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February 2009

"When Mothers Flip Out"

I imagine most parents have been there. (Meg Gurdon, 12/18.)

Some mothers are alert to every twinge their children experience, and have the pediatrician on speed-dial.  Others pay almost no attention in the vague belief that most complaints don’t amount to much.  These last (ahem) only begin paying attention when the symptoms have mounted, and then they panic, usually on a Friday night.

John Galt lives, part 1

From Cafe Hayek:

I own my business and, unlike an employee, I have the option to work as much or as little as I like. At some tax rate, the marginal dollar won't be worth earning. I'll fire some employees, scale down the business or retire altogether and stick my money in tax advantaged muni bonds and do all the traveling and relaxing I can't do now. . . . If I'm not ready to retire and the tax rate gets too high, I may just immigrate to another country because it's very easy for me to get almost instant citizenship in any other country. I respond to incentives and I'm not incentivized by enslavement and neither is anyone I know.


John Galt lives, part 2

"Sales of 'Atlas Shrugged' Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis".

Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold.

(Link via Market Power via Instapundit.)


I don't know who John Nolte is . . .

. . . but I"m sure he's a man of rare refined taste and judgment. In his "Top 5: Favorite Conservative Moments [in film]" he lists as #1 Danny DeVito's speech to New England Wire and Cable's stockholders from Other People's Money and #2 one of Edward James Olmos's time motivating his students from Stand and Deliver. Two great clips.

(I've noted DeVito's speech a couple of times before, but I may mention it once a year or so just because I can and because it's so good.)

Link via my wife.