Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Sometimes Usefullness of Drug Laws
On the other hand, sometimes the drug laws are helpful, as in this case.
Robert Chambers, the so-called "Preppie Killer'' who served 15 years in prison for strangling a woman in Central Park during what he said was rough sex, could be back behind bars for the rest of his life following his arrest on charges of selling cocaine out of his 17th floor Manhattan apartment.
Karma, she is a black hearted one, sometimes.
Labels: Drug laws; Robert Chambers
This Day in the History of American Executive Actions Gone Bad
Labels: Legal Executive Action
Thought of the Day
Labels: Jane Wagner quote
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Celebrity Halloween Visages
Labels: Maxim celebrity snark
This Day in the History of Really Big Thermonuclear Weapons
The Soviets were going for 100 megatons and thought they got half that, our estimate is 58. That's it to the left, prior to the explosion, of course.
Labels: Soviet Atomic Tests
Thought of the Day
Labels: Oscar Wilde quote
Monday, October 29, 2007
World Party 'Private Revolution'
I could swear that's Sinead O'Connor singing back-up.
How About Them Rockies
Wait 'til next year, as the Cubs fans always say.
Labels: Rockies lose
This Day in the History of Lotteries No One Wants to Win
Labels: Draft Lotteries
Thought of the Day
Labels: William Blake quote
Friday, October 26, 2007
The New Republic Speaks But The Crickets Keep Chirping
I'm confused; if Beauchamp can and did talk to them (without his squad leader present) and they have talked to other soldiers (whom they claim backed up Beauchamp's unlikely accounts) what are they waiting on the Army for? Tell us who said the stories were true and let the press and bloggers (mainly bloggers) investigate what those guys said. Silence for nearly seven weeks has seemed like an ashamed unwillingness to face that fact that TNR has, yet again, published fiction as fact.
Here are links to some of the recent stuff from the people who have written often and well about this story for the three months it has been festering: Malkin; Bryan Preston; Ace; Bob Owens (from yesterday); and Confederate Yankee. No one seems too impressed with TNR's current stance.
Here is what I can add: In his second piece for TNR titled "Dead of Night" Beauchamp wrote:
Someone reached down and picked a shell casing up off the ground. It was 9mm with a square back. Everything suddenly became clear. The only shell casings that look like that belong to Glocks. And the only people who use Glocks are the Iraqi police.
Square backed shell casing? The Glock pistols in 9mm have round shell casings, just like all firearms now in use on the Earth.
Only the Iraqi police use Glocks? Glock pistols have been on the commercial market for decades, and there are literally dozens of stories of Glock pistols being recovered from the insurgents, in weapons caches or other raids, and on the black market for the past four years. This claim simply isn't supported by reality... (last paragraph here). (Also I posted a photo of an American soldier in Iraq with a Glock here).
If you're wrong about some things, it is difficult for others to have confidence that you're right about other things.
Cruel and Unusual
Much more at Volokh here.
I commented on this before here and perhaps revealed too much of my sexual history and preferences.
UPDATE: I was mistaken about the details of the sex act. I've corrected it now.
Rhandi Rhoades, The Devestating Fires, and Blackwater..
"I started just doing Google searches to try and figure out. You know, arson, arson, it was like crazy trying to figure out why is that being downplayed? Why is that, you know, just a small part of the story? And you know, every time I look for it what comes up, believe it or not, is that Blackwater wants to move to San Diego and build this giant complex in San Diego right where most of the evacuations are taking place and you know.
You just know wherever there is fire, this administration will be out there doing what it does best and that is fanning the flames, you know. It just spooks me, I can’t explain to you how creepy this whole thing is that you know, you’ve got these fires. Some of them are thought to be the work of arsonists and in the same breath you’ve got a community that’s on fire that just recently protested Blackwater West. Just recently said no to Blackwater and apparently you don’t do that.
I mean, I don’t even know what to think. You know, nobody is saying Blackwater set the fires, that is nobody that doesn’t want their house burned down. Nobody is saying that, but it is all so bizarre that this is America and you have to sort of sit there and wonder … arson, same place Blackwater West wants to be, people protesting. And then you find out that some of the guys that used to work for Blackwater are now in Schwarzenegger’s administration.
It’s all so creepy."
How in heck do you "google" California wildfires and get Blackwater to come up? Do libs have some kind of password?
She needs to lay off what ever she's on, it's makin' her null, and void!
This Day in the History of Little Remembered Martyrdom
Labels: Irish Republic Heroes
Thought of the Day
G. K. Chesterton
Labels: G. K. Chesterton quote
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Why We Fight
Labels: Halle Berry
Sanity in Italian Law Courts
Recently, the soldier who may have fired the shots, Spec. Mario Lozano, (above) who was then with the 69th Division, was put on trial in absentia for murder and attempted murder; and today, the Italian judge dismissed the case, properly ruling that he had no jurisdiction in the matter.
