Ever wonder why there is no "body count" these days? There is virtually NO reporting about the war in Iraq by the MSM anymore. In leftist Newspeak, victory = failure. Maybe that's a good thing.
Monday, December 31, 2007
Ever wonder why there is no "body count" these days? There is virtually NO reporting about the war in Iraq by the MSM anymore. In leftist Newspeak, victory = failure. Maybe that's a good thing.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
I know, this has been around for a while now. I was just reminded of their mouthbreathing existence recently and felt I had to get the hatred out of me. Can I ask God's forgiveness in advance for kicking the shit out of one (or more) of these douche bags, should I meet them in the course of my day-to-day activities? An unlikely event, to be sure. But I like to be prepared.
UPDATE: Perhaps I should curb my violent tendencies towards these hatemongers. Maybe I will picket them with one of their own signs:
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a
roof-box. This baffling orifice held a great surprise for those who unearthed it. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest days of the year, around December 21, the winter solstice.
At dawn, from December 19th to 23rd, a narrow beam of light penetrates the roof-box and reaches the floor of the chamber, gradually extending to the rear of the passage. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens within the chamber so that the whole room becomes dramatically illuminated. This event lasts for 17 minutes, beginning around 9am.
Newgrange's accuracy as a time-telling device is remarkable when one considers that it was built 500 years before the Great Pyramids and more than 1,000 years before Stonehenge. The intent of its builders was undoubtedly to mark the beginning of the new year. In addition, it may have served as a powerful symbol of the victory of life over death.
I hope my crappy connection will allow me to watch...
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Good news. I am sure it will be an entertaining and worthwhile investment of my $10.
To Mr. Jackson: LOTR was great, with a few exceptions. Please, please, please, no whole-cloth inventions like the Elves showing up at Helm's Deep. You missed a close one by cutting the Arwen appearance out of those scenes, thank Eru Ilúvatar. And if Mr. Holm should reprise his role as Bilbo (he should, as should the other actors from your LOTR), please be sure he is not as bloated as Anthony Hopkins was in Red Dragon.
The people who make the TV spots for presidential candidates (and beer brewers) know exactly what they are doing. In the case of beer, attractive women placed in the same frame as the beer promote an pleasing image to the beer drinker. Huckabee's "floating cross" places a pleasing image in the same frame as the product (Huckabee for President!) being sold to the consumer, the consumer in this scenario being conservative christian voters. To suggest that the "floating cross" appears as a coincidence is dishonest at best.
I do not disagree with the verbal message Mr. Huckabee presents. It is good to hear an honest message of Christ and family at this time of year. It is Christmas, after all. I would not go so far as to suggest Mr. Huckabee is a facist. But he is "wrapping himself in the flag," after a fashion:
And now, the best for last. From the AP(via Brietbart):
Huckabee said the bookshelf is just a bookshelf and shrugged off the controversy: "I will confess this: If you play the spot backwards it says, 'Paul is dead. Paul is dead.'"
Is it just coincidence that one of his greatest detractors is fellow republican candidate Ron Paul?
Thursday, December 13, 2007
From the story at ESPN.com :
"I'm going to assume that a lot of the basis for this is hearsay information," Boras [representative to many players on the "list"] said, according to The Times. "It's not based on any kind of clinical testing, so it is widely a product of hearsay testimony. Without clinical testing or hard evidence, any report like this has to be reviewed with great scrutiny."
If the story, and the "list," are found to be true, will anyone be surprised? I think not. I feel sorry for the kids who look up to these players as role models.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
blood heat: noun
1. Temperature of the body; normally 98.6 F or 37 C in humans; usually measured to obtain a quick evaluation of a person's health [syn: body temperature].
2. A temperature approximating that of the human body.
Why is animal blood not mentioned? Surely, it is just as hot as human blood. The only contact most humans have with hot blood, soldiers and Hamlet notwithstanding, would be from an animal being butchered. Hunters know how nice it feels to have one's cold-numbed fingers warmed by the heat of a freshly killed animal. Since most of us do not butcher our own animals (or fight with swords) anymore, this part of the definition has been lost.
Aside: Will anyone forget that a "steaming pile" comes most often from an animal relieving themselves in the outdoors? Here is an example.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Thanks to the Llamabutchers for the reminder. And the really nice photo of someone who shares Sir Winston's birthday. Ouch.
Paul's political leanings are somewhat close to mine. Not identical, but close. For instance, I do not believe that the United States invited or encouraged the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 by our involvement in the enforcement of United Nations sanctions against Iraq. Let us lay that blame where it properly belongs: On the incompetence and dereliction of duty of ex-president William Jefferson Clinton, and his administration's pussy-footed reaction to every terror attack during his reign. One cannot treat terrorists as criminals. They are vermin, and should be exterminated.
Which brings me to something I find honorable about Ron Paul. Although he would not be willing to use our military to fight the War on Terror, he would, in certain circumstances, be in favor of granting Letters of Marque and Reprisal. By giving non-government individuals and groups the right to capture/kill terrorists outside of our borders (what the hell, within them as well), the bastards would be constantly looking over their shoulders, trying to find the axe they hear whistling towards their necks. It would have a serious detrimental effect on their operational security, for as much as they profess their readiness to kill (and be killed) for Allah, most would not be willing to be captured or to die an unspectacular death.
