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Monday, May 30, 2005

Fly that Flag, it's Memorial Day

Thursday, May 26, 2005

From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli...Marines land on new Silver Dollar


The Iwo Jima image is the storied symbol of the Marine Corps' heroism, courage, strength and versatility. It exemplifies Semper Fidelis to an appreciative nation every day around the world."

American Taxpayers give Palestinian Authority $50 Million. Abu Mazen's response?


"Time is becoming our greatest enemy. We must end the Palestinian-Israeli conflict before it is too late."

Is that a threat? This has disaster written all over it. The only way W. could waste more money would be if he gave it to Israel to build more settlements.

Riiiiiiiiiight

I'm sorry, but I've got to ask... who the hell in Norway , Ireland and the United Arab Emirates is reading this blog?

:), I would love to know...lukemburke@hotmail.com

Senate Charade: A remarkable exercise in political self-protection
Judging by all of the self-congratulation, you'd think the 14 Senators who reached a deal Monday on judicial nominations were the moral equivalent of the Founding Fathers. "We have kept the Republic," declared Democrat Robert Byrd, with all due modesty. "The Senate won" and "the country won," added Republican John McCain. All 14 are apparently destined for Mount Rushmore, as soon as Mr. Byrd can stuff the money for the sculpture into an appropriations bill.
What a charade. This ballyhooed "compromise" is all about saving the Senators themselves, not the Constitution. Its main point is to shield the group of 14 from the consequences of having to cast difficult, public votes in a filibuster showdown. Thus they split the baby on the most pressing nominees, giving three of them a vote while rejecting two others on what seem to be entirely arbitrary grounds, so Members of both parties can claim victory. Far better to cashier nominees as a bipartisan phalanx, rather than face up to their individual "advice and consent" responsibilities.

And it's cynicism squared in the case of the three nominees who will now finally be confirmed. Yesterday, 81 Senators voted to give Priscilla Owen a vote on the floor, after four years of Democratic filibusters. Apparently she isn't such a grave "extremist" threat after all. The same also applies to Janice Rogers Brown (22 months in the dock) and Bill Pryor (25 months). Monday's deal exposes the long Democratic campaign against them as "extremists" as nothing more than a political sop to People for the American Way and their ilk.

Mr. Bush is under no obligation to reward Senators who have mistreated his nominees in this fashion. He owes far more to the supporters who helped him win re-election and his party pick up five Southern Senate seats last year. To vet his nominees with this Gang of 14 is a virtual guarantee of judicial mediocrity--of a lowest-common-denominator choice or a philosophic cipher.
Especially in the wake of this deal, our advice is the same as it was after Election Day last year. If Chief Justice William Rehnquist retires, promote Associate Justices Antonin Scalia or Clarence Thomas, and replace him with a distinguished conservative jurist such as Michael Luttig, Ted Olson, Michael McConnell, Sam Alito or for that matter Miguel Estrada. The President is granted the power to nominate judges under the Constitution because he is the only official elected by the entire nation. He shouldn't cede that authority to 14 Senators in desperate search of political cover.

All I've got to say is that i can't wait for the day when republicans are in the minority again. It's a sad day when pusillanimous republicans cower under pressure from the liberal media and tell the people who elected them to fuck off. Too many Republicans seem to think that they are in Washington to make deals with the Democrats, it's really sickening that they totally disregard the mandate given to the congress and the president in the last elections, it would've been better off if republicans lost, they're a better minority party anyway.

If no one is going to lead like Gingrich, then its pointless. The only way to change activist judges who are trying to change laws into a judiciary which interpret the law is to pass them through the Senate, conservatives will never have a chance like this for a while.

So now the democrats will filibuster only when they feel like filibustering, since they will define what "extraordinary" means to them. Only liberals can have their cake and eat it too. The net effect of the Senate compromise is that this President and future Presidents will be under pressure to choose nominees who can get through the confirmation process without rocking the boat.

That is how conservative Republican Presidents in the past loaded the Supreme Court with liberal judicial activists from William J. Brennan to David Souter and wobbly Justices like Sandra Day O'Connor and Anthony Kennedy.


"Publishing these photos has taken away my dignity, it's a gross violation of the Geneva Convention and is a crime against humanity..."

