...busting up my brains for the words

Thursday, June 30, 2005

LGF comments; the national pastime

Little Green Footballs is not just a great blog for its postings by Charles Johnson. It's also an entertaining bulletin board of Comments. When a subject strikes a chord with LGF readers you can find over a hundred Comments from readers. These Comments can range all the way from reasonable (so reasonable, they might have been posited by yourself, dear reader), or ironic, or LOL funny, to hideously cruel and hateful.

Today, LGF addresses a story that's been getting quite a bit of lip service in the Web:

Most Iraq Suicide Bombs by Foreigners

One of the Comments was left by a reader calling himself

Mine the borders.

Princess Di isn't around to complain.

As most folks know, Princess Di was a passionate advocate for abolishing land mines.

The blog is also highly trafficked by trolls.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

President's speech from ft. bragg

I tuned in on television to see and hear this speech. I'd say it was quite good. W laid it out with the long view and the medium view and the short view and why Iraq is important for America to win.

Some wonder whether Iraq is a central front in the war on terror. Among the terrorists, there is no debate. Hear the words of Osama Bin Laden: "This Third World War is raging" in Iraq. "The whole world is watching this war." He says it will end in "victory and glory, or misery and humiliation."

The terrorists know that the outcome will leave them emboldened, or defeated. So they are waging a campaign of murder and destruction. And there is no limit to the innocent lives they are willing to take.

W was quite deliberate in his delivery. The military audience at Ft. Bragg was apparently asked to refrain from cheering or applauding lines. This helped, I think, to keep the focus on the president's words rather than allow the speech to appear to be little more than a promotional ploy.

The only spot where there was applause followed this paragraph;
America and our friends are in a conflict that demands much of us. It demands the courage of our fighting men and women, it demands the steadfastness of our allies, and it demands the perseverance of our citizens. We accept these burdens, because we know what is at stake. We fight today because Iraq now carries the hope of freedom in a vital region of the world, and the rise of democracy will be the ultimate triumph over radicalism and terror. And we fight today because terrorists want to attack our country and kill our citizens, and Iraq is where they are making their stand. So we'll fight them there, we'll fight them across the world, and we will stay in the fight until the fight is won. (Applause.)

That is the money quote, as they say. I can't think of a better place for applause. It strikes me as being very Churchillian. Churchill, for any lefties out there, (for it seems the left has forgotten their history) was a great man who stood up to thugs, rallied his country to fight and persevered in the face of adversity.

At the very end of this fine speech, the president choked up a bit as his heart swelled with pride for his fighting men and women of the United States military.

After September the 11th, 2001, I told the American people that the road ahead would be difficult, and that we would prevail. Well, it has been difficult -- and we are prevailing. Our enemies are brutal, but they are no match for the United States of America, and they are no match for the men and women of the United States military.

May God bless you all. (Applause.)

And indeed we have great reason to be proud of these fine Americans. Within the body of this speech, W urged Americans to support our military;

In this time of testing, our troops can know: The American people are behind you. Next week, our nation has an opportunity to make sure that support is felt by every soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman, and Marine at every outpost across the world. This Fourth of July, I ask you to find a way to thank the men and women defending our freedom -- by flying the flag, sending a letter to our troops in the field, or helping the military family down the street. The Department of Defense has set up a website -- You can go there to learn about private efforts in your own community. At this time when we celebrate our freedom, let us stand with the men and women who defend us all.

This message from the president was very crucial. In the wake of vicious and false attacks on our military coming from Amnesty International and the Democratic Party and, it is important that the American people be reminded that these fine men and women of the U.S. military must be supported and honored.

This is going to be a great Independence Day weekend.

Monday, June 27, 2005

We've got better things to do with our time...

...than pass an amendment that criminalizes the burning of the American flag. The flag is an idea. A flame my burn and consume the cloth material of the flag, but the idea would never be scorched.
I think this rubric is the beautiful counterpoint to the fuss over desecration of the Koran. Thousands of misguided religious conservatives are ready to die for their holy book. America will contemplate passing legislation that will punish the burning of her flag, but I have faith the notion will be discarded as intemperate.

