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September 22, 2006

Re: Odd combinations

Posted by Hal Young at 11:09 PM

Jon, you call that a tuba solo? Near as I can tell, that was someone who just learned how to play the low F on a BB-flat horn and blew his enbouchure all to pieces. Probably just a percussionist.

This is more like it. And this is what a whole herd of them can do. You can clearly hear why the tuba has more in common with the noble horns in front than the flashy dudes in the T-bone section. "Boingers" indeed.

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Well, I guess we need to stop the war now

Posted by Jon Ham at 9:52 PM

This was predictable. The nut roots have been counting the war deaths just waiting until they matched the number of dead on 9/11. So now we've reached that milestone. What now, nutters? Are we at the "eye for an eye" point now? There were fewer killed at Pearl Harbor than on 9/11. By that measure WWII should have ended in about six months, after Bataan and Corregidor, or at most 11 months, after the invasion of North Africa. 

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Re: Odd Combos

Posted by Michael Moore at 4:05 PM

Here is one that I don't know if I should shout "Whoooa!" or shed a tear.



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Re: That's so Krugman!

Posted by Jon Sanders at 3:09 PM

The problem with your suggestion, Joe, is that the epithet would probably not persuade, as the recipient, being a statist, would not realize he was being laughed at.

This works along similar lines to why you rarely see a Stalinist smear an opponent as being like "Stalin," but instead opt for "Hitler," even though, when compared with Stalin, Hitler killed fewer people and carried out genocides against only one race. Stalin was a Communist, an ideology that statist still strangely have fond feelings for. It rarely occurs to them to see the horror beyond all those "good intentions."

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That's so Krugman!

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 3:06 PM

A new epithet to hurl at statists -- "You're so Krugman." The former economist turned political hack has many ridiculous statements in his regular arguments against markets in the New York Times.

Today, Krugman claims that the only way to make sure people who pay for health insurance don't lose it when they get sick is for the government to become the insurer. "Medicare for everyone." According to Krugman "there would be no more horror stories like those reported by the Los Angeles Times."

That's why Canada now has private insurance, every country with the universal care Krugman advocates is trying to reduce the government's role, and Medicaid and Medicare threaten to swamp government budgets from the county to the nation.

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Start the bidding

Posted by Jon Sanders at 2:49 PM

All right, Paul, how about 45 cents?

OK, we got 45 here, anybody got 50? Fifty, 50, looking for 50, 50 cent, 50 cent, fiddy fiddy fiddy ay oh ay oh we gotta get fiddy fore we can get one dollar, one dollah, how bout fifty cent, fifty cent, do I hear fifty, ay oh ay oh, gotta have fifty, fiddy, fiddy fiddy fiddy, fifty cent, fifty cent...

Yo, who said 50 Cent?

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Maybe we could buy more useless forest with the proceeds

Posted by Paul Chesser at 2:37 PM

Alabama sold a life-sized statue of Smokey the Bear at a surplus auction. Surely North Carolina could get rid of a lot more of their crap than they do. Anyone want to start the bidding on the Global TransPark?

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Has college been oversold?

Posted by Mitch Kokai at 1:43 PM

George Leef thinks so, and you'll learn why during his discussion of the topic on this weekend's Carolina Journal Radio.

The program will also tackle the dispute over military tribunals for Guantanamo detainees, a statewide domestic violence address confidentiality program, and upcoming judicial races. (Here's a clip of Chris Heagarty from the N.C. Center for Voter Education.)

If the weather's too nice this weekend to stick close to your radio, don't worry. Each CJ Radio program is available as a podcast within days of the broadcast. 

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Global warming causes cooling oceans

Posted by Jon Ham at 1:06 PM

Yeah, you read that right

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Re: Road trip etc.

Posted by Jon Sanders at 12:55 AM

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Road Trip to Colorado?

Posted by Dr. Michael Sanera at 12:53 AM

 Our friend, Jon Caldara, at the Independence Institute in Colorado has never been accused of being shy or bashful about self-promotion or promotion of his highly regarded institute.  But this takes the cake!  He posted this picture of Ann Coulter on his web site to promote her speech at the Institute's Founders' Dinner. (November 29th in Denver, if you are interested.)   

 Ann Coulter

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Government problem solving

Posted by Jon Ham at 12:35 AM

First the water experts in Durham put some kind of chemical in our drinking water that makes lead (which hasn't been a problem for 50 years) suddenly leach from old pipes and get into the water we use to cook and to drink. Their answer: let the water run for three minutes. So citizens are literally paying for their mistake with higher water bills.

Next, at the city compost heap, mandated by all of Durham's touchy feely enviro public officials pressured by activist groups, a fire starts and the city can't put it out. The state's advice: If the smoke bothers you, leave home and stay in a hotel. Again, it's the citizen who pays for government incompetence.

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Re: odd combinations

Posted by Jon Sanders at 11:47 AM

Then there's "U make me sick (but I love u)" by the 1980s' metal-tongue band Billy and the Boingers. Listen for the tuba solo.

