October 26, 2005

Horror Movies You Don't Want To See

Chronicled by Mr. Right. Really "scary" stuff.

Happy Halloween!

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Color me thoroughly pissed off at this point on the Miers confirmation. I have been a staunch supporter of waiting for hearings before taking a formal position on her nomination. It has been over three weeks since the President made the announcement. I've gone from bewilderment to concern to dismay to digust. I've even tried to come up with rationalizations about things we don't know that would mitigate all the uncertainty.

Back on the 14th I believed that a withdrawal would be an unmitigated disaster. Since then it has become an even bigger disaster. During that time we've become familiar with things that Harriet Miers has written, statements she has made, organizations to which she has belonged and scrutinized everything she has done over the last twenty years or so. Senators who have interviewed her (including some of the President's biggest supporters) are thus far unimpressed.

I would only support this nomination if I can be assured that Miers is a solid pick. Considering what we know at this point, I can't imagine what kind of answers to even the most intelligent and fair questions that she could give at a judiciary hearing that would convince me to support her. I'm sure she's a swell gal and Bush trusts her as much as anyone. But that's not enough.

My sentiments echo those of Edward Whelen today in NRO's The Corner:

I have tried hard to give the White House and Harriet Miers the benefit of the doubt on her nomination and to withhold judgment. But I can no longer do so. The damage from this disastrous selection has gotten worse and worse every day, and there is every reason to think that it will continue to compound.
Mr. President, please swallow your pride and withdraw her name. This needs to end now.

Though I've resisted thus far, I will go on record over at N.Z. Bear.

I oppose the Miers nomination.

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No Bias There

Google News Hits for "2000 Iraq Death": 5,720

Google New Hits for "Iraq Constitution Ratified": 1,120

'Nuff said.

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"Peace Activist" Ghouls Orgasmic About 2,000th Iraq War Death

They just couldn't wait for this. Now expect the moonbats to come out in full force (despite the current waning status of the moon) to celebrate. As Michelle Malkin points out this "completely bogus milestone" will be used by the Uber-Left freaks, with Cindy Sheehan as their head poster girl, to showcase their anti-American agenda for the media. And the MSM will be only too happy to oblige.

U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, director of the armed force's combined press center, is requesting that the media show some restraint for the sake of the families of the men and women currently serving in Iraq. He reminds them that "The 2,000 service members killed in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom is not a milestone. It is an artificial mark on the wall set by individuals or groups with specific agendas and ulterior motives."

Malkin weighes in:

Indeed. These are people, remember, who liken Iraqi terrorists to America's Minutemen during the Revolutionary War.

Who oppose not only the war in Iraq, but also the invasion of Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Who believe the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and at Shanksville, Pa., were a Bush conspiracy with Israel and/or Saudi Arabia.

Who applaud when left-wing professor Ward Churchill gloats about "chickens coming home to roost" and suggests that the peace movement should support the fragging of American troops.

Who use the names and images of dead American soldiers against their families' wishes to propagate anti-Bush hatred.

Who believe Saddam Hussein should be freed and Guantanamo Bay emptied.

Who carry around banners that proclaim "WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS WHEN THEY SHOOT THEIR OFFICERS."

These people are disgusting. Trapped in some kind of Vietnam-era time warp, these people live every day hoping and praying for failure and death so they can make political hay.

There's your "peace" movement.

God bless the troops, fighting for the freedoms of their fellow Americans - even these selfish, ungrateful pricks. "Peace, Love, Dope"...you douchebags.

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October 25, 2005

Wellington T. Mara (1916 - 2005)

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A football "Giant" passed away today at his home in Rye, NY. Wellington "Duke" Mara, co-owner of the New York Football Giants, now passes into legend.

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone with a harsh word for this guy. Mara was a pioneer in professional football and the last of the "founding fathers" of the NFL. He was 89.

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New Slogan For Dems?

According to a report in The Hill, the Democrat party is kicking around a new rallying cry to use for the 2006 and 2008 elections. They like either "American Can Do Better" or "Together, We Can Do Better".

Boy, that's catchy isn't it? Unfortunately for them they don't fully seem to understand the concept that they're a political party, not a laundry detergent.

