Instapundit is asking which blogger

Instapundit is asking which blogger should take over editing Slate. Suggested so far were Kaus, Sullivan, and Postrel.

Well… If you ask me, I think Ken Layne should pull a Dick Cheney, withdraw his Kaus nomination, and throw himself into the mix. If you really want to make Slate a magazine I would like to read (and more importantly- would pay to read), give it to Layne and let him clean house.

Slate could be a magazine with a serious ‘tude AND complex sentences, all driven by a madman at the top with a take no bullshit, fear nothing, take the bull by the balls, drink red wine till dawn, tacos for three meals a day attitude. Imagine Layne’s blog with 30 writers and a budget for graphics. Bring it on, I say.

Plus, isn’t he unemployed?








This is kinda frightening. Last

This is kinda frightening. Last night I babbled about Gore (scroll down), and titled it ‘He’s BAAAACKKK!’

Rod Dreher on the corner, mentioned the same speech, and titled it:

‘He’s BAAAACK.’

Granted, I used 4 A’s, 1 C, and 3 K’s, while Rod used only 4 A’s. But, weird, indeed. And I just read this Rod piece 2 minutes ago.

Maybe The Weekly Standard will accuse me of plagiarism.








The complete anti-globalization questionnaire can

The complete anti-globalization questionnaire can be found at Protein Wisdom (whose fancy layout gives me site envy).

The twerps at the WTO meeting and the recent WEF always remind me of the scene in Monty Python’s The Life of Brian in which they ask what the Romans have ever done for them:

REG: They’ve bled us white, the bastards. They’ve taken everything we had, and not just from us, from our fathers, and from our fathers’ fathers.

LORETTA: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers.

REG: Yeah.

LORETTA: And from our fathers’ fathers’ fathers’ fathers.

REG: Yeah. All right, Stan. Don’t labour the point. And what have they ever given us in return?!

XERXES: The aqueduct?

REG: What?

XERXES: The aqueduct.

REG: Oh. Yeah, yeah. They did give us that. Uh, that’s true. Yeah.

COMMANDO #3: And the sanitation.

LORETTA: Oh, yeah, the sanitation, Reg. Remember what the city used to be like?

REG: Yeah. All right. I’ll grant you the aqueduct and the sanitation are two things that the Romans have done.

MATTHIAS: And the roads.

REG: Well, yeah. Obviously the roads. I mean, the roads go without saying, don’t they? But apart from the sanitation, the aqueduct, and the roads–

COMMANDO: Irrigation.

XERXES: Medicine.

and on and on until:

REG: All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?








He’s BAAAACKKK! Al Gore presented

He’s BAAAACKKK!

Al Gore presented a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York earlier today, and in a sign that he is running for Prez in 2004, he agreed that Iran, Iraq, and North Korea are in fact an ‘axis of evil.’ Because he is Al Gore, he could not stop there, and he offered some unsolicited advice:

“The United States must deal with the threat of Iraq “on our terms,” he said.

Which, presumably, means ‘our’ as in the collective American sense, and not ‘our’ as in the Clinton/Gore sense. The former makes sense and is the advice equivalent of cold oatmeal (bland, lumpy, pedestrian and only mildly offensive when served to someone), the latter is a clear signal to aspirin factory workers all around the globe to head for the hills.

That means U.S. strategy must be mindful of the survival of Pakistan’s leader, avoid an escalation of Middle East violence and protect the security and interest of allies like Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Gulf states.

MmmHmm. Can’t you see all the European CFR attendees smiling and nodding. The snarkiness here is because ONLY A BLITHERING IDIOT WOULD NOT HAVE THESE AS GOALS. What the hell do these dolts think is going on in the White House?

Cheney: “Mr. President, if we do this, we can ensure that Musharref is deposed, we can finally have the Israelis and the PLO really going at it like crazed men, and maybe we can further destabilize the region, throw Turkish Democracy into an anarchic pre-autocratic state, and if we are damn lucky, we can get Qatar and Yemen to go at it.”

Bush: “Let’s Roll.”

Gore continues with his sage advice: Gore said that once a strategy for Iraq is developed, “we must be prepared to go the limit.”

I am assuming that ‘to go the limit’ means something different than what the previous White House was doing most of the time when they were ‘going all the way.’

Iran must be recognized as a potential threat greater than Iraq, but the U.S. should also find ways “to encourage the majority who obviously wish to develop a more constructive relationship with us,” Gore said.

Paging Michael Ledeen, paging Michael Ledeen.

