Saturday, May 03, 2003

Praying for Nadeau


Jerry had a horribly tough accident this afternoon. They know it's dangerous, but with today's safety features, sometimes the fans forget. It's ironic, perhaps that he is sponsored by the U.S. Army.

Nadeau's car crashed at about 5:10 p.m. ET, 10 minutes into the second of three practice sessions held at the track in preparation for Saturday night's race. Safety crews had to cut the roof off of Nadeau's car to remove him. Nadeau's car, which was taken out of the track's infield on a flatbed truck, was completely caved in on the driver's side.

Nadeau arrived by ambulence at the speedway's infield care center at approximately 5:20, and Nadeau was transported by helicopter to Virginia Commonwealth University's Medical College of Virginia Hospital in downtown Richmond for "further observation" approximately 10 minutes later.

Nadeau's wife, Jada, arrived in Richmond by plane from South Carolina just before 11 p.m. Friday. The two had their first child, Natalie, in February.

Nadeau's car spun by itself between the track's first and second turns, hitting the wall on the driver's side. Although Richmond International Raceway is a short 3/4-mile track where racing speeds are relatively low, it produces some of the hardest hits in NASCAR.

The three hardest hits NASCAR officials have recorded since installing black box-style crash data recorders in cars before last season have all come at tracks of less than a mile in length. Kyle Petty's accident at Martinsville earlier this year, measured at approximately 80 times the force of gravity, is the hardest officials have recorded. The other two, accidents involving Busch series driver Derrike Cope and Cup series driver Sterling Marlin, came at Richmond.

Friday, May 02, 2003

Reagan '83 vs. Bush '03


Serwer compares the two incumbents' economic situations:

BUSH AND REAGAN: "Well, I’m not surprised." (We used to say that in my family and amongst my friends all the time, in those slightly husky Reaganesque tones?) Anyway, President W is facing re-election coming up in, what, 18 months, and lots of folks are saying that the economy is going to step right up and bite him in the hind regions. To that I say, "Maybe." I really think that Sept. 11 is so powerful, that they will vote for W. And by the way, the economy, while stagnant, isn’t nearly as bad as when Ronnie Ray-guns was looking at re-election in 1983. A comparison: 1) Unemployment. Today of course we hit 6%. Bad, but not horrible by any means. In April of 1983, you ask? The unemployment rate was 10.2%, near a 40-year high. What about the price of gas? Higher to be sure, but take a closer look. In 1983, the price of unleaded regular was $1.24. Today it goes for $1.58. Yes, 34 cents higher, but adjusted for inflation, that $1.24 would be $2.02 today. Or conversely, the $1.58 in 1983 dollars would be 97 cents. So adjusted for inflation, gas is way less. How about mortgages? April of 1983 a 30-year fixed was 12.2%. Today: 5.3%. Obviously huge. How about the Dow Jones Industrial Average? Here Reagan wins. Over the first 27 months of W’s presidency, the Dow has fallen 22%. Same 27 months for Reagan, the Dow climbed 29%! The latter number perhaps anticipating the recovery Reagan was to benefit from. So of four somewhat arbitrary economic indicators: Things were worse for Reagan in three cases (gasoline, mortgages, unemployment) and only better in one (stock market). W has nothing to complain about.


I am no economist (more sensible than Krugman, though), nor am I a market prognosticator , but some of the indicators are starting to look up, and unemployment is the last thing to improve - I think the 6% unemployment number may have been the basement.

The Civil War is not Over in Georgia


This article was published in 2003, not 1963, not 1863.

Students in the rural town of Albany, Georgia are planning to hold a private, whites-only prom this year, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The decision comes one year after the school held its first racially integrated prom.

Acidman should tell me more about how he doesn't trust us Midwesterners.

Thursday, May 01, 2003

Watching Our President II


Our commitment to liberty is America's tradition, declared at our founding, affirmed in Franklin Roosevelt's Four Freedoms, asserted in the Truman Doctrine and in Ronald Reagan's challenge to an evil empire.

We are committed to freedom in Afghanistan, Iraq and in a peaceful Palestine.

The advance of freedom is the surest strategy to undermine the appeal of terror in the world. Where freedom takes hold, hatred gives way to hope.

When freedom takes hold, men and women turn to the peaceful pursuit of a better life.

American values and American interests lead in the same direction. We stand for human liberty.

How can the anti-American crowd continue to shout about the evil administration when the administration both states and demonstrates these values every day? The anti-Americans need a job. A job in North Korea.

Other nations in history have fought in foreign lands and remained to occupy and exploit. Americans, following a battle, want nothing more than to return home. And that is your direction tonight.

(APPLAUSE)

HUGE APPLAUSE
After service in the Afghan and Iraqi theaters of war, after 100,000 miles on the longest carrier deployment in recent history, you are homeward bound.

