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Friday, May 06, 2005
Is NPR's "On the Media" guilty of media bias?
The Political Solution
The Republicans should back off and let men marry men; women marry women; and totally legalize abortion.
In three generations, there will be no Democrats
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Why I'm Rooting for the Religious Right
I am not a Christian, or even a religious believer, and my opinions on social issues are decidedly middle-of-the-road. So why do I find myself rooting for the "religious right"? I suppose it is because I am put off by self-righteousness, closed-mindedness, and contempt for democracy and pluralism--all of which characterize the opposition to the religious right.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Memorable Quotes from "Cheers" (1982)
"Those of us who work on the gloomy side of the prediction industry about Iraq, the prospects for Middle East peace, and the sanity of the Bush administration, have been given plenty to think about lately... We must respect American power, and also acknowledge that the world sometimes has much need of it. As Sir Michael Howard, wisest of British strategic thinkers, often remarks: 'If America does not do things, nobody else will.' We should acknowledge the limitations of the UN. The pitiful performance of many international peacekeeping contingents, not least in Afghanistan, highlights the feebleness of what passes for European security policy" -- British military historian and retired newspaper editor Max Hastings, writing in The Guardian
National Homebrew Day
Carla: [to Sam after he complains about the difficulty of doing a Catholic penance] "It's not a religion for wusses."
Such a great show.
I don't like phony holidays: Arbor Day, Bosses' Day, Secretaries' Day, Take Your Child to Work Day, Brothers' and Sisters' Day, Friendship Day, Hug a Tree and Punch a Lumberjack Day.
Back in college, my girlfriend (now my wife) and I even agreed never to celebrate Sweetest Day because its contrived nature bothered us.
But there's one phony holiday I like.
National Homebrew Day.
Read more about National Homebrew Day
www.delawareonline.com - The News Journal - LOCAL - Welcome immigrants, clergy say
"We'd all like to vote for the best man but he's never a candidate." --Kin Hummbard
"When they call the roll in the Senate, the senators do not know whether to answer 'present' or 'guilty'." --Theodore Roosevelt
"We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex -- but Congress can." --Cullen Hightower
"This country has come to feel the same when Congress is in session as when the baby gets hold of a hammer." --Will Rogers
"Social Security in any form is morally irredeemable. We should be debating, not how to save Social Security, but how to end it -- how to phase it out so as to best protect both the rights of those who have paid into it, and those who are forced to pay for it today. This will be a painful task. But it will make possible a world in which Americans enjoy far greater freedom to secure their own futures." --Alex Epstein
"What the Minutemen proved to the American people was this: The federal government can do something about illegal immigration other than to raise a white flag and surrender to the invasion on our southern border." --Rep. J.D. Hayworth
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." --Milton Friedman
"Even those who write editorials about how we need Mexicans to do work that Americans will not do would not be willing to write editorials for a fraction of what they are being paid. If Mexican editorial writers were coming across the border illegally and taking their jobs, maybe the issue would become clearer." --Thomas Sowell
David Letterman.... "Top Questions To Ask Yourself Before CampingOut To See 'Star Wars'": "Why don't I have anything better to do?"; "How many Wookies does my tent sleep?"; "Exactly when did I give up on doing anything meaningful with my life?"; "Will I be teased by roving gangs of Trekkies?"; "If I use all my vacation days now, how will I take that trip to ice planet Hoth?"; "Does Starbucks let guys dressed as galactic bounty hunters use their bathroom?"; "If I had a girlfriend, what would she think?"
Jay Leno.... DIRECTV announced it's coming out with satellite as an option is the Cadillac Escalade. The Escalades have incredible stereos in them, refrigerators, now satellite TV. Do you realize they're just one bathroom away from being a mobile home?
We do welcome immigrants. We just ask that they obey our laws.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
Pa. Eatery Offers New 15-Pound Burger
Bruce Bartlett: The national sales tax
Dubbed the Beer Barrel Belly Buster, the burger comes with 10.5 pounds of ground beef, 25 slices of cheese, a head of lettuce, three tomatoes, two onions, a cup-and-a-half each of mayonnaise, relish, ketchup, mustard and banana peppers - and a bun.