Gay or Female, Uncle Sam Should Want You

At a time when the Army and Marine Corps are struggling to fill their ranks, many conservatives are determined to limit the ability of women and gays to contribute to the war effort.
Are they more concerned with winning culture wars at home or winning the war on terrorism abroad?

Between 1994 and 2003, according to the Government Accountability Office, the military discharged 9,488 homosexuals, including 322 with badly needed knowledge of such languages as Arabic, Farsi and Korean. In other words, the fight against gay rights is hurting the fight against our real enemies.

Isn't this a bit obvious? Besides, Islamic fundamentialists being killed by women and homosexuals should make them real happy, like when Saudi Arabia requested that the US military not use bullets made in Israel

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

A curious thing to say from a woman whose husband invited Yasser Arafat to the White House more than any other world leader.

Well, I guess she has to court that Jewish vote for 2006 some how, right?

Monday, May 23, 2005

Well at least Jordanian school kids don't lash out at America by harassing Laura Bush


School children wave to U.S. first lady Laura Bush and Jordanian Queen Rania al Abdullah at the Swaifiyeh Secondary School for Girls on Sunday, May 22, 2005 in Amman, Jordan

Sunday, May 22, 2005

20:16
Palestinian youth, 14, arrested at Nablus checkpoint
carrying 2 bomb belts (Ch 2)

Hypocrisy Most Holy: Muslims should show some respect to others' religions.

The Bible in Saudi Arabia may get a person killed, arrested, or deported. In September 1993, Sadeq Mallallah, 23, was beheaded in Qateef on a charge of apostasy for owning a Bible. The State Department's annual human rights reports detail the arrest and deportation of many Christian worshipers every year. Just days before Crown Prince Abdullah met President Bush last month, two Christian gatherings were stormed in Riyadh. Bibles and crosses were confiscated, and will be incinerated.

As Muslims, we have not been as generous as our Christian and Jewish counterparts in respecting others' holy books and religious symbols. Saudi Arabia bans the importation or the display of crosses, Stars of David or any other religious symbols not approved by the Wahhabi establishment. TV programs that show Christian clergymen, crosses or Stars of David are censored.

The Saudi Embassy and other Saudi organizations in Washington have distributed hundreds of thousands of Qurans and many more Muslim books, some that have libeled Christians, Jews and others as pigs and monkeys. In Saudi school curricula, Jews and Christians are considered deviants and eternal enemies. By contrast, Muslim communities in the West are the first to admit that Western countries--especially the U.S.--provide Muslims the strongest freedoms and protections that allow Islam to thrive in the West. Meanwhile Christianity and Judaism, both indigenous to the Middle East, are maligned through systematic hostility by Middle Eastern governments and their religious apparatuses.

The lesson here is simple: If Muslims wish other religions to respect their beliefs and their Holy book, they should lead by example.

Why Islam is disrespected

What disgraces Islam above all is the vast majority of the planet's Muslims saying nothing and doing nothing about the jihadist cancer eating away at their religion. It is Free Muslims Against Terrorism, a pro-democracy organization, calling on Muslims and Middle Easterners to ''converge on our nation's capital for a rally against terrorism" -- and having only 50 people show up.

Al-Qaida-linked terrorists in Gaza

Jundallah is a radical Muslim group that has close ties with al-Qaida in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, said one official. "We know for sure that the group is especially active in the southern Gaza Strip," he added.

Another official said that, according to intelligence gathered by the PA security forces, Jundallah consists largely of Hamas and Islamic Jihad dissidents who were unhappy with their groups' ostensible pragmatism.
"They believe that Hamas and Islamic Jihad have become too moderate," the official said, referring to the two groups' agreement to temporarily suspend terror attacks on Israel.


The emergence of Jundallah in the Gaza Strip confirms suspicions that al-Qaida has been trying to set foot in the area ahead of Israel's planned withdrawal.

Abu Abdallah al-Khattab, who identifies himself as the spokesman for Jundallah in the Gaza Strip, on Thursday denied that his group was part of al-Qaida or any other international terror group. He also denied that the group was receiving funds from Muslim terror groups around the world.

Besides hatred around the Arab World, what does the United States receive for billions of dollars in aid?

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Friday, May 20, 2005

Gadhafi's son: Libya has 'no problem' with Israel
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son said Friday his country has no qualms about dealing with Israel because Libya considers itself more African than Arab.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

Global Warming huh?

