Tuesday, April 26, 2005

The miracle of ... poverty?

I was reminded by a recent post over at the Potbelly Stove of an article I encountered via the Chicago Sun-Times. I found it so intuitive that I clipped it out and slapped it on my refrigerator.

As it happens, it was originally published in Reason magazine, and last night I found it online, for those times when I'm not at home and need a refresher on dictatorial skills. Here it is, then: Poor Planning: How to achieve the miracle of poverty by Ronald Bailey.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

My letter to Senator Bill Frist, M.D.

I sent this letter to Senate Majority Leader Frist today.
Senator Frist,

I have received a few fund raising letters from VOLPAC. Thank you for those; I will keep them under advisement as I continue to watch the continuing saga of highly qualified judicial candidates be held up by the minority party. In your letter you talked about holding the Senate open for 48 straight hours. That was a start, but it was hardly "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" territory. If the Democrats want to filibuster, by God, make them filibuster! Make them answer questions as to why they are reading from the Verizon directory instead of voting on, say, Janice Rodgers Brown!

Bill, I'm one of the grass-roots donors that helped dump Minority Leader Daschle in 2004. We made thousands of small contributions to bring in new Republican senators like John Thune, Saxby Chambliss, Jim Talent, John Cornyn, John Sununu, Norm Coleman, Lindsey Graham, Jim DeMint, Mel Martinez, Richard Burr, David Vitter, and Tom Coburn. I'm trying to decide where to send my campaign contributions in this election cycle, and I know I'm not alone.

Make the choice easy for me. Get the ball rolling today on President Bush's nominees. Call the vote to change the Senate rule to eliminate the filibuster of judicial nominees.

If you are more concerned about what the Washington Post or the New York Times says about you, see how many dollars they will contribute to your campaign.

If you are worried about what will happen to the Republicans when you are back in the minority, you will end up there quicker than a hiccup.

Don't be fearful! The Republicans have won election after election! But it won't last forever if you can't get anything done while you are in the majority. Be not afraid, Senator.

Go win!

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Mae Magouirk has left the building

The Birmingham News has a brief story that states Ora Mae Magouirk is currently at the UAB medical center. On the order of the judge, 3 doctors--including one from the renowned UAB medical center--examined her and determined that her condition was treatable.

Heard it on the Glenn Beck show yesterday, but couldn't blog it since I was in the car. All day.

Friday, April 08, 2005

NoiSING - DIY get-together in Singapore

Enjoy the Music has a nice pictorial of an audio DIY gathering in Singapore. Check out the Zen Lite on page 2. Why is it in the vacuum tube room? Maybe the light bulbs as MOSFET drain loads were sufficient for entry?

Comfy about the Schiavo case?

A woman who was perfectly lucid is now being starved to death in a Georgia hospice in direct contravention of her living will.

Read the whole thing.

No one is safe anymore. Best not to become... inconvenient.

(World Net Daily via Rantburg)

Monday, April 04, 2005

Harr... what be yer pirate name?

http://www.fidius.org/quiz/pirate/ has a quiz whereby you can be dubbed with a suitable pirate name.

My pirate name is:

Black Jack Cash

Like anyone confronted with the harshness of robbery on the high seas, you can be pessimistic at times. You're musical, and you've got a certain style if not flair. You'll do just fine. Arr!

Get your own pirate name from fidius.org.

InDC Journal on the WashingPost

Bill from InDC touts his new advertiser thusly:

often one of the least biased MSM outlets (comparatively)

Is being the least biased MSM outlet like being the tallest midget?

If it is only OFTEN the least biased, does this taller-than-average midget occasionally stand on its toes to become tallest?

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Tsunami Hope Chest revealed

And it is indeed a stunner! If you've been following the progress, hold onto yer hat when you see what was under the black circle:


My only regret is that I won't be able to summon enough cash to win the auction. That being said, some lucky family is going to have one gorgeous piece of art for generations to come.

A standing ovation for Mr. Dave Shaw!