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Tuesday, February 12. 2008
Another stripper and ho scandal at Duke. But hey - it's called "art" this time, and I doubt any lacrosse players attended.
More on Al Qaida's quagmire.
Saudis take a strong, principled stand against Valentine's Day!
Valentine's gifts that guys do not want
Video games and the male brain
Who is the Republican core, anyway?
Radical chic, frozen in amber
Venezuela after Chavez
Gilda's Club: The language they use
How McCain can win.
Big favors for trial lawyers
About "change", quoted from Newsweek at Betsy:
Only the young and/or naive believe that Washington will ever change.
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One of the foundations of most every philosopher I have ever read, which is to say a great many, given it was one of two of my college majors, is the question of the nature of man.
The philosopher begins by stating man is either good or evil and then proceeds to write for the next thirty years in an attempt to support his thesis. Is man by nature good or bad?
That is the crux of the question posed at the end of the thread here today.
Only the young and/or naive believe that Washington will ever change
It is man, not the city, that does or does not change, or more correctly develops early in life the rectitude to do the right thing or lacks the rectitude from the beginning to do the right thing. Which begs, what is the right thing to do?
Usually it is power that eventually erodes the rectitude in tempting the person to "do the right thing" as the person sees the thing to be done.
Given man's fallibility and the words of Heraclitus that "Nothing is constant but change" man attempts to increase his power to enforce his vision.
It is the nature of man.
True. It wont change because it is the place where political power and money are dispensed, and those are two things lots of people want.
NYC, by comparison, is more pure and wholesome because it mostly lacks the political power component.
The Wall Streets Journal does it's usual fine job in posing and then answering the question ,can McCain win?
Damn right he can. Nothing is inevitable in politics. Especially in elections, And the time between now and the election is an eternity in political life. Where was McCain eight months ago? He was written off. Where was Obama? A novelty act. So where will the actors be by election day, Obama, Hillary,McCain, Huckabee? And what of the Vice Presidential nominees that can really have an influence on this election. Who will they be?
Just yesterday I spoke with a boomer contemporary who's father was a Naval Aviator and POW with McCain for the entire six plus years in the Hanoi Hilton. Her father and McCain had also been test pilots together at Pax River. Her father told her that John McCain was one of the toughest, gutsiest men he had ever known. It is a reputation he carries to this day.
Yeah he can win, and he can do the job. He's no yes man or candy ass.
Growing up I would hear the saying, "What's good for GM is good for America"
Well GM just lost 722 million dollars in the fourth quarter.
That just doesn't sound good. Ugh.
Warren Buffett stands tall.
Berkshire Hathaway offered to reinsure $800 billion in munis
Habu,Habu,Habu geez man give it a rest..... hey I wake up and feel like writing...
The Radical chic frozen in amber is short and very powerful.
I was there as were most of the MF'ers and I can't tell ya how it happened..got my theories but ....... then I'd have to spend the next thirty years defending them.
Are six cups of coffee too much in the first hour of consciousness?
Here Habu just breathe into this brown bag ..that's good, in , out , in , out ......
that's okay -- keep it coming -- it's good stuff. Well, most of the time anyway.
Nice read at the Moderate Voice link (the cartoon). A Polish article is summarized--quite refreshing, on American politics.
Still cannot wrap my mind around the blatant lies and hypocrisy. So disturbing. That coach and that team was great and they destroyed it. For what? Must just accept the facts and keep after em. That article should be front page, imho.
Have you seen the way Kate tied WK up in knots at sda on Sunday (the post with her on her motorcycle)? WK is very Nifongesque. Always calling others racists and bigots, trying to destroy others to advance his 'politics'. She really nailed him. Will to go down in blog history, imo. Curious what you think.
Also just FYI, re: Ezra Levant and Canadian politics. I think Conservatives everywhere owe this man a lot and not only for fighting Human Rights Commision investigations of himself and Steyn. Ezra stepped aside for Stephen Harper in 2002 and if not for SH, the Liberals might still be in power in Ottawa. From wiki...
.. in 2001, Levant returned to Calgary to practice law. By February, 2002 he won the Canadian Alliance party nomination for the riding of Calgary Southwest, but stepped aside after public pressure so that new party leader Stephen Harper could run there in a 2002 by-election. When the by-election was called, Levant, who is reported to have spent more than $150,000 in gaining the nomination, announced on March 28th that he would not step aside. Later that night, however, he relented after widespread pressure from the party and accusations that he was putting himself ahead of the party.
Just received this from a very dear friend. There are a few folks here who will get a good laugh from this:
That was great, AP -- some good laffs -- and descriptions --