August 2005 Archives

August 31, 2005

The Call Girl Principle

That is what negotiators call it. The "call girl principle" states that the perceived value of a service declines precipitously after that service has been performed. AND in the case of a particularly urgent need, the recipient may come to disparage the service and resent or even despise the provider. That is why plumbers always negotiate their fees before they fix your overflowing toilets. That is why salespeople try to get you to define the parameters of what you will find acceptable.

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Posted by Jack at 9:32 PM | Comments (40)

Does Morale Matter?

Vietnam taught the left a very important lesson: The average American may disagree with a police action or war, but they will always support the men and women in the U.S. Military who are a part of it.

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August 30, 2005

Solidarity Forever

Twenty-five years ago today (August 31), Lech Walesa climbed the wall to join a strike at the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk leading to the creation the Solidarity movement in Poland and loosening one of the first pebbles that grew into the landslide that destroyed the Soviet Empire.

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Posted by Jack at 11:26 PM | Comments (46)

August 29, 2005

Is Politics the Next Venue for a Speech Code?

Is America in the early stages of developing a political speech code, similar to those now found on hundreds of college campuses across the country? These speech codes, often imposed in violation of basic free speech rights by state universities, obstensibly aimed at preventing harassment, in reality serve to contain speech that is subjectively offensive to one person or a favored group, making the free exchange of ideas difficult, if not disasterous, for those whose speech runs counter to the accepted "norm" of the college campus.

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Posted by Matt Johnston at 6:13 PM

The End of the Boom(ers)

My generation is the biggest, badest and most narcissistic generation in American history. I am a baby boomer. Those of us born between 1945 and 1960 have set the standard since we were born. When we were kids, America was all about kids. When we were young adults, it was all about youthful rebellion. We when had enough of that, all anyone heard about were our careers, houses and mutual funds. Now that our long moment in the sun is almost over, our final "gift" to our county will be to bust the Social Security system when all of us start pulling it down (sorry - withdrawing our contributions).

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Posted by Jack at 1:01 PM

Celebrate Good Times...Come On!

Every war has winners and losers. Every threat faces force or appeasement. Most often as history has shown, appeasement eventually leads to more force, more destruction and at least initially, less control over who and what is destroyed. But only modern America can simultaneously win and lose a war, a war started through force and ultimately ended for appeasement which will always make a democracy weaker.

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Posted by The OttO Show at 4:57 AM

August 28, 2005

Proof of Liberal History Textbooks

The United States should consider adopting United States history textbooks with a more nationalistic approach. Let's examine an American history textbook just used in my AP US History class - The American Pageant.

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Hiding Hypocrisy in Plain Sight

It is clear from the Sunday talk shows that most (or all) opinion leaders see any significant inclusion of Islam in the Iraqi constitution as a kind of defeat. If Islam is a religion of peace, if Islam is "not the problem", why do we care? (Does special status for Scandinavian Lutheranism similarly trouble us?) And if we care about Islam, why do we repeat the mantras?

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Posted by Jack at 10:24 AM

August 26, 2005

Health Care Reform Free Market Style

The create a statistic crowd just loves to harp on health insurance. We have heard the numbers, 15, 20, 28.4, 45 million people without health care. The numbers fly off the mouths of the talking heads so freely you can almost believe some of them. Why is all this spouted? Universal health care of course. A young man knocked on my door last week and asked me to sign a petition to lower health care costs. How would signing a petition lower health care costs, I inquired? Simple, we could create a single payer, and I cut him off there. I asked the young man if he had heard of a proposal from John Shadegg to lower health care cost by increasing competition? A blank stare is all I got in return.

I wonder how many of you know about this?

