October 31, 2003
Victor Davis Hanson with yet another must read column on, among other things, fashionable anti-semitism among the educated.
"There are certain predictable symptoms to watch when a widespread amorality begins to infect a postmodern society: cultural relativism, atheism, socialism, utopian pacifism. Another sign, of course, is fashionable anti-Semitism among the educated, or the idea that some imaginary cabal, or some stealthy agenda ? certainly not our own weakness ? is conspiring to threaten our good life."Read the whole thing. You knew I was going to say that, though.
"These are weird, weird times, and before we win this messy war against Islamic fascism and its sponsors, count on things to get even uglier. Don't expect any reasoned military analysis that puts the post-9/11 destruction of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein's evil regime, along with the liberation of 50 million at the cost of 300 American lives, in any sort of historical context. After all, in the current presidential race, a retired general now caricatures U.S. efforts in Iraq and quotes Al Sharpton.
Do not look for the Islamic community here to acknowledge that the United States, in little over a decade, freed Kuwait, saved most of the Bosnians and Kosovars, tried to feed Somalis, urged the Russians not to kill Chechnyans, belatedly ensured that no longer were Shiites and Kurds to be slaughtered in Iraq, spoke out against Kuwait's ethnic cleansing of a third of a million Palestinians ? and now is spending $87 billion to make Iraqis free.
That the Arab world would appreciate billions of dollars in past American aid to Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority, or thank America for its help in Kuwait and Kosovo, or be grateful to America for freeing Iraq ? all this is about as plausible as the idea that Western Europeans would acknowledge their past salvation from Nazism and Soviet Communism, or be grateful for the role the United States plays to promote democracy in Panama, Haiti, the Balkans, or the Middle East.
No, in this depressing age, the real problem is apparently our support for democratic Israel and all those pesky Jews worldwide, who seem to crop up everywhere as sly war makers, grasping film executives, conspiratorial politicians, and greedy colonialists, and thus make life so difficult for the rest of us."
The above propoganda style of a Jewish man image was found at the website of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. There are more.
Blog Site Tip of the Day: The Politburo Diktat.
I almost clicked back out of the site but I am glad that I didn't. Spend a little time with it and be sure to click on the links in the posts.
October 30, 2003
James Taranto's "Best of The Web Today" is usually great reading with contributions from web denizens from around the world. Today's BOTWT is outstanding. Mr. Taranto must be one of the ever-increasing number of Jessica's Well devotees. He concludes a segment on the Democrat presidential candidates entitled "Our Job is Too Easy" with this, tying together several recent J's W themes:
Dean later said he actually didn't know what a metrosexual was, and we must confess, we weren't all that familiar with the term either. We did see last week's episode of "South Park" in which, as the official episode guide explains, everyone in town joins "the hip new homosexual craze. Suddenly, it's cool to be gay! Cartman, Stan, Kyle and Kenny go head to head with the other kids to see who can be the 'gayest.' "
But it turns out there's another definition of a metrosexual, according to The Word Spy: "a dandyish narcissist in love with not only himself, but also his urban lifestyle." That's almost as good as "the haughty, French-looking" and so on.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Kerry has a new campaign book out, "A Call to Service: My Vision for A Better America." The Sun-Times, which notes that Kerry served in Vietnam, says: "Although a liberal Democrat, Kerry acknowledges that his party doesn't have a monopoly on good ideas." That's true--and also, McDonald's doesn't have a monopoly on fine wine.
Well said. Taranto ends with a posting of the Beanie Babies story we linked to several days ago. It's still funny...
Ever wonder what heppened to Mark (Luke Skywalker) Hamill? He is on Broadway it what looks like a real doozy. The lead in to this review of "Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks" goes like this:
"Can a middle-aged gay former Broadway chorus boy whose acerbic demeanor hides a deep loneliness and the elderly widow of a Baptist minister who submerges her liberal, fun-loving nature beneath a prim formality find happiness together in a Florida condominium?"Insert light sabre joke here.
Terry McAuliffe, call your office.
October 29, 2003
After reading this post by Scott over at Wunderkinder and especially after reading the comments I now understand the root personality differences between "PC" users and "Mac" users.
