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Tuesday, January 23. 2007
Image stolen from a piece at Sisu, Two for the price of one.
A trip to the Korean DMZ. Samizdata
Oliver Kamm meets Red Ken. I want Kamm to be my prof.
Mathematics is always in a mess. Hayes at American Scientist explains why proofs do not necessarily mean all that much.
Male and female labor force participation, by year. Interesting trends.
Abortion: Culture of death or "culture of me"? Evangelical Outpost. Yes, abortion is a grievous sin, whether it's called a sin of self-love or murder, and whether it's legal or not.
Worst universities. Hee hee.
Boortz does not care much for Hillary Clinton. Funny.
A Left boilerplate rant. YARGB
Excellent update on Chavez and neighbors, at Venez. News
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Western Europe's America Problem:
"Any trip to Europe confirms what surveys have been finding: The aversion to America is becoming greater, louder, more determined. It is unifying Western Europeans more than any other political emotion — with the exception of a common hostility toward Israel. Indeed, the virulence in Western Europe's antipathy to Israel cannot be understood without the presence of anti-Americanism and hostility to the United States."
How many times have we saved them from depots? How many trillions in aid have we forgiven? Pooh on them.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Horses:
"Sooner or later the Living Constitution will meet bestiality. The sex-with-animals crowd as alternative lifestyle is on display in a film which just premiered at the Sundance Festival"
Ah, the Sundance Festival is so liberating.
"Come here FiFi, that's a good doggie"
Being robbed never felt so good . . . Thanks for the link! :-)
Sissy, before I was a theif I had honorable professions...then I became a stockbroker and learned all the sophistcated ways of theivery..
P.S. I quite Wall Street firms after 20 years, too, too much.
The US Army Learns from its Mistakes in Iraq:
"Weapons alone aren't enough to win a war -- you also need to dig wells and build schools."
That's funny. My father was in WWII,Korea, and Vietnam.
My brother-in-law was in Vietnam and Desert Storm.
While in the CIA I was in Angola,Vietnam,Laos,Cambodia and few other places.
I don't remember any of us ever recounting a story about digging a well or building a school. I always thought that came AFTER you beat the bad guys. Thus a new oxymoron is birthed.......CIVILIZED WARRIORS!
Boortz lights into "polls" --nothing you don't already know, but a real solid 'refresh'. Thanks for the link--
Anti-Americanism, as a real phenom, just might be way oversold--by the usual culprits, the media reds. I know it's just anecdotal, but travelers I talk to to--reporting from all points on the compass--just don't see it. Of course, they're on trips to destinations, and not lolling in the danger zones.
Damn right he made mistakes. They're easy to chronicle. But how do Bush's mistakes compare to the Democrat Party plan to demonize George Bush? What do you think had a greater affect on the situation in the Middle East --- the mistakes Bush made in the pursuit of a better way of life for the citizens of Iraq, or the Democrat's determination to sabotage Bush's efforts?
From where do you think the Islamic fascists have received their most encouragement? From the tactical mistakes made by George Bush, or from the weakness in the American spirit that has been fostered by the whining Democrats?
(from the Boortz piece)
I think we have failed in saving them from 'depots' as every city has at least one depot, some have several...the horrors.
And what about Home Depot? Whose gonna save ME from going in there for a flashlite battery and coming out with enough junk to rebuild Levitown?
Home Depot is like candy for a junkie. I go in to buy one 10' 2x4.
Come out with electric generator that could light Levittown, another fifteen bungie cords, an under the sink water purifier (like we have indoor plumbing) and a light you can afix to the brim of you baseball cap. Of course duct tape.
You can't ever really have enough duct tape. I didn't really need that "Taj Majal-in-a-box" kit, tho.
ha ha ha.... Too funny on the 'depot'..
It just added to my laugh at the worst universities and this one particular course: "Notable Course: Post-National Gastroidentities." I read the description five times and still cannot grok what they'll be pretending to learn.
