Friday, December 29, 2006

Friday, December 22, 2006

Kofi Annan, the UN, rhetoric, and impotence.

Mr. Hanson is at it again, taking Kofi Annan to task for the mess that is the UN. You know what? He's right:
Such embarrassments might actually cause the U.N. to do something that would require sacrifices in lives and treasure for the greater good. How much better to be charmed into somnolence than awakened by horrific reality. How much better for the soul to be gently chided with moral platitudes about Western insensitivity than electro-shocked about Middle Eastern, African, or Asian genocide that will go on until someone does something very messy to stop it.
Read it all.

What's the deal with blogger?

So, I finally switch over to Blogger's new Google system thing, which is supposed to make things work better. Almost as soon as I get it up and running, I start getting new comments. Cool, I think to myself. Except then I read the comments. For some reason, a post in November about Rudy Guiliani has received 6 comments, and all of them spam--there was even one for an "ass parade." Can an actual person tell me what is going on?

I guess I will have to contact Blogger about it, and begin the cycle of cursing.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Who you gonna believe?





David Duke and the middle east "scholars" who deny the holocaust or your lyin' eyes?

Check here for info about the concentration camp where I lived for a month--Buchenwald. Holocaust denial in the face of German records seems a little, well, sick in my book. Assholes.

UPDATE: Looks like most of the "scholars" debating the non-existence of the holocaust were from the US and Europe.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Overloaded pants end shoplifter's escape

They must be talking about me. Overloaded pants!

On a related note: it turns out that the condoms are too big for the Indian men. My, that must be embarassing. For everyone involved.

ENTIRELY UNRELATED, BUT VERY COOL: COCKTAIL ROBOTS!

Ouch

Dems taken to task over aligning their goals with those of terrorists.
Given all that the democrats have done, the affection in which they are held by our foes is neither unjustified nor surprising. They have more than earned it by systematically subverting this country's war effort while simultaneously proffering assistance to those who have pledged to destroy us.
I link, you decide.

When you hear hoofbeats,

think horses, not zebras. Negotiating with Iran sounds great, doesn't it? Are we supposed to take seriously that we can negotiate a peaceful solution in Iraq with Iran, which has been at war with us for 25 years? At what point are we going to acknowledge that those who are trying every day to kill us may actually be serious about it? It's as if we are deciding to wipe the slate clean -- Iran's horse is a horse, of course. It doesn't change into a zebra because we want it to.

Oh, wait -- all we need to do is reach out to develop greater understanding of the other, right? Tell that to the other, right before he kills your ass dead.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

So what is Tannerball, anyway?

Check this out:

This is from 2005. 2006 video coming up.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Bert.


Haven't checked this in some time. Bert is evil, friends, and here's the evidence.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

I'll say it again --

if the Republicans want to win the White House in 2008, there is only one candidate to get behind: Rudy!
I appeared on CNBC’s Kudlow & Co. on November 22 with Crawford, NR’s Ramesh Ponnuru, and Tulane University professor Marc Lamont Hill. All three crowned McCain the frontrunner. “In fact,” Professor Hill explained, “if Rudy Giuliani and John McCain are the two finalists, so to speak, then McCain should start writing his acceptance speech right now, because there’s no way Giuliani can win this.”

But wait. Apart from the oft-reverberating echoes of what “everybody knows,” what evidence is there that McCain is the frontrunner? Au contraire, countervailing evidence has piled as high as the Grand Canyon is deep.
All the smart guys think the republican primary voters are simply too entrenched in their opposition to abortion, gun control, and gay marriage to vote for Rudy. The problem is that they discount those of us who would vote for Rudy without giving any consideration for those issues at all. I would vote for Rudy because I like him--I used to hang out in NYC during the dark days of Dinkins, and it's a hell of a lot better now. He's clealry an affective leader, and he doesn't put up with any crap from anyone. The notion that there is no way he can beat McCain is crazy to me. Just crazy.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!


From us at Tannerball, to you out there in Neverland. I give you classic hair band!!! Enjoy! Is that a lot of hair or what? MOTORIN'!!

UPDATE: The whole world should give thanks for men like this.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Hey Republicans! Are you F#$@'in' soft in the head?

Lose the election, reach all new job-approval lows, and so what do you go and do? Make Trent "I really didn't mean anything racial by my idiotic comments about voting for segregationist candidate Strom Thurmond" Lott the #2 man in the senate.
The boys and girls in the clubhouse seem to think that what happened to Lott was unfair. “He apologized, and he paid a serious price for it,” Maine Sen. Olympia Snowe said. Maybe so. But so what? It’s not about him. Or at least it shouldn’t be. Lott is a bad face for the Republican party. Period. Full stop. If that’s unfair to Trent, boo hoo for Trent. Somebody buy him an ice-cream cone.
I'm afraid that party just lost my vote. Christ are they stupid.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Election day is coming . . .

And for those of us who are disgusted by everything happening in Washington, Thomas Sowell reminds us of the stakes.
Do we really want far-left Congressman Dennis Kucinich to be chairman of the subcommittee on national security?

This is the same Dennis Kucinich who once introduced a bill “to abolish all nuclear weapons,” who has refused to condemn Hezbollah terrorists, calling instead for us to have a “recognition that connects us to a common humanity and from that draw a flicker of hope to enkindle the warm glow of peace.” Poetic but dumb.
He writes it up so you don't have to!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

George Allen's nemesis

Check this out. Little old Charlottesville goes national due to a loony "political prankster." And check out the Progress' version of events. Be sure to watch the video--that Darden dude that took Mr. Stark down looks to be 65 or so, and is a total badass.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

John Kerry --

He's a toad.

UPDATE: Apologizing seems out of the question for Mr. Kerry, who now claims it was a "botched joke." That's rich. Via Drudge. I like Ace's analysis:
If we don't join the military, we're fat ("doughy" like Rush Limbaugh) cowardly chickenhawk nutjobs.

If we do join it, we're just drooling morons.
Scroll all over the HQ--he's got plenty on this. And the guy getting tackled at the George Allen rally up the street from my office!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Turkmenistan update!!


Man, is this ever a day for flogging the dead horses of past Tannerball posts. Check out the latest from Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, also known as the "Father of Turkmen":
Five new theaters have opened in Turkmenistan featuring plays based on poetry by Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov, who is surrounded by a lavish personality cult.

"All of our country's theater crews chose to debut with plays based on immortal works of the great Saparmurat Turkmenbashi, which bear a great spiritual energy and open wide horizons for creativity," a culture ministry official said on condition of anonymity. . .

Niyazov also banned opera and ballet as "unfitting for national mentality."

The Real News is back!

Recalling a Tannerball theme from the past, THERE'S A FINGER IN MY SUBWAY SANDWICH!!!
"It looked like a thick piece of fat," she told The Fresno Bee. "It doesn't look anything human to me."

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Ladies and gentlemen, Elvis has left . . . er. . . been shot by the cops three times and taken into custody.


A big Charlottesville drama ends with Elvis getting shot. The years haven't been kind to the King, have they. Cool multimedia presentation.

UPDATE: Elvis is expected to survive the shooting.

UPDATED UPDATE: Check out the comments over at CvilleNews--some folks that know Elvis are concerned that the police used excessive and unnecessary (redundant?) force in apprehending him. No report from the State Patrol yet. I'm sure Waldo will keep us informed.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

A Stronger America. Or Some Shit Like That. Tough. Smart.

Check them all out.

The growing Republican homo menace

Wise words from Howard Dean.
And now our investigators have learned that Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig is less interested in Boise than he is in "boy-sies." Now that his sickening secret is out, the good conservative folks of Idaho can send this pansy packing to San Francisco where he can be Potato Queen in the the next pride parade.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Holy crap

Watch this video. Billy Joel gets it from Rick James!

Attempted carjack/robbery on Court Square

My office is on Court Square in Charlottesville, right across Jefferson St. from the Albemarle County Courthouse. This morning, around 11 AM, I was in my law partner's office right above our front door, and I heard this strange shrieking, and tires barking. Then we heard someone shouting "Run run!" or "go! go!". I looked out the window in time to see a silver SUV peeling away down Jefferson St. toward McGuffey, and I saw a white dude wearing a bomber-type jacket with some colorful design on the back and blue jeans run off down Jefferson.