Ron Paul introduced the Air Piracy and Capture Act of 2001 and the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. Not law, but a good idea. Anyone interested in being a privateer?
"This is the first time ever a Senate commitee [sic] is voting on a globval [sic] warming bill, and that's historic," said Brad Heavner, director of Environment Maryland. "There is some reasonable expectation that this will get to the floor, but the big question is will it get stronger or weaker?....We think it needs to be stronger."
If John Warner, R(?)-VA, has his way, it will be stronger. He is, so far, the only republican in favor of the lastest nonsense. Maybe Warner can find a way to get George Voinovich, R(?)-OH to support it. Then Voinovich can cry and make a spectacle of himself again, to "raise awareness" of the "dangers" of "climate change."
Here's the real effect this kind of crap will have - from the same story:
...Europe tried a pollution credit trading system to curb carbon dioxide emissions after it passed the Kyoto Protocol in 1997, and power companies worked the system to make billions in profits. Electricity customers paid higher bills, thinking they were contributing to a cooler planet. But their money just went into the pockets of the electric companies, which didn't end up actually cutting down on their carbon dioxide emissions.
It is snowing here in central Virgina (and is expected later in D.C.). I love the irony.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
President Bush appears to be engaging in Carter-esque Mideast Peace Legacy Building. The Annapolis peace (choose one: talk, plan, roadmap, process, conference) is no different than previous peace...things. The players are still the same: America, Israel, and the peace loving people who chant: "Death to Israel and America, and all the enimies of Islam!" The difference now is Israel has given so many concessions to the enemy that the enemy is now part of the Israeli government.
This debate is worthless. There is no peace until the enemy who has sworn one's destruction is himself destroyed.
President Bush has 14 months left in office. The "peace" that this Annapolis thing would bring about is slated for, wait for it, 14 months. From the Associated Press:
Hours after opening a Mideast conference, President Bush said Tuesday he was worried about the consequences if the search for peace failed but declared, "It is worth it to try."
Bush cautioned it would take time for Israelis and Palestinians to reach an agreement. The goal is to reach an accord within 14 months by the end of Bush's presidency.
"I don't think it's a risk to try for peace," the president said in an Oval Office interview with reporters from The Associated Press. "I think it's an obligation."
I believe the obligation President Bush feels is to his own posterior. I mean posterity. Carter tried and failed. Clinton tried and failed. Why does George Bush want to be like loser Democrats? He has expanded the size of the federal government by record numbers. And he has not met a spending bill he did not like, until recently. At the midpoint of his second term, I was hoping Mr. Bush would go hardcore and spend all of the political capital he had accquired. Who cares what the stinky hippies think about him?
He has failed to be the president his conservative base elected him to be. Now that significant positive progress has been made in Iraq, let us pray that he continues to be hands-off in that arena.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The ham weighed at least 35 pounds. It has been salted, and is now making the long journey towards prosciutto. The journey is not without its hazards. Critters of all kinds, especially little microbial nasties, will try to have their way with the ham unless temperature and humidity are closely monitored. And by long journey, I am estimating it will take at least a year to finish.
The bacon, or more specifically belly, was enormous as well. A full slice would be about the size of a small baseball bat. It is being transformed into smoked bacon, pancetta, and lardo (usually dry cured fat, but it can be made with belly as well).
I also have two hog heads (the real thing, not your common water-barrel) on standby, waiting for the right moment to become marinated and braised pig's head.
Much of this business of curing and air-drying can be unpredictable, especially the ham. But I have faith.
Charcuterie: The Craft of Salting, Smoking, and Curing, by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. A well written and very informative book. In the age of microwave burritos, cryovac, and "instant" foods, the authors maintain that while the methods they demonstrate are no longer necessary for food preservation, they should not be left in the past for one important reason: taste.
UPDATE: The book I have been using to conduct my porcine experiments is:
UPDATE II: The molasses cured bacon was lightly smoked on hickory chips, and it is amazing.
Thanks to the Maximum Leader at Naked Villainy for the link.
Monday, November 05, 2007
I was intrigued by the news that Ron Paul has reportedly raised more than $3.5 million in a fundraiser associated with Guy Fawkes day. N.B.-Fawkes is said to be the only man to enter the houses of Parliament with honorable intentions. So is Ron Paul advocating violent overthrow of our current government? More than likely not. A complete shakedown and cutting out of old, dead wood seems to be the idea. His candidacy for the Republican ticket does not seem very likely, however, as demonstrated by the last line in the preceding paragraph.
I am reminded of the book Debt of Honor, by Tom Clancy. The protagonist, Jack Ryan, has just been sworn in as the new vice president. At the same time, the capitol building has just been destroyed by a rogue pilot of a passenger jet which crashed into it during the president's state of the union address. Everyone is, of course, killed in the mess. Except Jack Ryan, who is in a nearby basement at the time. He then begins the long and painful process of restoring and rebuilding the government.
Sure, it's quite a fantasy. But a delicious one indeed. As president, Ryan is able to revise and simplify our virtually incomprehensible federal tax code, among other things. Government becomes smaller and more efficient. And the country is better for it, because the president believes in the strength, freedom, and liberty of the individual.
