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Thursday, October 27, 2005I was surprised to learn recently that Gerald Ford said something worth quoting:
"The government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take away everything you have."
That's pretty good.
(By the way, the title of this post is from what movie?)
Wednesday, October 26, 2005The candy machine at my office has PopTarts in it. For a low, low price of $0.50, you get two Frosted PopTarts ("Made with Real Fruit!") Pretty good deal, especially if you consider what comes in that small package of snack-cakes goodness.
A look at the back of the package reveals a bevy of amazing facts. First, the two pastries together have but a mer 10g of fat -- not much, consdering. But what really leaps out is the 75g of carbs and the astounding 410 calories. Those levels put the PopTart up into Survival Food range.
Those little snacks pack quite a wallop!
Tuesday, October 25, 2005Loved this blurb from Nordlinger in Impromptus -
Have another music item, most unexpected. An article was sent to me by a reader, concerning Jeff "Skunk" Baxter, guitarist for the Doobie Brothers (and others, but I care principally - no, exclusively - about the Doobies). The first paragraph:Huh.As a member of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, and as a session guitarist for Carly Simon, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr and many others, Jeff "Skunk" Baxter has been a clandestine rock and roll hero since the '70s. Now, as a specialist in terrorism, missile defense and chemical and biological warfare, he's also a covert hero for the U.S. military.He's currently working for the Department of Defense as an adviser to the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and has also served as a top military adviser for numerous congressmen and senators.
Several days ago I wondered about the popularity of embryonic stem cells while adult stem cells sit at home waiting for some beau to call for a date. Doesn't make sense when the neglected one is prettier, smarter, and doesn't mind springing for dinner once in a while. Want more proof?
[S]cientists from London's Imperial College report in The New Scientist that they have repaired patients' own damaged livers by using bone marrow adult stem cells collected from their own blood. Five were injected with a drug that stimulated their marrow to produce extra stem cells that were then injected into a blood vessel leading directly to the liver.And yet, the uglier girl - the whacked-out nut job you wish you'd never met - is still getting all the dates. Go figure.
Friday, October 21, 2005Here's my advice to you - always read David Gelernter. Like this. The first graf:
THIS WEEK should have been a time of rejoicing in America. On Wednesday, Saddam Hussein went on trial - the ex-master butcher of Iraq, reeking of blood. And last Saturday, the newly freed Iraqi people pulled off a referendum right under the noses of terrorists whose hearts' desire is to blow democracy to bits. The United States - the armed forces especially, and the Bush administration's leadership - is largely responsible for both these amazing developments. Obviously Iraq is still in deadly danger. But if these two events don't call for congratulations, what kind of world events would?Keep reading.
Daniel Henninger (of the Wall Street Journal) has been kind enough to tell President Bush how to regain his mojo. As we all know, the President's mojo has been missing for a good while now with no hint of it returning. Thankfully, Henninger has provided an easy 4-step plan:
Thursday, October 20, 2005You know Derb, always willing to take the "other" side. He was at it again today in The Corner. Listen to this:
All the windsocks are now pointing in the direction of more socialism. As the population ages, Americans will want more leisure, drugs, health care, nursing homes, security. As the Jihadist threat continues to metastasize (from the MidEast to Indonesia, Thailand, Africa, the Caucasus, Europe), we shall want the state to have more police powers, more scrutiny of us and our lives. The trend of the last 40 years away from the old Anglo-Saxon rights and liberties -- private property rights (google "tobacco settlement," "Kelo," etc.), freedom of speech, contract and assembly ("speech codes," anti-discrimination laws, etc.), limited government (is Washington DC shrinking? looking poorer and shabbier? not that I've noticed) -- will accelerate. And everybody will be fine with all this, because that's what everybody wants, except for a few freakish intellectuals like ourselves.How 'bout that? It has the ring of truth - that is what people seem to want. But a lot of people want freedom, too, and they're willing to vote for it. The question is - which side's got more?
Wednesday, October 19, 2005This Washington Post article struck me personally because we have good friends with a Down's syndrome child. The author, Patricia Bauer, says:
What I don't understand is how we as a society can tacitly write off a whole group of people as having no value. I'd like to think that it's time to put that particular piece of baggage on the table and talk about it, but I'm not optimistic. People want what they want: a perfect baby, a perfect life. To which I say: Good luck. Or maybe, dream on.That's exactly what it's all about - convenience, absence of risk or difficulty, comfort.
Sunday, October 16, 2005Don't ask where we've been, I don't know...
Here's a nice synopsis of the stem cell and cloning issue. I'm still mystified by the pundits' enthusiasm for embryonic stem cells when adult stem cells and cord cells have been shown to be so much more useful. What's going on here?
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