...busting up my brains for the words

Monday, August 29, 2005

Surprise results in ie

Erm...this blog looks good from my Foxfire browser at home. But today I see from my Internet Explorer pc that things are looking a bit skewed when viewed from there.
I'm pretty sure it's my new American flag pic in my sidebar that's to blam.
Maybe I can get that fixed today. If not today, then soon.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Webcam link to New Orleans

Click here to see the live video feed of New Orleans.

Eye of god

I've taken a peculiar and unique interest in hurricane Katrina just this past day. I didn't know much about New Orleans, having only passed through that city back in 1972, until I visited a friend there last November. The French Quarter enchanted me, as it has for so many people who discover it. My experience is even less so for the other 1,631 statute miles of general coastline the U.S. holds from Florida to Texas on the Gulf.
Since I hadn't been there and knew little of any persons who live there, hurricanes mostly seemed to be things that happened only on television or in the newspaper.

Looking down from the sky, Florida seems to be a cruelty designed to expose as much land to deadly hurricanes as can possibly be mustered. And the gentle curve of the coastline seems to hug the great eye almost like a sleeper's head is cradled in the crook of his arm as he dreams. Katrina, the great Eye of God, slowly tracks north and westward from the mouthway of the Gulf, past the peninsula and is due to penetrate terra very close to New Orleans, if not dead on. My friend in Big Easy tells me that they use voodoo to dispel hurricanes from the old sea port. It's worked, more or less for many years to keep them safe. And, having seen the history in the streets of the French Quarter, I cannot imagine otherwise. History such as this is just too well earned to be tossed away in a storm.

With one foot on the platform, And one foot on the train I'm goin' back to New Orleans To wear the ball and chain.

I'm going back to New Orleans
My race is almost run;
I'm going back to spend the rest of my life
|: Beneath that Rising Sun. :|

-House of the Rising Sun

Let's hope that old voodoo still holds its charm. God protect you, New Orleans.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Terrorist killing aces

Belmont Club blog always has a lively number of Comments to read in each post that Wretchard writes. Analyzing Michael Yon's post, Gates of Fire, Wretchard points out some interesting facts regarding jihadists who are released from detention.
The problem with releasing terrorists who have been caught in the act because they cannot be convicted under civilian due process exacerbates the problem of the "Ace Factor". I can't find the online reference to it, but air combat statistics show that the vast majority of aerial kills are accounted for by a small number of people, the so-called "aces". If you read Yon's account, you will see how the "aces" stand out. Khalid Jasim Nohe is clearly an ace. So is Yon. Look at his pics. No shake. Personally I probably couldn't even find the shutter at a moment like that. Look at Kurilla and that Sergeant Major. Aces and the rest were simply not there. But it is also statistically true that new arrivals to the battlefield tend to rise to another plane after their first combat. Chances are that the rookies will be alright. Hence, a lot of effort is spent getting them over the hump after which their prospects of survival improve dramatically. But I digress. The point is that releasing an experienced enemy combatant is to release an enemy ace, almost by definition. From an operations research point of view this is the most destructive thing you can do to your own side. The solution is to create some kind of long-term detention system. But that's what Guantanamo Bay was supposed to be and the Left is slowly but surely dismantling it. The consequences were predictable, but it took an embedded blogger to highlight it. The Memory Hole would have swallowed the data.

It was reported just today: "
U.S. Frees 1,000 From Abu Ghraib Prison"

Fortunately, this story reports:
"Those chosen for release are not guilty of serious, violent crimes such as bombing, torture, kidnapping, or murder and all have admitted their crimes, renounced violence, and pledged to be good citizens of a democratic Iraq."

I can only hope this is accurate.

But the prospect of losing Gitmo as a detention camp for dangerous and violent jihadists is troubling. It's difficult to understand good American citizens who would release these terrorist killing aces back into the field to shoot or bomb more of our brave Lieutenant Col. Kurilla's.
I'm sure they do not intend these aces to do us harm. Lost in their own naive blindness, they think they are saviors of civil rights. Someone has opined that if they want the Gitmo prisoners released, they should be given room and board in their own homes.
That's wrong, of course. And cruel.
Gitmo should be maintained to hold these dangerous and deadly killing aces for as long as necessary for all of our protection.

A war to be proud of

Christopher Hitchens has written a concise summation for The Weekly Standard of why we fight in Iraq.
It's called A War To Be Proud Of.

DOES THE PRESIDENT deserve the benefit of the reserve of fortitude that I just mentioned? Only just, if at all. We need not argue about the failures and the mistakes and even the crimes, because these in some ways argue themselves. But a positive accounting could be offered without braggartry, and would include:

(1) The overthrow of Talibanism and Baathism, and the exposure of many highly suggestive links between the two elements of this Hitler-Stalin pact. Abu Musab al Zarqawi, who moved from Afghanistan to Iraq before the coalition intervention, has even gone to the trouble of naming his organization al Qaeda in Mesopotamia.

(2) The subsequent capitulation of Qaddafi's Libya in point of weapons of mass destruction--a capitulation that was offered not to Kofi Annan or the E.U. but to Blair and Bush.

