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Posts in July 2005

Astros vs. Mets

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-29 00:00:00
My economics professor claimed that the Astros would lose last night to the NY Mets. His reasoning was that our pitcher, Wandy Rodriguez Pedro Astacio [note: I didn't see the game myself; I was doing volunteer work at the Chi Alpha house], would not be able to beat out their pitcher, Pedro Martinez. And yet, the Astros won. 3-2. That makes them 20-6 over this month alone, having won 11 of their last 12 games. They're tied for first in the Wild-Card race and are only 9 and 1/2 games back from the NL Central lead.Read more...

New "Planet" Found

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-29 00:00:00
They found another large mass floating past Neptune, and have dubbed it 2003 EL61. This "planet" even has a "moon." The "planet" and its satellite's total mass is about 1/3 that of Pluto. Read more...

Home Teaching Lessons

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-07-28 00:00:00
The priesthood holders of this world never cease to amaze me. Case in point: home teachers. Mine has this amazing ability to pull out the most obscure quotes, stories, or poems. What truly floors me is that each time, without fail, whatever he has to say will either help me through a troubled time, or open up a problem that was too abstract for me to understand.Read more...


by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-28 00:00:00
Via Michelle Malkin comes this post from Scrappleface about LAFTA.

I LAFTA my head off, I assure you.


by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-27 00:00:00
Best of luck to the astronauts on the Disovery. Have a safe trip.Read more...

AFL: Buying InstaPundit

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-27 00:00:00

The Puppy Blender Glenn Reynolds, owner of InstaPundit, has recently announced intentions of selling his now famous domain. According to reports, he is willing to "entertain any offers in the neighborhood of $145 million."

As of noon today, two parties have publicized interest in purchasing the domain. Alliance of Free Blogs' reporters claim the identies of the two parties to be Al "I lost the election in 2000 and am still crying about it" Gore and George Soros.

Insiders relate that the former Vice President wants the domain's built-in popularity as an accompaniment to his up and coming All Liberal Cable News Network (AL-CNN). Apparently, the site would be a forum where viewers could give feedback and opinion to what they watch on the channel.

Soros, on the other hand, purposes to make the site the home of a 527 group to help John Kerry win the 2008 President election. Close friends of Soros' say he never got over not winning in 2004 and seems "determined to get his man in the White House," even if "his man" is about as popular as last week's leftovers.

No word yet on to whom Reynolds will sell his popular domain. Speculators agree that whoever gets the domain will find tons of blended puppy pictures on his server.


The Grammar Police

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-25 00:00:00
I confess that I've been reading a book on punctuation. Most people wouldn't read this sort of book, but ever since my English tutor days, I've had an affinity for good grammar. It can be an anal obsession sometimes although I generally keep it well under taps. Every once in a while, the stickler in me lashes out at unsuspecting persons whose "unconventional" approach to grammar is, shall we say, lacking.

For example, this morning I made a suggestion in a comment at The Political Teen blog. The original post is about racial profiling. A certain commentor felt passionately about the topic and proceded to add his feelings in long, drawn-out comments. Now, I understand that it is an informal setting, but his egregious mistakes with certain punctuation really rubbed me the wrong way. I recommend the post to you as well as the video. Read through the comments if you have the time. My comment (#54), I include here:Read more...


by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-07-25 00:00:00
My "almost boyfriend" and I called it quits today.

And I'm just a little sad about it.


by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-07-25 00:00:00
I woke up at 4:30 a.m. to travel 50 min. away so I could help out with a marathon and to run my first 5k.

I have been running for a couple of years to stay in shape, but just recently I have decided to start racing. I was wondering if any of ya'll have ever participated in a marathon? I am training for a 10k that I am going to run in August. I am way excited!


by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-23 00:00:00
Act 2, Scene 2:

Macbeth, after killing Duncan:

What hands are here! Ha, they pluck out mine eyes / Will all great Neptune's ocean wash this blood / Clean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather / The multitudinous seas incarnadine, / Making the green one red.


Zoo Animals' Rights- Good or Bad?

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-07-23 00:00:00
I am not an animal rights person strictly speaking. Today, however, I went to the SLC Zoo, my first zoo to ever go to, and although I enjoyed the animals I was a little disturbed by the fact that they had to be in cages and seemed to be very confined and unhappy.

