James Lileks discusses Islam, ‘the

James Lileks

discusses Islam, ‘the Peaceful Religion,’ in a way that only he is capable.








NY Times watch, cont. Dow

NY Times watch, cont.

Dow is up 180 points or 2.2%. No headlines on the front page proclaiming “Stock prices Rise as Investor Confidence Rebounds.” What a surprise. Like I said the yesterday, they only try to report the bad financial news, so they can get a few seats in November. Filthy bastards.

On the financial front page, this headline and preview of the article:

Stocks Close Higher on Volatile Day

Stocks swooped higher in late afternoon trading during a see-saw session on Wednesday as some investors took advantage of earlier losses to grab some beaten-down issues.

That was a Reuters dispatch, though. Why waste a Times reporter on good news, when they can be out there investigating aresnic in water or Bush’s arrogant unilateralism, or creating new fictional reasons why a war in Iraq would be disastrous.

Even funnier though, is that the NY Times uses both AP and Reuters. Go to the Yahoo business section, and you will see that the Reuters introduction is exactly the same. However, the AP headline states this:

Dow Soars With 182-Point Gain

A burst of buying swept across the stock market Wednesday, giving the Dow Jones industrials their second straight triple-digit gain for the first time in nearly three months.

Can anyone guess why the NY Times chose to use the Reuters story over the AP story on the same subject. Oh, yeah. AP frames the market activity positively.

It is now so blatant and transparent what the Times is doing that it is not even funny. No wonder they were aginst the ground war in Afghanistan. They were learning a lot from the Taliban Ministry of Information.








YEEHAW! I can now order

YEEHAW!

I can now order my copy of Band of Brothers on DVD. At least that is what it said in the email I got today. Can’t seem to find BoB on the Amazon website.








In Defense of John Rocker

In Defense of John Rocker

John Rocker was involved in another ‘incident’ the other day. Rocker, for those of you who have forgotten, is the unrepentant redneck who slurred and sulked his way through the 2000 baseball season, having the nerve to insult NY fans. At any rate, Rocker is now alleged to have called a homosexual couple ‘fruitcakes.’

This is an incident worthy of NATIONAL NEWS COVERAGE? Let’s throw out the issue of whether the taunting was provoked or not- that really does not matter to me. What matters to me is that this big, burly, strapping redneck reached down to the bottom of his insult barrel, fished around, and came up with…. Fruitcake?. Rather than being annoyed, these hypersensitive homosexuals should have burst out into laughter. I mean, c’mon. Fruitcake?

Only the professionally sensitive nitwits in America would think this is a big deal, or let alone, a hate crime. This is everyday life. If you think calling someone a fruitcake is a criminal event, you would lock me up for yelling what I yell when I am cut off in traffic. Or from muttering what I do when some blue-haired geriatric parks her cart in the middle of the grocery aisle and sits there for 10 minutes. You would be absolutely mortified to hear the stream of obscenities I emit during a football game.

And, btw, you should hear some of the things I have said to my former roommate and good friend who is gay (I don’t mean just slightly gay, but queer as a football bat) and who I love like a brother. I can honestly say that I never called him anything as refined as a ‘fruitcake.’








Why is it that every

Why is it that every time the DOW is down triple digits at lunchtime, the NY Times has a huge Headline that states “Stocks Drop Sharply,” but when they are up 300 points at lunch the Ny Times is quiet?

I don’t really need to answer that question, do I?

**** UPDATE ****

It is now 3:10 pm, EST, and the DOW is up 360 points now, yet there is still no glaring headline about stocks being sharply up. I guess they only like to scare investors during a slide, not encourage them during rallies.

There is, however, this article on the front page: “Economy Stirs G.O.P. Worry in House Races.”

Does anyone think the NY Times has any credibility?








By now you have probably

By now you have probably read the WaPo article by Tom Ricks on our enemy, the House of Saud. If you have not read it, go read it. I will wait.

My first impression while reading it was a big “No Screaming Eagle Shit!” I did, however, enjoy this quote:

Asked for reaction, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, said he did not take the briefing seriously. “I think that it is a misguided effort that is shallow, and not honest about the facts,” he said. “Repeating lies will never make them facts.”

Think about it. Repeating lies will never make them facts. What kind of lies?

Lies like this one, about the blood libel?

Or these lies about Jews poisoning fountains during the bubonic plague. That only got about 20 thousand Jews murdered.

Or maybe this one, about Jewish control of the United States Congress?

Or how bout one of my favorties, the ‘Jews run the media.’

