Saturday, November 22, 2008

Go Crimson!

Harvard wins 10 - 0!
Go Crimson!

Harvard wins 10 - 0!

Friday, June 16, 2006

Bush = Truman?
Gene Healy over at Cato@Liberty has a post on how the Republicans and Democrats are fighting over whether President Bush is governing in the spirit of Truman. Apparently, we can determine if Bush is doing the right thing by asking WWTD (What Would Truman Do)? Unfortunately, that's not a good thing:
But when you look at behavior on the home front, it seems to me that George W. Bush has as good a claim to Truman’s legacy as anyone. Domestically, HST was as unilateral as all get-out. Look at the Steel Seizure case. Facing down a nationwide steel strike in the midst of the Korean war, Truman ordered his secretary of commerce to seize the steel companies and operate them for the government. He did so using a constitutional theory that’s by now familiar. Here’s assistant attorney general Holmes Baldridge laying it out before federal district court judge David A. Pine in 1952:

Judge Pine: So you contend the Executive has unlimited power in time of an emergency?
Baldridge: He has the power to take such action as is necessary to meet the emergency.
Judge Pine: If the emergency is great, it is unlimited, is it?
Baldridge: I suppose if you carry it to its logical conclusion, that is true….
Judge Pine: And that the Executive determines the emergencies and the courts cannot even review whether it is an emergency.
Baldridge: That is correct.

Later, Pine asked Baldridge: “So, when the sovereign people adopted the Constitution, it enumerated the powers set up in the Constitution, but limited the powers of the Congress and limited the powers of the judiciary, but it did not limit the powers of the Executive. Is that what you say?” Baldridge replied, “That is the way we read Article II of the Constitution.”
Yes, it does sound like Bush is doing a great job of channeling Truman.

Really, the question to ask is WWJBD - What Would Jack Bauer Do? That's all you need to know. Though I suppose in Truman's day that would have resulted in a lot of dead striking steel workers.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

"Republicans are a disgrace"
So say Jerry Taylor and Peter Van Doren about the GOP's efforts to "fix" America's energy problems. The Republicans are abondoning their free-market roots in order to propose central-planning "solutions" based on bad information. Please read the whole thing. A taste:
Here's what they got: a pitch to have the feds establish a goal of reducing oil consumption by 20 percent by 2025. To get there, Kingston proposes to compel auto manufacturers to make flexibly fueled vehicles, to further expand the subsidies provided to those who buy hybrid-powered cars, and to unleash another avalanche of subsidies on exotic energy technologies far and wide. If we adopt this bill, Kingston believes that America will be energy independent by 2015.

Let's dwell on this for a moment. Government pronouncements that the economy produce x amount of this or consume y amount of that are the characteristics for which Soviet five-year plans were famous. Unfortunately, such dictates are all the rage in Washington today. One might expect free-market Republicans to be leery of such ham-handed intervention. But one would be wrong.
Indeed.
Learn to count
And learn to funk with this classic 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12 pinball action. One of my favorite Seseme Street memories, though I don't recall the shoutout of numbers changing at random like that. As I recall, they'd pick a number and stick with it throughout.

Tip to Signal vs. Noise.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Folly and profit
Over at NRO, Deroy Murdock considers the silliness of taxing oil companies for supposedly making too much profit. If anything is clear from this, it is that they are all statists, Republican and Democrat.

The discussion club to which I belong is meeting this Friday with immigration being the scheduled topic. An important subject, to be sure, but I'd rather talk about the bigger problem: there are no (significant, reliable) representatives of free-market, Liberty-loving ideas in the Federal government. Let's acknowledge it and do something about it.
Some advice to Jack Bauer
The writers seem to be going out of their way this season to make Jack look like an idiot. I realize that the show would have to change its name to 3 if Jack did these things, but there have to be more clever ways to keep the show going without dumbing Jack down:
  • Next time you get a recording, especially an easily-duplicated digital one, make a stinkin' copy.
  • Ask the bad-guy-turned-mole what his plan is so you don't come busting in and mess it up.
  • Instead of hijacking a plane, consider asking the air marshal for help instead.
  • Let Audrey go - she makes you compromise.
  • Go ahead and, er, get all Jack-Bauer on the evil IT guy. He's asking for it, and he'd be unable to do any more damage.


