Thursday, May 31, 2007
Much of the world has greeted Ahmadinejad’s promise to wipe Israel off the map with something close to insouciance. In fact, it could almost be said of the Europeans that they have been more upset by Ahmadinejad’s denial that a Holocaust took place 60 years ago than by his determination to set off one of his own as soon as he acquires the means to do so. In a number of European countries, Holocaust denial is a crime, and the European Union only recently endorsed that position. Yet for all their retrospective remorse over the wholesale slaughter of Jews back then, the Europeans seem no readier to lift a finger to prevent a second Holocaust than they were the first time around.
Not so George W. Bush, a man who knows evil when he sees it and who has demonstrated an unfailingly courageous willingness to endure vilification and contumely in setting his face against it. It now remains to be seen whether this President, battered more mercilessly and with less justification than any other in living memory, and weakened politically by the enemies of his policy in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular, will find it possible to take the only action that can stop Iran from following through on its evil intentions both toward us and toward Israel. As an American and as a Jew, I pray with all my heart that he will.
More on Hillary Rodham's call for socialism.
Clinton has merely updated the old and discredited (except among socialist dictators) Karl Marx saying: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."John Stossel with a lesson for Hugo, NPRniks and renegade GOP(ers).
That's why I worry when I hear politicians say things like, "I believe in free trade, but it has to be fair trade". That particular quote is from a presidential contender, Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas.
"Fair trade" is code for protectionism disguised as retaliation against other countries that may or may not practice protectionism, and it's a bad sign when even Republicans talk about "fair" rather than "free" trade.
We should practice free trade no matter what others do. Why? Because freedom is good in itself. If foreign governments want to hurt their citizens, it's no reason for ours to hurt us.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Meanwhile, multiple sources around Caracas report that at a recent cabinet meeting, Chávez excoriated his ministers for disobeying his "orders" to stop inflation. Inflation has been spiraling as a result of Chávez's reckless economic "policies" (if that is not too charitable a term). As a result, Chávez was moved to impose price controls in many categories of basic foodstuffs, which has predictably led to food shortages (despite huge oil windfalls) which has led to decrees obligating farmers and supermarkets to keep producing and selling, even if they incur losses.He needs a copy of anything written by Von Mises.
In his economic incompetence, as in his taste for dictatorship, as in his sadism, Hugo truly walks in the footsteps of his mentor Fidel – as much as he can. Let us hope that he does not as thoroughly ruin his beautiful country.
Hillary Clinton announced that she would campaign on a platform that would emphasize the need for collective economics and move away from individual performance and success. It could be called an extension of "It Takes A Village," and it might have been -- had the newspapers bothered to cover it.It sounds like a ready-made "economic solution" for a generation of neutered a$$ clowns like John Mayer. It also "feels" compatible and in line with the values of a generation thrashing about in its dotage and searching for the big easy.
This kind of rhetoric isn't new for Hillary. She has promoted collectivist economics for two decades now. Her effort to nationalize health care reflected the same kind of thinking, and this statement shows that she hasn't learned much from that debacle. Almost three years ago, she promised that she would "take things away from [Americans] for the common good," back when the economy had just started its latest expansion. That's collectivism, and it's not limited to Hillary among Democratic candidates.
Hillary: Who’s in the mood for a little collectivism? We’re all in it together!Best comment from Hot Air visitor:
Say this much for the Glacier: however much her surname, her accent, her choice of baseball team, or her position on Iraq may change, her belief in taking things away from you for the common good remains evergreen.
And the most charming part? How easily and naturally confiscatory rhetoric escapes her lips. “We might need to raise taxes” is a blue-party position; but “we’re going to take those profits”? That’s pure Green, baby.
Hey — that amnesty’s not going to pay for itself.
"Fairness doesn’t just happen. It requires the right government policies."
Alrighty then. Question for Madame Hillary: Who in the government gets to decide what's "fair?"
Follow-up question: "And what exactly qualifies them as judges of 'fairness?'"
I thought so.
Monday, May 28, 2007
- Abraham Lincoln
I may have one of the following names:
I'm the logo/badge for which Future World attration in EPCOT? For additional credit name my first and current sponsor?
I'm a small island in Bay Lake once known as Raz Island, Idle Bay Isle, Blackbeard's Island, Treasure Island, and Riles Island. I closed to visitors in 1999.
The book is well-written (and in large print?) in a prose that is simple and direct. It's a fantastic compilation of facts, myths and interviews that has heretofore only been available in a multitude of sources to very serious Disney aficionados.