He said the United States needs to keep the peace on the Korean peninsula by being ready for war. He said that in the 1990s, the Clinton administration showed “that a creative, sustained program could help move the North Korean regime in new directions.”

Clinton/Gore-like head in the sand, multilateral appeasement will help North Korea move in a new direction. South. And don’t feed me the Rahm Emmanuel/Paul Begala nonsense that our overtures to Kim Dip Song (or whatever the hell his name is) were working. Keep thinking that, while they are improving their ICBM technology and starving their populace.

“It isn’t enough to destroy what is evil, then seek to leave by the nearest door,” Gore said. “We must make the commitment to work with those whom we have rescued until they can stand on their own feet.”

But he said that other dangerous forces have to be addressed, such as poverty, ignorance, environmental problems, disease, corruption and political oppression.

Thus confirming that he is ready to join the rest of the root-cause apologists in the tenured bliss that is modern academia.








Last week, Rand Simberg wrote

Last week, Rand Simberg wrote an interesting little blurb titled Yes, Even When Lives Are At Stake:

In Enterprise last night, I was struck at how sometimes the writers Just Don’t Get It, and make the ship’s crew look like fools. If you didn’t see it, Archer and T’Pal are kidnapped and being held for a ransom of weapons to aid the local rebel cause. The Vulcans show up to the rescue, and inform the crew that “Vulcans do not negotiate for hostages.” Commander (?…what is his rank anyway, I’ve never been able to sort out ranks on ship, other than the Captain, but I haven’t been paying that close attention…) Tucker gets upset and whiny, and asks “Even if lives are at stake?” thus presumably demonstrating the moral superiority of the warm and emotional humans over the coldblooded and logical Vulcans.

Yes, Trip. Especially when lives are at stake. Of course,the writers don’t grant the Vulcans any kind of logical rejoinder–that negotiating for hostages simply ensures future hostage taking, and that sometimes lives have to be risked both on principle and to save the lives of many future hostages (the stance which, by the way, the U.S. government has appropriately taken in the Daniel Pearl case). No, they simply look Vulcan and disgusted. I wonder if the script was written pre- or post-911?

Little did he know how right he was (and before you type it, don’t send me vitriolic letters telling me that pulling policy decisions from Star Trek is childish- if you are inclined to write such a letter, you have missed my (and Rand’s) point COMPLETELY). In today’s NYT, it is revealed that the mastermind behind the Daniel Pearl kidnapping was British born Ahmed Omar Sheikh. The NYT had this to add:

Mr. Sheikh, the son of clothes merchants in East London, attended the London School of Economics. He spent five years in an Indian prison after being arrested in a 1994 kidnapping case that bore strong similarities to that of Mr. Pearl. He was freed into Afghanistan in a 1999 hostage-prisoner swap brought about by the hijacking of an Indian Airlines jet.

Emphasis mine. The moral? You don’t negotiate with terrorists. As Mr. Simberg presciently noted, even when lives are at stake.








David Janes has a take

David Janes has a take that is different than mine on what constitutes a sport.

His rules for what is a sport are:

It has a “natural” measurable scoring — i.e. someone goes the highest, goes the fastest, or finishes before others;
It requires skill;
One can be hurt in the normal course of the sport if that skill is not exercised properly.

My rule was simpler:

A sport is an athletic event that requires you to play offense and defense. Anything else is an athletic event.

At any rate, we both agree. Ice Skating is not a sport.








This is the kind of

This is the kind of criticism of John Ashcroft that is worthy of a read (rather than the tired rhetoric of the race-baiters and the abortion fetishists):

John Walker Lindh may not love America but at his arraignment this week he should express gratitude to Attorney General Ashcroft and his prosecution team. They failed to charge the American Taliban with treason when the evidence was there to do so.

Go, Victoria, go.








Islam, the Peaceful Religion. All

Islam, the Peaceful Religion.

All of the subjects of inquiry for future terrorist acts are Arab.

This, no doubt, will lead to a dramatic increase in the shakedown of 60-something Irish women from Pennsylvania, 70-something Jewish blue-hairs from New Jersey, and 50-something hulking Norwegian farmers from North Dakota at airports around the nation.

No lawsuits have yet been filed by the ACLU or CAIR.








Do to a recent spate

Do to a recent spate of appearances of references to Jerzy Kosinski’s Being There, I am now starting a ‘Being There’ blogwatch.

Three sightings:

1.) Jonah’s latest column.

2.) The Instapundit.

3.) The Illuminated Donkey referring to a picture of Ken Lay.

