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Thursday, April 3. 2008
I don't care how they check up on foreigners on American soil, but I do not like this. Where is our Constitutional right to privacy? And speaking of observation, Garbage Men double as cops. That really stinks.
Immigration does nothing positive for the UK. Small Dead Armadillos. No kidding.
Iraqis line up to join the army. Ace. Hmmmm. Maybe these dudes know something.
A mom discusses raising her autistic kid. Video. "A slice of heaven"
It's what's for dinner: Ted Turner says warming will cause cannibalism. He suggested no recipes. Speaking of impending cannibalism outbreaks, it was 19 degrees here this morning when I went to Dunkin Donuts.
Why don't "they" like America? AVI thinks about it. I would debate the premises. Exactly who doesn't "like" America, and why should it matter?
Clinton lie du jour: No spectacles in the army?
Speaking of Euroland, poll shows they've had enough with the Moslems. Darn hypocrite racists.
The Prof takes a look at McCain's Annapolis speech, and is not impressed by its content. Me neither. Needs a bit of the vision thing. A bit of inspiration and cheerful optimism. (h/t, Insty). Repubs nominated the man - now he needs to become a candidate and show some zip. Since Obama will corner the market on negativity about America, John needs to ring some positive, uplifting bells. Bells of Freedom, I hope.
Note to illegals: Get your Maine drivers licenses now, before they go away.
Prof Deneen wonders whether Malthus was right.
The sliding scale, from Viking:
Photo: A Mr. Free Market-style wave of the Capitalist cigar to Buddy and to Roger de Hauteville, (ex-King of Sicily) whose recent efforts at humor have struck a chord. That's a '96 Montecristo #10 - too strong for my taste.
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Ted Turner: "It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them!
"Where is our Constitutional right to privacy?"
Not to pick the nit, but the Constitution says nothing about a "right to privacy". Ditto "the right to vote", any mention of "the separation of church and state", and a bunch of other things commonly referred to as our "Constitutional rights." Here's a debunking page:
And regarding the gub'ment keeping info on us, I think I read that same article in 1968, then again in 1978, then again in 1988, then again in...
The worry about databases is from the private sector, not the government. The private sector has demonstrably shown over the past decade that the security measures they use border on the non-existent. If any of your personal data is ever used against you, it won't be the FBI arresting you because you secretly visited that porno site last month. It'll be finding out your bank account has been drained because your car insurance company or credit card agency or doctor's office has had their computer hacked.
"Darn hypocrite racists."
Islam is a religion, not a race, therefore that would be "darn hypocrite religionists".
By the way, three or four days ago I said something about how now that the British Navy has been reduced to "three rowboats and a rubber dingy", I was wondering when Argentina would re-take the oil-rich Falklands.
From Yahoo News this morning:
"Argentine president lays 'inalienable' claim to Falklands"
All rights belong to the people, other than the specific powers granted to the govt in the Const.
If you're talking about the 9th amendment, it's just an inkblot, BD. Don't mean much of nuthin'.
i think he meant that a power unused is not a power.
Tenth Amendment you are right about, but the govt got around that under FDR using the commerce clause. It hardly has any meaning anymore (though you are right that it should).
9th amendment though - never really had much meaning to begin with. It was Bork who called it an "inkblot." Meaning that it is so vague that it may as well have been covered by a blot of ink - and that it should essentially be ignored, since that kind of ambiguity is a feeding ground for interventionist judges looking for support for new "fundamental rights."
All it meant, I thought, was that Madison was afraid that by writing down a list of protected rights, you would then encourage people to argue that other unlisted "rights" were NOT protected, or were LESS worthy of protection, since the framers did not choose to include them in the Bill of Rights. What is the legal significance of this? I do not know, and it's not clear that there is any.
I have to add to all that that it IS tricky, since some rights conservatives want to see enshrined (right to life, traditional marriage) and some liberals want to see (the right to privacy, which DID get added, human rights stuff). Bork's point may have been influenced by his political leanings, but it applies to both sides. No using the 9th amendment to conjure up new rights on par with those in the Amendments, period. If you want to add one, amend the constitution, or work it out in your state legislature by law or by amending the state constitution.
Nobody explains the strategy, is the trouble. We have the world's most inarticulate President. (Some early great speeches - did his speechwriter leave long ago? It think so.)
The terrorist deal is that serious damage can only be done by a group of size bigger than some number X, owing to organization, finances, logistics and so forth. (Blowing up an airliner is not serious damage. Taking out a city is.)
On size, on the other hand, the bigger the group, the easier it is to detect and eliminate, owing to defections, harassment, financial tracking and so forth.
So long as the detection size stays smaller than the damage size, we win.
So you want really great detection. That's why. (Also you want no countries anywhere that fail to harass such groups, the reason for the Iraq war. Now the Iraqis are fighting for us, so that worked.)
The NYT is not in on this.
