Tuesday, December 27, 2005

 

Public Apology

Well, I am in Rock Island and will be for another day before heading back to Michigan. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to Erin for not getting to talk to her for longer and more often while I've been out here. It's a bit hard to talk with family around...especially family that never stops talking. In fact, one particular family member is ranting right now. I think I finally understand where my tendency to narrate my actions and to never shut up comes from and it is not only very scary but also very annoying.

In other news, Senator Kennedy cited an incident regarding the Bush administration sending agents to investigate a student for checking out Mao Tse-Tsung's "Little Red Book" (forget the fact that Kennedy actually said that it was "Mao Tse-Tsung's Communist Manifesto") in an editorial pointing to how out of line the administration is. Well, it turns out that the story was a complete hoax, see here. And of course, Kennedy doesn't think that makes a difference. "Laura Capps, a Kennedy spokeswoman, said last night that the senator cited ''public reports" in his opinion piece. Even if the assertion was a hoax, she said, it did not detract from Kennedy's broader point that the Bush administration has gone too far in engaging in surveillance."

Also, I'd like to point to this Bloomberg piece on the campaign against Wal-mart. I tried to avoid politics while visiting home this year, but the subject of Wal-mart did come up and the salient point from the article, the point that I made in the arguments with family, was that there are no shortage of people clamoring to get jobs at Walmart. 8000 applicants for 525 jobs in Glendale, AZ. People want to work at Walmart, despite all of their "horrible" labor practices. The horrible labor practices that my mother and I both looked at each other and said, "Horrible? Are you kidding?" It seems like those of us who have worked in the real world and who have had to engage in jobs at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum are the ones who understand these practices aren't that horrible. In other words, we are those 7500 applicants who weren't able to get jobs there and suffered because another Wal-mart couldn't be built because people who can afford to shop elsewhere and who have plenty of job opportunities stopped it from being built. As so many people have said before, those who try to stop Wal-mart from entering an area or to change their business practices are harming the people they claim to be looking out for. I find it so aggravating.

Detroit, MI is the 56th most literate city? That is one scary thought. Check out the methodology and you might see why it is a completely meaningless list.

The NYTimes has this article on the Louisianna cleanup and the discrepancy between the private sector cleanup effort vs the government cleanup effort. Yeah, the government should be handling evacuations when they can't even handle the cleanup afterwards.

I would also like to recommend this Cafe Hayek post on "tender chicken."

Okay, for now I'm going to call it quits. Probably won't be able to post again until the weekend, but have fun all.

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