Sometimes I’m really embarrassed to be a Democrat. While I abhor much of the ideologies (or at least practiced ideologies) of the Right, I’m similarly distressed when those on the Left abandon all pretenses of civility and courtesy through their consistent heckling of those espousing contrary viewpoints. I think back to my college days, when… Continue reading Courtesy or lack thereof
Film of people running and screaming away from the debris cloud from the World Trade Center is particularly upsetting to young people, he said. – Psychiatrist Harold Koplewicz, hired by NBC to explain the obvious to them For those of you who still watch TV, get ready for the screams and endless bouts of chilling… Continue reading Reliving 9/11 in all the wrong ways
Europeans are blaming George Bush for the recent floods.
I’m worried that just as clothes dryers have the knack of making socks disappear, the federal government has discovered a core competency of losing computers – Senator Chuck Grassley, underscoring the not-very-reassuring fact that the U.S. government can’t seem to account for *2,000* of its laptops that are now missing 400 laptops lost by law… Continue reading Your personal data as socks
I’m to the left of the political scale, in case you hadn’t guessed, but I do definitely get peeved at the left’s overreaching, too. While I don’t know whether the legislator below (Reed, proposing the anti-cell phone law) is a Democrat, the fact that his law imposes additional regulations on private businesses seems to indicate… Continue reading On overreaching gov’t and the power of the free market
New York Councilman Philip Reed has proposed a law to ban cell phone gabbing in “any place to which the public is invited or permitted and where members of the public assemble to witness cultural, recreational or educational activities.” How dumb. What’s he going to do next, ban New Yorkers from talking loud in restaurants?… Continue reading Shut the [bleep] up!
When copyright owners extend the copyright terms of existing works, as they’ve done repeatedly in the past, they are taking works that would otherwise enter the public domain and keeping them private. That is a theft from the public, from you and me, and it surely amounts to tens of billions of dollars. So who’s… Continue reading The real pirates
WARNING: Elitist sentiments ahead! In contrast with a recent editorial I’ve read in The Nation, I’d like to suggest that we need to improve the quality, not quantity of people voting. I know, this is heresy, suggesting that perhaps, just maybe, we should NOT be pleading for some people to vote… especially coming from a… Continue reading Voting — How about quality not quantity?
Okay, so those reading my headline here may snicker and exclaim, gee, that’s a really rough target. Next thing you’ll be asserting, Adam, is that San Francisco housing is expensive (whoa!) and McDonald’s stuff is unhealthy (but it’s 100% beef!) and Britney Spears lacks sophisticated vocal talent (she sings?). But wait, hear me out… there’s… Continue reading New evidence that the RIAA *IS* Evil
I recently came back from a 5 week trip in which I took nearly a dozen flights to, from, and around Europe. Almost all of my travel was in the blissfully comfy Business Class section of the planes for the first time in my life, and amidst all the friendly service and generally tasty food,… Continue reading "Security" that’s not so sharp