Saturday, 19 May 2007


Here is a scene from today’s stage of the Giro d’Italia, won by Italian Alessandro Petacchi.

R. M. Hare (1919-2002) on Askability

Questions do not become unaskable simply by the invention of a terminology in which they cannot be asked.

(R. M. Hare, Freedom and Reason [Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1963], 166 [parenthetical reference omitted])

Homosexual Politics

In case you haven’t been reading my blog from the outset, here is a quotation from three years ago today (by federal appellate judge Richard A. Posner) that is as timely as the day I posted it.

Men and Women

My blogging friend Ally has a long, interesting post (an essay, really) about men and women. Please take a few minutes to read it. Good work, Ally.

From Today’s New York Times

To the Editor:

The new immigration bill misses the point entirely. It will not stop the flow of illegal immigrants across our borders with Mexico. All the money spent so far to build fences and hire new border agents has not stopped the flow of unemployed poor people coming to a country that welcomes their lawbreaking with a job.

Employers get major advantages by hiring illegal workers. They don’t have to pay minimum wage, overtime pay, benefits and in many cases taxes because they pay cash. This country needs to punish the real lawbreakers: employers who hire illegal workers.

If the penalties were high enough and if repeat offenders were sent to jail, the illegal workers would stop coming because no employer would hire them; then and only then will the flow stop.

Most illegal immigrants are honest, hard-working people. As long as there are jobs for them here, they will continue to come.

Mike Mitte
Edmonds, Wash., May 18, 2007

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