If a city gets taken out someday, the war will be over in an afternoon. That's the alternative for Muslims, if they can't take the chance being offered now.
So anyway I tolerate all sorts of snooping just fine.
"Garbage Men double as cops. That really stinks."
Is that a pun?
I take it as a compliment when Ted Turner says Christians are stupid. Why would anyone listen to or want to interview this man? He's about as dumb as dirt, ceptin in financial areas, I suppose. Someone should of eaten him and his ex, a long time ago.
"Residents welcome the idea a their neighborhood watch on wheels.
"You don't think of the trash collector being a law enforcement officer." said Phil Aiken.
The drivers say they'll have an advantage since unlike police, the criminals won't be looking out for them. "
Of course this is PACNW, where the urban male is neutered. I suggest that Phil Aiken and his neighbors reach down between their legs and check if anything's left.
Come on folks, garbage men are citizens. Your neighbors are citizens. If people were calling the cops when baddies were around would the man-bites-dog headline be "Citizens as Cops"? That's what happened when W suggested we look out for terrists. "what- People as Cops- shudder".
Grow some balls and look out for your fellow citizens- don't worry the cops won't confuse you with Brown Shirts, neither should your neighbors.
Police and Theives. (and sheeple I suppose)
Maybe Turner is mad because nobody is eating that crappy bison meat he's trying to push ?
Now c'mon buddy: I agree that bison meat is a little tough and flavorless when cooked by itself, but use it in place of hamburger to reduce your fat intake--no one will ever know, and it is healthy. Besides that Turner and his many, many acres of ranch land are helping to preserve some agricultural land and keep it out of the hands of developers. As for me I prefer all organic range fed home beef, I don't get a sense that the color of thier hides changes the taste much, but I surely can tell if they have been standing in feed lots (up to their knees in cow s---t for most of their lives), it makes the meat taste a little like petroleum.
spoken like a true-blue daughter of the Great Plains, AP!
What's with the ruler next to the cigar?
I thought something we learned during the 90s was that size didn't matter.
I'm less impressed by Bainbridge's response than I am the speech.
"We have permitted ourselves the self-deception of thoughtlessness, particularly a willed and irresponsible ignorance toward the future. "
What in the heck is 'the self-deception of thoughtlessness'? And what is 'willed ignorance'?
What this author could so easily have made clear is that we have become indifferent due to insecurity and relentless frustration that most of our politicians are the lowest of the low, and there is not much the average person can do about it.
Mix Malthus with McCluhan and it begins to make sense: without a solution, of course.
McCluhan loved the average person -- in fact he said 'the median is the message'.
Oh, Buddy, it is not. It's that green lane on the interstate.
jeez meta -- that was good -- the Fox Babes as a message all by themselves -- i think you're on to something -- and it's the 'right' feminist message -- beauty AND brains is nice if it happens, but first, brains.
First, brains? Well, OK, if you insist.
TO INSERT SOME HUMOR:
Subject: GM versus Microsoft
For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.
At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon."
In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):
1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........; Twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.
4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.
6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.
I love the next one!!!
7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.
8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.
10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.
Please share this with your friends who love - but sometimes hate - their computer!
har -- if they merged, it'd be General Motorsoft -- or Micromotors -- haw haw
"Since Obama will corner the market on negativity about America, John needs to ring some positive, uplifting bells. Bells of Freedom, I hope."
That should be McCain's message, yes.
And... when we visited my relatives up in Saskatchewan, they fed us home-raised, grass-fed beef. Very different. Good stuff. And bison is pretty good, too. Haven't had bison burger in a long time. Apple Pie is right - when in a burger, it's great.
hey, AP and skook, do y'all ride 'em down on your paint ponies, with Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull?
Naw, paint ponies, yes, but a .45-70, a buckskin jacket, and a possibles bag instead.
haw -- a ''possibles bag'' -- damn i miss the 19th century --
Re: "A slice of heaven"
Read Kenzaburo Oe's "A Healing Family" years back, and he talked about the wonder and heatbreak of raising his brain damaged son. This story made me think of Oe, who was burdened by his son's handicap but rose above it and found joy in his love for his son.
A slice of heaven touches on all the same themes. It's heartbreaking and truimphant.
Sitting in the back room as a visitor to a theology class, the quiet grey haired man was tall and lanky, some money. This man said nothing for several weeks--just monitoring a course. Then one day he spoke the words that I will never forget:
"I didn't want to be there that day--standing in the hospital corridor when the doctor told me that my only son was a Down Syndrome baby. And, I did not want to be there that day 18 years later when we laid him in the ground."
Thank you stranger--
"Paint ponies"? You kiddin? Not me mister I like them tall and shiny copper red, like a new penny. I don't do quarter horses either!!! I like a little comfort in the ride and I like to get there on time. I like a horse to step out and think ahead. Most important--they have to come when I call! Sure footed is a nice quality also. ;-)
AP, they talk about that kinda horse here: