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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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Saturday, August 10, 2002
Posted 8:54 PM by WiN
Posted 10:30 AM by WiN
She don' lie, she don' lie, she don' lie.....caffeine
Found a kick-butt blog today that I think I'd heard of before but never got around to browsing. The slimster rocks on posts like this one and this one on Big 12 football (oh, hell yeah!), this one on Casablanca, maybe my favorite movie of all time (just don't give me too much time to think), and even this one on church music. And he's a conservative to boot.
We're on the same wavelength, buddy. You just earned a spot on the old Blogroll and regular visits from WiN.
Friday, August 09, 2002
Posted 11:29 PM by WiN
This could get ugly
The gauntlet has been thrown and the challenge accepted. Meryl has a hard time deciding which post is more tasteless (tastelesser?), Amish Tech Support's "American Flag Tampon" or Silflay Hraka's "Shooting the Menstrual Rapids". Hide the wimmens and chilluns, it's Larry vs. Bigwig - let the smackdown begin!
Posted 11:04 PM by WiN
First vote? Party on!
HappyFunPundit does a hilarious job of poking numerous holes in one liberal's Big Idea on how to get 18-year-olds to vote.
I'm all for putting the fun back into politics. Which is why I've been trying to get Al Gore to grow that mullet and muttonchops. He'd be like, the dude. A couple of piercings couldn't hurt either, Al. And the kids respect the really painful ones. You want to get rid of that robotic walk you've got? Two words: scrotum piercing. You'll never walk the same again. Need to get that dull, droning cadence out of your voice? Tongue piercing. You'd still be saying boring things, but that little steel ball would be flickering while you talk, putting your audience into a nice, hypnotic, receptive state. Then you've got 'em. Just don't bring out that 'lockbox' nonsense again. There's a limit to what even hypnotism can achieve.Go read it - you'll never look at a liberal voting participation scheme the same again. While you're at it, read the post below it about employing the arithmetically handicapped. Funny and depressing at the same time.
Posted 10:42 PM by WiN
And now, Sir Elton with the funeral dirge
Posted 10:34 PM by WiN
Adoption - is it really an option?
Andrea at Spleenville has some interesting commentary about how current adoption laws in Florida actually make it more unlikely that a mother will give her child up for adoption. Apparently, some genius in the legislature ("Skip") decided to make it mandatory that a potential donor mother make every attempt to notify the "father" that she is contemplating giving the child up including:
When background searches don’t work, a birth mother must place legal notices about the adoption in a local newspaper where the baby was conceived.In other words, exposing herself and her entire sexual history from the approximate time of conception.
Now if you have ever known anyone who wanted to adopt, you know what a tortuous and expensive proposition it is. I mean, you really, really have to want to adopt to jump through the legal hoops in this country. That is why many potential adoptive couples go outside the U.S. to China, Russia, Romania, etc. to adopt. Yet the state welfare agencies can't seem to find enough foster homes for all their custodial children, who often end up being bounced from foster home to communal homes and back again until they are way past the optimal adoption age - often until they are 18 and are then "on their own" without ever having a real home.
This is a tragic situation, when there are thousands of couples desperately wanting to adopt and who are willing to take older children, inter-racial adoption and even special needs children but they can't negotiate all the obstacles for whatever reason. And laws like the one in Florida make it just that much more likely that a potential adoptive child will instead be lost to abortion because it is easier and more confidential. As a society, we should be making it easier for a woman who knows that she does not want her child to carry that child to term and then confidentially give it up for adoption, no questions asked (except for pertinent medical histories). On the other side of the coin, we should be making it way easier for potential adoptive couples to qualify to adopt children who are in less demand, such as older children or those who require siblings to stay together. Pro-life activists need to wake up and fight adoption laws like the ones in Florida, and make it easier all around for scared and confused young mothers like the ones in the story to put their babies up for adoption. Otherwise, the abortion industry will gain clients they wouldn't have otherwise had, and more couples will see their dreams of providing a loving home for some fortunate child remain unfulfilled. [link via CognoCentric]
Posted 10:47 AM by WiN
Byron York asks, "How much does the press really want to know?"
Posted 10:43 AM by WiN
You say you want a revolution?
Well, apparently the Iranian people do. But do we hear about it here in the west? Glenn Frazier is wondering, along with Michael Ledeen, why Monday's demonstrations have yet to hit Western Media. Inquiring minds want to know. [links via GlennFrazier.com and NRO]
Posted 6:42 AM by WiN
More gun control=more crime
This should be obvious to anyone who has been paying attention, but the fewer handguns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, the more violent crime increases. The reverse also holds true, as implementation of sensible local and state-level 'concealed carry' laws have proven. But for a historical study on what happens when handguns are progressively restricted and, finally, outlawed completely, check out this book as reviewed here by The Blogfather, Glenn Reynolds. [link via The Corner]
Update: I know all you 2nd Amendment 'True Believers' out there already know this, but there's ample proof that in order to reduce violence against women, one of the best deterrents is for women to pack heat. Now things have gotten so bad, Louisiana's governor is recommending it. [also from The Corner]
Thursday, August 08, 2002
Posted 8:33 AM by WiN
With kids, you learn to celebrate small victories. Yesterday, my oldest daughter got braces. Today, I had my 1,000th visit. Thanks to all of you (and especially you, Kevin)!
