Archive for October, 2005

Geek flashback

October 31, 2005

This comic reminds me of the ill-read little twit who tried to claim that Tolkien ripped off the Shannara series in a bookstore SF/Fantasy section.

He was given a round of Zen Enlightenment slaps until a clue penatrated his thick skull.

HT to Ace

The Wisdom of Chris Rock

October 31, 2005

Sometimes Chris Rock nails it. By way of Rob at Say Anything

The messed up thing about taxes is you don’t ‘pay’ taxes. The government TAKES them. You get your check and money is GONE! It was not an option! That ain’t a payment, that’s a JACK! I been TAX JACKED!…[The] worst part about it, we pay taxes for [stuff] we don’t even use….Why are black people paying Social Security? I won’t get the money till I’m 65….Meanwhile, the average black man dies at 54. Hypertension, high blood pressure, police….I used to work at McDonald’s making minimum wage….I would get $200 a week and they would take out $50 in taxes. That’s a lot of money if you only making $200….What do you get with that $50? All the free street light in the world. As far as I am concerned, give everybody a candle. Just give me back my $50.

– Chris Rock

Mr. Rock should take a look at the Fair Tax.

Reporting on the reporters…

October 30, 2005

The Glendale Oregon News has issues with how other Oregon papers are publishing editorials as news and ignoring the facts.

It’s all in the timing…

October 30, 2005

I’ve been listening to the reactions of Fitzgerald’s indictments and the various pundits are starting repeat themselves.
Let’s review some details.

  • This investigation has been going on for two years, without the White House or operatives of the White House, “declaring war” on Fiztgerald.
  • Rove walked alway clean.
  • “Scooter” was charged with 1 count of obstruction of justice, 2 counts of making false statements to FBI Special Agents and 2 counts of perjury to a federal grand jury.

The five charges against Mr. Libby are all for actions that took place after the investigation started.
So…No charges that a covert” agent was exposed and no charges of mishandling of classified material.
Jay Tea has a good summary:

1) From what I’ve heard so far, Libby is being indicted for lying about how he told the truth about a liar.

2) Apparently, the strongest evidence against Libby is the contradictions between he told investigators and his own notes taken at the time, notes that he provided the investigators. So, in essence, he “hung himself out to dry” by telling a different story from what he had documented, then turned in.

3) None of the things that Libby has been indicted for occurred before the start of the investigation. In other words, as of right now there was apparently no crime committed in the actions that triggered the investigation.

4) It looks right now like Libby was guilty of being either stupid, arrogant, or both. There was nothing criminal that needed covering up, but still he managed to obfuscate and obstruct enough about nothing to get his own ass in a sling

Let’s not forget Judith Miller, who has already spent time in jail over this case, didn’t publish anything about Plame, and is being attacked by her own paper.

Update: JunkYardBlog takes a serious look at the timing of fake Niger-Iraq documents that Joe Wilson based his report on.

Morning Quotes

October 28, 2005

“History doesn’t always repeat itself. Sometimes it just screams, ‘Why don’t you listen to me?’ and lets fly with a big stick.” –John W. Campbell Jr.

“The future is already here, it just isn’t evenly distributed.” — William Gibson

SNAFU, TARFU & FUBAR…The three sons of Murphy…

“Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion.” –Norman Schwartzkopf

“Coffee falls into the stomach … ideas begin to move, things remembered arrive at full gallop … the shafts of wit start up like sharp-shooters, similies arise, the paper is covered with ink …” — Honore de Balzac

“This is typical retrograde, low-tech, Chevy Impala-type thinking. We non-linear, postindustrial children of the Information Age, however, know that the important thing is the Big Picture.” – Cecil Adams, The Straight Dope

English doesn’t “pick up” loan words, it consciously stalks them.

Some people like a insanity in their daily routine…I’d like a little routine in my daily insanity.

The girl who remembers her first kiss now has a daughter who can’t even remember her first husband.

“A millions years of evolution have produced that wonderful killing machine known as Man. Adrenalin, hormones, tunnel vision, tachypsychia–all these are part of the tools God designed into us. What’s wrong with being a weapon? So something is made to kill; so are we.” — Robert A. Uhl

“The truth is rarely pure, and never simple” – Oscar Wilde

The word from the Arab street is…

October 27, 2005

According to Columist Muhammad bin ‘Abd Al-Latif Aal Al-Sheikh writes in the Saudi daily Al-Jazirah:

The violent jihad movement of Islam is similar to, or even worse than, Nazism, and that for the West not to oppose it will lead to consequences worse than Nazi Germany.

Meanwhile…at the UN…

October 27, 2005

The Telegraph reports:

Preferential treatment was given to companies from France, Russia and China, the report says, all permanent members of the Security Council, who were more favorable to lifting the 1990 sanctions than the America and Britain.

The independent inquiry committee, which began its work in 2004, said in an earlier report that the program became deeply corrupted as Saddam arranged for surcharges and kickbacks while an overwhelmed UN headquarters failed to exert administrative control over the program.

HT to Mr. Reynolds

A martial arts history note

October 27, 2005

Just a reminder to those interested in such things, the modern “Shaolin Temple” in China was rebuilt, and is owned and operated by the Communist Chinese government. The buildings were in ruins just a couple of decades ago.

It is a good way for the Communist Chinese government to gather in hard western currency by the barrel full from tourists.

What part of "illegal" is not being understood?

October 27, 2005

Jay Tea has the story on illegal aliens marching on the Boston State House, demanding the rights of legal citizens of the Commonwealth.

The real story is why wasn’t INS at the rally with a convoy of paddy wagons and a big stack of deportation forms.

Business as usual at the UN.

October 27, 2005

Claudia Rosett reports that UN Oil for Palaces scandel may just be a case of how things are done at the UN.