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Jewish World Review April 6, 1999 /20 Nissan 5759

Thomas Sowell

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SIGN IN A STORE WINDOW: "Free ride in a police car for shoplifters."

  • For all those people who claim that they don't know anybody who has ever been called by a poll, I have been called -- and I hung up. So do a significant percentage of all people who are called. How that throws the results off we will never know.

  • Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on "global warming" predictions that have even less foundation?

  • Announcement card from a reader: "In case of atomic attack, the Supreme Court ruling against praying in this school will be temporarily suspended."

  • An aging human body is all too much like an aging automobile. This week the carburetor needs repair, next week the transmission starts acting up, then the spark plugs need replacing. And then, even after everything is taken care of, the acceleration is never the same as it once was.

  • One of the songs that saddened me most as a child was: "I don't want to play in your yard, I don't like you any more." The older I get, the sadder that song has become.

  • Don't you hate dealing with people who won't listen to what you say, but instead try to figure out what you "really" mean?

  • It is amazing how much you can get done, if you will just do it, instead of wringing your hands about it.

  • Why do boxers who have made millions keep on fighting into their thirties, despite growing evidence of the long-term damage to the brain? These guys should retire somewhere and count their money, while they are still able to count it.

  • Why is there so much effort being put into trying to find intelligent life on other planets, when there is a serious question about how much intelligent life there is here?

  • Some people seem to think that my views are "tough." I'm not tough. Life is tough --- and I am just trying to get people to recognize that.

  • Eyesight seems to be the only physical thing that improves with age -- and only for those who were near-sighted when they were young. Bumper sticker on a van in Berkeley: "Thank you for not breeding."

  • If Hillary Clinton runs for the Senate in New York, it will be a great thing for the country. Her likely opponent, New York's mayor Rudolph Giuliani, is not one of those mealy-mouthed Republicans who is always on the defensive. He will tear into Hillary like a pit bull and expose her as being as corrupt and fraudulent as her husband --- and the Democrats will not be able to say that it is all about sex.

  • When a highly successful leader retires after a long career, it is very unlikely that his successor will be of comparable caliber. Anyone of similar ability and drive would have gone somewhere else, instead of waiting in the wings for years for a chance to show his own leadership.

  • If the Clinton scandals have accomplished nothing else, their accompanying "spin" has revealed to us which individuals in politics and in the media are so thoroughly corrupt and dishonest that whatever they say on anything else in the future need not be taken seriously.

  • If you have a child who is late in talking, one of the most dangerous things you can do is to have that child evaluated by your local school district. These diagnoses often turn out to be wrong by miles --- and yet the resulting labels can follow your child for years, ruining his education, as well as your own peace of mind.

  • The kinds of people we need in government are precisely the kinds of people who are most reluctant to go into government --- people who understand the inherent dangers of power and feel a distaste for using it, but who may do so for a few years as a civic duty. The worst kind of people to have in government are those who see it as a golden opportunity to impose their own superior wisdom and virtue on others.

  • When Pete Sampras referred to Australian tennis star Mark Phillipousis as "a big Greek guy," someone pointed out that Sampras himself was a big Greek guy, and everyone had a laugh. It was refreshing to see an ethnic remark taken in the spirit of good humor in which it was meant and not lead to a media frenzy or a federal lawsuit.


