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So I Married a Terrorist

So I Married a Terrorist.

I'm mixed on this one. I do believe that she married a bad guy and one that probably has ties to terrorists. He probably is/was one himself. I do not, however, find all of her allegations credible. The Bin Laden story isn't credible. There is no reason for him to try and come to the US. Why would he? Recruiting? No way. He doesn't speak the language and hates us. It would be like breaking into Rikers.

Nevertheless, I find it utterly believable that the FBI blew her off as a crackpot and only became interested after the fact.

This makes me queasy

Ghost of a flea: This is how it started

This gives me that sick, sinking feeling. Like I've seen this one before and don't like how it ends. I'll not violate Godwin's law but the need for eternal vigilance is perfectly illustrated here.

Sometimes you have to do a little research

eBay Find of the Day: 1963 LeMans Tempest sells for $226,521

This guy laughs at people on Antiques Roadshow.

Scene from a wedding

Dateline: 11/14/98

Duffy's Mom: Is that a bagpiper?
Duffy: Yes
Random guest: You're not supposed to have bagpipes at a wedding. They're only supposed to be used in war or death.
Duffy: Marriages usually end in one or the other.
Random Guest: Good point. Play on piper!

Happy Anniversary Jennifer and Steve!


The Once and Future Hillary Clinton - TIME: "Clinton knows from experience how much his health-care-reform effort will ride on having effective allies on Capitol Hill. And when his presidency hits its inevitable bumps — whether those come from disappointing his liberal allies or enraging his conservative opponents — it would be handy to have a formidable spear catcher nearby."

Spear catcher!? So that must mean that Obama is the spear...chucker. ZOMFG!!!!!!!!

Oh the humanity!

Howler from the NYT (yeah, dog bites man, I know)

This Martin Eisenstadt thing is getting interesting. I talked very briefly about it the other day and now the NYT has an article about it.

"They say the blame lies not with them but with shoddiness in the traditional news media and especially the blogosphere.

“With the 24-hour news cycle they rush into anything they can find,” said Mr. Mirvish, 40."

Emphasis added. I read the rest of the article to find out exactly why the bloggers were especially to blame. What did I find:

"But most of Eisenstadt’s victims have been bloggers, a reflection of the sloppy speed at which any tidbit, no matter how specious, can bounce around the Internet. And they fell for the fake material despite ample warnings online about Eisenstadt, including the work of one blogger who spent months chasing the illusion around cyberspace, trying to debunk it."

OK, let's see who those bloggers are:

"An MSNBC spokesman, Jeremy Gaines, explained the network’s misstep by saying someone in the …

No it's not 4:20

Obama on Drugs: Should reformers dare to hope?

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Ha Ha! No.

I'll say it again. Obama has a long list of things he wants to do and start strong. He's not going to do this in the beginning. Or the middle, or even the end. He'll hem and haw and then discover Federalism and he'll leave it to the States. (The USSC won't seem to leave it to the States however. So his point will be moot.)

British people love trick questions

Weird. I get like a dozen hits a day for people looking for "trick questions quiz". Invariably they are from the UK. What is the deal with trick questions over there? If they're finding my nanopresence on teh interweb they must be Googling pretty hard. Is it some sort of national pastime I don't know about?

This just in....

Something just occured to me...

After 9/11 I heard a lot from lefties about how we should not be angry but rather, ask ourselves, "why do they hate us?"

Why are not the opponents of Prop 8 in California doing any similar sort of soul searching? Instead they are protesting, threatening (and worse) the people who *ahem* "attacked" them.

I'm just askin.

Daring thief steals television despite having no arms

Notes in brief

I know I said no politics but this is more about news than politics:

Al Gore for Secretary of State?

You could do worse. He's a far sight better than John "Magic Hat" Kerry would be.

Michael Steele for GOP chair? Heck yes! Better him than Newt. They need some new blood in there. Newt is a shrewd operator and there's absolutely room for him somewhere just not the public face of the GOP.

No audit for Obama campaign? Very bad news. This sets a dangerous precedent and sends the message that even if you win with illegal contributions you won't be blamed.

Bluster and bluff from Iran. They're sending a message that they're still important and still a player. They also saw the US mucking about in Syria and Pakistan and are getting nervous. Even with President Hope-n-Change waiting in the wings US foreign policy's guiding force has always been momentum and Mr. O isn't going to do a 180 on anything despite promises to the contrary.

I have an idea....

American Express seeks $3.5B

For the sake of expediency let's do it this way:

All companies and industries not looking for a bailout please raise your hand


I thought so.

That is all.

Dissent is the highest form of uh...nevermind

January 20th, 2000 - November 4th 2008:

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." -Lefties

After November 4th, 2008:

"Shaddup you haters!"

Prop. 8 gift gets theater's leader in a ruckus


"In a post on one Web site, Shaiman relayed what he told Eckern: "The idea that your donation came from a salary that for a short amount of time was drawn from profits from a show I wrote upsets me terribly and I would never allow anything I write to play there and will encourage my colleagues to consider doing the same."

"There's a great degree of hue and cry over getting Mr. Eckern fired," Whitty wrote. "I've searched my soul about this. I'm instinctively not comfortable with the idea of his dismissal, though my activist side still whispers, 'Punish!'

"I fear for what Mr. Eckern's dismissal would say about theater: that there's only room for the pro-gay crowd. In a way, if we only allow people we agree with, …

Oh the humanity!