The image on the left is from Imagineering: A Behind the Dreams Look at Making the Magic Real and is described by Shaun Finnie thusly:
Marc Davis was one of Walt Disney's original Nine Old Men, and is a Disney Legend. As an artist he was single handedly responsible for the design of so many of the iconic female Disney characters.Having finished The Disneylands That Never Were in about a fortnight, I've started Mannheim's Walt Disney and the Quest for Community.
But one of Marc's most beautiful designs never came to fruition. The Enchanted Snow Palace would have taken guests out of the Californian sun and into a world of magic and wonder, an oasis of cool and calm in the middle of the heat and excitement of Disneyland. Set in a building that looked like it had been carved out of a natural glacier, a river of melting ice would have taken guests on a boat ride past all manner of natural creatures in a frozen wilderness.
The boat would then pass underneath a display of the magical Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis, and out of the 'real' world. Travellers would enter the realm of the Snow Queen...After being welcomed by the Queen's handmaidens the boat would eventually enter the throne room of the Snow Queen herself. She was to acknowledge the visitors with a wave of her beautiful pale hand, and as a parting gift she would cause snow to drift down upon them.
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
ATLANTA -- John Smoltz became baseball's first pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves, achieving the feat with a victory over one of his best friends.
Smoltz beat Tom Glavine with seven shutout innings and Matt Diaz homered to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night.
Making his third start of the season against Glavine, his Atlanta teammate from 1988-2002, Smoltz (7-2) became the NL's first seven-game winner.
The 40-year-old Smoltz gave up seven hits without a walk and struck out five. In back-to-back wins over Boston and the Mets, Smoltz has thrown 14 scoreless innings while allowing 10 hits and one walk.
Smoltz, 4-1 in May, lowered his ERA from 2.85 to 2.58.
Glavine also pitched well, giving up only five hits and two runs in six innings for the Mets, who were denied their sixth straight series win.
The Braves won two of three in the series to cut the Mets' lead in the NL East to 1½ games.
Video: Sparrow craps on Bush during Rose Garden presser
When it rains, it pours.
Labels: the good guys
Coverage of the meltdown here and here.
Meanwhile, overheard at the corral via NRO:
Rosie says that "WE" are the terrorists. This might finally explain why Time Magazine named "US" as person of the year.Are these Al-Qaeda tactics being used @ Guantanamo Bay?
Cowboy Bush slams Silky Pony for naivete.
Ace has the BEST post (and image) on the "Pink Sapphire" and his "Bumper Sticker" war.
Those were significant issues. But they weren’t enough to capture the attention of some committee Democrats, for whom there were more important questions to consider. Questions like: Where did Monica go to law school?I have a theory that baby libs were forced to listen to Imagine by John Lennon for weeks at a time.
The short answer is Regent University Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. The longer answer was provided by newly-elected Tennessee Democratic Rep. Stephen Cohen. Cohen had apparently read Wednesday morning’s edition of the Los Angeles Times, which described Regent this way:
Regent University claims 150 past and present members of the Bush administration among its alumni. Accredited by the American Bar Assn., the law school boasts of a "distinctive" Christian-based mission "to bring to bear the will of our Creator, Almighty God, upon legal education and the legal profession," according to its website.
A quick student of the Times, Cohen asked Goodling, "The mission of the law school you attended, Regent, is to bring to bear upon legal education and the legal profession the will of almighty God, our creator. What is the will of almighty God, our creator, on the legal profession?"
Goodling seemed perplexed. "I’m not sure that I could define that question for you," she said.
Angry Atheists Are Hot Authors
Richard Mouw, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, a prominent evangelical school in Pasadena, Calif., said the books' success reflect a new vehemence in the atheist critique.
"I don't believe in conspiracy theories," Mouw said, "but it's almost like they all had a meeting and said, 'Let's counterattack.'"
The war metaphor is apt. The writers see themselves in a battle for reason in a world crippled by superstition. In their view, Muslim extremists, Jewish settlers and Christian right activists are from the same mold, using fairy tales posing as divine scripture to justify their lust for power. Bad behavior in the name of religion is behind some of the most dangerous global conflicts and the terrorist attacks in the U.S., London and Madrid, the atheists say.
As Hitchens puts it: "Religion kills."
The Rev. Douglas Wilson, senior fellow in theology at New Saint Andrews College, a Christian school in Moscow, Idaho, sees the books as a sign of secular panic. He says nonbelievers are finally realizing that, contrary to what they were taught in college, faith is not dead.
Signs of believers' political and cultural might abound.
Religious challenges to teaching evolution are still having an impact, 80 years after the infamous Scopes "Monkey" trial. The dramatic growth in homeschooling and private Christian schools is raising questions about the future of public education. Religious leaders have succeeded in putting some limits on stem-cell research.
Is the Sky Falling on America?
