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March 30, 2002

Dan at Happy Fun Pundit

Dan at Happy Fun Pundit speaks brilliance on Arafat. Of course, I praise him because I agree with him, and I have been saying similar things. Here's the best part:


This is the way I see it: If Arafat has the power to call a cease-fire today, then he had the power to call one a month ago, or six months ago, and has been lying through his teeth the whole time. If he had that power and chose not to use it, then he is responsible for those deaths and must be held accountable. If he's not capable of calling for this cease-fire, then why in hell are we paying any attention to him? Alec Baldwin might as well announce a cease-fire, for all the good it will do.

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I might want to steal

I might want to steal a Krispy Kreme truck too after smoking some crack.

"Doughnut Trail Leads Cops to Thief"

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Larry Kudlow would like to

Larry Kudlow would like to see Dallas Fed president Bob McTeer replace Alan Greenspan. Not a bad choice. I met him last summer at a conference on the French libertarian, Frederic Bastiat. For a man like McTeer, to come to an event filled with people opposed to your very job is a sign of his self-assuredness. McTeer's a Bastiat and Adam Smith fan. He's an ardent free trader, and being in Dallas, he sees the good results from expanded trade with Mexico. Having an intellectual foundation of free market learning is essential in a good Federal Reserve Chairman. Also very important is an nominee's view of macroeconomics. Kudlow points out that McTeer rejects the Phillips Curve relationship between "falling unemployment and rising inflation." Inflation is a monetary issue. It's simply too much money chasing too few goods. McTeer knows this and Kudlow believes he wouldn't be trigger-happy at any hint of good economic news.

But still, why not Kudlow for Fed Chair? His credentials are Wall Street, but that gives him an intuitive sense of how the market would react to Fed actions. Kudlow also believes in a stable dollar and wouldn't be afraid to lower interest rates to levels others (Paul Krugman) would consider ridiculous.

One big drawback to Kudlow as Fed Chair is we wouldn't have the privilege of hearing him comment in papers, on CNBC, or the Web. But I'm willing to sacrifice to get a free market, supply-sider as the world's top banker.

"Why Not McTeer?"

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I should get hitched just

I should get hitched just to offer guests Krispy Kremes at my wedding. Any women, 21-30, interested in spending the rest of their life with a ranting, loud-mouthed, doughnut-addicted, conservative weblogger can e-mail me.

"Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Take the Cake at Weddings" [via Drudge]

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Kentucky's Rep. Thomas Burch (D)

Kentucky's Rep. Thomas Burch (D) doesn't much like riverboat casinos. His response is to have the U.S.S. Louisville stalk the Ohio river on seek and destroy missions.

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March 29, 2002

I like Mark Bryon's blurb

I like Mark Bryon's blurb on Israeli-Palestinian peace proposals:


The Friedman Plan is now suitable for use as fertilizer.

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The "Fightin' Whites" may have

The "Fightin' Whites" may have some great t-shirts, but they're not very good on the basketball court.

"Despite 56-33 Loss, 'Whites' Score Points"

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Yehuda Lancry, U.N. ambassador from

Yehuda Lancry, U.N. ambassador from Israel echoes my feelings about Yassar Arafat:


The glorification of suicide bombings against innocent civilians, precisely because they are innocent, and the continuing failure to arrest known terrorists who enjoy protection and support in the Palestinian territories and in the presidential compound of Chairman Arafat are but some of the signs that Chairman Arafat has no intention of reaching a peaceful settlement.

Yet, the U.S. continues to consider Arafat a man who can be dealt with. Deputy U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham called Arafat "central to any meaningful effort to restore calm." I say he's an impediment to peace. He had a chance at Camp David, but turned it down. Now, he does little to stop suicide bombers while his propaganda machine spews anti-Israeli hatred.

What I also noticed after Israel's attack on Arafat's headquarters was the quick response by world leaders, yet after the bombing that killed 22, only President Bush made a strong statement condeming it. Kofi Annan does his typical moral equivalence by saying, "Destroying the Palestinian Authority will not bring Israel closer to peace," and "Terrorism will not bring the Palestinian people closer to an independent Palestinian state." To Annan, it seems a legitimate response to terrorism is the same as terrorism itself.

"Annan Wants Israel to Halt Attacks"

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Israel's cabinet has declared the

Israel's cabinet has declared the Palestinian leader an enemy. Israeli forces then invaded Arafat's headquarters, but have no intention of capturing him.

Arafat remains defiant and says Israel doesn't want peace. Let history show that Israel has bent over backwards for peace with Palestinians. They agreed to the Oslo Accords. They offered Arafat almost everything he wanted at Camp David a few years ago. Israel has even resisted a full-scale war that could wipe Arafat and his minions off the face of the earth. Yet, after all that, after re-writing textbooks and including Palestinians into the history of the region, Palestinian violence continues.

If anyone doesn't want peace, it's Yasser Arafat. He either doesn't want the suicide bombings to stop or is incapable to prevent them. My bet is on the former. As Charles Krauthammer points out, Arafat controls the media and schools of Palestine. And what comes out of them anti-semetic propaganda that would put a grin on a neo-Nazi skinhead.

If Arafat really wanted a stop to the bombings and is impotent in doing so, he would seek out Israel's help. If Arafat really wanted peace, he would see that these suicide bombers are enemies to both Israel and Palestine. Joint operations would a long way to building trust between the two peoples. Arafat doesn't ask for help, and the bombings continue. Arafat doesn't want peace and still is an enemy to Israel.

"Israeli Forces Enter Arafat's HQ"

"Arafat Vows No Surrender After Israeli Raid"

"How Arafat Raised an Entire Generation to Murder"

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A world EPA? That's what

A world EPA? That's what some want at U.N. University. It seems international environmental laws have been created in too chaotic a manner. Along with that, big issues like global(oney) warming transcend nation-states.