Ron Paul, while somewhat of a kook, advocates libertarian principles of limited government and individual freedom and liberty. But he does not want to fight the war against islamo-facism. You can have all the individualism, freedom, and liberty you can handle, but it does not amount to squat if you get blown up by some muslim fanatic with a bomb strapped to his ass.
Ron Paul will not win the Republican nomination for that reason alone.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
A reporter from Knight Ridder had a smartass remark for an American service member who asked to see the reporter's driver's license. He is lucky the man was a professional, or he would be a well ventilated ex-reporter.
Disrespect and arrogance will get your butt killed in a combat zone. My favorite part in this post at Blakfive is:
He has half as many pieces of ID as necessary, but this is somehow the fault of this ignorant yahoo [service member] "stuk in Irak". The condescension is nauseating, especially when he decides to be "pushy". Anybody wanna bet what the outcome would be if pushy had passed shovey and become ass-kicky?
Click to see the reporter's original blog post, preserved by LittleGreenFootballs.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
"Dictators say a lot of things, and most of them can be discounted, including that," said White House press secretary Dana Perino.
Perino said that Bush on Wednesday would urge other nations to join together in promoting democracy in Cuba.
"It is true that soon the decades-long debate about our policy towards Cuba will come to a time when we're going to have an opportunity here, when Castro is no longer leading Cuba, that the people there should be able to have a chance at freedom and democracy," she said. "That opportunity is coming."
That was one battle in the real World War III, the Cold War. World War IV is the war against islamic fascism. So, if George Bush is starting another world war, it should properly be called World War V.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Read the story here.
Found via Galley Slaves via Naked Villainy
Monday, October 22, 2007
The nomination is opposed by a laundry list of leftist groups who are expressing their displeasure to the senate democrats. From Politico.com:
For Democrats, it’s their first judicial test as the majority party. No fewer than two dozen interest groups that represent core Democratic constituencies — labor, women, African-Americans, gays and lesbians — have asked the Senate to reject Southwick. And subtly, they remind Democrats of their power.
“President Bush continues his pattern of racial exclusion by submitting only white people for these appointments, and submitting those who have not shown a sufficient appreciation of the need for racial progress in Mississippi,” Carlton W. Reeves, president of the Magnolia Bar Association, which advocates on behalf of black lawyers and judges, wrote in a May letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).
The rub comes when Democrats are presented with confirming the nomination of a conservative person from a minority group, most notorious being Justice Clarence Thomas. In a leftist's mind, a conservative minority person is not a true representative of the minority group.
This opposition is another tempest in a teacup courtesy of the Socialist Democrat Party:
“Behind the scenes, race is everything here,” said Curt Levey, executive director of The Committee for Justice. “He is not being targeted because he has an outrageous record. They are really having to dig. If you can think of another reason why they are targeting Southwick, tell me.”
The court is not a place for social experiments. It is the place where the most qualified individual should get the job. And if the senate majority wants to vote down his nomination, that is what should be done. Forget the (illegal) filibuster.
Shit or get off the pot.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
If this passes the way the Democrat Party wants it to (hell, even in a way that President Bush finds acceptable), it will be another brick in the wall of socialized medicine, and another cobblestone down the road to socialism.
Piss off a liberal: Buy your own health insurance policy.
Friday, October 12, 2007
How is this promoting peace? I would be very interested to hear how such caring for the plants and birds and rocks and things translates into promoting a brotherhood of men.
I got nothin'.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
She refused to sell to the developer. This is how eminent domain should work in this country, Kelo v. New London be damned (the Supremes really humped the statue of blind justice on that one).
I didn't get a 'harrumph' out of that guy!
Monday, October 01, 2007
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation stated in April that only 60% of the federal gas tax is used for highway and bridge construction. The remaining 40% is used in non-transportation projects. The U.S. consumed about 137 billion gallons of gasoline in 2006. Raising the tax to $0.92 per gallon will result in about $0.38 per gallon, or $52,060,000,000 using the 2006 figure, being withheld from highway and bridge construction use. Wasted, in other words.
Tax-and-spend liberalism. The leftists would have us believe that imposing a punitive tax would make the gasoline so expensive that people would be forced to drive less, thereby reducing our so-called "carbon footprint." A spokesman from Greenpeace, commenting on Dingell's proposed law, stated that "we need to use the tax code to solve climate change."
I found this scary, not because he supported using the tax code to punish people unnecessarily. I expect all liberals to make such statements. What concerned me was his use of the term "climate change" instead of "global warming." This gives the enviro-fascist hippies an escape pod from their doomed Global Warming Galactic Cruiser. Regardless of the truthfulness of their current claim, by calling their contrived man-made climatic catastrophe "climate change" they can continue to throw money down the toilet in the name of the environment.
Friday, September 28, 2007
A joint statement from the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany said they would finalize the new resolution and bring it to a vote unless reports in November from the chief U.N. nuclear official and the European Union's foreign policy chief "show a positive outcome of their efforts."
Iran is only cooperating on the surface. Iran continues to enrich fissile material, and supply men and materiel to the "insurgents" in Iraq. They are continuing a nuclear program in excess of what would be considered "civil."
