When my kids get back from trick-or-treating, you can bet they will have countless candy bars of a variety that they never choose to consume on their own. For my money, the worst of these is the Charleston Chew. While Tootsie Roll Industries Inc., the company that makes this confectionary abomination, produces many delights and is a model American business, their Charleston Chew is a crime against dentistry.I thought that paragraph was funny, but more to the point of the article:
I guess that shoots my idea of gifting condoms and cigarettes to trick-or-treaters...
I have never willingly purchased a Charleston Chew, and I'm not aware of ever observing anyone buying one for their own consumption. But rest assured, folks across America will be shoveling them into trick-or-treaters' bags.
Perhaps, you might say, it is just that people are taking the opportunity that Halloween offers to dispose of a menace. Rather than consume the Chews themselves, individuals foist them on unsuspecting youngsters.
But no, the Charleston Chew isn't the only problem. For every Chew my sons find in their trick-or-treat bags, there will be handfuls of tongue-slicing hard candies and bizarre mutations of the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup never before seen.
The real problem is that the economics of Halloween is all wrong.
Give Them Money
Economists haven't adopted the vainglorious practice of physicists and applied numbers to their laws, but if they did, the first law of economics would be that lump-sum transfers are more economically efficient than in-kind transfers. If you are going to give a gift to somebody, you should just give them the money. They will be a better judge of the best way to spend it.
If instead, you give them a specific good, then you make them worse off, unless you somehow miraculously anticipate what the recipient would purchase if he received the money instead.
"A congressional advisory panel’s draft report is urging lawmakers to push for punitive action against China on two festering trade disputes: intellectual property protection and Washington’s view that China’s currency is undervalued."
Rep. Mark Souder (R[sort of]- IN): Jesus told me that internet gambling is the responsibility of the U.S. government to condemn and vilify.Uhhh, ok. Never read that passage myself. Yeah yeah, that was paraphrased too. So what's up with Souder's incessant blathering about prostitution lately? He sure has been talking about it a lot. I don't recall any major prostitution legislation, unless it was bundled with a defense budget or something like that.
Hayhurst: "On this subject, my opponent completely abandons his professed conservative views, and says that he thinks the government should regulate and control the decisions of pregnant women."Absolutely dead-nuts accurate! Way to go, Doctor Tom. This is really the heart of the issue for me: So-called Republicans are acting like the professors and legislators of morality, which is just fascism in disguise. A REAL conservative is not concerned with the medical treatment, status or morality of others, they wish only to uninvolve the government from such things.
OK, now the abrupt change in tone, since the author (Harold Meyerson) has already issued as much "assume nothing" warning as his gleeful, hand-wringing state of mind can muster. I have simplified this to plug the pieces into the same, tired-ass Democratic bullshit from their playbook that they've been using for 50 years.
Against their better judgment, the Democrats are starting to taste it. In the House, the number of Republican incumbents polling under 50 percent considerably exceeds the number of seats the Democrats need to pick up to make Nancy Pelosi speaker. Controlling the Senate depends on winning two of the contests in three Upper South states -- Missouri, Tennessee, Virginia -- that could go either way.
And then what? Putting a fleet of carts before a herd of horses, let's look at the legislation that the Democrats would push through the House and just maybe through the Senate. (Even if they win the upper house, of course, they'll still need the support of a number of Republicans to overcome a filibuster.)
raising the minimum wage
replenishing student loan programs
funding stem cell research
implementing those recommendations of the Sept. 11 commission that have thus far languishedI, for one, am beside myself in astonishment. Democrats want to tax and spend? Didn't see that coming. I'm still trying to figure out where in the world anyone got the idea that funding stem cell research was the government's job. The public will get the same utility and benefit from the research no matter who funds it...and isn't it the job of the private sector to fund and perform research that inevitably will only add to their bottom line? Thought so.
All these measures command massive popular support. The reason they've not been enacted is that House Republicans have passed rules making it impossible for the Democrats to offer amendments to any significant legislation, thereby sparing themselves the indignity of having to choose, say, between the interests of their financial backers in the drug industry and their constituents.
Republicans will have to calculate the risks of filibustering such mom-and-apple-pie measures.How would one quantify such a measure? I haven't the faintest idea, but I guess they mean "government giveaways so big and all-encompassing that nobody could be opposed because everyone will be on the take." How sad. Why can't we just keep our money and use it for whatever we want instead of giving it to the Federal government and having them divvy it up, and give it back to us in whatever portions THEY choose?
Should they make it through both houses, many of these measures will face a presidential veto. George W. Bush has already vetoed stem cell legislation, and he has staunchly opposed raising the minimum wage since the day he entered politics.
Congress then could pass the kind of legislation it passed in the last years of the Vietnam War, stipulating the kinds of uses to which our military spending could -- and could not -- be put. At the same time, the ranking House Democrats in military matters -- Pennsylvania's John Murtha and Missouri's Ike Skelton -- might seek to increase the size of the Army, which the Iraq war has shown to be stretched to its limits.Seems an odd time to start talking about spending restraint, doesn't it? Oh, I get it!!! They will limit the scope of the military's activities, so that they can make the military bigger. That almost makes sense.
