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Saturday, April 30, 2005

Today is Camerone Day


This battle took place on the 30th of April 1863, during the campaign of
Mexico. It is celebrated each year, on the anniversary of this date, by all the regiments of the French Foreign Legion.

History: The French Army was besieging Puebla.
The mission of the Legion was to ensure the movement and safety of the
convoys, over an 80 mile distance. On the 29th of April 1863, Colonel
Jeanningros was informed that an important convoy was on its way to Puebla, with a load of 3 million francs, and material and munitions for the seige. Captain Danjou, his quartermaster, decided to send a company to escort the convoy. The 3rd company of the Foreign Regiment was assigned to this mission, but had no officers available. So Captain Danjou, himself, took the command and 2nd lieutenants Maudet, company guide, and Vilain, the paymaster, joined him voluntarily.

On the 30th of April, at 1 a.m., the 3rd company was on its way, with its 3 officers and 62 men. At 7 a.m., after a 15 mile march, it stopped at Palo Verde in order to get some rest. At this very moment, the enemy showed up and the battle began. Captain Danjou made the company take up a square formation and, even though retreating, he victoriously drove back several cavalry charges, inflicting the first heavy losses on the enemy . By the inn of Camerone, a large building with a courtyard protected by a wall 3 meters high, Danjou decided to stay, in order to keep the enemy and so delay for as long as possible, any attacks on the convoy. While the legionnaires were rapidly setting up the defense of the inn, a Mexican officer demanded that Captain Danjou surrender, pointing out the fact that the Mexican Army was greatly superior in number. Danjou's answer was: "We have munitions. We will not surrender." Then, he swore to fight to the death and made his men swear the same. It was 10 a.m. Until 6 p.m., these 60 men who had had nothing to eat or drink since the day before, in spite of the extreme heat, of the thirst and hunger, resisted against 2,000 Mexicans: 800 cavalry and 1,200 infantry. At noon, Captain Danjou was shot in the chest and died. At 2 p.m., 2nd lieutenant Vilain was shot in the head. About this time, the Mexican colonel succeeded in setting the inn on fire.
In spite of the heat and the smoke, the legionnaires resisted, but many of them were killed or injured. By 5 p.m., only 12 men could still fight with 2nd lieutenant Maudet. At this time, the Mexican colonel gathered his soldiers and told them what disgrace it would be if they were unable to defeat such a small number of men. The Mexicans were about to give the general assault through holes opened in the walls of the courtyard, but Colonel Milan, who had previously asked 2nd lieutenant Maudet to surrender, once again gave him the opportunity to. Maudet scornfully refused. The final charge was given. Soon, only 5 men were left around Maudet; Corporal Maine, legionnaires Catteau, Wensel, Constantin and Leonard. Each had only one bullet left. In a corner of the courtyard, their back against the wall, still facing the enemy, they fixed bayonets. When the signal was given, they opened fire and fought with their bayonets. 2nd lieutenant Maudet and 2 legionnaires fell, mortally wounded. Maine and his 2 remaining companions were about to be slaughtered when a Mexican officer saved them. He shouted: "Surrender"!
"We will only if you promise to allow us to carry and care for our injured men and if you leave us our guns".
"Nothing can be refused to men like you"!, answered the officer.

Captain Danjou's men had kept their promise; for 11 hours, they had resisted 2,000 enemy troops. They had killed 300 of them and had injured as many. Their sacrifice had saved the convoy and they had fulfilled their mission. Emperor Napoleon the 3rd decided that the name of Camerone would be written on the flag of the Foreign Regiment and the names of Danjou, Vilain and Maudet would be engraved in golden letters on the walls of the Invalides, in Paris. Moreover, a monument was built in 1892, at the very place of the fight. The following inscription can be read there :


Since then, when Mexican troops pass by the monument, they present arms.

It's that time again...

Carnival of Cordite #10

Friday, April 29, 2005

You might be a brain-washed leftist if...

Drop by Obviously Right for the list.
My personal favorites:

If you have ever used "jingoist," "reactionary," or "McCarthyist" as an accusation, you might be a brain-washed leftist.

If you think the Pentagon deliberately targeted journalists or civilians during the Iraqi invasion, you might be a brain-washed leftist.

If you think that Bush is a bigger liar than Clinton, you might be a brain-washed leftist.

If you hate John Ashcroft, but love Fidel Castro, you might be a brain-washed leftist.

If you like most of the 1st Amendment, but none of the 2nd, you might be a brain-washed leftist.

A book meme

This one calls for you to list the opening lines from five to ten of your favorite books, and people try to figure out what books they are and list their choices in the comments.
Most of my books are in storage right now, but here are some from what I have out.

They Stood together at the parapet, their arms about each other's waist, her head against his cheek.

There was death afoot in the darkness.

Nobody could rightly say any of us Sacketts were what you call superstitious.

"Well, Tir, you think your plans for the humans are working?"

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

It was starting to end, after what seemed most of eternity to me.

John Rolfe had rented the house for seventy-five a month, which sounded extortionate but was something close to reasonable, given the way costs had gone crazy in the Bay Area since Pearl Harbor.

Among the world-girdling fortifications of a planet distant indeed from star cluster AC 257-4736 there squatted sullenly a fortress quite similar to Helmuth's own.

Ah...the French...

Here is a snippet from an email I received today. My friend John has been living in Paris for the past several years. His comment provides a window into the, ahem, Brilliance of French Politicians, you know, the ones democrats keep saying we should be paying more attention to...

The big issue locally now is probably the European Constitution, which will be sent to a plebiscite on May 29. The Constitution is a major cornerstone of Chirac's foreign policy, and to the shock of the Clever People Who Think They Speak For the People, it actually seems to be losing in the polls. Chirac took the unprecedented move of attending an unscripted press conference with some 80 high school and college students who, according to the Paris press, had him for lunch. Interesting times lie ahead, and I'm not sorry I'm leaving about then.

Another thing that remains constant...

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Quick movie review

I watched Blade Trinity last night. I won't even touch the "Buffy with Bow" performance by Jessica Biel.

Wesley Snipes was, of course, badder than bad, which was way cool. Ryan Reynolds as the wisecracking ex-vampire vampire hunter was interesting, kinda what Van Wilder could have been 10 years after finally graduating college and things went really dark and nasty.

I'm still not sure if casting Parker Posey as the main female vampire heavy was brillant or the result of the casting director doing too much blow while watching Waiting for Guffman. She arguably did the finest bit of acting in the whole damn movie in the scene where the evil Drake asks her why she wears a cross.

Oh ya, when I saw Natasha Lyonne as the blind biotech genius, I kept waiting for her to talk about "doubleclicking her mouse."

Getting to the bottom line...

Jonah Goldberg does so quite well:

Here is the undeniable, irrefutable truth of the whole controversy over John Bolton's embattled nomination for the job as America's ambassador to the United Nations. If John Bolton had been the nicest, sweetest, let-me-help-you-with-your-groceries, you-can-sleep-on-my-couch, I'll-get-the-thorn-out-of-your-paw teddy bear to everybody he ever worked with or met, not a single Democratic senator on the Foreign Relations Committee would change his vote from "no" to "yes." And, if Bolton were an H. G. Wellsian lover of one-world government who believed that the United Nations was America's last best hope, all those "no" votes would switch to "yes" votes — even if it turned out that Bolton had a Skipper complex that compelled him to swat every wayward staffer in the head with his hat.

In other words, all of the "controversy" of the last couple weeks is bogus. It's a kabuki dance. Whether the allegations against Bolton are true or not is almost entirely beside the point, because if a completely unrelated set of facts were not in play, no one would care. In short, this is borking pure and simple.

