Sunday, December 31, 2006
You know, since we were spending all that money anyway, why didn't they get a Humvee out to get him out of the snow, drive him to someplace where a military helicopter could get him and take him to an airbase where he could hop a transport to D.C.?
I mean seriously, the man was SecDef until about two weeks ago. We're spending a ton of money on the funeral anyway. If Ford wanted Rummy to be one of his pallbearers then it wouldn't have been that big a deal to find a way to get him to Washington.
Look, the South may have been like that once upon a time, but now it's become an urban (or suburban) sprawl. In the last thirty years, people have been flocking to the South for just that sort of lifestyle. The result is that they've pretty much destroyed it. Now, I'm not saying it's a living hell to live in the South, but it isn't what it was.
If you're looking for wide-open spaces and clean air, the South isn't where you want to go now. Rather, the West is the place to be. Places like Idaho. Yeah, I know. Idaho? Seriously. Idaho real estate is a big thing right now. Lots of people are caught up in the idea of the frontier, the big open spaces of the West where you can spread out and just live. It's a better quality of life than you'll get anywhere else in the country.
On top of the beauty, you're also going to get more for your money than you'll get in a lot of other parts of the country. Value, beauty and quality of life... You'll find them all in Idaho. Check out the values in Idaho real estate by clicking on either link.
Saturday, December 30, 2006
10 to 1 it's already bouncing around at the Huffington Post or Kos.
You know, there are a lot of different methods people use to hear their homes. Heat pumps, gas furnaces, heating oil... Heck, even wood stoves. There are a lot of different methods available and each one has it's ups and downs.
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This great site can give you a lot of information on heating alternatives. For example, did you know there is such a thing as the corn furnace? Sounds like a joke, huh? It's not. Rather, it's an environmentally friendly option that relies on a renewable resource rather than coal or oil. A corn furnace works by splitting the water molecules in each kernal and then fusing the hydrogen atoms...
No, I kid. Seriously, a corn furnace works by burning dried corn. It's plentiful as anything in the midwest, it's viable from a financial perspective and it's grown right here in the US of A. I'd never heard of it until I visited 123 Furnace.
They can show you other options too. Well worth a look see.
Whether he was the President of the United States for 8 years, for 4 years, for 2 years or not at all, it's entirely right that we should honor a man like that once in awhile. Not for his sake but for our own.
So, my apologies for being a jerk earlier this evening. There's a time for dark humor, a time for sarcasm and snide comments. This wasn't the time.
And while we're at it, should federal offices and the stock markets really be closed on Tuesday just because Gerald Ford died? I mean, good Lord, how much does that cost? Probably no mail too which is a pisser.
Well, he was in the Navy during WW2 so maybe I'll cut him a little slack. Still, seems like a hell of a lot of hoopla for a man who wasn't even elected. For that matter, a lot of hoopla for any former president. They're not kings after all. I'm a small-r republican in that sort of thing. The imperial presidency isn't at all what the Founders had in mind.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Well, I guess I should say some of you because I'd do it in a heartbeat, just like Robin Nykaza. Here's another video from PayPerPost showing a proud Postie on a scavenger hunt for prizes, this one brought to you by HP, the leaders in Digital Photo Printing. It's a fun video as you can see below and Robin clearly had a blast. I will say that she's lucky she found the kind soul near the bus who was willing to help her cross like three items off her list in one blow. Still, it looked like a lot of fun and, obviously, some great prizes.
If the Postie Patrol comes to my place then I'm game. But guys, you may want to wait until Summer because I'm not wearing shorts outside right now. Ain't happening.
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Thursday, December 28, 2006
Let's see... James Brown and Gerald Ford... Any guesses on who the third loser of life's lottery will be? Last time around it was Aaron Spelling, Patsy Ramsey and Eddie the Dog from Frasier. This one can't be much wilder than that!
My guess for this spin of the wheel is the kid who played Pugsley on the Addam's Family.
I've got to be honest, when I first saw this I was not thrilled. A number of months ago I tried out the Performancing blog editing tool for Firefox and was less than impressed. I found it to be a very cumbersome and clunky interface. To each his own, of course, but it didn't work well for me. Well, when you read through PayPerPost's announcement on their blog, you find out that this is one of the pieces of Performancing.com that they do not plan to acquire. Rather, they are acquiring the advertising and blog statistics aspects of the business. This, I think, will work very well with PayPerPost's existing set of assets.
One of the things PayPerPost has been lacking is a way to get a handle on how to best fit their paid posts into your blog. These new tools will go a long way toward providing just that sort of functionality. They will also provide new opportunities, both for bloggers and for advertisers.
In short, PayPerPost seems to have skimmed the cream off the top of Performancing.com I think it will turn out to be a great addition to the PayPerPost package of services. I'm looking forward to seeing what PayPerPost does to fold these new features into the model we Posties have come to love.
I have no quibble with Ford. At least, I didn't in life. In death, however, I'll call him a cowardly prick. Why would I insult the recently departed, not-yet-in-the-ground former President? Simple. In my book it's damn cowardly to give an interview to the Washington Post (Bob Woodward, naturally) and be critical of the sitting president but not to have the cajones to let the interview be released while you're still in the land of the living.
And while we're at it, why is friggin Bob Woodward the father confessor of the political class? It's almost like you've got to have your chit signed by Bobby before St. Paul lets you in.
I read the report and there is a lot more in there than just that. A lot of it makes very good sense and some, like the above, is a recipe for disaster. We've given you a little coverage of it here, but you really should read it for yourself. Now, of course you can download it, but the bloody thing is over 80 pages and that's a lot to read on a screen or a lot of ink out of the old inkjet.
