Saturday, August 03, 2002

Just in case you forgot why we are targetting Saddam, check out this story. Unfortunately, it looks like Jordan is once again on his side.

Friday, August 02, 2002

Great Site Alert

I just discovered this site. It's a hoot, it lets you take pictures of animals and merge them with the heads, legs and tails of different animals. Great fun for your kids (or yourself if you don't have any or even if you do).
Mark Steyn on why the INS gets the award for the most inept and idiotic federal agency this year. FAA, FBI, CIA, IRS, NEA, BATF, FDA, HHS, DoE and the rest of the federal alphabet soup have done their best to compete, but INS managed to roar to victory with half a year still to go. Homeland Security is a favorite for this title next year. Thank God, they federalized airport security.
Victor Davis Hanson on being disliked.
Here is another reason for Powell to resign. In the near east we have three natural allies in the war on terrorism, Israel, India and Turkey and it seems Colin Powell either doesn't notice this or care, at least in the case of the first two. I wonder how long its going to be before Colin Powell suggests that Turkey carve out a piece of its territory to surrender to the Kurds (by the way, I'm all for an independent Kurdistan but we need a friendly Turkey to fight our war against terror plus the warlords that are the so-called leaders of the Kurds don't exactly give me the warm and fuzzies).
Now parents are suing teachers for failing their kids. This will certainly help with the quality of education in the U.S.
Here is something interesting:

"Because of Libyan sponsorship of a terrorist attack in Berlin in which one American soldier was killed, President Reagan ordered the bombing of Qadaffi's home and offices in Tripoli, a city of one million people, on April 14, 1986. Among the areas struck was the residential neighborhood of Bin Ashur, killing 37 people and wounding 93, many of
them civilians. Among the casualties at Qadaffi's home were his 15 month-old daughter Hana, who was killed, and two of his sons, ages 3 and 4, who were wounded."

And to defend this Reagan said "today we did what we had to do. If necessary, we will do it again."

And even the New York Times wrote an editorial defending the action saying, "for the United States to have failed to act [after concluding that Libya was sponsoring terrorism
against Americans] would have said to the world: 'Go ahead. Shoot. Bomb. Kill. This tiger never bites.' There have been times in the shadow war of terror when the tiger could do no more than snarl and twitch his tail--and there will be others. On Monday, American sent a justifiably different message. The tiger bites." (April 16, 1986)

So why can't the Israelis do the same? Okay, its not the same. Salah Shehade (who recently became familiar with the business end of a one ton bomb) had masterminded dozens of attacks on Israeli citizens and probably had a lot more blood on his hands than Qadaffi ever did.
Jonah Goldberg in top form in a piece about the fantasy land inhabited by some European policy wonks:

""Europeans have done something that no one has ever done before: create a zone of peace where war is ruled out, absolutely out," Karl Kaiser, the director of something called the Research Institute of the German Society for Foreign Affairs in Berlin explained to the Chicago Tribune. "Europeans are convinced that this model is valid for other parts of the world."

Rarely have so many inaccurate statements been crammed into so few words.
...
"This miracle of Europe is underperceived in America," Klaus Scharioth, political director of the German Foreign Ministry tells the Tribune. "Once, we were a continent of borders and of wars. Now you can go from Denmark to Portugal without being stopped once or having to change your money. I think it's a miracle. Why is it that this European miracle is underperceived?"

The answer is simple: Europeans underperceive the fact that while their bureaucrats haggled in their comfortable hotel conference rooms over wine corks, clever cheeses and other Euro-whatnots, the United States was acting as their bodyguard. Americans -or at least the Americans running this administration -believe that the "European miracle" couldn't have happened without an American-led security umbrella. The Europeans have accomplished a great deal, to be sure. But they couldn't have done it without tanks."
Now that is what I call a career.
How long before this lawsuit is redirected at the real culprits: those evil fast-food companies.
The limits of empathy:

"Few, if any, Israelis rejoiced last week at the news of 14 Palestinian civilians, including nine children, killed together with arch-terrorist Salah Shehadeh in Gaza. There may have been those who felt that the elimination of Shehadeh was worth it, even in retrospect, given the magnitude of the attacks he was planning. But even they were saddened by the loss of life. (I hesitate to use the word "innocent" when referring to those who likely viewed Shehadeh as a hero.)