Great, let's centralize environmental protection with an unaccountable organization. That way highly individualized information that would best protect the enviroment is rejected for wide-ranging plans made by technocrats with lots of titles after their names. Let's also align this new global EPA with the U.N., an organzation whose goals are at times antithical to liberty and its greatest example, the U.S.

"Study: World Environment Agency Would Ease Chaos"

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March 28, 2002

Bob Mould has gone crazy.

Bob Mould has gone crazy. Along with Modulate, he's released Long Playing Grooves under his LoudBomb moniker and a live album LiveDog98. His trifecta is complete. Don't expect anything more from him this year.

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I have a feeling Napster

I have a feeling Napster will never relaunch, and the music business may be paying the price.

"Napster Puts Off Relaunch"

"Music Biz Falls Off the Scale"

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Members of Britain's New Labour

Members of Britain's New Labour are quivering after learning that their party's government is willing to use nuclear weapons "in the right conditions." John Keegan sees this as a prudent decision. He writes:


Of course they are right to be concerned that, unless the rogue states are checked while there is time, civilisation will pay a terrible price. Kind, well-meaning people in the advanced states, who shrink from thinking ill of anyone, are naturally repelled by the idea of taking pre-emptive action. No doubt the inhabitants of the Christian lands said as much to each other before the eruption of Genghis Khan. They paid the price, which took centuries to recoup. Genghis Khan merely killed. Nuclear weapons lay waste, permanent waste. We have been warned.

"A Nuclear Threat - Labour's Biggest Surprise so Far"

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The big story from the

The big story from the Arab League summitt in Beirut was the peace offering to Israel, but more ominous was Iraq and Saudi Arabia playing kissy-kiss to each other. It decrease chances of the Saudi joining the U.S. in ousting Sadaam.

Could the reason the Saudis are being rather slow in helping U.S. investigators about Saudi links to terrorism is because they know of a connection leading to Iraq? Such evidence would make it harder for the Saudis to prevent an attack on their new friend.

"Arab Leaders Endorse Peace Proposal"

"US Presses Saudis on Terror-link Charities"

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March 27, 2002

While moving to a flat

While moving to a flat tax is great for the Russian economy, its execution leaves something to be desired:


First, pick up forms from the tax inspector, since they are not available in post offices. Then read 32 pages of instructions and fill out the 12-page form. Print carefully ó a misplaced mark is ground for rejection.

Next, hand deliver the forms, which are truly considered filed only after the tax inspector signs them. (Translation: forms lost in Russia's spotty mail system are your fault.) Finally, to pay, go to the state-owned savings bank Sberbank (but not during its lunch break) and fill out the same form twice. Carefully copy the 20-digit number across the top.


"Russia Imposes Flat Tax on Income, and Its Coffers Swell"

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March 26, 2002

A. N. Wilson brings back

A. N. Wilson brings back the disturbing idea of state-sanctioned sterilization. He advocates this in order to stop from reproducing "the murderous morons, who are never going to contribute anything except misery to themselves and others." Such a blanket statement disregards the indivduality of "the murderous morons." For Wilson, there is no hope of finding a diamond in the rough in that sea of sewage that make up the underclass.

Wilson envisons a system where multiple offenders are sterilized. But why not the sterilization of any offspring from the offender? The "criminal" genes are still present in society in the son or daughter. I envison criminal sterilizations leading to mass sterilizations of people on welfare. They too are sucking off the public teat.

Then let's move on to the other side of eugenics: encouraging the "useful and intelligent classes" to breed. It would make for a very twisted policy to subsidize the "good" people with taxes from the "murderous morons." Imagine the class animosity this would create?

Our future doesn't lie with state control over reproduction. It lies with a deep respect for human life and its individuality.

"Our Future Lies with Eugenics"

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Things aren't going well for

Things aren't going well for Janet Reno in her bid be become Florida governor. While her Democratic opponent, Bill McBride, got the endorsement from the AFL-CIO, Reno got the backing of the Florida State College Democrats.

"AFL-CIO Decision Linked to Reno's 'Electability' Problem"

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Primary documents illumate shadowy issues

Primary documents illumate shadowy issues so well. Instead of just accepting the accusations from Ken Timmerman published by a conservative publishing house (Regnery), a letter has been discovered showing how Jesse Jackson used accuastions of racism to funnel money to particular companies. Jackson wrote the letter in regards to a recent bond issue from General Electric.

In Jackson's letter he writes, "it is disappointing to think that GE, one of America's most innovative and respected companies, doesn't feel than any minority-owned firms have the capability to be part of what will probably be one of the largest bond offerings in 2002." He implies that GE is obviously racist and wants the company to prove otherwise. That's impossible because that would require GE to prove a negative.

GE can rectify this racist stain by hiring any companies on a list provided by Jackson. He writes in the letter, "We have established relationships with several minority-owned investment banks that have the qualifications and expertise to deliver excellent results and value-added products." Could it be that these same investment banks are funding Jackson and his Wall Street Project to draw up business through intimidation?

I haven't read Shakedown yet, but this letter adds to Timmerman's expose on how Jackson has made millions in the race-baiting business.

"Letter Reveals Jesse Jackson's 'Shakedown' Bid of GE, Critic Says"

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March 25, 2002

Wendy McElroy surveys wrongful life/birth

Wendy McElroy surveys wrongful life/birth lawsuits. So far, the suits have been against doctors, but when will a disabled person sue their parents for allowing them to be born? It makes no sense, is completely irrational, but you know it will happen.

"Parents Sue Doctors for 'Wrongful Birth' of Disabled Child"

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Leann has collected a whole

Leann has collected a whole lotta Wisconsin weblogs. There are many, many more than I expected. She's also been kind enough to add TAM to the list.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 12:52 AM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2002

2002 is turning out to

2002 is turning out to be a great year for music. Nine Inch Nails released their live album. The Chemical Brothers pumped out Come With Us. Bob Mould's experimental Modulate is at your favorite record store. Then, April 9, will arrive with Gutterflower, the new album from the Goo Goo Dolls. Later on this year come new released from Senor Moby and Underworld.

