The Electric Commentary

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

"Are you being sarcastic?"

"Dude, I don't even know anymore."

Have you heard "Bush Was Right" yet? Whether you're a cynical Gen X-er, a die-hard neocon, or a lover of Billy Joel rip-offs, there's something for you here.

Andrew Sullivan has more on the band, "The Right Brothers."

Why leave America to visit America, Jr.?

The Canadian government has been toppled. Here's Ace:

So it comes as a huge surprise to me that the opposition party managed to bring down the Canadian government yesterday. Unemployment's at a 30-year-low, the country runs both budget and trade surpluses, there's health care and education for all and relatively low crime rates. Yet the opposition bloc used a little misappropriation of funds charge to oust Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal Party, accusing them of losing its moral authority.

Here's the NYT. The embattled Liberal government's proposed solution? Raise spending while cutting taxes! Brilliant!

In the past few days, the government has announced more than $20 billion in aid for the lumber industry, as well as social programs to benefit native populations, students, immigrants, disabled people, the military, the arts, crime prevention and mass transit. The government also announced cuts of about $30 billion in personal and corporate taxes over several years, as well as cuts in taxes on dividends.

See, we're not so different from our neighbors to the north.

Here's Megan McArdle:

This morning on Fox News I heard an anchor trying to make this "relevant" to Americans by pointing out that Bush would not be endorsing Prime Minister Martin for reelection, since he has been a thorn in the side of Mr Bush's administration for quite some time. My goodness, who cares? I mean, have y'all been to Canada lately? The Canadians are not exactly anxiously waiting to know which way George Bush thinks they could vote. In fact, if Mr Bush really wants to scuttle Mr Martin's chances, the best way to do so would be to saturate television networks near the Canadian border with advertisements enthusiastically encouraging Canadians to vote Liberal in the strongest possible terms.

Here's a poll from the CBC:

The new poll - conducted between Nov. 21 and 25 - shows a cynical electorate that's deeply divided. While 47 per cent of those asked said it's time to turf the Liberals, the same number said the country would be better off under the Liberals than under the Conservatives.

The poll suggests voters have little faith in their federal political leaders and that an overwhelming majority - 73 per cent - don't really expect politicians to keep their election promises once they are in power.

Almost two-thirds of those asked said when it comes to honesty and integrity, all parties are pretty much the same. Yet 94 per cent said honesty and integrity in government are either somewhat or very important in determining how they plan to vote.

"Good for you, son. If there's one thing America needs, it's more lawyers. Can you imagine a world without lawyers?"

The following offends me as a lawyer and as a sports fan:

Specter, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, said at a news conference Monday in Harrisburg it was "vindictive and inappropriate" for the league and the Eagles to forbid the star wide receiver from playing and prevent other teams from talking to him.

"It's a restraint of trade for them to do that, and the thought crosses my mind, it might be a violation of antitrust laws," Specter said.

He goes on to say:

"I am madder than hell at what he has done in ruining the Eagles' season," the Pennsylvania Republican said. "I think he's in flagrant breach of his contract and I believe the Eagles would be within their rights in not paying him another dime or perhaps even suing him for damages."

But Specter said, "I do not believe, personally, that it is appropriate to punish him [by forcing him to sit out the rest of the season]. He's not committed a crime, he's committed a breach of contract. And what they're doing against him is vindictive."

Specter is all over the map here, and his opinions don't seem to make any sense at all. He doesn't like Owens and he thinks the Eagles might be able to sue him, but he's concerned that they are being vindictive. What? And this is clearly not an antitrust case in any way shape or form. I'll just refer to my former law professor Matt Mitten, who is quoted in the article:

Matthew J. Mitten, director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University, said, "We're in the labor arena, not antitrust."

And that is that.

Grand Funk Railroad paved the way for Jefferson airplane, which cleared the way for Jefferson starship. The stage was now set for the Alan Parsons project, which I believe was some sort of hovercraft.

The Sex Pistols, Blondie, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Miles Davis have all been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Ann Althouse has Black Sabbath's reaction:

"It's about time," Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward told Reuters, adding that he had long ago given up on getting inducted.

"What bothered me was not necessarily that Black Sabbath was being passed over but that hard rock and heavy metal was being passed over ... Bands that created heavy metal music or brought it into the foreground ought to have gone into the hall of fame some time ago, quite honestly."

Ozzy Osbourne added:

Mmff uhnk mfff kaayyyn keddd sksdjs sjfff. Rfffeeeay frrrroddd man.

I completely agree.

Evil television under fire.

They curb violence but they allow this:

Check out the C-SPAN feed right now to check out testimony and moralizing senators yammering on about just how evil the world of cable and satellite TV and radio is--and how much it demands government content regulation. Earlier, Sen. Mark Pryor went off on how he's "scared to death" for his kids to turn on the boob tube if he's not there to cover their eyes. A woman from the Christian Coalition just wrapped up comments about how she shudders for her country when she reflects that God loves only the Disney Channel.

There is more. Read the whole thing.


  • Matt Millen was your law professor? He certainly knows a lot about contracts, having signed the Lions to some terrible ones while somehow managing to sign himself to some great ones.

    By Blogger MDS, at 1:33 PM  

  • I wish. If it had been Matt Millen I would have been the Lions' coach for the past several years instead of Mooch.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 4:05 PM  

  • Actually, you're just the type the Lions need. A fiscal conservative who won't bust the salary cap, but an open-minded guy who will open up the offense. Send Millen you're resume. You're as qualified for the head coaching job as he is for general manager.

    By Blogger MDS, at 10:22 AM  

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