Wow, sometimes justice is done.
(h/t Jawa and Michelle Malkin)
Labels: Giuliana Sgrena
The Length of the War
Likewise, most people think that WWII ended in May and September, 1945 when German and Japanese representatives, respectively, signed formal surrender papers. Ah, but surrender is not the end; there is a traditional period of occupation following and then a formal treaty ending all hostilities and restoring the belligerents to a formal state of peace. It takes a real history savant to know that WWII ended in this way with the Treaty of San Francisco signed on September 8, 1951. That makes WWII just about 20 years long with shorter periods of combat operations for some nations involved.
Gulf War II, the current war in Iraq, has been going on since April, 2003, so about 4 and a half years. That's about a quarter of the formal length of WWII and just as our combat operations in WWII only lasted just over 4 years, our combat operations in Iraq 4 years ago lasted about 3 weeks. Apparently, the Germans and Japanese are better at war than the Iraqis.
The real difference between Gulf War II and WWII is the deaths the wars caused, 75,000 versus 72 million. For us, 4,000 versus 405,000. To free 50 million from the murderous Taliban and the tyrant Saddam, twice that seems like a bargain.
UPDATE: The Treaty of San Francisco ended the war with Japan. It's tougher to peg the end of our war with Nazi Germany. The best bet is the the Treaty on the Final Settlement with Respect to Germany signed by all parties involved (but Poland) on September 12, 1990. That makes WWII just about fifty-nine years long. Wow, who knew?
Labels: WWII; Gulf War II
Sounds Reasonable to Me
We need to show the residents of Gaza that life does not carry on freely when Kassam rockets land in Israel," a senior defense official said. "If rockets are fired, then the Palestinians will pay a price."
Defense officials said the cuts in gasoline supply would be enough to "slightly disrupt" Palestinians' daily lives and cause them to think twice before driving their car.
During Tuesday's meeting, Vilna'i decided to allow the continued supply of diesel fuel, which is used by ambulances and sanitation vehicles.
"We do not want to cause a humanitarian crisis," a defense official said. "But we do want to send a clear message to the Palestinians that the rocket fire will not be tolerated."
The New Republic Doubles Down Again
Apparently, Franklin Foer is a Blake fan. Yesterday, Drudge showed and then withdrew links to two transcripts of conversations various editors at The New Republic had with the Baghdad Fabulist, Scott Beauchamp and the Army report of its investigation into his writings, which slightly dissed his fellow troops. The withdrawal caused some headscratching. Were they fakes? Had Drudge been had?
No. Here is what editor Franklin Foer told unprepared Howard Kurtz: [Beauchamp] didn’t stand by his stories in that conversation, he didn’t recant his stories...He obviously was under considerable duress during that conversation, with his commanding officer in the room with him.
While the discussion “was extremely frustrating and engendered doubts,” Foer said, Beauchamp defended his story in a subsequent conversation that was conducted with no superiors present.
That's not saying the transcripts are fake. Indeed Foer is saying they are real and accurate.
However, the editors are sticking with the stories, based on that second telephone call they had with Beauchamp when we wasn't so intimidated, and on the unnamed other corroborating soldiers: Foer continued to defend the article days later. He did so again yesterday, reiterating that other soldiers whom the magazine would not identify had confirmed the allegations.
Please show us the transcript of that second conversation. Please identify the soldiers who told you what Beauchamp wrote was true. Please conclude the investigation and tell us ALL you found. Some time during this year would be nice.
Although I'm not a pilot, I'm told that there is a time when an airplane stall becomes an unrecoverable dive. That time for the TNR appears to be about now.
Thought of the Day
The word friend is common, but the fact of a friend is rare.
Labels: Phaedrus quote
This Day in the History of Heroic British Blunders
These fellows above are the survivors of the charge.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
What's Going On?
Today, Drudge posted a story that the Beauchamp fables have collapsed and included links to transcripts of the phone call TNR editors had with Beauchamp in early September and a copy of the army report. It seemed just as we suspected. Then the links disappeared and now I can't find the story. TNR's site is still in cricket filled summer but the guys who have been all over the story are still all over it and wondering, like I am, where the Drudge story went, and why even now TNR is still stonewalling.
It's a mystery which will probably not last too much longer.
This Day in the History of Early Ceasefires
Labels: Yom Kippur War
Thought of the Day
Labels: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi quote
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
This Day in the History of Muslim Suicide Bombing
Thought of the Day
Colin Powell (attributed)
Labels: Colin Powell quote
Monday, October 22, 2007
Steyn on the Real War on Children
A couple of weeks ago, the Democrats put up a 12-year-old SCHIP beneficiary from Baltimore, Graeme Frost, to deliver their official response to the President's Saturday-morning radio address. And immediately afterwards Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin and I jumped the sick kid in a dark alley and beat him to a pulp. Or so you'd have thought from the press coverage: The Washington Post called us "meanies." Well, no doubt it's true we hard-hearted conservatives can't muster the civilized level of discourse of Pete Stark. But we were trying to make a point – not about the kid, but about the family, and their relevance as a poster child for expanded government health care.
