Saturday, March 22, 2008
"'It's turned me from a really annoying know-it-all into an incredibly annoying know-it-all, with the Internet to back me up,' said Sadum, a technology writer in Denver. 'It's not a social advantage.'"I absolutely LUV, luv, luv my iPhone; but, of course, I was already a wealth of useless information before I bought it. What do I have to look forward to?
"‘I’m sure,” said Barack Obama in that sonorous baritone that makes his drive-thru order for a Big Mac, fries, and strawberry shake sound profound, “many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.”
Well, yes. But not many of us have heard remarks from our pastors, priests, or rabbis that are stark, staring, out-of-his-tree flown-the-coop nuts."
"Sometimes I wonder whether on some level Barack Obama seriously hopes to become the savior and liberator of his self-chosen people or Peachy Carnehan -- the Man Who Would Be King -- on the largest scale. That would be an ambition larger, almost, than becoming President of the United States."Read the whole thing - if you dare.... I remember studying Cone in college. At the time it seemed cool. Now it seems pretty hateful and stupid. But that seems to be where we are headed if we just stand by and get pushed around by demagogues like Wright.
Friday, March 21, 2008
A California woman was shot to death as she pleaded with emergency dispatchers to come and help her. Her death will not make the network news programs this evening, but this is the latest reminder that we must take responsibility for our own safety and not rely on the police.
As a 40 year season ticket holder, I have to say that I have never been able to decipher the "Homo Larry" chant when this bald, heavyset guy gets up to dance (pretty much like an idiot). But the fans get a kick out of it (the dance, not necessarily the chant), so what the heck. Over the years, however, I have experienced a great deal of obscenity, physical intimidation, pot smoking and just plain worse than boorish behavior (especially from Flyers fans) during hockey games - virtually ALL of which has been eliminated over the last 10 years or so by much better security and the no smoking (at all anywhere) policies.
So for my almost $200 per seat per game - $14,000+ per season - I am perfectly willing to experience better security; but I will not tolerate a sensitivity lesson - that's not what hockey fans are about, folks. Nobody should feel intimidated at a sporting event; but neither should they expect the Mr. Rodgers Show. As the man said, "For God's sake, it's a hockey game!"
"Women’s college basketball (and for that matter, the WNBA) has been given every possible opportunity to succeed. Where it doesn’t get the attention men’s basketball does, Brennan sees sexism. I see a game that just isn’t very entertaining to watch."Once again, the forces of "equality" are determined to make sure that you and I think just like they do - whether we want to or not. The other thing you can be sure of - if Donna Shalala is in favor of it, it has got to be a Nanny State bunch of bullshit.
Vague recollections of "A Clockwork Orange"...
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I was there for Bobby Orr's first game ever in Madison Square Garden in 1966; and I can still remember my father telling me how this crew-cut, blonde, 18 year-old kid was supposed to become the greatest hockey player ever. This video is a tribute to #4 from his fellow players on his 60th birthday (where have all my hockey years gone?) Notice first how many of the highlights are against the Rangers - I remember, and was present for many of those moments; and then realize how short Orr's career really was - just 10 injury-plagued (and too many of those just partial) years.
Nobody, not Gretsky, not Sid the Kid, not Potvin or Leetch was ever as good.
"I almost wish Jerry Falwell were alive to see this. Almost," Penn shouted to the crowd. After dropping some names of conservatives who are still with us - "Bill O'Reilly, who is too stupid to talk about," and "Sean Hannity, the butt boy of Rupert Murdoch," Penn said, "We know something more. We know their end is near."
Parents magazine ranks the top “kid-safe” states. It’s too bad that most of the criteria for the rankings center around a state’s willingness to pass a bunch of laws telling parents how to raise their children.
God forbid you teach the kid to wear a helmet because it’s the rational thing to do. Maybe teach him something about risk and responsibility. No, instead, just tell him he’s gotta’ wear a helmet because the all-knowing legislature–the ones who make laws with processes like this–simply say so, and if he doesn’t do as they say, he’ll be breaking the law.
"Osama Bin Laden has threatened to attack Europe over the publication of the Muhammed Cartoons in a recent audio recording."Read the whole thing. If you think that there is no threat to you and yours, you are a fool.......
