Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Stossel on Stop Signs

Do fewer stop signs reduce the number accidents? John Stossel has a great column. He also touches on how traffic tickets can quickly turn into a money making scheme for both cities and police officers.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Black Hole Stupidity

This has made it's way around the net, but it is just too stupid for me not to link to.

A Dallas county commissioners court meeting resulted in charges of racial insensitivity when one commissioner referred to "black holes."

Forget looking for intelligent life in outer space; it's hard enough to find it on Earth!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

On Naming Stuff After People

It has begun. Waco came extremely close to naming an elementary school after Barack Obama.

I dislike the idea of naming stuff after people. If a new school is built, name it after the town or the street it's on. If a new highway or road is constructed, give it a number or name it after a tree. Naming stuff after people inevitably results in nonproductive tinkling contests. The only times I like the idea of naming something after someone is as a joke (such as "The Michael Vick Humane Society Annex") or as a back handed compliment (such as naming a park lot "The Joe Blow Memorial Parking Lot" before Joe Blow actually dies).

Would naming the new Waco elementary school "Barack Obama Elementary" versus "J.H. Hines Elementary School" actually improve educational quality?

Probably not.