(APPLAUSE)

Some of you will see new family members for the first time; 150 babies were born while their fathers were on the Lincoln. Your families are proud of you, and your nation will welcome you.

(APPLAUSE)

We are mindful as well that some good men and women are not making the journey home. One of those who fell, Corporal Jason Mileo, spoke to his parents five days before his death. Jason's father said, ``He called us from the center of Baghdad, not to brag but to tell us he loved us. Our son was a soldier.

Every name, every life is a loss to our military, to our nation and to the loved ones who grieve. There is no homecoming for these families. Yet we pray in God's time their reunion will come.

Those we lost were last seen on duty.

Their final act on this Earth was to fight a great evil and bring liberty to others.

All of you, all in this generation of our military, have taken up the highest calling of history: You were defending your country and protecting the innocent from harm.

And wherever you go, you carry a message of hope, a message that is ancient and ever new. In the words of the prophet Isaiah, ``To the captives, come out; and to those in darkness, be free.''

Thank you for serving our country and our cause.

May God bless you all. And may God continue to bless America.

We are a fortunate nation right now. We are fortunate to have that man leading us.

UPDATE: Vodkapundit provides the slightly cynical take.

Watching Our President


I watched tonight and kept thinking that I needed to be critical. Think about it through the eyes of a Gore voter. But the tears would not let me. I am not an idiot, so how can I explain my admiration for the man who delivered that speech?

There was no Churchill or Kennedy or Roosevelt or Reagan. There was a man who was saying he damn well appreciated what those people were doing for the country and he meant it. How long did he spend shaking hands with these people afterwards? Here was an honest man who was doing his best to lead a torn country.

He has become a great leader with lots of help. He may not be a genius, and he on his own is not grandly eloquent, but he is doing what's right in a time when it's not so easy to do what's right.

People can protest him, but attributing this capitalist devil-working to him is sickening.


Vikingpundit does it again, but the darned permalinks are going to permajunk, so here is the post. You need to go over there to see the rest of the prolific posts. Vikingpundit is mandatory daily activity. Let's hope Blogspot works on the issues.

Bush's deck-flight landing: military morale builder or cynical photo-op?

Instapundit Glenn Reynolds wasn't crazy about Bush's Viking landing, although many disagree. I'm partial to the E-mail that Kathryn Jean Lopez has been receiving at NRO's Corner. Here's one from a retired Air Force Colonel:

It's some kind of wonderful new day when our military has this kind of pride for their commander in chief: You just can't conceive of how much we love this guy. He commands an unprecedented amount of loyalty and respect among the armed forces. He not only walks the walk, he gets the trap (Navy talk). We don't think of him as a stud; he is so much more than that. He is the guy you hang with in the flight room, the guy you hunker down in the bunker with. He is the commander that is the first on the field and the last off. He is the guy you kneel down and pray with prior to putting your life on the line one more time. He is much more than a stud, he is a fighter jock. There are few in all of the armed forces who wouldn't march into Hell for him

Attorneys Against Free Speech


I caught this item earlier:

The letter to NamesDirect.com warned that "by engaging in the conduct described above, the authors and/or other persons responsible for the www.boycott-hollywood.us website may be liable, both criminally and civilly, for a variety of offenses."

Boycott-Hollywood stated Thursday that it stands firm "on the belief that we have done nothing wrong at this website. The celebrities have expressed their views, and we have responded in kind by expressing our views regarding the thoughts and ideas that they have, publicly, expressed."


I had to send this note to the offending firm:

Nice work - Now we see the 2003 Blacklist

It's disheartening to see this left coast suppression from you guys. You're ripping on people with the legal system because they are expressing opinions?

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewCulture.asp?Page=/Culture/archive/200305/CUL20030501b.html

If your clients say stupid things, why can't someone quote those stupid things on a website?

Disappointed in your anti-Americanism and brutal usage of the American legal system,
Carl


They'll do anything for money, but this is the bottom of the barrel, pathetic.

(PS - I know plenty of great people who are attorneys - I just don't like the ones who are killing the profession.)

UPDATE I thought that it might be noteworthy to post this blog's last post so that you could gain their perspective. Sorry for the length, but their site is gone soon:

May 01, 2003
Our own personal wind chill (Follywood)
Well, folks - it's been a blast and it's been fun.

Apparently, our domain registrar (namesdirect.com - subsidiary of Dotster.com) have caved to the pressures of the William Morris Agency giant. On April 29, 2003, Dotster.com received a letter from the William Morris Agency in regards to this website. Their complaint accused us of liable and potentially other civil and criminal offenses.

This is another fine example of how Hollywood feels that their opinion and view is the only one that matters. Average citizens are disallowed the free expression of our point of view because they don't like being challenged for their views. I stand firm on the belief that we have done nothing wrong at this website - - The celebrities have expressed their views, and we have responded in kind by expressing our views regarding the thoughts and ideas that they have, publicly, expressed.

