Monday, May 30, 2005
It felt like ALL of England descended on Chicago for the weekend. The English fans were great and the atmosphere at Soldiers Field was indescribable. After the match we went to an Irish Pub and listened to the victors sing and make revelry.
Monday, May 23, 2005
"These officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the agreement would clear the way for yes-or-no votes on some of Bush's nominees, but make no guarantee."
Saturday, May 21, 2005
Thursday, May 19, 2005
I was going to write something about stained glass. There's no source material tonight...no politics.
I was getting ready to run to the bookshelf to pull some source material but stopped after I stubbed my toe! Good timing. I was going to quote a piece from Kreeft about light as part of my entry.
I love the story telling element of stained glass. It's like a giant tapestry or mosaic made dimensional by the inference of light. The light/shadows are always unpredictable so the story is less absolute, certain or pre-ordained. I'm straying here from the narrow path (and struggling to write as usual). The light implies a certain sense of purity; I'm just not sure I feel it.
I think most people conjure up religious images, etc. when they think of stained glass. It doesn't have to be religious. I have three examples (one is religious while the others are not).
Slide 1: This is from The Tunnel Of The Stone Spirit in Spirited Away.
Slide 2: This is from St. Joseph's Abbey in Spencer, MA.
Slide 3: This is from the beginning of Kindgom Hearts.
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Goalkeepers (3): Scott Carson (Liverpool), Robert Green (Norwich City), David James (Manchester City)
Defenders: (7): Wes Brown (Manchester United), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), Glen Johnson (Chelsea), Gary Neville (Manchester United), Phil Neville (Manchester United), Matthew Upson (Birmingham City)
Midfielders (5): Michael Carrick (Tottenham Hotspur), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Jermaine Jenas (Newcastle United), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City)
Forwards (4): Peter Crouch (Southampton), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham Hotspur), Andrew Johnson (Crystal Palace), Alan Smith (Manchester United)
Here's the money quote:
"That means the likes of Peter Crouch, Andrew Johnson, Michael Carrick, Jermaine Jenas and Wes Brown could all feature in Chicago, prompting sceptics to question the entire reasoning behind the trip."
*DISCLOSURE: I'm the moron who bought tickets @ $100.00 each and plane tickets to Chicago. I feel like an idiot. I've written to the English Football Association and US Soccer.
"As Mickey Kaus has noted, Andrew can be excitable. A while back he apologized to me for some of his criticisms during the election, and more recently he has apologized to his readers for his waffling and defeatism on the war last spring. Perhaps he'll apologize for this at some point in the future. But, I confess, I find the question of what Andrew thinks less pressing than I used to."
Read the rest...
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
"What rubbish...I’ve been sitting on the sidelines but this chaps me in dark places. Lucas is moron...I thought he was a genius until I read LOTR. He’s just another baby boomer in his dotage with utopian fantasies. We all see how well his galactic senate works here on planet earth via the UN. The corruption is on display every day. I think the real Emperor is Anan…He [Anan] has several Sith Lords (or whatever) in Chiraq, etc. Lucas is just looking for his Sally Field moment- when all the eyes of the left fawn over his fat neck."
Here's Arthur Chrenkoff on George Lucas and here's a good piece on Vodkapundit.
Monday, May 16, 2005
MSM + DNC = Liberal elites and secular relativists offended by tradition, religion and any whiff of patriotism.
Michael Isikoff, Dan Rather, Eason Jordan and Peter Arnett could draft press releases for the DNC. Dan tried to alter/change the outcome of a US election...Eason announced in Davos that the militay was willingly and knowingly shooting at members of the press...Peter Arnett is a Tokyo Rose and Micheal Isikoff just sanctioned the deaths of 100 innocents.
Why? Mostly because the MSM/DNC despises the President and the 62+ million Americans who voted for him.
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
Long live CBS comrades!
Educate yourself at confirmbolton.com
"The chief reason petroleum prices have surged is the Federal Reserve's
inadvertent inflationary monetary policy that began in the fall of 2003.
Inflation begets speculation. There's hardly a hedge fund in the country that
hasn't taken fliers on petroleum futures. Inventories, already very high, are
surging in anticipation that oil is headed even higher. Goldman Sachs'
prediction that oil could go as high as $105 a barrel is a sure sign that prices
are peaking: We haven't heard such talk since the early 1980s, just before oil
went into a devastating deflationary spiral.