Not one Jew rushed out into the street to pass out candies, shoot off machine guns, or ululate in celebration of Palestinian deaths. Even upon the death of our most bitter enemies, Jews are instructed not to rejoice (see Proverbs 24:17), and we all grew up removing 10 drops from our wine cups at the Pessah Seder in memory of the Egyptians drowned in the sea.

No medals were awarded in a festive public ceremony to the pilot who dropped the bomb on Shehadeh's house, like the public ceremonies organized by the Palestinian Authority on July 18 to honor the families of suicide bombers and subsequently broadcast on PA TV.

There comes a point, however, where empathy for others becomes something else entirely. When the empathy for one's enemies is stronger than for one's brothers, it becomes unnatural, inhuman. Much of the Israeli breast-beating last week falls into this category. "
The Europeans worry about not getting the maximum taxes out of their citizens also. Except in their case we are the tax haven.
This story has perfect timing considering "Signs" just came out today.
StanleyWorks is dropping their plans to reincorporate in Bermuda to save $30million/yr in taxes. I heard a commentator on the radio say this morning that this was because of complaints that this attempt to pay lower taxes was 'un-American', which is also hinted at through various comments in the Times article:

"I think we ought to look at people who are trying to avoid U.S. taxes as a problem," Mr. Bush said to reporters on Wednesday. "I think American companies ought to pay taxes here, and be a part — good citizens."

Since when is trying to reduce your tax bill un-American? When did paying the maximum amount of tax you can become the hallmark of a good citizen? This country was founded on tax avoidance. When did we become so enthralled with government that trying to pay less tax is considered a vice. Are the honeybee and mohair subsidies that important. Maybe if we weren't throwing $1.2 billion into the Amtrak black hole, giving farm subsidies to Ted Turner and Sam Donaldson, or wasting money in the innumerable ways government bureaucrats and politicians think up, we could reduce tax rates so that companies would not feel the need to reincorporate elsewhere.
Looks like we can trust King Abdullah in Jordan about as far as we can throw him (thanks to Andrew Sullivan for pointing this out):

"It is unfortunate that Abdullah has hitched his throne to Saddam's wagon," Mr Chalabi declares. "He is under pressure from Saddam to do something about Hassan's decision to show solidarity with the Iraqi people by visiting the conference we held in London on July 12." Hassan's appearance at this meeting was laden with symbolism, for Hassan would be a prime candidate for any restoration of the monarchy in Iraq. The only explanation for Abdullah's "bad manners" towards his uncle is that "he is so much under the thumb of Saddam". Mr Chalabi claims that Abdullah has been friendly with Uday, Saddam's son, for a long time: before Abdullah's accession, they were fishing companions, and Uday presented the new king with three Porsches. Mr Chalabi accuses Abdullah of evading sanctions and playing a "double game" with the West, allowing intelligence agencies to recruit Iraqi agents in Jordan, but also passing sensitive information to Saddam, including warnings of an impending coup in 1996. "King Abdullah has become Saddam's lawyer in America. He defends Saddam and uses every opportunity to warn off any American attempt to help the Iraqi people liberate themselves. I think it is time that people here know what their supposed friends are doing to shore up Saddam's regime."

Here is how screwed up the Left's thinking is now. Even though there is mass starvation in Zimbabwe (about half the population), they have turned down bioengineered corn. It may be possible that there are hidden dangers in bioengineered corn (if whole wheat bread can cause cancer, anything can be dangerous) but somehow I doubt that the effects are worse and more immediate than starvation.
Coming Soon: Imperial Walkers.

Thursday, August 01, 2002

Here is the description of a man suspected of kidnapping two teenage girls in Southern California:

-30 to 40 years old
-Medium build
-Dark complexion

Wow, way to narrow it down.
Why Gray Davis is like Montgomery Burns. (via Instapundit)
Normally I don't include entire pieces but I don't have a link. I received this today via email without attribution:

TO BE LIBERAL

*To be a liberal, you have to believe the aids virus is spread
by a lack of funding.

