In Search of Competency
Monica Grand Pre
The Bouvier's Law Dictionary of the mid 1800's defines the word license to mean 'a right given by some competent authority to do an act, which without such authority would be illegal.' I wonder how Bouvier defined competent.
Skype: Sliced Bread or Snake Oil?
Have you been Skyped yet? If you already have an Internet connection, there's probably only one thing keeping you from free, worldwide, computer 'phone' calls'a microphone to plug into your sound card. No worries, if you have a newer computer you may already have one without knowing it. Check inside your computer box; your mic may be just waiting for you to plug it in and start calling for free....
Turning the World to Crap
Try as he might, President Bush will never prove that he is a capable leader, just as his staunch supporters will never prove that they are capable of rational thought. No, the only thing President Bush continues to demonstrate is that government success is measured by its colossal failure. Death, destruction, despair, and suffering are the ageless achievements of government.
Cats may have nine lives, but elephants (or at least white elephants) appear to be immortal.
After the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated in the upper atmosphere earlier this year, the news was full of tidbits about how the national space program would emerge from this tragedy. Our glorious President Bush released a speech on that same day assuring us that 'The cause in which they died will...
Who Makes Job Losses Happen?
Tibor R. Machan
As Tom Brokaw, NBC-TV's Nightly News anchor, was reporting on the loss of jobs in several Western Illinois towns, I received a call from a telemarketing firm trying to sell me a new credit card. I picked up the phone, heard out the pitch and said, 'Sorry, I am trying to cut down on my use of credit cards' and hung up.
Better Late Than Never?
The ship of state, as represented by the Bush administration, has sprung more than a few leaks. In fact, following the release of the David Kay report, the ship is beginning to resemble the Titanic after its collision with the iceberg.
Taking note of this state of affairs, some of the rats who heretofore have supported the administration's war on the people of Iraq are beginning to don their...
Where Have All the Libertarians Gone?
As a libertarian, I have often felt that I am alone in the world with my beliefs, always eager to agree with the liberals on this issue or the conservatives on that issue, but always to the same end: a mere transient oneness with another human being. Once the liberal begins spouting off his latest anti-globalization rant (despite driving a Honda) or the conservative begins bemoaning the number...
I think that my Congresswoman is harassing me. (harass (tr.v.) To irritate or torment persistently.) According to dictionary.com: 'Harass and harry imply systematic persecution by besieging with repeated annoyances, threats, or demands.' Granted, that may not strike many people here as being overly surprising. I suppose that I tend to be irritated, annoyed, and tormented by most politicians...
Patrick B. Yancey
I have never had a successful relationship. The reasons have, in the past, seemed to me to be varied and complex, but recently, particularly since the dissolution of my last liaison, I have come to a much simpler view of the navigation of this particular minefield: Don't enter it.
"But," the reader says, "one must be in a relationship!" Why? To combat loneliness? To feel wanted...
Words and Actions
To me, there is little more satisfying than a long and in-depth discussion with a peer. The vigorous thrust and counterthrust of competing ideas, the dance from a premise and factual information through examples and hypothetical situations to a final conclusion, the treasure hunt to find your companion's underlying assumptions ' their particular balance of wants with needs, idealism with...