In all fairness, 1 and 2 are related, but still, three references in one 24 hour period is uncanny.

FWIW- I still think the greatest play on the Chauncey/Forrest phenomenon was the cover of Sports Illustrated several years back, when they were discussing Rosey Grier’s habit of being everywhere (tackling Sirhan Sirhan, ministering to O.J., etc.). The title of the cover was:

Forrest Grier.








I haven’t seen our friends

I haven’t seen our friends up north so mad since John Candy said ‘Canadian Beers Sucks’ in Canadian Bacon, but apparently the maple leafs got screwed last night in some ice skating event in which the Communist Bloc Judges with their friends the French shafted the Canadians out of a medal. For shame. This is not the first time the Canadians have been screwed by the French or a Frenchmen (Jean Chretien, anyone?), and will not be the last.

** Update **

I just found one reason to watch Ice Skating. The announcer who said she was embarassed for her sport (Sandra Bezic), is just knock out gorgeous.

** Update #2 **

HappyFunPundit has the official ice skating score card from last night’s event.








I wrote last month about

I wrote last month about the antics of Mr. Yagman (Scroll down to the first post from the 22nd- for some reason my archives are doing their own thing), chief wag for the dullards in California led by Ramsey Clark. Today, Mr. Yagman has filed a brief that includes typos, gross errors in logic, and citations from Rolling Stones songs:

Through the ages, evil has manifested itself in various forms, e.g., “I watched as Pilate washed his hands and sealed his [Jesus Christ’s] fate;” “I watched as kings and queens fought ten decades for the gods they made [The Hundred Years’ War];” “I rode a tank in a general’s rank, while the blitzkrieg raged and the [Jews’] bodies stank [burning in concentration camps in the Holocaust];” “I shouted ‘who killed the Kennedys?,’ when after all it was you and me.”* The advice given by Lucifer, himself was that “I’m in need of some restraint.”*

Today, our bold American, war mongering, macho, and swaggering government and respondents are in need of some restraint.








Apparently the Porn War going

Apparently the Porn War going on between the folks at Libertarian Samizdata and Kevin Holtsberry at Ideas, Etc. is in full fledge. I originally thought it was just a cheap attempt to troll for hits (although Britney Spears XXX LIVE NUDE BREASTS uncovered added to every post might be easier), but it appears there is a substantive debate going on. I read some of it, then got bored. I had only two thoughts:

1.) Thank goodness there are women who look like Natalija that are in favor of (or at least not overtly against) porn.

2.) If porn bothers you so much, don’t consume it.

I told you I was one of those weirdo Republitarians.

The whole porn wars can be found here, here, here, here, here, and here.

I think that is all the (FREE LIVE XXX PORN) links, and I am not sure if I have them in chronological order, but I think it started with Kevin on either the last or next to last link I posted.

I am wondering if this will drum up more traffic, or if I will need to talk about LITTLE GIRLS IN PARTY DRESSES WITH WILD HOT ACTION.








Damian Penny is pissed (angry,

Damian Penny is pissed (angry, not drunk) that Blow received no nominations for the Oscars. He then states that his second favorite movie of the year (Enemy at the Gates) was also snubbed. He then bashes LOTR. I liked Blow and Enemy, but I found them wanting in the Oscar category. LOTR, however, was just outstanding.

Regardless, this made me wonder. What are the worst snubs in Oscar history? IMHO, the two biggest for me were the dreadful Shakespeare in Love beating Saving Private Ryan, and the WORST SIN IN THE HISTORY OF THE ACADEMY is Goodfellas being beaten by Dances with Wolves.

FWIW, if you really want to know how Hollywood works (at least how this uninformed yokel in West Virginia thinks Holywood works), you need to see three movies, in this order.

1.) El Mariachi
2.) The Player
3.) Desperado

If you have any other snubs (particularly actors/actresses), e-mail ’em to me.








Again, why Lileks is a

Again, why Lileks is a genius and I am a loudmouthed lout. While discussing emceeing (spelling????) the symphony, he states:

It went well. They laughed in the right spots, although one line got exactly one (1) laugh; when introducing the scherzo from Shostakovich’s 10th, I noted that it was a criticism of the horrors of Stalin’s tyranny, and that the secret of being able to criticize Stalin in your 10th symphony was to not criticize Stalin in your first. (The conductor of the orchestra barked a laugh from back stage.) The last number was “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas, and the Symphony Orchestra – that’s the big kids ensemble – blew the roof off the shed, as usual.








Advice to a Superpower from

Advice to a Superpower from the Iron Lady. A must read (link requires free registration).