Read the whole thing.

HT to Mike at Cold Fury

Some things remain constant...

One thing is how American troops are seen by non-combatants in a war zone.
Stephen Ambrose wrote this about how American Soliders were viewed in WWII:

"When soldiers from any other army, even our allies, entered a town, the people hid in the cellars. When Americans came in, even into German towns, it meant smiles, chocolate bars and C-rations."

The view in Iraq today:
To most Iraqis, the Iraqi police and soldiers are now seen as the good guys, and the terrorists as the bad guys. The Americans are a bunch of foreigners who help out the good guys and give out candy to the kids.

HT to the Heartless Libertarian.

democrat's dirty little secrets...

Byron York exposes one:

Well, I think that the dirty little secret of campaign finance has always been that Democrats are far more beholding and dependent on their multi-millionaire donors than Republicans are. Republicans have more donors in the small donor range, $200 and less, and Democrats have more donors in the million dollar plus range.

To give you an example of that: about two months after McCain-Feingold was passed, was signed into law, in other words about February of 2003, the three big Republican committees, the Republican National Committe and the two congressional committees took in about 19 million dollars in contributions (from small donors) in February of '03. The three big Democratic Committees took in 4 million dollars.

So that is why Democrats had to rely on the 527's as much and I don't think that will change very much in the future. I think Democrats are still going to be more beholding to mega donors and they're going to find ways to use that money regardless of whatever is passed as campaign finance reform.

Yet, democrats still try to put forth the myth that they are the party of The People.

Mr. York spills another of their dirty little secrets:
John Podesta often likes to speak of finding simple ideas that you can communicate simply -- that you can put on a bumper sticker -- and this Democrat told me the problem is not the bumper sticker. The problem is the car. In other words, the problem is the substance of Democratic ideas and it's something they certainly need to work on but whether they will remains to be seen.

Let's not hope this fellow Mr. York wrote about is not "mainstream left":
I discussed the ideas of a man named Mark Crispin Miller who's a writer and a professor at New York University and the ideas will just kind of blow you away if you listen to them or read them. He really believes that Bush is leading a covert effort to establish a theocracy in the United States based on the first five books of the Old Testament which will include things like death by stoning for adultery and things like that. It seems just kooky; I mean it really seems kooky. On the other hand, I do take him seriously and I believe that part of them actually believe this -- as wild and, you know, unattached from reality as this seems.

It seems that Mr. Miller and reality are on more than a trial seperation...

HT to Rightwing Sparkle

Greens supporting more Nuclear Power Plants

I wrote about this a few months ago in more detail.
The February issue of Wired Magazine had an article on why more Greens are turning to nuclear energy.

It's a clean alternative to coal (so democrat Senator and former Klansman Robert Byrd will fight it tooth and nail) and currently the best way to produce hydrogen at the levels needed to successfully convert automobiles from gas engines to Hydrogen fuel cells.

The article points out:

Some of the world's most thoughtful greens have discovered the logic of nuclear power, including Gaia theorist James Lovelock, Greenpeace cofounder Patrick Moore, and Britain's Bishop Hugh Montefiore, a longtime board member of Friends of the Earth. Western Europe is quietly backing away from planned nuclear phaseouts. Finland has ordered a big reactor specifically to meet the terms of the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. China's new nuke plants - 26 by 2025 - are part of a desperate effort at smog control.
Burning hydrocarbons is a luxury that a planet with 6 billion energy-hungry souls can't afford. There's only one sane, practical alternative: nuclear power.
Radiation containment, waste disposal, and nuclear weapons proliferation are manageable problems in a way that global warming is not. Unlike the usual green alternatives - water, wind, solar, and biomass - nuclear energy is here, now, in industrial quantities.
Flannel-shirted environmentalists who fight these realities run the risk of ending up with as much soot on their hands as the slickest coal-mining CEO.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Liberal liars and the lies they tell...

In this case it's their poster child for making shit up, Al Franken.
Byron York points out that while Al Franken claimed to be beating Rush Limbaugh's ratings in New York, that just is not the truth.
Here are the actual ratings:

...in the Winter 2005 figures, his program attracted a 1.9-percent share of the audience to Limbaugh's 3.2 percent in the 25 to 54 age group.

Franken's performance against Limbaugh in the most recent ratings is significantly lower than in Air America's first months. In Spring 2004, Air America's first quarter on the air, Franken scored a 2.6-percent share to Limbaugh's 3.2-percent share. In Summer 2004, he scored a 2.8-percent share to Limbaugh's 3.2 percent. But in Fall 2004, Franken dropped to a 1.8 percent share to Limbaugh's 4.1-percent share...

This is no surprise to anybody who has been paying attention. Err America ratings started off poor and went down from there.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Mostly running to form...

With a sadly predictable response (by most), the barking moonbats at the DU responded to the news of Laura Ingraham being diagnosed with breast cancer.

There was the "It's a plot to get us" post. I'm surprised they didn't work in blaming Karl Rove for giving her cancer to make the DU look bad.

There was a fair amount of the just flat out hate the hard left is radiating more and more.

One poster gets how predictable they are.

There is however, the bright ray of a classic liberal among all the hate.

One of those rare bright lights even had to defend his view from the haters!

Keeping up with the news is not the same as being a fan of somebody, neither is showing compassion toward a person in their time of illness.

I agree with the last poster I listed.
I also wish Ms. Ingraham a speedy and healthy recovery. I have had several family members die from cancer. It is not something anybody should have to deal with, and definately not what you would want to wish on somebody.
One the plus side, I do have five plus year cancer surviviors in my family and amoung my friends.
I would prefer to have Ms. Ingraham counted in the later group.

Now this is scary...

The new Barbie line will either send hardcore comic fans screaming or to the toy store.

We ask again...

What did Hillary know and when did she know it?

This time, I'm summarizing a column by long time Clinton advisor Dick Morris. He writes about yet another fund raising scandel that is coming back to bite HRC.

His story is tied in with the information supplied by Senator Ted Kennedy's (d-MA) brother-in-law Ray Reggie.

Here are some of the highlights of Mr. Morris' column:

The senator's spokespeople insist that she didn't gain from the alleged crime — that the campaign realized no financial benefit from Rosen's understating the costs of a gala Clinton Hollywood fund-raiser.

Not true. Hillary's campaign realized not just a huge benefit, but one critical to her election chances.
If the real cost of the event were $1.2 million instead of $400,000, the campaign would have had to use hard money to make up the difference. The Hillary Clinton campaign would have had $800,000 less of hard money to spend running TV ads and funding get-out-the-vote operations.
First Lady Hillary Clinton was heavily dependent on large checks from fat-cat donors whom she and the president wined, dined, photographed, and hosted at the White House. And these folks gave a lot more than $1,000 each.
Did Hillary know? Paul and Tonken say she did, and it seems obvious that she must have: Hillary followed every dime in her campaign, personally calling donors for most of it. How could she possibly not have known of a decision that saved her $800,000?

That's a scary flashback...

I didn't even know TSR did TV commercials for Dungeons & Dragons!

HT to Ace.

More leftie flip flopping...

John at Powerline has an example.
It seems the the editorial board of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has very different views on the use of filibusters in the Senate depending who is doing the filibustering...

flip, flop, flip...

At least Howard Dean has that going for him...

Obviously Right nails it again with this comment about DNC Chair Howard Dean:

You know, I think Dean is the perfect Democrat Party Chair. He says what most liberals think, but are too gutless to say.