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 02:47 AM | Comments (0)

The three pillars of leadership

The three pillars of leadership against communism at the end of the 20th Century are all ailing. Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and--now--Margaret Thatcher are suffering the effects of age. To say that these three should be forever honored for their moral strength to challenge an evil empire while displaying clarity of thought is an understatment. Thatcher's public speeches are no more, but don't expect her to stay quiet. An occasional op-ed here and there will allow her to remain in the public debate in the UK.

"Thatcher Told to Quit Public Speaking"

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March 23, 2002

Arafat has joined a member

Arafat has joined a member of the Axis of Evil. The man doesn't want peace. But is he crazy enough to think he can drive Israel into the sea? What is Arafat's ultimate motive?

"A Secret Iran-Arafat Connection Is Seen Fueling the Mideast Fire" [via Drudge]

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I wonder who leaked that

I wonder who leaked that report on U.S. nuclear strategy and why. However, like Paul Greenburg, I see good coming out of it. Let me have Greenburg speak for me:


Let the word go forth that the United States has a commander-in-chief now, and that acts of terror against the United States, its cities and its people are no longer going to be treated as felonies and misdemeanors assigned to some district attorney's office in New York. Instead they will be considered acts of war. And they will be countered by whatever new weapons it takes. After Sept. 11, America has come awake, and the old, unexamined restraints on our power, and on our strategic imagination, need to be reconsidered.

"Good News, Bad News: Thinking the Unthinkable"

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The biggest lesson from Enron's

The biggest lesson from Enron's collapse isn't that accounting firms shouldn't consult or massive changes in accounting rules are needed to restore investors' confidence or First Amendment restiction laws (AKA Campaign Finance Reform) are needed to clean up the system. No, the biggest lesson that should be learned from Enron is simple: don't put all your eggs in one basket. Even if your company gives you company stock for your 401(k), make sure you're diversified. France Smith offers some common sense advice.

"Your 401(k) Plan -- Lessons from Enron"

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March 22, 2002

Alex (not Alec) "Stone Hyde"

Alex (not Alec) "Stone Hyde" Baldwin is up to 369 votes at Send Them Packing. $369 should be plenty to ship that bad-acting blowhard off to France. But maybe we should hold out for enough to send him to the workers' paradise of North Korea. I wonder if Alex likes the taste of tree bark, the national meal of that country?

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The Onion honors Michael Dell.

The Onion honors Michael Dell. It's just not as serious as BusinessFans.com.

"Corporation Reaches Goal, Shuts Down"

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According to Andrew Sullivan, the

According to Andrew Sullivan, the King of personal websites, Matt Drudge, cruises around in his very own white convertible. Who said you can't make money on the Internet?

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Rich "Nuke Mecca" Lowry expands

Rich "Nuke Mecca" Lowry expands on my thought that President Bush will break his oath if he signs the campaign finance bill in front of him.

"Executive Privilege"

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Can someone give Peggy Noonan

Can someone give Peggy Noonan a Pulitzer? She's just so damn good. Her column on the Catholic sexual abuse scandals is full of heart-felt meaning, faith, and a yearning for good to come from it. You don't have to be Catholic (I'm not, so I haven't felt comfortable commenting on the story.) to feel the pain she feels towards her church.

"The Pope's First Statement"

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Louis Rukeyser is leaving Wall

Louis Rukeyser is leaving Wall Street Week, a television show he hosted for 32 years. Public Television is losing a man with a skeptical eye on Wall Street, the courage to ask the tough question, and a plethora of puns. It will be really tough for its replacement Wall Street Week with Fortune to match the quality of Rukeyser's show.

"'Wall Street Week' Host Rukeyser Out" [via Drudge]

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March 21, 2002

National political parties will be

National political parties will be weakened but state parties and advocacy groups like the NRA and ACLU could benefit from the new campaign finance law. The Christian Science Monitor has already named the latest political evil: "bundlers." They are people who have contacts and persuasive powers to bundle individual contributions for a candidate. Those type of people used to be considered political activists. Now, they're the next big threat to democracy.

"Money in Politics: a New Route"

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March 20, 2002

Buying a Fighting Whites t-shirt:

Buying a Fighting Whites t-shirt: should I, or shouldn't I? That is the question. I don't find the shirts offensive (actually, they're pretty funny), but do I really want to financially support a bunch of whiny, Left-wingers who have too much time on their hands?

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 11:50 PM | Comments (0)

Watch closely at how politicos,

Watch closely at how politicos, parties, and advocacy groups respond to new free speech restrictions--I mean new campaign finance laws. You will see the Law of Unintended Consequences raise it's head and surprise us all.

The biggest short-term winner may be President Bush. Last election, he did very well raising hard money. With the legal limit raised to $2000 and incumbency, any Democratic challenger will have a hard time financing a campaign capable of beating him.

"Surprises Lurking in Finance Overhaul"

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The First Amendment Restriction Act

The First Amendment Restriction Act (AKA campaign finance reform) passed the Senate. President Bush is taking the cynical and political route by saying he'll sign it even though he thinks it's "flawed in some areas" and doesn't meet his idea of campaign finance reform, which is "full and timely disclosure of campaign contributions." My hunch is Bush thinks this will get thrown out by the courts. So by signing it, he tells voters he's for reform. Whether he thinks it will pass constitutional muster or not, he swore to "preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." That includes protecting the First Amendment, which states in part, "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech." Signing the bill will be a black mark on his (so far) extraordinary Presidency.

