Saturday, January 29, 2005
The steady march to the democratic nomination in 2008.
Billboards to thank Hollywood for Bush reelection...very clever.
Friday, January 28, 2005
Great piece in the Wall Street Journal, The Numbers Man, a new column on the way numbers and statistics are used – and abused – in the news, business and politics.
For all the Napoleon Dynamtie fans out there...enjoy. :)
Thursday, January 27, 2005
Media Shrugs as Democrats, Led By Klansman (Sen. Robert Byrd, D-WV), Fail to Block Black Woman from Door to State Department
Monday, January 24, 2005
Antonin Scalia (my new hero) calls on Christians to live fearlessly
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Saturday that people of faith should not fear being viewed by "educated circles" as "fools for Christ."
"To believe in traditional Christianity is something else," Scalia said. "For the son of God to be born of a virgin? I mean, really. To believe that he rose from the dead and bodily ascended into heaven? How utterly ridiculous. To believe in miracles? Or that those who obey God will rise from the dead and those who do not will burn in hell?
"God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools ... and he has not been disappointed."
NIXON ADMINISTRATION WARNED OF TERRORIST THREAT TO USA
Too bad democrats were too busy trying to crucify him, check it:
Decades before hijackers plunged jetliners into buildings in the worst act of terrorism on American soil in history, President Richard Nixon secretly crafted a high-level government panel to protect the nation against terrorist attacks, declassified documents show. The panel only met once, though individual members met frequently. The panel was eventually absorbed by the National Security Council.
Nixon formed the panel in response to the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Below are some key documents outlining the panel's creation and some of what it found, which are chillingly prescient given what the United States learned in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
All documents are in PDF format.
- A threat assessment compiled by the panel in 1972, which includes "rumors and unconfirmed reports" of a Palestinian cell in the United States plotting "some spectacular acts against American nationals and/or businesses." These include shooting down an airliner, killing people at an airport or hijacking a flight with the intention of destroying it, the assessment says. Read the document
- A three-page letter from National Security Council staffer Richard T. Kennedy to Henry Kissinger about steps the government was taking to secure the country from terrorism. He mentions improvements in securing nuclear materials to keep them out of the hands of terrorists, which he calls "a real threat, not science fiction." Read the document
- Minutes from a 1976 meeting of the committee's Working Group, in which Justice Department official Rudolpf Giuliani expresses concerns that guidelines on domestic intelligence gathering were hampering the government's role in tracking terrorists on U.S. soil. Read the document
- A briefing memo from 1976 which recommends that the National Security Council undertake further studies for countering "attacks involving nuclear, chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction." Read the document
- An excerpt from an October 1977 report by Robert Kupperman of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency summarizing the work of the Cabinet Committee to Combat Terrorism. Kupperman points out that industrialized nations are highly susceptible to terrorism and that "unless governments take basic precautions, we will continue to stand at the edge of an awful abyss." Read the document
Sunday, January 23, 2005
ND Alumni head back to Super Bowl
New Notre Dame head coach and current Patriots Offense Coordinator Charlie Weis ('78) and former Irish Wide Receiver David Givens ('02) are headed back to the Super Bowl for the third time in four years after demolishing the Pittsburgh Steelers 41-27.
Friday, January 21, 2005
THE RIGHT'S ANSWER TO MICHAEL MOORE?
Of course it's more than a bit insulting to Evan Coyne Maloney, who's Brain Terminal website can be found on this site to the left, where you can see all his great videos, especially for a young, good-looking, copasetic, non-morbidly obese college graduate.
You will also notice a distinct difference between Moore's inimical style, which usually requires a compass and decoder ring to connect the dots in his conspiracy theories, with Maloney who asks intelligent question and revels in his interviewees bury themselves under 6 feet of their own circuitous, illogical talking points.
Seriously, I highly recommend watching the videos.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Well look who found God. And just in time for 2008. She is one political maverick. Got to give her that.
