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June 2011

Ann Coulter on the Quality of Protests

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It is a cute discussion; she is a good stand-up comedian. But she makes a great point. The schools where she has had trouble giving her speeches are the bush-league low-quality places, like the University of Ottawa. As she asserts she never has a problem at Harvard and Yale, and in her Canadian tour she had no problem at the University of Western Ontario or the University of Calgary.

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Her discussion of mobs is not at all bad, in fact. (And I love her put-down of the notion that Bill Ayers ghost-wrote any of Obama's stuff.)

h/t BCF

(And I now have a hold at the public library on 'Demonic'. If you have any income you should buy it.)

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:36

DSK - Was it a Tempest in a Teapot?

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The NY Times makes it sound as if that is where we are headed.

The sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is on the verge of collapse as investigators have uncovered major holes in the credibility of the housekeeper who charged that he attacked her in his Manhattan hotel suite in May, according to two well-placed law enforcement officials.

Although forensic tests found unambiguous evidence of a sexual encounter between Mr. Strauss-Kahn, a French politician, and the woman, prosecutors do not believe much of what the accuser has told them about the circumstances or about herself.


Among the discoveries, one of the officials said, are issues involving the asylum application of the 32-year-old housekeeper, who is Guinean, and possible links to criminal activities, including drug dealing and money laundering.

This could make a good Law and Order SVU episode if they do not decide to rewrite it too much.

Sarkozy may not get to rest so easily as we thought a month ago.


Silly Country - Arts Funding

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Brian Lilley and Ezra Levant discuss our most recent farce as SunTV recently featured an interview with a Canadian dancer (Margie Gilles) in which the interviewer (Krista Erickson) challenged the history of government grants supporting her career as a dancer. (Disclosure: I think these arts grants, though they do improve my life, are a bad use of government money, as that money surely has better uses in terms of other people's welfare.)

The outcry from the interview was unprecedented. What a silly country. Full of the entitled, expecting that they should be 'on the dole'! And worse, we have some asinine body, called the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, that is there to hear such complaints and act on them somehow. Recall that they have banned the playing of Dire Straits' original 'Money for Nothing'.

Sometimes we seem like some major joke on the world.


Christine Sinclair is a God

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Her goal in the first world cup match was a beauty, deserving Beckham-like adoration.

Her courage playing today in her facemask (and even more, her refusal to leave the field in the Germany match) is astonishing.

But Canada's apparent competence in soccer for women is pretty much gone; we had a great advantage in the early years as a follow-on to the US Title IX and its flow over our border. In the earliest days of the equal rights goofieness, Canada did quite well.

But other countries have picked this up and the REAL soccer countries are going to dominate henceforth. Remember that for a while in women's soccer, the top countries were the USA, Canada and Norway. From the point of view of the sport this was a joke. From the point of view of so-called women's rights, this was exactly right.

The point of the sport is taking over.

Christine Sinclair is really special. I hope she gets somewhere to play at her level.


Why I Like Reading Legal Blogs

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I'm absorbed in tennis (Wimbledon on TV), but one thing I love in legal blogs is that legal scholars are often really smart interesting people. Ann Althouse has a great post on video games and violence, and the recent Supreme Court decision, and her (and her husband's) reading of that decision.

Key summary:

The Court strikes down a California law that prohibits the sale or rental of "violent video games" to minors. The statute defined violent games in a way that "mimics the New York statute regulating obscenity-for-minors that we upheld in Ginsberg v. New York." But sex and violence are different: "obscenity is not protected expression" under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. California was trying "to create a wholly new category of content-based regulation that is permissible only for speech directed at children." "That is unprecedented and mistaken," the Court says today.

But juicy stuff from the actual SCOTUS ruling:

but disgust is not a valid basis for restricting expression

I sure hope that is true.

