Thursday, December 08, 2005

Excellent Links

Okay, here is a bunch of cool things that I have read recently.

First, the inestimable Peggy Noonan has a great article on our immigration quandry. An excerpt:
Here is what is true of my immigrants and of the immigrants of America's past:
They fought for citizenship. They earned it. They waited in line. They passed the tests. They had to get permission to come. They got money that was hard-earned and bought a ticket. They had to get through Ellis Island or the port of Boston or Philadelphia, get questioned and eyeballed by a bureaucrat with a badge, and get the nod to take their first step on American soil. Then they had to find the A&S.

Second, my hero Wuzzadem is vying for votes for the Weblog awards... and makes me laugh doing so!

Third, Dr. Walter Williams gives us a refresher course in Basic Economics. A taste:
With all the recent hype and demagoguery about gasoline price-gouging, maybe it's time to talk about the basics of exchange. First, what is exchange? Exchange occurs when an owner transfers property rights or title to that which is his.

Here's the essence of what transpires when I purchase a gallon of gasoline. In effect, I tell the retailer that I hold title to $3. He tells me that he holds title to a gallon of gas. I offer to transfer my title to $3 to him if he'll transfer his title to a gallon of gas to me. If this exchange occurs voluntarily, what can be said about the transaction?

Fourth, Arnaud de Borchgrave over at the
Washington Times just wrote an article about Pakistan's nuclear issues...
The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) thought it might have better luck than the U.S. in its quest to interview Dr. A.Q. Khan, the revered father of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, and history's most flagrant nuclear proliferators. But President Pervez Musharraf has now turned down IAEA's request, just as the U.S., despite $3 billion a year in aid, has been denied access to AQK, a national icon who is by far his country's most popular figure. This Islamic Dr. Strangelove ran an underground black market of nuclear know-how for the benefit of America's enemies: North Korea, Iran and Libya.

And that is plenty of stuff for tonight... enjoy!