Archive for January, 2004

Vote For Yourself! Seriously

Saturday, January 31st, 2004

Libertarian Rant makes the suggestion that Libertarians need to write-in themselves. The argument goes that if each one of us votes for ourselves we are recognizing the power and importance of the individual. Libertarian Rant proposes the self write-in as the better alternative for libertarians than voting for the Libertarian Party. I don’t buy the argument. Voting for the Libertarian Party candidate at least sends a message to the population. Voting for oneself may be revolutionary but I do not think it accomplishes much.

Is Mel Gibson A Holocaust Denier?

Friday, January 30th, 2004

David Bernstein speculates as to whether Mel Gibson is a Holocaust denier.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Crime (Super Bull Sunday)

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Have you ever heard that mor incidents of domestic violence occur on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day? Well according to snopes.com it is false.

Five Questions

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

Five Questions

Continued from here,

1. You and KRS-ONE for an afternoon. Recording studio or shooting

range?

I’d have to say the recording studio. Partly because I would like to learn more about the process of musical recording. Partly because I would like to ask KRS-ONE some cool questions.

2. Is there any point in voting for the Libertarian candidate for

president this year?

For all practical purposes, a vote for a Libertarian Presidential candidate is a wasted vote. But in the same manner every vote that goes to any candidate that does not win an election is a wasted vote. A vote for the Libertarian Party is not a complete waste because it will show their is somewhat of a protest to Bush’s policies. I can not let Bush realize their is no objection to what he is doing from a libertarian or even a conservative candidate so I will vote for the Libertarian Party candidate for President. There is a point to voting for the Libertarian candidate and it is show we want change.

3. Why did you go down to the Caribbean for such a long time?

In college, I was really lazy and did not appreciate what I had so I never bothered to study or turn papers in on time. This was stupid and incompetent of me but that was what I did. I decided it was best for me to take a break from college and do something. I had a friend in St. Barth’s, one of the French West Indies, who raised chickens so I decided to go work with him for a few months.

4. What’s the best live show you’ve seen?

The Zulu Nation 30th anniversary Concert from November. The concert had the likes of The Soul Sonic Force, The Jungle Brothers, Busy Bee and KRS-ONE performing plus a whole host of rap superstars coming on stage to free-style.

5. When are you visiting Colorado?

I don’t know. It’s a long drive from New York.

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2. I will respond; I’ll ask you five questions.

3. You’ll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.

4. You’ll include this explanation.

5. You’ll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

Notice, you don’t have to send $20 to the name at the top of the list.

pop (at least until i find a better name)

Monday, January 26th, 2004

Shout out to Aaron Wherry for perma-linking me. Go check out his blog.

Herald.com – Your Miami Everything Guide

Monday, January 26th, 2004

If we are judging Presidential candidates by how well they flip pancakes. Herald.com – Then Wesley Clark is not prepared to be President.

Sui Generis – The utterly new sounds of Dizzee Rascal, Britain’s rising superstar. By Sasha Frere-Jones

Monday, January 26th, 2004

Sasha Frere-Jones has a piece on Dizzee Rascal over at Slate.com. Their was one quote in the article that really took me by suprise:

The respected critic Simon Reynolds has called Dizzee “the best MC that Britain has ever produced, period.”

From what I have heard from Dizzee so far I am not convinced of his status of best British MC ever. Can we write off Slick Rick’s crown so quickly? I assume the argument is that Slick Rick is an “American MC.” But if Slick Rick was really an American he would not had to spend time in an immigration center facing deportation.

Herald.com – Your Miami Everything Guide

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

Dave Barry has a good summary of the Democratic Presidential Debates.

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

Scripps Howard News Service reports that the Federal workforce has increased substantially under President Bush. Quote:

Federal workforce increased substantially under Bush

By THOMAS HARGROVE

Scripps Howard News Service

22-JAN-04

WASHINGTON — Big government is back.

Since President Bush took office, the federal government’s domestic civilian workforce has increased by more than 79,000 jobs, nearly a 5 percent increase. And the number of government workers paid at least $130,000 annually has tripled.

Much of the increase came with the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security two years ago. But the nation’s war on terrorism does not account for all of the rise. The Department of Health and Human Services, for example, has added 1,445 employees since President Bill Clinton left office.

“We are seeing a general growth in the size of government. That is just a fact,” said Bob Moffit, former deputy assistant health secretary during the Reagan administration and now a scholar at the conservative Heritage Foundation. “And the increases did not all go to Homeland Security. The rise in federal discretionary spending, frankly, has been breathtaking.”

The sad things is that the Democrats are not going to bring around fiscal responsibility. Voters seem happy getting their pork and as long as they get what they want, voters will not be concerned with excesss spending.

The Ideashop — andrew david chamberlain [.com]

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

One of the arguments frequently made to support money spent on NASA is all the things developed by NASA such as Tang, Velcro and ski boots. The Andrew David Chamberlain points out that NASA is not directly responsible for those inventinos.

link via Radley Balko