Or, if you would like, Welcome to Carnival 10100110_2. Keep in mind that there are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who don't. Also keep in mind that at the Boring Made Dull, we are all about intellectual pretension, because without pretension, we'd have no intellect at all.
And on the pretension front, the binary an roman numbers are courtesy of Wolfram Alpha, the “computational knowledge engine” that had everybody buzzing for 5 minutes, until they figured out that very little knowledge was being computed. The Boys at Google are not losing sleep ove this.
Roland Hansen Commentary takes on the 'independents', and notes that political activity is a team sport. “Independent”, of course, is one of the great euphemisms in American politics. To be independent is to be proud, individualistic, straight-shootin', tough, yet fair. In short, just like everybody else.
John Michel Spinelli tackles Credit Card Reform, teaching personal finance in high school, and as well as finding that we're all grumpy. Well, this is Ohio, after all. Though, come to think of it, California's not in such a cheery mood these days....
. Credit card reform is kind of a mixed bag. Certainly, the consequences will be that the cost of credit will go up for everybody, and in a lot of cases, people who need credit won't be able to get it.
The upside, from a paternalist conservative viewpoint, is that those with the inability to delay gratification, the math challenged, and the stupid, will be somewhat protected. The libertarian side suggests that these folks have to grow up sometime, and until they face the consequences of their actions, they never will.
Conservative Culture notes that one of the Tea Party outcomes is watching over l ocal government spending and taxes. The tea parties don't mean much to a Washington administration with huge majorities, but drop a hundred or so concerned citizens into a county or city council meeting, and you'll get some attention.
CC also notes that Lima is raising revenue through red light cameras. These are almost always revenue devices, sold as safety programs. It's also nice that the government has gamed the system by making these violatoins civil, rather than criminal, offenses, since the standard of proof is lower. Next thing you know, they'll be shaving down the yellow light time to gin up some additional tickets.
Oh, and in a minor matter, CC has a big 'I told you so' bit on the t ransition from gay marriage to polygamy. Possibly the Grand Canyon of slippery slopes.
Harold Thomas, on The Ohio Republic, notes that a significant prize has been established to encourage local governments to find ways to share services and cut costs. This is another issue where I'm of two minds; sure, less costly government is good, but what I really want is smaller, less intrusive government. And I'm probably willing to pay extra for it. Still, savings is savings.
He also notes some minor progress on a state sovereignty resolution. A minor quibble on this post; I don't collect that the Hessians were British allies in the War for Indepenence; they were mercenaries hired by the British. A very minor quibble; there's a wide range of quality available in soldiers for hire. At the end of the day, the Hessians reputation got them the gig, but they didn't live up to their billing.
History Mike, and Boring Son #1, feel free to chip in on this point.
Tim Higgins, of Just Blowing Smoke, has a nice post touching on the history of American political parties and publicly funded primaries. It's a good question. He also notes the “t hree card monty” game that Toledo Mayor Finkbiner is playing.
Finkbiner, one of the great names in American politics (“fink” says it right up front, don't you think?) is also, along with the Last Don, Akron's Mayor Don Plusquellic, is facing a recall election.
Don't know much about Finkbiner, but Da Arnold's reign in California should give one pause about voting to recall someone who hasn't actually cut anyone in half with a chainsaw. Just sayin'.
On that note, Ben Keeler of Keeler's Political Report notes that The Last Don's recall has been set for June 23.Donny Boy, after 20 kazillion years as Mayor, we hardly knew ye. Except for the fact that you were jetting all over the globe on our dime. And you think that we're not taxed enough. Certainly Akron can do better than Don. But we will probably do worse. Just take a look at the mess that calls itself Cleveland.
Lisa Renee, of Glass City Jungle comments on mayoral candidate Jim Moody's anti-crime platform (just to distinguish himself from all of the candidates with pro-crime platforms), one feature of which is to have non-violent offenders do community service in pink jumpsuits. Personally, I believe that shame, that archaic concept, could have a positive role to play. Restitution also should be a key for non-violent offenders. She also covers the Trevor Casey press conference.
Thanks to everyone who participated this week. It's Memorial Day; not just a time to reflect on the Great War, or WWII, or Korea, Viet Nam, or the War on Terror, but the countless little wars that men and women have died in to preserve our freedom. In a sunny May afternoon, it's easy to forget the sacrifices that others have made.