An interesting article in the NY Times about the popular support Charles Pickering has from black Mississippians. This goes a long way to show how the NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus are just not mainstream organizations anymore but knee-jerk mouthpieces for the race-baiting loony left.
Congrats to Aussie short track speed skater Steven Bradbury, who was the only person to figure out a reliable strategy to win. It goes like this:
A.) Skate as closely to the pack as possible, make not one attempt to pass anyone the whole race.
B.) On the last lap, stay back a litle bit, and let the cheating scummy Asian competitors trip everyone and pull them down.
C.) Avoid the pile-up, and skate in unmolested.
The judges (love judges in a race) properly awarded Bradbury the Gold, who did EVERYTHING he was supposed to, so I don’t wanna hear any bitching about him. Where they erred was by not sentencing the the Asian kids to a good public flogging for being cheating shits, and attempting to ruin the semi-final and ruining the final.
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In a post-race interview, Apollo was much more gracious than I was and called it all part of the race. I will defer to him, even though I still think pulling people down is cheating…..
At any rate, grats to the Aussie, and this is their first medal, so I am happy for them.
Doing lots of readings on trait dominance today, so no real time for posting. Maybe tonight, after a late dinner.
At any rate, Natalija is trying to give me a cleavage inspired heart attack at the Libertarian Samizdata, and Perry has a Oscar oversight I had not thought of.
Glenn Reynolds has an InstaHangover, but Rand Simberg, William Quick, have lots of good stuff up today. Sgt. Stryker and Steve Den Beste are still fighting WWIV.
Sin of UNFORGIVABLE sins.
I thought I had Permalinked Will Warren of Unremittingverse A LONG TIME AGO.
I had not, and it has been corrected. PLEASE go check him out.
Also, I have added Richard Bennett’s Omphalos, which is a fantastic site.
I am now to the point that I have so many links that I am going to have to come up with some sort of hierarchy. I will deal with that this weekend
One more reason Ken Layne needs to be Kinsley’s replacement. Read these remarks, then go read the whole blurb here:
Note to Unhinged Liberals: When you can’t tell the difference between Susan Sontag being mocked on talk radio and an international terrorist organization murdering 3,000-plus of your fellow citizens in an hour, you should feel lonely, because you’ve lost all touch with reality. Your bogus claims of victimization are not only insulting to the millions of people around the world who truly have no rights and no freedoms, they’re also poison to legitimate dissent and rational opposition. The Nation, for my money, is a fine example of thoughtful liberalism, and I’m glad to hear you people are reading it. But do you understand it?
Kudos to Ted Barlow for being the Lone Man on the Left to diss Ted Turner’s last remarks.
Ted Turner says his comments about how the terrorists were “brave” and “a little nuts” “were reported out of context, and I deeply regret any pain they may have caused.”
BZZZZT! Wrong answer! When Jerry Falwell said that his comments immediately after September 11th were taken out of context, I was furious, and I absolutely did not accept the “out of context” explanation. It’s no different here.
“Unions and environmental groups can call upon millions of Americans who can write small, hard money checks or influence politics via more traditional means–i.e., by writing letters, marching in rallies, etc. Big corporations generally can’t do that. And while the Republicans can certainly count upon their own large membership organizations to do the same–I’m thinking here of the NRA and Christian Coalition–maybe McConnell worries their numbers and enthusiasm aren’t large enough to overwhelm the Democratic groups.
But if that’s the case, it’s quite a damning admission. It means that unless business groups are allowed to use their money to sway political debate, over the long run, popular opinion will nudge politics toward the left–and, more or less, in the direction of the Democrats. Or, to put it more simply, it means that Republican ideas don’t really have that much popular support.
No wonder McConnell is so worried.”
I think this is wrong for several reasons. The first reason I believe this is wrong is because Unions simply do not ‘call’ on people to write small checks because they choose to. They confiscate the money in the form of UNION dues, then spend them on whomever they choose. Landmark Legal Foundation currently has several lawsuits against the NEA doing precisely this (and there is much more invovled in this case, lest you think I am oversimplifying). This is the whole gist of the ‘Paycheck Protection” you hear Republicans screaming about in concert.