The President tries to expand free coverage to more poor children without health care, the Democrats go way too far in the expansion and somehow the Republicans are, according to Pete Stark, waging a war against children. Fiscal responsibility and not making the mistakes of Europe is a fight for our children's future. It is unbelievable that so few of our citizens see it.
Thought of the Day
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Labels: Jose Ortega y Gasset quote
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Friday Movie Review (early)
OK there is this evil corporation, u north, which makes this carcinogenic weed killer and is fighting a 3 billion class action by the farmer families in northern states who have suffered the effects the corporation would have preferred for the weeds. Rather than recall the chemical, even though they know its properties, they put profits over lives and are evil in that respect. Yeah, that's the liberal view of evil corporations, but fortunately it is a rare event, especially in the big ones. Then the corporation is even more evil to have on coded retainer, two evil, evil fixers who will break and enter and surveil illegally and even kill you (a very, very chilling scene) and plant a bomb in your Mercedes 550. Let's talk about the two, who look like they could be brothers. One played the hapless geek Kent in Real Genius back in the 80s and the other is the drunken attorney on Rescue Me. They are fairly efficient but not that good. If only u north had hired seriously good assassins.
You see there is a smoking gun memo which details that u north continued to sell the weed killer with malice and reckless indifference to the consequences it caused some of the families who used it. That knowledge sends top defense litigator Tom Wilkerson over the edge and he strips down to just his socks at a videotaped depo and chases a young female complainant into a parking lot telling her he loves her. Maybe he does.
Almost all of the good stuff comes in the mini-flashback (4 days ago) and you wonder at the end why there was the first 30 minutes. Now let's get to the other mistakes. If the evil fixers are listening to everything Wilkerson is saying, they know he has seduced the young farm weed killer cancer survivor to come to New York so he can give her the smoking gun and other details which make her and the other 449 litigants' case (and he has Dom Perignon on ice with two glasses--celebration or further seduction?). Isn't that planning for the future which would cause anyone to doubt that he killed himself before he picked her up? Would the evil fixers blow the bomb without it being in sight and knowing Clooney and only Clooney is aboard? Unless the fire gets really hot and lasts a long time, a body inside it leaves identifiable remains, at least some bone fragments. The fire departments around the country don't say they have recovered and identified a body in a fire unless they actually do pull out the charred remains of a body. Unbelievable. Finally, Tilda leaves the stockholder's meeting and walks through two sets of doors. Clooney accosts her, in a very good scene, after the second. How did he know she would come out the second set of doors?
Lawyers will defend people they know are guilty (and that has a price as the odd (but certainly not crazy) behavior of Wilkerson shows), but few actually aid and abet murder and other crimes. As Clooney points out, they buy off people, they don't kill them. What the freak is Tilda thinking? Oh yeah, its the corruption of power. Oh yeah, all big chemical (or oil or tobacco) corporations are evil. I keep forgetting the lefty mindset. The case would have been settled as soon as the smoking gun memo was brought to the attention of the defense team. To think that any real corporation would risk the bad publicity of the discovery of such a smoking gun is laughable. It is this series of serious structural flaws to the plot (and the director, first time here in the chair, is a renowned Hollywood writer, primarily of the Bourne series) which makes this movie too hard to swallow to be satisfying. Still, Clooney is really good, and when it's cooking with intrigue, it's pretty darn tight.
Labels: Michael Clayton
Friday, October 19, 2007
The 100 Essential DVDs
I disagree with a few and have better replacements.
Pulp Fiction--OK but True Romance is much better.
When Harry Met Sally--OK but both The Tao of Steve and Love and Sex are much funnier.
La Cage Aux Folles--OK but Pardon Mon Affaire is much funnier.
Chicago has two good songs but The Commitments has 15 good songs.
4 Weddings and a Funeral--OK but Love, Actually is both funny and heartwarming.
Ordinary People is forgettable at best but if you want to see a dysfunctional family see the brilliant and moving documentary Crumb.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is good John Wayne but The Searchers is his best movie.
Cinema Paradiso is over hyped schmaltz, but The Conformist has lasting emotional impact.
Vertigo is good for mood, stupid for plot and The 39 Steps is much better.
Modern Times is OK funny, but The Kid is funny and heartwarming.
Raging Bull is a painful boor except for the fight scenes but Body and Soul, They Harder They Fall and Cinderella Man are all great fight movies.
All the President's Men--OK but the original The Manchurian Candidate is better for political intrigue.
Sophie's Choice--OK but depiction of Birkenau in The Grey Zone will change your life.
