28 January 2007

Step 1: Cut a hole in a box

The best move Saturday Night Live has made in the past few years was hiring The Lonely Island, makers of the SNL Digital Shorts.  I didn't watch SNL while I was home in Texas for the holidays, so I missed the funniest Short since Lazy Sunday: D*** in a Box (an uncensored version is available but I think the original is funnier).  It even inspired a female response: My Box in a Box.  My other favorite Shorts are A Day in the Life of Natalie Portman and Harpoon Man.

The worst move SNL has made recently was to fire Chris Parnell again.  What I'd really like to see on YouTube are videos of Parnell's classic raps on Weekend Update.

25 January 2007

Time to piss off the left

"It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority.  For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist.  But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason."    — Lord Acton

"It would be an absurdity for jurors to be required to accept the judge’s view of the law, against their own opinion, judgement and conscience."    — John Adams

"Equality, in a social sense, may be divided into that of condition, and that of rights.  Equality of condition is incompatible with civilization, and is found only to exist in those communities that are but slightly removed from the savage state.  In practice, it can only mean a common misery."    — James Fenimore Cooper

". . . [I]n the long run the aggregate of decisions of individual businessmen, exercising individual judgement in a free economy, even if often mistaken, is less likely to do harm than the centralized decisions of a government; and certainly the harm is likely to be counteracted faster."    — John Cowperthwaite

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors."    — Ralph Waldo Emerson

"When a private enterprise fails, it is closed down.  When a government enterprise fails, it is expanded."    — Milton Friedman

"A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away."    — Barry Goldwater

". . . [A] 'democracy' is the epitome of a socialist’s utopia.  Such a system of government operates on the premise that somehow, mysteriously, a majority possesses a magical trump card that can override or 'vote away' the 'certain unalienable Rights' of each 'equal' individual in the minority.  Scary thought:  Sometimes a 'majority' only means all the idiots are on the same side."    — Barry Hess

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes."    — Thomas Jefferson

"Fifty-one percent of a nation can establish a totalitarian regime, suppress minorities and still remain democratic."    — Erik von Kuehnelt-Leddihn

"Democracy, too, is a religion.  It is the worship of jackals by jackasses."    — H. L. Mencken

"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule—and both commonly succeed, and are right."    — H. L. Mencken

"Economic history is a long record of government policies that failed because they were designed with a bold disregard for the laws of economics."    — Ludwig von Mises

"Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual)."    — Ayn Rand

"No matter how disastrously some policy has turned out, anyone who criticizes it can expect to hear: 'But what would you replace it with?'  When you put out a fire, what do you replace it with?"    — Thomas Sowell

"The most fundamental fact about the ideas of the political left is that they do not work.  Therefore we should not be surprised to find the left concentrated in institutions where ideas do not have to work in order to survive."    — Thomas Sowell

19 January 2007

Lost and found?

Walking to school today I found an old, worn 1991 Fleer Darrel Akerfelds baseball card on the sidewalk.  I spent the rest of the walk to campus poring over it, front and back.  It's funny how a beat-up card of a common player can bring me such joy when I have boxes of these back home in Texas.  It's always fun to be reminded of childhood.

By the way, if you lost this card, please leave a comment and I'll get it back to you.