By Victor Davis Hanson
Books by liberals assure us that our "empire" is kaput. Brace for the inevitable fate of Rome. Conservatives are just as glum. For them, we are also Romans - but the more decadent variety, eaten away from the inside.
Yet American Cassandras are old stuff. Grim Charles Lindberg in the late 1930s lectured a Depression-era America that Hitler's new order in Germany could only be appeased, never opposed.
In the last 60 years, we have been warned in succession that new paradigms in racially pure Germany, the Soviet workers' paradise, Japan Inc. and now 24/7 China all were about to displace the United States. None did. All have had relative moments of amazing success - but in the end none proved as resilient, flexible and adaptable as America.
That brings us to the United States' greatest strength: radical self-critique. We Americans are worrywarts, always believing we're on the verge of extinction. And so, to "renew," "reinvent" or "save" America, we whip ourselves up about "wars" on poverty, drugs and cancer; space "races;" missile "gaps;" literacy "crusades;" and "campaigns" against litter, waste and smoking.
In other words, we nail-biters have always been paranoid that we must change and improve in order to survive. And thus we usually do - just in time.
Labels: end times
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
More here, here, and here.
Crisis forces Teheran to ration petrolMaybe ABC will get their wish.
The scale of Iran's economic crisis became clear yesterday when the regime increased petrol prices by 25 per cent overnight and prepared to introduce fuel rationing.
These measures may damage President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's popular standing still further. In a country with 70 million people - at least half of whom are under 25 - the economy is stagnant and failing.
High unemployment means that millions of students are unable to find jobs while prices of basic goods rise every month.
Navy Stages Show of Force Off Iran Coast
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - The U.S. Navy staged its latest show of military force off the Iranian coastline on Wednesday, sending two aircraft carriers and landing ships packed with 17,000 U.S. Marines and sailors to carry out unannounced exercises in the Persian Gulf.
The carrier strike groups led by the USS John C. Stennis and USS Nimitz were joined by the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard and its own strike group, which includes landing ships carrying members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Capturing the Language to Assure Liberal Dominance
Michelle and ACE have details on the MSM (AP, NPR, etc.) distorting findings (via language) from a poll that finds a quarter (1/4, 25%) of American Muslim young men support terrorism.
My favorite headline on the subject comes from Hot Air: Media having trouble finding the nuance in Pew’s poll of U.S. Muslims.
Is this post from The Anchoress the straw that broke the horse's back?
Bestiality: It’s Dubya’s fault!
I’m a pretty tolerant sort of gal and I can feel empathy for a wide variety of folks, but come on! They’re men...having sex...with horses!
And it’s apparently the fault of George W. Bush and his war.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
The icon on the left is from which defunct attraction?
Hint: It opened on October 1, 1983 - exactly one year to the day after EPCOT Center opened - as part of "Phase II" of the park's development. Although the ride promised, "If we can dream it, we can do it," it closed permanently in 1999. The attraction was believed to be unprofitable after it lost its corporate sponsor in 1993. Sadly, the attraction building was demolished to make room for a completely new ride.
This is concept art for which attraction in Tomorrowland?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I'm starting this installment with a quiz. What and where am I (image to your left)?
Master Shake: Good morning Carl. How's it goin?
Carl: Hello there Mr. Food Monster Man. This is how it's goin. Look at my freakin' car. It is crushed, to Bejeesus and back.
Master Shake: [stares at wrecked car] Have you gotten any estimates?
In 250 words or less tell me where this house is? What year was it built? What is the history of the owner/owners? Who is that woman and what is she doing outside?
A copy of Disney's Magic Highway, U.S.A.. According to Dave Smith, director of the Walt Disney Archives, it has never been released on home video. I read this in a 2003 issue of Disney Magazine.
Q: As part of the queue for Disneyland's Rocket Rods, you entered a room filled with full-size PeopleMover cars, Space Mountain cars, and other vehicles. A screen on the wall showed an animated film about life in the future. What was that film? I enjoyed seeing it, and I miss it now that the ride has closed.
A: The short film about futuristic transportation you remember from the Rocket Rods preshow was a segment from a 1958 television show called Magic Highway, U.S.A. Unfortunately, Magic Highway has never been released on home video.
I was sorting through old papers today and found a book with this logo. Consider this quiz question number three (graded difficulty level factor of .04). I've put a hint in bold.
"Please take small children by the hand and look down as you step onto the moving platform. The platform is moving at the same speed as your time machine vehicle."
Your bonus question...
Who narrated this attraction when it first opened?
Friday, May 18, 2007
The DEMS are smart (in an evil and slithery kind of way). They've just boosted union enrollments 20%, have new victims for their social programs, and can enjoy the fireworks from a divided GOP.
El Burro Es Muy Quieto
Not a single hee-haw on DNC website about the major issue of the day. Absolute silence. No praise for Teddy for rolling W on immigration.