Saturday, June 25, 2005


If this war is now about perceptions over who is the terrorist and who the oppressed, don't the dead enders and foreign insurrectionists find themselves restricted from torturing and beheading their captives?

I'm trying to keep a civil blog here folks. So forgive me if I'm not trying to be the next Kool Aid Report.

No offenses at gitmo

Little Green Footballs has this link.

"The Guantanamo we saw today is not the Guantanamo we heard about a few years ago," said Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calif.

Years ago? How about last week when Durbin was yammering?

In another, a female interrogator took an unusual approach to wear down a detainee, reading a Harry Potter book aloud for hours. He turned his back and put his hands over his ears.

This is torture? If that is so, I would like to be tortured by this dominatrix at the earliest opportunity. Preferably this coming weekend.

Great outdoor baseball

A strict literalist would take exception with my post title immediately upon learning that I am talking about the St. Paul Saints. It was outdoor baseball. It was beautiful weather on a late June evening. Sold out attendance, and boy-o do people have fun celebrating baseball and good times!
But was is great outdoor baseball?


We lost.

It was an exciting game. The Saints threatened to steal it from the Winnipeg Goldeyes and couldn't quite do it, though they got the tying run on base in the ninth. The game was played competently. There was an error I didn't witness. Guess I was getting a Summit Pale Ale at the time. The great players of today are found in a corrupt, bullying club called Major League Baseball. These boys in the Northern League play their hearts out. It's exciting fun. Occasionally it is remarkable baseball. (Hey, isn't that enough to ask for? - ed.) And I was in love with humanity while I was heading to the stadium, while I was in the stadium with all the people and going home from the game as well. In love with humanity.
Being a loner, I spend some time at events like this simply observing human behavior. Much of what goes on at a baseball stadium is performance on the field. But there's quite a bit of performance going on in the stands, too. Especially, I would argue, at a Saints game, Mike Veeck being a masterful impresario of baseball stunts and, for lack of a better term, performance theater.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Twins are struggling in their division. And Minnesotans who don't want to foot the bill for a new stadium for them can be glad for that. Whenever the Twins do well, the sheeple of Minnesota sucker for the StarTribune meme that the Twins are good for the state and we should cough up and agree to a higher tax to pay for a new stadium.

This approach doesn't seem to be working very well, as the Twins are not excelling and excellence is what the MLB is all about. Major league baseball is very sick and it will not be well until it is retooled.

Summers in Minnesota are short. Fun is Good.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Intracompany communication

The Strib editorial page has been getting a lot of heat since their lost-all-bearings pro-Durbin piece of yesterday. James Lileks works at the same paper and is sometimes accused of being part of the vast right wing noise machine. He takes exception with the piece (reportedly written by Jim Boyd) in his Screedblog.

Of the Strib's defense of Sen. Durbin I have nothing to say. Any editorial that describes Gitmo as a "hellhole" has no words left for any other actual holes o' hell, unless we're going to layer hell like Dante, with different tiers for different states. I will note that more elderly people died of the Paris heat than appear to have perished from Gitmo conditions, but of course that doesn't reflect on Paris, Parisiens, or the ability of the French to make air conditioners cheap and readily available. No, it's this:

"By caving in, Durbin did just what the orchestrated right-wing smear effort required to succeed:"

Orchestrated? You really have to believe in all sorts of deep dark conspiratorial drivel to think that there was a coordinated effort. Apparently they believe that there's a vast, well-oiled propaganda distribution machine with a big red handle in Karl Rove's office; he throws the switch, and the information courses out to the talk shows and the blogs. You can think this if you wish, but you look foolish before anyone who has any experience in, oh, talk radio and blogs.

Naturally, this is a delicate matter for Lileks to take on, as he has to remember that he's employed by the Strib. His screed is purely defensive and clarifies for any who care to take note, that he is not part of any such conspiracy, but just another guy making a living writing pieces, blogging and doing a bit of radio on the side.