Don't Believe the Hype...Filibustering Judicial Nominees is not part of the Constitution

For 214 years, Republican and Democratic minorities alike restrained themselves; they used restraint. They abided by the Senate's design and Senate tradition and gave nominees brought to this floor simple majority, up-or-down votes. That was the practice. Then came the last Congress. With this obstruction, the the minority set a new precedent. Sixty votes before the Senate could proceed to an up-or-down vote on a judicial nominee.

For 214 years, the threshold for advice and consent in the Senate was 50 votes. In the last Congress, the minority party radically increased that threshold to 60 -- and that is wrong.

Let's let the Senator's decide, they were elected by the people, give the nominees a simple up and down vote.

The filibustering of judicial nominees is
BS. If the democrats are so concerned about ending it then they can win an election or two. They've lost, they're the minority, NOT republicans.

Democrats don't want to confirm any of them because if they are later on nominated to step up to the Supreme Court it will be harder and harder and harder to filibuster or to oppose them once they've been confirmed. They also don't want them on the court just for ideological reasons. The Supreme Court, the court system is where the left is attempting to institutionalize its beliefs and insulate liberalism from the arena of public ideas and public debate. I'm sorry but this is what happens when you lose elections, for over 50 years democratic presidents and congresses have shaped the judicial branch and now, because republicans are the majority, now illegal?

It's amazing that Senator Reid can stand on the floor of the senate and blatantly lie about republicans "illegally" changing senate rules. It used to be 67 votes to break cloture on a filibuster, not 60! You know when that rule was changed? Sometime back in the seventies, I think, and guess who was involved in it? Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV, former Grand Dragon of the KKK)! There's nothing illegal about a Senate rules change. The Senate makes its own rules! They can vote; they can propose any rule they want, and they vote on it.

My friend Andrew Moody wrote me an email complaining about the Republicans threat to "go nuclear" on Democrat filibustering, citing that "the Senate has allowed over 95% of Bush's judicial nominees--about the average historically speaking". But that 95% is the wrong number.


Senator Schumer also said that Bush got 95% of his nominations confirmed when the real number is 53%. The 95% figure deals with trial judges.
President Bush has nominated, for the first time, 52 distinct individuals to be Circuit Court justices. 34 have been confirmed, for an aggregate eventual confirmation rate of 65%, 8% lower than President Clinton's despite the fact that three quarters of Clinton’s term had the Senate controlled by the Republicans.

From
filibuster coverage in The Economist:

"First, although the Supreme Court has been conservative on the disposition of state and federal power, it has not been so (at least to conservatives) on moral concerns. In 1992 the court reaffirmed both the right to abortion and a ban on prayer in public schools. This year, the court struck down the death penalty for juvenile offenders (adding insult to injury, the majority cited international law to support its opinion). Most important, in 2003 the court struck down Texas's anti-sodomy law on the grounds that people have a constitutional right to consensual private behavior. The majority went out of its way to deny that this made gay marriage inevitable, but Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a dissent, "do not believe it."

Second, conservatives argue that, though many of their concerns go back years, the courts are now much clearer obstacles than ever. Until the Bush presidency, the main problem was political: Republicans did not control the presidency and Congress. During the Reagan period, when they were ascendant, they hoped to bring the courts round to their way of thinking gently. In their view, this did not happen. Now that they are in the ascendant again, they have to be tougher."


Hat Tips:
Daily Thoughts
Rush Limbaugh
Professor Bainbridge
Official Senate Records

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Dr. Dean Keeps Them Coming


2004: "I've resisted pronouncing a sentence before guilt is found. I still have this old-fashioned notion that even with people like Osama, who is very likely to be found guilty, we should do our best not to, in positions of executive power, not to prejudge jury trials."

2005: "There's corruption at the highest level of the Republican Party, and they're going to have to face up to that one of these days, because the law is closing in on Tom DeLay. I think he's guilty . . . of taking trips paid for by lobbyists, and of campaign-finance violations during his manipulation of the Texas election process."

What a difference a year makes.

Notre Dame Shout-Out on The Simpsons


(Hat-tip,
Irish-Trojan(s suck))

This isn't the first time
ND has been on The Simpsons in the episode where The Simpsons went to The Super Bowl, Homer's bus full of beer drinking hooligans departing for the big game and a young Rudy Ruettiger runs after runs after the group only for Homer to exclaim the teenage Rudy that he is too young to go to the Super Bowl with them.

