Wednesday, May 19, 2004


I go to some lengths to make this blog as easy to read as possible. I usually post only once a day (around 9am my time) and I use part of the rest of the time to ensure that I have expressed everything that I want to say as simply and clearly and accurately as possible. I also use no graphics so that the site always loads as quickly as blogspot will allow. There are quite a few blogs that I don't visit because they are so slow to load -- so I do my best to avoid that folly. On the odd occasion that I do want to use a graphic I post it elsewhere and refer to it with a link.

I have never however worked out what font is best to use. A big font makes it hard for readers to scan a page quickly and a small font may be difficult to read for those without 20/20 vision. I do wonder whether the font I am using here may be too small. If it is a bit small, there is an alternative. Because it still has over 70 links going to it from other blogs, I have resumed posting on my old site as well as continuing to post on my current site. And I use a somewhat larger font on my old site. The only other difference between my current site and my old site is that I post everything about half a day later on my old site. So choose your font!



Norm Weatherby has been having a discussion with the Sodakmonk. The monk seems to think that the main danger from militant Islam is spiritual. Norm disagrees emphatically.

David Kaspar notes some unusual sense from an Iraqi leader: "Amin has some advice for Arab sovereigns: they should follow George W. Bush's example and apologize for the crimes they've committed. "Washington is showing us how a democracy deals with criminal behavior," Amin says. "We should learn from this, not only here in Iraq, but throughout the Arab world."

America: the most polite nation in history? "American athletes have been warned not to wave the U.S. flag during their medal celebrations at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens, for fear of provoking crowd hostility and harming the country's already-battered public image. The spectacle of victorious athletes grabbing a national flag and parading it around the stadium is a familiar part of international sporting competition, but U.S. Olympic officials have ordered their 550-strong team to exercise restraint and avoid any jingoistic behavior. The plan is part of a charm offensive aimed at repairing the country's international reputation after the deepening crisis in Iraq"

Iraq's missing refugees: "the United States and the international community were very well-prepared for one crisis that never occurred: a massive outflow of refugees from Iraq to other countries. Refugees had streamed out of Iraq during the first Gulf War, and it was assumed the same thing would happen in the second" I think that's called voting with your feet.

Good to see: "Conservative political action committee successfully recruited former Republican Utah state senator Matt Throckmorton to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon (R-UT) in the upcoming primary to serve as 'a wake-up call' to all liberal Republican legislators who run as Republicans but subsequently abandon their conservative principles once they are elected into office. claims credit for persuading Utah's GOP state convention delegates to 'put Chris Cannon last' by not electing him to another term. In just three days of fundraising, claims it has been able to generate $7,500 in online donations ... calling this a 'victory cry for true conservative Republicans and a wake-up call to RINOs [Republicans In Name Only] ...'"

The slow suicide: "The government employee's perverted frame of reference ... becomes antithetical to the principles of freedom, liberty and limited government that are enshrined in the American Constitution and the Republican Party platform. And yet, the Republican Party leadership ... has been steadily increasing the population of those most likely to be hostile to the party's stated goals. When George Delano took office in 2001, government employees at federal, state and local levels consisted of 18.9 percent of the national labor force. Three years later, in 2004, that percentage has increased to 20.1 percent, an increase of 670,000 government workers in a time when total employment has dropped by almost 3 million."

Compulsion does not work: "In 1953, right before the decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Atlanta Public Schools consisted of 600 schools serving 18,664 students. Black and white students were kept apart by the government. Fifty years after Brown, APS consists of 96 much larger schools serving 55,812 students of all races, and more than three quarters of them are still in schools where one race has a 90 percent majority. Atlanta's private schools today draw students from the same basic geographic area as APS, yet they are significantly less segregated than are the public schools. How can this be?"

More brainless education spending: "Initiative 884 calls for a 15.4 percent sales tax increase to raise one billion dollars a year in additional funding for our state's education system. Backers of the measure promise taxpayers the expenditures would be targeted, accountable and efficient. Unfortunately, they are wrong. Even if they could guarantee the money would be used for the programs proponents advertise, the programs themselves have shown little or no promise of increased academic achievement, which is the point of the initiative."

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The Left have always wanted more spent on welfare and made "Fascism" a swear-word. President Bush deposed a brutal Fascist dictator and sponsored a big expansion of welfare. But instead of being admired by the Left, he is hated with a passion. What does that tell you about the Left? It tells you that they have no principles at all: That everything they have ever claimed to stand for is fake.

All politicians seek power but conservatives bring with them some concern for the welfare of their country. Leftists bring only their hate-filled Stalinist hearts and their pretend compassion. Voters, unfortunately, often believe the compassion is genuine

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