Archive for September, 2007

The GOP Field

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

The latest poll looks like this:

Giuliani 30
Thompson 22
McCain 18
Romney 7
Paul 4
Huckabee 4
Undecided 10

I wish everyone except the five six candidates listed above would drop out so that we could have actual debates.

I Did Not Know This

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

The phrase “beam me up, Scotty!” was never uttered on any Star Trek episode or movie.

Additionally, the phrase “just the facts, ma’am” was never spoken by Joe Friday on on the show Dragnet.

Is This Blasphemy?

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

A Nebraska State Senator is suing God.

Here We Go Again

Monday, September 17th, 2007

I am quite happy that it appears that justice may finally catch up with OJ Simpson. I hope he goes to prison for good and I don’t mind giving every one of his accomplices immunity in exchange for testimony against him, if that’s what it takes to get it done. I am not looking forward to the inevitable media circus, however.

UPDATE: I’ve been thinking about how OJ Simpson puts on full display everything that is wrong with our culture – celebrity worship, a flawed justice system, racial disharmony, class issues, shallowness, the excesses of athletics… it’s all there.

Socialized Medicine Commeth

Monday, September 17th, 2007

Hillary Clinton is “proposing a sweeping healthcare reform proposal”:

With a price tag of about $110 billion per year, Clinton’s “American Health Choices Plan” represents her first major effort to achieve universal health coverage since 1994, when the plan she authored during her husband’s first term collapsed.

Politicians are becoming more and more forceful about a universal healthcare plan, and even some Republicans (Mitt Romney) have embraced the idea in some form. Of course, this simply reflects American public sentiment, which is moving more and more in this direction. I wish this wasn’t the case, but it clearly appears to be. Hopefully, it can be reversed.

A Decade of Google

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Google, the top search engine in the world, has celebrated its tenth anniversary. Hard to believe. I remember using Yahoo, Dogpile, and AltaVista back in the pre-Google era. They all still exist, but are only shadows of their former selves.

Gill: Sensationalize Murders of White People Too

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

Steve Gill thinks that the failure of the media to sensationalize the murder of two white students in Knoxville is evidence of racism. Or something:

Well, the Associated Press, Fox News, USA Today and CBS have already picked up the story about these white racist nutcases. That’s already more coverage than the black racist sickos in Knoxville received.

Now granted I haven’t watched the news very much lately, but I have not seen very much media coverage of the murders atrocity in West Virginia. Certainly not nearly as much as the numerous missing women have received (ironically, and by ironically I do mean intentionally, Gill doesn’t note the race of almost every one of these women) or the coverage of OJ Simpson.

Media criticism aside, it is true that there is a racial template the media tend to follow. I have noted as much. To me the answer would appear to be that the media should not sensationalize any murders. But to call of the media to sensationalize brutal murders in the name of some sort of racial equivalency, as Gill seems to do, just strikes me as despicable, and I can’t imagine the families of any of the victims appreciating his efforts. Can’t we just take a break from politics in situations like these?

UPDATE: Sean Braisted and Brittney Gilbert point out that the victim from West Virginia actually survived, thus it was not a murder as I originally stated. My apologies.

UPDATE II: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.


Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Please explain, someone. Florida is good, but not that good. Can Tennessee bounce back? Can they win at least eight games? And, if not, will Fulmer survive this season? If he does, which assistant coach will be thrown under the bus this time?

It’s become a cliche in football (and, really, in sports period) that a certain class of fan spends their time being outraged over this or that and constantly calls into the local sports talk radio station demanding that their coach be fired. No doubt there’s an eruption of this in Knoxville these days. But can we really disagree with them?

Since 1999, Tennessee has produced an unending stream of mediocrity. No SEC championships. No BCS bowl bids. Some big wins here and there, and some great players, but also plenty disapointment. Fulmer maintains a good win-loss record, but even his staunchest supporter must admit he’s still running on fumes from his 1998 national championship team.

Looking at the schedule, I see lots of cause for concern. If Tennessee does not start playing amazingly better football, I don’t think they have much of a shot against Georgia. Or South Carolina. Or Alabama. Or Arkansas. Heck, even former pushovers like Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and Kentucky aren’t looking like pushovers anymore (especially Kentucky; is there anything in the world Randy Sanders wants more than a victory over the Big Orange?).

So should Fulmer be canned? That question will be answered as the season unfolds. I remain a total fan of the Vols and will pick them to win every game they play. I hope my predictions come true. But the prospects for the Vols, and their coach, are not very good.

Meanwhile, my other alma mater continues to do me proud.

UPDATE: Voluminous sums up my view quite nicely.

Because Twice Just Wasn’t Enough

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

World Nut Daily reports that Alan Keyes is once again running for president.

Quote of the Day

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Music City Oracle:

That reminds me of a response I once heard to someone asking what an economist was. “An economist,” it was helpfully explained, “is like an accountant, without the personality.”