"Campaign Finance Reform Passes, Bush Will Sign"

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The New York Sun's op-ed

The New York Sun's op-ed page should be a nice antidote to that of the Left-of-center Times with conservative all-stars Peggy Noonan, R. Emmett Tyrrell, Richard Brookhiser, and Amity Shlaes contributing. However, it will have to be really good to reach the level of the Wall Street Journal's op-ed section.

"The New York Sun Introduces its Editorial Staff"

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For the first time, I've

For the first time, I've discovered a non-trivial Google search where TAM is #1!!

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George Tenet's comments about Iraq

George Tenet's comments about Iraq and terrorism aren't really new. They are just a reminder that an Iraq that possesses chemical, nuclear, or biological weapons is a major threat to the U.S. No bombshells (no pun intended) were dropped at that Senate hearing. Tenet never said there was proof Iraq was behind the 9.11 attacks. If there was, it would already be out there so the international community would accept any U.S. retaliation. All Tenet said was "it would be a mistake to dismiss the possibility of state sponsorship whether Iranian or Iraqi and we'll see where the evidence takes us." This was just the administration offering reasons why the U.S. can and should invade Iraq. It's not a coincidence that Tenet made his comments at the same time Vice President Dick Cheney is in the Middle East talking to leaders about Iraq.

"Iraq Has Had Contacts with al-Qaeda, Tactical Cooperation Possible: CIA Director"

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March 19, 2002

The Third-Party Hero is in

The Third-Party Hero is in political trouble. 63% of Minnesotans favor someone other than Gov. Jesse Ventura (I-MN) for governor. Jesse is suffering from a common argument against third party candidates: no allies. The Democrats and Republicans have locked him out of budget talks. No allies in the legislature means no way to get his budget passed. He can only sign or veto what's given to him. With the state suffering an almost $2 billion deficit vetoing a reasonable plan could be poltical suicide.

"In Minnesota Polls, a Ventura Takedown"

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This story about lost Russian

This story about lost Russian nuclear reactors that could be used by terrorists to make a dirty nuke is scarier than it really is. Arjun Makhijani of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research said, "If you don't know what you are doing, it will kill you first." Disposal workers in Georgia used one ton lead shields and limited exposure to collect a reactor core found in the woods. The chances of moving that kind of equipment around Russia without notice seems slim. It'd be easier to raid a few hospital radiology labs to get radioactive material for a dirty nuke. The threat looks more James Bond than anything real.

"Makings of a 'Dirty Bomb'"

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The Saudis are walking a

The Saudis are walking a very fine line. While talking tough with the U.S. over a Gulf War-like invasion of Iraq and intervening in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to placate strong fundamentalists at home, they do support ousting Saddam Hussein (The only national leader I can think of known best by his first name. The Madonna of international affairs?). Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal said, "Regime change in Iraq will only happen if the Iraqi people do it." It looks like the Saudis want to see another Afghanistan take place. A strategy I believe the Bush administration was looking at anyway.

"Saudi Arabia Would Back Overthrow Led by Iraqis"

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March 18, 2002

Nicholas Maier's Trading With the

Nicholas Maier's Trading With the Enemy took serious aim at money manager and financial commentator James Cramer. The book's publisher, HarperCollins, is admitting that some of the pages contain false material and will destroy thousands of the copies of the book. The value of Mr. Maier's other allegations are now worth about as much as the pulp from the destroyed books.

Weeks ago, when the book was just coming out, Matt Drudge made it the banner headline on his website. I haven't seen any mention by him of HarperCollins' actions.

"HarperCollins to Junk Copies of a New Book Cited as Libel"

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At Send Them Packing, your

At Send Them Packing, your vote and donation could give a loud-mouthed Hollywood Leftist a one-way ticket out of the U.S.--a country many of them detest since George W. Bush's election.

Kim Basinger is upset that she's been linked to this site and her ex-husband Alex (not Alec) Baldwin. Her publicist said, "I don't think that's fair. Because her husband at that time had opinions about it, doesn't mean that she had an opinion about it." But when talking about Alex's (broken) promise to leave the country, Basinger said, "I can very well imagine that Alec makes good on his threat. And then I'd have to go, too." She didn't say her husband was off his rocker and acting childish. No, she was all ready to head off to England, France, or wherever Alex wanted.

"Website Offers to Send Liberal Actors Packing"

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CNSNews.com has a two-part series

CNSNews.com has a two-part series on politically-bent summer camps.

The communist/socialist camp emphazies "group living, cooperative decision-making, and noncompetitive but challenging approaches to sports and games." Everyone wins (and loses) because no one keeps score. Campers are reinforced on standard Leftist causes like abortion-on-demand, child labor, and globalization. Is there any mention about the millions who died at the hands of communists? Is there any mention of the untold suffering, repression, and murder in the name of creating a new world order?

As for the camp run by Robert Welch University, it's all fine and good that they emphasise American values like limited government and natural rights, but what about the wierd conspiracy stuff? Robert Welch founded the John Birch Society. John Birch-ers are anti-communists but see vast (Left-wing) conspriacies around every corner. At that summer camp are kids taught about the "secret plot" of the Tri-Lateral Commission and the Council for Foreign Relations to use the U.N. to create a communist world state?

"Political Summer Camps Cater to Extremes"

"No Socialists at This Summer Camp"

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March 17, 2002

No big celebration for me

No big celebration for me this St. Patrick's Day. Worked during the day, and now savoring a Leinenkugel's. (I know it isn't Guinness, but I didn't want to fight crowds just to get a good pint.). The extent of my celebration included corned beef a few days ago and listening to the audiobook of Liam Clancy's The Mountain of the Women. In a way, I'm passing St. Patrick's Day like those across the pond who "spent the day in quiet reflection." At least that was before they realized they could get thousands of drunk foreigners to spend lots of money in Dublin.

"Doing St. Patrick's Day the Irish Way"

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Glenn Reynolds is probably drunk

Glenn Reynolds is probably drunk by now, and I still won't beat him in number of posts today. The guy is a machine.