So, Lileks doesn't push the question, but I'd like to know what kind of man is Jim Boyd to write such a charge of his co-worker in the newspaper?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Insufficient apology

When I strapped on my sport radio at the top of the Hugh Hewitt Show today, I heard Hugh introducing the Senator Durbin "apology" of today on the Senate floor, formally delivered to that body. I heard tears and a voice choked with emotion and I heard the phrase, "I apologize". I thought that was an apology. I thought that was what was needed and that it would mend the damage that had been done.
But I was wrong, and I agree with Hugh, who'd commented a bit later on in the program that the more he hears the tape, the less satisfied he is with it as an apology. Listening closely to the tape in its entirety a bit later still, I must say that Hugh is, as is often the case, absolutely right about this.

RadioBlogger has the transcript.

As Hugh pointed out on his program, an apology, properly mounted, should apologize with the same magnitude of the infraction it addresses. And Durbin's apology does not do this. No mention was made by Durbin that his statement should be retracted. He did not apologize for putting our troops into further danger and harm due to his reckless comments being broadcast around the world through our enemies voicepieces. He did not apologize directly to the matter of his words; only to being sorry for offending those who'd found it offensive. (Unbelievable!) And he further left a strong piece of hope for America's enemies that if they stay tuned to his future statements, they may be able to find more anti-American words he will spew in the future.

...I promise you that I will continue to speak out on the issues that I think are important to the people of Illinois, and to the nation.

This looks like a phony apology and then, even defiance...all covered up with liberal anti-military sobbing and tears. Shameful.

If you haven't already read Newt Gingrich's comments at the above RadioBlogger link, it's worth doing so. Durbin should be forced to resign his leadership post in the Senate and the Senate should pass a statement renouncing this sort of language coming from Durbin.

I think it's just possible that Senator Dick Durbin has felt for some time that Ann Coulter needed some ammunition to make her case that liberals are guilty of treason. With the lack of any Democrats stepping forward to strongly denounce Durbin's outrageous libels, Coulter is looking all too accurate.

Journalistic ethics?

Checking my email, I found this copy from author Dan Cohen of Anonymous Source;

I sent this into the S/T [StarTribune] today, and then it occurred to me that I might as well send it on to a few other people since there's no way the alternative to the alternative newspaper would ever publish it..

To the Editor:
Your "Readers' Representative's" endless, hair-splitting ramble into the thickets of journalistic ethics may convince some readers you actually care about such matters, but the truth is, you don't.
During the trial of Cohen v. Cowles Media, in which I sued your paper for breaking your promise to treat me as an anonymous source, you produced a witness, David Anderson, a reporter for the Star/Tribune. Anderson testified that he had written a book, Investigative Reporting, that had "gone through six printings and it's been used on more campuses than any of the other books on the topic." Here's an excerpt--one of many-- that gives the aspiring reporter a view of the kind of journalistic ethics he will be using in practicing his profession:
"Many fundamental techniques of investigative reporting involve actions some would label dishonest, fraudulent, immoral, and perhaps even illegal. Most reporters use deceptive techniques to gather information."
Again, that was the Star/Tribune's witness. Not ours. Bottom line: we won the case at trial, and we won it again on appeal to the United States Supreme Court. A promise is a promise. A lie is a lie. And believe me, there just ain't no such animal as "journalistic ethics."
Dan Cohen

Meanwhile over at Powerline, they write of the Strib;

If the Star Tribune isn't the worst newspaper in the United States, it's tied with whatever newspaper is.

Monday, June 20, 2005

But we're gonna pee on it anyway.

Drudge Report has this eye-grabbing story about Bob Geldolf and the Live8 benefit for the Dark Continent.

Once the story establishes that Geldolf is determined to do this benefit in a professional manner that remains "on message", it takes this telling and why am I not surprised tag;

"Bob wants no attention on global warming, or the war," the manager warns, "He is very determined, he does not want to lose control of the message... But we have the most unpopular American president since Nixon, soldiers are dying... you are going to see some righteous anger on stage."

The left is so whacked outta their sense with anger, they find it just inconceivable to behave themselves just because Sir Bob asks them to.

Don't ask me why my text got so weird. All I did was copy&paste from Drudge and I couldn't find my original font.

True to form

As I was composing the previous post, I learned that the Senate has successfully blocked Bolton's up or down vote.

