Thursday, November 30, 2006


I really hate any type of procedural show: cops, crime scene, hospital. It really is the same formula every week, only with the details changed a bit. No real characters, terrible acting, forced dialogue, always wrapped up in an hour. Which is why I have a new hero on the internet.

Someone has, at the risk of their own well-being, created a seven-minute montage of the terrible one-liners that David Caruso says at the beginning of every CSI: Miami episode. The writing, the ham acting of Caruso, the constant putting-on-the-shades-before-I-deliver-my-quip, The Who punctuating every statement - it all comes together right here. People watch this garbage over Friday Night Lights, which I think is great.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Round One: BC over Northside

If I'd decided to do this earlier, I'd have posted this one last weekend, with all the pre-game coverage and hype, but because we're technically already in "Week 2" for historical purposes, I have to rush things a little. Either way, there wasn't much coverage in the SMN leading up to this game anyway, just a tiny preview capsule. So let's take a little trip back to November 22nd of '96.

Number one song in the country: "Head Over Feet" - Alanis Morrisette

Number one movie at the box office: "Space Jam"

And it was the Cadets who stunned the Eagles head over feet in overtime, winning on penetration. Here's how the front page of the sports section read that Saturday morning. And below that is the actual write-up, which I realize was already posted on Will's blog a few months ago, but it's worth posting again.


By John Clayton
Savannah Morning News
November 23, 1996

At a school so cognizant of tradition that football practice can easily turn into a lesson in Benedictine football lore, it was appropriate Friday night that history repeat itself.

The Cadets downed Northside 11-10 in overtime in the opening round of the Class AAAA state playoffs at Memorial Stadium. The last time the two teams met - in the 1979 state playoffs - BC also came away witha one-point victory.

BC (10-1) - after gaining the penetration advantage on the final play of the first overtime period - kept the ball more than four minutes in the second five-minute overtime period. The Cadets used their wishbone attack to mount a nine-play drive that reached the Northside 34 before turning the ball over on downs with 52 seconds remaining.

BC's Walter Simmons intercepted an Anthony Sessions pass at his own 25 and returned it 50 yards to the Northside 25 with 15 seconds to play to seal the victory.

"We just knew we had the yardage we needed and we wanted to milk the clock," said BC coach Tommy Brackett, whose team will travel to LaGrange Friday for the second round. "Our defense rose to the occasion and it was just great for our kids. This is a great win for Benedictine."

The BC defense, which had hardly been flexible at all this season against Region 3-AAAA competition, bent but did not break under the constant pressure of Sessions. The highly-touted Northside quarterback finished with 176 rushing yards.

"It was a great defensive effort. Our kids played hard," Brackett said. "Don't ever count us out."

The Eagles (6-5) who had won six of their last seven games coming into the playoffs, rolled up a statistical advantage in the first half with 10 first downs and 192 yards rushing - 106 beloning to Sessions.

But five penalties on one possession and three Northside fumbles kept the Eagles from winning the battle on the scoreboard, as the first half ended 7-7.

BC cornerback Donald Doan, who was on crutches at Thursday's practice returned to action Friday night, said the Cadet defense got the job done in the face of Sessions' onslaught.

"We meshed together and played as a family," said Doan. "When you get to the playoffs, I think that's the main thing - to mesh when things get rough."

Scott Shelton's 18-yard field goal, which capped a BC drive that began on its own 37, gave the Cadets a 10-7 lead with 9:13 to play in the fourth quarter.

A late-hit penalty against BC on a Northside punt return helped set up a 39-yard field goal by Brian Davis with 2:52 left in regulation to tie it at 10-10.

BC, which was finally able to move the ball on the ground in overtime, was held to just 18 yards rushing in the first half.

The Cadets' only touchdown was set up by a botched punt attempt, which traveled only five yards to the Northside 25. The Eagles were flagged for interfering with the punt reception and BC took over at the Northside 10.

Following a pass interference call in the endzone, Simmons went in from the 5 to tie the game at 7-7.

Sessions gave Northside 7-0 lead on the game's opening drive. His two-yard run capped the seven-play, 67-yard drive with 8:34 left in the opening quarter.

