Cats Rule I was sitting

Cats Rule

I was sitting here at the computer having a snack, and my cat, Tunch, jumped up on the desk to get in the way say Hello. I was eating sliced pineapple, which I like to dip into a little powdered sugar. Tunch stuck his nose down to investigate, not knowing what was on the plate, but still willing to offer his taste-testing skills, got a big snoot of powder up the nose. He then totally freaked out and fell off the desk. I felt bad for him, but I am still laughing.

BTW- IF you are planning on getting a cat, first go buy a couple little boxes to put things in. Like pens. Change. Lighters. Anything that can be knocked off of a flat surface, in other words.

Conservative Media?

The whole media bias thing has been in the forefront lately, so when I see headlines like this, I just have to laugh:

Some Democrats Urge Broad U.S. Military Draft

The exhaustive list of ‘Some Democrats’ include:

Charles Rangel and John Conyers.

I think much of the bias in the media is the result of sheer laziness and stupidity. What do you expect from people who chose journalism because it was easier than political science and history, and they were rewarded for having bleached blonde hair. Expert, thoughtful Analysis?

I guess two Democrats does count as ‘some.’ Someone help us. Please.

You Can Have Him

BILL CLINTON, who has made no secret of his love for Oxford and whose daughter is a student there, may be asked to stand for Chancellor of the university to succeed Lord Jenkins of Hillhead.
The prospect of a Clinton candidacy was greeted enthusiastically yesterday by Professor Alan Ryan, Warden of New College, who is on a sabbatical year at Stanford University in California.

He said: I would love to see Bill Clinton nominated. It would be tremendously good fun and extremely useful if Oxford was going into the fundraising business in a serious fashion. I am sure somebody will put him up.

I’ll help him pack. Someone order the plane tickets. We can have him there by Thursday at the earliest.

Dick Gebhardt in 2004?

Interesting thread over at the Daily Kos discussing the fallout from Daschle deciding not to run in 2004. Some on the list have noted in Kos’s comments section that perhaps this is good for Dick Gephardt in the Iowa primary.

I do not think I could disagree more. IMHO, there is simply no chance in hell that Dick Gephardt will be the Democrat’s nominee. Why?

1.) Gephardt was utterly humiliated in every election in which he was the leader. He never regained the House, despite an exceptionally strong Dem. Presidential candidate (who won the popular vote- which would lead me to think that the Dems would have a decent chance of recapturing the House).

2.) The base hates him. He is a sell-out, he is too conservative, and he voted for the Iraq resolution. The people who decide who the Democrat candidate is will not forget that vote, nor his working with the Republicans and the Bush administration (which is seen as utter capitulation to the people who count in the Democrat primaries).

3.) Many refer to his power with labor. Folks, this is not 1960 anymore. Labor simply is not that important of a voting group as it once was. Perhaps CFR may impact that, but union membership has been declining for years. Furthermore, Unions achieved many of their goals that wed them to the Democrat party. For the most part- they do have decent wages, decent health care, decent retirement. Now, many union members feel comfortable voting on socially conservative issues, such as guns. Also, I think the importance of the friction between the environmental movement and unions should not be downplayed. Bush attempted to drive a wedge in between these groups with ANWR and other issues.

Most importantly, unless you have been visiting the Daily Kos, Eschaton, Ted Barlow, or other lefty sites frequently and for a while, you just have no idea how much the base hates Gephardt. He has no chance in hell.

Is This Racism?

Is This Racism?

I took my son to see Michael Moore live at the Roundhouse, in north London, before Christmas. The US radical and author of the best-selling book Stupid White Men was (mostly) clever, funny, angry, sharp, iconoclastic and sceptical about the lies and humbug processed by the US government and big business. Sure there were some flunked bits you expect that, the troughs are part of the adventure, an evening with a well-worn rebel.

What we did not expect was to feel so enraged at one point that we almost walked out. It was when Moore went into a rant about how the passengers on the planes on 11 September were scaredy-cats because they were mostly white. If the passengers had included black men, he claimed, those killers, with their puny bodies and unimpressive small knives, would have been crushed by the dudes, who as we all know take no disrespect from anybody. God save us from such stupid white men, especially now, when in the US and the UK, black people’s lives are being ripped to shreds by drugs, lawlessness, fear and frightful violence plus the endless circle of racism, exclusion and incarceration. This is not awesome, Mr Moore; it is a calamity, for descendants of slaves unimaginably more so.

