Tuesday, December 30, 2008
"Navy settles anti-sonar environmental lawsuits filed by Natural Resources Defense Council. I can’t tell from reading this AP story precisely what good the settlement will do for the Navy, or for whales, porpoises, and dolphins, but it appears money is changing hands"
..and this link to a site which is not always sfw but undertakes an important endeavour:
Click the photo for the story. To answer Jimmy, it's a Liberal Democrat. A lot of work is involved in protecting it from itself as a result of it's meager brain capacity and it is a hoover for the industrious ants and their production, innovation and hard work.
It doesn't help that they are incompetent:
Monday, December 29, 2008
Here is a nice post at the always necessary Danger Room.
Paterson N.J. has a Lou Costello pool. Do you not get a shiver taking your kids to that one?
I noticed in the process that subjects come up enough to merit their own tag, if I did that.
His namesake was fetching.
She died from T.B. and it was not that long ago.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
"What do we do with great artists whose political ideas are anathema to us? How do we regard their work?"
We have all been there...someone's work you loved. Then you learned more of the creative mind behind it. Too much more?
How to metabolize the art without even tacitly endorsing the artist.
How to enjoy sausage after seeing the factory.
via Instapundit and God Bless Mr. Simon and Mr. Reynolds for Pajamas.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
"...You will need a fireplace stoker, a tube of KY, and a half pound of Acorns...."
Now for the important question.
How in the hell did I come across that anyway?
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
So far they really seem to capture the post zombie war feel.
Billy Connolly's performance ("He started to cough. It was like a storm building up-a thundering storm from miles away. He ended up with these noises that sounded like a platoon of cavalry galloping through a swamp in Wellingtons full of vomit. Then it came to an end; all calmed down. I says, "Jesus, lam, that's some cough." He says, "Fuck off?" He says, "Did you pass the graveyard on the way in here?" I says, "Aye." He says, "Well, the graveyard's full of people that would fucking love my cough." And that's basically my philosophy: if you think you're having a bad time, the graveyard's full of people who would love to be doing what you're doing.") and casting is reminiscent of George Clooney's Southpark role.
He is even called "Sparky" in one scene. Must be Billy Connolly night, X Files was earlier.
Thursday was Father and Brother's birthday. Happy Birthday Father and Brother!
It's Mother's day in Indonesia, where the coelacanth stands on it's head invoking it's sick curse and celebrating it's own strange "anniversary".
Colo is slightly older and wiser!
Same birthday as Barbara Billingsley and Hawkshaw Hawkins who died with Patsy Cline.
Here's some astrological science on the matter.
The SR-71 set a record on this date.
The very day she was born the chipmunk song reached number one!
More on December 18th shortly.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I think I recall seeing an example of that power.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
The time has passed. We are all still watching...
Well this RC helicopter that fires a .45 1911 is a sweet way to hold the spot!
That via Murdoc.
He also has a cool pic of a Coast Guard helicopter. I tried to take a picture of flying Coasties in August while walking by the water but didn't move fast enough to get it while it was close.
Over here is an article with a video from the Coasties themselves.
Here's a Flickr photo of the MH-65
That's all for now.
Kringle, Elf Union leaders present draft bailout plan (Iowahawk Photo)
This is unfortunate.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Marty H. sent over this note with these shots. Very cool.
"I took these pictures about two weeks ago. There were actually THREE bobcats in the yard at the same time."
Related shots from nearby Newtown here.
Of course Marty's Shangri La was the setting for the hummingbird photos. You can find some back here if you scroll down to the bottom and keep going through the older posts.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Take away his ambition and that sounds pretty typical for a day around here even now, in my opinion.
Take time to read it all and even look around for more. What an amazing man : "Going it alone at distances of 1,000 mi. or more, he could keep up such a relentless pace that it was necessary to provide relays of fresh horses for the referees and timekeepers." I have been meaning to link to his story for quite a while. Perhaps I already have. I think I heard about him through Paul Harvey. Just wanted to put this in while it was in my brain.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I'm a little envious, it must have been a great show.
Go check him out, I am going over there right now.
Oops. I mispoke or miswrote or whatever the politicians say nowadays.
Jimmy saw Ray Davies, not The Kinks.
Whatever, that just means they missed seeing the brothers wrastle onstage.
Friday, December 12, 2008
So far funny and witty, but does that mean good?
Discussion is welcome...
Instant update: Some idiot diologue assumes that all guys don't just want all girls by simple default, that "jocks" want...whatever...as opposed to the truth...guys all want...whatever...
Points off for creating complexity where is does not exist and extra off for the "hip" and "insightful" veneer...fun diologue though, she definitely knows language and cadence...
I am enjoying the film so far.
'nother update: Juno's family sucks and are not believable but are something of a good metaphor for the baby boomer generation or late 20th century Western culture. WTF?
Update update: The Bluth boy looks so disconcertingly like the woman portraying his mother (minus 300 pounds) that they could both do a 3 act stage version of Elvis' life story.
This Juno broad is a trooper, I have to get out more. These chicks must be everywhere, what the hell am I doing home watching this crap alone on a Friday?
Er--oh yeah. I'm not! this was all time posted--Ladies, I'm single!!!!;)
(Grrr...I did not type in "duologue" repeatedly...I am not that far gone...)
Will correct and update tomorrow a.m.
