The weekend jumps the shark

| April 4, 2009

This is what our new Federal budget looks like

This is what our new Federal budget looks like

Late morning links — and these are all you’re going to get. Unless I add some more later.

ITEM: It’s a bit demoralizing to find out that the $1 damages award to Ward Churchill was due to a single juror, and that the rest wanted to give him a lot more money. Of course, as Vincent Carroll points out, the fact that the jurors found for him at all is a bit dismaying:

If a prison warden professed indifference toward sexual abuse within his facility, or a college football coach was caught distributing racist or neo-Nazi propaganda, I assumed that elected officials should stand up and object — that they should climb upon a soapbox, if necessary, and start waving their arms.

And if a professor at a state university celebrated the mass murders of office workers and airline passengers while justifying more of the same, I thought it was obvious that elected leaders should voice their outrage, too.

Why, I even believed that those public officials were free — no, obligated — to state their belief that the warden had no business supervising prisoners, the coach had no business guiding young athletes, and the professor had no business teaching our children — and that they could say these things, moreover, without jeopardizing whatever due process those individuals were entitled to as public employees who might be determined to hold onto their jobs.

Read the whole thing.

ITEM: Sales of Atlas Shrugged (by Ayn Rand) continue to climb. On a recent trip to LA, I saw a stack of them* in a bookstore in LAX. Probably means it’s time to re-read it. I doubt that I still have my copy from high school (yep, read it 40 years ago).However, I would recommend you go (re)read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein; it’s a better novel, more entertaining, and a faster read. Then go check out the Simon Jester gear that’s now selling.

* “Stack” in this case means 2-3 copies. It’s a thick book. Also, if you buy the paperback edition, get reading glasses — it’s very tiny print.

ITEM: Creeping socialism/fascism update #1: Phoenix police department seizes computer equipment of blogger critical of … Phoenix police department. Note: the blogger in question doesn’t seem like all that pleasant of a person, but the seizure (and the warrant allowing it) still sound fishy.

ITEM: Creeping socialism/fascism update #2: The G-20 statement on global economics drops any reference to “free markets”.

ITEM: The ongoing death of print media — Jeff Jarvis reports on the ads (or lack thereof) in this morning’s New York Times:

First section: In the entire national/international section, nine one-ninth-page ads roughly adding up to a page. The religion page boasts almost two-thirds of a page for Palm Sunday services (sadly, He rides into Jerusalem but once a year) plus two house ads. In metro, there are two ads adding up to about a quarter of a page plus three more house ads and paid obits.

Business section: Not one display ad. Plus six, four-line classifieds.

Sports: Not one display ad, but about a quarter of a page for the last gasp of classifieds.

Entertainment: G’bless show biz – 23 ads, none huge, adding up two two pages plus a quarter-page theater directory and another three house ads.

Read the whole thing.

ITEM: Hey! Not only was 9/11 planned by the Mossad (Israeli intelligence), but we Mormons were involved as well! I don’t know why those terrorists down in Gitmo keep claiming credit for 9/11, since it’s so obvious they had nothing to do with it.

ITEM: When I first saw this photo over at American Digest, I thought it was a clever photoshop, making fun of the nannyfication of America:

Here there be pinecones!

Here there be pine cones!

Imagine my dismay (and delight) to find it’s a real sign.

See you on Monday Sunday (I found a few links that wouldn’t wait).  ..bruce w..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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