"We came up a little bit short, but I think our guys tried," said Northside coach Conrad Nix. "You try the best you can and sometimes it works out and sometimes it don't."

The Eagles were unable to mix up there offensive attack. All 283 of their total yards came on the ground and Sessions was0-6 passing with an interception.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Friday Night Flashback: 1996 Edition

It's hard to believe it's already been a decade since BC's spectacular playoff run. Yes, 10 whole years since the small Catholic school (with no marching band!) from Savannah shocked everybody by not only making it to the state quarterfinals, but by defeating perennial powerhouses on the way there, and by outplaying the opponent that just barely forced its elimination.

So over the next couple of weeks, I'll be posting old stories from the Savannah Morning News archiving the 3 weeks of euphoria that swept Seawright Drive and all of the Hostess City in late November and early December of that year. Back when thousands used to pack the stands of Memorial Stadium in vivid anticipation of another Cadet victory. Back when the place all 16 and 17 year olds dreamed of being on Friday nights was at the corner of Varnedoe and Skidaway, not Gus's or Tubby's.

Now I want to make clear that I can't really talk when it comes to personal memories about these games, because I didn't even live in Savannah when all of this happened, so in order to do the best job possible in providing a "fair and balanced" account, I ask Will, Stephen, and any other Cadet fans to please post their personal memories and thoughts from these games.

So please stay tuned over the following days and weeks on what I hope will be a fun trip down memory lane for Cadet fans.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Vox Populi: Gems of the Week

Because this is a shortened week with the holiday, I’m posting the Gems today. There’s been some decent material this week, so don’t feel cheated. And now for your reading pleasure, the Gems of the Week: Thanksgiving Edition.

Dishonorable Mention:
"Are there any mountain biking trails in Savannah?"
- What about ski resorts? Are there any ski resorts in Savannah? Idiot.

Dishonorable Mention
"I hear advertisements encouraging us to eat and shop downtown for the holidays. That's a great idea in theory, but tell me how do you expect us to do either when there is absolutely nowhere to park?"
- You know, there are these large buildings downtown with nothing but parking spots in them. They’re usually free on the weekend for the very reason that people come downtown and spend money. Only tourists complain about parking.

Honorable Mention:
"I have a goldfish named 'Votes Democrat.' He can't do anything on his own, and someone has to feed and take care of him."
- I got a good laugh out of this one. No “lol-ing,” but a good laugh.

Third Runner-up:
"Would you believe that Georgia Power sent me a disconnection notice on a postcard so that everyone could see? I had been trying to conserve, and I only owed $38."
- Why waste the envelope on a deadbeat who won’t pay his bill?

Second Runner-up:
"It is safer to walk through a mine field than Savannah."
- No it’s not. I’ve been walking around various areas of this this city since 1993 and have yet to be blown up.

First Runner-up:
"How do you get Gorilla Glue off your fingers?"
- I can only imagine the predicament this person is in.

And your Gem of the Week:
"If you are tired of movies with gratuitous sex and violence, go see 'The Queen.' The actors give academy-award performances."
- Look at how cultured you are.
Here’s you:
“Look at me. I’m going to throw out the name of a random, foreign movie I happened to see so everyone will think I’m cultured. What’s ‘The Queen’ about? Who cares!? All I know is that it’s an obscure, artsy movie that no one has ever heard of, so I’ll sound sophisticated when I mention it in conversation. I'll also throw in my two cents about what I think qualifies as an Academy-Award performance. Now I really sound like I know what I'm talking about. Go me!”

Happy Thanksgiving, folks. Have a good holiday.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Bombs = Funny?

Two Country Day students brought a homemade bomb to school as a "prank." The way the story is shaping up is one kid made it and brought it to school to give it to another kid on Thursday. That kid took it home. When a teacher found out about it, she asked the kid to bring it back on Friday. The bomb was then locked in a safe on campus for over a day until the school's headmaster, Tom Bonnell, called police. He said the reason for the wait was to determine the best course of action, however the police report stated that Bonnell requested that police "keep it quiet."

The description of the bomb itself was scary. This kid knew what he was doing. Maybe Country Day isn't a bunch of hippies after all.

The full story by Adam Crisp can be found on

Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate

It's that time of year again. Who's going to the game? Predictions? Comments?