Extreme Weather for Past Inaugurations
Most Dramatic and Tragic - 1841: President William Henry Harrison was sworn into office on a cloudy, cold and blustery day. His speech lasted one hour and 40 minutes and he rode a horse to and from the Capitol without a hat or overcoat. Pneumonia developed from a lingering cold he caught on that day and he died just one month later.
Quote of the Day
"We recommend the new American foreign minister avoids repeating past mistakes by reviewing America's wrong and unsuccessful policies of unilateralism and oppression"
Nope that was Hamid Reza Asefi, foreign ministry spokesman of the Islamic Republic of Iran warning W. and Condi Rice against attacking Iran to avoid the largest state-sponsor of terrorism from threatening the world. The sad thing is, I don't think anyone would've been surprised if any of the above listed persons said it. And liberals wonder why their patriotism is quesionable. With the exception of Clinton of course. She still has to run for president, so she has to agree with W.'s foreign policy, like the majority of the Americans do.
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Yeah, THIS is torture. And OJ Simpson didn't decapitate his ex-wife and her boyfriend. To think these guys probably killed British and American soliders, or were at least trying to, and the Western, elitist, liberal media call THIS torture.
What the hell??? Ancient sunken islands found off California
Sandy beaches sank into Pacific millions of years ago
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Hey Moody, Family Guy Back on Fox May 1
Black youth celebrate MLK Day by fighting with each other...Dr. King would be so proud.
Friday, January 14, 2005
Merriam-Webster's word of the day was just too good to pass up:
The Word of the Day for January 14 is:
Typhoid Mary • \TYE-foid-MAIR-ee\
• noun : one that is by force of circumstances a center from which something undesirable spreads
Example sentence:"We don't want any Typhoid Marys here," the supervisor told employees, "so if you have a
bad cold, do your coworkers a favor and stay home."
Did you know?The original Typhoid Mary was a New York City cook in the early 1900s who loved her job. Unfortunately, she had been exposed to typhoid, and although she was immune to the disease herself, she was able to pass the disease to others by way of the food she prepared. Health officials identified her as Mary Mallon, an Irish-born immigrant, and they quarantined her to stop the spread of the disease. Three years later, Mary was released with a warning not to cook professionally again. But in 1915, she was discovered working as a cook at a maternity hospital identified as the source of a new typhoid outbreak, and she was forcibly returned to quarantine, where she remained until her death in 1938.
An awesome piece from The City Journal written by Brian C. Anderson, takes aim at the last institution still controlled by elitist liberals...American academia. The piece is long but so acurately portrays the political and cultural beliefs of an entire American generation, inspired by the same brilliant conservative minds who inspired us all, William F. Buckley,Barry Goldwater, Ronald Reagan, who are very much representative of the American conservative majority that elected W. in November.
This is a must read piece for anyone wanting to get an inside look at the slipping liberal stranglehold on academia.
***The bustle reflects a general rightward shift in college students’ views. Back in 1995, reports UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, 66 percent of freshmen wanted the wealthy to pay higher taxes. Today, only 50 percent do. Some 17 percent of students now value taking part in environmental programs, half of 1992’s percentage. Support for abortion stood at two-thirds of students in the early nineties; now it’s just over half. A late-2003 Harvard Institute of Politics study found that college students had moved to the right of the overall population, with 31 percent identifying themselves as Republicans, 27 percent as Democrats, and the rest independent or unaffiliated. “College campuses aren’t a hotbed of liberalism any more,” institute director Dan Glickman comments. “It’s a different world.”
Dr. Krauthammer exposes the latest case of media bias...Media eyes shut on the bias
Bob Marley to be exhumed, buried in Ethiopia????
Infamous reggae singer's widow says that although she would love to see the day where Bob is laid to rest in his fathers' land, but latest reports are 'twisted'.
Don't know the connection between Bob Marley and Ethiopia? Check Rastafarianism.
Tim Brown may join Irish staff
Another familiar face may be returning to Notre Dame. Wide receiver Tim Brown, the most recent of the Irish's seven Heisman Trophy winners (1987), might join the staff of new football coach Charlie Weis, himself a graduate of the university.
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
If you weren't exausted by all the Tsunami coverage, here's some devistating before and after pictures.
