Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Applied Apathy

This may be the ultimate failure of "Rock the Vote." Urban Outfitters are selling "Voting is for Old People" shirts at $28 each. If the people most vulnerable to believing Democrat lies choose instead to spend that kind of money on a shirt and also not vote, I can't say I care.

Of Tattoos, Body Piercings and Frontrunners

Writing for Slate, Columbia University sociology professor Duncan Watts articulates the process by which human nature creates frontrunners in primary seasons despite the qualifications of those in the field. Recalling the experiments of Solomon Asch at Princeton in the 1950's, it's the same sort of follow-the-leader mindset that creates ridiculous fads and leads people to get such useless things as tattoos and body piercings for no rational reason. Remember the pet rock? Now, as in years past, a diverse field of candidates is reduced to one unsatisfactory frontrunner, the same way we ended up with such luminaries as Michael Dukakis for Democratic nominees.

The Constitution and the Family

Andrew Sullivan and the Log Cabin Republicans have plenty to say in opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. I think this may be the wrong issue entirely to campaign on, but I'm really not any more worried about it than the equally inappropriate anti-flag-burning amendment idea of years past. The scope of the Constitution is to define government, its powers and the limits on its powers. Everything not mentioned specifically in the U.S. Constitution is reserved for the states or the people, which is exactly how matters like marriage have been handled. It is and should remain a state issue. The existing Federal Defense of Marriage Act, as I understand it, is supposed to spare states that don't have civil union or gay marriage protections from recognizing couples from states who do.

In fairness to President Bush, the issue was indeed forced and was never a part of his agenda for this or the next term. I think Americans will remember what issues are really important and won't let something like this make them forget the undesirability of a Kerry administration.

What One Might Expect

Predictably, the only two strongly negative reviews of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" come from Google and the New York Times, yet the increasingly political Roger Ebert has given the film four stars. I have now decided to brave the crowds and get to the theater to see the movie as quickly as possbile.

While it's a hot topic now, check out the Aramaic Bible Society, headquartered in Covington, Georgia.
Sunday, February 22, 2004

Cable Snobs

The end of the "Sex and the City" series supposedly is this weekend and I'm seeing top headlines like we saw when "Seinfeld" ended, only I have to ask, how many people really care? How many people don't spend their money on HBO? How many people, like me, find all the women portrayed in the show totally repelling? Loose drunks are not attractive. If the show's fans have to struggle to decide what they'll do on Sunday nights from now on, I'm glad.


Ralph Nader is back in the game, returning as a third party candidate for president. People can say what they will about his run affecting who wins the general election but one thing Nader has always been right about is that every candidate earns his votes. Having him in the race doesn't hurt my feelings one bit.
Friday, February 13, 2004


Evidence of WMD hidden in Syria has been stolen from its source, possibly by French agents covering up their government's business affiliation with concerned parties.
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Wesley Clark

As I write this, the official Clark withdrawal announcement is supposed to happen in about 25 minutes. I wonder if he'll offer an endorsement or anything else besides his own exit from the race. I'd like to see him endorse John Edwards for the sole sake of keeping the race competitive and interesting, though he could go either way. I wonder what the Clarke County for Clark '04 people I know will do now.
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Let Him Go

Bill O'Reilly has finally outlived his usefulness, as evident in his comments on "Good Morning America" today. He of all people ought to have noticed a few things about the Iraqi WMD issue, like the tenacity of Iraqi concealment, the high probability the weapons are buried in Syria and Lebanon, the fact Saddam himself was hidden almost in plain sight for so long before being found and some of the details of David Kay's report. Apparently O'Reilly places the popularity of his phony populist persona above intellectual prestige or even simple principle.
Thursday, February 05, 2004

All You Need to Know About UGA Admissions

Among the best and the brightest attending the University of Georgia are the fraternity brothers who killed and ate a likely rabid raccoon.
Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Super Bowl Fallout

I was seriously hoping the game would finish in a 7-point victory for the Patriots and thus put all of New England's bookies out of business. Someone told me they were vulnerable that way but I can't document it here. Beyond that, I really wasn't so into the game once I was settled into our staff Super Bowl party.

I used to think Janet Jackson had better sense than Michael but I saw evidence to the contrary when she appeared at Michael's arraignment. As for the halftime show, I'm pretty sure I remember channel 11 out of Atlanta reporting immediately afterwards that CBS planned and approved it before it happened. I'm sure it was deliberate. As for Justin Timberlake, it's clear to me that he'll never have a smart girlfriend.
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