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"Federal test" resurfaces

Posted by Lindalyn Kakadelis at 11:45 AM

In yesterday’s Washington Post, Bill Bennett and Rod Paige jumped on board with Chester Finn in promoting a federal test. What are these guys smoking??
A federal test will drive federal standards. The content for every classroom in America then will be based upon the tests.
Now just think about this. If the country has one test for each grade in America to demonstrate proficiency, how influential is this test? The problem lies with WHO designs the test and with WHAT agenda?
In the 90's it was Clinton and the Democrats who had this idea. Nothing is new!
Yes, states have learned how to game the accountability measures in No Child Left Behind, but more mandates from Washington will NEVER be the answer. Law based reform only achieves limited results, and ingenuity to circumvent laws.
Maybe the answer lies for those who support a federal test to join the free market of “test suppliers.” They should design and develop their own test, then market it as the preeminent assessment. The policy makers in each state then decide what test to purchase.  The IOWA, Stanford, California Achievement, and others already exist.
I am no fan of the state test we currently use. I am definitely opposed to a federal test. The last item our country needs is a federal “monopoly” test for the government (monopoly) educational system.


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Re: Odd combinations

Posted by Paul Chesser at 11:37 AM

Michael, here's a sick "joke" (so sez Axl Rose) entry from Guns N' Roses:

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Double-duty songs

Posted by Jon Sanders at 10:46 AM

A love song can turn into a murder ballad.

Michael, I'm not sure if this counts, but we've discussed several songs that made us want to kill the crooner (scroll down).

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Odd Combinations (For Songs) ...

Posted by Michael Moore at 10:15 AM

Since Friday has turned into music discussion day in the Lockerroom, some songs seem to cover all the bases in one song.  A love song can turn into a murder ballad.  In the words of Briscoe Darlin from Mayberry, NC, "That makes me cry."  Here's a good one from the Steep Canyon Rangers. 

 "They all Keyed up!"




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Logic in Washington, DC

Posted by George Leef at 09:39 AM

My Freeman colleague Sheldon Richman contributes here a sharp essay on the strange logic of Washington, uh, thinkers.

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Wal-Mart to the Rescue

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 09:14 AM

Lefties are experiencing cognitive dissonance this morning as Wal-Mart (bad) offers $4 generic drugs (good). This means the world's largest retailer is using its market power to force suppliers to lower prices (bad), but those suppliers are the (bad) drug companies. Target has also joined the price war. You can feel the circuits getting overloaded.

Low generic drug prices help the uninsured, which is good, but it does so through the market, which is bad, and means they are getting care without insurance (can it be?) which undermines the whole argument for universal health care (good) and the uniqueness of medicine as an area where markets break down.

So, give your friends on the left a little longer to answer your questions today -- they may not be sure what to think for a while. It's already spun Soledad O'Brien to say nice things about drug companies.

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Amount due: $1.00

Posted by Paul Chesser at 08:46 AM

Several public officials who went on the Tall Ships ferry boat party cruise have paid for their share of the cost of the trip, The News & Observer reports today, but it looks like one of them had a little trouble doing the math. The state estimated the cost per person for the cruise was $91.25. Some, like Republican Rep. Bill Daughtridge and Democrat Rep. Russell Tucker, obviously calculated for two and paid $182.50. But Democrat Rep. Margaret Dickson's calculator apparently failed her: she paid $181.50.

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What liberal media?

Posted by Jon Ham at 08:04 AM

For those on the left who have maintained there is no liberal bias in the mainstream media, I invite them to read this interview that Hugh Hewitt had on his radio show yesterday with former Washington Post senior political correspondent Thomas Edsall. Now that he is retiring, he lets down the kabuki mask. 

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DDT ban lifted by WHO

Posted by Jon Ham at 07:30 AM

Take that, Rachel Carson. And William Ruckelshaus, the Nixon-appointed EPA director who actually banned DDT's use in the United States, ignoring the lack of evidence that DDT was harmful. The Sierra Club and the Audubon Society were also complicit, urging a worldwide ban, which the World Health Association imposed. As a result, tens of millions have died of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases, all in the name of junk science.

As the DDT alarmists ranted during the '70s, I remembered when I was a kid in Augusta, Ga., in the '50s we used to ride our bicycles behind the DDT fogging truck that came through our neighborhood periodically.  I guess the harmful effects take a while to manifest themselves.

UPDATE: Reader Dallas Wood emails to say that WHO never actually banned DDT as the above-linked story states, and that the only change is that WHO is now promoting its use. It was banned, however, in the US and later in many other countries. It is agruable, though, that WHO discouraged its use by such things as pointing to evidence that it harmed reproductive and endocrine systems in humans.

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Publicly funded private schools

Posted by Joseph Coletti at 01:38 AM

In addition to the regulatory burden Roy expects when voucher students go to private schools, would there not also be an ever-increasing demand for more money for vouchers? The argument would be that still not enough poor kids can get into the elite schools because of cost, so the vouchers need to be even larger.

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