Wednesday, July 30, 2003

NO BLOGGING FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS

Am traveling in Florida, no time to blog until Friday.


Monday, July 28, 2003

THE HUNT FOR BIN LADEN

Where's Osama?

No one knows for sure, but this article is well-researched and informative.


(NOT SO) HIDDEN AGENDA

"Will you walk into my parlor?" said the spider to the fly.

It's simple. We've pissed off every terrorist in the world by storming Iraq and taking control of the country just months after doing the same in Afghanistan, and we've put so much pressure on the Iranians, Syrians and Saudis that they're arresting and killing terrorists operating in their countries. And, horror of horrors, the Palestinian Authority is trying to negotiate a peace with the Jews.

So if you're a self-respecting terrorist, you're pissed. And you want to kill some infidels. What to do? You go to Iraq, where else? And there's mounting evidence this started to happen even before we invaded. I remember Oliver North, as an "embedded" reporter, saying that his unit had captured "irregulars" who turned out to be Syrian, Lebanese, Iranian, etc., etc.

Now, the US is finally admitting this. Shouldn't we be concerned?

No way. Call it the terrorist version of the "Wild Weasel" strategy. If you remember, the Wild Weasels were a response to the SAM (surface-to-air missile) problem we had over North Viet Nam. Weasels were outfitted with radar detection devices that would "see" a radar site and fire a missle back at it. The idea was to draw out the enemy, but shoot them before they had a chance to shoot you.

In Iraq, we've done everything short of taking out ads on al Jazeera saying "your mother sleeps with Americans" in an effort to get these nutjobs to come to Iraq to try to kill someone. As we gain greater control over the country, finding and killing these "imports" will become easier and easier.


HIP. FUNNY. SARCASTIC. WHAT'S NOT TO LIKE?

Check out Daybydaycartoon.com.


A TRUE AMERICAN HERO

Bob Hope died last night.

It wasn't that he'd made it to 100. That isn't the amazing part. The amazing part was what he did in the 80+ years preceding his death.

He was a successful comedian, actor, and entrepreneur. At one point (maybe still true) he owned more California real estate than any other person (not counting governments and large corporations). Most people would stop right there and say, that's it, I've done it. Not Bob.

He was probably most successful at being a human being, a mensch. He had strong political beliefs, but he never preached about them, as many in the entertainment industry do today.

He was unabashedly pro-American. Though his politics were conservative, the country always came first. He was best known for his association with the USO and he went on the road with the USO regardless of which party's candidate won the last election or who controlled Congress. That didn't matter to him, because he really only cared about the people who were being asked to leave their homes and families to fight a war, or just be stationed somewhere else in the world. He wanted to bring with him a little of what they'd left behind.

I had the privilege of seeing him once, ironically not the two Christmases I was in Japan during the Viet Nam conflict, but three years earlier when I was in college. He had developed an affection for Indiana University, and came to entertain almost every year. His fee was always donated to a scholarship fund he had set up at the university. He was like that.

He'll be missed.

For the best tribute I've seen about "the man," read this.

READ THE POST BELOW AND THEN . . .

Read this article about the ongoing problems that Californians have in managing (and mis-managing) their economy.


YET ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF "MEXIFORNIA"

If you aren't aware of Victor Davis Hanson's coining of the term Mexifornia, read this first.

Then read this.


WORLD'S BEST ATHLETE -- LANCE ARMSTRONG

I'll forgive you if you didn't follow every stage of le Tour. Only we hardcore bike guys do that, but there's one thing that cannot be denied -- Lance Armstrong stands out amongst other superb athletes as someone truly superhuman.

If you're not familiar with the Tour de France, this should put it in perspective -- it takes over 80 hours of racing, over three weeks, in all types of weather, on the flat hot plains and through cold mountain passes, and on the longest days it's almost the equivalent of running a marathon that day. If you screw up on one race (as Armstrong's closest competitor did on the penultimate stage -- he fell, and only lost about 30 seconds), you're done, it's over.

Winning one Tour de France is amazing. Winning five in a row is astounding.

And remember, having an American winning the Tour de France is probably comparable to the Cherbourg Seagulls (a French baseball team) beating the New York Yankees in a best of seven series.