City Lights--OK but The Circus has more laughs.
Titanic has its moments, but for realism The Last Voyage actually has a sinking ship.
Forrest Gump--OK but The Music Lovers and Mahler are better biographies
The Grapes of Wrath--OK but Sullivan's Travels is better
Life is Beautiful was just awful in about every way that counts, but for a funny, nostalgic Italian movie, you can't do better than Amarcord.
Labels: 100 Best Movies
Rep. Diane Watson commits to support Impeachment
Rep. Diane Watson (D-LaLaLand) answers an extraordinarily long question about where is the impeachment legislation by saying that they have "substantive evidence" of impeachable offenses. Unfortunately, she does not elaborate. Yeah sure she does. However, the real idiocy follows. She says Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a plan: After they take the White House and have 60 Democratic Senators, then they can impeach President Bush. Let that sink in for a second or two. Her plan is to wait until President Bush is no longer the president and then impeach him. All of her "magic numbers" are hooey, too. Everyone who has voted for this woman, should go home and hang their heads in shame for the rest of their lives.
Friday Movie Review
The movie was directed by disappointing actor and political pundit Sean Penn. He did fine as a director. It is based on yet another Jon Krakauer book (Into Thin Air, Under the Banner of Heaven), and I believe I read a few chapters or a shortened version many years ago in Rolling Stone or somewhere. So I knew the end. I think it's better if you don't.
I recall bumming around with little money, a backpack and the youthful ability to sleep nearly anywhere, but I did it in Europe. Not the same. We really do live in a big and beautiful country.
That's what Alex wants to do rather than go to Harvard Law School. He thinks being a back pack bum is authentic and he's serving the Truth. I can't tell if he's suffering from some sort of mental illness which prevents him from making lasting human connections (but he is a hit with a lot of people, so it's clearly a difficult question). He ends with the journal entry: Happiness is only real when it's shared. Hmmm? Odd entry for a dedicated loner.
I'm impressed that the real Alex brought down a moose with a Remington nylon semi-automatic .22 (Model 66?). Must have put one through the eye. I'm disappointed in the real Alex that he didn't do more to get fish for his larder, such as it was. There had to have been a ton of fish all in waking distance. He speared a small one, once. Note to survivalists in Alaska--fish weirs. Look it up.
We're left with the waste of it all, rash youth, full of zest and an apparent infinite capability to stoically take anything, well, almost anything life has to offer and it all goes horribly wrong. He couldn't get past his hatred of his parents and the 'insight' he has about some people not feeling worthy of love, which he tells the large hippy on the Oregon beach, is clearly about himself. Stoics were indifferent to love and happiness as well as privation, after all.
The movie sticks with you. That's not necessarily a good thing. Did I tell you it was sad already?
Labels: Into the Wild movie
This Day is Unlucky for Carthage
Labels: Carthage History
Thought of the Day
Nothing is so well fortified that money cannot capture it.
Labels: Cicero quote
So, Rhandi WAS at an Irish Pub.......
Speaking on her radio show today, Air America Radio's Randi Rhodes spoke about her supposed mugging. She said she was watching football in an Irish pub and went outside for a smoke. The next thing she knew she was on the ground, having fallen or been pushed into a metal grate. She also said she hadn't eaten all day, and she's been to a series of doctors and dentists to fix her injuries and they've also been unable to determine a medical reason for the incident. She also says she sent a two sentence email to AAR's management telling them that she had been mugged;
So she lied.......
when right-wingers were blamed for the incident she decided not to speak out because she had doctor's appointments.
which is also, very dishonest.
Here's an edited recording of the start of her show. Bear in mind that about five minutes of the beginning was edited out for brevity. In the raw version she complains about the "paparazzi" staking out her building, including one who asked if there was a "secret lift" to Rhode's apartment.
Link to the audio video
Thursday, October 18, 2007
This Day in the History of Overreactions
One of the most banal things you could say in the early 70s was that the rats in the cyclamate experiments were fed more cyclamates than one could ever ingest. No freakin' kidding. On the other hand, Gatorade never tasted very good after they took out the cyclamates.
Labels: Government Food Overreactions
Thought of the Day
Labels: Anne Frank quote
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Hope You Die Before I Get Old
Labels: Baby Boomer Retires
All The Stock That's Fit To Dump
By Leon Lazaroff
Oct. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Morgan Stanley, the second-biggest shareholder in New York Times Co., sold its entire stake today, according to a person briefed on the transaction, sending the stock to its lowest in more than 10 years.
The person declined to be identified because Morgan Stanley hasn't made the sale public yet. Traders with knowledge of the transaction said Merrill Lynch & Co. sold New York Times stock worth $183 million in a block trade.