Bush Is Right To Push Jan. 30 Elections in Iraq - Mort Kondrake
Two ElectionsWhy Iraq's vote is not like Palestine's - By Christopher Hitchens
Eleven days into 2005, Saudi Arabia is up to 6 beheadings of convicted criminals, far outpacing last year's total of thirty-five. Don't worry though, the three were executed with a sword, in accordance with Islamic law.
Starbucks rolls out Chantico, a $3.00 hot chocolate steamed with cocoa butter and whole milk. Arteries clog approvingly.
So far so good...Sharon, Abbas to Try to Arrange Meeting
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his Cabinet on Tuesday that he hopes to meet newly elected Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the "near future" — the latest sign the two sides are eager to restart peace efforts after years of stalemate.
"We extend our hands to our neighbors," Abbas said at a Monday meeting with international observers who monitored the election. "We are ready for peace, peace based on justice. We hope that their response will be positive."
ANALYSIS - Our Test for Abu Mazen: Peace is possible only if Palestinians are free by, Natan Sharansky (use the email address Luke4nd@hotmail.com if prompted to register)
Thursday, January 06, 2005
CJ is updated.
Liberals Love America Like O.J. Loved Nicole
Even the United Nations sponge who called the United States "stingy" immediately retracted the insult, saying he had been misinterpreted and that the U.S. was "most generous." But the New York Times was sticking with "stingy." In an editorial subtly titled "Are We Stingy? Yes," the Times said the U.N. sponge "was right on target." This followed up a patriotic editorial a few days earlier titled "America, the Indifferent."
America's stinginess is a long-standing leitmotif for liberals – which is getting hard to square with their love for America. When it comes to heaping insults on America, U.S. liberals are the nation's leading donors.
Irish Remain College Football's Top Draw On Television...Six Notre Dame games among 25 highest-rated network contests in 2004
The University of Notre Dame football team in 2004 once again received more network television exposure and played in more highly-rated games than any other program in college football.
Notre Dame played in the highest-rated network game of the 2004 regular season (and the highest rated regular-season game overall in two seasons) in its '04 regular-season finale at USC. That game, televised by ABC Sports, received a 6.3 Nielsen rating and was seen in 6.898 million households, making it the most-watched nationally broadcast regular-season college football game on network television in '04, according to figures in the Dec.27, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005 issue of Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal.
Including the Insight Bowl carried on ESPN, Notre Dame now has a remarkable streak of 148 consecutive games (more than 12 full seasons) that have been carried by either NBC (80), ABC (42), CBS (14) or ESPN (12). You have to go all the way back to the 1992 season to find a Notre Dame football games that was not shown by either NBC, ABC, CBS or ESPN
Just imagine with a Super Bowl Champion coach at the head of a team that plays on national television every weekend. If you want to play in the NFL, what other school would you go to? It will be a beautiful thing when USC finally falls.
Monday, January 03, 2005
Has Charlie Weis quietly put together an all-star coaching staff?
--Mike Haywood joins the staff by way of University of Texas as the offensive coordinator.
--Rick Minter, most recently the defensive coordinator at South Carolina, is expected to be Weis' defensive coordinator
--Wisconsin tight ends coach Rob Ianello is expected to be Weis' recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach
--former Mississippi head coach David Cutcliffe will be the quarterbacks coach.
"I think it's an outstanding staff," Chicago-based recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said Sunday night. "It's an excellent blend of great recruiters and good coaches, which is what Notre Dame needed."
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim????????????????
The level of idiocy is astounding. The Angels aren't anywhere close to being in Los Angeles. Why not the San Francisco Athletics of Oakland or the New York Nets of New Jersey or the Dallas Texans of Houston??? I can't believe this shit. The Angels have always had an inferiority complex with the Dodgers in Southern California. It seemed the Angels had really carved out a nitch for themselves in both Southern California and Orange County after winning the Series a few years ago. To the back of the bus!
City of Anaheim rep John Nicoletti rep on KFWB ... Calls this "a clear violation" of the city's contract.
He says, "Current ownership really doesn't understand the Southern California market."
