Showing posts from May 28, 2006
Which one to buy? So many choices, maybe I'll get two...
If you even needed proof that North Korea is the most evil regime on earth, read this: North Korea's grisly arms tests on babies

Disclaimer: I know WorldnetDaily has a tendency to be overwrought and bombastic. This report, however, is sourced to MI6 and confirms what we've been hearing for years from survivors of those camps and even the guards who worked in them. They've testified before Congress and they all point to the same conclusion. Kim's regime is unremittantly evil. Monsterous. I cannot imagine the horrors that will be unearthed when it finally falls. Even though North Korea is a bit player on the world stage, it pains me to know that such horrors exist to this day and there's no end in sight. Unless or until every citizen is dead or they do something to get China's pants in a twist, they will continue like this. Where are the calls for the UN to intervene? How can we stand idly by while this happens. Sometimes I dispair. I seem to recall a…
Is this news? Might as well be titled "Dan Brown; Craven opportunist." Of course the man wants to sell books. That's the point in writing. I never, for a moment, thought Dan Brown believed any of the absurdities in his book. He's John Grisham where the Young Brave Lawyer is now a "symbologist" with bad hair and The Evil Corporate Law Firm has been replaced with Big Scary Catholic Church.

Update: Link fixed.
De la Where has a post entitled My goal in life. It's about corporate compensation and large packages for CEO's and other corporate level officers. Unlike most things I pontificate about, I actually have some first hand experience with compensation and specifically, Fortune 100 corporate comp. I worked in the field for over 5 years. There are drivers in compensation for corporate officers that are completely different than that of your regular working stiff like me.

Corporate officers are largely compensated based on the performance of the stock. That is, their first duty is to the stakeholders and putting their interests on par with their bosses (the stakeholders). They reduced salaries across the board in the 90's in an effort to shift from a guaranteed comp level to open it up to performanced based pay with a much higher ceiling. None of this is anything you wouldn't know just by reading the news.

What you don't know is that most corporate officers do n…
I'd love to have one of these for commuting. It's actually a picture of a vehicle used by contractors in Iraq.
You know how people in Delaware or NJ talk about how they are "surfers" and enjoy "surfing"? This is surfing.
Remember Dragon's Lair? I don't think I ever saw how this one ended.
'Lost' actress Rodriguez released early. That's putting it mildly. She served 4 hours. Hypothetical question: How long do you think a non-famous guy like me would serve if he took the jail time instead of community service? Just wondering.
Migraine prompts hospital visit for Ben. Give me a break. I've had a migraine. It doesn't send you to the hospital you wuss. Take some excedrin and get on with it.
You Belong in Dublin

Friendly and down to earth, you want to enjoy Europe without snobbery or pretensions.

You're the perfect person to go wild on a pub crawl... or enjoy a quiet bike ride through the old part of town.

What European City Do You Belong In?
Damn right I am!

You Are Guinness

You know beer well, and you'll only drink the best beers in the world.

Watered down beers disgust you, as do the people who drink them.

When you drink, you tend to become a bit of a know it all - especially about subjects you don't know well.

But your friends tolerate your drunken ways, because you introduce them to the best beers around.

What's Your Beer Personality?

Can you tell I've been trolling Blogthings?
Your Linguistic Profile:

45% Yankee

40% General American English

10% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern

What Kind of American English Do You Speak?
You Know a Lot About Blogging

You got 5/8 correct!

Your not a total blogging geek yet... give it time.

How Much Do You Know About Blogging?
Beslan's unanswered questions is required reading. I had no idea that any of them escaped. Beslan was a slap in the face for me (and likely you too). It made me realize why we have an explosion in the numbers of SWAT teams around the country. My worst nightmare is something like that happening to me. I'd sooner chew my own arm off than go through what those families did.
Cornered by thugs, ex-Marine kills 1, rejects hero label. Reject it all you want, but you're a hero.
Ben Stein writes another brilliant piece about what real sacrifice means. Read it and remember those who know first hand what he's talking about.
Why Exiting Iraq Won't Be Easy. An honest lefty assessment of why leaving Iraq in any form or fashion, won't be easy. Everyone, left, right and center should be pulling for success in Iraq. Sadly, too many simply don't care. They want to pull out and consequences be damned. Never mind the ill will our sudden departure will generate.
Christopher Hitchens on the meaning of Memorial Day. A beautifully written article and a fitting tribute to those who gave all. God bless them.
#4 is the only one that will make it to market any time soon.
Democrats' Worst Nightmare. This article is as old as I am. I've been reading articles like this for as long as I've been following politics. Every election cycle we get articles from GOP types telling us how blacks/hispanics/women/whomever are deserting the Democrats in droves to side with the One True Party. *Yawn*. There are instances here and there but overall it will be a very slow trickle of people moving over. Even then, it's going to take decades before any real movement is seen.

Demographics is destiny. Conservatives (political as well as religious) are having more kids than liberals by a wide margin. In a generation, the pendulum will swing back to conservatism. It will not be a 1950's style conservatism but more of a laisez-faire conservtatism. One that embraces gay marriage and shrugs at pornography and recreational drug use. But also more tolerant of God in the public square and hawkish on foreign policy.
The collapse of reason. Cathy Young has a good article about how personal politics has become and how each side is accusing the other (in some cases righly) of anti-intellectualism.
Lessons from the Immigration War

Key quote: "The outcome of "immigration reform" will determine where the party and country are headed. If Republicans lurch to the left, they'll head for the cliff because the left did not bring them to power. The right did. If they have forgotten that, they deserve the cliff and the right should give them a push."
Which one to buy? know I still haven't gotten my Father's Day gift...
The Man Who Saved the World Finally Recognized. Hard to imagine the burden this man bore that day. Thank God he thought before simply acting like the automaton they wanted him to be. The thing that leftists miss about this war vs. the Cold War is that then we were facing rational actors. The Soviets had enough firepower to destroy us all several times over. That they never used it is a testament to their rationality. Put those weapons in the hands of al-Qaeda or Hamas or Hezbollah and they won't have the same restraint.