(3) The consequent unmasking of the A.Q. Khan network for the illicit transfer of nuclear technology to Libya, Iran, and North Korea.

(4) The agreement by the United Nations that its own reform is necessary and overdue, and the unmasking of a quasi-criminal network within its elite.

(5) The craven admission by President Chirac and Chancellor Schröder, when confronted with irrefutable evidence of cheating and concealment, respecting solemn treaties, on the part of Iran, that not even this will alter their commitment to neutralism. (One had already suspected as much in the Iraqi case.)

(6) The ability to certify Iraq as actually disarmed, rather than accept the word of a psychopathic autocrat.

(7) The immense gains made by the largest stateless minority in the region--the Kurds--and the spread of this example to other states.

(8) The related encouragement of democratic and civil society movements in Egypt, Syria, and most notably Lebanon, which has regained a version of its autonomy.

(9) The violent and ignominious death of thousands of bin Ladenist infiltrators into Iraq and Afghanistan, and the real prospect of greatly enlarging this number.

(10) The training and hardening of many thousands of American servicemen and women in a battle against the forces of nihilism and absolutism, which training and hardening will surely be of great use in future combat.

Of the above listed, number 9 seems to be shrugged off by the msm in their rush to tell their readers how many Americans may have died today. How long can they continue this one-sided reporting? They do so at their own peril, for alternative media is all too ready to deliver the whole picture.

Michael Yon's blog

Michael Yon's battleground blog has been getting increased exposure and more Americans are becoming aware of it and the reporting it brings. Yesterday Yon was interviewed on the Hugh Hewitt Show and he was asked about how many hits his meter is showing. He said he recently got "100,000 unique visitors".
Also, appropriately, since Lieutenant Col. Kurilla of the Deuce Four unit Yon is following is from Minneapolis, the StarTribune is giving some ink to Yon's blog.

Kurilla was running when he was shot, but he didn't seem to miss a stride; he did a crazy judo roll and came up shooting.

BamBamBamBam! Bullets were hitting all around Kurilla. The young 2nd lieutenant and specialist were the only two soldiers near. Neither had real combat experience. [The interpreter] had no weapon. I had a camera.

Seconds count.

Kurilla, though down [sic] and unable to move, was fighting and firing, yelling at the two young soldiers to get in there; but they hesitated. BamBamBamBam!

Once the firefight was over, Kurilla wouldn't quit giving orders. Yon wrote that medics needed extra morphine to subdue him. He had a mangled right leg and gunshot wounds in his other leg and arm.

Kurilla, who's stationed at Fort Lewis, Wash., went to Iraq in October. He graduated from West Point in 1988 and is a veteran of the U.S. invasion of Panama, the first Persian Gulf War, and has served in Haiti, Bosnia and Kosovo.

He did not want the hospital to release any information regarding his medical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Raye said that Kurilla's wife wasn't interested in being interviewed but that "she's doing great."

Kurilla, who grew up in Minnesota, has two daughters under the age of 6, Raye said, and his mother still lives in Minnesota.

I once stated my opinion that blogs will gain a sympathetic/symbiotic relationship with the msm. This is evidence that I was right. It's happening. The newspapers are growing to understand that they can't ignore the blogs. They have to assimilate them.
Also, I think this kind of reporting from Yon is, or will be vastly more interesting to the American reading public than the Birkenstock Army's shameful exploits down in Crawford, Texas.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Some thoughts from Rocketman

John Hinderaker posts with the title; Some Thoughts on Casualties in Times of War and Peace.

His thought puts perspective on the poll that came out last week showing the public's support for the war in Iraq is now in the minority.

This should hardly be a surprise. On the contrary, how could it be otherwise? News reporting on the war consists almost entirely of itemizing casualties. Headlines say: "Two Marines killed by roadside bomb." Rarely do the accompanying stories--let alone the headlines that are all that most people read--explain where the Marines were going, or why; what strategic objective they and their comrades were pursuing, and how successful they were in achieving it; or how many terrorists were also killed. For Americans who do not seek out alternative news sources like this one, the war in Iraq is little but a succession of American casualties. The wonder is that so many Americans do, nevertheless, support it.
The sins of the news media in reporting on Iraq are mainly sins of omission.

But one of the most interesting facts in Rocketman's post is this;

[A]ll through the years when hardly anyone was paying attention, soldiers, sailors and Marines were dying in accidents, training and otherwise, at nearly twice the rate of combat deaths in Iraq from the start of the war in 2003 to the present.

In light of the fact that we are at war and the stakes in this war couldn't be higher, it is important that I urge you to read the whole thing.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Call for kofi's ouster grows

Once in awhile I reproduce a post I have lodged in BowieNet in this blog, or vice versa. Here we go again.

I live in liberal Democrat controlled Minneapolis, home of the leftist StarTribune. This morning the Strib publishes this front page story reporting that Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman's call for Kofi's resignation is gaining strength.

""I don't think he's safe. ... I think he's holding on, but not by much," said Julian Zelizer, a congressional historian and professor at Boston University. He said the oil-for-food scandal is undermining the U.N.'s legitimacy with many in the world.

