Friday, April 27, 2007


Lots of noise on this subject already, but anyway:
Thursday night was the first time Americans have had a chance to see the entire Democratic field together, responding to basic questions of national security. At the debate, Giuliani’s words seemed to hover over the proceedings. “I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of them gets elected, we are going on defense,” Giuliani said. In Orangeburg Thursday night, Barack Obama and John Edwards made precisely the same point.
I don't think so much of these politicians to believe that is actually what they think. I'm thinking more so that those are the opinions they should carry in the polite company of their uppity liberal buddies. Mrs. Clinton was the only one who went a little further 'out', but then again she's not very polite.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Start the Insanity

Fisking this bit from the Pain Dealer:
Damon Wells is the man gun supporters were imagining when they fought for the right to carry concealed weapons.
Uh, oh. What'd this guy do? Hold up a liquor store?
He had a permit to carry his gun, and he had the gun on him when a pair of teenage thieves approached him Saturday night on his front porch in Cleveland.

When one of the youths pulled a gun, Wells drew his and shot one of the boys several times in the chest, police said. Arthur Buford, 15, died after stumbling away and collapsing on a sidewalk near East 134th Street and Kinsman Road.
I'm guessing that Arthur Buford didn't have his conceal carry.
City prosecutors decided Monday that Wells, 25, was justified and would not be charged for what appears to be the first time a concealed-carry permit holder has shot and killed an attacker.
The gaul of those prosecutors letting someone defend themselves.
Nonetheless, the shooting reignited the debate that flared three years ago when Ohio's concealed-carry law took effect.
How's that?
Gun supporters said the weapon saved Wells' life. Opponents said it took Buford's - that the 15-year-old might be alive if a citizen had not been armed.
I see. Here's another guess, Buford would also still be alive if he wasn't partaking in ARMED ROBBERY.
His [Buford's] cousin, Tameka Foster, 21, questioned why police did not punish Buford's shooter.

"They let that man run out freely," Foster said. "My cousin is dead."

Although unmentioned, we can all make a guess as to the ethnicity of the people in this section of the city. I should mention that I was surprised by a news report a couple weeks ago after an off-duty police officer who was moonlighting as watch guard shot a teen who was attempting to drive him over with a stolen car. All parties involved were black, making the poltics simpler; but I was still surprised when the residents organized a protest in support of....the police officer. Good for them. Need more of that type protesting on that side of town rather than Mr. Buford's cohort.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Earth Day

Going back through my archives of unintelligible scribbling, I found that I never had an Earth Day post, what's up with that?

Warmed over paganism is all it is. All praise the Aztec Sun Goddess Coatlicue!

As well, I put forward my own modest proposal to stop global warming:

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Cruel Irony

From here:
The bill would have prohibited state universities in Virginia from enacting "rules or regulations limiting or abridging the ability of a student who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit ... from lawfully carrying a concealed handgun."

After the proposal died in the state's House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety, The Roanoke Times quoted VA Tech spokesman Larry Hincker as celebrating the defeat of the bill.

"I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions," Hincker said on Jan. 31, 2006, "because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."
Feelin' pretty safe now aren't you Larry?
More here...

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Speed Racer

I haven't kept up with this 'cause I was never a big fan of the series, but there were some questions about casting that were floating around me this weekend, from here:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures announced that Christina Ricci has signed onto the Speed Racer movie to play Trixie, the girlfriend of the title character. Ricci, joins Emile Hirsch (Speed), John Goodman (Pops), Susan Sarandon (Mom) in this live-action adaptation of a television series that itself was an adaptation of the Mach GoGoGo anime series. Warner Bros. reaffirmed the May 9, 2008 release date.
Here's your title dude:

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Dog Bites Man

From here:
The Japanese navy was left red-faced today after newspaper reports revealed that smut-swapping sailors had inadvertently leaked high-tech missile data.
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun, three petty officers in the Maritime Self-Defence Force (the Japanese navy's official title) have now been implicated, having accidentally sent each other specifications on the Aegis missile system along with "a large collection of obscene images".

Saturday, April 07, 2007

New Grill

Check out my new grill that I picked up a week ago:

Too bad it looks like this at the moment:
Yup, snowed in. As irony would have it, the global elites were all in a huff over some newly fabricated global warming data. I wonder how these new age soothsayers explain this springtime cold and snow (which has been bad enough to cancel several baseball games). I know, it's unfair to saddle global warming enthusiasts with every instance of 'unseasonable' cold; I know full well that a week or two worth of weather is way too brief of a snapshot to derive any long term trends.

I wish the global warming cult felt the same way. Every time the temperature goes one degree above average there's some ass on TV (who may or may not have been vice president of the United States) talking about how our doom is upon us unless Americans (and no one else) is forced to drive plastic death trap cars. We should be so lucky to have press that's competent enough to call these idiots on their drivel.

For instance, remember when they were saying that a hurricane season of apocalyptic proportions was supposed to hit us last year? The gulf coast states were supposed to be a wasteland where the living envied the dead. Well studious guy that I am, I've taken the time to list all the major hurricanes that hit the U.S. last year:

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Vista First Thoughts

A coworker brought his brand new home laptop in with him so that I could help him diagnose a wireless issue. I only played with it a little bit, and only in relation to the network setup but...

My impression was that Microsoft found a way to make their interface much more cluttered. I mean, how did they do that? This comes after years and years of gradual stolen interface improvements in their OS products. What are they doing over there?

I'll admit to being, ahem, a bit of a conservative when it comes to switching OSes, but I usually fold when I discover the little improvements that have been made; but geez, it's like someone pulled a bunch of stereo wire onto the screen.

Maybe I wasn't looking at the right parts?

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Pointless Internationalism

VDH tells it like it is:
This "incident" has proved a multilateral trifecta: a patrol sanctioned by the U.N. gets no support from the U.N., a member of the EU is left hanging in the interest of EU trade, a NATO member finds no NATO allies, other than the U.S., to offer support. So what is the purpose of these alphabetic organizations?
Indeed. I'll warrant that these alphabet soup organizations serve generally decent purposes of assuring peace and equitable trade, but if they do nothing, there's nothing there. If the outliers of the organizations are not punished for their intrasigence then 'holding to the code' imparts no benefit to the lawful.

I'm actually kind of surprised the lefties aren't more outraged over Iran and others ignoring all those international treaties, since they're generally bigger supporters of those type of things than people on the right. I know they love them for holding back the U.S. more than anything else; but if the organizations and treaties become meaningless they won't long even serve that purpose.

BTW, I love how the speaker of the house didn't pass a (meaningless) resolution in support of the U.K. because she didn't want congress to get involved in international affairs, and then she take off for Syria. Nice.