James Lileks beat Mr. Moore like a rented mule in his latest screed. Or should I say a rented jackass.
Not much to post today, but there is this:
A woman whose two huge dogs mauled a neighbor to death in a San Francisco apartment building was convicted of murder and manslaughter Thursday. Her husband was found guilty of manslaughter.
Good, I hope both of them spend a long time rotting in jail cells, with nothing to do but avoid prison rape and filling out legal briefs for their fellow felon roommates. They are scum, and they deserve everything they got from the jury and more.
Those people had those dogs, which were loaded weapons- cocked and ready to go off on anyone or anything, and they had no regard for any of their fellow citizens. Those dogs were known to go off if they smelled too much of naturally occurring human hormones in the air.
Before someone makes a specious and stupid argument about my loaded weapon analogy, there is no connection between gun ownership and these dogs as ‘loaded weapons.’ If you think so, tell me the last time you rifle or your pistol took a crap on the living room floor. These were living, breathing killing machines, and the people who owned them had a willful and reckless disregard for human life and anything other than their own narrow desires. If you want to make the dog as loaded weapon/anti-gun argument, the only analogy that would be comparable to owning those two dogs would be for someone to litter a grade school playground with loaded AK-47’s. Then the analogy might hold- but that would be anathema to responsible gun ownership, as any gun owner would tell you.
At any rate. So long. You couldn’t keep your vicious animals caged, so now you get to spend a considerable chunk of your life behind bars. Too bad they won’t require you to eat out of a big bowl like the animals that you are. My only regret is the jury couldn’t find your defense attorney guilty of being a Grade-A bitch for torturing the victim’s partner throughout the trial.
Will Warren’s latest poem is dedicated to a certain governor of California.
You got your French Fries, which are soaked in grease, and your French Toast, which is soaked in eggs, and your French Cooperation, which is soaked in sanctimony.
From the Kick them While they are Down Files:
Among them are new revelations about the tangled finances of the former president’s brother, Roger Clinton. In the course of the pardon investigation, committee lawyers uncovered unexplained deposits of hundreds of thousands of dollars in blank traveler’s checks in his bank account. They also found evidence that Clinton – a rock and roll singer, but never a terribly successful one – was paid enormous sums by foreign governments for performances overseas. And they discovered a $15,000 money transfer from Bill Clinton to his brother at a time when Roger Clinton faced growing pressure to tell authorities what he knew about the pardon matter.
Amusing and everything, but this is a non-issue anymore. Nothing will ever come of it, and this is the real Republican addiction- Clinton-bashing. Let them ooze their way into history, and quit having top journalists at major conservative journals wasting time on these issues. There is enough going on out there that really needs to be debated.
I do not know if there is global warming or not. I am inclined to believe that it is a possibility, but I can also see the arguments that are made that this is just a normal fluctation. Sometimes it seems like the debate is not really a debate, but a playground name-calling incident. At any rate, this just made me laugh. If this is not from the style over substance files, I do not know what is:
Kyoto is also unlikely to have much impact in stopping the effects of global warming, but nations should sign it anyway, says Dr. Robert Watson, chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the chief spokesman on climate change for the World Bank.
“Kyoto, as it is currently constructed, does send an important signal to governments and industry that there is a market for more energy-efficient … technologies,” Dr. Watson said yesterday in Ottawa. But without the United States as a signatory, it is difficult to see how the emissions-credit scheme might work for Canada, he said. “I can’t see how Canada can help meet its obligation by selling anything to the U.S., if the U.S. isn’t part of the protocol.”
Translation: Global warming is an important issue, but if you refuse to do exactly what we want, we will refuse any of your attempts to address the issue in a manner other than what we prescribe.
At least in this article, the scientists are admitting what they do not know, which is refreshing.
Dr. Watson acknowledged there is still much to learn about climate change, but said the world cannot wait for perfect knowledge before taking action.
“There are scientific uncertainties, but the weight of evidence suggests that we humans are responsible for most of the observed warming in the last 50 years. We believe that future climate change is inevitable and for most people in the world the impact will be negative.”
Or are they?
The impact of global warming in Canada is already apparent in the Arctic where ice thickness and coverage is being reduced, Dr. Watson said. Earth’s mean average temperature is expected to rise 1.4 degrees Centigrade to 5.8 degrees Centigrade by 2085.
“For many parts of Canada, the change in temperatures could be towards the upper 5, 6 to 7 degrees Centigrade — there is a huge amplification [in temperature effect] as you go north into the Arctic area,” Dr. Watson said.
This is why irresponsible behavior by the American press is so loudly denounced by bloggers, and why it is ripped to shreds by respectable and reflective journalists like Matt Welch.
