… and she could be jivin' too:
Another one of my favorite authors, Dick Francis, has passed
the ripe age of 89, in the Cayman Islands. For way too long, I avoided
his books because I knew they were set in the horse racing world.
Big mistake; they're about intrepid, admirable people going up against
adversaries and adversity at long odds, and prevailing. That works well
for me with
or without horses. The NYT
obit quotes John Leonard: "Not to read Dick Francis because you
don't like horses is like not reading Dostoyevsky because you don't like
Larry Thornberry in the American Spectator also pays tribute.
If you've never read Francis, and you'd like a taste, with not too much horse in it, I recommend Proof, which got me started.
Thomas Sowell's new book,
and Society, is out. David
Henderson likes it and provides quotes, one of which I'll reproduce:
Why the transfer of decisions from those with personal experience and a stake in the outcome to those with neither can be expected to lead to better decisions is a question seldom asked, much less answered. Given the greater cost of correcting surrogate decisions, compared to correcting individual decisions, and the greater cost of persisting in mistaken decisions by those making decisions for themselves, compared to the lower costs of those making mistaken decisions for others, the economic success of market economies is hardly surprising and neither are the counterproductive and often disastrous results of various forms of social engineering.
Unfortunately, the folks in control of Your Federal Government don't show any signs of understanding that insight, let alone being guided by it.
At the Corner, Jonah Goldberg goes
to town on recent reports on how the White House plans to
turn around its "communications strategy". It reminded me of the
old saw: when the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like
a nail. The Administration
has long been criticized for being in permanent campaign mode, primarily
because the campaign was their only real success, election campaigns
the only thing they really know how to do. That's their hammer.
And they plan to … guess what?
Read the whole thing to find out, but I'll quote Jonah's fine-tuned
clash of pop-culture references:
The gist of all of this is that the White House has concluded it needs to hone precisely the strategy it's had all along. This is a new streamlined, retooled, cowbell 2.0 strategy. Faster, more efficient and more selective bell-ringing will turn things around for the White House. Moreover, they're telling us in advance how they're going to crank this cowbell to eleven.
I can't wait for Obama to intone "Message: I care" at a New Hampshire town hall meeting.
This is Pun Salad, so: "Bye, Bayh."
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