30 April 2006

Weekend Wrap-Up

The Rain in Minnesota Falls Mainly on the Weekend. Even the neighborhood rabbits are waterlogged.

The Rangers and the Stars are out. For the underdog set, this may be a good year to get behind the Oilers and Sabres.

John Kenneth Galbraith died Saturday; 97 is a pretty good run. Galbraith famously argued that America was so obsessed with over producing consumer goods, that it had increased the perils of both inflation and recession by creating artificial demand for frivolous or useless products - and that was in 1958. He was the real deal, and now seems like as good as any time to start up this one.

The local baseball team was humiliated in Detroit.

Friday. Tigers 9, Twins 0.

Saturday. Tigers 750, Twins 1.

Sunday. Tigers 6, Twins 0.

Would you buy a Ford if you could only fill it up at certain gas stations? Would you buy a TV that won't receive certain channels? What if the internet that benefits the whole world was killed off by the miserable bastards you elected? It could happen . . .
If passed, it would allow phone and cable companies to charge content providers (websites) for the privilege of driving along the ISPs stretch of the info super highway (usually the last mile right before content ends up on your screen). If content companies can't pay the fees, they end up in the slow lane -- and you get to wait and wait and wait. Or maybe you won't get to use those sites at all.
Liverpool 3 - Aston Villa 1

If it's possible, it just seems to get worse for Sudan. Tim Cavanaugh articulates my thoughts (better than me) on the Hollywood gang finally discovering this issue:

But what's the clear categorical distinction between intervening in Iraq (which I think it's fair to say Clooney and many other Darfur hawks opposed) and this one? Why does it always seem like progressives support any intervention that clearly does not advance any American interests? (I don't think invading Iraq advanced our national interests, but people made that case, which you definitely can't in the case of Sudan.)
The National Organization for Women is (predictably) opposing the war in Iraq. As John Hinderocker wonders, "What's their theory? That a Baathist/al Qaeda takeover would be good for the women of Iraq?" I wonder what their story would be if Bush proposes an invasion of Sudan to set things right.

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