Usually I would probably think, "What the heck, they’re animals," but now I think I am a little more aware, generally speaking of how it could be considered animal cruelty. Don't worry I haven't turned into an Animal Rights Lefty sort of person, and on the whole I think zoos are a great place to educate peolple about animals. I just wish I could enjoy the zoo without feeling that the aniamals are being exploited.

Loss of Appetite

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-07-21 00:00:00
So I just saw the movie Supersize Me and after being thorougly grossed out, I have two words for you:


Which is where I'll be buying my groceries for the next few months.

Our New Ties with India

by: Maggie Mangum Thurber | on: 2005-07-21 00:00:00
It has just been brought to my attention that a certain Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India, has asked the White House for support in developing new energy resources, including nuclear power.

Bush "stated that as a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology, India should acquire the same benefits and advantages as other such states." This is surprising that Bush would be in support of India’s advancement in nuclear technology since they are one out of four countries that will not sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. U.S. law forbids the transfer of nuclear technology to any country that is not a party to the Treaty, so Bush is trying to get that changed.

I wonder if the reason why Bush is so willing to help India is so we can create ties that will balance against China, as it is becoming more of a threat to the U.S. Or maybe it really is going to help strengthen economic growth.Read more...

Regarding The Aforementioned Wreck

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-07-20 00:00:00
When the subject was introduced, I didn’t really muse over it because I was confident that any and all wrecks really were over.

But timing is a very funny thing.

Mark the Shark

by: Becca Gardner | on: 2005-07-20 00:00:00
My brother Mark has been called to serve in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission. He departs from his training at the MTC this very day.

After his first letter (which came on a scrap of notebook paper which read: "I write later"), we didn't have high hopes of good snail mail. But since then we've received a few more letters, relating MTC training experiences and the wicked case of narcalepsy he claims to have developed. He must be working so very hard to fall asleep mid-sentence!

There's nothing quite like reading a letter where you can actually hear a person's voice, their sarcasm. Mark says that his companion "is let's just say "special". He's uptight and enthusiastic. We're very different. I would try harder but he's freakin' weird!!".

The best "sharing" my brother has done came on Monday. They had just had a sort of conference that week and Mark had not yet gotten a chance to spend quality time with his President. After the conference, Mark went to shake his hand, but instead President hugged him and said, "Out of all the Elders here, you will be one of the greatest!". Pretty wicked, yeah?

The last few days before Mark left for his mission will always be my most fondest of him. He actually glowed with the spirit! It radiated off him and everyone could see it. Now's he's off in to the "real world" trying to make the message stick.

The field is white, bro. Git ya harvest on!

Sports Update

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-20 00:00:00

Well before the All-Star break, the Houston Chronicle plastered a tombstone across the front page of their sports section and declared the Astro's season dead. To be sure, the Astros' season wasn't going as planned.

But just before the All-Star break, the Houston Chronicle was forced to plaster a picture of the aforementioned tombstone with a lightning bolt breaking it to pieces. Why? The Astros have gone on a tear, pulling to within five games of the Wild Card. Since July 1st, they've won 13 of the 18 games they've played. They just swept the Pittsburg Pirates over 4 games.

The Chronicle is full of bull.


I Got a Job

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-20 00:00:00
Indeed. I now have a job, one which will be starting in a few weeks. This means I can finally start working toward those all-important projects and goals that a lack of steady income has hindered me from. Like an iPod and one of the new XBox 360s. Matters of life and death, I tell ya.

Beam Me Up, Scotty...

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-20 00:00:00
James Doohan, better known as "Scotty" from the Star Trek television series (and movies), has passed away. I was in my physics lab when I found out; my lab teacher told me after we wound up on the topic of Star Trek (I had expressed delight in learning that "Wolf 359" is a real star... yes, I'm a Trekkie).

This makes me very sad.

Hillary Pulls a Tipper

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-19 00:00:00
Remember when Tipper Gore had 2LiveCrew kicked out of Florida and started her crusade against explicit lyrics?

Now Hillary R. Clinton wants in on the action. She wants to make it a federal offense for someone to sell a video game that has violent or sexual themes.

