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Thursday, August 12, 2004

More McGreevey
Wow. I didn't see that coming. Puts a wrinkle on my earlier comments.

You've got to feel bad fr his wife and kids. I can't imagine what this must be like for them.

One of the Greatest Quotes ever
"Sexual harassment is no joke, sweet cans." -- Joe Garelli, NewsRadio

McGreevey to Resign?
Kind of surprising. Hadn't even heard about the corruption charges around his administration. (Makes sense though: corruption charges only get trumpeted when it's a Republican accused.)

This reminds me of a story I heard about New Jersey: someone running for Governor in a Democratic primary made a promise to get the mob out of new Jersey. One political observer responded, "Get the mob out of New Jersey? The mob is New Jersey!" There's a lot of corruption to root out in that state. Hopefully, this can start it.

The (Political) Science of Stem Cells
Subhead: Far from banning research, Bush is expanding federal funding

The most frustrating thing for those of us who oppose embryonic stem cell research is that we are so often described as opposing stem cell research. I haven't heard of anybody who opposes stem cell research; we oppose the creation of human life for the sole purpose of extracting stem cells and then destroying said life.

Many people many not understand the difference, and may not know that adult stem cells have already been used in a number of successful medical treatments, so their confusion is understandable. However, some people know better, or in the case of the media should know better, and yet still misrepresent our position. That's maddening.

More Rand Thoughts from Thomas Sowell
I don't even like campaign oratory that I agree with.

Alaska is much larger than France and Germany -- combined. Yet its population is less than one-tenth that of New York City. Keep that in mind the next time you hear some environmentalist hysteria about the danger of "spoiling" Alaska by drilling for oil in an area smaller than Dulles Airport.

Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence, they are the last people to suspect that they don't know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields.

People do not become either "brilliant" or "stupid" just because the media keep describing them that way. The high correlation between people's supposed brilliance or stupidity and their agreement or disagreement with liberal ideology should warn us against taking such characterizations seriously.

The harm that divorce does to children is not limited to the children of parents who get divorced. Children whose parents never divorce nevertheless see their friends' and classmates' parents getting divorced and have something to worry about whenever their own parents have a disagreement.

They're always good, but today was especially good.

How to handle Public Disclosure of Terror Alerts
Thoughtful article by George Will on how best to handle terror alerts so that the people of America don't begin to discount them merely as political tools of the Administration.

In formulating and publicizing its policies regarding homeland security, the Bush administration must take seriously a fact it deplores: Regarding the war on terrorism, a sizable minority believes that the government's words and deeds merit deep skepticism. The hard core of this minority is the Michael Moore-Howard Dean cohort of fanatics, but the minority is much larger than that, and it will become even larger unless the administration worries about its sensibilities. For example, if a terrorism alert is based on intelligence some of which is years old, the government should say so immediately.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

The Patron Saint of TV
Turns out St Clare has a bigger impact on my life than I knew. (And frankly, an impact for the wrong reasons, shall we say....)

We should pray for her intercession that TV may return to quality, and morally uplifting, programming.

Well, then what's the point of even having a Riverfront?
Wilmington law bars chimp acts on Riverfront

A Maryland-based animal caretaker – who oversees a company of costumed chimpanzees – was negotiating a lease last week for performance space on the Wilmington Riverfront. However, the company is up against a city restriction on wild animals.

Good Quotes
"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away." --Barry Goldwater

"In Kerry's insistence that the commitment of our allies -- British, Italian, Polish, Ukrainian, Dutch, Australian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Japanese, Thai, Danish and others -- adds up to a big fat zero in a 'unilateral' American adventure, he has shown himself bereft of all diplomatic smarts. Talk about Ugly American. Only this one speaks perfect French." --Diana West

"What the Democrats NEVER seem to understand is that government doesn't create jobs, it kills them. Entrepreneurs and businessmen create jobs. On the other hand, government policies wrapped in bureaucratic red tape and high taxation cause many would-be job creators to just say, 'the [heck] with it.'" --Chuck Muth

"While Senator John Kerry and his running-mate Senator John Edwards were recently being photographed at lunchtime at Wendy's, to show what regular guys they are, their real lunch was from a local yacht club, which is more their speed in real life. There is nothing wrong with eating lunch from or at a yacht club. What is wrong is being phony -- and thinking that the American people need to be conned." --Thomas Sowell

Jay Leno:
According to The Wall Street Journal, al-Qa'ida's new strategy is to destroy our financial institutions and bring the nation's big businesses and major corporations to their knees. No wait -- I'm sorry that's Ralph Nader's platform.
A domestic centerpiece of the Republican agenda for the second Bush term is getting rid of the Internal Revenue Service. They want to do away with the IRS. Whew! So I guess they are serious about going after terrorist organizations.

A trivia question this morning on WJBR was "This sort of prediction is made thousands of times a day, but is wrong 96% of the time. What is it?"

My thought was John Kerry's position on Iraq that day, but it turns out to be a pregnant woman's due date.

In retrospect, being wrong only 96% of the time is way too low for my answer.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

'Wack The Iraq' Game Causing Controversy
This is clearly harmless jingo-istic fun. People need to lighten up.

The best part is the last paragraph:

There is a sign at the game that states "Wack the Iraq" is intended to insult only one person, Saddam Hussein.

I just don't get tired of French jokes
CNN is reporting that Lance Armstrong may be stripped of his 6th Tour de France title.

In a random check for banned substances, 3 were found in Armstrong's hotel room. The 3 substances banned by the French, that were found in his hotel room were:

(1) Toothpaste
(2) Deodorant
(3) Soap

The French officials also found several other items which they had never seen before, including testicles and a backbone...

Thoughts on the Presidential Election
It occurred to me this morning to wonder how much of the Democrat's anti-Bush blathering is defensive in nature.

After all, the liberal wing of the party hasn't been happy for years. Clinton was more moderate than they would have preferred, Gore campaigned as a "moderate" (at least by their standards). They didn't get their choice this time (Dean), and Kerry has been trying to move to the right since he secured the nomination.

If Bush wins again, there could be a Democratic civil war, so to speak, with "I told you so"'s and demands for a more liberal position coming from the left. The "powers that be" may be trying to make Bush the villian in order to stave off that war and direct any anger and resentment over a Bush victory away from them and towards Bush.

Just a theory.

Monday, August 09, 2004

Video and many text quotes detailing Kerry's continual flip-flopping on the liberation of Iraq.

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