ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Big Sur Basin Fire - 4th of July

It is a difficult 4th here on The Central Coast. But the flag still waves over the firefighters protecting our lives as so many have before them. God bless them and America. Happy 4th of July!

For those who might be interested, I have put up a Flash show of images from the Big Sur Basin fire here.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC:MontereyJohn

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Independence Day

For your 4th of July enjoyment.



Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler

Big Sur "Basin Fire" - Inferno on The Central Coast

I spent the better part of two days along Route 1 from Big Sur Valley to Point Sur documenting this enormous fire and the heroic firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze. It has been heart breaking to watch this beautiful part of California go up in smoke. As this is written it is not known whether the village of Big Sur will be saved or just how far the fire will spread.

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: MontereyJohn

Thursday, July 03, 2008

My Fellow Americans

Well, as regular readers know, I'm not exactly pleased with our choices in this Presidential election. Obama will absolutely crush this country with more idiotic regulations, taxes, and nationalization of entire industries. It will be difficult to predict what McCain would do as President, but you can be sure that a solid foundation of conservative principles will not be the driving factor - no, it will be whatever McCain thinks will make him look like a Maverick (aka whatever the conventional wisdom at the New York Times is.)

Because of the impending doom that our country faces, I've decided that it's time to commit myself to a cause greater than myself and my little conspiracy. That's right, my fellow Americans - Instead of sitting here in my pajamas, poking fun of the idiocy that passes for intellectual thought on the Left, I have decided to run for President of the Unites States of America.

It seems that the local news has already picked up the story.

Check out this video:


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: Saint Wendeler

Monday, June 30, 2008

Micro-Credit

Many of the Progressive (socialist) persuasion find the history of Micro-credit to validate and support their view of an expansionist state. Why, I'll never know, since the Grameen Bank and similar institutions are private, for-profit enterprises, not government institutions, that rely on the same self-interest which is the driving force behind capitalism and free markets.

As Adam Smith said, "It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest."

These words are scorned by the Left, so I always found it surprising that the Left embraced the Grameen Bank and other micro-credit institutions which use free-market capitalism to improve the lives of the poor. They decry the profit motive, but it is the very profit motive that is liberating hundreds of thousands of micro-credit customers.

Well, it turns out that, despite (or perhaps because of) their success, micro-credit is now under fire from the self-serving Leftists.

The linked article above is a must read, along with the accompanying video discussion which provides a good synopsis.


Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler