Wednesday, September 14, 2005

We wish to be less influential

The New York Times will shortly lock its op-eds and archives behind a paywall.

OK, then

Bush is doing something I didn't expect from him. He's learning.

Monday, September 12, 2005

First, do no good

The other day it was mentioned to me and my lovely spouse that all professions, not just medical doctors, ought to take a kind of Hippocratic Oath. In that case it was a college professor wondering if he ought to vow to "first, do no harm," but logically, we all agreed that the oath could as fruitfully be uttered by dental assistants, auto mechanics, and furniture salesmen.

Apparently now we must add the police to the list of oath-takers. Now I am aware of the average American socialist's penchant for rabble-rousing exaggeration, but apparently this latest outrage from the Man does contain a kernel of truth. Strange days.

Friday, September 09, 2005

From the Dept. of Misanthropy

"The second message is about the Y chromosome - what in the human
species determines gender. For a long time (centuries perhaps?)
the Y chromosome has been decaying. It has lost many of its
genes, and become much less healthy. If this continues, it will
go away. And if it goes away, there will be no men. And of
course, with no men, there are no women either. Delightful book."

(John Matlock, "Gunny," reviewing Bryan Sykes's Adam's Curse

Monday, September 05, 2005

Fire them all. He shall know His own

What did they know and when did they know it?

FEMA knew last year.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Modern evil

I am so angry I can hardly think straight enough to post.

I just saw a body – a dead body, an American, in America – on the national news. NBC, actually. Whoever it was sat in the sun for five days until they died. No help. No food. No water. Elsewhere a man sick with cancer died for lack of oxygen. He and his wife were two of the obstinate ones who refused to leave – they simply refused to have a car, refused to be healthy enough to move.

An old lady died waiting. Yes, that's a dead woman in the chair. Maybe it's a Photoshop job. It illustrates the reality.

So this is it! Welcome to a renewed, strengthened America, with no safety net, no hope for you in a disaster. The money that could have saved these people was spent in Iraq. And isn't it just the breaks, that the hurricane hit before everyone's assistance checks arrived on the first of the month? Ah, well, nothing to be done.

In other news:
WASHINGTON — It makes no sense to spend billions of dollars to rebuild a city that's 7 feet under sea level, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said of federal assistance for hurricane-devastated New Orleans. AP/Seattle Times

If the President came up to me, I would spit on him. He should pay politically, for this, but racism is too embedded in our culture to pillory a good ol' boy over the misfortune of some irresponsible poor black people.