It is something like this:
Just kidding, guys. Jeez.
Glenn, Glenn, Glenn.....it was never cool to be a "metrosexual". A metrosexual is just a dandy with a better press agent.
Gary Mauro used to do this sort of thing with billboards back when he was the Land Commissoner for the state. Now it is Carole Keeton Rylander Strayhorn tipping us off as to the size of either her ego or her ambition with her banner on the State Comptroller's web site.
I ask you....on the official state site, should her name be both above and in a larger font size than her office?
From this article in the Cleveland Morning Journal:
"A 9-year-old boy was arrested at gunpoint and handcuffed Saturday because he was waving a toy gun over his head while seated on a bench outside a store, according to a Lorain police report.
His mother, Tamyka Saunders of Sheffield Lake, said her son, Thomas Clark Jr., told Lorain police when they approached him outside a Broadway business that the gun was a toy. An officer aimed his weapon at the boy's head, ordered him to the ground, handcuffed him and arrested him for juvenile delinquency by reason of inducing panic, according to the police report."
October 28, 2003
Dear Readers: I have created a web page with the aim of facilitating feedback to CBS and those companies that ultimately sponsor the upcoming CBS hatchet job on Ronald Reagan during the next "sweeps week".
We will record the show when it airs and make a list of the companies that sponsored the show and the products that they were advertising. We will then list them here on this page along with any contact information we can find for these companies in order for you, dear readers, to merely click and inform at that point and let them know what you thought about the program and what you think about their support of same.
Please bookmark and forward the link to anyone you see fit and feel free to copy the above banner graphic to use as a link or even the "Sweep This" graphic on CBS/Sponsor feedback page.
Apparently, KMID's owners have decided that the station's low ratings have gone on long enough, and have given it a complete makeover. Changes include a new name, a new look, and a puzzling new gimmick:
"Chief Forecaster Horace Brown also offers our 2 Degree Guarantee..."
So what's the guarantee -- if his forecast is off by more than two degrees, Karen Carter gets taken off the air?
Oooops. Too late.
Over 5,000 EZ Riders in week one. An outstanding response by all accounts accounted for in the article. Had there been a charge for riding, revenue would have been just over $5,000.
The article did not mention the cost of operations for the week.
Stephanie Sparkman was interviewed by Craig Anderson on KWEL this morning. Sheeeesh. The last time I witnessed that many softballs, my sister played varsity for LHS.
Apparently, DMI's prime directive is to "study" things. What things, you ask? Oh, this and that. And what do they do with the information provided by these highly-scientific undertakings? Why, they "consider it", you silly geese.
In addition to her high-pressure day job, Mrs. Sparkman is in the middle of writing a touchy-feely epic on George & Laura Bush, which -- by the look of it -- should be just as hard-hitting and objective as her other efforts.
Interestingly, her husband Scott spends most of his time working on his Corvette.
October 27, 2003
Yup. You've got it. Brad and Jen are headed to the Middle East to help out with the peace effort. Can Ben and J. Lo be far behind? Sure, we wouldn't be in this mess if the Oslo accords had survived Justin and Britney's break-up......or was it Liza and David's break-up....but something has to be done!
"The organisers admit that none of the actors has any experience of the Middle East or of conflict resolution, but argue that this may be a good thing as they will be considered non-partisan.OMIGOD! What kind of madness is this? They are sending actors as diplomats that are lacking even the supreme qualification of having once played a diplomat in a movie.
"It is, I think, true to say that the intelligentsia have been more wrong about the progress of the war than the common people, and that they were more swayed by partisan feelings. The average intellectual of the Left believed, for instance, that the war was lost in 1940, that the Germans were bound to overrun Egypt in 1942, that the Japanese would never be driven out of the lands they had conquered, and that the Anglo-American bombing offensive was making no impression on Germany. He could believe these things because his hatred for the British ruling class forbade him to admit that British plans could succeed. There is no limit to the follies that can be swallowed if one is under the influence of feelings of this kind. I have heard it confidently stated, for instance, that the American troops had been brought to Europe not to fight the Germans but to crush an English revolution. One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool." - George Orwell - Notes on Nationalism.Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them:
"I've known about this for a long time. He told me about it quite a few years ago. As soon as I heard what happened, I called to check he was OK. We had a talk and he sounded in good shape."
