I have lots of Stikfas toys, and I’m not above taking photos of them. Recently I was given a little toy and asked to include it with my Stikfas at work.

Stikfas and a Visitor

Some Stikfas toys and a visitor on my monitor.

From left to right, they are the White Ninja, Pirate and Skeleton buddies, Archangel and Demoness, Master Assassin, Chinese Warrior Monk, Beefeater, Breezie, and Black Samurai.

Yes, that’s Breezie from the My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic television series who snuck in there. A certain someone in the home, who shall remain nameless but who is not a big fan of doing math homework, is a big fan of the show. And I’m man enough to admit that I like the show, too. But only in this hard to read font.

She also picked up Applejack, but she got placed on my monitor at home. And since I know you are dying to ask, I’ll tell you that my favorite My Little Ponies character is Big McIntosh.


Now hear this!I heard something I really liked when listening to my podcast of Jim Quinn‘s radio show last night as I was walking home. This morning, as I was listening to the next day’s podcast, I heard Quinn repeat his comment from the day before. Quinn read something written by Walter Williams back in 1997 that is well worth rebroadcasting here:

Capitalism is relatively new in human history. Prior to capitalism, the way people amassed great wealth was by looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man. Capitalism made it possible to become wealthy by serving your fellow man.

Apparently this recently appeared on Rush Limbaugh’s show, too. And Rush does a great job of showing the difference between capitalism and socialism. Quinn, after quoting Williams above, further explained on his show the difference of capitalism and socialism this way:

The problem is that pleasing your fellow man requires creativity and hard work. Looting and enslaving can be done by any thug with political connections. So what’s the purpose of Socialism then? Well, Socialism allows these same elites and losers to return us to the days of looting and enslaving, but while presenting it as a moral imperative sanctioned by the government. So I guess we can say that Socialism is a system of economics that allows men to loot and enslave other men while claiming the moral high-ground.

But not everyone likes and agrees with this quote by Williams. Case in point, Williams has an entry in the Daily Kos wiki that engages is some typical libtard bashing. It quotes Williams and then finishes off with “What Williams cannot say is that the African slave trade operated as a global capitalist market for centuries.”

Attention Daily Kos mind-numbed robots: the African slave trade was not capitalism. Capitalism is the free exchange of goods and services from one to another. The African slave trade was part of the “looting, plundering and enslaving their fellow man” that was and is so common in mankind’s existence. And it is what Socialism will bring us back to if we allow it.

Williams finishes up his article with this very true statement:

Despite the miracles of capitalism, it doesn’t do well in popularity polls. One of the reasons is that capitalism is always evaluated against the non-existent utopias of socialism or communism. Any earthly system pales in comparison to utopias. But for the ordinary person, capitalism, with all of its warts, is superior to any system yet devised to deal with our everyday needs and desires.

When it comes to economics, I’ll take reality over fantasy every day.

If you’re reading this, you are on the new Captain’s Comments site. Due to issues beyond my desire to explain, I moved my domain to a different server. And as part of the site transfer I have switched from my custom web code to using WordPress. One of the benefits of the transfer is having comments available again.

I’m also going thru and making sure that the internal links are working again. Since I am doing this manually, it will take a few more days to go thru the 800+ posts and make sure that all of them look good.

UPDATE (5/7/2013 3:09 PM): I think I have all the internal links fixes from pointing from the old format like /comments/804/ to /2013/updated-site/ that WordPress will be using on this site. Please let me know if you find any broken links in the comments to a captainscomments.com page.