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Monday, July 31, 2006

Gibson's escape.

The other day, I defended Mel Gibson. But as the details of his comments during his DUI arrest come out, I'm not so eager to defend.
A leaked arrest report quoted Gibson as saying "The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world," and asking an arresting officer, James Mee, "Are you a Jew?"
To Gibson, all I can say is "Man, if there was *ONE* thing you didn't want to say during a drunken tirade, it's commentary about Jews!"

Sometimes when we're going down-down-down fast, we let out a serious cry for help, doing things we otherwise would never do. It's a psychological and spiritual thing - sealing our own fate in a way - creating a situation from which there is only one escape. Gibson knows what it is.

Sunday, July 30, 2006

An Unplanned Repository of Otherwise Useless Information -- or -- 500

The 500 is a reference to this being post 500 here at the Reasonable Nuts!

I read a brief "Grrrrrr..." piece at FoxNews about Jeopardy mega-winner Ken Jennings - a fairly negative piece. So I perused Jennings' site myself and am afraid to say I disagree with the slant of the Fox piece. But then, after reading a bit about Ken and by Ken, I realize I am in some ways Ken.

He's conservative, religious, a geek, and is an unplanned repository of otherwise useless information.

What can I say? We have a calling.

Humility

Somewhat oddly, I like Gibson all the more, what with this story. He strikes me as a regular guy with talents, who screws up, and when he does so, seeks forgiveness and reconciliation in humility.

Mel, you can hang with me anytime. I may not let you drive, unless you've had less to drink than me.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Swapping Helmets for Deathstars

The humor of computer programmers: it's so droll. I was reading a bit about Dennis Ritchie (co-creator of UNIX) on his Bell Labs website. Discussing the changing company for which he's worked for nearly 40 years:
Bell Telephone Laboratories Inc. was dissolved as a corporation and became an integrated unit of AT&T. We lost the Wehrmacht helmet and gained the Deathstar, and now identified ourselves as working at "AT&T Bell Laboratories."
Isn't it amazing to consider that one can work for the same company (more or less) for 40 years? Is this possible any longer?

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Iran and nuclear weapons: know your history

Ken Timmerman doesn't share the view that the current conflict in Israel and Lebanon is World War III.
“This is more like the Spanish Civil War,” says Daniel Seaman, an Israeli government spokesman. “What we are seeing is a series of conflicts that foreshadow a future world conflict, just as the Spanish Civil war prefigured the Second World War.”
Check out his piece for an interesting analysis of what may come.

It is telling to note the shift of Arab states away from rote support of Hezbollah. It really does seem that Iran is the puppet master of this not-ready-for-prime-time charade. Could it be they do actually have nukes and are close to the ability to use them? It just may be so.

Personally, I do not fear a rogue state with a handful of small nuclear weapons. What I fear more is the ability to deliver them. North Korea does not scare me as it would were I a South Korean. I fear for our servicemen in the Middle East, given the weapons Iran perhpas possesses, but still not for Americans at home.

What of the case of the nuclear weapon concealed in a ship? The yield of such a weapon is going to be limited by the physics of detonating it so close to the ground. This is of little consequence to those near the blast - and truly this is a weapon of terror - but in realistic terms, such a weapon is not utterly devastating. The yield of any nukes Iran might possess would be generally small to begin with - on the order of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima - perhaps greater if they've obtained refined plans. But recall that the U.S. dropped the nuclear bombs on Japan from the air - not solely because it was an effective delivery option. The bombs were exploded not on the ground by impact but in the air well before reaching the ground. This is to maximize the effect of the blast.

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia. -- Hans A. Bethe
It would seem Iran is bent on payback.

Charles Barkley on "trying to be white"

"There are too many black kids and their parents who do not value a good education," he said. "There are places where a black kid who is a good student and tries to speak correctly, you hear stuff like, 'He's trying to be white.' Well, I say, if that's true, we need more kids trying to be white."
from a piece on NewsMax.com. Interestingly, the AP source for this piece does not include the commentary re: "trying to be white". Very interestingly.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

{groan} -- or -- Dystopians v. Utopians

I shouldn't be linking to this site, as I don't wish to promote such a banal and intellectually vacuous work, but I can't help sharing in witnessing the trainwreck that is this yarn:
Picture a totalitarian United States just ten years from now: With no end in sight to the War on Terror, a fourth-term President George Blush rules without restraint. The Constitution has been replaced with a “Patriotic Citizen’s Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” and America has been renamed “God’s United States.” This terrifying political thriller conjures up a vision of the future that lays bare the most incendiary political issues of our day.
C'mon. I am not the President's biggest fan, but "a fourth-term President George Bush"? I seem to recall the last one of those we had was a Democrat... but I digress.

