Friday, September 30

Satellite by default

If you're ever in the mood for a good fight, first sign up with your local satellite dishnetwork service. Then be sure you read all of the microscopic print in the contract. All will seem copacetic until
your equipment or software go awry.
First you discover the equipment that you do not own, is still your responsibility if it goes belly up.
It's kind of like calling your local utility company to report a transformer that is connected to your outside box has burnt up and you have to pay them 99 dollars service call for them to repair their
equipment.
While this is circulating round your head, headache wise you then discover the scam you've been paying for. You pay them to service their own equipment. You pay them to watch advertisements
that the advertisers pay them to air on their satellite. You pay them a monthly fee for all the channels you do not want or watch because they tell you it only comes in certain packages.
Then you pay them for all the times you do not recieve the channels you've previously paid for.
You pay them for cancelation or have your credit ruint. What you have here is a scam looking for a vulnerable pocketbook.
Anybody interested in buying a used satellite?

This is going to hurt!

Woman Ticketed for Sitting on a Playground Bench with No Kids

(New York-AP, Sept. 27, 2005) - It's an only in New York story. A woman was given a ticket for sitting on a park bench because she doesn't have children.

The Rivington Playground on Manhattan's East Side has a small sign at the entrance that says adults are prohibited unless they are accompanied by a child.

Forty-seven-year-old Sandra Catena says she didn't see the sign when she sat down to wait for an arts festival to start. Two New York City police officers asked her if she was with a child. When she said no, they gave her a ticket that could bring a one thousand dollar fine and 90 days in jail.

The city parks department says the rule is designed to keep pedophiles out of city parks, but a parks spokesman told the Daily News that the department hoped police would use some common sense when enforcing the rule.


The spokesman told the paper that ticketing a woman in the park in the middle of the day is not the way you want to enforce the rule.

Slideshow: Images from the Story
Text: Interview with Catena

Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Bennett?

Is what Bennett said on his radio show too off limits to discuss?

Photos from Counter-protest



Two lizards that were on hand for last weekend's counter-protests have posted their pictures of the event on the web, the link to which they sent around on the DC area lizard list. The photo above is an example. (And, yes, I intentionally picked the photo of the cute "freedom babe" as the example, but she has a witty t-shirt on, as well).

On another note, I hope everyone caught Prof. Hanson's thought experiment today about what the world would be like if Saddam Hussein were still in power today.

Out With the Old, In With the New

Ceremony Marks Myers Send Off From Top Military Post

FORT MYER, Va. — Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace was sworn in Friday as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, becoming the first Marine to hold the nation's highest military post.

Pace succeeded Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, who retired after 40 years of military service, including two years as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and four years as the chairman.



Thank your for your service, General Myers.

Welcome aboard General Pace. Huhyah! (hope I spelled that correctly)

Origins Of A Conspiracy


I found this gem hidden away in a NexMax article. Apparently, the mear mention of a crater (large hole) is evidence enough to accuse the government of blowing up the levee in NOLA.

Talk about a rush to judgement without having any facts! But then again, the rules don't apply to Louis Farrakhan.

Nagin's Cops Trained by Farrakhan Deputy

Last Friday, Farrakhan revealed that he had a private meeting with Mayor Nagin in the wake of the disaster to discuss Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
It was during that meeting, Farrakhan told a Memphis audience, that "Mayor Nagin told us there was a 25-foot crater under the levee."
"He didn't say there was a bomb," the NOI chief cautioned. "He just said there was a crater."
"I say they blew it," Farrakhan added.
NewsMax's calls to Mayor Nagin's office this week seeking comment on Farrakhan's account have gone unanswered.


Part One: a CODEPINK Reception.

See live just how annoying, offensive and insane the CODEPINK freaks are.


And stay tuned for much more. Ciaospirit is absolutely indomitable, she gets right in their faces and asks the hard questions. She has hours of interviews on film from the rally last Saturday and Sunday of the loony birds confirming just how far out of it they really are.

NOPD!

Military investigates corpse photos posted on Web site

O-K. Let me try this again...

This, we most certainly could have done without.

Thursday, September 29

I'm cracking up here...

...laughing, that is. Okay, maybe I am cracking up mentally, too. I'll let you decide.

Today a student came up to me all in a dither. Do you know, she said, that there are these big fires down in SoCal? Yes, I told her, I knew that. Why aren't they stopping them, she wanted to know. So I explained that they are doing something, but that with the Santa Ana winds blowing, it's hard to just stop them. Then she went on to complain that the "president" should do better at dealing with natural disasters. Look at those hurricanes! how come GWB didn't stop them? He should have stopped them. Did I know that hot boiling lava could come up underneath Elk Grove at any time and there is nothing we could do about it? How come the president doesn't have a plan? And if there was a big earthquake in San Francisco it could totally knock down every building in town and how come the president isn't doing anything to prevent that? And you know what else? Some day the sun is going to explode and destroy all the planets! Okay, I said, did she expect the president to be able to stop that too? Yes! She does! It's a terrible situation and the president ISN'T DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT!

At first I thought she was kidding, but as the conversation progressed I saw that she was totally serious. I don't know what depresses me the most...her abysmal science knowledge or her blaming GWB for everything that could possibly go wrong.

Even the sun blowing up and destroying all the planets.

Sigh. Some days are tough ones, that's for sure.

Bad Nail Angst




I've noticed over the years that some men (read that most men) simply either don't notice, or don't care about their finger and toenails. Now I'm not talking about a metrosexual manicure here, I'm talking about toenails that are so long they could be used to slice open a jugular, and the resulting infection from the accumulated toe jam could kill twenty people alone. (Admittedly, I live in Florida so I most likely see more exposed toes than a New Yorker would).

I have been known to give nail clippers to young men who work for me - as a subtle hint. I never noticed it working.

So fess up men, are you afraid of those big mean nail clipper thingies? Is it not manly to have trimmed toenails? Isn't it kind of girly to walk around with long fingernails?

Sarah wants to know.

One Fingered Salute

Hi youse'all - saw a brief story on LGF the other day, but cruised right on past it the first time around. Second time however, I read it and was really insipired by it.


One Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Car For Sale

Anybody wanna buy a Ford?



Of course, it got a little ding last week. You can probably just bang that out. :)

Seriously, I was pretty happy to have walked away from that unscathed. Little old lady decided to take her half of the road out of my (oncoming) lane. Thank God I got out of her way as much as I did, or this would have been a head on crash. As it stands, the worst of it is that now I have to deal with insurance adjusters and car salesmen. Phooey.

Will we never be rid of this... ... ... person?

Rabbi Hier, [Wiesenthal Centre]

Rabbi Kermaier, [Fifth Avenue Synagogue]

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you for inviting me to join you in remembering a great man who I know meant a lot to you, and who made an important impact on our world.

I remember vividly when I met Simon Wiesenthal in May 1997 in Vienna, at the very beginning of my term as Secretary-General. Although he was by then quite advanced in age, I was struck by the tremendous energy with which he was pursuing his work. I was impressed with his ability to hold in his mind, at the same time, memories of a horrific past and hopes for a better future – a future he himself was striving hard to bring about through the work of the renowned human rights organization that bears his name. Our meeting was all too short, but I came away more convinced than ever of the need for the United Nations to remain at the centre of the world's struggle for human rights and human dignity.

You are all aware of the landmarks that have been reached in that struggle: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Genocide convention, the establishment of the United Nations itself. In more recent years, we have seen the establishment of the International Criminal Court and ad hoc criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia. And earlier this month, at the World Summit, world leaders agreed in clear and unambiguous language that they have a responsibility to protect civilian populations against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

But even as we make progress, we are painfully aware that we have fallen short; that we have seen genocide in our time, too; and that anti-Semitism still poisons too many societies. It is with this in mind that I support the efforts of Israel and a number of other states to establish, through a resolution of the UN General Assembly, an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The idea is to remind us all of the uniqueness of the Holocaust, and its universal lessons. As Simon Wiesenthal himself might well have said, we cannot just consign this evil to the past and forget about it. Every generation must be on its guard. As survivors such as Simon die, it falls to us to carry forward the work of remembrance.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Simon devoted decades to this struggle. His work to pursue a proper reckoning for those who committed the crimes of the Holocaust sent an important message to the world that impunity should not be allowed to stand. We were all blessed to know him; we all benefited from his unwavering commitment to justice; and my wife's family was ever grateful to him for his support and his efforts on behalf of Raoul Wallenberg.

