Thursday, June 17, 2004

Another reason to support nuclear power

Because it's our inalienable right, and we must not fall into the hands of the Zionists.

Stolen from Celluloid/Protein/Goldstein Wisdom, which offers another take here.

Thus spake Nietzsche

"Behold the superflous. They are always sick. They vomit their gall and call it a newspaper." - Twilight of the Idols

"Verily, I have often laughed at the weaklings who thought themselves good because they had no claws." - Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Part II, On Those Who Are Sublime

We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.

As ripped off from Somewhere Over the Rainbough.

Moonbat for a day

Aw, who needs proof? - let's just start making accusations, then keep repeating them until they become true.

For instance, let's try this one. Michael Moore paid the jailers at Abu Ghraib to act up on videotape and then send him the tapes so he could use them against George W. Bush and the war. That's how he came up with the tapes he has and apparently included in his crockumentary "Fahrenheit 9/11".

Then the Pentagon found out about them, reprimanded the bad guys and released the tapes to steal Moore's thunder.

Crazy, eh? Maybe, but not totally unprecedented - the left fights dirty and always has. For instance, when the UFCW was trying to unionize Food Lion a few years ago, they had a man get employed there for the express purpose of setting up unhealthful situations in hopes of catching Food Lion employes mishandling them.

And I seem to recall that back when the Democrats controlled Congress, certain allegations against Republicans were so incredibly serious that they demanded investigation despite a lack of evidence to justify it.

Oh lookie here, from Drudge:
Re: How Moore obtained his footage from the war in Iraq:

LAUER: There's a disturbing sequence in the film that shows-- US soldiers, casualties. It has interviews with US soldiers in battles. How did you get that footage?

MOORE: From a variety of sources...

Lauer: ...Do you think that the soldiers thought they were talking to a film crew that was working with Michael Moore?

Moore: Some of them did and some of them didn't...

Lauer: ...Do you think that's fair?

Moore: Well, I think it's fair that the American people know what's going on. These soldiers are certainly presented in the film with the deepest respect...
Hmm - so he had film crews working over there. Maybe this is less crazy than I thought...

Tuesday, June 15, 2004

A question for everyone who's making a fuss about Abu Ghraib

If you thought it could have saved you or some of your family, would you have permitted torture of captured suspected terrorists?

Those who say Yes are cordially invited to STFU.

UPDATE: Alright, let's clarify this. As Glenn Reynolds put it, I'm asking the Dukakis Question. And I say that if you'd permit the use of torture in the situation proposed, I don't want to hear any prissiness about Abu Ghraib, especially when we see the stuff they *really* were subjected to.

Let's give Darwin a hand. Everybody who's for "gun control", wants to coddle criminals, or doesn't think he should fight back against criminals or terrorists in a way they'll understand should be required to publish their addresses. Let the crooks pick off the low-hanging fruit at their convenience without disturbing those of us who recognize that, to paraphrase a Supreme Court Justice, morality is not a suicide pact.


I might have been on TV on Thursday. Yes, I was one of the thousands in line to pay respects to Ronald Reagan at the Capitol rotunda.

I figured it might take an hour to get there, an hour in line, and an hour to get back. Yeah right - I was there from about 2:15 PM and didn't make it out of the rotunda until about 6:30. That was plenty long for me, but for others it was far longer. Then finally around 2AM on Friday the stragglers were shooed off because it was clear that they wouldn't have time to make the rotunda.

I don't know what kind of crowds they were expecting, but they had all sorts of support people around. Huge fans were all over, as was complementary ice water. Fortunately it wasn't really hot.

A Reagan crowd, especially one to honor his memory, wasn't likely to go too crazy with dress (imagine a Clinton crowd...). Even so, it wasn't quite up to the standards of a man who insisted on wearing a jacket in the Oval Office. Having come from work, I was in "business casual". WaPo has more here.

When I got there the line was doubled back on itself several times on the west side of the Capitol reflecting pool. From there it ran around the south side of the pool, just to the inside of the statue of James Garfield, then around the south side of the Capitol.