And then, culled in full from Althouse citing the ruling:

High-school reading lists are full of similar fare. Homer’s Odysseus blinds Polyphemus the Cyclops by grinding out his eye with a heated stake. The Odyssey of Homer, Book IX, p. 125 (S. Butcher & A. Lang transls. 1909) (“Even so did we seize the fiery-pointed brand and whirled it round in his eye, and the blood flowed about the heated bar. And the breath of the flame singed his eyelids and brows all about, as the ball of the eye burnt away, and the roots thereof crackled in the flame”). In the Inferno, Dante and Virgil watch corrupt politicians struggle to stay submerged beneath a lake of boiling pitch, lest they be skewered by devils above the surface. Canto XXI, pp. 187–189 (A. Mandelbaum transl. Bantam Classic ed. 1982). And Golding’s Lord of the Flies recounts how a schoolboy called Piggy is savagely murdered by other children while marooned on an island. W. Golding, Lord of the Flies 208–209 (1997 ed.).

Some significant research was clearly done.

Better to go read the Althouse post, though; you get some Meade humor.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 11:39

Chris Wallace - Some Class

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He asked a question I thought made sense as he asked it of Michele Bachmann, and I have read enough at Power Line to be sure she could manage it, though I understood why he would apologize for it. He was right to.

Good on you Chris. You remain the one Sunday morning talk show host I still take seriously. You solidly remain far more than your father's son.

UPDATE: Ann Althouse finds the whole thing overwrought. I think my first sentence above is a form of agreement.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 10:52

Fareed Zakaria and the US Constitution

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I am not sure what got into him on GPS last weekend but he went all goofy on the US Constitution, and kept talking 'democracy', when of course the US is, as was always intended by the Founding Fathers, people clearly a lot smarter than he is, a federal republic, rather a different kettle of fish, and quite intentionally so, for very good reasons.

I found myself slack-jawed watching what I thought were his rather goofy suggestions about 'fixing' the US Consitution; there was a level of stupidity that did not quite fit his role (a problem I also associate with Tom Friedman).

In any case Pyjamas TV decided to take this on with the Vodkapundit (cheers!) and Bill Whittle. I think they make the key points very well.

Obama and Zakaria seem to have a common interest in social engineering, something the Constitution is designed to thwart, so one can see where the battle will be. And their ignorance of the history of the US Constitution is pretty close.

Last Updated on Saturday, 25 June 2011 01:05

Chekhov and The Life of Brian

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Apparently the BBC is planning to run a documentary on the controversy surrounding 'The Life of Brian'. I have no idea what the controversy was; I thought it was a pretty good and funny movie.

But I have been reading the letters of Anton Chekhov lately and stumbled across this wonderful passage in a letter to Alexey Suvorin from 1890, as Chekhov is on a long boat ride home through Asia:

I listened to my Russian fellow-travelers upbraiding the English for their exploitation of the natives. Yes, thought I, the Englishman exploits Chinese, sepoys, Hindus, but then he gives them roads, aqueducts,, museums, Christianity; you too exploit, but what do you give?

Chekhov must have seen the movie a century before it was made! Romans, go home!


Bottom Line : Fail in Portland

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David Zetland says it best, though many bloggers have pointed out how brain-dead this is.

*Shaff (the Administrator -- or general manager -- of PWB) and ** Leonard (PWB's Commissioner) should know better. They are basically implying that the reservoirs are full of Evian when they are full of water that's going to be treated anyway. They claimed that people in the area "may" have thrown objects in the water, but those people were questioned. Seems like they were more interested in finding an excuse to drain the water.

The pity is that people are NOW going to think their reservoirs are super clean (not!) and that water recycling is way too gross (not!).

I just finished Charles Fishman's
Great Thirst (review coming soon!) and similar public anxieties have lead to very bad water supply decisions (piping water over long distances, at triple the cost, to avoid water recycling).

Portlandia strikes again!

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Wilders Acquitted

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What a stupid and disgusting waste of time.

But the presiding judge of the Amsterdam District Court, Marcel van Oosten, found that Mr. Wilders’ actions, while offensive, were protected speech. In dismissing the charges, the judge described some of Mr. Wilders’s comments as “rude and denigrating,” and others as “on the edge of what is allowed,” Radio Netherlands reported.

