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Three-Minute Hamlet. Absolute brilliance.
Is Time Travel possible? Some believe that it's at least theoretically possible. That may not seem like much but it's a big step further than we have been in the past.
>Gateway Pundit has the full story on Nutjob Ray McGovern who heckled Rumsfeld. Of course, there is never any context around this one. His motivations and previous behavior goes unnoticed by the press. The only thing that matters is his qualifications and his disrespectful behavior to the SecDef. To be fair, the man does have a point. Rumsfeld did overstate the case for WMD's. That doesn't mean he lied but he ought to answer for why he got it so wrong.
Suge Knight Down To His Last $11? I hope so. The guy is a thug and a criminal. He's not broke he has interest in very lucrative companies. I just hope he blows the rest of that money too and ends up flipping burgers somewhere.
Porter Goss abruptly resigns as CIA chief. What the hell happened? I thought Bush wanted him in. This does not bode well. I think he went up against the entrenched CIA bureaucrats and lost. Now he's being sent home.
Non-voting sons spoil election bid. I can't make this stuff up. You'd think you were reading Scrappleface. These kids are going to be grounded until the end of time.
U.S. study shows autism more common. I've been around and around on this and I think one reason for the explosive growth in the rate of new cases has to do with awareness and early diagnosis. Some True Believers think mercury (and specifically, Thimerisol) is the culprit and nothing will dissuade them. Personally, I think autism is simply too large to have a single cause. The huge, huge range in disability on the spectrum makes me think this may not have a single cause or single cure. More on this later.
Here's some scenes from El Uno De Mayo that you won't see on the MSM. There's more here.
Here's an article arguing that Democrats must fight illegal immigration. Read the whole thing, it's an interesting twist on a hot issue.
Video Shows Al-Zarqawi Fumbling With Rifle. Terrorist hero can't even shoot a machine gun. Hell I don't know jack about machine guns but I know you have to rack the bolt when you get a jam. Jeeze. The upside is that CENTCOM is finally getting smart WRT the information war. Since the Arab world is a shame based culture, this is going damage his rep with the locals. More please.
What Iran's leaders are really saying about Israel. Hitch gives Cole a pounding so bad I actually feel bad for Cole. You almost have to read the whole thing between your fingers like watching a horror movie when you know someone is going to meet their gruesome end.
Who Is “Gouging” Whom at the Pumps?

Those evil oil companies? Think again:

Where Does All the Money Go?

Based upon a $3.00 gallon of gasoline, the average break-down is as follows.
Gasoline Retailer

$.01 cents per gallon

Oil Company
$.08 cents per gallon
Refining

$.29 cents per gallon

Marketing/Distribution
$.32 cents per gallon
Taxes
$.59 cents per gallon
Cost of crude $1.71 per gallon (delivered)

Who is gouging who?
Tim Russert does not understand market capitalism.

Witness the brilliance that is Russert:

MR. RUSSERT: Mr. Secretary, if, if demand is up but supply is down, why are the profits so high?

MR. BODMAN: For that reason.

MR. RUSSERT: No, think about that.

MR. BODMAN: You know?

MR. RUSSERT: Play it out.

MR. BODMAN: Demand is up.

MR. RUSSERT: Correct.

MR. BODMAN: Right?

MR. RUSSERT: Right.

MR. BODMAN: So you’ve got more demand, you’re going to force price up.

You’ve got, you’ve got limited supply, and you’re going to have...

MR. RUSSERT: But that’s a decision by the oil companies.

MR. BODMAN: No, it is not. That is a decision—those are—oil is traded every minute of every day, and it’s traded basically 24-by-seven. And it’s, it is determined in marketplaces in New York and London and Tokyo, all over the world. That’s the, the—the oil companies do not determine the price of oil; the producers determine the price of oil.
In a fit of blatant theivery, I've stolen this post from the Unabrewer because I thought it was intersting.

I've seen the ones in bold

“2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968) Stanley Kubrick

“The 400 Blows” (1959) Francois Truffaut
“8 1/2” (1963) Federico Fellini
“Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (1972) Werner Herzog
“Alien” (1979) Ridley Scott
“All About Eve” (1950) Joseph L. Mankiewicz
“Annie Hall” (1977) Woody Allen
“Bambi” (1942) Disney
“Battleship Potemkin” (1925) Sergei Eisenstein
“The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946) William Wyler
“The Big Red One” (1980) Samuel Fuller
“The Bicycle Thief” (1949) Vittorio De Sica
“The Big Sleep” (1946) Howard Hawks
“Blade Runner” (1982) Ridley Scott
“Blowup” (1966) Michelangelo Antonioni
“Blue Velvet” (1986) David Lynch
“Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) Arthur Penn
“Breathless” (1959) Jean-Luc Godard
“Bringing Up Baby” (1938) Howard Hawks
“Carrie” (1975) Brian DePalma
“Casablanca” (1942) Michael Curtiz
“Un Chien Andalou” (1928) Luis Bunuel & Salvador Dali
“Children of Paradise” …
Trent Lott MUST GO. Any politician who brags at how "wily" they are vis a vis spending is not someone who deserves to be in office. That's not your job, Senator.

Anybody but Lott. Can we ride him out on the rail he wants to build?
The Human Camera. Simply amazing what brains can do. I wonder if we'll ever understand how this works.
WK 2006. Should be WTF 2006. Dutch people are wacky.
Teheran raids Iraq in attack on Kurds. This is not good news. However, the fact that it has been sent down the memory hole by the MSM is telling. Iran wants to draw the US into a shooting war to give them cover to start lobbing missiles at Israel. Additionally, Michael Totten is reporting that Iran has taken front line positions in southern Lebannon. They positioned themselves there to lob rockets at Israel. So, when the crazed Iranian president says he wants to destroy Israel and being the apocalyptic war that will bring the world to an end, he's not kidding. He really is batshit crazy. Iraq is going to have to sort this out. The Kurds are very capable fighters but they don't have the armor that the Iranians have let alone the air capabilities. This is going to get worse before it gets better.
Klosterman: "it seems wholly impossible that anyone could be better at running away from people than this particular human."

Yet, the Texans did not pick Reggie Bush. The whole article is hilarious. However, I don't know much about Bush but great players are often poisoned pills (see, Owens, Tyrell; Irving, Michael).
Blog Readers Unmasked an interesting item about your average blog reader. I take the results w/ a grain of salt as I think people tend to exaggerate a bit. I'm surprised the number of college degrees was so low. I expected it to be closer to 3 in 5 or perhaps higher. (I don't know if they rounded that off or not)
Ethanol: A Tragedy in 3 Acts. This article puts a damper on the arguement for Ethanol. Read it if you're not entirely sick of this debate yet.
Busted Dennis. I'd respect you more if you just showed up in the friggin SUV in the first place.
'Be able to kill your students'. Sound advice for teachers everywhere. Especially, DC and Camden.
Chernobyl, 20 years on. This place is a giant rusting time capsule. I wonder how hot the place is now. I know you can't get too close w/o the geiger counter going crazy but has it cooled down at all?

Some of the picture are just eerie. Seeing a city abandoned and rusting like that is somehow unnerving. Unnatural. Kidd of Speed elaborates and talks about how people freak out when they see the city and don't hear the normal sounds associated with city life. I'd love to see it first hand. Call me crazy.