Dotster.com has suspended our update information at this domain and have informed us that the DNS information of this domain has been changed and the website will be down within the next 24 hours and our contract with them is now null and void. They are doing this because we did not provide accurate contact information in their public database.

When I explained that the reason we did not provide accurate contact information is because we have received multiple death threats and I did not wish for just anyone to have my personal information - and asked them for suggestions on what to do - Dotster was unmoved. They did not give me the chance to update the information with accurate information and keep the domain. That's not an option - - they are just simply going to shut down our domain - no explanation needed.

Follywood indeed, but one needs to blame those attorneys using their grandiose powers to crush an opinion site.

Libertarians with a capital 'L' always complain about things like the PATRIOT Act, which protects our freedom, but where are they when you get sicko law firms shutting down free speech? Where are they? After saying that, I think I am a Libertarian, but I am a pro-law enforcement Libertarian.

UPDATE: I guess I was late on the scene. Rachel had it.

UPDATE: Check out the cartoon

The Navy, Fair and Balanced


More from MRC

CNN was in enemy territory on Wednesday:

Phillips pointed out the TVs hanging from the ceiling in the corners of the room, though they were too distant to really see what they were showing: ?Up here on these screens, you're going to see the screens up there on the right, I hate to say it, they're showing Fox News. But, you know, that's the Navy system. You've got to get a little bit of every network...?


I'm thinking the Navy system would be a little bit of every network except for CNN MSNBC ABC CBS NBC...

You've got President Bush coming to visit - It wouldn't be right to have the Clinton News Network spoiling the environment.

Clinton Doesn't Do Carriers


Acidman has a wonderful picture and post on Bush's activities today.

I'm trying to think of anyone who would vote against this man in favor of Howard Dean, and I only came up with 2, out of millions. We need a leader, not a bleeder.

What Planet Are You On?


This week's evidence of extraordinary media bias?

Check out the NY Crimes Headline:

Greenspan Says Tax Cut Is Not Needed for Growth

Well, the Crimes and the print media aren't the only guilty parties - Go over and check out MRC's post on the topic.

Though Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan backed elimination of taxes on dividends and supported President Bush's income tax cut so long as budget cuts ensure the deficit does not grow, the networks on Wednesday night mischaracterized Greenspan's comments before the House Financial Services Committee, hyping how he had supposedly come out against Bush's plan.

{...}

-- CNN. On Inside Politics, MRC analyst Ken Shepherd noticed, Judy Woodruff declared: "Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan threw another splash of cold water on the President's tax cut plan today. Appearing before Congress he repeated his opposition to massive cuts that would increase the federal deficit."

"Massive" tax cuts? Who is proposing a "massive" tax cut? We wish. Bush's plan is pretty modest and getting trimmed by the day by the Senate.

-- ABC. Peter Jennings announced on World News Tonight: "On Capitol Hill today, the Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan, said again that large tax cuts may lead to a larger federal budget deficit and would not likely stimulate the economy. Mr. Greenspan said that any tax cut, such as the one sought by the President, need to be offset by tax increases in other areas or a reduction in government spending."

-- CBS. On the CBS Evening News, Dan Rather portrayed Greenspan as definitively against Bush's plan: "Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said today the U.S. economy is poised for a post-war rebound, though he couldn't say exactly when and he signaled the Fed will cut interest rates again if needed. Greenspan also repeated his opposition to President Bush's plan for big tax cuts and said if there are any tax cuts they would need to be offset by spending cuts to keep the already-rising deficit from soaring more."

-- NBC. Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw intoned: "The Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan, was on Capitol Hill today with a cautiously optimistic economic forecast. He said the economy is now positioned to grow at a noticeably better pace than last year, although the timing and extent of the improvements still is uncertain. He also issued a warning that tax cut need to be matched by spending cuts or budget deficits will drive up interest rates."

Don't count on the networks to be as interested in cutting spending as they are in preventing any tax cut.


That word MASSIVE really ticks me off - NPR uses the word massive every time they talk about ANY TAX CUT. Complete idiots.

Wake-Up, Daschle!


It's about time someone did something about this judicial nomination mess. Freshmen Senators may not have pull but I am rooting them on with all sorts of hoorahs.

The newest members of the U.S. Senate Wednesday expressed their concern over the "apparent breakdown" of the judicial nomination and confirmation process. The bipartisan group of freshman senators sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) offering help in repairing the process.

"We...are a diverse group," the senators wrote. "But we are united in our commitment to maintaining and preserving a fair and efficient justice system for all Americans.

In case you don't think this has any relevance:

"In my view, that is a perversion of the process," he said. "It's constitutionally questionable, and it doesn't serve the best interests of the American people who need and deserve to have highly qualified judicial nominees fill these positions and do what judges do, and that is dispense justice."