He is now gone. May he now, along with all those souls for whom he fought, rest in peace.

Libraries, trucks, and the ever-winding road to NOLA.

Several days ago I finished the second of two recreational books I'd brought to Louisiana. The Stress Management group (it's FEMA- of course there's one) has the offices next to the one I've been sleeping in, so I brought them the books and suggested a "leave one, take one" library. They thought that so great an idea that a few days later they bought several more at a Dollar Store. Well, I haven't noticed a lot of turnover, but tonight the shelf sported some new additions- pamphlets from the 'Church of Scientology Disaster Response Team'. I thought about pitching them, but it would probably make them believe there's a demand. Next time I run into one of these people, maybe I'll just offer to help them get 'located'- hard to do when one's head is up one's ass.

The FASTAC is still sitting at the dealership, awaiting an apparently hard-to-come-by (at least in Baton Rouge) part. So I'm driving my boss's Tahoe to NOLA this AM. Exact assignment unclear, and billeting still up in the air- one rumor is still a berth on the Iwo Jima.
Net access is still a question mark. I have applied for a dial-up, but the IT guy didn't come back to implement it on this comp. So if I'm not a web presence for a while, *hearty handshake* for all the guys, and *hugs**lingering* for all the ladies.

cross-posted on www.herbertsobel.blogspot.com

Wednesday, September 28

Assholes!


I got this from zombie. I'm not religious, but this pissed me off. These assholes want to equate Jesus to some Jihadi?

31 Contributors standing on the blogbox

INVITE YOUR FRIENDS

I like how this thing is going. I think it is moving in a good direction. I wish more of the good folks on the contributors list would contribute. If they don't thats cool, its nice to know they like their name associated with our names. There have been a couple of bumps and jiggles, but hey, we're humans.

What I would like to do now is ask that all the contributors feel free to invite people they know and trust. Initially it was my idea to have only lizards here. But at that time I also thought before long it would be good to open this place up to our friends who are'nt lizards.

There is a small list of people who were sent invitations and have not responded, its located on the members page, in the settings section. I am going to delete that list. If there is someone on that list who wants to join up, great, we can send them another invite. What I would like to see replace that list is a whole new list of invites, to new people.

If at some point we feel it is time to impliment rules of conduct, or guidelines of use, we'll do that. I believe we should stop inviting when (if) the contributors list gets around 80 contributors. If we see fit to grow it more than that, then we can start lgc2. Now come on and choose from your online non lizard friends which ones you want to share with lgc's notorious lizard pack from lgf.

(i dont own this but since i started it i think im allowed to do this)

"Commander in Chief": Hillary's Infomercial

This is an excellent review of 'Commnader in Chief', which I did not watch. Just the commercials..whoops, propaganda, was enough, and if I recall correctly, the alleged star is a LLL moonbat.

"THE HILLARY CLINTON ’08 CAMPAIGN AIRED ITS FIRST, HOUR-LONG COMMERCIAL last night. Unfortunately, it came masked as a primetime network TV series...."

The article is waaaaay too long to post, and has a lot of good stuff to click on.

MSM Credibility

I began this morning, standing on the Golden Gate bridge, watching the Sun rise over the Pacific Ocean...

(Hat Tip: Puppy Blender)


Three people quoted in the article discussed the Fein memorandum, provided to them by a reporter, on the assumption that it had been written by Judge Roberts.

I realize that it takes years of education, training, and elite New York parties to get sophisticated enough to write for the New York Times, but where along the line did the idiots who wrote these articles forget that when you assume, you just make an ass out of you and me both.

Well, actually, I'm only an ass if I take your assumption at face value, and I don't believe anything I see in the New York Fishwrap unless it's been fact-checked out the yin-yang by blogs I trust.

Could it be that the New York Fishwrap has an agenda, and that they don't bother to check and see if what they are saying is true?

Nah. They're much more professional than that.

DeLay Indicted

Tom DeLay Steps Down From Leadership Post After Indictment

WASHINGTON — Rep. Tom DeLay (search), R-Texas, said Wednesday he would temporarily step down as House majority leader after he and two political associates were charged by a Texas grand jury with conspiracy in a campaign finance scheme.

"In accordance with the rules of the House Republican Conference, I will temporarily step aside as floor leader in order to win exoneration from these baseless charges," DeLay told reporters.



Question. If this was a democrat would we automatically assume he/she is guilty as charged and pillory them in a maner befitting their alledged crime?

If we are really fair and balanced, should we do the same to Tom DeLay? Or is the fact that he's a republican a get-out-of-jail-free card?

I don't know if he's guilty or not. But I am curious as to what the reaction to this news story will be. Do we assume he's the victim of a smear campaigne and dismiss the charges out of hand? Or do we investigate him with the same zeal we'd go after a Democrat similarly indicted?

Anyone?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month


Last year I participated in a 3-Day Breast Cancer walk. It was the experience of a lifetime. I hope to walk in another one next year. If you can't walk, then sponsor someone who can and who is walking for the cure, volunteer to work be part of the crew, or just go and cheer the walkers on their way. It does make a difference.

Memories of a Lifetime: The 3-Day Walk

FoxNews.com had the following on their website today:

Camping Out for Cancer


When you have 2,000 people from all over the country trekking 60 miles in honor of loved ones who have battled cancer, the organizing of the walk does not seem like much of a story. But if you are one of the weary walkers, it means everything.

There was plenty of good food, plenty of water, plenty of informed, enthusiastic, tireless volunteer staffers telling you what to do and where to go and helping you do it and get there. Hot showers were provided in giant tractor trailers. The portable bathrooms were about as clean as portable bathrooms can be expected to be. Even the pup tents were erected in precise, neat rows.

Despite the grueling physical challenge of walking the 3-Day, participating was a lot like being part of a traveling carnival or parade. The music, dancing and food are just part of it. At pit stops every three miles along the route, music blasted from giant speakers and food and drinks were dispensed from beneath giant tents while walkers stretched out on the grass to eat and socialize.

Crowds large and small, some people wearing costumes, would gather at points along the route to cheer on the walkers. There was so much food along the route, I was sure that I was actually gaining weight as I walked.

But what really captured the spirit of celebration were the Mardi Gras-inspired costumes: Wigs, lace, ribbons, sequins, homemade hats, beads, wings, wreaths of flowers, bras put to amazingly creative use — all pink.

At first it seemed appropriate that an event staged to fight death would be one infused with such life. But then I realized that the costumes — the shocking shades of pink, the lacy, Barbie Doll-exaggerated girliness of the motifs — were caricatures of femininity, mocking a disease that attacks a part of the body uniquely invested with female identity and mythology.

The final miles of the walk took us from the funky Mannayunk section of Philadelphia into the vast and winding Fairmount Park. As we entered the last half mile or so, a man wearing a giant Uncle Sam hat appeared on the route. He was holding a sign that read "Please Come Home Now. We're Starving."

The women on the route went crazy for his sign and rushed up to him, posing for pictures. Not far ahead, many of their husbands and kids were waiting to take them home. As we crossed the finish line, the cheers were deafening. Before they could even sit down, many of the women were hoisting babies and toddlers onto their hips. The husbands wore expressions of unmitigated relief.

Maybe, like Uncle Sam's family, they'd also starved over the weekend.

But that was the whole point of the Breast Cancer 3-Day. According to the Komen Foundation, in 2005, 40,410 women won't be coming home.


And if you thought that was bad...

Here's a little bundle of joy brought to us by the wonderful L³eftist Teachers Union. (Hat Tip: TARANTO)
Some excerpts (emphasis as always mine):

Lesson Plans

Colors and Symbols of Stigmatization
This lesson is an introduction to the reading of NIGHT by Elie Wiesel, which students will read independently. The students will do research to discover the different colors and symbols used to symbolize the Nazi party's list of undesirable people. The students will gain an understanding of how other people can arbitrarily judge other people as inferior.

For Grades 9–12 English Language Arts and English Language Development

by Sandra Hurd and Wilma Gale

...

• Students will make a yellow star to wear at the beginning of the class period. The word "Jude," the German word for Jew, will be at the top of the star. Under the word "Jude" the following quote will be written: "He who wears this symbol is an enemy of our people." (quote by Hitler)

1. Students will become aware of the stigma of a yellow star by wearing the star and by listening to specific derogatory comments directed to Jews. (The teacher will give a few comments that were directed toward Jews by the Nazis such as "dirty kikes."