Friday, July 25, 2003

DEMOCRATS SHOULD NEVER QUOTE A REPUBLICAN

Remember Reagan's famous line in the 1980 presidential debates - "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" Not that he needed it, but it was the last nail in Carter's coffin. Poor Carter looked like a deer in the headlights -- splat!

So now we have some of the Dwarfs paraphrasing Reagan, saying "do you feel safer than you felt two years ago?" They are actually trying to create the impression that we are less safe today because we chose to take action against terrorists, rather than just sitting back and waiting for it to happen.

Are they mad? Two years ago, bin Laden, the Taliban, the Husseins, et. al., were in power, and their operations were unfettered and full-scale planning and training were underway to commit mass murder against the US directly and US interests around the world. Some were successful, but most efforts since 9/11 have been detected and stopped.

While the party ain't over, many major leaders are mostly dead, in prison, or on the run. And their supporters are maybe having second thoughts since our stunning "regime change" in Iraq.

Read Bill Kristol's column for his take on why this scare tactic was truly dumb. I can see it being a centerpiece of the real debates once the Democrats have elected their chief dwarf. Bush will put it between two slices of sourdough laced with French mustard and cram it down their throat.


GRAY DAVIS DEATH WATCH

Now that the recall election date is set, I'm reminded of the late comedian Fred Allen's quip:

"California is a fine place to live -- if you happen to be an orange."


VICTOR'S IN THE HOUSE!

Check out today's column from Victor Davis Hanson. In it he answers the criticisms about Iraq and the administration being uttered by the harpies who still can't believe Al Gore didn't win.

I have a new fantasy. Instead of the Democrats debating amongst themselves, I'd like to see them all debate Prof. Hanson at the same time. Sort of the way a chess master plays 20 people at a time and dusts all of them. Of course, they'd never agree. But, you have to admit it would be fun to watch.


REQUIRED READING FOR ALL

Especially folks like Dean and Gephardt and the rest of the Nine Dwarfs.

This story tells it all about why weapons of mass destruction were a lame excuse to invade Iraq. The real reason was to make sure the experiences this woman suffered never occur again.


WE WON'T BACK DOWN

Steven Den Beste, normally seen only on his blog (USS Clueless), wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal yesterday.

See it here.


Thursday, July 24, 2003

THE NEWSPAPER OF NOT KNOWING WHAT THE HELL YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT

Donald Luskin posted a really great piece written by a professor from NC State. The gist of it is that in order to "rehabilitate" their reputation, the New York Times has been publishing the bios of its editorial staff.

What the professor finds amusing is that, save the two who write about legal issues who actually went to law school, not a single other member of the staff has a background in their supposed area of expertise.

Gee, maybe that's why they have such a problem being able to report "fair and balanced" news.


I'M SURE SOME WILL GET THEIR PANTIES IN A BUNCH OVER THIS

Was somebody listening when I said "we need photos?"

Anyway, the US has released photos of the brothers Hussein, all dead and gross-looking. If you want to see them, go here and click on the "US GOVERNMENT PHOTOS" link that will take you to the "gallery".


I'M WORKING UP A SWEAT OVER THIS "ANOTHER VIET NAM" BULLSHIT

It almost makes you want to go postal. I'm fairly sure I will at least throw a soft furry creature at the TV the next time some dim bulb numb nuts tries to make the "another Viet Nam" analogy when they talk about Iraq.

Let's see, if this were Viet Nam:

1) Saddam Hussein would be interviewed weekly by CNN and the BBC.
2) Iraq's army would still be fighting, and occasionally winning.
3) None of the "deck of 52" would be dead or under arrest.
4) The Iraqis would be getting substantial military hardware from the Chinese and Russians (and Syrians, Iranians, et. al.).
5) Instead of 1 or 2 KIAs a day, we'd be getting a C141 full of transfer cases (about 100) each week. In other words, by now there would be about 1,700 or 1,800 dead, so far.
6) There would be random CNN stories about how US POWs were being treated.
7) We would never have taken Baghdad.
8) We would never have targeted the Husseins or any other high-ranking official.
9) Etc., etc.

Viet Nam??? Get a grip.

Actually, this is a lot closer to being "another Germany" than "another Viet Nam".

Huh? But how is it similar to Germany?