Wednesday, August 07, 2002
Posted 5:11 PM by WiN
Check out this post about labor classes, from a fellow Okie. Chris, buddy, if you only knew....
Posted 10:10 AM by WiN
Evangelicals, Catholics=Better fathers?
Interesting in the fact that Jim of JimSpot is a Catholic and I am an Evangelical (not exactly, but close enough), and we seem to have quite similar opinions on fatherhood and our role in our children's lives. I personally feel it is one of the most important jobs I will ever have in my life, in that it effects not just the lives of my children and their future spouses, but all the people they touch along the way and generations to follow. Whether or not I made a lot of money or accumulated a load of possessions will not make one dime's difference 20 or 30 or 50 years from now, but how I raise my children will. If I do nothing else right in this world (and sometimes I feel like that's the case), I'm going to do the best I can raising my children - making sure they know they're loved, not just with words but with listening and spending time with them; teaching them responsibility, how to take it and how to deal with it; and teaching them right from wrong and backing it up not just with my words or opinions but with my actions and with God's Word. And if I do all that, not perfectly, but the best I can, then my days on this planet will be way more worthwhile to me than if I had the wealth of kings.
Posted 8:50 AM by WiN
I saw this article yesterday about the designated future Archbishop of Canterbury (from what I understand, the leader of the Church of England) becoming an honorary druid (sorry, I can't remember the blog, but today I saw in in Spleenville with some thoughtful commentary)
Now I'm not an Anglican or an Episcopalian, so this really doesn't affect me directly, but in a sense it does. As a Christian, I consider myself a member of the universal Body of Christ, which of course includes all believers who belong the Church of England. And for them to be forced to accept, and submit to, a spiritual leader who gives tacit approval to pagan beliefs, whether or not he actually practices them, is very disturbing to me. Sloughing off criticism with remarks like, "If people had actually looked at the words of the hymns and text used they would have seen a very Christian service" minimalizes the concerns of serious believers and in fact sounds like self-justification.
I just pray that those whose belief in Almighty God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ doesn't include the ordination of homosexuals, the honoring of pagan beliefs and the worship of idols will have the fortitude to vote with their feet (and their pocketbooks) and to seek out a fellowship that actually seeks to honor God and His Word. And that they would continue to seek God's will on how best to minister to those left behind when the whole mess becomes another, more ritualistic branch of the Unitarians. Heaven help them.
Posted 7:52 AM by WiN
Flash: Foreign Nationals not treated as U.S. Citizens
Okay, how's this logic for you: A sticker on your driver's license designating you as a temporary immigrant is the moral equivalent of German National Socialists forcing Jewish citizens to wear a yellow star of David on their clothing. This according to attorney (big surprise!) Michael Said of Iowa, reacting to a new law intended to prevent immigrants on temporary visas from using their driver's license to obtain Social Security numbers.
"I'm waiting for them to tell me that from now on I have to wear one of those yellow stars on my shirt," says Michael Said, who is also an immigrant. "There is very little difference between this and what happened in Germany, my country of origin, in the 1930s. Jewish people had yellow stars; gays, pink; Commies, red -- all to show your status in society."I'm going to explain this very simply - enforcing immigration laws is not the same as making social pariahs out of citizens. And a sticker on your license is not the same as being forced to display an indication of your religion, ethnicity, political beliefs or sexual preferences in a visible location on your clothing.
Mr. Said, if you still think "there is very little difference", try talking to someone from your "country of origin" who lived through it. Say, one of your grandparents. And shut your skull-cave. [via James Taranto]
Posted 6:40 AM by WiN
William Jefferson Clinton mangling the truth to protect his own backside? Surely not!
Tuesday, August 06, 2002
Posted 9:31 PM by WiN
Neighborhood night out
Yeah, we did that thing here in The Vineyard. Hung out with my fellow laid-back, middle-aged, middle-class neighbors in the cul-de-sac tonight. Ate some dogs, downed some cold ones. Took a bite outta crime. Oh, yeah.
Posted 9:16 PM by WiN
Good guys 2, Hertzberg 0
Jane may have even outdone Horowitz on this one. Bravo!