Because we all know that Hillary can raise children better than we all can. And hey, we could always use more federal laws... right?

John G. Roberts Jr., Supreme Court Judge

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-19 00:00:00
Today, President Bush announced his nomination for the Supreme Court: John G. Roberts Jr. Who is this Roberts fellow? What are his politics? Is he a strict constitutionalist?

Here is a quote from him:

We continue to believe that Roe was wrongly decided and should be overruled.

Say no more. I like him already.

Read more about the story here and here.


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-19 00:00:00
The other day, I corrected the grammar of my friend, J. My friend T was there also.

J: I am not good at English. I cannot read. I am illegitimate.

T: You mean, "illiterate."

J: I don't know; I told you I can't read!

After dinner, a conversation between my friends S and L.

S: I used to eat glue as a child.

L: That explains a lot about you, S.

S: That's not even the diddle-widdle of the whole ka-jiddle.

Manual Labor

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-18 00:00:00
Well, I found a job. This job is what is known as a stop-gap job. In other words, I'm doing this temporarily until I can find something more suitable to my strengths. I am working with my brother for this guy, Steve. Steve is a sort of handyman -- a jack-of-all-trades, and he owns his own little business doing all sorts of things. Anyway, Steve is a bit sick right now so my brother and I are doing all the work. This last week we painted.Read more...

Dubya vs. Texas DPS (make that USPS)

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-18 00:00:00
Listen up, DPS!

I want my license. I changed the address for my driver's license on May 31st and I have yet to receive my new license. The temporary paper license y'all gave me will expire in twelve days. If I get a ticket because y'all are so slow, I'm going to be upset.

What have I ever done to deserve this? I have always treated DPS with the utmost respect. I have always obeyed (nearly) every traffic law simply out of respect for DPS Troopers (it certainly isn't out of respect for Pasadena PD: they're jerks). I've never complained about DPS before this.

And I've waited patiently for my new license, without uttering a word of exasperation. I don't think this kind of treatment is called for.

I'm calling you out DPS, give me my license. [note: I'm shaking my fist. Hard.]


Big Government on the Rise

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-16 00:00:00
...even here in Texas! blogHouston has posted an update on big government revenue grabbing practices in Garland, TX.

Now, if you don't have proof-of-insurance with you when you're stopped, you can get a ticket for $305 and the police officer has the option of impounding your car. blogHouston points out that Garland issued over 9,000 of these citations last year alone, making for themselves about 2.8 million dollars. And of course, if the car is impounded, they assess storage fees, notification fees etc.

The seizure of vehicles and property seems to be such an easy thing for our city governments to accomplish these days.


War and Culture

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-16 00:00:00
TigerHawk unwittingly chimes in on the cultural discussion we've had here at Rant Fever.

He excerpts a portion of a book comparing the military tradition and the way culture ties into that. Mainly, the way culture and the Islamic tradition prevented the Turks from using technological innovation, whereas the Christian/Westerners were fighting a more secularized war apart from the Pope's decrees.

Specifically, he points out the use of technological innovation that the Christians/Westerners used at the naval Battle of Lepanto. Victor Davis Hanson discusses this battle in Carnage and Culture and comes to essentially the same conclusion.

So see, I'm not the only one!

I Thought the Wreck Was Over

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-15 00:00:00
One of my favorite bands, the Flatlanders, has a song titled, "I Thought the Wreck Was Over."

I thought the wreck was over / I thought the fire was out / I thought the storm had passed / and I was safe at last / I thought the wreck was over / but here she comes again

This works on so many levels. Everybody has one of these relationships. For whatever reason, it was no good. And when you think you've shaken it off and moved past it, she suddenly blindsides you.

I can think of at least two girls in my past that this song would apply to. Yeah, I thought the wreck was over, too.

A Fairy Tale Diagnosis

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-07-14 00:00:00
Exhibit A:

“So what are you going to do?” I ask a friend of mine who recently quit her job. I was referring to her immediate future, whereas she was thinking bigger picture.

“Be a stay at home mom” was her reply.

It would be one thing if this friend was getting married, in a serious relationship, or could suppress neurotic tendencies long enough to realize one can’t corner a man into falling in love. Instead she decides to drop out of school, quit her job over issues of mild discomfort, and live at home until the husband promised in a blessing finally comes along.