Which is probably a good thing for America...read the whole thing to put this into the proper context if you haven't gotten it already.

When leftie "peace" protesters get violent...

The Misssouri Columbia Tribune reports on a so-called "peace activist" (Paul Allaire) has been charged with third-degree misdemeanor assault.
He left his protest group to confront a 49 year old woman holding a sign in support of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He "shoved a sign in her face", pushed her repeated and then punched the woman who dared disagree with him in the face.

Note to historically impaired whiny liberals, this is an example of actual Brownshirt tactics.

HT to Michelle Malkin

I like what the nice people over at Obviously Right have to say about this example of hard left wing hate,

A Fresh and Steaming Dollop of Hypocrisy
However, can you imagine the outrage if it had been a conservative man attacking a 49 year old liberal woman? Feminists would scream and scream and scream until their heads imploded.

Lets see if they say anything at all about this. My bet is, not so much.

Err America still sliding down in the ratings.

Via Michelle Malkin, Brian Maloney looks at the actual ratings of Air America ratings.

The falling ratings of Err America is no surprise. They routinely lie and/or make shit up and for the most part their jocks are just not funny.

Episode 2

No, not Star Wars, Revenge of the Green Saviors

It seems saying "Screen Savers" gets them into legal trouble...

Monday, April 25, 2005

Update on the Ray Reggie story.

As you may know, Ray Reggie is the brother of the Lovely Miss Vicky, a.k.a Mrs. Ted Kennedy.
Mr. Reggie has gotten himself into a bit of trouble with the law involving underaged teenage girls and stealing $3.5 million dollars. Is anybody surprised this guy is related to the Kennedy family?

Mr. Reggie is also fundraiser for the democrat party and various democrat candidates. When confronted with charges by federal law enforcement, he rolled on his back faster than a beauty pageant winner would for a Southern governor. He strapped on that wire and met with various prominent democrats including Bill & Hillary Clinton and his brother-in-law Senator Ted Kennedy.

All the details are not out, but so far, Mr. Reggie did squeal on a HRC fundraiser where $800,000 of donations went unreported to the federal government. There is probably more where this came from.

Wizbang has much more on this topic.

Of course the so-called "assault rifle" ban was a crock!

But then anybody with two clues to rub together knew that (obviously Err America jocks don't fall in that catagory).
Even the NY Times is forced to admit that the rantings of Feinstein and Schumer were wrong:

Despite dire predictions that the streets would be awash in military-style guns, the expiration of the decade-long assault weapons ban last September has not set off a sustained surge in the weapons' sales, gun makers and sellers say. It also has not caused any noticeable increase in gun crime in the past seven months, according to several metropolitan police departments.

Mr. Reynolds has a good summary:
The ban was symbolic legislation, designed to bolster the media profiles and direct-mail efforts of gun control lobby groups, while building momentun for eventual complete gun confiscation (something that some gun-control enthusiasts admitted, and others unconvincingly denied). It failed at that, and in fact succeeded mostly in costing the Democrats control of the legislative and executive branches.

Having the democrats voted out of control of Congress for the last ten years has been sweet...Thanks Sarah Brady and all you Misguided Moms!

Clinton Scandels still making the news...

Apparently there are levels of conduct even the MSM/DNC will not ignore.
Not that they are making too much of a fuss about it...
The cast of characters include:

HT to Michelle Malkin

Remember Kids, Communism isn't Cool!

Leslie Bates reminds us that Commie Icon Che Guevara sent children to the firing squad.

Pro-RKBA and slamming the MSM in one comic...

Chris Muir is da Man!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

An iPod user who isn't completely thrilled

The top 10 reasons Josh hates his iPod.

Damn Skippy!

"I don’t have to like Bolton, and I certainly don’t approve of his moustache, but I want someone who will stand up to the UN. And by “stand up” I don’t mean the cut-rate back-alley hooker method of leaning against a brick wall and hiking up the skirts." -- James Lileks

Ahhh...the Albright Method of handling the UN. God! That is a scary image...Madeleine Chamberlain in an alley next to the UN getting pumped by Kofi Annan while whispers in her ear about the illegal kickbacks from Saddam he's lining his retirement fund with.

HT to The Smallest Minority.

The Squabbling beings...

The New York Posts reports:

A fuming John Kerry had "daggers in his eyes" after a fellow Democrat promoted Hillary Rodham Clinton for president — suggesting the 2004 loser is green with envy at a potential rival. The flap was touched off two weeks ago when Clinton spoke at a Minneapolis Democratic dinner and Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) told the cheering crowd that he was introducing "the next great president of the United States." Two days later, Kerry came over to Dayton on the Senate floor "with daggers in his eyes and said, 'What are you doing endorsing my 2008 presidential opponent?' . . . He was very serious," Dayton told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

HT to James Joyner at Outsidethebeltway.

Are the coders at Google on Crack?

That certainly is one explaination for the following...
I figured what the Hell, and signed up for Google Ads.
They are supposed to scan your page and present ads your readers would be interested in based on content.
The current four ads:

Liberal Blog
Liberal News
Liberal Humor

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?

The Revenge of the Screen Savers

Since G4 killed TechTV, The Screen Savers went from a cool show to major suck.

The original cast is doing podcasts of new episodes in their style.

This is good.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Musical observation

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road was Elton John's best album. Period.

Happy Birthday Bettie!

The nice man at Beautiful Atrocities reminds us that today is Bettie Page's birthday.

Bettie Page aka the Girl with the Perfect Figure. 36 - 24 -36½

Born April 22 1923, Nashville, TN. Difficult childhood included stint in orphanage. Salutatorian of high school class, voted Most Likely to Succeed. In 1950, while walking on Coney Island, met Jerry Tibbs, police officer & amateur photographer who put together her first portfolio (& suggested trademark bangs). Quickly became most popular pinup in America.

Playboy centerfold, Miss Pin-Up Girl of the Year. Declined date with Howard Hughes.

My favorite Bettie Page quote:
"I was not trying to be shocking, or to be a pioneer. I wasn't trying to change society, or to be ahead of my time. I didn't think of myself as liberated, & I don't believe that I did anything important. I was just myself. I didn't know any other way to be, or any other way to live."

Thanks Bettie!

You can't make this stuff up...

By way of Vodkapundit is this New York Sun story about:

Ted Kennedy's brother-in-law pleads guilty to political corruption related to Hillary Clinton's campaign, it's revealed that he's been a secret informant to the FBI for years, and oh, by the way, he's also under investigation for trying to lure young girls into his car using a fake police light. But it's not a joke--it's a real story.

It's a great story! You would think this would be all over the news, but as Will points out:
But funny thing--you can't find it much of anywhere. It's nowhere to be seen at CNN.com, even on the Politics page. It's not on the front of the New York Times website, and the only mention within the site is a canned AP story.

Now imagine the media response if this guy was George or Jeb Bush's brother-in-law. Non-stop coverage, lead story on CNN/CBS/NBC/ABC and the NY Times/Washington Post/LA Times...

Update: More details at Wizbang.

Mr. Singleton nails it!

Don Singleton speaks the truth about why the democrats are blocking the House Ethics Committee from meeting:

As long as the Dems can get the MSM to attack Delay, they not only do not need an Ethics Committee, the don't WANT one, because they know that the things they are critizing Delay for are not illegal or in violation of house rules.

He also provides this quote from House Speaker Dennis Hastert:
"We know there are four or five cases out there dealing with top-level Democrats."

Thursday, April 21, 2005

The gutless coward is leaving the national political scene.

