Thursday, March 31, 2005
I Hope This Doesn’t Mean What I Think It Means…
Is France Our Future?
You really should take the time to read Macomber’s latest. It kicks the French for their self-destructive socialist ways and does it in what may be the most thorough way I can imagine. Specifically, it relates to the rescinding of the French law that mandated no more than 35 hour work weeks.
While it is fun to kick France (though “cheese eating surrender monkey” has grown stale), the truth is that France is a not-so-pretty picture of America’s potential future. Where we haven’t gone quite that far down the road, and while we may never get there, it is still a powerful warning about our own socialized systems.
Consider, when welfare went through meaningful reform, the cry from the left was that we were rolling back decades of social progress--that a wealthy society could afford more compassion for the poor, not less. The same accusation is being made about Social Security. Even people who lean right on social issues can fall into the “wealthy can afford it” trap; they believe that the wealthy can afford higher taxes to supplement health care or education or the National Endowment for the Arts or whatever pet program that someone, somewhere might believe will change the world for the better.
The sense of entitlement coupled to a willingness to delve further into income redistribution in the name of societal progress leads to, as Shawn put it, “shackling anyone with motivation to a sinking raft of bureaucrats and the lazy.” He says that about France, but it would take a blind man to ignore the implications for American society.
Heinlein was, and always will be, right. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch; and that means that if you aren’t paying for it, someone else is. While I’ll always support the idea that governments are necessary (no anarchist here), the level of intervention and control that a government has to have to support its primary functions is something substantially less than the size and scope of our current government.
Bureaucracy tends to self-perpetuate, and if citizens are unwilling to prune the growth back from time to time, a nation will become like France: moribund, overburdened, and under-motivated with a stale economy and marginal industry. I don’t really want that future for the United States.
Terri Schiavo has Died
As the argument over the subject in the blogosphere has grown increasingly passionate, I’ve stood by and watched. I watched quietly because the arguments have grown increasingly acrimonious and I have no wish to start name calling and picking fights. It also became increasingly clear that no appeals court was going to overturn the original ruling; sadly I watched as the inevitable played out to its obvious conclusion.
So, Terri has died and her family mourns. I mourn with them.
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Blogger Bash 4.0: You Are Going, Aren’t You?
Rocky Mountain Blogger Bash 4.0 is coming up this weekend. If you’ve been wondering whether you should attend, it’s only fair to tell you that not only will you (probably) get to meet all of the people on this list--and whatever others didn’t quite meet my (arbitrary and completely unfair) RSVP date--but you’ll also get to drink.
Stay focused, people.
Steve Green, Vodka Pundit
See you there, kids.
Viagra May Cause Vision Loss. Tonight, a million guys are thinking, can I do it just until I need glasses.
Heavy Metal v/ Heavy Metal
Er, rock music, that is.
Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Craig Is Gonna Be Big
Craig is on the radio. I like that about him.
Back to the Idol
Tonight they sing the 90’s. There was a lot of really good stuff in that decade, but there was just as much crap. This could be frightening…
Bo Bice Some Black Crows song. This song sucks--in its original version and in this setting. The good of it is that the man knows how to perform and that’s his saving grace. The vocal performance wasn’t so great tonight, but the overall performance was, ahem, rockin’. Simon’s wedding singer comment was a little harsh, but the fact is that this wasn’t a great musical moment.
Can I tell you how much I hated the Black Crows? I don’t see myself ever being nostalgic for that band…
The rest of the updates will be in the extended entry to save McGehee’s rather particular tastes.
Hey, Who Turned on the Lights?
Evolution. Intelligent Design. Creation Science. Creationism. Big Bang.
See, I know what I believe and I have yet to have someone explain either side of the argument to me in a way that moves me much from my chosen position. But it does seem to be raising a few hackles these days, doesn’t it?
So, in the spirit of inquiry, I ask, “Who turned on the lights?”
And while you think about that--and whatever implications it might have--I invite you to peruse the creation mythology of other cultures.
Rock on, dude!
(Warning: If you have a slightly naughty mind, you might imagine the the illustration of the Egyptian creation myth (number 7) is illustrating a slightly uncomfortable sexual position. Or maybe it’s just me...)
Miss Jo’s Kentucky Derby Q & A
A brief Question and Answer segment for those who know nothing about the Kentucky Derby.
Because the Kentucky Derby is only a matter of weeks away, and because it is an American sporting institution no less than the Super Bowl, it is time for me to provide you with an extremely basic primer. I consider it my duty as a horseman (or would that be horsewoman?) and a patriot.
Review: Woven Hand at Benders Tavern
On Good Friday, the g-phrase and I attended what was probably the best concert that I will see this year.
Benders Tavern is a bar and small concert venue that sits in the building formerly occupied by the Goth bar, Onyx. Where it used to be dark and gloomy, with its TVs showing a mix of stylish and campy cult films, Benders is a brighter space with more buoyant colors. It was the first time I had been in the bar since before it had changed ownership, and the experience was a little disconcerting.