Exhibit B:

“Joey and I have this agreement that if we’re both 25 and single we’ll get married” another young friend declares.

“Because 25 is so old” I facetiously reply.

“Yes, but I want to have children.”

I have a BIG problem with this.

Best Album Ever

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-14 00:00:00
The Joshua Tree, by U2. Discuss.

Saddam's Trial

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-14 00:00:00
From Drudge

Saddam's trial could start as early as next month. He's lucky. If he had been caught by Southern cops he'd have been shot in the head for "resisting arrest" with a "deadly weapon." And I'd have cheered.

Indeed, I wish we could skip the trial and move right on down to the execution, but that's just me.

VDH on Multiculturalism

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-14 00:00:00
Victor Davis Hanson (VDH) discusses how multiculturalism is responsible for producing the British-born Muslim terrorists in a post on his website.

This is a sort of continuation of the earlier discussion we here at Rant Fever had concering the success of Western culture and the failure of other cultures.


On Japan's Military

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-13 00:00:00
In the July 4, 2005 issue of National Review, which was kindly given to me by my aforementioned economics professor whom I now know as a fellow fan of Victor Davis Hanson, I found an article by Rich Lowry titled "Time For the Sun to Rise."

Mr. Lowry makes a case for Japan altering its constitution, which currently prohibits the nation from having a military for any purpose beyond self-defense.


Haw haw haw!

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-13 00:00:00
Michelle Malkin has such a delightful sense of humor. Just the right tinge of sarcasm. Lovely.

P. Benedict vs. H. Potter

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-13 00:00:00
My little sister has plans for Friday night. She will be at a local bookstore at midnight to pick up her copy of Harry Potter, book 6. Perhaps you've heard of this Potter fellow? At any rate, I am excited as I have read all the books out so far and have anxiously awaited the newest adventure that J.K. Rowling would offer us. Read more...

O'Reilly Is O'Really Funny

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-12 00:00:00
I've been reading Bill O'Reilly's book, The O'Reilly Factor. I can't decide his politics, but I find him to be honest. Among some of the more interesting parts of the book is this tidbit in Chapter 8: Read more...

Instapundit On Ecofreaks

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-11 00:00:00
Well, he calls them Gaia Worshippers, but I prefer my term. Anyway, he was pointing out how the ecofreaks would be disappointed that Hurricane Dennis hasn't done more damage to the decadent Western imperialist capitalist pig-dogs.

He's probably right. Have you ever watched one of those natural disaster TV shows that catalog all the natural disasters in history like floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and the like?

Have you noticed, while watching these types of programs that they always close with a statement similar to this one: "We think we dominate nature, but Mother Earth periodicall shows us who is really boss!"?

Have you noticed that the narrator always sounds so giddy when he says it? Some people are too weird for words.

Uneasy Grammar

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-11 00:00:00
I recently looked up the word thru on Dictionary.com because I'd seen it written so many times online and I thought it wasn't a word.

I discovered, to my chagrin, that it is, in fact, a word. However, it is an informal word. I don't think it should ever be used. Ever. Why can't we use the more versatile and always correct 'through' instead? I don't know. I think it might have to do with indolence.

This rant brought to you by the grammar police and the word 'through.'

Jared Diamond vs. Victor Davis Hanson

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-11 00:00:00
My economics professor brought to mind a book that was en vogue at Lee College when it was first published, namely Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond. I admit I have not read this book. It's next on my "to-get" list. I am, however, familiar with his general thesis through multiple classroom discussions (it seems to be en vogue everywhere). Essentially, his thesis is that the Europeans have been so successful throughout history due to the benefits of having lived in the geographical region of Europe.

In other words, the predominance of domesticable animals and natural resources helped them increase their resistance to diseases and develop better weapons (steel for swords and the ingredients for gunpowder).

However, in Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise to Western Power, classical historian Victor Davis Hanson attempts to move the focus of Western preeminence from the rather fortunate happenstance of living in Europe to the actual benefits of Western culture and military traditions. Mr. Hanson points out that while geography plays some role in any society, culutre is more important. Read more...