I can also remember an episode where Bart gets drunk at Springfield's St. Patrick's Day Parade, yelling at some guy wearing a huge Notre Dame jacket: "Hey Notre Dame, move it or lose it!"

And of course, the Fight Song has been played numerous times.

In other Notre Dame News...The Irish baseball team used a 17-Hit Attack To Beat #20 USC For Third Straight Time, 13-6

More "News"week

Newsweek is biased like the rest of the media elite, Dick Morris, The Hill:

In fact, in all the years of the Clinton presidency, I cannot recall a single instance of a similarly inaccurate high-profile story attacking the Democratic president.

"Credible or Not": Two questions for Newsweek, Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard

Newsweak? Thomas Sowell, Townhall:

Someone referred to the story about George Bush's National Guard service as "too good to check." In other words, it fit their vision so well, and scored a point that they wanted to score against President Bush, that it hardly seemed worthwhile to check out the facts.

That is almost certainly what happened with the story about Americans flushing the Koran down the toilet at the Guantanamo prison. It seems unlikely that Newsweek simply made up the story out of whole cloth. But, once they heard it, it was "too good to check."

All this goes back to a more fundamental problem with the mainstream media. Too many journalists see their work as an opportunity to promote their own pet political notions, rather than a responsibility to inform the public and let their readers and viewers decide for themselves

It is not a question of being "fair" to this or that side but of being honest with their readers and viewers.
Columnists and editorial writers are expected to offer opinions but reporters are expected to report facts. However, that distinction is increasingly blurred, with the front page of the New York Times often providing classic examples of editorials disguised as news.

Our Insular Media: Newsweek is guilty not only of bad reporting but of self-absorption, Claudia Rosett, Wall Street Journal:

Not only is Newsweek apologizing and retracting, but the U.S. government is regretting the loss of life.
What's really going on here is two stories. One involves Newsweek and the ups and downs of U.S. journalism.

The other involves a swath of the Islamic world in which anger, fueled by years of gross political misrule, is a chronic feature of life--seeking to acquire a target. What produced these particular riots was the intersection of Islamic-world furies and that brand of U.S. self-absorption in which no subject is more fascinating to the American media than any possible misdeeds of the U.S. itself.

For better or worse, the U.S. media occupy an extraordinary position in the world. Richer in resources than most, and freer than almost any, American reporters enjoy an astounding ability to pursue stories of many kinds, in many places. By and large they produce a brand of journalism that despite its flaws is more reliable than most. But it is also focused chiefly on the U.S.

"News"week Update

The Two Faces of Anti-Americanism, Dennis Prager

The mainstream media oppose the war in Iraq and loathe the Bush administration. Whatever weakens the war effort and embarrasses the president raises a news source's prestige among its domestic, and especially foreign, peers.

Newsweek is directly responsible for the deaths of innocents and for damaging America. As a typical member of the American news media, Newsweek's primary loyalties are to profits and to its political/social agenda. We are very fortunate that in America, at least, we now have talk radio and the Internet; the mainstream news media are no longer Americans' only sources of news.

Did any Buddhists riot and murder when the Taliban Muslims blew up the irreplaceable giant Buddhist statues in Afghanistan?Did any Christians riot and murder when an "artist" produced "Piss Christ" -- a crucifix immersed in a jar of the "artist's" urine?

When all Christian services and even the wearing of a cross were banned in Saudi Arabia? When Christians are murdered while at prayer in churches by Muslims in Pakistan?

Have any Jews rioted in all the years since it was revealed that Jordanian Muslims used Jewish tombstones in Old Jerusalem as latrines? Or after Palestinians destroyed Joseph's Tomb in 2000 and set fire to the rebuilt tomb in 2003?

It is quite remarkable that many Muslims believe that an American interrogator flushing pages of the Koran is worthy of rioting, but all the torture, slaughter, terror and mass murder done by Muslims in the name of the Koran are unworthy of even a peaceful protest.

Down the Toilet at Newsweek, Jack Shafer, Slate

The Newsweek Riots: A telling error, Rich Lowry, National Review

Newsweek Blows Smoke, George Neumayr , American Spectator

The oh-so-irenic media seem to delight in inflaming Muslims by letting them know what America has said or done that should inflame them. The media express anger that George Bush has "alienated" the Muslim world while they simultaneously distort what Bush has done in the war on terrorism so as to guarantee that alienation.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Newsweek Lied...People Died...

