Friday, April 30, 2010

No Greater Love: +Nikki Bradshaw Carpenter (1978?-2010)

When the moment comes, the Tattered Remnants know what to do.

Nikki Bradshaw Carpenter was a mother of three children in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Someone phoned her in the middle of the storms there to warn of a coming tornado.

She grabbed her three children, piled pillows on them, and held them tight.

When the tornado struck, it picked up the trailer they were in and threw it 100 yards, killing Nikki instantly.

The three babies beneath her were lightly bruised.

Nikki Bradshaw Carpenter was 31.

"Greater love hath no man" (or Mom) "than he who would give his life for his friends."

God rest you, Nikki, and may He duly reward you.

Lest We Forget: The Fall of Vietnam, April 30, 1975



And that's the way it was.


The NY Post remembers, too.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Obama: Immigration Reform is Dead, Jim.

Dead, dead, dead.

And no "long live immigration reform" will revive it.

The Democrats will be crushed this next cycle, and there is precisely zero chance that after the new Congress there will be the slightest chance of immigration reform that is in any way beneficial to the immigrants.

Guess the EEEEEEVIL EEELEEEEEGUL CRIMMIGRANTS in Arizona will just have to suck it up.

Whether it's constitutional or not.

ADDENDUM: Or should I say "almost dead"? Smells like teen, er, lame-duck spirit.....

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Citizen Children Can't Stay, Sez Congresscritter

Speaking of constitutional language that is hiding in plain sight, NBC reports that Representative Duncan Hunter wants to deport the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.
Hunter, who spoke at a tea party gathering in Ramona Saturday, said he does not believe children born to illegal immigrant parents should get automatic U.S. citizenship.

In a video posted Saturday on YouTube, Hunter appears to be taking questions from the crowd when he is asked if he would support the deportation of children born to illegal immigrants.

“I would have to,” he said.

This is not an 'umbra and penumbra' of the Constitution. The 14th Amendment makes people born here into US Citizens. Not "anchorbabies." Citizens. That's been the law of the land since 1866 and it's been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court since the 1898 case United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898).

I'm happily riding the Tea Party bandwagon and I support most (BUT NOT ALL) they support--they're pro-constitution and prolife, which is what keeps me from ever voting Democrat.

But when their speakers advocate depriving US Citizens of their century-plus-long-recognized civil rights, baby, that's where I get off. I'm not one with the body, Captain Kirk.

Mohave Cross Can Stay, Sez SCOTUS

The Godz in Black -- barely -- got something right today. They allowed a cross, erected on Federal lands in 1934 to honor American soldiers who died in WWI, in the middle of the Mohave Desert, to continue to stand, saying that the Federal government can accommodate some degree of religious expression under the First Amendment.

Apparently five judges found the phrase "free exercise thereof" buried somewhere in plain sight in the 1st Amendment. What's appalling that the other four couldn't. Reading glasses, if not classes, apparently are in order for some of the Justices.

Anyway. One should be grateful for small favors; it's about bloody time. Now, can we have our Creche back on Mound Road? Thank you very much.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Next Slide, Please!"




The NY Times reports today about the U.S. Army and the PowerPoint Slide from Hell.

You have no idea how addicted the Army is to PowerPoint.

I was in Bosnia when the first Lord of the Rings movie came out. I was sitting in the front row, surrounded by senior staff officers in the movie theater, when the Council of Elrond scene came up.

"The Ring cannot be unmade by any craft that we here possess. It must be taken to the fires of Mount Doom."

Pause.

"One of you must do this."

And immediately behind me, some staffer piped up:

"Next slide please!"


ADDENDUM:

"No bastard ever won a war by making a Powerpoint slide for his country.

"He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard make a PowerPoint slide for his country."


- with apologies to General George S. Patton



P.S. It says here that Bin Laden "laughed" when warned that the US response to the 9/11 attacks would be overwhelming.Musta been during a Powerpoint presentation.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Wierdos From Another Planet!



Mr. Stephen Hawking, soooopergeeeenius, has released a TV series on the Discovery Channel where he states that meeting aliens may not necessarily be a good thing from our POV:

[A] few life forms could be intelligent and pose a threat. Hawking believes that contact with such a species could be devastating for humanity.

