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Friday, February 04, 2005
www.delawareonline.com � The News Journal � Pulp Culture
FDR Supported Private Social Security Accounts
On a side note, the Eagle has landed. Eagles fans are suddenly everywhere. My Applebee's was empty last night. Tonight, 15 guys were screaming out a drunken version of 'Fly Eagles Fly.' I asked the manager what she thought. She said he hated them and hoped they'd go home already. 'I'd rather have college fans in here,' she said.
I love Eagles fans.
Blessed Are You
Republican members of Congress have a ready response for Democrats crying foul over President Bush's constant references to Franklin Roosevelt and other icons of liberalism to bolster his call for Social Security reform.
They note that in an address to Congress on January 17, 1935, President Roosevelt foresaw the need to move beyond the pay-as-you-go financing of the current Social Security system. "For perhaps 30 years to come funds will have to be provided by the States and the Federal Government to meet these pensions," the president allowed. But after that, he explained, it would be necessary to move to what he called "voluntary contributory annuities by which individual initiative can increase the annual amounts received in old age." In other words, his call for the establishment of Social Security directly anticipated today's reform agenda: "It is proposed that the Federal Government assume one-half of the cost of the old-age pension plan, which ought ultimately to be supplanted by self-supporting annuity plans," FDR explained.
"What Roosevelt was talking about is the need to update Social Security sometime around 1965 with what today we would call personal accounts," says one top GOP member of the Ways and Means Committee. "By my reckoning we are only about 40 years late in addressing his concerns on how make Social Security solvent."
-- John Fund
(From OpinionJournal.com's Political Diary
Because the eight Beatitudes are so beautiful and positive, some people tend to contrast them with the more negatively worded 'Ten Commandments.' But rather than stand in contrast with the Commandments, the Beatitudes actually illuminate them. And instead of making the Christian life simpler and easier, in some ways they make it even more difficult and demanding.
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Players who Played for University of Delaware - Baseball-Reference.com
Nice feature on Baseball-Reference.com
. It's a great site.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005
Terrorists holding one of dolls hostage
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." --George Washington
"A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying...that he is wiser today than he was yesterday." --Alexander Pope
"The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken." --Samuel Johnson
"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits." --Plutarch
"Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost." --Robert Heinlein
"Anti-Bush partisans -- both Democrats and Leftist ideologues -- understand that if the elections are seen as a triumph, they will be seen as Bush's triumph, and they cannot stomach it." --John Podhoretz
"So how about this: Turnout in the Kurdish north and Shi'ite south probably was higher than in the last U.S., British or Canadian elections. Legitimate enough for ya?" --Mark Steyn
"[S]ince their candidate lost, many [Democrats] have allowed their hatred of George W. Bush to put them in the tragic position to be cheering for the same result in Iraq as Osama Bin Laden and al Zarqawi." --Joe Scarborough
"[Sunday] was a great day to be an American, and an even better day to be an Iraqi. Notwithstanding the best efforts of Osama bin Laden, Barbara Boxer, Jacques Chirac, Ted Kennedy, Saddam Hussein and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, millions of Iraqis cast their first free ballots. The scenes of joyous Iraqis embracing freedom were as moving as watching Germans dance on the Berlin Wall 15 years ago -- and all the more impressive given that Iraqi voters faced real physical danger from terrorists seeking a return to tyranny." --James Taranto
"Self-governed nations do not often go to war with each other or actively sponsor terrorist networks. Those who wish for our failure in Iraq know this well." --Lisa Fabrizio
"That is the crux of modern conservatism -- government taking strong measures to foster the attitudes and aptitudes necessary for increased individual independence." --George F. Will
"The Shi'ites, for example, have adopted a moderate secular pitch entirely different from their co-religionist mullahs over the border. In fact, as partisan pols go, they sound a lot less loopy than, say, Barbara Boxer." --Mark Steyn
Jay Leno: Here's something fascinating -- a space probe that landed on Saturn's moon Titan has found that it is filled with rivers and clouds of liquid methane. Either that or the probe may have landed in a river in New Jersey. .... Do you know what week this is in our public schools? I'm not making this up: This week is National No Name-Calling Week. They don't want any name-calling in our public schools. What stupid dork came up with this idea? .... Researchers at USC report that foreign immigration to California will slow down over the next 25 years. Of course it will slow down. You think that's because maybe everybody is already here? .... A federal appeals court reinstated a lawsuit filed by two teenagers against McDonald's for making them fat. McDonald's made the kids fat! The court said McDonald's may have violated New York's consumer protection act by not telling people what's in their food. We're talking about McNuggets here! Even McDonald's doesn't know what's in those things!
WAR AGAINST BOYS
I'm too lazy to find the link, so I'll assume you all know the "hostage" that the terrorists claim to be holding and are threatening to behead is really a doll.
Anyway, great comments by Jonah Goldberg at The Corner about it:
If reports are true and the terrorists have murdererd one of our dolls, we must stand firm. We will destroy ten of their dolls. We will smash their rock-em-sock-em robots. And we will leave the lids of their Play-dough until it grows dry and flaky!
We cannot tolerate this aggression.
OBVIOUSLY... [Jonah Goldberg]
Team America needs to rescue our captured doll. Never leave a toy behind!
The Corner's been great lately. You really need to check it out.
