Saturday Morning Cup o'Coffee Read

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”–Theodore Roosevelt

  • McCain Trails Hugh Hefner as Luckiest Senior (Humor) New polling data reveals that Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s “luck quotient”, or “LQ”, has skyrocketed of late, and that he now only lags behind Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner as the most fortunate senior citizen alive today. The study, conducted by the AARP, was released earlier this week. (Via The Nose on Your Face)
  • Abstinence Only programs don’t work Well duh. The liberals out there hope and want the program to fail so they can continue sucking up all that earmarked money to continue teaching your kids to put condoms on bananas, get birth control from the school nurse without you knowing about it, and have abortions without you knowing about it. (Via Yahoo News)
  • Who’ll Cover The Checks? The Democratic candidates’ tax and spending plans are costly and ambitious — and probably short on fiscal realism. (Via Washington Post)
  • Say Again? MATTHEWS: You got to talk like a firebrand because if you’re carrying their fight for them, they’re going to like you. You know, a lot of white people root for black athletes because they’re winning for the home team. People are quite willing to pick up black heroes, if they’ll win for their side. (Via Think Progress)
  • The US Standing In The World THE US war in Iraq has strengthened its strategic position, especially in terms of key alliances, and the only way this could be reversed would be if it lost the will to continue the struggle and abandoned Iraq in defeat and disarray. (Via The Australian)
  • New Iranian Weapons Found in Iraq The U.S. military says it has found caches of newly made Iranian weapons in Iraq, leading senior officials to conclude Tehran is continuing to funnel armaments into Iraq despite its pledges to the contrary. (Via Confederate yankee)
  • It’s a triple play from IBD:

  • Is that all? Energy Policy: After weeks of dithering and fearing for her party’s political life, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has finally said something about energy. We listened. As the old Peggy Lee song asks, “Is that all there is?” (Via IBD)
  • New World Order Geopolitics: With the discovery of vast troves of oil south of our border, it’s probable that U.S. strategic interests will shift to our hemisphere. For the Middle East, that’s a warning. For the Americas, it’s an opportunity. (Via IBD)
  • Undoing America’s Ethanol Mistake Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, “One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.” (Via IBD)
  • Avoiding a Soylent Green Future. Here is something to keep in mind concerning the sudden Soylent Green hysteria about rising food prices: Resources are limited only by the imagination and creativity of people operating in a free marketplace. Peak oil? Maybe. Peak energy? No way. Likewise, I don’t think that McDonald’s selling vat-grown burgers and algae fries is in our future. And neither does University of Chicago economist and Nobel laureate Gary Becker, who makes some sensible points in his blog. (Via US News)
  • News Media Pleased To Report People Are Noticing Their Reports Today, Reuters and the University of Michigan released their monthly survey of consumer sentiment, which they regret to report has fallen to a 26-year low. (Via Suitably Flip)
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