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Posted by RealDebate at 12:26 PM

August 25, 2005

Return to Eden (without Saddam)

Scholars say that the idea of Eden was based in the green and lush marshlands of southern Iraq. From the Sumerians, to the Babylonians, Assyrians, Meads, Persians, Romans, the Muslim Caliphate, the Moguls, Turks, Brits and independent Iraq the ecology of the marsh and the life of the inhabitants endured - that is from about 4000 BC until AD 1991 when Saddam destroyed the environment to destroy the people who lived there. He almost succeeded. When the U.S. led Coalition defeated him in 2003, environmentalists feared he had destroyed this ancient ecosystem for good and all. Fortunately it looks like Saddam was removed in time.

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Posted by Jack at 9:58 PM

Friends of the Devil

The UNSC or "Why I Blame France":

March 11, 2003, Jaques Chirac announced his ultimatum to the United States: France, one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, would use its veto power to oppose any UN resolution that led to war against Saddam Hussein. Russia immediately followed suit.

And the UN suddenly became irrelevant...

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Posted by The OttO Show at 4:27 AM

August 24, 2005

The Conspiracy About Oil Prices

A poor toothless denizen of the trailer park wins the lotto. Look at him today and he is jubilant. Visit him next year you find a sadder, if not wiser, man. Unearned wealth is destructive on the individual level and oil wealth is destructive on a global scale. It seems like the biggest lakes of oil lie under the least developed, most corrupt places on the planet. The people on the surface nearest the oil were (are) usually often unaware of the black gold under their feet and as likely to be able to get it, as they are to mine rocks from the mountains of the moon.

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Posted by Jack at 6:27 PM

August 22, 2005

Public Education the Next Social Security?

What about public education has made it such a sacred cow in this country? Discussion of public school reform or school choice always devolves into an argument about the proper use of public monies, i.e. any voucher or choice program always "takes funds away from public schools." Is public education becoming the Social Security of the 21st century, i.e. it is the third rail of politics, touch it and die? I challenge all who comment to this post to answer the lead question: What about public education makes it so sacred that we dare not change it?

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Posted by Matt Johnston at 8:39 AM

Fraud of the 2004 Election

On August 2nd, a report was released by the American Center for Voting Rights (ACVR) highlighting scores of fraudulent activity surrounding the election of 2004. Not only in Ohio, but in several other states as well!!

Did George W. Bush steal the election?

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Posted by The OttO Show at 4:35 AM

If the President lied to get us into Iraq, what was his true motive?

Let's look at a couple of the common accusations.

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Posted by Jack at 12:44 AM

August 21, 2005

Lefty's Fallacies

Some things just aren't true, even if a lot of people believe them. One of the best examples is that critics of the Bush Administration are being muzzled. We hear this all the time. People complaining on television and in major newspapers that they are being denied the right to speak out. This is the about as close to perfect an instance of a self-negating argument as I have ever seen.

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Posted by Jack at 11:46 AM

August 19, 2005

Parents of Soldiers

I agree that Cindy Sheehan has the right to disagree with the war in Iraq.

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Posted by Nathan Melton at 6:58 PM

Planned Parenthood v. Children

Californian citizens are going to have the opportunity to vote this fall on Proposition 73, a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would require - gasp! - that parents actually have the right to know when their children are pregnant and seeking an abortion. For some yet-to-be-explained reason, the San Francisco chapter of Planned Parenthood vehemently opposes it, and in doing so they reveal their feelings on democracy:

"Prop. 73 is an attempt by well-funded anti-choice extremists to circumvent the courts."

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Posted by The OttO Show at 4:22 PM

stop the war

We need to stop this war based on lies, and concocted for political gain. It's harming our troops, distorting the truth, creating more terrorists, and making us less safe. Yes, we need to stop this war now... stop the left's war of deception, their war to reclaim their positions of power and privilege regardless of the cost, the lies they have to use, or how they have to slander and hurt America.

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Posted by Eric Simonson at 2:40 PM

August 16, 2005

Euro Success in Iran (fooled again)

Those who criticize us and claim that we should have only worked with the IAEA do not know that at that stage - that is, in August 2003 - we needed another year to complete the Esfahan (UCF) project, so it could be operational.