I ran downstairs and called 911, and was getting reports from my paralegal, who had seen most of what happened. Then I went out and talked to some of the witnesses on the street. Here is what I gather happened:

The would-be carjacker/robber was loitering in the BB&T branch for a while, and the management made him leave. I think they thought he was casing the place. Once outside, he approached the victim (who was parked in front of the bank on Jefferson), and pulled a gun out and stuck it through he open driver's window. She put her car in reverse, and backed up about 1/2 a block, in front of my office. The dude still had the gun, and was yelling while she was screaming and trying to get away. She eventually got the car in drive, and took off. He chased after he for a second and ran off.

There was one witness who was turning the corner from Jefferson onto 4th, heading toward the mall. Apparently (and this is hearsay, and unconfirmed), she stopped when she saw the initial confrontation between Mr. Carjacker/robber and called 911, and was on the phone narrating the unfolding events to the police. She may very well have been the person shouting to the victim to get out of there -- anyhow, she was pretty friggin' brave, just sitting there while all this was happening right in front of her.

As of about 1:30 PM, the cops had not located Mr. Carjacker/robber, but I understand from one of them that they know who he is and where he ordinarily hangs out. I hope they catch him -- we live pretty close to where he's apparently running around.

Take all this with a grain of salt--I am reporting hearsay, and what little I know personally. No way could I identify the guy.

Good times here on Court Square.

UPDATE: Hello, Cvillenews readers! Thanks for the link, Waldo.

Dude's name is Elvis Shifflett. It appears I was wrong about the motivation -- I thought he was trying to rob her based upon what I heard, but it looks like he was an acquaintance. Either way, it was pretty exciting.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Say it again, brother

Amen to that:
It requires media hysteria to miss the point of what is offensive about House Republicans, and it’s not just their stupid e-mails. It’s their ability to take a “Contract with America,” morph it into an “entitlement for all Americans,” and produce a truly offensive amount of pork, cynicism, and cronyism, all in 12 short years. That’s why the “scandal” has legs. No wonder conservatives are furious at Republicans. But trying to get a sex scandal out of these dull e-mails is like trying to get John Boehner off a golf course. (And besides, the Europeans completely missed the much more entertaining story of Rep. Don Sherwood, the Pennsylvania Republican incumbent, who, according to the Washington Times, is running TV ads apologizing for cheating on his wife but denying he abused his mistress.) These guys are as good at sex as they are at meeting a budget. That there’s a Republican left in the House is a stunning indictment of Democrats and their thought-free party.
The real lesson in all of this Foley mess? Politicians of all stripes are ridiculous, smarmy, awful people.

How about some more cranky NRO?
Self-described progressives are great at whipping up a moral frenzy when it serves their purposes, and are hilariously indignant when Moral Majority types return fire in kind. Remember the national bout of St. Vitus’ dance over sexual harassment in the late 1980s and early 1990s? Liberals made sexual harassment their signature issue, rending their clothes and gnashing their teeth over Sens. John Tower and Bob Packwood and Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, among others. The puritanical zeal of these inquisitions cannot be exaggerated.

And then came Bill Clinton, who was, by any fair measure, a worse womanizer than Thomas or the rest of them. The Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit led, inexorably, to revelations of alleged rape and scandalous behavior with an intern. Forced to choose between power and principle, liberals and feminists held an impromptu fire sale on principles.
Read them both, friends of Tannerball!

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Res ipsa loquitor

Indeed, this thing speaks for itself:
A woman pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with a bizarre incident in February that resulted in a fake penis being microwaved at a convenience store.

ALL YOUR SODA ARE BELONG TO US!

Excellent.

Ah, Turtle Bay.

The UN is at it again.
Despite the need for the occasional U.N.-eze translation device, what Americans get for their $5 billion a year was painfully clear. First came Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He proclaimed that the Arab-Israeli conflict was the most important conflict on earth today. Why? Because it was “emotional” for “people far removed from the battlefield.” Translation: Anti-Semites from all over the world get emotional about the existence of a Jewish state. Annan’s solution to all this feeling was for the Security Council to end the Israeli “occupation.” Until that time, it was quite understandable that “other conflicts” all over the globe won’t be resolved. Translation: Deliver up Israel on a U.N. carving board or the blood-thirsty mobs will not be satiated. While he was at it, Annan couldn’t resist a dig at the pope. He complained that the feelings of the mob were also provoked by “insensitivity towards other people’s beliefs or sacred symbols — intentional or otherwise.” What the secretary-general did not mention in his final major address before retirement, as he pontificated about the demands of our age, was the word “democracy.”
Well, of course he didn't.

Reactions to Bush's speech are, well, mixed (at least in National Review--who said those guys were in the bag for Bush?):
Joshua Muravchik:
In his speech to the General Assembly, President Bush showed what the U.N. should be, a platform from which the United States can speak truth to powerlessness. In contrast to the suffocating banalities that fill the air at the General Assembly, Bush’s forceful advocacy of freedom — and his willingness to speak plainly about the freedom deficit in the Middle East—was a breath of fresh air.
Compare with Claudia Rossett (who rocks, by the way):
Claudia Rosett
President Bush said so many of the right words. He was so right to address some of those words not to the assembled “excellencies” of the General Assembly, but directly to the people of Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Iran, Syria, and Darfur. In his basic message about the nature of freedom, and the need for it, he was — as he has been for years now — so very right. And yet, his speech at the United Nations rang hollow.

Monday, September 11, 2006

5 years.



And it still makes me cringe. From NY Magazine. Go look at the whole slideshow.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Moo, y'all.

You think the cows in Georgia watch Nascar, too?

One bat--$50.00. One weedwhacker--$150.00. One hammer = $12.00

A fight over "grass cutting skills"? Priceless.

Seizures, forfeitures, and the lash

Instapundit directs us to a disturbing series of stories about police seizing property and keeping it. The happy professor is right—these cases are an outrage. I used to prosecute down in Georgia, and I worked closely with two of the local drug task forces – one with the local PD, and one with the Sheriff’s Dept. The problem with seizures of property as discussed in the post linked by the good professor, which are entirely unjustified and egregious, is even more pronounced with drug-related forfeitures. I reckon that seizing the money in a drug dealer’s pocket is fine, and forfeiting it to the state is okay, since the money is the proceeds of the sale of contraband and the dealer shouldn’t get to keep. The problem becomes “mission creep”—the cops end up loving taking the dealer’s money so much that they want to take his cell phone. And his gold teeth (I have seen that, believe me). And his car. And maybe his house. After a while, the focus of law enforcement becomes less about the substantive crime and more about what the cops can take from the dealer – while taking out the dealer may make the community safer, the public profits very little from the seizure and forfeiture of the dealer’s property (which usually isn’t worth much anyway). Permitting seizure and forfeiture of property to the state perverts the system, and makes law enforcement about something other than its original goal.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

My name is John Kerry, and I am a stupaholic.

I mean, really:
Kerry accused the 2000 Democratic vice presidential candidate of "adopting the rhetoric of Dick Cheney," on the issue of Iraq.

"Joe Lieberman is out of step with the people of Connecticut," Kerry added, insisting Lieberman's stance on Iraq, "shows you just why he got in trouble with the Democrats there."

Kerry called Lieberman's independent bid a "huge mistake" and applauded businessman-turned-politician Lamont as "courageous" for challenging Lieberman on the war.
Yep--almost president he was. So completely tone deaf that he can't read a simple poll. Keep it up, John Kerry! You may turn out to the most entertaining stupid smart guy there ever was!

Friday, August 11, 2006

FBI's new internet tracking device.

Haha. Thanks to the shooter.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

What, me, a racist? But I have a "Think Globally, Act Locally" sticker on my car!

Har dee har har.
The argument then goes that left-wingers everywhere, the ALP in Australia, Democrats in the US and social democrats in Europe, are all so tolerant and never let race enter their heads when they are making decisions. In contrast, right-wingers, the Coalition parties here, Republicans in the US and conservatives in Europe, are a lot of red-necked bigots, and on social welfare, immigration, refugee or security issues are anti-black and anti-Muslim. This line is hammered so much it is becoming part of the folklore.

