Showing posts from August 28, 2005
Study reveals huge U.S. oil-shale field. No more discussion, no more hemming and hawing. If Leftists are so keen on weaning us off of "foreign oil" then we need to do this now. Today. Drill ANWAR and get this shale oil out of the ground. Build new refineries. None are being built now because any expansion in capacity may not have any increase in emissions. That is patently silly. Allow the expansion with incremental emissions. I'd be happy to pay 10 cents extra to buy domestic oil. I'd like to see stations open that only carry domestic produced and refined oil. I'd shop there.
Three more people remember seeing the chart with Atta on it. As Glenn noted, funny how they released this on the Friday before Labor Day. Why not wait until say, 4:00 today? I guess that would be too obvious.
File under: Duly Noted.
When to look away

This article is like a slap in the face. My wife and I were watching coverage of the horror unfolding in NOLA last night. I asked her to change the channel.

"See, that's your problem you always look away. Like you don't want to see this stuff. This is real life."

"It's 10:30. We've been watching this for 2 hours."
(the footage of the elderly dead man in the street and discussions of a child being raped in the Superdome pushed me over the edge)

She agreed.

I was thinking today about that. My wife is incensed that football games were on last night. "I know that life goes on but it seems inappropriate in light of what these people are going through."

I think the world keeps turning. No amount of canceling football games is going to make people care. There comes a point when you have to look away because you can't do any more. You've given what you can to charity and now all you can do is watch the horror…
The Pope delivered a message. Hot on the heels of the address to Europe's Mulims. This is for the Catholics. He's telling them they are going to find themselves in Dar-al-Islam in a generation or two. Let's see if they heed the call. I very much doubt it. Socialism and punative progressive taxation have crippled European's desire (and ability) to have larger families.
A note on looting. Boortz is calling for looters in New Orleans to be shot. He uses such a broad brush that I have to draw a line. There are people who did not (and in some cases, could not) evacuate. They are going to supermarkets and convenience stores for water and food. Sorry, but that is NOT looting. That is the line between survival and death. Stealing other items (like luxury items) is looting. Otherwise you're going to turn the rest of the people into Jean Valjean.
Ford Iosis. Whoa. If the final product looks ANYTHING like this, I'll be standing in line to get one. Absolutely gorgeous. - U.S. transferred uranium from Iraq without U.N. authorization: "The nearly 2 tons of low-enriched uranium and approximately 1,000 highly radioactive items transferred from Iraq to the United States last month had been placed under seal by the International Atomic Energy Agency at the sprawling Tuwaitha nuclear complex, 12 miles south of Baghdad, the officials said. "

Remember that when someone says there was no WMD program or threat. Thank you.
Visual communication crash course shows UAE censorship in action. Interesting.
Could You Pass 8th-Grade Math?. Yes, but barely. I got 7/10. If I tell my parents, they're going to ground me.
Clark Gable
You scored 33% Tough, 9% Roguish, 14% Friendly, and 42% Charming!

You're a helluva guy, a real split personality and a bit of an enigma. On the one hand, you're a man's man, tough talking and ready for anything. But on the other hand, you soften your rough and tumble core with a disarmingly smooth exterior, and you make the ladies swoon. You're equally admired by both men and women alike, drinking other men under the table all the while charming the socks off half a dozen lovelies. You're a commanding presence, and you know how to get what - and who - you want when you want it. You're drawn to women who, like you, are savvy enough to deal with the world on their own terms. You work well with spitfires. Leading ladies include Joan Crawford, Myrna Loy, and Jean Harlow. No damsels in distress for you.
Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the Classic Dames Test.

My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age…
The Bad Hair Blog has the story of B16 putting a shot across Chavez's bow upon receiving the new Venezuelan ambassador. I love it. I'm thrilled he not only recognizes there is a problem but fires the opening salvo. Let's hope he makes a visit to Venezuela soon.
ISLAM: VATICAN LED INTO WAR ON TERROR. Given that JP2 has repeatedly urged the US not to go to war in Iraq and various other Vatican officals have been even more stridently anti-war, it's hard to imagine how they can take such a position. I guess when you're the Pope, you're the antithesis of everything Islamic. Sort of the uber-kuffar. I think there's no small amount of jealousy as the Pope is what the Caliph would be today had it not been disbanded ages ago. Let's hope the Swiss Guards are brushing up on their skills.
Rev. Al "the 'do" Sharpton gets caught speeding. Sort of. He wasn't driving, just the passinger. His driver was doing 110 in a 65 and weaving through traffic. Police made note that it was a 9 mile chase in the report. Sharpton dismissed the report with a sniff and a wave. His driver was arrested, his vehicle impounded and Al hitched a ride to the airport with someone else. Typical. He probably told the guy to go as fast as possible and left him twisting in the wind when he got in trouble. Nice guy.
When James is on, he's the best. Here is a prime example of why. Take an old unknown noir film and give us the behind the scenes stories. One thing he and I have in common is the focus on backgrounds in movies. Especially old ones. I do the same thing with family photographs. Notice the wallpaper, the giant one gallon cardboard milk container on the table. That kind of thing. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
Missing Able Danger 'Atta' Chart in 2002 Video. Newsmax is excitable and often overstated. However, should this pan out, it would discredit the 9/11 commission. This is not the only thread they missed.
No WMD stockpiles? Guess again.
Vatican plan to block gay priests. Given that this comes from the Guardian, I cast a skeptical eye on the story. It is still possible that it is true. I can see how this would be very controversially. I can't say I agree with it either. If a priest is faithful to the magesterium and keeps his vows, where is the problem? What would it matter? Sure, say you, what about the sordid tales of life in the seminaries. Simply put. Kick them out. They are violating their oaths. Bishops need to clean their own houses. If they have seminaries that are straying from the teachings of the church, oust the Prior/Abbot. When Vatican II careened out of control in the 70's (I speak as a witness) the watershed of parishoners began. The middle grounders were the largest numbers to leave. What remained was a core of traditional, faithful people. They tend to have larger families and now we're seeing the fruit of that tree. Conservative seminaries and churches are full and even…
Melee ruins NCCo baby shower. Why men do not belong at baby showers.
Small-Town USA May Offer Solution to Outsourcing

I've talked from time to time about the coming wave of dispersal from cities. It's not that cities will suddenly be empty and you'll be able to swing through the canyons of lower Manhattan on vines as thick as your wrist. Far from it. Cities will always be filled with people who want the urban lifestyle. The walkability, the convenience, the whole shebang. Most of these people will be young and single. A handful will be retirees with money. The huge swath in the middle (like me) who are married and have kids are fleeing the cities in droves for greener pastures (literally). Techcentral station has an article about how the cable modem is going to revolutionize our world and our society. How? By allowing people to work for any company in the country from home. Wherever home may be. My cousin worked as a trader in Manhattan for years. She finally had enough and got her employer to agree to allow her to relocate any…
A Novel Approach to Podcasting. Can't get published? Podcast. That what writers are finding. Ironically, giving something away for free leads to sales. If books are going this way, it's only a matter of time before webcasts become cost effective enough to have actors putting together their own shows. I've seen some seriously high quality work by scifi fans. The acting was dreadful but the effects and production value were very good. Not quite ready for prime time but considering the budget they must have had, really good. If they got the production team together with some good writers and professional actors (as opposed to fans) you would see something marketable. You might even see a major network pick up the show for cable. Take another genre like drama or comedy and the production cost plummets and you have lowered the barrier to entry even further. It's going to get very interesting.