Nelson Mandela, Please Shut the

Nelson Mandela, Please Shut the Hell Up

“We are really appalled by any country, whether a superpower or a small country, that goes outside the U.N. and attacks independent countries,” Mandela said before meeting with French President Jacques Chirac at his Johannesburg home.

Was he serious, or just trying to make Chirac feel at home by setting a nice anti-American climate?

According to Mandela, “What they are saying is introducing chaos in international affairs, and we condemn that in the strongest terms.”

Better that we have stability with thugs and murderers in control than chaos and regime change. Explains why his neighbor, Mugabe, is still in control.

I just love this headline:

I just love this headline:

Pregnant Bjork is burgled

Funny Experience, Part Two On

Funny Experience, Part Two

On Friday before the wedding, I had to head out to Adelphia Cable to pay my bill before they sent some mustachioed goon named Guido to break my legs and steal my internet connection. Adelphia is on the other side of town, which is only about 5 minutes on a normal day. On a day during the school year, it takes 40 minutes. My car air conditioner is on the blink, and it was hot as hell, so by the time I get there I am in a foul mood.

I then wait in line for 30 minutes to pay my bill (apparently all the deadbeats pay in person on Friday), and I am nearing a volatile explosion from impatience when a car pulls up and a woman comes rushing into the store.

The woman embodied every negative stereotype you have ever heard about West Virginians (as a West Virginian, I feel allowed to pick on us- if you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at). She is short and fat, about 5 feet tall and nearly as wide. She is wearing lavender stretch pants, the kind you only see at wall mart, and she has a huge gut that isn’t quite where her stomache should be but still above where her nether regions should be. She is wearing what was once a white ‘Tweetie” bird t-shirt, but now it is a yellowy/dirty beige. She has thick glasses, the kind that make your eyes look 3 times the real size, and they have the ear pieces that extend from the bottom of the lense (the kind that went out of style 20 years ago).

And. She stinks. Really bad. She has that musty odor that is a combination of 1 part not bathing, 1 part dumpster grunge (you know what I mean- that juicy bile that stays in the dumpster after they dump it, where it just sits and ferments), and 1 part 40 packs of cigarettes without a change of clothing. Essentially, she smells like a popular nightclub bathroom floor on Sunday morning.

She charges to the front of the line, which startled me and infuriated me at the same time. She then looked at the lady behind the counter, and blurted out, “I got’s the diarrhea, I’m gonna dirty my pants.”

You could hear everyone in the room breathe in, and at the same time, everyone took a step away from where the woman was standing. Also note that there is NO public bathroom, and the only doors are to leave or to go into the employee area behind the counter. The lady behind the counter looked like she had been shot, and before she could respond, the woman this time yelled out:


At this point, I lost complete control. I laughed so hard I almost shot stuff out my nose, and I had tears streaming down my face. Not only did the woman look the way she did, had announced to everyone she had ‘the diarrhea’ (like there is just one case of diarrhea that gets passed along- like fruitcake at Christmas), but now she was standing here threatening this women with a bowel movement.

The lady behind the counter was far more composed than I was, and said politely “I am sorry ma’am, we do not have a public bathroom.”

The woman did not take this well, and then shouted, “I gots the diarrhea, you don’t want me to dirty my pants,” after which she proceeded to try to open the employee door.

At this point, I couldn’t take it anymore, and I just looked at the saleslady and asked if we were on Spy TV or some spin-off of Candid Camera. She glanced at me nervously, when the woman yelled out again about her condition. At that point, people were getting noticeably unravelled, and I just looked at the woman behind the counter and said, “For the love of God would you please let that woman into your bathroom.”

And they did, thank God.

This is off-color, but the

This is off-color, but the funniest thing my strange ranger best friend has ever said. He was a member of the wedding party for the wedding I went to on Saturday, and he proceeded to drink (by all accounts) all the champagne in the limo and then every glass at his table. After getting sufficiently plowed, he went outside for a smoke. We were all standing there, a group of people our age, and off tot he left of us were several members of both families of the bride and groom. My friend, in a drunken stupor, then asks loudly for all to hear,

“Who likes blow jobs and speaks some French?”

We all look at him, stunned and frightened at what he might say next, and mortified that he has already said what he has.

He then belts out “Moi!”

I almost choked to death on a vodka tonic.

Link Love All of these

Link Love

All of these blogs are worth a look, and should now appear to the left in my permalinks:

The Sabertooth Journal

3 Bruces In Exile (this permalink is WAY overdue- sorry guys)

Cut on the Bias (which is merely overdue as a permalink)

The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler (which is uber-mega-way overdue- and by the way, would one of you cheap bastards by his banner? I would, but the last banner I paid for the person quit blogging so I am gunshy now).

