Thursday, September 30, 2010
Such is the provocative title of Claire Berlinski's latest posting on Ricochet.com. An interesting discussion about what she wrote has sprung up on her Facebook page. Here's what I wrote about Communism:
My major problem with Communism has to do "incentive", specifically killing it - excuse the unintended pun. But seriously, whenever people tell me that they're fed up with our capitalist system and want something different, my response is always the same: "I am VERY open to hearing about any other system you can devise but when doing so, please ensure that there's a built-in incentive system to make people work harder, work smarter, & strive for more. Because without it, your system is doomed to failure."
I just turned 46 years old this past month and have not yet heard of such an alternate system.
The inherent failure of communism is that ultimately, and very quickly, the only incentive comes from the end of a gun. Why anyone would support this I do not know. Yet we consistently hear of the likes of Thomas Friedman, Oliver Stone, Sean Penn, & others raving about the "benefits" of communism or its not too all dissimilar cousins.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
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Sunday, September 26, 2010
Saturday, September 25, 2010
I've long been a fan of the Korean BBQ concept. Potter's Garden is a relatively new restaurant in Burnaby that provided the best food of this genre that I've ever had! Located at 5599 Kingsway, it's a bit southeast of Metrotown. Here are some independent reviews. Come with an empty stomach because you'll eat lots!
Posted by Robert W. at 2:45 PM
This video, from the summer of 2009, shows Michael Coren and David Menzies in "debate" with two folks of the Left who clearly have had their common sense gene replaced with a political correctness steroid. It's a perfect example of why real discussions don't occur anymore since one side clearly refuses to deal with the facts.
Posted by Robert W. at 11:02 AM
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
My Dear American Friends, please know that now, anytime you joyously chant "U-S-A", you are expressing hatred & bigotry. Don't believe me? Just ask David Green of the University of Illinois.
Readers at the University of Illinois newspaper, where Green's rant was first published, respond.
Posted by Robert W. at 8:43 PM
Monday, September 20, 2010
[she bites into her burger]
Jim Rockford: You know, I've just about had it with you!
Jane Patten: What's the matter?
Jim Rockford: I'm tired of your philosophising and moralizing and whining...
Jane Patten: Whining?
Jim Rockford: Yeah, you want to give a sermon about a hamburger and you've got the gall enough to eat it!
Jane Patten: Ordinarily I wouldn't touch meat, but I'm hungry. And even Bhagavad Gita says...
Jim Rockford: Oh stow it, okay! You know if it wasn't for you I wouldn't be in this mess in the first place! Your flakey attitude! You hand me problems at every turn. You can't even remember anything, now I'm buying you your meals. What can you do, lady?
Jane Patten: My consciousness doesn't lend itself to problem solving like yours, okay! I'm into an alternative lifestyle. I'm a seeker after truth. Now what's so wrong with that?
Jim Rockford: You're alternative lifestyle comes out of somebody else's pocket. You mooch, you borrow, you hardly work, but it doesn't go along with it there. They're facists, unmellow, competitive; all that love and freedom is just another way of saying me first!
Jane Patten: It is not!
Jim Rockford: Yes it is! You just don't have a sense of responsibility, that's all there is to it!
Jane Patten: What I mean is I'm not into a structured living or accumulated things. I'm into my consciousness!
Jim Rockford: Consciousness! You're practically unconscious 24 hours a day! What you're into is having someone else do you're thinking for you. There's Gordon Borchet, Baa Baa the Bhagavad Gita. Next it's going to be Sam Levinson or Francis the Talking Mule for all I know. Thay have all the answers, right. Don't you have any answers of your own?
Jane Patten: Those are pathways to bliss...
Jim Rockford: Hmm, maybe. But you don't practice them, you just talk about them. You've flipped from Ashram to watertank and back! Are you any happier for it? Look around you. You see a lotta bliss out there?
Jane Patten: I don't think I've done so bad for being 32 years old.
Jim Rockford: You're 40. I've seen your driver's license.
Jane Patten: I was 40, but I'm making positive affirmations! I'm 32... I'm youthing myself.
Jim Rockford: You're 40.
Jane Patten: But I don't want to get old...
Jim Rockford: Well neither do I.
Jane Patten: But you see we don't have to. Not if...
Jim Rockford: There's nothing you can do about it. That's the way it is. I'm sorry to be the bearer of the bad news. There's no easy answer, you know. No quickie nirvana. You don't like it, tough, join the club!
Posted by Robert W. at 3:31 PM