It gets worse:

3. Students will also do research to find the reasoning behind why these people were considered inferior to the Ayran race.

Memo to asshats: the Germans aren't the Aryan race. And do you really think it is a good idea to have them doing web research on this bogus "race" when this is the google for the word? Half of the first ten hits are white supremacist sites, and number one is freaking W.A.R.!!! WTF? Who thinks 9-12 graders reading white power propaganda is a good thing? Apparently Sandra Hurd and Wilma Gale, as well as the administration a nd schoolboard of Cumberland County, NC.

Finally, we have the final objective:

6. Students will compile their researched information and letter into a booklet form. The booklet will include the following:
o Colors and symbols for identification for "undesirables."
o Reasons for categorizing each group "undesirable."
o Personal account letter
o Bibliography of web sites using correct format


Maybe Taranto is right and this isn't anti-Semitism 101, but if it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck...

Update:

I couldn't find an email for the local Board, but this can get you in contact with State-level officials. Might want to consider Congresscritters as well. In my experience, a Congressional aide making a phone call can work wonders.

Memories of a Lifetime

I realize that most of us here are political/news junkies, and my pathetic little triumphs in motherhood may not be the most sought after posts, but (yes- the big but) if anyone is interested in a short break from the world of news and politics- just click the title. Sometimes it humbling for me to take a break from my hobby- and focus on my home. I am VERY guilty of not doing enough of it........

Humiliation? The Horror

The horror.

A military intelligence interrogator pleaded guilty Wednesday to assaulting a detainee in Afghanistan who later died.
...

Claus told the judge he knew he was humiliating the detainee by forcing him to kiss a soldier's feet _ considered the dirtiest part of the body in the Muslim faith.

"It was extremely humiliating," he said. "I was telling him he was lower than dirt."

Walls, who said Claus ordered the detainee to kiss his boots, pleaded guilty last month to abuse and standing by as Claus and another soldier did the same thing. He was sentenced to two months in jail.


Poor little Islamofascist, he got his feelings hurt. At least they didn't make him stand next to a girl. I'm sorry, but, for G-d's sake, when we are fighting an enemy that cuts off people's heads if we have to humiliate a few of them to get information to save people's lives, well, I think the poor widdle terrorist can live with it.

Well, apparently not in this particular case. Tough. Nobody said getting your 72 raisins was easy. Abu Abu bin Dead should have read the fine print before he signed up with the Jihad.

Tuesday, September 27

"Don't Blame The Neocons"

Don't even ask about this website - I have no idea, but this is the only place I can now find this article by Brendan O'Neill that was in The Spectator titled "Don't Blame the Neo-Cons". Once you get past the fact that he is a war critic, his account of how al-Qa'eda grew and expanded under the Clinton administration is quite interesting.

"...We hear an awful lot about the birth of al-Qa’eda in the 1980s and the exaggeration about al-Qa’eda since 9/11, but very little about what happened to al-Qa’eda in the decade in between. This is peculiar because, as the US journalist Charles Krauthammer pointed out in Time magazine after 7 July, the 1990s were ‘the seminal period of al-Qa’eda recruitment’; indeed, that was ‘the
period during which it created its entire worldwide infrastructure’. Or as the Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland argued (in case you would prefer to hear it from someone a little less gung-ho than the war-supporting Krauthammer), ‘the big surge in growth of extremist groups came not after 9/11 or Iraq, but in the mid-1990s.’ The seed for al-Qa’eda may have been sown during the twilight of the Cold War, but something in the Nineties allowed this terror group to metamorphose from being one small part of an Afghan-specific guerrilla army into a global, transnational, nihilistic network. What was that?

In a nutshell, in the 1990s al-Qa’eda became the armed wing of Western liberal opinion. The mujahedin may have been set up, supported and armed to the hilt by the right in the 1980s, but they fought alongside the Left in the early to mid-1990s. This was the period of the mujahedin’s second outing, when hundreds of them moved from Afghanistan following the final withdrawal of Soviet forces in 1992 to Bosnia, to fight alongside the Bosnian Muslims in a holy war against the Serbs. They moved there under the approving eye of the Clinton administration and were armed and trained by Clinton’s allies in the region, the Army of Bosnia Herzegovina (ABiH). Some of the mujahedin, especially those from Europe, including from Britain, were inspired to fight in Bosnia after watching or reading news reports in the Western media — especially the liberal media —
which presented the civil war in Bosnia as a simplistic battle between good (the Muslims) and evil (the Serbs). ..."


Read more...

Not sure how this works, but anyway - here goes...

The Left and Hysteria

If you want to understand the Left, the best place to start is with an understanding of hysteria. Leading leftists either use hysteria as a political tactic or are actually hysterics.
Take almost any subject the Left discusses and you will find hysteria.
The Patriot Act: According to leftist spokesmen and groups, the Patriot Act is a grave threat to liberty and democracy. It is frequently likened to the tactics of a fascist state. This is pure hysteria. The Los Angeles Times recently published statistics concerning the use of the Act. Through 2004, of the 7,136 complaints to the Justice Department's inspector general, one was related to the Patriot Act. The number of "sneak and peek" warrants, allowing searches without telling a subject, totaled 155. The number of roving wiretaps was 49, and the number of personal records seizures under Section 215 of the Act was 35.
The war in Iraq: It is not enough for leftist opponents of the war to argue that the war is a mistake, was initiated due to faulty intelligence, or is being poorly prosecuted. Rather they charge that President Bush lied, that the war was waged for Halliburton, and that America is engaged in a criminal and imperialist enterprise. Each charge is a form of hysteria.
Risks to health: Not everyone who believes the hysterical claims of danger made about secondhand smoke, baby formula, dodgeball or Bextra is on the Left. But the Left leads the country in hysteria over dangers to health. That is why leftist organizations are generally incapable of merely saying that something is unhealthy. The danger must be described as the killer of hundreds of thousands and often be ascribed to some murderous corporate conspiracy.
Environment: More people may be attacked by aardvarks in any given year than visit the remote and frozen region of Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). It is the home, however, of vast oil reserves and many caribou. Good people can differ on whether or not to drill for oil there. But the rhetoric of the Left is hysterical. Listening to leftist organizations one would think that drilling would bring no benefit to America and would render the caribou virtually extinct. None of this is true. It is all drama.
Likewise there is largely hysteria over global warming and the charge that man -- especially Homo Americanus -- is the cause of it. The great number of scientists who claim that we are in a normal warming period or in no major weather change at all are ignored. Only the most hysterical scenarios are offered by the Left. Witness the reasons given for Hurricane Katrina. Yet even The New York Times reported that scientists are virtually unanimous in denying that the hurricane has anything to do with global warming.
Animal rights: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the living embodiment of hysteria. Take their program "Holocaust on your plate," which equates barbecuing chickens with the cremating of the Jews in the Holocaust. It is one thing to be concerned about chickens' welfare, but only hysterics compare eating them with the slaughter of a people.
Racism: There is no worse charge than racism. Acting hatefully toward people because of their skin color is among the most vile acts a person can engage in. Yet the Left throws that charge around as if it were the essence of the American people (which, come to think of it, is what many on the Left believe). Most of the time, however, the charge of racism -- such as when it is directed at opponents of race-based affirmative action -- is just another example of hysteria.
Christianity: Most on the Left really believe that this country is on the verge of a theocracy because George W. Bush is an evangelical Christian, because the words "under God" are still in the Pledge of Allegiance, and because most Americans don't think marriage ought to be redefined.
Other examples abound. America neglects its poor, beats up its gays, oppresses its women, fouls its environment, ignores its children's educations, denies blacks their votes, and invades other countries for corporate profits: These are common accusations of the Left.
No event is free of leftist hysteria. On the third day after Katrina, civil rights activist Randall Robinson reported that blacks in New Orleans were resorting to cannibalism. Indeed, most of the news media coverage bordered on the hysterical. Not to mention the hysterical predictions of 10,000-plus dead in New Orleans.
None of this is to deny that the Right also gets hysterical. Some right-wing reactions to immigration and Terry Schiavo provide such examples.
But the irony in all of this is that the Left sees itself as the side that thinks intellectually and non-emotionally. And that is hysterical

Some Pics from the DC Anti-War Rally


You wouldn't believe just how many freaks were in Washington for this event. Pablo, ciaospirit and I all agreed we'd never laughed so hard, so long about so many things in our lives.

LGF got Rushed!

Apparently Rush mentioned LGF. The last time I was able to refresh the counter was over 6000!