The former Texas Supreme Court justice noted that, while senior senators are playing politics with "highly qualified" judicial nominees, many Americans have to wait for justice.

"These are judicial emergencies. On the 5th Circuit, there are three vacancies," Cornyn explained. "And because of the workload, the old saying 'justice delayed is justice denied' is being born out.

"In this instance, people's cases aren't being heard because there just simply are not the judges to fill those slots," he added.

{...}

"The Senate has a constitutional responsibility to hold an up-or-down vote on all judicial nominees within a reasonable amount of time," Fleischer said. "But some Democrats have abandoned that responsibility in favor of partisan politics and obstructionism.

"The Constitution is clear: A majority is required to confirm judicial nominees," he continued. "A minority of Senate Democrats is effectively changing the law with their obstructionist tactics."

Dasshole better wake up. If he gets re-elected, I suggest we give South Dakota to France.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Dumbass Questions from a Favorite Senator


Permalinks - Broken, so here is a wonderful post from eric at Viking Pundit

Orrin Hatch channels Red Forman

From Fox News:

In the beginning of Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Bush nominee John G. Roberts Jr., Chairman Orrin Hatch praised Democrat Sen. Charles Schumer of New York for asking "intelligent" questions, but then Hatch switched gears.

"Some [of his questions] I totally disagree with," Hatch of Utah said. "Some I think are dumbass questions, between you and me. I am not kidding you. I mean, as much as I love and respect you, I just think that's true."

A stunned Schumer asked if he heard the chairman correctly, to which Hatch said yes. Again, Schumer asked Hatch if he would like to "revise and extend his remark," congressional speak for change his mind.

A former trial attorney, Hatch replied: "No, I am going to keep it exactly the way it is. I mean, I hate to say it. I mean, I feel badly saying it between you and me. But I do know dumbass questions when I see dumbass questions."

The nervous laughter that accompanied the exchange belies the growing tension over the confirmation process.

Ladies and gentlemen: the greatest deliberative body in the world.

Norman Mailer - Lost


Donald Sensing highlights a point that I had thought about - Norman Mailer is so lame, there's no reason to waste time talking about his crap.

What Are You Doing Saturday Night?


Let's see now, NASCAR or 9 Dims gathered with George Stephanopolous?

I went into the corner and thunk and thunk and thunk for 3 seconds.

NASCAR it is, but I'll confess that I'll be reading the debate transcript first thing on Sunday. Can't record the debate because I'll be recording the NASCAR while I watch - You never know what kind of replay capabilities you might want. I'm hoping that there are some bloggers geekier than I on the politics deal who will provide full reports for us folks checking in after the race...

Acidman Doubts the Heartland


I have to admit, I deserve it. Acidman discusses a nice array of blogs, their titles and attitudes, and then he hits on this mess, right here.

But I really believe that this guy has his nerve! What is this "Between the Coasts" bullshit? Blogging from "The Heartland," are we? Well, mister, I believe that you are blogging FAR AWAY from MY heartland, because I live in the heart of DIXIE!

I KNOW people like you. You have no accent. You speak exactly like Dan Rather, except in a different tone of voice. That "heartland" thing is a stealthy cloaking device you people use to explain the fact that YOU DON'T TALK FUNNY.

I HATE people who don't talk funny.

Southerners talk funny. People in the appalachian Mountains talk funny. New Yorkers talk funny. New ENGLANDERS talk funny. Texans talk funny. Even GODDAM CANADIANS talk funny.

But you people from the "Heartland" don't. That's why I don't trust you.

OK, send me ideas for a new title and sub-title. This Heartland crap is pathetic. How about "Between the Missile Silos"? I really don't think Acidman HATES people who don't talk funny.

Customer Identification Is Here


My friends at FinCEN finally published the new Customer Identification Program regulations. You can see the assortment here.

Why do I post this? 2 things:

1-I think that it is good that we're doing this, but you will be hearing the inevitable whine from the civil libertarians. I am all for preserving constitutional rights, but I am also in favor of being able to bust criminals, thugs, and especially terrorists.

2-I will be blogging less - Lots of work to do with these new regs. Lots of work and the unreasonable deadline of 10/1/03. We had asked for 18 months to implement the new systems and procedures, but Treasury is late in issuing the regs by 6 months, so I am thinking they shortened the grace period by at least that much. Frustrating, but we can do it, and it will help the whole country.

Iraqis Demolish Marines


This, via The World Wide Rant.

The Najaf Poets devastated a side drawn from 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, their yellow jerseys flashing past Americans who took to the field in combat boots and camouflaged trousers.

Marines said about 600 locals thronged an athletics ground in the town to watch the match, organized by U.S. officers hoping to establish friendly relations with residents.