I'll wait from the outrage from the American Left. I wonder if their usual chant of "No Blood for Oil" will be temporarily changed to "No Blood for Magazine Subscriptions"?

So typical of the liberal media, they will report any treacherous piece of so-called news to hurt Amercan prestige abroad, even at the cost of American's lives, all under the guise of "freedom of speech". The constitution should also include the freedom " to report outright lies as long as you have a political agenda" as well.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Pilot Was Ill-Prepared, Froze in Flight, FAA Says
This story gets more and more incredible. Hayden "Jim" Sheaffer, 69, froze when he saw a Black Hawk helicopter appear near his right wing while flying toward the White House and had difficulty operating his small, single-engine aircraft, officials said yesterday. It took the valiant effort of Sheaffer's student-pilot companion, Troy D. Martin, who had only 30 logged hours of flight time, to take over the controls and land the plane at an airport in Frederick, FAA officials said.

All of this within seconds of being shot out of the sky by fighters that were scrambled to protect the White House and Capital.

Friday, May 13, 2005

Let's get ready to ruuuuummmmbbbble!!!!!

Bolton to the Rescue

Go Nuclear: There’s no tradition stopping Republicans.

Quote of the Day
''Right now, it shapes up as Notre Dame's best recruiting class in 10 years. They are in on all of the right kids nationally. I sense Notre Dame is on the verge of coming back in a big way, sooner than later, like Lou Holtz did in 1985.'' -Tom Lemming

Thursday, May 12, 2005

He's crazy...bitch

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

RIP Jamie Bagby
One of the sweetest guys I ever met...
and one of the best cousins I'll ever have.
God Bless.


There are places I'll remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain

All these places have their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life, I've loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new

Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life, I love you more

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Israel to Strip Bombers of Citizenship... Israel's interior minister said Tuesday he plans to strip four Palestinians involved in three 2002 bombing attacks of their right to permanent residency a rare punishment.

The four were convicted for their role in suicide bombings that killed 35 people, most of them Israelis, but also five Americans. The bombs went off at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at a Jerusalem cafe and at a pool hall in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Lezion.

The Whole World Doesn't Hate Bush
George Bush stopped by here last night and the whole country came to an expectant halt, its gaze fixed on the "great guest" from America. As Mikhail "Misha" Saakashvili, Georgia's irrepressible president and leader of the country's democratic Rose Revolution, has pointed out, "[The Bush visit] offers final proof that Georgia is an independent state with inviolable territory, that our land and freedom are indivisible."


It's amazing that those nations that really know oppression and tyranny actually favor W. and the US. But don't tell that to the American Left, constantly lamenting our recent differences with France and Germany, to them these two countries represent all of Europe, not the part of it that was under Communist opression for the better part of a century.

Monday, May 09, 2005

That's good work boys...keep it up.

World Leaders Gather in Moscow in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis...the kegger starts at 10, but BYOB just in case W. decides to drink

"Hey Junichiro, pull my finger"


What's up with Chirac's Granny Glasses?


This looks like a friggin frat party


"Tootles"

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Guess what? I got a fevah! And the only prescription...is more cowbell.

I hate to overhype it, but this looks sweet.

America: Mexico's ATM


Funds sent home from Mexican immigrants, both legal and illegal, now outstrip revenues from foreign investors and tourism in Mexico. And "migradollars" are on course to surpass even revenues from Pemex, the state oil company, making them the country's largest source of income.

Revenues from Mexican workers in the U.S. are critical to Mexico's economy, accounting for nearly one-fifth of its GDP. They've grown at a 17.6% annual clip over the past decade — thanks to an explosion of illegal immigration encouraged by the Mexican government and winked at by ours — and are expected to grow by more than 20% a year over the next decade.

No wonder Mexican President Vicente Fox calls illegal aliens "heroes." They're no less than his economic plan. So long as his frustrated poor have the escape valve of America, he can postpone much-needed reforms at home, such as privatizing Pemex and other state industries. Why change Mexico's corrupt feudal system when there's a giant ATM open next door?

But Fox isn't fazed. He's hoping to get us to pay for their retirement, too, by pushing a totalization deal with President Bush to permit even Mexicans who have worked in this country illegally to draw U.S. Social Security benefits.