Back when Jim Jeffords decided he was more important than the people of Vermont and the will of the American people, I wrote the following:

Vermont Senator James Jeffords is often spoken of showing political courage when he left the Republican party and handed the control of the Senate over to the democrat party. I can only ask what planet are these people spouting this nonsense from? Jeffords was just elected, just six months earlier to a six year term. He was elected as a Republican. He used money from the RNC. There are people in Vermont who voted for him because he was a Republican, and many who did not vote for him because he was a Republican. 1/12 of the way into his Six Year term, he decided that the will of the people of Vermont didn't matter, and the will of the American people didn't matter. He single handedly overturned Fifty State Elections, and turned control of the United States Senate over to the party that could not win control in fair and free elections. In one of the most cowardly acts of political grandstanding, he declared that the will of James Jeffords was more important than the will of the American people. When Phill Graham switched parties, he had the political courage to resign his seat in Congress and seek re-election in a fair and free special election, running under his new party. Mr. Graham won that election. He had the courage of his convictions. Mr. Jeffords act was one of political cowardice and grandstanding of the worst sort.

The gutless coward from Vermont has decided not to run for re-election. Hopefully he will fade into the political obscurity he so richly deserves.
Jane Galt has a comment on his lack of political sense.

The French run true to form...

Mr Reynolds nails it with this line:

Meanwhile, France is supporting preemptive war -- so long as it's by a major customer!

The, ahem, Money Quote:
During a state visit to China, French Premier Raffarin threw support behind a law allowing China to attack Taiwan and continued to push for a lift of the EU arms embargo.

At the outset of a three-day visit to China, French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said he supported Beijing's "anti-secession" law on Taiwan, and vowed to keep pushing for an end to an EU arms embargo that could open the door for Paris to sell weapons to the Asian giant.

Raffarin also signed or finalized major business deals with Beijing valued at around $3.2 billion (2.4 billion euros).

So, war and chaos and the deaths of innocents are fine with France, as long as they get their cut.

At least they are sticking to the talking points...

Driving around town this morning, I tuned in the local AM liberal talk radio (so you don't have to).
Stephanie Miller was doing her typical bad impression of an obnoxious morning drive time jock.
FYI, she is the one I wrote about either being incredibly ignorant or a flat out liar.

Today, between the bad sound effects and strained laughter over their own so-called "jokes", she used the term "deathwatch" while speaking of Tom Delay.
It's MNSHO that Howard Dean is getting more bang from his bucks with Gary Trudeau, who has been using that same term daily in his used-to-be-funny-but-now-is-lame comic strip. Trudeau certainly is reaching a wider audience.

Update: Some hard numbers on Err America ratings.

...Boston liberal talker shows anemic, miniscule 0.6 audience share in numbers released minutes ago. Conservative talker WTKK increases again to 4.3 from 4.1 share. Conservative WRKO steady with a 4.0. This is Boston we are talking about here!

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

On Target!

Columnist Keith Urbahn nails the 10 ring with his column Radical un-chic: think before you wear
Here is the money quote (but read the whole thing):

Marxism was a dark -- perhaps the darkest -- chapter in human history. Those who still admire the ideology are sullied by the black stain of 85 million deaths. Those who -- ignorant of the story behind their beloved leftist icons -- sport Che or vintage Communist Party shirts are likewise tainted by tacit approval of unprecedented crimes against humanity.

Displaying a swastika or a poster of the KKK's Grand Dragon on a dorm wall is considered unacceptable by the standards of modern society, yet somehow, symbols identified with communist mass murder pass the test of political correctness -- they're even "cute" or "kitschy." But "radical chic" isn't "cool"; it's a disgraceful endorsement of humanity's most appalling atrocities.

Big tip of the blogging fedora to Scott at Powerline!

News as reported by a gay gun-nut in Vermont

In this case, it's his Weekly Check on Media Bias and the Second Amendment.

Interesting theory...

John over at Cold Fury puts out an interesting theory as to why Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Pope as Benedict XVI.

This action is almost certainly not the College’s attempt to purge the Catholic Church of its liberals by giving them all strokes, but it may well look that way.

Ok, so I made more than one Pope post. It's just that this was too good to pass up.

If you want more Pope news, surf over to Confederate Yankee.
He's got a round up of comments made by the Barking Moonbats over at the DU about Pope Benedict XVI.
It is the predictable spew of hate and vile we've come to expect from the democrat underground.

Let us review the "ethical" charges democrats are bringing against DeLay...

One is that his wife and daughter have been on his campaign reelection payroll for several years.
We've already addressed this, and it seems his biggest crime is that he doesn't pay his relatives as much as democrats do.

Another is that he has gone on trips paid for by lobbyist firms.
Hmmm...let us look at some investigative reporting that Charles Hurt of the Washington Times has done.

Stephanie Tubbs Jones, an Ohio Democrat who sits on the House ethics committee, took a 2001 trip to Puerto Rico that was paid for by a registered lobbyist firm — an apparent violation of the chamber's ethics rules — according to documents that she filed with the House clerk.

Interesting...where did Congresswoman Jones and her husband go? Just on a little "fact finding" junket to the Puerto Rican island of Vieques in the Caribbean.

Now, in her defense, Congresswoman Jones' spokeswoman says that isn't true. One of her "staffers" made an error in the paperwork.
Of course, the democrat from Ohio refuses to provide any evidence to support her claim and "refused to have either the lobbying firm or the group she says actually paid for the trip provide any documentation to prove her claim."

No wonder congressional democrats are blocking the House Ethics Committee from meeting.
It has nothing to do with the "principles" they claim to hold. It's all about keeping the truth from coming out.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

My one Pope post...

The new Pope use to be the ArchBishop of my hometown.

Still further proof...

Why Ann Margaret is infinately cooler than Hanoi Jane.

HT to Redsugar Muse.

A real life observation...

Leslie Bates give a report from Pizzaland:

I generally received better tips from Mexican immigrants, who are working their butts off to support their families and are barely getting by, than I do from hardcore liberals. (The continued display of Kerry/Edwards and Wellstone yard signs or other indicators of political alignment are usually a dead giveaway.)

Read the whole thing.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Politics makes damn strange bedfellows!

From Andrew Sullivan:

...how the social right and the far left have come to agree on the need to repress male sexuality and keep women in their rightful and subordinate place - under men, literally and figuratively.

He is writing about a review by Cathy Young.

It just isn't that often you see the right and the far left agree on much (besides the very bi-partisan congressional support for Terri Schiavo, not that you know that from the MSM/DNC coverage.)

The ACLU, stoned on the job.

By way of Say Anything, photos of some ACLU “legal observers” getting stoned while keeping an eye on the members of the Minuteman Project.

Criminally stupid...

Instead of trying to trump up charges to villify Tom Delay in the MSM with, the democrats should be policing the idiots in their own party.

Leslie Bates points out this prime example of leftwing idioticy serving in Congress:

"U.S. Treasury securities have the ability to be paid under any circumstances based on the ability of the government to print money."

Thus spake Senator Jon Corzine, democrat from New Jersey.
Some of the left of center Senators with a clue (like Biden and Lieberman) should write the word "INFLATION" on some baseball bats and go educate Senator Corzine until the word sinks into his skull.
Of course, this is getting a pass from the MSM/DNC. Just imagine the coverage if a Republican had made such a stupid comment.

No surprise, Air America ratings are down.

Brian Anderson has the details in the LA Times.
Here are the hard numbers:

And look at Air America's ratings: They're pitifully weak, even in places where you would think they'd be strong. WLIB, its flagship in New York City, has sunk to 24th in the metro area Arbitron ratings — worse than the all-Caribbean format it replaced, notes the Radio Blogger. In the liberal meccas of San Francisco and Los Angeles, Air America is doing lousier still.