Posted 5:43 PM by WiN
Today's conservative quotes
Here's a few of my favorite quotes from some of today's conservative columns
From Bill Murchison:
The phoniest of Gore's phrases is "$1.6 trillion in tax giveaways for the few." "The few"? Now where did I get the impression that every taxpayer got his taxes cut? Which -- excuse me, Mr. Ex-Vice President -- wouldn't have happened had the Florida recount come out differently.Thomas Sowell:
For many couples, even when both of them are working, that is still not enough to pay the rent or the mortgage in the community where they are employed. That forces them to live farther out, which in turn can mean three or four hours a day spent in heavy traffic going to and from work. For some, death on the highway is part of the price they pay so that others can preen themselves on their love of open space.David Horowitz:
[New Yorker senior editor Rick] Hertzberg’s perverse distance from his countrymen is even more manifest in his opening remarks about the Founding itself “The most blatantly undemocratic feature of the document that the framers adopted in Philadelphia in 1787 was its acceptance – indeed, its enshrinement – of slavery, which in its American form was as vicious and repugnant as any institution ever devised by man.”Kathleen Parker (a few days old, but good):
Kids, with their overdeveloped baloney-sensors, know [all drugs are equally bad, evil and harmful...isn't] true. They know that marijuana may diminish their culinary standards and make them temporarily fascinated by the intricate lives of ants, but they also know that they won't necessarily be shooting heroin by sundown tomorrow.Jack Kemp:
I pointed out how in 1948, with Europe and Japan in ruins, the Marshall Plan built democratic institutions, established sound currencies and reduced our barriers to trade. I suggested that Bush should end steel tariffs, reduce farm subsidies, and stop the brutal tariffs and duties on textiles so critical to Third-World economies such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Africa. Bush has remarked numerous times how gifted and capable the Palestinian people are. The same is true of Afghanis, Pakistanis, Indians and Arabs.And finally, this doozy from Cal Thomas:
Former Vice President Al Gore has finally gotten around to questioning presidential ethics. Unfortunately, the ethics he questions are not those of former President Bill Clinton, who had none, but of George W. Bush, whom polls show the public trusts.Earth to Al - you're on the wrong side of that one. You're just sore because you lost to another privileged son of a career pol, and your place in the history books is now reserved next to the phrase "no controlling legal authority". Deal with it.
Posted 10:56 AM by WiN
This site is pretty bizarre, but stuff like this keeps me coming back for more.
Posted 10:47 AM by WiN
Iraq and I ran
Posted 9:48 AM by WiN
Oh, to write right
I'd love to be able to write as well as 90% of the folks on my blogroll, and I know that the only way to improve is to practice. That's a good part of Why I Blog. Apparently, Lynn has some similar thoughts.
I'm glad I learned to enjoy reading at an early age, and I'm glad I went to school back when students were still expected to be able to write well enough to be understood. But it's too bad I was never really pushed in that area. There are times when I read a particularly good column or blog entry and think, "I coulda' been a contenda".
Posted 7:15 AM by WiN
A rich man
A new friend turned up in my referral log today - I know we'd relate after reading this and this from JimSpot. Being a dad is one of one of the most challenging yet rewarding missions a guy can take on, and way too many take the title lightly and give up when the going gets a little rough. Having a great wives, like Jim and I have, makes all the difference.
And Jim, if you liked 'Butterfly Kisses', you should hear a song called 'Watercolour Ponies' which is on this album (may be on others also).
Monday, August 05, 2002
Posted 9:56 AM by WiN
A big thanks
To those who have recently added this site to your link list, thank you! I should have enough to break into the new ecosystem's 'Most Linked' top 500 pretty soon now (I'm still in the top 100 link sluts..er..'Most prolific linkers').
Thanks for visiting!
Posted 9:11 AM by WiN
Frustrated with airport security?
You gotta love this guy's solution [via Indepundit]
Posted 8:10 AM by WiN
Some tug pilots are luckier than others
For those who are not from around here, a little over two months ago a major bridge over the Arkansas River was destroyed by a barge, rerouting as many as 17,000 vehicles a day from Interstate 40, the main east-west artery in the southern U.S. Well, that bridge has been reopened, 8 days ahead of schedule.
The incident, which resulted in 14 deaths from cars and trucks unable to stop before plunging into the river, was caused when the tugboat pilot lost consciousness and a huge barge took out bridge support pillars. Here's another pilot who had much better luck in his "close encounter" with a bridge.
Posted 7:51 AM by WiN
Cynthia McKinney redux
The most interesting bit to me?
Mrs. [Unqualified] Offering used to manage a corporate PAC. She says the FEC dates, by law, are supposed to be the dates on the checks, not the date the checks are posted. That would put a crimp in the "Someone is moping around the district office that Tuesday and figures she might as well post the latest donations" theory [as was speculated in comments on the original post].Two days later, Big Media picks up on the story (without mentioning Indepundit, as UO points out) UO also comments that
Point by the McKinney camp that would sound valid if it wasn't phrased so...creepily:One good way to dramatically reduce the public forum for this ethically-challenged congresswomen and her anti-Semitic lackeys would be to support Denise Majette in two weeks. Anyone in her district paying attention out there?"These are American citizens learning to use their money like the very small population which sways a lot of opinion with their money -- the Jewish community. That's the American way." - McKinney campaign coordinator Wendell Muhamad.Advice for Wendell Muhamad: You can sound a lot less like a raving anti-semite if you don't refer to American Jews as "a very small population" and you allow for the possibility that American Jews might also "sway a lot of opinion" by voting, taking an active role in the nation's intellectual discourse, building coalitions with other constituencies, you know: citizenship.
Update: Here's one guy who seems to be.
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.