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.
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Saturday, April 29, 2006
According to Myway News, "Raid Rumors Fuel Fear Among Immigrants."
Illegal immigrants are afraid to they will be deported. Hopefully afraid enough of having to go back to their home country to apply for legal resident status here in the United States.
Welcome to the United States of America. Please sign the guest book, learn English, pay taxes and help build the country.
If you won't abide by the rules or learn English, go home.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Vandals staged attacks early Wednesday on the buildings used by the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, echoing similar assaults on three Triangle recruiting stations last month.
As before, vandals sprayed anti-war slogans and profanity, splashed red paint and claimed responsibility with a mass e-mail message to area media outlets.
Lt. Col. Carol Ann Redfield of the Army ROTC program at N.C. State was caught off guard. "This is the first time I know of that anything like this has happened here," she said. "I certainly appreciate that people have different opinions, and they should be able to express them, but I have a problem when they damage property."
The e-mail, from someone calling himself "celest ialbeing" said, "Stop these recruitment centers that target poor people and people of color to fight to maintain the power structure that (literally and figuratively) imprisons us daily."
The vandals sprayed slogans at the base of an entrance to Reynolds Coliseum, which holds the Department of Military Science, and tossed paint onto an ROTC sign above the entrance.
Investigators had good leads, said Sgt. Jon Barnwell of the N.C. State Police Department.
At UNC-Chapel Hill, campus police spokesman Randy Young said investigators were aware of the e-mail and the link with the attack at N.C. State. "We're certainly looking into that," he said. Investigators think the UNC Naval Armory was attacked between 4 and 5:30 a.m.
Stop by and see the pictures of the hate crime.
In an experiment to measure how guns cause violence, a Smith & Wesson Revolver has been under continous watch.
It has been under observation for months and so far, it hasn't moved.
Someone alert Mayor Mumbles!
Sorry, channeling Gary Trudeau there for a minute...
Ms. Malkin reports on something I probably won't read the Boston Globe. The anti-civil rights far left wing democrat extremists from Milwaukee who slashed the tires of GOP get out the vote vans on Election Day in 2004 have had their day in court.
Four Democratic presidential campaign workers were sentenced to jail time ranging from four months to six months Wednesday for puncturing the tires of Republican vehicles on Election Day 2004.
The men had pleaded no contest in January to misdemeanor property damage. A fifth worker was found not guilty.
Those who pleaded no contest were Sowande A. Omokunde, the son of Democratic U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee; Michael Pratt, the son of former acting Milwaukee Mayor Marvin Pratt; and Lewis Caldwell and Lavelle Mohammad, both from Milwaukee.
They originally were charged with felony property damage but accepted plea deals on the lesser charge.
Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Michael Brennan rejected prosecutors' recommendation of probation and no jail time.
"This case had to be a public example of what can happen when you interfere with voters' rights," Brennan said.
The men faced a maximum nine-month jail term and fines of $10,000.
They should have been brought up on federal civil rights charges as well.
Given the lefts irrational and rabid hatred of any media outlet they don't have control over, including and especially Fox News, the appointment of Tony Snow to White House Press Secretary is practically a full employment act for political comedians and bloggers.
Brian Maloney of the Radio Equalizer has a summary of the story and some examples of the hate filled bile that passes for the lefts response.
Jeff Goldberg at Protein Wisdom takes a look at recent statements by democrat part time Senator John Kerry.
Take the time to read the whole thing. It's worth it. I'll just list his summary,
Kerry is right on one point, however: It is wrong to brand Americans who ask “tough questions” as “unpatriotic.” However, it is not wrong to brand those who believe they can subvert the democratic process by advancing their own truths—through lies, selective leaks, and media manipulation (by any means necessary, in other words)—as unpatriotic, and it is likewise not wrong to point out that when such people try to shield themselves from criticism by wrapping themselves in the cloak of patriotism, they are acting cynically and reprehensibly.
Because what could be less democratic than presuming to speak for those who don’t accept your premises or share your opinions, and then setting out to save them from themselves by illegal and unethical means?
And when, in a democracy, you are promoting anti-democratic means in order to affect policy and gain power, you are, by definition, acting against the principles of your country—and so are by definition acting unpatriotically.
The ARBITRON radio ratings just released shows that Air American Hate Jock Randi Rhodes has plunged to 25th place in the key liberal NYC market.
The station overall has lost over a third of it's market from previous ratings listing.
In releated news, Kos' book "Crashing the Gate" has sold less than 4,000 copies, with a third of that at 'discount' outlets.
HT to Matt Drudge
Not all PETA member are this dedicated to the cause. One of their senior executives is currently alive due to bovine based insulin shots.
Her hypocrisy only goes so far...it doesn't stop her from supporting terrorists who torch medical research labs.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Journalists are reviled by many for alleged negativism and over-focus on bad news in Iraq. Or perhaps the problem is: Their employers are just trying to do it on the cheap. Ironically, the same media that criticizes the U.S. for sending too few troops to stabilize Iraq send too few reporters to cover much more than the dramatic bombings around Baghdad.
“I hope we keep out of the post-Vietnam thing that the press lost the war,” Joe Galloway, soon to retire military editor for Knight Ridder, recently told me in an interview. But discrepancies in what’s reported, or an imbalance, are daily highlighted by military bloggers in Iraq and conservative commentators here at home.
As one who has been an embedded reporter in Iraq, I would answer in the affirmative. . . . I can name all the other reporters I met last Summer–because there were so few of them. I actually met more radio talk show hosts than major media reporters.
Why do you people not tell our story? Why do you not say what is going on? Why do you come to our country and see what is happening, you see the schools and the hospitals and you see the markets and you eat with Sunni and Shia soldiers – everybody eats together, everybody works together –you see that Saddam is gone forever and we are free to speak and complain.
You see we are working and eating together and fighting together – Sunni and Shia – you see what we are building here, you see the votes we make as one people. Then you say to the world about a great war and horrible things and how we are all killing each other? We are not animals! We are Iraqis. Look around you! Look!
A description of a MSM reporter "reporting live" would be funny, if it wasn't tragic:
It was hilarious at the time. So funny, in fact, I nearly wept. I will never forget the sight of my colleague, a well-known, market-leading radio reporter feverishly clutching his satellite phone as a Chinook transport helicopter flew by, half a mile or so away. He was standing right beside me as he dialed through the time zones to go "live from Iraq":
We're right in the middle of the action! I'm sorry ... I can't hear you! There's a Blackhawk landing right behind me! I can't quite describe what's going on! This is unbelievable!
At the time, you see, we were just outside an Embassy chow hall, quietly discussing the weather. We had just eaten a magnificent lunch. In this combat reporter's trembling right hand was the target of his desperate screams, the satellite phone – his listeners' link to the horror and chaos of war, the sweat and tears, the booming, blood-shod tragedy of it all. And in his left hand – I swear it – a chocolate milkshake.
Read the whole thing.
Monday, April 24, 2006
"You don't need to be 'straight' to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight." -- US Senator and Conservative Icon Barry Goldwater
We know many Democrats don't want to believe this, but millions of voters prefer to keep the money they earn. Really. We're not making this up.
"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." -- John F. Kennedy
"The final and best means of strengthening demand among consumers and business is to reduce the burden on private income and the deterrence to private initiative which are imposed by our present tax system, and this administration pledged itself last summer to an across-the-board, top-to-bottom cut in personal and corporate income taxes to be enacted and become effective in 1963." -- President John F. Kennedy
"I might add, to anyone who thinks that everyone who has made a million dollars earned it, let me just say something. I made a million dollars, and I did not earn it. I was given it by my parents and my grandparents." -- democrat Rep. Patrick Kennedy, US House Floor, March 2001
In a way, the continuing gun control controversy is much like the prohibition problem in Oklahoma in the fifties and sixties. It was the belief of many that prohibitionists and bootleggers were united in their efforts to prevent the legal sale of alcoholic beverages. In gun control, those who can afford private alarm systems and bodyguards are united with criminals in their desire to keep guns out of the hands of honest citizens. -- Bill Dannenmaier
Million Mom March spokeswomen Barbara Graham was conviced of aggravated assault with intent to kill. She had shot 22-year-old Kikko Smith in the spine, paralyzing him. Police found four handguns, including a TEC-9 in her home. The MMM organization backed her at her trial.
"We've even gotten laid by cute nerdy cyber geek-girls in rubber fetish clothes because of this band! Is there a market? Who fucking cares!" -- Captain Karl of the Star Trek Band Warp 11
"What many newer fans forget is that in many ways Star Trek (TOS) was a political commentary show. They were able to touch on subjects that could have never been done on TV at the time, because the censors didn't take SF serious. In addition it was damn good adventure show as well. Don't forget the mini-skirted uniforms (and the young women wore wore them) and green exotic women!"
"Kimball Kinnison could drop-kick Yoda the length of a Patrol Cruiser's main Bergenholm resonance chamber without breaking a sweat."
Han shot first.
Ambidextrose: Able to put sugar in coffee with either hand.
"Sleep is a symptom of caffeine deficiency"
"It's a sad tale, but true. The thrifty young student comes to campus in pursuit of knowledge, only be to led astray by casual sex, recreational drugs and the sweet aromas of the roasted coffee bean." - David Adesnik
Mihi ignosce. Cum homine de cane debeo congredi.
Ad eundum quo nemo ante iit.
"Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper." -- Mark Twain
"Stanley looked quite bored and somewhat detached, but then penguins often do." -- 4th place entry in the 2005 Bulwer-Lytton contest.
"I've been to Canada, and I've always gotten the impression that I could take the country over in about two days." -- Jon Stewart
A woman has a close male friend. This means that he is probably interested in her, which is why he hangs around so much. She sees him strictly as a friend. This always starts out with, you're a great guy, but I don't like you in that way. This is roughly the equivalent for the guy of going to a job interview and the company saying, You have a great resume, you have all the qualifications we are looking for, but we're not going to hire you. We will, however, use your resume as the basis for comparison for all other applicants. But, we're going to hire somebody who is far less qualified and is probably an alcoholic. And if he doesn't work out, we'll hire somebody else, but still not you. In fact, we will never hire you. But we will call you from time to time to complain about the person that we hired. "
...independent films are those black and white hippie movies. They're always about gay cowboys eating pudding." -- Cartman, South Park
Albert Einstein - "The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."
"There is a very fine line between "hobby" and mental illness." -- Dave Barry
"I love guns, mostly because they keep bed-wetting, patchouli-stink hippies away from me."
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Why isn't he talking is another damn good question.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Robert Novak said Wednesday that special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald knows who outed a CIA agent to the Chicago Sun-Times columnist but hasn't acted on the information because Novak's source committed no crime.
"Kirk & Spock: Academy Days" to be directed by the director of Mission Impossible III.
On the plus side, Rick Berman is not currently involved.
Old Star Trek news.
A farewell to Trek
If you take your Star Trek a bit too seriously...
Rumors of a new Star Trek film back in August 2004.
Star Trek: New Voyages
Driving Star Trek off the air.
Let us not let our partisanship blind us. Losing a male escort/stringer for Men's News Daily was a crippling blow for the entire conservative movement, whereas the present case is merely about a high-ranking Clinton-appointed CIA officer committing actions that border on treason.
So yes, it's all well and good that we've outed a major security risk at the CIA, but let's not sit here and pretend that this will bring Jeff Gannon back to us.
And it's about time that some of us came to terms with that.
Ace has a string of posts about CIA leaker McCarthy.
Freedom in Afghanistan, say goodbye Taliban
Free elections in Iraq, Saddam Hussein locked up
Osama’s staying underground, Al Qaida now is finding out
America won’t turn and run once the fighting has begun
Libya turns over nukes, Lebanese want freedom, too
Syria is forced to leave, don’t you know that all this means
Bush was right!
Bush was right!
Bush was right!
Dr. Eric R. Pianka, a University of Texas evolutionary ecologist and lizard expert calls for actively killing off 90% of the planet's human population by airborne Ebola. His reason for massive genocide, "to save the planet."
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Thanks to my buddy Dan for pointing this one out to me. His wife is a technology writer for the LA Times (and a pretty good one IMHO).
She got a front page story on how the Porn industry is yet again driving technology.
I covered this back on April 9. :-)
Wired had the scoop on this. I like Dawn's article and analysis though. You should stop by and read it.
Here are some of the good parts:
Letting people burn downloaded movies is considered key to the growth of online distribution. Despite the proliferation of fast Internet connections, most people still want to watch movies on television but lack an easy way to get them off the computer. Plus, hard drives can store only so many space-hogging movies.
Historically, the porn industry has adopted new technologies more nimbly than Hollywood. It embraced home video in the late 1970s, allowing people to bypass seedy theaters and watch the movies in their living rooms. Mainstream studios, by contrast, fought home video all the way to the Supreme Court before making it one of the most profitable pieces of their business.
"The simple fact is porn is an early adopter of new media," said Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future in Palo Alto. "If you're trying to get something established … you're going to privately and secretly hope and pray that the porn industry likes your medium."
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
"China and Russia last night thwarted a year-long diplomatic drive by Britain to impose United Nations sanctions on the perpetrators in of the violence in the Darfur province of Sudan. . . . The United States, which backed the British initiative, reacted angrily by threatening to call a public vote of the 15-nation Security Council that would force Russia and China into making a formal veto."
Genocide it seems, just isn't the sort of thing the UN (or to be more percise, masters of genocide in the 20th Century, China & Russia) wants to stop.
to three years ago, we find a post about political blacklists.
Two years ago I posted a JFK quote.
One year ago I posted why Ann Margaret is infinately cooler than Hanoi Jane.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
Before liberals gets their hopes up, it's an exit plan for Al Qaeda.
From the Washington Times:
Al Qaeda in Iraq and its presumed leader, Abu Musab Zarqawi, have conceded strategic defeat and are on their way out of the country, a top U.S. military official contended yesterday.
The group's failure to disrupt national elections and a constitutional referendum last year "was a tactical admission by Zarqawi that their strategy had failed," said Lt. Gen. John R. Vines, who commands the XVIII Airborne Corps.
"They no longer view Iraq as fertile ground to establish a caliphate and as a place to conduct international terrorism," he said in an address at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Gen. Vines' statement came as news broke that coalition and Iraqi forces had killed an associate of Osama bin Laden's during an early morning raid near Abu Ghraib about two weeks ago.
Rafid Ibrahim Fattah aka Abu Umar al Kurdi served as a liaison between terrorist networks and was linked to Taliban members in Afghanistan, Pakistani-based extremists and other senior al Qaeda leaders, the military said yesterday.
HT to Ace.
After nearly five years of dealing with all the terrible and often absurd abuses of free speech in higher education, I am a hard person to shock, but hats off to professor Sally Jacobsen of Northern Kentucky University (NKU) for showing me the most perverted inversion of the concept of free speech I have seen in a long time.
Jacobsen, a professor at NKU, invited students in one of her classes to “to express their freedom-of-speech rights to destroy [an anti-abortion] display if they wished to.” The anti-abortion display had been erected by an NKU student group with permission from university officials. You can see a picture of her apparently actually helping destroy the display (which was a field of approximately 400 tiny crosses) in The Northerner On Line.
George Orwell’s name is bandied about a lot these days, but cases like this demonstrate why: a university professor is trying to claim destruction of others’ property and expression equals free speech? That’s madness.
HT to RightWing Sparkle, who lists this on target observation by Jeff Goldstein:
And there it is—the new “tolerance” expressed in neat and concise fashion: anything that offends me (the argument goes) is by its very nature intolerant and can be—nay, must be—squelched, through violence if necessary. And in fact, the very act of squelching such “intolerance” is, conveniently, the apotheosis of tolerance!
Up is down. Black is white. Penn is Teller.
Update: The left responds with it's typical charm and rational arguments to Michelle Malkin linking to a Press Release about bigoted hatred on a college campus.
Not in Iraq, but in the Palestinian territories:
Militant squatters loyal to rivals Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are turning open lots in the Gaza Strip into ad hoc military bases, a development that some fear will lead to open warfare between rival Palestinian factions.
Leaders at the camps say they are acting in the name of the Palestinian uprising against Israel, but the growing presence of what are essentially guerrilla training camps comes at a time of growing instability in Gaza.
"Everyone is showing their strength under the umbrella of the resistance," said Tawfik Abu Khoussa, a former spokesman of the Palestinian Interior Ministry. "If there is a little problem between the factions, maybe they will start a civil war."
Captain Ed has a good summary of situation:
[The Palestinians] have destroyed much of the economic development that the settlers established as well as the agricultural projects funded by the West to help the Palestinians become more self-sufficient. Instead of creating a civil authority, the two terrorist groups that pass for political parties have turned Gaza into a series of armed camps, ready to break out into open warfare at any moment. Sharon knew that Fatah and Hamas could not possibly govern but only impose petty fiefdoms based on proximity to their arms. Now the world knows it, too.
Gaza is about to erupt into a major civil war unlike anything seen in Iraq, despite the media portrayals to the contrary. Both sides are well-organized, well-armed, and will fight each other openly in the streets before long. They both hold land and seek to gain the rest. In this case, unlike other civil wars past and present, both sides deserve to lose -- but in the end, the biggest losers will once again be the Palestinians themselves.
Sunday, April 16, 2006
The highest levels are in units serving in Iraq. From Stragegypage:
In the last six months, the U.S. Army is seeing 15 percent more soldiers re-enlist than expected. This continues a trend that began in 2001. Every year since then, the rate at which existing soldiers have re-enlisted has increased. This despite the fact that 69 percent of the troops killed in Iraq have been from the army. New recruits continue to exceed join up at higher rates as well.
All this is extremely important, especially when there is a war going on. Experience saves lives in combat, and more of the most experienced troops are staying in. This means that, a decade from now, the army will have a large and experienced corps of senior NCOs. That, in turn, means the younger troops are likely to well trained and led.
The army makes a big thing, internally, about the number of troops re-enlisting, especially within combat units that are in Iraq or Afghanistan. Pictures of mass re-enlistments are published in military media, but the civilian media has generally ignored this phenomena. Also ignored, except by some local media interviewing locals who are in the army, is the positive attitude of the troops, especially those in combat units. The large number of re-enlistments occur because the troops believe they are making a difference, and winning. This is especially true for soldiers who have come back to Iraq on a second tour, and noted the improvements since the first tour.
Go read the whole thing.
Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore writes in the Washington Post:
What nobody noticed at the time, though, was that Three Mile Island was in fact a success story: The concrete containment structure did just what it was designed to do -- prevent radiation from escaping into the environment. And although the reactor itself was crippled, there was no injury or death among nuclear workers or nearby residents.
I am not alone among seasoned environmental activists in changing my mind on this subject. British atmospheric scientist James Lovelock, father of the Gaia theory, believes that nuclear energy is the only way to avoid catastrophic climate change. Stewart Brand, founder of the "Whole Earth Catalog," says the environmental movement must embrace nuclear energy to wean ourselves from fossil fuels. On occasion, such opinions have been met with excommunication from the anti-nuclear priesthood: The late British Bishop Hugh Montefiore, founder and director of Friends of the Earth, was forced to resign from the group's board after he wrote a pro-nuclear article in a church newsletter.
Over the past 20 years, one of the simplest tools -- the machete -- has been used to kill more than a million people in Africa, far more than were killed in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bombings combined. What are car bombs made of? Diesel oil, fertilizer and cars. If we banned everything that can be used to kill people, we would never have harnessed fire.
the 103 nuclear plants operating in the United States effectively avoid the release of 700 million tons of CO2emissions annually -- the equivalent of the exhaust from more than 100 million automobiles. Imagine if the ratio of coal to nuclear were reversed so that only 20 percent of our electricity was generated from coal and 60 percent from nuclear. This would go a long way toward cleaning the air and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Every responsible environmentalist should support a move in that direction.
I've covered this topic before.
April 28, 2005
May 29, 2005
Those mobile chemicals labs found in Iraq just may have been mobile weapon labs.
The Washington Post reported that no inspection teams believed that.
That turns out to be flat our wrong. In fact, two out of three teams reported that they were, and the third was divided.
From the Spectator:
Curiously, on June 7, 2003, the New York Times had already described three teams looking over the trailers in Iraq. Two of the teams were in agreement that the trailers were WMD labs, but the third, more senior team was not at all "unequivocal," but "divided sharply over the functions of the trailers."
HT to Ace, who has more.
Friday, April 14, 2006
A teenage boy accidentally set himself on fire early Wednesday morning after allegedly trying to siphon gas from a firefighter's car.
Police were called to the hospital to investigate the incident and later learned that the 17-year-old spilled gas on his pants while siphoning gas. He then used a lighter to try to determine how wet his pants were and set himself of fire, Hague said.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
At least the Right of Center Blogsphere in the case of giving credit where it is due.
The following bloggers noted this Washington Post article that gave favorable credit to President Bush
PRESIDENT BUSH was right to approve the declassification of parts of a National Intelligence Estimate about Iraq three years ago in order to make clear why he had believed that Saddam Hussein was seeking nuclear weapons. Presidents are authorized to declassify sensitive material, and the public benefits when they do. But the administration handled the release clumsily, exposing Mr. Bush to the hyperbolic charges of misconduct and hypocrisy that Democrats are leveling.
Rather than follow the usual declassification procedures and then invite reporters to a briefing -- as the White House eventually did -- Vice President Cheney initially chose to be secretive, ordering his chief of staff at the time, I. Lewis Libby, to leak the information to a favorite New York Times reporter. The full public disclosure followed 10 days later. There was nothing illegal or even particularly unusual about that; nor is this presidentially authorized leak necessarily comparable to other, unauthorized disclosures that the president believes, rightly or wrongly, compromise national security.
The Post also nailed the flat out liar in this case, Joe Wilson:
Mr. Wilson originally claimed in a 2003 New York Times op-ed and in conversations with numerous reporters that he had debunked a report that Iraq was seeking to purchase uranium from Niger and that Mr. Bush's subsequent inclusion of that allegation in his State of the Union address showed that he had deliberately "twisted" intelligence "to exaggerate the Iraq threat." The material that Mr. Bush ordered declassified established, as have several subsequent investigations, that Mr. Wilson was the one guilty of twisting the truth. In fact, his report supported the conclusion that Iraq had sought uranium.
Here is that Blogger list:
There probably are more, these are just in ones I found in less than five minutes.
The French government rolls over and spreads. According to Reuters:
France will scrap a planned youth job contract that has provoked weeks of protests and a political crisis, President Jacques Chirac said on Monday.
Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who has championed the job law and seen his poll ratings plunge as a result, said in a televised statement he regretted that events had shown the contract could not be applied.
HT to Kim at WizBangBlog
Monday, April 10, 2006
On January 29, Asadullah and two other juvenile prisoners were returned home to Afghanistan. The three boys are not sure of their ages. But, according to the estimate of the Red Cross, Asadullah is the youngest, aged 12 at the time of his arrest. The second youngest, Naqibullah, was arrested with him, aged perhaps 13, while the third boy, Mohammed Ismail, was a child at the time of his separate arrest, but probably isn't now.
Tracked down to his remote village in south-eastern Afghanistan, Naqibullah has memories of Guantanamo that are almost identical to Asadullah's. Prison life was good, he said shyly, nervous to be receiving a foreigner to his family's mud-fortress home.
The food in the camp was delicious, the teaching was excellent, and his warders were kind. "Americans are good people, they were always friendly, I don't have anything against them," he said. "If my father didn't need me, I would want to live in America."
Mr. Reynolds points out that Human Rights Activities would do better to look to Belgium and France.
an OSCE official: "'At the level of the detention facilities, it is a model prison, where people are better treated than in Belgian prisons,' said Alain Grignard, the deputy head of Brussels' federal police anti-terrorism unit. Grignard, who is also a professor of Islam at the University of Liege, served as an expert to a group of lawmakers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on a visit to Guantanamo Bay last week."
European politicians and human rights groups have repeatedly rapped the U.S. military for its treatment of prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. But this torrent of criticism was undermined last month by a report on French prisons by the Council of Europe, the pan-European human rights organization. The author of the report, human rights commissioner Alvaro Gil Robles, said France had the shabbiest prisons of any country he had visited, with the exception of Moldova.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
If you could buy a porn video, download it in about an hour and burn it to a DVD that will play in any standard drive, would you do it? What if it had built-in digital rights management (DRM) code that only let you burn the file to disk one time, and one time only?
Vivid, arguably the most tech-savvy of the big adult entertainment studios, is launching a new Burn to DVD service on April 3 with the expectation that you, and millions like you, will.
"We expect the service to be extremely popular," says Hirsch. "Just hit the button, download and burn."
"Extremely popular..." is probably a mild understatement.
Adding to the geek factor of this geek/porn crossover story is it discusses DRM and mentions Leo Laporte by name.
Friday, April 07, 2006
Wednesday, April 05, 2006
More on the flop that is Basic Instinct 2
This time from Paul over at Wizbang. It seems that the director of the original Basic Instinct film Paul Verhoeven hasn't been taking his meds.
He's quoted in a Reuters article as saying:
"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States," said the Dutch native. "Look at the people at the top (of the government). We are living under a government that is constantly hammering out Christian values. And Christianity and sex have never been good friends."
Paul applies a dose of reality.
What crack pipe has he been smoking? His movie wasn't BANNED it BOMBED. I know the spellings are similar but the meanings are quite different.
If anything, the story explains why it bombed... Market saturation.
Bouncing breasts might have brought people to the movies 15 years ago, now all we need to do is turn on the Super Bowl. Far from being banned, we're now bombarded with sexual content so often it no longer is unique.
Perhaps Mr. Verhoeven should learn to make better movies and not blame his er -inadequacies- on George Bush.
A WizBang reader also points out this bit of reality that doesn't intersect with Mr. Verhoeven's world view:
Why don't we evalute those three movies, particularly the year in which they were released and who the President was at that time:
Body of Evidence - 1993
Showgirls - 1995
Jade - 1995
As I recall, the President during those years was a very "good friend" with sex.
The three films in question, MGM's "Body of Evidence," United Artists' "Showgirls" and Paramount Pictures' "Jade."
All "erotic thriller" box office flops during the Clinton years (also known as "Sex between the Bushes").
"Anything that is erotic has been banned in the United States." How out of touch with reality is he?
I was a Newbury Comics store recently and they had action figures for porn stars on open display!
Here's another news flash for Mr. Verhoeven, except for the parts where the words of Robert Heinlein were directly quoted, your film version of his classic book Starship Troopers, sucked!
[Far left extremist Rep. McKinney] and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) no longer speak, not even to exchange greetings when encountering each other in the Capitol hallways, said two House Democratic sources. Pelosi twice turned down McKinney’s request to regain her seniority after she was defeated and then reelected in 2002 and 2004. McKinney first came to Congress in 1992.
...and a good example of how the left confuses mean spiritedness, and flat out hate, with humor:
This afternoon, the Huffington Post ran a blurb on this weekend's Colorado wedding of NBC correspondent Campbell Brown, 37, and Fox News analyst and GOP strategist Dan Senor, 34.
Below are some of the comments posted by HuffPo readers in response to the two-paragraph item:
randomizer37: "Oh my God, is he f*cking ugly! Yet more proof that women are whores!"
Vaughn: "That guy looks like a f*cking bug ... He has the job of a cockroach ... She probably f*cked several TV execs to get where she is now." . . .
SBJack: "At her age she has to take what she can get ... even if it is gay and younger than she is. Desperate Housewife, indeed."
AllAmerican: "How appropriate ... BEAVER CREEK."
Jackalheadedgod: "Yeah, and what's her name, the brunette on CNN, had personal knowledge of Limbaugh's butt cyst until she took a blow to the head recently."
Joel: "Ugly dress. Only a gay Republican would marry a woman in a dress that ugly."
Let's hear it for those on the left who dismiss a man they don't like by calling him "gay," and who take a woman down a couple of notches by throwing around the word "whore" and labeling her ugly, old and desperate. No wonder they hate Senor's Republican ties so much; Republicans are mean and intolerant people.
HT to Mr. Reynolds.
The author notices that the left turn to using "gay" as an insult really fast. I noted that quite some time ago.
At the box office this weekend, Ice Age 2 clobbered Basic Instinct 2 hauling in $70 million dollars, compared with less than $3 million for the Sharon Stone movie. One film is about a prehistoric creature’s struggle to survive and find love, the other is the animated sequel to the movie Ice Age.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
It must take place in Kansas.
Outside Fred Phelps' church (You know, that shitlicker who goes around thanking God for dead soldiers at funerals). (His websites are godhatesfags.com and godhatesamerica.com He says dead soldiers are God's punishment on us for having a free society that allows "sodomites." I'm not making this up.)
It must take place 06 06 06 --June 6, 2006
It must feature rum, sodomy and the lash, lesbians, gay men kissing---a slow mardi gras, in other words.
It must be public.
And we must preview the signs we intend to carry at HIS funeral (Hey, I can't blame God. I wouldn't want that latent cocksucker in heaven, and I'm sure Satan doesn't either.)
THANK GOD FOR LIVER CANCER.
SATAN IS ANALLY RAPING FRED PHELPS. THANK GOD FOR SATAN!
BURY PHELPS IN AN OUTHOUSE. I'LL HELP FILL THE GRAVE.
If you get the impression I hate this goat-fellating homobestialite, you're getting close.
And I'm SERIOUS about the festival. Spread the word. I'll even bring a few things to deface.
Far left extremist Aaron Vincent McGruder stopped drawing his cartoon The Boondocks quite some some time ago. Now he's taking six months off from even writing the minimal dialogue.
The comic strip Rockwood, takes a look at this...
HT to Leslie Bates.
Sunday, April 02, 2006
President Bush isn’t a fascist, and I can prove it.
We’ve seen what American bookstores and publications and universities do when confronted with real fascists: they knuckle under. You might not be able to find those Danish cartoons anyplace respectable, but you’ll sure find lots of anti-Bush stuff.
Ipso facto, America is doing just fine, thankyouverymuch.