But some recent research shows a different picture. Shanto Iyengar, a professor of communications at Stanford University, has just completed some experiments in partnership with The Washington Post on the attitudes of people to giving aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The ABC here and its handmaiden lefties in the US have never let us forget that the evil George W. Bush did nothing to help in New Orleans and deliberately so because the victims were mostly black or Hispanic. But what does the research actually show?

Democratic voters, of course, voted to give more money to hurricane victims and for a longer period. Hardly surprising, that: Democrats, like Labor voters here, are keen on giving away other people's money and, for them, a natural disaster is as good an opportunity for doing so as anything else.

But wait, what's this? The research shows Democrats were prepared to give $1500 more to victims if they were white than if they were black. What, give less money to innocent victims just because they were black? I'm afraid so. Moreover, Democrats would give more money to whites than to other minorities such as Asians and Hispanics.
Read the whole thing--it's quite entertaining, if you're a redneck conservative bigot who happens to live amongst the tolerant left.

Friday, August 04, 2006

1938 = 2006?

I have never been particularly impressed with comparisons of our current "global war on terror" with World War II, but Mr. Hanson makes some valid points:
Our present generation too is on the brink of moral insanity. That has never been more evident than in the last three weeks, as the West has proven utterly unable to distinguish between an attacked democracy that seeks to strike back at terrorist combatants, and terrorist aggressors who seek to kill civilians.

It is now nearly five years since jihadists from the Arab world left a crater in Manhattan and ignited the Pentagon. Apart from the frontline in Iraq, the United States and NATO have troops battling the Islamic fascists in Afghanistan. European police scramble daily to avoid another London or Madrid train bombing. The French, Dutch, and Danish governments are worried that a sizable number of Muslim immigrants inside their countries are not assimilating, and, more worrisome, are starting to demand that their hosts alter their liberal values to accommodate radical Islam. It is apparently not safe for Australians in Bali, and a Jew alone in any Arab nation would have to be discreet — and perhaps now in France or Sweden as well. Canadians’ past opposition to the Iraq war, and their empathy for the Palestinians, earned no reprieve, if we can believe that Islamists were caught plotting to behead their prime minister. Russians have been blown up by Muslim Chechnyans from Moscow to Beslan. India is routinely attacked by Islamic terrorists. An elected Lebanese minister must keep in mind that a Hezbollah or Syrian terrorist — not an Israeli bomb — might kill him if he utters a wrong word. The only mystery here in the United States is which target the jihadists want to destroy first: the Holland Tunnel in New York or the Sears Tower in Chicago.

In nearly all these cases there is a certain sameness: The Koran is quoted as the moral authority of the perpetrators; terrorism is the preferred method of violence; Jews are usually blamed; dozens of rambling complaints are aired, and killers are often considered stateless, at least in the sense that the countries in which they seek shelter or conduct business or find support do not accept culpability for their actions.

Yet the present Western apology to all this is often to deal piecemeal with these perceived Muslim grievances: India, after all, is in Kashmir; Russia is in Chechnya; America is in Iraq, Canada is in Afghanistan; Spain was in Iraq (or rather, still is in Al Andalus); or Israel was in Gaza and Lebanon. Therefore we are to believe that “freedom fighters” commit terror for political purposes of “liberation.” At the most extreme, some think there is absolutely no pattern to global terrorism, and the mere suggestion that there is constitutes “Islamaphobia.”
Read the whole thing.

Read this too:
God forbid the Left should analyze when it’s so much more joyful to simply criticize — and simplicity is everything to the furious. Hence, this “connect the dots” front page of one of Britain’s more simplistic papers, the Independent, where even the normally sane Malcolm Rifkind waxes indignant, angry about what has passed him by, but clueless about where to go next. This is global politics as seen by John and Yoko, it’s sex-as-a-tantrum, and it becomes clear reading this kind of rubbish that for the British Left the only thing that would save Israel’s Jews from the deeply complex problems confronting them is if they were little, furry animals. Like those who hate Bush so much they want to see American reverses around the world, Blair-haters, angry at being ignored more than anything else, are happy to see the kind of guarantee of future bloodshed an “immediate ceasefire” would produce so long as it means humiliation for the man they love to hate.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Hacking the TV?

Cool.

Israel and Hezbollah -- why the strange news coverage?

Because:
This imbalance of scrutiny is not terribly bothersome to television journalists, because it does not undermine their ability to create gripping theater. News segments, for the most part, require simple, compelling human dramas that can be delivered to the home audience in extremely small packages. The camera demands emotion and plot, not fairness, context, or intellectual rigor. To the camera, there is no right and wrong, no terrorist and victim.

This kind of reportage has created a relationship of co-dependency between terrorists and the media: The fetishization of suffering results in a morally obtuse emphasis on civilian casualties, and the ensuing outcry from world organizations and opinionated foreign governments intimidates and hamstrings Western militaries attempting to defeat terrorists. And the more that Western forces are undermined by oppositional coverage, the greater the incentive for terrorists to maximize civilian casualties and thereby keep the media pressure on their enemies. Operating without moral restrictions, Hezbollah has endeavored to do exactly that — and with magnificent, arguably unprecedented, success. Because democratic governments cannot endure in conflicts that the public believes to be immoral, the task of groups such as Hezbollah is to undermine the Western public’s sense of moral clarity in the fight. And, in too many cases, in the television news media Hezbollah has found a willing partner — as have other terror groups like Hamas and Fatah.

Friday, July 28, 2006

"Pander and run"

Ouch. Peter Beinart, who is one of them, slams congressional democrats for the cynical opportunists they are:
After years of struggling to define their own approach to post-Sept. 11 foreign policy, Democrats seem finally to have hit on one. It's called pandering. In those rare cases when George W. Bush shows genuine sensitivity to America's allies and propounds a broader, more enlightened view of the national interest, Democrats will make him pay. It's jingoism with a liberal face.
Read it all.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

I have it! Eureka!

So Hillary has come up with the latest Democrat "plan" to woo middle class voters: the American Dream Initiative. This takes the place of the last Democrat campaign plan: "Everything Republicans do is wrong, but we will do it better and faster and smarter. Republicans suck. And if you don't agree with us, you're a big fat idiot who hates babies and puppies."

I guess this is progress for the progressives. Maybe this plan will last longer than the others.

Wisdom, indeed . . . with protein!

This is good for you -- trust me.

Your federal government at work --

Remember when you took a picture of your daughter on her first plane ride from Richmond to Orlando? May have got you onto a terrorist watch list.
The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they're required to submit at least one report a month. If they don't, there's no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

"Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft ... and they did nothing wrong," said one federal air marshal.
That's just great.

Via Cville blogs (Waldo Jacquith).

Monday, July 24, 2006

If I were President, things would be all peachy, all the time.

John Kerry, poster boy for self-impressed multi-tasking.
U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D- Mass., who was in town Sunday to help Gov. Jennifer Granholm campaign for her re-election bid, took time to take a jab at the Bush administration for its lack of leadership in the Israeli-Lebanon conflict.

"If I was president, this wouldn't have happened," said Kerry during a noon stop at Honest John's bar and grill in Detroit's Cass Corridor.
You see, Bush should have been making sure that Hezbollah didn't kidnap Israeli soldiers on Israeli territory. Kerry would have been there with his lucky hat, dropping off some CIA guys to infiltrate the positions and save the day. Fortunately, Bush has seen the error of his ways.

Is Kerry beyond parody yet? I'm getting that impression.

Click the links!

I have just subscribed to the Virginia Political Blog aggregator and the Charlottesville Blog aggregator [about friggin' time -- sitemeter]. There lots of good stuff at both -- check them out. These were organized by Waldo Jacquith, man about town (Charlottesville, that is). Thanks, Waldo.