"On the edge of what is allowed." What a disgusting situation. Why is there an edge at all? And the vulnerability is just as sick and stupid in this country.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:09

Jon Stewart and Chris Wallace

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I have always found Jon Stewart a jokester, sometimes a vaguely funny one, but I regard Chris Wallace as one of the best journalists in existence, who does interviews better than anyone else available on my cable channels. So it was fascinating to get this, by surprise, last weekend:

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One can watch this in many ways; but it has made me regard Jon Stewart as sleazy and misleading. He even goes so far as to dissociate himself from the debate by saying he regards Chris Wallace as a stalking horse. Personally, in the end, I am not sure whether what Chris Wallace does is harder than what Jon Stewart does, but I would like to think what Jon Stewart does is far less important, though I fear otherwise. This is not to my mind a decent person.He occasionally lectured Chris Wallace as if he had forgotten this was Mike Wallace's son.

John Nolte has a pretty good analysis of why this left a sour feeling in me after watching it.

Stewart is smart and talented and funny. No question. But he’s also dishonest. He wields his comedy like a partisan bludgeon, is well aware the MSM uses him to affect the news narrative, and is just as aware that the same MSM aids and abets him in choosing who will forever be defined as stupid, crazy, or racist — and those monikers only ever seem to attach themselves to conservatives, don’t they?

The bottom line is clearly that Stewart clearly does not see fit to tell the truth when it does not serve his own purposes, whether for the construction of humor, or something else. No surprise to me, but fascinating to watch him the case with his 'doth protest too much' evasions.

Disclaimer: The only show I watch from FOX News is Chris Wallace's. It is the best of the Sunday morning shows by far, and certainly the most fair and balanced.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 June 2011 10:48

Miss USA is a Science Geek

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Or at least says she is.

Only Miss Massachusetts and Campanella stood up for Darwin.

Score one for Charles Darwin. The newly crowned Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella, 21, of Los Angeles, who calls herself "a huge science geek," says evolution should be taught in public schools.

No, it didn't happen on air in a replay of the Carrie-Prejean-Perez-Hilton showdown over a gay marriage question two years ago. Evolution was among the preliminary questions, not the televised finale.

Now Internet voting can contribute to the results so contestants are apparently nervous about their answers to any questions.

Still, Camapanella survived what most of the others thought was somewhat of an indiscretion.


Season 2 of The Glades

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A&E's 'The Glades' is back and I really am liking Season 2. It would give me a rough time given that I am also watching AMC's 'The Killing' with both in the 10pm time slot on Sunday; fortunately both shows repeat themselves back to back.

For me it has a feel like 'The Rockford Files'; there is a lightness to it and I like the characters. I enjoyed the first season and I am pleased to see the writers know how to use the first season in the second. We were given many episodes to see Jim and Callie getting closer and closer despite her husband being in prison. SO in the first three episodes we now have had the husband released on parole, Jim's Chicago partner with benefits come to Florida for a case there, and Callie get assigned to the forensic team. Matt Passmore and Kiele Sanchez are playing this all just beautifully so far (as is Natalia Cigliuti, and I have always enjoyed seeing Michelle Hurd on screen)..

The Killing-Glades conflict was settled last night by choosing the order, Killing first, Glades second, and I am SO glad I did. The exceptionally bad feeling I had at the end of 'The Killing' was utterly washed away by the charm of Callie's first forensic case on 'The Glades'.

Keep it up!

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:13

AMC's The Killing Season 1 Finale

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Well when I watched last night I simply could not believe it, and apparently nobody else could either, at least not the bloggers at Basket of Kisses or Tom and Lorenzo.

I posted with great promise after the pilot. And I posted on a few of the early episodes, pretty good for a couple of weeks. But I sure read poorly what was coming, dreaming that AMC was not making the mistake in the Danish original, and was going to compress the story. (To be fair the Danes started off assuming they were making ten episodes and then got asked to extend it to twenty, and one can see why, wathcing it, then this, where surely Veena Sud knew the schedule.)

