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Updated: 2007-05-10T13:11:08-05:00

 



Marriage!

2007-05-10T13:11:08-05:00

Sorry, all -- marriage is very fun, but very time-consuming! Adding keeping house and man to taking courses, doing volunteer work, doing some paid work, and trying to write a book out of my grandparents' WWII love letters, I haven't...

Sorry, all -- marriage is very fun, but very time-consuming!  Adding keeping house and man to taking courses, doing volunteer work, doing some paid work, and trying to write a book out of my grandparents' WWII love letters, I haven't got time for posts here, and rarely for comments elsewhere.  So, if you haven't gathered that already, I've closed shop. 

My final point should be somewhat pertinent, so: Bob, no friend to most conservative ideas, a Keynesian economist, getting his news mainly from NPR, has been working in military hospitals out here, and he gets livid when he hears Hillary Clinton or others on the left advocate VA-style government-run healthcare.  It's incompetent, outdated (no innovation -- except in prosthetics), and full of government employees who won't do anything they don't have to.  Expand it to the whole country -- and make it Canadian, with no options -- and modern medicine is down the tubes (or, rather, frozen in time).  Like when FOX News complains about Republicans, Dan Rather alleges Democrat conspiracies, the Pope converts to Islam, and Lee Stroebel fails so badly in disproving Christianity that he ends up a convert to it, when someone advocates something not traditionally in their camp, you'd better pay attention! 

It's been fun, and I may come back some day.  Hope you all enjoy life!




Stop that Jewish Pressure!

2006-12-06T15:26:00-06:00

I thought anti-Israeli opinions weren't about anti-Semitism -- at least, that's what they keep saying. Yet we have this, as part of a suggestion to have a Middle East conference without inviting Israel: “As Baker sees this, the conference would...

I thought anti-Israeli opinions weren't about anti-Semitism -- at least, that's what they keep saying.  Yet we have this, as part of a suggestion to have a Middle East conference without inviting Israel:

“As Baker sees this, the conference would provide a unique opportunity for the United States to strike a deal without Jewish pressure,” an official said.

Can't have any of that Jewish pressure, you know.  Because Israel's all about pressuring Jews, you know.  So, let's strick a deal about how to answer the Israeli question, and make sure no Israelis (=Jews, people who pressure the US) are involved.  Sounds like a great idea!




Marriage and Hiatus

2006-12-05T08:10:38-06:00

I'm half-married (we're having two ceremonies), and now I'm moving my computer out to the new place, so don't be surprised if I disappear for a month or so!



Priti Patel

2006-11-26T16:06:29-06:00

Now here's a candidate I would support!



Rangel on the Draft

2006-11-19T17:01:15-06:00

When looking around for responses to Rangel's comments calling for a reinstatement of the draft, especially his claim that it's hypocritical to support the war but not support conscription, I haven't been able to find anyone pointing out the problem...

When looking around for responses to Rangel's comments calling for a reinstatement of the draft, especially his claim that it's hypocritical to support the war but not support conscription, I haven't been able to find anyone pointing out the problem with that statement.  Perhaps it's because it's been said too often and is too obvious, but it isn't for people who haven't given the issue much thought.  Mr. Rangel, it's very possible to support the war and also believe that the best thing for assisting it to its conclusion isn't necessarily the addition of large numbers of unwilling, innately ill-equipped, or actively antagonistic people to the fighting force!