When the time comes to vote on a (third) sanction resolution against Iran, bet on Russia and China to backpedal.
China. I like Chinese. I detest communists, however. China wants us to cancel a military hardware sale to Taiwan. The disputed items are the P-3C Orion and the SM-2 missile. Both are for force protection, something which Taiwan could use in the face of China's expanding military. China is like the Kurgan in Highlander: "There can be only one China!"
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
There are two recent posts there, one about beef brains, and another about "delicious pig parts."
My (side of) hog from Smallholder will be butchered this November. I hope to save the offal so I can try at least one or two of these. Yum!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Did I mention I am a stay-at-home dad? The Missus is a RN at the local non-private hospital, and makes a good living at it. So there are plenty of odd jobs around the house. But I digress.
Radio. I listen to it often. I will frequently catch Rush Limbaugh at noon. And I can get any kind of music, talk, news, sports, etc. on satellite. We got satellite radio when we decided to break up with DirecTV. Like many relationships, they kept wanting more while giving less.
We chose Sirius because I like to listen to Howard Stern. Shocked? Disgusted? Oh well. I don't go for the sex stuff, but the rest of his show I find entertaining, even if I don't agree with him.
His comments this morning were right on the mark, and echoed those of Rush Limbaugh yesterday: The president of Iran is a maniac bent on the destruction of Israel and any non-islamic people who stand in his way, and he is seeking legitimacy for the reckless, murderous policies of his government.
In yesterday's forum at Columbia, Mr. Imadamnjihadi was discussing homosexuals. He simply stated that there are no homosexuals in Iran. Maybe because it is illegal, and punishable by pain of death?
This man, this Iran, is a threat to the rest of the world.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
The worst mistake, in Agresto's view, was the failure to establish law and order in the wake of the military victory, before undertaking the grandiose project of attempting to create democracy in Iraq. From this fundamental mistake, many of the other tragedies followed.
In the absence of law and order, there was widespread violence, looting, rape -- in short, the war of each against all that Hobbes warned about, centuries ago.
As for democracy, Agresto understands that the right to vote is no guarantee of freedom, toleration or respect for the rights of others. Without those prerequisites, democracy can mean tyranny at home and terrorism abroad.
Apparently the American civilian authorities in Iraq did not understand this or else they let that understanding be overridden by political considerations. By setting up a government based on warring factions, they made cooperation in the national interest a very unlikely prospect.
Today, when more and more Iraqis are rejecting the outside terrorists whom the media keep calling "insurgents," and when our military is restoring more order than Iraq has seen in a while, the most intractable problem is the very government we set up.
I could just quote the complete text of both articles, especially the part about General Petraeus and the 101st Airborne's success in Mosul, which fell into disorder after he left. The same man who wrote the counterinsurgency field manual, and leader of the "surge," has been slimed for his success in the name of political expediency.
I never agreed with the Bush administration's handling of the political side of the war. We have placed all our eggs in the basket of the al-Maliki government. Sowell compares the factional division in Iraq to the centuries old battle between the protestants and catholics. They finally agreed to coexist, more or less, without trying to exterminate each other. "Sunnis and Shi'ites have yet to reach a similar accommodation in Iraq," writes Sowell.
What recent progress has been made in Iraq has apparently been made by mobilizing traditional local and regional Iraqi leaders and coalitions, not by relying on the democratically elected central government. There may be a lesson there.
Friday, September 21, 2007
"They transfused nearly all Fidel's blood, he is still alive because he's Fidel."
Thursday, September 20, 2007
"Under no circumstances should the NYPD or any other American authority assist President Ahmadinejad in visiting Ground Zero. This is a man who has made threats against America and Israel, is harboring bin Laden's son and other al-Qaeda leaders, is shipping arms to Iraqi insurgents and is pursuing the development of nuclear weapons. Assisting Ahmadinejad in touring Ground Zero - hallowed ground for all Americans - is outrageous."
Unless he wanted to go blow himself up with a suicide bomb belt down in the "pit," or some other scenario resulting in his hopefully painful death, he should not be allowed anywhere near the whole of Manhattan, save the U.N. facility (which doesn't belong in the United States anyway...).
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
A new study at the University of Tennessee shows that mice develop what is called amyloidosis when fed a diet of foie gras. But the study, like many studies which try to prove one health claim over another, is incredibly unrealistic:
The amount of foie gras given to the mice would equal about 1.5kg over five days for humans, Solomon estimates. This may seem like a lot, especially considering that even in France the annual consumption is about 200g.
Holy Rare Disorders! Who can afford 1.5kg of foie gras a week! Maybe this guy.
The very idea that a commonly available food could be banned makes my head spin. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley says the ban is "...a silly law. I think it should be repealed." He is absolutely right. If you don't like foie gras, DO NOT EAT FOIE GRAS! Don't force me to bend to your political will by making something I like to eat illegal. Keep yer laws off my dinner plate!
Lastly, the animal rights people don't like foie gras because the feel that the geese are tortured by the force-feeding which fattens their livers. Hardcore vegan true believers (one must eschew all individual liberty and freedom to reach this level) envision foie gras producers gleefully torturing their geese in scenarios like this one: Bring out the gimp.
How could one get the corn down its throat with that collar around its neck?