Seriously this show is one of those things I wish I could have excised from my brain. Now, thanks to BoingBoing it has all come flooding back. The horrible acting, the preposterous story lines garish lighting and witless humor. It's like having PTSD or something.

Best search ever

Metairie, Louisiana arrived from on "Pencader Days: Guy catches .50 BMG ricochet to the head" by searching for bmg ricochet.

I can't imagine why one is searching for "BMG ricochet". Are you trying to cause one or has it already happened? If it's the latter there are about a beeelion pages more helpful than this one.

Hey Hube?

You may want to read this one

Sarah Palin, world's biggest moron now in good company

Chris Matthews Calls Africa a "Country". Remember that fraud about Palin not knowing anything ever?

Now we know that not only is that story untrue, it is true about Chris "thrill up my leg" Matthews. I'm sure the Kos Kidz will pillory him just as badly. Or not.

Last note on "Martin Eisenstadt"; very well done. He's the interweb equivalent of a sleeper agent. Work in the dark, under cover for a long time and spring the trap. He mouthed all the right words at all the right times. He built confidences and trust long enough to establish himself as a trusted source and then torpedoed Palin. He makes Karl Rove look like amateur hour. This worked so spectacularly and cheaply, somewhere on the Right they're making their own "Martin Eisenstadt".

Dirty. Nasty. Un-American and indecent. And sadly, the new norm.

Bringing the Crazy

Lew Rockwell is my favorite bunch of crazies (sorry DelawareLiberal). Mostly because they're a humorless lot who are also unintentionally hilarious. They see statism and oppression everywhere. As proof this article unloads 19 tons of crazy-awesome. Excerpt:

Pom-Poms and Prisons: The Powerful Statism of Disney’s High School Musical: "Though catchy and engaging, HSM packs the punch of the WWII propaganda films. Do yourself and your family a favor and skip out on this statist school system pep rally."

Yes HSM3 not merely innocent dopey tweener fare. Nay nay! This is very clever propaganda. I suppose the writers weren't merely turning out dreck, they were subverting the masses. I wish I could make this stuff up.

One more for the Veterans


Jihadi Leader Says Radicals Share Obama Victory

Jihadi Leader Says Radicals Share Obama Victory

The leader of a jihadi group in Iraq argued Friday that the election of Barack Obama as president represented a victory for radical Islamic groups that had battled American forces since the invasion of Iraq.
In his address, Mr. Baghdadi also said that the election of Mr. Obama — and the rejection of the Republican candidate, Senator John McCain — was a victory for his movement, a claim that has already begun to resonate among the radical faithful.

Interesting that when Republicans were saying this liberals were getting the vapors. Baghdadi is claiming a victory that isn't his but it's telling that he thinks Obama will pull up stakes as fast as possible and leave Iraq to him and his ilk.

He later calls for a truce with the west. Something you don't do if you're winning. He's on the losing side and trying to boast about anything he can to keep the flame of bloodlust alive with his followers.

In Flanders Field

In Flanders Field

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Role reversal time everyone!

Memo to Political Commentators for the Next Four Years:

Presented in full w/o comment:

Memo to Political Commentators for the Next Four Years:
With a switch from Republican to Democratic control of the White House a few weeks away, I thought I would remind political commentators of the new ground rules.

1) Republicans Must Now Oppose Executive Power; Democrats Must Be In Favor Of It. In the last few years, Republicans have been the defenders of executive power: A muscular executive has been needed to fight the war on terror. On the other hand, Democrats have opposed a strong executive on the ground that it threatens the rule of law. Please note that these arguments must now switch. Republicans must now talk of the dangers of executive power; Democrats must now speak of how a strong and agile executive branch is necessary to a modern democracy.

2) Republicans Must Now Oppose Judicial Confirmations; Democrats Must Be In Favor. In the last few years, Republicans wanted an up-or-down vote on j…

Poetry of the Day

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

-Dylan Thomas

A Black James Bond?

"'I think the role could easily be played by a black actor, because the character created by Ian Fleming in the '50s has undergone a great deal of evolution and continues to be updated,' he said. 'I've always been a fan of Obama. The political ideas that have emerged from his speeches seem to me to be genuine.'"

Actually, I think he's right. If you've ever read the books one thing that sticks with you is that Bond is "in but not of". That is, he's always hobnobbing with the Right People at the Right Club (private clubs 'natch) but always as a guest. An outsider. He is not of the right class to be admitted to these places as a member. His derring-do in service to King and Country are what get him in. Having a black actor play the role would be a nod to that part of the character which has been overlooked in all the Bond movies I can think of.

I'll ask again...

Clerk also required the defendants to respond to the Writ of Certiorari (which requires the concurrence of four Justices) by December 1. At that time, Mr. Obama must present to the Court an authentic birth certificate, after which Mr. Berg will respond.

If Obama fails to do that, it is sure to inspire the skepticism of the Justices, who are unaccustomed to being defied. They will have to decide what to do about a president-elect who refuses to prove his natural-born citizenship.

Wow. I had written this whole thing off as a tangent of the "secret Muslim" crap that is popular among the fringiest fringes of the GOP. That the Court is directing Obama to produce and original vaulted copy of the birth certificate should put an end to this rather quickly.

I'll ask again: What happens if he cannot produce said certificate? Are we, God help us, left with Biden as President? Will McCain get in by default? Or, even worse, will we be led by Speaker Pelosi until yet another elec…

My Imaginary Band

Original Position with their new hit song "People can handle it."

h/t: Hube