links for 2009-04-14

  • "The central conceit of the 'tweet' in this case is the idea that Ninjas, which are black-clad martial artists who employ tactics of stealth to both defeat their opponents and avoid waking people up at night when they go to the bathroom, could partake in some of the worldy pleasures of the non-Ninja world (e.g., crunchy snacks) if that non-Ninja world consisted entirely of people wearing noise-canceling headphones. Henceforth we refer to this world as Headphone-World.

    "But in a world like Headphone-World, with the rules of the game so casually muted, what of the Ninja? With no need for audible stealth have we not removed from him or her his or her very Ninjaness, reducing him or her to merely one-dimensional specialists with hearing that is, relative to the headphone world, extremely acute?"

    (tags: fun humor ninja)
  • "While many are called to be the front-line hero, the in-the-limelight pastor or the courageous leader, many more are called to be the armor-bearers to those leaders. They will never get the praise or glory, but their role is just as critical as the people leading the charge or taking the shots. Jonathan needed his armor-bearer and that young man had the courage to follow the man he served into what looked like certain death. In the battle, we read that Jonathan’s armor-bearer watched his back and protected him from those who tried to attack him."

  • "'We want fewer and better children … and we cannot make the social life and the world-peace we are determined to make, with the ill-bred, ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens that you inflict on us.'

    "That ghastly message appeared in the introduction to Margaret Sanger’s 1922 book, The Pivot of Civilization."

  • Good stuff.

  • "To socialize the American economy, it is not necessary to nationalize every business in the United States. All it requires is to put the corporations that control the finances of all of the companies in the economy under government control. And that is what is happening now…


    "Apparently, members of Congress liked the special treatment that Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd received in getting his mortgage through Countrywide. We’re going to see even more of that kind of thing — and outright corruption on a much bigger scale — when the government is in direct control of the financial institutions and making the credit decisions that businesses large and small depend on to survive."