"Finally! Some attention from real men!"



That's the only reason I can figure why she's smiling.

On a related note, near my office in D.C. is the Secret Service's uniformed division headquarters. (Yes, the Secret Service has a uniformed division.) occasionally, I see the agents strolling the area in black BDU pants, black polo shirts, and Glocks in hip holsters. All very impressive. However, today, I saw a group of them emerging from the local Starbuck's and one of them was sipping a grande iced frappacino with whipped cream on top through a straw. Someone, that just kinda ruined the image for me--you just don't look intimidating sucking on a straw dipped in any sort of frozen concotion topped with whipped cream. I think Reaganite needs to have a talk with that young agent.

UPDATE: [by Mafia Princess for NY Nana]
And here she is... cozying up to Jesse Jackson. The dopy grin says it all.

Monday, September 26

Serenity: The Return of the Little Green Movie Critic



Sorry to interrupt rather more important postings, notably the updates to Rebtex's condition, but I thought I might as well report.

So I got into the screening! Bloggers were not treated to the VIP press treatment as we were led to believe we would be. We were herded in with the people who got passes from the local radio station and various fan clubs. In the theater, whole rows were reserved for "Press," which didn't include bloggers, only the members of the legacy media. No biggee, in the end, I got in. (On a related note, I received an e-mail from the publicist, Grace Hill, informing me I could get in to an alternate screen on Thursday night, which they added due to overwhelming response --- told ya they were trying to welsh.)

Anyway, the movie is well made and the performances were on target. However, I'm not the biggest critic of those sorts of things, I tend to focus on the story-telling and the script. (I'm sure a more nuanced critic could tell us how different actor's performances were more or less believable; I basically can tell if its adequate or inadequate, and all these were at least adequate.)

The bottom line is that the story is a libertarian polemic. The utopian designs of the alliance's parliament (most analogous to today's U.N., despite the lefty bloggers' inevitable assertion that the Alliance is intended to be compared to the Bush Administration) is scorned. The story demonstrates the fallacy behind, and indeed dangers of, social engineering. Serenity's Alliance is not the good and altruistic organization of Star Wars' Galactic Alliance or Star Trek's Federation. Whereas Star Wars posits that central government run by elites (elected royalty and wizardly wise people) can construct a perfectly harmonious unified society so long as those elites with evil intent are identified and ostracized, the moral behind Serenity is that all encompassing central government is inherently evil--its agents even go so far as to explicitly state their evil intent.

Contrary to the Star Wars ideal, in the Serenity Universe, good people can manage their own affairs more or less on their own, outside of the presence of a large, central government. The heroes of this film accept the inherent fallibility of the human creature, and accept the fact that human competition is the force behind human ingenuity, indeed, the human will to live. Further, there is true evil in Serenity's Universe. An entire clan of humans, called Reevers, make Jihadis look downright neighborly.

Basically good people living in the Serenity universe, like the ship's crew, understand they live in a broken world, where situations that have no morally perfect solution are a daily occurrence. Instead, sacrifices (true sacrifices, where some die for the benefit of others, not the faux sacrifices of foregoing luxuries, which are the traditional fodder for Hollywood morality plays) and compromises must be made. The decisions about when and where to sacrifice are mostly made by the leader, who is oft criticized and constantly reminded of his own limitations and failings. However, the members of the crew also frequently make such decisions when they volunteer to place themselves in danger for each other's benefits, as well as for the benefit of people who have no apparent claim to a right to be defended.

The heroes succeed in their quest by playing off the overt evil of brutal anarchy against the covert evil of utopian central government. The quest itself is essentially one to speak the truth about the failings of the utopian tyranny--a quest that libertarians and bloggers will rejoice in.

The story in the movie is self-contained and provides enough exposition of the characters' backgrounds that a viewer does not need to have seen the series in order to follow the plot. However, long time fans need not be disappointed, as the exposition shows glimpses of the backstory that they knew occurred, but didn't know exactly how occurred (e.g., how Simon busted River out of Alliance hands in the first place). That said, seeing the series would provide more appreciation for the nuances of the character's interaction (e.g., Kaylee's infatuation with Simon). However, disappointingly, Book's background is never really explained, which long time fans had hoped to see.

Last note: the movie is at heart an action movie, and the action is spectacular. Gun battles, fist-fights, bar brawls, space cruiser melees and kung fu expertise abound. But, unlike the usual Hollywood fodder, this action movie, has, you know, a plot, and a true morality play that gives the action enough context that an adult with an ability for critical thought will stay engaged. Further, unlike the Matrix trilogy, the story accompanying the action is more complex than a simple Frankenstein moral updated for the internet age and dressed up with some Platonic ideas about existence.

War in Perspective



I decided to do a little research on exactly how our casualties in our current quagmire stack up against those of previous wars. The answer doesn't bode well.

Well, for the MSM, the Jihadis, and the rest of the enemy.

Pictures speak louder than words.

Source:CNN.


The numbers speak for themselves, don't they. Old Bobby Lee really whipped the Damnyankees good. Except, of course, they won the war. We can only lose this war if we quit. After today, al Qaeda is in considerably worse shape than Lee was at Appomattox. The Jihadis just don't have the good sense to surrender.

So we have to kill them. Our troops are quite good at that. The moonbats just need to STFD, and STFU, and let them finish the job.

The Man in the Arena - April 23, 1910

Teddy Roosevelt at the Sorbonne - Paris, France

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. Shame on the man of cultivated taste who permits refinement to develop into fastidiousness that unfits him for doing the rough work of a workaday world. Among the free peoples who govern themselves there is but a small field of usefulness open for the men of cloistered life who shrink from contact with their fellows. Still less room is there for those who deride of slight what is done by those who actually bear the brunt of the day; nor yet for those others who always profess that they would like to take action, if only the conditions of life were not exactly what they actually are. The man who does nothing cuts the same sordid figure in the pages of history, whether he be a cynic, or fop, or voluptuary. There is little use for the being whose tepid soul knows nothing of great and generous emotion, of the high pride, the stern belief, the lofty enthusiasm, of the men who quell the storm and ride the thunder. Well for these men if they succeed; well also, though not so well, if they fail, given only that they have nobly ventured, and have put forth all their heart and strength. It is war-worn Hotspur, spent with hard fighting, he of the many errors and valiant end, over whose memory we love to linger, not over the memory of the young lord who "but for the vile guns would have been a valiant soldier."


Emphasis mine. Read the whole thing.

Another One Bites the Dust...


FOX News has confirmed that Abu Azzam (search), who was believed to have been in charge of the financing of terrorist cells in the war-torn country, was killed during a raid in Baghdad Sunday.

Heh. At this rate, we're going to run out of new Number 2's before long. I nominate Kenny :-P

Info re insulin storage from the Government

INSULIN STORAGE AND POTENCY

Insulin from various manufacturers is being made available to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Because of the damage caused by the storm, patients in the affected area may not have access to refrigeration. According to the product labels from all three U.S. insulin manufacturers, it is recommended that insulin be stored in a refrigerator (approximately 35 to 46 degrees F). Unopened and stored in this manner, these products maintain potency until the expiration date on the package. However, all of the available insulin products may be left un-refrigerated (between 59 and 86 degrees F) for up to 28 days and still maintain potency.

As a general rule, insulin loses its potency according to the temperature it is exposed to and length of that exposure. Under emergency conditions, when the storage temperatures might exceed even 86 degrees F, insulin exposed to these temperatures may still need to be used, with the understanding that extreme temperatures may cause loss of potency, which could result in loss of blood glucose control over time.

In any case, patients should try to keep their insulin as cool as possible, avoiding direct heat and direct sunlight as well as freezing if placed on ice.

When properly stored insulin again becomes available, the insulin vials that have been exposed to these extreme conditions should be discarded and replaced. If patients or healthcare providers have specific questions about the suitability of their insulin, they may call the respective manufacturer at the following numbers:

Lilly 1-800-545-5979
Aventis 1-800-633-1610
Novo Nordisk 1-800-727-6500

Donating funds: RebTex/"Nam Grunt/Bordm Fund

For all those interested in contributing to hurricane relief efforts in La. and Texas, and especially to help our brother LGF lizard:

http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=17665#c0121

There is a paypal account already setup and we have this as the snail-mail alternative.

