July 29, 2008

Links from a Busy Blogger

Marc Comtois

I've been busy with "life" (work, family, volunteering, recreation, Citadel board meetings;) and haven't had a chance to post much of substance. That trend continues, so here are a couple things I've found interesting over the last few days.

Jim Lindgren has looked into--and exposed--the activities and agenda of a group calling itself Service Nation that is trying to implement compulsory volunteerism. Heh.

A recent "random thought" by Thomas Sowell comes to mind:

Some of the most emotionally powerful words are undefined, such as "social justice," "a living wage," "price gouging" or a "fragile" environment, for example. Such terms are especially valuable to politicians during an election year, for these terms can attract the votes of people who mean very different-- and even mutually contradictory-- things when they use these words.
Apparently, we've now gotta put "volunteerism" (and "change") into this category.

Historian Victor Davis Hanson explains why Europeans Love Obama.

The Tax Foundation has found 15 ways to define "Income" and explains that its no wonder we can't agree on whether it's going up, down or staying the same.

Finally, I've yet to read it, but Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam have written a new book, Grand New Party, in which they seek to chart a course for the 21st Century GOP. (Here's an article based on the book). Basically, they argue that the future is in appealing to so-called Sam's Club voters. Here are two (one - two) reviews.

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Point of curiosity: The Citadel, as in the university, or Citadel Broadcasting, as in the owner of WPRO?

Posted by: rhody at July 29, 2008 4:45 PM

Here are a few more words and phrases to add to your random thought list:
“So”, meaning to hell with 2/3rds of the people who want an end to the war in Iraq. Speaker = Dick Cheney.
“You’re doing a great job, Brownie”, meaning I don’t know what the hell is going on. Speaker = G.W. Bush
“Mistakes were made”, meaning we own up to having erred, but not to the responsibilities of our actions. Many speakers, both Parties.
“He has suffered enough”, this, of course refers only to people who wear a suit and tie. Ordinary laborers need not apply. See Scooter Libby.

Posted by: OldTimeLefty at July 29, 2008 7:35 PM

"I've been busy with "life" (work, family, volunteering, recreation, Citadel board meetings;)"


Posted by: Monique at July 29, 2008 9:38 PM

Rhody - you know, my corporate overseers...

OTL - Yup, "mistakes were made" drives me nuts, too.

Posted by: Marc at July 29, 2008 11:00 PM
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