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Wednesday, March 28. 2007
Now that the Brits have decided to dismantle the Royal Navy, I suppose any questions about it are moot. Still, I do not understand why, during the apparent ambush of the Brit inflatables by several Iranian gunboats, the Iranians were not picked up on the Cornwall's radar.
I understand that the Cornwall was ordered not to defend with fire, but surely the closer presence of the Cornwall, plus recalling her helo, could have been discouraging to the Iranians and driven them away.
(Of course, the notion that a warship could be forbidden to defend their ship and crew verges on insanity.)
Iran today: "Brits must admit trespass." It's the mullahs playing the same games with the Brits that they do inside the UK. Will the Brits ever learn that the Moslems play according to different rules than the West? The next demand will be that Blair himself come to Tehran and bend over his backside to Al Khameini.
One more photo of our friend fishing the Upper Malleo River in Patagonia this past January.
Re this video, a quote from Cato's David Boaz, at TCS:
His whole piece here.
Long-time readers know that Maggie's Farm doesn't do ads. I suppose we'd consider it if the money were big enough, though. Anyway, we sort-of linked up with the Pajamas Media team (without taking their ads) and have added their button to our sidebar.
Thanks to Roger Simon for expediting.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 15:31 | Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0)
Dylan is back to playing his guitar on the Never Ending Tour.
He's only played piano for the past five years.
He is in Scandinavia right now.
A few weeks ago I took a stab at the subject of American medical care, and the relationship between patient and physician, "Providers or Physicians?"
I recently stumbled upon a better piece on the same subject by Dr. Bob in which he explains that "medical care is not a widget," and that the relationship between physician and patient is not a contract, but a covenant. Worth reading, at The Doctor is In
Auster says what many people think silently. A quote from his latest on the dangers of uncontrolled immigration:
The whole thing here.
A new bio. Review by Louis Auchincloss in the NY Sun.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 12:06 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
I am wondering what I would do if I were Tony Blair.
Robert Petersen (of Petersen Publishing) died. A sportsman and car-lover, Petersen was very generous with conservation causes.
Frontline's News War site:you can have fun with this site for a while/
Love the planet. Ham video tells you how.
Another US income redistribution graph at Viking. When is enough enough?
Obama doesn't get it. Betsy. America is the people, not the government.
Offensive to women? World's best bourbon.
A Chris Ware video, at David Thompson
Does the internet put all of us in cocoons? Valid question. Don't know the answer. Drezner
Tuesday, March 27. 2007
Makes it more real. Videos via WaPo
Update: This production via MEMRI, via Iran TV - a quote:
Yankees or Red Sox fan? Are there any other teams?
The benefits of global warming. Jim Miller
I have a family friend who was in the Battle of the Bulge as a medic at 16. Are we keeping our kids too young too long? Samizdata wonders.
What county pays the highest federal taxes in the country? Average of $82,000/household. California Yankee lives in it.
If you like toads, you'll love this toad. Yes, I do like toads.
Locate the state on the map. Good game
Lower the drinking age? Addison Independent
Woops, says Army Corp of Engineers, re NO
Injustice. Shaquanda Cotton.
No facts needed. The new SATs
A prayer for Tony Snow. What a lovely guy. Very sad.
Mr. Sun has been acting strangely. Cramer
Arizona newspaper comes out against the education-industrial complex. Bravo.
Why McCain-Feingold is a terrible thing. Betsy
$28 billion. That's the final tab for Pelosi's surrender vote. And she complains about the cost of the war?
"I was told there would be no math." Journalists are numerically impaired.
From a piece at Belmont Club, re the Brit prisoners:
Do we have enough tax redistribution, or do we need more? I think we are taking care of the poor - and this doesn't even include charity. Graph from piece at Willisms:
From a global warming hysteric (with a large, very comfortable home): "How could my wood stove be adding to global warming? It's not oil. It's natural. What would we do without it? It's our pleasure and comfort."
She thinks that as long as it isn't oil, it's good. Wrong. Oil and coal are simply old wood.
Do any bloggers know what is going on with Truth Laid Bear? It seems to be stuck in a rut. We have been a "Mighty Woodchuck" forever, and the charts don't move.
From Tom Shales' review of the "Planet Earth" series on the Discovery Channel:
The whole review here at WaPo.
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 08:26 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0)
“Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”
"Hope is not a plan."
Look at how Time and Newsweek alter their covers for other countries. Registan. (Registan focuses on news from Central Asia.)
Australia's Geelong Advertiser has a strong editorial against global warming hysteria. People are beginning to catch on. (h/t. Tim Blair)
Decorum preferred to truth at the UN Human Rights Council. Democracy Project
The new Jane Fonda. Sean Penn. Do such folks really hate the America which has given them everything, or are they just looking for easy virtue (with photo ops) to redeem their empty, foolish, decadent and superficial Hollywood lives?
Caught up with Iraq the Model lately? He has three recent posts.
Children of alumni are harmed by admissions preferences.
Smuggling crocodiles into Gaza under her dress. WTH?
Why Thompson is a good candidate. (h/t, reader)
Our pill-popping world. Licensed to Pill - funny video
Did you take the time to listen to the Kayet How Liberals Think video? Please do.
You cannot be culturally literate - or an educated person - in Western Civilization without knowing the Bible. It's our culture's taproot. It's therefore interesting to see that public school courses in the Bible are growing in popularity.
David van Biema has a very fine piece in the usually-disappointing Time Magazine discussing this new trend, and the issues around it.
It begins thus:
Read the whole thing (4 pages).
Monday, March 26. 2007
Crittenden has written an editorial on his blog, and it makes good sense to me. Iran expects the West to fold: they can do whatever they want. Jules has some better ideas.
Superb piece by Munchkin Wrangler, found by Mr. Free Market. It begins thus:
Read the whole thing. BTW, can you name that handgun?
Bruce Kesler wonders how important medical insurance reform will be in the next election. He sees no "crisis," and takes a closer look at the stats.One quote:
Tyler Cowen takes a look at the French system, which is often held up as an ideal, and it isn't so rosy.
The moral of the story is that there is no free lunch, and there is no perfect system.
A propos of Dr. Bliss' recent approval of spanking and corporal punishment (A Good Spanking), a friend offers the following alternative to the humiliation of spanking:
When my kids act up, act disrespectfully, or disobey orders repeatedly, we never do physical punishments.
Instead, we take them for a nice little car ride to calm them down. Here's a recent photo of our disciplinary technique, which is designed to keep them out of jail in adulthood:
Posted by Gwynnie in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 10:25 | Comments (3) | Trackbacks (0)
What is Iran up to, with their Brit prisoners? It's almost a declaration of war.
David Stockman charged in securites fraud.
Barone on Al Gore and globalistical warmening. Sounds just like us. Sane and reasonable.
There's a new medicine for restless leg sydrome. Don't mock it if you haven't had it.
Fact vs. narrative. Well put, by Asst. Village Idiot
In Canada, they give you a discount for energy conservation, then raise your bill because the conservation makes the power company lose money. How rational. Is there anyone left in the world who thinks that bureaucrats are smarter than markets?
A sheep that is 15% human. Definitely a good college candidate.
Super-size me. Ambulances for fatties in Australia.
A fine Monday morning rant, about WalMart, medical insurance, and CEO pay. And Rightly So
Bad things happen in wars. Never Yet Melted. War is not social work