Sunday, February 27, 2005

Why stop? 
TIME.com: Vladimir Putin, CBS News Loyalist -- Mar. 07, 2005

You've probably all heard about Vladamir Putin saying that Bush was responsible for Dan Rather getting fired. Putin's allegation is frightening because it suggests that he is USSR-level out-of-touch with what is going on here.

For the sake of argument, let's assume the President, using the powers granted by the New World Order, really did fire Rather. If that's true, I have one simple request: Please, please, please fire Peter Jennings. And while you're at it, get rid of Terry Moran; that guy is more irritating than Al Franken. Thank You.
H.S. Education Obsolete 
Governors Work to Improve H.S. Education

In what may come to a surprise for education bureaucracies and teachers unions everywhere, an assessment of the current state of high school education by the nation's governors determined that the system is woefully inadequate. In the same article, Bill Gates, of Microsoft, calls the current system "obselete."

Although the article doesn't address the cause of these problems, I will venture a few guesses. Could it be that these schools are teaching touchy-feely liberal courses, such as feminist studies, instead of core subjects, such as math? Could it be that the NEA and its affiliated local teachers' union chapters are hindering any move towards change, such as school choice, that doesn't fit into their base self interests? Could it be that the socialist leanings of most high school teachers actually influence the students in the classroom, turning them against such terrible institutions as "corporations" and concepts such as "free market capitalism"?

Unfortunately, the answer is "yes" to all of the above.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Condoleezza Rice's Commanding Clothes (washingtonpost.com) 
Condoleezza Rice's Commanding Clothes (washingtonpost.com)

Looks like somebody has a crush! Or at the very least, Ms. Givhan just might be reading a little too far into the outfit.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

NPR : Hunter S. Thompson: An Appreciation 
NPR : Hunter S. Thompson: An Appreciation

I couldn't help but notice that Hunter Thompson's "unlawful past" wasn't mentioned in the tagline.
But are the Bush Tapes really real? 
Ann Althouse is skeptical. She points out, correctly, that while the NYTimes was able to verify that the voice was in fact Bush's, it did nothing to verify that they were in fact recorded without W's knowledge. The transcripts are so helpful for Bush, it causes one to question this. His statements seem almost perfectly tailored to (a) show that he personally believes in his public initiatives, and (b) that he in actually quite a moderate who, while personally religious, shows some disdain for fundamentalist conservatives, especially on the issue of anti-homosexuality. Of course, this could just be because only a portion of the tapes have been released - perhaps only the tapes that help Bush.

On the other hand, the media have done a pretty good job of finding the perceived negative - Bush tacitly admits to having smoked marijuana. This could go both ways as to the question of whether he knew he was on tape. Against, because why would he make such an admission against interest on the record? But for, because this was before the campaign, and he may have thought that this would be a major issue, and was laying the groundwork for what he anticipated would be his campign's explanation. The apparent spin would be that unlike his predecessor, he at least would not make light of his past drug use, which could otherwise encourage experimentation. (I personally don't care too much about the marijuana issue either way.)

The White House should clarify whether or not Bush knew he was speaking on the record.
Bush Tapes: Headline Comparison 
Google Search:

Check this out. It's a list of headlines about the Bush tapes story from several sources. The worst sounding headline, "Phone Tapes Suggest Bush's Unlawful Past," comes from the ever-objective NPR. Shocking.

Monday, February 21, 2005

Oh, and what's the deal with the Shepard Express? 
They're still having weekly "Belling updates," as though the issue hasn't completely played out alread. What do they want, anyways? Blood?
More info on the national sales tax 
In case you might be interested in how a revenue-neutral national sales tax plan might work, the folks at fairtax.org have been hard at work putting one together.
Mike S. Adams: Naked men, female impersonators, and alumni donations 
Mike S. Adams: Naked men, female impersonators, and alumni donations

Interesting review of campus reading material.
DeLay: Replace the IRS With Fair Tax 
DeLay: Replace the IRS With Fair Tax

Here's another older article outlining the fair tax proposal.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

MUST READ: Imagine receiving 100% of your paycheck! 
Neal Boortz: Imagine receiving 100% of your paycheck!

I found this 6-month-old article today while trying to avoid getting to work. I suggest that all of you try to find the time to read it because this legislation could very possibly be the most important law passed in the last 100 years. It abolishes the income tax system and replaces it with a more efficient and fairer sales tax alternative.

Here is a link to a copy of the Bill itself, HR25: http://www.theorator.com/bills108/hr25.html

Here is a link to a group fighting for passage of this Bill (includes petition): http://www.fairtax.org/

Imagine a world in which John Kerry, Theresa Hines Kerry, John Edwards, George Soros, Al Franken, Michael Moore, and countless other millionaires, actually pay taxes. If this Bill were passed, people like this wouldn't be able to hide their wealth from taxation in the crevices of the tax code. Built in shelters, such a the "gigolo" exception, would no longer exist. That's right, John Kerry would pay a just proportion of the tax burden every time he buys everyday consumer items, such as an $8,000 bicycle.