Read the whole thing. It explains in detail why Err America is sliding down the tubes, besides the fact that their jocks are not funny and liars, and what lengths the left will go to gain power.

HT to Michelle Malkin.

I'm edited for content...

Googling around, I found that I was quoted in the February 4, 2005 edition of the New York Sun.
Pia Catton, a staff reporter for that paper quoted me:

"One serious question though, what [person] over at CNN thought that Wonkette was capable of valid, reasoned political analysis that didn't involve…sex?" wrote "Mark" on More Eclipse Ramblings.

Which is not quite what I said...

True Words from a Liberal...

Spoken by my buddy Dan while explaining to his reporter wife why the Senior Felon from Massachusetts peered down her shirt during an interview:

"Hon, he's a Kennedy and he has a heartbeat. What did you expect?"

More blogging to annoy Boxer, Feinstein, HRC, Schumer and the rest of the anti-civil rights crowd...

Carnival of Cordite #9

Share & Enjoy.

The MSM, still the "useful idiots" of the foes of civilisation

Mr. Reynolds found the real story that CNN was trying to bury in the details.

The U.S. military reported Saturday that a CBS News stringer detained after a gunbattle between U.S. forces and insurgents this month "tested positive for explosive residue." "Multinational forces continue to investigate potential collaboration between the stringer and terrorists, and allegations the stringer had knowledge of future terrorist attacks," said Sgt. John Franzen of Task Force Freedom in Mosul.

Mr. Reynolds writes:
It's going to be bad for journalism, if people get the idea that major-news correspondents may be terrorist moles.


MSM Suckers!

Viking Pundit points out just how clueless the MSM (in this case Time Magazine) really is.

HT to Mr. Roth.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

More of the same...

A friend of mine has been reading these "historical based" books like the DiVinci Code and other books that go deeper down the same vein.
She asked me how, if even a fraction of the stuff printed is true, how can people follow the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church.
I told her the Church has been polishing it's speal for two thousand years, and to look around at how the truth gets buried even now.

Ask 50 people on the street in America and 49 will tell you that they know for a fact, that Senator McCarthy was responsible for the Hollywood blacklists and the House Un-American Activities Committee.

American college professors tell their students about the "wonders" of Socialism, yet I'd be surprised if 1 out of 100 of their students knew that Marxist governments killed one hundred million of their own citizens during the 20th Century.

He should know...

Rep. Barney Frank (d-MA) is on Meet the Press today. He just said that in his opinion, the House Ethics Committee is too lax.
He should know, the ethics committee let him walk when his boyfriend was caught running a prositution ring out of the Washington, D.C. apartment he co-habitated in with Rep. Frank.

Saturday, April 16, 2005

Still a lot to go

create your own visited countries map
or vertaling Duits Nederlands


The Wall Street Journal Editorial Page lays out the truth on the widespread corruption at the UN.
The, ahem, money quotes:

The indictments announced by U.S. Attorney David Kelley support what the critics have long been saying: Oil for Food was designed from the beginning, and virtually in plain sight, in a way that allowed skimming and kickback operations to help Saddam Hussein circumvent U.N. sanctions.
One point to keep in mind is that much of this was known by 2001 if not before, yet the U.N. did nothing to stop it. "Every man and his dog is buying Iraqi oil," said one oil trader quoted by the Times of London in early 2001. The same story described "total anarchy" and "flagrant disregard of U.N. Security Council resolutions" in Oil for Food. A myriad of shady middlemen had moved in after the world's major oil companies shunned Iraq in response to Saddam's widely publicized demand the previous year for illegal kickbacks on oil contracts.

This open and flagrant corruption--the Times story was one of many--is the best evidence of Kofi Annan's unfitness to continue to lead the U.N. It's not merely that it all happened on his watch, but that it was allowed to happen in plain view.
Had Messrs. Annan and Sevan spent even a tenth of the political capital on getting Saddam to run an honest relief program that they spent criticizing U.S.-British sanctions policy, much of the trouble might have been avoided.

Recently update siq quote pages

Page 11 Political Sigs, Page 8 of General Sigs, Page 2 of RPG Sigs, Page 4 of Clinton Sigs and Martial Arts Sigs.

Update on the updates: Kennedy Sigs (Thanks Dan!), Ann Coulter Sigs, Page 2 of MIlitary sigs, and Page 2 of SciFi sigs.

Liberals against diversity.

Smith College is pretty liberal school by anyone's standards, but there are limits to it's tolerance for diversity it seems.

My favorite from the comments section:

This article should provide a week's worth of material for Rush Limbaugh. Come to think of it, it will probably provide a week's worth of material for Howard Stern

That is a big bite out of the economy...

Americans spent 6.5 Billion hours this years preparing and filing tax forms.
Estimates of the costs for that run from$125 Billion to $140 Billion dollars!

That is one damn strong argument for a flat tax system!
Add Billions of dollars more freed up when the IRS and it's system of tax courts are reduced to a small fraction of it's current bloated size.

Ann Altlhouse sums it up well:

What a waste! Even if some simpler system would not be perfect, there is so much time that could be used on more productive, creative activities. How much better off we would be with a simpler system! And isn't it ordinary workers who are least able to take advantage of all the crazy little details that have made the system so complex? Let's change this fiendish system!

Indeed. The IRS is the one branch of the government were citizens are presumed guilty and have to fight to prove their innocence in order to avoid what can be crippling fines and illegal tax charges.

Friday, April 15, 2005

Let's not forget our "Friends" at the UN.

Say what you want about Kofi Annan, but he obviously has balls the size of church bells.
According to this article in the Jerusalem Post, Mr. Annan, who under his so-called "leadership", the UN was up to it's neck in one of the biggest bribery scheme in history, places the blame for Saddam Hussein's "Oil for Food" windfall profits used to maintain his power while his people starved on the US and Britian.

Let us state the obvious here, if the UN, under Kofi Annan's ineffectual "leadership" had done their job, instead of seeing how much illegal money they could line their pockets with, US & British troops wouldn't be dying in Iraq in order to clean up the mess the UN made.

While on the topic of UN Scandels, Captain Ed comments on the new American indictment issued in the massive Oil-For-Food corruption scandal includes two high-ranking UN officials.

...while Kofi Annan blathers about accountability and scolds the West for not putting more dollars into his hands, the truth is that Annan and his gang of thieves at the UN have managed to fleece starving and victimized people of their food and their dignity for over ten years and counting.

The AP does not make clear whether the UN officials involved in the indictment have been charged or are just unindicted co-conspirators. If it's the latter, it may mean that the two hold diplomatic immunity -- putting them very near Annan's inner circle, if not squarely within it. Perhaps Annan would then care to revisit that accountability about which he wrote in the New York Times this week? Probably not, if his track record gives any indication.

HT to the Roth Report for the Jerusalm Post story.

Interesting behavior

From what I can tell, it's not that DeLay has done anything illegal (say like purgery), it's merely his "unethical" behavior that democrats object to.
The object strongly enough that they want him to resign his leadership position. I can understand the dems wanting Delay out. He's a hard nosed SoB and a very effective member of the GOP leadership.

So, why are the democrats blocking the House Ethics Committee from meeting to review DeLay's ethical issues?

The best two theories are:
1. Keep Tom DeLay under an ethical cloud so the democrats can hammer him.
2. Keep democrat Jim McDermott from facing ethics charges stemming from him illegally taping a Republican member's cell-phone conversation.