Check out the Time Cube

Stephani from Georgia directs us to this odd place: TimeCube! Here you go:
Earth is composed of opposite hemispheres which rotate in opposite directions - equal to a zero value existence (plus & minus). As entity, the opposite hemispheres cancel out.
Earth exist as 4 - 90 degree opposite corner quadrants, but not as a 360 degree circle. Earth is Cubic opposites, nothing as circle. A singularity inflicted scholar has not the mentality, freedom or guts to know that academia is a Trojan Horse mind control. Singularity brotherhood owns your brain, destroying your ability to think Cubicism. Evil academia blocks out Time Cube site and suppresses its discussion and debate. You are an educated singularity idiot who can stupidily deny Nature's Harmonic 4 simultaneous 24 hour days within a single rotation of Earth, or even make parody of the Cubic Creation Principle - but your mental ability to comprehend the greatest social and scientific discovery of all human existence has been lobotomized by the evil academic singularity bastards hired to destroy your ability to think opposite. You cannot comprehend Opposite Creation. Religous/academic taught singularity is the reduction of the human mind to android.
I had no idea I was such an educated sigularity idiot, believing the earth isn't a cube. Wow. All those pictures from space make it look like a sphere! I HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED BY THE TROJAN HORSE OF ACADEMIA! DAMN YOU, EDUCATION ESTABLISHMENT, DAMN YOU!

Sunday, July 23, 2006

ACLU defends Fred Phelps --

Yep, Fred Phelps. The article fails to mention why his church has become so controversial, and I don't know whether it is because they ran out of space, or they were trying to make the ACLU look a little bit better than it would if WaPo had published relevant photos with the article. You know, stuff like this:
You know, the ACLU doesn't have to take every potential case -- I imagine Mr. Phelps can afford his own lawyers. Defending someone's Constitutional right to carry signs that say "God hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" at funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and in Afghanistan can be viewed, I guess, as a check on government's ability to stifle political or religious speech -- I can acknowledge that. It's just that this Phelps guy is so odious, and his following so deranged, that it is difficult to understand why any smart lawyer (and the ACLU is full of smart crusader types) would use Phelps as a plaintiff in the suit. I mean, there are plenty of folks who are willing to picket at a soldier's funeral against the war in a perfectly peaceful and non-"God hates Fags" kind of way that would be much more sympathetic. Bad tactics, in my view.

Ah, the UN's "peacekeeping" abilities are, well, not so much

Good lord. The UN "peacekeeping" force on the border of Lebanon is actually complicit in at least one Hezbollah kidnapping from 2001. It's this type of good work that makes me believe the UN is definitely the last, best hope of mankind. I'm still waiting for someone to tell me who said that (and if it isn't about the UN, I will be embarassed).

UPDATE: I used that fancy thing they call "google," and it turns out that Abraham Lincoln (See here or here) used it first:
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
I could have sworn it was somebody talking about the UN. So embarassed I am!

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Seems apt to me.


Pretty well sums up the situation in Israel and Lebanon, doesn't it?

Via Dissecting Leftism

Friday, July 21, 2006

Mmm mmm good . . .

I just love me some UN-bashing.
No, the failure comes in precisely the arena that supposedly justifies the U.N.’s existence: global peace and security. And that’s where the delusion comes in. The folks at United Nations Plaza have proved themselves to be either well-intentioned incompetents or cagey, crapulent kleptocrats. The list of their biggest failures is spelled out in blood: Somalia, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Congo (where peacekeepers reportedly raped the local girls), Iraq (where the U.N. bugged out after a bombing in 2003), Darfur, and, in what was supposed to be the model for U.N. peacekeeping, East Timor, which, after seven years of exemplary U.N. stewardship, recently became the ideal location to film a reality-show version of Mad Max.
But isn't the UN the "last best hope of mankind"? Who said that, anyway?

UPDATE: I used that fancy thing they call "google," and it turns out that Abraham Lincoln (See here or here) used it first:
My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.
I could have sworn it was somebody talking about the UN. So embarassed I am!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Richard Cohen appears, by all standard measures, to be an idiot.

Richard Cohens supremely idiotic op-ed from yesterday has garnered a devastating response.
First big whopper which torpedoes Cohen's credibility, because it is an easy fact to check: Half of Israel's Jewish population is Arab Jews, not European Jews. How come there are Arab Jews? Because they were in Israel/Judea before Arabs became Muslim. In fact, they were the Jews before various historical events scattered and exiled some of them, one destination being Europe. (And yes, European Jews and Arab Jews are all Jews. The tracing of Ashkenazi Jewry from their origins in Judea are clear, their holy language, religious rituals, liturgy, and even genetic markers are the same, all dating back to where Israel is now, and they all regard each other as Jews and always have. So let's not even start with that particular nonsense.)
Read Cohen's piece, and then read the Keshertalk response. Excellent stuff.

What bothered me was Cohen's attitude of "well, you can't deal with the fanatics, so why try? Don't try to defend yourself in any meaningful fashion -- just 'hunker down,' let it happen -- and for God's sake don't kill anyone! That would make me say 'disproportionate response!'"

Friday, July 14, 2006

Ashley Judd on safari --

I knew Ashley Judd in high school--she was a senior when I was a troubled sophomore. We even went on a few dates. I am surprised (and saddened) to read that she is as reported here.

UPDATE: employer made Tacitus take the post down. Sorry about that.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Israel attacks!!!

It seems that Israel has invaded southern Lebanon. Check out the links here for complete coverage. Frederick Forsyth, indeed.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

My, how embarrasking!

Via Ace, we see that some fervent anti-abortion activist has taken to Fisking an Onion article. Yes, that Onion. Aspiring news and activist bloggers out there, please take note: the Onion is FAKE NEWS. It is not REAL NEWS. For REAL NEWS, you have to go to news sources that report on actual, and not fake, news.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Estate Tax --

It's not just for whitey anymore:
Supply-side economics guru Arthur Laffer could have written the floor speech of CBC member Rep. William Jefferson (D., La.):

The federal estate tax results in … slower economic growth, reduced social mobility, and wasted productive activity. Moreover, the costs imposed by the estate tax far outweigh any benefits that the tax might produce. It is unclear whether the estate tax raises any revenue at all, since most if not all of its receipts are offset by losses under the income tax.

Jefferson continued:

In 2003, Congress’ Joint Economic Committee reported that the death tax brought in $22 billion in annual revenue, but cost the private sector another $22 billion in compliance costs. Therefore, the total impact on the economy was a staggering $44 billion. And, when one calculates the amount of money spent on complying with the tax, the number of lost jobs resulting from businesses being sold, or the resources directed away from business expansion and into estate planning, it is clear why this punitive tax must be eliminated.

Jefferson’s effectiveness as a pro-repeal spokesman unfortunately plummeted after his ejection from the House Ways and Means Committee amid an ongoing federal corruption probe.
Read the whole thing, and ponder why anyone would think the estate tax is a good idea.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Don't get these shoes

Manolo has your back: don't get the Garbage for the feets!
Yes, it is not the secret that the Manolo has many times in the past been so poor that he has had to fashion his own super fantastic shoes out of the recycled and repurposed objects. And so he could perhaps be considered the expert in such matters, which it is why he is qualified to say that these shoes they are frightening.

These they are the sort of thing that would be worn the ranting homeless lady who lives in the culvert behind the Ralph’s Super Saver. You know, the one who wears the dirty grey poncho and shouts at you as you leave your car, “Whore of Babylon! You’ll burn in the sulphurous pits of Hell!”

Saturday, June 24, 2006

John F. Kerry -- agent of our enemies?

Ouch.
So when Kerry isn't flip-flopping for the sake of politics, he's serving the purposes of our adversaries — from Vietnam to the War on Terror. Whether it's poor judgment, or something more sinister that animates John Kerry, it's remarkable that someone so dangerous could have come so close to occupying the Oval Office.
I happen to think Kerry is simply unserious, and says whatever pops into his pea brain.

More video excellence

These dudes are something else. They jump off buildings and stuff. Cool.

Via Ace of Spades HQ.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Ah, the NYT is at it again

Read this, and then read this. What possible purpose, other than to inform terrorist organization of our anti-terrorism tactics, does the article serve?
Yet again, the New York Times was presented with a simple choice: help protect American national security or help al Qaeda.

Yet again, it sided with al Qaeda. Once again, members of the American intelligence community had a simple choice: remain faithful to their oath — the solemn promise the nation requires before entrusting them with the secrets on which our safety depends — or violate that oath and place themselves and their subjective notions of propriety above the law.

