Archive for October, 2008

King Solomon’s Mine?

Posted: October 27, 2008 in Archaeology

Read the article here:

http://phoenix.cox.net/cci/newsnational/national?_mode=view&_state=maximized&view=article&id=D94343H80&_action=validatearticle

The archaeologist who found the site is Thomas Levy whom some of you may remember as the editor of the excellent book The Archaeology of Society in the Holy Land, 1995.  Unfortunately, he only found material back to the “10th century.”  This means it’s from the Iron Age.  From the New Courville perspective, Solomon lived during the Late Bronze Age 2b, so unless Levy has found LB2b material, we would have to regard it as a post-Solomonic mine.

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Third Debate

Posted: October 16, 2008 in Politics

I liked McCain’s example of Joe the Plumber.  McCain really needed a concrete example of how bad Obama’s economic policies are and he found a good one.  McCain criticized Obama on his “spreading the wealth around” calling it class warfare.  He also questioned whether taxes should be raised.  We should be lowering the business tax rate, said McCain.  I only wish McCain had said that a tax on business in America is not really a tax on business.  It’s a tax on consumers.  Businesses merely pass the tax on to us.  So a tax on corporations is just a tax on us.

Across the board spending freeze!  McCain’s on a roll.  Wow!  Obama sounds more like a talking head tonight.  No passion.

Big discussion of negative campaigning.   Finally McCain mentioned Ayers, Acorn, etc.  Yeah!  Obama didn’t come off so well in that exchange.  He appeared defensive, and did not explain why he associated with Ayers in the first place.  Nor did he repudiate Acorn.

McCain supports building nuclear power plants.  Off shore drilling now.  Trade restrictions led to Depression.  Where has this McCain been?

Vern

Debate #2, McCain v. Obama

Posted: October 8, 2008 in Politics

Probably one of the dullest debates I’ve seen in a long time.  Instead of inspiring me, McCain’s performance caused me to start thinking that maybe it might be better for the Democrats to win this time around.  I know that the candidates are trying to appeal to the undecideds — the stupidest people in America — but I’m wondering if in fact McCain might end up being a disaster for Republicans, just as Clinton was a disaster for Democrats.  If it weren’t for the issue of Supreme Court judges, I’d probably just sit at home.  Not that Obama did any better; frankly the man is even more boring than McCain.  But the stupid people, the undecideds, want change and McCain didn’t show that he was an alternative to the popular man of the moment.  Maybe we’ll just have to wait four years for a more Reaganesque candidate — Sarah maybe?

Vern

The UnSupreme Court

Posted: October 5, 2008 in Constitution

The late Raoul Berger has a number of good books showing how the Supreme Court has usurped power beyond its Constitutional limits.  If you ever want to read a great book on the subject of judicial activism, get his book Government By Judiciary, [1977], 1997, new Liberty Fund edition.  Berger proves beyond a shadow of doubt that the Bill of Rights only applied to the federal government, not to the state governments.  He also proves that the 14th Amendment did not change this.  Ever since the New Deal, the Supreme Court has been expanding its power, and the power of the federal government, mainly by ignoring the Constitution and substituting its own fantasies in place of the teachings of the Framers.  Berger’s books are filled with historical information about the original meaning of the Constitution, and when you finish reading his books, you’ll find that originalism is the only rational view of how our American system of government operates, or at least should operate.