Democratic leaders from an array of constituencies, including the House, Senate, Democratic National Committee, governors and mayors, have been working for months on a project designed to convey Democratic ideas and views to the public in a better way.

"There's this sense that people don't know where we stand or what our ideas are," a House Democratic leadership aide said. "Messaging has been the problem. Â… People should know where we stand. We've made our views clear on every issue that has come to the floor."

That's the point, guys. America has heard loud and clear where you're coming from and they ain't buyin'.

Among the rejected slogans:

"Help Us Help You."
"America Can Hardly Do Worse."
"The Democratic Party - You Don't Know What Your Missing!"
"The Democratic Party - The Best 'Ass' You'll Ever Have."

and my personal favorite

"America, Let's Make People Like Us Again."

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Congratulations To The Iraqi People

One of the most underreported stories of the day: Constitution Adopted By Iraqi Voters.

Capt. Ed:

"And in the end, an armed insurgency ended up watching helplessly as millions of Iraqis repudiated them and marched bravely to the polling stations to take ownership of their own government. That is the largest victory of all, and the kind that will win the war on terror in the long run."

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Three Cheers For Globalization!

Click here to see the how American culture is infiltrating China. Hilarious!! The looks on these kids' faces is priceless.

Thanks to Andrew Sullivan for finding this. It's streaming video so it may take time to load.

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October 24, 2005

Tolkien Geek Update

The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter Two is posted.

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Ben Bernanke Will Be New Fed Chief

It looks like CEA chair and former Fed governor Ben Bernanke will be announced as Greenspan's replacement at 1pm.

Larry Kudlow's reaction is "good choice" though I get the impression that he's not doing cartwheels. Check his site for updates.

For what it's worth, the market shot up as soon as this information came out.

UPDATE: 2:30pm
Kudlow's "bullet points" and Greenspan gives a "thumbs up".

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This Is Truly Heartbreaking

As a father, I can't help but feel sorry for these girls. Their sicko parents have so poisoned their minds that I don't see how the damage can ever be undone. It's a shame to see something so innocent and trusting as a child turned into something so vile.

These Olsen-twin wannabees have every right to sell their garbage, but anyone who owns a copy of their CD deserves a kick in the ass.

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Poll Games

Why is it that whenever some outfit - like USAToday, A/P, CBS/NYTimes or Pew - does a poll that asks "adults" (which means basically whomever picked up the phone regardless of whether or not they're even a U.S. citizen) if they have a positive or negative view of the President and the results look bad for Bush, you see it as the lead story everywhere? Even Drudge (when he's not monitoring hurricanes) usually has it as his top story.

And then, when you get a poll that actually uses a legitimate methodology and samples "likely voters" (i.e. people who are paying attention to the news and taking the time to not only register to vote, but to actually got out and vote) like this one and it shows Bush's approval rating higher than the others, you have to go to a Canadian website to find it? Anyone else see this today?

As I've said before, it doesn't really matter what Bush's approval rating is. He's not running for President anymore. Or anything for the matter...ever. But it's ridiculous the "pack" mentality that the MSM has on this subject. Basically, if it's good news, ignore it. But if it's bad news - regardless of the quality of the poll - run with it. What a bunch of shit. I know the bias is there, but it never ceases to amaze me just how blatant it is, like they're not even trying to hide it.

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Hurricane "Jar-Jar"?

SPC Phil Van Treuren over at Camp Katrina is floating an interesting idea - start picking hurricane names from from Star Wars.

Hey, this is a real campaign here:

And what movie themes for subsequent Hurricane seasons? I'll leave that up to you, Katrina Campers. Maybe Lord of the Rings? Or The Godfather? With your help, we may yet see Hurricane Fredo Corleone churning on a Fox News weather graphic.

So what do you need to do to help make this dream a reality? ItÂ’s simple. Just send a quick email to the World Meteorological Organization at wmo@wmo.int telling them about your support for this campaign. You can write your own, or copy and paste the sample below.

The text for an email is located in the post. So why not email the useless bureaucrats at Turtle Bay today? The worst you could do is annoy them. And that, in and of itself, would make it worthwhile.