Update once again: It is now tomorrow a.m.
I was distracted with a phone call last evening and will have to queue up the movie for viewing once again today.
I know so because I have just noticed that when you Google the terms '"Second Amendment" AND "scholarly journal"' this humble blog is currently the fourth return.
I must check the mail for the certificate or the badge or whatever it is that the society types must have sent.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Update: Who will be the first to mention the 17th amendment and the fact the politicians chose, through whatever "smoke filled back room" arrangements, our Senators before it?
Anyone care for an over/under?
It will certainly be injected by the media in a know it all and condescending fashion which is intended to minimize the Democrat pigsty stench.
But they will be too stupid to mention it on the first day. When they do mention it they will ooze the condescension and make like they had a clue. The morons need to be cowed.
Boy I want those editor spectacles darn it!
Let's see, Slate is ahead on the matter with this from one hour ago.
I am waiting for the A.P. etc. to use it as a dodge on calling the Dems to task, so that does not yet count.
Update on that Update: Jesse Jackson Jr. is going down? He was in on the auction of the seat if this is any indication regarding his dealings with Wyma:
"I have spoken with several people who have access to the governor to determine the appropriate criteria [of] who and what he is looking for," said Jackson, who is among the few contenders for the job who has yet to meet with Blagojevich. "Mr. Wyma specifically said, 'If the governor grants you a meeting, be yourself.' "
Others who have expressed interest in the Obama vacancy, including Reps. Janice Schakowsky, Luis Gutierrez and Danny Davis and Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, said they have not contacted Wyma for assistance.Dubious encouragement before his potential meeting with B-vich by one of the snitches. Did they not meet?
Oh well. Hope and change will win out in the end.
Being eternally rosy in my optimism I shall point out these two bright sides:
"A landmark study in 1975 found that children in classrooms on the noisy side of a school had lower reading scores than those whose classes were on the quiet side."
"Once damaged, hair cells can neither be repaired nor replaced. The damage makes it difficult to hear high-pitched sounds, including certain speech sounds and the voices of women and children."
so the hearing loss should improve these children's reading skills and once they have grown into adults they will listen to fewer women and children!!
That fulfills this blog's cheeriness quota for whatever time frame is currently involved.
Monday, December 8, 2008
This looks fantastic at first glance: Biongboing has a post.
I prefer Radley Balko's to which they link.
FYI the term "trees" is very popular these days for what the officers were actually hunting.
Here's a quote and I will render a segment in bold:
"Japan's military thrust into southeast Asia led President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration to impose sanctions. The US froze Japanese assets, an example followed by Britain and the Dutch East Indies. When Japan responded by taking over southern French Indochina, the US retaliated by imposing an embargo on oil exports to Japan. Rather than telling Japan that the US was determined to search for a diplomatic solution, America's categorical reaction confirmed it to the Japanese as an arrogant and conceited enemy. Moreover, by transferring its Pacific fleet from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, the US encouraged the Japanese understanding that the US fully anticipated war with Japan.
The second world war in the Pacific finally came about for many different reasons. But it was, above all, the sense of encirclement and humiliation that united the deeply divided Japanese government. Feeling defeated by a series of failed approaches to the US, including an overture to hold direct talks with Roosevelt, prime minister Fumimaro Konoe resigned on October 16, making hard-line army minister Hideki Tōjō his successor.
The high-handed tone of the Hull Note of November 26, demanding Japan's withdrawal of all its troops from China, was a final blow to the moderates in Japan's government, who still hoped for diplomatic negotiations. By this time, many policymakers were convinced that the US was not ready to hear them out. It was ultimately in the name of saving Asia for all Asians from what was regarded as western arrogance that the government united to wage war. On December 1, it was decided that the war would commence in six days."
I forced myself to finish Iris Chang's "The Rape of Nanking" and having read some of what was done by the Japanese in the Philippines and Korea as well it is enough to make one understand her eating a pistol after all of her research. When I say that I "forced" myself I don't impugn her writing or the book, but the odious and evil litany of actions which it documents and which are truly hard to stomach even in the most vague manner, let alone in simple clinical depictions.
This jackass Eri Hotta can consider the invasion, occupation and atrocities of the Japanese machine and then take issue with the "high handed tone" of that Diplomatic missive?
So Japan "thrust" into South East Asia but it's "thrust" into southern French Indochina is to be painted as a "response" to having it's assets frozen by clumsy Americans and their lack of nuance in their diplomacy?
Sure. They would have stopped, we drove them to it...
Railing against common sense is highly esteemed by "high-handed" liberal elitists who love their own intellectual onanism.
This is how it begins. They get a satisfaction and sense of superiority by opposing conventional notions of whatever sort. They then repeat the new construct and congratulate themselves for being in the elegant minority as they echo the new mantra over and over until those too young to see the idea in all of it's preposterous nudity will give it an unbridled consideration.
"It was ultimately in the name of saving Asia for all Asians from what was regarded as western arrogance that the government united to wage war." Try and read that bit again, but this time without an audible manifestation of your disgust and creepy amusement at this individual...that is a challenge.
To quote the PresElect, if you see folks of this ilk "get in their face", step on their toes, fart in their general direction!
Update: On further consideration I think it worthwhile to mix that roster up a bit. Get in their general direction, fart on their toes, step on their faces! Any combination should do!
(see also the CT jackass Kurlansky)