Once again, honor was cast aside.

For the second time in seven months, the Times has exposed classified information about a program aimed at protecting the American people against a repeat of the September 11 attacks. On this occasion, it has company in the effort: The Los Angeles Times runs a similar, sensational story. Together, the newspapers disclose the fact that the United States has covertly developed a capability to monitor the nerve center of the international financial network in order to track the movement of funds between terrorists and their facilitators.

The effort, which the government calls the “Terrorist Finance Tracking Program” (TFTP), is entirely legal. There are no conceivable constitutional violations involved.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Poor little rich girls . . .

Nobody's taking them seriously, poor things. Well, one reason might be that the Dixie Chicks are much better at song singin' than they are at giving interviews:
That really got the mouthy Maines going. Through “gritted teeth” she declared, “The entire country may disagree with me but I don’t understand the necessity for patriotism. Why do you have to be a patriot? About what? This land is our land? Why? You can like where you live and like your life, but as for loving the whole country…I don’t see why people care about patriotism.”

How can we take seriously a singer who doesn’t seem to be so smart about music history, let alone American history? Maines apparently isn’t aware that the lyric “this land is my land, this land is your land” was written by Woody Guthrie, also a critic of our country, but one who not only talked the talk but truly walked the long painful walk across Depression-era America.

What is really upsetting — and what these three may share with too many others today — is their tone deafness when it comes to realizing the enormous opportunities that being an America has given them. Rather, they sulk and complain, and feel oh-so-badly-done-by. Maines seems to think that living in a place she likes and having a life she likes is her right, and is completely unrelated to our country’s past, our system of government, and the sacrifices others have made (and continue to make today) for her well-being.
Read the whole thing. This is sad.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

More captured al Qaeda documents

Lileks has the scoop:
Our attempts to win the hearts and minds of impoverished Iraqis are not helped when you buy the extended warranty on a car you intend to explode.

Finally, patience is our ally. We need not defeat the Americans, only outlast them. Have they not abandoned every battlefield they ever entered? Besides Germany, Japan, Korea, Kosovo and Afghanistan, of course. But just as they left Somalia when their “Democrats” took power, so will they leave Iraq when the criminal Zionist Bush regime is replaced by a slightly less criminal, albeit equally Zionist, Democratic regime. The Democrats wish to quit the war and return to their important issues, such as permitting men to marry, have a child with the cloning of cells, and then abort it. Such a people cannot fight; they can only beseech the United Nations to send Danes to frown from great distances. And I need not remind you that no one was ever killed by a 226 kilogram laser-guided Dane.
Laser-guided Danes, frowning from great distances. Excellent.

Thanks to my man Drew.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hookers are cashin' in on the World Cup

Well done. Beware the fat sweaty Czechs (or Brits, Americans, whoever), though.
"We are earning as much much in one day as we normally would in a week.

"But after the World Cup I'll need a holiday."

Amen.

Just read it.
In my view, targeting terrorist leaders is not only defensible, but actually more ethical than going after rank and file terrorists or trying to combat terrorism through purely defensive security measures. The rank and file have far less culpability for terrorist attacks than do their leaders, and killing them is less likely to impair terrorist operations. Purely defensive measures, meanwhile, often impose substantial costs on innocent people and may imperil civil liberties. Despite the possibility of collateral damage inflicted on civilians whom the terrorist leaders use as human shields, targeted assassination of terrorist leaders is less likely to harm innocents than most other strategies for combatting terror and more likely to disrupt future terrorist operations.
Via Instapundit.

Hasselhoff and more Hasselhoff!

The Manolo, he points out why all is good with Dave. Make sure you watch the video. Good times. Good times.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Useful German phrases for the World Cup.

In case you live under a rock--The World Cup started yesterday. It's being played in Deutschland, so our Irish friend at Blogh an Seanchi has posted a useful guide for non-German speaking tourists:
German made easy:

Officer, would you mind taking your arm from around my neck as I am having some trouble catching my breath...
Lass los, du idiot.

Can I have four large jugs of your strongest beer over here please, landlord. And a glass of white wine for the lovely lady...
Vier Bier hier bitte, und eine Liebfrauenmilch für die liebe Frau.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Buy this good book

My neighbor has a book coming out in January 2007, all about the influence of southern women and their exercising their right to vote:
After the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920, hundreds of thousands of southern women went to the polls for the first time. In The Weight of Their Votes Lorraine Gates Schuyler examines the consequences this had in states across the South. She shows that from polling places to the halls of state legislatures, women altered the political landscape in ways both symbolic and substantive. Schuyler challenges popular scholarly opinion that women failed to wield their ballots effectively in the 1920s, arguing instead that in state and local politics, women made the most of their votes.
I'll be reading it sometime soon.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Today should be Memorial Day

June 6, 2006, is the 62nd anniversary of the invasion of Normandy. The Jawa Report has an appropriate memorial.

Your SUV is killing us! We must destroy your gas-guzzling SUV!

Or maybe not.
Admittedly, I possess virtually no expertise in science. That puts me in exactly the same position as most dogmatic environmentalists who want to craft public policy around global warming fears.

The only inconvenient truth about global warming, contends Colorado State University's Bill Gray, is that a genuine debate has never actually taken place. Hundreds of scientists, many of them prominent in the field, agree.

Gray is perhaps the world's foremost hurricane expert. His Tropical Storm Forecast sets the standard. Yet, his criticism of the global warming "hoax" makes him an outcast.

"They've been brainwashing us for 20 years," Gray says. "Starting with the nuclear winter and now with the global warming. This scare will also run its course. In 15-20 years, we'll look back and see what a hoax this was."

[snip]

"Let's just say a crowd of baby boomers and yuppies have hijacked this thing," Gray says. "It's about politics. Very few people have experience with some real data. I think that there is so much general lack of knowledge on this. I've been at this over 50 years down in the trenches working, thinking and teaching."

Gray acknowledges that we've had some warming the past 30 years. "I don't question that," he explains. "And humans might have caused a very slight amount of this warming. Very slight. But this warming trend is not going to keep on going. My belief is that three, four years from now, the globe will start to cool again, as it did from the middle '40s to the middle '70s."
Read the whole thing. I don't have any idea who's right and who's wrong in this debate, but there should be a debate, don't you think? Plus, as an added bonus, we get to blame baby boomers and yuppies for mucking up the works!

Friday, June 02, 2006

Diversity, thy name is . . . well . . . oh f*&! it: things that are diverse.

I don't generally like this Mike Adams' writing, but his treatment of the 46-page "diversity plan" from the University of Oregon is worth reading. My favorite is the "definition" of diversity, which had to have been written over days and weeks of agonizing meetings of the Faculty Committee on Diversity and Underrepresented Groups:
We recognize the difficulty of using a term like diversity that is subject to multiple interpretations. We intend to be inclusive when we use this term. The risk of listing examples of diversity is that no list can be all inclusive. In defining diversity for use in this document, we do not intend to leave out any group. In this document when we discuss persons "of diverse backgrounds or experiences" we mean by that description to refer to the broad range of diversity intended by our definition here. Further, when we discuss "underrepresented groups" we intend to refer again to the broad definition of diversity.
That's a direct quote from the "diversity plan." Apparently, "diverse and underrepresented" folks at the University of Oregon include those that don't know the rule we all learned in elementary school: you can't define something by referring to the thing itself.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Some days I hardly kill anyone


Have a great Memorial Day weekend. Watch this video to get it started right.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Bumper stickers . . .

They usually pass for thoughtful political commentary around here (you know--"Think Globally, Act Locally," "A village in Texas is missing its idiot," etc.), but this one is excellent: check it out.

Via Instapundit.

Hasselhoff !!!

Hot hot hot. The German band is having such fun. Lord have mercy on those poor people.

The UN--it's funny because it's true

The inmates are running the asylum:
The new Human Rights Council, which replaces the discredited Human Rights Commission as the U.N.’s lead human-rights body, now seats some of the world’s worst human-rights abusers firmly on the inside. China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia are among its members. The controlling 55 percent of the Council’s votes are in the hands of the Asian and African regional groups, and the election handed a 62-percent interest in those groups to the members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. Issuing human-rights abusers a new license to judge human rights abuse is not successful reform.