The Marines, who took control of the town from the U.S. Army last week, said their underdog status even won them some sympathy from the home crowd.

"They were cheering for the Iraqi side, but they were also rooting for us, because we were getting beaten pretty bad," Major Mark DeVito told Reuters after the match.

The Marines lost the soccer match 7-Zip, but they seem to be winning the peace.

McDonald's Down the Drain


I am on a diet and I don't miss McDonald's one little bit.

McDonald's directly inspired this guy's diet:

Ewww! McDonald’s already has enough on its hands, what with trying to turn the company around and spruce up its slipping reputation for service and food quality. (Not to mention the fact that the company is being blamed for the problem of obesity in America!) Today a Michigan man is suing the fast-food company after allegedly biting into an already chewed piece of gum in a salad, seeking more than $25,000. He says it caused "mental anguish, humiliation, embarrassment, and pain and suffering, and loss of appetite" and he’s concerned about having potentially contracted AIDS or hepatitis. This is not good press for the company’s rollout of their new, supposedly healthy, salad line!



Cool piece on Scalia's humor from Volokh.

Need Foreign Aid? Call France


I caught this from a friend's email. Source unknown. A bit long so I placed a couple excerpts.

Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short. The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, and Poland are some of the countries listed here.

The other list contains everyone not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

Let me start by saying that starting today, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.

The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.

Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France.

In the out years, together with Congress, I will work to re-direct this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home.

{...}

Finally, I have decided not to run for a second term of office. The First Lady and I will retire to our Texas ranch and have some fun. Laura and I have been talking about takin' one of those cruises up to Alaska.

Personally, I could care less who gets elected in 2004. Throw a little fascism into the mix and elect Senator Clinton. She can appoint the editorial board of the New York Times to her Cabinet.

To the nations on List 2, a final thought. Drop dead.

To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thanks guys. We owe you.

God bless America. Thank you and good night.

It's too bad DC would not let him be that rational. The writer should not have left Australia off of the List 1 countries, even if it was not an all-inclusive list. They were number 3 or 4, and their troops fought.

Senator Dasshole is Selective


It's nice that the Senate did not filibuster Sutton, but Daschle continues to stop Estrada and Owen and that is pathetic. They are both highly qualified and highly rated by the liberal ABA.

So I was reading the article and thinking ok until I got to the last paragraph:

"If you look at the votes, we probably could have sustained a filibuster on Mr. Sutton," Daschle said. "But we want to be selective. We want to be careful. I don't want to abuse the practice of filibusters. When we do decide to filibuster, we want to be very careful with those with whom we have made that decision."


He already did abuse the practice of filibusters, the numbfuck. This is the most asinine usage of the filibuster and for the good of both parties they need to make it against the rules. It would also help if the damned legislature quit trying to design our third branch. Let judges be judges. The Senate advises and they consent, they don't block and control. Dasshole is a pathetic loser.

UPDATE: John Nowacki explains how serious this obstructionism is. Someone should be educating the voters on this. The people whose courts are being wrecked should be screaming at their representatives.

Wherever the Constitution requires a supermajority, it says so. Clearly. Confirmations only need a simple majority, and it's been that way since the Washington Administration. But filibusters cannot be broken without 60 votes, and the Democrat leaders have effectively said that, minority party or not, no one will be confirmed by a simple majority vote unless they decide it's okay.

Second, the Democrat leadership is fighting to keep the people's elected representatives from doing the will of those who voted them into office. Remember how the President's party is supposed to lose mid-term elections? There was a reason the American people handed Senate control back to the Republicans at the first opportunity: Democrat obstruction. And in his final campaign swing where he highlighted that obstruction, one of the first examples George W. Bush would raise each time was the Democrats' systematic obstruction of his judicial nominees.

Scrappleface on a Roll


Syria to Host 2004 Islamic Martyr Games
(2003-04-29) -- Syria announced today that it had won the bid to host the 2004 Islamic Martyr Games. The quadrennial competition brings together devoted pilgrims from throughout the Muslim world for 10 days of "intense competition."

"We are delighted to again sponsor these great games," said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Buthaina Shaaban. "It is, how do you say?...a blast."

Syria's team is expected to do well in most of the events, however, competitors from other nations have benefited in recent years from Syrian coaching and funding.

"Thanks to our ongoing assistance, there's much more of a level playing field than in previous years," said Ms. Shaaban. "We like to give all our Muslim brothers a shot at glory."

The Islamic Martyr Games are similar in format to the Olympic Games, although the actual events differ and, of course, medals are awarded posthumously.

Three weeks from now, Syria will announce the name of the person who gets to be the torch.

There's a lot more of this good stuff over there.

Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Inspired by the Best


You may not remember (haha) and since Blogger archives are always broken, I'll re-post it for you (from 4-18-03):

Drudge highlighted this one.