Or more recently, the good old Jenin massacre. Oops. Can’t really call it a massacre, can we, since it never happened. Didn’t stop Saudi television from raising 100 million in a telethon to distribute to Palestinian terrorists and the families of suicide bombers, though.

Or virtually any of the bile that these putrid bastards spew any day that Charles Johnson is able to collect and document every day? Why are we dealing with these scum?








Interesting little back and forth

Interesting little back and forth between the Instapundit, Nick Denton, and Dave Winer. Then Winer then responds with this:

My brief response. In addition to being a technologist and living on the west coast of the US, I am also the first-generation American son of Holocaust survivors, born and raised in NY. Does Nick have any insight into my thinking? Clearly not.

I find this rather offensive, and very much like attempts by race-baiters to stifle any conversation about racial issues (You don’t know what you are talking about- You are not a black man). If the only people who are allowed to use the word holocaust are the survivors and the descendants of the survivors, then the words “Never Again” ring hollow. Surely Dave is just being lazy, and not really attempting to stifle debate with this trite response.

*** UPDATE ***

Nick Denton elaborates more eloquently on my previous comments.








I am back from the

I am back from the wedding, and it was a blast. Nemacolin is beautiful, and it was fun hanging out with 200 people all dressed in tuxedos. Should resume posting (ranting) tonight.








No more posting until tomorrow.

No more posting until tomorrow. I am heading to my good friend and roommate of three year’s wedding, so I will be out of the loop.








More details on the awful

More details on the awful tribal gang rape in Pakistan:

Clad in traditional, loose-fitting trousers and blouse and covering her face with a black shawl, the victim said she was sitting in her house on June 22 when her maternal uncle came to their house and asked her to appear for a tribal council to “apologize” for her brother’s alleged sexual encounter.

“When I appeared before the tribal council, an elder of the council … said that since the girl has come here, therefore, we should pardon her,” she said. “But suddenly a man stood and said we will rape her.”

Animals.








I have not heard the

I have not heard the official numbers lately, but I am willing to bet that the unemployment rate is going up.

Why am I betting that? Because I have a sure-fire barometer for the unemployment rate. When it is below 5%, every one at McDonald’s looks like they are drooling, going to drool, or have drooled onto my food. When it is over 5%, the workers are under 21, have acne, and speak marginal english- but they are not droolers. Over 6%, and they are 35 and have a liberal arts degree (usually history or theater).

At any rate, tonight I had a pimply faced 21 year old, so I am betting unemployment is near 5.6%. Just a guess, though.








The Best Office Memo Ever

The Best Office Memo Ever

This memo was in my box when I came to work today:

7/31/02

To: Department Rumor Mill

From: ***NAME WITHHELD***

Since it took less than 24 hours to foment a great deal of gossipyes, indeed the rumors are true. My wife and I are divorcing. If youd like to receive all the gory details so that they may become the topic of happy hour and late night discussion, please place specific requests in my mailbox and Ill try to respond as quickly as possible.

Have a nice day!

One way to deal with an issue head-on and to stop all the silly gossip.








This is just absurd Bush

This is just absurd

Bush administration officials have told key lawmakers not to expect a U.S. attack on Iraq before the fall elections, allowing time for Congress to debate the possibility of war.

The assurances square with Pentagon estimates that it would take until early next year to have the weapons, intelligence and forces in place to take on Iraq’s 375,000-man army. One key factor: U.S. soldiers can’t fight in Iraq’s summer or autumn heat wearing protective gear against chemical or biological weapons attack.

Hogwash. Bullshit. Balderdash. Nonsense.

I was in the Kuwait desert during the summer. It was miserable hot and we had to take precautions. Yes, I watched my buddies urinate to make sure their urine was not a thick yellow, and if it was, I sat them down and made them drink water. Yes, I had to wear leather gloves every time I touched a tool because otherwise I would burn the hell out of my hands (the sun is that hot). Yes, I had to wear long sleeves and a floppy jungle hat to keep from getting roasted. Yes, I had diarrhea from bad water for a month. Yes, it was 140 degrees inside an M1A1, and at points I thought I was going to dry up and blow away. Yes, I was cold at night when the temperature dropped to 90 (imagine the temperature dropping from 70 to 20- the same difference from 140 to 90).

All those things were true. But anyone who suggests that I would have been incapable of doing my job when ordered to, even with the extra burden of an NBC suit and protective mask, is a moron and a liar and seriously underestimates the training and spirit of the armed forces.

This article is as insulting as it is stupid.








The new Playboy has the

The new Playboy has the NFL Preview, and the Steelers have been picked to win the Superbowl.

Here we Go Steelers, Here We Go!

And yes, I do read the articles.