23 November 2011

From the Government and Here to Help

The Ford Hall Forum recently made available the recording from the debate that we attended on the rain-drenched evening of September 29th in Boston. 

The debate pitted ARI's Yaron Brook against David Callahan, the co-founder of Demos. As anyone who knows me would guess, I judged Dr. Brook's position to be rock-solid and consistent with a comprehensive, rational, and principled worldview while Mr. Callahan's was concrete-bound, pragmatic, and "but"-laden. (By "but"-laden, I mean filled with craven, unprincipled compromises following the explicit or implicit pattern, "Freedom is nice, but . . .," "Justice is fine, but . . ., " etc. Actually, come to think of it, such compromises are not merely unprincipled but anti-principled, designed to attack and subvert a principle. In effect, the speaker pretends to stand by an abstract principle so long as it is shackled just a bit by his "nuanced," middle-of-the-road stance--such shackling being all that is required to completely undermine the principle.) 

Judge for yourself.

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17 November 2011

A Kiss

I came across this marvelous quote while browsing the Merriam-Webster web site.

A kiss is a lovely trick, designed by nature, to stop speech when words become superfluous.- Ingrid Bergman


Image credit, Merriam-Webster (http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/top-10-favorite-quotations-about-words/top10_favquote_wbsuperfluous.jpg).

14 November 2011

Feel-good Football

I saw this clip on the football news programs yesterday and it brought a smile to my face. It’s the kind of scene that would strain credulity if it happened in a movie: Guy catches touchdown pass; guy runs the entire length of the field to the other team’s cheerleaders; guy hands one special cheerleader (who happens to be his girlfriend) the ball and gives her a great big victory hug. (Well, it wasn’t exactly a victory hug, since his team got crushed.)

Check out the story at NFL.com

Sometimes, life can be a chick flick.

I removed the YouTube link, which infringed upon NFL copyright, and replaced it with an image from NFL.com.