QUOTE OF THE DAY

“The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one’s time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.”

H.L. Mencken

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NO MAN BUT A BLOCKHEAD EVER WROTE, EXCEPT FOR MONEY

I can only see the Writer’s Guild strike as a Win-Win proposition.

Either the greedybastard Producers will have to pay the Writers something approaching what they’re worth, or Prime-Time television will die a slow lingering death.

I’m okay with either proposition.

(Bonus points to whoever identifies the author of the quote in the Title of this post . . . No Googling!)

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Regardless of the merits, or lack thereof, of the particular circumstances that lead to a deployment of those who serve, acceptance of that burden deserves respect beforehand, and honor afterwards.

– Mead Hedglon

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AL GORE WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE . . .

But then again, so did Yassar Arafat.

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

The critic sees holes where there are but spaces in a most intricate lacework.

– Anthony Esolen, Ironies of Faith

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

. . . [t]hings are getting better all the time and the march toward greater freedom and prosperity is almost inevitable.  The key word there is “almost”. The way I see things, as long as Smithian gains from trade and Schumpeterian gains from innovation outpace statist stupidity, tomorrow’s trough will be higher than today’s peak.
 
– Peter Boettke

That would be a much more “glass-half-full” quote if the evidence of increasing statist stupidity wasn’t so obvious. Statist stupidity pretty much summed up the 20th Century. It ruined mighty Russia and her satellites, it kept Africa in starvation and misery, and who knows how many people it killed in China.

Not that things are much better in the 21st Century, or that we USAmericans are exempt from the label. The only bright spot for us is that we have, ostensibly, a mechanism for changing things if they get bad enough. But the system is pretty close to being fully rigged at this point.

Boettke goes on to say that it won’t be terrorist acts, disease, or disasters that will be are undoing (if we are to be undone). Rather, he says, it will be government usurpation of more and more of our fundamental liberties, in reaction to these events that will cause collapse. Smithian and Schumpeterian gains cannot abide in an atmosphere that is too heavily statist and stupid.

Also, this is the first time I’ve ever in my life typed the word “Schumpeterian”. And now I’ve done it thrice. Quite a red-letter day for me, this.

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SAY THANK YOU, THEN SHUT UP

I didn’t see it (as if), but I read a report that Sally Field, during her acceptance speech at the Emmy Awards, said something to the effect of “If Mothers ruled the world there would be no goddam wars in the first place”.

Hmmmm…..

A few thoughts:

First, I think it’s nice they’re finally getting around to recognizing Sally’s work on “The Flying Nun”. It had to have been tougher than it looked to act while flying.

Second, Sally has clearly never met my mom. If my Mom ran things, not only would we have wars, we’d have more wars. The main difference would be that with Mom running the show, we’d win.

Quickly.

Believe that.

Finally, Sally, honey . . . don’t work blue, ‘kay? You’re better than that. You kiss your mother with that potty mouth?

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BEST HEADLINE OF THE MONTH

CITIES CRACKING DOWN ON SAGGY PANTS

Get it?

They’re CRACKing down on saggy pants . . .

Stop it! You’re killin’ me!

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NOBODY LOVES A GOOD IRONY MORE THAN I

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DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE

I hope you all realize this new Bin Laden video is nothing more than a transparent attempt to create ‘buzz’ for the upcoming release of his new hip-hop album. The title is . . . .

Wait for it . . . .

“Def to America”.

Thanks, you’ve been a great crowd. Try the veal. Tip your waitstaff.

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CHANGE IS GOOD (I HOPE)

Today is the first day of school around here. But not for me.

For the first time since 1993, I’m not standing in a classroom this morning. Instead I’m in my office, practicing law.

It’s a strange sensation, not being there. But I like being here, too. So I’m content with my uncharacteristically bold move; I’m fairly risk averse, so changing careers in middle-age isn’t what the odds makers in Vegas had on the board for me.

I know all my friends and family out there are behind me 100% with their moral support. I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

But, seriously, if you really want to support me, get out there and find some deep-pocket defendant we can sue. If just a few of you will do that, then I can make an even better transition this time next year. To retirement.

What?

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

This might even be a repeat, I can’t remember and I’m to lazy to go back and check. But I like it so much, I’m willing to risk repetitiveness:

“Giving power and money to politicians is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys”. 

                   — P.J. O’Rourke

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AP OR ONION?

Yes, after a long hiatus, in which we sought spiritual guidance in Katmandu, it’s the return of:

AP OR ONION?

The non-prize-awarding gameshow in which you the reader determine if the headline is a legitimate (loosely speaking) one from the venerable Associated Press, or a spoof from the Internets’s leading fake-funny-news site, The Onion

Ready to play? Hands on Buzzers, annnnnnnnd it’s time to play . . . AP OR ONION?

Bloggers Consider Forming Labor Union


Is it . . . AP OR ONION?


AP OR ONION? is a trademark of DaveTown Industries.

Any reproduction, retransmission, or rebroadcast of the accounts and/or descriptions of this game, without the expressed written consent of The Commissioner of Major League Baseball, is strictly prohibited.

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SPAWN OF HOMER

This is what I look like in the Simpsons Universe:

Spawn of Homer

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

“I’ve come to realize that just about everything is none of my business”

– Bro. Cassian Vigna

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ABOUT TIME

John Edwards whined yesterday to an Iowa audience that ” . . . they want to shut me up.”

He was kind of vague about who “they” are, exactly, but I’m going to venture a guess:

They = Just about everybody
.

Now if he’d just listen to the voice of the people.

And shut up.

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TIME IS ON THEIR SIDE

If these guys aren’t careful, they’re going to bump headlong into God.

Money Quote (from a letter by Albert Einstein, consoling the family of a close friend who had recently died):

“Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

Sounds oddly similar to the theological description of God as being outside the confines of time, doesn’t it?

[God's] knowledge, like his existence, is measured by eternity, which in one and the same instant encompasses all time; so his gaze is eternally focused on everything in time as on something present …What happens in time is known by us in time, moment by moment, but by God in an eternal moment, above time.  (Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiæ 14.13)

Hmmmm…….

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THEOLOGICAL SMACKDOWN

I’ve never heard of Tom Piatak before about 10 minutes ago, but man did he ever just lay the wood to über-atheist Christopher Hitchens. He even did it without being hateful and snarky (which in the age of the internet will probably be seen as a failing. Could even get him banned).

Anyway, tolle lege, y’all: Taki’s Top Drawer: Hitchens’ Hubris

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THIS IS A STRANGE COUNTRY

Remember the good ol’ days, when a football player could murder his ex-wife and a complete stranger, but still get off scot-free?  Nowadays, some quarterback kills a couple dogs, and they won’t even let him show up for work.

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WHO KNEW?

Two surprises here: Not only is St Bernard of Clairvaux blogging, nearly 800 years after he died (which, let’s face it, is pretty impressive in and of itself), but what’s more, he’s surprisingly up-to-speed on cutting-edge moral theology issues, such as what to do if you get bitten by a zombie.

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