As for "God's United States", give me a break. At least Canadian leftist feminist writer Margaret Atwood told an interesting story when she penned "The Handmaid's Tale". That it was required reading my freshman year (1987) at George Mason University is so very typical - and asinine, as is undoubtedly this tale.

Then again, I'll take a dystopian yarn to a utopian one any day. It's the utopians who are truly deluded. At least the dystopians admit some inherent fallibility / imperfectibility in man.

Open-editing woes

Here you have a fundamental problem with open-editing publishing platforms such as the Wikipedia: Wikipedia Celebrates 750 Years Of American Independence; Founding Fathers, Patriots, Mr. T. Honored

Buckley on Bush

Sayeth William F. Buckley re: President Bush's political philosophy and its intersection with reality:
"I think Mr. Bush faces a singular problem best defined, I think, as the absence of effective conservative ideology — with the result that he ended up being very extravagant in domestic spending, extremely tolerant of excesses by Congress. And in respect of foreign policy, incapable of bringing together such forces as apparently were necessary to conclude the Iraq challenge."
And about Bush's legacy:
"There will be no legacy for Mr. Bush. I don't believe his successor would re-enunciate the words he used in his second inaugural address because they were too ambitious. So therefore I think his legacy is indecipherable"

Monday, July 24, 2006

Satan, Inc.

This place and this place seem to be the most amoral organizations you can possibly work for . . . though the first one looks like it'd be much more fun.

In either case, both companies need to have their web designer shot.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

How to Bake a President

Was reading a piece by Paul Weyrich re: potential 2008 Republican candidates for the U.S. Presidency (an otherwise total bore of a read), when I happened across this gem of a comment: a recipe for creating an ideal U.S. President -
jerubaal writes: Wednesday, July, 19, 2006 3:42 AM
How to Bake a President

Take one male, not from the North. Add a bit of spice. Mix heavily with conservatism. Add one bath of baptismal water. Strain out hypocrisy, temper, and condescension. Cook for a decade in a state governorship. Serve warm.

Monday, July 17, 2006

World War III or IV

Newt Gingrich believes we are in the midst of World War III:
Asked host Tim Russert "This is World War III?”

"I believe if you take all the countries I just listed, that you’ve been covering, put them on a map, look at all the different connectivity, you’d have to say to yourself this is, in fact, World War III,” Gingrich said.
I like Norman Podhoretz's take - that World War III was in fact the Cold War - that this is World War IV:
My hope is that telling the story from this perspective and in these ways will demonstrate that the road we have taken since 9/11 is the only safe course for us to follow. As we proceed along this course, questions will inevitably arise as to whether this or that move was necessary or right; and such questions will breed hesitations and even demands that we withdraw from the field. Some of this happened even in World War II, perhaps the most popular war the United States has ever fought, and much more of it in World War III (that is, the cold war); and now it is happening again, notably with respect to Iraq.

But as I will attempt to show, we are only in the very early stages of what promises to be a very long war, and Iraq is only the second front to have been opened in that war: the second scene, so to speak, of the first act of a five-act play. In World War II and then in World War III, we persisted in spite of impatience, discouragement, and opposition for as long as it took to win, and this is exactly what we have been called upon to do today in World War IV.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

No one is "all good" or "all bad"

As I am wont to do, I clicked a couple links too many in researching something this morning, and ended up reading a bio of Nathan Bedford Forrest at the Wikipedia. We in the know have known Forrest as a founder of the Ku Klux Klan, thus lopped him into the politically correct pile of "people who are to be 100% villified". But as with most people, there is additional backstory. Consider this most interesting speech he gave near the end of his life:
The Independent Order of Pole Bearers Association (a forerunner of the NAACP), invited General Forrest, the first white man ever invited, to speak at their convention on July 5, 1875. During his speech, to much applause, Bedford said: "I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man - to depress none. (Applause.) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don't propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment. Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I'll come to your relief."

Whereupon N. B. Forrest thanked Miss Lewis for the bouquet of flowers and then gave her a kiss on the cheek. Such a kiss was unheard of in the society of those days, in 1875, but it showed a token of respect and friendship between the general and the black community and did much to promote racial harmony among the citizens of Memphis.

(source: wikikpedia)
One of my newer definitions of what it is to be an adult is a developed resistance (lack of propensity) to regard any man as "all good" or "all bad". The hatred by some of President Bush is a fine case-in-point.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Dick on Mike

The rumor has legs. Dick Morris suggests Michael Bloomberg can actually win in 2008.

