FRENCH SOPHISTICATION REARS ITS UGLY HIND QUARTERS
Well, this was totally unexpected:
It is springtime in Paris for Justine Henin-Hardenne after her nerve ultimately held in an epic French Open semi-final that ended with Serena Williams losing her Grand Slam domination and also being loudly booed off court by an outrageously partisan French crowd.
I didn't boo Tony Parker, Tariq-Abdul Wahad or Antoine Rigadeau for being French - although Parker plays point guard for the Spurs who beat my beloved Mavericks, Wahad bad-mouthed the American war effort in April, and Rigadeau is a 6'-7" stiff who can't play but draws a paycheck from the Mavs.
That's right - the French are sophisticates and we Texans are a bunch of foul-mouthed, knuckle-dragging, gun-toting, hillbilly racists.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
Steven Den Beste (referring to, who else, the French):
"Americans naturally support underdogs, but we have no sympathy for crybabies."
Amen to that.
I caught a little bit of Noam(itall) Chomsky on CSPAN Booknotes this afternoon. A little of his monsterous stupidity is all a rational person can take without succumbing to the gag reflex, which is to say I didn't watch much of the "interview".
Some half-wit called in and asked the old socialist bomb-thrower about the state of "socialism" in the US, all the while whining about "capitalism and imperialism". Somehow he also got around to the Bush tax cuts.
Good old NC responded that the acknowledged (by whom?) goal of the tax cuts was wealth redistribution - to the rich!
Let's see.....I make 100 dollars. Last year the government took 45 dollars from me in taxes. This year the government takes 42 dollars. Taxes are reduced at every income level. So, no citizen is paying more taxes than they paid last year.
How is there any possible analysis that can conclude that the situation described above redistributes wealth from the poor to the rich? In fact, the tax cuts shift the percentage of the tax burden so that the "rich" pay a slightly higher percentage than before. In fact, the people who are having their taxes reduced are only keeping more what they earned - they are not getting a check from the government.
From his expert analysis of the tax system, Chomsky went on to suggest that the real purpose of the tax cut is to destroy Social Security and other social welfare programs.
I get tired head just thinking about what an idiot he is.