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Wednesday, February 28. 2007
This Alterman guy
Just a note to highlight that the dude Gwynnie ranted about here yesterday was indeed the esteemed commentator and fascist-in-training Eric Alterman, about whom the truly admired Ms. Althouse had a few words, today.
I do not know this Alterman guy from Adam, but not only does he possess a dangerous attitude, but he is a first class schmuck.
Posted by The News Junkie in Politics at 18:58 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
The first Lone Star State
The Free and Independent Republic of West Florida. Its complex history here.
Posted by Bird Dog in History at 18:41 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
QQQ: Drink deep, or taste not.
“Drink deep…or taste not,” is a direction full as applicable to Religion, if we would find it a source of pleasure, as it is to knowledge. A little Religion is, it must be confessed, apt to make men gloomy, as a little knowledge to render them vain: hence the unjust imputation often brought upon Religion by those whose degree of Religion is just sufficeint, by condemning their course of conduct, to render them uneasy; enough merely to impair the sweetness of the pleasures of sin, and not enough to compensate for the relinquishment of them by its own peculiar comforts. Thus these men bring up, as it were, an ill report of the land of promise, which, in truth, abounds with whatever, in our journey through life, can best refresh and strengthen us.
William Wilberforce (h/t, Middlebrow)
Posted by Bird Dog in Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ) at 14:52 | Comments (7) | Trackbacks (0)
Joke of the Day
Two Swedes from Wisconsin are sittin' in a boat on Dead Lake, fishing and suckin' beer, when out of the blue Sven comments, "I think I'm going to divorce my wife. She hasn't spoken to me in over six months."
Ole takes a sip of beer and says, "You better think that over. Women like that are hard to find."
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:52 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Eat your heart out, Prince Charles
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:04 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
If I were King....
I would cut off Ronald McDonald's head!
Indeed this is beyond parody.
Has everybody forgotten about "Live and let live."?
Also, I'd bet a fiver that the Prince of Wales has never enjoyed a Big Mac with a large fries - hold the pickles, and therefore knows nothing about the subject.
Posted by Bird Dog in Politics at 10:58 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
The Apostrophe Crisis: Reverend Al Gore's New Crusade
In a stunning turnaround, The Right Reverend Al Gore announced today that he has abandoned his "Crusade to End Exhalation and Bovine Flatulence," and has turned his attention to a more pressing concern: The apostrophe.
"I was jetting all over the world, Davos, Vail, Rhiyad to pick up my check, and I got a good long look at all the people who have been masturbating furiously in the front row of An Inconvenient Truth and screaming at evil republicans on my beloved invention, the internet. It hit me like a metric tonne of greenhouse gases, I'm telling you. I saw my one, true calling. We must ration apostrophes! The use of apostrophe's ... oh, damn... See? They've got me doing it now. We're going to run out of apostrophes if we don't act globally now!"
"I'd read my supporter's...that one belongs there, right? That's possessive, isn't it? Or does it go on the end? Damn, I've lost track...at any rate, I've read their fevered comments on the usual Republitards webpages, and weep for the clear-cutting of the apostrophe forests necessary to form just one paragraph. I mean, it's like I'm reading Klingon or Arabic or something. Can't they just photoshop a Hitler moustache on a previously photoshopped picture of Bush eating a kitten, like normal people do, instead of this unsustainable use of precious apostrophe's... Damn! See? I did it again."
"Look at this," Reverend Al ushered me over to the hand cranked laptop he had installed in his indoor riding ring/jetpark, to lower his carbon footprint. "Look at this! Look at this and weep for the coming world. A world without apostrophes!"
Continue reading "The Apostrophe Crisis: Reverend Al Gore's New Crusade"
Posted by Roger de Hauteville in Our Essays, Politics at 09:46 | Comments (13) | Trackbacks (0)
Stop the presses!
David Brooks determines that there is evil in the hearts of men.
