If there is anybody out there reading who finds it outrageous that I get my news from Instapundit and Best of the Web with no balance, I just wish to say, I read left-wing websites (besides Balkin -- it'd be hard to get too much news from him, he might post even more sporadically than me!). Really. It's just that generally I have no wish to pass along what they say. I'd like to say that they're more profane than the right-wing sites, but sadly, I'm not sure that's the case anymore; certainly Talking Points isn't nearly as bad as Tim Blair. If you want this site to be balanced, well, tough. You don't have to read it, now do you? I have no doubt that I'm at least as balanced as Marshall or Balkin are.
Speaking of Blair, I saw
linked from his site the
story of Jake
Ryan, a guy who was at the Bali club during the bombing last year.
Very compelling reading.
Had to add Greg Easterbrook to the blogroll; he's pretty dang good. Yes, he's the same guy who does monday morning quarterback for ESPN, but I'll be danged if I'm gonna link to that; I'm afraid of what Camille or Amy would say. (As it is, if they ever read this, I'll probably hear it anyway just for calling Rush an idiot. Oh well.)
Anyway, to try to get back to what I was wanted to say, he rants about SUVs here. You know, I don't like SUVs. I agree with most of his points. But when he says,
The growth in popularity of SUVs and pickups continues to account for multiple social problems in the United States--road rage, traffic congestion, increasing greenhouse gas emissions, political dependence on Persian Gulf dictators. Yet still no political leader has made doing something about these vehicles his or her cause.I have a couple of questions. First, I disagree that "no political leader has blah blah". This is what Arianna tried to do in the recall election -- boy, that sure went over well.
Second, I have to wonder what the heck he's proposing. I think he wants to even the playing field for CAFE standards; allowing SUVs to get away with murder because they're "trucks" is kinda stupid. However, this doesn't get past the fact that there are people out there who need trucks for work -- farmers, construction workers, Elder's Quorum Presidents, etc. -- and this would make their trucks prohibitively expensive. Do we create some sort of registration system where Big Brother decides if you can have a truck or not? AUGHH!!! Of course, even with such a registration system, the rich would be able to get their 25 MPG truck, it'd just cost an arm and a leg. Is that fair? (And shut up, you there in the back, saying, well, I don't have a Beamer, that isn't fair, either! If I hear you say that again, I may have to kill you. ;)
I've heard before that we should just quit calling SUVs trucks for CAFE purposes -- but this doesn't get past all those people out there who have made the F-150 the best selling vehicle in America, at least per Easterbrook. It's a good start, though.
Boy, talk about a generic blog. What can I say, I'm not a design guy. My brother says he'll design a template for me if I want...
These are the sites that I read the most:
Marvelous ways to waste an afternoon