Showing posts from December 17, 2006

Adeste Fidelis

Have a merry Christmas. I'll be back after the break.

Friday roundup

Who should you believe? Bloggers or The AP?

Jonah Goldberg gives Andrew Sullivan a beatdown. By the last paragraph I was wincing. It's like watching a boxer beat up a girl scout.

Democrats continue their assault on free speech. Nancy Pelosi is not very bright but she is dangerous. With her on the left and McCain on the right, the American public is caught between the hammer and the anvil.

There is even more bad news here, though, because the Pelosi-Claybrook proposal includes loopholes big enough to protect Big Labor, Big Corporations and Big Nonprofits, as well as guys with Big Wallets like George Soros. Big Government, you see, always takes care of its big friends.

Muslims mark solidarity with Jews.

Everyone is always moaning on and on about how moderate muslims aren't doing enough to stand up to the extreme elements. Here is the story we've been waiting for. Much much more, please.

Lyrics of the day


I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah


Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah


Maybe I've been here before.
I know this room, I've walked this floor.
I used to live alone before I knew you.

I've seen your flag on the marble arch,
Love is not some kind of victory march,
It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah.


There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below,
But now you never show it to me, do you?

And remember when I moved in you,
And the…


I'm a fan of Stephen Hunter. Specifically, Point of Impact and Black Light. (I found Pale Horse Coming overdone.)

Point of Impact has been in development for ages and is finally coming out as "Shooter" starring Mark Walberg. Trailer below.

Some quiz results

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Why I don't shop with my wife


More Halp


Daily Roundup

Is this the way to Amarillo? British troops have a sense of humor.

I'm guilty of a fair number of these. In my defense, I try to use them sparingly.

Stealth Disco. Dated? Yes. Juvenile? Yes. Funny? Absolutely.

MC Hawking. It's weirder than you think. Breaking new ground in nerd-dom.

"We want to make it clear that if the Pope does not appear on TV and apologize for his comments, we will blow up all of Gaza's churches." – terror group the Sword of Islam, upset over comments by the Pope linking Islam to violence

I'm with Freeberg. I hate when foreigners tell us how to run our own affairs. The Rt. Honorable Lord Monckton is correct. The Senators are betraying their oaths of office.

K/E ICBMs. My first thought was addressed in the subhed: Wouldn't any launch of an ICBM trigger a nuclear (nukular for any Presidents reading) war? The navy is alternately looking at switching their munitions on gunboats to KE weapons. That solves one problem but the que…

Daily Roundup

Stop quoting Koran, start reading it, says scholar

Let's hope this one picks up steam. Unlikely, but let's hope against hope.


Interpreting the Koran critically can also be dangerous.

In Egypt, Nasr Hamid Abu Zayd was declared an apostate in 1995 for unorthodox reading of the Koran. A court annulled his marriage as he was deemed not a Muslim and Islamists threatened to kill him. He and his wife fled to the Netherlands.

Abu Zayd is one of eight modern scholars profiled in "The New Thinkers of Islam" with nearly all of them educated or having lived in the West where they could debate new ideas.

If they declared him "no longer a Muslim" he shouldn't be bound by their edicts right?

Three dead as Gaza gunbattles rage

Insty says:

Obviously the U.S. invasion of Palestine and the toppling of Arafat were mistakes, creating a quagmire of sectarian strife which despite official denials is now turning into open civil -- oops, wrong story template. That should have …

New Corporate Christmas policy

All Staff
Date: December 4
Subject: New "Twelve Days of Christmas" Policy

The recent announcement that Donner and Blitzen have elected to take the early reindeer retirement package has triggered a good deal of concern about whether they will be replaced, and about other restructuring decisions at the North Pole.

Streamlining is due to the North Pole's loss of dominance in the season's gift distribution business. Home Shopping TV channels and mail order catalogues have diminished Santa's market share. He and the Board could not sit idly by and permit further erosion of the profit picture.

The reindeer downsizing was made possible through purchase of a late model Japanese sled for the CEO's annual trip. Improved productivity from Dasher and Dancer, who summered at the Harvard Business School, is anticipated. Reduction in the reindeer will also lessen airborne environmental emissions for which the North Pole has received unfavorable press (gas and solid waste).


More lazy linking

[Jimmy] Carter would do himself and his countrymen a favor by permanently resisting the urge to offer any further commentary on world affairs.

Seriously, Jim, stick to building houses for poor people. We love you for that and that alone.

Jamil Hussein, Disputed AP Source, Finally Located?

Answer: Maybe.

If you want to know why I am no longer a lefty, just read this series on MyDD about PIRG, the organisation that supervised my transition from ultraliberal to libertarian.

I had friends in college who worked for were abused by PIRG. They were knocking door to door in the blazing sun while I was sunning myself poolside as a lifeguard in a high rise apartment building that never had more than three people in the pool in a day. Suckers.

Things are coming to a head says VDH. I agree. However, as Bill Quick notes, wars are easy for us to win. Building nations, is not.

Demagoguery earns Kucinich millions. This is the same reason Al Sharpton "runs" for president. It's big busi…

Jobs Americans won't do

Loss for one is another's gain
Applicants line up to fill jobs left empty by Swift plant raid

That's right. Those jobs vacated by a sweep of illegal immigrants have Americans lining up out the door for those very jobs.

Lazy linkblogging

Which historical lunatic am I?

Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

This guy does awesome impressions.

SNL hasn't been funny in a long, long time. The glaring exceptions are Weekend Update and the Digital Shorts (think: Lazy Sunday.

This latest installment is here. Children and faint of heart, click not.