An easier way to read the Iraq Study Group Report for yourself is to click on this link. There you can purchase a printed copy that you can read much more easily. You'll also find a complete bookstore devoted to the subject. Not one sided but a fair and balanced selection.
What I mean is that the nightmare of my absence is over. The MediaBlog is back on the air! Web! Whatever.
After six days n the technological wilderness at our in-laws, we have returned to the 21st Century. Expect a great deal of posting over the next few days.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The MediaBlog doesn't like to complain, but we are somewhat given to... How shall I put it delicately? Well, let's just say that we have raging cramps, bloating and gas on an all too frequent basis. It's painful, it's annoying and it can be embarrassing. I've spent many a year looking for a natural, reliable treatment. After a lot of trial and error, I think I've found a website which offers a promising solution.
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1. In 2007 I will not post about anything Rosie O'Donnell says.
2. In 2007 I will not post about anything One Note Andy writes.
Yes, friends, I'm swearing off cold turkey. Now, if either one of them just completely implodes then I will cover that with an appropriate degree of glee. What I'm not going to do is give their asinine ravings the attention they so desperately crave.
If there are two things we do well around here they are whining and begging.
This post will include both...
PayPerPost and HP are offering Posties a chance to win an HP photo package which consists of a six megapixel camera and photo printer. It's another great opportunity from PayPerPost.
Now, why should they give me the camera and printer package? It's simple. They should do it for the children. Well, the child anyway. Namely The MediaBloglet.
I've mentioned before that we here at MediaBlog HQ recently welcomed a daughter and heir into our midst. As any new parent knows it is quite a ride and Mrs. MediaBlog and I are very happy to have her here. Unfortunately, the Bloglet is not yet able to earn her own keep. She has no marketable skills at this point unless you consider cuteness a skill. Because of this, the little deadbeat... Ahem... I mean, the little darling turns to us for food, shelter and a clean rump. We're resigned to... Drat... I mean, we're happy to provide these things, but they do mean that there is just a little bit less money to go around than there was when we were unburdened by our bundle o'joy.
For the purposes of this post, what that means is that the only way we could afford to buy a snazzy new digital camera to take pictures of the Bloglet is if we were to start watering down her bottles. Now, I'm willing to do that if necessary but Mrs. MediaBlog has this weird thing about actually feeding the kid every single time she's hungry. Personally, I think she'll just wind up spoiled if we do that, but you know women... Anyhoo... Since Mrs. MediaBlog put the kibosh on that idea, we'll not be buying a new digital camera anytime soon.
So I'm reduced to doing what any red-blooded American does when told that he can't have something: I'm whining and begging. If you could see my poor little Bloglet's face you would know that the only thing that would make her happy this Christmas is for her daddy to win this camera bundle. Well, she'd also be happy if daddy won a million bucks but that's a subject for another post.
So, if you can live with yourself knowing that my poor little Bloglet will cry herself to sleep on Christmas then you go right ahead and give that bundle to someone else. No. I mean it. Don't worry about us. We'll be fine. Mrs. MediaBlog can always draw pictures of the kid on scrap paper.
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You may recall the talk radio, tempest-in-a-teapot, three-day-story brouhaha that surrounded this film that pretty much no one ever bothered seeing. I'll be the first to admit that a movie that revolves around the fictional assassination of a very real president is in questionable taste. I'll add to that the undeniable fact that actually seeing said assassination (thanks to the magic of CGI) is more than a little disconcerting. I'm sure that was the intent.
Having watched the movie for myself this evening I'll throw in my belated 2 cents for what it's worth.
This movie really isn't as awful as you might think. Yeah, it's leftist, but it doesn't glory in the death of the president like you might think. Rather the opposite, actually.
It doesn't portray Dick Cheney all that positively. Not at all positively. Still, it's believable. I'd been led to think that the movie suggested that after the assassination of the president by an individual Muslim, President Cheney proceeds to round up Muslims, stick them in camps, etc. etc. etc. Not at all. Instead, you see a quite believable, if flawed, reaction to the circumstances surrounding the assassination of the President of the United States during a period of fear and crisis.
If anything, it's an indictment of American apathy, American willingness to stereotype Muslims and, most pointedly, our willingness to meekly submit to expanded Federal powers (ie the Patriot Act) during a period of fear. To be honest, as a Conservative I really don't disagree with all of that. It is all too easy to believe that in a time of crisis, Americans might be willing to hand over too much power to a government that promised to protect them. My issue would be that I don't really think we are anywhere near a crisis of that sort and I don't at all believe that the assassination of the President would get us to that point. A nuke in Manhattan? Oh yeah. Not one political murder though.
Anyway, long story short, it's not a bad movie for what it is. I didn't find it particularly offensive.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
So, am I one paycheck away from the streets? Not at all. Why? Because I have enough financial self-discipline to use credit cards wisely. I charge because I have a card where I get cash back. I pay off the card every month. Meanwhile, my cash is sitting in an online bank account collecting interest while I spend the credit card company's money.
What I'm trying to say is that there is nothing wrong with credit cards provided you can use them responsibly. If you can't then you shouldn't use them at all. If you are a person like me then you can find out lots of interesting and useful credit card news along with credit card advice by visiting the links above.
I swear to God this bitch gets crazier every day. She and the other shrews (probably minus Elisabeth who is the only sane one) were whining about the costs involved in the search for those missing climbers on Mt. Hood. Rosie who is as far to the Left as they come. Rosie who would spend your money and mine on every asinine government program under the sun.