(h/t, Jules C)
Posted by Bird Dog in Politics at 07:01 | Comments (9) | Trackbacks (0)
Weds. Morning Links
Rare image, on loan from LGF. Take a left turn, and you could be killed. Funny how often "tolerance" is a one-way street.
Praise for Moslem efforts to kill Dick Cheney via SC&A. It's a disease. If we killed everyone we disagreed with about something, we'd be alone on the planet.
Jim Miller has some fun Al Gore links. At this point, it is just getting too easy.
Your children are your responsibility. LaShawn. What a radical concept! I thought they were the village's problem.
RomneyCare not working out too well. Prof B.
Celebrities can fart but I can't. Celestial Junk. No, their farts are pure and beautiful.
One Baghdad family likes the surge. So do we. Too bad it's a few years too late, but who had the crystal ball?
The fingers of unrepentant Nazi-collaborator Soros (woops - is that a character assasination?) invading government. Pelosi hires his guy as her Counsel. Front Page. Watch out. These deep swimmers of the internationalist Left have their own agendas.
Seymour Hersh gives a hand job to Egypt, says Sandmonkey. Hersh has always been a knee-jerk America-hater. What's new?
Buy a lie. Alibi Network at Business Pundit
Gun ownership is not about hunting, nor is it mainly about self-defence or ordinary gun games. It's about war. Shape of Days. Quite right. Which is why it is critical - it's not about recreation.
What is The Tides Foundation, and what are they doing? Like so many foundations created by benevolently-minded successful capitalists, they have been hijacked by the radical Left.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 06:17 | Comment (1) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday, February 27. 2007
Instant Carbon Neutrality: From a bad person to a good one for less than the price of a pack of Marlboro Lites (plus a minor rant about elitism)
"As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs."
That was the famous marketing quote for the sale of Papal indulgences to which Martin Luther took strong exception in 1517.
Ever wonder how Al Gore with his three houses and SUVs, and Suzuki with his mega-bus, and Hollywood, etc. claim to be "carbon neutral"?
Exactly the same way indulgences worked. Here's how. One quote:
As quoted by Gore's office yesterday:
Another alternative for no footprints: Make yourself a helium-brained airhead and just float over the landscape without your feet touching.
Instapundit found this Stalinist-sounding defence of Gore's hypocrisy, which truly gives me the creeps:
With him in it, no doubt. Would somebody remind this hideous un-American creep that, when searching for elites, the last place anyone would search is amongst politicians. They are the least-respected profession in America, and should be.
You want an American Elite, Mr. Smarty-Pants who probably thinks he is elite himself? Try my plumbing, heating, and A/C guy Greg. He is honest, direct, gives sound advice; is smart, skilled, takes my calls, is overly-humble, and efficient - and has never overcharged me. More often, undercharges me, I think. Is God-fearing and God-loving, with a charming young family who understand that he needs to make house calls on Sunday night. And who quotes Shakespeare, and sometimes Milton. That is the American elite, my poor misguided friend: the people, and the government is our servant. Servant. Don't misunderestimate the wisdom of the regular folks, because being in real life can be worth a million-dollar education, especially if you have a curious mind and can learn from experience.
Image: Al Gore owns three homes. This is a recent photo of his carbon-neutral home, in the Belle Mead neighborhood of Nashville.
Posted by Gwynnie in Our Essays, Politics at 13:48 | Comments (22) | Trackbacks (2)
1. Mexico: Remember our post about an American trying to get a job in Mexico? With this border story, it seems worth remembering now. No, you are not welcome in Mexico unless you are on vacation.
2. Hillary and the Black Panthers: Remember this one? We posted it, but I can't find it in the archives:
Posted by Gwynnie in Politics at 12:12 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
Tuesday Morning Links
I just can't quit singing those unforgettable lyrics to Gorespell this snowy morning.
Why normal people avoid politics - or are driven away. P/T Pundit. And if you think that is bad, try Guatemalan politics.
So now Europe wants Star Wars. Ungrateful wretches.
More Clintonphobia. How come they only like rich people? Betsy. Don't they have any regular old friends? I suspect not.