*To be a liberal, you have to be against capital punishment,
but for abortion on demand, in short you support protecting the
guilty and you support killing the innocent.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that the same school
teacher who cannot teach your fourth grader how to read is
qualified to teach you fourth grader about sex.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that trial lawyers are
selfless heroes and doctors are overpaid.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that guns in the hands
of law abiding Americans are more of a threat then nuclear
weapons in the hands of the chi-coms.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that global temperatures
are less affected by cyclical documented changes in the
brilliance of the sun and more affected by Yuppies driving
SUV's.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that gender roles are
artificial, that being gay is natural.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that business's create
oppression, government creates prosperity.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that self-esteem is more
important then actually doing something to earn it.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that there was no art
before federal funding.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe the military, not
corrupt politicians start wars.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe the NRA is bad because
they stand up for certain parts of the Constitution while
the ACLU is good because they stand up for certain parts
of the Constitution.

*To be a liberal, you have to believe that standardized
tests are racist but racial set-asides aren't.
Here is something humorous. As of September 1 in Clark County, Nevada, exotic dancers won't be able to touch or sit on the customer's genital area. They will be allowed to touch and dance on a customer's legs. Stuffing dollar bills in G-strings will be prohibited. Apparently, an 18-month undercover police investigation had found lap dancing led to simulated sex acts and "excessive grinding". Ummm, exactly when did "simulated sex acts" and "excessive grinding" between consenting adults become the business of the government???
Grouchy Old Cripple has a hilarious dissection of Thomas Friedman's column.
In case you didn't already have enough reason to love Donald Rumsfeld, here is a speech he gave about Milton Friedman. Here is an especially cool part:

"Later, life turned down, and George Shultz came to me and asked me if I would run the wage price controls for the United States of America. (laughter) It was the country's first peacetime experiment. As I recall, it was not Milton Friedman, but H. L. Mencken who once said, "For every human problem there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong." Richard Nixon found it. Early on, I figured out that the key to success was not to even try to manage wages and prices. Senator Proxmire's law, I think written on the back of an envelope, was only a paragraph or two, and it embarrassed the President because inflation was coming along and the President wasn't stopping it. So he passed a law saying that the president shall have the right to control wages and prices. I put the law on the floor in my office, next to my desk. And then every time The Wage Board, or The Price Commission, or The Health Services Board, or The Rent Board, or The Construction Stabilization Industries Board, any one of those alphabet boards that were spawned by this Economic Stabilization Act — every time they issued a regulation, we stuck on top. Before too long it started working its way up to the ceiling. As a reminder for everybody for the potential damage we were doing."
A fine short essay on the meaning of liberty:

"Liberty means the right to do wrong. The proper function of government is preventing some from interfering with the liberty of others. Beyond that, individuals are at liberty to make their own moral choices. Liberty does not mandate that one advocates or approves of specific choices others make. Liberty does require the choices be made. On moral issues, free people may do what they can to change other people's minds — they have no right to use the power of government to make up others' minds for them.
...
Liberty will never lead to a utopia – yours, mine or anyone else's. The "perfect" society cannot tolerate the imperfection enabled by liberty. The imperfection enabled by liberty cannot yield a perfect society. A utopia necessarily requires that the liberty of some be sacrificed to the will of others. From Pax Roma to a pure Aryan Germany or a Communist worker's paradise to the Metropolitan Council's "Blueprint 2030," utopian efforts have always been and always will be the spawning ground of tyranny."

Read the whole piece.
What's that Lassie? Timmy's in the well? Let's go girl!

Dogs smarter than previously thought. The news on politicians is not so good.
Well at least this issue is settled. The UN now says there was no massacre at Jenin. I can't wait to see the retractions from the Times and from all those European papers. Boy, aren't I in a sarcastic mood this morning.
Here is something to put into the "well, duh" category or alternatively the "did they have a brain tumor for breakfast" category. Yes, of course its in the New York Times:

"There was a broad consensus among the varied experts that if President Bush decided to use military force to remove Mr. Hussein — as many in Congress expect — the Pentagon could not assume that the Iraqi military would collapse without a fight or that Iraqi opposition forces could carry on the fight alone. Rather, the experts said, the military would need to deploy tens of thousands of ground troops as well as many aircraft, ships and armored vehicles to ensure victory."

Oh my god, you mean there might actually be fighting after an invasion and this fight might actually require a military???

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Here is something funny, well sort of, from the Jerusalem Post (via Best of the Web):

"Chirac complained to Peres about what he claimed is a campaign against France in the United States, where France is portrayed as anti-Semitic. Chirac claimed that the campaign, while carried out in the US, is being orchestrated in Jerusalem, and demanded that the accusations against France regarding anti-Semitism cease."