The regime adopted a twofold policy here: It worked intensively with the IAEA, and it also conducted negotiations on international and political levels. The IAEA gave us a 50-day extension to suspend the enrichment and all related activities. But thanks to the negotiations with Europe we gained another year, in which we completed (the UCF) in Esfahan. more from the Iranians

Posted by Jack at 11:19 PM

Current School Choice Models Inadequate

Much has been made over the past several years regarding efforts to provide choices to parents for the education of their children within the public school model. Voucher programs, like those in Milwaukee, Ohio and many other states have been touted as a means by which families whose children attend poor performing schools can move their kids to a better school. Charter schools have been hailed as an effort to provide options for parents. However, both models fail one large class of people--the middle class. Once again, when it comes to important societal benefits, the middle class gets screwed.

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Posted by Matt Johnston at 4:05 PM

August 15, 2005

Why the media has a liberal bias

It is not because most reporters are liberal. It is because the mental structures of reporting give even a conservative a liberal slant. Why?

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Posted by Jack at 12:01 AM

August 14, 2005

Hijacking cause for the downing of Helios 737?

Was the Helios Airways Boeing 737 heading towards Prague hijacked?

Let's weigh and consider.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 11:20 PM

August 12, 2005

The Others

Writing on the Washington Post editorial page, Eugene Robinson looks at cable news coverage and correctly diagnoses a sociological ailment. He writes:

This country has made undeniable progress against racism in my lifetime, but the Damsels [In Distress] coverage suggests to me that on some visceral level people of color are still seen as The Other. It suggests that for some reason, many Americans can become emotionally involved with the travails of a distraught family that happens to be white, but not a family of color.
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Posted by Chops at 2:53 AM

August 11, 2005

Melting Pot Meltdown

Multiculturalism, political correctness and the 14th Amendment are killing American society. The segmentation of society caused by multiculturalism and political correctness leads to a competition among groups and against the state for equality, despite the fact that most have equality-as Americans.

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Posted by Matt Johnston at 3:07 PM

August 10, 2005

Iranians Hate Cute Aquatic Mammals

The New York Times headline reads: Seals Are Removed at Nuclear Site in Iran.

After getting over the homophonic hilarity, the article is worthy of serious consideration. Iran's nuclear capabilities may be the foremost challenge to world peace in the coming decades. This is not merely Farsiphobia, because Iran's nuclear program is likely to have a domino effect across its region.

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Posted by Chops at 3:28 PM

August 9, 2005

The Rise of Muslim Civilization

Let's leave religion out of this and talk about how Muslim civilization got where it is. We suffer many blind spots because of our Western centric point of view. One of the most egregious has to do with the rise of the Muslim Empires. Our ignorance has often bought us to accept our adversary's historic worldview. It is myopic.

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Posted by Jack at 10:51 PM

August 7, 2005

The PC Thought Police and Sensitivity Training

Jeff Rubin, the chief economist for CIBC World Markets, has been sent to sensitivity training for remarks that offended some Muslims.

I believe all individuals should be treated with respect and dignity. However, what these Orwellian diversity/sensitivity training workshops are spiraling into should trouble the rational mind.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 1:44 AM

August 3, 2005

Rummy is right on!

Rumsfeld says extremist, moderate Muslims at odds.

Donald Rumsfeld, a fascinating and a proper communicator in the English language medium, whose impeccable and detailed logic occasionally escapes the grasp of some reporters, has put the issue of struggle within Islam upfront and in the mainstream discussion. It is about time. Click here for the story .

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Posted by Krishan Kumra at 10:39 AM

August 2, 2005

Bolton and the U.N.

I am glad that President Bush decided to use his "Constitutional option" and appoint John Bolton to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

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Posted by Nathan Melton at 7:35 PM

August 1, 2005

The Newspeak Nightmare

For those of us who have had the pleasure of reading 1984 - remember Newspeak? The nightmare is becoming reality. Take the case of what happened to Associate Professor Andrew Fraser of the Department of Public Law at Macquarie University in Australia and Michael Graham's radio show.

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Posted by Mike Tate at 12:01 AM