Kate O'Beirne writes:
Analysts at the Heritage Foundation have the current legislative text of the immigration deal and are alarmed at provisions they view as dangerous loopholes. They point out that once the bill is signed its language appears to create a "cease and desist" order on law enforcement given what looks like a prima facie assumption that any illegal alien is eligible for amnesty and can therefore be given preliminary legal status. Under the "Treatment of Application" section, once an application for the new "Z" visa has been filed, it appears that the government has only "one business day" to identity a disqualifying factor or the visa must be issued. And lots of provisions are apparently able to be waived by Cabinet secretaries so there's plenty of discretion for the next Clinton administration.
There are some things that you just know are a bad idea. Leaving teenagers unsupervised on a weekend. Letting the neighbor who can't even remember your name "borrow" your new rider mower. And trusting a "bipartisan" bill from Congress.
What a piece of work, this latest thing on "Immigration Reform".
It's got something for everyone, which is what usually happens when committees of poll-driven narcissists put out public policy. There are Republicans who like it, there are Republicans who hate it, there are Democrats who like it, there are Democrats who hate it, there are both Republicans and Democrats who won't say whether they like it until they find out from their staff which position is more poll-popular in their state or district. The whole issue of Immigration Reform has been a total mess for years, and it's not as if putting Pelosi and Reid in charge of the whorehouse has improved the character of the lineup.
As you might expect, I give President Bush a little slack for this. The GOP-controlled Congress sat on its hands rather than deal with this for years, so it's not as if he could expect Donkey Kong to get it right. And like it or not, President Bush's 2007 position on Immigration Reform is the same as it was in 2000 when he first ran for President...
Congress Approval Down to 29%; Bush Approval Steady at 33%
According to the May 10-13, 2007, Gallup Poll, 29% of Americans approve and 64% disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. Congressional approval is down 4 percentage points since last month, and is 3 points lower than the 32% average measured during the first five months of the year. The high point for the congressional approval rating so far this year was the 37% approval measured in February. Although ratings are quite low, Americans have been more positive in their assessments of Congress this year than last year, when an average of just 25% approved of Congress.
an issue that divides or causes conflict in an otherwise unified group: Immigration is a wedge issue for the Republican party.
something that draws attention away from the central issue.
a woman with a violent, scolding, or nagging temperament; a scold.
Every keystroke and breath WE waste on this issue provides cover to the DEMS to act on their inherently traitorous and anti-American behavior on real issues like national security, taxes, spending and government growth. We're also providing opportunities for them to solidify their slim majority in Congress.
The Goracle is going to become the nuclear option because eventually we're going to need someone to stop Hillary Clinton. I'll take the Goracle for four years versus that canckled shrew.
Clinton aide forfeits law license in Justice probe
Samuel R. Berger, the Clinton White House national security adviser who was caught taking highly classified documents from the National Archives, has agreed to forfeit his license to practice law...
I began the day as I begin most weekdays - by quickly flipping on my local NPR affiliate. Please don't panic. This is because they have an outstanding local weather broadcast, which is their only redeeming feature. The danger of catching that is that one often catches the tail end of the "local news" (sic), and this can too often be emetic.
This was one of those mornings - in spades.
Apparently, NPR secular-saint Cokie Roberts was in the general vicinity yesterday to receive an honorary doctorate. I figured this out near the end, since I had the partial good fortune to only catch the latter part of the associated drivel-fest, but that was enough...
Labels: left-wing media
Despite what happened to Democrats as a result of that tax hike, the budget they submitted their first year back in control of both houses of Congress — and pushed through Thursday on a party-line vote — provides a framework for tax hikes a full three times larger than the one that put them in the minority back then. It means a tax hike on every single American — working, retired, rich or poor — and, even as it aims to raise nearly $1 trillion with new taxes, does absolutely nothing to rein in spending or shore up an entitlement system badly in need of reform.
Everyone takes a hit. Forty-five million working families with two children will see their taxes increase by nearly $3,000 annually. They’d see the current child tax credit cut in half — from $1,000 to $500. The standard deduction for married couples is also cut in half, from the current $3,400 to $1,700. The overall effect on married couples with children is obvious: Far from shifting the burden onto the wealthy, the Democratic budget drives up taxes on the average American family by more than 130 percent.
Seniors get hit hard too. Democrats like to crow that only the richest one percent of Americans benefit from the stimulative tax cuts Republicans passed in 2001 and 2003. What they rarely mention is how much seniors benefited from those cuts in the form of increased income as a result of lower taxes on dividends and capital gains. More than half of all seniors today claim income from these two sources, and the Democratic budget would lower the income of every one of them by reversing every one of those cuts.