Friday, November 17, 2006

20,000 Visitors Since Last October

You can't even fit that many people in Memorial Stadium!

Vox Populi: Gems of the Week

Slim pickins for Gems this week. Here you go:

Dishonorable Mention:
"Coach's Corner, leave the beautiful University of Georgia flag in front of the building. You Gator boogers seem to forget we stick with our Dogs win or lose. We are not fair-weather fans."
- Yeah. Take that, you Gator boogers.

Dishonorable Mention:
"Is it wrong to tell a Jaguar owner that his car looks like a Hyundai?"
- Yes, but it is perfectly acceptable to tell Stephen that his Hyundai looks like a Jaguar.

Dishnorable Mention:
"The Accent spread on Sunday about Urban Erotica was totally inappropriate for a family newspaper."
- Yeah, but it was so hot!

Third Runner-up:
"Before the Truman Parkway was open, the drivers in Savannah should have taken a class on merging. If you do not let cars merge while driving on the Jersey Turnpike, you get a ticket."
- If I cared about what went on in New Jersey, I’d read

Second Runner-up:
"Where can I go to buy paper dolls?"
- ...

First Runner-up:
"I thought I was being ripped off by the gas companies until I went to my dentist, and he charged me $1,025 for 40 minutes of work."
- But you paid it, right? Brilliant! You’ve just demonstrated how a free market system works. You received quality dental care, your dentist received money for his services to you, and the government didn’t get involved! It’s a beautiful thing.

And your Gem of the Week:
"Savannah is roughly 32.0 North, 81.0 West (just off the old Sheraton Hotel in the Wilmington River). If you dug straight through the earth from that point, you would end up at 32.0 North, 81.0 East, which is in Southwest China."
- This guy is answering the question that was in the Gems last week. He is obviously an idiot and has never taken a geometry class. If you were to draw a line straight through the center of a sphere, you would be on the complete opposite side of it. Sounds easy, right? This means if you were to start at the northwest quadrant of the Earth (which is where we are) and dig a hole through the center, you would come out in the southeast quadrant which. This dumbass started and ended in the northern hemisphere. Idiot.
Happy Friday. Go Eagles.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

R.I.P. Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Today the economics field has suffered a serious loss. Nobel Prize winner Milton Friedman, 94, has passed away. Friedman's influence on economic policy throughout the world over the last 25 years simply cannot be overstated.

In the 1950s, Friedman (along with his Austrian counterpart, Friedrich Hayek) led a small intellectual current of contrarians at the University of Chicago against the mainstream liberal tide composed of John Meynard Keynes' followers. Friedman was one of the first to posit the radical notion that bigger government would only worsen the problems it set out to solve, and that free-market capitalism was the best path to prosperity. Everyone thought he was crazy at first, but during the 1970s many began to take him seriously, and by the 1980s his ideas were finally put into play, becoming the dominant creed in the Reagan White House and in Margaret Thatcher's Britain. Today his influence can be felt as far away as Eastern Europe and Russia, and even in India and China. His many contributions to economic theory include:

- That inflation is always caused by excess in the money supply.

- That the cause of the Great Depression was the Federal Reserve, not the free market; and that the reason the depression was so bad and so long was because of FDR's vast government interference through central planning.

- That government programs should be evaluated based on their results, not their intentions.

- That Congress will always find a way to spend all the money it takes in and then some, hence tax hikes are pointless because they only feed Congress more money to waste.

- That there's never a bad time for a tax cut, as this is the only way to shrink government (also known as "starving the beast").

- That insider trading should be legal.

- That no one knows how to better spend your money more wisely than yourself, and no one knows how to better waste it than someone other than you.

- That it makes little sense to try solving the problems of a society composed of selfish individuals by putting more power in the hands of society's most selfish individuals (politicans); thus, voluntary exchange, and not central planning, is the best way to go.

- That a free market is crucial to the maintainence of a free society; that economic freedom is vital to the social freedoms and civil liberties we enjoy.