Age Maps

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-11 00:00:00
A guy at www.bobbyneeladams.com has created what he calls Age Maps. He takes two images of the same person when they are a child and as an adult and he fuses them together. They are tripy, to say the least. Here is an example:

1000 MoveOn Parties

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-10 00:00:00
Drudge has an exclusive on one of the 1000 house parties that MoveOn.org put on to deter the President from nominating a so-called radical/extreme judge. Charles Fazio of Alexandria, VA hosted the party that Drudge reported on. Apparently, these liberals are so concerned with trying to look "normal," they felt they had to send instructions on how to achieve the effect:

We don't want to come across as leftist, liberal activists. We want to come across as we are- regular folks who are finally saying enough is enough to the extremists; that we're not falling for their extremist rhetoric anymore and we're finally going to expend the effort necessary to get our country back.


Oh, because a photographer will be here, might I suggest we put away our ‘Bush is a Liar’ t-shirts. Let's look like they do.

They pretend they are normal people because they are trying to deceive the press, who in turn would deceive the nation. Curious.

Unemployment Rate Down

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-08 00:00:00
The Washington Post reports that unemployment is down to an even 5%. While there are a few concerns yet, this is a good sign. And besides, it shows us that we should be thankful we do not live in Europe, where unemployment is still in the double digits.

Capitalism works, socialism doesn't. The proof is in the numbers.

Ellington Field/147th Fighter Wing

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-08 00:00:00
The Houston Chronicle ran this article today concerning the future of Ellington Field and the 147th Fighter Wing that protects the Houston area. Interestingly enough, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission of the Department of Defense (DoD) is set to make an official recommendation that the 147th Fighter Wing (comprised of F-16 fighter jets) be removed from Ellington Field.

The Pentagon recommended in May that all F-16 jets of the Air National Guard's 147th Fighter Wing, based at Ellington, be retired as part of a plan to consolidate military assets and cut costs.

Tom DeLay, Chairman Bill White, Sylvia Garcia and other prominent Houston-area politicos have hosted several meetings with the commission in an effort to convince them that removing our local fighter squadron would be a bad idea.Read more...

Air France Flight Refused Entry to US

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-08 00:00:00
Good ol' TigerHawk posted an excerpt from an article stating we turned back an Air France flight headed to Chicago. Nobody knows why it was turned back yet, but previous flight turnbacks were based on passengers appearing on the list of personae non grata that the U.S. keeps.

I wonder if the Pentagon is planning on screwing with fighter wing allocations in Illinois too?


by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-08 00:00:00
Ever since hearing about the upcoming marriage of Tom Cruise to Katie Holmes, I've been "seriously" wondering if the couple are indeed in love. Luckily for me (and you, dear reader), the answer to my question has been revealed in an interview that W magazine had with the bride to be.

Holmes tended to repeat herself. You'll have to read the article to get the full effect, but let me give you an idea of what she said (over and over again):

  • I've found the man of my dreams
  • it just felt like I'd known him forever. I was blown away. He's the most incredible man. He's so generous and kind, and he helps so many people, and, um, he makes me laugh like I've never laughed, and he's a great friend.
  • I've never met anyone like Tom
  • Tom and I will always be in our honeymoon phase.
  • Tom is the most incredible man in the world.
  • Meeting Tom—I'm just exhilarated. He makes me laugh, we have fun, we understand each other, everything is so aligned. I feel so lucky and so—like I've been given such a gift, such a gift, you know? And it's just really amazing.
  • He's my man! He's my man!
  • I can do splits

Get this, the questions that the interviewer, Robert Haskell, asks have little to do with the responses that she gave. For example, Haskell asks about her ex-boyfriend and Holmes replies, "Tom is the most incredible man in the world." Huh? I don't know where that "I can do splits" thing comes from, and don't get me started on the creepy Scientologist goon, Rodriguez, that follows Katie everywhere.

Ah, but we must come back to the original question, namely, are they in love? My response is, who cares? These people are psycho! We should have them submitted for testing or something. You know, the effects of celebrity on mental health. Meanwhile, they should not be allowed in public. Goodnight nurse!