On management reform, the situation has gone completely off the rails. Annan put a minimal reform package on the table that attempted to wrestle some control from the General Assembly majority which pays a small fraction of the U.N.’s costs. In response, for the first time in 19 years, that same majority forced a vote in the U.N.’s budget committee and sidelined the reform effort. The 50 countries that voted in the minority pay 87 percent of the U.N.’s dues.

On preventing genocide, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights appointed a Palestinian as executive director of a Commission of Inquiry on Darfur. Not surprisingly, the 2005 Commission’s report refused to identify the millions of dead and displaced as an instance of genocide. The commission was loathe to label Darfur an ethnic or racial conflict between Arab militia and non-Arab victim. This pre-summit failure, along with Sudanese intransigence and African Union reservations, contributed to the continuing spectacle of U.N. troops remaining on the sidelines despite the carnage.
Read it all, friends. Who was it that said the United Nations was the last great hope of mankind? Wanna take it back?

Friday, May 19, 2006

"The Nazis had pieces of flair they made the Jews wear."

From a funny line in Office Space to a startling reality. Iranian lawmakers have passed a law requiring non-muslims to wear badges of cloth to identify them as infidel. That's great.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

The 50 worst musical acts of all time.

I disagree on Primus, but the rest of the list is spot-on:
They built this city on rock & roll. And crap!
In 1985, Starship rose like a phoenix from the ashes of once-mighty psychedelic overlords Jefferson Airplane/Starship — but only if, by phoenix, you mean “ultra-lame, MTV-pandering purveyors of MOR schlock.” Best remembered for “We Built This City,” they were also responsible for unleashing the Diane Warren–penned “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” a song bad enough to appear on the soundtrack of the diabolical Andrew McCarthy “comedy” Mannequin. And its sequel!
And that's only number 5!

Via Vikingpundit.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

I bid farewell to old Kentucky, the place where I was born'd and raised


But Harold Rogers, a congressman, has not. And he's a real peach (if by "peach," you understand I mean he's a crook).
When Homeland Security officials decided that transportation workers would have to undergo background checks before being issued their new ID cards, Rogers again sprang into action. He stuck an earmark into an appropriations bill, mandating that a no-bid contract be given to the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) to handle the background-check operation at a price of tens of millions of dollars.

The Times reports that since 2000 the AAAE has paid for trips for Rogers and his wife totaling more than $75,000, “including six visits to Hawaii, four to California, and one to Ireland.” In addition, the group has donated around $18,000 to Rogers’s political campaigns in the last four years, and, in 2002, it honored him with its Congressional Leadership Award.
Disgrace, indeed. Any wonder why most people don't trust the government to serve its primary functions?

Keen sense of the obvious

Lambrick added: "Alcohol and climbing trees don't really mix. In all seriousness, he could've killed himself if he had fallen and two firefighters also had to climb up to him and put their lives at risk."

Kiss my arse!

So says Mr. Blanton, denied the ability to run on the Democratic ticket against Va. Rep. Eric Cantor:
Blanton's e-mail, sent Sunday night, used a three-letter barnyard term, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. "If that is not clear enough for you, call me and I'll tell you in person," the newspaper quoted from the e-mail.
It may be the nude group therapy sessions that did it.

Monday, May 15, 2006

To President Bush:

You need to keep me safe from the terrorists, but don't you dare do the things necessary to keep me safe from the terrorists !!! Damn you Bush--you search for evidence by searching for evidence instead of divining it from the air !
So there are now two basic templates in terrorism media coverage:

Template A (note to editors: to be used after every terrorist atrocity): "Angry family members, experts and opposition politicians demand to know why complacent government didn't connect the dots."

Template B (note to editors: to be used in the run-up to the next terrorist atrocity): "Shocking new report leaked to New York Times for Pulitzer Prize Leak Of The Year Award nomination reveals that paranoid government officials are trying to connect the dots! See pages 3,4,6,7,8, 13-37."
Read the whole thing.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Playmate of the year . . .

Not so much looking fancy.

News about Poop!


Check it out.
Drug addict David Carlisle, 32, held a knife to Marion Budd's stomach as she walked her dog in Bristol, and demanded she hand over her bags and cash.

When Budd, 52, told him the bags had just been used to scoop up her pet's poop, he fled empty-handed.
Watch out, Crackie!

"Incendiary Ignorance"

Jonah Goldberg. Read it:
First came the Democrats. For more than a decade their leading lights have extolled higher gas taxes, and hence higher gas prices, to pay for everything from school roofs to the development of alternative energy sources that would usher in the economic Shangri-La of "energy independence"—whatever that is. "Look how enlightened Europe is! Gas prices there are two or three times ours," they'd holler. In 1993, when the Democrats controlled Congress and the White House, and the economy was believed to be in much worse shape, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and the rest of the Democratic leadership pushed gas taxes as the solution to our woes. Now even Sen. Chuck Schumer—who voted for gas-tax hikes in 1982, 1990, and 1993—believes that "high gas prices are going to be the final nail in the GOP's coffin this year." So the Democrats want to repeal federal gas taxes in order to bring the price down at the pump. They say the repeal would only be temporary. No kidding!


Instead of forming a bucket brigade to put out this bonfire of buffoonery—as is their historical obligation and divine writ—Republican leaders threw their own rhetorical gasoline. The GOP leadership called for the 12th investigation since 1979 into allegations of "price fixing" and "collusion" by American oil companies. These investigations—occurring on average once every three years—have all concluded much the same thing: Market forces determine the price, not some cabal of tuxedo-wearing fat cats.
Just so you know--the reason we are paying a lot at the gas pump is because we are willing to pay a lot at the gas pump!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ask a Ninja . . .

Even more video excellence. Be sure to watch the "Ninja Pickup Lines" at the end: "I am really sorry I chopped off your boyfriend's arm. Need a hug?"

Friday, April 28, 2006

Ben and Jerry's --

Over at Blogh an Seanchai, we learn that Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, that bastion of tolerance and understanding, unveiled its "Irish" ice cream on St. Patrick's Day -- after naming it "Black and Tan".
The story is that America's most touchy feely sensitive ice-cream brand named its "Irish" ice cream flavour after a British militia -- comprised of convicts and shell-shocked WWI veterans --which tried to restore "law and order" in Ireland during the Irish War of Independence.
Excellent.

Word up whitebread, how you livin'?


The Zarkman is back, and he's hatin' the email.
Yeah, I been gettin' all your email haterade. All y'all infidels be texting and emailing, and it's all like "yo Zarks where u at? Al Qaeda cut off your TypePad account? LOL!!!"

Hey cuz, act like you know. Like the Zarkman got time to be blogging this bitch with the Q1 decapitation reports overdue, and Fatima all up in my grille wantin’ money for the kids' summer martyr camp, and Team Satan sendin’ another crew of laser-guided "downsizing consultants" every freaking day.

...

Okay, so a few dhimmis throw us a few bucks every month. But Holy fucking Prophet, otherwise they’re as useless as tits on an Imam. “Sorry, Zarkman, can’t help you with the wiring diagrams, my Ph.D. is in deconstructivist semiotics,” whatever the fuck that means. I mean, holy dung, how do these motards chew gum and protest march at the same time? And the ones that actually do get over here never want to volunteer for anything other than being a stupid hostage, and then they start whining for vegan meals and high-speed internet, and then they get all pissy and crying when you actually cut off one of the other’s heads. Helloooooo, Moby McMoonbeam: that’s what you fucking hostages are for. Shit, I swear the only victory we’ve had lately is when Team Satan came and took those Unitarian peace creeps off our hands. Your problem now, dawg.

...

And to top it all off, guess who just showed up at the back door? You got it. Those kuffar peace creeps, volunteering for hostage duty again. I’m totally curious: how come all those badass hard muthafuckin’ Wu Tang infidels end up on Team Satan, and Zarkman gets stuck with the dipshits too stoned to tune their stupid guitars?

So whuzzup wit me? Same shit, different day, and if you peckerwood email haters expect a personal reply, you can kiss my fat shrapneled Jordanian ass. I hate email, and wouldn’t use it at all if I didn’t think that Nazi Bush was tapping my phone.

