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Wednesday, January 31. 2007
This is a 26' triple cockpit runabout with a 425 hp Chevy V8. Mahogany, of course.
Pefect for Lake Champlain or Lake Winnepesaukee, if you don't mind being noticed. Or Long Island Sound, in nice weather.
You can buy it here.
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Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
Edward R. Murrow
Edwards' sleazily-earned wealth, and his 28,000 square-foot house for which he clear-cut many acres of woodland, convinced me that there truly are two Americas: He is in one, and I am in the other. But this house takes the cake. Wow.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 14:43 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Over the last century, millions of people from all over the world have come to New York City. They didn’t come here to be taken care of and to be dependent on city government. They came here for the freedom to take care of themselves.
Rudy Guiliani (h/t, Ace)
These animals should be killed. There is no reason on earth to keep such dangerous mongrels alive, and the risk for escape seems obvious. If the story was intended to be heartwarming, it wasn't. Real wolves - fine. But these things are an insult to nature.
Story from the AP:
Continue reading "Elk Story"
A quote from Ben Stein's piece in American Spectator:
Maggie's Farm is up and running. Limping, bleeding, but alive to fight another day. See our post from last night on Our Denial of Service Attack. We continue to block a good deal of our legitimate traffic, and commenting will be open sporadically today - if at all.
An Aussie is offended by the Aussie flag. I am offended that the Aussie is offended.
Mark Green's brother buys him a radio network. Air America. What a nice brother. Those outside the northeast don't know who Mark Green is. Here's the story.
Mr. Edwards Builds his Dream House.
Richard Clark - yes, that Richard Clark, on Iran. When people ask "When will we go to war with Iran?", I say "We already are."
Meanwhile, Jon Cary attacks the US from Iran. That is beyond dissent: that is disloyal, if not utterly insane. But that's why we call him Pariah Kerry. Someone needs to run against him in MA. How about it, Neo-neocon?
Two new books by Warming doubters. via Drudge
Some of the problems with Vista.
Chris Hedges scares me. Coyote
A rational Senator? Lugar on Iraq.
I have never treated a patient with a "transsexual" diagnosis (now known as Gender Identity Disorder), and I know little about it.
The case in Germany described in Clayton Cramer's piece, in which a 12 year-old boy is undergoing hormonal treatment in preparation for surgical transformation into a "female," raises the issue. The German Child Endocrinologist says this:
Freud made it clear, and he was right, that everyone is psychologically a bit male, a bit female, and, on some level, bisexual. Psychiatrists, and especially psychoanalysts, tend to look for the inner motives for things in general, and to view desires for external change as "externalizations." Just the phrase "trapped in the wrong body" is based on a strange premise. Furthermore, who has the body they really think they want? I was a tomboy myself, refused to wear dresses, and liked guns and sports. However, sometimes things do go awry during early development - before birth - which affect the development of the brain and thus the personality.
I guess all I can say about this is that I'd like to imagine that there could be some "therapy" for a kid like this that would fall short of dreadful physical mutilation. I'd be willing to give it a try.
And, by the way, I do not believe you could do this thing they are doing in Germany in the US: I doubt any physician would be willing to do it at that age. Primum non nocere.
Tuesday, January 30. 2007
Just got off the phone with our Webmeister Chris. Here's what I learned about the Denial of Service (DOS) "attack" which we have been dealing with on and off since Thursday, and which has made access for our readers intermittently difficult or, today, impossible.
We have been subjected to what is termed a DOS Botnet Attack, consisting mainly of lengthy black market drug advertisements, containing multiple links, directed to our trackback system and to our commenting system (which is why they are shut down at the moment). A "bot" is, of course, a robotic software program.
Chris determined that this attack is coming from China, India, Japan, and Korea, simultaneously. It is probably a criminal consortium of some sort - and a large one. DOS attacks are not designed to damage specific sites, and they are not designed to result in a DOS - after all, that would defeat the purpose, which is advertising. Like any parasite, a bot is not intended to kill its host - just to feed off it. Just like the Welfare State.
