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Friday, December 19, 2003
The Dreaded 'K' Word
Ummm..., Ok then.
Well, it certainly was nice that all three of them logged on today to provide such prompt commentary.
Thursday, December 18, 2003
Way Too Much Information
In the second of a two-parter over at National Review Online Jennifer Roback Morse presents us with this:
I was not aware that contracept was a word, much less a verb whose gerund is contracepting. Neither is Merriam-Webster. I would ask her to conjugate it, but she might get the wrong idea.
Jennifer is apparently tenured somewhere, but she has mixed feelings about it:
As the oldest son of one of those Catholic families, let me tell you that I wouldn't choose to grow up any other way, but I wouldn't want to grow up with a Mom who desperately wanted to be just like us.
So you might think this is one of those anti-feminist, I burned my separate checking account the same day I got the extra shaping Maindenform bra, now I'm a real woman articles from National Review right? Well, you'd be wrong sucker:
That's right. She realized that gays getting married is just as evil as maintaining two separate checking accounts.
Yet another reason to be careful driving on San Diego freeways.
Life-Changing Technology Ahead
The FCC has announced its intention to open up spectrum around 5.9 GHz to be dedicated to intelligent transportation systems. So, in 5-10 years your car radio will start to receive real-time traffic reports from sensors buried in the pavement, rather than old reports from Metro Traffic.
Wisdom from the Kos Man
Kos is invited to a debate, and declines:
I guess Kos is a Dean man, and I'm all for Clark. But I whole heartedly agree with Kos about his new policy
The right is already trying out the arguments against Dean and Clark. They have the months ahead to recite them over talk radio, trying to make them stick.
The Right's View of the Left Side of the Blanket
The deliciousness of the news that Strom Thurmond had a child with a black housekeeper is obviously tempered by the fact that the situation constituted the closest thing to rape that doesn't involve a weapon. >
Meanwhile, the gang at National Review, specifically Rick Brookhiser, reminds us to be careful:
Rick, boobahla, darling, let me break it to you slowly. While it may be true that your social circle includes the odd rapist, drug addict, or racist, I can assure you neither I nor my friends count illegitimate children fathered on household help among our iniquities.
Wednesday, December 17, 2003
Why Still So MADD?
MADD started off trying to raise awareness about drunk-driving; too many people were being killed by drunks who had already been arrested many times. With awareness raised, with laws in place lowering blood alcohol levels, with businesses supporting designated drivers, and alcohol manufacturers reminding us to drink responsibly. So, this pretty much says "Job well done, time to move on.", doesn't it?
Nope. I just got their latest fundraising plea. Not going to be giving them anything, but I did find out how you too can start a non-profit, from "... one of the most widely supported and well-liked non-profit organizations in America".
Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Eat Your Dog Food
As I might have mentioned before, I am unemployed. In the 10 months since walking away from the smoking crater left by my former company, I've sent out the usual hundreds of resumes, been on very few interviews, networked like crazy, expanded my skill set, shown flexibility, etc. Lat week the unemployment benefits ended, but through a combination of savings, family and a loving wife, we're doing ok. All in all my experience has been just about the best of everyone I know that's out of work. Lots of people are scratching away, working very hard to find work.
Such insight adds a piquant savor upon reading Bruce Bartlett's Townhall Column, in which he states:
Ummm... How's that again?
You know you are reading a conservative when you get that hand-waving "One estimate" crap. Okay Bruce, show your work. What economist or group of economist, publishing in what peer-reviewed journal came anywhere near stating that decreases in the length of unemployment benefits correlates with (much less causes) an increase in employment
Sunday, December 14, 2003
This is a triumph for the hard dedicated work of our military and intelligence folks. I can't imagine a group of Americans who deserve a heart-felt congratulations more.
Let's hope that this stabilizes Iraq enough to make progress at bringing the country into democracy.