You also can check out Larry Kudlow's post honoring Friedman here.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Totally Sweet Gamers

I originally started this as a comment under Joe's Playstation 3 post. I got so fired up that I had to give it more room. Obviously everyone has their own hobbies or interests and sticks to them. At the same time, everyone looks at someone else's hobby and doesn't understand it at all. I play guitar and watch a lot of TV, and I don't know anything about cars. A car enthusiast won't understand why I play guitar and watch TV so much. My immediate thought is that it's a waste of time to do anything but put gas in your car, whereas he will think it's completely pointless to buy DVDs. I do make an effort to recognize that I should just respect that people love what they love. However.

These people camping out to buy Playstation 3 are worth nothing. They don't deserve a roof over their head, clean clothes, health insurance, or a driver's license. I don't want them to get a job, because that will take away a spot from a person who doesn't throw their short life in the garbage participating in a fairy land that doesn't exist. I really don't know who I would run over with my car first - potheads or "gamers." Though, my decision wouldn't be too hard, since they are usually the same people.

Let me tell you a story that I've told a few of you in person and hopefully not on this blog. Back in the spring, I went over to this guy's apartment who answered my ad looking for musicians. We'll call him Bob. Bob's hair had not seen shampoo in probably 3 or 4 days. His armpits exuded a stranded-on-a-desert-island aroma, mixed with the sweet stench of his chain-smoking habit. His teeth looked like exposed petri dishes of snot and roach guts. Bob was probably 60 pounds overweight.

He drank 3 cans of Mountain Dew in the 5 tortorous hours I was there, and took every sip in high speed, as if he couldn't bare to not have his gaming fuel in his body RIGHT NOW. He had two chocolate Snack Packs in a row, his tongue dashing over the peeled, plastic top in a starved, sexual quenching. If all this weren't enough, his personality was actually the worst offender of all. He pathologically lied about numerous things, including:
-He could be making millions in a band right now that he left because he was too good for them. I asked what band it was, and he said they were in California now - "You've never heard of them."
-He knows of a secret cabin in the mountains that, through the power of its beauty, "makes the panties drop like *that* (snaps fingers)" every time he brings a different girl up there.

Let me emphasize how unfriendly this guy was. His people skills involved scrunching his nose a lot while gruffly telling me, "Don't do that," while waving his fat paw around. This was while I was simply explaining why I was messing up a song of mine. There was lots of snickering (imagine Stephen's drunken, disgusted "pfffft") at opinions of mine.

What am I getting at? Well, the whole root of his anti-social personality comes from his pathetic addiction to video games. He said he usually goes to bed around 5:00 or 6:00 a.m. Why do you need to learn how to make friends when Zelda is taking you on the 12th journey of Final Fantasy? This reminds me of that guy I posted about a long time ago who had played Everquest for 9480 hours (a year and a month). I honestly could write another 10 paragraphs about the black hole that is playing video games all the time, but I'm sure it would be preaching to the choir. I just really hate this culture.

Get a job.

Sida and Sineth, age 19 and 17 respectively, have been camping out in front of the Best Buy on Abercorn since Sunday night. The reason? They are waiting for the Playstation 3 to come out. They aren't the only one's either. The douche at the front of the line has been there since Sunday afternoon. It's easy to do this kind of thing when you don't have a job.

The line is comprised mostly of young males who have never kissed a girl.

You can read the full story on SavannahNow.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Prescribing a counterproductive antidote for a non-existent disease

Earlier tonight on Hardball I heard a Democratic Congressman say that we need to raise the minimum wage to "revive this sluggish economy."

Which is basically the same thing as saying we need to raise NCAA graduation rate requirements in order to revive the sluggish Ohio State football team.

Widening Abercorn?

I just came across this article on Apparently Abercorn is to be widened to deal with the crawling traffic that occurs every weekday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00. I honestly don't think it will make a bit of difference, but you guys go ahead and widen it. Until there's an overpass at King George Blvd and more routes from Pooler and Richmond Hill that don't include Abercorn, expect the same traffic. I can't wait to move out of Georgetown.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Vox Populi: Gems of the Week

Dishonorable Mention:
"If we dug a hole straight through the earth from Savannah, where would we come out?"
- An ocean, probably.

Dishonorable Mention:
"If you think a $2 billion fence will keep the illegal aliens out, you might be a redneck."
- These jokes stopped being funny ten years ago.