Instead, somehow they managed to meander even more than the original, insert more meandering turns and red herrings, feature even more manifestly incompetent police work, and, to make up for that, remove several of the more interesting characters, and reduce others to far less than what they were in the original. The whole flavor of the story changed as the season proceeded, and I started to miss the 20-hour Danish version again.

But the ending of Season 1! Just unbelievable. I was getting worried as we passed the halfway mark in the episode, as it seemed impossible to do the 'reveal' we have expected. Well, AMC's crack team of writers was not able to stick close to the Danish original, it seems, as they had done so well in the best hours of the series, the first two. Moreover, they did many weird things in the last few minutes, not one of which intended cliffhangers is likely to bring me back next year.

The ending of the Danish series was very cathartic and heartbreaking. The AMC ending is jawdropping in a stupid way and gave me in a major WTF moment (no AMC is not Winning the Future for me with this).

The AOL Reviewer had a quite good analysis:

That isn't character development, because that is confounding information that, as is its wont, the show revealed without a hint of preamble or setup. We had no indication that Holder could play these kinds of deeply vicious games, we were given to understand that he truly cared about Linden as a partner and a friend, and yet we're just supposed to swallow that he was callously betraying her, possibly all season long.

Let me be clear about the fact that I don't hold the actors responsible for this steaming pile of nonsense. I look at the work Brent Sexton did in the scene with Bennet's wife and I regret, once again, that the show didn't give these excellent actors sufficient scope for their skills on a consistent basis.

If anything, I look forward to all of them getting new gigs -- and I hope none of them return for the next season of 'The Killing,' which
AMC has already commissioned (with Sud at the helm). Why would I want capable actors stranded in a show that undercuts whatever emotional investment their performances have created by randomly revealing things about their characters without proper setup or the laying of any kind of realistic groundwork?

If anything, the fact that Linden and Holder had a few good partner moments in this episode makes me more angry about the revelation of Holder's betrayal. And again, we don't even know who he's working for. We don't know if Belko assassinated Richmond. We don't know if Linden will go to Sonoma for good or return to the hunt for Rosie's killer, who, 13 hours later, is still at large. Unbelievable.

A good season finale will set up tantalizing ideas for what may go down when the show returns. This astoundingly awful, obnoxious finale just threw a bunch of crap at the wall and purposely left viewers in the dark about a vast number of things.

As Tom and Lorenzo would say, "Ditto."

One point she makes about how they built the relationship between the two police; in the Danish original Sarah's partner pays with his life to save her. This ending was such a betrayal of that relationship

A Canadian network could probably get the subtitled Danish original on the cheap and do what was done in the UK; show that rather than this utter mess.


RIP, but who?

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No, not Clarence Clemons here. You can find that on a gazillion other blogs.

But here this is for Yelena Bonner.

Die Behörden warfen Bonner vor, sie habe ihren Mann Andrej Sacharow, der als Vater der sowjetischen Atombombe galt, gegen sein Heimatland aufgehetzt. (Authorities accused Bonner of having turned her husband Andrei Sakharov, the father of the Soviet atom bomb, against his homeland.)

She probably did and good for her!

And she did not stop there!

Jelena Bonner setzte sich auch nach dem Zerfall des Ostblocks immer wieder für Menschenrechte in ihrer Heimat ein und kritisierte immer wieder die Mängel der jungen russischen Demokratie. Aus Protest gegen den Krieg in Tschetschenien trat sie 1994 aus der Menschenrechts-Kommission des damaligen russischen Präsidenten Boris Jelzin aus. (She also took a position after the collapse of the East Block for human rights and always criticized the lack of human rights in the new Russian democracy. Because of her protest against the Chechnya War she left the Human Rights Commission of the current Russian president Boris Yeltsin.)

Too bad she could not play the saxophone (so far as I know).

