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Monday, March 29, 2004
I am still alive.

posted by DRH 3/29/2004 05:54:00 PM

Friday, March 19, 2004
Pint Size

posted by DRH 3/19/2004 05:52:00 PM

Thursday, March 18, 2004
Cool T-Shirt Sighting
There was a cluster of people wearing shirts of their own desgn that read: "Who's Your Paddy?" and had a picture of that Fighting Irish cartoon mascot guy.

posted by DRH 3/18/2004 04:17:00 PM

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Did Erin Go Bragh Yet?

posted by DRH 3/16/2004 05:16:00 PM

Legal Reform Now
So I was reading this
random article and I was once again reminded that there are a number of, well... idiots in the world, who idiotically get themselves into idiotic postitions. What is the thought process by which someone who ".... think(s) it's wrong to bear arms and do(es)n't want to be involved with war," and finds " the thought of having a gun or having to kill someone ... revolting" decides to join the army!?! Even if these were just guys that were lookjing for money for college... you don't sign up for something abhorrent just to make a few bucks... how stupid are these people?

I'm thinking that there should be a mechanism by which such people can file to have themselves declared legally stupid. The status of legally stupid would allow such stupid people to get out of such things as military service, credit card debts, etc.... but would also prevent them from voting, owning a gun, (non-remedial) education assisance, operating dangerous machinery, etc -- things where intellegence is key. In addition, a court-appointed non-idiot will supervise any contracts or official documents filed by the idiot, to protect him from harming himself.

Think of it as a form of bankruptcy... mentalbankrupcy!

Both the idiot and society in general will gain extra safety.

posted by DRH 3/16/2004 04:59:00 PM

More on Catholic Answers' Voter Guide
Karl Keating responds to feedback from readers of their Catholic voters' guide (aka, Guía del Votante).

posted by DRH 3/16/2004 04:41:00 PM

Monday, March 15, 2004
Why Pay Good Money for AL Franken Books?
After all, the BlameBush blog is
giving it away for free!

posted by DRH 3/15/2004 04:15:00 PM

Intertesting Take on Iraq and Bush and all that...
From my (for now) local paper. They might lynch the guy, though.
Check it out.
Also, here's an article on some of the latest polling data.

posted by DRH 3/15/2004 04:03:00 PM

Festival of Books!!!
If you live in LA, or can make it down there, check out the
Los Angeles Festival of Books. Hopefully, I'll make it down... once I figure out where the heck I'll be living!

posted by DRH 3/15/2004 04:02:00 PM

Thursday, March 11, 2004

posted by DRH 3/11/2004 12:07:00 AM

My old car -- the
mighty Datsun 710!

posted by DRH 3/11/2004 12:06:00 AM

Saturday, March 06, 2004
Ah... Copyright-Free Internet Text!
A quickie google search yielded a couple of sources for the writings of Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich that were used by Mel Gibson in writing The Passion. Here is
The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ in HTML (for reading online) and The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ in PDF (for printing). Of course you could always just order The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ in paper and ink from TAN Books. Not that the don't have it at amazon, but TAN could use the money.

posted by DRH 3/06/2004 05:50:00 PM

Friday, March 05, 2004
Keep it quiet or everyone will want one!
Kids in England
find a three headed frog!

posted by DRH 3/05/2004 04:27:00 PM

Thursday, March 04, 2004
Scary Numbers on Social Security
Check out George F Will's column on the
Social Security mess; some of the figures are insane:
According to Laurence J. Kotlikoff of Boston University, the present value of the gap between promised outlays and projected revenues is $51 trillion -- more than four times the nation's annual GDP. Today the household wealth of Americans -- the value of their houses, 401(k)s, cars, refrigerators, toasters, socks, everything -- is about $42 trillion.
This has been coming for a long time, but ... yeeps!

posted by DRH 3/04/2004 11:30:00 PM

Wednesday, March 03, 2004
... and Now, Some History
Thomas F. Madden, writing in Crisis magazine :
The Church and the Jews in the Middle Ages. Fairly topical these days...

posted by DRH 3/03/2004 10:59:00 AM

A Little Late, Howie....
wins his greated Presidential Victory.

posted by DRH 3/03/2004 12:57:00 AM

Tuesday, March 02, 2004
Should I Be Worried?
BlameBush Blog is linking me as "KKKornblog"...

posted by DRH 3/02/2004 11:53:00 PM

Monday, March 01, 2004
A Scary Update on Massachusetts

Maggie Gallagher
, writing in NRO has a scary take on the status of the constitutional convention there. Her article strikes me as particularly cogent, given todays ruling against the First Amendment in California.

posted by DRH 3/01/2004 04:41:00 PM

Doonesbury Reward!!!!

Gary Trudeau, in a move reminiscent of
rewards in the past, offered anyone who could prove that Bush fulfilled his obligation to the National Guard a cool $10k . This has prompted Scrappleface to offer a reward to anyone who proves that Doonesbury is a comic strip. Luck for Scrappleface, present tense was used... in old times it was comic.

Someone won the ten bucks!

posted by DRH 3/01/2004 12:30:00 PM

On the Other Hand...
I've seen the claim put forth a couple times, most recently in this
recent column by Pat Buchanan, that Congress could use Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution to prevent any federal Court from striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make.

I honetsly don't know much about the history of that clause and if it can indeed be used in the way suggested... sounds plausible, though.

posted by DRH 3/01/2004 12:02:00 PM

Charles Krauthammer gets it right (mostly)

On Bush being "divisive" --
"Predictably, Massachusetts Democrats are on the attack. John Kerry charges the president with seeking 'a wedge issue to divide the American people.' Ted Kennedy amplifies: 'It's about politics -- an attempt to drive a wedge between one group of citizens and the rest of the country, solely for partisan advantage.'

"Wedge? Marriage has been around for, oh, 5,000 years. In every society, in every place, in every time it has been defined as an opposite-sex union. Then four robed eminences in Boston decree otherwise. With the stroke of a pen, they radically redefine the most ancient of all social institutions. And then those not quite prepared to accept this undebated, unlegislated, unvoted, unnegotiated revolution are the ones accused of creating a political wedge!"
Revolution by Fiat.

He has a bit about the "sacredness of the Constitution" being more important than that of marriage, that I disagree, but can somewhat sympathize with, but I could sympathize with some broader procedural amendment that could stop crap like the current gay "marriage" fiasco from being created out of whole cloth by state and federal courts, but I don't see how that would work. For now, it sems like the best we can do is at least try to heard off these abuses.


Note: The link requires that you be registered on the Washington Post website; I encourage people to put 100% bogus information in the form!

posted by DRH 3/01/2004 12:31:00 AM

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