Fred Thompson '08

dougpetch.com speculates that Fred Thompson is up to more than just promoting a movie on Meet the Press.

Yeah, he’s going on Meet The Press to push a low budget film – yeah, that’s the ticket.

When was the last time anyone promoted a movie on Meet the Press? Tim Russert is not Jay Leno. I tend to agree with Doug on this one.

I also agree with Appalachian Gun Trash, who pointed me to the dougpetch post, “I like it.”

Temporary Insanity? No, Permanent Stupidity

Missouri state trooper was shot nine times this afternoon in Grain Valley (a small town east of Kansas City on I-70) by an unemployed man.

Tommy R. Rollins Jr., 26, of Grandview, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and armed criminal action and was being held without bond. He told reporters Sunday that he didn’t mean to shoot Brashear.

“It was just temporary insanity. I wasn’t even thinking when I did it,” he said. “The society’s what caused me to do what I did. Just look at the society we live in.”

That someone can shoot another person 9 times, then immediately claim that it’s society’s fault and not his own does show one flaw in our society – no sense of responsibilty. If “society” made a mistake with Mr. Rollins, it was allowing him to believe that shooting a highway patrolman 9 times could be explained away without consequence as someone else’s fault. We owe it to Mr. Rollins to reeducate him on personal responsibililty with a lifetime in prison and we owe it to those who come later to make sure they don’t suffer under the same misapprehension that shooting anyone, least of all those who spent this weekend helping keep us all safe on the highway instead of spending it with their own families, is ok. (Assuming Trooper Brandon Brashear continues in “critical but stable condition” and improves.)

Stossel 2008

John Stossel, host of ABC program 20/20 for those who only watch Fox News, gave the commencement address this weekend at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School in Joplin. Stossel told the seniors the free markets are a good thing. He gave a bit of an education to a The Joplin Globe reporter, also.

But economic freedom and a market economy make such products [as the reporter’s pen] possible and accessible to everyone, Stossel said. Americans tend to take such accomplishments for granted and fail to see how market capitalism “has lifted more people out of the mud and misery of poverty than anything,” he said.

Unfortunately, Stossel said, as this year’s high-school seniors enter the university system, they will be subjected to “a vilification” of market capitalism that equates economic opportunity and enterprise with greed.

I wonder if my last comment ticked him off?

Marginal Revolution: What are the most prestigious jobs?

But I can believe what comes in last — real estate agent.

Hmmm…I wonder if my comment on his Koran abuse opinions ticked him off?

Either that or we have the extremely odd case of a free market economist taking antitrust regulation as a useful thing rather than the usual textbook example of unintended consequences.

It’s important to read the article and not just what the b&^gger says. Mr. Cowen actually proved fellow Missourian Mark Twain’s comment on statistics. Real estate agents ranked last out of a list of 22 “occupations with the most prestige”. The implication of his comment with its link to an article about another Justice Department antitrust lawsuit at least was that real estate agents were monopolist scum. Then again, I’m a capitalist. And that is the same “Justice” Department that sent Martha Stewart and Mike Milken to prison. And if I were a monopolist, it would just mean that I broke the second rule of antitrust economics (from The Eclectic Econoclast):

(2) You must not win.