Right now, 5 million illegal aliens from Mexico work in the U.S. Letting them take Social Security would create a huge drain on a system that's already careening toward bankruptcy.

No matter. Bush signed the deal last June and is expected to present it to Congress for final approval.

What Gulag? Russia's government shamefully refuses to face up to the horrors of communism.

This nostalgia is not harmless. Not only does it ignore the fact that the Soviet Union was just as terroristic as Nazi Germany, it also reflects what Hannah Arendt called "pervasive, public stupidity." This is the failure to understand that the truth about the past is not irrelevant--that it is, in fact, the best hope for a decent future. The re-Sovietization of Russia is possible because when the Soviet Union fell, the new Russian state did not break irrevocably with its communist heritage. To do this, it needed to define the communist regime as criminal and the Soviet period as illegitimate; open the archives, including the list of informers; and find all mass burial grounds and execution sites. None of this was done and the consequences are being felt today.

The long shadow of the second world war...
It is right that the principal focus of the 1945 commemorations will be the event hosted in Moscow by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president. It will serve as a reminder that the biggest sacrifice in defeating Hitler was paid by the former Soviet Union, which lost 27m lives - more than twice the combined losses of the western allies and Germany. Russia would be a less tetchy partner if the average westerner knew more about these victims.

But Russia also needs to acknowledge the Soviet Union's role in collaborating with Hitler in occupying eastern Europe in 1939-40 and in imposing its rule on the region in 1945. It will be hard to admit that Red Army soldiers were rarely seen as liberators by those they sought to liberate. But honesty would work wonders for relations with Moscow's former satellites, especially the Baltic states.

The Israel Cancer Association and Hashulchan Gastronomic Media, publisher of the Al Hashulchan Gastronomic Monthly, have joined forces to collect signatures for a petition to be presented to Health Minister Dan Naveh.

The petition calls on him to ban smoking completely in restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels and all other public places. Too late for me but it's about time Israel jumped on this bandwagon.

Studies have shown that establishments that bar smoking actually gain customers.
The latest survey has shown that about 23% of Israelis smoke.

This includes 33% of men and 18% of women; 30% of Jewish men and 21% of Jewish women compared to 42% of Arab men and only 6% of Arab women.

Bob Novak: DEAN'S DEBACLE

Democratic National Committee (DNC) fund raising under the chairmanship of Howard Dean shows a disappointing $16.7 million raised in the first quarter of 2005, compared with $34 million reported by the Republicans.

That tends to confirm dire predictions by old-line Democratic fund-raisers of a fall-off in money if Dean became chairman. He had promised to bring in heavy individual contributions, as he did in his 2004 campaign for president. But the DNC in the first quarter received only $13 million from individuals, compared to $31 million for the Republican National Committee (RNC).

Saturday, May 07, 2005

(Mother's Day)

I love Amazon.com
And really, you should too. I was just randomly surfing the best online store on the internet and came across this piece of work:

The Alcoholic Republic: An American Tradition, an associate professor of History at the University of Washington, provides a very interesting study of alcoholic consumption in the United States from the 18th century through the mid 1800s.

Friday, May 06, 2005

Star Wars Episode III Review from Daily Variety

George Lucas seems to finally be back on track according to Daily Variety with the third installment of the prequel series, less eye-candy and more drama is what the people want and it seems that is what we'll get:

The Force returns with most of its original power regained in "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith." Concluding entry in George Lucas' second three-pack of space epics teems with action, drama and spectacle, and even supplies the odd surge of emotion, as young Anakin Skywalker goes over to the Dark Side and the stage is set for the generation of stories launched by the original "Star Wars" 28 years ago. Whatever one thought of the previous two installments, this dynamic picture irons out most of the problems, and emerges as the best in the overall series since "The Empire Strikes Back."

Remember when Britain called the United States dumb for reelecting a guy who got it into an unjust war?

U.S. Army considering deploying new laser weapon that focuses enough energy to vaporize pretty much anything.

THEL, a short-range air defense system made up of several components, is the laser weapon closest to possible use in the field. It ties an advanced radar that detects and tracks incoming rockets to a chemically-generated high-power beam that destroys them. The system's development was jointly funded by the U.S. Army and the Israeli Ministry of Defense.