Coleman appears to have tapped into political gold by focusing on the U.N., winning a groundswell of publicity.

"It will continue to give him notoriety, especially with conservatives," Zelizer said. "The U.N. is a big issue for Republican conservatives. It's almost as symbolic as abortion. ... It's a symbol of the international pressures that the U.S. doesn't want to be bound by anymore." He called it "a win-win position" for Coleman because, while it increases his national standing with conservatives, it's unlikely to affect his standing among moderates: "There's not much for him to lose by taking this stand, and there's a lot for him to gain."

Zelizer said the idea of withholding dues represents "the biggest bite that the U.S. could take against the U.N.""


With newly appointed ambassador to the UN, John Bolton to help Coleman, we can expect quite a bit of leverage to be applied for Mr. Annan to step down from his ivory tower as Secretary General.

The United Nations is too important an international body to be weakened by Annan's presence, having been at the helm of this organization during the biggest mishandling of funds in its history. And the fact that Mr. Annan's son and brother are under investigation only deepens the urgency.

I find this sentence interesting;

"Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., the ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said other nations perceive it as arrogant."

I don't find it the least bit arrogant. I think it is simply necessary. What I find to be arrogant is little man Kofi Annan saying "Hell no" and insisting on remaining in the chair despite the fact that his lost credibility is damaging the effectiveness of the United Nations.

That is the height of arrogance. Kofi should step down, and now. Hell yeah!

The left's war contract

This post from RealClearPolitics is from last Friday, but I didn't discover it until just now.

The Grieving Parent Clause: Mothers and fathers of soldiers killed in action are given "absolute" moral authority. Therefore wars may be fought only until the mother or father of a soldier killed in action objects to either the policy or the leadership of the administration.

If only the Democrats would be honest. They can never find any justification for going to war. Or, at least, for winning a war. They seem to be able to grudgingly commit to getting started when the need arises. But they lose heart along the way and seem to feel that losing is better than sticking to it through victory.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

NASSA documentary

I'm sure this little movie will be seen by just about everybody on the planet this week. I picked up on it from The Corner.

This is not recommended to the overly sensitive politically correct. If that's not you, then enjoy a good larf.

This week

Just for giggles, I decided to watch This Week with George Stephanopolous. It has the general demeanor of al Jazeera these days. According to the opinions and gist of news stories on this show, we are losing the war in Iraq, the American economy is tanking, SCOTUS nominee John Roberts is a dubious man who leaves women uneasy about his beliefs, the nation's anti-war movement is crystallized now in the person of Cindy Sheehan and President Bush is now on the defensive in waging the war.

Paul Krugman give a bug-eyed "analysis" that some of the numbers of the economy are not too bad, but that doesn't answer the reality that Americans don't "feel good" about it.

Might that be, Paul, because Democrat shills like yourself and George keep banging the "everything sucks" drum?

I don't understand George Will. He should have had a field day mopping up the floor with these distortions. Is it possible that he's been bought off?

This program is practically indistinguishable from the little comedy bites they screen before each commercial break. Jay Leno comedy bites, David Letterman comedy bites, John Stewert comedy bites; all sandwiching George Stephanopolous comedy real meal deal.

All very humorous and not to be taken seriously. Oh, did I mention that Republican Chuck Hagel has now become a comedian? He's claiming that Iraq now looks indistinguishable from the guerilla war in Vietnam. He also claims that W should meet with Sheehan.

Update: Steve Malzberg is substituting for Bill Bennett on that morning radio program. He's playing sound bites from this very same show. But he's focusing on George Will's contributions to the discussion. I have to say in retrospect that Will actually is mopping up the floor with his arguments. It was unfair of me to question if he had been bought off.
But the way the show is stacked against Will made it seem to me at the time that he wasn't trying hard enough.
I think that would have to be because the liberals in the room far outnumbered lonesome Will. It was like a pro-wrestling match in which a whole biker gang of wrestlers are all slamming the guy with glasses and nice hair with their folding chairs.
One last note. Malzberg keeps calling Paul Krugman by the name of Jack Krugman. Could he be thinking of this guy?

Friday, August 19, 2005

Top 10 criminal movies

Hugh Hewitt and Emmett of the Unblinking Eye showcased the Top 10 Movies About Criminals today on the Hugh Hewitt Show.
Look, I'm as big a Quentin Tarantino fan as the next guy. But Emmett ranked two of his movies on this list and left off any trace of examples of Film Noir. For this category that's just wrong.

My suggestion is to remove Pulp Fiction from the list (even though it's one of my fave movies) and replace it with The Asphalt Jungle. Surely, Emmett has no objections to giving one each to Q and John Huston.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Peaceniks on the bridge

Riding my pinkmonkeybike home from the gym tonight, I decided to cut straight through Spaghetti Junction. Usually that takes me over the Irene Hixson Whitney Bridge (the bridge with a name even longer than the bridge itself), connecting the WAC Sculpture Garden with Loring Park.

But this evening it was being used as a platform for anti-war protesters.

