Raiding our piggy bank

Steve Chapman:

“Sometimes bipartisanship is grounds for celebration, but more often it is cause for tears. Last week, congressional leaders from both parties went into a room to hammer out a plan that would put taxpayers on the hook for $700 billion. But they assert that the investment is essential to the health of the economy. And they insist that if we make this investment, we’ll get all or most of it back.

“This promise would be more believable if the federal government had a long record of using tax dollars responsibly. In fact, it’s the equivalent of the guy who raids his kid’s piggy bank to feed the slots. The most notable impulse of our leaders is spending money the Treasury doesn’t have, piling up bills that future Americans will have to cover.”


Joshua Trevino:

I can think of nothing more unfair to an unborn child than to come into this world unwanted,” declares the Rev. Dr. Susan K. Smith, senior pastor of Advent United Church of Christ in Columbus, Ohio. And that’s the difference between those of us who are pro-life, and those who aren’t: we, the former, can think of something much more unfair.

Today’s phischbits

Canon Digital Learning Center – Sample Video: EOS 5D Mark II
“REVERIE, an independently-produced video by Explorer of Light Vincent Laforet. This video was shot with a pre-production Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR. The files used to create this video were not manipulated in any way, only re-compressed for ¼ resolution display on our website.”
Pretty amazing for a $2,700 camera with the primary purpose of shooting photographs.
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Vincent Laforet : photos : Reverie – Behind The Scenes- powered by SmugMug
“Behind the scenes footage of Reverie the film by Vincent Laforet.”
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Helvetica and Alternatives to Helvetica | The FontFeed
You can certainly skip this one if you’re not a type nerd. My favorite of the alternative bunch is FF Schulbuch.
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Leslie Carbone: Ten Conservative Concerns with the Treasury Bailout
The House Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative Representatives, yesterday issued a list of “Ten Conservative Concerns” with the Bush bail-out.
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PhotoBook – Caffeinated Cocoa
“PhotoBook is a Facebook photo browser for Mac. It makes it easy and fun to manage, share, and view your friends’ Facebook photos in one intuitive interface.”
You can also import single photos or entire albums into iPhoto with one click. Handy for capturing those images of yourself others have taken.
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Be awesome

Kathy Sierra:

“[I] [w]ish more startups focused on what can we be AWESOME at rather than what can we be FIRST at. “First-mover advantage” can be a trap.”
(Of course, being first AND being awesome is the ideal…)

Today’s phischbits

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | New Hitchhiker’s author announced
“Children’s author Eoin Colfer is commissioned to write a sixth installment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy series.”
Tags: , , , , – The free online PMS reminder
“ is a free service created with a single goal in mind: to keep you aware of when your wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter, or any other women in your life are closing in on ‘that time of the month’ – when things can get intense for what may seem to be no reason at all.”
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