This just reminds me of the kid we all knew in school who would say anything - anything - just to get some attention. RTWT, it's short and sweet.
Perusing the inbound referring links I came across a Spanish language (Portuguese maybe?) website that has linked to the Dos Passos Life Magazine article. I have no idea what they are saying about it but you have to love the T-Shirt they are selling (above). In fact, they have a whole CafeShop store that has some interesting stuff.
October 26, 2003
Continuing with the subject of the Reporter-Telegram's un-erring instinct to be the public's watchdog we find this interesting note next to this article concerning downtown revitalization:
"Editor's Note: This is the first of a two-part series examining efforts to revitalize downtown Midland. MRT Correspondent Stephanie Sparkman, author of the series, is a member of the Midland Downtown Revitalization ad hoc committee [Emphasis mine]. "No conflict of interest here, folks, move along, nothing to see. (In all fairness, this may have been an attempt at disclosure. I am guessing not.)
Ms. Sparkman also informs us in another article that downtown revitalization efforts in Brownwood are "paying off". Her examples of this? Well, there are none in the article....and how rude of you to ask, by the way.
"It takes 80 to 90 percent state and federal funding for transit systems to break even,"The above is a quote from Gary J. Law, Director of Transportation, Planning and Development for the Texas Department of Transportation's Odessa office in this article which, unbelieveably, begins with the sentence "Officials say key differences between Midland's new public transportation system and the failed one of the 1980s will make the new system a success."
Law goes on to say "With the new EZ RIDER, the number of riders itself is not going to pay for the system."
What would we do without experts? MT Rider, indeed.
Most people are torn by the events and decisions surrounding Terri Sciavo, the lady in a vegetative state in Florida that had her feeding tube removed and later re-inserted on orders from Governor Jeb Bush. I am curious as where readers of this blog fall in the poll areas above.
October 24, 2003
Why I hate modern unions: Under the title "Servicing Dean," this article covers the pending endorsment of Howard Dean by an influential national union, the SEIU. All well and good...the union, even if it is not speaking for its members, can make endorsements all day long. But then the article continues on how they will get their candidate elected:
Under the plan laid out by SEIU Local 1199, $35 million in union money will be spent in the general election to help Democrats. More important is where much of that money will go -- in the pockets of about 1,000 rank-and-file SEIU members and staff who will take a one-year leave of absence from their jobs (under negotiated union contracts, such leave is allowed), and work in key Democratic battleground states for the party. Those states include Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and California. The SEIU workers will receive their full salary, plus travel and living expenses through the union.
"The Republicans can't match us in this regard," says a Washington SEIU official. "We have the shock troops that can go out there and work for our candidates in a way that Republicans can't. They aren't going to be able to touch us on this kind of plan."
A pithy closing comment eludes me.
Forecasters say the storm has the potential to affect everything from cell phones and power grids to other satellite communications.
Basically, everything I need to work might be screwed today. Sounds to me like a great reason to be away from the phones, computers and "other satellite communications" and enjoy the last nice, warm day before the cold front hits tonight.
Secondary warning: the first link posted contains a world-record length URL. No, this is not a contest.
October 23, 2003
Ass-Clown "documentarian" Michael Moore has called for a boycott of Wal-Mart until such time they stop selling ammunition for handguns. Coincidentally, Wal-Mart also sells Moore's latest book "Dude, Where's My Country".
In the spirit of compromise I suggest that we not buy Moore's book from Wal-Mart. Or anywhere else for that matter.
And take a look at that Photoshop job on the cover of his book. Moore's face hasn't been that thin since he was 11.
A distinguished legal scholar. A brilliant legal career. A rags to riches story that proves out the American dream.
Yet this is all that a Senate Democrat can see when they look at California's Justice Janice Rogers Brown.
Yet another case of an SUV having a mind of its own and driving over someone, in this case a sunbather.
People, it is no different from guns: SUV's don't kill people. Idiot drivers kill people. Good Lord....the media would have you think that every SUV is Christine.
