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Espresso Sarcasm: Stupid Quiz Time

This is funny. Not useful, but funny.


Dueling Plans for U.N. Reform

Is Glenn Reynolds calling for U.S. withdrawal from the United Nations?

That's one way to read the last line of this post -- but I'm not sure that's what he means.

Glenn links to this piece by Austin Bay, who recommends reforming the U.N. this way:

As for real reform: (1) strip France of permanent U.N. Security Council status; (2) keep Russia as a permanent member, but with no veto (all it has are nukes); (3) add India and Japan as permanent Security Council members (though with no veto). Now Britain wields the European veto, China the Asian and America the real veto.
Dubious merits aside, this will never, ever be adopted.

Here's my reform proposal:
1) Put every nation on the Security Council.

2) Give every nation a veto.

3) Withdraw the U.S. from the U.N. entirely.
End result: A paralyzed, neutered U.N. that Americans don't pay for.


Poll on Social Security Personal Accounts

Patrick Ruffini has the stats from a new poll asking this question:

Do you favor or oppose giving individuals the choice to invest a portion of their Social Security contributions in stocks or mutual funds?
The poll results are interesting. So is the use of the term "contribution."

Are these taxes optional?


Social Security Embezzlement

The American Enterprise doesn't mince words with a piece entitled The Great Social Security Embezzlement by William Tucker:

Every writer I know is looking for that dazzling phrase that brings the Social Security situation into focus. (That's what us writers do for a living.)

Clark S. Judge, managing director of the White House Writers Group (a private organization), made a great stab at it in the New York Post on Tuesday. He used the metaphor of Enron. What's happening in the federal government now is exactly what happened to Ken Lay. It's called 'co-mingling of funds.'"

All this started way back in 1968 when Lyndon Johnson was trying to deliver both "guns and butter" and disguise the costs of the Vietnam War. Social Security was then a separate account...

Read the whole thing.

Hat tip: National Center for Policy Analysis.


Scientific Correctness

Bill of Bill's Comments predicts the future decline of American science:

In 10 to 25 years, we will see the eclipse of American science, the pride of the 20th Century. Some country, more interested in real results than in who is offended, will suddenly deluge the world with a product based on new discoveries that will destroy a major segment of our economy.
Surely not. Anyway, since global warming is coming and it will drown the Earth, it hardly matters.


A Constrained Vision: Social Security Around the World

A Constrained Vision has collected a very interesting set of links showing which countries have individual retirement accounts as part of their mandatory retirement programs.


Daly Thoughts Blog's Top 40

Daly Thoughts ranks his top 40 favorite blogs.

Thanks, Gerry -- your blog easily makes my Top 40, too!


Sleeping Through the Night

In hindsight I can see that regardless of nasal congestion getting the boogers sucked out of your nose with an aspirator while you were already upset wouldn't do much to improve your disposition.

-Kevin at Wizbang

If you have babies/little kids who don't always sleep through the night, read Kevin's post.


Go Steelers!

This is fun. This blog is the top Google search result for the term "nfl dynasty."


Go Fred!

Fred Singer, as of 12:15 AM Eastern, is pulling ahead.


United Nations Wants to Rule Internet

Captain Ed hits the nail on the head with a post that begins:

Just when we thought that the United Nations had enough problems trying to keep its peacekeepers and mission management off of prepubescent girls in Africa and its hands off of aid money intended for the starving and oppressed, we find out that Turtle Bay wants to take on a whole new mission. Now the U.N., which brought you the Oil-For-Food scandal and the rape of the Congo, wants to take over the Internet...
The U.N. wants everything, but deserves nothing.


Bush's Classic Conservatism

Ed Haislmaier is recommending this essay about President Bush's foreign policy style in the March 29 International Herald Tribune.


Happens to Be Black

I haven't been following the Michael Jackson trial very much, but I did just notice that Jackson is playing the race card, saying of the charges against him

"... this has kind of been a pattern among black luminaries in this country."
I'm sitting here trying to think of any other adult luminaries who live in theme parks and party with children.

Maybe it is just that the one luminary who does that happens to be black.


The Stewards of Gay Washington

The Washington Post has a page one story Monday about a unit of the DC Metropolitan Police that covers the beat of "gay Washington."

Based on the article, the unit covers such responsibilities as domestic violence calls to same-sex couples and is kind enough not to toss an arrested fellow wearing a dress into a cell amid the general prison population.

I read the entire article and still didn't get why the unit is necessary (shouldn't all police officers be trained in dealing with all segments of the community?), but then, I don't know much about police work.

I did, however, learn this from the Post piece:

Gender is [a] divider; lesbians tend to socialize separately from gay men.
Who'd a thunk it?


Republican Voices

I received an e-mail from a young man who says he is 12 years old and the editor of this website.

Very nice website for a 12-year-old.


Those Funky, Edgy Kids Got Rather

Spotted this haughty prose in the "Inside Washington" column of the March 26 National Journal (subscription required):

The Office of National Drug Control Policy claims it has become the first Cabinet-level agency to launch a Web log -- or 'blog' as the kids call them -- one of those funky, edgy Internet sites consisting of the random observances of a citizen diarist."
The column carries no byline.


Vote for Fred Singer

Physicist Dr. Fred Singer is actively campaigning for the Flat Earth Award.

I already voted for him on the merits -- as worthy as the other nominees truly are. If you appreciate the work of scientists such as Fred Singer, who have been willing to endure the vilification of the environmental left as they continue sharing what they truly believe about global warming, take two seconds and vote for him on the right side of this page.

(I wrote about the award last month here. To read some of Fred's thoughts on global warming and other issues, go here.)

Addendum 3/27: The college students who are sponsoring the Flat Earth Award think Tony Blair -- yes, the British Labor Party's Tony Blair -- is "a respected conservative politician." (Say the students: "...note the wondefully [sic] amusing recent comments from 'supporters' of Fred Singer on our website. I hope that these folks are letting Tony Blair, James Baker III, John McCain and Chuck Hagel know about this VAST GREENIE CONSPIRACY known as global warming. After all, as our entries show below, each of these respected conservative politicians agrees: the climate crisis is real, and we have the know-how to create a new clean energy future.")

Calling Tony Blair a "conservative" tells us something about the students' politics, or their level of knowledge. I'm guessing the latter.

Would it be cruel to suggest a C-Span debate between the students and even one of the climate change skeptics they mock on their website? Probably.


Shoes for Iraqi Kids

I have been receiving e-mails from people who say they saw me on TV, where I made an appeal for people to donate gently used and new children's shoes for the children of Iraq.

Funny thing is, I haven't been on TV talking about that. (Another Amy Ridenour, perhaps?) But I did blog about it some time ago, and I have shipped over some of my kids' used shoes, so I'm all for the idea.

I learned about the program from the Keystone Soldiers website. It is a great website to visit if you support our men and women overseas -- even if you don't have any gently used children's shoes.

Meantime, if you happen to see an Amy Ridenour on TV talking about shoes for Iraqi kids, she's not me -- unless she's young and witty and beautiful, that is.

Yep, that's the ticket.

Addendum 3/26/05: The mystery may be solved, thanks to the following e-mail I received:

Re: your post on shoes

It was Addie, and she was on Dennis Miller. She's young and beautiful. Hey what the heck, go with the flow!

A fan of you blog, keep up the good work,

Dayna Hydrick
San Diego


Funny Story

Glenn Reynolds has a funny story about former Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth -- or about Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II. (He's not sure which).


Michelle Malkin: Press Conference on Ward Churchill

Michelle Malkin has the goods on Ward Churchill.