Thursday, June 24, 2004

While that may, indeed,
be my favorite Conan quote, I don't believe it is my favorite Schwartzenegger quote. That'd have to be something like, "I am the party pooper," or any of the silly things he had to say in Hercules in New York.
Joe's favorite Conan quote
has resurfaced (look under Quote of the Day II). At least he didn't say, "Diddle an intern".
Not my network, damn it!
Florida is looking at taxing home networks
In 1985 the state passed a law to tax businesses using their own communications networks, because otherwise the state could not collect tax revenue on the businesses' local telephone service. In 2001, that law was expanded to make 'any system that is used for voice or data that connects multiple users with the use of switching or routing technology' taxable up to 16 percent.

The law is so broad that it would apply to networked computers, wireless services, two-way radios and even fax machines -- or 'substitute communications systems,' as the state calls them. The tax would be applicable (PDF) to the costs of operating such a substitute communications system, not to the purchase of the system's components.

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If the law is implemented, Florida would have the most wide-reaching state tax on technology. But it may not be the last -- state officials estimate enforcement of the tax could bring in more than $1 billion a year in revenue for the state.
We're doomed. If Florida will really see that much revenue, it'll spread to every other state. Ay curamba!
Right Thinking
has a flyer on Michael Moore's, uh, lameness available for download.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

This is a great story.
Read the whole thing.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Jonathan H. Adler is obviously not an R.E.M. fan,
or else he would have referred to their song in his piece on the Cuyahoga River. It's an oldy but a goody from the mid-80's off the Life's Rich Pageant album (my favorite, as it happens), and the bass line is fun to play.
Christopher Hitchens
shows Fahrenheit 911 no mercy. Good for him.

Monday, June 21, 2004

How Do you Fight a War on Terrorism
when you don't know who the terrorists are? This is the question posed by Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey, formerly of the US Marine Corps. You can hear a BBC interview here.
Red and White Roses
I really love Wendy McElroy! She has been one of my favorite writers for many years. Today, I read her article about father's day. In it, I learned the meaning of the roses that I received from an anonymous friend:
Roses were chosen as the official flower of the first Father's Day, with white flowers to remember fathers who had died and red ones to honor the living.
I've been admiring those flowers every day and silently thanking my unknown friend. You see, I've been separated from my children since October. Whoever you are, I thank you for being my friend. I return the thoughts of peace with thoughts of peace. Blessings!
OpinionJournal
has the text of a speech delivered at a U.N. conference this morning about anti-semitism at the U.N. Of my many complaints about the U.N's asininity, this speech does a great job of highlighting its enourmous bias against the only democratic government in the Middle East.
Hat tip
to Andrew Sullivan for linking to this Trent Lott interview in the New York Times. The section I want to highlight is (italics in original):
Speaking of Mosul, how do you think the war in Iraq is going?

There are terrorists in Iraq who have been drawn into that part of the world. Every day we eliminate some of them; that's one more that won't be coming here.

What do you mean by eliminate them? Where are the terrorists and insurgents going to go?

Well, they are going to be killed. When they attack our troops, 20 or 30 or 40 at a time are being eliminated.

We can't kill everyone who hates America!

We can kill a lot of them, particularly when they try to kill us.

And you think that will lead to democracy in Iraq?

It's kind of like the song about New York. If it can succeed in Iraq, it can succeed anywhere.
Does the interviewer (Deborah Solomon) really believe that U.S. foreign policy equals killing everyone who disagrees? No, we kill those who try to kill us. That's not that difficult to understand.