Mark Steyn recognizes today as an anniversary we should all remember: The Beginning of the Terrorist War, during which we did not go into offensive mode until after September 11th, 2001.
For Americans, September 11th brought to a close the post-Cold War era, the period that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall. For a significant proportion of Muslims, September 11th was the culmination of a quite different timeline; an era that was inaugurated on October 23rd 1983, when Hezbollah suicide bombers killed 300 American and French soldiers in Beirut and prompted their governments to pull out of Lebanon. From a Muslim point of view, the suicide bomber is as reliable as the Maxim gun was: sometimes he brings victory, as in Beirut; sometimes he attracts a barely minimal response, as in Clintons desultory retaliations to bin Ladens ever bolder provocations during the Nineties; and sometimes he is rewarded by public admonitions to his victims, as when the EU et al urge restraint; on the part of Israel after Hamas or Islamic Jihad have blown up a few more pregnant women in a shopping mall. Before September 11th, we saw the events, but not the pattern. - from "The Face Of The Tiger"
Sobering. Eighteen years of being in denial and playing defense, two years of playing offense.
This story is indicative of Americans wanting to have their cake and eat it too, and of the politicians who will tell them anything they want to hear.
First we read:
"We have got to give relief to local taxpayers."
But a few paragraphs later:
To fund this initiative, Ms. Strayhorn said while she is opposed to a state income tax, she still supports a $1 tax on cigarettes sales.
Go to any city council meeting in just about any city in America and you'll see the cause that leads to this hypocrisy in its full effect. Whether conservative, liberal, or independent, townspeople across Texas and the nation are screaming for more programs at all levels of government, while demanding tax cuts at the same time. Guess what folks, you can't have both.
Charlie Reese said it best. For government to tax less, it has to do less.
We'll never see any meaningful amount of tax relief in this country unless people can get that simple fact through their heads. But as long as the general public adheres to the mentality that government should provide all things to all people, leaders like Strayhorn will be able to continue as walking, talking contradictions to the admiration of all.
From Lileks this morning:
"The Rummymemo flap is depressing on a number of levels. Oh, in one respect, it’s heartening; you could take it to mean “okay, we’ve conquered Afghanistan and Iraq; is there anything else we should be doing?” - a sentiment which would have seemed quite reassuring to some after 9/11. (And horrifying to others, who hoped that having been knocked flat by a sucker punch, we would crawl back to our corner, spit into the bucket, and request permission from the French and German judges to declare the bout a draw.) It’s not an “admission of failure, ” as Daschle put it - hell, the administration could put Osama’s head on a stick in the Rose Garden, and Daschle would call it an admission of failure that they hadn’t located the torso. I will never trust these people with national security again. Never, never, never. We’re in the fight of our lives, and all they can do is carp and bitch and piss and moan, because - as was the case with many conservatives in the Bosnian conflict - it’s not their war."I think a great many people to whom the Democratic party had some appeal on other fronts and other issues feel the same way.
October 22, 2003
Even more from the January 7, 1946 issue of Life Magazine:
Many of my own feelings and philosophies are in conflict with one another concerning the Terri Schiavo story.
As is my analytical nature, my initial concerns are legal. Namely, how is it that a governor can overrule a judge in a case such as this? Is it just me, or has the Florida legislature set an extremely dangerous precedent in passing such an enabling law? I seem to recall a little something about checks and balances.
Don't misunderstand, as I am all for the woman's life being preserved -- especially considering the speculations about her husband having caused her condition. But isn't this the same thing, in some detached way, as the Texas Democrats fleeing to New Mexico to prevent a quorum? The system isn't perfect, but is it being bastardized because of a very rare, very gray set of facts and circumstances?
I'm certainly open to comments on this one. Like I said, I'm very conflicted.
I don't want brag or nothin'.....but thanks to the Life Magazine post we are currently averaging more daily visitors than Howard Dean's blog.
This was one of the logos for Midland's new mass transit system that was rejected...for some reason. I know not why.
Wow. This is amazing. Just this morning I was thinking that I had just not heard enough about Princess Diana yet.
And then there is this: Pamela Anderson has been diagnosed with Hepatitis C which she expects will kill her in ten to fifteen years. What is she doing about it?