The second reason I disagree with this is that Mr. Cohn (got do these lefties love doing this) determines that he knows why McConnell is opposed to McCain-Feingold, and then goes ahead and tells us. I challenge anyone to prove that Mitch McConnel has not ALWAYS been a proponent of the 1st Amendment, even in cases in which it would be advantageous for him not to be…..
Afghan pilgrims kill transport minister
DUBAI (Reuters) – Afghan Muslim pilgrims, angry over plane delays, have attacked and killed Afghanistan’s interim transport minister at Kabul airport, Arabic-language al-Jazeera television has reported.
It quoted its reporter in the Afghan capital as saying Air Transport and Tourism Minister Abdul Rahman had gone to the airport to leave on a trip abroad when he was attacked on Thursday by a large number of disgruntled pilgrims awaiting flights to Saudi Arabia.
There was no immediate confirmation of the report by Afghan officials. Foreign journalists were unable to go to the airport to check on reports of a disturbance there because of a curfew.
More than 5,000 Afghans planning to leave for the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia have been told that foreign aircraft are being leased for the trip as Afghanistan’s Ariana airline has only one functioning plane, Afghan-based reporters said.
Saudi officials have said pilgrims coming from abroad must arrive by Sunday to be able to perform haj, one of Islam’s five pillars.
Is anyone else on blogspot getting hundreds of hits from the same IP?
I went to samspade.org and know where it is coming from, but I want to wait until I am sure this is something malicious rather than someone inexperienced or doing something mistakenly.
I do not know how denial of service attacks work, but I am assuming it would take more than a hundred or so attempts.
Again, this is why Ken Layne should be the new editor replacing Kinsley.
Check out his tribute to Waylon Jennings.
Behaving like the greedy thieves that they are, the House of Representatives, the body with a REPUBLICAN majority, under the cover of darkness, pickpocketed each and every one of us and stole a little bit of our constitutionally protected rights. Shays-Meehan aka the Incumbent Protection Act of 2002 aka The Large Media Monopoly Empowerment act passed the house, by a margin of 240-189. 46 Republicans voted for this, including Shelly Moore-Capito, a representative from my home state. She is the daughter of the convicted crook and former Governor of WV, Arch Moore, so I should have expected this. Shelly, if you are reading this, I am taking back the congratulatory note I wrote you last year.
Two special notes:
1.) Voters of S.C.- Lindsey Graham said: “I’m willing to pay a price in having my friends mad at me.” With special interests giving millions of dollars to the political parties, he said, “you’ll never convince me it doesn’t affect legislation.”
He wants to be your Senator.
2.) I am not voting for a Republican again in a long while. I don’t give two hoots in hell if I am one of 8 votes for Harry Browne or whoever the libertarian candidate is. One of those 8 votes will be mine.
Now it is time to watch the disgusting bastards pass this enormous budget. After all, they are ‘fiscal conservatives.’
Our only hope lies with Mitch McConnell and his band of renegade Constitutionalists in the Senate. Bring on the filibuster.
It has been merely 24 hours since I typed the phrase ‘Sandra Bezic is just knock out gorgeous.’
Since then I have been googled 5 times for:
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In one of the most triumphant displays of rhetorical excess in recent memory, Tom Turnipseed (I am not making the name up) has managed to meld every hackneyed leftist ideal into one semi-incoherent smorgasbord of self-loathing and blame-shifting. In an article titled The Bush Administration’s Folly: Arrogance of Arms Abroad and Access to Avarice at Home, Mr. Turnipseed needs only 8 paragraphs to cook up and serve a paranoid stew that discusses:
1.) Chris Patten’s distaste for the phrase ‘axis of evil’
2.) Eu distaste in our not engaging North Korea
3.) Patten’s hatred of our ending terrorism but not attacking ‘root causes’
4.) American triumphalism
5.) Vladmir Putin’s insistence we not topple Saddam Hussein
6.) Kurdish (these are the people Hussein gassed) opposition to American interference in Iraq (he gets bonus points here, because he in one stroke claims our foreign policy is hand crafter by the Turks and mentions that they dislike us because we abandoned them in 1991)
7.) The London Observer and Paul Kennedy’s criticism of our defense budget
9.) Shays-Meehan and Campaign Finance Reform
10.) Iranian anti-American protests
I am dizzy.