How birds plan ahead. Smarter than people who count on Social Security.
Jihad is planning cyberwar against unfriendly websites.
Why we are not McCain fans.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 08:21 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Says it all
From Gay Patriot:
Yes, and so is Congress.
Posted by The News Junkie in Politics at 06:56 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
I'd hate to be Pervez Musharraf
There is no way this dictator can please both his US sponsors and his radicalized population. Yet he must. How can he walk that tightrope, with Taliban armies gathering in the north, and bomb attempts on Cheney?
Only one solution: NATO forces attack the camps, and Musharraf screams about it.
Posted by The News Junkie in Politics at 06:43 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.
Posted by Bird Dog in Quotidian Quotable Quote (QQQ) at 05:26 | Comments (8) | Trackbacks (0)
Duck Boat in Snow, yesterday
Posted by Bird Dog in Hunting, Fishing, Dogs, Guns, etc. at 05:00 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Monday, February 26. 2007
Forget The Oscar- How About His Stage Work?
We've got an exclusive peek at Al Gore's next infotainment triumph. Al's taking his tent meeting onto the groaning floorboards of Broadway with his gospels according to, well... himself, I guess: Gorespell!
Sing along with Al:
-Day by day
-Day by day
-Day by day
Um... There's 154 more verses. I'll put them in a PowerPoint presentation and e-mail them to you.
Posted by Roger de Hauteville in Religion at 19:50 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
Take Bill's penis off the table, demands Hillary
She demands no mention of unpleasant subjects. Mickey Kaus:
My question: Why do people call it "cheating" when it is so obvious that it's just part of their deal? It's not cheating until it makes the newspapers, and she can play the role of the hurt little wifie. They should quit the charade.
Posted by The Barrister in Politics at 18:09 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
For PhDs in Car Control only. YouTube. The parallel parking is the best. Can't wait to try it downtown.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 17:45 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
Reverend Al Update
Via reader, via NRO, via Blair, by Steyn, via Evangelical Outpost:
And we offer this tidbit too, via Sensible Mom:
Hmmm. Does it sound like he is really worried?
Posted by Bird Dog in Politics at 17:27 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
Iraq Update: Blowback Time?
Murtha now says it outloud: We need to get out of there before it looks like a success. Just as we have been saying for a year or more: the Dems now require a humiliating defeat. They have staked (staken?) their future on it.
As pointed out by Horsefeathers, Chamberlain wanted to win the war, unlike our Dems. Their quote:
And here is Woodward this weekend, as quoted in a comprehensive piece at Villainous:
Posted by Bird Dog in Politics at 15:09 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
The New York Flower Market
West 28th street in Manhattan has been the flower district for 100 years. I have always enjoyed the way NYC retailers and wholesalers have clumped together for the convenience of their customers and for the convenience of the trucks that deliver to them. The Diamond District, the Fulton Fish Market, the Hunts Point vegetable market, and so on. Heck, there is even a Financial District. Who knew?
Such districts have not been created by fiat or by planners, but have grown organically with the relentless logic of market capitalism.
You can find any flower or plant material you want in the Flower District, in almost any reasonable volume. 300 Bell Song tulips? No problem. As the second largest flower market in the world (after Amsterdam), the market serves retailers from MA, NJ, CT, NYS - and further. The vans arrive to load up on their day's purchases at 5 AM.
At 6 AM, you will also see a smattering of garden club ladies hunting out stuff for their next creation, which is what brought me and Mrs. Barrister and her pal down to the district from central CT in snow and sleet at o-dark-thirty this morning. I was chauffeur, but I do get a kick out of looking at all of the strange stuff. Some look like science fiction creations, especially some of the strange Protea which, it seems, have been all the rage in recent years. There is one Proteus that looks like eyeballs on a stem. The Greek sea-god was a shape-changer.
Her friend wanted these and these, and found them. And some other stuff like the winter Buckeye branches Mrs. B was looking for, plus a ton of pussy willows just for home.
