fair, I…

Radio Free Chavez

Alright, so I guess it’s not really news that Chavez is an autocratic thug, and this story about his refusal to renew the license of a private television station has been floating in the headlines for months now. The station in question was a haven for vocal criticism of his government, openly supported the 2002…

TOWM Quote of the Day

TOWM quote of the day comes from this excellent column by George Will: It would be wonderful if every time someone like Paucar comes to America, a native-born American rent-seeker who has been corrupted by today’s entitlement mentality would leave. “Paucar” is an industrious immigrant who moved to Minneapolis hoping to set up a fleet…

Looking in on a Sick Patient

So I got talked into watching the season finale of LOST on Wednesday. Well, alright, truth be told there was a lack of armtwisting that can be fairly described as “near-total.” I admit I was curious to see what’s going on with the show I love to hate (see also here for an earlier, and…

Truly Odious

This truly odious column by Kevin McCullough is the best example of the dark side of conservate commentary I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a diatribe against the porn industry – calling for (you guessed it!) as much government intervention here as possible. Leaving aside how members of the party of “small government” shouldn’t…

Memorial Day

My brother-in-law got the following letter published in the Asheville Citizen-Times. As those of you in the know are aware, Asheville is chock-full of the Blame America First crowd, so it’s an especially worthy Memorial Day entry. Mr. Jon Ostendorff, I am an Iraqi Freedom campaign veteran. I live in the Big Sandymush community near…

TOWM Quote of the Day

Government is the only agency that can take a useful commodity like paper, slap some ink on it, and make it totally worthless. -Ludwig von Mises – quoted in Dr. Ron Paul‘s 1981 monograph Gold, Peace and Prosperity. (linked from the Mises Blog).

The Highest Form of Flattery

Here‘s a nice bit of confirmation that Ron Paul is making appropriate waves in the Republican Primary. The head of the Michigan GOP is moving to not invite him to the next debate. Considering that Ron Paul came in first in the early text-messaging polls – ahead (but only barely) of Mitt Romney and (much…

Which is Which?

To boost readership, TOWM is launching a photo contest. One of the two men pictured below is a famous Psychology professor at Indiana University. The other one is a WANNABE famous Psychology professor who’s currently just a two-bit gradstudent living in a tiny house with a barefoot wife and too many kids. Both are Jewish,…

A Question of Rights

TOWM quote of the day comes from a commenter on this thread on Samizdata: Well one thing is for sure, a lot more cars will be sold in France in the coming months if last night was anything to go by. It will be interesting to see if he can do anything to change France…