The part that made it so strange wasn’t the new style, though, it was that some of the clientele didn’t seem to have changed all that much. Pierced and tattooed people still attended, wearing their uniforms of black PVC and leather, carefully cultivating their ironic detachment and sartorial separatism. At least one of the concertgoers was a former Onyx employee who wore a familiar starter Al Jourgenson Goth cowboy getup. I was surprised to see them at the comparatively happy Benders and even more surprised to see them attending a Christian rock concert.
But that’s precisely what was happening. The scene was the people--the tiny shot girl with the pink, wool bunny ear cap and an unsettling, vampiric smile; the cocktail waitress with the exaggerated, cat’s eye granny glasses; the cocktail waitress with what looked to be tatts covering her entire torso and arms. Scattered throughout was a smattering of people like me: jeans and sweaters type people who looked more out of place than the guy with plugs in his earlobes.
Beading, My Anti-Drug
Pedantry has a quick rant about anti-drug measures on an Indian reservation in Maine. (Click on the link to go see the ad.)
Meanwhile, Kevin at Wizbang has more information about the shooting at Red Lake Indian reservation in Minnesota. The shooter had a partner. They may have been planning another Columbine. A decade or so ago in a native town in Canada a bunch of teenagers decided to commit suicide by sniffing gas. They were found out and saved but not until after they’d sniffed a lot of gas and lost a lot of brain cells.
The idea that we should preserve an ancient way of life, and force people who through the sheer chance of genetics happen to be inheritors of this ancient way of life to live that life is insane. It’s more than insane, it’s racist.
There are many who choose to preserve their ancestors’ ways. That’s fine with me, and I support it. I’m not sure what the ancient ways have to do with casinos, bungalows and beat up Fords, but that’s not my concern. If the goal is to preserve tribal identity and live as a nation-within-a-nation then there’s something that needs to be said—You can’t preserve tribal identity if your kids are frying their brains using the white mans drugs.
You guys need a different plan. Personally, I don’t think making beads for tourists cuts it.
Note: There are tribes out there that are quite successful. I mean no disprespect to them.
What if? (Sadaam version)
From the NYT: Panel’s Report Assails C.I.A. for Failure on Iraq Weapons. Just think, if the CIA had gotten their facts straight then Sadaam Hussein would still be in charge and the Left would be smiling. And, dissenters would still be being fed into industrial shredders feet first. Uday and Qsay would still be, literally, raping the populace, the secret police would still be kidnapping people, and 25 million Iraqis would have been spared the humiliation and indignities of democracy.
Seriously though, we’re not getting our money’s worth out of the CIA and other spy agencies. These agencies have been politicized since at least the Vietnam War. I hope Negroponte can clean house and get the agency back to being respectable. Ironically, I think the best way to do this is to remove Congressional oversight of the agencies. Pontificating politicians bloviating to their core constituencies have damaged our abilities to protect ourselves. It ain’t right.
On the other hand, if CIA incompetence is what it took to get us into Iraq and free 25 million people from oppression, then maybe we need more “incompetence.”
A final note to all current and future despots—next time the CIA asks you some questions, be honest in your answers. It would also help if you gave them unfettered access to your facilities.
Monday, March 28, 2005
Gay Patriot and the 13th Ammendment
Over at Wizbang, Jay Tea puts it all in a nutshell:
Read his whole rant, it gets beter.
Congratulations to Frank J
Richard Gere speaks his mind
I’ve never really thought much about Richard Gere the actor. I can’t even remember ever having seen any of his movies*. As an activist, though, I have much respect for him. I don’t always agree with what he endorses, but I do respect his principled stands and the fact that unlike the feminists and most on the left, it is the issue that matters. He doesn’t squelch his opinion just because the people involved happen to think “correctly” about other issues.
* Okay, okay. I did see Chicago, and liked it (though it was a tad long).
This is sad. GayPatriot Goes Silent. After reading the post I really don’t know what to say. Everyday radical liberal fascists show that they can’t handle free speech, can’t handle diversity of opinion, and can’t deal with a world that is different than the fantasy they live in.
His legacy’s painted in yellow
That’s the headline of this column by Peter Worthington from the Toronto Sun about Army deserter Jeremy Hinzman:
Joining the military to get an education or to lift yourself above your current economic status is an honorable and time honored tradition in America. Before an enlistee signs the papers and takes the oath it is made quite clear that he will be required to kill people and blow things up. People who don’t like doing that shouldn’t put on the uniform to begin with. Or volunteer to be in the America’s Guard of Honor. Hinzman knew what he was doing, and what was he getting into. He took a chance we wouldn’t get into a shooting war, and he lost. Suck it up Hinzman.
Worthington brings up many good points, of which I’ve only highlighted two. Do RTWT.
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