Archive for July, 2007



July 25, 2007

Hey, I’m vacation until August 6! During that time I’ll mostly be hanging out with my folks who are visiting from the Los Angeles area. There will be pictures in my flickr stream, but blogging could be light.


Another Political Quiz

July 23, 2007

My Liberal Identity:

You are a Reality-Based Intellectualist, also known as the liberal elite. You are a proud member of what’s known as the reality-based community, where science, reason, and non-Jesus-based thought reign supreme.

Take the quiz at

(H/T Owen)


OH EM GEE! It’s Harry Potter Day!

July 20, 2007

That’s right. At midnight tonight I will be getting my sweaty paws on not one but two copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I understand the bookstore (and the entire downtown Waukesha area) will be having a giant conniption fit of a celebration, too, so I guess I’ll get down there early to partake.

And then the kids and I will return home to read the first chapter aloud together. 🙂


Who wrote this?

July 17, 2007

I find it totally impossible to identify with, let alone join, the peace protesters I keep hearing about. They say their primary (perhaps their only?) concern is for the Iraqi people who will suffer horribly in this war. They claim they are “speaking for” the millions of Iraqi women and children who have been suffering under the economic sanctions put in place after the last war. Are these the same millions Iraqi women and children who suffer daily under the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein? Are the protesters at all concerned about the murder and torture that, by all reputable accounts, happens on a massive scale in Iraq? Are they concerned about the utter lack of freedom that these people have? Do they ask themselves if the Iraqi people would be better off without Saddam, even if it took a war to get rid of him? I would feel better about what they were doing if I thought that they had actually sat down and tried to weigh out the costs of war versus the costs of leaving millions of Iraqis in the hands of this monster. Even if they still came down on the anti-war side, I’d feel better about them. But I don’t think they consider these issues at all. I believe, rather, that they are naively clinging to their fairy-tale “war is never the answer” rhetoric. I can’t agree with that.

Select the text below to find out who wrote it.

I did. I wrote it the day we invaded Iraq back in March of 2003. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.


Americans Wait Plenty

July 16, 2007

You’re probably aware that forty-some-odd million people in America do not have health insurance at any given point in time. You’re probably aware that the cost of health care is astronomical here compared to other countries. (We pay about double what they pay.) But you’re also probably aware – because you’ve been told – that people in these other countries have to endure long waiting lists for medical care, and that for all the problems in our current system Americans would never stand for that kind of thing. Right?



Understanding the Pro-Life Movement, part 2

July 15, 2007

“…when you tell anti-abortion people that comprehensive sex education and the easy availability of birth control prevents unwanted pregnancies, and thus abortions, they grow livid and walk away. Why is that? I think I know the answer… It’s because they’re not about abortion, they’re about sex. They’re about sex and who can have it, and keeping everyone else afraid of it.” – me

Such has been my view of the pro-life movement for some time. But I don’t think I have ever seen it more clearly articulated than in this post over at Alas, a blog.

(Hat tip to Eszther.)


Dog’s Breakfast

July 13, 2007

I heard an expression the other day that intrigued me. “It was really a dog’s breakfast,” said this Canadian fellow. By that he meant “it was a bunch of stuff all thrown together.” At least that’s what I think he meant. I googled it and found this.

I think I’m going to use it.