This show is a frigging waste of national airtime. I would love to know what sort of housefrau moron is the target demo for these bitches.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
We now take you to the offices of Mr. Donald Trump as he interviews party girl beauty queen Tara Conner:
DT: Tara this is outrageous! The Trump name means class! My business is built on class!
TC: (sobbing) Mr. Trump, I'm sooo sorry...
DT: Sorry doesn't pay the mortgage, Tara. I'm very disappointed in you.
TC: (sobbing more) Please, Mr. Trump...
DT: No, Tara. This is just too much. Tara... You're...
TC: (sobbing/coughing up blood) I'll do anything, Mr. Trump... Anything.
DT: Ahem... Well... I suppose we might...
Yes, friends, it's good to be The Donald
For a lot of us, the closest we have been to a corporate boardroom is the faux version you find on The Apprentice. That's all TV and, anyway, in my book The Donald is more showman than CEO.
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Anyhoo, this time around Christmas is the worst for this sort of thing.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
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Yeah, I know the game is much more about inter-personal politics than it is about boy scout skills but even so. That was just sad. How humiliating when Jeff starts ragging on you!
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First there was his self-publicized boorishness at a reception held by the President. Dubya asks politely after Webb's son who is serving in Iraq and Webb basically tells him to shove it... And admits that he felt like punching POTUS in the face. Pity he didn't since I'm sure the Secret Service would have just loved dealing with that. Also might have been fun to see Harry Reid dancing about and trying to explain why the Senate was about to admit a man who assualted the leader of the free world into the greatest deliberative body in the world (hee hee hee... that's a rich one).
Well, now Jim Webb has started stiffing veterans. Appears he canceled out on a Veterans Day event in Virginia Beach citing a busy schedule. Okay, fine. It happens. The problem is that he gets pissy about it. Seems Jimmy didn't want to take up a whole day to drive down there. Those lousy veterans didn't even arrange to fly him down. After all he's done for them. Ungrateful bastards!
Anyhoo... Sit on it and spin, Virginia. You elected him and he's yours for the next six years.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Well, starting on Monday, PayPerPost is going to announce a change in policies that will require bloggers to d make just such a disclosure. For this blog, this will not be a change since I believe that in every case, each of my PayPerPost posts has featured a tag identifying it as such. More to the point, I think any intelligent reader would be able to identify each and every one of the paid posts simply because of the subtle (or not so subtle) difference in tone. I honestly never felt that this was a big issue and I continue to feel that way. I certainly never felt any sort of moral qualms about the subject.
Still, a lot of people do so maybe this move will help to quiet some of the critics. I'll believe it when I see it. Still, honesty is always the best policy.
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So let's see...
Earmarks in a Republican Congress? Okay, fine.
Earmarks in a Democrat Congress? Danger Will Robinson!
God love Dubya but this is just asinine. The time to come to Jesus on fiscal responsibility was two years ago... Or four... Or how about six? If you'd used the whip a little more maybe we wouldn't be facing Speaker Pelosi now.
There are lots of really great things to be said about Dubya but the fact of the matter is that in important ways he just is not a conservative. Yeah, he cut taxes but he hasn't done a damn thing to shrink the size of government. He doesn't even pay lip service to it. Instead we get No Child Left Behind and a Medicare Prescription Drug benefit. I'll give all due props (up to a point) to Karl Rove as a political strategist, but if this was his plan for crafting some sort of activist-government Republican coalition then it hasn't worked. All it has accomplished is pissing off the base.
Remember the whole "compassionate conservative" thing from 2000? That should have been enough to get us to hold onto our wallets. I hate to agree with One Note Andy on anything, but on this and nothing else he is dead on right. In his heart, Dubya is a Big Government-type.
There are still plenty of good opportunities for mortgage refinancing. The key, as with just about every other financial decision, is to get all the facts and make a wise choice based on your personal circumstances.
About six months ago, we decided to refinance the mortgage on MediaBlog HQ. We ended up saving about $200 each month. It doesn't sound like a lot but it really does add up. It also lets you put a little extra each month against other debts or toward savings. That's what we've done, jacking up the 401k contributions each month. The great thing about doing this is that since you were already spending the money, you don't really miss it. Instead of sending it off to the bank as interest, put it in your savings where it can make you some money.
That's what we've done anyway. Obviously you can use your savings to improve your lifestyle. Far be it from me to discourage having a little fun with newfound money. Still, in the long run you'll be a lot happier if you make the money work for you.
Whatever you plan to do with the money, the link above will take you to a site where you can learn more about the process of refinancing your mortgage.
I've said before that I don't have a lot of patience for politicians who acts as though they are "too good" for partisanship. Well, I don't have much for politicians who are too good for their party either. Bob Barr has always been a bit of an ass in some ways. Doesn't work and play well with others. He's also been reliably conservative.
Now, I would be the first to admit that the Republican Party's commitment to conservative values has slipped in recent years. That being said, I don't think the answer is to jump ship. Better to work to reform a still completely salvageable Republican party rather than scuttling her in favor of the Libertarians who are NEVER going to be anything more than a spoiler... And they'd have to make a lot of progress even to reach that level.
Monday, December 11, 2006
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Sunday, December 10, 2006
So let's make sure I'm clear on this. In Rosie-world it's okay fine, A-numba-one to mock the ching-chong-Chinamen but if Kelly Ripa isn't crazy about having her mouth covered by Clay Aiken's germy hand she's a homophobe?