They will surely boost funding for alternative energy projects, which they see as a way not just to reduce greenhouse gases but to generate jobs as well. Many congressional Democrats also want to mandate stricter fuel efficiency standards, traditionally a cause that some auto-state Democrats have opposed, even though the Big Three's resistance to such standards is one reason their sales are plummeting.
Councilman Tom Smith, R-1st District, leans toward the proposal but only if the city establishes guidelines to select the best applicants, citing as examples businesses that would voluntarily be nonsmoking and not allow video gambling machines.To that I say horseshit! The whole idea that booze is splendid in exponentially increased quantites, yet smoke and gambling are still a "no-no," is absolutely preposterous. If you're gonna crawl up on your "moral" high-horse and spew bull-twaddle, then you best fleece yourself of all the hypocrisy prior to opening your fat trap. This whole thing reeks of bureaucratic tomfoolery.
i got this from doobie today!
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Date: Oct 13, 2006 4:11 AM
so i think I got one last night. it was either me or my buddy Brandon, but i think it was me. Some of the guys who were there think it was me too. I guess we'll never know for sure. either way, the fucker is in hell now. HA
Fonix Cat bassist, Davin McLeod said, "Her profile was called 'sonymusicexec', how were we supposed to know it wasn't legit. I guess we should've realized she was a fake when she promised us free studio time and said she loved our music."Emphasis mine...but that statement really says a lot, doesn't it? I mean, seriously, neopunk-country????
Additionally, an anonymous REAL record executive chimed in on the topic with some hilarious commentary:
Online band predators are such a big concern that the RIAA has created a website warning bands about the problem. The site gives a few warning signals that bands should watch out for:
- If you think the record executive is a "nice person" then you aren't dealing with a real executive. It's common knowledge that all record executives are assholes.
- If the contract you're being offered seems "fair" then you're dealing with an online band predator.
"I'm not surprised. Most of these bands are as dumb as dirt. They'll fall for anything. Anyway, most record executives I know are posing as thirteen year old girls on MySpace. Ironic don't you think?"Rimshot please!
"Abramoff is someone who we don't know a lot about. We know what we read in the paper."
"I was a gateway," Mehlman said in an interview. "It was my job to talk to political supporters, to hear their requests, and hand them on to policymakers."Mehlman said he had known Abramoff since the mid-1990s and would listen to his requests along with those of other influential Republicans."I know Jack," Mehlman said. "I certainly recall that if he and others wanted to meet I would have met with them, as I would have met with lots of people."
If this happens and CD sales go up, then it'll be yet more proof that the folks who're responsible for the current state of the music industry are myopic fools who should be tarred and feathered, or forced to watch MTV for a few hours, or some other such horrible punishment.
Keep in mind, this is the same guy who tried to porkbarrel a shitpile of money for the infamous "bridge to nowhere" that we discussed here at The Record back in July of this year.
"Buttfucking," replies the great scourge of obscenity and instructor of youth.
More recently, Moon has been buying large tracts of agricultural lands in Paraguay. La Nacion reported that Moon had discussed these business ventures with Paraguay's ex-dictator Alfredo Stroessner. [Nov. 19, 1996]Now, today's news out of Buenos Aires is that Dubya has purchased almost 100k acres in northern Paraguay. That's a lot of land.
D Elia considered this Bush step counterproductive for the regional power expressed by Presidents Nestor Kirchner, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.Hmmm, Castro and Chavez. The plot thickens. Now, how this all works back to Rev. Moon, I haven't the slightest idea. I have a lot more reading to do. All I know is, there are some creepy goings on afoot.
[D Elia] said that "it is a bad signal that the Bush family is doing business with natural resources linked to the future of MERCOSUR."
The official pointed out that this situation could cause a hypothetical conflict of all the armies in the region, and called attention to the Bush family habit of associating business and politics.
See...there it is...the old "Who ME? Compete with YOU, naaaaaah......"
Panama is due to vote in three weeks on whether to expand its own canal, to let larger ships pass and cut queues.Nicaragua sought to play down fears its canal would compete for the same trade.
Is it time to tune out World News Tonight and tune into The Daily Show? Professor Fox doesn't think so, saying that "we should probably be concerned about both of those sources, because neither one is particularly substantive. It's a bottom-line industry and ratings-driven. We live in an 'infotainment' society, and there certainly are a number of other sources available."Gee, that's just great. Comedy Central is now broadcasting a "News Program" with every bit the substance and credibility of the big name brands (which is still a virtual information vacuum). OK, so where exactly are we supposed to get our news, if not from these jokers? The good Professor doesn't say, but I'll just keep listening to NPR. They are so exhaustive in their coverage of even the most trivial and mundane of topic matter that I can't imagine I'm walking away uninformed.