Either one isn't pretty.

There is a third theory. The heart of the democrat's "ethical" issue with Tom DeLay is that his wife and daughter have been on his campaign reelection payroll for several years. According to Eric Pfeiffer of the National Review, what the dems want to keep quiet is that hiring family members and paying with campaign funds is Standard Operating Procedure for a lot of democrats (and a fair number of Republicans).

Of course, the usual suspects in the MSM are in bed with the DNC. Mr. Pfeiffer writes:

When the New York Times splashed its front-page with a story chronicling the campaign employment history of DeLay’s family it alluded to other members with similar staffing, but left out any significant names or numbers. Through selective word exclusion the Times left the strong impression that this practice is somehow illegal or at least unethical.

What the NY Times doesn't tell you is important. Quoting Mr. Pfeiffer again:
DNC Chair Howard Dean’s younger brother runs the website Democracy for America (DFA), which was created by Dean last year to help manage his presidential campaign. Dean’s younger brother Jim also worked for DFA in its earlier incarnation, Dean for America, during the 2004 presidential primaries. However, in a letter to supporters this week, DFA attacked Tom DeLay for having family members on his payroll.

In 2003, Barbara Boxer directed $15,000 from her political-action committee, “PAC For a Change,” to a consulting firm run by her son. The year before, she funneled $115,000 to the same firm.

Last year, Joe Lieberman paid his son Matthew $34,000 and daughter Rebecca $36,000 to work on his presidential campaign.

Also last year, Jon Corzine paid his daughter about $15,000 to work on his upcoming 2006 reelection campaign.

In fact, in 2001 it was Jesse Jackson Jr. who sought clarification from the Federal Election Commission to ensure Jackson was in good legal graces before hiring his wife to provide fundraising and organizational support to his campaign.

Other Democrats with family members on the payroll include Pete Stark, Bart Stupak, Jim Costa, Lincoln Davis, and Tim Bishop, amongst others.

Vermont congressman Bernie Sanders has paid his wife and daughter more than $150,000 in campaign consulting fees in the past several years.

Democrat Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is well known for supporting his family with high-paid congressional pork projects. Firms associated with Reid’s son have taken in millions from bills authored and sponsored by Reid.

This is a very interesting, and damning, exclusion on the part of the NY Times, and the rest of the MSM/DNC who have willingly taken part in the blatant attempt at deception and misdirection of the truth.

Thursday, April 14, 2005

Air American repeating the same lies...

I was flipping through the airwaves in the car today and caught the local AM Air America station (sunspots must be low, it was actually coming well from a station only 10 miles away).
First, it's hard to take 'em seriously when they use the same sound effects as a bad Morning Drive Time Shock Jock.
After the sound effects and laugh track, they started talking about new laws allowing the hunting of feral cats.
This is pretty much verbatim:

AA Jock 1: "Thanks to the NRA, we can know hunt with Uzis. High powered rounds for cats."

AA Jock 2: "Ya, AK-47 rounds that can shoot through a house.

Either these two are just incredibly ignorant about firearms, or they are knowingly repeating what they know are lies.
First off, the terms "Uzi" and "high powered rounds" don't go together. The Uzi, both the semi-automatic and fully automatic versions (fully automatic weapons require strict federal licencing since 1934) use the 9mm pistol round. If these AA Jocks supported US troops as much as they often claim to, they would know that one of the major complaints of the 9mm pistol used by US Military forces is it's poor stopping power.

Second, the AK-47 fires a 7.62x39mm round. Again, both the semi-automatic and fully automatic versions fire the same round.
Like the ammunition for most weapons in it's class, that is a medium powered rifle cartridge. It's much less powerful than the 7.62x51mm round fired by the US M-14 Battle Rifle or the .30-06 round fired by the US M-1 rifle used in WWII and the Korean War.
The Soviet 7.62x39 is a good varmint round, a passable deer round, but "shoot through a house"?

To make such nonsensical statements, the on-air "personalities" at Err America have to be woefully ignorant or are knowingly telling lies. Either one is not good.

Update: The Err America jocks spouting this tripe were Stephanie Miller and her sidekick Jim Ward.


I was flipping channels and came across CNN's Crossfire. I generally don't watch this, too much shouting for a good signal to noise ratio.
I'm watching it today, Congressman Rangel (D-NY) is a guest. He, along with regular host James Carville, are two people on the left I admire for their skill at their jobs and being smarter than most in their professions.

Setting the wayback machine...

...to two years ago we find:
left wing protesters physically attacking people who disagree with them.


Some interesting facts about Social Security.

One year ago today, Air America went off the air in Chicago and Los Angeles because they couldn't pay their bills.

Gun Grabbers avoiding the truth...again...

Bruce over at mASS Backwards gives us the facts that the pro-criminal rights billboard over by Fenway Park ignores.

The left keeps on hating...

Ann Coulter writes in her latest column:

Liberals enjoy claiming that they are intellectuals, thrilled to engage in a battle of wits. This, they believe, distinguishes them from conservatives, who are religious fanatics who react with impotent rage to opposing ideas.

Then she details how this just isn't the case. Read the whole thing.

To further support her theory that liberals are "still stuck at the intellectual level of 2-year-olds in high chairs throwing food," let us review the following.

From Brain Terminal:
Some kind, compassionate, tolerant, pacifist New York liberal(s)* have recently taken to posting George W. Bush shooting targets--complete with simulated bullet holes penetrating various parts of the body--around town. This picture was taken on the west side of Second Avenue, between 72nd and 73rd Streets.

Despite the cartoonish look, it is a bit eerie that these posters, which implicitly advocate the assassination of a sitting U.S. president, could remain unmolested in the nation's largest city for days on end. (No, I won't be taking it down, since it stands as a graphic monument to the mentality of today's left.)

One has to wonder whether we're seeing a modern fascist movement being born before our very eyes.

Lets also note that the folks at Brain Terminal have a better knowledge of mid-20th Century history than most liberals.
I'd also like to point out that there is a big difference between a dartboard and a shooting target.
HT to Ace for finding this.

Michelle Malkin points out that "great myth of liberal tolerance" has been thoroughly exposed by liberals who would rather physically assault those who they disagree with than engage in open and honest debate.

The Washington Times makes the following point:
It is ironic that college campuses -- which typically style themselves as bastions of free speech and tolerance -- are increasingly the scene of intolerant, thuggish behavior. These days it is being directed at folks who don't subscribe to the prevailing liberal orthodoxies.

Update: Confederate Yankee joins with his take on the intolerant Left.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Kerry going negative again

Polipundit points out Senator Kerry is looking for Negative stories from Iraq or the families of servicemen & women in Iraq.

The thing that first occurred to me when I read the Kerry email is that John Kerry did not seem the least bit interested in the stories of the amazing work that men and women in the U.S. military have been doing in Afghanistan and Iraq. He didn’t ask for stories of heroics and accomplishment. In fact, John Kerry did much to ignore and even downplay the accomplishments and successes of our military in Afghanistan and Iraq during the election.

Now, after the election, he still is not interested in those stories, but rather wants to hear stories of difficulties being suffered as a result of the policies of the evil Bushitler and the Neocons. He prefers to hear stories of our brave men and women and their families in the role of victim to hearing the stories of their amazing accomplishments over the past three years.

John Kerry is now professing an interest in helping the members of the military and their families. As the wife of a Marine Corps veteran, I am all for that. For the past several decades, however, Kerry has not exactly been known for his support of military spending. For that and quite a few other reasons, which were all discussed during the recent election, he is not popular with the military crowd.