Why haven't Rosie's 15 minutes ended yet?
Again, we are proud to announce that Ellen is the official Token Lesbian* of The MediaBlog. We don't care if they're butch so long as they're chipper.
* We place former Survivor lesbian Ami Cusack in an entirely different category. She is the official Lesbian We Hope To Convert of The MediaBlog
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The conventional media wisdom is that Iraq is a disaster. Nothing working, nothing going right. Death and destruction at every turn. A quagmire.
Far be it from me to dispute the fact that there are problems in Iraq that need to be addressed. However, denying that Iraq is a far different and far better place than it was four years ago is simply insane. It suggests either blindness, bias or both. I've always said that it is naive to believe that Iraq will turn into Belgium in a day. Or a year. Or five years. That being said it is obvious that Iraq has made progress that is nothing short of amazing.
As the headline says, there are currently talks under way to replace the prime minister of Iraq. Not plots among military officers, not the makings of a coup d'etat. Rather, the talks are about bringing down the governing coalition through a no-confidence vote and the installation of a new government.
A change of government through a legitimate political process. That is an amazing accomplishment. The fact that we take it for granted in America doesn't mean that it is not an amazing accomplishment. In the Middle East it is not just amazing, it is singular.
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We here at The MediaBlog pride ourselves on being contrarians. Well, here we go again. If you listen to most of the media and academia, you believe that Augusto Pinochet deserves to be mentioned in the same breath with Saddam Hussein and Kim Il Song. Certainly he was worse than Fidel Castro since right-wing dictators are always worse than Communist despots.
It isn't so. At the very least, it isn't as simple as that. I'm not going to pretend that the military junta in Chile was a great thing. But I'm also not going to meekly go along with the liberal wisdom that it was an unmitigated horror. Certainly there were excesses. That is undeniable. However, there are two sides to this and you're not likely to hear them in the media. Chile today is a great free market success story and much of the credit for that goes to Pinochet. It's also important to remember that in the annals of murderous dictators Augusto Pinochet was an also-ran. Leaving aside the obvious All Stars (Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao), he's not even in the minors. He's junior varsity at best/worst. A life is a life obviously, but what I'm getting at is that while Barbara Walters may never have simpered with him like she did with Fidel, Pinochet is not a monster of the caliber the media is suggesting.
Read the Wikipedia article above. I wouldn't usually call Wikipedia a wholly reliable source but it has its uses because it is convenient and fairly comprehensive in terms of the subjects it covers. Its article on Pinochet is balanced.
Saturday, December 09, 2006
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Iran's offers do not seem to have tempted Gulf neighbors who are apparently more worried about the dangers of living near Iran's nuclear facilities, especially amid threats by Washington and Israel to use military force to destroy them.
So, to the AP, the Gulf states real worry about Iran's nuclear ambitions isn't the idea that a radical, expansionist, revolutionary regime might obtain nuclear weapons, it's that the US and Isreal might destroy the nuclear facilities.
Not that there aren't legitimate environmental concerns about such a strike, but those can be managed. Anyway, I doubt they are what keep the emirs up at night.
So they say anyway. Maybe it would be better not to get handed the lemon in the first place.
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People change with age. Actually, maybe it's more true to say that as people get older much of the facade they create crumbles away. They reveal themselves for who they really are. Why do you think your grandpa burps at the table after Christmas dinner? He probably didn't when he was 40.
Likewise, George Bush the Elder probably didn't cry publicly when he was 40. Oh, he wanted to, it was inside him, but he had the strength to keep it in. Now he does not, so whatever would have made him want to cry at 40 actually does make him cry. Now, the tears of a proud father are sweet. Unfortunately, like Grandpa's belches, not everything we let out is quite so pleasant.
For example, in his dotage, Jimmy Carter has turned to paranoia, to self-pity and to the edges of Antisemitism. I say "the edges" because I am loath to tar anyone with that brush without the clearest and most overwhelming proof. Like the cry of racism, it is a charge that is too often made and abused.
Still, when one looks at the title of Carter's new book (Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid), one is obviously troubled. When we followup with his rambling, self-defensive op-ed in Friday's Los Angeles Times it only becomes worse. Carter insists that sales have been brisk and that nameless "prominent Jewish citizens and members of Congress" have privately commended him. Even on TV, he insists, he has met with a favorable reaction.
Only in the Jew-dominated print media and among the Jew-run college campuses has he been ignored or rejected.
No, he doesn't say "Jew-dominated," but he comes very close to implying just that. He insists that colleges with a large Jewish enrollment have rejected his generous offer to promote his book (for free, no less). Now, I think we all know that America's universities are quite simply a hotbed of reactionary right-wing thought. If there is any place that the Palestinian cause is utterly rejected, it's on America's college campuses.
As for the print media, Carter simply can't understand why the newspapers refuse to devote column inches to his.. What is it? Thirtieth book? Perhaps not, but the man is prolific if nothing else. To the extent the print media has reviewed the book, the almost uniform negativity of the reviews can be traced to it's obvious source: the Jews. Jewish book reviewers = negative reviews. It's all so simple in Carter's paranoid world.
In all candor, I haven't read the book. I don't like the title and I trust the reviews. I may read it at some point once the used price on Amazon drops to a few dollars. I'm not inclined to put a dollar or two into Carter's pocket by purchasing the book new. Given what I do know, however, I can say with some surprise that Jimmy Carter, who was to me always a good man if not a good president has over the last several years begun the descent toward paranoia and irrelevance.
