Daily Archives: January 18, 2011

Is this any of our business?

Greenwich Time is leading with a story of a Riverside kid who may have over-dosed at his college in the mid-west. No, I’m not linking to the story, nor do I know the boy or his family, but what possible interest is this of those of us here?

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Here’s a no-brainer

Lieberman is retiring. He has no base. Maybe Ed Krumeich will run – oh please, oh please?

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Sarah Palin? No, Abe Lincoln

 [Bumped, due to Ed Krumeich’s interest]

From Lincoln’s  Cooper Union speech:

You charge that we stir up insurrections among your slaves. We deny it; and what is your proof? Harper’s Ferry! John Brown!! John Brown was no Republican; and you have failed to implicate a single Republican in his Harper’s Ferry enterprise. If any member of our party is guilty in that matter, you know it or you do not know it. If you do know it, you are inexcusable for not designating the man and proving the fact. If you do not know it, you are inexcusable for asserting it. . .

Ed writes:

I have not located a source for your Lincoln quote. A Google search indicates that it is echoed in various Libertarian websites like yours without attribution. After his death there was a cottage industry in making up Lincoln quotes. Perhaps your quotation falls into that category and is apocryphal.

There are many quotes that suggest Lincoln may agree with the progressive view of government described by Paul Krugman:

Labor is prior to and independent of capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Capital has its rights, which are as worthy of protection as any other rights. Nor is it denied that there is, and probably always will be, a relation between labor and capital producing mutual benefits.

  I respond:It’s the Cooper Union speech, Ed, and I’ll get it for you.
UPDATE: Here you go, Ed.  You’re a nice guy, but you are also a Commie rat, and I will fight you fiercely should you ever seek public office again.

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“If we can put a man on the moon” dept., continued

Where's that damn key fob?

 I haven’t had a garage since 1985, when we converted ours to a bedroom to accommodate the arrival of Kate, but I’ve been using my mother’s car these past few days after killing my battery during the past snowstorm, and she not only has a garage, but also has a garage door opener. It occurs to me, having walked outside and found the door closed, that remote keys could easily include a door opener – they already have some radio signaler, so why not one that operates the door? I pass along this insight to all you geniuses out there, gratis.

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Oh for Christ’s sake

A penalty for not bringing your own shopping bags to the supermarket?

On a full shopping day, I might have fifteen bags of groceries – I’m supposed to have that many bags at hand, and cart them into the supermarket? Worse,”they” have already made us tie up our newspaper unless placed in a paper bag, now they want to ban those. My own inclination is “screw you”.

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What I’ve said all along: it’s all about control

NASA’s Climate Czar James Hansen praises China, denounces democracy. Thomas Friedman and the NYT would agree. Those pesky individuals must go!

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5 AM weather report for Greenwich

Riverside, anyway. What was probably an inch of snow is rapidly turning to an icy crust as snow turns to freezing rain, I’m going back to bed.

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“Disaster” aid?

Greenwich is asking that other states’ taxpayers pay for our snow removal costs. This makes no sense to me. Our snow removal budget is drawing low, but that’s perfectly normal – like all municipalities, we budget for average snowfall. Some years, we’re below average, and put the surplus to other uses; other years we spend more, and the contingency fund kicks in – it’s a planned strategy. For this, someone in Texas should pay? Ridiculous.

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