New link added for Damian Penny’s Daimnation!, which also has a clever name and decent commentary…
Happy Fun Pundit, while geefully shouting ‘Yee-Haw!’ (I love that title) has been bamboozled with his story on the Presidential IQ thing that went around about 6 months ago. He is not the only one to fall victim to this hoax, as this was widely documented in the Opinion Journal (free registration required) and some large media outlets had mucho egg on their colective faces.
*Update* (8 Jan 02)Seems I just misinterpreted Steve, ‘the man of mystery’ and his eclectic writing style. Oh well. It was nice chatting with the folks at HappyFunPundit.
Quote of the Day:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
H. L. Mencken
As you may have noticed (actually, there is no way anyone has noticed- I think I have two readers- Thanks mom and dad!), there have been some name issues. This lil hole in the web was originally title The Curmudgeon’s Corner, only for me to find out that the name was astonishly uncreative. There are 900 other similar sites with the name. I then tried a hick talks politics, but hated it. I am not a hick, and I don’t just talk about politics. After much more thought than I should have wasted on it, I have decided on the new name of this site. It is not changing again.
My beloved Steelers have beaten the despised Browns, 28-7, finishing the regular season with a 13-3 record. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon, indeed.
After the game, several of the talking heads on either FOX or CBS seemed overly eager to state repeatedly that the “Steelers are backing into the playoffs, whatever the hell that means. I guess homefield advantage, top-seeding in the playoffs, and a first round-bye makes them slouches.
Predictably, I commenced screaming at the idiot box, volunteering loudly and obnoxiously to show them my backside, since they seem to be so fond of alluding to the Steelers backing into things. No takers, as of yet.
Time to catch up on some reading, and then for tonight’s movie, which I have not yet chosen.
This is the third time I have tried to post this. For some reason it claims I am not an authorized member of the team. I am giving it one more go, and then to hell with it.
At any rate, Canada is sending some troops to Afghanistan, which is chummy and neighborly. When I read this, all I could think of was a hysterical article by Mark Steyn in the National Post on September 24, 2001. Mar Steyn is adelight to read, and I would recommend reading him if you do not do so already. The name of this article is ‘Canada’s War is Already Over, and here is an excerpt (the National Post Website is screwy and hard to link to):
The word from both countries is that this “coalition,” on the battlefield, will be an Anglo-American affair: The U.S. is not interested in letting anybody else into the inner sanctums of joint command. The minimum entry qualifications are that a) you have a professional, modern military and b) you share America’s war aims. The French meet the former but not the latter. The Mexicans the latter but not the former. The British meet both. The Canadians meet neither.
This is a simple truth, and we should be mature enough to acknowledge it. When Mr. Chr
We like Christopher Hitchens. This is a prime reason why. I am having a hard time thinking of someone with a better track record of exposing people for the frauds that they are, whether they be on the left or right of the political spectrum, or if they are just plain upside down confused.
Thanks to the unmatchable instapundit himself, Glenn Reynolds, for the Hitch article.
Glenn also has a great deal of info on the Stephen Ambrose plagiarism scandal. As usual, Instapundit is being reasonable (something that frequently eludes yours truly), and provides insightful analysis with well documented sourcing to provide a reasonable overview of the actual situation. My personal hope is that it was just an accidental mistake on Ambrose’s part, because I love his work (yeah- I know you elite snobs think he is a pop-historian- bullocks to you, I say).
The plagiarism issue brings up another question. As I am new to this whole blogging, I am wondering if there is an ethical standard for posting links? Is it appropriate to link information on your sight that has aalready appeared on other blogs? I think so, provided you give credit to the people who originally found the info and documented it. I try to always do that, unless I think I am the first to mention something (not that anybody is reading this anyway). A perfect example for me is what took place this morning on Little Green Footballs.
I am sure this ettiquette has been discussed before, but again, I am new to this scene. However, if linking to other blogs in the manner I have discussed is a breach of nettiquette, the Question for the Day is:
Is it possible to have a blog without ever linking to Instapundit.
My beloved Steelers just took the lead v s. the Browns. BBL.
I am awaiting a scathing rebuke of the Majority Leader from the fuzzy folks at Common Dreams. I will be waiting a while.
Not to be outdone, Matt Drudge is reporting sporadic sightings of flying pigs and patches of ice in hell.
Anyone with the slightest clue what Maureen Dowd is talking about can feel free to e-mail me. Please keep explanations under 50 words, and avoid using the following words: root causes, introspection, and reflection. Ms. Dowd also fails to mention Prada handbags, so I am now really confused.
Almost forgot. Tonight’s Ten Second Movie Reviews:
Angel Eyes– Jennifer Lopez clothed (BAD), not singing (GOOD), cavorting with criminals (Not Puffy).
In case you are wondering, I normally do not watch this many movies, but I just got satellite, and I quit smoking, so I can not go to bars or be around people, and thus have a helluva lot more time than I used to.
As if New Yorkers have already not suffered enough in the last few months, the Workers World reports that every anti-WTO nitwit, green party activist, socialist, anti-free-marketer, Earth First! tree-hugger, and every pachouli wearing privileged child of West Coast white trash who owns a copy of the Communist Manifesto – generally, every wart on society’s arse imaginable- will descend on New York to protest things they do not, can not, and will not understand on February 2nd when the World Economic Forum meets at the ‘luxurious Waldorf-Astoria hotel.’
The only upside to this protest is that the sky-rocketing sales of tofu, rolling papers, Guiness, and Native American brand cigarettes might produce a slight bump in the economy, but this will be probably be offset by the money spent on overtime on the police, who will no doubt be needed to beat the rabble sensless (more so, if possible) before they ship them back to their deluded enclaves in Berkely, CA, Seattle, WA, and DNC headquarters.
No doubt freeing Mumia and leniency for the Marin County Mullah will be at the top of the agenda.
Just went to register the site on google. There are umpteen thousand sites called the Curmudgeon’s Corner. We are now in day six, and already in need of a new name. The new name is listed above. for now. Until I can some up with something clever, which is not likely.
From the Workers World (a run of the mill socialist rag, run by aging and drug addled hippies well versed in the platitudes of the people), comes this delightful opening sentence:
It goes downhill from there.
Jacob Weisberg is a bleeding idiot, although maybe not as dumb as Daschle.
From Jacob’s latest pool of bile:
“Bush continues to exhibit the same lack of curiosity, thoughtfulness, and engagement with ideas that made him a C student. Nuance, complexity, subtlety, and contradiction are not part of the mental universe he inhabits. And curiously enough, it is these very qualities of mind-or lack thereof-that seem to be making him such a good war president.”
Yawn. I bet he thinks Cornell West is smart.
I know some of you are going to say the article seems to be praising Bush, but it is actually a snide, pretentious, back-handed compliment.
In honor of Jacob Wesiberg, the Corner’s Quote of the day is:
“I’m all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let’s start with typewriters.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright (1868-1959)
A.) He can NOT POSSIBLY think this is true.
B.) He can NOT POSSIBLY believe this is true.
C.) He can NOT POSSIBLY think WE believe this.
D.) If he is right, I want a refund from my undergraduate economics professors.
From the same speech, this gem (referencing the tax cuts as helping to lessen the recession):
“What we got instead,” he said, “was the most dramatic fiscal deterioration in our nation’s history.”
I wonder if Mr. Daschle remembers this.