He suggests that aliens might simply raid Earth for its resources and then move on: “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet. I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonise whatever planets they can reach."

He concludes that trying to make contact with alien races is “a little too risky”. He said: “If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans.”

Stephen Hawking. Smart man. (Shot in the back. Very sad.)

I vaguely remember hearing of a conversation between C.S. Lewis and Arthur C. Clark where the former made precisely the same point about meeting aliens: what would we have if their race was "fallen" and "unredeemed"--and possessed interstellar transport technology? Certainly not a happy outcome.

I think the most salient observation made on this subject was made by Calvin and Hobbes, to wit: "The best proof that there is intelligent life in the universe is that they have made no attempt whatsoever to contact us."

ADDENDUM:

I should add that this little gem from 1996 is also worth reading. :0)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Song in Memoriam



Only a few biographical details separates the late Dan Fogelberg's description of his dad, from mine. This song sums William J. Kent Senior pretty well.

This is Dan Fogelberg in 1982, I should add. He's missed, too.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Good Mornin' America, How Are You?


"Doncha know me, I'm you're native son...."

I am sitting writing this in what can almost be called the lap of luxury.

I have to travel today on business to Chicago, Illinois from Detroit: it's six hours each way with a six hour layover in Chi-town to see some clients.

And I gotta say I'm loving every minute of it.

Now the roads ain't that great, and it's something like 300 miles flat portal to portal, which makes it a good six hours of hard driving there and back.

So screw it, sez I, take the train.

And so I am.

I do a lot of business travel, and spent far too many hours curled up in fetal position with all the rest of the battle droids flying the hostile skies. Just a couple of weeks ago I went to DC, where Delta very kindly doubled the price of my ticket by forcing me to pay for the privilege of checking my own bags; then, having arrived a mere 29 minutes before departure of my return flight, they consigned me to perdition and told me I couldn't board the flight back. OK, fine. So I take Southwest Air Lines, who charge me $180 for a one way ticket (not bad, actually), but then force me to pay $50.00 to check my third bag.

Then they lose it.

Now, to Southwest's credit, they DID locate the bag the next day, and even gave me a $50 voucher for the lost bag: and I should not be surprised that they lost the bag, the thing was a locked file case resembling an ice chest and I'm sure that the boys at TSA wanted to make sure it didn't carry a nuke or anything. But still.

I'm sitting in coach class, where (1) I can use this lap top at leasure with nobody telling me to put it away; (2) there's an actual POWER OUTLET so I can use said laptop for the entire trip, (3) the seat actually reclines; (4) there's about 50% more leg room than on an airline; and (5) I didn't have to have TSA nazis check/lose my bags, metal-detect me, bomb-detect me, inspect me, reject me, disrespect me, or eject me simply because I'm suspicious looking. I never had to remove my belt, my wallet, my coat, my shoes, and I didn't have to put the laptop into its own special plastic inspection tray. And best of all, there's no such thing as a no-train list, so you can disrespect the present political administration in safety knowing that there is no chance that you'll be stripped search just because you came to the negative attention of some individual in Opposition Research in the Old Executive Office Building.

Furthermore, you're ON THE GROUND. When the train rocks back and forth, it's nada, trains are supposed to do that. When a plane rocks back and forth or hits turbulance or you get one of those cheery "Please return to your seats and put on your safety belts we're hitting a patch of rough air just ahead" message it's all an old aerophobe (me) can do not to lose it, or my lunch. But a train? Hell, we're on the ground, and the microscopic chance of actually going to Valhalla (do not pass go do not collect 200 dollah) does not involve a five minute wait for the crash to the ground.

Oh, and did I mention you can actually SEE WHERE YOU ARE GOING instead of being cooped up in a cargo hold with tiny little windows that only the guy on the outer edge is privileged to use without let or hinderance?

Plus, the bad guys haven't discovered AMTRAK yet, either. I suppose we should enjoy it while it lasts.

Oh, sure, Amtrak is the ultimate government boondoggle. Given the size of the United States, there is simply no way you can operate a passenger train line nationwide in an empire-sized nation like ours in a way that will make a profit when you're competing against the airline industry (and you shouldn't, really; in pure economic terms there is no excuse for a real working passenger train line).

But still. If my tax dollars are being wasted on this thing (and they aren't; my tax dollars for the last five years paid for just enough fuel to move the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan for a journey of about a quarter mile) I want to enjoy it.

And enjoying it I am.

Traveling by train simply rocks. Quite literally and pleasantly. I think I'll take me a nap now.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Such an Accomplishment for the Motor City

The Free Press reports for some reason that, on 4/20, or National Do a Doobie Day, it turns out that Detroit, Michigan is the #10 city in the nation for marijuana consumption.

Oog. Such an accomplishment.

In re Battlestar Galactica 2.0

From an old buddy of mine in the DC area:

Sorry, but the Cylons are the superior race, honestly. Admit it: they're much stronger than we are, can be very attractive, are religious zealots, and utterly single-minded. They see it as their duty to persecute selected groups; they kicked the known worlds into a shambles, but kept the best parts for themselves, and they spend probably 79% of their GDP on their military. They're the Republicans of outer space...

To which I can only ask: Whaddaya mean "of outer space"?

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Presidential Debate Sharpens over Conflict with Aliens


The Battle, If Not The War, To Ninziki

Whitmore Hit Off-Notes With Debate Viewers


By Michael Powell

Denver Post Staff Writer

Saturday, October 2 2016; Page A01

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- It's hard to say if it was that smirk, or his repeated insistence that he would never change course in Iraq, but by the end of the first presidential debate President Whitmore had come awfully close to losing the vote of Republican Thomas C. Racosky.

"The president appears to me to have a pretty big ego, and he's letting it get in the way of what's best for the American people," the goateed Racosky, a retired builder, said after watching Thursday night's presidential debate. "Before tonight, I really wouldn't have known which way I was leaning. If I had to vote now, I guess it'd be for Ninziki."

In Albion, Mich., soccer coach Lisa Roschek, admissions director George Walls, student Justin Ferriman and sports information director Bobby Lee watch Thursday night's debate. Roschek applauded Ninziki for challenging the president's attempt to link the July 3rd attacks by the alien mothership and the current fight against the aliens in Iraq.

___ Whitmore, Ninziki Debate ___

Racosky is a swing voter in a swing district in a swing state, a political moderate living at the crossroads of Republican farmlands and cities that were once defined by hulking steel mills and home to technology and service firms before the great alien ships destroyed them before the battle of Independence Day three years ago. He was among 120 voters, many of them undecided, in three states -- Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Michigan -- who watched the debate with Denver Post reporters.

The national television audience of 62.5 million people was up 34 percent over the nearly 47 million people who watched the first debate between Whitmore and the other guy four years ago. Pollsters and political analysts caution that it is too soon to draw conclusions about what, if any, long-term impact the debate will have on voters' thinking.

But a majority of the voters interviewed echoed the results of snapshot national polls taken immediately after the debate. Namely, they said that Democratic challenger, former Secretary of Defense John F. Ninziki, carried himself better than most had expected, sounding confident and cogent talking about issues widely seen as Republican strengths -- the international fight against the remnant aliens and, to a lesser extent, the war against the alien city-ship that landed in northern Iraq. Whitmore, in contrast, struck many as flustered and halting, and off his rhetorical game.

Even several voters who strongly oppose Ninziki, such as John LaIacona, 53, who works as general manager of a wrench manufacturer in Fayetteville, Ark., gave grudging credit to the former Secretary of Defense from Massachusetts. "John Ninziki may have come across to some people who may be on the fence as being more emphatic," LaIacona said. "If you didn't know him, he was very convincing."

In Albion, Mich., a small town nestled at a fork of the Kalamazoo River, a cluster of undecided voters walked away convinced Ninziki had won the debate -- although most said he had not yet won their vote. "It's the most clear I've heard John Ninziki in 10 months -- it wasn't what I expected," said George Walls, 33, an admissions counselor at Albion College. "I didn't think he could boil down his message. He's always gone to New York by way of China, as my dad used to say."

In Allentown, more than 130 people gathered in an auditorium at Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts institution, to watch the debate with political science professor Chris Borick. The voters, who ranged from elderly ladies with walkers to college secretaries and high-tech workers, spoke of their election-year priorities, short lists that usually numbered three items: Iraq, terrorism and the ongoing recession that has followed the destruction of 22 American cities by the space aliens.

They worried about abandoning a president caught in a tough spot -- even if it is a war of his own creation.

"The war was a mistake, but I want to see a person solve the problem they created," said Alex Cole, a Republican who at 49 was involuntarily retired after being forced out at Lucent Technologies after his factory was blown up. "Whitmore has my vote, but this is the best election I've ever seen for voting 'none of the above.' "

The audience held clickers that allowed them to register their response, question by question. The voting ran Whitmore's way at first, as he spoke of the nation's duty to stay the course and "protect our children and grandchildren."

Then, slowly, the tide began running the other way.

When Ninziki said that Whitmore had "not been candid with the American people" about the surviving aliens in Iraq, and when he accused the president of "putting the country at risk" by personally flying in the Battle of Independence Day, his words resonated. By debate's end, the audience was giving Ninziki a higher score on almost every question. When Whitmore smirked or was at a loss for words, a few chuckles could be heard.

"You could see him hesitating," said Barbara Newhard, a middle-aged undecided voter. "Those looks of his drove me nuts. It was like Whitmore couldn't stand to hear the truth."

Bruce Glazier is 60, a bearded bear of a man who opposed the war and watched his 401(k) portfolio do a header when our major cities were destroyed. Still, he was ready to vote for Whitmore until the debate. "Ninziki came across well, with no hesitation and no silly faces and lots of brains," Glazier said. "It upsets me that Whitmore can't admit a mistake in Iraq. He needs to take a lesson from Dan Rather and apologize."

Not all are convinced. Dan Bosket was one of the few African Americans in the audience, a local NAACP president with a son in the Army Reserve. "If the human race isn't safe, what's the point of a job?" he said. "Ninziki seemed much better prepared, but if we have another war, maybe I want a cowboy in the president's office."

In Fayetteville -- in a county that has given its vote to both Democrats and Republicans in the past 16 years -- 10 people sat down to watch the debate in the home of public relations executive Elise Mitchell. All came in leaning toward one candidate or the other, and there were no desertions.

But most of the Whitmore supporters agreed that the president had not presented his case very well. They spoke of his posture, his stammering, even the poor camera angles. The president "came across as too 'good old boy,' " said Penny LaIacona, a Whitmore supporter. "He was too relaxed. He seemed to hesitate a lot. The hesitation itself was very distracting."

Ninziki unnerved a few Republicans for a different reason. "I was absolutely shocked how well Ninziki came across," said Ritta Mitchell, a Republican.

Not that Ninziki picked up any new votes. "I think Ninziki is devious," LaIacona said. "I feel like he's saying one thing but not coming across completely with his ultimate goal or plan. I don't feel I can trust him. After all, he did keep the alien spaceship a secret after they attacked us!"

The president's informality bothered two Democrats, not least when Whitmore referred to Russian President Putin as "Vladimir." "That's disrespectful," said Joe Campbell, a retired executive of a poultry company. "I think it's an indication of how he thinks of the leaders of the rest of the world."

Dennis Hunt, an investment banker, voted for Bill Clinton twice, and the other guy in 2012, but said he would probably go with Whitmore. "He doesn't bother me enough to push him out of office," Hunt said. The financial executive, though, is disgusted with the campaign. "With all the issues we have to talk about, these guys have been focused on what they did or didn't do 40 years ago when the first alien spaceship was discovered."

In Michigan, a state regarded as vital to Ninziki prospects, polling of late has suggested a tight race. Here as elsewhere, the issues of national security and jobs predominate. As the debate ended, the audience of undecided voters at Albion gave Ninzicki the clear advantage. The former Secretary of Defense thought quicker on his feet, they said, while Whitmore appeared flustered and agitated, and often seemed to struggle to fill the time allotted to him.

Both parties are in pursuit of the "soccer mom" vote, so the vote of soccer coach Lisa Roschek, 29, might be seen as a holy grail. She has never voted, a string she is determined to break this November, and came to the debate not much caring for either candidate. She said she was pleasantly surprised by Ninziki and found Whitmore annoying and unpersuasive.

Roschek applauded Niziki for challenging the president's assertion that the July 3 alien attack on the United States and the rest of the human race made necessary the war on Iraq to root out the remaining survivors of the alien invasion force. Ninziki pointed out that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with that attack, which was plotted and carried out by the aliens.