"Taj Majal-in-a-box" kit" Ha. Ha. Ha.
I go to Wal-Mart for some fried chicken and the magneto force of the mascara section pulls me over. I immediately lose all cerebral intellection and believe every word they say on the packaging for the latest and greatest mascara that will make you have the luscious lashes you've dreamed of. I have about a lifetime's worth of mascara.
Home Depot is E V I L...they must transmit some sort of brain scramble wave that temporarily erases all recollection of what you have in your garage as it never fails that I see stuff that I just know I need and am sure I don't have only to get home to discover at least two of every item sitting in plain sight.
Of course there has to be a BEST UNIVERSITY...Univ of Florida....Ok,OK Standford or Yale, but I didn't apply there, and if I had it would be Mr. Habu. I did take a course at Stanford though. Cannibus, rolled or bonged 501..grad level work.
Now to the women in the wokforce numbers declining. Women are very smart and crafty. Many of the bra burning uber women of the 70' & 80's have passed along to their daughters that the working world sucks. I mean every day the corporate BS, the entire deal.
Better to help hubby out and let him burn out at 40.
PLUS today you cannot escape your job. Communication is on you at all times. Multi tasking is the fast track to the straight jacket.
I object to what that creature habu said about that evil plant. I don't care if he was joking. He shouldn't say things like that. Everyone knows that course is only offered at San Jose State.
Slow down momma, your wadd'in up so much you're having to waddle when you walk.
what i meant to say before I said what I said was very close to what you said, with a few changes.
They made me write Sanford 100x before I could take the 501 course.
Honey child you just keep right on go'in to that mascara counter. There is nothing better that to gaze into the eyes of a woman with a nice mascara job as you gently message her feet with warm silky oils.
H/T to Buddy for pointing me to Sippican Cottage. today a short interesting piece.
Can you imagine what it would do for sales if they put a Hooters in a HD.
Re CIA & women in work force, I pass on without prejudice this emailed report:
The CIA had an opening for an assassin. After all the background checks, interviews, and testing were done, there were 3 finalists: Two men and a woman. For the final test, the CIA agents took one of the men to a large metal door and handed him a revolver.
"We must know that you will
follow your instructions no matter what the circumstances. Inside the room you will find your wife sitting in a chair. Kill her!"
The man said, "You can't be serious, I could never shoot my wife."
The agent said, "Then you're not the right man for this job. Take your
wife and go home."
Then the second man was given the same instructions. He took the gun and went into the room. All was quiet for about 5 minutes. The man came out with tears in his eyes, "I tried, but I can't kill my wife."
The agent said, "You don't have what
it takes. Take your wife and go home."
Finally, it was the woman's turn. She was given the same instructions,
to kill her husband. She took the gun and went into the room. Shots were heard, one after another. They heard screaming, crashing, banging on the walls.
After a few minutes, all was quiet.
The door opened slowly and there stood the woman. She wiped the sweat from her brow.
"This gun is loaded with blanks" she said. "I had to beat him to death
with the chair."
right, that Sippican is a helluva prose stylist, fer sher--he comments a lot at Ann Althouse, and is a savage destructor of loopy lefty erased heads.
That reminds me--FEMA has released an advisory on early symptom of Bird Flu: victim develops urge to crap on windshield.
"is a savage destructor of loopy lefty erased heads."
Why bother? I mean, they're heads are already erased. :}
Hey, my daughter is going into the FBI or CIA. I copied that joke for her.
Worse. When you're at home and know you have the right screwdriver....but you can't find it. So you go to HD and buy a new one. I have about one million Exacto Knives. You have to have those to open the boxed and mailed books from Amazon because they are so nice about emailing you to tell you that people who bought the last book you bought bought these six and we're sure you'll enjoy them and you feel guilty if you don't buy them because they were so considerate to think of ME!
Cyber-Magneto-Guilt-Force. CMGF. It's bad..
Well, you may be a robot-tool of Madison Avenue, but, damn, you have pretty eyes and nice cutlery!