UPDATE:

Foriegn Devil suggested the following:

LGF Lizardoid ALERT!
If, like me, you don't want to use PayPal for whatever reason (you must have a credit card number to use their service, for instance, something I don't have and don't want) there is another way that's excellent. You can get your bank to make a Money Order which you prepay, don't fill out the "Payee" line or write in Bayou_King's name and send it. It will arrive by first class mail at the P.O. the next day and in my case, two days or three after since I was out of the country. I left the "payee" line clear for him to fill in whatever was suitable, and I'll get a receipt later (I have the one from the bank for the M.O. as it is). You can put on an area away from the signing line "For hurricane relief" or something and let that cover whichever hurricane. But don't put it on the 'Payee' line. Leave that clear. Don't indicate on the outside of the envelope what it contains. Send first class stamp like a letter and it'll be in B.K.'s PO the next day. The US Postal Service will get to the P.O. when no one else will. You watch! Forget FedEx or whoever. Use the US postal service and money orders and bypass PayPal. The M.O.s if they are in smaller denominations ($100.00 each) are easily cashed by B.K. for goods and services and are treated by merchants and banks as cash. They are prepaid at your bank by you so they are like American Express money. Virtual cash!

UPDATE:

From Bayou_King -

good idea, but one correction... first-class US mail is taking 7 days to my P.O. Box, not one.
Please make sure put "Stephen Carpenter" on payee line...(had to return some checks where people made them out to "LGF Hurricane Relief)

Re Reb Tex from Bayou_King

Great news that you all must have received, but for those who read here:

Folks, just back from RebTex's place at 3 a.m. and have excellent news! Early reports that his home was destroyed were not accurate. There is enough water damage that he will likely ask FEMA to replace it..... but they still have their possessions & do not have to start over!The family spent a harrowing night in Reb's workshop, as multiple tornadoes howled "like banshees" around them. They could hear them moving up the road with a growling sound and trees snapping like matchsticks. They actually saw the roof lifting up and down.... his son said at one point the whole roof was moving in a wave. Many bolts in the workshop structure are snapped off, but it held.... In the A.M. a tornado felled a large oak which utterly crushed a John Deere riding lawnmower... but fell AWAY from the workshop. A branch ripped open the front of the workshop, but they were able to brace it with 2x4s.Reb's wife had said goodbye to their animals, expecting them not to survive. Walking around the property is simply amazing. Every tree that fell barely missed crushing the animals and people. Goats, pigs, dogs, cats, horses, chickens, roosters, people, all are OK! They were so blessed.We hooked up the generator, offloaded the impossible-to-find gasoline, ran the cables, and they are in their home tonight, with A/C, refrigeration, lights, and a donated microwave. Then a huge snake got in with the chickens and all the dogs went crazy as RebTex went in the coop and wrestled it out by hand as the Chihuahuas ran up to nip at it. Dogs howling, chickens going berzerk, Reb grabbing that snake by the head and dispatching it, then we had some great spaghetti his wife had cooked in their makeshift outdoor kitchen tent!Their place had enough roof damage that tons of water got in and now the floors are badly damaged and structurally unsound. The place is basically totaled, but they are able to live in it for now... until it rains again.All the people there are in the same boat... no power, no ice, no gas, but surviving in that tough Texan way. FEMA so far has given them a gallon or two or water, one bag of ice, then split.Again..... RebTex and family are doing better than first thought, and thankful to be alive after a night with the tornados!Also, he is feeling better as he continues to recover from his appendectomy. Still has pain (had to order him to quit lifting supplies) but looks much better and insists they pumped enough IV bags of ampicillin into him that they killed the infection.RebTex and family send their deepest gratitude to all of you

UPDATE: by Mafia Princess
Spoke with RebTex this morning. The floor of the trailor has given way under the weight of the water and from the saturation of the water eroding and eating away the flooring of the trailor. They will be in "camp" mode living in the work shop building short term. It is a 25'x25' building. They have a portable wood-burning fireplace they use for heat in the winter so they'll be fine for now. They have all their clothes drying on a line. The new beds they purchased recently are fine as they were still in the plastic covers they came in. The upholsterd furniture is questionable, but all the wood stuff is out in the sun drying. The computers and electronics are in the work shed. They have artesian water on their property, and a septic system. They are too far out for natural gas, but use a portable fireplace for heat in the winter. Electricity will be off for at least a month. He's keeping his teenaged sons busy, but he's wearing out his finger pointing at what needs to be done.

He said the fire department showed up to tell him "this fella is in town looking for you. He has a truckload of supplies and says he knows you from the Internet." Reb says Mrs RebTex's eyes started to twinkle and mist up. They were so moved that they had not been forgotten and didn't know what to say, but a heart-felt and deep Thank You.

He said the three vehicles have full gas tanks now thanks to Bayou_king, and if they conserve, they can keep the freezer running/cold for about a month. In typical RebTex fashion, he said now that they've got that generator, he can get the freezer working and help out his elderly neighbors. The wife is a diabetic, so he's going be keeping her insulin cool in their freezer. They think they can make it for the month on the supplies Bayou_King delivered. He did promise to tell me if they need anything.

Okay, now for the news on a new home/trailor. Reb knows the local FEMA director and did some horse trading with him for FEMA support for the unofficial Katrina camp they setup. Apparently, there are about 20 trailor home stored at the Newton fairgrounds. The folks in La. were too proud to accept the trailors so they were housed in Newton. He's off today to find this fella and do a bit of horse trading for one of those trailor homes. He's all set up to receive it and put it to immediate use. If he can't locate the guy, we can help by making some calls and locating the correct place within FEMA to make the requests. If we can divide and conquor to get him the numbers or places he needs to contact, I can get the info to him when he calls either later today, or tomorrow. We can best help him by making calls and getting the information he needs to move through the redtape at FEMA. He's promised to keep in touch for the next few days until they are situated.

So minions. We can still help by sending money to Bayou_king's hurricane paypal account, but we can also help by making calls and contacts. Who's got time today to make a few calls?

I saw the info re the neighbor's diabetes, and as a diabetic on insulin, and retired RN, I wanted to add the site from the Government re the care of insulin during the emergencies brought on by Katrina and Rita, if you have any diabetic family members and/or friends in the affected areas.

Sunday, September 25

Emergency Relief

We have found a wide, 3 bedroom, 2 bath mobile home that's ready to roll located in Hawkins, TX (NE TX) for $1500 and roughly another $1500 to move it. If we can get together the funds, it might not be luxury, but it would be a roof over their heads and shelter for the winter for Reb Tex and family. If interested, contact this email: [deleted]. Time to step up, Guys and Dolls. There are enough of us here to distribute the cost so as it doesn't hurt any on of us too much.

Count me in for $100.

Another possibility would be that Claton Homes is offering some low-cost housing and I will try to get in touch with someone there and see what I can do.

Its Fall

It’s Fall.

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And Mrs. Mcgyver (Giggles) has decided that we will now be using the “other” dishes.  (until “Spring” when we revert to the set we were just using yesterday)  She has also decided that the silverware drawer needed cleaning and rearrangement, the oven should be cleaned and the cabinets and other drawers (image placeholder)rearranged.  Now I can’t find anything, and neither can the not-my-kid.  She also wants to refinish the bedroom furniture.  She needs a place to work… Which means (yes, it’s coming up riiigghht now), the garage needs to be “taken care of” today.  What this means is that stuff must be moved from one place to another, since it is impossible to actually add space in the garage.  This is somehow my job.  How come girls do this?  If it wasn’t an impossibility, I’d think she was pregnant.
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Mcgyver, out (in the garage)

Saturday, September 24

News From RebTex - Rita Storm Report

ATTENTION ALL MINIONS!
Here's the news from RebTex (I just had a conversation with him on the phone:
His town (Newton) is devastated. The High School is destroyed. Stores are gone, library is okay, the park is gone; a real mess.
They took a direct hit. His house is gone, but the shop is fine. They rode the storm out in the shop. All critters are crittering. Only one horse has an injury, but will be fine.
Other news: No gasoline in the area. No gasoline to be delivered. Beaumont is devastated. Many building collapsed and they had flooding from 20' storm surge.
Power will be out two weeks, everyone from Beaumont up past Newton and up a ways further.
Hurricane force winds blowing up until 9 am, but now have 30 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph.
The eye of the storm passed between Newton and Jasper.
Quark2's area has no power, many downed trees and power lines. Roads impassable. No word on flooding, Tex believed it escaped flooding.
Bordem's area is 90% devastated. NO word from him or his family.
Nam's area badly hit.
Annelid's area (Leesville, La.): Area is down. No specifics. Everything is shut down, nothing is working.
That's the news for now.
Tex will call if he/they need anything. I have his number if anyone needs to get info to him.
They expect to be without services for two weeks, but says they have what they need, and he's taking it easy as he's still healing from surgery last week.