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October 23, 2005

Giants v. Broncos

UPDATE: 7:40pm

Aw Crap!! Giants win 24-23. So why am I pissed? Because I had dinner late tonight and I forgot to stick a tape in for the fourth quarter of the game. And I missed Big Blue come back from a 23-10 deficit and score two touchdowns - the last one with only :05 remaining!!

Dallas goes from First to Last by choking in the 4th quarter against Seattle - now their record is 4-3. Bet they wish they had the bye! And there's a three way tie for first between the Giants, Redskins and Eagles: each at 4-2.

That'll change one way or another next week when New York hosts the Foreskins who are flying high off the 52-17 ass-whuppin' they put on San Fran today.


Okay, I am NOT looking forward to this game. When your defense is ranked 32 (out of, oh, 32) in defense on third down conversions and you're opponent has such a strong running game, you know you're in trouble.

I have no doubt that the Giants can score in this game, especially being at home. My concern is that the Broncos will score a LOT more and control the ball as well. Unless the Giants "D" can turn it up a notch from they way they've been playing lately, I don't give them much of a chance in this match-up.

I'm preparing for the worst. :-(

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Has It Been 20 Years Already?

Wow. Last night I went to my 20-year high school reunion. Not quite the turnout I was expecting, but a decent showing nonetheless. I was stuck by one particular observation. It seemed that of all my former classmates that I met again, they either looked pretty much the way I remembered them or looked completely different.

Some, had undergone a bit of a transformation because of...ahem..."hard livin'". One woman I had known pretty well back in school looked like she hadn't aged a day while another reminded me of one of my great aunts. Strange. It's also funny how after twenty years you can find so much more in common with some one than you did when you were younger (marriage, kids, job, mortgages, etc.)

But the most interesting part of the evening is below the fold... more...

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October 22, 2005

Diane Lane Photo of the Week

Here she is:

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The "Perfect Storm", indeed.

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Tolkien Geek Update

The Two Towers, Book Three, Chapter One is posted.

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October 21, 2005

And If "If"s And "But"s Were Fruits And Nuts...

...oh what a world it would be. Sigh.

My blog is worth $71,132.04.
How much is your blog worth?

h/t: MVRWC

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Asshat Of The Week

Michael Drennon, 26, of Philadelphia decided to rob a bank by slipping the teller a note demanding that she hand over some cash "the quicker the better".

Problem is, he wrote the note on one of his pay stubs. He figured that since he crossed off his name and address with a marker, he was OK. However, unlike this idiot, the authorities actually used some common sense and tracked him down.

"It wasn't a huge forensic undertaking," Steven Moran, Bensalem director of public safety, said Wednesday. "We just put it under a light."
Congratulations, moron. You're the "Asshat of the week"!

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Another Miers Post: Sorry, I Couldn't Resist

Back on Monday, I posted a whacky theory on this nomination. Today, Jonah Goldberg posts a snippet of an email he received:

I can’t believe everybody is missing the real story here. Bush doesn’t want Harriett Miers on the Supreme Court – he wants McConnell or Luttig. But he knew that, after Roberts, he couldn’t just send up another white guy, especially for O’Connor’s seat. So he sends up an obviously unqualified woman, knowing that she’ll generate intense opposition from both sides. And here’s where the subtlety kicks in – because her lack of qualifications are so apparent, he knows that the attack against her will be something like, “This is THE SUPREME COURT we’re talking about!!! Quality is what matters! Look at Roberts, he could recite from memory every constitutional case since Marbury v. Madison, and has probably written law review articles about the friggin’ THIRD amendment. How can we settle for anyone less?” So after Miers is forced to withdraw or voted down, Bush comes back with McConnell or Luttig, and says, “OK, you convinced me. I tried the quota thing, but you said it was too important. So I’ve decided just to go with the most qualified person out there.” And for good measure, he might throw in something like, “I’d like to thank my good buddies Chuck Schumer and Pat Leahy for pointing out my error. I couldn’t have done it without you fellas.”

Geez, the man is brilliant.

So it seems I'm not the only lunatic who's considered something like this. Ah, if only.

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