Saturday, December 28, 2002

MICHAEL MOORE THINKS YOU'RE STUPID: Don't believe me? Check it out. And yet millions of his followers love him to death. But what they don't realize is that he's talking about them too.
BASEBALL ECONOMICS: Here's an excellent story on baseball economics, Yankees style. It explains why the collective bargaining agreement was a good idea for baseball, despite the fact that it is somewhat pseudo-socialism. However, baseball is different from business. The point of business is to make it non-competitive, each business trying to drive others out of the market. The point of baseball should be to make it competitive. What is the point of going to games if you know one team is going to win before the game even starts?

It's like pitting Microsoft versus Bubba's Software Company. A no brainer.

Friday, December 27, 2002

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND SEMANTICS: Here's an article clearly showing that almost all Americans, including minorities, are against affirmative action. At least, once they realize what it entails.

Of the 1,709 adults surveyed, 5 percent said "race or ethnicity should be a factor," 3 percent said "don't know," and 92 percent said "should be based strictly on merit and qualifications other than race/ethnicity."

More surprising, of the 323 African-American respondents, 12 percent said "race or ethnicity should be a factor," 2 percent said "don't know," and 86 percent said "should be based strictly on merit and qualifications other than race/ethnicity."

That's right: By a ratio of 7-to-1, black respondents in this poll rejected racial preferences. (The ratio was 12-to-1 among both Hispanic and Asian respondents.) To be sure, other poll results have been less dramatic; and the phrase "affirmative action" usually elicits a very positive response from black poll respondents and a mixed response from whites.

But despite its wide currency, "affirmative action" is a misleading phrase, because most Americans interpret it as including aggressive anti-discrimination measures, recruitment and outreach efforts, and preferences for poor people to promote genuine equality of opportunity -- policies that are in fact supported by almost all opponents of racial preferences. And all, or almost all, fairly worded polls show that between one-third and two-thirds of African-Americans -- and lopsided majorities of all Americans -- have long opposed racial preferences of the kind that are under attack from conservatives.

Personally, I'd be insulted if I was only accepted to a program because it had to be "dumbed down", and that's why, aside from the fact that it is a racist policy, I'm against affirmative action. But that makes me a racist according to some delusional Democrats, hellbent on playing the race card.
BUSY TIMES: Sorry for the lack of posting lately. Busy times at the Kahn residence and surely they will continue. Meanwhile, please continue to check the site for occasional updates!

Sunday, December 22, 2002

WHY WE FIGHT: Victor Davis Hanson has a wonderful story on why we fight and why we must come out on top.