Friday, March 28, 2008

Peking Olympic Boycott?

I love this Reporters Without Border's bit:

Time for companies like McDonald's and NBC to really show how much of that corporate responsibility B.S. they actually believe. I boldly predict: none.

Nope, the whole thing reminds me of a bit in the WSJ a couple months ago that profiled horribly polluting fabric companies in China and their Western enablers. Of course the Western companies had 'environmental management' departments, but as someone told me, they're more CYA than anything else since paying for 'in house environmentalists' is proof enough of a company's environmental concern.

So to will go the Olympics. I'm sure the companies involved in sponsoring the games will cook up some lipstick for the pig they've bought, but they're in on the unkept secret of colonization that people realized after the War: why invade a country, oppress it's people, exploit it's resources and ruin it's environment when it's so much easier just to pay locals to do it to themselves!

No, no boycott, but how about a fiasco? I can only hope! In some ways that would be better since the facists Commies would have no one but themselves to blame.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Too Busy

Work has had me quite busy recently so I haven't had as much time as usual to pollute the web with my crappy blog posts. Here's an anime clip, though, that I finally got around to putting together:

Seems kinda pertinent; I mean the general theme not the part specific to the dog.

Update 4/17/08: We saw some 'hoody' dressed black teens in our neighborhood while driving home and I voiced my displeasure over kids dressing like gang bangers in our neighborhood (although not completely white, blacks that do live in our area seem to shun the hood lifestyle from which they no doubt escaped). Mrs. Sandmich pointed out that I shouldn't make such drastic assumptions about people based on their apperance. "Yeah..." I thought, but then said "Ahhh, TOO MUCH EVIDENCE, just like my cartoon!"

Depressing Depression

Right on cue the Fed has fired up the printing press to bail out our idiotic rich elites. The inflation that will no doubt ensue from this (and other actions) is little more than a horrid regrssive tax that acts as a reverse Robin Hood. From here:
The Fed, in a bold move Sunday, agreed for the first time to let big investment houses get emergency loans directly from the central bank. This mechanism, similar to one available for commercial banks for years, got under way Monday and will continue for at least six months. It was the broadest use of the Fed's lending authority since the 1930s.
The 1930s? That's reassuring.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Asian Candies


Made in: Japan

I'm a fan of the calorie-rific mochis and this one is a chestnut flavored mochi. Unfortunately the chestnut flavor isn't really strong enough to break out so this mochi tastes about as generic as the straight up red bean paste variety (the center of the mochis is typically a mix of flavored red bean paste and something else).


Made in: China

A roasted coconut hard candy? Yep and it's as tasty as it sounds. Unfortunately since it's made in China I space out my consumption in order to give my body a chance to process all the probable toxins in it. The manufacturer at least made an effort to sedate the buyer by printing all kind of regulatory BS that their company complies with on the back of package but, meh, that's what they all say.


Made in: Taiwan

Green tea mochis in a 'bar' format instead of the traditional round. They have a noticeable, though subtle green tea niceness to them. I'll probably put them on my 'buy again' list.


Made in: Taiwan

This product gets a star for the name alone! Unfortunately it's mango-ness is inferior to the Filipino product I reviewed nearly four years ago.

Yuck

From here:
A second point against legalizing it, is that it is very hard to maintain society-wide moral opprobrium against anything that the state has legalized — especially when the state benefits from it. If you make prostitution legal, the state gets to tax it — so it has an interest in promulgating it. This is especially problematic in a welfare state. There were some interesting stories out of Germany a year or two ago, noting that, since brothels were legal, young women without skills whose welfare benefits had run out, were being encouraged by their social workers to take jobs as prostitutes. In fact, they were being coerced, with the threat of cutting off any state support. Refusing to be a whore was (is?) being treated no differently than refusing to be a janitor or a maid or any other unsavory but honest labor.


Update: Snopes points to some issues with the origins of this story. There's some speculation that if such a thing did happen that it might have been the work of a rouge/incompentent social worker. Since I'm sure all the social workers in the U.S. are much, much more compentent than they are in Germany I'm sure this wouldn't be a concern here!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Liberal Intelligence

From The Corner:
A bill to restore to American intelligence agencies the authority they formerly had to monitor, unfettered, the communications of foreign terrorists passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support. Senator Jay Rockefeller, the Democrat who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee said that every day that our spy shops don’t have this authority our intelligence is being “degraded.”

National Intelligence Director Michael McConnell, a former vice admiral of the Navy, an intelligence officer for 25 years, and head of the National Security Agency under President Clinton, said that without this authorization, vital intelligence is being “lost.”

A letter sent by 25 state Attorneys General of both parties says that America’s security is being “jeopardized” by the refusal of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to allow her members to vote on the bill – which, it is believed, would pass with bipartisan support in the House as well. The moderate Blue Dog Democrats are pushing Pelosi to permit the vote.

And in an interview with National Journal, an intelligence adviser to Barack Obama's presidential campaign broke with his candidate’s position opposing this bill – which also contains a provision granting legal protection to telecommunications companies being sued for cooperating with the U.S. intelligence officials to detect and prevent acts of terrorism.

"I do believe strongly that [telecoms] should be granted that immunity," former CIA official John Brennan told National Journal reporter Shane Harris in the interview. "They were told to [cooperate] by the appropriate authorities that were operating in a legal context." Last month, Senator Obama voted to strip language in an intelligence bill that would have granted to Verizon, AT&T and other companies the immunity.

Regarding the telecoms, Senator Rockefeller has said: "What is the big payoff for the telephone companies? They get paid a lot of money? No. They get paid nothing. What do they get for this (for cooperating with intelligence officials to prevent terrorism)? They get $40 billion worth of suits, grief, trashing, but they do it."

I have publicly praised those Democrats — e.g. Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana — who have taken a principled stand on this issue and, by doing so, incurred the wrath of Speaker Pelosi, the trial lawyers who stand to make billions of dollars, MoveOn.org, the ACLU and CAIR (the Council on American Islamic Relations, a pro-Islamist group which has organized a campaign against the Senate bill).

Yet for some reason, in all the mainstream media coverage of this issue, those who support the bill are portrayed as “partisans,” and those who oppose it are called “civil rights advocates” or something equally flattering. Why is that? Discuss among yourselves.
Why? Because the press is in league with the same self destructive America haters that are standing against this legislation moving forward. Kudos to the Democrats for proving that their party is not completely made up of kooks, but shame on them for voting said kooks into legislative leadership positions. As for the trial lawyers, I have no limit for my digust of them.

Meanwhile on the other side of the aisle Larry Kudlow, who I consider to be the eternal optimist, takes Bush and the Fed to task for devaluing the dollar. When Mr. Kudlow starts sounding pessimistic, it's time to take note. One has to wonder briefly why the left wing press isn't making hay over the fact that a nominal Republican is actively printing too much friggin' money in order to protect rich banker types. I figure they pay it no mind because:
  1. Since it's actively harming America they don't care, and if the general public does get wise to it then the Republicans will get blamed for the ensuing chaos, so the worse the better.
  2. Unfortunately while #1 is plausible the more likely explanation is that it's too complicated and it would hurt their wee little minds to try and comprehend something like that.