Cross reference

I started a post last night, saved it as a draft, and did not publish it until just a few minutes ago. It seems it kept the date-time stamp of the first draft, and so shows up a few posts down on the blog... Didn't know that happened, but here's the cross link.

The Ten Commandments Posted Proudly in the US!

Cherokees vote to display Ten Commandments
'We are sovereign nation and can pretty much post anything we want'


"We aren't saying you have to abide by the Ten Commandments," Kephart said, according to the Smoky Mountain News. "We are simply displaying God's Ten Commandments. That's what He expects from each and every individual. If you break that, it is between you and God. It is not between you and the tribal council; it is between you and God."

There is no First Amendment issue involved, and even if the American Civil Liberties Union wanted to make one, it can't. The U.S. Constitution does not apply to Cherokee, nor to any other Native American tribe for that matter, according to Cherokee's Attorney General David Nash.

"We are a sovereign nation and we can pretty much post anything we want in our council chambers," said Kephart. "For once the federal government is not going to tell us what to do. We can feel good about it because we are standing up for God. The more it becomes controversial, the more we need to stand firm."


Read the whole thing.

YAY! Cherokee! They have managed to embarrass our ENTIRE judicial system with ONE BOLD MOVE!

The motion passed unanimously.


Anyone interested in faking their "Native American" identity? Oh- that's already been done..........

Ann's Golf game

What have I done?
Where have I come from?
When I burnt the backs with the sun through a glass did I sealthe loss that's become me?
Feeling undoneWhat have I become?
When I turned my back on you I turned my back on myself andbecame this machine
Thoughtlessness
Selfishness
Hopelessness
Arrogant
I feel it on the insideTwisting and contortingMemory has shaped me once again
Still feel you on the inside
Biting through and stinging
Will I ever forget to remember?
Shadows in the sun
Filter through us
Still wrestle the demons that arrested me as a child
Confession rejected
We grow up
To give up
People step on the cracks for wounds owed paid back
Through the words of surrender
Emptiness
Loneliness
Listlessness
Worthless
I feel it on the inside
Twisting and contorting
Memory has shaped me once again
Still feel you on the inside
Biting through and stinging
Will I ever forget to remember?
Can you save me?
From myself
From these memories
Can you save me?
From myself
From these memories
Surrender
To the shadows
Haunting inside
Bleed through you
Surrender to the secretes...insideLies within you
I feel it on the inside
Twisting and contorting
Memory has shaped me once again
Still feel you on the inside
Biting through and stinging
Will I ever forget to remember?
Can't feel you on the inside
Set down the bag and left it
Lost memory has left me
One again
Open up the inside
Admission for the cleansing
Now that I've forgotten to remember
Surrender
To the shadows
Haunting inside
Bleed through you

Mudvayne - Forget To Remember

Why am I sleeping in the other room?

Jimmy Carter: Gore beat Bush in 2000

This article is so pathetic...Jimmah seems to still be living in the last century...and is delusional. So what else is new?

Friday, September 23

Serenity: Little Green Movie Critic update



Last night, I received an e-mail from the Serenity folks, and it seems there are few strings attached to the "free movie for bloggers" deal. Here's the relevant text of their e-mail:

Congratulations! You are one of the lucky bloggers to be chosen and confirmed for the screening of SERENITY for the time, date and the number of guests that you have requested. Please note, this confirmation DOES NOT guarantee you a seat at the screening.

To significantly increase your chances of getting into the screening, you MUST do the following:

· You MUST include the film's synopsis on your blog (synopsis below) and you MUST link your blog to the SERENITY website (which has the trailer and production notes) http://www.serenitymovie.com and featured artwork. After you have screened the film, please discuss it on your blog. Please provide us the links to all of your blog posts on SERENITY at serenity@gracehillmedia.com
(All emphases in original). Note the e-mail address to which I can send links to the posts to show off my pimpin' abilities for the movie. Now, before we talk a little bit about the substance of this, here's the obligatory synopsis:

Joss Whedon, the Oscar® - and Emmy - nominated writer/director responsible for the worldwide television phenomena of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE, ANGEL and FIREFLY, now applies his trademark compassion and wit to a small band of galactic outcasts 500 years in the future in his feature film directorial debut, Serenity. The film centers around Captain Malcolm Reynolds, a hardened veteran (on the losing side) of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and transport-for-hire aboard his ship, Serenity. He leads a small, eclectic crew who are the closest thing he has left to family - squabbling, insubordinate and undyingly loyal.
And here's some more of the obligatory artwork:



And the obligatory link (again)

So there you have it.

Now, this fact scenario raises an interesting question of contract law. If you view my previous post, you'll see a link to the Townhall post where I registered. (I registered before they put up the notice about being fully booked.) You'll also see the link to the a law professor's announcement of the event that reads:

It's free, and all they ask is that you blog something, good or bad, about it.
(emphasis added.) Also, after I registered, I was lead to a page (printed off and safely stored at the office) that informs me that I am registered to see the show and that I can skip all lines at the theater on the night of the showing because I am on "the press list."

Those are the facts; now here's the law that any first-year law student can recite to you from memory. An enforceable contract requires: 1. offer 2. acceptenace and 3. consideration. I think any lay person can see that there was a contract at the moment I registered and was lead to a web page that said I could see the movie in return to posting my thoughts on it. But just in case the Grace Hill attorney is a little cloudy on the analysis, here it is stated explicitly:

1) Grace Hill offered seats to a screening to people with a blog willing to publish their thoughts about the movie; 2) I accepted the offer by filling out the form at form at Townhall; 3) there was consideration on both sides--they let me see the movie and I write a review to get the word out about the movie. Thus, CONTRACT.

The subsequent e-mail represent what we in the 'biz like to call the "battle of the forms." The publicist, Grace Hill, is attempting to add terms to the contract after it was formed by including the terms in correspondence. In other words, they are trying to weasel. You see, Grace Hill apparently has a problem. Their underground publicity campaign has been a little too successful. They had more folks sign up to be blogger-reviewers than they had seats. Accordingly, they came up with a way to try to whittle down the numbers.

Alternatively, they never intended to give a seat to each person that registered; they wanted to turn it into a "who can plug the movie more" contest. If they intended the latter, they certainly could have stated so explicitly on the registration form. The text accompany the registration form could just as easily stated "Bloggers: register to get access to exclusive artwork and synopsis for Serenity and a chance to earn a seat at a free screening in your city." But they didn't say that. The message they put out (and heard loud and clear by Townhall and, none less, by a law professor at a major a major university) was: "Bloggers: sign up to see our movie, in return for promising to write a review about it."

Now, I already hear someone gnashing, "no consideration! The movie tickets would be free, and thus just a gratuity. NO contract!" To this, I say "Bull!" I promised to write a review and post it at my blog. That's consideration, a promise to do something for the benefit of another. Whether writing a review is "enough" consideration for a movie ticket is irrelevant; it's the agreement that Grace Hill bargained-for. They are a sophisticated enough party that a court wouldn't replace its judgment for that of the parties'.

I also already hear another objection: How could Grace Hill know you were actually going to write a review? My answer is simply that they don't know, but so what? They agreed to extend "credit" in a sense, by agreeing to perform their end of the bargain first. [In fact, by the nature of the agreement, they had to perform first. How could I write a review of movie I didn't see?] By trying to weasel in a new term--advertise the movie for a chance at a seat--they are trying to reverse the order of performance in the bargain. Indeed, they seem to be trying to negotiate an entirely new agreement!

The most disappointing aspect of Grace Hill's weaseling is that it goes against the major libertarian themes in the Firefly series. As Sara T. Hinson observed in America's Future Foundation's online magazine, Brainwash:

Here are some of Firefly's foundations for liberty, the foundations [that main character and ship's captain Malcom Reynolds] upholds:

. . . .

Contracts must be honored. On the outer rim of the Alliance, no government entity is accessible to uphold contracts or settle disputes. Even when dealing with clearly immoral and corrupt clients, Mal is sure to either provide the service he agreed to or return the money he was paid. Without such basic principle, the outer planets fall into lawlessness, and the Alliance might feel the need to step in and regulate; by honoring contracts, the outer rim stays free.
Unfortunately, that message has been lost on Serenity's publicist, Grace Hill. But in the end, go see the movie. Don't blame the producers for its publicist's shenanigans.

