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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 15, 2003
Posted 9:57 AM by WiN
Bad joke of the day
I don't know who to credit with this, except that I saw it in today's Federalist:
Why are Episcopalian leaders such poor chess players?Heh.
Another good one, this time from Leno (also via The Federalist):
Over in Liberia, President Charles Taylor resigned from office today and left the coutry after handing power over to his Vice President, Moses Blah. Vice President Blah? Wasn't that Al Gore's Secret Service name?
Wednesday, August 13, 2003
Posted 9:11 AM by WiN
The latest ode to the obscure is hosted this week by a pair of pulchritudinous pundits on the right, Maripat and Lori at Right We Are!. Hey, even lefties will enjoy the graphics (assuming they're blessed with a Y chromosome).
Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Posted 12:12 PM by WiN
An end to income taxes?
Could we really see an end to income taxes here in America? Sounds far-fetched, but there are a few very smart and determined people out there who believe it could happen. Steve Forbes was one, as well as Dick Armey. Here's a plan by libertarian Neal Boortz that - at first glance - sounds pretty plausible. As they say, "Write your congressman" - but don't hold your breath.
Posted 11:12 AM by WiN
CA Recall Madness
Just in case the emergence of Howard "The Mad Liberal" Dean as frontrunner for the Democratic Presidential nomination and Ward Connerly's Quixotic quest to eliminate racial discrimination was not enough to keep you interested until next year's races heat up, the California gubernatorial recall vote is getting pretty entertaining. Close to 200 folks, from political heavyweights Cruz Bustamante and Bill Simon to political neophytes like Larry Flynt and "where are they now" minor celeb Gary Coleman have thrown their hat into a chapeau-filled ring to be listed on the ballot as possible replacements for the embattled Gray Davis. Bustamante, as the only major Democrat to announce for the ticket so far, appears to be the 'CYA' candidate for the Democratic party should Davis lose the recall vote.
But his presence on the ballot has caused some interesting speculation. George Will, in his column on the topic, raises the possibility that state Democratic heavyweights will not even allow the Davis recall issue to come to a vote should the numbers look bad for him as the Oct. 7th polling date draws closer.
[I]f in a few weeks Davis seems a certain loser, muscular Democratic interests, none of which are tied to him by cords of affection, might successfully pressure him to resign. Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, who is a candidate to succeed him, would become governor...Given the shenanigans the Dems pulled in last year's New Jersey senate race, nothing would surprise me. Another possibility that I envision would be that, if the Dems manage to keep Bustamante as the only high-profile, plausible Democrat in the race - which looks likely as Dianne Feinstein has flatly denied interest - they would take their chances on a Republican split between Schwarzenegger, Simon and McClintock and ride Bustamante back to the governor's mansion, whereupon he could appoint Davis to the open Lt. Governor's position and alternately resign or leave Davis in a strong position to challenge for the seat again '06 (or whenever Bustamante's term is up).
Whatever happens, look for the Dems to pull out all the dirty tricks to keep the GOP out of the top job - the Terminator notwithstanding. At the very least, it should make for some pretty entertaining campaigning for the next couple of months.
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.