"But Anderson isn’t taking interferon, the injectable drug hepatitis patients often use. Her homeopathic doctor, Wendy Hewland, tells the magazine she 'made a single remedy specifically for Pam' that Anderson is using as an alternative form of medicine."If this isn't a self-fulfilled prophecy waiting to happen I don't know what is.
"You Might be a Leftist if... You believe John Ashcroft poses a greater danger to America than Osama bin Laden ... You think President Bush lied to the nation but his predecessor did not. ... You believe President Bush is too dumb to be President and Arnold Schwarzenegger is too dumb to be Governor of California, but the Dixie Chicks, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Barbra Streisand, Eddie Vedder and Jeanine (sic) Garofalo are qualified to discourse at length on foreign policy. ... You believe all conservatives are racist, but do not think minorities can ever succeed without Affirmative Action. ... You can't decide which is worse: the Patriot Act or the Patriot Missile. ... You believe Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, and Yasser Arafat were fairly and democratically elected, but President Bush was not." --Marc Levin
via The Federalist.
It is time for America to make the climate unbearable for all terrorists and terrorism. Terrorism is like a disease. It poisons people's lives with fear and causes serious damage to the economy. Each time another terrorist action occurs, regardless of the perpetrator and the cause, the climate of fear created by 9/11 increases.
Amen. James Swan at NRO sheds some light on another American terrorism threat, that coming from our home-grown ecological and animal rights terrorists who are active across the country. From this article, it seems we are getting serious about fighting back. About time.
October 21, 2003
And how long will it be until the now-two-day-old Midland Odessa bus system begins seeking advertising partners? Six months? A year? We've got Grande Communications Stadium and the Pre-Inevitable Merger With Wells Fargo Bank of the Month Ballpark. Who's up for sponsoring the EZ RIDER system? Another bank? How about a used car dealer? Um...is EZ Wider still in business?
The latest chapter of a favorite story among Jessica's Well loyalists: more news on the Marriage Of The Millennium.
...Gest, 50, describes Minnelli, 57, as an overweight, raging alcoholic who seriously injured him during a June attack (the couple separated the following month). According to Gest, whose lawsuit seeks $10 million in damages, he became a "victim of domestic violence"...
Oh. My. God.
Site Admin Comment: Really....how could you not hit this guy?
UPDATE, Monday 27th:
TRUER WORDS [Rod Dreher]
"There is no conceivable amount of money worth telling the world that you were beaten up by Liza Minnelli." --Jon Stewart on David Gest's lawsuit for alleged injuries inflicted
Posted at 06:02 PM (Friday the 24th on NRO's The Corner)
Well, looky here. In the afternoon we have just as much traffic as Instapundit.
A movie about Sylvia Plath. Wonderful. I was really feeling the need to wallow in someone else's misery for two hours. When the numbers come back on this moan-fest, I bet the studio guy who gave it the green light sticks his head in an oven.
October 20, 2003
"The film is set to air during next month's Sweeps. It stresses Reagan's moments of forgetfulness, his supposed opinions on AIDS and gays, his laissez-faire handling of his staff members. The scenes often carry a disapproving tone.
During a scene in which his wife pleads with him to help people battling AIDS, Reagan says resolutely, "They that live in sin shall die in sin" and refuses to discuss the issue further.
The film's producers, Zadan and Meron, acknowledge their liberal politics, as do the stars of the television movie, James Brolin and Judy Davis. But Meron tells the TIMES: "This is not a vendetta, this is not revenge. It is about telling a good story in our honest sort of way. We all believe it's a story that should be told."
"This was very important for me, to document everything and give a very fair point of view," says Leslie Moonves, the CBS chairman and a top Democrat supporter [he sat next to Hillary Clinton during her husband's re-nominating convention].
Well, that ass-hat Les Moonves may run CBS but I run the remote.
Click. Next channel.
I will make it a point not to watch CBS for the entire sweeps period. I encourage others to do the same. In fact, feel free to copy and disseminate the above graphic.....maybe we can make this a full blown boycott.
El Ced has attracted the attention of the Austin American-Statesman once again. Oh yeah...and the Austin police, too.