True to form, the obstructionists have no ideas. They crave power. If they cannot have the power they want so badly, they do all that they can do to halt proceedings. They obstruct.

Get out of the way!

Could this be the real moment...

...of truth for John Bolton's ratification by the Senate? Here is a FreeRepublic story that says W has told the Senate to give Bolton an up or down vote now.

President Bush demanded on Monday an immediate up-or-down Senate vote on John Bolton's nomination as U.N. ambassador, and top aides would not rule out Bush bypassing the Senate by issuing a "recess appointment" giving Bolton the post for 18 months.

"It's time for the Senate to give an up-or-down vote now," Bush said at a news conference with European Union leaders. "Well, put him in. If they're interested in reforming the United Nations, they ought to approve John Bolton."

It's interesting that this president is leading the nation on very real issues. He's leading a tough and crucial war for this nation's defense. He's tough on the United Nations at a time when that debating society is perhaps the leading symptom of a misguided left wing/progressive liberal West. One of the most refreshing morale-boosting events to take place this past week was W's declaration that if the left doesn't have any ideas, then it should get out of the way and allow others to lead. I wanted to provide a link to that quoting in a reliable source, but I can't find it anywhere.

President Bush is leading the reasonable people in this world who know enough of their history to know that Amnesty International, Senator Durbin and Senator Reid and the left wing of the Democrat Party are wrong and anti-military. Senator Durbin has come far too close to embracing anti-American statements.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Picnic digestion and roofing

The picnic was a success. We'll have to wait through the normal digestion period for potato salad before we learn if anybody dies from my cooking. The always polite people at these gatherings can't be counted of for honest criticism of my potato salad. For one thing, they know it's my mother's recipe. What are they going to say? That the potato salad sucked and I should tell my mother to let her recipes die with her?
I liked my potato salad. Everyone else said my potato salad was good. I guess I just have to do my best to remain humble and accept this praise.
"But pinkmonkeybird, you ask, did it all go? Did you have to carry an empty pot home?"

Ah, no. About half of my potato salad went. And there was so much other good food left over, I was not dishonored. Shirley's barbequed ribs all went. They were to die for. So tender, the sweet flesh of slow-cooked pork ribs melts in one's mouth. When we left, wild racoons were gnawing on the empty tin pan and licking up the juices.

We met a candidate for office. Mike Hohmann is running as an Independent candidate for 13th Ward City Council. An author of a recently published book, Dan Cohen, Anonymous Source, was there. Some basic grassroots level organizers and leaders and potato salad cooks were there.

That reminds me, one Saturday a few weeks ago my doorbell rang. It was a young man who is running for 10th Ward City Council. He's a declared Democrat who was not intimidated by my Bush/Cheney shirt I was wearing at the time. He explained that while he's not a Republican, he pledges to fight property tax increases, no new stadium taxes, lobby the state and fed for aid to the City of Minneapolis, a Guiliani style crack down on minor and major crime.

His name, if you can believe it, is Harry Savage. His slogan is "Run with the Harry Savage." Ya gotta admit, a slogan like that's got balls. Harry ones. Sorry. That was an unfortunate thing for me to point out. In any case, no, I did not offer Harry Savage any potato salad.

You're probably wondering when I'm getting around to the roofing part of this post. I needed somebody to roof my house. Naturally, the two roofers who advertise on the Patriot 1280am should be invited to submit a bid on the job. John Haley #1 Roofer got the job. There is another roofer who advertises on The Patriot, but he was busy and didn't get round to suggesting a day he'd come over until the job had already been awarded to John Haley. John came over and saw me on the very first day I called him.

I also invited Sela Roofing to submit a bid. Their bid was professionally done and I appreciated it, but their bid involved some custom metal roof casting. Those things are heavy and rigid. If there were any shifting of my building in the soft, rainsoaked earth, I wonder if that cast might not move from its moorings and allow water in at an edge.