By the way, if Aaron the secret service guy ends up dead, I will be very put out.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Over-used phrases
There's a law in discourse that as a political discussion progresses, the odds of someone being compared to Hitler approach 1. The corollary is that the one who makes said comparison automatically loses the argument.

I'd like to propose something similar. It goes something like this:
Any use of some form of the phrase "drinking the [insert evil name here] Kool-Aid" is boring. The invoker of said phrase automatically loses the argument for lack of creativity.
We need a new yet similar phrase, something that makes no sense and borrows from popular culture. And here it is: "toading the [insert evil name here] sprocket". An example of usage:
Bill, if this is "no-spin zone" then you should stop toading the Republican sprocket.
You are welcome.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

C for Cookie
With a tip to Joe, check this out. Makes me feel poetic:

Remember, remember
I once was so slender
Until cookies were all that I got
I see no reason
They were so pleasin'
But my tummy loves them a lot

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Can I get mine with mayo?
Last night I saw one of the new Apple ads that pits a nerdy (Bill Gates lookin') PC against a cool (isn't that the guy that was clobbered by wrenches in Dodgeball?) Mac. There's a whole series of them, the point of this one being that Macs come with all kinds of cool software but Windows does not. While Dodgeball guy is talking about how the Mac has iThis and iThat, the Gates clone brags about how Windows has Calculator.

Uh, it was just a few years ago when Microsoft was taken to court because they supposedly bundle too much with Windows. Now one of its competitors is bagging on them because they don't bundle enough. That's a plot twist.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Don't vote for John McCain
Apparently he thinks that First Amendment thingy can be a nuisance.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Love and basketball
This is sweet, a trick played on a USC basketball player by the opposing fans.

Reminds me of this one time in [band camp?] college, my buddies and I were at a women's basketball game, and one of my friends (let's call him "Mark" because that's his name) made the mistake of saying one of the opposing players was cute (let's call her "Sharon" because I don't remember).

So we moved to the front row and chanted her name every time she got the ball. The poor girl had to have no idea why we were picking on her. At some point when she was sitting on the bench, we yelled her name in unison, which got her attention (small school, small gym), and we immediately pointed at Mark and yelled, "Meet Mark". I think Mark literally died at this point. I remember Sharon just had a giant WTF look on her face. At half time we got a big piece of poster board, wrote Mark's phone number on it, and waved it at here the entire 2nd half.

Ah, priceless. Sadly, she never called.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

A message for my wife
Thought you might want to take a look at the Carnival of Homeschooling (via Sauron).

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The space shuttle and a horse's butt
Sahil Malik has the details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Jack Bauer is my hero
With a hat-tip to John Papa, here are the Top Sixty Facts on Jack Bauer. My favorite:
Superman wears Jack Bauer pajamas.
And for the nerds such as myself, there's Jack Bauer - .Net Programmer. A sample:
JACK BAUER always uses a radio button collection to display a finite list of options. JACK BAUER drops down for no man.
Genius.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Let's give credit where it's due
Excuse me, Mr. InstaPundit (if that is your real name - sounds made-up to me), but Mad Magazine was all over this long before The Onion was forged [warning: The Onion article contains rough language]. I remember reading about the Trac LXXVI Razor when I was but a youngin' and thinking, "Wow, that looks painful". Probably why I don't like to shave to this day.

And no, I'm not sure how one would forge an onion.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Reminder: President Bush is not a conservative
Just refer to the following lines from Veronique de Rugy at NRO:
Last night there were two State of the Union addresses, and they offered radically different visions for America's future. One vision endorsed smaller government, permanent tax cuts, and individual liberty. The other approach offered a much more statist and paternalistic future for America, one where every possible problem, no matter how small, requires federal government action.

These two descriptions refer not to two addresses — one being George W. Bush's State of Union 2006 address and the other the Democratic response. Rather, these completely inconsistent messages were both part of the president's address.

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Unfortunately, the president also used a New Deal script for part of his speech. Much of his time was used to propose over two-dozen new or expanded spending initiatives.

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So which speech should we believe: The small-government or big-government speech? Do we believe the message of budget restraint from the White House or the calls for spending increases on the president's favored programs? The track record does not leave much room for optimism.

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So when the president says the administration is really committed to fiscal responsibility, one should not let hope triumph over experience.

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Today it is impossible to square the president's rhetorical support for free markets and limited government with the long list of programs and new initiatives that he claims to support.
Mr. President, if National Review doesn't trust you, you've got problems.