Archive for July, 2005

Quick Movie Review

July 31, 2005

The Wedding Crashers. Funny. Damn funny at spots. The best I’ve seen Vince Vaughn in so far. He shined with his motor mouthed approach that reminded me of early Michael Keaton. Owen Wilson was good also, but it was Vaughn that drove the comedy in the pair. That’s MNSHO at least. Jane Seymour and Christopher Walkin seemed to enjoy themselves in this film. I liked the fact that Seymour did not use a body double in the scene which she said, “Call me Kitty Kat.” She certainly didn’t need one.
That’s not to say there wasn’t wasn’t 20 or 30 minutes that could have been cut from the film. I’ll bet when it comes out on DVD, there will be at least another 30 minutes of scenes they did cut.

Air America’s defense – Attack the Messenger

July 31, 2005

Brian Maloney points out that the left’s defense of Air American’s funding scandal is short on consistant facts and long on insults and mudslinging.

Update: Mr. Maloney points out the everchanging story coming out of Air America about their funding scandal.

Quick Book Review

July 30, 2005

Watch on the Rhine by John Ringo and Tom Kratman.

I enjoyed the Hell out of it. If you like serious good Military SciFi, you probably are familar with Ringo’s work.
This does not disappoint. The Posleen are coming, it’s time to make unpopular choices…like rejuving Waffen SS troops for the fight…

Double Red

July 30, 2005

I went to donate blood at the town blood drive on Thursday and was asked to do a double red cell donatation instead.
That was something I have not done before. I’ve given platelets before. This was simular. Just one needle in one arm though. They took out 2 pints, spun out the red cells and pumped the plasma, plus some saline to replace the red cells back in. The whole thing took about a half hour.

It’s that time again…

July 29, 2005

Alphecca’s Weekly Check on Gun Bias in the MSM.

Damn Good Observation!

July 28, 2005

Paul over at Whizbang makes the following observation on the Plame Game:

Let’s say Rove gets fired tomorrow. What does he do? Go fishing???? No, if Rove gets fired tomorrow he starts working the next day on the mid-term elections. Thereby guaranteeing the Dems lose even more power in the Senate. (and the House)

In chess if you have your opponent’s Queen pinned the last thing you do is let her go free. Rove is more valuable to the Dems in the Whitehouse working for a President who (let’s review) isn’t running for another term than he is on the open market.

Have you noticed the Clinonistsas -the only Dems who know how to win elections- have been largely silent on this one? They want Rove to stay where he is. The whole rest of the Democrat party is too blinded by hate to even think rationally. — Not that this is news.

Read the whole thing.

The Left can be funny…

July 28, 2005

Harry Stein writes about the rising popularity of Right Wing cartoons in “Laughing at the Left.”

He points out that Mallard Fillmore, Prickly City and the Webcomic Day by Day, are following the footsteps of the classic Li’l Abner comic by Al Capp.

Then you had Al Capp of Li’l Abner fame, a former liberal so distressed by the excesses of the sixties that he took time off from chronicling Dogpatch’s amiable swindling and social climbing to lampoon “Joanie Phoanie,” a Joan Baez look-alike in bare feet and love beads, with flies constantly circling her head. Capp also came up with Students Wildly Indignant about Nearly Everything (SWINE). In one representative entry, SWINE, having determined that America should be returned to its rightful Native American owners, induces wimpy Harvard administrators to hand over the university to the only Indian they can find—a shady character named Lonesome Polecat.

Even Lonesome Polecat—who soon trades the school to mobsters—can hardly believe the administrators’ lack of spine. Coming upon a bunch of students hitting a dean over the head with protest signs, he demands, “Why enemy no fight back?” “Because we’re students!” replies one of the kids. “If we commit assault, arson, and vandalism . . . ”

“ . . . they’re not crimes . . . ” chimes in another.

“ . . . they’re simply proofs of our idealism!” adds a third.