After WW II was officially over, there were guerilla groups in Germany that took every opportunity to try to disrupt the occupation forces and the efforts to rebuild Germany. The best known group was called the Werewolves. They were organized just before the end of the war and continued on for awhile, hoping for an uprising by the German people. Problem was they were all zealots, "true believers", and they just didn't get that the German people had enough of Hitler and the Nazi party and they just wanted it to be over so they could get back to their lives again. So the Werewolves just faded away.

If you want to read more about the Werewolves, there's a book called The Last Nazis you might enjoy.


Wednesday, July 23, 2003

WHAT IS SADDAM THINKING?

"Bigwig" posted a very compelling piece this morning, wondering what might be going through the mind of Saddam Hussein. One can only hope it's something like this.


WHOA -- REALITY CHECK -- WHO SAID THIS?

We should be pulling for America on this. We should be pulling for the people of Iraq. We can have honest disagreements about where we go from here, and we have space now to discuss that in what I hope will be a nonpartisan and open way. But this State of the Union deal they decided to use the British intelligence. The president said it was British intelligence. Then they said on balance they shouldn't have done it. You know, everybody makes mistakes when they are president. I mean, you can't make as many calls as you have to make without messing up once in awhile. The thing we ought to be focused on is what is the right thing to do now. That's what I think.

Read this transcript of Larry King Live and find out. You might be surprised.

Yep, it was Bill Clinton. I personally think he doesn't give a rat's ass about Bush, but he doesn't want his good friend Tony Blair to look like a fool.


ASBESTOS LITIGATION -- WORSE THAN ASBESTOS ITSELF?

Asbestos is bad, right? Right?

More and more people die from asbestos-related illness every year, right? WRONG.

Well, why is it that there is a crisis in the insurance industry that will require action from Congress to save them?

Two words -- scumbag lawyers.


THE BROTHERS BITE THE BIG ONE

I guess it's official -- the Hussein brothers are toast.

Catching up with and eliminating them is a great example of what to do. I’m glad it was done by the 101st Airborne and not some anonymous pilot dropping a J-DAM down their throat. That has symbolic meaning in the mid east.

And it should have symbolic meaning in the US and Europe. We're serious. We're not leaving Iraq until all the bad guys are (dead or alive) decommissioned.

It’s just too bad they didn’t live long enough to enjoy a “perp walk” for all the world (especially the mid east) to see them humiliated live on al Jazeera.


HELP THE ENVIRONMENT -- DRIVE A GAS GUZZLER

We all learned in our first science class that animals take in oxygen and give off carbon dioxide. Plants do the opposite. Probably the best example of symbiosis that exists.

But we've also been told -- over and over and over again -- that (even though noxious pollutants can be removed) automobile exhaust contains millions of tons of carbon dioxide and that's a bad thing because it contributes to the "greenhouse" phenomenon (a concept you can read about until your eyes bleed and still not find unanimity of opinion). Right? Right???

Some scientists are now suggesting that what some of us learned a few decades ago is still good science.

OK -- maybe it would be a bad idea (for different reasons) for everyone to drive a Hummer, but at least now you can expunge all that guilt.


HIT THE LINKS

Great posts today from the stellar list to the right.

Especially Bill Whittle's rant, and David Warren's essay -- both lamenting that the liberal-leaning media still don't get it.

More on this later.


Tuesday, July 22, 2003

SOMEONE JUST WON $15 MILLION IN THE IRAQI LOTTERY

It appears the 101st Airborne took out the Hussein brothers today.

And, according to this story, some Iraqi tipped the Army off as to their whereabouts. According to the offer, he (or she) has just earned a $15 million reward.

Gotta believe they're going to Disney World.


RULES? WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' RULES!

Remember that great scene in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid when Butch insists on having rules in a knife fight?

Same goes for war.

Al Qaeda has no rules. The US (and other "civilized" countries) have rules of war.

How do you have a "fair fight" when one side has no rules? You don't.

Anyway, here's a good article from Daniel Pipes on the subject where he suggests we abandon the rules.


YADA YADA YADA

"Cracking down on Hamas, Jihad and the Palestinian organizations is not an option at all."

So said the Palestinian Prime Minister this morning.

So what's the alternative? An amnesty program to turn in their AK-47s, RPGs and bomb-making materials? Swear to be a good boy or girl?

What a waste of time.

JAMES WOOLSEY SPEAKS

The former CIA director pulls no punches in this article.

