Monday, July 27, 2009

"Giant bacteria-filled balloon" is actually David Vitter's nickname.

An architect named Magnus Larsson is promoting his plan to stop the spread of the Sahara desert by putting up a 6,000 kilometer long wall stretching from Mauritania to Djibouti. He thinks that this can be done with a “barrage of giant bacteria-filled balloons.” Meanwhile, the President of the United States of America is promoting his plan to bring healthcare in his country up to the standards of the rest of the Western world. He thinks he can do this by getting legislators to act like responsible stewards of their constituents' future. Which of these guys is the more quixotic?

Monday, July 20, 2009

Pro-life's illusions

One big mistake progressives make is letting the voices of reaction define an argument. Anti-abortion groups present their issue as life vs. choice. They are willfully ignoring fully half of the possible opinion spectrum. The opposite of anti-abortion is pro-abortion – the position that all pregnancies should be terminated. A completely rational argument could be made for this as the only sure cure for human misery. In fact, for a moderate salary I'd be willing to lead a grassroots organization. And between the two extremes – abortion being either prohibited or compulsory – individual choice stands as the middle ground.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ich kann nicht so viel fressen, wie ich kotzen möchte.

I don't even want to write about this. It's not funny. Among the only sane decisions of his sad little freak show life was Michael Jackson's unwavering commitment to keeping his children away from the public eye. Apparently he felt it might not be healthy for kids to grow up under constant media scrutiny. Then the moment the guy's dead, his family – their own family – uncovered their faces and fed them into the machine. The Times-Picayune printed his daughter's image again this morning, over a cutline that ended, “a star is born.” Shame on them. Shame on us.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Let's make monorails the new third rail

This holiday weekend, as America celebrated a tradition of bright shining promise, the future as we remember it took a terrible blow. There was a tragic crash in Orlando, and we lost one of the brave, the few, the monorail pilots. These 'rail jockeys are today's pioneers -- the Lewis and Clark, the Grissom and Glenn, of our generation. And though the fossilized forces of reaction may raise a croaking chorus of fear, we must not allow this singular tragedy to divert us from our course. Let's take steps now to ensure that the monorail always remains the transportation of tomorrow.