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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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Koch Brothers Attacked by Russian Folk Singers!

Subversive left-wing propaganda has been discovered:

“Democracy is for people, but not ALL people. So sit down, shut up and listen to us.” couldn’t have said it better themselves.

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See the Rappers Dissed by the White House

While the White House’s Poetry Slam invitation to rapper Common created an uproar due to his lyrics praising a cop killer, an even bigger outrage occurred without a bit of attention from the media.

In innovative music videos, pseudo-John Maynard Keynes and faux-F.A. Hayek have been going toe-to-toe in two rap battles, educating listeners about their economic principles and using rhymes to explain how their theories would fix current economic woes.

But did they get an invite to the White House shindig? Noooo. You can bet Common couldn’t explain these concepts nearly as well.

Rap Battle Round One: “Fear the Boom and Bust”
I love how they present current elite opinion so accurately, having everyone fawn over Keynes, a man highly responsible for our lack of economic recovery. Meanwhile the brilliant Hayek politely awaits his turn.

Come on, Hayek! Get in there and duke it out. You’re the sure winner.

Rap Battle Round Two: “Fight of the Century”
Producers John Papola and Russ Roberts resurrect our two rapping economic philosophers for another round. Fellow Austrians, brace yourselves for the end. It ain’t pretty, but it’s today’s reality.

The videos and more information can be found at

To learn more about their economic philosophies, I suggest reading Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money and F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom. If you only want to buy one, I am huge fan of Hayek and the Austrian school of economics, and I believe that the abysmal failure of the Obama stimulus and bailout programs and financial regulations and market interventions and so on have thoroughly discredited the Keynesian model. Therefore, I recommend Hayek first and foremost.

Plus if you need a primer on economics, either as an introduction or as a refresher, you can’t do much better than Thomas Sowell’s graph-free Basic Economics—former winner of a Prudence Prize for Best Book.

|Musical Interlude

The Creep-y Socialist

A visit to TheOtherMcCain this last evening was rewarded by finding this gem of a video there, posted by resident music aficionado Smitty. (Check in often; you never know what oldie-but-goodie he’ll dig up next.) I’d rate it a 10, because it chillingly sums up the past two years and it has a good beat.

Called “The Socialist,” this pseudo film trailer by Ben Howe of Red State is set to the tune of Radiohead’s 1993 classic “Creep” and sung by the Belgian girls’ choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers. (The choir’s “Creep” cover is featured in The Social Network, the film that the Howes’ mock trailer is parodying.)

This film has not yet been rated, but the story received a solid B+ from the White House. Catch the beginning of the end in theaters November 2010, with the ultimate conclusion to be seen worldwide in November of 2012.

The Socialist
Directed by Ben Howe. Post-Producution by Caleb Howe.
Based on a script written by Karl Marx. Screenplay conceived by The Sixties.
Edited by History. Starring Barack Obama as The Socialist.

You can read a plot summary of the film at Red State.

Radiohead’s song “Creep” has inspired a number of remakes–almost as much as Cigar Guy has inspired Photoshopping.

There’s the acoustic animated version.

The Chrissie Hynde & the Pretenders version (with lyrics for a karaoke sing-along!):

The Kermit the Frog version (with a guest vocal by Fozzy):

You’re not a musician if you haven’t covered “Creep”: KornPrince (done Prince-style with wild guitar & vocal angst), Eddie Vedder, Damien Rice, some dude named Powerman5000, Tears for Fears, Weezer (mass hootenanny style), Swedish sensation Timo Raisanen‘s unique cover set to a march beat on a game show, Ingrid Michaelson, Beck, the Swedish girls’ Vega Choir, Stone Temple Pilots (no, wait, that’s their own “Creep”) and so on. (And maybe not even then, right, Moby and Homeless Mustard on Opie and Andy? Sorry, that’s not fair to Homeless Mustard.)

If “Creep” isn’t your cup of tea, perhaps Beavis and Butthead can help you find the parts of it that don’t suck.

While “Creep” is indeed an excellent song, I prefer Radiohead’s 1997 “Karma Police” from OK Computer:

For some reason, whenever I think of “Karma Police,” I always get The Verve’s 1997 “Bittersweet Symphony” stuck in my head, too. Weird.

Looks like the Verve’s lead singer Richard Ashcroft has become a Christian rock singer. NTTAWWT. If you’re interested, search YouTube for his new band “United Nations of Sound.”


Hot Air’s story on “The Socialist” parody also notes another item to check out: the Howe brothers’ “goose bumpy” first video, “The Last Best Hope.”

Update II:
Switched to the Eyeblast copy of the video.