Let me also devote a (long) paragraph to an obviously superficial statement of my position on the Palestinian question:
Israel was founded upon Western guilt. It was born of the unspeakable horror of the Holocaust and the price for its creation was paid not by the authors of that horror but by a people (the residents of Palestine) who had not greatly wronged the Jewish people. I think the historic Jewish claim on the land, after being largely (though admittedly never entirely) displaced from it for nearly two millenia, was sketchy at best. That being said, the reality is that the Jewish state now exists. It is democratic and vibrant. It is willing to live at peace with its neighbors which are uniformly authoritarian. Whatever the circumstances of its birth, it is here and it is not going anywhere. It is willing to allow the Palestinian people something that no Arab state has done over the last half century: a chance at normalcy. The fact that the Palestinians do not have a state owes much more to the failures of their own leadership than to any intransigence by the Israelis.
Friday, December 08, 2006
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The smoke from the chimney finally went up, Moses came down from the mountaintop and the Lord God Himself delivered us the report of the Iraq Study Group.
Well, you'd think so anyway, given the insane amount of coverage the media has given to the thing. If you travel the conservative blogosphere you know that the report is being largely dismissed for its naive willingness to engage Iran and Syria with the price being a nuclear Iran and an emboldened Syria.
That is certainly true. What is also true, however, is that while the prescriptions offered in the report may not be perfect, the description of the symptoms plaguing Iraq are quite accurate. They are also refreshingly true since, and I say this reluctantly, the Bush Administration has been disturbingly unwilling to admit to them.
I read through about half of the report this afternoon. I had intended to comment on quite a bit of it. Most of what can be said, however, has already been said by people far more knowledgeable than I. What I will do, however, is quote the report's elegant and depressing summary of that nature of the current phase of the Iraqi conflict:
Sunni politicians told us that the US military has to take on the militias; Shia politicians told us that the US military has to help them take out the SUnni insurgents and al Qaeda. Each side watches the other. SUnni insurgents will not lay down arms unless the Shia militias are disarmed. Shia militias will not disarm until the Sunni insurgency is destroyed. To put it simply: there are many armed groups within Iraq, and very little will to lay down arms.
And that's where we are today. Not that any of you are waiting on pins and needles, but I really do need to put together a comprehensive post on Iraq. If only for the sake of ordering my own thoughts on the subject.
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Thursday, December 07, 2006
I"ve been deluding myself. I've always thought I was the bitchiest, snarkyest blogger covering The Amazing Race. I realize now that I'm but a pale shadow of this fellow. A pale, weak, worthless shadow.
The king is dead. Long live the king!
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The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace. The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.
Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.
Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.
Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.
This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As Commander in Chief of the army and navy I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory. I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but Will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces-with the unbounding determination of our people-we will gain the inevitable triumph-so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
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No, but I do have a question. This one is for Bloglines users. Am I the only one who is getting routed to the Italian-language version of the site? It's not like I'm tapping bloglines.it into the browser. The .com link is taking me to the Italian site. Do I just have something configured wrong or is this on their side. Any ideas?
Oh, and completely off topic... I'm watching 1 vs. 100 from a week or so ago. Not that this will comes as a surprise to anyone, but Kevin Federline is a friggin moron.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
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That being said, I have just one question: why doesn't Walmart carry newsmagazines? At least in my local Walmart, there isn't a single one to be found. No Time, no Newsweek, no US News. Oh, you can pick up a copy of Tattoo. Every women's magazine under the sun. People. Us. All of it. But no serious magazines. I can see two possibilities:
- Walmart customers are stupid and aren't interested in current affairs
- Walmart thinks its customers are stupid and aren't interested in current affairs.
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The BBC makes CNN look like CBN!
They actually feel the need to offer equal time to someone to rebut (for lack of a better description) the Queen's annual Christmas message! This year it's going to be a Muslim chick in full costume.
Yeah, I know, it's called a niqab or burka or some such crap. To me it's a costume... Just like a yarmulke is a beanie to me. I'm an equal-opportunity ass.
Seriously, why do we need a point-counterpoint on a frigging Christmas message? I'm prepared to let other faiths have their day (or days) in the sun, why does every public expression of Christianity have to include an argument? The vast majority of us in the West, certainly in the English-speaking West, are at least nominally, culturally Christian. Why do we have to cow-tow and bend over for every other group under the sun?
Okay, let's see... The Queen has her five minutes... Then we need five minutes for the chick who wrapped herself in a blanket. How about another five the the hermaphrodite lesbians. Then five minutes more for the tree worshipers from Easter Island. Another five for the tattooed polygamists from Mongolia... The world just gets freakier and freakier every bloody day!
Monday, December 04, 2006
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+Ruthie +T-Bone +"fan fiction"
I have only one thing to say to this poor bastard:
What the hell is wrong with you?!?!?!
Isn't it bad enough watching these freaks when "professionals" are doing the writing? Why in the name of sweet, merciful Allah would you want more? Why would you want to see what a bunch of teenage fanboy (or girl) types would do with this unholy pair?
Oh wait a second... I get it... You want them to hook up don't you? That's it, isn't it?
I think you people are sick! It was bad enough a season or two ago when we had to watch Ruthie do her little pole dance in her room. Why are you dragging the suggestively named T-Bone into your den of iniquity?
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So Princess Gwyneth claims she was misquoted... Or misspoke... Or needs to work on her Spanish. She loves America. Really.
