Friday, September 06, 2002

According to SportsCenter (they may have been kidding, but I don't think so) People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked the Milwaukee Brewers to add a veggie dog to their pre-game sausage races.
UPDATE: They weren't kidding.
"If given a sporting chance, our lean, mean veggie dog might run rings around those fatty ‘brats’ in the Sausage Race," says PETA’s Sports Campaign coordinator, Dan Shannon. "The veggie dog would be a big hit, especially with hip, young baseball fans."

I'm sorry, but PETA's site plays like an animal-rights parody. For example, this headline:
PETA URGES TOUGH PROSECUTION OF O.J. SIMPSON'S EX IN CAT STARVATION CASE

You just can't make this stuff up.
Taranto points out this charming story in the Sun-Times:
Taking a stroll with her 6-year-old daughter past the Garfield Park Conservatory on Tuesday, Evelyn Smith could offer no explanation for why the girl was not with her fellow first-graders for the first day of school.


"I just didn't take her today," said Smith, 19.

This guy couldn't make it, either.
Dan Walker, a senior at George Collins High School, skipped out on lunch and his last class of the day, career exploration, to go home and hang out.

Career exploration? This guy takes 4 classes, one of them being career exploration, and we wonder why our public schools are failing.
Stephen Moore pretty much sums up how I feel about the US basketball team losing.
Let me be clear on this: The U.S. losses in the World Basketball Championships (on our home soil, no less) is no embarrassment for America. But it is a well-deserved black eye for the NBA. And please, please, please, I don't want to hear any pathetic excuses that if only we had had Shaq, or Alan Iverson, or Hercules, or Spiderman, we would have won. Goodness, the game against Argentina wasn't even close. The U.S. was down 20 at half-time to players who make less money in a year, than the all-stars on U.S.A. Nightmare Team #1 make playing one-quarter of an NBA game. What do we pay these people for anyways?

Next time why don't we get some people who really want to be there, playing hard and representing this country, instead of some over-size egos who would be playing harder in a pickup game.

Thursday, September 05, 2002

Two good Mark Steyn (the best writer out there) pieces today, here and here.
Rightwingnews has a collection of quotes from various environmentalists. Here are some of the best:
The only real good technology is no technology at all. Technology is taxation without representation, imposed by our elitist species (man) upon the rest of the natural world -- John Shuttleworth

I suspect that eradicating small pox was wrong. It played an important part in balancing ecosystems. -- John Davis, editor of Earth First! Journal

Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental. -- Dave Forman, Founder of Earth First!

If radical environmentalists were to invent a disease to bring human populations back to sanity, it would probably be something like AIDS -- Earth First! Newsletter

If I were reincarnated, I would wish to be returned to Earth as a killer virus to lower human population levels. -- Prince Phillip, World Wildlife Fund

You get the idea...
(via Tim Blair, who has a lot of typically great stuff up today)