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March 16, 2002

Scott deftly moves from the

Scott deftly moves from the cola wars to Bill Gates to Starbucks to Survivior. His theme: the world is always changing. Either you wrestle with it or get trampled.

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James Tobin, Nobel Prize winner,

James Tobin, Nobel Prize winner, died this past week. He won the Nobel in economics for his work on portfolio theory. He is also known for his idea to tax foreign exchange transactions ("Tobin Tax") to stablize currencies. Godspeed, James.

"Professor, Presidential Adviser and Nobel Laureate James Tobin Dies"

UPDATE (I feel like Glenn Reynolds or Patrick Ruffini):
In Paul Krugman's column on Tobin's death, he calls Milton Friedman's monetarism "naive" and thinks it's common knowledge that the Great Depression was caused by laissez-faire economic policies. In a letter to the editor, Ben Stein takes Krugman to task.

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A good thing about the

A good thing about the Final Four is that anything can happen. There are early match-ups which look like lopsided affairs on paper that turn out to be really exciting games. Anybody can win (except a 16 seed) and you watch the games for just that reason.

A bad thing about the tournament is that anything can happen. You can spend hours pouring over statistics trying to guess the winners, and after two days half of your final four (Florida and Ohio State) have been booted out.

"(5) Florida 82 (12) Creighton 83"

"(12) Missouri 83, (4) Ohio State 67"

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Last time I heard, guns

Last time I heard, guns were still legal in the USA. An item for both self-defense and sport, guns play a significant role in many people's lives. While having every right to do so, Google--the King of all search engines--refuses gun advertisements.

"Google Refuses Business from Gun, Knife, Bulk Food Advertisers"

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Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has

Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill has little influence on administration policy. He would love to see the corporate tax eliminated, but has made no push to even start a debate. He opposed steel tariffs imposed a few weeks ago, but his only reaction is an off-the-record comment to the Council of Foreign Relations. He's the weakest Treasury Secretary in some time. O'Neill is completely invisible on CNBC or general media. He's not pushing for serious tax reform or Social Security reform. You don't see him do much of anything. Robert Rubin he isn't. Neither is he a Larry Summers. It's time for a change. How about promoting Lawrence Lindsey or really shake things up by hiring Larry Kudlow?

"Treasury Official Is Said to Fault Steel Tariff Move"

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March 15, 2002

Gonzaga may have gotten shafted

Gonzaga may have gotten shafted by the tournament committee, but they failed to squash the underdog Wyoming.

"Gonzaga Sees Other Side of Cinderella"

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It appears that Slate was

It appears that Slate was fooled by a man named Ravi Desai. If it's him, then it's another hoax to add to his list. He's tricked a number of universities by telling them he was going to give hefty donations.

"Who Is 'Robert Klingler'?"

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March 14, 2002

Here are some excerpts from

Here are some excerpts from Capt. Ron Henderson of the USS John F. Kennedy:


We are currently preceding at best speed to our launch
point for tonight's strikes, off the coast of Pakistan,
nearly 700 miles south of our targets in Afghanistan. At
midnight, CVW 7 will launch into the dark night, and strike
their first blows of Operation Enduring Freedom, the war on
terrorism. For us this is a culminating point in space, a
culminating point in time, and a culminating point in
history.

Our enemy is a group of religious fanatics, who pervert the
peace of Islam and twist its meaning to justify the murder
of thousands of innocents at the Twin Towers of New York,
at the Pentagon, and in a field in Pennsylvania.

They hate us and attack us because they oppose all that is
good about America. They hate us because we are prosperous.
They hate us because we are tolerant. They hate us because
we are happy. Mostly, they hate us because we are free and
because we will "pay any price, bear any burden, meet any
hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe to assure
the survival and success of liberty." Make no mistake -
this is fight for Western Civilization. If these monsters
are not destroyed they will destroy us, and our children
and children's children will live in fear forever.

America is the only nation that can stop them and destroy
them. Only America has the strength of character and the
vast resources to hunt these fanatics down anywhere in the
world. We have friends and Allies but we are the leaders of
the world our forefathers made and died for.

We represent America in all its power and diversity. We are
men and women, rich and poor, black and white, and all
colors of the human rainbow. We are Christian, Jew, and
yes, Muslim. We ARE America.

Stay sharp. Stay focused. Stay safe. Use the training that
has made you the best Sailors in the world.

Trust in your faith, and in your shipmates. God bless us
all, and God bless America.

"Brothers"

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A future U.S. Army will

A future U.S. Army will have robots roaming the air and ground, light-weight, but heavily-armed tanks, and battlefield sensors connecting troops and equipment. The Army wants all this along with the ability to deploy 4000 troops anywhere in the world in 96 hours.

"The Future of Combat"

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Mayor Norquist may have declared

Mayor Norquist may have declared today "Blue and Gold Day" in honor of Marquette's first round game of the NCAA tournament, but the Golden Eagles (AKA Warriors) disappointed fans by losing to Tulsa. The last 15 seconds were especially frustrating watching a nationally-ranked team run around the court like it was their first day of practice. Not a good way to end a season.

"Mayor Norquist Toasts Golden Eagles' Success"

"Tulsa Upsets Marquette in First Round"

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Rep. Dan Burton's House Committee

Rep. Dan Burton's House Committee on Government Reform released a report on Bill Clinton's last-minute pardons. Clinton backers were all on the same page. A Clinton spokeswoman said the report "is filled with nothing but partisan accusations and innuendoes" and "contains no proof of wrongdoing." Ranking Democrat on the Government Reform Committee, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) couldn't think of anything original to add so he said, "This report is partisan, relies on innuendo, and makes unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing."