REALLY Dishonorable Mention:
"I love reading Vox Populi. It is the first thing I read in the paper every morning. Many of the comments are full of wisdom, and many are quite witty."
- It's hard to decipher sarcasm in print, so I'll have to assume this contributor is serious.

Dishonorable Mention:
"Who was Georgia Tech playing when they made history by scoring 220-0?" (Editor's note: According to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Inc., that was the game against Cumberland University on Oct. 15, 1916.)
- Give 'em a break; 1916 was a rebuilding year for the Cumberland Bulldogs.

Dishonorable Mention
"Elections are held in November because this is the best time to pick out a turkey."
- I hate you.

Third Runner-up:
"Coach's Corner need to take that red, white and black Georgia flag and paint it with Gator colors. Go Gators."
- First, we're in Georgia. If a Coaches Corner opens up in Florida, you can hang up Florida stuff. Second, you can't paint a flag. It would get all stiff when the paint dried. That wouldn't look good.

Second Runner-up:
"Judges, please do something about traffic court and the extremely long wait times. Our citizens deserve better service."
- The wait is so long because assholes like you go in and argue every little charge. Just pay the fine and get out of there.

First Runner-up:
"I would like to see a full account printed in the paper stating where funds go that are raised by the United Way of the Coastal Empire."
- "I want this information and I want it now. I want it delivered to me. I want to know where every cent is going."
Check their annual report, you lazy prick.

And your Gem of the Week:
"Shame on whoever kept going after hitting the kitten on Hover Creek Road. She died in my arms."
- Maybe the person who hit it is allergic to cats.

Happy Friday, folks.

Why I Ultimately Think Tuesday Night Was A Really Good Night

Because, if nothing else, it accomplished this. Finally, as predicted, the cleansing process will begin.

Anyway, I know I've been annoying over the last few days. I'll try my best to can it on the political stuff for awhile.

Quote of the Week

"I've always wondered why Republicans insist on acting like Democrats in hopes of retaining political power, while Democrats act like us in order to win." - Dick Armey, from his op-ed piece in today's Wall Street Journal.

Also, check out George Will's column and post-election analysis in yesterday's Washington Post. I wish I could write with one-tenth the level of brilliance this guy does.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

The First 100 Days

Listed below are 3 goals the new Democratic Congress has in its first 100 days:

- raise the minimum wage
- lower the cost of healthcare
- "take on" the oil companies (whatever that means)

All three of these initiatives sound great in theory, but in practice they are beholden to one, simple underlying fallacy: that prices and wages are set by employers, doctors, and oil firms; and that government can thus counterbalance them by intervening and setting those prices lower.

But the reality is that prices aren't determined by single individuals, but by markets. None of these actors, even if they tried their hardest, could manipulate these prices. I bet the gas station owner down the street from my apartment would just love to charge $7 per gallon, or even $700 per gallon for that matter, but he can't. Even a new $8 minimum wage, which is basically a scheme to protect union workers from having to compete with teenagers and Mexicans by pricing them out of the job market, won't work because you will always have low-skilled workers somewhere willing and able to accept lower pay. It also gives companies even greater incentive to outsource more jobs.

The problem we have is that somewhere around 80% of Americans fail to understand what I just wrote, and will whole-heartedly support the Dems' fruitless crusade to manipulate prices and further interfere with the same free-enterprise system that has made us so wealthy in the first place.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

A Return to Divided Government

Last night, in some respects, was 1994 in reverse. For the first time in twelve years we had nationalized midterms, a strong message sent by voters, and a change in party power.

But in many ways, this year bears no semblance to '94. The main differences:
- Republicans won by running to the right that year, courting their base. Democrats won last night by running to the center and trying to keep their base quiet.
- Republicans won that year by actively promoting a point-by-point plan to reform government. Last night the Democrats won by not having a plan, by remaining passive, keeping quiet (except John Kerry), and simply waiting for the G.O.P. to self-destruct.
- In 1994 the American people rejected liberalism. Last night wasn't a rejection of conservatism, but of corruption and frustration over a war.