Don't mess with Texans

The puppy-blender had the link to this. Looters will be shot. Survivors will be shot again.

Sounds like a plan.

some days are just like that


Not exactly the pot of gold...

Rita the Terrible


It's all well and good to laugh at the idiots that blame things like this on Karl Rove or the Yak, but the truth is that some forces are far beyond that which mere mortals command.

BWAAAAAHAAAAHAAAAA!!!!!

I LOVE THIS ONE!

TV WEATHERMAN QUITS TO PURSUE HURRICANE 'CONSPIRACY THEORY'

POCATELLO - To the rest of the country, Scott Stevens is the Idaho weatherman who blames the Japanese Mafia for Hurricane Katrina. To folks in Pocatello, he's the face of the weather at KPVI News Channel 6.

The Pocatello native made his final Channel 6 forecast Thursday night, leaving a job he's held for nine years in order to pursue his weather theories on a full-time basis.



I heard Cindy SheMONSTER is single again? These two are a MATCH!

Hey Scott, I think you are on the WRONG path. Here is a TOP SECRET tip for you:


Our First Open Thread

( i'm thinking no more than one of these a week. we have a zero competition with LGFs open threads, policy. :)

The Blame Game Continues

NewsMax is reporting that Gov. Blanco's Approval Rating in Free Fall.

The bottom has fallen out of Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco's poll numbers, with her approval rating tumbling sharply in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina crisis."
While President Bush's approval rating has fallen by two or three points in most polls, Survey USA found that Gov. Blanco's favorability rating has dropped by a whopping nine points among Louisianans, from 50 to 41 percent since the last survey in August.


The article goes onto say the Governor has sent a letter to the President calling for an independant commission to investigate what went wrong.
That's the Dems for you. Spend more taxpayer's dollars on an independent commission that will reveal what we pretty much all know:


  1. She didn't do her job.
  2. Nagin didn't do his job.
  3. FEMA didn't do it's job.
  4. Bush did his job but could have been hammering on everyone a little harder, and that he is getting blamed for it all.

Did I miss anything?

Quark2

Quarkie and Mr. Quark left about a half hour ago to drive on the back roads to a relative's house to get out of the path of the storm.

She'll let me know later today when they get there.

Please pray that they arrive safely! They got so little sleep last night getting everything taken care of.

I'll let you all know as soon as I do.

Thursday, September 22

Ain't It Funny

Mother Moonbat went to the White House with 30 followers to ask W to surrender, and it was big news. What say we go down to the White House, and demand he win? Last count, there's thirty or so of us. Call in a few friends who aren't listed, and we'd outnumber the Moonbats.

Somehow, I don't think we'd make headlines. Could it be that the media has chosen sides in this war?

Too Funny

I've discovered the secret plot for the Hildabeast's coup. (Hat Tip: LGF-The Other Les)

This is too funny!

Wanna feel stupid?

My dad sent me this link (click the title) to a geography quiz (of sorts).

I did pretty well in the US...

Prepare to be humbled.

(And make special note of the URL...you know it's gotta be good!)

The Bill of No-Rights

This is making the rounds again. It was not written by Mitchell Kaye as the e-mail alledges, it was written in 1993 by Lewis Napper, a self-described amateur philosopher and from Mississippi who ran for a U.S. Senate seat in 2000 as a Libertarian

The Bill of No-Rights

"We, the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid any more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt-ridden, deluded, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self-evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim that they require a Bill of No Rights."

ARTICLE I:You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II:You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone — not just you! You may leave the room, change the channel, or express a different opinion, but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III:You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful, do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV:You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes.

ARTICLE V:You do not have the right to free health care That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI:You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair.

ARTICLE VII:You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII:You don't have the right to demand that our children risk their lives in foreign wars to soothe your aching conscience. We hate oppressive governments and won't lift a finger to stop you from going to fight if you'd like. However, we do not enjoy parenting the entire world and do not want to spend so much of our time battling each and every little tyrant with a military uniform and a funny hat.

ARTICLE IX:You don't have the right to a job. Sure, all of us want all of you to have one, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE X:You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to pursue happiness — which, by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an overabundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

If you agree, we strongly urge you to forward this to as many people as you can. No, you don't have to, and nothing tragic will befall you should you not forward it. We just think it is about time common sense is allowed to flourish — call it the age of reason revisited.

Or this one


Note where the web site is. Not everyone in Germany is nuts :-)

As Long As We're Making Christmas Wishes...


I'd like a set of four of these...

linky

or

these would be nice too!

Sarah, try this one


Charter Arms didn't wimp like S&W.

Xmas?


And it will fit in my Christmas Stocking too!

Christmas Gifts

Seeing the holidays are coming, I thought I'd let you all know what I want!

Blogger Perks: Little Green Movie Critic

I just registered to be a "blogger reviewer" of Joss Whedon's new Sci-Fi Action/Adventure movie Serenity using the Colloquium URL. I'll be seeing it here in D.C. on Monday, September 26, ahead of the Septemeber 30 opening. All I got's to do in return is post a little somethin' somethin' here about what I thought of it. (Puppy Blender has more.)

If you're unfamiliar with the background of the movie: it's the conclusion of the one-season series on Fox called Firefly that got cancelled mostly because of Fox's inept programming decisions. For more background, see M.E. Russell's article from The Daily Standard. As he said: "Think of it as Star Wars, if Han Solo were the main character, and he still shot Greedo first." His review alone was enough to get me to purchase the complete series on DVD for the back story. However, I understand you won't need to know all of that to enjoy the movie, but I can give you a better assessment of that after Monday!

Support the Troops Weekend, DC

For anyone who will be in the DC area this weekend, or knows anyone who is there, this really should be huge, especially as an antodote, as well as an air freshener, to Mother Sheehan's occupation...and she is a mother :-(.

I think that 2 lizards are already planning on being there.

Bush SLAYS Nagin

AOL poll: President slays mayor on storm
With close to 600,000 participants, public rips Nagin response as 'poor'

As debate continues to rage over government response to Hurricane Katrina, the public clearly thinks New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin – not President Bush – is the one to blame, according to a new online poll by America Online.

With more than 589,000 responses in today's unscientific survey, 65 percent of participants rate Nagin's handling of the Katrina disaster as "poor."

Only 10 percent of AOL users said Nagin's response was "excellent," 13 percent called it "good," and 12 percent termed it "fair."
When asked who has done a better job during the crisis, 67 percent named President Bush, and only 33 percent chose Nagin.......

Read it all!

Hey This Is My Land (ain't it grand?)




Ann Rynd ville:
35 Acres south of
Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Wednesday, September 21

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS

CONSPIRACY THEORISTS UNITE!!!

If anyone is interested, I found out today that the whole thing is a WEATHER WEAPON!!!  Katrina and Rita are planned and plotted attacks on the USA try this website http://www.weatherwars.info/index.html info out for to find out the TRUTH!!!

And now I will go eat a steak with Mrs. Mcgyver (Giggles) and the not-my-kid and come back in a bit(e)

Mcgyver, out


Ignorance is neither Bliss nor Strength

To hear the Left talk, Bush denied Louisiana Federal assistance. This is untrue.

On Saturday (27 August), Governor Blanco did indeed request that President Bush "declare an emergency for the State of Louisiana due to Hurricane Katrina." The White House responded to Governor Blanco's request that same day (Saturday) by declaring the emergency and authorizing FEMA "to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency."

She also wanted to wait 24 hours to decide whether to allow the Federal Government to take over the situation the day before:

Mr. Bush met privately first with Mrs. Blanco, then called Mr. Nagin in for a meeting.
"He called me in that office," Mr. Nagin said. "And he said, 'Mr. Mayor, I offered two options to the governor.' I was ready to move. The governor said she needed 24 hours to make a decision."
That decision was a request by Mr. Bush to allow the federal government to take over the evacuation of New Orleans, which had been marked by chaos for days. The Democratic governor, who has clashed behind the scenes with the Bush administration since the storm hit, refused.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan confirmed the Air Force One meeting with Mrs. Blanco and the governor's decision not to cede her authority over the Louisiana National Guard, but added that he didn't think "it helps any situation to get into all those internal discussions."

