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Archive for April 22nd, 2007

Burlington, Vermont’s City-Owned Cable Company Offers . . .

Posted by Mike on April 22, 2007

Al Jazeera. Jonah Goldberg couldn’t add much and neither can I. This joke just writes itself.

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Harry Potter “Order” Trailer

Posted by Ryan on April 22, 2007

The final trailer for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has come out today and, surprise surprise, is all over YouTube.  It looks like it’ll probably be the best movie so far (I think Azkaban, Goblet and Prince are better books).  The books get more intense and the story gets larger and more dire as the series continues.  I’m really jazzed to see how they condense an 800 page plus book into 2 1/2 hours!

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Now That’s A Talent

Posted by Mike on April 22, 2007

Something tells me this lady would not have been Miss America in today’s age. When Venus Ramey, Miss America 1944, discovered a thief on her property, she shot out the tires on his truck with a .38-caliber to prevent him from escaping justice. Undoubtedly a bold move, some people wondered what would have happened if the criminal had tried to physically harm her? According to Ramey:

“If they’d even dared come close to me, they’d be 6 feet under by now.”

That’s a better answer than the a lot of the other garbage usually heard at today’s pageants. This lady is pretty cool.  She owns a gun, knows how to use it, and clearly isn’t afraid to use it. Don’t expect to see any other criminals on her tobacco farm anytime soon!

Photo: CMT

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Will Putin Pull the Plug?

Posted by Mike on April 22, 2007

It has often been said that a new democracy’s first true test occurs when its second leader is in power. A democracy’s first leader is usually more of a consensus figure genuinely committed to the ideals of the new system. This dynamic now appears to be playing out in Russia, and it doesn’t seem to be going too well.

According to the New York Slimes:

At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be “positive.”

In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.

As a general rule, I don’t take the Slimes at face value; however, The Washington Times also ran this story so it’s probably legit.

Despite this latest in a long line of troubling signs, our own experiences show that all is not lost in Russia. John Adams pushed similar restrictions against political dissent but nevertheless passed the second leader test by peacefully relinquishing power when it was time to do so. Despite all of the flaws with Russian democracy, and there are many, Vladimir Putin has repeatedly promised to step down when his term expires. If Putin keeps his word, he would pass the second leader test, just as President Adams did 207 years ago.

Assuming Putin keeps his word, the process of electing a third Russian President will probably be tainted by Putin’s media restrictions. This major flaw notwithstanding, the winner of that election will have the opportunity and the moment of truth to revive the right to dissent. If that happens, the U.S. would have a democracy to deal with, lessening the possibility of a new Cold War.

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