So he is claiming their is a Jewish conspiracy to make him seem anti-Semitic? Generally people who aren't anti-Semitic don't go around telling people the Jews are out to get them.
Here is why a peace process is futile. According to Hamas spokesman Abdel Aziz Rantisi, terrorist attacks will continue until all Jews leave Israel making it obvious that its not just about the post-1967 borders but about the actual existence of Israel. There will be some to claim that today's attack on students was Israel's own fault for their assasination of the Hamas leader. To that the Israelis say: "Was the Pesach Seder Massacre in Netanya also a response to Shehadeh's killing? Was the Sbarros slaughter [15 killed, a year ago almost to the day] also a response to Shehadeh's killing?" It seems like its a question of either Hamas' survival or Israel's and one holocaust a century is enough for one people.
More good stuff from Debka today. Included is a piece on how Arafat is turning away from some of his recent reforms.
Thomas Friedman has a good piece today on the possible consequences of US military action on Iraq, both good and bad.
Related to yesterdays rant about Hitler/Stalin, here's a little quiz Max and I came up with awhile ago:

Please place a '1' next to all the programs/ideas you support and sum them all up. Scroll down to find out which famous world leader you most resemble

__ State sponsored education.
__ Mandatory community service for youth (aka "volunteerism").
__ State support for the arts.
__ State run daycare for all.
__ National health care.
__ Quotas to correct the racial improprieties of the past.
__ Tough gun control laws.
__ Lessen the impact certain financiers have on politics.
__ Vegetarianism on Ethical Grounds.
__ Public Works programs for the unemployed.
__ A cap on corporate profits.
__ Bans on cigarette smoking.
__ Price supports for agricultural products.

(See comments for some scores, feel free to add some of your own)

Tuesday, July 30, 2002

Russians are by nature conspiratorial which is why I am posting this item from Stratfor:

"Saudi Prince Fahd bin Turki bin Saud al-Kabir was found dead in the Rub al-Khali desert on July 30, Agence France-Presse reported. According to the SPA news agency, the prince and two other men were found near their car and had died of thirst. Fahd, 25, was the third Saudi prince to die in the past week. Prince Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz died July 22 of a heart attack at the age of 43. The next day, Prince Sultan bin Faisal bin Turki al-Saud, a cousin of Ahmed and one year younger, died behind the wheel as he was driving to the funeral."

I do realize that there are thousands of Saudi princes around and all that but 3 dying in such short order (of things other than old age) seems a bit suspicious.
I have read three reviews of Martin Amis' new book, "Koba the Dread" in the past few days. In the NY Times, NRO and the NY Sun. I have bought a copy of the book but haven't read it yet so I am not going to comment on it. A thread running through all the reviews however is the comparison of Stalin vs Hitler. I have always considered this dichotomy of reputations most strange. I remember one unrepentant French Communist quoted, in the preface to The Black Book of Communism, as saying that the difference was "Stalin killed people out of love, while Hitler did so out of hate" or something to that effect. The problem is that I think a large part of the Left has convinced themselves to believe bullshit like this. In reality there is not a dimes bit of difference between the two. This is a fantasy created by the Stalin (and Lenin and Mao)-loving left. This is not a right/left struggle, it's not clear to me what those terms even mean anymore. The left wants to confiscate your money, the right wants to confiscate your drugs. The left wants to tell you what to eat, drink, smoke (for your own good of course), the right wants to tell you when to have sex, with what type of person and under what circumstances (for your own good of course). The left wants you to do more 'community service', the right wants you the pray more. The difference is in numerous insignificant details, both left and right feel they know what's best for you. And therein lies the real problem with both, the real struggle was and is the individual vs the state, personal freedom vs paternalistic caretaking, personal responsibility vs perpetual victimhood. Folks like Rothbard, von Mises, Hayek, Nozick, Rand understood this clearly, unfortunately most of modern academia hasn't gotten it yet. In Hitler's own mind his goals were as lofty as the Left makes Stalins out to be. He wanted a thousand years of glory for Germany, racial purity, the creation of a race of Nietzchian Supermen and he sought to systematically get rid of everyone he thought was in the way of that goal. Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, et.al. each had their own view of what the utopian society should look like and pursued ruthless policies to achieve their goals precisely because they viewed individuals as a non-entities. They were solely concerned with the collective and all worshipped the power of the state and did everything they could to wipe out any sense of the individual. The problem today is that almost everyone agrees that Hitlers race-pure utopia was a psychotic daydream while there are still large contingents that think Lenin's industrial-worker utopia is a noble thing to strive for.
Fine piece by Thomas Sowell pointing out every decision involves trade-offs. There are things we want (or don't want) and their associated costs. We have to weigh one against the other.