I'd say there were approximately 100 people participating. Many of them had placards that were about 6 inches big. But I'm sure a lot of drivers below were able to read them with binoculars. Not wanting to negotiate the bridge with so many lame-brains on it, I simply stayed on street level and crossed Hennepin at the traffic lights.

Poor saps.

Hugh fakes it

Regular readers of this blog know that I am a big fan of The Hugh Hewitt Show. Imho, it's the best political talk show on radio. I listen to it from the gym. While my body grows more muscular from lifting weights and my heart stays healthy from swimming and climbing a StairMaster-like machine, my brain is fed information and good political arguments.
Hugh was gone all last week whilst soaking up the good life on a cruise with fans. And he finally returned this past Monday. He broadcasted yesterday (Tuesday), but his voice was weak and he complained that he felt fine, but his voice was just gone from some illness that he gets a couple times per year. Realizing that this story didn't make much sense, he changed the line and started saying he was sick. He'd hinted that he was going to have to tap another substitute to cover for him for Wednesday and Wednesday only, while his voice recovered.
True to form, Hugh was gone from the show today. His substitute had been fed the excuse we'd heard on Tuesday...that Hugh had some kind of "bug" that he'd dragged back with him from Russia.

Well I'm not buying it. Hugh is faking it. Oh, his voice is gone, alright. But it's not gone from an illness like the avian flu, as Hugh would have us believe. See, Hugh is a proud guy. He can't tell us the truth. Hugh's voice is gone because he wore it out on Monday. He just plain strained it. How do I know this? Because I listened to the whole Monday program and Hugh was nearly unbearable to hear.
He was like a Pekingese pup that's been locked up in the kitchen all day while the family is away. Returning home to puppy Hugh, the Pekingese pup is piddling on the floor with excitement and yapping with happiness.
Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap Yap.

Hugh's voice was pushed like that all three hours long, practically shouting, he was so hap hap hap happy, happy, happy to be back on the Hugh Hewitt Show with his beloved listeners.

I have noticed that Hugh uses this strained voice most when he does not have much substance to speak of. When he's dead on to a subject of political weight, his voice is calm, measured and rings with pleasant tones. He's using it properly.
But when Hugh's got just fun stuff like trashing Generalissmo or Peeps, his voice is very pushed. I think he instinctively does this because he feels he has to compensate for the lack of content by shifting his voice into "entertainment" mode.

Not a good idea, Hugh. See what it does to your larynx? Even more than that, see what it does to my ears? They're bleeding. But what choice do I have while I'm working out at the gym? Fortunately, some of the building structure interfered with my radio reception and I wasn't getting the Pinkingese pup effect full force on my eardrums, or I would be deaf by now.

I'm sure Hugh will be fine tomorrow. He's speaking quietly today while he rests. Maybe he's even taking a little lemon juice in his tea. But Hugh, do your voice a huge favor and moderate your speaking. Breathe with relaxation and allow your vocal cords to resonate. Sure, get hyper when you speak of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but take care not to overuse that pushed voice.

If you do, it will only make you "sick" again.

Before I get off the subject of Hugh, though, has anyone else noticed the radio ads he does for the Patriot? He does one ad wherein he claims that he doesn't want to mispronounce even one word. But immediately following that ad he does another in which he's mispronouncing "cooking odors". It sounds like he says "cooking orders".

Love the show, Hugh. Welcome back.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Congratulations msm

The New York Times and the gaggle of left wing biased media have succeeded in that which they and the terrorists have been working for all along. Polls now show that a majority of Americans want to pull out of Iraq within the year. I don't know that the polls ask a follow-up question as to whether they still favor this if it means that the terrorists would come to control Iraq the year following that and develop nuclear bombs.

In any case, there can be little doubt that one of the major factors of these polls would have to flow from the barrage of bad news and killing coming out of Iraq and a resistance to reporting the good news from Iraq.

Courtesy of Arthur Chrenkoff.

Of course, you owe it to yourself to READ THE WHOLE THING. Especially if you are in agreement with the polls.

Thank God we have a strong president in George W. Bush. If he were poll-driven in his decisions the way Clinton was, America would be heading to certain defeat in Iraq and the world stage.

Zazu and her 9 lives

It was a week ago today that I became very concerned for my pet cat's heath. She'd stopped eating and using her sandbox and I found a few puddles of vomit. By Wednesday, I'd taken her to the vet where she'd been pre-screened and kidney failure was diagnosed. They offered to perform a $200 proceedure that would flush her kidneys and digestive tract, but I declined because she's nearly 19 years old.
I changed her diet and began allowing her to roam outdoors.

I don't know how many more days we can expect Zazu to remain in good health, but she sure has rebounded! Her appetite is back and she's quite alert and apparently happy.

I guess cats don't need their kidneys. Or the vet's office needed $200. I don't know which is true.

Monday, August 15, 2005

What, me worry?

Gas prices rise to new highs. I haven't owned a car for over 20 years.

It's hard for me to care.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

House painting and islamic jihad

I've just finished a bit of touch up painting on the front side of Zazudu mansion. It's a job that I've been wanting to get around to since Springtime. But early-season rains and mid-season heatwaves persuaded me to wait until milder weather prevailed. I had to take down my American flag to do this paint job.
(By the way, speaking of Zazu, she's doing well. I've changed her diet and she's regaining weight.)