"Clinton Abused Pardon Power, House Committee Claims"

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From the Pot Calling the

From the Pot Calling the Kettle Black Department:

North Korea is calling the Bush White House "lunatics" for putting it on the list as potential nuclear targets. This is the same "sane" nation that clings to Marxism so tightly that their people starve just so the military is well fed.

"North Korea Reacts to 'Nuclear Lunatics' in White House"

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There's a vast (Right Wing?)

There's a vast (Right Wing?) conspiracy trapping people in ever-expanding frames. Will Hutton calls that conspriacy the modern world. "Obesity, in short, is the result of modernity," writes Hutton. Fat people are "the victims of the great economic and social forces that generate obesity." At the same time, Hutton understands that he is his own worst enemy. He writes


My own body-mass index has been growing ominously for years despite valiant efforts at resistance, but I am unwilling to blame the health authorities for my plight; I know the consequences of my habits. My sedentary lifestyle, eating and drinking habits continue as they always have with counter-attacks at the margins because I am boxed in by the exigencies of the way I live.

Hutton could change his lifestyle, but doesn't. He doesn't think the same about other people.

Hutton's fat-fighting solutions are technocratic: fat taxes and getting "to grips with the entire food chain, from how food is grown to how it is manufactured and distributed." Being the good "progressive" that I'm sure he is, he should realize that a fat tax would fall disproportionately on the poor who don't have the time or money to seek out healthier food options. As for evaluating the entire food industry, he should recall that great example of food planning, the former Soviet Union. Russia has some of the best farmland in the world, yet they had to import millions of tons of grain every year just to feed their own people.

"Fat is a Capitalist Issue" [via Overlawyered]

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"Wrongful life" suits have reached

"Wrongful life" suits have reached Australia. What would these three children think if they knew their parents would have aborted them if they were informed about their medical conditions? How can a parent look into their child's eyes and tell them they love them unconditionally after filing such an awful lawsuit? Maybe they don't. That would be even sadder than these lawsuits.

"Disabled Children Want To Sue Doctors For Being Born"

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Add shoddy owl data to

Add shoddy owl data to the list of trechery used by government scientists to advance radical environmentalists' goals.

"Owl Data Knowingly Faulty"

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Be on the lookout for

Be on the lookout for a Fatboy Slim mix album due out next month.

"Fatboy Slim Turns Beach Party Into Album, Possibly Tour"

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March 13, 2002

Texas' insanity law didn't doom

Texas' insanity law didn't doom Andrea Yates, five dead children by her hands doomed her. Someone should tell that to USA Today headline writers.

"Insanity Law Helped Doom Yates' Defense"

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I noticed this paragraph from

I noticed this paragraph from Max Boot's report from Cuba:


One afternoon last week the galleries were crowded with middle-aged suburbanites from places like Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Greenwich, Conn., sporting fanny packs, Dockers and sensible shoes. Judging by the name tags around their necks, they had come under the auspices of the Museum of American Folk Art--a legal way to circumvent the U.S.-imposed travel ban, which allows Americans to visit here only for cultural, historical or journalistic purposes.

Cuban travel restrictions are a joke if they're this easy to flount. Let's dump them "for American tourists bring not only dollars with them but also subversive ideas like freedom."

"To Have and Have Not in Havana"

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If you want advice about

If you want advice about sick sexual fantasies, don't ask Dear Abby. She might turn you in.

"Milwaukee Man Turns to Dear Abby for Advice, then Lands in Jail"

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March 11, 2002

If Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott

If Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher is still alive, he's been a prisoner for over 10 years! It would be a black eye on both Bush I and Clinton administrations.

"Pilot Believed Alive, Held in Iraq" [via Drudge]

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March 10, 2002

The Packers got their big-time

The Packers got their big-time reciever in Terry Glenn. The price for him may be long-time No. 1 wide out, Antonio Freeman. Green Bay is looking for a pay cut from him, but Freeman balks at that. "My role on the offense could be reduced, as well as my pay, and it's just not a situation I'm happy with. It's not about money, it's about happiness right now, and I don't think being back in Green Bay will make me happy," he said. If the Packers cut Freeman, it will break up the Favre-Freeman touchdown combo--one of the greatest in Packers' history.

From Freeman's comments it looks like he isn't interested in another Super Bowl run. A Glenn-Freeman tandem would be right up there with any other in the league. Freeman went on to say, "Maybe Glenn is the fit for them, maybe he can get them to the Super Bowl. I don't know, but I've been there. I've done that. So it's no problem for me to step away."

It's in the Packers' best interests to do everything possible to keep Freeman. Terry Glenn has had his on- and off-field problems. Glenn says, "I'll try to do my best to do what I can," but he could blow up. Freeman offers a known quantitiy: solid play and veteran leadership.

"Packers' Freeman Says He's not Ready for Pay Cut"

"Glenn Relishes Change"

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March 09, 2002

Doris Kearns Goodwin is on

Doris Kearns Goodwin is on the board of Northwest Airlines (along with that well known business icon, Walter Mondale). What qualifications did she offer to be considered a representative of shareholders? What company did she work for? What does she possibly offer at board meetings? Does she offer a lot of Lindberg anecdotes? How about stories of how much Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt just loved airplanes.

I have an idea: let's find the most rediculous, out-of-place people on corporate boards. There has to be some real laughers out there.

"Historian Goodwin Comes Under Fire"

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March 08, 2002

The government is even more

The government is even more justified in not telling NYC officials about a nuke threat. Dragaonfire made the whole thing up.

"Officials: Source Made up Nuclear Plot" [via Drudge]

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March 07, 2002

I wish Dr. Abd Al-Hamid

I wish Dr. Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari the best of luck in bringing a reasoned point of view to the Arab world. Here are a few comments he made about the U.S.'s response to 9.11:


"It is unfair to name the American response [to September 11] 'terrorism,' because by so doing we are confusing the concepts of terrorism and self-defense or response to aggression -- and at a time when we are demanding that the international community not confuse 'terrorism' with 'legitimate resistance.' What happened in America is terrorism; the American response is a response to that aggression, and there is a world-wide consensus on this."