Hassan Elmasry, managing director of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, has unsuccessfully challenged the Sulzberger family's control of New York Times Co. through super- voting shares that give them control over the board. Shareholders owning 42 percent of the company, parent of the namesake newspaper and Boston Globe, withheld support from directors at the publisher's April annual meeting.
``This guy has been speaking for a lot of people who are too discreet to speak up and challenge management,'' said Porter Bibb, a managing partner at Mediatech Capital Partners LLC in New York and a former New York Times Co. executive.
New York Times shares slid 48 cents, or 2.5 percent, to $18.43 at 12:44 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading and fell as low as $18.28, a level not seen since January 1997.
If Elmasry has sold the stock, ``it's almost a dead certainty there would be a bailout of other institutional holders,'' Bibb said in an interview. ``If that happens and there is a sharp drop in the share price, the Sulzbergers have to sit down and decide whether now is not a good time to take the company private.''
A spokesman for Elmasry declined to comment. Catherine Mathis, a New York Times spokeswoman, also declined to comment.
Morgan Stanley held 10.5 million New York Times, or a 7.3 percent stake, as of June 30, making the company the second- largest institutional investor behind T. Rowe Price Group Inc., with a 14 percent stake.
Family members led by New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. control the company through their ownership of Class B shares that allow them to appoint nine of the company's 13 directors.
The Right Wing Hate Machine
I shouldn't have speculated based on hearsay that Randi Rhodes had been mugged and that it may have been an attack from a right wing hate machine. I apologize for jumping to conclusions based on an emotional reaction. (Emphasis added).
If it was an assault, wouldn't it have had to have been a person? I mean does Mr. Elliot think that the Republicans have robots which obey their every evil wish?
I can't vouch for the accuracy of this report at Ace of Spades but it gives off a strong whiff of plausibility.
Randi Rhodes was no more assaulted by a right-wing fanatic on Monday than Dick Cheney was. She, in fact, fell down and injured her teeth outside of a Midtown Irish bar at around 6 o'clock Sunday evening after downing about fourteen Ketel One Bloody Marys. She was abusive to the barstaff and generally gross, crass, loud, and pretentious. I genuinely hope she has a speedy recovery. I never would've disclosed this (I believe that anyone should feel free to hang out at Irish pubs at any time and not be concerned about someone publishing their behavior) if Air America hadn't grossly interpreted a drunken indiscretion and allowed it to be morphed into some bullish rhetoric on air. Whatever journalistic integrity the station may have ever had is now completely compromised. The manipulation of the public diminishes any cause, whether just or fabricated.
The T-shirt is at Michelle Malkin's excellent site.
When the left accuses the right of hate, all I can think of is projection. Beam in your eye, bro.
Labels: Air America
Labels: Harry Bessemer
Thought of the Day
Arthur C. Clarke
Labels: Arthur C. Clarke quote
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
What's the Cause of This?
I don't know for sure what's the cause of these bits of good news. I'll guess marginal tax rate reductions, for the rich. My smarter friend in Chicago says there is about an 18 month delay in economics between the action taken and first results. Let's see, what occurred about a year and a half before the start date of these two charts? That would be about March of '02. Hmm.
Remember all the bad press the marginal tax rate cuts got years ago? Man, were those guys morons.
It would be best if there was no deficit spending and better if the reduction in our deficit spending was because we were spending less rather than taking in more, but it's not. We're spending just as fast as we ever were. Still, I'd rather be heading towards a balanced budget rather than away. Too bad we've overspent to the tune of about 10 trillion dollars. That's a pretty hefty national debt. Are we making the interest payments OK?
Labels: Bush Tax Rate Cuts
Schadenfreude is Overrated
So it was a little shocking to read that she had been assaulted, beaten (mugged?) in NYC this past Sunday. Of course, the left immediately blamed the right--[Fellow lefty broadcaster Jon]Elliott was extremely agitated when he reported on the incident.
He opened his show by saying "it is with sadness that tonight I inform you that my Air America colleague Randi Rhodes was assaulted last night while walking her dog near her New York City home."
Pointing out that Rhodes was wearing a jogging suit and displayed no purse or jewelry, Elliott speculated that "this does not appear to me to be a standard grab the money and run mugging."
"Is this an attempt by the right wing hate machine to silence one of our own," he asked. "Are we threatening them. Are they afraid that we're winning. Are they trying to silence intimidate us."
Some of blog posters also expressed concerns that the attack on Rhodes was hate crime. (Emphasis added).
Now Air America is backing off that calumny but it's hard to tell what they are saying happened. They just say it was an unfortunate incident. OK. Like most of the right wing bloggers who have noticed this episode, I wish Ms. Rhodes a speedy and complete recovery and swift, harsh justice for her assaulter.
UPDATE: Now the report is that she wasn't assaulted at all, she fell down. Oh...well, I guess there's no right wing conspiracy to silence her after all.