Well, I'll be honest, forgiveness isn't our strong suit around here but in this case we're inclined to cut her a little slack. Partially because it's entirely possible that she was taken out of context or misquoted, partially because she's just a poor dumb actress and we can't expect un-serious people to be serious. Mostly though, we forgive her because she's kind of hot. Yeah, we roasted Lurch for his verbal slip-up but we'll give little Gwynney a break. So, instead of an objectifying picture like last time, today we'll give you an oh-so-cute-snob-next-door picture:
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Episcopalians Warned Against Leaving Diocese
So the increasingly leftward leaning Episcopalian church in America (specifically in Virginia) is now threatening to sue conservative congregations who leave the church because of its willingness (eagerness, actually) to embrace homosexuality. This would be a real problem if the Episcopalian church actually took the Bible seriously:
If any of you has a dispute with another, dare he take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the saints? Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, appoint as judges even men of little account in the church! I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother goes to law against another—and this in front of unbelievers!
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers.
I Corinthians 6:1-8 (NIV)
Yeah, that would be a real problem. If they actually believed in the Bible, that is.
Sure you will.
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Number 2, USC, lost to UCLA so they are out of it.
Here's where the problem comes in... The two remaining top 4 teams are #3 Michigan and #4 Florida. Michigan has already played Ohio State and lost to them. If they play again in the national championship game and this time Michigan wins, what does that prove? On the other hand, Florida's loss this season is to Auburn who is ranked well below them. Clearly Michigan played the better opponent and lost by a smaller margin. What right does Florida have to play for the national championship?
There is no good answer to any of this and, whoever Ohio State plays, unless Ohio State wins there are going to be arguments. Further proof that we need a playoff system. That being said, my opinion is that Florida should play for the national championship in spite of the fact that their loss was against a lower ranked opponent. Here is my reasoning:
- Michigan has played Ohio State and lost. A rematch will answer nothing.
- Florida has played four ranked opponents and has defeated three of them while Michigan has played only two ranked opponents and lost to one of them.
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Saturday, December 02, 2006
You know, Gwyneth Paltrow is highly overrated. She's an adequate actress but that's really about it. She's not nearly as important as she would think. Not that self-importance makes her out of place in Hollywood.
Here are a few money quotes from Miss Gwyneth's little elitist bitchfest:
"I love the English lifestyle, it's not as capitalistic as America. People don't talk about work and money, they talk about interesting things at dinner,"
"I like living here because I don't fit into the bad side of American psychology. The British are much more intelligent and civilized than the Americans,"
"The Americans," "The British"... Don't you just love how she is an observer who is above it all?
Newsflash, Gwen... The fact that most of us don't sit around at dinner parties, being attended to by the servants, discussing art and literature. We talk about money and work because, quite honestly, those are things that matter in our day to day lives. You don't talk about them because you have more money than you need and your work just isn't important. You make movies that are forgotten almost as soon as they leave the screen.
Still, we won't say you're absolutely worthless. With the right photographer, the right lens and the right clothes, you're attractive. So, since you're so quick to dismiss us as boorish idiots, we're going to make you today's dose of blogporn as we dismiss you as just another pretty face:
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I don't think I've said a whole lot about the Seminole's season. That's probably because there hasn't been much to say. This has been a disastrous season and the somewhat-shady departure of Jeff Bowden really doesn't make things better. It's almost treasonous to say it, but this Seminole fan has the feeling that Bobby Bowden may have overstayed his time. It's always best to go out on top and that's not likely to happen to Bobby now. Instead, his 30+ years are going to be tarnished by poor performance and bitter feelings. It didn't have to be that way.
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It's official: Kramer is Gloria Allred's biatch.
A couple of weeks ago, Miss Gloria came on the Today show and stated that Michael Richards should sit down with the folks he insulted and let a mediator decide how much he should pay them. Well, it took awhile, but Kramer has now decided to do just that. He'll apologize in person and a retired judge will decide if he needs to pay them. I'll pretty much guarantee the outcome. Kramer will pay the "victims" some amount of money quietly but much more loudly he will make a "donation" to midnight basketball or some other "charity."
You know, all of this started with some name-calling. Well, let me end my commentary on it with a little more:
Michael Richards is a coward.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Yeah, I know... Root of all evil. Can't help it. Now, I wouldn't do ANYTHING for money. Don't get any ideas. That said, I love it enough to take care of what I have and to want more. The key to both of these things is simple. You need good information.
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These and a lot of other topics are covered along with useful financial news. It's aimed at our British friends, but it's well worth a look no matter which side of the pond you reside on.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Anyway, always glad to see a class parasite get what's coming to her.
Seriously though, Andy has long since crossed a line from conservatism into something else. Maybe he's not a Democrat, but he's not a conservative. Whatever pretensions he may have to fiscal conservatism are more than outweighed by the fact that he has become entirely a single issue person. You know, kind of like those wacky "Christianists" he's so quick to scorn.
If we needed proof, we need only look at "Mormon week" over on his little screed. Why has One Note Andy decided that now is the time for an indepth and slightly paranoid (and slightly mocking) look at Mormonism? Is it because Harry Reid, the soon-to-be majority leader of the Senate is a Mormon? Nah... Harry doesn't frighten him. It's because Mitt Romney is a Mormon and, for whatever reason, Mitt has decided to speak out forcefully against gay marriage.
Don't get between Andy and his perversion. There is nothing he will not say/do to defend his right to have his secual proclivities endorsed by the state.