Read it all, homies.

Definitely not my kind of religion

WTF?
A Pakistani couple, jailed after the woman's father objected to their love marriage, appeared in court on Friday after spending five years in prison without trial.

"I have committed no adultery," 23-year-old Sodi (Eds; one name) wept in a courthouse in the southern city of Hyderabad as she recounted her ordeal to journalists.

"I was 18 when I got married of my own free will with Kashkeli. Our marriage was contracted before a maulvi (preacher) and registered," said the woman, who has been held in a separate jail from her husband.

The couple were arrested in October 2001 on adultery charges after the woman's father, a farmer, lodged a report with police accusing the man of abducting his daughter and committing adultery with her.
Shining a light on this madness, perhaps, can bring about some change. But christ, are you kidding me? 5 years in jail for not agreeing to some arranged marriage, and marrying because you love someone? This is in Pakistan, our ally--can you imagine what things are like in, say, Saudi Arabia?

I know it's been a long time since I rapped at ya . . .

but work has been a little overwhelming.

Be that as it may, here's a little ass-whippin' by Thomas Sowell on those politicians that think all of us rubes are complete idiots:
Ironically, the people who are making the most noise about the high price of gasoline are the very people who have for years blocked every attempt to increase our own oil supply. They have opposed drilling for oil off the Atlantic coast, off the Pacific coast, or in Alaska. They have prevented the building of any new oil refineries anywhere for decades.

They have fought against the building of hydroelectric dams or nuclear power plants to generate electricity without the use of oil. They love to talk about their own pet "alternative energy sources," without the slightest attention to what these would cost in terms of money, jobs, or our national standard of living.

Even when one of their pet "alternative energy sources" -- windmills -- is proposed to be built near them, suddenly it is not right to spoil their view.
Read the whole thing, friends. And remember, price is determined where supply and demand intersect--and when the government dictates price, supply shrinks to fit. What does that mean? You guessed it--shortages!!!

And here is Charles Krauthammer, piling on like the Nature Boy Rick Flair:
If you thought the Dubai port deal marked a record high in Washington cynicism, think again. Nothing can match the spectacle of politicians scrambling for cover during a spike in gasoline prices. And this time, the panderfest has gone all the way to the Oval Office. President Bush has joined the braying congressional hordes by ordering the Energy and Justice Departments and the FTC to launch an investigation into possible gasoline price-fixing.

What a disgrace.
Yup.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The Easter Bunny hates you.

More video excellence.

The president of China

is here in the US, promising to crack down on software piracy and respect intellectual property rights of American and other inventors.
Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest where trade issues have been carefully massaged in recent days to put a cheery face on China's chronic problems with software piracy, an undervalued currency and a soaring trade surplus with the United States.

By kicking off his visit here, the Chinese president is focusing on a region where big-ticket trade -- for Boeing aircraft and Microsoft software -- is important to both the national and local economy. The Port of Seattle has been packed for nearly a decade with ships carrying goods to and from China.

Sweetening the terms of its trade with Washington state, China pledged last week to buy 80 Boeing airplanes for $5.2 billion and moved forward this week on a promise to crack down on the use of illegal software.
That's great, and I am all for China actually respecting international patents instead of pirating software, movie, music, etc.

But what about basic human rights, like petitioning the government for a redress of grievances? Remember this?

Read this primer, and shake your head.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Tom Cruise has lost his mind


I don't usually pay any attention to celebrity news, but you just have to read it to believe it.
The Mission Impossible star, 43, said: "I'm gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I'm gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there." It is the latest in a series of increasingly strange outbursts from Cruise in the run-up to the birth.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Once again, ladies and gentlemen, Mark Steyn

Writing about Iran:
You know what's great fun to do if you're on, say, a flight from Chicago to New York and you're getting a little bored? Why not play being President Ahmadinejad? Stand up and yell in a loud voice, "I've got a bomb!" Next thing you know the air marshal will be telling people, "It's OK, folks. Nothing to worry about. He hasn't got a bomb." And then the second marshal would say, "And even if he did have a bomb it's highly unlikely he'd ever use it." And then you threaten to kill the two Jews in row 12 and the stewardess says, "Relax, everyone. That's just a harmless rhetorical flourish." And then a group of passengers in rows 4 to 7 point out, "Yes, but it's entirely reasonable of him to have a bomb given the threatening behavior of the marshals and the cabin crew."

That's how it goes with the Iranians. The more they claim they've gone nuclear, the more U.S. intelligence experts -- oops, where are my quote marks? -- the more U.S. intelligence "experts" insist no, no, it won't be for another 10 years yet. The more they conclusively demonstrate their non-compliance with the IAEA, the more the international community warns sternly that, if it were proved that Iran were in non-compliance, that could have very grave consequences. But, fortunately, no matter how thoroughly the Iranians non-comply it's never quite non-compliant enough to rise to the level of grave consequences. You can't blame Ahmadinejad for thinking "our enemies cannot do a damned thing."
Let's hope he's wrong--but then again, when someone says he is going to kill you with a bomb, shouldn't you take him seriously? And this is priceless:
The perfect summation of the Iranian approach to negotiations came in this gem of a sentence from the New York Times on July 13 last year:

"Iran will resume uranium enrichment if the European Union does not recognize its right to do so, two Iranian nuclear negotiators said in an interview published Thursday."

Got that? If we don't let Iran go nuclear, they'll go nuclear. That position might tax even the nuanced detecting skills of John Kerry.
Read it all.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Read it all, friends, read it all

Mark Steyn at his best:
Back when nuclear weapons were an elite club of five relatively sane world powers, your average Western progressive was convinced the planet was about to go ka-boom any minute. The mushroom cloud was one of the most familiar images in the culture, a recurring feature of novels and album covers and movie posters. There were bestselling dystopian picture books for children, in which the handful of survivors spent their last days walking in a nuclear winter wonderland. Now a state openly committed to the annihilation of a neighboring nation has nukes, and we shrug: Can’t be helped. Just the way things are. One hears sophisticated arguments that perhaps the best thing is to let everyone get ’em, and then no one will use them. And if Iran’s head of state happens to threaten to wipe Israel off the map, we should understand that this is a rhetorical stylistic device that’s part of the Persian oral narrative tradition, and it would be a grossly Eurocentric misinterpretation to take it literally.
It's not funny, but it's true.

Monday, April 03, 2006

"Psychiatrists generally refer to this state as 'psychotic' and 'delusional'."

Read this rather long post on the problems of women in "modern" Muslim countries. A taste:
Enormous effort goes into veiling women, dressing women modestly, silencing women, covering women's bodies, punishing women, controlling women, reviling women, humiliating women, beating women, subjugating women, avoiding the dishonor of women, keeping women uneducated, policing women, infantilizing women--in short, dehumanizing women -- all under the guise of "protecting" and "honoring" them as they relegate them to animal-like status.

The women in this misogynistic Islam are brainwashed from birth into thinking that this cultural preoccupation somehow is necessary and that it "liberates" them in some bizarre manner.
Whether you buy it or not is up to you, but it seems to me that the treatment of women (and the lack of outcry against it by women in the US and Europe) in the Muslim world outght to be at the forefront of any true liberal's agenda--but it's not, and I don't get why. Perhaps the women like living that way, but then again, I don't believe a man should be able to beat his wife, kill his daughter, etc., for bringing "dishonor" on the family.

This is good, too: "Women become mere possessions-vessels/repositories of the impotent male's honor. That men and women could relate equally in every sphere of human endeavor is a concept that is so alien and so threatening; I suspect it is what partly drives the rage the males feel toward western culture in general."

Read it all, friends.