The weather in New Zealand is awfully nice, I hear.

Well, this one's pretty good too!

American People Shrug, Line Up For Fingerprinting

Monday, July 10, 2006

My favorite Onion piece. Ever.

Bush Regales Dinner Guests With Impromptu Oratory On Virgil's Minor Works

The same, only different...

"All people are born alike - except Republicans and Democrats."

-- Groucho Marx

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Neat New Internet Term

oikophobia . . . is “the disposition, in any conflict, to side with ‘them’ against ‘us’, and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably ‘ours’.”


I like it. I think I'll start using it.

From a pessimistic article by Gates of Vienna, part of the LGF crowd. [Insert wry comment doubting the coming demise of western civilization here]

C'mon, Michael... Give me a break!

Word is that Michael Bloomberg, mayor of NYC is eyeing an independent bid for the presidency (of the U.S., for those as incredulous as me). Is there no end to man's hubris? Whatever does he think he has to offer the (sort of) good people of the United States that the traditional pols do not?

There is one thing for which to admire Bloomberg: he is a self-made Billionaire. Add to that his undergrad is not in political science or whatever lawyers typically major in. No, he has a BS in Electrical Engineering. That came as a surprise.

But then again, I think Jimmy Carter had a degree in Nuclear Engineering. I bet he could pronounce nuclear, though.

The Bible v. the Book of Mormon

Here's something worth watching, regardless of your (current) view of Mormonism...

Friday, July 07, 2006

Translator needed

Sayeth the NYTimes:
Yesterday's court ruling against gay marriage was more than a legal rebuke, then — it came as a shocking insult to gay rights groups. Leaders said they were stunned by both the rejection and the decision's language, which they saw as expressing more concern for the children of heterosexual couples than for the children of gay couples. They also took exception to the ruling's description of homosexuality as a preference rather than an orientation.

"I never would have dreamed that New York's highest court would be so callous and insulting to gay people — not in New York — to have a legal decision that treats us as if we are alien beings," said Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Can anyone translate this please from factually obfuscated liberal rant it is?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

A tribute to the late Dr. Gene Scott

Found this today on The Door website. And some wonder why nonbelievers have such a hard time accepting Christ as presented when presenters such as these so defile His name?

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Don't Even Ask about the Korean Version of the Game

Me: Say Mr. Internet, I was wondering, how large of a fish can a feral cat lift?

Internet: Processing . . . Computing . . . Processing . . . Okay, this here should answer your question.

More evidence that Truman was justified in dropping the A-Bomb. Can you imagine having to fight a ground war against these people?

Tortured logic

It is simply amazing to me the illogical leaps we will make in order to support our choices. I must first say that I do this as well at times - though I do typically later admit when I've done so. Here's a humdinger of an example. Read this bit of tortured logic from recent divorcee Hilary Swank:
"It takes two to make something work or not work. I'm a person with my own faults and troubles," Swank says. "In the end, it just didn't work, but I would never look back on this relationship as failed. I look at it as 131/2 years of success."

No "Sir"

Sir Elton John has slammed the England football team as a "disgrace" after Portugal knocked them out of the World Cup on Saturday.
Um, Mr. Pot, you're um, well, black.

-- The Kettle.

Proof that you must destroy your television NOW...

Word is the waifish Olsen twins are working on a nutrition and fitness show targeted at your children.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Some Quaint Christian Americana

This is circulating around the internet:

A mother asked President Bush, "Why did my son have to die in Iraq?"

Another mother asked President Kennedy, "Why did my son have to die in Viet Nam?"

Another mother asked President Truman, "Why did my son have to die in Korea?"

Another mother asked President F.D. Roosevelt, "Why did my son have to die at Iwo Jima?"

Another mother asked President W. Wilson, "Why did my son have to die on the battlefield of France?"

Yet another mother asked President Lincoln, "Why did my son have to die at Gettysburg?"

And yet another mother asked President George Washington, "Why did my son have to die near Valley Forge?"

Then long, long ago, a mother asked,"Heavenly Father, why did my Son have to die on a cross outside of Jerusalem?"

The answers to all these are similar -- "So that others may have life and dwell in peace, happiness and freedom."

IF YOU DON'T STAND BEHIND OUR TROOPS, PLEASE, FEEL FREE TO STAND IN FRONT OF THEM.


Ironically, this was posted (and thoroughly lambasted) by Lew Rockwell. Even if Lew had everything his way, some troops in a free-market "security company" would still be fighting to keep us safe.