Naturally, I had am1280 The Patriot on my radio while I was up on the ladder. The Michael Medved show was airing. I am very surprised to learn that Mr. Medved is "agnostic" in regard to the Tancredo Option. Today's show is a rebroadcast from Friday, perhaps, with guest Robert Spencer, author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
To his credit, Medved's position is that "even talking about bombing Mecca promotes new recruits for Islamic jihad"

Still, Medved's agnostic position places him pretty close to the "idiot" category that Hugh Hewitt identifies.

I believe that it is important to remember that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful folks who admire western values and economic successes. Just because the Koran has some very severe and scary passages about killing infidels does not damn all of Islam as a religion of hate. I work hand in hand with a few Muslims at my job. If I thought Islam was a religion of hate, I would be continually fearful that today is the day I will get my throat slit by one of them.
Of course, all the Muslims I am in contact with are people who'd made a decision to relocate in America to begin a new life. (Unless you want to believe that they are merely here to join a terrorist cell and slit my throat. I know that's not the case.)

The scary aspect is the tipping point. If Islamic jihad had a number of successes, would these peaceful Muslims accept the notion that this is the will of Allah and His will be done? I honestly do not know the answer to that question.

I do believe that if Islamic jihad does away with the good ol' United States of America, there would be a worldwide depression and lowering of global wealth and most Muslims (not to mention other folk) would regret the demise of The Great Satan.
I can only pray that the Islamic Fascists do not and never will possess wmd. I never want to have to reconsider the Tancredo Option. The only hope of winning this war is to administer enough defeats to the jihadists in order to push Islam into dramatic reform. And that's a plus. Islam has suffered so many defeats over the years. This defeat will be the hardest one of all. They will have to admit there is something terribly wrong. They will have to reform.

In a few hours the sun will drop below the trees. The paint on Zazudu mansion will be dry and I will be able to climb back up on my ladder to hoist up The Stars and Stripes. These colors don't run.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Email from carol platt liebau

I got a very nice email from Carol Platt Liebau today in response to my Comment in her blog.

Dear Scott: Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog this morning. I want to thank you for your generous assessment of my and Peter's performance last week -- but that's not all. I've read your other very gracious comments on my guest hosting for Hugh, and I wanted you to know how encouraging and kind I found them. I am very grateful for all your supportive words. I hope you'll continue to comment -- and I wish you all the best. Warm regards, Carol

What a classy person Ms. Liebau is. It is no wonder the great Hugh Hewitt keeps turning to her as a substitute on his radio program. Brains and class. And Peter Robinson is no slouch, either.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Favorite dead celebrity

I tried to get through to the Hugh Hewitt Show tonight with my selection of Favorite Dead Celebrity, but the lines were jammed and my index finger got tired of punching the Redial button.
In case you don't know what I'm talking about, Carol Platt Liebau and Peter Robinson have been substitute broadcasting for Hugh while he gallivants around the Baltics in a cruise ship. Carol and Peter have opened up the lines for Favorite Dead Celebrity. I noticed that all the celebrities picked so far are film stars of one kind or another or musicians. It's high time someone picked a literary figure. And when you're talking of dead celebrities, who better than Edgar Allan Poe? Wouldn't Poe lead the pack in the "dead" category? And if Carol asked me which of Poe's pieces is my favorite, I would say the story "Hop Frog". Ask any Bowie fan why.

But I also wanted to correct Carol and Peter. All throughout the program, they have maintained that there is a msm blackout on the "Able Danger" story. Not true. The New York Times and the Associated Press have a story on it. I was made aware of it through Ann Althouse's post in Instapundit (as noted in an earlier post from me). I don't understand how everyone missed this fact.

Conservatives have been rightfully critical of the NYTimes and the AP and their news reportages. But the fact that these two high-profile news outlets are covering this Able Danger story gives me confidence that it has legs. This story is huge or will be huge. Especially if it leads to revelations of Saddam Hussein's complicity in the 9/11 attacks and Mohammed Atta's meeting in Prague.

Mister clinton, tear down this wall

If the Gipper were around today maybe that's what he would say about the intelligence wall that US government had constructed, blinding us to the 9/11 attacks before they happened.
Ann Althouse is filling in for Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit this week. She's got some of the more pertinent links to tell the story of how the 9/11 Commission discarded information on 9/11 terrorist, Mohammed Atta.
It will be interesting if the trail on this story leads us back to Sandy McBergler and his crimes of trying to cover the missteps of former President Clinton.

It should be a very, very long time before Democrats are trusted to protect the nation from security threats.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

NARAL withdraws ad

Here is a link to Blogs for Bush explaining how this advertisement of lies has been withdrawn.

This was supposed to happen yesterday. Hey, better late than never, I guess.

So apparently, it was NARAL who pulled the ad, while CNN merely reacted. Hmmmmm. If this is so, then CNN is still not off the hook for accepting advertising dollars for falsified ads.