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    03/29/99: Another Doleful prospect?
    03/23/99: Random thoughts
    03/22/99: Loving enemies
    03/19/99: Naming names
    03/15/99: Undermining the military
    03/10/99: Joe DiMaggio -- icon of an era
    03/02/99: Facts versus dogma on guns
    03/01/99: Losing the cultural wars
    02/22/99: "Saving" social security
    02/18/99: Too many Ph.Ds?
    02/8/99: A national disaster
    02/8/99: Economic fallacies in the media: Part II
    02/5/99: Why economists visit dentists so often
    02/2/99: Warning: Good news
    01/29/99: What is at stake?
    01/26/99:Moral bankruptcy in the schools
    01/22/99: Who is going to convict Santa Claus?
    01/19/99: Seeing through the spin
    01/13/99: A trial is a trial is a trial
    01/11/99:Trials and tribulations
    01/08/99: Rays of hope
    01/04/99: Random thoughts
    12/31/98: The President versus the presidency
    12/29/98: The time is now!
    12/23/98: World-class hypocrisy
    12/21/98: The spreading corruption
    12/17/98: Politically "contrite"
    12/16/98: Polls and partisanship
    12/14/98: The "non-profit" halo
    12/11/98: Corruption and confusion
    12/03/98: The health care "crisis"
    11/30/98: Knowing what you are talking about
    11/23/98: The impeachment legacy
    11/23/98: Random thoughts
    11/19/98: Tales out of bureaucracies
    11/16/98: Scholarships based on scholarship
    11/12/98: Forward march
    11/09/98: Moral outrage
    11/05/98: Will the Republicans ever learn?
    11/02/98: A voter's duty
    10/30/98: The poverty pimp's poem
    10/29/98: Random thoughts on the election
    10/27/98: "Partisan" and "unfair"
    10/23/98: Ed-u-kai-tchun
    10/21/98: McGwire, Maris and the Babe
    10/20/98: MURDER IS MURDER!
    10/16/98: Lightweight Boxer
    10/14/98: A strange word
    10/09/98: Impeachment standards
    10/08/98: Alternatives to seriousness
    10/07/98: Heredity, environment and talk
    10/02/98: A much-needed guide
    10/01/98: Starr's real crime
    9/24/98: Costs and power
    9/18/98: Are we sheep?
    9/16/98: Judicial review
    9/15/98: Hillary Rodham Crook?
    9/14/98: Taking stock
    9/11/98: Moment of truth
    9/04/98: Random thoughts
    8/31/98: The twilight of special prosecutors?
    8/26/98: "Doing a good job"
    8/24/98: America on trial?
    8/19/98: Played for fools
    8/17/98: A childish letter
    8/11/98: Hiding behind a woman
    8/07/98: A flying walrus in Washington?
    8/03/98: "Affordability" strikes again
    7/31/98: Random thoughts
    7/27/98: Faith and mountains
    7/24/98: Clinton in Wonderland
    7/20/98: Where is black 'leadership' leading?
    7/16/98: Do 'minorities' really have it that bad?
    7/14/98: Race dialogue: same old stuff
    7/10/98: Honest history
    7/09/98: Dumb is dangerous
    7/02/98: Gun-safety starts with
    parental responsibility
    6/30/98: When more is less
    6/29/98: Are educators above the law?
    6/26/98: Random Thoughts
    6/24/98: An angry letter
    6/22/98: Sixties sentimentalism
    6/19/98:Dumbing down anti-trust
    6/15/98: A changing of the guard?
    6/11/98: Presidential privileges
    6/8/98: Fast computers and slow antitrust
    6/3/98: Can stalling backfire?
    5/29/98: The insulation of the Left
    5/25/98: Missing the point in the media
    5/22/98: The lessons of Indonesia
    5/20/98: Smart but silent
    5/18/98: Israel, Clinton and character
    5/14/98: Monica Lewinsky's choices
    5/11/98: Random thoughts
    5/7/98: Media obstruction of justice
    5/4/98: Dangerous "safety"
    5/1/98: Abolish Adolescence!
    4/30/98: The naked truth
    4/22/98: Playing fair and square
    4/19/98: Bad teachers"
    4/15/98: "Clinton in Africa "
    4/13/98: "Bundling and unbundling "
    4/9/98: "Rising or falling Starr "
    4/6/98: "Was Clinton ‘vindicated'? "
    3/26/98: "Diasters -- natural and political"
    3/24/98: "A pattern of behavior"
    3/22/98: Innocent explanations
    3/19/98: Kathleen Willey and Anita Hill
    3/17/98: Search and destroy
    3/12/98: Media Circus versus Justice
    3/6/98: Vindication
    3/3/98: Cheap Shot Time
    2/26/98: The Wrong Filter
    2/24/98: Trial by Media
    2/20/98: Dancing Around the Realities
    2/19/98: A "Do Something" War?
    2/12/98: Julian Simon, combatant in a 200-year war
    2/6/98: A rush to rhetoric

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