"Good point!" Roschek said to the television screen. "That was huge for me."

By night's end, as everyone trooped out into the crisp autumn air, most agreed that Ninziki had won the debate, if not yet their votes. They will watch the next debates, on the economy and domestic policies, very closely.

"This was only one set of issues tonight: national security," said Bobby Lee, sports information director at Albion College. "There's so much more out there."

Staff writers Peter Slevin in Albion, Mich., and Lois Romano in Fayetteville, Ark., contributed to this report.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Deplorable Word

I read this morning that a Roman Catholic bishop, the deplorable Richard Williamson, has been convicted in a German court of Holocaust denial. He's never been in Germany; the interview he gave was not broadcast in Germany. But somehow the fact that he gave a speech in another sovereign country gave a German court the power to fine him ten thousand euros. I will discuss this more directly in a minute.

* * * *

Readers who spent five minutes looking at this page can quickly figure out that I'm a big fan of C.S. Lewis, the British Christian apologist who died the same day as JFK in '63.

The finest (IMHO) of his NARNIA children's books, The Magician's Nephew, had an interesting passage.

In this book, Jadis, The White -- I mean, the "Non-Diverse" -- Witch of Narnia, is revealed to have been a witch-queen in another world, called Charn, before she came to Narnia. Charn was a magical world, like Narnia, but in its last stages of moral decrepitude. Jadis, it turns out, had a twin sister, with whom she fought a terrible civil war for the crown. And Jadis, being a powerful witch, knew a terrible magic spell, The Deplorable Word. If spoken, it would kill all life in the world except for that of the speaker.

At the end of the war, Jadis was defeated, except that, at the last minute, she spoke the Deplorable Word. And everyone in Charn died, except for her.

A Deplorable Word capable of destroying everything in the world? Ridiculous, right?

Okay then. If you don't believe a single word can be utterly destructive of the known world, try saying the "N-word" openly in your place of employment, particularly if you are employed, directly or indirectly, by the government. Your whole world will surely be destroyed, if nobody else's is.

I mention this because, today, there is a new N-word abroad in the land: "Teabagger."

Now, there are those who don't think that "Teabagger" is denegration, or profess not. But it is.

Now, it's true that certain individuals in the Tea Party movement sent tea-bags to their representatives last year. And it may be theoretically possible that a few of them may use it internally to other members of the movement. (I've never heard it, but it is possible; I would not know, as I have not -- yet -- been to a Tea Party rally.)

But the word "teabagger" has a specific meaning, and it has nothing to do with the Tea Party.

(WARNING: FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH MAY BE NSFW.) A teabagger is a homosexual who performs oral sex on another man's testicles. They were so named by a gay CNN news reporter ("It's hard to talk clearly when you're teabagging!"). So when you hear someone calling the movement or participants "Teabaggers," remember that they're really calling them "cocksuckers."

Teabagger is a dirty word. It is a term that should be avoided in the name of political civility.

And if certain, er, opponents of the tea party movement think that the fact that tea-partiers may have used the term internally, let them use the N-word at work because black people use it among themselves. For the logic is precisely the same.

On the other hand.... I'm not a big fan of deplorable-word logic. It should be possible to use ANY word, respectfully, in proper circumstances.

I remember a case a few years ago where a George Mason University Law School professor almost lost his job because he said the n-word during a discussion of the First Amendment free speech rights. That's just lunacy.

And I used the term "teabagger" myself in the satirical entry, below, about remaking The Wizard of Oz.

But.

As I mentioned at the start of this entry I read this morning that a Roman Catholic bishop, the deplorable (yes) Richard Williamson, has been convicted in a German court of Holocaust denial. He's never been in Germany; the interview he gave was not broadcast in Germany. But somehow the fact that he gave a speech in another sovereign country gave a German court the power to fine him ten thousand euros.

That is the end logic of deplorable-word-think. And that would be the death of the First Amendment, and our entire system of republican government, if taken as a model. The answer to bad speech is more speech, not a jail cell or a fine or a criminal conviction.

I loathe Richard Williamson, and think he is a fool and a loudmouth. But should he be a criminal just for expressing a stupid opinion? NO

If someone calls me a "teabagger," I should discourage him from using the term. Not jail him. Not destroy him. Not force him to lose his job or go to a political reeducation program.

And precisely the same treatment should be extended to the politically incorrect, no matter the language.

George Orwell got it right: linguistic tyranny leads to political tyranny. It's that simple.

Enough to break the heart.

From today's Daily Mail. A beautiful unmarried and childless woman, aged 39, gets an Email from her old boyfriend, and cannot forget the child that they made--which she aborted--when she was "only" 20.

Inevitably, I think about what might have been. When you are 20 you make decisions easily. The world is black and white. It is only later that you look back and realise how the past can overshadow the rest of your life.

Can't it just.

Read it ... and weep.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Speaking of overheard....

I just stumbled across this absolutely hilarious blog-- "Overheard in New York."

Warning: NSFW.

Overheard At The Supermarket

"We need to put the Dems in charge of Congress once in a while. It reminds us of why we don't do it the rest of the time."

No kidding.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Susan, Susan, Susan.....


I realize that I'm about six months behind the rest of the world on this, but I finally got to listen to the Susan Boyle CD tonight. I'm in tears. This gal--"47 years and never been kissed" (okay, 48 now)--can *sing!* I just hope that her world fame doesn't crush her. Truly.

UNBELIEVABLE!

The Navy Times reports that the U.S. Navy will name a "San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock" for the very late John Murtha (D-Ninth Circle).

If they want a ship to remember Murtha by, how about the USS ABSCAM?

Bah.

In Mourning for Poland's Loss

The people of Poland are mourning the loss of almost their entire executive branch in the plane crash last week in Smolensk. Lech Kaszynski, his wife, many top generals, cabinet ministers, and industrialists were travelling to Katyn to commemorate the mass murder of 26,000 Polish army officers in 1940 when the plane crashed attempting to land in fog.

The pictures of the President and First Lady lying in state here at FreeRepublic are enough to make a grown man weep.

I know it did me.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dershowitz Supports the Pope

I became a lawyer largely because of Alan Dershowitz: I read a couple of books he wrote about being a lawyer back when I'd gotten out of college, and together with Vincent Bugliosi's Helter Skelter (the book about the Manson murders) it led to me making the Big Decision as a result.

He's disappointed me since then; he's a bit of a whiner, and tends to throw around extreme rhetoric at his opponents. He's also pretty left wing.

On the other hand, he takes his Jewish faith seriously and has some respect for other traditional faiths.

So imagine my surprise at his article today about Benedict XVI, which supported him pretty significantly.

An interesting read.

"Learn to Speak Teabag" Author Gets Pulitzer

Well, if Obama can get a "Peace Prize" simply for being slightly tanner compared to his predecessors, the fact that a man who makes cartoons that joke about the wounds of my Lord and Saviour gets a Pulitzer just shows that the Pulitzer has joined the Nobel Peace prize as wall junk. It is also clear the selection committee members are every bit the collection of religious bigots I always thought.

LeftCoastRebel has the story.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Geopolitics Exam Question

Your final exam question is this:



The above sequence is:

(a) a takeoff on a similar scene from The Life of Brian

(b) an appalling revelation on the trinkets and trifles that certain Euroweenies are willing to accept in exchange for the end of their nation's independence, individuality, and significance for which their forefathers bled, allowing their nations to turn into satrapies in a polyglot princedom ruled by Eurocrats in Brussels

(c) both?

The answer of course is (c).

P.S. For all the humor in the question "What have the Romans ever done for us", one should remember that the Romans did a more complete of genocide (by proportion) against the people of Israel than even the Germans did: The Romans flattened Jerusalem and carted off the entire Jewish population of the Holy Land in slave carts, and it took the victims some 2000 years to recover.

The Europeans forget this at their peril, for the Eurocrats in Brussels will not brook dissent.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Coroner Is Dead.

It is reported that Meinhardt Raabe, the actor who played the Munchkin coroner in 'The Wizard of Oz,' has died at the ripe age of 94 in Florida.

Now, this is just a press report. I believe that we need to verify it legally, to see (to see) if he (if he) is morally, ethically, spiritually, physically, positively absolutely, undeniably and reliably dead.

The only thing to do of course is to click here.

In Bad Taste

There once was a man from Bethold
who would drink whene'er it got cold.
As he reached for his cup...
NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP!
Oh snap, you just got limerickrolled.


With a salute(?) to Frederica Mathewes-Green.....

Saturday, April 10, 2010

LGF: Now Sponsored By The Papacy AND the GOP!


Check out this screen-capture of this morning's Little Green Footballs:

* Reference to Frank Zappa, yup.

* Reference to some BRAAAAVE ANTI-ANTI-EVOLUTIONIST SCIENTIST, yup.

* Sponsored links to the last several POPES......? And the Republican Party?

Some people will take money from anybody, even those they crap on. Well done, Trelayne, well done.


Adventures in Interfaith Understanding

Well, I just happened to be paging through Wikipedia, when I stumbled on an entry for the "Masih ad-Dajjal," the "Deceiver-Messiah," who serves as the Islamic equivalent of the Antichrist.

What I found interesting was the list of events that foreshadow the coming of this particular Evil One:

People will stop offering the prayers (check!)

Dishonesty will be the way of life (check!)

Falsehood will become a virtue (check!)

People will mortgage their faith for worldly gains (check!)

Usury and bribery will become legitimate (check!)

Imbeciles would rule over the wise (check!)(check!)(check!)

Innocents would be burned by smokeless fire (check!)

Pride will be taken on acts of oppression (check!)

The rulers will be corrupt (check!)(check!)(check!)

The scholars will be hypocrites (check!)(check!)(check!)(check!)

Adultery will be rampant (check!)

Women will dress like men and men will dress like women (check!)(check!)

The liars and treacherous will be respected (check!)(check!)(check!)

There will be acute famine at the time....

Okay. Aside from the famine part, we appear to be pretty much there.....

Friday, April 9, 2010

STUPAK: KAPUTS Spelled Backwards

Good night, sweet, Benedict Arnold. And may choirs of unborn children sing thee to thy (political and metaphorical*) rest.

*In this day and age, every allusion to poetry is called 'violent speech' by the Democrats.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

"I am Ozymandias, king of kings....."


(The demolition of the abandoned Hudson's building, 1993. My mother worked there from 1940 to 1974.)

OZYMANDIAS
By Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1818


I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.


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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

So Seuss me!



A few days ago I had the temerity to compare a certain unnamed chief executive of the United States to King Derwin of Didd and his adventures with the Oobleck.

It turns out I'm not the only one noting the relevance of the good Doctor Seuss to our present problem.

Pro-life feminist Frederica Mathewes-Green, whom I had the honor of meeting a few times about 15 years ago, had a similar epiphany and wrote about it in First Things a couple of years back.

Well worth the read.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Get this NEW COOL Thing! NOW!



(salute: Lucianne.com)

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him." Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away." Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned and said to him in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, 'I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, "I have seen the Lord"—and that he had said these things to her.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld."

Saturday, April 3, 2010

"Faygo Remembers...."



This 1970s commercial for FAYGO soda pop--a Detroit product that was first introduced in 1907--brings tears to the eyes . . . if you're from Detroit.

The boat that they're travelling on is one of the two Bob-Lo boats, the SS Ste. Claire and the SS Columbia, which transported holiday-goers from downtown Detroit to an amusement park on Bob-Lo Island in the Detroit River for almost a hundred years. It was known as Detroit's 'Coney Island'.

The park on the island was closed in the 1993. The boats were sold in 1996. They hold a special place in the heart of Detroiters, almost as dear as Tiger Stadium.

Gone, gone.

But you can still get Red-Pop. A 2-quart bottle of soda is 99 cents, 79 cents if you catch it on sale. Their colas aren't very good but their ten zillion other flavors are. And they're noted as the source of the audience-spraying soda of choice by the band Insane Clown Posse.

Salute: You know who you are! - Rich

Thursday, April 1, 2010

They're Mean and Extreme!

Has LGF spittlemeister Charles Johnson joined the Fibonacci Party?

(Yeah, yeah, I know, it's not fair. When he plays fair, I'll play fair.)

The Tragedy of Ritalin




(Source unknown but most DECIDEDLY not Bill Watterston, to whom apologies are offered.)