UPDATE II: Local first tier blogger Stephen Green at Vodkapundit has the best last Onion like word:
CORRECTION: It has come to our attention that had Rhodes been mugged, the savage act would have been committed by a pack of drooling reactionaries. So while the original story was fake, it remains, and shall remain, accurate. We regret the error.
Labels: Air America
Rollin' on the Juice
Labels: Justice Delayed
This Day in the History of Reckless Mercy
Labels: Cuban History
Thought of the Day
Labels: Kevin McCullough quote
Monday, October 15, 2007
The Beauty of the Universe
These are ice geysers on the Saturn moon Enceladus. How a frozen moon can have violent eruptions of ice is somewhat of a mystery, but I guess if the ice is, of course, 0 degrees and the rest of the moon is minus 200 degrees, the ice might be relatively hot. At least that's what the scientists are telling us. The image is in false color which is usually much more beautiful than real color.
The last is the Eight Burst Nebula (a planetary nebula, NGC 3132}. The squished shape of the nebula and the relatively straight lines of gas and dust clouds across the face are "not well understood." So mysterious and beautiful, like a women I know.
Labels: Universe. Beauty
Nagging Doubts Rewarded
Labels: Ann Coulter; Tolerant Left
Separated at Birth?
Labels: Celebrity Trivia
This Day in the History of Successful Western Stands
Labels: Gates of Vienna
Thought of the Day
Clyde B. Aster
Labels: Clyde B. Aster quote
Sunday, October 14, 2007
You Know You're an Idiot
During the first 12 days of October the death rates of Iraqis and Americans fell still further. So far during the Muslim month of Ramadan, which began Sept. 13 and ends this weekend, 36 U.S. soldiers have been reported as killed in hostile actions. That is remarkable given that the surge has deployed more American troops in more dangerous places and that in the past al-Qaeda has staged major offensives during Ramadan. Last year, at least 97 American troops died in combat during Ramadan. Al-Qaeda tried to step up attacks this year, U.S. commanders say -- so far, with stunningly little success.
The evidence of a drop in violence in Iraq is becoming hard to dispute. Indeed. But who would want to?
Labels: Iraq Successes
Ann Coulter--Lying Hound
1) In what must be the most important detail of the decade, Franken notes that Coulter accused the NYT of not having a front page story about the death of Dale Earnhardt the day after his death and indeed only had one two days later which started with a sentence about silence in the Walmart. Franken then shows a page of the late edition of the NYT the day after Earnhardt's death with a story about his death but not with the silence in Walmart first sentence. That lying bitch! Was there an earlier edition Coulter or her fact checkers saw that did not have the story Franken shows? Alas, my poor powers of research cannot answer that question, but in any event, Coulter was clearly talking about another story (Franken acknowledges a Rick Bragg story appeared when Coulter says a story on Earnhardt's death appeared). So at worst she's wilfully accused the NYT of not running a story she knew they did, or it was her mistake. Sometimes mistakes are lies, but the usual definition is of a deliberate falsehood said when the speaker knows it is not the truth. I try to distinguish lies from mistakes because we all make mistakes while lying, especially about serious events with real consequences, is a 10 Commandments prohibition, real sin, certain malum in se. So Coulter could have lied or could have been mistaken, probably was merely mistaken. Not good support for calling her a liar or for she makes up stuff all the time statement.
Labels: Ann Coulter; Al Franken
10 Impossible Things
Health Care is a human right - This is the foundation of Hillary's presidential campaign - that we all have a right to affordable, quality health care.
But why do we have a right to affordable, quality health care and not affordable, quality transportation - a Mercedes in every garage, with zero percent down, and low monthly payments stretched out over the next 20 years?
To say that I'm entitled to quality health care means someone else is obligated to provide me with same. Who? My doctor? The local hospital? The shareholders of companies that offer medical insurance? A taxpayer who earns more than me? One who earns less than me?
My beautiful and smart girlfriend said last night at the mini-blogger bash at the Irish Snug that she believes free medical insurance is a human right for children. I couldn't talk her out of it. Heart over head is a difficult thing to tackle.
Labels: Impossible Ideas
This Day in the History of Offers You Can't Refuse
Labels: WWII history; European theater
Thought of the Day
A. Whitney Brown
Labels: A. Whitney Brown quote
Saturday, October 13, 2007
This Day in the History of Big Time Flip Flopping
Labels: WWII history; European theater
Thought of the Day
Labels: Immanuel Kant quote
Friday, October 12, 2007
Rock Concert Review
Labels: Jethro Tull
This Day in the History of Important Awards
Labels: WWII history; Pacific theater
Thought of the Day
Labels: Ludwig Wittgenstein quote
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Sauce For the Gander
I know a gander is a male goose, but is a goose a female? And what's all this sauce business?
Anyway, what is good for one party is good for another party is a 20th Century bland version.
Here's why I brought the goose/gander sauce thing up.
