Sunday, January 30, 2005

62-26 @ Half, 98-48 with 5:00 Left

For Pook, a cybereminder of the greatest drubbing in ACC history.



Peace, Time & Einstein

"Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by."
-Maria Schell

Bush's Pledge to Bono Unfulfilled

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: America's Promises

And you were upset about the ticket fiasco!

Jackie Chiles' Fault

McDonalds Hot Coffee Lawsuit and Beyond: The Tort Reform Myth Machine

"President Bush is now pushing for "tort reform," claiming that lawsuits are hurting the economy. Contrary to popular belief, since 1975 the number of lawsuits has declined. Government data show that the median jury verdict for punitive damages was only $37,000, significantly less than the $65,000 median award in 1992.

Although corporate America is complaining about how lawsuits are "hurting the economy" the vast majority of lawsuits are brought by corporations, not individuals. Moreover, judges dismiss corporate lawsuits as frivolous 69% more often than the lawsuits brought by individuals. "

Keep your eye on the molehill...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Queen of Clean

DSC07508, originally uploaded by watts4u2.

Nearly every square centimeter of floor covered, she dons the crown to mark the achievement.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Bill Bennett Gambles for Social Security

The Borowitz Report .com

"In a bold move to privatize Social Security, President George W. Bush today put all of the program’s funds under the control of former Education Secretary William Bennett, urging Mr. Bennett to “work your magic” on the nation’s nest egg."

This writer is pretty funny, I added him to Sunrise.

Can't Blame Malpractice Suits

Bad Medicine

Malpractice suits and lawyers get much of the blame for the health care woes, but in reality, they make little difference in the cost of health care. You won't hear this from you know who....

Cuba has better health care than US

Health Care? Ask Cuba

Think of this next time someone tells you we have the best health care system in the world:
"Babies are less likely to survive in America, with a health care system that we think is the best in the world, than in impoverished and autocratic Cuba. According to the latest C.I.A. World Factbook, Cuba is one of 41 countries that have better infant mortality rates than the U.S."

Restrain the President

Cato Daily Commentary

Here here!
Congress has been the President's lapdog for too long.

Monday, January 17, 2005

17 Buzzards

17 Buzzards

Rare Watts Photo - Outgrew the Hat

Rare Watts Photo - Outgrew the Hat

May Your Dreams Be Realized

MLK, In His Own Words: "'I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today - my own government.'

'Now, it should be incandescently clear that no one who has any concern for the integrity and life of America today can ignore the present war. If America's soul becomes totally poisoned, part of the autopsy must read Vietnam. It can never be saved so long as it destroys the deepest hopes of men the world over.'

'A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.'

'I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must rapidly begin the shift from a 'thing-oriented' society to a 'person-oriented' society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism and militarism are incapable of being conquered.'

These words ring equally true today concerning our failed aggression in Iraq. As a nation, we have learned very little from King's powerful words nor from our own failed foreign policy in Vietnam. Clearly the crimes that King valiantly and heroically struggled against have not gone away. It is up to us to honor the legacy of King by continuing the struggle."

Lookin' Up

Lookin' Up

Friday, January 14, 2005

Arm$trong William$

We've heard the story from the media, and they're juggling this like a stick of dynamite. I may not be a journalist, or even much of a blogger, but here's a question or two I haven't seen answered:
Who at the Dept of Education could authorize a $240,000 payment to anyone? And more than that, who approached whom? I'm under the impression that Arm$trong was approached by someone from the Dept of Edu....who was that? What else is the Dept of Edu paying for?
I'm not as mad at Arm$trong as I am at the government....who's wasting my tax dollars?

Sunday, January 09, 2005

the Damoclean Sword


'Wheeler says bin Laden is "playing poker with a Texas cowboy holding the nuclear aces,"'

F the FCC

WN: Wired News

Do we really need it? I think this idea is "f'ing brilliant" to quote Bono, who helped kick off this storm. Warning: there is some profanity in the article (that word Dick Cheney and Bono both have at the ready in their everyday vocabulary)

Maybe TV would better police itself if not always trying to push the limits of the FCC. Logically, this is a problem that should solve itself without government interference. Why waste resources on the FCC?

Thursday, January 06, 2005

The Truth About America's Generosity

The New York Times > Land of Penny Pinchers by Nicholas Kristof

We're not as generous as we think we are, and if we spent the money in the right places, we could make a bigger difference for more people. Jeffrey Sachs, Bono's buddy and the leading thinker on these problems is quoted in this article:
"Jeffrey Sachs, the Columbia University economist, estimates that spending $2 billion to $3 billion on malaria might save more than one million lives a year. "This is probably the best bargain on the planet," he said."

The '00's? The Aughts? You name it!

Name That Decade - Can we please agree on what era it is we're living in? By Timothy Noah