Bombs in London

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-07 00:00:00
From Drudge

Four explosions rocked London today. Officials are treating this as a terrorist attack (which is wise, because it most likely is). It is reported that 33 people were killed.

Condolences and sympathy to our British cousins; may you dip your feet in the blood of thine enemies (to borrow a phrase from the Psalmist).

UPDATE: al-Qaida claims responsibility. Filthy swine.

UPDATE II: Michelle Malkin has a series of posts concerning the blasts in London, including some photos that are doing a bang-up job of resurrecting my memories of 9/11. People that do such things as these are animals. I can't wait for the pictures of Egyptians celebrating. /sarcasm

UPDATE III: English Muslims celebrate before Egyptians do.

UPDATE IV: Our new friend TigerHawk liveblogged Tony Blair's speech on the London bombings.Read more...

New Fish Found; Scientists Angry

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-07 00:00:00
This fish emits red light as a lure to other fish so that it can prey upon them. According to the article, the "discovery is odd" because scientists had always figured fish at that depth wouldn't evolve to emit red light since they've never been exposed to the sun.

Poor scientists. They're temporarily looking like such fools. How long do you think it'll be before they concoct some ridiculous explanation to cover their tails?

Oh what tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive.

On Chickenawks

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-06 00:00:00
Via Blackfive is this Tigerhawk post that totally whips the pants of the anti-war lefties' favorite argument.

I think I like Tigerhawk. I am impressed.

One Reporter Down, One To Go

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-06 00:00:00
Time Magazine reporter, Matthew Cooper, has decided to cooperate with the grand jury stating:

"I went to bed ready to accept the sanctions" for not testifying, Cooper said. But he told the judge that not long before his early afternoon appearance, he had received "in somewhat dramatic fashion" a direct personal communication from his source freeing him from his commitment to keep the source's identity secret.

New York Time reporter, Judith Miller, on the other hand is keeping mum, and she was sent off to jail accordingly for contempt of court -- as she sould be.

To me it is really easy, folks. If you have information that will help the truth come out and a grand jury wants to know about it, it is not only your legal obligation to release that information, it is your moral obligation to do so. Judith Miller may be trying to be a martyr, but she only succeeds in hindering the disbersement of truth. The truth could set her free, literally. Not saying anything is almost as bad as lying. Take Lil' Kim, for example. Loot what happened to her.

Live-8, Schmive-8

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-06 00:00:00
Much-ado has been made about these Live 8 concerts that are trying to put political pressure on the world's richest countries to give more financial aid to Africa.

Personally, I think it is a bad idea, and I have been saying so for a while. Financial aid has traditionally been swallowed up in corruption in Africa. But don't take it from me. Take it from someone who knows first-hand, to wit, Kenyan economics expert James Shikwati in a Spiegel interview:

Huge bureaucracies are financed (with the aid money), corruption and complacency are promoted, Africans are taught to be beggars and not to be independent. In addition, development aid weakens the local markets everywhere and dampens the spirit of entrepreneurship that we so desperately need. As absurd as it may sound: Development aid is one of the reasons for Africa's problems. If the West were to cancel these payments, normal Africans wouldn't even notice. Only the functionaries would be hard hit. Which is why they maintain that the world would stop turning without this development aid.

Amen, Mr. Shikwati. Amen.

Man Arrested for Saving a Life

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-05 00:00:00
The Houston Chronicle has a story on a San Marcos man who was arrested for saving another man.

To make a long story short, some guy from Houston jumped in a river he wasn't supposed to be swimming in and got caught by the river's deadly current. A San Marcos man jumped in and saved the Houston man. As he did so, emergency personnel appeared and ordered him to leave the water. He saved the Houston man's life and then swam to the shore where he was promptly arrested by police for disobeying orders and interfering with their duties. He had to pay $2000 bail to get out after a night in jail.

Frankly, it's telling about the character of these "emergency personnel" that they weren't in the water at all. If there are two citizens in dangerous water, why are they shouting commands and not helping?

Secondly, how do you arrest a man for being a good human being? This is despicable. Understandably, the crowd that had gathered to watch the spectacle was a little more than upset that the citizen rescuer was being arrested and attempted to block the way of the police. They should have beat the crap out of the police officers at the scence and then taken the case to the police department. Behavior like this is learned from police administrators. The whole lot of the police department should have been run right ouf of Texas. Filthy statist stormtroopers. I spit on the lot of them and curse their ugly jackboots.