As the city changes, the flower district is slowly fading, from over 60 establishments 20 years ago to around 40 right now. But it remains a bustling, thriving place in the early morning.
Now I will get out the old plow and do the driveway and the front of the barn so we can let the horses out. Snow day! I'll "work from home" this afternoon by the fire with a few warming glasses of something nice.
This Iraq rape story is beginning to sound like Duke. Confed. Yank
Wesleyan Univ - remove from your kids' college list. A once-great school, but they drank the Kool Aid years ago. Small Dead Polar Bears
IRS goes after EBay sellers. Sorry, folks. There is no escape, unless you are rich enough to know what to do. Very rich. Since we have Death Taxes, how come the Rockefellers and Kennedys and etc. still don't need jobs? But you will not be able to hand any of your hard-earned wealth down, because you cannot afford the lawyers who arrange these things.
A cool political dirty trick from Long Island: Pester people with phone calls during the Super Bowl, ostensibly from your opponent. NY Sun
Adding to our blogroll: Above the Law. Also, something new which I think has great promise, and aims to do what independent blogs have been trying to do: Reporters without Borders. Wonder if they have a job for me.
NYC still doesn't allow dancing in bars. NYC is not exactly a Libertarian stronghold.
Homeland Security Pork. Synthstuff. My guess: 70% pork. Government works for government. Is that news?
Largest gun sales in the US? Walmart, of course. But they are cutting back. Alphecca.
Hillary still afraid that Bill will blow it for her. Newsweek.
Upset Mexicans? Too damn bad. What about our border? I am afraid that it is a two-way street.
Some excellent comments on George Orwell, at Asst. Village Idiot
Image: A damn good micro-brewery beer. Coddington's, from Newport, RI. Empty bottle, of course. A very pleasant gift from our RI friends. Something Dust my Broom needs to try.
Posted by The News Junkie in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 10:54 | Comments (5) | Trackbacks (0)
A well-deserved Oscar
I do not watch Academy Awards, but I see Al won his statue. Deservedly so - he is as phoney and as full of himself as everyone else in Tinseltown.
As Michaels points out in NRO:
So there you have Hansen commenting on his own honesty. Gore did it earlier, which we discussed here: yes, he admitted lying in the movie. But who in Hollywood cares whether it's a fairy tale or not? They live in, and by, fairy tales.
Image borrowed from YARGB.
Posted by The News Junkie in Politics at 06:25 | Comments (11) | Trackbacks (0)
Sunday, February 25. 2007
T.E. Lawrence was one of the most fascinating people in recent history, and his Seven Pillars of Wisdom remains a masterpiece - and a page-turner. His role in the formation of the present-day Middle East is not overlooked by Moderate Voice. I doubt that Gen. Petraeus is our Lawrence. I was told second-hand via someone who met Lawrence that he was an unusually mild-mannered guy who looked and acted like Stan Laurel.
What is with this story about Jesus' coffin? Some thoughts about it from Anchoress. If those are Christ's bones, then I will give you my piece of Noah's Ark for free - and throw in my splinter of the True Cross.
Was Washington a Deist or a Christian? Michael Novak considers GW's statements at First Things
CO2 shortage in South Africa. haha. Can't they just take it out of the air, or something?
Why does the Left give a pass to Fundie Islam but no pass to Fundie Christianity? Wizbang. Aw, you already know the answer.
The Watchers highlighted the Schulman piece on Nazi-collaborator George Soros
Granddaddy found some nice Dylan Youtubes. I especially like the version of My Back Pages, of course.
Virginia apologizes for slavery. What utter BS. What is this "mea culpa" fad? Dr. Bliss, any ideas? Since there can be no such thing as collective guilt, much less collective historical guilt (unless you are neurotic as heck), this must be pure pandering. I guess that's obvious.
Hollywood applauds Jihad. If Hollywood loves Castro and Jihad, what are Americans supposed to think?
Posted by Bird Dog in Hot News & Misc. Short Subjects at 13:27 | Comments (4) | Trackbacks (0)
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