So that left John Haley getting my job. And they've been working hard. They're out there right now, reporting an hour or so later for work this Sunday morning just after going to mass, I assume. Some days there's a crew of 10 carrying lumber. But usually there's a crew of two or three, using their nail guns. The whole house will shake sometimes when I imagine a bundle of shingles is dropped onto the deck. The weather has been very agreeable for this crew. No rain, the days are sunny and hot, but not so hot as August will be. As a man who has done a small bit of roofing himself, I can most surely say that working on a rooftop is the hottest place in the hemisphere while you're there.

If the blogosphere has a big toe in consumerism, then this blogger prefers to remain positive. I'm spending a pile of ching on this roof. And John Haley #1 Roofer is doing a great job. One aspect I might say a word or two about it financial restitution. John Haley requires in their contract that 1/3 of the total due amount be paid upon signing the contract, 1/3 be paid upon commencement of the work, and 1/3 be paid upon job's completion.
My dad says that the customer should not be obliged to pay one red cent until the whole job is done. Otherwise, the contractor could take my money and fly off to Mexico with my money. I considered that John Haley has invested some money into advertising on The Patriot. Why would he throw that investment away with the irresponsible act of stealing my payment and discrediting his reputation in town for his business? I paid him willingly and the job has been going well and without delay.

In fact, quite the contrary to my father's fears, not only has John Haley not run off to Mexico with my dinero, several hard-working men from Mexico are up there right now reroofing my house.

Summer solstice picnic

Yes, I know that title sounds like some pagan ritual. But I guarantee you there will be no nude dancing around a June pole with garlans in frolic and lyres playing.
I've been trying for the past week or so to use my iphoto program to reduce the size of a tiff file I have been graciously provided for this blog. I thought Mac was supposed to be so easy. If I still had my pc, the job would have been done in the blink of an eye, to use an over employed and tired cliche'.

So, I'll just have to do this the old-fashioned way. Fortunately I have mastered typing text on my Mac. I even know where the exclamation point key is!

Come to the Senate District 60 Summer Solstice Picnic.
This picnic is sponsored by the Senate District 60 Republicans.
Saturday, June 18th
Kenwood Park
2 p.m.
2101 W. Franklin Avenue

Share your favorite picnic goodies! I'm bringing a batch of my mother's recipe for cold potato salad. My dad says it makes the best potato salad he or anyone has ever tasted. Fortunately, the MacIntosh computer has nothing whatsoever to do with making this potato salad, so I think I can manage just fine.

You are also urged to bring your own lawn chair and/or picnic table, as the park tables are chained to the ground. (Sounds like some horrible Gitmo scenario. You wouldn't want to be forced to eat your potato salad on a chained picnic table like at Gitmo, would you?)

Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Now that I've got your attention

Welcome Fraters Libertas readers! Most of you know pretty much what to expect from a visit to pinkmonkeybird. And sometimes, I hope the question would arise in your brain; "So, what's the point?"
The point, my dear friend, is that the blogosphere is a new medium and pinkmonkeybird cops one thin sliver of it. I'm a MN blue-turned-red. Before the war, I had thought I might be a Libertarian . But war will bring out qualities and perspective that were unknown before. War is a very primal urge and it triggers responses from deep within us. These are very fundamental qualities and they may bring a very fundamental perspective.

Hearing of the jumbo jets slamming into the World Trade Center towers over the radio brought me to a very specific place. That was a place where I realized that some people hate America and express their hatred with terrible effect. I realized that America was a place that had been criticized verbally and in writing many, many times, but this new act was criticism leveled on an unspeakable scale.

I noticed that in an instant, I had seen a flash image of what had transpired on those planes, but it was too horrible to examine. And so I rushed onward to forget that image and see the next one instead. That was the image of the rubble ensued and the job ahead to clean it up. We've seen the second image many, many times on television and it the newsprint. But what about that fleeting image I refused to watch? What was that?

It was a horrible image and I scarcely want to describe it, for it's meeting will bring a dread into my heart that I am often trying to deny. Call it what you will, it's a dread that hasn't any usefulness. Yet, it's very potent and real within me. And even more frightening, a force that finds expression in reality and not just in the imagination.

