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"The real democratic American ideal is, not that every man shall be on a level with every other man, but |
that every man shall have liberty to be what God made him, without hindrance." --Henry Ward Beecher
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Friday, August 02, 2002
Posted 8:29 PM by WiN
A modest request
Not a grovel yet, but could become one if necessary-
If you read my blog on a semi-regular basis and enjoy it, and you have a blog of your own, please consider adding a link to my site. Especially if I've already linked to yours :)
I have an ulterior motive. The new Second p0st Ecosystem has starting cutting off their lists at 500, and I'm not making the cut! I need at least 2 links to make the cut, preferably 3 or 4 (or more!). I'll be happy to consider your site for a link if I don't already have one for it.
Thanks for your help and, as always, thanks for visiting!
Posted 7:09 PM by WiN
somebody piss in your Post Toasties this morning? Geez, you're sounding Hobbesian today.
And the truth is, sad to say, I agree with over half of his points (the ones I understood, that is). Let's look at a few:
Posted 5:53 PM by WiN
Listening to a CD my lovely wifey bought recently, Nat King Cole's Songs from Stage and Screen. Smooth as a baby's butt and creamy as Blue Bell ice cream. Highly recommended for unwinding after a long week.
Thursday, August 01, 2002
Posted 9:50 PM by WiN
Flash: Bear creates monster
Seems someone else in in the Blogosphere Ecosystem business. Since I'm listed, I say, "Cool".
Posted 9:30 PM by WiN
Old fart lands Mooney on North Central
You can't make this shit up. I bet the women were telling him, "I told you you should've stopped for gas in Denison".
Posted 9:11 PM by WiN
Cynthia, honey. You got some 'splainin' to do
Very interesting 'coincidence', noticed by IndePundit [via Glenn Reynolds]
Posted 3:32 PM by WiN
Posted 12:38 PM by WiN
'Safe Sex' = dead Africans
Anyone who has been paying attention knows that there is a genuine, full-blown AIDS epidemic well underway in sub-Saharan Africa (it has its own Yahoo! News sub-category). We are constantly bombarded with pleas for money by celebrities like Bono - as if money would solve the problem of millions of people actively engaging in behavior known to transmit the disease.
For a century or more, the standard response to a deadly, communicable disease has been pretty much the same:
Now to me, controlling the AIDS epidemic by preaching "Safe Sex" is about as likely to succeed as controlling TB by reminding people to "cover your mouth when you cough" or preventing bubonic plague by instructing people on the use of mouse traps.
What is criminal is that the 'experts' know what works, as revealing in this quote:
....[I]n the most shocking admission, the Population Division also concludes that the only significant behavioral change has been toward more monogamous relationships: "Among those respondents, whether male or female, who did change their behavior, the most frequently cited change had entailed confining sexual activity to one partner."Whoa! What revelation! But don't look for this little bit of info to affect the policy of any U.N. NGO's anytime soon. As has been pointed out numerous times by those paying attention, these 'do-good' agencies would no sooner work themselves out of a good cause than Bill Clinton would enter a monastery. The point is not to save lives by taking effective action, the idea is to raise money, lots of it, preferably while defaming the U.S. by claiming they're 'not doing enough' You can count on that behavior continuing long after the AIDS epidemic has been eradicated.
Posted 11:40 AM by WiN
Meds on the cheap?
Are Americans being ripped off on drug prices? Why do Canadians (and others) pay less for the same thing? My favorite economist, Thomas Sowell, explains it all in his inimitable style along with the consequences of 'price controls' on future drug research. Everyone who is clamoring for Cheaper Drugs Now needs to understand this.
Update: Along the same vein, see this cogent discussion of how leaving drug patents unprotected reduces the likelihood of new 'miracle' drugs being developed.
Posted 7:56 AM by WiN
Presidente - Jorge Bush e Alberto Gore
Here are some samples of the outstanding logic employed by the Post's editorial staff:
My Bloginality is INFP
AN OPEN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE OF IRAN FROM THE WEBLOGGING COMMUNITY
We are not politicians, nor are we generals. We hold no power to dispatch diplomats to negotiate; we can send no troops to defend those who choose to risk their lives in the cause of freedom.
What power we have is in our words, and in our thoughts. And it is that strength which we offer to the people of Iran on this day.
Across the diverse and often contentious world of weblogs, each of us has chosen to put aside our differences and come together today to declare our unanimity on the following simple principles:
- That the people of Iran are allies of free men and women everywhere in the world, and deserve to live under a government of their own choosing, which respects their own personal liberties
- That the current Iranian regime has failed to create a free and prosperous society, and attempts to mask its own failures by repression and tyranny
We do not presume to know what is best for the people of Iran; but we are firm in our conviction that the policies of the current government stand in the way of the Iranians ability to make those choices for themselves.
And so we urge our own governments to turn their attention to Iran. The leaders and diplomats of the world's democracies must be clear in their opposition to the repressive actions of the current Iranian regime, but even more importantly, must be clear in their support for the aspirations of the Iranian people.
And to the people of Iran, we say: You are not alone. We see your demonstrations in the streets; we hear of your newspapers falling to censorship; and we watch with anticipation as you join the community of the Internet in greater and greater numbers. Our hopes are with you in your struggle for freedom. We cannot and will not presume to tell you the correct path to freedom; that is for you to choose. But we look forward to the day when we can welcome your nation into the community of free societies of the world, for we know with deepest certainty that such a day will come
A personal note: I have only had one Iranian acquaintance in my life, but I definitely considered him a friend. While I was in college (second time round) I had a part-time job as a self-serve gas station attendant. The senior employee was an engineering student named Rahim. The school I attended had (and probably still has) a significant middle-eastern student population, a lot of them in engineering. This was also during a period (mid-eighties) when Iran was not a popular place to be from (Iatolla Khomeini era). Since he was obviously middle-eastern, people would sometimes ask him, "Where are you from?" to which he would reply, with a sly grin "Persia".
He was not very political, so the topic of Iranian politics rarely came up. Occasionally he would show me some propaganda sheet he had picked up on campus, written in Farsi, and translate some of it for me. He also delighted in the ridiculous political cartoons showing Uncle Sam in various uncomplimentary poses. He seemed to regard the whole thing as humorous, but he got very serious when he spoke on rare occasion about the danger his relations back home faced from the oppressive regime. He had married an American and intended to stay here, at least until things got better back home.
I can't count the number of times he helped me out with work-related situations like swapping shifts and taking over for me in emergency situations. I gladly did the same for him. He was especially enamored with a nice "fuzzbuster" I had that I used for my many trips to Dallas. He borrowed it for a couple of trips he had to make to El Paso, where a former professor was holding a term paper of his "hostage" and he was negotiating to have the paper approved in order to get credit for the course, which was holding up his degree. He returned from his trips singing the praises of the magical device.
I lost track of him, of course, after I quit the job but to this day he is the face of Iran to me - friendly, helpful and a little mischievous, with a heart of gold. I wish him and all the people of Iran good will and the blessings of freedom.