" Demanding "clean" air and water is like demanding "safe" sources of power. There are no such things. There is air and water containing greater and lesser amounts of other elements and compounds, some of which represent varying amounts of danger that can be removed at varying costs.

Some of these elements and compounds are dangerous pollutants, which can be removed to a great extent at relatively modest costs. But to remove that last infinitesimal fraction of pollutants means skyrocketing costs to avoid ever more remote, or even questionable, dangers.

Some things that might be lethal in high concentrations may be easily handled by the body's natural defenses when there are only minute traces in the air or water. Unfortunately, such complications do not lend themselves to political slogans or to ideological crusades that can energize zealots in environmental cults or Chicken Littles who demand absolute "safety.""
So looks like there is an Iraqi buildup near the Kuwaiti border and Kuwait has cancelled all vacations for civil defense employees until further notice. An Iraqi invasion of Kuwait would certainly solve so many problems on the diplomatic front. Though I shudder to think what it would do to the markets. I'm sure the buildup is defensive in nature, but....
So how are electric cars a better idea than good ole' gas guzzlers? Listen to this:

Veronica Webb's eco-friendly electric car turned into a fire-spewing death machine the other night, burning down her Key West house and killing her beloved dog, Hercules. Despite her long devotion to various green causes, the six-month pregnant supermodel says she's through with electric cars after her Chrysler Gem overloaded while charging late last Monday night, sending flames through her air conditioning system and consuming everything in its wake. "We got the car because it was supposed to be great for the environment, but no one ever warns you how dangerous they are."
WSJ op-ed on expensing options with views very similar to my own.
Here is a link to the SEC site indicating which CEO's/CFO's have attested to the accuracy of their financial reports already.
Scientists have managed to split a photon
If a fat man walked into an empty room and then two skinny guys walked out, you might be perplexed. Now physicists have spotted the equivalent result in photons flying near an atom. A group publishing in the 5 August print issue of PRL has identified rare instances in which a single photon splits in two, dividing the original photon's energy between them. [more]

Monday, July 29, 2002

Here is some further evidence of New York Times bias. Apparently when a noted human rights scholar wrote an Op-Ed for the New York Times criticizing human rights groups and the UN for being one-sided in the Israeli-palestinian conflict, the New York Times forced such a heavy watering down of the piece that the scholar refused to put her name on it. On a related note, I just read Ann Coulter's book, Slander, which is definitely a worthwhile read. It seems like 80% of the references came from the New York Times (I'm exagerrating but there is probably at least one reference to the NYT just about every page). I was thinking while reading it that while the liberals dominated the media over the last 25 years, they have not once been able to give a Democratic presidential candidate more than 50% of the vote. So what's going to happen now that we have so many non-leftist dominated information sources out there like Fox News, Talk Radio and the Internet?
Hasbro is coming out with an R2-D2 interactive toy. It even holds beer!
P.J. O'Rourke points out the bright side to corporate corruption.
A few weeks ago after the reports of the gang-rape approved by a Pakistani tribal council and the numerous expressions of disgust in various blogs (including this one) and media pieces, there was a piece I read (I'm sorry I forget where or I would link to it), which said essentially that this incident shouldn't be generalized as a condemnation of the current radical Islamic fundamentalists anymore than specific crimes in the West are condemnations of Western society. At the time, I was going to post a reply to the effect that it was not this specific incident alone but a small part of the general [mis-]treatment of women in multiple Islamacist societies and the Pakistani incident was just one of the most visible and egregious examples. But I never got around to posting it, but this piece in the WaPo, makes the point even more forcefully. I again repeat my question, where the hell are the folks from NOW? This is why I stopped giving them money 15 years ago. They became so wrapped up in leftist politics and idiotic minutiae that they have ignored real, institutionalized suffering by women around the world.
Life for foreigners living among those 'moderate' Arabs, the Saudis, is not a bowl of cherries. The silence about this treatment of our citizens by various Western departments of State has been deafening. [more]
Here is another reason to worry about the likes of Nokia and Motorola. Check out this disposable phone. Couple this with the fact that people who are signing up for new plans are able to get phones that used to cost $400 six months ago for free today and you have a problem, at least for the equipment makers (its great for consumers).
You go girl! Megan McArdle takes on the business/math/science nincompoops who write for most of the nations journals while taking apart a Time cover piece which implicitly assumes the 'Bush is an idiot' mantra so popular in the popular press:

