social conservative, fiscal abso-frickin-nuts

February 22, 2003
So, CNN has designated the recent Rhode Island tragedy "Nightclub Inferno"...I wonder how many nightclubs out there are actually called "Inferno"?

Another random thought: the whole Arab world finds the Palestinean cause to be a rallying point. And I'm not saying the situations are identical, but they also don't want to see a seperate state for the Kurds...Hrmm.

Political Rants of the Moment
The president has laid out his agenda. Call it bold, brilliant, audacious or outrageous. But don't call it 'conservative.' [...] Fiscal prudence? The keystone of today's 'conservative' agenda is a dedication to tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, even though doing so will increase the deficit. That's short-term thinking at its worst. Because of those tax breaks, the faltering economy and the war on terrorism, some economists estimate we'll have deficits of $300 billion a year for the foreseeable future. The next generation of Americans will bear the burden of that debt.
"Suppose you had a friend who was grossly overweight for years but lately had been looking very trim. Suddenly, though, he puts on 30 or 40 pounds and is waddling around like his old porcine self. He explains that he's found a marvelous new diet: 'You eat like a pig and stop exercising until you get so fat that you just have to lose weight.' Would you say that your friend is kidding himself?"
I think the problem is that for so long we've assumed that conservatives were Machiavellian, that we get some real Machiavellians in there, we assume they're conservative.

News Link of the Moment
When greed, gullibility, and rage collide: Nigerian Diplomat Slain Over "419" Scam, in Prague.

Quote of the Moment
I'm mad about being old and I'm mad about being American. Apart from that, OK.
Currently, I understand that "mad about being American" part.