2004-07-29

IRV

Check out this page for a good explanation of why Instant-Runoff Voting is the way to go. Even though they want it to be used to help Nader along, it would do more for Libertarian candidates.

http://www.prospect.org/web/page.ww?section=root&name=ViewWeb&articleId=8239

2004-07-28

OK, so Kerry threw out the first pitch at the Red Sox game the other night, but it hit the dirt long before home plate. That's not the story, my friends. The man at the other end (missed the pitch, because instead of going anywhere near home plate it hit the dirt and hopped up too high for him to get from a crouch) was a Massachusettts National Guardsman, back from a tour in Iraq. That's not the story either. The story is that on NPR the report went like this: "The pitch was caught by a National Guardsman......"

No media bias?

The New Civility

Teresa Heinz Kerry gave a speech in which she decried the "un-Pennsylvanian, and sometimes un-American" practice of increasingly predominant negative politics. Immediately afterward, a reporter from a conservative newsgroup asked to explain what she meant by "un-American." She denied having said it. She denied it about ten times, then told the reporter to "shove it."

But the reports are all saying she was responding to being misquoted.

No media bias?

2004-07-23

OK, last time, people (Whoopi Goldberg and Linda Ronstadt, especially): The First Amendment protects you from government intervention against your right to free speech. If I realize you're spouting nonsense and tell you to shut up, or tell someone else you're lying, or if YOU BREACH YOUR CONTRACT BY SPOUTING POLITICAL BS IN A CONCERT, CAUSING AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO WALK OUT AND TRASH YOUR POSTERS, that's not a violation of the First Amendment. That's MY right to free speech, or the Aladdin president's right to get what he paid for when he hired you. And anyway, you don't seem so concerned with the rest of the Bill Of Rights, like the Second, Fourth, or Tenth Amendments. So SHUT THE FUCK UP.

2004-07-12

Democracy

At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at TheUniversity of Edinborough) had this to say about "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior.

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves
generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the
majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits
from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will
finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship."

"The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

From Bondage to spiritual faith;

From spiritual faith to great courage;

From courage to liberty;

From liberty to abundance;

From abundance to complacency;

From complacency to apathy;

From apathy to dependence;

From dependence back into bondage."

School shootings

-DISCLAIMER-
None of the following is meant in any way to justify the killing of any innocent, whether in a school or anywhere else.
-END-

At long last, I believe I have it: the force behind school shootings.

These young children (or not-so-young, but definitely not adults) have not yet been socialized into a well-developed sense of what they can and can't do. Not as a matter of right and wrong, but as a matter of consequences. They simply have not internalized the concept that there are real results of any action they undertake. Now, some of this is attributable to their personalities, and some to their upbringing, but they just don't get it.

They are also probably across the board of above-average intelligence. This lets them see the sometimes arbitrary, often unfair, and usually asinine nature of those placed in positions of authority.

Combine the two, and you get a person who sees exceptionally clearly how very stupid it all is, and rebels against authority. For anyone under 18 who hasn't committed many crimes, the greatest symbol of authority is probably the school.

Do the math.

On Education:

"A recently reprinted memoir by Frederick Douglass has footnotes explaining what words like 'arraigned,' 'curried' and 'exculpate' meant, and explaining who Job was. In other words, this man who was born a slave and never went to school educated himself to the point where his words now have to be explained to today's expensively under-educated generation." --Thomas Sowell

2004-07-08

Anti-Terrorists

Seems a previously unknown group has threatened to kill all the lawyers on Saddam's defense team, and there have also been credible threats against Zarqawi...

All I can say is it's ABOUT BLOODY TIME!

2004-07-02

Compromise with terrorists

Oliver North was interviewing a Marine sniper in Fallujah, and as a warm-up question asked the Marine what his job was. he Marine said his job was to "meet 'em halfway."

Asked what that meant, he clarified: "They want to kill me and die for Allah. I'll meet 'em halfway."

And that's all the compromise they deserve.

On Sovereignty:

Seems the "International Administrator" in Bosnia just unilaterally fired a whopping SIXTY Serbian public officials for failing to assist him enough in his hunt for Radovan Karadjic, a national hero for many Serbs, and a war-crimes suspect.

Yet nowhere have I heard the kind of hue and cry of "puppet government" that They love to apply to their comments about Iraq's interim government. Imagine if Bremer, at any point before returning the government to the Iraqis, had single-handedly fired sixty Iraqi public officials....