Soup to Nuts, McNabb's Mom Has the Whole Package (washingtonpost.com)
I was chatting at the school bus stop with little Mikey's Mom. Mikey -- age 9, same as my Danny -- is the sweetest kid in the street: cute, funny, naughty without being obnoxious, respectful. Well, Mikey's Mom got a call from the school the other day. Little Mikey had been drawing in recess, and he drew a picture of -- gasp! -- A HELICOPTER DROPPING A BOMB! "Mikey's Mom: "Don't these people read the papers? Don't they know there's a war on?"
Yes, they know. They're just not going to let a little thing like war interrupt their grand project to turn all our little boys into little girls.
By The Derb
You don't have to be an Eagles fan to identify with her -- or identify her. You don't even have to care about football. If you like mothers and soup, you've got to have a warm feeling for Wilma McNabb, the retired registered nurse who has become the soup-serving den mother for the Eagles and anybody who needs a trip down memory lane. Would you want another helping of T.O.'s busted leg or a bowl of Mrs. McNabb's Chunky Soup?
She's the most popular person associated with the Eagles this week, more in demand than the tight end, Jeff Thomason, who walked in off the street when Chad Lewis got injured. She may be more in demand than her son when you consider that Wilma McNabb has appeared on or is about to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Ellen," CBS's "Early Show" and "NFL Total Access." Not even the Philly fans can boo Wilma McNabb.
Willy Buns wrote a good article.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Catholic World News : Pope's illness forces more cancellations
Pope John Paul II has cancelled his scheduled activities, including his public audience for Wednesday, February 2, because of a continued bout with what the Vatican describes as "flu-like symptoms."
This is an awful thought by me: The story in baseball is that whenever a player is held out with "flu-like symptoms," it means he's hung over.
I'm an awful person.
Monday, January 31, 2005
Are men funnier than women?
The Ronald Reagan Commemorative Collection
Most funny people I know tell more or less the same story: They learned to be funny in order to be noticed, sometimes by parents, frequently by the opposite sex. (One writer I know contemplated calling his company 'Look at Me! Productions.') Young girls who want attention have other weapons - they can scream, they can cry, they can grow breasts. They can be heartbreakingly beautiful and call me a nerd for imitating the Coneheads all the time. Learning to be funny would seem, for girls, to be more of a last resort.
Ronald Reagan's US postage stamp will be issued February 9th! You can get Cover sets here.
So bad, it's great.
"In Europe, charters of liberty have been granted by power. America has set the example...of charters of power granted by liberty. This revolution in the practice of the world, may, with an honest praise, be pronounced the most triumphant epoch of its history, and the most consoling presage of its happiness." --James Madison
"Man has made 32 million laws since the Commandments were handed down to Moses on Mount Sinai...but he has never improved on God's law. ... They are the charter and guide of human liberty, for there can be no liberty without the law." --Cecil B. DeMille
"As democratically elected savages like Adolf Hitler illustrate, democracy is not an automatic guarantor of civilization. Separated from moral truth contained in a rule of law, democracies can be as tyrannical as the most rapacious undemocratic governments. America should only be on the side of 'democracy' if it produces civilization; otherwise the tyranny America seeks to end will spread through the very rhetoric of democracy it uses, should the bin Ladens and Hitlers be democratically elected to power. The Founding Fathers, it is worth remembering, didn't call King George III a tyrant because he was a monarch; they called him a tyrant because he violated basic human rights. They knew democracy could devour itself through its own tyrannies unless it was subject to a truth higher than democracy itself." --George Neumayr
"A state is nothing more than a reflection of its citizens; the more decent the citizens, the more decent the state. If you practice a religion, whether you're Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, or guided by some other faith, then your private life will be influenced by a sense of moral obligation, and so, too, will your public life. One affects the other. The churches of America do not exist by the grace of the state; the churches of America are not mere citizens of the state. The churches of America exist apart; they have their own vantage point; their own authority. Religion is its own realm; it makes its own claims. We establish no religion in this country, nor will we ever. We command no worship. We mandate no belief. But we poison our society when we remove its theological underpinnings. We court corruption when we leave it bereft of belief. All are free to believe or not believe; all are free to practice a faith or not. But those who believe must be free to speak of and act on their belief, to apply moral teaching to public questions." --Ronald Reagan
"Last week, the president of Harvard said innate biological differences may be the reason women don't do as well in math and science as men. He cautioned that more research is needed. And then he was assailed for having the audacity, as a university president, to comment on academic research. The week before another item appeared. New York Times Columnist Maureen Dowd lamented that men are avoiding highly accomplished women. She said men prefer secretaries, flight attendants and nannies -- women who will make them the center of their universe. Both Dowd and the Harvard president are exactly right. Decades of neurobiological research show biological differences between men and women do exist. One brain study shows that men listen with only one side of their noggin, whereas women use both. Another shows that women can listen to two separate conversations, whereas men can barely follow one. The male brain takes in less sensory detail than a woman's, which is why it's harder for us to find items at the supermarket. It's also why we don't notice dust, which, apparently, is a collection of fine particles that settle on furniture. ... I know I can get arrested for saying this, but men and women are different. Which brings us back to Dowd. 'Art is imitating life, turning women who seek equality into selfish narcissists and objects of rejection, rather than affection,' she writes. Maureen, Maureen, Maureen, men aren't avoiding highly accomplished women. We're avoiding highly accomplished women like you." --Tom Purcell
The vocal talents of William Shatner.