Monday, September 17, 2007
Michelle Malkin has links, phone numbers, etc. for the Senate co-conspirators and Republican presidential candidates.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
... Things are changing here (units coming and going and such) but in the towns and villages, the daily struggle to make a dinar, to feed your family, to get along in life continues, as it always has and always will.
Badger 6 sees the new glass as a sign of growing confidence and security. [h/t Charlie Foxtrot] I believe he's right. Here, we see new glass, new curbs and sidewalks, new shops
being built and occupied, the trash is getting cleaned up, the city council is taking steps to provide for security instead of relying only on the police, army and Coalition Forces. Electricy [sic], water, sewage and many other projects are getting done and more projects are getting started. It's like this town woke up and started to catch up to the 21st Century, instead of staying mired in the 18th.
It's good to see.
This ain't no earthquake, this ain't no hurricane, this ain't no foolin' around. This is Life During Wartime. We are lucky that, for most of us, sacrifice is virtually unnecessary and limited solely to reading or hearing about war in the media.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
May the fallen and their loved ones find peace.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
The Chinese are probing us, perhaps to find out if we will come to the aid of Russia after the Chinese invade Kazahstan, and are on Russia's doorstep. Kazakhstan (and the border area with Russia) is rich in natural resources such as coal, gold,iron, uranium, chromium, diamonds, manganese, and copper. All useful to a nation whose economy is based on industrial production.
Call me crazy.
I would recommend the book Next, by Michael Crichton, to anyone interested in transgenic monkeying, as well as book this post was named after. Both are good reads; Crichton has an extensive bibliography and insightful author's notes.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Forget about "limited" or "surgical" air strikes. Their entire military capability needs to be eliminated. Take off the gloves, and do the job right.
Friday, August 31, 2007
That's 100 trucking companies, not 100 trucks.
J.B. Hunt, and a few other large-fleet American trucking companies, sell their old horsewhipped rigs at auction down in Mexico. And Mexican rigs do not have to pass U.S. standards for safety. The drivers, for the most part, do not speak or read English. They are not required to keep logs, nor are they limited in the number of hours they are allowed to drive in one day.
Literally, an accident waiting to happen. It is scheduled to begin on Thursday.
Bush is giving those who don't hate him another reason for doing so.
Weak on illegal alien immigration. Warner voted for the Senate "amnesty" bill, and voted again to resurrect it after it had died.
Weak on the War: Warner had a hare brained idea to withdraw (only partially!) troops (only a few!) from Iraq and Afghanistan. He likes to stick his finger in the wind.
Weak in responding to his constituents. Warner's office (I do not fantasize he actually reads my letters) has sent back only one response to several letters I have sent to him, on a range of various topics.
I can hear the trumpets of flatulence sounding a fanfare to honor his exit.
Maybe she will take a "listening tour" of Cuba. While she is there, she could have an attractive young female intern "smuggle" some of their fine (yes, the commies can do one thing right) cigars back to the U.S. for Bill. He won't even need a humidor.
Jim Lindgren at The Volokh Conspiracy thinks that a Clinton-Richardson or Obama-Edwards pairing is more likely. Obama-Edwards could be interesting to watch as it self destructs, like Kerry-Edwards in '04. Hitlery Clinton could choose UBL as her running mate, but he would most likely decline, or honor-kill her himself after they won. It makes little difference. The Democrat Presidential Nomination is hers for the taking.
Monday, August 20, 2007
His case is a direct result of the typical tempest-in-a-teapot leftist mentality. I believe it is what they call a fresh meat sacrifice in D.C.
So what if he lied, intentionally or otherwise to a reporter. Clinton did it all the time, and about worse things than "outing" someone who was not "in" in the first place.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
It is the typical favorable treatment the paper invariably gives to leftists. Stark is portrayed as a good guy, just tryin' to change things for the better. He is a self-styled journalist who, in his words, likes to ask questions the regular media will not ask. It is good that someone is willing to challenge and engage political figures. And the regular media can be derelict in their duty to actually report the facts, choosing instead to manufacture a story to fit their own template.
Like the regular media, however, Stark has a double standard. He likes to challenge conservatives with questions like: “Why did you spit at your first wife, George?” and "Have you ever used the 'N-word'?"
If you are an avowed socialist, Stark is your best friend. John Edwards gets the pandering kid-glove treatment with an intimate discussion about the necessity for the creation of a new government agency to monitor corporations for the purpose of preventing fraudulence and embezzlement (S.E.C., anyone?).
His blog is dedicated to what Rush Limbaugh likes to term "seminar callers." Stark posts the results of his calls to right-wing radio shows, and gives his instructions for the reader to call the shows on his or her own. Sprinkled with tidbits like:
Don't let the truth get in the way, Mike.
“Hmm, you’ve got a point there. You know what, you’re right, George Bush is an incompetent and dangerous megalomaniac.”
"I can’t think of a more powerful government than one headed by a president who thinks he can flout any law he wants and listen in on my personal phone conversations. Reagan didn’t do it, why is it OK for Bush?”
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I don't agree with his politics, and I don't like saying so, but he may be right.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Saturday, August 04, 2007
This is the party of the double standard, of the "Two Americas," of mob rule.