One of the Polipundit readers replied to Senator Kerry with the following:
I’d like to share the story of my son’s service in Iraq. However, first, can I ask…won’t you share YOUR story by signing the SF-180 form to release your military records?

Yup, it's been 73 days since Senator Kerry promised to sign his 180 form, and to no one's surprise, he has yet to do so.
HT to Mr. Reynolds.

Update: Wil at Vodkapundit is joining the bandwagon asking Kerry to sign his 180 form.

An update on the Raw Hatred from the Left.

John at Powerline sums it up.

There is no parallel in modern American history for the virulent hate that the left has generated against President Bush.

They really are going way over the top, or more accurately, sinking to new lows.

Liberal bias in the MSM?

You betcha! Today's Inside Politics column in the Washington Times gives a prime example.
In 2003, the New York Times approached Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger. Mr. Eagleburger was quoted at the time,

"I was approached by the New York Times to write an op-ed piece. To make it very short, when I talked to them about it, I was told what we want is criticism of the administration. Right out. Flat out. told me we want criticism of the administration. Needless to say, I did not write the op-ed piece."

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

My artwork shows up in the strangest places...

Years ago, I put together this picture using Poser.

It's been up on my website for years. A few weeks ago, I noticed in my server logs that the image was being accessed indepently of the webpage it's stored on. The moderator of a football forum was using it as his icon.
Digging a little further, I found my image as the logo for a professional Sports fan page.
Now, their own Fair Use policy says:

The articles, photographs, data, and other content ("Content") appearing on or available through the websites operated by Scout Media, Inc. ("Scout") are protected by copyright pursuant to U.S. copyright laws, international conventions and other copyright laws. All such Content is protected by copyright and are owned or controlled by Scout or the party credited as the provider of the Content. You agree to abide by any and all additional copyright notices, information, or restrictions contained in any part of the websites operated by Scout. Copying, storing or redistributing any Content is expressly prohibited without prior written permission from Scout or the identified copyright holder. Logos, graphics, sounds or images from any website operated by Scout may not be copied, stored or retransmitted unless expressly permitted by Scout prior to use.

Yet, they scarfed the Steele's Spartans logo from my site, and stuck on theirs with not even a mention of where they got the logo from and not even a request to me for my "prior written permission."

A plug....

The new dojo I'm helping set (MetroWest Martial Arts and Wellness) ordered their first set of custom patches from Superior Patches.
They came out Great!


Don Singleton has a good round up on the Voter ID issue.
Here is a quote that nails the subject:

Don Danz: Who could possibly be against checking a person's ID before they vote? Well, Democrats are opposed to it. Why? Because they say it disproportionately frightens blacks and the elderly and would keep them from voting. This is not only untrue but, also, incredibly insulting to blacks and the elderly. I guess blacks and old people don’t use checks or credit cards either because they are too scared someone will want to see some ID. What a load of c**p. The only real reason to oppose checking identification is that in some places Democrats rely on widespread voter fraud in order to be elected. There simply is no other reason to oppose mandatory photo identification before voting.

Raw hatred from the left

Back in during the Clinton administration, supporters of President Clinton would call anybody who disagreed with their hero a "Hater."
Typically they would chant the word like a mantra, getting louder and louder, in order to drown out the sound of anybody who would disagree with them. I was certainly not a Clinton fan (although I'd take Bill any day of the week over HRC), and saw some pretty nasty stuff said about former President Clinton.

None of it was of the level of raw hatred that democrats routinely sink to whenever they reference President Bush.
Michelle Malkin has a few examples of this flat out, unhealthy level of hatred.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Real Voter Intimidation

John at Powerline points out there was real voter intimidation going on, and it wasn't the petty crap Kerry was whining about.

There were, of course, attempts at intimidation during last November's campaign. Organized gangs of Democrats carried out simultaneous attacks on more than ten Republican campaign offices around the country; in one of the attacks, a Republican campaign worker suffered a broken wrist. The door of a Republican campaign office in Arizona was smashed with a cinder block. In Oregon, Democrats made threatening calls to a Republican campaign office, walked into the office and tore up signs, and ultimately smashed the office's windows. In Colorado, there was an epidemic of vandalism by Democrats, including the smashing of a door in the home of a county Bush-Cheney chairman. We noted these and other incidents of violence by Democrats throughout the campaign. This isn't, of course, what Kerry means by "intimidation." We'll talk about the voter fraud another time.

Let's not forget the democrats who slashed the tires of vans rented by Republicans to drive voters to the polls.
Since I have a better understanding of history than Algore, I'd like to point out that these actions by democrats against Republicans are actual Brownshirt tactics.

True Words

Via the Washinton Times Inside Politics column, William Kristol speaks true words about John Bolton:

"He's a longtime U.N. skeptic -- appropriate, one would think, given the U.N.'s 'Zionism is Racism' history during the Cold War, and its ineffectiveness (to be kind) in Rwanda in the '90s and in Sudan in this decade. But he's worse than a skeptic, the critics say: He has been disrespectful of the august body in which he will represent us. Why, he once joked, 'The Secretariat Building in New York has 38 stories. If it lost 10 stories, it wouldn't make a bit of difference.' Well, truer words were never spoken."

Sunday, April 10, 2005

File under idioticy in the workplace...

Here is a clue for the clueless:

When your former Dominatrix gets a job where you work, and you end up being her boss, do NOT harass her.

It should have been painfully obvious that she is not going to take any shit from you.

It certainly sounds scary...

Hillary Clinton in the raw.
Damn, that sends cold shivers down my spine just thinking about it.
It's not as bad as it seems, just another HRC book, spreading the word of what those who pay attention already know.
According to Drudge, this one doesn't come from one of the usual suspects, but a writer for the New York Times.

The project being billed as "Hillary in the Raw", like you've never seen her before, is set to drop in September by liberal Ed Klein, former NYT MAGAZINE editor, VANITY FAIR, PARADE contributor and author of multiple works on the Kennedys.

"The revelations in it should sink her candidacy," a source close to Klein warns the DRUDGE REPORT.
Now the coming sales pitch for ' THE TRUTH ABOUT HILLARY What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President' reads: 'Just as the swift boat veterans convinced millions of voters that John Kerry lacked the character to be president, Klein’s book will influence everyone who is sizing up the character of Hillary Clinton...

Bestselling author Edward Klein draws on rare access to inside sources to reveal what Hillary knew and when she knew it during her years as first lady.

I added the emphasis on the last line. It haunts back to what Dick Morris wrote about HRC in Rewriting History.
He says that Hillary has the potential to go two ways, toward the light of the good side of RFK, or down the dark path of all that was wrong with Richard M. Nixon. It seems that Mr. Klein has made up his mind on which way Hillary will go.


If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?

Pointing the obvious out to democrats

Mr. Taranto provides a valuable lesson to the "Progressive Policy Institue:

...here are other reasons why married parents might tend to vote Republican. One is economic. Married people with children are in or approaching their peak earning years, and they need all the money they can get, for raising children is expensive. The Republican message of lower taxes is all the more compelling to a voter with mouths to feed.

On broader cultural and social issues--religion, abortion, gay rights, etc.--married people with children are likely to be more conservative than the average voter because cultural conservatives are more likely to marry and have children in the first place.

A observation on Senator Schumer

Chuck Schumer is a far left extremist hypocrite who is owned and operated by the anti-civil rights victim disarmament groups.

He is however, the only Senator sitting in the seat of New York Sentator who is from New York.

Saturday, April 09, 2005

If it annoys HRC & Schumer, it's a good thing.

Carnival of Cordite #8

Set the Wayback Machine to...