"It was delicious. I don't know if it's because we have been eating MREs for two months, but everyone has enjoyed it a lot," said army cook Cpl Joshua Wicksell, 26.

Each of the squadron's platoons has been limited to killing one gazelle a day to make sure the herd is not depleted.

The soldiers have been allowed to use 9mm pistols to hunt after initially being forbidden to use firearms for fear that gunshots in the woods might be mistaken for enemy fire.

"We hunted them with rocks (at first), as Stone Age as that sounds," Wicksell said. "We gutted them and skinned them and pretty much carried them over our shoulders barbarian-style."

The preparation is almost as primitive: a fire pit dug in the ground, covered by a radiator grill from one of the marines' trucks.

Hunting those things with rocks sounds challenging...


Well, well, well, I heard from Cpl Wicksell's mother today, and I was completely thrilled.

She corrected the original on some aspects and gave permission for me to post her comment:

ka wrote:
:laugh: i am cpl wicksell's mother...first of all, he is in the marines/not the army. 2nd of all he is in motor tops. not the cook. however, cooking is his hobby and he does it very well..so i don't know how to get the article corrected... but thank you for posting it..josh does read all the email and sites so keep it up..k

If all I did this year was cheer on one Marine and catch a comment from his mother, I have had a marvelous year.

"THREE WEEKS AFTER YORKTOWN, STILL NO CONSTITUTION READY"


"Hamilton, Fellow Neo-Federalists Said Eyeing Empire Across Continent"

Ye Newe York Times didn't like the revolution either.

"Triumph Over Britifh Empire Was Easy Part"

Caught this via MRC. This is the best in parody. There is a lot more - Go check it out...

"All the News That Fits Our Views"

Poetry from Paul Madden


I happened into this site. Some good, some bad, but I enjoyed this one carefully:

Divine Wind

her arms, she said, were wire
the dress hanging from her would dry
if only I wasn't rain

it was I
who stuck my finger into the sky

and replied, I was a paper bird
that rain would pull down from the sky
if only she wasn't the wind

Paul Madden lives and works in Newcastle, England as teacher of English.

Sharpton Wants Your Wallet


A wonderful sentiment, but Reverand Al goes a bit far:

While the Gephardt Plan would finally fulfill a several decades old Democratic goal of providing health coverage to every American, in one sense it is still putting the cart before the horse. I believe the more practical "how do we get there" legislation should flow from a new "human right to health care" being added to our Constitution as a new amendment. I look forward to seeing if Congressman Gephardt will follow his own universal health care logic and join me in supporting House Joint Resolution 30 by becoming a cosponsor of a new constitutional "right" to health care.


I think we need a constitutional right to rent payments and groceries first - Take care of my hunger and the roof over my head, then guarantee my healthcare. Instead of revoking the Bush tax cut, maybe we should start taxing the National Action Network and the Rainbow Coalition?

Bonuses for Inept Performance


I wonder if these companies have any shareholders. Hello, is there a Board of Directors looking out for those shareholders?

Apple Computer's stock plummeted 79 percent over the past three years as personal computer sales remained sluggish, sending many workers' options underwater.

But don't cry for co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Steven Jobs, who traded in his options for 5 million shares of stock, currently worth about $66 million. Apple also gave him fresh options to buy 7.5 million shares -- which the company estimated could eventually be worth between $86 million and $219 million, depending on how much Apple's stock rises in the future.

Sun Microsystems reported a $587 million loss last year, prompting the Santa Clara computer-maker to issue thousands of pink slips. Its stock, which traded as high as $64 per share in August 2000, closed last week at $3.24.

But don't fret for chief executive Scott McNealy, who received a $487,000 bonus last year and cashed in options worth $25 million. He also received fresh options, which Sun estimated could eventually be worth between $24 million and $61 million. His modest $100,000 salary seems irrelevant by comparison.

The unfettered market is one thing, but this is asinine, especially when they're screwing over their employees - Let's see now: Customers getting less service, employees getting laid off, share price plummeting, so what on Earth makes it necessary to retain these people at all? Sure, not all of the results are their doing, but there is no reason for obscene bonuses in this environment.

I'll be the good conservative - Let's not have federal regulations on the issue, but WHERE ARE THE SHAREHOLDERS???

Three Ring Circus for Stephy


Caught this earlier via Drudge Report

The following candidates have committed to participate in the debate:

Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT)
Sen. John Edwards (D-NC)
Rep. Richard Gephardt (D-MO)
Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL)
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA)
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH)
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-CT)
Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun
Rev. Al Sharpton

"This Week with George Stephanopoulos" will broadcast excerpts of the debate on Sunday, May 4 (check local listings) on the ABC Television Network. In a special broadcast of "This Week," Mr. Stephanopoulos will anchor the program from Columbia, South Carolina.


