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Jewish World Review May 18, 1999 /3 Sivan 5759

Thomas Sowell

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JACK DEMPSEY ONCE SAID that nobody who had any other way of making a living would become a professional boxer and Joe DiMaggio said that no boy from a rich family ever made the big leagues.

  • What will future generations think of us when they look back and see that ours was the generation of Bart Simpson, Dennis Rodman, Madonna, trash TV, and gangsta rap? If present trends continue, future generations may not think at all, so it will be a moot point.

  • Make no mistake about what we have been doing in the Balkans: We have been killing people for the sake of political appearances, not because it was going to accomplish any stated objective.

  • Texas governor George W. Bush: "The genuine appreciation of a heritage stands in stark contrast to those who would divide people into groups for political purposes. There is a trend in this country to put people into boxes ... There are such boxes all over the world in places like Kosovo, Bosnia, Rwanda -- and they are human tragedies."

  • Did you know that it has been more than a decade since Mark McGwire last hit a triple? Maybe someday, when he is over the hill, some of the home runs he is hitting now will just be triples.

  • When General Norman Schwarzkopf was being interviewed on television and characterized Slobodan Milosevic as a completely untrustworthy liar and a thoroughly immoral man, letters of protest poured in. Some people who turned on the program in the middle thought that he was talking about Bill Clinton.

  • While waiting for my wife to get ready so that we could go out, I told her that I was pacing back and forth. "That's good exercise," she said.

  • When will people in the media realize that government is not about the careers of politicians or the maneuvers of special interest groups -- which is all that many of them seem to want to talk about? Is it so hard for media people to inform themselves on the substance of the issues themselves and the impact of policies on a quarter of a billion Americans who live outside the Beltway?

  • Another brilliant message from a school teacher: "I think you are nutso -- What a sick column ... Go into mechanics." Thank heaven she didn't go into mechanics. Imagine all the cars that would be malfunctioning on the highways.

  • One of the scariest things about our times is how easy it is to scare people and start a political stampede. There are people who could be upset if they were told that half of all Americans earn less than the median income -- though of course that is the way median income is defined.

  • Now that the New York Times has color photos, it has become harder to tell it from USA Today. However, the big difference is that USA Today has more columnists who are adults.

  • Ethnic identity movements are ways of getting rid of minor discomforts by creating major catastrophes.

  • One of the reasons for conspiracy theories is an assumption that people in high places always know what they are doing. When they do something that makes no sense, devious reasons are imagined by conspiracy theorists, when in fact it may be due to plain old ignorance and incompetence.

  • Those who try to lay a guilt trip on all white people for slavery fail to understand that one slave could cost more than most white people earned all year. Despite "Gone with the Wind," Tara was definitely the exception -- especially for people named O'Hara.

  • Schools are quick to blame everyone and everything but themselves for the failures of American education. To them, every bad teacher is the exception and every bad parent is the rule.

  • There are people who go through the motions and people who get the job done. It is amazing how much work you can accomplish just by hiring the latter and firing the former.

  • Within the past month, I have heard the same story from parents of two different children who are late in talking: The neurologist to whom the child was taken practically ripped the little boy out of the parent's arms and immediately began undressing him. Then, when the distressed child failed to respond to orders to do various things for a test, dire conclusions were drawn -- all in a matter of minutes.

  • I don't know if it was the same neurologist in both cases, but I would hate to think that there are two rotten people like this evaluating little children.


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    05/10/99: The new "fairness"
    05/04/99: Holding parents responsible
    05/03/99: Exit strategies
    04/28/99: Tragedy and farce
    04/26/99: Guilt and cop-outs
    04/21/99: Choosing a college
    04/16/99: When success fails
    04/13/99: A photo-op foreign policy
    04/09/99: Russia and the Serbs
    04/06/99: Random thoughts
    03/31/99: Irresponsible "experts"
    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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