The Federal Reserve, of course, must do its anti-inflationary part by removing excess dollars from the economy. For a variety of reasons, gold is the best barometer of monetary disturbances. Its current price, though down from its recent highs, is still firmly in inflationary territory. If the yellow metal dips below $400 an ounce, then the Fed--and the rest of us--can rest easy."
Anger compels me to write this next statement, but I hope the real estate/housing market collapses. I don't care how people suffer as a result (I'm not really a nice guy). Speculators have pushed decent and earnest people out of the market. My wife and I can't purchase a starter home in Bridgeport, CT for under $300,000. Bridgeport is a total dump! The former mayor was tried and convicted of fraud and the mill-rate is astronomical. Additionally, the public school system is pathetic and useless. We may have to commute to work from Iowa.
I hate those [insert expletive] people who have signs on every other sidewalk that say something like, "I pay cash for houses". [insert expletive]! People are buying homes in some markets and flipping them a week later for 10%-20% profit. Some people move a [insert expletive] tree or paint a mailbox and ask for 50,000 - 100,000 more. Money is too cheap and sooner or later the bill is going to come due.
Sunday, May 08, 2005
So...This short piece begins the same way.
Europe (France and Germany) have problems. I've written about their low-birth rates, rampant secularization and immigration/assimilation symptoms extensively. Those are serious problems, but probably not enough to ignite this tinderbox. What those problems need are an accelerant. Since time immemorial (the dawn of recorded history - did I tell you I love the English language), it's usually economic related matters, etc. that provide the spark.
The unemployment rate in Germany is 10-12% with a projected 2006 GDP of 1%. People are hurting and Gerhard Schröder's SPD party is in trouble. The SPD went searching for a scapegoat and quickly identidfied "Global Capitalist 'Locusts'" as the cause of the country's economic malaise.
Ah yes! Germany and scapegoats. This is a time-tested formula for them. The interlopers in this case were portrayed in "metall" magazine as mosquitos wearing business suits and red/white/blue top hats.
This magazine is published monthly by Germany's largest union. Over at Davids Medienkritik, David Kaspab and Ray D write:
"Hitler's propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels would be proud of his contemporary German journalism students. If he could only be here now to watch his offsprings' promising attempts at propaganda!" Scary stuff...
The economic malaise in Germany isn't the result of rapid interlopers. It is the result of "cradle to grave" social programs run amuck!
Part II Douglas Coupland and French Ambition
One of my favorite books in college was Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland. There's this incredible exchange of dialogue between the Tyler and Stephanie (his french love interest) regarding ambition that strikes a chord in me every time I read it.
Have you ever read such a bleak passage before? I've written about this particular quote before because it just astounds me. Is it related to Germany's economic problems? You betcha! There's a whole generation of Germans who have no incentive to change anything...only excuses to look outside themselves for scapegoats.
"You asked me what makes French 'teens' so unambitious. They are
not unambitious, Tyler, but I must tell yooo, I am tired of your
ambition talk. I ask yooo, which is more fair: to promise your
children the moon and then give your children nothing-or promise only a little-be realistic-so when your children become civil servants or drive a truck they are not unhappy? I think your ambition is crooo-el."
Thursday, May 05, 2005
I started writing about this tonight because I was thinking about Savage from Brave New World. What is about "youth" that seems to amplify every emotion? Why is it that a whisper of something once enjoyed innocently or purely like love, laughter or loneliness reconnects, albeit ephemerally, with some forgotten nerve? Is it just coarseness that dims that connection? Is it maybe the pressure of making mortgage payments or the convenience of barbiturates and alcohol that dull and fray those connections?
I've thrown it all on the canvass tonight since I've written so very little original content over the past year. I have "things" I'm thinking about, but just lack the gumption to get them on paper. Here I am in the waiting place...waiting....waiting.
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Other stuff...Never make an online purchase from www.eKitchenGadgets.com. I won't recap all the reasons here since all you need to do is peruse http://www.epinions.com/.
Disney has finally released a limited-edition CD box set for Disneyland's 50th anniversary called "The Musical History of Disneyland". Disney could (and will) make a fortune when they open the archives and produce this kind of content for public consumption.
The skies eventually cleared just as we finished ascending the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The descent from the bridge to Festival 2005 at Fort Wadsworth (and our souvenir t-shirts) was awesome.
Tuesday, May 03, 2005
It's not too early to stop her ascension!