3 ring circus with 3 clowns per ring with Stephy as ringmaster..............Cool.

Monday, April 28, 2003

There are Better Ways to Protest Government Waste


These kinds of anarchists make me mad, and I really don't understand how this type of activity is preserved by the 1st Amendment.

The U.S. Justice Department's tax division hasn't charged Schiff with a crime for his refusal to pay taxes. Instead, the government has asked a federal judge to permanently prohibit Schiff from selling one of his anti-tax books and promoting his ideas.

"By banning my book and banning me from speaking and putting on a lecture, the government basically threw the First Amendment out the window," the 75-year-old Schiff said from his office at Freedom Books, an unincorporated business he runs in Las Vegas.


Government waste is awful, but does this f**ktard think I should pay for the highway he drives on? Does he think my tax money should pay for the war that just made strides in saving his bacon. Total asswipe.

Steven A. Swan, a former Auburn, N.H., real estate agent, sued Schiff for $7 million last May. The lawsuit, which is pending, claims Swan lost his business because he followed Schiff's tax advice.

Swan still believes the federal income tax is unconstitutional, but he maintains that Schiff's legal theories are wrong. After years of filing a "zero return" and running seminars to advance Schiff's ideas, Swan was charged in March with 18 counts of obstructing the government's ability to collect taxes, preparing false returns and several other crimes.

"There's a difference between saying what you believe and then openly encouraging people to stop paying taxes based on your beliefs," Swan said. "I think what the government is saying is that he has crossed the line."

Why are people that stupid - Why are they falling for that crap?

Acting Like a Democrat


You're afraid that these Royals are for real. I know that their manager must be for real in a good way.

They're doing so well so early, it's fun to jump on that bandwagon, but you don't want to be stupid about rooting for the home team.

If the writer only knew how ironic the following sentence was - Maybe he did:

Kansas City, which dropped to 17-5, boosted its lead to 9-4 in the ninth on an RBI single by Desi Relaford.
{Emphasis mine.}
BUT, as was explained:

The Toronto Blue Jays overcame a seven-run deficit, scoring six runs in the ninth inning to beat the Royals 10-9 Sunday as MacDougal blew a save chance for the first time this season.

Toronto trailed 8-1 before scoring one run in the seventh and two in the eighth. Mike Bordick's single tied it, and the winning run scored on an error by shortstop Angel Berroa.

Stupid me. I turned it off after they reached 8-1 and watched the NASCAR. The NASCAR was pretty good.

Treading on Thin OFAC Waters


OFAC waters are what I wade through everyday, so I was puzzled when I heard about this.

Monster.com says it is only trying to follow the rules.

But the nation's largest Internet job board is taking heat from some users over a new policy blocking consumers or employers from seeking work or posting jobs in countries sanctioned by the U.S. government.

Under the policy, which took effect Thursday, Monster will no longer allow posting of resumes or job openings originating from Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Myanmar, North Korea, Sudan or Syria.

In an e-mail explaining the change, Monster last week told consumers whose resumes include a reference to one of the countries that "your resume will be altered, removing all the sanctioned countries from your resume."

A spokesman for Monster, which is owned by New York-based TMP Worldwide, said Friday the policy affects "a few thousand" of the 26 million resumes posted on its site.

In some cases, the company has deleted resumes that list current addresses in those countries. It has altered other resumes so that they no longer list those countries as targets for employment or the location of jobseekers' education.

The change resulted from an internal review by company lawyers to comply with sanctions set out by the U.S. Department of Treasury, Monster said.

"It's simply following the U.S. regulations in terms of companies and individuals prohibited from providing certain services to certain countries," Monster spokesman Kevin Mullins said.

The change has angered some Monster users, who say the policy censors and discriminates against people including immigrants wotj ties to some of the countries in question or businesses seeking to recruit there.


What puzzled me was that there was little explanation of the fact that the sanctions are very complicated and vary by country. Not only that, they are often transactional and directed at specific people within the country, so Monster.com might have been a bit conservative: "'OFAC regulations do not govern speech. OFAC regulations govern transactions,' the spokesman, Taylor Griffin said."

Next question for me was who is complaining? Why would you want a job in Iran, anyway?

The Accolades Are Well-Placed

Bill Whittle really does it this time. A wonderful essay.

Go read it.

The flow of the essay was grand, but I love this little flourish:

If you say such things long enough, and you spend all your time in the company of similarly tinfoil-hatted comrades, then you actually begin to believe that life in Baghdad under Saddam Hussein wasn’t that much worse than life in Berkeley under the racist, election-stealing, Wellstone-murdering, Earth-destroying Republikkkan administration.