In explaining his political shift, Capp described an ideological journey that countless other liberals would make in the decades to follow. “What began to bother me, privately, was that, as things grew better, the empire of the needy seemed to grow larger. Somehow they became entitled to government gifts other people couldn’t get, such as people who worked,” Capp explained. “Yet I remained a loyal liberal,” he continued. “I lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the home of liberalism. I spoke at liberal banquets in New York, Los Angeles, Washington. One day a lady photographer came to my studio and showed me a collection of Boston photographs. A publisher would publish them if only I would rattle off the captions. . . . Well, one doesn’t turn down a lady liberal. . . . This one, she said, will break your heart. She showed me a picture of a city street. It was mid-afternoon, the sun was shining. Garbage cans were tipped on the sidewalk. Bottles lined the gutters. On a porch sprawled a half dozen teenagers, drinking and smoking. The caption, I said, should be, ‘Get up off your asses and clean the street!’ The lady stormed out. I guess that was when I began leaving what liberalism had become.”

HT to Mr. Reynolds

Air America under investigation for taking money from kids…

July 28, 2005

The Bronx News reports:

The Bronx News has learned, through informed sources, that the diversion of hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Gloria Wise Boys & Girls Club in Co-op City to the liberal Air America Radio is at the center of the city’s probe of corruption at the local club.

The money, which was reportedly paid to Air America as a loan, was supposed to be paid back with interest, two unidentified informed sources told the News. One source added that Air America officials, led by an official of the Gloria Wise Club, agreed to help the local club by publicizing its activities.

To date, no indictments have been handed down in the New York City Department of Investigation’s ongoing probe of the Gloria Wise Club’s reported transfer of funds to Air America…

…The city’s DOI is pursuing the probe because the Gloria Wise Club depends heavily on city funding for its operations. These funds are subject to extensive audits, as are funds received through the state and federal governments.
The Co-op City-based club, which Rosen has built into an empire in the Co-op City community, reportedly has 19 contracts and at least one grant with the city, worth a total of $9.7 million.

Over the last year, Rep. Joseph Crowley has secured two major federal grants for the Gloria Wise Club, one for a day-care program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers and the other for the community’s NORC program for senior citizens. The grant for the program for Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers was for $250,000, while the grant for the NORC program was for $99,410.

In 2003, Crowley secured a $218,500 grant for a mentoring program that the Gloria Wise Club runs.

Cohen, who is reportedly at the center of the Gloria Wise probe, is a Guam-based investors who was reportedly a key principal in the start-up of Air America…

HT to Ms. Malkinand Brian Maloney.
Captain Ed has more.

Iraq Vets give thumbs down to "Over There."

July 26, 2005

M.L. Lyke writes in the Seattle-Post Intelligencer about the reaction of US Soliders, most veterans of the conflict in Iraq, to a preview of the pilot of a new series hyped as “true to life” by producers and hailed by critics as “unflinching” and “gut-wrenching.”

The soliders preferred to call it “Bogus.”

Read the whole thing.

HT to Mark in Mexico.

A couple of Scouting notes…

July 26, 2005

First off, two crews from my son’s Scout troop should have arrived in Philmont today. A bit of orientation, collect their gear and food, then off for 70 miles over ten days. Starting at 6,000 feet (elevation of base camp), hitting 3 peaks (just over 8,000 feet, 11,711 feet and finally 9,003 at the Tooth of Time) before returning to the base camp. It’s the same trek we did two years ago. They should have a great time.

Second, my sincere condolences to the families of the people accidentally killed at the Jamboree.

Third, major kudos to the US Senate! Mark from Mexico reports:

The Senate voted 98-0 to allow the Boy Scouts of America to continue using military bases for their Jamboree, which they hold every 4 years. It also terminates or reduces federal funds to any state agency that denies the Scouts equal access to public facilities, forum, or programs. It appears to be a direct slap in the face to the ACLU and a challenge to “see you in court.”

Update: The legistation in question is Senate Amendment 1342.