In a Time Magazine article, Gore says that he has “fallen out of love with politics.” He fails to mention that politics was never in love with him. Is there any pain like unreciprocated love?
So what political implications does Al Gore’s purported change of heart have? According to the Goracle, “I'm not convinced the presidency is the highest and best role I could play.” Yes, this is the Al Gore we’ve come to know and love. Oh dear – the man’s ego is expanding more rapidly than his waistline.
What Gore fails to mention is that the race for the Democratic nomination is a ship that has sailed while he aimlessly lumbered about the dock. Unlike Republicans, Democrats are positively giddy with their slate of candidates. The Nutroots adore Edwards, and would enthusiastically support Obama. They would even hold their collective nose and fall in line behind Hillary because she is perceived to be electable.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Stare Down is Over, GOP Wins in Early RoundsNancy Can’t Take the Heat
Earlier today, House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), today sought to rewrite the rules of the House to prevent PAYGO offsets from expanding the scope of germaneness to further what Republicans may offer in their motions to recommit the bills to Committee. Such a change would allow House Democrats to more easily raise taxes and increase government spending without being held to account. The move would have marked the first change in the germaneness rule since 1822 and is a direct infringement on the rights of the Minority in the House and the Americans that they represent. The Republican Study Committee Floor Action Team, under the leadership of Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), began requesting a series of procedural protest votes every 30 minutes in response to this power grab by the Majority, and was joined Rep. Tom Price, another member of the RSC floor Action Team. Today was a big win for all Republicans in the House.
House Republicans Thwart Pelosi's Power Grab
Pelosi proposes, then quickly withdraws, rule change to shut out GOP minority
Some excerpts from his Impromptus...
Freedom House has identified “the worst of the worst” — that is, the most repressive regimes on earth. (For a story, go here.) North Korea is there, of course, and Burma, and Sudan — and Cuba. That’s a head-scratcher. I was taught that Castro’s is a just society where health care and literacy abound, where black people are respected, and where the poor have dignity. Is that not true? Was I possibly misled? But Wayne Smith, Jorge Domínguez, Anita Snow, Lucia Newman, PBS, and NPR wouldn’t lie...would they?On President Bush:
For some people, George W. Bush can do nothing right. He is not allowed to do one thing right — because he is either a demon or a dufus, depending. Depending on what? Depending on his critics’ rhetorical, ideological, or psychological need at the moment.
Anyway, Bush was again absolutely charming when conducting a symphony orchestra in Virginia. You can read about it here. And the photos [including the one above] are especially good. The anti-Bushies will be nauseated — because Bush can do nothing right, nothing interesting, nothing endearing, nothing graceful, nothing human. Balanced people, I think, will smile.
Labels: the good guys
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
If you have any doubts about anything in the world – the purposes of money, the transience of joy, the point of it all, frankly – it is swept away the second you watch your daughter running barefoot through the grass in the dusk to see the fireworks burst over the lagoon.I took a very similar picture of the train station. My picture is B&W with the same dimensions. I also waited until the station was empty.
You’d make many new urbanists bust a cerebral artery if you suggested that communities should resemble Disneyland – but it’s everything many theorists want. Few cars, central shopping accessed by walking or electric carts, circular feeder busses and a planned economy that set aside one-third of the land for preservation.
The music! The architecture! The trains! From the very first moment, it’s like a live wire jammed into your Disney Lobe, a part of your brain that’s been rewiring since you were very small, just so it could release endorphins at this very moment.
The Anger Of The Left
By Thomas Sowell
That people on the political left have a certain set of opinions, just as people do in other parts of the ideological spectrum, is not surprising. What is surprising, however, is how often the opinions of those on the left are accompanied by hostility and even hatred.
Particular issues can arouse passions here and there for anyone with any political views. But, for many on the left, indignation is not a sometime thing. It is a way of life.
How often have you seen conservatives or libertarians take to the streets, shouting angry slogans? How often have conservative students on campus shouted down a visiting speaker or rioted to prevent the visitor from speaking at all?
Monday, May 14, 2007
In short, Selig, a former owner, has had an executive view of this sport’s underbelly for decades. When baseballs began flying out of stadiums like Superballs, when players like Brady Anderson morphed into statistical cartoons (from 16 home runs to 50?), when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa did their best to obliterate memories of Roger Maris, Selig and owners didn’t investigate. They wore blinders in the light and counted ticket sales in the dark.Heore is George Will in Newsweek,
Never mind waiting until Bonds is only a swing away from tying Aaron. Selig should be there now. He should be made to watch Bonds’ every swing. So should anybody who ever allowed this era’s chemically enhanced assault on history to take place.
Every owner who focused on turnstiles and dollars.
Every TV executive who counted rating points.