UPDATE: Note to Cedric: You only have the alums and the Attorney General swoop in to protect you when you are producing on the field. Don't believe me? Do a little reading here.
CELEBRITY FAT-ASS TELLS AMERICANS TO LOSE WEIGHT
From the Vaughn News Fabrication Service
Portly talkshow host and self-help guru Dr. Phil McGraw announced this week that, in accordance with his new weight loss book, Americans should "get off their lazy backsides, stop eating so much, and lose some pounds."
"I get sick of seeing fat people everywhere I go," remarked the double-chinned McGraw from a booth at his favorite restaurant, Guido's, between bites of pepperoni pizza. "People need to understand that it takes discipline to get healthy, and buying my book is the first step."
McGraw's new book, Ultimate Weight Solution: The Seven Keys to Weight Loss Freedom is currently #3 on the New York Times Best Seller List.
"If you want to be an unattractive slob for the rest of your life, hey, it's no skin off my nose," the hard-edged TV psychologist said as he wiped melted cheese from his mustache. "But if you're ready to take control of your life, get on Amazon and order my new book ASAP."
McGraw's next book, Dr. Phil's Guide to Hair Care, is slated to hit bookstore shelves in December.
Tony Snow on Fox News Sunday (10/19/2003):
They even used my graphic!
"Rummaging through the Internet, I came across an alarming dispatch from the war, bearing the headline: "Americans Are Losing the Victory..."
The upshot was that just seven months after the end of hostilities, things are a complete and deteriorating mess. Here are some of the more depressing details. A soldier says, "We've lost the peace. We can't make it stick."
The writer observes, "Never has American prestige in Europe (search) been lower. People never tire of telling you of the ignorance and rowdy-ism of American troops." The French warn that, "our policy is producing results opposite too those we planned." Meanwhile, some troops are tired of talk about grants to the war-torn nation. Says one, "Let them pay for it. It's their fault."
And finally, this: "A great many Europeans feel that the cure has been worse than the disease... The time has come for our own future security, to give the best we have to the world instead of the worst."
Sound familiar? The author of the piece: John Dos Passos. The source: Life Magazine. The date: January 7, 1946.
A tip of the hat to the Jessica's Well Web site for this item."
October 17, 2003
PROOF? WE DON'T NEED NO STEENKEEN PROOF!
I can think of few things more terrifying than being wrongly accused of sexually assaulting a woman, much less a minor.
This guy was suspended from his job, taken to jail, charged with sexual assault of a child, made to post bail, and forced to hire a defense attorney -- all because some lying little bint lobbed an accusation.
She's in jail now [Culver] for filing a false police report. Let's hope she's made to stay there for a damn-long time.
October 16, 2003
I really don't know what to make of this. I guess things never change and that there is nothing new in the world. Below are two links to two articles from the January 7, 1946 issue of Life magazine.
Maybe the author of the main article, John Dos Passos, was the Robert Fisk of his day. Maybe Henry Luce had it in for Harry Truman. This is a discussion for more knowledgeable people than me. But what I really wasn't ready for in an article in Life Magazine six months after the end of World War II was a line such as this:
"We have swept away Hitlerism, but a great many Europeans feel that the cure has been worse than the disease."There are more like it. And it is all so eerily familiar. As Dr. Reynolds says, "Read the whole thing."
October 14, 2003
Leticia Van de Putte vs. Lucretia Van de Putte. Leticia may be correct and is certainly more elite and appropriate-sounding, but Lucretia still has a certain ring to it. "Tell the truth, girl!"
October 13, 2003
Chapter Two: Life is tough. Life is tougher when you are stupid. Life is hell when you are stupid and attract the eye of James Lileks.
Just for fun I went back and read the Lileks instant classic "Notes from the Olive Garden". You should too.
October 11, 2003
A nasty front blew into North Texas this afternoon.
October 10, 2003
Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, liar.
"'We consider it a closed, internal Senate matter,' she said by phone from Austin."To recap: She went straight to the media saying she was slurred by a Republican Senator. The Republican Senators asked for a name. The guy would have been toast. Everybody knows that. She won't provide the name. Now it is "a closed, internal Senate matter." We know she got her bluff called and lost......was she even holding a pair of dueces?