The Yale Taliban

I can't say I am happy (see here) that my alma mater has admitted the former spokesman for the Taliban regime as a special student, giving him a discount on tuition. I do think that Deroy Murdock is a bit off when he says
This affair may show that "my enemy's enemy is my friend." Yale's politically correct administrators hate that reckless Texas cowboy George W. Bush (Yale, class of 1968). How better to smack him, while preening their liberal feathers like peacocks, than to welcome one of W's enemies?
When I was there, Benno Schmidt was president, and he wouldn't have put up with this for a minute--he had this to say, and I think he is more accurate:
Former Yale president Benno Schmidt says admitting Mr. Hashemi is an exercise in "amorality and cynicism." He told me that "diversity simply cannot be allowed to trump all moral considerations." It's not as if Yale can't muster moral indignation. Yale is divesting from Sudan, responding to pressure from student activists and labor unions. But when it comes to a former Taliban official, there is a desire to move on.
And from my former dean?
Back in the early 1990s, when he was dean of Yale College, Yale history professor Don Kagan warned about what he called the university's "mutual massage" between value-neutral professors and soft-minded students. He is even more critical now: "The range of debate on campus is more narrow than ever today, and the Taliban incident is a wake-up call that moral relativism is totally unexamined here. The ability of students to even think clearly about patriotism and values is being undermined by faculty members who believe that at heart every problem has a U.S. origin." Mr. Kagan isn't optimistic that Yale will respond to outside pressure. "They have a $15 billion endowment, and I know Yale's governing board is handpicked to lick the boots of the president," he told me. "The only way Yale officials can be embarrassed is if a major donor publicly declares he is no longer giving to them. Otherwise, they simply don't care what the outside world thinks."
Ouch. Seems that things have changed a good bit since I was there.

UPDATE: The hits just keep on comin'. A former professor of mine (who did not give me a very good grade) gets quoted: "The reaction from some faculty members who were not part of the "town meeting" was swift. Steven Smith, a political science professor, said that confused and timid statements such as those at the "Town Meeting" represented a "failure to see the attack on America as an act of clear and unmitigated evil." " Indeed.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Leprechaun sighting!

In Mobile, a leprechaun has been sighted in a tree. Either that, or it's some crackhead got a hold to the wrong stuff. "This guy" is just there to help out. The amatuer composite sketch is, well, you just have to see it. TV news at its finest! Who else see the leprechaun say yeah!

Thanks to the Joel.

Friday, March 24, 2006

The schadenfreude is overpowering


Duke loses to LSU. Go ahead, JJ! Cry like a big f&^%in' baby!! It just makes it better for the rest of us!!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Excellent video

Hey man, watch this. Cannonball!!!!

Yikes!

The New York Times gets worked over on its reporting on budgets, taxes, etc. Ouch ouch ouch. With "news" like this, who needs propoganda?

I like the part about the "acid food"

These are the best translations I have ever seen. Dim Sum, anyone?

More news from Turkmenistan!


Regular readers will recall Tannerball's fascination with the leader of Turkmenstan. Well, he's at it again.
Turkmenistan's president-for-life Saparmurat Niyazov announced on state television that anyone reading his philosophical work three times would be assured a place in heaven.

"Anyone who reads the Rukhnama three times will find spiritual wealth, will become more intelligent, will recognise the divine being and will go straight to heaven," Niyazov said Monday.
This dude is way cool.

Go to the bar, but don't get drunk, for we shall smite thee!

Via Ace of Spades, we learn that Texas authorities are taking things to a whole new level:
Check this out:

"Going to a bar is not an opportunity to go get drunk," TABC Capt. David Alexander said. "It's to have a good time but not to get drunk."

He also added that a visit to Popeye's was "not an opportunity to eat fried chicken. It's to have a good time, but not to eat fried chicken."
What's next? Christ:
At one location, for example, agents and police arrested patrons of a hotel bar. Some of the suspects said they were registered at the hotel and had no intention of driving. Arresting authorities said the patrons were a danger to themselves and others.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Yale, my alma mater

has admitted a former spokesman for the Taliban (yes, the Taliban that blew up statutes, stoned women for adultery, and tossed homosexuals off very high walls) to its ranks of students. Reaction? Typical. And understandable. Read this:
In a letter to the News, Eric Knibbs GRD '10 wrote, "I was not aware that ideology could disqualify a Yale applicant" ("Students' ideologies should not play role in admissions decisions," 2/28). I believe it should not. But an applicant's employment as an agent for a declared enemy of the United States that abetted a terrorist attack that took the lives of some 3,000 civilians is another matter.

The administration believes Yale is lucky to have Hashemi. According to the New York Times, Yale had "another foreigner of Rahmatullah's caliber apply for special-student status." Said former Dean of Admissions Richard Shaw, "We lost him to Harvard. I don't want that to happen again." Who was the applicant? A member of Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath party? A protege of Robert Mugabe's?

Don't expect a word of protest from our feminist and gay groups, who now have in their midst a live remnant of one of the most misogynistic and homophobic regimes ever. They're busy hunting bogeymen like frat parties and single-sex bathrooms. The answer Hashemi gave five years ago when asked about the lack of women's rights in Afghanistan, "American women don't have the right not to find images of themselves in swimsuits on the side of a bus," is the sort of sophistry likely to curry favor among Yale's feminist activists, who make every effort to paint American society as chauvinistic while refraining from criticizing non-Western cultures. To do so would be "cultural imperialism," and we cannot have that at an enlightened place like Yale.
I imagine if my college application said "I have participated in the oppression of women, gays, and non-Christians, all in an effort to make my government look better in the eyes of the world," that I would not have been accepted. No matter what my scores. And this guy never gradutated high school!

As I have said before, Good Lord.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Cause of death?

Slobodan Milosovich is dead. Reported cause of death? Heart condition. Actual cause of death? Has to be boredom:
Milosevic has been on trial since February 2002, defending himself against 66 counts of crimes, including genocide, in Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo.
Four years of trial?

Friday, March 10, 2006

Even a blind pig

finds an acorn once in a while. I ordinarily think that David Ignatius is, as I have previously put it, "startlingly stupid," but this piece seems right on.
I suspect America will pay a steep price for Congress's rejection of this deal. It sent a message that for all the U.S. rhetoric about free trade and partnerships with allies, America is basically hostile to Arab investment. And it shouldn't be surprising if Arab investors respond in kind. One could blame it all on craven members of Congress, if the opinion polls didn't show that Americans are overwhelmingly against the deal -- and suspicious of Muslims in general. Those poll numbers tell us that America hasn't gotten over Sept. 11, 2001. If anything, Iraq has deepened the country's anxiety, introspection and foreboding.
The Dubai ports deal was one where it always seemed that the politicos decided this would be great to beat on Bush. Not only was the rhetoric overheated, it was misleading and, in a lot of instances, downright untrue. The main reason, in my view, that the deal was viewed so negatively was that most of those polled had no idea what the terms of the deal actually were, or the practicalities of port management/ownership vs. security. Even though I am no big fan of undemocratic regimes run by kings and sultans, UAE does seem to have been making an effort to assist the West in dealing with terrorism, al Qaeda, etc.

What are we doing to ourselves?

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Scary

And I mean scary. And we are over here worrying about teaching evolution vs. "intelligent design." Good Lord.

Via the Corner.

Well, she's doing something positive


Sharon Stone will probably get a alot of shit for saying that she'd kiss anybody for peace in the middle east, but she is out there tryin'. Good for her.
Noting it was International Women's Day, Stone suggested that more women become involved in the male-dominated world of Mideast peace talks. Women consider thoughts and feelings more than men, she said.
"I think (men and women) need to be a team. We were meant to be a team," she said.
During her visit, Stone planned to play soccer with a mixed group of Israeli and Palestinian children, visit Israeli hospitals that care for Palestinian children and celebrate her 48th birthday Friday with a gala to raise funds for children's educational and health projects.
We were meant to be a team, dammit!

Ain't this some s&*t?

So, Iran threatens the US with "harm and pain", so Isreal says we will take care of business if the UN won't. I am betting on Isreal over the UN. Odds: 300000000000000-1.

Girls shouldn't go wild on Spring Break

From the Chief Brief, we learn the following from a prominent study: "The American Medical Association is warning girls not to go wild during spring break."

Prediction--this won't work

I mean, really, whose idea was this?
Mexico is deploying an army of inflatable sex dolls dressed as office executives in a head-turning publicity campaign against workplace harassment of women in the famously macho country.

Timed to coincide with International Women's Day on Wednesday, the advertisements show sex dolls with staring eyes and gaping red mouths dressed in suits and sitting at computers.
This is how to combat this problem? Just askin'.