Showing posts from December 3, 2006

Lazy Blogging III

This one leaves me conflicted.

As much as I hate these people and want them to be run out of town on a rail, you can tell from watching this that they live for the attention. I'd rather have people totally ignore them.

More lazy blogging

What happens when two union members are on their way to convention and the escalator breaks?

YouTube of the Day

This one is from the TTLB contest for best video. It got my vote.

Unions increase airline costs

Increased airline costs? Thank a Democrat!

Unions are willing to screw everyone to protect their own jobs. All that stuff we hear about internationalism and multilateralism is for naught if it means the loss of one union job.

Unions are a cancer on America.

Cater takes a beating

Capitalism works (again)

McDonald's forced to close.

A little self-control goes a long way.

Oh the humanity!

Culture Shock on Capitol Hill: House to Work 5 Days a Week

The current salary for members of the House and Senate is $165,200 per year (minimum).

Your tax dollars at work.


We need an MI5, not an FBI

Is the FBI doing its best to combat terrorism?



Though he's one of only six FBI agents with advanced Arabic skills, Youssef believes that, since 9/11, the FBI has blocked him from playing a significant role in the war on terror. He claims discrimination, and sued the FBI in 2003.
Beyond Youssef's own employment claims, depositions of nearly a dozen top FBI officials in his case have exposed what critics say are serious shortcomings in the FBI's approach to counterterrorism. The taped depositions, which have never been aired before, seem to reveal a stunning lack of knowledge about some terrorism basics.

Terrorism 101
Dale Watson, now retired, was the FBI's top counterterrorism official before and after 9/11.

In a deposition taken on Dec. 8, 2004, Youssef’s lawyer Stephen Kohn asked Watson: “Do you know who Osama bin Laden's spiritual leader was?"

Watson: Can't recall.

Lawyer: And do you know the differences in the religion between Shiite and Sunni Mu…

Support call of the day

Me: BI Support, this is Duffy, how can I help you?

User: I can't see my reports

Me: OK, login, select File, then Open and then choose the directory where you've stored the file

User: OK, which one do I select?

Me: I don't know, whichever directory you used to save your files.

User: Ok, where did I save them?

Me: I have no idea.

User: Then how am I supposed to find them?

Move over slavery!

Calling the Iraq war "the worst strategic mistake in the entire history of the United States" and "worse than a civil war," former Vice President Gore urged President Bush to find a way to get U.S. troops out of Iraq "as quickly as possible without making the situation worse" while appearing this morning on NBC’s "Today."

Yes, that's right, the war in Iraq is worse than slavery, internment of Japanese-Americans, Sacco & Venzetti, capital punishment, slaughter of American Indians, smallpox infected blankets, dropping atomic bombs on Japan, firebombing Dresden.....

New Feature

Minimum wage hikes

This post briefly and elegantly explains why a minimum wage hike is a bad idea.

That's just a starter. I object on authoritarian grounds not just mechanistic ones.

Teflon as a health hazard

This article suggests a link between birth defects and c8 polymers which are used in Teflon.

The long and the short of it is this:

"Until the verdict is in, we suggest limiting the use of Teflon-coated pans when possible. "

FWIW, my child's neurologist believes there is a link between teflon and autism. That link is yet unproven but there are studies in the making.

Rummy's parting shot

The New York Times continuing it's role as information service for our enemies, publishes another classified memo. This time from Rummy.

SUBJECT: Iraq — Illustrative New Courses of Action

The situation in Iraq has been evolving, and U.S. forces have adjusted, over time, from major combat operations to counterterrorism, to counterinsurgency, to dealing with death squads and sectarian violence. In my view it is time for a major adjustment. Clearly, what U.S. forces are currently doing in Iraq is not working well enough or fast enough. Following is a range of options:

First: Now, now we're ready for a major adjustment? What the hell have you been doing if you knew we needed a change? You Sir, are driving the bus on this one. If we're off course, blame your boss and quit or look in the mirror and figure out a way to fix it.


Above the Line: (Many of these options could and, in a number of cases, should be done in combination with others)

¶Publicly announce…

Krauthammer gives them 2 months

Two months to get their act together or we're leaving. The article is here:

Key excerpts:

What do people think we’ve been doing for the last five years? True, the president’s rhetoric has a tendency to go soaringly Wilsonian, e.g. the banishing tyranny stuff in his second inaugural address. But our policies of democratization in Iraq and Afghanistan and Lebanon have been deeply rooted in the most concrete of American interests.

If we really had been in the grip of “idealism,” we’d be deep in Chad and Burma and Darfur. We are not. We are instead trying to sustain fragile democracies in three strategically important countries — Afghanistan, Iraq, and Lebanon — that form the geographic parentheses around the principal threat to Western interests in the region, the Syria-Iran axis.


The U.S. should be giving Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki a clear ultimatum: If he does not come up with a political solution in two months or cede power to a new coalition that will, the U.S. will abandon t…

Remember the fallen

I hope this gets the MSM's attention and is featured widely. I'm not holding my breath but it would be a nice change from norm.

I need...

one of these to keep my neighbors damn cats out of my yard.