NPR ON Global Warming's missing heat. "Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren't quite understanding what their robots are telling them."
I blame the Bush Administration.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It, also, makes the case for stating how low these people have shrunk. While the whole world spends time condemning the United States for "war crimes", nobody says a word about the completely uncivilized behavior of the Arab world.
"Barack Obama says he was more interested in Jeremiah Wright’s thoughts on the Bible than in his thoughts about race or politics.
Fine. Point of theological accuracy, then:
God damn America. That’s in the Bible.
Can someone cite me chapter and verse on that? It’s been a while since my last Bible study . . ."
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
When seeking to extricate himself from the tight spot in which he has been placed by his long association with the spiritual leadership of Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama hauled in his (living) maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham. Obama has previously characterized Mrs. Dunham as a "trailblazer of sorts, the first woman vice-president of a local bank." She had a direct hand in his upbringing when Obama chose to live with his maternal grandparents rather than his mother, who was then in Indonesia. Today Obama brought Mrs. Dunham into his speech for a cameo appearance as a white counterpart to the fulsome Reverend Wright:
I can no more disown [Jeremiah Wright] than I can my white grandmother – a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
"The report utterly demolishes the myth that Saddam Hussein, a “secular dictator,” would never work with radical Islamists. The report contains a wealth of information demonstrating that Saddam Hussein was in touch with nearly every Islamist terrorist group in the Middle East and that his intelligence services had standing orders to monitor and reach out to any group of significance. That includes factions of Fatah, Hamas, the Army of Mohammed, and even Iran’s favorite terror group, Hezboallah. Of course, Hussein also worked with a number of Al-Qaeda proxies. Claudia Rossett has a good summary here. But the bigger point remains unnoticed: secular socialist Saddam did work with Islamist terrorists, despite their “ideological differences.”A pretty exhaustive review of what the MSM glossed over for their own sake....
Monday, March 17, 2008
As the DC gun ban heads off the court let me proclaim myself someone who would like to see law-abiding individuals be permitted to own handguns but doesn't at all think it's clear that this is the correct interpretation of the second amendment. Certainly it seems like a defensible reading, but this is just one of several points on which despite the table-pounding from both sides I think you have to say that there's not really a "correct" answer.
He scores higher unfavorable ratings than Hillary! A new poll from Rasmussen (via TPM) finds that 58 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama's former minister, while 8 percent view him favorably. (So what do you think Wright's "ceiling of support" is? Ten percent?) Most worrisome for Obama, 56 percent of the respondents in the same Rasmussen poll said they're less likely to vote for Obama because of Wright.
"Anyway, I believe it is essential, in a free society that finds itself threatened by a ruthless enemy, to distinguish between torture and something pretty irritating. Otherwise, what’s next? Are we going to ask the President to ban the act of singing to oneself in a high, tuneless quaver from the next cubicle over? (Hi, Maureen!) Are we going to prohibit people from screaming such things into their cell phones as “WE JUST LANDED! IN THE PLANE! ON THE RUNWAY!” or “PRESS DOWN HARD ON THE VEIN AND SEE IF HIS EYE POPS OUT!” or “I CAN GET IT ABOUT HALFWAY UP THERE AND THEN I USUALLY JUST COMPLETELY LOSE CONSCIOUSNESS!”"
Sunday, March 16, 2008
"Buffeted by criticism of his controversial Christian pastor while continuing to quell rumors that he is a Muslim, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) took a bold step today to settle questions about his religious faith once and for all.
'I am converting to Judaism, effective immediately,' Mr. Obama told reporters at a press conference in Scarsdale, New York, adding that he would change his middle name from 'Hussein' to 'Murray.'
"Imagine you’re a typical NPR listener, tuning in as you sip your Starbucks Café Latte — made with skim milk and a shot of cinnamon — work the New York Times crossword puzzle, and think about how great it is that you don’t have to stop for gas on your way to work this morning because you drive a Prius. Suddenly, you’re jolted out of your comfortable morning routine by the unimaginable: a segment entitled “Conversations with Conservatives.”