July 20, 2014

Saturday Learning Series - a delayed entry

Yes, this is Sunday, and no Saturday Learning Series isn't moving. I've been quite behind this past week and I'm trying to catch up.

We're at the 6th part of the Constitutional History series on Tom Woods' Youtube channel, having left off previously with the Articles of Confederation.

We pick up this time with the Philadelphia Convention.

July 19, 2014

Minimum Standards when hiring government workers



Friday Musical Interlude on Saturday

If you're looking for the Saturday Learning Series today, guess what, it's going to be a day late too.

A day late this week but not a dollar short.  This week's Friday Musical Interlude, the first ever on a Saturday, comes from MGMT.  The song from 2007 is called Kids.

July 17, 2014

Elizabeth Warren - rock star (not).

Earlier I posted about Hillary Clinton losing here cache with the progressive left - and that includes the Huffington Post, which has somehow successfully managed to pass itself off as the being in the center of the political spectrum.  As proof, take a look at this other recent post in the Huffington Post with the headline "Rock Star Elizabeth Warren".

The story links to the original Washington Post article which is somewhat more muted in it's assessment, though not entirely unfavorable:
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Populist Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) got a rock-star reception during a standing-room-only campaign rally here Monday, as hundreds of liberal activists cheered her broadsides against corporate interests and voiced hopes that her presence might shift the political winds in an increasingly Republican state.
Here's a news flash for the progressive Huffington Post - 100s of supporters is not a Rock Star. A rally in an "increasingly Republican state" does not make her a Rock Star in that state. In short - she's not a rock star. Sorry. (But not really).

Thursday Hillary Bash - Losing the Left

Has the dependable liberal Huffington Post turned on Hillary Clinton?  In a post to follow this one, the Washington Post talks about Elizabeth Warren's rock star status on the left.  With that happening and now HuffPo clearly less enamored with Hillary, is her star starting to fade, long before the 2016 presidential contest begins?

As far as the far left goes, it sure seems to be the case.  It's not just that Post Huffington is questioning Hillary's credentials, it's how they are doing it.  The salvo clearly comes from the populist left;
In 1992, a 44-year-old attorney made the following remarkable assertion: "For goodness' sake, you can't be a lawyer if you don't represent banks."

The attorney was Hillary Clinton...

Having been an attorney briefly myself, my reaction upon hearing her comment was: "I know nearly a hundred lawyers, but not one represents a bank." My lawyer friends worked for unions, tenants, immigrants, indigent criminal defendants, civil liberties, civil rights, battered women, prisoners on death row, etc. (Which explains why I wasn't a great fit in corporate media.)
Read the last paragraph in the article - Hillary Clinton is part of "the same old Democratic players". Ouch. The left doesn't like her. Maybe she can still win the Democratic nomination without the backing of the progressive left, but her job will be a lot harder. And momentum can have a curious effect, as Hillary herself knows from 2008.
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