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Apollo 11: A Triumph of the Human Mind

“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” – Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 mission, as he stepped onto the moon’s surface, July 20, 1969

by Brad Harrington

Brad Harrington

Very well do I remember those words as Commander Neil Armstrong uttered them, for – with thanks to the miracles of a beat-up black-and-white Magnavox TV – my Dad and I heard them with our very own ears, exactly 50 years ago on this very day.

Yep, that old Magnavox was all we needed to see the whole show. Which, since we had just moved to Detroit from Pasadena, Calif., a few weeks earlier, we watched sitting on orange crates. Not that we noticed. read more

Cheyenne’s “Economic Development Officer” Position Needs the Axe

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“Growth requires four ingredients: Domestic private investment, sound money, private property and free markets.” — Mark Thorton, “The Ingredients of Economic Growth,” 2014 —

Since we’ve been discussing the “economic development” racket for the last few rants, what better place to land next than the City of Cheyenne’s own schemes in this arena?

And, trust me, when it comes to “economic development” and just how you should be taking care of your property, the city’s got plenty of schemes up its sleeves. read more

Cheyenne’s Airline Subsidy is Folly of the Highest Order

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“It is characteristic of the unlearned that they are forever proposing something which is old, and because it has recently come to their own attention, supposing it to be new.” — Calvin Coolidge, “Address at Holy Cross,” 1919 —

For anyone who’s never seen wasteful government spending at its finest, it would be difficult to find a better local example than this:

“The Cheyenne City Council voted 8-0 to put up to $600,000 toward a subsidy for a prospective new airline … The city’s spending will be combined with county, state, federal and private money to form a ‘minimum revenue guarantee’ designed to help an airline avoid losing too much money when it takes a chance on a new market.” (“Cheyenne City Council approves $600K to attract new airline,” WTE, May 30.) read more

Cheyenne DDA Intrusive, Meddlesome to Its Core

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.” — Ludwig von Mises, “A Critique of Interventionism,” 1929 —

So, it appears that Cheyenne’s very own Downtown Development Authority (DDA) now considers itself in dire need of an image makeover — and is, therefore, about to spend quite a few thousands of dollars in order to bring it about:

“‘Through some of our strategic planning efforts in the last year, we decided to focus on a rebrand initiative for the organization, taking a look at our logo, taglines and website to give a fresh face to how we present ourselves as an organization,’ Program Manager Desiree Brothe said … The organization has roughly $50,000 to offer the firm [Flood Marketing] … Brothe said $30,000 will come from budgeted strategic planning funds for Fiscal Year 2019, while $20,000 may come from reserve funds.” (“DDA selects Sheridan-based Flood Marketing for rebranding effort,” WTE, May 20.) read more

UW Weapons: Let’s Get Rid of Vehicles and Knives, Too

By Bradley Harrington

Brad Harrington

“Whenever governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.” — Elbridge Gerry, “First Annals of Congress,” 1789 —

As a general rule, I ignore the columns of Rodger McDaniel, as they simply aren’t worth the powder it takes to blow them apart.

Once in a while, however, he’s so outrageous that wasting some good powder looks preferable to allowing his nonsense to propagate itself unchallenged. read more

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