Sunday, September 09, 2007

When Radio Was

When I was a kid there was this great radio show hosted by Chuck Schaden. He played old time radio shows (with the commercials) and I was introduced to Jack Benny, Dragnet, Baby Snooks, The Life of Riley, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy and so many others.

To my amazement, Chuck is still at it. Follow the link and you can listen over the Internet.

Fred Can Win

I agree.

via Maggie's Farm

Who are you?


You're Australia!


You're easy-going, relaxed, and yet somewhat tough and hardy all at the same time. You can appreciate culture, scuba diving, and even safaris. This makes you pretty interesting and intriguing to others, though also really unpredictable and even wild. Your knowledge of nature is unthinkable to most of those around you, even though your respect for it is sometimes less than perfect. People really like your accent.
Hat Tip Grendel, Kristee

Why do we suppress nude dancing?

I think Theo must be behind this somehow.

Osama speaks

"People of America: the world is following your news in regards to your invasion of Iraq, for people have recently come to know that, after several years of tragedies of this war, the vast majority of you want it stopped. Thus, you elected the Democratic Party for this purpose, but the Democrats haven't made a move worth mentioning. On the contrary, they continue to agree to the spending of tens of billions to continue the killing and war there."

Is it me or does he sound just like the folks over at DailyKos?

Hagel is calling it quits

The really amazing thing it that it took him this long to realize that trashing Republicans is no way to win a Republican primary.

Homeless veterans are everywhere, but who's counting?

My approach when dealing with "homeless vet" panhandlers is to ask specific questions which civilians are unlikely to know the answer to (ie. "what is a DD-214" or "what was your M.O.S.?") but would be easy for a veteran. If they can answer correctly I tend to give them something, if not they're liars. Of course answering correctly proves nothing, but it allows me to feel like I'm helping a veteran.

Actually I tend to be pretty generous with the homeless. When I was a teenager I saw an interview with C. Everett Koop who Surgeon General at the time. Somebody asked him if a beggar asked him for money to buy a drink, would he give it? To the surprise of the audience, he said that he would. Koop, a prominent Reagan era conservative reminded the audience that the pain and suffering of addiction was very real. To him, if someone could endure the shame of begging a stranger for alcohol, he probably needed it. That's not to say he wouldn't try to help the man fight his addiction if he was willing, but ultimately the issue of the moment was helping him get through the day, not feeling good about yourself because you refused to be an enabler.

It may be counterintuitive but in my gut I think Koop was right.

The 50 worst cars of all time

I've got to say that some of the decisions that went into making this list are a little bizarre. In particular a cannot fathom putting the Lotus Elite on the list. It won at Le Mans six times! Are they high? Ok, so it had some faults as a production car...did I mention it won at Le Mans six times?

The rationale for placing the Ford Model T on the list is even worse. Basically they blame it for allowing ordinary Americans the privilege of owning cars. I guess it's ok for rich folks to tool around in a Rolls Royce but god forbid the proles be allowed to do so. Every now and then I forget why I stopped reading TIME, then I read an issue and I remember.

Amazingly, none of the cars I've owned are on the list.

A nice review of Darwin's Angel

Take that Richard Dawkins.

The Problem of Junk Science

If these seasoned scientific researchers don't know (or choose to ignore) the difference between cause and correlation, we certainly can't expect the media to do any better.

A new direction for Louisiana?

I've always had a soft spot for Louisiana ever since my frat brothers and I skipped mid-terms and went to Mardi Gras instead. Somehow most of us still managed to graduate.

Bad news for Democrats

Americans my not like the way the war has been conducted, but given the choice between defeat and victory they'll choose victory every time. Right now all Democrats have to offer is defeat.

It gets worse and worse

The latest on the Hsu fundraising debacle.