Oh, and by the way, a note on my use of the word "perversion". It's used consciously. Homosexual sex is a perversion of natural sex. It is contrary to the nature of the sexual act. Don't tell me about examples of homosexual conduct in the animal kingdom. I'm not interested. There is no species where homosexual sex is the norm. Why not? The species would die out immediately. The fundamental purpose of sex is procreation. Isn't that obvious? The fact that it is pleasurable is just a side benefit. More correctly, it feels good so we'll do it (be fruitful and multiply). You don't have to be a thumper to believe that homosexuality is abnormal. It's biologically obvious.
Where the thumperishness comes into it is the question of being negatively judgmental of homosexuality. I make no bones about the fact that I am. I believe it is an unnatural act. I believe that the public expression of it is contrary to a stable, healthy society. I care not at all what consenting adults do in the privacy of their homes. What I unalterably oppose is the promotion of an ideology which attempts to legitimize homosexuality, which attempts to establish it as an acceptable, positive lifestyle and which defines those of us who oppose such efforts as "haters."
On the other hand, it's entirely possible that YOU should be watching THEM. Yeah, there's nothing pretty about snooping but sometimes you just have to. Maybe it's an employee who is jeopardizing your business by surfing for porn. Maybe it's a child who is jeopardizing much more by doing the same.
Whatever the reason, it's YOUR computer and you have a RIGHT to know what is being done with it. That's where keylogging software comes in. You'll know exactly what they're doing.
Now, maybe the idea of watching over your kid's shoulder makes you feel dirty. If so then don't do it. You'll feel a lot worse when they end up getting into something dangerous.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
And while we're on homosexuality (read my previous post)...
Lately I've had a google search set up to email me when people mention my favorite author, Patrick O'Brian. That led me to stumble upon the above site where, among other things I think, people enjoy sharing drawings of Captain Aubrey and Dr. Maturin... Ahem... Sharing a hammock, shall we say?
Much of this seems to have been born of the Master and Commander film rather than directly from the books. Even though I loved the movie, I knew that no good could come from casting Paul Bettany as Maturin. Not that he isn't a fine actor. He did a wonderful job. No, the problem is that he's so darn cute. Stephen is described over and over again as an ill-looking cove and Paul is hardly ill-looking.
Yeah, I know... Homosexual fan fiction is nothing new. Spock and Kirk have been sharing the forbidden love at warp speed for years. Still, just the thought of Jack and Stephen... I think I'm going to toss my toasted cheese!
Golf clap. Oh bravo, Nancy. Way to show Solomon-like judgement by rejecting as head of the committee that handles sensitive, classified information an impeached federal judge who was removed from office on charges related to a bribary scam.
Seriously, I'm glad she made the right call, whatever her reasoning, but this was as close to a slam dunk as you're ever going to find. I don't give people a lot of credit for remembering to wipe their ass after they go to the john and this is almost as much of a no-brainer.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Notes from Black Friday
--- Something of a disappointment this year. I've made a practice the last couple of years of going out and seeing what there is to be seen. I don't always buy anything but it's nice to see the options. From crusing the Black Friday websites I knew there probably wouldn't be a whole lot that would interest me. Still, hope springs eternal. In this case though, it springs in vain. I cruised the mall and the big box stores this morning and found nothing of interest. There were a couple of decent deals on big TVs but I'm not in the market for that. Likewise, there were a few decent desktop and/or laptop computer deals but I can't see the logic in buying a new computer a couple of months before Vista comes out. Not that I'm all that jazzed about Vista but we all have to go where Uncle Bill leads us (shut up Mac users).
--- I've been listening to Neal Boortz quite a bit lately. Neal and Sean Hannity. I have to say that I'm starting to sour a bit on Rush. In some ways, I don't think he's a serious conservative. Now, I've long thought that if you think conservatism is defined by what you hear on the radio, you're getting a very superficial view of a much deeper movement. That said, Rush has served a purpose for a long time. He's been more successful than anyone else in terms of rallying conservatives. In fact, it's not an exaggeration to say that he is a large part of the reason why Republicans stand where they are today, for well or for ill. That being said, credit where it's due and all that rot, Rush is turning into a bit of a broken record. He blew it for us in Missouri by shooting off his mouth about Michael J. Fox. As tight as that race was, I have to think that if Rush hadn't energized the Dem base things might have gone differently. More to the point, Rush doesn't really seem to talk about issues very much anymore. He's too much into personalities.
Traveling With the Bloglet
--- You know, it's a pain in the arse traveling with a baby. Honest to God it is. They're not civilized beings. They need what they need and they need it NOW!!!! No, to be honest, the Bloglet traveled very well. Slept the whole way. The problem starts when you get to your destination. Whatever routine you've managed to establish is completely out the window. No more eating on time, no more sleeping through the night. It's a little taste of hell, friend. My advice to my fellow breeders (apparently that's a term of scorn in some sectors of the homosexual community... God forbid you should actually be biologically normal) is to stay put for at least six months after the wee beastie comes.
On Second Thought
--- Awhile back we pretty much condemned the selection of Meredith Viera to be the co-host of the Today show. We were judging her by her View persona. As it turns out, we were somewhat wrong. I say somewhat because it's still the God's honest truth that Campbell Brown (and Ann Curry, though we don't care about that) got screwed. Still, Meredith has worked out surprisingly well. She's got the perk factor of Katie without all the prima donna baggage that Miss Couric developed over the years. Not an entirely bad thing. Now, Meredith is no looker, but we're willing to accept that.
On the other hand, Rosie is just as much of a bitch as ever.
Whither the Cedar Revolution?
