Thomas Sowell

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

 I don't even like campaign oratory that I agree with.

 Alaska is much larger than France and Germany -- combined. Yet its population is less than one-tenth that of New York City. Keep that in mind the next time you hear some environmentalist hysteria about the danger of "spoiling" Alaska by drilling for oil in an area smaller than Dulles Airport.

 Of all ignorance, the ignorance of the educated is the most dangerous. Not only are educated people likely to have more influence, they are the last people to suspect that they don't know what they are talking about when they go outside their narrow fields.

 Prosecutors in the Scott Peterson murder trial look like they could end up creating a worst case scenario, with jurors (and the public) believing that Scott Peterson is guilty -- but not beyond a reasonable doubt.

 If walking is good for your health, then Barry Bonds must be the healthiest ballplayer of all time.

 The media often mention "ultra-conservatives" but never "ultra-liberals." Have ultra-liberals become extinct, gotten lost, or met with foul play? We cannot ignore the fate of fellow human beings, even if we differ with them politically. At the very least, we can report them as missing persons.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin has been called "Stalin lite."

 One of the many problems with envy is that you have no real way of knowing that someone is more fortunate than you until you are both at the end of your lives -- and then it is too late.

 If the continuing carnage in Iraq accomplishes nothing else, it should silence the "national greatness" bunch who have been pushing the idea that we should be creating democracies around the world.

 Bad credit affects many things, including your chances of getting a job that requires responsibility. On the other hand, if your credit is too good, you get inundated with junk mail.

 People do not become either "brilliant" or "stupid" just because the media keep describing them that way. The high correlation between people's supposed brilliance or stupidity and their agreement or disagreement with liberal ideology should warn us against taking such characterizations seriously.

 Before this year, had you ever heard anyone claim that four months in combat makes someone qualified for four years as President of the United States -- with no questions asked about what they did in the intervening decades?

Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of The Housing Boom and Bust.

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