Monday, September 03, 2007

Sowell at Random

Examples of Thomas Sowell's latest random thoughts on

[...] One of the painful signs of years of dumbed-down education is how many people are unable to make a coherent argument. They can vent their emotions, question other people's motives, make bold assertions, repeat slogans-- anything except reason.[...]
Oh, yeah? You must be paid off by Exxon-Mobil.
A recent study showed the median income of major corporate CEOs to be about $8 million a year. That's less than a third of what Alex Rodriguez earns and less than one-thirtieth of what Oprah Winfrey makes. But no one is denouncing them for "greed."
Congress should make $8 million a year the minimum wage.
It is amazing how many people who want us to get out of Iraq want us to go into Darfur.
Halliburton vetoed our presence in Darfur.
A joke says that a poll was taken in California, asking if people thought illegal immigration was a serious problem. The results showed that 29 percent said, "Yes, there is a serious problem." But 71 percent said, "No es una problema seriosa."
California's school system teaches in one language only. The Gringos will have to learn Spanish on their own.
People who refuse to face the reality of hard choices are forever coming up with some clever "third way"-- often leading to worse disasters than either of the hard choices.
I always laugh at someone's 'kind' comment about a screwup, "But, he meant well."
Wise people created civilization over the centuries and clever people are dismantling it today. You can see it happening just by channel surfing on TV or hear it in rap music or read it in the pompous nonsense of academics and judges.
But, they mean well.
Many on the political left are so entranced by the beauty of their vision that they cannot see the ugly reality they are creating in the real world.
Acid will do that to ya. Oh, WOW, man, look at all the pretty colors!
One of the great non sequiturs of the left is that, if the free market doesn't work perfectly, then it doesn't work at all-- and the government should step in.
...Step in it.
Despite people who speak glibly of "earlier and simpler times," all that makes earlier times seem simpler is our ignorance of their complexities.
No brilliant Grandpa John's blogging in earlier times. What a rip!
Chutzpah department: When disbarred former D.A. Michael Nifong mailed his Bar card back to his state Bar Association, he included a note decrying "the fundamental unfairness" with which the Bar had treated him. This from a man who was ready to ruin three lives and polarize a community, in order to win an election.
But... what could they do? The electric chair was off the table.

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