Budget-Cutting

I subscribe to an email letter from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) called In Brief, “a newsletter launched in 1946 by FEE’s founder, Lenard E. Read, as a printed commentary.” It’s brief, cogent, timely- great stuff.

Today I’d like to share one entry exactly as FEE included it in their newsletter:


Bridges Deleted; Alaska Gets the Money Anyway
11/17/05
“Mandatory funding for two controversial bridge projects in Alaska—including the ridiculed ‘bridge to nowhere’—has been stripped from a federal spending bill, a congressional committee said on Wednesday. As a compromise, Alaska will still receive the money that had been set aside for the bridges to spend as it likes on transportation needs.” (Reuters, Thursday)

On Capitol Hill this is called budget-cutting.

FEE Timely Classic
The Politics of Deficit Spending” by Hans F. Sennholz

IMO, one of the reasons Capitol Hill can engage in such easy ‘budget-cutting’ is because we do not demand fiscal responsibility and care from them.

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If you like cats and dogs…

You need to visit the Carnival of the Cats and the Carnival of the Dogs. (notes: Careful parents should be forewarned that sometimes onea few entries to these carnivals will be at least a PG-13, so check it out first if you’re worried about that).

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Child’s Calendar Beautiful, November, Seventh Year

Note for new readers- These selections are taken from the book Child’s Calendar Beautiful, arranged by R. Katharine Beeson, 1908, “a collection of poems and prose selections to be memorized by children,’ arranged by year and month for students from year one through year eight. I picked it up at a local library book sale and, thanks to Coffee Mama’s urging I am slowly working toward rendering this book into an etext for somewhere such as Gutenberg. After all, she’s the blogger at Our Blue Castle, and how can I refuse a Castle Dweller when I only dwell in a grubby schoolroom?

One of the memorization assignments for seventh year students for the month of November is Rudyard Kipling’s goose-bump inducing Recessional:

GOD of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart;
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire;
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!
Amen.

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Carnival of the Capitalists

Gongol hosts this one and does a great job. I like the new formatting- it’s clear, easy to follow, easy to find the carnival entries most likely to interest you.
I see a post promising “A strategy for avoiding the perils of over-promising and under-delivering,” and one that explains how to “Apply the lessons of homework to working from home,” and an exciting looking entry that shouts “Here Comes the Entrepreneurial Generation!” and explains that “Americans born in the last quarter-century will save the economy through entrepreneurialism,” and yet another that offers “A dynamic table illustrating the best prospects for workers who don’t have college degrees,” and too many more to mention. Do pay Gongol a visit and see how this carnival is laid out and see which posts have the most to offer you.

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Carnival of Recipes

I can’t possibly tell you which of the recipe entries looked best to me, because you simply have to go read the entire carnival yourself (I think there was one PG usage, but honestly, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t tell you for sure).

It helps to be familiar with Hitchiker’s Guide, but I think it’s funny even if you’re not. In fact, it’s so funny that even though Pipsqueak had already toddled off to bed (the last one except for me), I called her back to read it with me, because stuff like this is twice as funny if you can share it with somebody who groks your sense of humour.

RocketJones hosts the carnival and did a lovely job of being M.C. The recipes look great and include several Thanksgiving recipes. It has quite the international flavour this week, too. But click on the link in the title and go read it already. Laughter does a body good- the soul, too.=)

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Budget-Cutting

I subscribe to an email letter from FEE (Foundation for Economic Education) called In Brief, “a newsletter launched in 1946 by FEE’s founder, Lenard E. Read, as a printed commentary.” It’s brief, cogent, timely- great stuff.

Today I’d like to share one entry exactly as FEE included it in their newsletter:


Bridges Deleted; Alaska Gets the Money Anyway
11/17/05
“Mandatory funding for two controversial bridge projects in Alaska—including the ridiculed ‘bridge to nowhere’—has been stripped from a federal spending bill, a congressional committee said on Wednesday. As a compromise, Alaska will still receive the money that had been set aside for the bridges to spend as it likes on transportation needs.” (Reuters, Thursday)

On Capitol Hill this is called budget-cutting.

FEE Timely Classic
The Politics of Deficit Spending” by Hans F. Sennholz

IMO, one of the reasons Capitol Hill can engage in such easy ‘budget-cutting’ is because we do not demand fiscal responsibility and care from them.

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Responses

If you like cats and dogs…

You need to visit the Carnival of the Cats and the Carnival of the Dogs. (notes: Careful parents should be forewarned that sometimes onea few entries to these carnivals will be at least a PG-13, so check it out first if you’re worried about that).

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Child’s Calendar Beautiful, November, Seventh Year

Note for new readers- These selections are taken from the book Child’s Calendar Beautiful, arranged by R. Katharine Beeson, 1908, “a collection of poems and prose selections to be memorized by children,’ arranged by year and month for students from year one through year eight. I picked it up at a local library book sale and, thanks to Coffee Mama’s urging I am slowly working toward rendering this book into an etext for somewhere such as Gutenberg. After all, she’s the blogger at Our Blue Castle, and how can I refuse a Castle Dweller when I only dwell in a grubby schoolroom?

One of the memorization assignments for seventh year students for the month of November is Rudyard Kipling’s goose-bump inducing Recessional:

GOD of our fathers, known of old,
Lord of our far-flung battle line,
Beneath whose awful hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!
The tumult and the shouting dies;
The Captains and the Kings depart;
Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice,
An humble and a contrite heart.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

Far-called our navies melt away;
On dune and headland sinks the fire;
Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

If, drunk with sight of power, we loose
Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,
Such boastings as the Gentiles use,
Or lesser breeds without the Law—
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget—lest we forget!

For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard—
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!
Amen.

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Response

Carnival of the Capitalists

Gongol hosts this one and does a great job. I like the new formatting- it’s clear, easy to follow, easy to find the carnival entries most likely to interest you.
I see a post promising “A strategy for avoiding the perils of over-promising and under-delivering,” and one that explains how to “Apply the lessons of homework to working from home,” and an exciting looking entry that shouts “Here Comes the Entrepreneurial Generation!” and explains that “Americans born in the last quarter-century will save the economy through entrepreneurialism,” and yet another that offers “A dynamic table illustrating the best prospects for workers who don’t have college degrees,” and too many more to mention. Do pay Gongol a visit and see how this carnival is laid out and see which posts have the most to offer you.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Carnival of Recipes

I can’t possibly tell you which of the recipe entries looked best to me, because you simply have to go read the entire carnival yourself (I think there was one PG usage, but honestly, I was laughing so hard I couldn’t tell you for sure).

It helps to be familiar with Hitchiker’s Guide, but I think it’s funny even if you’re not. In fact, it’s so funny that even though Pipsqueak had already toddled off to bed (the last one except for me), I called her back to read it with me, because stuff like this is twice as funny if you can share it with somebody who groks your sense of humour.

RocketJones hosts the carnival and did a lovely job of being M.C. The recipes look great and include several Thanksgiving recipes. It has quite the international flavour this week, too. But click on the link in the title and go read it already. Laughter does a body good- the soul, too.=)

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment