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Monday, February 27, 2006
Kolchak, We Hardly Knew Ye...
Darren McGavin, R.I.P. - McGavin, 83, was best known for his role as the father in "A Christmas Story," but I still think his best work was duking it out with monsters, demons, and Vincenzo as Kolchak, the Night Stalker.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Support Free Speech, Support Western Values
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UPDATE: My pins came today (only ordered three, sorry SCGs you are on your own). I have been giving this issue a lot of thought and I really think it is important we stand up in defense of the Danes on this. Consider the fact that the Danes are being asked to apologize for the work of a cartoonist and to renounce their support for free speech by arresting or punishing the publishers/cartoonists/newspaper.
This is an issue that should bring liberals and conservatives together. Instead, we have the media and many "smart" people (including our own state department) essentially siding with the lunatics who are threatening to behead the cartoonists. Does anyone think appeasment on this issue will lead radical islamists to moderate their tone or abandon violence? No, it will simply embolden them to ask for more by demonstrating that violence (and the threat of violence) is an effective way to get what you want.
If you missed this essay by Bill Bennett and Alan Dershowitz (yes, that ALan Dershowitz) in the Washington Post on this, you need to catch up. Here is their final paragraph, which just about sums it up:
When we were attacked on Sept. 11, we knew the main reason for the attack was that Islamists hated our way of life, our virtues, our freedoms. What we never imagined was that the free press -- an institution at the heart of those virtues and freedoms -- would be among the first to surrender.
Who are these people??? And does anyone want to go - SCG field trip?
Okay, I'm not so old to not know who Michael Stipe and Chuck D. are - in fact, maybe that says something about their age, but who are the rest of them?? I think I used a fisherspooner last time I went fishing and caught a nice sized largemouth bass.....
Maybe ProtestWarriors will be there.....
Lineup set for anti-war concert
New York, N.Y., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan will be the guest of honor at the "Bring 'Em Home" concert at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom.
Among the performers scheduled to play March 20 are R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, Bright Eyes, Rufus Wainwright, Fischerspooner, Public Enemy's Chuck D, Devendra Banhart and Peaches, Billboard.com reported.
Sheehan will address the audience at the concert noting the third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Billboard said.
Janeane Garafalo will broadcast her Air America Radio show "The Majority Report" live from the concert.
Money raised by the show will go to Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Muslim Bites Dog
Ann Coulter pounds the drum here on how absurdly overreactive some Muslims were on the Danish cartoon issue.
My favorite quote: (I)t's not exactly a scoop that Muslims are engaging in violence. A front-page story would be "Offended Muslims Remain Calm."
More proof of Karl Rove's Genius?
If Rove is so smart, how do you explain:
1) Harriet Meiers
2) The failure of the white house to appreciate that they are going to lose the fight on the Saudi (correction: UAE) port contract. Even if the white house wins the legislative/policy battle, the political costs are enormous.
On the bright side, it is good to see that the Democrats really do recognize who our enemy is. Too bad they only say so when it is politically expedient.
The fact is, Bush is wrong. The Saudis (and radical muslims in the UAE too!) are our enemy. Ultimately, the war on terror is a proxy war against Saudi Arabian and Iranian fanatics (not to mention those extremists in the UAE).
It is good to see Chuck Schumer agreeing with me on something (or vice-versa).
UPDATE: I made corrections to this bone headed post. He may not be a genius but at least Rove knows it is a contract with the UAE. Score one for Rove. I'm slinking back now, thankful that JPC didn't take the bait on Meiers.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Time Well Spent
I just spent the last hour watching Justice Scalia do a Q&A at the American Enterprise Institute. The topic was using foreign court opinions in U.S. court decisions (a real big peeve of mine....and his). Scalia was great, as usual - keeping all questioning to the topic at hand, intellectually dismantling liberals (it probably bored him - not stimulating), stuffing the folks who merely wanted to talk about the Bush administration, etc. Hope they replay it several times.
AGAIN - The Chinese and Cubans are going to drill 45 miles off Florida!
Maybe everyone is indifferent or no one read my previous blog at the begining of the month on this subject.....
Fungible (WARNING: Free Speech and Cartoon Follow!)
Scott Adams hit the right chord on Sunday....
Sunday, February 19, 2006
Desperate for New Material
I'm on a self-imposed blog hiatus until late March, but given the influx of new readers (hat tip, Malkin) I figured I would post something new and completely unrelated to politics.
For no reason, whatsoever:
Here are my top five favorite television shows this season.
1. The Office. I've heard the British version is even better, but the American version makes me laugh so hard it hurts. I'm actually afraid to watch the British version for fear it will kill me.
2. Arrested Development. It lost a step in this, its final year. That shouldn't be surprising given the lack of support for the show and the fact that they had to bring everything to a head more quickly than they had originally planned. My favorite character is GOB, but pretty much every character on the show is fantastic.
3. Lost. Holy cow is this show addictive. Did you see the episode where the big black dude faced down the black smoke and the black smoke "looked at him" and slowly retreated? Damn. Some crappy episodes recently, but still fantastic.
4. Dancing with the Stars - Only kidding. That's #4 on Sips list. Gosh, I guess I only have three favorite shows. I kind of like My name is Earl, which I think is touching in a redneck, brotherly love sort of way. I like Finding Jordan too, but I rarely watch it. The bug guy and the crazy russian make me laugh.
One more short list related to television.
Top 5 over-rated shows of all time:
1. Cheers. Yes, I know, Cheers is a great show. But I still think it is over-rated. There is no reason to watch the same episode 1000 times. Plus, the show became more unwatchable the more weight that Kirstie Allie gained. At some point, did anyone really care whether Sam hooked up with Kirstie Allie? Didn't Woody's hold schtick become a bit annoying? Didn't you miss Coach?
2. Magnum PI. Again, a great show. It is even on my top 20 list all time. Still, I don't worship the show. Plus, didn't the Magnum's boss come across as kind of creepy in a not at all heterosexual kind of way?
3. Hill Street Blues. After the seargent died of cancer, didn't it annoy you that the next guy had to come up with his own tag line. It was stupid too ("let's do it to them before they do it to us"). Boy, would I like to be a lawyer suing the city and accusing a cop in that precinct of excessive force. Also, it really wasn't that interesting that they used Buffalo street names. And let's not forget how stupid it was to have to listen to the chief and his attorney girlfriend wife talk to each other in the bathtub. What the hell was up with that?
4. Busom Buddies. It really wasn't all that funny. Yes, we all love Tom Hanks. But think about Joe versus the Volcano and appreciate this fact: that movie was better than the series.
Ok, let's make it a top four list. I can't come up with another.
Sorry, I think the sugar from my cocoa puffs has affected my thinking. I like all three of those shows a great deal, I really do. Yet, all three have elements that bug the crap out of me -- and I still think they are over-rated. For what it is worth, all three would be in my top 20. Of course, that list includes Kolchak the Night Stalker and the A-team as #1 and #2 -- so that list isn't worth much.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Anti-Gun Zealot Aims for Cheney, Hits Foot
There is a lot of good sport to be had with the news that Vice President Cheney accidentally shot a guy. I expect to see some good political shots (pun intended) by those who oppose the right to bear arms for hunting and/or self-defense. That said, the statement by Jim and Sarah Brady is a great example of the failure of leadership in the anti-gun lobby:
"Now I understand why Dick Cheney keeps asking me to go hunting with him," said Jim Brady. "I had a friend once who accidentally shot pellets into his dog - and I thought he was an idiot."
"I've thought Cheney was scary for a long time," Sarah Brady said. "Now I know I was right to be nervous."
I think humor can be used very effectively to make political points. This isn't a good example of that. What a sorry attempt at humor. I think they come across very poorly here. Jim Brady's comments are particularly strange, given that the man has already been shot in the head.
The press secretary over there should be fired for letting this go out. Bad idea.
Hat tip: Drudge.
Friday, February 10, 2006
Nothing Says "Peaceful" Like Calls for Violence
This headline in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle caught my attention. Their coverage on this issue has been consistently bad. The other day there were no fewer than three editorials/op-eds saying that this is really a lesson about "understanding." None of them raised any serious concerns about the possibility that freedom of the press is an important principle to uphold here... the message: you have free speech except when some violent muslims take offense.
Adding to the ridiculousness of the paper's coverage is the fact that they print the first amendment on the top of the op-ed page each and every day. Needless to say, we won't be able to see any of the cartoons at issue in the Democrat and Chronicle.
As to the headline -- I guess these protestors are "more" peaceful in that they are not actually setting fire to embassies or beheading people at the moment. Still, it seems like peaceful would be the wrong term. Of course, if Arafat can win a Nobel, why not these peace loving people?
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
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This seems like a great time to hold an art show on campus. I think "free speech" would be a great theme.
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Friday, February 03, 2006
No Sharia Law Here... Yet.
Hat tip, Michelle Malkin.
Please direct all complaints, kidnapping attempts and beheadings to T.I.B.S. (soon to be known as "NLTIBS" -- as he is No Longer trapped in a blue state.
Despite the media's constant attempt to sell the economy as dangerous, dicey or downright bad, the economy itself seems not to be paying much attention. Productivity gains continue, the market indicies keep going up, and unemployment is now down to 4.7%. Now given that many economists consider 5.5 to 5.6% unemployment as representative of "full employment," you'd think the outlook would be just a touch more positive wouldn't you?
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Cuba, Florida, and Oil
Something to think about - The federal government has honored for some years a Florida state moratorium banning drilling for 100 miles off of their shores. The moritorium has created many problems - the Minerals Management Service has already sold leases in many parts of the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf; obvious NIMBY image problems; and other states like MS and AL have issues since their offshore border areas overlap w/ FL. The two Florida senators are presently hoping to make the federal moratorium permanent.
Cuba considers a 200 mile economic enterprise zone around their island and has sold oil drilling leases to numerous oil concerns owned by countries such as Canada, Spain, India, Venezuala, and China.
Some of the results of drilling so far so far have been disappointing, yet this may be due to the companies operating around Cuba not having the best equipment (The U.S. has the best deep water equipment which are prohibited from being used in Cuba due to the embargo).
The closest location of planned drilling is by a Cuban - Chinese venture on a site 45 miles from Key West.