Anaheim will "be moving into legal proceedings."
Nicoletti cites "Good faith and dealing" clause of California law. Calls the new name "ridiculous and ambiguous" No other team in the country named after two different cities.
At last, women lash out at hip hop's abuses
Tsunami Survivors Cheer U.S. Choppers...I guess they haven't been watchin the BBC, otherwise they would know the US is stingy, happy the Tsunami hit where Muslims live, and only giving money so they can manipulate 3rd world country regimes.
Bob From Accounting has this year's Ethnic Cleansing Awards, check them out!
No.20 - Kabbalists
Scientology boasts celebs like Tom Cruise, Kirstie Alley and John Travolta, but Kabbalists have Madonna, Britney, Demi, Ashton, Paris and Lindsay Lohan. That's an asskicking if I've ever seen one. Many argue that Kabballah isn't really a cult, it's basically advanced-level Judaism, reserved for older male students who actually took Judaism 101 and didn't just jump right into graduate school just so they can hang out in the faculty lounge and sleep with the professor. While Kabbalah may simply be for Christians who aren't satisfied with all the "fun holidays" and must now get the big Bar Mitzvah party they never had when they were 13, others are just doing it to piss off the Arabs. For those interested in Kabbalah but want to avoid all that pesky studying and adherence to religious rules, you can spend $50 for a Kabbalah kit, replete with red string to ward off the "Evil Eye." Everyone hates the dreaded Evil Eye, a.k.a., the look people give you when they realize you've just spent $50 on a red string. We at BFA have our own Kabbalah kit: Mix one part Madonna, two parts Lindsay Lohan (the good parts), then add cream of Ashton Kutcher. Grow beard and move to Israel. They'll make fun of you there too. (Hoo Hoo, soooooo true!)
3. Celebrity Political Endorsers
We've always been annoyed by the likes of self-important celebrity activists Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins and Barbra Streisand, who have spent years shamefully pushing their agenda on the American public at the most inappropriate moments possible. The 2004 presidential race saw new lows in the ridiculous posturing by the predominately liberal celebrities who wrongly thought their celebrity appeal would bring millions of votes to whatever guy they were supporting. The Democrats, always a majority among Hollywood types, boasted the unhelpful support of Matt Damon, Linda Ronstadt, P. Diddy, Cameron Diaz, Sharon Stone, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bruce Springsteen. The Republican celebrity minority, while both sad and pathetic, was just as vocal and just as annoying. They boasted the completely unhelpful support of The Governator, comedian Dennis Miller, B-list movie actor Ron Silver, Rick Schroder, Stephen Baldwin and Bo Derek. I think you can see where we're going with this.
CAMERON DIAZ ON OPRAH: "We have a voice now, and we're not using it, and women have so much to lose. I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. We could lo--if you think that rape should be legal, then don't vote. But if you think that you have a right to your body, and you have a right to say what happens to you and fight off that danger of losing that, then you should vote, and those are the...." (trails off after becoming foggy)
LINDA RONSTADT: "People don't realize that by voting Republican, they voted against themselves...I worry that some people are entertained by the idea of this war. They don't know anything about the Iraqis, but they're angry and frustrated in their own lives. It's like Germany, before Hitler took over. The economy was bad and people felt kicked around. They looked for a scapegoat. Now we've got a new bunch of Hitlers.
P.DIDDY: " I predict record numbers of young people will vote...."
Arthur Chrenkoff of Chrenkoff has his usual roundup of all the good news going on in Iraq that you will never hear on any mainstream media outlet. The whole report is available on the Opinion Journal's website. Some notable excerpts:
***There is an ad on Iraqi TV, which "declares January 30th is Iraq's 'date with fate and duty.' It shows masked gunmen confronting an elderly man in an alley. He stands firm and is joined by others who eventually outnumber the militants. As the Iraqi national anthem swells in the background, the ad proclaims, 'We are not afraid. We are not alone. Our power is in our unity.' "
***From another report:
Residents of Sadr City, long seen as the poorest and smelliest neighbourhood of Baghdad, woke up one recent morning to the sound of something they had never heard before--steamrollers and other street paving machines. Not only that, but much of the rubbish piled high around their suburb during fighting between the Mehdi Army and US forces just a few months ago has now been cleaned up. Residents can be seen walking with their children in the streets jammed with vehicles.
