I'm sitting here listening to streaming audio of Kentucky vs. Eastern Kentucky, the 2-15 matchup in the Midwest Region and opening game of the NCAA tournament (available at sports.yahoo.com - need to use IE5+). Of course, that's not the only March Madness happening right now.
Slightly Awkward Yet Hilarious Analogy Alert - Matt Welch at Reason is rightly up in arms about Congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball. Here's *Julian Sanchez's* introduction to the article at Hit & Run:
Rep. Henry Waxman's hoping to bask in golden showers of media attention by demagoguing the steroid issue and subpoenaing drug test data; Matt Welch suggests he keep his eyes in his own stall.
Regardless of your libertarian sympathies, Hit & Run is a top read for the writing flair alone. Tim Cavanaugh is nearly without peer in the b***osphere, whether it's a substantitive issue (like ridiculing Colin Powell), or simply noting the day's birthdays ("hated novelty singer Ray Stevens" just kills me).
Matt Welch's article (brief follow-ups here and here) is worth a look. Lest you believe the House's hearings are inconsequential rank whoring for publicity, there's a very serious underlying issue, summed up by this sentence:
In other words, Congress is asserting its right to your drug tests, even if they were conducted based on a private agreement between employer and union, and even if the results—including disciplinary action—were understood at the time to be secret.
Yeah, that's not good.
The other fooferaw of the moment surrounds multi-election loser Craig Chandler's piece in the Globe ("The right way for Stephen Harper"). There's a lot of people, who by the way are way over-represented on the web, who would generally agree with Jay Currie's sentiments in the comments to this post:
...it breaks my heart to see the CPC preach to the converted on socon issues. I mean who else are the fundys going to vote for?
There's no way to make everyone happy here, so let's shoot for "grudging acceptance", and try to avoid effectively disenfranching 20% of Canadians and two-thirds of the CPC base. I'll keep banging my cheap drum and ask this question:
Which of these outcomes is less preferable to you:
(A) Permitting gays and lesbians to marry
(B) Permitting the government to seize more responsibility for raising your children
Maybe I'm wrong, but my read on this is that whether you are a deeply religious social conservative, or a pur laine libertarian, your answer is (B). In the past 5 years, I've witnessed the leftish worldview of dozens of young parents collide with their own desire to do what's best for their kids, and the kids thing wins every time.
Put another way, the CPC can become loud and proud promoters of family values, without getting caught up in crap like boobs on TV. Loudly oppose the daycare "system", offering parents the choice (and increased resources through lower taxes etc.) to do what's best for their own family. The Liberals can demagogue this issue however they like, but if it's on the front page, it's a winner for the CPC, and more importantly, for Canadian families.