Select Page

Month: January 2014

Number 335

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 335 30 January 2014 The vulgar, who take things according to their first appearance, attribute the uncertainty of events to such an uncertainty in the causes as makes the latter often fail of the usual influence; though they meet with no impediment in their operation. Is The USA A Police State? The implications of scabrous propaganda were predictive While furious criticism from the “wingnut” end of the US political spectrum has not weakened “progressive” support for Obama, some in the Democratic party consider the president a disappointment. Briefly: Guantanamo is still open; unemployment is stubbornly mocking political rhetoric; as a direct consequence of Obamacare’s arrival, more people in the USA are without health insurance; foreign policy is open to severe criticism (more or less as usual); and economic problems provoke heated debate over comparisons, analyses, trends, and prospects. “Progressives” are hard put (though they would not admit it) to defend their leader against charges of deceit, ignorance, and incompetence. At some point, Obama will be hammered by current reality, which means he won’t be able to blame W for today’s problems. For example, consider the NSA: since assuming office in 2009, has the president remained ignorant of what the spooks were and are doing? Here is an example of “progressive” anger provoked by the administration’s toleration of alleged misbehavior. Collectivists are beginning to struggle...

Read More

Number 334

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 334 16 January 2014 The nation is teetering on financial ruin due to the unconscionable spending, borrowing, taxing and money printing by the federal government. … The solution is to remove by constitutional design that which cannot be accomplished statutorily — the overwhelming political incentive for reckless government spending by governing masterminds. The Liberty Amendments Reconsidered In Number 317 of this newsletter, Mark Levin’s book proposing several amendments to the US federal constitution was reviewed and endorsed. Not everyone agrees with that endorsement, of course; some who oppose the amendments are self-styled “wingnuts” who feel that Levin is proposing improper, even unconstitutional, measures. Here is an example of anti-Liberty amendments reasoning that comes from the political “right”. Those contentions are indented. This newsletter’s responses are printed within regular margins. To many of us, it seems that the only time these talk show hosts (Limbaugh, Hannity, etc.) join together in this manner is when there is a time to bring Americans into another unconstitutional war or when it’s time to persuade Americans that they should support another self-proclaimed “conservative” candidate that believes that the U.S. Constitution is a living document that can be altered without regard to the laws of the Constitution. Levin intends to proceed according to the procedure set forth by the Founders; in fact, there is no other way to do it,...

Read More

Number 333

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 333 3 January 2014 The real effect of tax rate reductions is to make the future prospects of profit look more favorable, leading to more current investments that generate more current economic activity and more jobs. Climatology, Sundered By Ideology, Struggles To Remain A Discipline “Deniers” like NTG have been saying for years that science does not support “warmers'” alarmism. Deniers claim that predictions of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) are the results of processing fudged data (read Montford’s The Hockey Stick Illusion) through biased models. Yet the warmers carry on, led by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Many scientists endorse the concept of AGW and insist that facts supporting it are available. Warmers are certainly in error when they predict catastrophic (or even less than catastrophic) warming caused by technology. Deniers have wisely avoided prediction as unreliable at best, and blatant charlatanism at worst; they have advised calm. Perhaps the best reason not to believe in AGW is the recognition that history provides an essential truth. It is known that the earth’s climate has fluctuated broadly for millennia; the notion that this slow, sometimes faster but constant change should stop now is an irrational fantasy. Yet it is perfectly natural for people to consider that weather has a “normal” state, and that normal is congenial. When any change occurs, it will therefore be...

Read More