That makes me hungry...
Link via Drudge
A strong argument against a national sales tax.
Monday, May 02, 2005
FOX: The Quahog Informant
FOXSports.com - MLB- Performance-enhancing contact lenses?
The Family Guy returned last night. It's good to have it back. Laughed a lot last night and looking forward to many more laughs in the coming weeks.
Plenty has been said about performance-enhancing drugs this spring. Well, get ready for a new wave of performance enhancers, only these do not cause side effects and are not subject to suspensions. Known as performance-enhancing contact lenses, they were designed to help hitters pick up the seams on the ball better and to protect the eyes from the sun.
For baseball players, because amber blocks out blue light, "visual noise" to vision experts, red colors, such as a baseball's seams, are accentuated.
There are medical advantages as well to wearing the lenses, which basically are soft contacts with a tint that has been scientifically developed. While light can leak through sunglasses, through the opening between the frame and the eyes, performance-enhancing contacts sit on the pupils and better protect them from the sun.
Because baseball players are exposed to so much sunlight, some of them — Timlin, for one — develop a condition called pterygium that, essentially, causes a callus-type film to form on the cornea, leading to dryness in the eyes.
March of Dimes Exposé
"I could not say less in view of questions of such gravity that go down to the very foundations of the government. If the provisions of the Constitution can be set aside by an Act of Congress, where is the course of usurpation to end? The present assault upon capital is but the beginning. It will be but the stepping-stone to others, larger and more sweeping, till our political contests will become a war of the poor against the rich; a war growing in intensity and bitterness." --Justice Stephen Field
"The truth is that nobody is anti-environment. I have lots and lots of conservative friends and colleagues. I go to many of the most sinister right-wing meetings and parties. I've simply never heard anybody say they want to hurt the environment. No matter how many pave-the-planet jokes conservatives tell to annoy liberals, the truth is none of them really wants to. Some may not care that much one way or the other. But if given a cost-free option to maintain clean water, clean air and prospering ecosystems, there's really not a conservative -- with his marbles intact -- who wouldn't leap at it. In other words, all of the serious arguments are about means, not ends. For decades, Greens have insisted their means -- heavy-handed government command and control -- were the only way to those ends. ... Obviously, not every problem can be solved through tax credits or property rights, but the exciting solutions these days are coming from the people at least willing to entertain that possibility." --Jonah Goldberg
"Adding up all of Medicare's unfunded costs yields a total of $68.1 trillion -- six times the unfunded liability of Social Security, which President Bush says is in crisis and requires immediate action to repair. Indeed, the drug benefit alone, which he rammed through Congress 2 years ago, has a liability $7.1 trillion greater than Social Security. This suggests that we could repeal the drug benefit, fund Social Security forever with no tax increases or benefit cuts, and still cut $7.1 trillion off our national indebtedness. To make these very large numbers somewhat more concrete, Social Security's unfunded liability comes to 1.2 percent of GDP in perpetuity -- about what is currently raised by the corporate income tax. The comparable number for Medicare is 7.1 percent -- about what is raised by the individual income tax. And remember that these figures are for the unfunded portion of these programs, so they are over and above payroll taxes. The chilling conclusion is that virtually 100 percent of all federal taxes, on a present-value basis, do nothing but pay for Social Security and Medicare. Unless there are plans to abolish the rest of the federal government, large tax increases are inevitable. Avoiding such tax increases is the best reason to reform Social Security now. It's too bad that President Bush made the Medicare problem so much worse before trying to fix Social Security." --Bruce Bartlett
George Will: Health care and the American automobile
Why pro-lifers should not support the March of Dimes: rather than treating those with birth defects, they're championing research to detect them in the womb so they can be aborted.
GM says health expenditures -- $1,525 per car produced; there is more health care than steel in a GM vehicle's price tag