I find it amazing that a news organization would be so frivolous with their credibility. That's not just left wing bias. That's left wing suicide.

Personally, a grim day

I don't write about her much, but Zazu is my 18-year-old pet cat. Whenever I mention my cat is almost 20 years old people rarely fail to exclaim, "Wow! That's an old cat." Well, you'd never know she's old to see her. She's as spry as a 2-year-old, almost.
My home is known only secretly to myself as Zazudu. (tip o' the bird to Lileks)

Legendary was the Xanadu where Kubla
Kahn decreed his stately pleasure
dome -
(with quotes in his voice)
"Where twice five miles of fertile
ground, with walls and towers were
girdled 'round."
(dropping the quotes)
Today, almost as legendary is Florida's
XANADU - world's largest private
pleasure ground. Here, on the deserts
of the Gulf Coast, a private mountain
was commissioned, successfully built
for its landlord. Here in a private
valley, as in the Coleridge poem,
"blossoms many an incense-bearing tree."
Verily, "a miracle of rare device."

I take good care of her.
She almost died 15 years ago of an intestinal blockage.
My vet at that time got me convinced to fast her one day per week as a preventative measure from allowing that to happen again. And it seems to have worked by the looks of her advanced age. That vet was an holistic vet. He'd convinced me of the reasonableness of feeding her only at dusk in order to match naturalistic patterns for nocturnal hunters, as cats are. The feedings are only just enough to satisfy her consumption of one meal. It's not healthy for a cat to have food available all day long to grow bored with. Such habits only promote obesity and laziness.
Zazu has never been fat and lazy. Just last week she'd caught The Mouse.
My apartment was inhabited by a family of mice. Oh sure, Zazu would catch one now and then. Sometimes I would score with a death trap or a live trap and then flush it down the toilet. But The Mouse defied me for a few weeks. He was actually licking the death traps clean of peanut butter without tripping the spring. Imagine my astonishment. I'd carefully lay a trap with aromatic, irresistible peanut butter and go to bed. Next morning, I'd check my trap and the peanut butter would be cleaned off and the trap unsprung. That's why I call him The Mouse. I've never seen such fearless cajones on a mouse before. One lick licked with just a smidgen too much pressure and FWAP! ; broken mouse neck. I tried an array of tricks of my own. I placed the live trap in the space where this death trap was. I'd reasoned that The Mouse would have grown cocky with his skill at licking the trap clean. The live trap would be impossible to finesse and he would not escape before the doors slammed shut on him. And then I would greet him next morning to gloat and taunt him like Scarface, sharing my victim with Zazu's audience before the sentence would be meted out and the offering made to the porcelain god.
But my satisfaction never materialized with this plan. The Mouse was too wily to enter my lair.
I had another trick up my sleeve. I found another death trap that had a decidedly more sensitive trigger than the licked-clean one. This trap would be the deadly end of The Mouse. I tried to imagine his surprise as the bar snapped down on his head. He'd be gobsmaked with incredulity. "How could this happen?," he'd think." I know the precise amount of tongue presser to apply without tripping it. This cannot ......" And that would be as far as his thoughts would be allowed, as the highly wound spring ended his little mouse life.
That didn't work either. Somehow, he never touched that trap. The bait was intact for almost a week. How did The Mouse know? This was one smart mouse. I was beginning to feel emasculated by this mousy rodent.

That's when Zazu stepped into the fray. It was 3:30 a.m. I was awakened from a deep sleep by Zazu's killer cry. It's a bone chilling sound. She's got The Mouse clamped in her jaws and she's crying out in shrill tones. We've cohabited for 18+ years, so I know the language. She's saying, "I've got him. This motherfucker tried to steal around in the kitchen like he owns the place and I am not letting him go for all the salmon in Alaska. Intruder alert. Intruder alert."

I rubbed the sleep from mine eyes and immediately recognized that call. Turning on the light, I could see Zazu trying to bring The Mouse into my bed. No way.
"Good Zazu!"
I let her play The Mouse around in her jaws for a minute or two more. There was no life to be seen in The Mouse. He was limp. So I took The Mouse's tail. Zazu gave him to me. Dead. I flushed him down the toilet. Praising Zazu repeatedly, this was a prize night. This called for celebration. Fresh Whiskas Ocean Whitefish and Tuna Dinner in Juices.

Last Monday was just another fasting day. So I thought. Until I'd realized that Zazu was not yowling for a meal as she always does on Mondays. She wasn't hungry.

I took Zazu to the local Uptown Veterinarian Clinic this afternoon. According to their tests, she has severe kidney failure. But she doesn't seem to be suffering. Yes, she's a bit sluggish. Yes, she's lost weight. But she is eating. And she's animated. Her tail flicks. She's quiet for the most part, giving voice occasionally with the sporadic "meow".

I love her. She is a wonderful pet. My appreciation of her companionship couldn't be more acute.