Every union representative who stiff-armed cries for mandatory drug testing.
Drink it up, like a hemlock smoothie.
But this is baseball’s freak show, and Selig should not be allowed to hide from it. He can always crawl back under the rock when it’s over.
According to Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, the San Francisco Chronicle reporters who wrote "Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal That Rocked Professional Sports," Mike Murphy, equipment manager of the San Francisco Giants, testified that since Bonds became a Giant in 1993, the size of his uniform jersey has gone from 42 to 52. His cap size has expanded from 7 1/8 to 7 1/4, even though while it was expanding he shaved his head. (Bonds reportedly shaved his head because his hair was falling out as a result of steroid use.) And Fainaru-Wada and Williams also say Murphy testified that Bonds's baseball shoe size has changed from 10½ to 13.
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The openly gay coach of the Missouri men's lacrosse team was told his contract will not be renewed after nine seasons. Team leaders said Kyle Hawkins was dismissed because of his job performance, not his sexual orientation...
Sunday, May 13, 2007
It's a moment to reflect on blessings, shuffle through papers (I have many), and dream a little about things still unbuilt or those just waiting for windows, doors or a fresh coat of paint. These few hours usually conclude with new to-do lists and an acreage of seed crystals. It's these stolen hours that get me through the week.
The good list...
(1) Canon Snappy '84
(2) The Philip Johnson Glass House
(3) Unique (and little noticed) signage in the Magic Kingdom.
(4) Unisphere, Inc.
(5) I'm building my A-frame here.
How about some lyrics?
It takes some silence to make sound
And it takes a loss before you found it
And it takes a road to go nowhere
It takes a toll to make you care
It takes a hole to make a mountain
Desktop Wallpaper Series
"Sounds to me like someone's flapping wings up there...It's the tooth fairy trying to beat its way in."
What and where am I?
Braves' Cox passes Sparky Anderson in managing wins
PITTSBURGH -- Atlanta's Bobby Cox moved past Sparky Anderson into fourth place in career managerial victories when the Braves beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 on Saturday night, Cox's 2,195th victory in the majors.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Top Democratic leaders and activists see Hispanic migration as a long-term opportunity for the party. The arrival of additional immigrant workers is "bad for blue-collars," Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, told National Journal late last year. But immigrants can help elect Democratic majorities, and "if [a Democratic Congress] were to significantly strengthen unions, then you would offset the negative effect on the income of workers," he said.That vision thang...
Not sure if this is true, but here's a post alleging that the DNC influences the message Univision broadcasts (kind of tinfoil hat for me).
But the most recent national election results from France and Germany demonstrate that this “truth” about George W. Bush’s America is about as credible as the recurring rumor that Elvis is actually alive and well flipping hamburgers in happy obscurity somewhere near Seattle.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Nielsens: Real Bad Week for Katie CouricBREAKING
NEW YORK (AP) - It surely wasn't what CBS dreamed about when Katie Couric was hired: the "CBS Evening News" last week recorded its smallest audience since and probably many years before that.
It also didn't help that the average of 6.05 million viewers came at the beginning of the important May ratings "sweeps."
CBS averaged 11.2 million viewers in prime time (7.3 rating, 12 share), while ABC had 10.7 million (7.0, 12). Fox averaged 10.1 million (6.1, 10), but won among the 18-to-49-year-old viewers it considers most important. NBC had 7.5 million viewers (4.9, 8), the CW had 3.1 million (2.0, 3), My Network TV had 880,000 (0.6, 1) and ION Television had 560,000 (0.4, 1).
According to one CBS executive the problem isn't Couric, it's that Americans like getting their news from white guys. You can't make this sh** up.
How many years has the MSM twisted and bent the truth to fit narratives that complement their worldview? It will take DEM legislation or GOOGLE to silence this flood.
A single writer has more readers and national influence than an entire organization of several hundred employees and several million dollars of budget. The fact that the Red Star's actual star is a Red Stater further humiliates them.When the DEMS are workiong on legislation to silence BLOGS maybe they can also add some pork to bail out newspapers.
...because the media is so overwhelmingly liberal it's doubtful that CBS could actually hire the talent needed to field a full network news organization should it make a break to the right. The resignations and the outright refusals to tender job applications would turn the division into a ghost-town. The liberal media types just couldn't live with themselves if they were working for "The Enemy."
So, Lileks was the Red Star's most famous, most quoted, most widely read writer. So what? Malone notes this as if that's a good thing. It's not, at least not from the Red Star's perspective. They just can't live with themselves for granting such a degenerate font of evil to speak from their platform.
The Red Star will go back to being an unread rag, scarcely read even in Minnesota. But in their hearts they'll know they did the right thing, and are happier being more pure and more ignored.