He draws parallels between the "Cold War" and the war we are currently prosecuting against "'fascist' Middle East governments and totalitarian Islamists."

He closes by saying:

As we undertake these efforts in the Middle East and elsewhere, occasionally by force of arms but generally not, generally by influence, by standing up for brave students in the streets of Tehran, we will hear people say, from President Hosni Mubarak's regime in Egypt or from the Saudi royal family, that we are making them very nervous. And our response should be, 'Good. We want you nervous. We want you to change, but realise that now, for the fourth time in a hundred years, the democracies are on the march. And we are on the side of those whom you most fear: your own people.'


THIS JUST IN . . . KANSAS IS FLATTER THAN A PANCAKE!

What a country!

Only in America would someone spend the time and money to to do comparative topographic analysis of Kansas and a pancake.

And then, publish it in the "Annals of Improbable Research". Of course! Where else?


KOFI ANNAN -- MASTER HYPOCRITE

Compare this story to this one.

The man has no shame.


WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IRAQ AND WHY WE'RE THERE?

Steve Den Beste is a really talented guy. He has some of the same qualities as Victor Davis Hanson, except he's a bit more anal when it comes to facts. He pummels you with them.

Anyway, he wrote a long piece yesterday about Iraq, why we're there, and much more.

I highly recommend you read it, but it is lo-o-o-o-ng, so don't expect this to be a CNN Headline News moment.


GRAY DAVIS DEATH WATCH (cont.)

Interesting. One quote in this column:

As two traditional Democratic voters -- a successful Oakland businesswoman and her husband -- put it, "We're just tired of him putting politics ahead of dealing with the problems." Surprisingly, both said, "We don't vote Republican, but if Arnold Schwarzenegger runs, we're for him all the way."

I happened to notice Predator was on this weekend and I never let a year go by without seeing it once. I look at it as Schwarzenegger's Rocky.

Anyway, I'd forgotten that Jesse Ventura was also in the movie as one of Arnie's rescue team.

Hey, if Ventura can be Governor of Minnesota, what's wrong with Arnie as Governor of California?


Monday, July 21, 2003

THE GANG WHO COULDN'T SHOOT STRAIGHT

The highlight (or lowlight if you're a strong defender of the FBI) this week will be the release of the post mortem on the why's and how's of 9/11.

Pre-leaked information indicates that we were pretty lax in keeping up with al-Qaida operatives. Ironically, a paid FBI informant was a roommate of two of the hijackers(!). Wonder how his handlers feel about that?


DENNIS THE MENACE STRIKES AGAIN

From Human Events Online:

On July 15, MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews confronted formerly pro-life Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D.-Ohio.) with a statement Kucinich made in a speech to the Human Rights Campaign, a pro-gay political group: "I would nominate any gay to the Supreme Court, or lesbian or bisexual or transgendered person to the Supreme Court, as long as they were ready to uphold Roe v. Wade." Said Matthews: "In other words, you will only accept judges on the Supreme Court who totally disagreed with you your entire life until recently when you decided to run for President. . . . It looks like pandering and it looks like, I don't know what. Hypocrisy of the worst kind. But go ahead. Explain it." Kucinich couldn't.

He will be among the first batch to disappear (hopefully along with Al Sharpton and Carol Mosely-Braun).


Friday, July 18, 2003

WORLD'S BEST "STATUS SEEKING MORON" JOKE

You know who they are . . . they don't do it/buy it/drive it/eat it/drink it unless it's the "in thing".

A husband and wife were having dinner at a very fine restaurant when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table,gives the husband a big open mouthed kiss, then says she'll see him later and walks away.

The wife glares at her husband and says, "Who the hell was that?"

"Oh," replies the husband, "she's my mistress."

"Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had enough, I want a divorce!"

"I can understand that," replies her husband, "but remember, if we get a divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more Infiniti or Lexus in the garage and no more yacht club. But the decision is yours."

Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm.

"Who's that woman with Jim?" asks the wife.

"That's his mistress," says her husband.

"Ours is prettier," she replies.


(Thanks Sid.)


PUBLIC EDUCATION -- NEW YORK STYLE

Would you allow your teenage prodigy to go to college early? Why not?

Why force them to stay in high school and be bored to death?

