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Piercing The Political Tick

ound this sharp stab at political-economical consciousness at the always provocative American Thinker in a few words posted by the self-identified AWARE54397, and from my own current sorry state of economic ruin all I can think to add to the soil is this—Damn. I wish I had written those two paragraphs. The political tick, blood-filled and bulging. Quite a fit description of the body politik... So let us get on with the rain seeding... It won't matter if gold and oil are pumped out of the ground in record quantities, there is no recovery, no "rebound". The problem is the...

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Turning Oil Into Salt

Found this online, fitting enough for the thought of the day... arly in our country's history, in response to the Barbary pirates, the halls of Congress were filled with Congressmen shouting "Millions for defense, not a penny for tribute!" How things have changed! Now it is "Billions for jizya, not a penny for self-respect!" But just as the afternoon follows the morning, here is an even more profound and rewarding find called Turning Oil Into Salt: One hundred and fifty years after the discovery of oil in the U.S. gave rise to the global oil industry, two of America’s leading...


Russia Weathering Market Crisis

OSCOW—As the stock markets in Russia tumbled again Friday and the Kremlin continued struggling to shore up the nation's banks, Maria Isayeva emerged from a subway station near Victory Park and shrugged off the crisis with a laugh. "It only affects the rich people! It doesn't affect us!" declared the 61-year-old retired bus terminal cashier, who seemed amused anyone might think she owned stocks. "We're okay. We're surviving, and we have enough to eat." Isayeva admitted feeling anxious that her children might face hardship in an economic downturn but appeared more concerned about how others in the world were faring....


Leaving Iraq To Its Own Oil And Iran

L PRESIDENTE George W. Bush and his merry band of Americans on both sides of the aisle have been played by the Iraqi ex-pats, pick-pocketing politicians, purple-fingered moms and pops, blood-thirsty tribal chieftans, scowling clerics, and let's not forget the optimistic Iraqi bloggers too. Yes, all those brave Iraqi bloggers and their words of Democracy and Freedom, who instead of joining the Iraqi Army and fighting por liberté et égalité, scooted off to graduate schools in the United States. Taqiyya writ large. The graft-burdened Americans have been played by the Turks, Saudis, Iranians, and Kurds. And the most maddening aspect...