Republicans, in the minority, have to make do by using parliamentary procedure to their advantage. They did so in this vote, and the Socialist Democrat majority, unable to win with their superior numbers, closed the vote early. And then some Democrats were permitted to change their votes after the gavel struck. What the hell?
Shame, shame indeed.
Thursday, August 02, 2007
The point when it is safe to begin pulling out is the point when the Iraqi military and police forces are strong enough to continue the fight against the terrorists on their own.Sowell cites a Brookings Institute report, authored by Michael E. O'Hanlon and Kenneth M. Pollack, which states that the surge is actually working. Surprise, surprise. What is most surprising, though, is the MSM's deafening silence about any positive events or progress being made in the war in Iraq.
That point depends on how much and how long the current progress continues, not on how much the Democrats or their media allies need an American defeat before the 2008 election.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
In short, the article says "pot is bad, you shouldn't smoke pot, m'kay?" It then goes on to contradict itself, and the study which it is written about. The study was commissioned by the UK Department of Health, and the results were released coincidentally with the news of Prime Minister Gordon Brown's intent to downgrade cannabis to class "C," the "least dangerous" category. From the article:
'Although individual lifetime risk of chronic psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, even in people who use cannabis regularly, is likely to be low - less than three per cent - cannabis use can be expected to have a substantial effect on psychotic disorders at a population level because exposure to this drug is so common.'
Cardiff University researcher Dr Stanley Zammit added: 'Even if cannabis does cause an increased risk of developing psychosis, most people who use cannabis will not develop such an illness.
'Nevertheless, we would still advise people to avoid or limit their use of this drug, especially if they start to develop any mental health symptoms, or if they have relatives with psychotic illnesses.'
At the end of the article, there is a small "profile" section featuring three men who, as the article and study would have the reader believe, became mentally deranged schizoid killers because they smoked pot. The profile admits that two of the three men used alcohol and other drugs as well as cannabis. The third, Thomas Palmer, killed two acquaintances after smoking "skunk." What the article fails to mention is that Palmer tried to use his cannabis smoking as his defense for the two murders. His defense was rejected, and he was convicted.
Nearly everyone has some sort of "mental illness" to a certain degree. Our society is eager to assign labels and diagnoses to everyone. Some people even desire to be diagnosed with a mental illness in order to validate thoughts about their own inadequacy. If one digs deep enough, one can find emotional and psychological scar tissue in every person on the planet. It does not mean you are crazy. And smoking pot won't make you that way, either. But Cannabis is a Schedule I drug in the U.S., while cocaine is in the prescribeable Schedule II category. And anyone can buy alcohol. There is more tragedy surrounding the latter two drugs than the former.
A much better article on this subject can be read over at Auntie Beeb.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I would recommend that anyone travelling from Virginia to New Jersey bypass D.C./Baltimore entirely by going up 81 to the PA Turnpike, and across through Philadelphia. A few more miles, but no bumper to bumper, lane to lane madness. Travel time is roughly the same. Save your sanity.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
"...That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed... "
The first ten amendments to our constitution are what is known as the "Bill of Rights." Even a cursory reading of these amendments will show that these rights are individual rights. These rights are not given to the people by the government; they are a list of rights, held by individuals, which the government may not infringe upon. The Constitution is clear on the difference between individuals (the People) and government (the State, Several States, or the United States). It is a collectivist view that equates the meaning in the Constitution of "the People" with the government. The term "the People" is used in Amendments I, II, IV, IX, and X. Amendment X reads:
"The Powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."
The framers obviously believed that the difference in terms was clear.
The second amendment in particular is absolutely an individual right. It states:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Many people get hung up on the meaning of the word "Militia." In Presser v. Illinois (1886), Supreme Court Justice William Woods wrote:
"It is undoubtedly true that all citizens capable of bearing arms constitute the reserved military force or reserve militia of the United States, as well as that of the states; and in view of this prerogative of the general government as well as of its general powers, the States cannot, even laying the constitutional provisions in question out of view, prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms..."
Justice James McReynolds in U.S. v. Miller (1939) wrote:
"...the Militia comprised all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense...bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time"
If there were any question whether the second amendment, in Miller, was not an individual right, the court would have ruled that Miller had no standing under the second amendment as an individual, and would have denied him the right to keep any arms.
What has an honest and just government to fear from armed individual citizens? Nothing. Only when government has become corrupt and tyrannical is there any reason to fear an armed citizenry. Alexander Hamilton, in Federalist Papers No. 28, writes that armed militias may rise up against the federal government should it become corrupt. The "original right of self-defense [is]...paramount to every positive form of government." As history shows, one of the first steps to tyrannical government is a disarming of its citizens
Saturday, July 14, 2007
The "health care system" in America is one of the best, if not the best, in the world. This does not rule out the need for improvement. But it is far, far better than anything you will find in a communist country (Cuba) or a socialist country (Canada). While anyone can see a doctor (general practitioner) whenever they need to, free of charge, in these countries, the waiting period to see a specialist is weeks, months, or even years. Lifesaving operations, diagnostics, and treatments are delayed for so long that patients routinely die before their appointment time. Why do Canadians come here for treatment? Because they know they will not die before they can see a specialist. There is incentive here, called a free market, for an abundance of specialists to compete for patients. In Canada, it is illegal for a patient to see a doctor unless the government is involved. The government decides how many operations or treatments will be available for its citizens (subjects) each year.