The Sheer Stupidity of Newspapers These Days
Labels: left-wing media
Why isn't the MSM airing reports on escalating gas prices? Why aren't the DEMS holding hearings to demand answers? Why aren't the DEMS providing relief to us average Joe's? It must not be an election year.
Overfed socialist being investigated by feds for breaking Cuba embargo
Brown Widow Spiders Migrating Westward Into Louisiana
NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana bug experts say the poisonous brown widow spider, a cousin to the well-known black widow, is increasingly being spotted in Louisiana.
The spiders are generally found in tropical areas but were reported along the Mississippi Gulf Coast last year.
Burke’s doc is a riveting and creatively made film about the most important subject of our time: what to do about radical Islam? It confronts this dilemma in a sly, novelistic manner, inter-weaving the stories of good, moderate Muslims with the Imams and supposedly "true Muslims" who, not surprisingly, accuse the moderate Muslims of not being Muslims at all. Soon enough we learn these Imams are apologists for terrorism and for the worst kind of medieval religious sadism. (One of them enthusiastically endorses the stoning to death of adulterers by holding up a Koran. "I didn’t make this up," he says proudly. "It is written here.") The mostly mild-mannered moderate Muslims are shown to be at risk for the lives, some of them accompanied everywhere by bodyguards.202-879-9600 is the telephone number you can use to reach Patricia Harrison, president of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to demand the film "Islam vs. Islamists" be aired uncensored or released for airing elsewhere.
PBS' views seem particularly troglodytic today in light of recent events at Fort Dix. But that is the least of it. What is far more important to our country is that our Public Broadcasting network, an organization supported by taxpayer money, is practicing the most obvious censorship. PBS is operating here in the manner of similar institutions in the former Soviet Union and in modern day Iran – financing artists and then withholding distribution of their work when it is not deemed ideologically "correct". It’s a form of thought-control and it’s unconscionable.
In an encouraging sign...
NBC reports about Hizballah and other militant Islamic groups operating in the Tri-Border area of South America...
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
The DEM strategy is very similar to Al-Qaeda's. Nancy is enaged full-time in procedural minutia, grandstanding, and strategy sessions to delay funding. If she can delay long enough, there's a good chance that the self-preservation gene inherent in all politicos will kick in and that members of the GOP will cross aisles and support her party's surrender bill.
Al Qaeda is waiting for Nancy's published deadlines (and or milestones) so they can wait them out and inflict enough US causalities to claim victory!
Nancy hit pay-dirt with Iraq and there's nothing sweeter than good-old political opportunism (even it the cost is the security of our armed forces).
Asked the question, "Did Bush Know About the 9/11 Attacks in Advance?" a shocking 35% of Democrats said "yes," another 26% said they weren't sure, and only 39% said "no." In other words, a stunning 61% of Democrats believed that the President of the United States may well have collaborated in the murder of 3,000 of his fellow citizens.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi used her clout to get lawmakers to back a San Francisco redevelopment project near her multimillion-dollar rental properties, disclosure documents reveal.As the saying goes, "you live by the sword, you die by the sword".
Pelosi got House members to authorize $25 million to improve the Embarcadero port area, clearing the way for cruise-ship-dock development and other improvements to aid the neighborhood's comeback.
But House financial-disclosure documents reveal that Pelosi's husband, Paul, owns four commercial real-estate properties near the Embarcadero, which is home to many restaurants and hotels.
The French have had economic ennui that predates globalization. Their cradle-to-grave social system relied on fresh workers entering the workplace at a faster rate than they exited, much more so than Social Security and Medicare does here. When that native workforce began to dry up, they imported workers from North Africa and Turkey, which created the immigrant problem that helped Sarkozy win the election.I'm mostly interested in the economic implications and whether or not the government addresses the "angry youth" problem (wink, wink).
Friday, May 04, 2007
NEW YORK (AP) - One-third of Americans say they have a negative view of Katie Couric, her personal popularity lagging behind rivals Charles Gibson and Brian Williams just as her evening news program trails in the ratings.Limestone Commentary
She's handicapped by the number of people—29 percent in this poll—who explained their negative opinion by saying they simply "don't like her," Gallup said. Once one of the most popular personalities in TV news, her negative ratings crept up during her final years at "Today."
She's grating. I'll never forget this awful program on CBS called "The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire". There was an actor on that show whose character (and all were forgettable) was infatuated with Couric and I always thought- how perfect because this is CBS and they specialize in male actors like Ted Danson who are essentially eunuchs.
I feel the same way about Hillary Rodham. She's grating in a way infinitely worse than Couric and has 33.3333333% less perkiness. I also notice a similarity between her numbers [29% simply don't like her] and Katie's.
