Archive for April 2006

Harris Miller – Job Killer

Harris Miller - Job Killer

Harris Miller – Job Killer

She’s Just Calls ’em as She Sees ’em

Congresswoman Puzzled by Obscenity In Letter to Constituent

The letter ended with a profane, seven-letter insult beginning with the letter a — “i think you’re an. ...”

As a fervent letter writer myself, I’ve never been rude enough to receive such a response, but I’m sure others have.

Don’t Forget Hao Wu

When you hear Hu Jintao, the President of China, speak, don’t forget Hao Wu.

The reason for Hao’s detention is unknown. One of the possibilities is that the authorities who detained Hao want to use him and his video footage to prosecute members of China’s underground Churches. Hao is an extremely principled individual, who his friends and family believe will resist such a plan. Therefore, we are very concerned about his mental and physical well-being.

Photo courtesy Ethan Zuckerman

Raising Kaine

Just a note that I have been following progressive politics in Virginia at Raising Kaine. It’s an interesting place – many old-style democrats and youngsters in the Howard Dean / European Social Democrat mold. I’ve already been attacked anonymously there – which only goes to show you that I must be doing something right.

One thing’s for sure: While I consider whether to return to the Democratic Party to reform it, I can’t do so as long as Harris Miller calls himself a Democrat.

If Miller wins the VA primary, I might as well join the RNC because the Democratic Party will have completely sold its soul to the highest bidder.

National Public Radio Still Sucks

For the past three or four days I have turned on “All Things Considered” during the evening commute, just to see if it was as biased as I found it to be three years ago when I stopped listening to it. The third story, after an excellent piece on the Skilling Enron cross-examination (go Feds!) and a good one on the conviction today of former Illinois governor Ryan on all counts, was an interview with a “presidential historian” to discuss presidents and their relationships with their subordinates. In particular, if there was any precedent behind Bush’s support of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

The historian said, “No.” He then went on to characterize the growing restlessness with Rumsfeld to “failure in Iraq”, saying that if we were succeeding no one would be gunning for Rummy. I’ll paraphrase the rest of the interview: “Vietnam. Vietnam. Vietnam. MacNamara, Johnson and Vietnam. Vietnam. Vietnam. Nixon and Vietnam. Vietnam. Vietnam. Truman, MacArthur and Vietnam. ”

Well, I suppose balance from an academic is like expecting a jihadi to say something nice about a Jew. So, for those of you who haven’t checked out NPR lately.

Move along. It’s still a biased pit of anti-Americanism that really, really needs to get its funding cut off.

Global Warming: Blackballing Scientists

WSJ Opinionjournal has an interesting piece from a global warming dissenter.
Money quote:

But there is a more sinister side to this feeding frenzy. Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their grant funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves libeled as industry stooges, scientific hacks or worse. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science that supposedly is their basis.

The more I learn about Global Warming – the less I believe that it is a scientific rather than a political argument.

Hire A French Kid today!

Since Chirac bent over for them, I began to wonder what jobs French youth would be good enough at to warrant not getting fired. Here’s a partial list:

1. Molotov cocktail maker
(special skills required: pouring gasoline into an open container in an “environmentally friendly” way.)

2. Molotov cocktail thrower
– (Experience bowling Cricket, pitching American Baseball a plus).
Parisian Youths Hurl Rocks, Epithets

3. Librarian:

Image courtesy of Gateway Pundit
Courtesy of Gateway Pundit

4. Graveyard Caretaker:
Note – The quote below “Roast Beefs go home” says “Remove your garbage from our soil.”
American Cemetery in France

5. Auto Repair:
Cars burn in Paris

6. Mime:
French Fashionistas Relax

7. Urban Renewal:

French Protesters Destroy

8. Waste Management:
French Burn Garbage (for once)

France Surrenders Again

No surprise.

After weeks of protests and strikes, President Jacques Chirac announced plans Monday to “replace” a law that would have made it easier for companies to fire workers under age 26.

The deal represents a defeat for Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who had insisted on the law as a means of reducing high unemployment rates among young people.

Of course de Villepin was a key member of the Axis of Weasels so I’m not shedding any tears over the bastard.

A Quiet Death For a Humble Man – One Year On

A year ago my father-in-law passed away ten days before his 81st birthday. I wrote about it in this post - one of a string of my most personal and I think, best, writings.

I’ve often said that to me, Death doesn’t make any sense. Living is hard. Creation and building takes so much time and energy, but destruction? Death? Everything is gone in an instant, and what do you have left?

Pictures. Various momentos. And something else: An emptiness that I can only describe as an echo of a life, a vibration that continues but softens with each passing day of a life that once way that isn’t no more.

Are there more such echoes around us that we can’t recognize or hear because we never met the people that caused them? Or do they eventually fade into complete and utter silence? If so, when?

A year on, the Wife is stronger. I am stronger and (I hope) more perceptive. The Kid misses his grandfather but the tears are much rarer now, and they will fade just like the memories that elicit them – until he will one day struggle to remember things about his grandfather and his life as a child with him.

Unfortunately, he leaves behind a wife whom he protected and in a sense, held together. She struggles to move forward, and only now begins to realize how much he shielded her from and grounded her in the world.

The Wife’s sister continues suffering from the insanity of Alcoholism. She has regressed 30 years into the mind of a rebellious 14 year old whose handle on reality isn’t, well, just plain isn’t there.

Beyond that? His garden has gone wild, but his tools remain where he last touched them over a year ago. Most of his clothes were donated and now clothe strangers throughout the area or wait to be sold abroad.

The echo of his life continues.

NBC Making News Up Again

The blogosphere is buzzing with NBC’s NASCAR sting operation, in which it parades around a small group of Muslims dressed in traditional garb and follows them with hidden cameras at NASCAR events. Michelle Malkin covers the story here, AP reports it here.

My $.02: I take it there is nothing else to report? Not that I care much about NBC anyways, since I never watch it. ER and Scrubs jumped the shark years ago, so the only thing I catch on the “Big 3” networks is “Lost”.

Otherwise it’s Discovery Channel, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Fox News, Fox, the History Channel and The Weather Channel over 90% of the time.

As a reader to Instapundit points out, maybe they should send someone in Hasidic garb to an A.N.S.W.E.R. sponsored event – like one of those “Alienation” marches.

C-5 Crash Outside of Dover DE

Apparently, all 17 crew and passengers have survived (link).

Suicidal birds are suspected, although as of yet no groups have claimed responsibility.