No one is denied health care in this country. Anyone who needs medical treatment will receive it, despite their ability to pay. What people get confused about is the difference between "health care" and "health insurance." The insurance companies charge more and more because "health care" providers charge more and more. The providers have to charge more to cover the loss of treating people who have no ability to pay! In poor neighborhoods, people use the emergency room as their primary care physician (despite programs to provide them with family physicians pro bono). Hospitals admit indigent people routinely. There are free clinics of every type available to anyone who asks. To say that the poor of this country have no access to health care is grossly inaccurate and intellectually dishonest.
The real motivation behind Michael Moore and his movie "Sicko" is to set the stage for socialist weenie democrat "Universal Health Care." Michael Moore has demonstrated his leftist leanings and intellectual dishonesty in his previous movies. "Sicko" is no different.
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Does an individual not have the right to express himself? Even if his expression, offensive as it is, would tempt a judge to jail him for such? Who can say whether the man is lying or not? And is it not incumbent upon the judge to remove such a character from the group of potential jurors for making such statements?
At least he did not attempt a sob story. I give him points for daring and originality.
Much like automatic flush toilets, sinks, and hand dryers/towel dispensers, the T.P. dispenser uses a motion sensor to dispense 5 sheets (sorry, Sheryl Crow) at a time:
Richard Thorne grins as he waves his hand under a toilet paper dispenser in a women's restroom. The machine spits five sheets of tissue into his grasp.
"This is probably the most personal experience you can have. We didn't want to get any frustrations," Thorne says. "None of us like to touch things they think someone before them has touched."
Not only is the automatic dispenser cleaner, it is certainly a step in the right direction for all the conservation freaks out there. One imagines 5-year-olds will no longer be able to pull off (and attempt to flush) 10 yards at a time. Perhaps this dispenser will become available in a consumer model. Just the thing to go with your Japanese Super Toilet. Be sure to scroll down in the link for an advertising poster for the "apricot washer." Looks somewhat painful...
UPDATE: I saw a toilet called "clean-seat-matic" at the Llamabutchers. Another useful bathroom idea if your house has 5- and 3-year-old boys. Need we say more?
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
...your Maximum Leader believes that what Scooter Libby was convicted of was (more or less) disagreeing with Tim Russert on matters relating to a time line. Honestly, your Maximum Leader didn’t care if Scooter Libby went to jail or not. And frankly, George W Bush is so unpopular now that any action he took (or yet chooses to take) on Scooter Libby can’t hurt him politically. Bush is beyond these “little” things hurting him now. And, truth be told, your Maximum Leader is more than a little pissed that Bush has done such a half-assed job of using his pardon powers. If you are going to take an action that will be so politcally charged that your enemies will be demanding your head on a pike; and your friends are not going to make any attempt to give you cover - well then you might as well just commit yourself to your choice. What Bush has done here is take a half-step that does nothing but keep the wound open just deep enough to keep from closing. And since Bush has left open the possibility that a full pardon may yet be in the works… This isn’t over yet. Bush should have either done nothing and let Libby hang - or he should have just given Libby the full pardon. But Bush isn’t good at thinking these things through…
It was a bogus case from the beginning (I would refer the reader to my post on Valerie Plame back in March). It would have gone nowhere without Chuck Schumer insisting on independent council. Bush leaving the conviction standing means that Libby will be disbarred. But that's not such a bad thing. Clinton (male) was disbarred. And it does not matter.
Yes, I can't resist flogging the dead horse that is Bill Clinton. Clinton (male and female) lied repeatedly, in public, on the record. Clinton (male) lied under oath, and was impeached. He asked others to lie on his behalf. And then he lied about the lies.
All the while, the real leaker in the Plame case, Undersecretary Richard Armitage, remained silent while Libby twisted in the wind. For supposedly lying about a conversation he had with a TV talk show host. Seems rather trivial by comparison, but hey, it's just another nail in Bush's coffin.
Friday, June 29, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
The jihadis being held in Guantanamo are not subject to protection under the Geneva Convention. They were enemy combatants, captured on the battlefield, without uniforms. The Geneva Convention does not state that individuals in the above circumstances be treated as prisoners of war. They could have been (and still could be) executed on the spot, without trial or "appeals process." But we are a civilized nation, and we value intelligence that will help us win the war. Hence the detention of these illegal enemy combatants at Guantanamo.
Keeping the facility open may not be the right thing to do. But transferring them to Ft. Leavenworth or anywhere else inside the U.S. is a terrible idea. It will afford them rights just as real as the rights we want to grant to illegal aliens. Better to execute them all.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
...technology and costs are major barriers to achieving energy efficiency in China... it will be hard to alter the nation's dependency on coal in the short term. What China needs, said a government spokesman, is international cooperation in helping China move toward a low-carbon economy.
One can only assume Travolta would be speaking of the murders at Virginia Tech. In this situation, the shooter would have greatly benefited from more psychological counseling and perhaps a prescription or two that would have helped him to control his behavior. It is sad that this did not happen.
