A Flea in the Fur of the Beast

“Death, fire, and burglary make all men equals.” —Dickens

Goldbugs are really, really annoying

by pdxblake

On the occasion of the collapse of fiat currencies the price of gold, Business Insider caught up with Paul Krugman who expressed why people don’t like gold bugs:

Well, the inflationistas/goldbugs are really, really annoying — all this air of having the secret wisdom when they actually haven’t a clue. And they have been a real destructive factor in policy debate, standing in the way of effective policy by raising fears of Weimar and Zimbabwe. So seeing the one thing they got right — betting on higher gold prices — turn sour is cause for a bit of celebration.

Well put, Paul Krugman.

Let the GOP Intraparty Gun Control Squabble Commence

by evanmcmurry

Enjoyez-vouz:

The Republican conflict came to the fore last week during a closed-door luncheon for Senate Republicans, when Susan Collins, eyes blazing, stood up and complained about a series of attack ads that she was facing back home from a gun-rights group with deep ties to Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky.

Ms. Collins, who faces re-election next year, said the gun ads were an example of the kind of internal Republican warfare that has hindered the party in Senate races the last two elections.

[…] Then Mr. Paul, feeling attacked, stormed out.

More from Sargeant on the group:

The group, the National Association for Gun Rights, has also run ads against other Republicans — such as Reps. Eric Cantor and Scott Rigell — that show these Republicans morphing into Obama, simply because they embraced the most modest of Obama’s gun reforms, such as making gun trafficking a federal crime and improving state data sharing with feds on the mentally ill, while rejecting virtually all of the other major items on it. Now Collins is a target.

When Eric Cantor is too compromising for you…

Why Is Anybody Listening To Curt Schilling About Anything?

by evanmcmurry

If we’re going to be stuck in a world in which being rich automatically makes you an expert on everything, to the point that it qualifies to run for freaking president, than let’s at least demand the converse be true: nobody who loses $75 million, most of it public funds, should be allowed to comment on anything, even if the subject in question is a legendary pitcher talking about pitching. If we gotta put up with the Mitt Romneys of the world, we should at least be spared the Curt Schillings.