Monday, August 27, 2007


Amazing what a complete lack of accountability, coupled with a sense of entitlement can make you do.

A truly repulsive human being

If there's one thing busted celebrities teach us over and over, it's that it is never too late to use the "I found Jesus" card, even if you've plead guilty to dogfighting.

I believe strongly in the power of faith and redemption. I hope Mr. Vick is sincere but I’m afraid I have my doubts.

Too cute for words

Thoughts on the decline of the west

The managerial and elitist project that is the European Union has, not surprisingly, failed to inspire the public. What next?

The Marshall Plan reappraised

In our own time, liberal internationalists have periodically called for new Marshall Plans. After the collapse of Communism, some economists maintained that the former Soviet Union was in need of one. More recently, there has been desultory talk of Marshall Plans for Afghanistan, Iraq, and even the West Bank and Gaza. When critics lament the allegedly modest sums currently spent by the American government on foreign aid, they often draw an unfavorable contrast with the late nineteen-forties. Yet some people, at the time of its inception and since, have questioned both the Marshall Plan’s motivation and its efficacy. Was it really so altruistic? And did it really avert a calamity?

The problem with Organic Produce

It turns out it’s not that green.

Major Find at Sagalassos

A huge, exquisitely carved marble statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian is the latest find from Sagalassos, an ancient Greco-Roman city in south-central Turkey. Archaeologists estimate that the figure was originally between 13 and 16 feet in height (four to five meters). It is, says excavation director Marc Waelkens, one of the most beautiful portraits of Hadrian ever found.

Migrants Self-Deporting In Arizona

I’ve often thought that the illegal immigration “problem” would be relatively easy to solve. The key has always been jobs. Mexico has been exporting their unemployed for 30 years now and collecting remittances to prop up a heavily socialized economy. If we every really get serious and start cutting off the jobs, illegals will deport themselves and Mexico will finally have to reform their economy. It looks like Arizona has finally figured that out.

The Late Great Max Roach

Max Roach died while I was out of town. He was a bebop/hard bop percussionist, drummer and composer. He worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown. Roach also led his own groups, and was active in the civil rights movement. He is generally considered to be one of the most important drummers in history.

I'm back

Sorry I didn't get the chance to post while I was in Chicago.