Let this be a lesson to all of you! Don't ever try to help your fellow man when you're in San Marcos. Don't even help an old lady change her tire; you might get a ticket.Read more...

Right In Texas

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-05 00:00:00
I recently discovered a blog called Right In Texas. The author is a young Houstonian (just like some of the contributors to this site, only younger) who is looking to be a poli sci major in college.

I like the blog. It is quite attune to the latest news stories. While she doesn't always expound on issues she raises, when she does, she is insightful. Check it out. It is worth a perusal.

In Loving Memory

by: Mindy Hess | on: 2005-07-04 00:00:00
My mother tells a story: one cold autumn night at the old Burlington farm, when her brother Jim was just four years old, he reared up to the kitchen stove in order to warm up and incidentally burned his bottom. In seeing the red cross-hatch design of the second-degree burns, my mother (then six years old) began to sob uncontrollably. Jim, without a tear in his eye, hugged her and said “oh I’m so glad it didn’t happen to you, because I’m tough and I can take it.”Read more...

War of the Worlds

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-02 00:00:00
Tom Cruise may be going bananas, but he's still a great actor. It shows in "War of the Worlds," which was a tremendous movie. Outstanding.

But I have to rant about some things that are totally unrelated to Tom Cruise and his performance in the movie.Read more...

Rove Is Our Huckleberry

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-02 00:00:00
Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst blamed Karl Rove for the leaking of CIA operative Valerie Plame on the McLaughlin Group political talk show.

Friday night, on the syndicated McLaughlin Group political talk show, Lawrence O'Donnell, senior MSNBC political analyst, claimed to know that name--and it is, according to him, top White House mastermind Karl Rove.

If Rove really did do it, it is bad news. To quote Q and O, "it looks like some heads will be (deservedly) rolling." Of course, if O'Donnell is wrong ... oooh, bad mojo.

Turning the Media on its Head

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-01 00:00:00
You might remember this; it happened about two years ago (July 03). It is important and straight out of the New York Times:

Joseph C. Wilson IV, a former diplomat, criticized a statement made by President Bush in that year's State of the Union address about Iraq's efforts to buy nuclear weapons material in Africa. Mr. Wilson based his criticism on a trip he had taken to Africa for the Central Intelligence Agency the previous year.

Eight days after Mr. Wilson's article was published, Robert Novak, the syndicated columnist, reported that "two senior administration officials" had told him that Mr. Wilson's wife, Ms. Plame, was "an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction."

Mr. Wilson has said the disclosure was payback for his criticism. Others have said that the disclosure put his criticism in context by suggesting that Mr. Wilson's trip was not a serious one but rather a nepotistic boondoggle.

Mr. Cooper's article about Ms. Plame appeared after the Novak column. Ms. Miller conducted interviews on the matter but did not publish an article.


Brooke Shields vs. Tom Cruise

by: Justin Mills | on: 2005-07-01 00:00:00
From Drudge

The New York Times has printed an article by Brooke Shields in which she counters Tom Cruise's ridiculous rant against psychiatry in his intervwiew with Matt Lauer.

The article recounts her experience with postpartum depression (PPD) and criticizes Cruise for, in essence, minimizing the impact of legitimate problems such as PPD.

Oh this is news...

by: Abinadi Ayerdis | on: 2005-07-01 00:00:00

Supreme Court Justice O'Connor Retires

I just read about it on the Washington Post online. A couple of points of interest. The article refers to O'Connor as "a moderate conservative" and in the same breath informs us that she "often cast the decisive vote on abortion and other contentious issues." Which "contentious issues" do they mean? Well, they explain:

O'Connor has been a key vote to preserve the constitutional right to abortion and to allow race to remain a factor to be considered in admissions at universities.

So O'Connor is pro-abortion and pro-affirmative action and is a conservative? That doesn't make much sense to me. Also, the article uses phraseology like "the constitutional right to abortion." They make it seem like abortion is a constitutional right. Well, it isn't. But I won't go into that right now. The real question is, what does this all mean to the country?Read more...