In tests at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, THEL has destroyed 46 targets in flight, including mortar rounds fired singly and in salvos, artillery shells and rockets, Northrop officials said. A target is zapped by the real-life equivalent of a Star Trek-like beam of light. The highly focused beam, generated by a mix of hydrogen fluoride and deuterium fluoride, focuses enough energy to heat the target until it explodes in mid-air.

Sweeeeeeeeet.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

Does it surprise anyone else that all the media does is complain about how we haven't had a terrorist attack in the US since September 11th, but then totally freaks out like a dirty bomb was detonated in Manhattan just because a couple of windows are broken in front of the British consulate? Tools.

Political Correctness Run Amok Watch
Textbooks used in American schools are characterized by a sloppy way with facts, a preference for the politically correct over the scientifically sound, and sheer faddism. Pamela R. Winnick of the Weekly Standard has a great piece highlighting the idiocy of American education at Front Page Magazine.

Winnick writes of "a study commissioned by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2001 found 500 pages of scientific error in 12 middle-school textbooks used by 85 percent of the students in the country. One misstates Newton's first law of motion. Another says humans can't hear elephants. Another confuses "gravity" with "gravitational acceleration." Another shows the equator running through the United States. Individual scientists draft segments of these books, but reviewing the final product is sometimes left to multicultural committees who have no expertise in science." More instances of multicultural blather being forcefed to American students? Check it:

A chapter on climate in a fifth-grade science textbook in the Discovery Works series, published by Houghton Mifflin (2000), opens with a Native American explanation for the changing seasons: "Crow moon is the name given to spring because that is when the crows return. April is the month of Sprouting Grass Moon." Students meander through three pages of Algonquin lore before they learn that climate is affected by the rotation and tilt of Earth--not by the return of the crows.

Affirmative action for women and minorities is similarly pervasive in science textbooks, to absurd effect. Al Roker, the affable black NBC weatherman, is hailed as a great scientist in one book in the Discovery Works series. It is common to find Marie Curie given a picture and half a page of text, but her husband, Pierre, who shared a Nobel Prize with her, relegated to the role of supportive spouse. In the same series, Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, is shown next to black scientist Lewis Latimer, who improved the light bulb by adding a carbon filament. Edison's picture is smaller.

Jews have been awarded 22 percent of all Nobel Prizes in science, but readers of Houghton Mifflin's fifth-grade textbooks won't get wind of that. Navajo physicist Fred Begay, however, merits half a page for his study of Navajo medicine. Albert Einstein isn't mentioned. Biologist Clifton Poodry has made no noteworthy scientific discoveries, but he was born on the Tonawanda Seneca Indian reservation, so his picture is shown in Glenco/McGraw-Hill's Life Science (2002), a middle-school biology textbook. The head of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins, and Nobel Laureates James Watson, Maurice H.F. Wilkins, and Francis Crick aren't named.

In 1995, the academy published the National Science Education Standards, which, according to academy president Bruce Alberts, "represent the best thinking . . . about what is best for our nation's students." The standards (which explicitly place religion on a par with "myth and superstition") counsel school boards to modify "assessments" for students with "limited English proficiency" by, for example, raising their scores. They tell teachers to be "sensitive" to students who are "economically deprived, female, have disabilities, or [come] from populations underrepresented in the sciences." Teachers should especially encourage "women and girls, students of color and students with disabilities."

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Corruption... in Chicago? Never....

Producers/Stars of 24 Outted as Conservatives by Rush Limbaugh
Rush was talking about this last week and he finally got some pictures up on the site when he was invited to a taping of the hit Fox television show 24 which stars Keifer Southerland. Apparently the creators and producers of the show are big time conservatives and invited Rush and other conservatives like David Prager, David Horowtiz and Larry Elder to check out the set, here are the pics:

Rush and Keifer


Sure is nice to know there are a few Republicans in Hollywood.

Doesnt get much better than this
Sen. John F. Kerry tapped campaign funds for Red Sox tickets and to pay nearly $300 in overdue Boston parking tickets. Can you imagine the outrage if W. did this?

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Heard this beauty on Rush Limbaugh's show today: The state of Florida will not appeal a judge's decision allowing a teenager in state custody to have an abortion.

Palm Beach Juvenile Judge Ronald Alvarez ruled Monday that she could have an abortion. He had issued an order last week temporarily stopping the teen from having the procedure after the DCF argued that she was too young and immature to decide for herself and state law prohibited the agency from consenting to an abortion.

Laura Bush Talks Naughty

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