-- Hugh Hewitt's blog over at TownHall.com has some great coverage of the situation in Lebanon. In a nutshell, it's a Syrian powerplay (with the full backing of Iran) being waged through the use of assassination. If you want to understand this, scout around and find a book by Daniel Pipes called Greater Syria: The History of an Ambition. In a nutshell, Syria isn't out for the Golan Heights. Its ambitions are far greater than a sphere of influence in Lebanon. In essence, Syria doesn't buy into the post World War I-settlement (when in doubt, assume any modern geo-political problem has its origins in the aftermath of World War I). They believe that Lebanon, Jordan and, of course, Israel (plus the Palestinian territories) are all part of a Greater Syria. This expansionist ideology is almost unknown among most people in the West.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
More on Kramer... Victor Davis Hanson didn't like his apology on Letterman. Didn't like the fact that his rambling speech dragged in Katrina and, I think, Iraq. I didn't care for that either, but I considered the source. What I find funny is that VDH referred to Kramer as a "leftist, hip comic." Leftist may be true, I have no idea. I spend about as much time thinking about Michael Richards' politics as I spend thinking about Nancy Pelosi's sense of humor. What gets me though is "hip." Has Michael Richards EVER been hip? I can't even use his name and that word together in a sentence without smirking.
Rosie v. Ripa... Is this not insane? I really could care less about Kelly Ripa (though at her present rate of shrinkage she's going to completely pop out of our dimension in about two years) but does anyone really think her little contretemps with Clay Aiken was an example of homophobia? You REALLY have to be looking to be offended to think that "I don't know where that hand has been" is a homophobic reference. It's a joking reference to cleanliness. Apparently, Clay had been in the audience shaking hands. To the extent that Clay's sexuality is known (and only Rosie seems sure), I really don't believe that Ripa was making reference to it. Still, when you're part of a self-defined persecuted class you get to point out anyone you like and start screaming "hater" at them. The onus is then on them to prove otherwise. Welcome to America, enjoy your stay.
And back to Kramer... Two of the black folks who were offended by his tirade were on Today this morning. Fair enough. They were joined by... Wait for it... Gloria Allred. The woman has taken Jesse Jackson's place as the camera whore du jour. Why would an honorable, upstanding attorney (three words that are seldom spoken together, by the way) like Gloria Allred (hee hee) be involved in this? Why to get her clients the money they are obviously due. Isn't it clear? When you're offended someone should pay you. I know that's how it always works for me. I get checks from people everyday to make it up to me for when they cut me off in traffic or when they let their dog crap on my lawn. Happens all the time. Anyhoo... Miss Gloria wants Kramer to sit down with his "victims" in front of a retired judge who will determine a fair amount of compensation. I think there's a specific legal term for this sort of proceeding but I'm just going to call it binding arbitration. Now, I think Miss Gloria knows that this isn't going to happen. Still, it's a camera, right? Have to seize the opportunities as they arise.
Well, friends, I think that's it for now. I may post a little over the long holiday weekend if I have the time. Probably not though. I don't drink but you don't want to hear my ramblings from a turkey-induced stupor. At the risk of revealing myself for the softie I am, let me wish both of my loyal readers (Hi Mom!) a happy thanksgiving. If you've had a good year it's easy to give thanks. If you've had a rough year it's VITAL to give thanks. Keep looking and you'll find what you're thankful for.
If nothing else, there's always this:
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
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Dear God, the man chases hearses the way pyros chase firetrucks. Personally, I think it's a little bit sick to use someone else's funeral as a way to keep yourself in the public eye. But hey! Maybe that's just me.
Still, you can do worse than a Bubba-original eulogy. He throws himself into the role. The lip biting, the almost-tear. Always touching.
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That said, his appearance on Letterman last night was the most profoundly uncomfortable thing I have seen in a very long time. Now, obviously it was a case of Jerry Seinfeld trying to do an emergency resuscitation of a friend's career. It didn't work. Still, I did get the feeling from watching him that this is a man who is completely aware of the fact that he has a serious problem. The very fact that what he said was so obviously unprepared, so clearly unscripted, goes a long way toward proving that it was genuine. Now, I don't honestly think he has a racism problem. I think he's got a massive anger problem.
There's something else to be addressed here and that is a single word: Nigger.
I'm not going to play the childish game of calling it the "N word." It's a word. An unpleasant word, but just a word. The fact that someone has said the word nigger doesn't mean they are a Klansman. It doesn't mean they want to turn the hoses or the dogs on people. It's a foolish thing to say in public. Hell, it's a foolish thing to say in private. It is, however, just a word. We spend way too much time dealing with words. I'm not excusing what Michael Richards did. He was a boor. He should apologize for losing control and for being rude. He seems to have done that. I really do think that's enough.
We also need to address the fact that Black people, Black comics in particular, use the word regularly. I really do think that diminishes the amount of righteous indignation one is entitled to. I mean, I don't think we see Jackie Mason on stage talking about kikes. The word is offensive whoever says it. It's offensive to me and I'm not Black. The idea that it's okay for Black people to say something but not okay for white people to say it is... Ready for this? Racist. By definition it is racist.
Anyway, turning back to our more usual sarcastic mindset... I think the worst of it for Michael Richards had to be having Sinbad on CNN as a talking head to criticize him. When Sinbad is able to gain a moral advantage over you, you're pretty much career toast
Monday, November 20, 2006
So, I guess you can spend the next few weeks fighting the crowds and trying to figure out what to get for Aunt Mildred or you can just pick from one of dozens of Holiday Gift Baskets and have your shopping done so you can actually enjoy the season.