Probably not. Moore is not a conservative. Check out Moorewatch.


UN Sees 1/2 Million Casualties in Iraq War

Which, given the U.N.’s record in Rwanda, means that the estimate is about 400,000 fatalities short of the threshold to REALLY DO NOTHING.

Seriously, though- Isn’t this the same analysis that got released a couple of months ago and was ignored/debunked?

Daschle Is Out Tom Daschle

Daschle Is Out

Tom Daschle is not running for President. I never thought he would. His wife would probably have to quit her lucrative lobbying job.

If you want to see

If you want to see three of the nation’s most obnoxious liberals discussing media bias, tune in to Al Franken and Mario Cuomo on Donahue tonigh.- I think it is on again at midnight. There was some horribley inept conservative talk show host making little to no sense from the right, so other than Bernie Goldberg, the show was infuriating.

Mario Cuomo had the best quip of the night, though unintentional. He claimed (and I paraphrase) “Liberals like the whole truth, both sides of the argument and are more subtle and nuanced. Conservatives write their message in crayon, we use fine point pen.”

Real subtle Mario- You didn’t mean that conservatives are stupid, did you?

Slow news day, so I

Slow news day, so I have one more grievance I would like to air before I settle down to a night of hockey and reading.

Why can I only find the super-sized gourmet croutons at the store anymore. What happened to the itty bitty perfectly square ones that were hard as hell that I really like? I can’t find the damned things anywhere. And Kroger keeps hiding the plain tomato soup that comes ina can. I don’t want the pre-made stuff, I don’t want chunks in it, I just want 1950’s era add milk to the can tomato soup. How else am I supposed to eat my grilled cheese sandwiches?

Cloning Story a Hoax? NEW

Cloning Story a Hoax?

NEW YORK The freelance journalist who said he would oversee DNA testing to prove whether the first human clone has been produced said Monday he was suspending his efforts for now.

The testing has been blocked by the parents of the baby, according to Clonaid, the company that made the claim Dec. 27. Clonaid was founded by the Raelian religious sect that believes space aliens created life on Earth, and acknowledges that outside DNA testing would be needed to make their claim credible.

Let’s put aside the fact that cloning just feels a little unnecessary (sorta takes the fun out of reproduction, doesn’t it). Let’s set aside the whole alien-worship religious sect nonsense. But, for the love of God, if you are going to clone anyone, why not Elle MacPherson? Anything else seems like a waste of technology, and I know she would just look great in one of those hip-hugging futuristic spacesuits made out of wafer-thin material.

Scrappleface: Daschle Announces Plan to


Daschle Announces Plan to ‘Have Ideas’
(2003-01-06) — In the Democrat response to President Bush’s weekly radio address, Sen. Tom Daschle, D-SD, announced a major break with the traditional methods of his party.

“In the coming weeks and months,” Sen. Daschle said, “Democrats will do more than just fight ideas that we think are wrong — we will propose policies we think are right.”

The Senator said he wasn’t sure where they would get these ideas, nor how to formulate policies, but “we’ll find out.”

Speaking of Atrios, I thought

Speaking of Atrios, I thought I had added him to my links. I am now, but I am warning you, though- prepare yourself. Visiting there is kinda like James Carville meets the X-Files. Andrea Harris summed it up nicely:

Jesus, reading Atrios is like taking a mud bath. But not the healthy kind; the nasty, squidgy, cold, gets-in-your-personal spaces kind.

All sorts of weirdo beliefs, sycophant commenters, and everything is a consipiracy theory. Check it out if you want to see what lefty libs believe but don’t want you to think they believe.

I also added Overspill, and I think you will also like ArchPundit. The Political State Report has been added as well, as have Henry Hank’s Crow Blog and Jay Caruso.

If there is anyone I have forgotten, please remind me. Tacitus. I forgot Tacitus. Fixed.

I just went and bought

I just went and bought a replacement shower curtain liner (the bottom of the old one got the funk, so it was time to replace it. While I was at the store, I realized my only option for shower curtains and liners were for twelve holed ones. Why is this? Who decided that 12 was the right number of holes? Why is there no liberal outrage over lack of choice? Why not ten? I am sure Atrios will tell me it is a racist plot.

At any rate, I am curious as to why the standard is twelve. Weird.

My fingers hurt too much

My fingers hurt too much to type, so blogging will resume tomorrow. Congrats Steelers and 49ers.

Which Founding Father Are

Via WylieBlog