George W. Bush’s speech on Monday, on the half-year anniversary of the World Trade Towers and Pentagon attacks, provided a more coherent statement than we had yet had on the policy he is following.
The policy’s objective and limits nonetheless remain unclear, which adds to the impression that Washington’s new working assumption is the reverse of the Orwellian postulate that “war is peace.” For the United States now, or at least for the Bush administration, peace is war.
That is right. We are warmongers with an unclear policy, but a clear enough policy that this author can assert that our only goal is global hegemony and continuing warfare so as to justify a large increase in military spending.
What does this have to do with an irresponsible American press? Several paragraphs later, the author asserts:
None of this really fits together. The action-reaction proportions are all wrong.
This administration is making use of the Sept. 11 tragedy to do what the neoconservative right has wanted for a long time, which is to renounce inconvenient treaties, junk arms control, build and test nuclear weapons, attack Saddam Hussein and abandon multilateralism, cooperation with international organizations and compromise with allies, all in order to aggrandize American international power and deal expediently with those who challenge it.
Why does that sound familiar? Oh, that is right. This is taking Dana Milbank’s blatherings in the WaPo yesterday, propping them up and taking them as legitimate and true, and then using those specious arguments as an assault on American foreign policy.
When our mainstream, ‘respectable’ journalists are irresponsible and peddle nonsense, particularly nonsense veiled as insightful or as ‘constructive criticism,’ there are opportunists both at home and abroad who seize upon their legitimized absurd opinions and use them as a foundation for another layer of false truths and distortion of the status quo. Want some more examples?
Do a google search for the Marc Herold civilian casualty reports, and then look who uses those statistics the most.
Look for the hysterical (not in the funny way) column by the LA Times on March 9th (now a pay article) about the Nuclear Posture Review, and look at the fallout from the assorted cretins and rogue states from around the globe.
Go read this take-down by Matt Welch of the buffoons at the Chronicle.
I am not asking for censorship, and I will fight that to the very end. Why can our press not be as responsible as they are free?
More evidence that Chris Matthews is losing his mind. Although I do agree a little bit with these comments. He is still going nuts, methinks.
Many thanks to Mr. Harris and his kind words for this blog. I am not sure if I deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as the Instapundit, LGF, Live from the WTC, and Quasipundit, but I appreciate it nonetheless. If you have not visited his site, Ipse Dixit, check the links to the left and go have a read. And make sure you check out his caption contest and captions of the day.
Many apologies for my frothing rant last night. Generally when I am that angry, I try to get away from the keyboard- and when I am going to be as ill-tempered and hotheaded I generally draft first, cool down, and then decide to post. There was no such moderation last night. And I still stand by what I said.
Read the Lantos report I linked below, and see if you don’t get as mad as I did.
Karl Rove’s loyalty police should be on deep orange alert, if not hot pink. There is a sleeper cell operating in the White House.
I actually watched Milbank defend this schlock on Hardball with Chris Matthews. Matthews was in his near orgasmic state (as he usually gets whenever someone mentions anything loosely conspiratorial), throwing out words like cabal as if Milbank’s writing was the revelation. Milbank seemed to take this whole thing in a more tongue in cheek matter, but Matthews was convinced- this is a NEOCON conspiracy.
At one point, Matthews even asked: “How does a Canadian (David Frum) become a speechwriter in the White House. No one bothered to ask how a windbag Carter speechwriter becomes a bloviating political talk show host.
Wake the children! Phone the neighbors. Grab the pitchfork. Conservatives with an interventionist foreign policy towards rogue states are at the helm of our government. Several of them are even (this is so horrible to mention), speechwriters.
I wouldn’t recommend sex, drugs or insanity for everyone, but they’ve always worked for me. —Hunter S. Thompson
Why is it that the people who are most against drugs are the ones who almost drive me to do them? Apparently there is a new drug hysteria brought on by the fact that Oklahoma thinks everyone in their band and other after-school activities is on crack. I remember when I was in High School, the joke went like this:
Did you hear that 80% of high school students are sexually active?
Yeah. The other 20% are in the band.
Apparently now they are smoking rock and shooting up. I did a google search for ‘drug fiending tuba players,’ and came up with nothing, so I am not sure how serious the problem really is, but I do know one thing- I would have had to have been stoned to the bejeezus to ever have anything to do with the band when I was in high school.
I spent several years working with people in the Education Department of a prominent university. You should hear some of the off-the -wall, hare-brained teaching strategies they teach prospective teachers to go out and inflict on our youth. No wonder they need an escape. Then again, half the students could be self-medicating themselves, trying to find some balance between all the ritalin and other crap all the fruity bastards in psychiatry are forcing the kids to take.
Hell, I need a stiff drink after listening to this pro drug testing nanny on MSNBC.
Our country does have a serious drug problem. It is our drug policy.