Paul Mulshine, Star-Ledger columnist, this week touched on two very important New Jersey topics:
1. In Highlands bill doesn’t hold water Hunterdon county farmers talk against a bill that would give the state $2,000/acre to “buy” development rights of land that would either be used to build million-dollar homes or to provide cheap water for golf courses.
2. In Governor’s blarney taxes our patience, Paul points out the absurdity of the governor’s stance that a state income tax hike “would not be a violation of that promise because the money would go to fund increased property tax rebates”.
Paul once kissed the Blarney Stone:
I was hitchhiking around Ireland. When I got to Cork, I made the obligatory stop at Blarney Castle and was lowered into the crevice where that famed stone sits. I gave it a solid smooch. A year later, I began making my living in journalism.
So it worked for me. As for the governor, he certainly seems to be a smooth-tongued sort as well. But then, of course, he’s been to law school, which is the equivalent not just of kissing the Blarney stone but of taking it to one of those motels that rent by the hour and offer a Jacuzzi in every room.
In view of the prospective state tax increases, Paul asked the governor’s spokeman if McGreevey had kissed the Blarney stone. The spokeman said no, to which Paul comments,
Could have fooled me. By then, I had come across a Web site that offered this etymology for the term: “The word ‘Blarney,’ meaning to placate with soft talk or to deceive without offending, probably derives from the stream of unfulfilled promises of Cormac MacDermot MacCarthy to the Lord President of Munster in the late sixteenth century.”
Sound familiar? He may not be much of a governor, but no one can say James E. McGreevey is not a good Irishman.
Either way, the taxpayer’s left holding the bag.
My thanks to Possumblog for the link. Please visit them!
The unethical ethicist
For a few years now I’ve been questioning the ethical judgement of the New York Times’s ethicist, Rady Cohen. It turns out Jacob Levy of Reason did, years ago.
If Cohen were right about the radical injustice of American society, there would be no point in being an ethicist–and no point in publishing a column about the moral decisions of “day-to-day living.” By his own lights, he should quit bothering with the irrelevant decisions individuals make and start writing op-eds about collective political decisions.
(link via Volokh).
BBC in the art world
The Daily Ablution shares my opinion of “metaphors for sound and communication”. Go read the Ode to the BBC Brigade in the Ablution’s comments section.
in a lighter vein . . .
:: how jedi are you? ::
Even in the olden days I never understood the left’s romance with Fidel. Maybe it was due to having grown up with people who knew Fidel well. In any case, I was just reading a really good fisking of Ollie’s asinine remarks to Ann Louise Bardach, of Slate. In the Oliver Stoned program,
Castro turned to the prisoners’ defense lawyers, who just happened to be there, and he says, “I urge you to do your best to reduce the sentences”
The despot saying the lawyers have power to reduce the sentences: a scene out of Ubu Rex, indeed.
update Frank Calzon’s article on Cuba’s children (in Spanish). (note: After the U.N. Human Rights Commission in Geneva decided by a single vote to censure the communist regime for its human rights record, Calzon was knocked unconscious by a Cuban delegate who in turn had to be subdued with Mace.)
There once was a boy named Osama
who never respected his mamma.
He blew up the World Trade
and is now in a cave,
hiding away, like Saddam-a
Ah, the benefits of a classical education . . .