Continue reading "Our Denial of Service Attack, Update"
We have been down most of the day due to overwhelming bot attacks. Had to turn commenting off for the moment. Will be back to normal as soon as we reinforce our defences, or find an effective counterattack.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 08:27 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
A quote from Derbyshire's piece on the book:
There is an extract from the book at The Observer, from which I quote:
Let's pray that this book from this well-known recovering Left-Liberal, pink-diaper baby will have an impact on the UK.
Moscow Mayor terms gay parade "Satanic." via Drudge.
Why married people don't want sex. Dr. Helen
Taking offense is offensive. Indeed it is, and hostile and manipulative too. Am Thinker. A quote:
The new Battleground Poll shows a conservative America. Intell Cons.
Monday, January 29. 2007
China warns against "wine and women" at Olympics. I guess song is OK.
A case against women's suffrage, at Althouse. Emotional, impulsive, and elections are a popularity contest, like high school. Is that true?
Dumbest thing: he put the duck in the fridge without cleaning it. And now the bird has a name. Sheesh. Can he shoot it again?
The debate about Iran's role in Iraq. Regime Change Iran
From a piece at Driscoll:
Yeah, LA Times. Let's wait 'til they do something really bad.
Ethanol and corn prices. Willisms
Webb, and absolute vs. relative poverty. Betsy. Good point. Now that absolute poverty is gone in the US, the envy-mongers need to focus on relative poverty. What else can they do? Everybody is relatively poor, compared to someone.
New black realism in a post-civil rights world. Hymowitz in City Journal. A quote:
They do not mix. The UN Report will be another silly exercise, like the Stern Report. Truth is, nobody knows anything, and it is difficult to find opinions which are not emotion-driven, or agenda-driven, or eco-religionist-driven.
When the climate scientists and the paleoclimatologists stop driving and flying on airplanes and eating beef, I will listen...maybe.
Already, The UN Report is being slammed.
Image via Tangled Web
...but I think he is back up, after his beat-down last week. Henceforth, we will call him Pariah Kerry - assuming he is permitted back into a country he clearly detests. Gotta wonder why he wants to come back, anyway.
An echo of Reagan's quote, from Kling at TCS on Plato vs. Milton Friedman:
Exactly right. My life belongs to me, and I am smarter than they are - and more humble, too.
Roger won the Aussie Open. He is on a roll.
He is 25, and he likes Heineken.
Visions of Sampras.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 08:47 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
At Maggie's Farm, we plan to avoid discussing the primaries and the '08 election for quite a while. It is too far away to say anything meaningful - anything can happen between now and then. It's a waste of virtual paper and virtual ink, we believe, and thus damages our virtual planet.
Where is our News Junkie today? On a
Image: The Diebold Accu-Vote system, famously accurate when Dems win elections, but deeply flawed, corrupt, and hacked by Karl Rove when they do not.
Government isn't the solution: it's the problem.
French member of Parliament convicted for saying that homosexuals are morally inferior.
This isn't about gays - it's about the slippery slope to speech control. Is freedom a universal human aspiration? I doubt it: I think it might be an Anglo-Saxon thing. (Is that a racist statement?)
However, to refute even that Anglo-Saxon statement, look what David Cameron wants to do. Is it too late for another revolution in the UK? Heck, look at what we did in the US, and that was about a lousy tea tax.
OK, I take back everything I implied about Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism: maybe all humans are infants at heart, longing for a Daddy and Mommy to provide and to take charge.
Image: A guy who knew what was best for you.
It might be a bit chewy for a Monday morning, but Bob at One Cosmos has the answer. You know you want it, as the beer man says at Yankee Stadium.
He does get into Schopenhauer a bit:
I think I exist to drink wine and to wonder why I exist, after work. After a few wines, one wonders whether one does exist at all, and whether "I" is an illusion. Sometimes, I wonder why other things, like ham sandwiches, exist. The cosmos itself just gives me vertigo.
Image: From the Hubbell scope
When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.
Sunday, January 28. 2007
The Duke humanities faculty have everything figured out, don't they? Allen in The Weekly Standard:
Read the whole thing. And wonder, like me, how long it will take for this sort of academic to be "unmasked" as no more than cynical, bitter, and ignorant careerists, with interest in neither truth nor beauty.
Are there two Dukes? Because one does not encounter such soul-less people in the stands at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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