The Weigh-In

Silflay Hraka

and Sasha Castel

That is all folks. But guess what? I start getting a real paycheck this Friday, so it should not be long until I have a nice new look and a new domain name. Ain’t that something?

Just got my tickets to

Just got my tickets to Puerto Rico in December. Take that, Global Cooling. Or thank goodness for global warming. Or something.

Also priceless in the Fukuyama

Also priceless in the Fukuyama speech is the litany of hypocricy on the part of the Eurocrats:

There are a number of areas where the Europeans have acted unilaterally in economic matters, and in ways that at times contravene the existing legal order. The EU resisted unfavourable decisions against them on bananas for nine years, and beef hormones for even longer. They have announced a precautionary principle with regard to genetically modified foods, which is very difficult to reconcile with the WTOs sanitary and phytosanitary rules. Indeed, the Europeans have been violating their own rules with regard to GM foods, with certain member states setting standards different from those of the community itself. The European Competition Commission under Mario Monti successfully blocked the merger of GE and Honeywell when the deal had been approved by American and Canadian regulators, in ways that promoted suspicions that the EU was simply acting to protect specific European interests. Finally, the EU has succeeded in exporting its data privacy rules to the United States through its safe harbour arrangements.

Europeans in Our Midst? Francis

Europeans in Our Midst?

Francis Fukuyama presented a speech that has been widely linked in the blogosphere. It was a balanced an interesting piece, but several parts stood out:

Robert Kagan, in a brilliant recent article in Policy Review, (3) put the current difference between the United States and Europe as follows. The Europeans are the ones who actually believe they are living at the end of history, that is, in a largely peaceful world that to an increasing degree can be governed by law, norms, and international agreements. In this world, power politics and classical realpolitik have become obsolete. Americans, by contrast, think they are still living in history, and need to use traditional power-political means to deal with threats from Iraq, al-Qaeda, and other malign forces. According to Kagan, the Europeans are half right: they have indeed created an end-of-history world for themselves within the European Union, where sovereignty has given way to supranational organisation. What they dont understand, however, is that the peace and safety of their European bubble is guaranteed ultimately by American military power. Absent that, they themselves would be dragged backwards into history.

And this part:

To put it rather schematically and over-simply, Americans tend not to see any source of democratic legitimacy higher than the constitutional democratic nation-state. To the extent that any international organisation has legitimacy, it is because duly constituted democratic majorities have handed that legitimacy up to them in a negotiated, contractual process. Such legitimacy can be withdrawn at any time by the contracting parties; international law and organisation have no existence independent of this type of voluntary agreement between sovereign nation-states.

Europeans, by contrast, tend to believe that democratic legitimacy flows from the will of an international community much larger than any individual nation-state. This international community is not embodied concretely in a single, global democratic constitutional order. Yet it hands down legitimacy to existing international institutions, which are seen as partially embodying it. Thus, peacekeeping forces in the former Yugoslavia are not merely ad hoc inter-governmental arrangements, but rather moral expressions of the will and norms of the larger international community.

Now I understand why I do not like most European attitudes. They are the same pie in the sky, head in the sand Democrat idealists we have to deal with every day here.

No more posting until Sunday,

No more posting until Sunday, most likely. I am off to another wedding.

Gov’t Seeks to Ease Airport

Gov’t Seeks to Ease Airport Hassles

They can not be serious.

Airline passengers soon may be able to board a plane without being asked whether they have kept a close watch on their bags. And starting right away, they can take drinks through security checkpoints.

I guess after failing to trip up a bunch of terrorists with those tricky interrogation techniques “Has anyone unknown to you asked you to carry an item on this flight?” and “Have any of the items you are traveling with been out of your immediate control since the time you packed them?”), they have now realized what the entire public has known since day one. These are needless hassles, not precautions. I guess mother’s will now be allowed to carry their breast milk through airports.

Will Warren is back with

Will Warren is back with another gem.

I Don’t Get It New

I Don’t Get It

New USA Today Gallup Poll Highlights:

– 86% believe Saddam is supporting terror groups planning to attack the USA
– 53% believe he was involved in the Sept. 11 attacks.
– 94% believe Saddam either has weapons of mass destruction or is developing them.
– 83% of those who say he has weapons of mass destruction believe he would use them to attack the United States.



What the hell is wrong with the 41% of the people who think he has or is developing weapons of mass destruction but who do not want to invade?????

I hate to say this, but we are going to have to be attacked several more times before people in this country are serious. The masses are ignorant, the Democrats are just using anything they can for partisan gain, and the Republicans can not engage the loony left effectively in debate, and when they do win, their idea of terror prevention is the garbage that is happening at airports around the country.

I guess we get the leadership we deserve, and it pains me to think how many more are going to have to die before we get serious.

Sometimes the nerve of these

Sometimes the nerve of these people is just amazing.

