It's Ides of March today! Et Tu, Brute?
Everybody take your JPRs and light them on fire, as Jesuit institutions fell left and right all over the 1st round brackets yesterday.
1. 6W Gonzaga -- OUT
2. 5E Marquette -- OUT
3. 10MW Pepperdine -- OUT
4. 16MW Holy Cross -- OUT (although the Crusaders did have the Kansas Jayhawks pinned down for a long time)
Keep in mind though that 7W Xavier and 12MW Creighton are still alive.
How Lefties Get Their Groove Back
This article is making the rounds on other blogs and websites. It is one of the best self-examinations of a political segment that I've seen lately. It also goes to show you that not all lefties are anti-American reactionaries.
The Problem With Cash
A common gripe of the mandarins of the foreign policy elite is that terrorism springs from a lack of foreign aid and support. President Bush's decision to inject $5 billion in aid for poor countries is admirable, but such help is not a catalyst for change, and in many ways can discourage it. Sending alot of aid to a country that needs it, like Russia, could en up accomodating a type of dark-side pirate capitalism that squelches development and reinforces the power of certain elites. The money comes before "results" -- therefore providing no incentive to change over to true free-market mechanisms. And so when poor economies burst or "emerging" ones remain stillborn, it's not that the West hasn't given the money, it is that it has not been dispersed properly by the people receiving it. Then, the leaders go to forums hosted by the UN to admonish the old white males of the West for not giving enough aid. So, we add more, only to see the cycle of payoffs gradually deterioriate. Out of guilt or shame, the West ends up supporting either corruption, violence, or both. That's how we end up with a Zimbabwe, where granting aid and recognition keeps thugs in power. This call for aid, lest we get violence, reminds me of paying the school bully your lunch money so he won't beat you up. However, in the field of international diplomacy, the bullies end up misbehaving anyway. Coming up with $5 billion in aid just to feed people who don't like us anyway strikes me as unproductive. Along with aid, we should be encouraging capitalist, free-market leaders to assist in development. Otherwise, you get uneven results.
Responses to Simon
A couple of responses came down the pike regarding Simon Torres' (F'00) comments on the Yates case.
"I disagree with Mr. Simon. Once the jury determined that she knew right from wrong (particularly a Texas jury -- sorry, but we know its true), I think they will not have a hard time killing her. Perhaps I am wrong. One other point, I am always dismayed by statements like: obviously she was guilty or the jury found her guilty and I agree. This is because none of us were in the courtroom and to base our opinions as to the guilt or innocence of someone on media reports, seems a bit presumptuous for me. I certainly trust the jury to decide the facts and as such abide by their ruling, but to say I agree with their conclusion. I just don't see how anyone that wasn't in the courtroom for all the testimony can say that."
"On Simon's thing, a quick clarification: the
standard for conviction was knowledge of right from
wrong, not consciously planning and executing the
crime. Whether she is mentally ill or not, at least in
Texas, is irrelevant for conviction - we're all
mentally ill on some level. The turning question was
insanity, meaning no comprehension of whether the
act was right or wrong. For the sentencing phase, my morals tend to agree
with Simon. That said, I personally find the Texas
justice system to be anything but --> just a bunch
of thugs, really. Thus, I predict they give her
death row. The Supreme Court, among others, is
currently weighing whether mental illness is a factor
in sentencing - the most Yates can hope for, I
think, is that SCOTUS says you can't sentence a mentally
ill person to death, and she gets her death
sentence commuted to L.I.P. Considering the heinousness
of her crimes, the lack of emotion demonstrated (at
least in the media and in the evidentiary record),
etc. etc., I believe the jury is gonna hang her."
On a personal note, just because Texas executes the guilty doesn't make us a bunch of thugs.
"Upset victors never surprise themselves."