Tuesday, 20 February 2007


Here is the New York Times story about Stage 1 of the Tour of California. I’ve been watching the Tour on Versus (formerly known as Outdoor Life Network [OLN]).

The Curious Times

Let me get this straight. According to the editorial board of The New York Times, felons should be allowed to vote but not to serve in the military. Here’s a proposal: Felons get to vote if and only if they serve in the military.


Good news for those who take the war on terrorism seriously.

R. M. Hare (1919-2002) on Philosophical Theses

[I]t is wrong to take too narrowly utilitarian an attitude towards philosophical theses; let it suffice that they are true, and let it be left to the future to determine whether any useful results follow from them.

(R. M. Hare, Freedom and Reason [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963], 12)

From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

While the No Child Left Behind law has the noble goal of raising the bar of public school education, it is not supported by the money necessary to make it successful.

It is a farce in a country that spends more money on war than it ever considers spending on education.

The United States has spent more than $300 billion on the occupation of Iraq.

Why is there no comparable sum to support education reform?

At the very best, No Child Left Behind is a way of measuring a serious problem more effectively, but it offers no real solutions.

If we ever want to see progress in this country’s system of education, we will need to reorder our priorities and demand a government that finances education more than warfare.

Ashley Offt Casale
Middletown, Conn., Feb. 15, 2007

A Year Ago



If this isn’t the best album ever made, then I’m a monkey’s uncle.

Guitar and Pen

I have a guitar like this: a Gibson SG. Alas, I haven’t played it in many years. Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath learned everything he knows from me, including how to kick ass.

From the Mailbag

If either of these guys [Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich] began labeling democrats “traitors” or “traitorous,” would that bold stroke destroy their candidacy? To BLUNTLY state that democrats put party before country is a winning strategy! It is time for some ONIONS! I want spades called spades. To hell with caution. I’m sick of compassionate conservatism.


Note from KBJ: I do not tolerate split infinitives, Will. Don’t let it happen again.

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