When the administration of George Washington University thought these fliers were actually produced by a campus conservative group, Young Americans for Freedom, the penalty discussed was expulsion Now that a group of seven GW students - Adam Kokesh, freshman Yong Kwon, senior Brian Tierney, freshman Ned Goodwin, Maxine Nwigwe, Lara Masri and Amal Rammah - have confessed to making the fliers and falsely attributing them to the conservative group (much worse than just making the fliers, which ordinarily would have to have had at least some first amendment protection) the position of the administration is: Well, let's not be too hasty here.
Do they think we don't notice this stuff?
UPDATE: The small conservative paper, The Washington Times, makes the very same point.
UPDATE II: Reader Mike reminds me that the saying is sometimes: What's good for the goose is sauce for the gander. That version is even more incomprehensible. For it to make any sense, you have to know if sauce is good. I think it is, but would a goose think so? How about a gander? Do they regularly get sauce? I love old saying, but some are better than others. Still no word on what will happen to the real perpetrators of the above hate 'crime'. Nothing is my best guess.
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Rachel Corrie Photos
That's Ms. Corrie in the bright red jacket with the megaphone. You're probably wondering where is the Palestinian house she was supposedly trying to keep from being leveled. Well it turns out that part of the popular account was exaggerated a bit.
In the second picture, only her head and arm are visible behind her cohorts who have come to her aid; but she's toast at that point with a fatal skull fracture as well as a probably fatal crush injury to her chest.
Having seen these photos, it is difficult for me to imagine that the operator didn't know she was around. The question is should he have suspended his brush clearing actions merely because she was trying to get him to stop? I think the answer to that question will largely depend on your political affiliation.
UPDATE: The first photo, as you can tell from the sky and the lighting, was taken hours before the fatal crushing and with a different Caterpillar bulldozer, not seconds before the fatal accident as many lefties have alleged. The second one shows that Ms. Corrie was, much later in the day, down before the Cat D-9. It is very unclear whether the operator saw her at that time, but clear that it was a near suicidal action to duck down in front of that high a blade and hope the operator would see you and stop. Here's her hagiogic website, with the following account: Rachel Corrie, 23, was killed on 16 March when she was run over by an Israeli bulldozer #949-623. Rachel was trying to stop the bulldozer from demolishing the home of a Palestinian physician in the Gaza Strip.
Here's what one of the cohorts says:
"I couldn't believe it. I was sure the bulldozer would stop," said Tom Dale, 18, a member of Rachel Corrie's group.
In a Mother Jones interview Dale said that Corrie was sitting in the bulldozer's path, then...
The bulldozer built up earth in front of it. Its blade was slightly dug into the earth. She began to stand up. The earth was pushed over her feet. She tried to climb on top of the earth, to avoid being overwhelmed. She climbed to the point where her shoulders were above the top lip of the blade. She was standing on this pile of earth. As the bulldozer continued, she lost her footing, and she turned and fell down this pile of earth. Then it seemed like she got her foot caught under the blade. She was helpless, pushed prostrate, and looked absolutely panicked, with her arms out, and the earth was piling itself over her. The bulldozer continued so that the place where she fell down was directly beneath the cockpit. I think she would have been between the treads. The whole [incident] took place in about six or seven seconds.
Here's the other side:
a) The bulldozer was NOT demolishing houses b) The bulldozer was excavating tunnels dug to smuggle arms and explosives to murder innocent people. c) The pictures and the story shown by Reuters ( and regurgitated by The Australian and the SMH) are a scam, they were taken elsewhere, not at the Rafa site, and not before the accident. d) The issue of Rachel Corrie being a hate-filled antisemite is relevant to the incident e) Israel and the IDF have been unfairly and maliciously maligned, and I have both a duty of care, and a right to challenge injustice and present the facts.
You can't help but feel bad for the waste of this young girl's life, but the sympathy I feel for her is about on par with the damage she did the D-9, that is, none at all.
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This Day Day in the History of Ironic Awards
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Is Hugo Chavez the New Chairman Mao ?
Hugo Chavez is toughening the stance of his 'revolution' by forcibly changing
the culture of Venezuelans to be less "American."
Here are some of the vices that Hugo will curb in his efforts
to encourage Venezuelans to be the "New Man."
Venezuela is one of the largest
whisky importers in the world ... but not any more once Hugo curbs those pesky
imports. A 50% tax increase will be placed on alcoholic beverages as of next
week. Along with that, beer trucks will be forbidden and will be seized by the
Cigarette taxes will soar to 72% and new taxes will be placed on
luxury items like fancy cars and artwork.
He also has other requests: Don't
put too much hot sauce on your food, exercise regularly, eat low-cholesterol
foods, and respect the speed limit. Oh and when it comes to parents: stop buying
Barbie dolls and breast jobs for your daughters.
