Women at Augusta? No.

Let’s have some more whining about Augusta National not admitting female members, shall we? Here’s a particularly inane article by Frank Deford of Sports Illustrated. There are times when freedom of speech can be really annoying. Frank’s comments on the ineptitude of the U.S. and international olympic committees are over the top as well, but at least those have a reason behind them; there’s no such purpose here

It would be tragic if Augusta were to cave in to the demands of the women’s libbers. First and foremost, the rule of law is on the side of Augusta. Period. End of discussion. For rational Americans, that would be enough. A federal appeals court seems to agree.

However, even if the law were interpreted to the detriment of the golf club, they would still be morally correct to hold to their values. Contrary to the views of NOW, their female supporters and their male abettors, men have a legitimate, inalienable right to disassociate themselves from women at places and times of their choosing. Womens’ rights to do the same are sanctioned by the politically correct crowd. The hypocricy is amusing, at least.

As I have said before, I would prefer to see the members of Augusta National raze the club to the ground rather than bow to these vile femi-Nazis. Rock on, Mr. Johnson.

Technical jobs in the IT and related industries are being steadily shipped out of this country.

Ever hear or see an add for a technical trade school? “Prepare yourself for a hot career in the information technology sector!” they cry. Don’t believe the hype. U.S. companies would like nothing better than to ship these jobs to India or elsewhere.

It seems that businesses are feeling burned by the lack of return on IT investment and, to reduce their costs, are moving toward a lower-cost, lower-expectations model. HP certainly is. U.S. technical staff at Hewlett-Packard, JP Morgan Chase, and many other companies can expect pink slips in the coming months as their jobs are send abroad. The net: companies don’t seem to care as much about the quality of their IT infrastructure as they did ten years ago and the result is that IT jobs are being lost to cheaper foreign workers.

So much for the investment many Americans made in upgrading their technical skills. Regardless of what business leaders say, the IT employment market is extremely competitive. Anyone who is part of it will tell you that.

The outflow of jobs to foreign workers will not stop with this industry, however. This trend will continue until U.S. citizens can no longer support the weight of consuming the products being manufactured for us. Why would that happen? Simple. Eventually so many jobs will be exported to foreign countries that unemployment in this country will increase as wages fall. Presto – no more consumers. How many business leaders have the long-term vision to recognize that simple reality? Few, if any. It’s up to politicians to keep us from reaching that point. Now that’s cause for concern.

Update

First the Indians, then the Filipinos, now the Koreans. Information technology is not a sustainable career in this country, I’m afraid.

Bad Medicine

Shuo-Shan Wang, 29, was found guilty by a jury Friday for performing a voluntary castration on another man without a license“, says CNN.com.

What kind of numb-nuts, pardon my half-pun, actually wants to get neutered on some guy’s kitchen table?

But perhaps the bigger questions are, given the voluntary nature of the “operation“:

1. Why is the government prosecuting Wang over this matter? This question is asked from a freedom and liberty perspective. His patient wanted a service and he rendered it. Where’s the harm to society? Isn’t the protection of society the purpose of law? Think about it.

2. Why is the government wasting their time and our money over this matter? The last time I checked there was a hue and cry from state governments about how little money they have to spend. Here’s the “state” of Michigan’s budget. Well, perhaps if they’d use it a bit more wisely…

Music to my Ears

Here’s another of my favorite rant topics: on-line music sharing. Music industry sues students over alleged file-swapping networks, says CNN.com.

I can’t decide if it irks me or makes me want to laugh. You decide. Either way, it’s a joke.

The music recording business will do anything, no matter how ridiculous, to hold on to it’s position as filter between artists and the consumer. Don’t record execs realize their industry is dead? It’s nothing more than a hollow tree, rotten inside, waiting to collapse at the next high wind.

“CD sales are down!” the execs cry. “It’s Napster and Morpheus, let’s get them!”

That ain’t it, boys. Try putting out some decent music once in a while, say for example a CD with more than one decent song on it. Maybe that would help business.

The fact is, record companies are an anachronism. Musicians have access to technologies that make big production studios a waste of time and money. It’s time they were removed from their place in the food chain.

HMOs

Here’s a good one: Supreme Court ruling approves state laws on doctor choice. What do the HMOs have to say?

The Health Insurance Association of America says the laws “are one more instance of government unnecessarily interfering in private relationships between doctors and health plans.”

Uh, right. No doctor I’ve ever met truly wants to be associated with an HMO.

Ironically, the same thing goes for the patients.

YourDomain.porn

Depending on your view of on-line porn, this article 5/restore your faith in the justice system or make your blood boil over what’s plainly a violation of the 1st amendment.

Ironically, this solution, blocking access to web sites based on the site’s server address, does offer significant possibilities for creating child-safe zones on the Net.

Internet purists will cry foul and I can see the ACLU planning to file suit already; however, the idea of using the existing Domain Name Service as a tool to segregate the net into zones is a good one.

The state of Pennsylvania’s approach is fundamentally flawed and wrong. But imagine how easy it would be to keep your kids out of sex sites if all such sites had a .porn top level domain. That’s easy and appropriate. What are the odds the Supreme Court will go for that?

Texas A&M Basketball

Question for all of the Texas A&M alumns who’ll be watching the NCAA Final Four this weekend – why does A&M suck at basketball year after year?

It’s bad enough that I have to watch those (short) ‘Horns from t.u. being ranked in the top 10 and winning all seaon long. Now they are in the FF and IMHO, they are the favorite to win it all.

Meanwhile, A&M has a new arena and a continued trend of not doing anything worth mentioning.

But the ultimate insult is that Texas Tech has managed to create a basketball program from nothing more than Lubbock cow chips. Of course, they hired a real coach and the results show.

Recently, A&M seems to be a school more interested in distancing itself from its traditions than anything else. The last thing TAMU should be doing is making itself into a t.u. wannabe. Creating an unique environment would bring a quality to the university that sets it apart from the rest. That would help to bring in talent, both academically and athletically.

Cost of War

Well, after the news about the American soldiers killing a van full of women and children, it’s time to ask if we should be in Iraq. It’s nice to live in a place where we can ask such questions, isn’t it? What’s the answer? Hell if I know.

A reasonable person has to assume that George W and company have more information that someone like myself, who knows next to nothing. Therefore, the logical conclusion is that the information does indeed point to a credible threat against the U.S.A. from Sodamn Insane. But logic doesn’t always govern the government, does it? If it did, we’d have a balanced budget and no federal deficit, wouldn’t we?

If there is no credible threat, there 5/be other equally valid reasons for invading Iraq. Again, logic would indicate that these reasons give the U.S. a return on investment greater than the cost of the war, rebuilding Iraq, and defending ourselves against the next wave of Islamic lunacy that’s sure to follow.

Estimates for this cost run from $50 billion to $200 billion, depending on who does the counting and for what.

That’s a boatload of bucks! Here’s the only problem I have with what the U.S. is doing: I guarantee that $100 billion dollars could end our problem with the Middle East forever. How, you ask? Simple research and development, baby! What’s the only reason we take crap from Saudi Arabia? Duh, oil. Spend $50 billion researching the fuel cell engine and see what happens. Some dude way smarter than me will make a fortune and the rest of us can tell Sheik Thanks-a-lot to piss up a rope. Heck, I just saved $50 billion.

It’s easy enough to analyze it this way. The President must have a more important and rewarding agenda in mind.

The fact that some innocents were killed in Iraq is tragic, but not a decisive factor. Sodamn has and will continue to deliberately kill far more of his own people that we will inadvertently in our efforts to set up a new government.