- The MinuteMan confesses that he's confused and baffled by recent revelations in the Rove/Plame kerfuffle, and points out that others who have been following the case closely are similarly befuddled. What hope do any of us have. Good advice is to ignore anyone who speaks with certainty; they probably haven't been doing their homework.
- Reason's Hit&Run blog
is good today with Jesse Walker's moving epitaph for Admiral James Stockdale, with additional comment from
Dennis Miller on the imfamous VP debate against Quayle and
Gore in 1992:
The reason he had to turn his hearing aid on at that debate is because those fucking animals [that would be the North Vietnamese, not Quayle and Gore] knocked his eardrums out when he wouldn't spill his guts. He teaches philosophy at Stanford University, he's a brilliant, sensitive, courageous man. And yet he committed the one unpardonable sin in our culture: he was bad on television. Somewhere out there Paddy Chayefsky must be laughing his ass off.
And Jacob Sullum muses on the new surge to treat "obesity" as a public health issue necessitating that government "do something" about it.
Let's just reflect on whether we want to accept the proposition that everyone's unhealthy habits are everyone else's business. Contrary to Krugman's implication, one needn't be a "blind ideologue" to worry about living in a world governed by that principle.
Prohibition really is a slippery slope; Sullum deserves much credit for doing far more than his part to try to push us back up the hill.
- Constrained Katie has a link
to a school voucher debate between Clint Bolick
(pro-voucher) and Laura Underkuffler (anti); Katie notes
that Underkuffler was reduced to arguing against hypotheticals, while
Bolick had facts on his side.
This is why I remain optimistic that voucher opponents will eventually fail. All the hypothetical gloom and doom in the world cannot stack up against the real difference that vouchers have made for students in terrible schools.
- Professor Althouse asks: why are these people laughing? My theory (which, by the way, is mine): having no real sense of humor, they laugh to signal solidarity with the speaker and their pack of co-listeners.
- And, oh yeah: Aieee, we're all gonna die!! Well, actually,
Infected men, suggests one new study, tend to become more aggressive, scruffy, antisocial and are less attractive. Women, on the other hand, appear to exhibit the "sex kitten" effect, becoming less trustworthy, more desirable, fun-loving and possibly more promiscuous.
So, sort of a mixed bag then. (Via Instapundit.) Damn cats.