"We hope to have more services here now. We have always been neglected, but this street paving makes us feel hopeful," [said] Ali Chakheawar, 28, a teacher who lives near the road construction... "The most important thing is the sewers--they haven't started fixing them yet and they are broken."
So little maintenance had been done in Sadr City over the last 30 years that just a block away from the paving project cars negotiate what looks like a rutted dirt road. Open sewers line the street. "It was usual not to have paving before," [said] Yusuf Ali . . . watching with his friends as steam rose from the newly poured asphalt. "Of course this makes us think that things will get better."
The US military and Sadr City government officials expect to spend more than US $100 million to fix broken sewers, mend water pipes, pave roads and keep things clean, [said] Mohammed Hamid, municipal engineer for inrastructure services.
When Army Capt. Alex Fyfe arrived in Iraq, he saw a land of dust and rocks, but it conjured memories of plush green fields from his days playing soccer and lacrosse in Rocky Point [N.Y.]. . . .
All it took was an idea, a few e-mails and many generous souls to fulfill Fyfe's vision. Fyfe, 26, served as a liaison between the U.S. Army and 10 village governments around Mosul in Northern Iraq during his one-year stint that ended Nov. 5. Fyfe, now home for the holidays, invited officials of each village to an early March meeting to see what services the Army could provide to improve their lifestyles.
Most asked Fyfe for essentials--drinking water, electricity and medical supplies--but one asked about developing a youth soccer program. Fyfe later saw barefoot Iraqi children kicking a ball made of straw near some Army tanks and knew he had to reach out to them.
"I know I am only one person, but I wanted to make a difference in any way I could," said Fyfe, a 1996 Rocky Point High School and 2000 West Point graduate. "I really tried to make it a better place. It has been such a rewarding feeling."
After unsuccessfully attempting to obtain supplies from athletic-equipment companies, Fyfe e-mailed Rocky Point boys soccer coach Al Ellis on March 15. A week later, Ellis, the Suffolk County Soccer Coaches Association and Long Island Junior Soccer League members had shipped two boxes of supplies. The campaign continued. Word spread.
Fyfe estimated he received about $30,000 worth of equipment--soccer balls, jerseys, socks, cleats, corner flags, and even a package from Japan.
Sunday, January 02, 2005
Palestinian Stirrings in Gaza
A great piece by Dennis Ross, long known as an expert in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. He was special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton and is now counselor of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He's one of the few people who can really articulate the legitimate concerns of both Israelis and Palestinians in an unbiased manner. Excerpt:
Remarkably, all this is happening in no small part because Arafat has passed from the scene. With him, there was paralysis not only between the Palestinians and the Israelis but also among the Palestinians. And Palestinians better than anyone else understand this. How else can one explain the changing Palestinian mood? Before Arafat's death, roughly 40 percent of Palestinians polled were optimistic about the future. Now the number is 59 percent. Before Arafat's death, Hamas's standing was higher than Fatah's -- 32 to 29 percent. The most recent polls show Fatah at 46 percent and Hamas at 17 percent. There should be no surprise here: When there is no hope, Hamas and all radical Islamists will always do better. But when there is hope and a sense of promise, the secularist nationalists in Fatah are seen as the most capable of delivering on that promise. (Hamas's apparent success in the initial municipal elections doesn't contradict this point; the local elections reveal less about large political trends and more about the weight of family, clan and highly localized issues.)
No Shit of the Day
The Mexican government publishes a guide to assist border crossers, including sections on getting caught.
Everything you ever wanted to know about Tsunamis can be found here, check it out.
What has made Pixar so successful?
"We don't make movies for kids. We make movies for adults, actually ourselves. Kids are born intelligent, and there's no good reason to make dumbed-down entertainment for them."
The whole interview with one of the men behind Pixar by the National Review is here.