(dropping the quotes)
Here, for Xanadu's landlord, will be
held 1940's biggest, strangest funeral;
here this week is laid to rest a potent
figure of our Century - America's Kubla
Kahn - Charles Foster Kane.
In journalism's history, other names
are honored more than Charles Foster
Kane's, more justly revered. Among
publishers, second only to James Gordon
Bennet the First: his dashing, expatriate
son; England's Northcliffe and Beaverbrook;
Chicago's Patterson and McCormick;

Mouse Update: This morning upon checking my traps
I found that the death trap had
dispatched another mouse! Is this The Mouse?
I will probably never know, since he is dead
and I cannot ask him.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Lileks delivers a belly laugh

The other day a mused about why I read Lileks.
I think he comes up with the occasional brilliant insight and more often than not, he makes me laugh. Lileks has a shtick, and he's good at it. He interprets photographs.
Most of us look at a picture and merely see....ahhhhhhh....a picture. Lileks sees a picture and weird, wild stuff comes to mind. He zooms into the details like a hawk. Some would say a war hawk.

This is not a groundbreaking observation on my part. He's sold lots of books based on this talent. Hey, we all know that the male is more keenly hyped for visual stimulation. Take that talent and a predilection for Film Noir and you've got a bonafide 5'4' macho bard on your hands.
But he's self-effacing too, which saves him from being an overbearing boor. And that brings me back to this morning's satisfying laugh.

"I look nothing like this little guy; that picture looks like some mascot for a meatpacking company in the Polish District."

There are other humorous things in this post. But for some reason, this characterization made me choke on my Sugar Pops. Yes, I read Lileks most every day.

Why not?

Fall oak street cinema schedule

My favorite movie theater in the Twin Cities has released its Fall season calendar. Through Netflix, I've gained a newfound appreciation for Japanese samurai movies. Especially if they star Toshiro Mifune, one of the most amazing leading actors in the history of film. So I'll be sure to catch as many of these installments as possible.
The schedule includes a Luis Bunuel retrospective, notable for their scintillating subversiveness. Even if one finds Bunuel to be offensive, his films are still provocative food for thought.
Also included and worth a viewing is Sergio Leone's uncut version of Once Upon A Time In The West. I'm down for that one, as well if my schedule allows. And it almost always does.
There are too many good movies on the new calendar for me to cover here. So check it out yourself.

I go to the movies by myself. Some people find that strange. Why? Once in awhile I run into a friend there. We don't need company to see a movie. Oh sure, before and after the lights go down, I suppose one could have someone to talk to. But during the screening, everyone should keep their yaps shut and watch the movie. I bring a book or a magazine to keep myself occupied before the movie begins. But if you like the schedule and want to join me, just email me and we can hook up.

Naturally, I'll be blogging about these movies after I attend their screenings. Stay tuned.

And while we're speaking of moonbats

I don't have a constant eye on the streets of downtown Minneapolis, but I wonder just what is going on. On frequent occasions these past few weeks I've sighted a truck that seems to be caught in a time warp. It's a dark green or perhaps blue enclosed truck that is dressed with a few American flags flying from the cab. And it's got a couple of "John Kerry for President" lawnsigns propped up in its windows.
I've noticed this truck cruising around downtown like it's November 1st, 2004. If ever there were a provocation to have a truck stopped and its driver examined for alcohol consumption, this is it. I'm not sure, but I think I also noticed a signpost lodged in its grill work that reads; "The Twilight Zone".

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

"It never happened"

That's what Captain Ed predicts the geniuses at CNN will come to say within 12 to 18 hours regarding this.

Carol Platt Liebau, hosting the Hugh Hewitt Show this week with Peter Robinson, asked the Captain what can we do about this ad of lies on CNN. Ed answered very reasonably that the two of them are already doing an enormous service by broadcasting the truth over the airwaves. And if you're a blogger, just link to DrudgeReport and Factcheck and the story will write itself.

This is too easy. I haven't even read Hugh's book, Blog and I've got a handle on it.

Thank you, Al Gore, for inventing the Internet. You've made it possible for me to become a Rapid Responder Brown Shirt. Hooo! We're having fun now.

Update; I should mention that Liebau and Robinson are an exceptional team for a radio show. They are in sync with one another in their thinking and their humor. Hugh made a huge mistake hiring these two to replace him. Their combination makes for great radio. He may have put himself out of a job (wink, wink).

"Bush indicted" rumors

All day today I've been tracking a strange blip in technorati for a high number of hits on "bush indictment". It's a hot air balloon, of course. This is evidenced by a simple and quick survey of the sources of these hits. None of them are of the major, credible blogs. In fact, I was unable to find any link to the Daily Kos, a huge leftie blog that would most surely cover this story if there were any shred of staying power to this story.

The brouhaha seems to be traced back to this site. Among their other headlines, they proclaim that "While Bush Vacations, Innocent People Die!".

I don't know how this hyperbole gets elevated to enough hits to track on Technorati. At the time of this writing it is number one. But I might guess that it flows out of bitter frustration. After all, how does the hard left take it? Everything they wish for and advocate is shot down. They were against the liberation of Iraq and yet Saddam Hussein sits in jail. They were against John Bolton's placement in the UN as ambassador and yet his white moustache has been seen behind the the "United States" desk placard lately. They are struggling to keep a leftist Supreme Court and are now forced to try and block an excellent appointee such as John Roberts.