Eventually there was a frisker shack on the south end of the Capitol grounds, beyond which about everything inorganic was contraband. The line moved rapidly though, and whatever was not permitted to pass was tracked and forwarded ahead to a point past the Capitol for later recovery.

From there it was up to the outside of the Capitol, then up a flight of stairs to the rotunda. We were split into two semicircular groups - I chose the line with backs to the press because if I was going to lose composure it didn't have to be published.

There was profound silence but for press cameras, despite probably 100 or so of us being lined up behind the velvet ropes. That couldn't have lasted for more than a minute or so before we were herded out. Even more silent were the representatives from all of the armed services who stood at attention around the catafalque - they were so still that they almost appeared stuffed.

Finally we were sent back down another flight of steps and back outside. Conversation started again, and people with feet so sore they could barely walk and several blocks of walking yet to go swore they'd do it again.

Bryan Preston went also - his account is here.

Monday, June 14, 2004

What do you do with a kid like this?

A sex offender I happen to know is about to go to jail shortly for a parole violation. He failed to register with local authorities as a sexual predator when he changed his address. (Changing addresses in this case meant spending a few nights at his latest bimbette's place).

Alright, he violated the law. New Jersey's Megan's Law has specific mandates for active community notification which ensures that the community will be made aware of the presence of convicted sex offenders posing a risk to public safety. The actual case occurred elsewhere, but the issue is the same. What could be wrong with busting the guy?

I guess it depends on what you call a "convicted sex offender posing a risk to public safety". The perp's original offense was for having sex with a 13 year old girl. He was 18 or so at the time.

All of you who have ever had sex with a 13 year old girl, regardless of your own age at the time, please turn yourselves in immediately. You too can have your picture and address posted on the Internet labeled as a sexual predator for the rest of your life. Gulp....I'm guessing that that would catch more men than you think.

He broke the law for sure. And that there's plenty of evidence that this was rape only in the statutory sense is irrelevant - her Lewinskian prose was not admissible. He knew better, or certainly should have. But is this the kind of sex offense Megan's Law was intended to address?

To my knowledge this kid (he's 21 now) is not violent and doesn't have any weapons. In fact, if you knew him only casually you wouldn't suspect a thing - you might even think he was bright and glib and thus had potential. When he showed up for school and actually paid attention he did well, but he could never be as smart as he thinks he is. Nowadays he's learning about PCs, but his brashness and perpetual attraction to lowlives has already cost him a few new Windows reinstallations via viruses et al.

Can he be rehabilitated? Hmm - while he was locked up prior to his probation he did get his GED. But this was out of boredom rather than any change of heart IMO. He's the kind that used to get taken for a ride by persons unknown, beaten senseless and told to straighten up or get to hell out of town. It's ugly, but I have to call them like I see them.

I could be wrong. But one thing is for sure - the fact that he has a felony on his record and is labeled in perpetuity as a sex offender is not going to make it easier.

Fowl Play

Right here.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

Civilization is a very elastic term

Now that we've seen a week of the coverage of Ronald Reagan's funeral activities, let's recall what happened when the Ayatollah Khomeini died. Wasn't it cool when the legions of swarming jackasses managed to dump Khomeini's corpse onto the ground?

40 years too late...

The press is finally finding out that Ralph Nader has ethical problems. I'm sure the fact that at last he is perceived as being harmful to the interests of the Democrats has nothing to do with this.


Can we reserve the word "theocrats" for those who really deserve it, such as Moqtada al-Sadr and the like?

Just doing his job?

TV cameramen really don't have to have the manners of papparazzi, do they? I saw one scene of a camera stuck in the face of a serviceman who was losing his composure, and the @#$!@# cameraman wouldn't go away. What kind of voyeuristic BS is that?

Of course that could have wound up on the cutting room floor, but no, the producers used it. So they're no better.

IMO the cameraman and his entire management chain up through the likes of Sumner Redstone deserve 24/7 live in-their-face press coverage until they swear to treat the rest of us with respect and dignity.

Hang in there...

Best wishes to Matthew Yglesias and his mother.