"...[O]nly those with a hatred-of-America complex, whose goal is to permit the perpetrators to escape, [name America's response 'terrorism']. Any other country in which such an act of terror had taken place would have hastened to respond and to annihilate everything -- we have many examples of this in Arab history."

"Yet, although America is a superpower, and could have responded immediately, it gave other options a fair chance, until it despaired -- and then had no choice but to launch a war..."

"We feel sorrow for the innocent victims; we wish it were not a Muslim country that was being attacked. But what can be done with the group of fanatics [the Taliban] who rejected all calls for mediation, all initiatives, and all counsel, and persisted for over five years in protecting a group of terrorists..."

"...Terrorism must be fought by any and all means. All Muslims must support the struggle against terror. Terrorism has claimed more victims in many Islamic countries than in the West. Any country or group protecting and defending terrorists must be fought, and the world must be saved from their evil... The time has come to call them to account, and punish them. We must all support the efforts to repress and bring to an end the damage they do."

"There are always innocent victims of war, and we cannot prevent this? What we can do is demand protection for these innocents. Afghan refugees who escaped Kabul reported that the Taliban were concealing their tanks and heavy guns near the mosques and heavily populated areas. If this is true, who is responsible for the deaths of the victims -- America, or the Taliban...?"

"We must have the courage to admit that what happened in Afghanistan was the liberation of our Muslim brothers -- even if, unfortunately, it was by non-Muslim hands..."

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There are thousands of frozen

There are thousands of frozen embryos across the country. Some people think it's alright to harvest them for their stem cells. Some encourage women to "adopt" them by having them implanted in their wombs. Some think it's immoral and a violation of the marriage sacrament to implant them. The problem arises from in vitro techniques that produce excess embryos. Doctors says it's needed to give childless couples the best chance at having a baby. Little thought is given to the fate of frozen embryos and those culled by selective abortion. Bishop Elio Sgreccia nailed it on the head when he said, "The point is we should never have gone down this road to begin with." I don't oppose in vitro fertilization. What I oppose is making child bearing the sole goal with no concern about the unborn life hurt in the process.

"Where Do Frozen Embryos Belong?"

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Dr. Rif'at Sayyid Ahmad can

Dr. Rif'at Sayyid Ahmad can spew the venom. He calls Camp X-Ray "The American Aushwitz." He even tosses in a few anti-semitic grenades calling Aushwitz an "exaggerated Jewish yarn," calling Vice President Dick Cheney "that super-racist Jew," and calling military men guarding the terrorists "impotent and homosexual fighters."

Posted by Sean Hackbarth in at 11:32 PM | Comments (0)

Clinton bashers (and freepers) are

Clinton bashers (and freepers) are probably steaming that Robert Ray didn't prosecute Bill Clinton. I just want him forgotten. His stain (blue dress pun intended) on history is assured.

"Clinton Could Have Been Charged in Lewinsky Scandal"

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David Vise, author of the

David Vise, author of the bestselling The Bureau and the Mole is a bookseller's worst nightmare. Even though Barnesandnoble.com is only a warehouse and a website, I'm pretty sure they weren't prepared for his orders of 4,000 books at a time. Then, when the price went down because the book reached the bestseller list, he wanted to be credited. The company should have done it just to get him out of their hair, but I'm pretty sure BN.com doesn't deal with crazy orders like this. Some are accusing Vise of buying and returning books to manipulate the bestseller lists. I just think he looks like a bumbling idiot with too big of a credit line.

"A Case of Strange Book-Keeping"

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March 06, 2002

Here's a hint about music

Here's a hint about music reviews: the review isn't worth much if only 25% of the writing is devoted to the album. I don't care about Scott Henkemeyer's comments on the extension of dance music into "middlebrow" America. The focus is suppose to be on Rinocerose's new album Music Kills Me. The closest he actually comes to reviewing the album is calling it "a patchwork of the duo's references and a memorable juxtaposition of countless styles." Really enlightening.

"RINO«…ROSE: Music Kills Me"

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A k-log (knowledge log) could

A k-log (knowledge log) could be very useful for businesses to keep track of projects and for storing information. Employees would periodically comment on what they were doing, what problems they were having, and the solutions they discovered. There are two important parts to an effective k-log: easy-to-use publishing software and a very good search tool. Blogger (free of any hassles with templates and site design) can be an easy way to post items and have them archived. Google can be the ideal search tool for sifting through the information. Google's already selling a plug-and-play search box. All that would be needed is to add Blogger to the box, and you would have an Intranet killer app.

"What is a k-log?" [via Daypop]

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Stanley Kurtz wants college conservative

Stanley Kurtz wants college conservative webloggers. Blogging would be a great way to publicize crazy, Leftist stuff happening on campuses. I willing to help any conservative student who has the weblogging bug. Just e-mail me.

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Atlanta's Chipper Jones doesn't mind

Atlanta's Chipper Jones doesn't mind moving to left field from third base. He'll be able to focus more on his hitting. Did he say this with a straight face? Last year he hit .330, had 38 home runs, and 102 RBI. What will he do when he finally "concentrates" on his offense?

"Chipper Says Moving to Left Field Lets Him Focus on Hitting"

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A Michael Kinlsey-less Slate got

A Michael Kinlsey-less Slate got fooled, but they owed up to their readers. "We've failed your trust," writes Jack Shafer.

"Slate Gets Duped" [via Drudge]

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March 05, 2002

Gory details on the military's

Gory details on the military's new thermobaric bomb.