...two years ago today.
Pictures of Saddam's statue coming down!

A very wise man once said...

Don't stand next to a man throwing stones...

The obvious corollary to this is, Don't stand next to a man shooting at a bunch of people more heavily armed than he is.

Friday, April 08, 2005

The Power of Stock Options.

The Power of Stock Options.
The Power of Stock Options.,
originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.
This is what happens when the senior management is smart and hungry.

Please, let this be his last stand...

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Digital Camera update

Since my Canon S30 just stopped working, I've had to borrow a digital camera or, gasp!, resort to film. :-)

I wasn't too thrilled will the options provided by Canon "Customer Service"
1. Repair, $155 to start, up to as much as $300, plus shipping. For $200 or less, I can get a brand new 3.2 Megapixel camera, with a full warranty.

2. Upgrade program, trade in my S30 Paperweight for a S60, plus $225, plus $10 shipping, plus tax, call it another $10. $245 for a refurb 5 Megapixel S60 with a six month warranty.

Hmmm...The Nikon 5 Megapixel Coolpix camera sells for $279 at the camera shop at the local mall, and that comes wth a full 1 year warranty.

The Nikon 4600 Coolpix, 4 Megapixel, was priced the same as the 3.2 Megapixel Coolpix I borrowed from my son during my recent trip to Evanston, IL. That closed the deal. New pictures posted will be from my Nikon Coolpix 4600.

Better Jenna than Chelsea

Via Political Wire, a NY Post story about a video of Jenna Bush on all fours doing the butt dance at a bachelorette party.

Given the Bush twins, that could be a decent video. I just thank a Merciful God that no such video exists of Chelsea Clinton. That would be labeled a Horror flick, suitable to test the mettle of the bravest on Fear Factor.

HT to The Roth Report.

Taking one for the Willy...

That is Dick Morris' take on former National Security Adviser (under Bill Clinton) Sandy Berger decision to plead guilty to the theft and destrution of top-secret documents.
Mr. Morris applies Occam's Razor with great skill when he says:

But why did Berger steal them?

The most obvious reason would be to stop the 9/11 commission from including embarrassing revelations in its report.

Read the whole thing.

The Raw Hypocrisy

Not from the left this time. It's floating north from Mexico.
Tony points out the official comment of the Mexican government regarding Americans patrolling their own border.

Meanwhile, the Mexican government yesterday again condemned what it called "vigilantism" along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, demanding the U.S. government ensure that the Minuteman volunteers do not abuse Mexican nationals crossing into the United States.

Mexican Consul Miguel Escobar told reporters his government "considers it unacceptable that certain people are detaining Mexican migrants."

Tony then nails the issue:
Well, I consider it pretty goddamned unacceptable, Consul, that the Mexican government, and the state of Yucatan, has seen fit to publish comic book-style guides that implicitly encourage illegal border crossings

Let's not forget how Mexico handles illegal aliens attempting to cross their borders or their reasons for sending their poor to America.

The Muir One Two combination.

Search and you find the idiot among you...

The idiot in this case is a staffer in freshman GOP senator Mel Martinez's office.
The staffer who wrote the infamous (and poorly done) GOP talking points memo on the late Mrs. Schiavo.
He's now an unemployed idiot. Given his writting style, expect to see him at Slate or the NY Times soon.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Snakehead gets it...

I rarely agree with James Carville politically, but I do admire the man for being damn good at his job.
Case in point, Carville and Stan Greenberg (another democrat strategist) recently put out a memo calling the democrat party to task on their poor handling of the Social Security issue.

“Why has the public not taken their anger out on congressional Republicans and the president? We think the answer lies with voters’ deeper feelings about the democrats who appear to lack direction, conviction, values, advocacy or a larger public purpose.”

In other words, "Come up with your own damn plan!" In order to become a viable party, the democrats need to be for something, not just "anti-Bush." Rabid Bush Hating may work to keep the Deaniacs fired up, but it isn't going to work with the Majority of Americans.
Fortunately for the Majority of Americans, congressional democrats are not taking Mr. Carville's advice and are instead continuing to be the Party of "No." That didn't work for them in 2000 and it didn't work for the Republicans in 1996. The Far Left is continuing with the delusion of it representing a Majority of Americans, while it continues to insure that their path to an ever shrinking minority of hate filled extremists.


originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.
The owner of this car can officially claim to be having a bad day.

The Shadow and Doc Savage

The Shadow and Doc Savage
The Shadow and Doc Savage,
originally uploaded by Eclipse Pics.
It's not all politics here. There is Pulp, SciFi and RPGS! Ok, there is more, but that is what is captured in this picture.

Hardly surprising...

The Deacon points out that the ACLU lies about its failures, and, of course, blames the Patriot Act:

the ACLU stated that a federal court had struck down parts of the Patriot Act, calling the decision "a landmark victory against the Ashcroft Justice Department." Newspapers repeated this claim. But it turned out that the statute in question was not the Patriot Act, but rather the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, drafted by liberal Democrat Patrick Leahy and endorsed at the time by the ACLU.

One might have expected that debate over legislation concerning an issue as vital as homeland security would occur on a higher plane than normal. However, it may be that groups like the ACLU sense a heightened need to exaggerate or invent Patriot Act related affronts to civil liberties precisely because the interests protected by the Patriot Act are so vital.

Monday, April 04, 2005

Publish and then sell your book...now one step shopping

Threadwatch reports that Amazon has purchased the On Demand Printing company BookSurge.

So much for looking to Canada for "freedom"...

Unlike me, The Captain is not loved in Canada.

After “Breaking Wide Open” Canada’s Liberal Government Corruption Scandal by exercising what we have here in American that Canadians don't, i.e. Freedom of Speech, a Canadian blogger is in legal trouble for providing a link to QC with the details banned from publication in Canada.

Michelle Malkin has a round up.

Travel Notes

I'm back from Evanston, IL. A few days were spent visiting family, including one of the kids, who is a graduate student at Northwestern.
I took a few pictures and posted a couple.
I had to borrow my son's Nikon Coolpix 3200. My Canon S30 went Tango Uniform. Based on my experience, Canon engineers their camera to just stop working after the warranty runs out. Good for stock holders, bad for Canon camera owners.

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Liberals against Free Speech

The oh-so "Progressive" folks in San Franscisco want to regulate (i.e. muzzle those who dare disagree) blogs.

As Mr. Reynolds points out: This tells you what they're afraid of: And it's free speech.

A very green biofuel...

Via Slashdot, turning grass into grass pellets which you can burn as an energy effficent biofuel.

Hmmm...I wonder if Carl Spackler on the design team...Remember his work in designer grass from Caddyshack.

This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemilia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 36 holes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.

No wonder the left is all over this Green stuff. :-)

Saturday, April 02, 2005

A Question

What are you doing on May 1st?

Bruce Walker writes in the American Daily:

America must begin to remember the Other Holocaust. Communism, unlike Nazism, is not dead. Putin today dips his toe into the water to see if the Cold War against communism is still cold. The Korean Hitler has created a Treblinka that dwarfs Treblinka. China ponders Tiananmen Square wonders whether the genocide of Tibet, much more recent than HaShoah, is still treated as nothing.

The ghost of Hitler is dead, but the ghost of Stalin is not. What better time for Americans and their government to recall these than when we remember their dead brothers and sisters in Nazi death camps? If we do not begin to remember the Gulag and the Killing Fields and Tibet and the vast apparatus of communist democide, then it is inevitable that we can and we will forget HaShoah.

How about a memorial for the victims of Communism?