The Good:
- Maybe, just maybe, Bush will finally start using that thing called the veto pen. This would help slow the growth of government.
- The vast majority of Democratic pick-ups last night ran as conservatives and moderates; hopefully they'll stay that way once they arrive in Washington
- Divided government usually has a better (or, more accurately, a less worse) record of protecting economic and civil liberties and promoting fiscal responsibility, than one-party rule does. Hopefully this will remain true with the new set up we'll have.
- Last night made a Hillary Clinton victory in 2 years substantially less likely. A second Clinton White House is by no means totally out of the picture, but Americans are unlikely to want a liberal female president and a liberal female house speaker in the same government. And Hillary won't be able to run as the "agent of change" in '08, because that change already happened 2 years prior.

The Bad:
- There's a very good chance Democrats will misinterpret their mandate; the reason they won last night is because many libertarians and conservatives stayed home instead of voting Republican. Many are upset about Iraq, and more and more have felt alienated by the G.O.P. since 2000. It's not because Americans approve of things like socialized medicine, higher tax rates, unfettered abortion, and Cuba's economic system.
- Unlike 1995-1996, when a media blitz led by Clinton and the major networks used the old "Mediscare" tactic to derail Gingrich's plan to force Clinton to sign a balanced budget, this time the media will be on the side of the new party in power.
- The Democratic Leadership's sheer lack of positions across the board is troubling. Will they raise taxes? Defund the war? They won by running on a platform of being against things. It's unclear exactly what they'll be for.

All in all, I think last night was good for the simple reason that, for the umpteenth time, it sent a simple message to the G.O.P. leadership: this is what you get when you abandon libertarians and ignore the people who put you in power in the first place. This is what happens when you put privilege and power over principle.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Final Predictions

- National elections: Dems take the House, picking up around 23 seats. Republicans hold on to the Senate, somehow.

- State and local elections: who cares?

Local Republicans complain of harassing calls

Megan Matteucci
Savannah Morning News

Local Republicans say one person may have taken advertisements for today's election a bit too far.

Mary Flanders, the chair of the Chatham County Republican Party, came into the office Sunday to do some last-minute preparations. She checked the phone messages and found one that startled her, she said.

The caller, who identified himself, said the message was for "you all m-----f-----g crazy Republicans," according to a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police report.

"I hope all your families die in a really bad accident or of cancer," the report stated.

Flanders saved the two-minute long message and called police.

"It's not a threat; just a nasty, hateful, wish you were dead kind of call," she said. "We just wanted to make a formal report in case something happened."

Although the message was not nice, it appears no crime was committed.

An officer documented the complaint as a harassing phone call and advised Flanders how to take a warrant out in Magistrate Court, police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson.

"Based on the report, it appears the citizen left a rude and obnoxious message on the headquarters answering service," he said. "Although the message was about two minutes in duration, it would be up to a judge to decide if the conduct warrants an arrest for harassment."

Flanders said she doesn't know the caller, but received his phone number from the headquarters' caller identification system.

"He lives in South Carolina and isn't even a voter here. I can't imagine why he would call here," she said. "But we do have a lot of television ads over there."

Police say this is the first political complaint they've received this election season.

Monday, November 06, 2006

Encouraging Poll

I came across this poll, conducted by CNN of all places, that the newly-elected Democratic Congress would do well to look at after we get spanked tomorrow.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Election Eve Analysis

Today the nation's unemployment rate dropped to 4.4%. That rate has only been lower for 28 months out of the last 30 YEARS (during the final quarters of the dot-com bubble). My point is, on the domestic front, it simply doesn't get any better than this. Five years ago the Democrats, alongside numerous newpaper editorials and the broadcast media, claimed that lowering tax rates would somehow drive the American economy deeper into recession, would increase unemployment, and would explode the state and federal budget deficits.

All of these people couldn't have been more wrong. Incomes are rising, millions upon millions of jobs have been created, and the deficit is shrinking by the day. Tax receipts are higher now than at even the height of the late 90s boom. Just imagine the surpluses we'd have if it wasn't for 9/11, 2 wars, the most costly natural disaster in history, and the enormous surge in welfare and pork-barrel spending.