BLU-118/B Thermobaric Weapon

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Saddam wants the Olympics. He

Saddam wants the Olympics. He probably wants them just so the U.S. can boycott them. What caught my eye was that the proposed Olympic stadium must "reflect Iraqi architecture in different stages of history." That must mean the design should combine the Hanging Gardens of Babylon with a bombed out chemical weapons plant posing as a baby food factory. And smack dab in the front should be a facist sculpture of Saddam himself grinning and sticking his middle finger up toward the U.S. A design truly in the Olympic spirit.

"Baghdad to bid for 2012 Olympics"

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So Mayor Bloomberg thinks Giuliani

So Mayor Bloomberg thinks Giuliani should have been told about last fall's nuclear threat on NYC. What's he suppose to say? "No, don't let me know about any threats. Please keep me in the dark." I don't think so.

Does that mean the federal government did something wrong by not telling NYC officials? No. The threat was rightly kept under wraps to prevent panic. Imagine if the White House informed NYC. It would have leaked out in a matter of days, if not hours. There would have been chaos. Roads would have been packed with people trying to get out of the city. Wall Street would have tanked. Any hope of getting business to move back into NYC would have been seriously threatened. All that from some rather vague intelligence from someone code-named Dragonfire?

What could NYC officials do if they had the information anyway? The threat was that terrorists were planning on blowing up the city with a 10 kiloton nuke. What could have been done? Shut down the city? Imagine the panic from that. Set up road blocks at every possible entrance into the city? Not feasible. NYC is huge and the bomb might have already gotten in before the check points were set up. Search every building? Once again, not feasible. NYC is American's largest city. There are too many places to hide a nuke in a city of 5,000 let alone in a city of 10 million. If the feds knew who had the bomb, and how it was coming into the city (if not already there), then working with local police makes sense. They didn't and decided that keeping mum was the prudent thing to do.

"Bloomberg: NY Should Have Been Told About Nuke Fear"

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Fredrik just might have a

Fredrik just might have a winner with Businessfans.com. Giving praise to people who have transformed the world around us is deserving.

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March 04, 2002

With Tom Ament resigning as

With Tom Ament resigning as Milwaukee County Executive, the race to replace him is on. It's a short election, so how much money a candidate has for commericals and how quickly they can organize are keys.

"County Hopefuls Home in on Prize"

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Ridge, Minetta, and President Bush

Ridge, Minetta, and President Bush are all wrong about not arming pilots. Armed pilots are another line of defense to stop terrorists from turning airliners into crude, manually guided cruise missiles. Ridge wonders "Where do you stop?" Other vehicle operators would want to be armed too. Good. Arming them isn't a bad thing either. To deter hijackings, terrorists' perceived costs for trying must increase. Fearing that an airline pilot, railroad engineer, or bus driver could effectively fight back would certainly do that. Guns are our friends. They could also be lifesavers.

"Ridge Says Arming Pilots 'Doesn't Make a Lot of Sense'"

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The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash

The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash would "probably get along famously" with Britney Spears.

"Dirty Sweet: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Britney"

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March 03, 2002

In Virginia Postrel's latest NY

In Virginia Postrel's latest NY Times column she points out that Wal-Mart had a huge impact on U.S. productivity gains in the 1990's. Wal-Mart's real effect on the economy is demonstrated with their ever increasing stock price. Compare that to the dot bombs whose hype outmatched any added value they offered.

"Lessons in Keeping Business Humming, Courtesy of Wal-Mart U."

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March 02, 2002

Dr. Anthony Barnett on memetics

Dr. Anthony Barnett on memetics and human nature:


We need to accept that we are not machines controlled by genes, and we are not empty vessels, we?re an argumentative species, a teaching species, and we?re always creating new conditions for ourselves. All these are parts of human nature, all need incessant study, and none can be reduced to a single idea.

Memetics is beginning to deal with these complexities. In that book on memes that I?ve just mentioned, philosophers argue with biologists, psychologists with anthropologists, memeticists with everyone.

Memetics is being transdisciplinary. A much-needed move. If they want to, memeticists can ask important questions, questions that can be answered by hard work, not by inventing new words. Memetics can then truly become scientific.

"Memetics: A Short Leap Forward?"

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For a fast, yet illuminating

For a fast, yet illuminating science read, check out Paul Davies' How the Build a Time Machine. After a few hours, Davies convinces you that physics can't prove that time travel can't be accomplished. Starting with Einstein's theory of relativity (especially as it relates to time's relativity), you discover that traveling to the future is all dependant on space travel capabilities. Going back in time is a little trickier; that involves using wormholes. But it doesn't stop Davies from putting together a rough idea of how a wormhole factory would work. Through the explanations you catch brief glimpses of quantum mechanics, Newtonian physics, and the unified field theory.

No mathematics is required to keep up with Davies. (He notes that the theory of relativity only uses high school-level mathematics.) All that's needed is physics learned in high school or from watching Nova. What gets the head spinning around is all the paradoxes that time travel provoke. While Davies claims many of them are actually internally consistent, their strangeness makes me suspect.

The idea is fascinating. The prose is plain, yet sophisticated. Davies has written a real gem.

"How to Build a Time Machine"

"Time Loops" [NOTE: This looks to be an early draft of Davies' book.]

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I haven't been a big

I haven't been a big fan of browser toolbars. I didn't get much use out of Yahoo's, and Google's didn't interest me either since I have a Google Search button on my browser. But Nutshell looks pretty good. The best part is I can type in a book title I discover while surfing the Net, go immediately to the Amazon.com page, and add it to my wish list. With the way I seek out interesting books, I know I'll be using this feature a lot.

Nutshell Toolbar

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March 01, 2002

I'm sure I'm too young

I'm sure I'm too young to reminisce, but when I was a kid, cartoons were funny. Most of what I watched were old Chuck Jones creations (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Road Runner and Coyote, etc.). Daniel Henninger blames our current drought of humor on political correctness. Maybe. Or maybe I'm just getting old.

"Wascally Wabbit Made Us Laugh When It Was Legal"

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