Further, this tax system encourages investment and growth. Earning and investing money is not penalized, as only consumption is taxed. A person who invests his paycheck in productive endeavors, such as stocks and bonds, instead of unproductive ones, such as Cheetos or internet porn, will see a much greater return on spending. Greater investment also means more jobs, more housing developments, greater technological advancement, and increased competetiveness with foreign nations.

The people who stand to lose the most are the extremely wealthy, who would effectively pay more in sales than income taxes. If they didn't buy $8,000 bicycles with their money, they would invest it instead, which would grow the economy larger, which in turn benefits everyone.

As tax payments are backloaded, applying only when something is actually bought, as opposed to being hidden in a paystub, consumers will likely decrease their overall spending and invest instead. On a related point, I know an influential Libertarian who believes that payroll taxes should be paid in a lump sum at the end of the year, just like property taxes, so that taxpayers better understand just how expensive taxation is. This is a good idea, and clearly would apply to a 23% sales tax, which everyone would see every time a purchase is made. Local property taxes and their expenditure are the subject of much scrutiny, unlike more costly payroll taxes. If people actually started to see the price they pay in taxes, they would almost certainly demand to know just where those taxes were being spent.

Which leads me to my last point. The biggest losers by far will be the big spenders in Congress, such as ex-clansman Robert Byrd (D-WV). When people actually start demanding to know where dollars are being spent, porkers such as Byrd may start to be thrown out of office. More attention to tax payments will mean more attention to expenditures....

Let the Libertarian Revolution begin!

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Newest Military Medal: The Bleeding Heart 
A Marine accused - The Washington Times: Editorials/OP-ED - February 16, 2005

Click the above link for a perfect example of what's wrong with today's P.C.-driven military. Who's prosecuting this guy, Janet Reno?

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Not Exactly Victoria's Secret 

Wouldn't you expect a big, baggy pair of white granny panties? Just wondering.
Rebel Dean inspires gays in Florida: South Florida Sun-Sentinel 
Rebel Dean inspires gays in Florida: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Just what the Democrats need...unity in the pro-gay-marriage position. Anybody say Condi 2008?

Friday, February 11, 2005

I'm sure that all of you have heard about the Ward Churchill controversy. He was forced to resign as head of the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder after a 2001 essay he wrote, Some People Push Back: "On the Justice of Roosting Chickens", finally came to the attention of the general public earlier this year.

The most controversial portion of this sprawling, blame-America-first piece is the following paragraph, where Churchill implies that the capitalist victims of the 9/11 World Trade Center bombings brought the violence on themselves:

Well, really. Let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were civilians of a sort. But innocent? Gimme a break. They formed a technocratic corps at the very heart of America's global financial empire – the "mighty engine of profit" to which the military dimension of U.S. policy has always been enslaved – and they did so both willingly and knowingly. Recourse to "ignorance" – a derivative, after all, of the word "ignore" – counts as less than an excuse among this relatively well-educated elite. To the extent that any of them were unaware of the costs and consequences to others of what they were involved in – and in many cases excelling at – it was because of their absolute refusal to see. More likely, it was because they were too busy braying, incessantly and self-importantly, into their cell phones, arranging power lunches and stock transactions, each of which translated, conveniently out of sight, mind and smelling distance, into the starved and rotting flesh of infants. If there was a better, more effective, or in fact any other way of visiting some penalty befitting their participation upon the little Eichmanns inhabiting the sterile sanctuary of the twin towers, I'd really be interested in hearing about it.

The remainder of Churchill's essay (http://cryptome.org/ward-churchill.htm) follows the contours of a typical anti-American screed. He criticizes "average" Americans as a bunch of self-absorbed Christian sheep, who are too busy to mind inflicting "genocide" on people throughout the world. He is especially incenced by the sanctions levied on Iraq and the enforcement of the no-fly zones with bombers piloted by "cowards". Throughout the essay, he tries to legitimize the 9/11 terrorist attacks by comparing the relative amounts of ordinance used (bombs) in Iraq as opposed to that used by the terrorists, thereby establishing some sort of jaundiced moral equivalency.

Typical of leftist professors, Churchill leaves out several inconvenient points in his rambling screed against the U.S. First and foremost, that the darling-of-the-left U.N. was the organization responsible for organizing and enforcing the sanctions against the Iraqis. Second, the destructive sanctions he complains of never would have been imposed had the military not cut off its pursuit of the Iraqi troops according to U.N. mandate, which allowed Saddam to maintain his "sovereignty". Third, Churchill completely ignores the Kuwaitis, and the justice produced by freeing them from the maurauding, raping, and pillaging Iraqi troops. And finally, the terrorists, far from being economically and socially disadvantaged and therefore "justified" in acting as terrorists, were the same sort of rich, pampered babies from which Churchill's own group, the liberal professorial elite, is drawn.

For a good laugh, I would encourage all of you to read the essay. The real tragedy, however, is that UC students, who are probably required to take an "Ethnic Studies" course, will have to listen to this garbage, packaged as enlightened thinking. At best, they will have to parrot Churchill's inanities back to him. At worst, they will actually believe him while doing so.

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