All they have left is fantasy. If must totally suck to be a leftie in 2005.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Be cool everybody

Put down the gun and just be cool. We've still got a ways to go with this thing and we've got to be cool.

Lileks is back

Like a lot of bloggers, I usually begin my day with The Bleat. Why, you ask? Why not?, is my answer. I neglected to tell you last week that his blog would be down all week. Purportedly in order to upgrade the site. Eight days? Most webmasters need only one day.
If James needs eight days, well then, by all means he's welcome to them. It must have been nice to have the pressure removed from his feelings of obligation to write the daily Bleats while he's got newspaper column deadlines looming.

The Bleat is a rare insight into the inner workings of the mind of one of the blogosphere's most popular writers. I read him 'cos I'm curious what makes him tick. Today he makes a passing confession that he is anal. Well, regular readers of the Bleat know that. Somehow, he's a lovable anal. Of course, I can afford to say that 'cos he's not my roommate. And that's good. If he were, I'd prolly have to kill him.
Which brings us back to the question; Why read him most every day?
To which I answer, Why not?


Some evidence (via Powerline) supporting Hugh Hewitt's recent contention that the left side of the blogosphere is poisoned while the right side of the blogosphere has credibility. Hugh calls them the lead pipes of the left side of the blogosphere.

This poisoning has long-term implications. It's going to take a very, very long time for the left wing to replace all that bad plumbing. From the view over here, it looks like that plumbing is carrying kool-aid.

Shout out to the UK

Here's a reprint of my newest post in BowieNet;

You are amazing!

Support for Tony Blair has skyrocketed in the wake of the jihadist attacks on London. I think that's quite the opposite effect that the enemy had intended.
And in response to this homegrown version of killing of Londoners, Blair has come forward with tough new measures to eject the preachers of hatred and destruction.

The Weekly Standard reports;

But last week the phony war ended. Opinion polls showed a sudden leap in support for Tony Blair, giving him his first net positive approval in more than two years. They showed large majorities in favor of keeping British troops in Iraq and, most strikingly, a jump in the number of Brits who believed their country should stay close to the United States in its foreign policy--now a clear majority--rather than striking out on its own or siding with the Europeans.

If the jihadists had done their homework and studied their history, they might have avoided attacks on London. They only served to stiffen British resolve.

Tony Blair has great support behind him now in calling for measures that are even sterner than America's Patriot Act. The imams of death will be expelled.

Three cheers for the UK. Three cheers for Tony Blair. The struggle is joined.

Note; I am beside myself with amazement at how easy it was to reproduce this post in this blog. All I had to do was copy & paste. No customizing of links or images was required. Just copy&paste. Sometimes, it's just too easy.

Sunday, August 07, 2005


As usual, the reason this blog is not being updated daily is because I am busy arguing in BowieNet with lefties over the war in Iraq, among other things.

Sorry about that.

Check out the links in my blogroll to read what more crucial blogs are talking about.

Stick with what you know

Am I the only one who is struck with a profound case of deja vu regarding the Russian submarine that is has been rescued? This has happened before. Only, this time the results are much, much happier.

I think it's high time the Russians get out of the submarine business and concentrate on how to create a free and democratic nation that is not vying for notions of superpower status and a submarine fleet.

Please, Russia. Haven't we rescued you enough?

Friday, August 05, 2005

Summer's slipping away

Ya gotta live for summer while summer is here to live. And so I decided it was necessary to go to Midway Stadium this evening to watch some outdoor baseball. By my count, there are only 16 home games remaining this regular season, including tonight's game. If ya don't spring into action and just go, before you know it the season is over and you're raking dead leaves in your yard.
We won! We beat the Lincoln Salt Dogs 5-2.

I took the pinkmonkeybike to the game whilst listening to Carol Platt Liebau and some guy named Mark McDonald as substitutes for Hugh Hewitt. The show was so good leading into the game that I decided to watch the game with my eyes and listen to the radio program with my ears. I guess you could say that's multimedia.
So I'm sittin' there drinking it all in when I spot a familiar face in the stands; Tom Swift of Pair O' Dice blog is just down in the adjoining section! And I owe Swiftee a beer or two anyways from last Saturday's picnic. So I invited myself over to his clan's gathering.

I'm sure Swiftee was impressed when Chad Ehrnsberger came to the plate and I informed him that this Saint swings the big bat. I've seen him hit a dinger or two in games gone by.

"Oh yeah?", says Swiftee.

And right on cue, Ehrnsberger knocks a 3-run homer over the left field wall.


I felt a bit like the Bambino, calling the homers before they are hit. Except I didn't hit it. I just called it whilst sipping my Summit Pale Ale. And then Ehrnsberger hit it for me.

Beautiful night for a bike ride. I missed my workout at the gym for this ballgame, but I got a goodly amount of exercise with my ride. This summer lifestyle could get habit forming if it weren't for the fact that Minnesota has all four seasons in all their glory.

It was good to celebrate it with the Infidels at Midway.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

War with changing face

Okay the GWOT is back.