Monday, 31 March 2008


More mo for Big Al?

Ken Hahn on the putative Al Gore boomlet:

After a long a vicious battle [Democrats] are reduced to a choice between a member of a racist cult or a women who wouldn’t know the truth if it bit her.  So the solution is a member of a cult that does its upmost to suppress the truth?

Neither the Clinton machine nor the Obamessiah movement will accept Gore.  If anyone can make McCain look good it’s the Democrats.

Brendan Loy spots more Gore talk, while Roberta X quotes Eugene Field.


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An echo, not a choice

“I’m a Democrat who came to the party in the era of President John F. Kennedy. It’s a strange turn of the road when I find among the candidates running this year that the one, in my opinion, closest to the Kennedy legacy, the John F. Kennedy legacy, is John S. McCain.” - Joe Lieberman

Via: IP

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Friday, 28 March 2008

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There he goes again

Rep. Heath Shuler, D-NC, sponsor of the bipartisan immigration-enforcement bill known as the Save Act (H.R.4088), said this week that Sen. McCain was calling Republican House members in an attempt to block the discharge petition that would force a vote on the bill on the House floor. - Mark Krikorian
As Bill Quick says...

UPDATE 080329 17:49:  McCain advisor Steve Schmidt calls Shuler’s story “false,” the Krikorian post quoted above was later updated to reflect this.

Mickey Kaus reflects the thoughts of many:
...Shouldn't McCain at least have to take a position on the bill, if he's such a secure-the-borders-first man? ... Of course, the same reasons why McCain hasn't taken a position (e.g., he's not a secure-the-borders-first man, and he covets Latino votes) are the reasons people would think he'd want to block the bill from coming to a vote, no?

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Thursday, 27 March 2008

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Weekend project: European re-armament

Anyone for a gun drive?

Well, see, outside of major urban areas, Americans find the British belief that you get peace by giving up your guns extremely sinister.  Frankly, if the average Brit weren't so propagandized, charitable Georgians alone would raise enough donated firearms to rearm the British yeomanry.  Texas alone could rearm half of Europe without too much personal deprivation.  The problem is that you probably wouldn't know how to clean them, and abuse of good weapons is a sin for which we would not want to be responsible. - MaxedOutMama, on Euro-American cultural differences

(I found the idea of Georgians and Texans taking up collections to “rearm the British yeomanry” amusing; not that they wouldn’t do it, you understand, but because they would!  The quote itself is peripheral to the topic of MOM’s post, which is a response to a [UK] Telegraph column about Americans’ “desperate desire to belong.”  The whole thing is worth reading.)

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Monday, 17 March 2008

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False alarm, go back to sleep

Headline on page 2 of today's Wall Street Journal:
EPA Says Carbon Caps Won't Harm Economy Much (Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2008)
Well, I'm certainly glad that's all cleared up.

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Thursday, 13 March 2008

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Another triumph for e-commerce

Anyone you know?

The website is total eye candy, complete with flash animations and sounds for darn near every movement of your mouse pointer.   Annoying.  The "off" switch for all the dancing baloney is buried 'way down at the bottom, too.  To add insult to injury, navigation is murky if you're looking for a specific tidbit of information...  Apparently, unless it's hidden very well on the main site someplace, the only way to get this chart is to download the .pdf of the 2008 catalog; which is not a simple black-on-white document, either, oh no.  The catalog is a 55-page monstrosity with photographic backgrounds for every page, and even with a decent computer and a DSL connection, it's like taking Lake Michigan through a drinking straw.  On the index page the very last graphic to load was... can you guess? That's right, the page numbers.  Nice work, that.

Speaking of firing webmasters, keep your sanity: Stay away from the Wall Street Journal's website today.

Seems they’re having an “open house.”  Well, between the broken javascript and the repeatedly-loading popups, the site’s just about unusable (even via the usually-free URL).

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Tuesday, 11 March 2008

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Been busy, interim snarkage

Back shortly. Meanwhile, sighted at IP:

The editors' strike continue unabated.

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Wednesday, 05 March 2008

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Routing around censorship

Charlie gets it:

Public Service Announcement

Attention:  If, by some chance, you surf the web from an institution which has such a hair up its ass that it has wildcard-blocked all URLs containing the character string "blog" (hint: USAF Cyber Command, I'm talking about you), you can still read this particular blog bog. Just point your browser at my bog instead of my blog. That's:

Got that?

As you were.

(In other news: thousands of America-hating hackers terrorists all around the world hastily insert "blog" into their domain names, to avoid the unwanted attention of the USAF Cyber Command tasked with tackling threats to national security on the highstoned cyber frontier.  Blog: it's the new Stealth!)

(Note that b-l-o-g is nowhere to be found in the oldgrouch URL. Yet another reason why rules!)

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California universities hook up with the Saudis

Irresistable force?

“We expect the diversity principles to be central, to be honored, in every arrangement the university makes.” - Barrie Thorne, chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department, University of California, Berkeley
Immovable object?
“When I was in Saudi Arabia a month ago, I read in a Saudi newspaper in English that it will probably be hard to forbid women to drive for much longer.”- Jean-Claude Latombe, professor of engineering, Stanford
Then there’s this:
Stanford... notes that faculty holding Israeli passports would have difficulty entering Saudi Arabia (but adds that little traveling is needed and that, if necessary, short courses can be offered via distance learning).

Looks like they’re caving already. We’ll see.

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Ryan Frank, on crossover voting (from this comment thread):

Hey, Democrats voting in the early Republican states helped give us McCain, might as well return the favor and screw with them right back.

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