Priests have been molesting alter boys across the country, and while the Catholic League and William Donohoe have been feigning ire and running cover for their church, the rest of the nation has been outraged.

On the other hand, a married couple engages in consensual sex in a cathedral, and Donohoe has an aneurysm. Yes, it was in bad taste. Yes, there are laws against it. There are also laws against pedophilia.

Let’s tie this all up. A married couple has sex in a church and two ‘shock jocks’ get fired.

Priests and the church hierarchy engage in a 30 year pattern of dabbling in buggery with unsuspecting children, lying to the authorities, bribing the victims into silence, and Bernard Law still has a job.

I got it now.

Many Kudos to PhotoDude and

Many Kudos to PhotoDude and everyone else who helped to rid the House of Representatives of the swine known as Cynthia McKinney. I love how CNN bought into the Zionist conspiracy nonsense, even though only 4% of the voters in her district were Jewish. Although it has long been clear the position CNN will take on anything having to do with Jews or Israel.

I do not think it is appropriate to claim this is a victory for the blogosphere, although I do feel that we are having a hand in shaping the debate. Only a fool would pretend that we have not had an impact. Only a total moron would think that the Instapundit and the other prolific bloggers are not watched closely by those in the mainstream media. Hell, members of the mainstream media are joining the ranks every day, joining the ranks of Sullivan, Marshall, Kaus, Jacobs, Postrel, and Lileks.

Several months ago, there was an article in MicroContentNews that discussed quite accurately how this new would pan out, and I believe it has been uncanny in its accuracy. The article stated essentially that their would be a food chain, and that food chain would stretch from the grass roots until eventually (and I am adding to Hiler’s thesis) it would be helping to shape the mainstream media. I read it, and I thought to myself that I wanted to be one of the big blogs, one of the ones to help shape issues ala Instapundit.

It has not worked that way, and I have to admit, I could not care less. I am quite happy with my 150-400 hits a day, and that is plenty satisfying and gratifying to me. I do not intend to go on some coffee induced posting binge, scouring the web for info. I have a role. I have readers who come to me for whatever reason, and they get what they want. I have settled into a cozy routine- I read the websites I would naturally read, and if I find something I want to comment on, I comment on it. I have about 30 daily blogs I read every day, and I always learn at least 30 new things every day. I have identified my role- I am the grassroots.

It sounds stupid, but in the blogosphere, we all can not be Instapundit. If we were, who would we read? If you read the Instapundit and those like him, they have an uncanny ability to find quality in both the press and the blogosphere. One of Glenn’s strong points is freely and loudly linking to any number of people- people you and I may have never heard of. Often times, I have e-mailed Glenn with things that I have read on other blogs or in obscure newspapers that I think he might have missed or might find interesting- or merely because I wanted to see his opinion oon the issue. Many times I have e-mailed him simply because I know he can reach more readers, and that it is FAR MORE important for important issues to see the light of day and be discussed widely than it is for me to have an extra 200 hits on any given day.

That is how I think things work- and I don’t intend to change. Neither should you. This is building in momentum, even if I think claims of victory are premature. Just keep commenting on what you know and enjoy, and recognize that the idea generation and information dissemination is what is important- not the counter stats.

Instapundit and Others have Loudly

Instapundit and Others have Loudly and Appropriately

condemned Ann Coulter’s stupid off the cuff comments. For those of you who do not know what she said, here is the odious remark that has everyone buzzing:

Then she said: “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”

I told her to be careful.

“Youre right, after 9/11 I shouldnt say that,” she said, spotting a cab and grabbing it.

She has been denounced, and rightly so. Maybe she is even adult enough to apologize, although I doubt it. Instapundit rightly notes that she makes her living making outrageous statements, and most people that read Coulter (and in my case appreciate) her over-the-top swagger take what she says with a grain of salt.

But let’s think for a minute here, before everyone in the blogosphere gets their panties in a bunch.

Exactly how many people’s lives have been ruined by Coulter’s statements? Even on peyote, no one could assume she actually wanted McVeigh to bomb the NY Times HQ, let alone anything, and it is quite clear that no life-long damage or even temporary harm has come to anyone for her remarks.

On the other hand, think about all of the miserable positions that NY Times editorializes under the guise of ‘objective reporting.’ The NY Times staff really does want to take your gun so you can not defend yourself. They really do like locking people into a welfare state. Let’s not even discuss their outrageous treatment of the war on terror and the possible war in Iraq. For all their self-aggrandizing and moral relativism, they are clear in that they really do want their fatuous and onerous positions codified into law. And their policies would ruin lives, unlike stupid remarks from a right-wing commentator.

Maybe Coulter was on to something after all (for you fatheads out there, I am kidding- As I write this, I am sure someone who is professional at becoming outraged will misconstrue my comments and write that I am in favor of Coulter’s remark).