Bob Stoops hates puppies. And Jesus. It's official.
"If I told that artist once, I told him a thousand times: "Corrie. The last name is Corrie."
October 9, 2003
Mark Harden over at Insane Antonio eviscerates everybody's favorite disgruntled State Senator, Lucretia van de Putte.
October 7, 2003
Is it kind of ridiculous that Arnold will be the Governor of California? Probably.
Does California deserve ridiculous? Most definitely.
Something is going on.
UPDATE: This from the Guardian is interesting. It seems Arafat has had a heart attack. But what is more intriguing is that he may need some expertise in the preservation of life....in this case heart surgery...that his precious Palestinian culture of death cannot provide for him. He needs to get to Egypt, at least. And let's not kid ourselves here...what he really wants is to get to one of those infidel doctors in New York. Maybe the guy who did Letterman!
Israel will almost certainly let him out. They will be less anxious to let him back in.
Tick, tock, tick, tock. What to do, what to do. Tick, tock.
The sign had a nice graphic and read:
"A Portable External Defribrulator Is Located In This Building"What? Were there just too many requests for the use of the device for recreational purposes?
and then it said
"For Emergency Use Only"
October 4, 2003
General Wesley Clark: The New McClellan?
The latest from Victor Davis Hansen.
Iraq a quagmire? Quagmire my a**!. If you want to see a quagmire, have a look at the Ivory Coast.
Maybe this quagmire stuff has less to do with going into a country than it has to do with going into a country after the French.
Post removed by Site Admin at request of author.
October 3, 2003
Campaign slogans under consideration for Gen. Wesley Clark:
"I Was Into Quagmires Before Quagmires Were Cool"
"Honk if You Got Bombed in Kosovo"
"Only Fired by the Pentagon Once!"
"The OTHER Bush-Bashing Rhodes Scholar From Arkansas"
"No, Really, Vice President Would Be Fine"
A big smile for the end of the week. From Ann Coulter's weekly column on the Democrat party's candidates for president. RTWT.
Now that we have heard from Dr. James Fuller, MISD Board Member and West Texas President of the Fraternal Order of the Professionally Aggrieved Local 423, let us have some perspective from Dr. Thomas Sowell.
So let us review what Rush Limbaugh said.
"[McNabb] is overrated ... what we have here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback can do well—black coaches and black quarterbacks doing well."Limbaugh was then pilloried for introducing race into the subject of quarterbacks and suggesting that the media were giving a boost to a black quarterback.
Do this test, look at the results, and then decide for yourself.
To see what Google returns with the search term "First White Quarterback" click here.
To see what Google returns with the search term "First Black Quarterback" click here.
Quite a differnce, huh?
Now is this wrong on the media's part to introduce race into sports. No.
So why is it wrong for Mr. Limbaugh to point out the fact that they do?
Note: If you strip off the word "first" from each search term leaving just "white quarterback" or "black quarterback" the results seem to even out......as far as the first friggin' twenty or so pages of results. But this just further show that the media is, in fact, constantly introducing race into the subject of quarterbacks.
October 2, 2003
POWER: An essay from Bill Whittle. A must read.
I got nuthin', really. I just love this picture of John Kerry.
Next to go?
Looks like it is going to be a tough few weeks for Rush Limbaugh. He learned Sunday that in matters of race relations, stating the obvious is always counter-productive.
And now it looks like he may be addicted to OxyContin. Right Wing News has a good summary to-date.
October 1, 2003
Well, of course it is the institutions that are responsible for the death of Lucwolyn Marquett Hutchinson. They have the deep pockets.
Lawyer Jeff Robnett:
"They are being sued as representatives of the church ... not as individuals."Translation: "Do you know what a priest makes a year? I don't flip open my alligator skin-covered Filofax for that kind of dough. But the Diocese has some serious scratch and they have a tendency to settle."
"Robnett also said his client is not interested in money, but in justice."But they are not interested in money, see?
"Some of the damages Ms. Hutchinson is seeking according to the lawsuit include reasonable medical care and expenses in the past and future, physical pain and suffering in the past and future, mental anguish in the past and future, physical impairment in the past and future, loss of earnings in the past and future and loss of parent/child relationship in past and future."