Last Updated on Sunday, 19 June 2011 06:19

Who Is This Rory McIlroy?

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He has had a couple of bad final rounds, and my guess is I won't see what happens tomorrow to him (I hope not - rather be on the beach).

But he plays very attractive golf and in the absence of Tiger Woods it is nice to have a non-Asian player dominating.


Celine Dion is a Quebecer

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And this is a great fact. And she does not forget it.

Here she gives some great points to the wonderful Jean-Pierre Ferland.

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My recollection from 1967 is that the Canadian Government looked for songs about Canadian history and that the finalists were Gordon Lightfoot's totally ham-fisted and wonderful and popular 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy'. I remember the other song I think was the other one - "Klondyke", by Ferland. Subtle, interesting, deep, not like Lightfoot at all.

I can find little trace of it now. Is there a trace of it it out there?

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2011 18:41

Canadian Commencement Addresses

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Having posted two commencement addresses by US comedians, I thought to myself "Do we have a Canadian equivalent?"

And I figured, the right question is "Has Rick Mercer been given that platform?"

And YES last year at Mac.

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Not bad. (Skip the useless first 6 minutes - University administrators, apparently in Canada especially, can really be asses. Who wants to hear them?) But NO match for O'Brien or Colbert; hardly surprising.

Anyone have a Russell Peters commencement address?



Colbert at Northwestern

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It's a good year for commencement speeches. Stephen Colbert does Northwestern, and shouts out to Conan, to Jessye Norman, and to Barbara Liskov, and, like O'Brien, to parents!

It is pretty good.

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These are great opportunities for handoffs between our generations. The young people look so atractive, and I count on them for my future! And he is great on the wonderful asinine Northwestern sex scandal. Snowday reference is great, especially as SillyWife likely endured a record number of snowdays this year at UWO.

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2011 13:12

Religions are So Cute - PZ Myers faces Islamic Experts on Embryology

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This really is very very funny.

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Of course the guys arguing for the correctness of Koranic embryology are idiots. Myers has never had a problem taking on the equivalent Christian clowns.


In Honor of the US Golf Open

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This really is silly.

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And after today's McIlroy round, maybe it should have been Celtic music rather than this. Of course there are FOUR rounds, as McIlroy knows full well.


Steve Sailer on Vancouver Riots

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I had to answer several e-mails yesterday about 'Canadians' running riot. I live in Toronto, and the 'Canadians' were in Vancouver; most of the 'Canadians' in the G20 mess in Toronto were from Quebec.

So I rather take to his final paragraph.

Never having won anything, Vancouver (a.k.a., Loserville, North America) has no tradition of the Victory Riot. It does have a tradition of the Defeat Riot going back to the 1994 Stanley Cup Final. I suspect, however, that some of yesterday's Vancouver rioters are undergoing an agonizing reappraisal of this whole riot and post pictures on Facebook idea. For example, this guy with the blond crewcut who was photographed setting a police car on fire. My guess is that the police really don't like you setting their cars on fire, and therefore will find him.
So yes maybe Vancouver specializes in defeat riots; but really in the end it takes only a few young stupid males, many fewer stupid females wanting to impress them, and some very poor planning by the police, and some luck. It can create a perfect storm.
The forthcoming hearings and trials will be interesting. How many fans and how many professional malingerers, as at the G20?

IBM Turns 100

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Good article from the CBC.

Google, Apple and Facebook get all the attention. But the forgettable everyday tasks of technology — saving a file on your laptop, swiping your ATM card to get $40, scanning a container of milk at the checkout line — that's all IBM.

International Business Machines turns 100 on Thursday without much fanfare. But its much younger competitors owe a lot to Big Blue.

After all, where would Groupon be without the supermarket bar code? Or Google without the mainframe computer?

"They were kind of like a cornerstone of that whole enterprise that has become the heart of the computer industry in the U.S.," says Bob Djurdjevic, a former IBM employee and president of Annex Research.

The potted history seems pretty good to me and refelcts well the time I spent as an employee.

