Archives for: December 2005

Don Boudreaux on Science and Choice

Yesterday's letter from Don Boudreaux to the Wall Street Journal is simply too good not to reprint here: 30 December 2005 Editor, The Wall Street Journal 200 Liberty Street New York, NY 10281 Dear Editor: While Thomas Stossel magnificently… more »

Responding to another comment on immigration

Yesterday, I received a reasonably thoughtful comment from the blogger at http://tired-immigrant.blogspot.com. He's clearly a bit jaded and bitter, and hasn't posted a blog piece in a couple of months. I hate to see feelings like his, particularly in new… more »

Bogus science reports of 2005

From JunkScience.com and Stats.org, here are two stories highlighting erroneous news reports of 2005 which posed as fact/science: see "The Top 10 Junk Science Claims of 2005" (Steven Milloy of junkscience.com on FoxNews.com, 12/29/05) http://www.foxn… more »

A Mexican comments on my recent immigration piece

In response to my article "US-Mexico wall proposal highlights bad government on both sides of the border", I got a rather interesting comment from one "Jimmy Lago" who used an e-mail address making it clear he is Mexican. (I won't post his e-mail address… more »

Another small nail in real estate

see "U.S. Nov. Existing Home Sales Fall to 6.97 Mln Rate (Update1)" (Bloomberg, 12/29) http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000006&sid=a6TO9luqb1nM The continuing drip-drip-drip of slightly negative news about real estate suggests the end o… more »

Getting (a bit) away from "soak the rich"?

CNBC reported yesterday that the Congress is looking at changes to the tax code which include two interesting items: Removing the limits on itemized deductions Eliminating the phase-out of the personal exemption for high-income earners Both of the… more »

Mortgage slowdown or just the holidays?

Today the Mortgage Bankers Association reported that their index mortgage applications was down nearly 7% last week to the lowest level in nearly 4 years. This happened during a week of flat to lower interest rates. It's hard to know whether this is m… more »

Kerry Packer: The world loses quite a character

see "Death of a Giant" (Sydney Morning Herald, 12/28/05) http://www.smh.com.au/news/business/death-of-a-giant/2005/12/27/1135445573595.html and "Kerry Packer" (Bio/Obit, Telegraph UK, 12/27/05) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/20… more »

New home sales tumble in November

see "New-Home Sales Dropped Last Month" (NY Times, 12/24/05) http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/24/business/24econ.html Last week, new home sales (in terms of quantity of houses) fell a dramatic 11%, the largest drop in 12 years, with inventories now nea… more »

Another FrontPage mag article about muslim rapists

It's high time that more people put away their PC fear of saying that minority groups often perpetrate evil...thanks to Mark Steyn, Sharon Lapkin and others for doing so.... http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=20646 more »
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