On flight 175 there was a young woman named Amy N. Jarrett. She died aboard the plane along with 59 passangers, 9 crew members and 5 Islamic fundementalist jihadists. The jet took off from Boston, Massechusetts and was bound for LAX.
Amy N. Jarrett was murdered by this man at 195,000 ft altitute. We don't know the details, but Amy was murdered and her killer had her blood on his hands, possibly literally.
In the first moments of the hijacking of Flight 175 each of the 5 jihadists used a rudimentary weapon to kill someone. It didn't matter who. Just kill them. Five jihadists, five victims. This was the most effective method of capturing the passanger's attention and establishing control over the infidels; fear.
Quickly, the flight cabin was surrendered. More would be killed if the cabin weren't surrendered immediately. Once the flight cabin was surrendered, the door opened and the jihadists admitted, the pilots were immediately slain with box cutters.
God is great.
Amy N. Jarrett died that day onboard flight 175, Her jugular vein may have been severed by a box cutter. Or she may have been incinerated in the incredible explosion that happens when a Boeing 767 collides with a skyscraper built in the 1960s.
Do you want to see Amy's dead body? Sorry, I don't have it. Nor would I show it. The image is unspeakable.
Amy died on what should have been a routine day. But far from routine, it was her last day. Instead of being delivered to Los Angeles in a routine fashion, Amy was smashed into a thousand atoms by Islamic jihadists who had it out for Americans no matter what their stripes.

Amy is being forgotten. She is expendable in the Global War On Terrorism. Amy was a woman who lived like many other Americans. And her life and death mean nothing in the current climate on the left. America's critics are trying to take advantage of our very human reluctance to remember Amy Jarrett and how she died and see our response to it as inappropriate and criminal.
We must stay the course and defeat this evil that murdered Amy.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Custos morum url change

For an Englishman's view of the world. Custos Morum is now continuing his blog with Blogger.

Always worth a look.

Two bits' worth

Whether you call it a 25 cent piece, a quarter of a dollar or two bits, there is a damn serious vote going on over at Radio Blogger. The contenders are the State of Minnesota and the State of Colorado; Who has the best design for the new quarter dollar?
I think it's obvious that Minnesota has the better design. It's got a fetching likeness of the State Bird, the Common Loon, floating in the peaceful waters with a tree-lined piece of real estate in the background. It's lush and beautiful. Comparing that to Colorado's design showing a stupid rock and some bland trees huddled beneath it, Minnesota should garner far more votes.

But that ain't a gonna happen unless you, dear reader, go there right now and cast your vote. Please vote for Minnesota and vote often. Tell 'em pinkmonkeybird sent ya.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Stillwater, minnesota

I'm taking a one day getaway from it all in beautiful Stillwater, Minnesota. Stillwater is on the beautiful St. Croix River bordering the State of Wisconsin. God is most definitely looking out for me today, as no one could have asked for a my gorgeous day. Mid-70s in temps, slight breeze, partly cloudy skies. Tons of other folk had the same idea as me as Stillwater was bustling today. Many, many craft on the water and many, many cars, trucks and hogs on the roads.
Anyone who's been to Stillwater on a summer's day knows that it is a haven for motorcyclists. The air rumbles with popping pistons and the smell of gasoline wafts into your nostrils.
Many of these motorcyclists are smokers. The waterfront bars are heavy with tobacco smoke; a welcomed haven for refugies from Hennepin County some 20 miles to the west.

It occurs to me; should we ban motorcyles from cityscapes? After all, they're polluting our ears with their unnecessary noise, not to mention the carbon monoxide exhaust.

The answer is no. Second hand smoke is unhealthy and is hazardous to others in public bars and cafes who have the right to enjoy these spaces without risk. Motorcycles are loud and obnoxious at times, yes. But they provide a system of transportation for members of our society. They serve a useful purpose. When a chopper passes on down the street they noise travels with them. If the noise from a chopper is too much for my ears, I can always cover them with the palm of my hand and stop it.

Besides, I dig biker chicks.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Recovering from the storm

If you don't live in the Twin Cities, you might not know we had a doozy of a thunderstorm the other night. I got my Mac powered off just in time before a lightning strike or high winds caused a neighborhood power blackout. Whenever an electrical storm comes through, it's a good idea to power off. A lightning strike can fry your modem, regardless of what kind; cable, telephone, or DSL.
So, I awoke an hour late next morning because my alarm clocks were powered off. Of course, I had no time to check the Internet that morning. And when I'd returned home that evening? My cable line was dead. My Mac worked fine....just no Internet. Oh well...the hour was late anyway, so off to bed I went.

