Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Gotta love this myopic report from Amnesty International. According to these folks, the Bush Administration's efforts to rid the world of homicidal terrorist wackjobs is making life a real bummer.

Here's a hypothetical analogy to put the Amnesty Int'l report in perspective:
"Excuse me, Doctor. I know I have cancer, but this chemo stuff is making me dry heave. I think I'll take my chances with prayer and herbal tea instead."

Wednesday, May 21, 2003

NYT reporter makes an anti-war commencement speech and gets booed off-stage. This is the latest "Dixie Chicks"-inspired news making a stir this week. Not that I condone this sort of behavior, but I'd like to know why the AP, Reuters and practically every other news service is promoting this story so heavily when dozens of similar incidents occur on college campuses each year. The difference? The lesser publicized cases involved audiences shouting down and intimidating conservative, rather than liberal speakers.

Observing the squelching of dissent on campus is nothing new to me, either. I remember my days as an undergrad in Cuba North during the rise of the Reform Party, the newest conservative alternative to emerge onto the political landscape at the time. The traditional conservative party, the Tories, had adopted a liberal "tax and spend" ethos, and thus made itself indistinguishable from the rival socialist parties. Reform's platform, on the other hand, was distinctly conservative, with the primary focus on lowering taxes, ending wasteful pork-barrel spending and cronyism, and capping out of control immigration flows at fixed rates, much like the US does with its green card lottery. Of course, to naturally inclined campus lefties, the platform read "feed the rich, starve the poor, and kill the chinks". To my recollection, only one Reform Party representative successfully made a speech anywhere near campus. Unable to convince the university administrators to ax the event, as they did with previous attempts, the malcontents made sure the speech was accompanied by a nearly unprecedented protest gathering. Did this incident make the national news? As if.

So much for the university as a center of free and open thoughts and ideas.

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

The bedrock of a vibrant democracy is an engaged and active citizenry. Picking up on that theme, earlier this week President Bush implored the American people to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to vote for his tax relief package. Somewhere between the White House and the Neverland Ranch the message was garbled. From the Associated Press:

SOLVANG, Calif. - A congressional field office isn't the sort of place you'd expect to see a celebrity, so Steve Lavagnino was shocked when Michael Jackson walked in wearing a red-and-blue Spider-Man mask.

Jackson wanted to urge Congressman Elton Gallegly of Santa Barbara to attract more Taco Bells to the area where his Neverland Ranch is.

Afterward, Jackson got in his Bentley and was taken to the drive-through of a Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. He ordered two cheese pizzas, breadsticks, water and three soft tacos with chicken. Jackson talked to employees and signed autographs while he waited.

Friday, May 16, 2003

Canada has decided that it's ok to drive while toking off a lit bong, but it's still illegal to have an open container of alcohol in your vehicle. Can someone explain how all this makes sense?

Thursday, May 15, 2003

Picture this: It's 1985. AIDS is spreading rapidly throughout the gay community. The fear of a widespread outbreak prompts the government to issue a warning to gays to stop buggering each other, else they risk facing a firing squad. Tell me the Left, let alone anyone with common decency, wouldn't have screamed bloody murder. I conjure up this image because the latest news from China on the SARS epidemic amounts to the same thing, yet nobody on the Left feels compelled to condemn the Communist regime.

One of the great hypocrisies of the Left is their overwhelming tolerance of oppression by dictatorial regimes. These same pinkos, however, go out of their way to attack free democracies for the slightest deviation from their definition of a "free and open society". Oh sure, John Ashcroft is Hitler's twin because he covers the bust of a naked statue at the Justice Dept. building in DC, yet China can threaten to execute SARS victims with nary a "boo" from the Holy Left. Unbelievable.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Ah, finally some common sense on the gun control front. It seems that the NAACP's twisted logic of suing gun manufacturers because they make weapons that could conceivably be used in a crime (watch out Henckels!) was found to be exactly that: twisted. There is one part of this story I find disconcerting, though. Why did it take the jury 5 days to reach a decision? I hope some plush hotel accommodations or scrumptious catering were incentives for the jurors to drag the deliberations much longer than they should have been for such an obvious verdict.

Friday, May 02, 2003

Yes, it's been a while since the last posting. Vacation, visiting family, and a crazy work schedule have all kept me off the Blog lately.

New York's legislators have decided it's a good idea to enact a 7.5% income tax hike for the "wealthy". How do they define "wealthy"? Single tax filers making at least $100,000. I know 100K sounds like a good chunk of change, however, that's barely a starting salary for most young urban professionals in the Big Apple. Lucky for them, the common sense of Gov. Pataki will likely keep this one off the books.

While on vacation, I've been reading the works of Tammy Bruce. If she wasn't a lesbian, and if I wasn't engaged, I think I'd be infatuated with her.