- Proceed immediately to P. J. O'Rourke's modest
proposal in the Weekly Standard for putting the hurt on the
deficit: tax celebrities.
America's media and entertainment industry has a gross (as it were) revenue of $316.8 billion a year. If we subtract the income derived from worthy journalism and the publishing of serious books, that leaves $316.8 billion. Surely this money can be put to a more socially useful purpose than reportage on the going forth and multiplying of Britney Spears.
Also notable for using the word "Stakhanovite."
- I want a treadmill desk! But is there a model that includes a grindstone for your nose? (Via JustOneMinute.)
- And Lileks is
always great, but I get to correct something in today's
Bleat. The recently-departed Thurl Ravenscroft
was the voice of Kirby (the vacuum cleaner) in
The Brave Little Toaster;
the Air Conditioner was voiced by Phil Hartman.