Now I am happy to say my Internet feed is just fine. God, I love it. What in the world did we do without the Internet? How did we get our news? How did we write to friends? Where did we get music and videos and viruses? I'm thinking very hard and it's just on the tip of my brain but I can't quite reach it. Oh well, it'll prolly come to me in a dream or something.

Anyways, yes, I have the Internet once more. But my screen is weird. It's like someone has been messing with my setting on the monitor. The image is larger and it's bloated in a convex shape. Did the storm do this? I can only assume so. I can only assume that a lightning strike directly hit the cable company and blew a turbine or some sort of ginormous harddrive. When they finally got the giant disks working properly once more and information began to flow freely thought my cable, it had pushed its way so hard that my screen image got pumped up.

Hey, I'm no technical expert, but if you could see what I'm seeing you'd say I've described it perfectly.

You've just got to take my word for it.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Mark taylor & carol platt liebau

Hugh Hewitt is coming back tomorrow from a short time off his radio show. In his stead, he's had Mark Taylor & Carol Platt Liebau substitute for him today and yesterday, at least, possibly a day I missed as well.
I really enjoy listening to their flavor of the show. They get into some very spirited debates and it's interesting to hear them out; medical marijuana, decriminalized marijuana, assisted suicide, legalized prostitution and others.
Fraters Libertas has a little poll going on worst host. For some reason these two fine people are far outpacing NARN and Eric Hogue. I can only guess that those participating in the poll are annoyed by "the Ozzie & Harriet" of talk radio because they prefer a radio host who is complete control, maintains the upper hand over callers and listeners and exudes an aire of supremacy. Mark & Carol are great sports for conducting their show with enough humility to agree to disagree with one another and let the pieces fly where they may.
I know I was entertained because I found myself laughing out loud several times. The other exercisers at the gym must have thought I was raving mad.
No, I'm not. I'm just listening to right wing shock jocks on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Howard dean parody

On the last page of each Weekly Standard magazine can be found the weekly parody. Here's the parody from the June 6th issue. I think it's one of the funniest I've ever seen. Maybe that's because, as Homer Simpson often says, "It's funny because it's true."

Friday, June 03, 2005

Rocketman fisks dean

I heard a brief and rapid-fire reference yesterday on the Hugh Hewitt Show to some ridiculous new comment made by Howard Dean. Something about Repubicans never working an honest day in their life. My daily prowl of Power Line brought it to the fore. And it's not only interesting, it's downright manic.

Here's the specific line I heard Hugh mention;

You think people can work all day and then pick up their kids at child care or wherever and get home and still manage to sandwich in an eight-hour vote? Well Republicans, I guess can do that. Because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives.

I recall a couple of Sundays ago when Howard Dean was Tim Russert's guest on Meet The Press. Russert asked Dean about his statement that he "hates Republicans". Dean defended his statement by explaining that he doesn't hate Republicans personally, he just hates what they are doing to this country. And considering that Dean spent many of his words in this session in regard to Enron, he must be trying to cast the impression that the Enron mold is typical of Republicans.

Of course, this is unfair, misleading and hateful talk. Howard Dean is not helping the Democrat Party.

Read all of John's fisking.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Absent from my blog

Sorry people. I've been doing a lot of yard work. I've got the gardens just about all planted. I'm shooting for a boffo tomato crop this summer. I hear Bogus Gold writes about raising tomato plants. I'll have to search that out.
But I've also been missing here because I've been arguing with the anti-war crowd in BowieNet's Politics and Religion forum. It's the debate that never ends. Isn't it amazing that we are still trying to convince the anti-war crowd that invading Iraq was the right thing to do?

But then on the other hand, we'll prolly still be arguing the smoking ban in bars and restaurants long after the entire Middle East region is fully democratized.

Stay tuned to this blog please. I swear I'll be updating this weekend.