I've always had a theory that many lefties would justify (make palatable) their vote for Hillary Rodham by pretending the vote was for Bill. I'll go one step further and say that many on the left actually WANT Bill back in the oval office (damn the Constitution). Jonah Goldberg seemed to notice something peculiar about Chris Matthews' question during the first GOP presidential debate.
Democrats, feminists and others are taking note that Chris Matthews' question about whether it would be good if Bill Clinton was back in the White House basically makes Hillary — the wife and actual candidate — the bit player. It diminishes Hillary as her own person and reminds everyone that she is the smaller personality of the two.Finally, the award for most grating goes to Barbara Boxer for her comments after President Bush vetoed the DEM surrender bill (use your words).
SEN. BARBARA BOXER (D), CALIFORNIA: The president can't act as if he‘s king, Send me the bill, I'm going to veto it. Very macho-like. I don't think it's macho-like, I think it's just wrong.
Thursday, May 03, 2007
The human interest story in this year(s) race is trainer Todd Pletcher. He's saddled 14 different horses in the Kentucky Derby and all 14 have lost. This year he has 5 horses in the field of 20.
The morning-line favorite is Curlin.
"If betting favorite Curlin is to capture racing's most prized race, he will have to overcome not only history, but some pretty difficult circumstances to do so. Curlin, trained by Steve Asmussen and installed as a slight 7-2 favorite, did not race as a 2-year old and has just three races under his belt. It has been 125 years since a Derby winner won without racing as a 2-year old and 92 years since a horse has worn the roses after racing only three times prior to the first Saturday in May. To add more uncertainty to the equation, Curlin will have to leave from gate No. 2. No horse has won from that position since Affirmed did it in 1978."Source: ESPN
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
2. The Wall Street Journal, 2,062,312, up 0.6 percent
3. The New York Times, 1,120,420, down 1.9 percent
4. Los Angeles Times, 815,723, down 4.2 percent
5. New York Post, 724,748, up 7.6 percent
6. New York Daily News, 718,174, up 1.4 percent
7. The Washington Post, 699,130, down 3.5 percent
8. Chicago Tribune, 566,827, down 2.1 percent
9. Houston Chronicle, 503,114, down 2 percent
10. The Arizona Republic, 433,731, down 1.1 percent
Times Feels Shareholder Heat
Hugh on newspapers...
Though newspapers are overwhelmingly staffed by lefties unaware of or indifferent to their biases, and though the agenda journalists that make up the senior leadership of most newsrooms are little more than a non-uniformed auxiliary of the DNC, still I love newspapers, though increasingly see only their online editions. The best of the online papers --the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post-- are wonderful to begin the morning with, and WSJ.com is so great that I suspect that Murdoch saw the future of news and decided to buy it and would have done so even if Fox News wasn't launching a business channel that needs great gobs of content.
Labels: left-wing media
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I'll dispense with the small talk and get to the lyrics. Frank, please, describe rarefied air in all of its totality.
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
If you can use some exotic booze
There's a bar in far Bombay
Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away
I've come to ask a strange, fat man about a rocket.
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theatres received an A over at movies.com. I like that.
Don't Be Late: The first few minutes are the best shut-up-sit-down-turn-off-your-cell-phone warning that's ever been committed to film.Episode Quotes - The Dressing, Episode 39, Season 2.
Voice Cameos: Fred Armisen, Bruce Campbell, Tina Fey, Chris Kattan, "Neil Peart of Rush."
Meatwad: What's a fellowship?
Shake: It's the gay bar down by the airport.
Beyond the security threat of open borders, I detect a frightening correlation between May Day and today's immigration rallies. The raging cynic in me believes the DEMS/organized labor will use a cadre of social services to take a hard-working (and proud) segment of the population and turn them into addicts (all in exchange for votes of course).
It's the same formula they've always used. It's why self-made minorities enrage them.
What do you get when you take aging communists, doddering hippies, dumb-as-a-post Che Guevara groupies, and illegal aliens?
"I formally accuse them, here and now, of intentionally and willfully propagandizing America and attempting to manipulate our opinions with a progressive liberal agenda of trying to make us apologetic to the Muslim Community for our post-9/11 fears and reservations regarding the intentions of the Nation of Islam toward the west, and towards Americans."
Labels: left-wing media
"I applaud the President's veto of the irresponsible and dangerous Iraq supplemental passed last week by a narrow majority in Congress.
The Iraq war is not 'lost' - but if this supplemental had become law, it would have been.
It is clear that there are not enough votes to override the President's veto of a mandated withdrawal from Iraq, so another attempt to impose one would have no effect other than to further delay the funding our troops need. Our soldiers are making extraordinary sacrifices every day on our behalf. The least we can do now is to get them the support they need without delay."