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Friday, May 11. 2007
The photo on the left is a compelling argument for why Persian women should never be veiled. Indeed, covering such loveliness should be illegal. From a piece on rebellion against the burkha laws in Iran, at Gateway (photo
A propos of The Barrister's post on Market Failure, Dan Boudreaux discusses how "altruistic" lawmakers, and those with market agendas, conspire. The Bootleggers and Baptists theory.
Obama is for bans on semi-auto weapons. Hello? Does he know what semi-auto means? I have two semi-auto shotguns. Perhaps he means full auto, or does he not know what he is talking about?
Why is income inequality a good thing? Because it indicates a good return on investment in human capital. It rewards it. Mankiw. If you tax away higher incomes to create an artificial income equality by erasing the free market for labor, you reduce the return on human investment, eg education, talent-improvement, self-discipline, delayed gratification, and skills acquisition - and thus discourage people from those desirable and life-enhancing things. Plus you obviously discourage people from working hard at difficult tasks.
A divorce rate reversal in the US. AOL News
Makers of Oxycontin get screwed. People get addicted to the meds, and the maker is blamed. Oxycontin is apparently a great drug: my oncologist friend says it has been a gift from God for patients with cancer pain and other chronic pain. There is no "high" at the correct doses.
"Sending a chill." The NYT is worried. (But aren't they always worried about one thing or another, like a bunch of old women? They need a strong dose of optimism - or Oxycontin.) A darn good point from Dino. Read the Bonus Question about Imus.
There is a movement to try to keep Paris Hilton out of jail, but did you know that there is a more worthwhile movement to keep her in jail - forever? Right Wing Nation. Truth is, I sort-of feel sorry for her: she is just a cute kid with a cute name, but without substance or brains, who has made herself an empty celeb. The attention must be gratifying, but what can it possibly lead to?
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Really bad news here NJ but the comments section is too funny!
Oral sex can lead to throat cancer
From Thursday's Globe and Mail
May 10, 2007 at 9:38 AM EDT
"Obama is for bans on semi-auto weapons. Hello? Does he know what semi-auto means? I have two semi-auto shotguns. Perhaps he means full auto, or does he not know what he is talking about?"
I don't think I've ever met a gun banner who knows the difference and my experience has been that they don't welcome an explanation that renders the breathless pronouncements about semi-automatics sound idiotic. For many years, I owned a revolver, a 38 special (obviously not for hunting) and I think it would have been much better for a home invader to be on the other end of a semi-automatic 22 than on the wrong end of my revolver loaded with six .357 rounds.
I should add that I don't own it anymore, but it wasn't a moral decision. It's illegal in the town where I've settled and I don't feel that I'm surrounded by imminent threats. If I want to reduce my risks there are many other things I could give up, however I don't begrudge anyone owning a gun whether for collecting, sport, hunting or protection or simply because they just feel like it.
Yes. But you see, Barney Fife had one, so it isn't as evil as those black plastic "assault weapons."
Well, if Sheriff Andy would keep the bullet in his shirt pocket, I'm sure Obama (and his mama) would be satisfied.
From: "The photo on the left is a compelling argument for why Persian women should never be veiled."
I certainly agree wholeheartedly with that profound observation. Yet, there are other compelling arguments for the enforced veiling of certain American women. I might begin with Rosie O., Ellen D., Hillary R-C., Nancy P., etc., and work from there. What a happier, greener and cleaner country we would have if only these "ladies" wore veils. As a matter of fact, so as not to seem unduly sexist [just mildly so], let me also include some alleged males starting with the Democratic Senators from Nevada, Massachusetts, Illinois....
Don't forget a veil, a soundproof veil, for that Pat Leahy piece of work.
the Iranian girl sure is a smokey beauty. Iranians are very accomplished, interesting folks--I hope we--the world--can save them (and us) from their leaders' war plans.
This film is about one of the Shah's staffers, who came to USA with nothing but his pride and his soul, after the fanatics toppled his government. One of the best--if sad--movies you'll ever see:
Yes she is. How do we save them without destroying them? The Japanese model? It is all so complicated.
Wish I knew--don't even have any feel for whose side time is on, this round. I think I'm Democrat-shocked dumb.
Come on Buddy, anything but 'Democrat' shocked :-) Thing is, we could do it, leaving out 90 percent of the populace. We just don't have the nut's anymore to even try.
We don't have the nuts because the Dems have convinced us we are no longer a republic at all, but a plebiscite --directed by polls.
Not just Dem's BL. You know its deeper than that. A hundred year (or more) effort. Brought to beautiful fruition. Forty years ago I would have called me insane. Funny how things change.
well, it's like two kids in a speeding car fighting for the steering wheel--one is pulling hard left, the other is just trying to stay on the road.
Granted the problem is not just the one pulling hard left--the other one ought to hold on tighter.