Well, it seems that in New York they just don't like that idea. And it's one of those "Catch 22" things -- you can enroll in college, but you may not leave high school unless you are at least 16.

Sound silly?

Well, one parent may wind up being thrown in jail for letting his daughter skip high school.


SO WHY IS EVERYONE WHINING?

The recession ended in November of 2001.


THE STUFF OF "CONSPIRACY THEORY"

I expect at least one looney website to have a post in the next week that goes something like "ballistics prove he was killed by the same gun Vince Foster used to commit suicide."


GET YOUR VDH HERE

A new column from Victor Davis Hanson today.

The "money" quote:

Mr. Bush is not a radical intent on creating an American Empire. Rather, he seems to me a conservative who seeks to end the radical and quite dangerous policies of the last few years that went so much against American values and responsibility, and indeed against human nature itself. In that sense, the success of this critical restoration can be monitored precisely by the angst that it now arouses from the beneficiaries of a past American gullibility.

Ouch!


WOULD YOU TRADE CALIFORNIA FOR AUSTRALIA?

If you google around a bit, you will find a lot of musings over the past couple of years (strengthened by Australia's commitment to the US efforts in Iraq) about whether Australia should become the 51st state. Anyone who's ever been there (I've been lucky enough to do so on three occasions over the past 20 years) would agree. The Aussies are fun-loving, hard-working, no-nonsense folks with a strong sense of fair play. It's very "midwestern" in its values, but it has California weather. What's not to like?

OK, now you have California, which is slowly evolving into something that is much closer to being European in its style, politics and values. I've lived there four times (yes, I know, why did I keeping going back?) and I've seen it degenerate into its current state since I first moved there in 1971. It has just become adrift from the rest of the US in many ways.

So here's my proposal: trade California for Australia. I know, I know. California on its own would be the world's 5th largest economy, and Australia isn't. But I think we could afford the hit.

Imagine how it would change the American political landscape if politicians like Barbara Boxer and Maxine Waters were evicted from the US Congress.

Maybe Victor Davis Hanson's concept (Mexifornia) could see reality. Mexifornia could become part of NAFTA and it would be responsible for funding the border security between itself and Mexico (and the US). And it would have to fund 100% (as in "you and I aren't paying for it") the illegal immigration and social infrastructure debacle that is killing the state already.

Think about it . . .

Who knows? After a couple of generations of "independence", Mexifornia could become the 52nd state.

Or not . . .


GRAY DAVIS DEATH WATCH

Now that it looks certain there will be a recall election in California, the Democrats have announced that none of them will run against him.

No kidding. It will be embarrassing enough to have Davis yanked from office.

Given that announcement, I wouldn't be shocked if Davis resigned just before the recall, which would automatically elevate the Lt. Governor, rendering the recall moot (unless they want to start a petition drive all over again).


LIBERALS SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND EMBARRASSED

Blair is a British Bill Clinton (minus all the character flaws) in his politics. They've both said as much and have openly professed admiration for each other.

So read the next post ("Tony Blair Sums It Up In One Paragraph") now.

Read it? OK, remember this important fact: Tony Blair is a Liberal, as in British, almost-socialist liberal.

Now take another look at his speech.

Now ask yourself if (in your wildest dreams) you could imagine an American liberal Democrat delivering this speech, or even a portion of it. Just wouldn't happen, would it? They are so overwhelmed by their desire to criticize and complain about the Bush administration and everything it's done or will do that they've lost the ability to verbalize any viewpoints that are even marginally objective.

Like I said, they should be embarrassed.


TONY BLAIR SUMS IT UP IN ONE PARAGRAPH

I didn't see it live (or on Memorex), but I have read Tony Blair's speech of yesterday to a joint session of Congress.

Best speech I've read in a long time. As my father might've said, "that boy can talk."

The paragraph that sums it up:

Can we be sure that terrorism and weapons of mass destruction will join together? Let us say one thing: If we are wrong, we will have destroyed a threat that, at its least, is responsible for inhuman carnage and suffering. That is something I am confident history will forgive. But if our critics are wrong, if we are right, as I believe with every fiber of instinct and conviction I have that we are, and we do not act, then we will have hesitated in the face of this menace when we should have given leadership.

It's a superb answer to the bleats and wails of those who are still arguing about whether we should've taken out Saddam. It's done. It's over. Get used to it.


Thursday, July 17, 2003

ONLY IN AMERICA

A prisoner has successfully argued the state (in this case, New York) should pay for his sex-change operation.

So, at what point is he reassigned to a women's prison?


WHAT, NO MULLIGAN?

Not that you ever wish bad things happen to talented people, but it was probably comforting to the average duffer to see Tiger lose his ball off the first tee yesterday at the British Open.


MAYBE HE SHOULD JUST EAT LESS?

Five feet, four inches tall; and he still weighs about 260 after having part of his stomach removed. But Rep. Jerrold Nadler (Dem-NY/Manhattan) is going back for more surgery.

This synchs up with the post yesterday that those with a liberal/socialist mindset tend to be less healthy since they expect someone else to always be there to take care of them or stop them from doing something stupid.

So here's a flash, Jerry. Eat a friggin' veggie sub every day and you can star in a Subway commercial.


Wednesday, July 16, 2003

WHY DIDN'T YOU GUYS PULL THE PLUG?

Here's a story about an Arkansas man who recovered after being in a coma for 19 years.

Happy ending, right?

Maybe not -- you decide.


THINK THE PRESSURE ON SYRIA IS WORKING?

It's no coincidence that they are pulling troops from Lebanon.


AFTER IRAQ, WHO'S NEXT? HOW ABOUT THE SAUDIS?

As Iraq becomes more and more productive (energy-wise), the Saudis become less and less worrisome from an economic standpoint, so it will be easier to treat them as they should be treated -- the financiers of much of the Islamist terrorism in the world.

Our friends? No way.

Think things will change? Read this.


CHINA -- WORRIED?? WHY NOT???

In this time of worry over events in the mid east, Asia isn't top of mind for most of us.

But fast forward 25 years, when China may be the world's largest economy and ask whether that would be a good thing.

What is disturbing is that the magnificent capitalistic engine that is called Hong Kong is beginning to suffer from Chinese "tinkering". And since we're focused elsewhere, what are we doing about it?


LIBERAL POLITICS -- HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH

Like you didn't already know it.

But this article about research done at the University of Alabama is interesting.

Does this mean that liberals live shorter lives?


Tuesday, July 15, 2003

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY

With Jayson Blair in mind . . .

The secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.

- Albert Einstein

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.

- Wilson Mizner (a famous screenwriter)


FLAG ON THE PLAY

Not that the man has a rational side, but when Pat Robertson calls for prayers to God to intervene in replacing Supreme Court justices -- can you say "let God strike them dead"? -- it's time to wheel out the unmarked van with the big guys in white coats.

I don't think the gang at Saturday Night Live would even dare to make up something like this.


Monday, July 14, 2003

A BELATED JULY 4TH TRIBUTE

Click on this link for a truly moving tribute to those who have given their lives and efforts for freedom.

(It's a big file and will take a minute or two, even on a broadband connection.)


BACK HOME

I'm back from 10 days vacation and moving slowly, but not too slowly to suggest you read Bill Whittle's latest essay - TRINITY.

Just click on the Bill Whittle Link to the right and enjoy.

But first, fill up your coffee cup -- it's a long one.


Wednesday, July 02, 2003

BUT ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD . . .

For those who think G. W. Bush is a total redneck, check out this article for Bush's reaction to meeting a former classmate who had a transgender operation. Even Maureen Dowd, of all people, has quoted this one (sorry, but I don't link to MoDo -- if you want it, you find it).

It proves to me what I've been suspecting about Bush -- he's a bit more socially liberal than his spin doctors would like the religious right to believe.


BLOGCATION

Color me gone. For the next 10 days, I will be visiting friends and family in Indiana and Kentucky. So don't expect to read much of anything here until July 14.

Have a happy 4th.


SEE YOU AT WHISTLER IN 2010

It's official. Canada won the bid for the 2010 Winter Olympics.


TO ME IT LOOKS LIKE MICKEY MOUSE ON A SEGWAY

Signs? A hoax? You decide.


HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU NOT TO TOUCH THE RED WIRE TO THE BLACK WIRE?

Seems the explosion in a mosque in Iraq yesterday wasn't a US missile.

It was the result of an "accident" during a bomb making class.

A bomb making class? Iraqi vocational education at its best.


POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN EDUCATION

(move away from anything breakable before you read this)

In their ever-vigilant pursuit of the perfect world, the PC police are still on a tear to make sure that the world of textbooks is politically perfect.

An example: People must never gesture with their fingers, nor should anyone be depicted eating with the left hand.


ANGRY ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION? GOT A MINUTE?

When I read a recent article, I thought it was going to be about something else.

I thought it was going to be a story about a girl who was named by her high school as "co-valedictorian", who then sued to be declared the sole valedictorian, got a temporary injunction, and was then a no-show at graduation. What a great metaphor for how screwed up public education and our legal system have become.

But this story is more about what happens when people with power abuse it. It'll piss you off.

Fill up your coffee cup before you read it because it's a tad long, but well worth it.


MARK STEYN ON STROM THURMOND

Mark Steyn writes his obituary of Strom Thurmond -- a mostly affectionately written piece with lots of anecdotes about Strom's rep as a "ladies man".


BAGHDAD BOB -- COMEDIAN, OR DARTH VADER IN A BERET?

Jonah Goldberg's column today turns a very dark spotlight on the guy we all laughed at.

Read his column and you'll stop laughing.


TOP TEN GREAT THINGS ABOUT AMERICA

Dinesh D’Souza lists his choices.

I especially like the first: America provides an amazingly good life for the ordinary guy. In how many other countries on the face of the earth can the "ordinary guy", "Joe six-pack", live the kind of life that "ordinary" Americans live? Most live almost as well as the socio-economic elites in most of the world.


CLICK ON VIC

A new post today from Victor Davis Hanson. Click on the link under "Favorite Blogs/Writers".


Tuesday, July 01, 2003

SOMEBODY, PLEASE HELP -- I DON'T GET IT

Does anyone have a fix on the India - Pakistan problem? I honestly don't get it.

I have worked with many Indians and Pakistanis and I've asked them all if they could explain the problem to me and they said it was "all politics and the government" and they felt it was beyond their control as citizens. And the Pakistanis seemed more concerned about internal security than the "India" thing (one friend of mine and his father were the targets of three different assassination attempts due to thier political activities).

And I used to work with a guy who is now Finance Minister of Pakistan (Shaukat Aziz) and he seemed to not have any answers, either. And this guy sits at the right hand of Musharraf!

Yet they are still quibbling over Kashmir.


CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? HELLO? HELLO?

Verizon takes a $3 billion charge to cover "accounting changes" and a write-down of its investment in Iusacell, a Mexican wireless company.


YOU GO SILVIO, PART 2

They love it, they hate it . . .

The Euros love the idea of the EU one moment, then the democracy part gets in the way.

One of the features of the EU is a rotating presidency and it's time for Silvio to sit in the seat. Berlusconi, the richest guy in Italy, makes for interesting stories. He's not used to "political" talk and he is used to getting his way, so his term as EU President should prove interesting, from an observer's viewpoint.

The German reaction? Der Spiegel headline: "The Godfather, Now Showing Across Europe"


WAVING THE WHITE FLAG?

In case you haven't been following it, there has been a first-class dust up between Tony Blair's folks and the BBC. Seems the BBC really went after Blair big time, alleging intelligence reports were falsified to rationalize going into Iraq. Blair, of course, vehemently denied this, amongst screams for his resignation, yada yada yada.

But wait, what's this? The BBC now says that, well, yes, maybe their source wasn't exactly factually correct. But they aren't willing to completely retract the story, saying that it was, you know, one of those "heat of the battle" things.


WHAT'S THE WORLD COMING TO?

Most Brits are of the opinion that we Yanks are a traditionless lot. No culture. No deep-rooted historical foundations. So what are they doing these days?

Banning fox hunting.

The House of Commons just passed a law banning fox hunting. But let's hope that the House of Lords (presumably more fox hunters than in the House of Commons) gives it what it deserves -- benign neglect.


YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE

The US is developing the answer to the question, "why don't we just pull all of our troops out of Europe?"

I think James Bond got there first (or was it Space Cowboys?), but The Guardian reports that we are developing space-based conventional weapons that would be a sort of J-DAM that's always "up there". Wouldn't need forward bases. Wouldn't need B-2's.

But my guess is the cost per pound of explosive delivered on target will be just a tad expensive.