This is just an exercise in passing the buck. Blame the gun, the drugs (or lack of them), or whatever else you want. It is the actions of the individual that caused the result.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
President George W. Bush blasted Democrats on Saturday for bloated annual federal spending bills and threatened to use his veto liberally, despite failing to carry out similar threats in the past.
And then there's this little gem:
"By keeping taxes low and restraining federal spending, we can meet my plan to have a balanced budget by 2012," he said. "The Democrats in Congress are trying to take us in a different direction."
Why do politicians always make statements like this? Mr President: Why can't we have a balanced budget at the end of your (second) term, instead of the beginning of the next guy's (sexist usage intended) term?
Friday, June 15, 2007
In all, it is good for the consumer to know what he or she is getting.
In the article, Cosentino makes some thoughtful observations about eating meat, an how far removed most meat eaters are from the raising and slaughtering of the animals they consume. It makes me happy to know that the animals my family likes to eat come from our neighbor and friend, the humble manure-splattered Smallholder.
When asked where he draws the line, Cosentino said he is not going to rush out and buy an order of penis, but would eat it if it was served to him. Cooked, I hope.
From the article:
The Bush administration has been trying to hide or downplay the intelligence reports to protect its pro-business policies toward China, and to continue to claim that China is helping the United States in the war on terrorism. U.S. officials have openly criticized Iran for the arms transfers but so far there has been no mention that China is a main supplier.
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Wednesday that the flow of Iranian arms to Afghanistan is "fairly substantial" and that it is likely taking place with the help of the Iranian government.
Defense officials are upset that Chinese weapons are being used to kill Americans. "Americans are being killed by Chinese-supplied weapons, with the full knowledge and understanding of Beijing where these weapons are going," one official said. The arms shipments show that the idea that China is helping the United States in the war on terrorism is "utter nonsense," the official said.
The Chinese government are a bunch of ungrateful bastards. We give them top secret missile technology, and this is how they treat us? And President Bush should take a page from the Reagan playbook. Communists are not our friends. Glossing over China's aiding and abetting of our enemies just to have trade in cheap consumer goods makes me sick. How much plastic vomit and fake dog crap piles do we need? We should suspend all trade with China, and make our own cheap consumer goods. It will give us something to do with the 12 to 20+ million illegal aliens to which Mr. Bush wants to give amnesty.
Aside: If you are a hippie environmental wacko leftist, you should check out the environmental damage caused by China's export goods based industrial economy. They don't care about anything but production. They are commies, remember?
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Unfortunately, the President, and all the other sellouts who are in favor of this bill's passage into law are sorely mistaken. This bill will not become law. Too many little amendments, too many giveaways to the illegal aliens, too much of an attempt at a power grab on both sides for the huge potential block of voters the illegal aliens represent.
What the citizens of the United States want is an end to the gross porosity of our unguarded and unenforced borders. Canada, Mexico, or otherwise. This desire, nay, demand, is shown by the cowering of those who were in favor of the shamnesty bill. They have felt the wrath and outrage of their constituents and are now rightly in fear for their political lives.
Not to mention, we already have laws that enforce border restrictions and mandate the building of a border fence. We have only built a few miles, however. If the President and the weenies in Congress want to reform immigration, why not speed up and expand the fence building process? American citizens would stuff the ballot box for whoever would champion that idea. You can't stop a speeding car by pushing down the accelerator. You have to put on the brakes.
BTW, the President is involved here in legacy building. Most two-term presidents suffer from this form of fecal cerebritis. If Mr. Bush wants to build a positive legacy, how about the unconditional surrender of the jihadis, and victory in Iraq? But that means changing the status quo...
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Three years ago, I had the distinct honor and privilege to wear the uniform of my country on the 60th anniversary of D-Day. It was at annual training for my National Guard unit, part of the 116th regiment of the 29th Infantry division. Men who had served in this unit on D-Day faced perhaps the most hellish fighting and highest casualties of the entire invasion, Omaha beach.
The painting above, "29, Let's Go!" by James Dietz, shows the 29th in action on D-Day. For those who may be interested, D-Day by Stephen Ambrose, and The Bedford Boys by Alex Kershaw are well done examinations of the invasion.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Really, now, Vlad. Is this not just a case of sour grapes? Aren't you just jealous of the success of the U.S. in bringing about the fall of your Soviet house of cards? And are you not a little jealous that Poland and the Czech Republic became allies of the west (and NATO members to boot) after your rusting Iron Curtain finally crumbled?
The Russians are "not our enemy." But they are not really our friends, either. They have given aid to Iraq during the U.N. sanction period between the wars, and are aiding Iran as well. Would Vlad the Impaler look the other way if there was an Empty Quiver situation originating in Russia or one of the Federation states? I would not be surprised.
Friday, June 01, 2007
You Are Guinness
You know beer well, and you'll only drink the best beers in the world.
Watered down beers disgust you, as do the people who drink them.
When you drink, you tend to become a bit of a know it all - especially about subjects you don't know well.
But your friends tolerate your drunken ways, because you introduce them to the best beers around.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Why not look for them all? They should all be quarantined after being in an enclosed environment with the man, rebreathing every one of his exhalations (not to mention the exhalations, belches, farts, and sneezes of everyone else)
Thanks to Drudge for the story.