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Wednesday, January 15, 2003
Posted 3:09 PM by WiN
Google Idiodic Trivia
Who in a million years would have guessed that my blog is one of only three references in a Google Search for Iatolla Khomeini?
Posted 2:40 PM by WiN
Bush Joins Affirmative Action Fray
Well, many conservatives were holding their breath on this one, especially after the l'affaire du Lott, but the Bush administration has finally admitted that it will file a brief in the racial preferences case against the University of Michigan currently before the Supreme Court.
It goes without saying that the Usual Suspects (the Diversity Demagogues) are screaming 'racism' and equating civil rights with diversity (I kid you not! Tom Daschle is quoted as saying "They (the Bush Administration) have to decide whether they're for civil rights and diversity or not." But for the real scoop on racial preferences and 'diversity', I commend you to a true civil rights hero, and one of the most courageous men in America today, Ward Connerly.
Tuesday, January 14, 2003
Posted 1:02 PM by WiN
Tax Cuts for "The Rich"?
Anyone who has followed politics for any length of time knows one thing about tax cut proposals by Republicans - they will always be 'for the rich'. Bill Murchison said it humorously (but no less factually):
The price of tax cuts isn't reductions in federal revenues. The price of tax cuts is having to sit around listening for weeks and months to the Democrats' Pavlovian wails about "the rich" -- if not "the very rich" -- if not, forsooth, "the wealthiest 1 percent." You know -- those to whose welfare and uplift the Republican Party is pledged heart and soul.But how many people actually know the truth about tax cuts, who they affect, and the effects they cause? Well, Thomas Sowell, for one, and he gives a typically masterful explanation of how it all works in his column today. Recommended reading for anyone who wants to know 'the Truth' about tax cuts.
Monday, January 13, 2003
Posted 12:52 PM by WiN
Dr. Pepper out tha....whaaaaa?
Just took a peek over on u l t r a m i c r o s c o p i c, just to see if griff is still as funny as I remembered.
He's still got it. (Caution: do not consume beverages while reading the linked post)
Posted 10:28 AM by WiN
Famous People Die In Threes
Joe Strummer, Maurice Gibb, and Bigwig know who's next. In fact, he has posted a complete pre-mortem confession.
Posted 9:19 AM by WiN
Think You Had a Bad New Year's?
We have an early entry for this year's "Stupid Cop Tricks", which we suspect will lead from wire to wire:
"I immediately pulled to the side, and expecting him to come to the window, I started reaching for my wallet to get my license and it was not there," Smoak said.They also removed and cuffed his wife and son. Then, in the pièce de résistance, their pet bulldog got out of the car through a door they had left open, and an alert Local Yokel shot the dog dead in front of the family. Then, one of the Tennessee Highway Patrolmen put the capper on the whole affair by joking with the cop who shot the dog.
Now I'm not one for frivolous lawsuits and the "culture of victim-ology" that has overtaken this country, but if I were this family, I'd sue these guys six ways from Sunday, and I hope they get some nice punitive damages for the nightmare these brainless goons put them through (link leads to stories on the incident from a local paper, via Greeblie). It's already going to cost the State of Tennessee Tourism Dept. millions in damage control. Let's get the word out what kind of "vacation" one can expect traveling through that fair state. I seriously doubt the person or persons responsible for this travesty will ever be brought to task.
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.