Stop buying breast jobs? OK
.. now he's gone entirely too far!
My thoughts ?......Right........Bush is the Fascist......not Chavez.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Then we walked over to the Capitol to meet with the State Senate Majority Leader, Ken Gordon, my state senator, to try to get some much needed but minor changes in the law; and he was helpful but we felt we may be butting our heads against the figurative wall. Received a call from the surgeon saying it went well and my father was in the recovery room. Then went to a settlement conference where my client, faced with a low settlement or most likely nothing, chose nothing. I'm nothing if not client control.
Then I visited my dad in the hospital and he seems great, glad it's over, in no pain. Sounds good to me. Of course the hard part is coming. As I left I spotted and waived to the Governor, ex DA friend Bill Ritter, who waived back and called out my name. Good to be on good terms with the Governor.
When I got home I read the paper including a very unfair article about law school buddy Carol Chambers, who is married to ex DA friend Nate, and is the current DA of Arapahoe County, et al. The article quoted the Public Defender and another guy opposed to the death penalty as the only support for the stories lead that Carol is seeking the death penalty for political reasons (a very scurrilous charge and false, absolutely false) and not because the guys deserve the death penalty. Below are the thumbnail sketches from the article of the alleged murders for which she's seeking the death penalty. Tell me if you think she's being too harsh.
• Sir Mario Owens and Robert Keith Ray: Charged with killing Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe in June 2005. Marshall-Fields was set to testify against Owens and Ray in the murder of Gregory Vann.
• David Bueno and Alejandro Perez: Charged with the stabbing death of fellow inmate Jeffrey Heird at the Limon Correctional Facility.
• Edward Montour: Sentenced to death in 2002 for killing prison guard Eric Autobee while serving a life sentence for the murder of his daughter. The Supreme Court sent the case back to the district court this year for a new sentencing hearing, saying a jury - not the judge - should have sentenced him to death.
• Jose Luis Rubi-Nava: Charged with the 2006 dragging death of his girlfriend, 49-year-old Luz Maria Franco Fierros.
Carol is doing 6 of the 7 curently pending death penalty cases. Sounds to me like she's doing her job. You go, woman.
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This Day in the History of Difficult to Follow Noble Peace Prize Choices
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Monday, October 08, 2007
This Day in the History of Slow but Sure Karma
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Sunday, October 07, 2007
The Continuing Shame of the New York Times
The New York Times October 6, 2007
Last year, when accounts of the killing of 24 Iraqis in Haditha by a group
of marines came to light, it seemed that the Iraq war had produced its defining
atrocity, just as the conflict in Vietnam had spawned the My Lai massacre a
But on Thursday, a senior military investigator recommended dropping murder
charges against the ranking enlisted marine accused in the 2005 killings, just
as he had done earlier in the cases of two other marines charged in the case.
The recommendation may well have ended prosecutors’ chances of winning any
murder convictions in the killings of the apparently unarmed men, women and
That's The New York Times special way of saying "I'm sorry" for condemning the Haditha Marines to hell for the "apparent" cold-blooded murder of innocents before their trial even started.
And, isn't it interesting how The New York Times is still searching for an atrocity to define the War in Iraq?
An Al-Qaeda atrocity like the Yazidi bombings, the murder of a brave young Sunni Sheik, torture chamber drawings, or dismembering and booby-trapping dead soldier's bodies just won't do.
It must be an American atrocity.
Sometimes it's hard to figure out just who they are rooting for.
Then read John Hinderaker's further takedown of the yesterday's NYT article on the subject. Additional taste:
In addition, the Times criticizes Lt. Col. Paul Ware, who recommended the dismissals:
The cases also reflect the particular views of Lt. Col. Paul J. Ware, whoWell, that's a "particular" view, I guess, but isn't it obviously a correct one? In some respects, the Times' critique of Col. Ware's work is almost humorous:
presided over the hearings and concluded that all three cases lacked sufficient
evidence. He made clear in his recommendations to the commander who ultimately
decides the cases that he felt that the killings should be considered in context
— that of a war zone where the enemy ruthlessly employed civilians as cover.
[Gary D. Solis, a former Marine judge] added: “He’s aggressive, and he seems toThis can only have been intended as a compliment, but it is far from clear that the Times sees it that way. On the contrary:
make his judgments without regard for anything but the law. He must know that
people — civilians, primarily — are going to howl about this, but that doesn’t
seem to be a concern.”
Other military law experts also noted that in his two reports on the charges"Giving the men the benefit of the doubt" is also known as the presumption of innocence, a bedrock principle of our system of justice which the Times selectively supports.
against Lance Corporals Sharratt and Tatum, Colonel Ware revealed a willingness
to give the men the benefit of the doubt, and to consider the impact of the
prosecutions on the morale of troops still fighting in Iraq.
Then tell me the New York Times is a force for good in America.
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