And more exploration of Dim thinking awaits you:

All of these are important, but none of them begin to approach the real Victory, which was the American people showing that despite thirty years of the very worst that America-hating celebrities and professors and news anchors and politicians could hurl our way, we still have the ethical and moral integrity, the willingness to sacrifice, and the will ? the will ? to defend this nation and what she represents, both to ourselves and to suffering and oppressed people everywhere.
{...}
I never feared those losers, those cynics, those bitter, small, perpetually angry people. I only feared what they could do to the middle, to the center of the line, the people who get up and vote the way we will steer this ship of ours through the reefs and storms we sometimes face. They took their best shot. They took it at a time when their ammunition was piled as high as it will ever be in our lifetimes. They failed. They failed miserably. And in their failure they have shown what they are, and who they are, and what they really want.

International A.N.S.W.E.R, an offshoot of the Workers World Party, recipient of North Korean financial largesse and the driving force behind these rallies, does not care a whit about the Iraqi people. Nor does it want peace. What it and many other sad little groups desperately want is the paralysis and destruction of the one force that stands in the way of their flawed and murderous ideals: The United States of America.

They didn’t get it. Not this time. Not today.

The whole essay is so well done...Head that way!

UPDATE: Bill wrote earlier about not being able to publish his essay sooner and the 419 scam reference was hilarious:

STUPID CAPITALISM...

I was meaning to get VICTORY done by the weekend, but along came a job offer that pays ridiculously well for working 17 hour shifts for the next couple of days...

Why, WHY couldn't I be Marxist like the rest of the kids and sit around in mom's basement planing Income Redistribution and demanding tuna fish sandwhiches from the capitalist oppressors up in the kitchen?

Please do not adjust your set. I'm getting to it as fast as I can. I just need to replentish some savings.

Good news! I did hear from a gentleman in Nigeria while I was away! Can't go into the details yet (he said it was confidential), but he wrote thirty or forty e-mails about a big opportunity that sounds too good to pass up!

Expect full-time essay-writing very soon --- on a golden keyboard!

The Reagan Defense


Permalinks aren't working, but I caught a striking post over at Bleeding Brain.

Back then, anybody could stand up and mock Reagan by calling him a warmonger and a simplistic fool. There was no public outcry and there were certainly no boycotts.

As time has passed, we are now seeing Reagan, even though we supported him at the polls, as one who worked almost alone and unsupported against the threat of the Soviet Union and perhaps we feel a twinge of regret for not defending him more vigorously against the "intellectuals" who mocked him daily.

Now we have the internet and we are using it to rally against attacks on Prez. Bush and attacks on freedom. This is not to say that a president should not be criticized because mocking and jeering a president is a sacred right.

What is different this time is that those who jeer and mock are being mocked in return and as a result, the political atmosphere is not so one-sided in favour of those who want to appease the enemies of freedom.

This seems reliably on target to me. Those on the far left still do not understand what Reagan did for their country. In the old days, Dims were not so bad at understanding the requirements of preservation, now they are completely lost and they're getting ripped for it.

(Hat tip: Gutrumbles)

$550 Billion is Peanuts, Peanuts from the Dims


Here is a bitter Dim from Newsweek:
So last week Bush taunted dissident Republicans about their "little bitty" tax cut as opposed to his "robust" one, and stood on an Abrams tank at a factory in Ohio. Talk about your phallic locker-room imagery.

Not phallic, but the tank might drill some sense into the Dims.

TK pointed out to me that this passage in a heavily pro-Dim approach to the economy (the approach? No solutions, but keep the government waste in favor of freeing up capital) actually begs for a much larger tax cut:

Bush complains that it’s unfair for investors to have to pay taxes on dividends that they get from corporations’ after-tax profits. That’s so-called double taxation. He’s right, it’s unfair. But lots of other taxes are at least as unfair. Why should some Social Security recipients pay taxes on their benefits when they paid Social Security taxes with after-tax wage dollars?

And this insane ending makes you choke on your Cheerios:
But when someone offers the same solution to every financial problem, it’s usually time to put your hand firmly on your wallet. And keep it there.

He's actually advocating the opposite, that people take their wallets out of their pockets and allow Washington to spend its way out of the downturn. If you don't live in DC, that makes no sense at all. Give us the solution, Sloan, or shut the f**k up.

Sunday, April 27, 2003

The Crimes Hits the IRS Again


This time, it's the editorial page, and they're simmering on redistribution a la Robin Hood as solid tax policy. Naturally, people need an incentive from the IRS to work.

Blogger links aren't working again, but I also discussed this issue of the appreciation of wealth redistribution by the NY Times on Friday.

If the I.R.S. wants to harass the poor, and undermine a key incentive for taking low-wage jobs, it should keep doing what it is doing. But if it is interested in increasing tax compliance, and bringing in more lost tax dollars, it should start focusing its enforcement efforts higher up the income scale.

I'm off to another busy day, but at least the Crimes gave me something to giggle about.