I've been in places (including a year in Germany) where there is a mandatory service year of the kind Rangel mentions -- in Germany, at least in 1998, the "year" of military service was several months shorter than the "year" of community service -- and I didn't hear too many complaints about it.  It would be great in a place like France, because it would give all high school graduates a year of having to do something and would also both take them out of the potential work force for a year and give them some skills for when they decide to reenter it.  It wouldn't go over too well here, though, as 1) we don't need a workforce reduction, 2) we're used to freedom (unlike many Europeans -- again, at least in 1998, German students had to a great extent their careers decided for them on the basis of pre-teen aptitude tests), 3) I doubt people would take too kindly to suddenly putting every 18-year-old in the country on the government's (taxpayer's) payroll, 4) colleges would have to add in even more remedial classes to compensate for a year without school (and, if it were after college (or you could defer it for college), you can bet people would try any loophole they could find to avoid doing mandatory community service or military service they don't want to do when they've got half-a-dozen offers for six-figure jobs upon graduation), 5) as is regularly shown, people are less likely to do things if they feel the money the government is taking from them is being spent on those things (like giving to charity), so
the overall tendency might be to make "civic duty" volunteers (those who help because they feel an obligation, not because it's their lifelong dream to be a homeless shelter volunteer) pull out, thinking that that's what the government's paying the 18-year-olds for.

UPDATE: There's a first time for everything -- FHayek at DailyKos makes my top point, and is right on the money the whole way through.  What's up?  Is he a secret conservative troll, as some commenters think?  Or is there really someone over there who has read basic economic theory? 




Minimum service hike to match minimum wage hike

2006-11-17T22:26:02-06:00

Now this is a reform I might be able to get behind!



Barbaro

2006-11-15T22:33:50-06:00

This is so amusing -- Breyer suggests you buy a tiny vet to go along with your plastic model of Barbaro (who's doing well, by the way).



Chronicle's Weird News

2006-11-14T07:55:34-06:00

Weird stuff all around. Since we all know about the CofE bishop saying it's fine to kill disabled kids if you think they'll cost too much -- in line with the good old American practice of defining "mother's health" to...

Weird stuff all around. 

Since we all know about the CofE bishop saying it's fine to kill disabled kids if you think they'll cost too much -- in line with the good old American practice of defining "mother's health" to include financial health in order to rationalize 3rd-trimester abortions -- I won't post about that.  Instead, the Chronicle's Weird News section!

So, New Zealand kids can use text message shorthand in exams, eh?  I hope they've trained teachers to understand what all the abbreviations mean, and have given them ESP to help them recognize which of many meanings for an abbreviation is meant in each circumstance... my cousin IMs with that, and I can't make out what she's saying most of the time. 

In an article about a baby hatch where unwanted babies can be dropped off, you read:

"By installing the hatch, we want to rescue both parents and babies," said a hospital official. "Maybe there are some people who are suspicious about it, but we should not pretend not to see them and let them die. Babies are innocent."

Good counterpart to the news that babies under 25 weeks gestation are refused medical treatment in Holland -- there, apparently, they do pretend not to see them and let them die.

And news from China: Mao condoms, not cool, Yao sanitary pads, maybe cool. 

That's all from this weird world -- have a nice day!




Voting Machines

2006-11-07T21:24:13-06:00

The Chronicle reports on voting machine problems, but you'd think they'd report on local ones: I hear reports that some local machines were not working, leading to long lines in places.



No Tennessee Senate Race?

2006-11-07T21:07:20-06:00

Is it just me, or does Fox seem unaware that there is a senate race in Tennessee?



Addendum:

2006-11-07T16:53:32-06:00

If not voting will cause someone to make an attempt on your life, then, even if you don't know what you're voting about, you might have to vote!



Voting

2006-11-07T16:17:10-06:00

Voting in Houston at Lamar HS went very nicely. Everyone, if you know what you'll vote for and why, go vote!

Voting in Houston at Lamar HS went very nicely.  Everyone, if you know what you'll vote for and why, go vote!




Scott Jameson for Senate!

2006-11-06T17:15:29-06:00

Dang, I wish this guy had a chance of winning. Looks like a very sensible libertarian, and made a pretty good showing in the debate CNN Pipeline just ran.

Dang, I wish this guy had a chance of winning.  Looks like a very sensible libertarian, and made a pretty good showing in the debate CNN Pipeline just ran.




Peaceful...

2006-11-05T20:30:18-06:00

SOS website is now here.



Wimmin At War

2006-11-05T12:12:09-06:00

Fascinating article from a few months back on feminist movements' support of mysoginist societies.