OK I grant the line "Google without the mainframe computer" is a bit odd, as Google runs farms of Intel-based machines, but I do not think the line is that far-fetched.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 12:18

More IPCC Perfidy

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Who could possibly be surprised at this point? Steve McIntyre discovered the latest idiotic travesty (the IPCC, supposedly committed to objectivity and peer-review, feature a Greenpeace employee's wild ramblings, reviewed, as far as it can be seen, only by that Greenpeace employee - what a shambles, and purely political process) and exposed it this week. Here he discusses some initial responses. (In the first of the posts linked above I see the first really intemperate, but thoroughly justified, comment from McIntyre on his blog.)

But even more interesting is an open letter from Judith Curry, one climate scientist who decided to look closely at Steve McIntyre's efforts (and thus also Ross McKitrick) some time ago, and found they were worthy of serious consideration, to a British jounalist who seems to have finally come to realize the farce that the IPCC is.

Opening your mind on this subject is a slippery slope into listening to what skeptics have to say.  Sure there are alot of crazies out there, but there is some very serious skepticism at ClimateAudit and other technical skeptic and lukewarmer blogs.  I look forward to a growing climate heretics club, where people that generally support the IPCC consensus (either currently or in the past) dare to question aspects of it.

I predict that your actually reading the Hockey Stick Illusion and mentioning it on your blog will get you removed from RealClimate’s blogroll.

Long ago I recommended RealClimate, and also Deltoid, but now read neither of them. Largely it is the nature of the discourse; Curry says it beautifully - it is the issue of heresy, and a complete unwillingness to engage in what seems to me an honest way with critics. McIntyre loves to refer to 'The Team' and he is spot on; it is not a pretty sight seeing the team turn out and reject the notion that science needs to be done but it is a consistent pattern. Hide the decline!

Disclosure: I am now a lukewarmer, as Curry describes it. It took about a year and a half of reading.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 10:09

The Power of Music

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h/t IowaHawk on Twitter

Just lovely.

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What a funny species we are.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 09:23

Stirring Up Common Sense

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This crap needs to be shut down in any civilized society.

I am not sure we have a civilized society anymore.


Portland Chicken Meals

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This would be SO funny if it were funny.

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"His name was Colin."


O'Brien at Dartmouth

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I've never really been a Conan O'Brien fan but I liked this.

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He of course delivers an address that seems funny, but is also very insightful. I appreciated his shoutout to H. W. on stage, and to the University President.

His final six minutes are very good. "Disappointment stings."

It also struck me how much has changed in my lifetime; he can say, "I be some of you have changed your sexual orientation since I began this speak. I know I have." This could NEVER have been said at a commencement address when I graduated (1970). This is progress. I hope we do not piss it away.

h/t PowerLine

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 10:21

They Just Made a Terrible Life Choice

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giggle - h/t Mark Thoma, who clearly cannot agree.

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(Disclosure - I made the same life choice and have NEVER regretted it at all.)


Those Pesky Lesbian Bloggers

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Mark Steyn gets me laughing out loud.

Just for the record, Jonah Goldberg, Mark Krikorian, John Derbyshire and I are all 23-year old lesbians. We started this site as a joke when we were drunk one night and had no idea so many gullible people would fall for such an obvious hoax. For public appearances, we hire 57-year old male 12th-year Social Construct Studies students who’ve been short of cash since the sperm donor clinic closed down.


The Idiot is a Genius

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So says Ann Althouse and I agree utterly with her.

The Sarah Palin e-mail circus appears to be over because all anyone found was stuff that made her look good.

As Althouse closes:

Let's credit Sarah Palin for phenomenal, hilarious restraint. She knew there was nothing that would hurt her in there. She resisted the disclosure for legitimate privacy reasons, but she had to also know that the revelation of nothingness would backfire on her disgustingly salivating opponents. Her designation of them as "lamestream media" is vividly vindicated. And, because there was nothing, the invasion of her privacy looks especially unkind. Finally, she knew that the most interesting thing in the big box was the full text of the letter from God. She'd edited it down for publication in her memoir "Going Rogue." It might have seemed maudlin to reprint the whole thing at that point. But now we get the entire missive, and we're stunned and weeping. Oh, Sarah! The idiot is a genius!