"You do not get through Harvard Business School by exhibiting the kind of ignorance and distaste for capital markets or the fundamentals of economic policy that the authors paint Bush as displaying. The liberal press likes to pretend that attending HBS is pretty much like getting into the right nursery school; come from the right family and your admission and easy passage is pretty much assured. Not quite. Even in those more free-and-easy days, Harvard graded on a forced curve; 10% of the class flunked. 4 flunking grades and you're out. If you're the kind of idiot these Time folks are trying to make out, you will flunk out no matter who your father is (and remember, at the time, his father wasn't even Vice President). It's not like, say, majoring in English. And it's pretty damn rich coming from two reporters who almost certainly couldn't make it through one quarter of business school.

[I am under no illusions about the difficulty of business school as compred to, say, a graduate program in Physics. However, I have been an English major. I have taught GMAT courses to media types. Your average newsweekly reporter couldn't muster the math score -- median averages equate to getting a 720 or 730 on the SAT -- to get into a top-ten business school, much less master the basic calculus and statistics necessary to stay there.]"
A Russian scientist claims to have invented an anti-gravity device. Boeing is investigating the technology. I think this probably belongs in the camp of irreproducible results along with cold fusion, perpetual motion machines, etc. Unlike perpetual motion machines it does have the advantage of not being theoretcially impossible but the method described (superconducting ceramic discs rotating over powerful electromagnets) sounds dubious.
Here is an article from the San Francisco Chronicle about how leftist Jews are dealing with the left's anti-semitism. Here are some of the opening passages:

Right after the planes smashed into the World Trade Center, San Francisco State University Professor Laurie Zoloth returned from an East Coast visit by a uniquely American and prosaic conveyance -- a Greyhound bus. Her traveling companions were neurologists and fellow academicians, all embarked on an unexpected continental road trip because the nation's air industry had been paralyzed by international terrorism.

It was an exhilarating interlude, said Zoloth, director of the university's Jewish Studies Program -- a genuine journey of discovery, one that planted seeds of change in the way Zoloth viewed herself, her religion, the nation, the world.

"We spent the entire trip talking about neurology and brain function, about free will, about the essential elements of good and evil," recalled Zoloth, a woman with a facile tongue and a sense of humor that rides the balance between dry and absurd.

"I was tremendously gratified by what I saw as we drove across the country, " Zoloth said. "Everywhere we went there was enormous solidarity, the sense that we were all in this thing together."

But that all changed when Zoloth got back to San Francisco State -- a historically liberal school in what is arguably the nation's most liberal city.

Here, she found that the climate for progressive Jews such as herself was suddenly different.

"I was horrified," Zoloth said. "First, a senior member of the faculty, a person I consider both bright and thoughtful, approached me with a theory that was making the rounds -- the CIA and Mossad had collaborated on the bombing and had given Jews working in the (World Trade Center) towers advance warning. She allowed she considered it a credible theory. I was stunned."


Boeing is currently researching the possibility of shielding objects from the force of gravity. The project is currently being run by a division of Boeing called Phantom Works. How cool a name is that!
Speaking of which, James Lileks is back with his own Lileksesque piece about summer guests and air-conditioners.
George McGovern has a Lileksesque piece in the WSJ today on airport security. I still would never vote for him though.

Sunday, July 28, 2002

These folks are really trying to demonstrate the meaning of Chutzpah. The Clintons are seeking reimbursement of legal fees for the Whitewater investigation.
To be fair, the article says they are following a precedent set by Reagan and Bush #1 who got part of their legal fees reimbursed. So I guess the bigger outrage is once again the privileged status of elected officials. I wonder how many people ruined by enormous legal fees paid while defending themselves against overzealous prosecutors, out of control IRS agents, ridiculous asset forfeiture cases (how these are not clearly unconstitutional is beyond me, a complete violation of due process protections), etc... ever get any of their legal fees reimbursed.
Fine post on Protein Wisdom suggesting that the motives of the lawyers bringing suit against fast food chains may not be pure along with some comments about *ahem* personal responsability.
We make it to the Blogosphere Ecosystem as Crunchy Crustaceans.