There was nothing Bush could do. The issue in question is Federalism. W simply does not have the authority to simply waltz down to Louisiana and take over, no matter how incompetant the State Governor is. Contrary to L³eftist belief, he is not only not Hitler, he is also not King George. These are not provincial Governors that can be dismissed at a whim, they are the Governors of States.

The same people who are whining that Bush didn't do this today would be whining that he did do it today if he had done it then. The difference is that if he had then they would be right.

There are the ignorant on the Right, as well:

BRING BACK THE DADDY PARTY [Rod Dreher]
I carry no water for Gov. Blanco or Mayor Nagin, both of whom will, I am certain, come out worse than anybody when the crisis moment passes and we examine the record of who did what. That said, I was startled to see a quote from a "senior administration official" in a Times story today, explaining why President Bush did not invoke the Insurrection Act and seized control of the Louisiana National Guard:

"Can you imagine how it would have been perceived if a president of the of one party had pre-emptively taken from the female governor of another party the command and control of her forces, unless the security situation made it completely clear that she was unable to effectively execute her command authority and that lawlessness was the inevitable result?"

Excuse me, but what? Is it really the case that a Republican president was so worried about the conniption fit the left would have if he told Gov. Edith Bunker to stifle it, and sent in troops to save the lives of poor black people who were being set upon by anarchists? Sure, the usual suspects would have howled, but they would have howled anyway. The Normal-American community, however, would have seen a commander in chief who was not going to let political considerations stop him from overruling an inept governor and moving in to save lives and prevent an American city from turning into Mogadishu? And the Normal-American community would have cheered this extraordinary example of firm executive leadership, and told the Meathead-Americans to take a hike. But that didn't happen, did it?

That is what I mean by ignorance. Anyone who understands the concept of Federalism understands that had Bush declared the Governor incompetant, removed her, and invaded Louisiana understands that this would have been a greater disaster.

I like Rod Dreher, but he seems to have forgotten the last time a President did that.

They called it the Civil War.

The Princess said...

...that if I didn't post this she would. Heck, could I let her get all the reflected glory? Heck no.

Don't know where it came from, as I got it via e-mail from my uncle:

By Rabbi Aryeh Spero Posted Sep 7, 2005

In New Orleans, beginning Tuesday morning, August 30, I saw men in helicopters risking their lives to save stranded flood victims from rooftops. The rescuers were White, the stranded Black. I saw Caucasians navigating their small, private boats in violent, swirling, toxic floodwaters to find fellow citizens trapped in their houses. Those they saved were Black.

I saw Brotherhood. New York Congressman Charlie Rangel saw Racism.


Yes, there are Two Americas. One is the real America, where virtually every White person I know sends money, food or clothes to those in need now and in other crises -- regardless of color. This America is colorblind.

The other is the America fantasized and manufactured by Charlie Rangel, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who constantly cry "racism!" even in situations where it does not exist, even when undeniable images illustrate love, compassion and concern.
These three men, together with today's NAACP, want to continue the notion of Racist America. It is their Mantra, their calling card. Their power, money, and continued media appearances depend on it.

Often, people caught up in accusing others of neglect and sin need to undergo their own personal introspection. They begin to think they alone inhabit the moral high ground. It is high time these men peered into their own hearts at the dark chamber that causes this unceasing labeling of their fellow Americans as racist." They may find in that chamber their own racism -- against Whites.

There is only one real America. Beginning Friday morning in Houston, thousands of regular citizens poured into the astrodome offering water, food, clean clothes, personal items, baby diapers and toys, love and even their homes to the evacuees who had been bused in from New Orleans. Most of the givers were White, most of those being helped were Black. But there was Jesse Jackson, busy on TV, accusing the country of not putting Blacks -- i.e., him -- on some type of Commission he is demanding. Where was he early in the week? Not sweating with others from around the country who had scraped their last dollar to come help. With Jesse, it's always about Jesse.
After decades of hearing accusations from Jesse, Al, Charlie, the NAACP and certain elitists about how racist America is, it would have been refreshing to hear them for once give thanks to those they for years have been maligning. These self-anointed spokesmen for the Black community lead only when it comes to foisting guilt and condemnation, and not when it comes to acknowledging the good in those they have made a career in castigating.

As a Rabbi I have a message I wish to offer to my fellow members of the cloth, Reverends Jackson and Sharpton: It is time to do some soul searching. Your continued efforts to tear this country apart, even in light of the monumental goodness shown by your White brothers, is a sin.

There are no churches in the world like the American churches. And there are no better parishioners and members of churches anywhere in the world.

These churches are saving the day. Their members -- infused by the special and singular teachings of our unique American Judeo-Christian understanding of the Bible -- are, at this moment, writing an historic chapter in giving, initiative, and selflessness.
They are opening their homes to strangers. They are doing what government is incapable of doing.

America works because of its faith-based institutions. It always has. That is what makes it America.

So next time the ACLU tries to diminish and marginalizes the churches, saying there is no role for religion in American public life, that an impenetrable wall must be erected separating the citizens from their faith, cry out "Katrina."

Next time the ACLU goes to court asking that U.S. soldiers not be allowed to say Grace in the Mess Hall and that communities be forbidden from setting up a nativity scene, ask yourself: without the motivation of Goodness sourced in Faith, would people offer such sacrifice? Where else does this Brotherhood come from but the Bible which teaches "Thou Shall Love Thy Neighbor as Yourself."

I saw brotherhood on Fox News, where 24/7 reporters used their perch as a clearing-house for search-and-rescue missions and communication between the stranded and those in position to save. In contrast, the Old-line networks continued with their usual foolish, brain-numbing programming. Those who always preach "compassion" chose profit over people.

The New York Times has utterly failed America. Its columnists could have used their talents and word skills to inspire and unite a nation.

Columnists such as Frank Rich and Paul Krugman, however, revealed their true colors by evading their once-in-a-lifetime chance to help and instead chose to divide, condemn, and fuel the fires and poison the waters of Louisiana. In them, I saw no Brotherhood. The newspaper always preaching "compassion" verifies Shakespeare's "They protest too much."

Similar elitists here in the northeast and on the west coast have over the years expressed their view of the South as "sophisticated" and Texans as "cowboys." Well, the South has come through, especially Houston and other parts of Texas, hereas, as I write this on Labor Day, the limousine oralizers are lying on east and west coast beaches thinking they're doing their part by reading Times' editorials and calling George Bush "racist."

How sanctimonious life becomes when proving you are not a racist depends not on living in a truly integrated neighborhood, but by simply calling others racist.

Like so often in history, facts trump platitudes. Reality reigns. Those who always preach brotherhood, thus far have acted devoid of it.

Those who for decades have been accused by elitists of not having compassion are the ones living it. They are: the churches, the military, and the sons and daughters of the South.

Islamist Weather Channel Image

Photo blog of Pilot on U.S.S. Iwo Jima deployed to Katrina Relief

An old Army buddy of mine, who is now a Navy helicopter pilot (I know--long day comin') is deployed on the U.S.S. Iwo Jima as part of Katrina relief.

He blogs here and this post has some pictures of his efforts.

Tuesday, September 20

Don't get stuck on stupid

Go thou and read thereof.

That's one pissed off General. That's the way you should talk to reporters. Time to quit trying to play nice with the L³eft. W needs to learn that about the Democrats, as well. The Robert's hearing should have convinced him of that.

Just Pissy Today

I've a student in my 1st period, senior in a frosh class. Tardy 2, 3 times a week. Now at our school, when the bell rings, the teachers lock their doors and tardy students have to get a detention slip from admin or security before they can be admitted to class. After a few days of getting detentions, this girl now comes to school, and mind we're talking about 2-3 days a week, with a note from her mother (ostensibly) saying she was SICK.

This pisses me off. How am I supposed to teach these students how to be responsible when their own parents enable them to flout the rules? Am I alone here?

My daughter is a student at the newly opened University of California Merced. She has an on-campus job. When she went to her job orientation she got a paper with the rules, including the importance of being on time. Late to work once, a verbal warning. Twice, a written reprimand that goes in your file. Three times? YOU'RE FIRED. That's it.

Now I try to tell my students that this is the way it is in the cold hard world, but they all argue with me that a couple minutes late is no big deal. I think this is hogwash, but I get to work an hour and a half early most days. So I am asking you guys who have regular jobs...do you get in trouble if you're late to work?

Clinton the Condom


I just had to post this...the Chinese have a great new product! Too bad Bubba and Shrillery's parents didn't use them.

No offense meant. It just was too funny to not share.
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