Stunned and weeping. Yes, I was too.

And of course I come out of it with very unpleasant views of the news media that drove this. Will they now ask for Weiner's e-mails. Obama's? Obama's Columbia transcripts? Of course not. That would be a violation of privacy, and our protected friends deserve their privacy.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 10:08

He Wouldn't Do Anything Like Bugger Around with Job to Prove a Point

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h/t Ann Althouse.

Hitchens in many ways at his best. "I LIKE surprises."

The closing bit on Francis Collins is VERY moving, and that Collins has agreed NOT to pray for Hitchens increases my respect for him.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 09:58

'Trig' Has Two Norse Meanings?!

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I find this SO moving.

As the left had so hoped to find something embarrassing in Sarah Palin's correspondence, instead it seems we find someone even more impressive than the woman we see on TV (though I sure liked her on the TLC series).

Who can read that letter without tears?

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be 'Trig', because it's so fitting, with two Norse meanings: "True" and "Brave Victory". You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

...The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven't experienced yet. He'll show you what "true, brave victory" really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is "normal" or "perfect°....

I'll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig's challenges, but I won't impose on you... I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig's life a great one.

This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters....

Please look to me as this new challenge and chapter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won't give you anything you can't handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can't wait to meet you. I'm giving you ONLY THE BEST!

Who on earth could reasonably prefer Anthony Weiner to the woman who wrote that?

Last Updated on Monday, 13 June 2011 14:39

Mickey Kaus Has Some Fun With the Rehab Topic

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And suggests some others who need it.

I actually watched 'Reliable Sources' yesterday, and in fact enjoyed it, despite Kurtz' continuing to lie about Breitbart's initial Shirley Sherrod tape. Kaus is less patient:

Said a friend, behind Kurtz’s back, “He’s such a hack. It’s clear he needs professional intervention. I’m glad he is seeking it.”

That is satire; I doubt Kurtz realizes what an ass he makes of himself.

Kaus has little patience either for Jeffrey Toobin (again this is satire - no way Toobin could be so self-aware):

Toobin appeared on his network early in the Weiner controversy to declare that it was just ”a lighthearted story … a silly little thing that happened.” Observers noted that this wasn’t the first time Toobin had rationalized cheating:  His book , A Vast Conspiracy, had slimed reporter Michael Isikoff in the course of attempting to argue that, as Toobin said in an interview, President Clinton’s infidelity was a ”completely bogus” story because a politician’s sex life “tells you absolutely nothing about their performance” in office.  Toobin’s friends say he began a painful reassessment when he read page 49 of his book–which attributes a “catastrophic” decision made by President Clinton to ”the complex dynamics of the relationship between husband and wife”–and realized those complex dynamics can be affected by things like having sex with other people behind your spouse’s back. While in rehab, the New Yorker and CNN contributor is expected to work through these issues. He has apologized to Isikoff and others.

I love his closing observation:

The “it’s only sex” Weiner defense and the “he’s seeking therapy for his illness” defense sit uncomfortably together, no? I think maybe you have to pick one or the other!

And in the end Weiner did not even get sex!

Last Updated on Saturday, 18 June 2011 17:46

Tortoise Loves Watermelon

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Just a great story. (I love watermelon too!)

Methuselah, who has been at Reptile Gardens in Rapid City since 1956, turns 130 this weekend. In honor of the giant tortoise’s birthday, Reptile Gardens is throwing him a birthday party.

“Methuselah has been around a long time – as far back to when I was a kid so I have lots of memories with him,” said John Brockelsby, who handles public relations from Reptile Gardens. “He’s 130 years old this year, so now that calls for a celebration.”

h/t The Pretense of Knowledge
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