White House Moves to Contain

White House Moves to Contain Political Damage From Enron Turmoil, or so says Jack Lynch, in this latest front page ‘newsitorial’ (Credit Jonah Goldberg for the term).

“President Bush directed the Treasury Department and other agencies today to study how to protect pension plans from debacles similar to the collapse of the Enron Corporation.

The move followed the Justice Department’s decision late Wednesday to form a special task force of prosecutors from across the country to conduct the inquiry into the giant energy company’s downfall. But it also appeared aimed in part at containing the political damage from the turmoil at Enron, which had strong ties to the Bush administration.”

Emphasis mine. Of course it ‘appeared’ to you that way. The same way Afghanistan ‘appeared’ to be a quagmire. The same way Bush ‘appears’ to be stupid. The same way it ‘appeared’ to you that Gore won the election.

I am too busy to comment more, but I look forward to more ‘balanced’ coverage from the NY Times on this issue.








Here is to hoping that

Here is to hoping that Anne Coughman and crew at Protein Wisdom are in a bad mood when they read Rall’s latest offering.








I am currently working on

I am currently working on a research project, and am asking for any information any of you might have. My project is examining the history of American Education in the Post WWII era, examining the impact of the GI Bill. I have a great deal of info already, but if there is one thing I have learned, it is that blog readers are an EXCEPTIONALLY powerful research asset. If anyone has anything that might appear relevant, please feel free to forward it to me via e-mail.








Damian Penny deconstructs Barry Zwicker’s

Damian Penny deconstructs Barry Zwicker’s assertion that the Osama video was faked.

Don’t forget, Mr. Zwicker. The Jews control the media. MORE PROOF, you noodlehead. For those who do not know, that last link is to the National Vanguard, aka the lunatic fringe.








Osama bin Laden’s reign of

Osama bin Laden’s reign of terror officially ended this morning at around 9 am, when every major cable news network (FOX, CNN, MSNBC) stopped sniffing anthrax and chasing suticase nukes to air the closing arguments in the hockey murder case.








Hello to all the troops

Hello to all the troops coming over via Sgt. Stryker. At Ease.








Is Iran next? Iran in

Is Iran next? Iran in the news here, and here, a WaPO editorial here.

Also, discussion of setting up funds for Palestinans by Iran here, Iran buggering around in Afghanistan here, and more info of Iranian interference here.

Hrmm..








Quote of the Day: “Everything

Quote of the Day:

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”

-Albert Einstein








A friend (who has a

A friend (who has a much higher threshold for pain than yours truly) just called to inform me that, as I type this, Slash is on ABC abusing a guitar while Michael Jackson is singing ‘Beat It.” I was also informed that it appears that Pam Anderson has been re-re-re-re-augmented, if you know what I mean. The horror of it all- this is why my television spends most of its time idling on the History Channel (or hitler channel as my ex called it).

Me-thinks the Taliban may have been on to something with the music ban.








A rant from one of

A rant from one of my friends that Apple users will enjoy….

“I’ve set up about 20 Windows machines of various flavors in the last 2-3 weeks.

SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY I CAN’T JUST DOWNLOAD ALL THE FRIGGIN PATCHES I NEED? Windows Update, half the time I use it, is slower than a 56k modem.

While I’m at it, why the hell is everything “active” now.. I HATE “active downloads”.. Just let me download a god damned full installer instead of some 500k “active” installer so I don’t have to worry about a crash or connectivity issues and so I can save the bloody installer to a CD so I don’t have to mess with navigating a site for some half-hidden download area, or bring it to a friend who has a shitty modem internet connection.

And why do programs have to try to hijack filetypes? THIS CHAPS MY ASS. I DON’T WANT TO USE NETSCAPE TO VIEW A BLOODY JPG FILE!

I just fixed a computer for some friends of mine. These friends don’t know anything about computers. They’re computer dumb, and they’re content with that. You know the type — they have 15 programs running in the tray when Windows starts. They install Comet Cursor. You get the idea.

Reinstalling shit programs like RealPlayer — it just drives me up the wall. The thing asks for an email address 3 times (fuckyou@notonyourlife.com), keeps trying to hijack filetypes, installs buggy bloated crashware that comes up on Windows boot, doesn’t ask permission to connect to the internet unless I dig down into obscure preferences and tell it not to. Even then, I can only turn off an “update check” for 30 days. Why do people use this shit?

Just now — literally — after installing RealPlayer and turning off all the spyware shit, disabling the SmartBloatCrashCenter, etc.. Closed RealPlayer and get an Illegal Operation. “REALPLAY caused an invalid page fault in module RNQU3260.DLL…”

During one point in a Windows Update, the thing hung at 600k of a download. The last time I had something like that happen to me, it corrupted the entire OS and wouldn’t even boot into Windows.

Grumble.”

Hehe. Computers are fun.








Robert Fisk gets beat up,

Robert Fisk gets beat up, this time long distance by Sgt. Stryker.








BLOGGER is BACK. I expect

BLOGGER is BACK. I expect an orgy of publishing from people tonight to make up for the missed opportunities today.








I am feeling better about

I am feeling better about my Windows XP problems at the office. Well, actually, I am just feeling better about myself. My friend (who, for his sake, we will not name) just called and asked me a series of really stupid questions. The conversation went something like this:

Friend: “Hey, Cole, Help me out because I am illiterate.”

Me (realizing he didn’t mean illiterate, but rather, stupid): “O.K.”

Friend: “How do I pull something up on the computer?”

Me (thinking he is looking for porn): “What on earth are you talking about?”

Friend: “I just stuck a blue disk with a resume in XxxxxX’s (my illiterate friend’s roommate) white computer.”

I then gave him directions to find the resume. This guy is a real good friend, but it is now confirmed that his computer skills negin and end at the microwave. Fortunately he is not applying to any hi-tech firms.








I did an experiment today.

I did an experiment today. I am sick to death of Tom Daschle being described as ‘soft-spoken’ and ‘mild-mannered,’ when it is my opinion that he is a partisan hack and a bleeding idiot. So here was the experiment:

I took a statement that I knew was completely idiotic. To be safe, I chose a Noam Chomsky quote (“The U.S. will not permit constructive programs in its own domains, so it must ensure that they are destroyed elsewhere to terminate the threat of a good example”). Then, I stated it out loud. As suspected, it sounded idiotic. I then whispered it, in a way that could be described only as ‘soft-spoken’ and ‘mild-mannered,’ and I found it to be equally asinine.

Shocked by these early results that have clearly eluded the mainstream media, I chose to repeat my test to make sure I had not simply suffered a ‘Chomsky effect.’ I repeated the experiment with a quotation from another abject fool, Ted Rall. The quote I chose was “The principal goal of this adventure in imperialistic vengeance, it seems obvious, should be to install a friendly government in Kabul. But we’re winning neither hearts nor minds among either the commoners or the leadership of the current regime apparent.” This beauty came from, oh who cares? Here is the link.

As in the first run of the test, I repeated the quote out loud, and as expected, it was dumber (and more wrong) now than when Rall originally wrote it. I repeated it in a mild-mannered, soft-spoken voice. Still dumb.

Now for the true test. Here are some Daschle quotes, try my experiment and check your results.

“We were promised that if we gave huge tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans, the benefits would trickle down, deficits would disappear and the economy would flourish.”

“So not only did the tax cut fail to prevent a recession, as its supporters said it would, it probably made the recession worse.”

“Sept. 11 and the war aren’t the only reasons the surplus is nearly gone. They’re not even the biggest reasons. The biggest reason is the tax cut.” (For those who forget, Daschle proposed a LARGER short term tax cut).

This leads me to conclude:

Tom Daschle- Mainstream Media’s Mild-Mannered Moron.








Daschle update: Two Articles in

Daschle update:

Two Articles in NRO, one titled Daschlenomics, the other titled Daschle’s Dimness.

One little blurb from the folks at Cato.

Two articles from Citizens Against Government Waste, the first about (what else?) Dachle and Cutting Waste, the second calling Daschle the Porker of the Month for December.