Archive for December, 2008

Morning Quotes

December 31, 2008

“The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” — environmentalist Nigel Calder, at the first Earth Day celebration, 1969.

“If Democrats oppose drilling today because it will take 10 years for our new oil to hit the market, doesn’t that mean their opposition to drilling 10 years ago was a mistake?” — Michael Graham

“The poor have been voting democrat for 50 years and they’re still poor” — Charles Barkley

“If the account of him being caught in a hotel rendezvous with Rielle Hunter was false, Edwards wouldn’t be changing the subject, he’d be suing.” — John Tabin

“Right-thinking people are not supposed to discuss any meteorological or geophysical event — a hurricane, a wildfire, a heat wave, a drought, a flood, a blizzard, a tornado, a lightning strike, an unfamiliar breeze, a strange tingling on the neck — without immediately invoking the climate crisis. It causes earthquakes, plagues and backyard gardening disappointments. Weird fungus on your tomato plants? Classic sign of global warming.” — Joel Achenbach

“You must understand printing lies about Republican candidates is OK. It’s called “vetting.” Printing the truth about liberals – that’s called ‘swift-boating’.” — Howie Carr

“Think about it. In 24 hours, we’ve learned more unflattering details about a guy who asked Obama a question and walked away unpersuaded than almost any of his campaign staff or associates.” — Jim Geraghty

“Most people who read ‘The Communist Manifesto’ probably have no idea that it was written by a couple of young men who had never worked a day in their lives, and who nevertheless spoke boldly in the name of ‘the workers’.” — Thomas Sowell

“Socialism is an attack on the right to breathe freely. No socialist system can be established without a political police.” — Winston Churchill

“By my reckoning, I only need about 200 more takeout coffee cups to complete my bitterly ironic mosaic of Al Gore.” — Merlin Mann

…at least the Bush staffers will leave the “O” on the keyboards of the computers.

“The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.” — Margaret Thatcher

“Easy money, sudden fortunes, increasingly powerful political machines and blatant corruption transformed much of the nation; and the Senate, as befits a democratic legislative body, accurately represented the nation.” — J.F. Kennedy, “Profiles in Courage”

“America wasn’t founded so that we could all be better. America was founded so we could all be anything we damn well please.” — P.J. O’Rourke

The goal seems to be "rested and ready"

December 31, 2008

My spin is a bit less harsh than the Brits who state that BHO is golfing while Gaza burns.

He’s not the President yet. He’s got a few more weeks before the buck stops with him…unless its a problem “above his pay grade.”

A green technology we should support.

December 30, 2008

Oleg Volk points out that firearms are a green technology in a most delightful way.

About the blog roll…

December 29, 2008

I’ll be glad when is back up and running. My blog roll really needs pruning.

When did the Bitch Girls blog become a food blog?

Monday’s Book Pick

December 29, 2008

Rogue Warrior by Richard Marcinko

The autobiography of the founder of SEAL Team Six, the Navy’s anti-terrorist unit.
Written in prison to pay off his legal fees. Considering one of his jobs in the Navy was to piss off Admirals, hardly surprising.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

An American Carol is coming out on DVD

December 29, 2008

I saw An American Carol in the theater (along with WTTK’s Michael Graham), a very funny movie.

Cleaning up the audio

December 28, 2008

Darleen at Protein Wisdom points out the careful editing done to protect Princess Caroline.

Here is the actual transcript of Princess Caroline‘s statement:

“And so, I, I’m an unconventional choice, I, er, understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that, um, in our public life today, we, you know, are starting to see there are many ways into, to, public life and public service and it’s, uh, not as, um, all our institutions are … less, um, hierarchal then they used to be, and so, you know, I think that, you know, I bring, you know, my life experience to this and, you know, that includes, you know, um, being a mother, um I understand sort of those choices that women make that includes, uh, being a lawyer …”

Here is what the AP compressed that down to:

“I am an unconventional choice. I understand that. I haven’t pursued the traditional path. But I think that in our public life today, we’re starting to see there are many ways into public life and public service,”

Darleen points out:

In the 2 minute 16 second snippet of the grilled-cheese sandwich interview AP released, I counted 26 “you knows”.

However, the AP article gives long, coherent quotes to Caroline that are not supported by the audio segment. And certainly AP and others never “cleaned up” any of Governor Palin’s off-the-cuff remarks.

I agree with Darleen, before expecting to be anointed to the US Senate, Princess Caroline should try running for some elected office first. Such as her local PTA board, and actually show up to the meetings.

Infrastrucure we should be building.

December 28, 2008

Our Dear Leader should listen to Dr. Pournelle on what kind of infrastructure the United States of America should be building.

I have to say it again: cheap energy will cause a boom. The only cheap energy I know of is nuclear. Three Hundred Billion bucks in nuclear power will do wonders for the economy. We build 100 1000 MegaWatt nuclear power plants — they will cost no more than 2 billion each and my guess is that the average cost will be closer to 1 billion each (that is the first one costs about 20 billion and the 100th costs about 800 million). The rest of the money goes to prizes and X projects to convert electricity into mobility.

Of course we won’t do that.

Just think of all the plug in hybrid cars that could be on the road with all that cheap, carbon free, clean electricity.

The top selling office product at Amazon…

December 27, 2008

The 2009 Sarah Palin Calendar. Her popularity with everyone to the right of Ted “Don’t let him drive your daughter home” Kennedy is a mystery to the far left extremists who can’t see past the op-ed page of the failing NY Times.

Governor Sarah Palin is just the most popular governor in the country who has an actual track record of accomplishment. The far left democrats would rather believe their own propaganda than the truth on the matter.

Friday’s B-Movie Pick

December 26, 2008


From 1981, this retelling of the Authurian ledgend isn’t afraid to show the dark side of Camelot.

Friday B-Move Pick Archive.