Now good people can disagree over Iraq, and just how effective our plan has been there, because that's what Tuesday is mostly about. But just about every leader of Al-Qaeda says it's the central front of the war on terror. Our president tends to believe the same. So Democrats must either believe 1) somehow it's not the central front, or 2) it's the central front, but the war on terror simply isn't worth winning.

All of this having been said, I still understand why people want change in Congress. I've stated a million times my disappointment with the Republican leadership in Washington. They've failed to deliver on a number of conservative promises, and have acted like liberals on issues of spending and expanding the welfare state. I'm just not sure a Democratic house would be any better. In fact, I think it'd be far worse. Some say gridlock would be good thing, as it would help to limit runaway spending. But in the 80s we had divided government and this still didn't stop the Democratic Congress from spending money like UGA sorority girls, so I'm skeptical of this argument.

All in all, I'm not as pumped up about this election as previous ones. If the Dems win the House, and they likely will, this will force much-needed leadership changes on the Republican side who have been corrupted by power. But it will also mean a San Francisco Speaker of the House who, like the rest of the party she leads, is a Keynsian socialist. She'll make it 100x harder to keep Bush's tax rate cuts (currently set to expire in 2010) permanent, and she'll try to further expand the size and scope of government at a faster rate than Bush ever did. Thank God for the veto.

Vox Populi: Gems of the Week.

I decided to change up the Gems format this week. I want to let the quotes speak for themselves, as well as add a bit of fun to it. See if you can spot the Vox submission I made up.

A - "Every time I hear Bush open his mouth, all I hear is 'Wolf, wolf, wolf.'"

B - "The reason you never see any Republicans standing on street corners and holding campaign signs is because they’re all at work."

C - "Liar, liar, pants on fire. After watching their commercials, the britches of John Barrow and Max Burns should be smoking."

D - "Perhaps if some law enforcement would arrest the local big oil CEO and charge him with price gouging, our gas prices would drop to meet the prices around the rest of the country."

E - "I don't see a lot of difference between the Enron management and Delta Airlines management. A lot of Delta employees have lost their pensions and health care, yet management has lost nothing."

I'll post the correct answer a little later. Happy Friday!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Nobody For Governor

Well election week is finally upon us and I've decided to open things up by announcing the first ever BMBS political endorsement.

For Georgia governor, BMBS endorses: nobody. What evidence is there that we even need a governor in the first place? Very little. I really do think Georgia would be better off without a governor.

Unfortunately, it looks like there will still be a governor after next Tuesday, and that governor will still be Sonny Perdue. Perdue is campaigning across the state asking prospective voters to come up with "Sonny Do" lists. But to be honest, I'm sick and tired of government DOING more and more things. It has such a poor track record, why give it more and more responsibilities? Everything government touches usually ends up turning to ruin. So instead, I decided to comprise my Sonny DON'T list:

- DON'T waste any more money on our broken education system. In fact, DON'T play any role in our education system at all: instead free our public schools from government bureaucracy: privitize all of them and then provide vouchers for low-income families. Public schools should be just like our public universities: they should be forced to compete with one another. So stop throwing dollars at a system that will remain inherently monopolistic and flawed.

- DON'T tax personal or corporate income.

- DON'T spend millions trying to lure companies to come here just because they "create jobs." If they want to come here, they will. If they don't, they won't. Just keep taxes low, get out of the way, and everything will take care of itself. If Jacksonville ends up getting a Chrysler Van Plant instead of Savannah, then oh darn. You can feel good knowing you didn't have to waste billions in taxpayer dollars subsidizing them.

- DON'T play a role in the transportation system any more. MARTA has been losing money for decades because there's no profit incentive. Privitize it and subject it to the discipline of the marketplace. Atlanta is one of the few major cities with a government-owned airport. Sell it off as well. Finally, let private companies run major state highways. They'll do a far quicker and better job managing traffic and expanding roads because they have every incentive to do so.

- And finally, DON'T "fight" for anybody. "Fighting" is usually code word for establishing ridiculous price supports and subsidies, unnecessary liscensing, and other economic barriers to protect powerful interest groups from having to compete like the rest of us. Stop "fighting" for farmers, teachers unions, etc. If you want to fight for anybody, how about fighting for the taxpayers whose money you do such a great job of wasting in the first place.

Oh please, Sonny don't.

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