Monday, 31 December 2007

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Hillary Clinton as Honoria Glossop


Alex Massie on...



Via Professor Bainbridge (with comments worth perusal), via Instapundit.

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COTC #198


...but before I do, I want to link the 198th installment of Carnival of the Cats, in which, after his usual fine work, Laurence Simon hands over the reins (and the  passwords) to a new proprietor.

Laurence, thanks for all your work for all those years.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2007

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Just what we need, spoofed comments


Christmas present...

If you get an inscrutable or noxious comment from an otherwise lucid blog personality (I know, that is the tough part!) go hunting for Level3.net IPs. If you can check their outclicks, you'll know where next to go find scurrilous comments attributed to you or someone you know.

Some scum-bot out of central Florida has been playing in the Fields of the Bored, leaving evil comments, trying to start something. -
Joan's post includes a bunch of IPs for your ban list.

Via: Teresa.

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Monday, 24 December 2007

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As Congress votes to turn America into Soviet-era eastern Europe


Tamara asks, where were you?

(Actually, what she asked was, "Where were y'all...?")

Goes right along with toilets that don't flush, showers that don't shower, and air conditioners that don't condition the air. Yep, just like Bulgaria, c.a. 1956.

And her list omitted the clothes washers that don't wash clothes:

Not so long ago you could count on most washers to get your clothes very clean. Not anymore. Our latest tests found huge performance differences among machines. Some left our stain-soaked swatches nearly as dirty as they were before washing. For best results, you’ll have to spend $900 or more.

What happened? As of January, the U.S. Department of Energy has required washers to use 21 percent less energy... But our tests have found that traditional top-loaders, those with the familiar center-post agitators, are having a tough time wringing out those savings without sacrificing cleaning ability, the main reason you buy a washer.
I guess the DOE would like it if we went back to beating our clothes on rocks in the nearest stream.


LATER (071226 18:21): Jim at Parkway Rest Stop has some (tongue-in cheek?) predictions of the future.

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Rants

Making it "better to be a litigious jerk"


School punishes the victim, in the name of "zero tolerance."

According to the Williamson County [TN] School System, self defense is no defense when it comes to getting suspended for fighting.

At Fairview High School, at least, it is an automatic five day suspension. -- WKRN.com
The victim was suspended despite a surveilance video and a Sheriff's department investigation. Oh yes...
The Williamson County School District declined to comment on camera...
There's nothing like accountablity. (Too bad this is "nothing like accountability.") Weasels.

More: Darren at Right On the Left Coast:
Perhaps a lawsuit or two and administrators will wake up to this rabid injustice.
Glenn Reynolds:
[If self-defense is no defense,] I think she should sue the school system and principal for failing to protect her...
In general, it's probably better to be a litigious jerk in these circumstances. They've made clear that that's the behavior they want to reward.
A couple commenters to Darren's post point out:
...the school officials aren't the ones who pay-out the fees and awards over the course of protracted litigation. The taxpayers do.
My response: So who elects the school boards who appoint those officials? Santa Claus?

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Naming Names:

STILL MORE:  Hey, maybe somebody should ask them about this:
Unsafe School Choice Policy - Under the Tennessee State Board of Education's Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 38-111(g), or the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district.
So if you blame everyone equally, well hey, there's no victim, right?


Via: Instapundit.

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Friday, 21 December 2007

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Low Man On the Totem Pole


Yesterday's chaos meant it took until today for me to catch up with C.G. Hill's appreciation of writer H. Allen Smith, the 100th anniversary of whose birth the 19th of December was.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2007

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Today's lesson in customer service


Don't mess with a lady who buys her own Harleys. Especially if she owns stock in your company. Especially if she has a weblog.

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Bluenoses won't rest until everything's blue

The once ubiquitous cupcake, iced to perfection and colorfully sprinkled, may be slowly fading from the school landscape.

As elementary classrooms prepare for holiday parties this week, some schools plan to ban the treat in the steady push to improve nutrition with in schools statewide. -- Chicago Tribune
More like the steady push to squeeze every ounce of joy out of childhood. Just like the Blue Meanies in Yellow Submarine: They won't rest until the whole world is gray and static.

Via Nick, who blames federal law for giving 'em an excuse.

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Monday, 17 December 2007

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"If you really can't work for the Man, why not start your own company, if you can?"


Marc Andreessen says the writers' strike is one more factor that will lead to rebuilding the entertainment industry in Silicon Valley's image.

Earlier Marc: Suicide by strike

Via Mickey Kaus, who still doesn't permlink his entries, so I've repeated most of his post below the break... more...

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Finally got it right?


“I'm glad to see that with their new flagship OS, Windows XP, Microsoft have finally learnt from the mistakes they made with the Vista launch.”
Coding Sanity upgrades to Windows XP.


Via: Daily Pundit

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